SAN FRANCISCO–It was a quiet first month on the job for Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi, but there’s plenty of time left for the new front office executive to make noise this offseason.The process of creating a buzz began in earnest Friday at Major League Baseball’s non-tender deadline as Zaidi elected to non-tender reliever Hunter Strickland and outfielder Gorkys Hernández, making the duo free agents.The Giants also agreed to terms with second baseman Joe Panik and …
20 August 2013South Africa’s Western Cape has launched an artisan development programme to tackle the shortage of skills in the province and create employment opportunities for young people in the region.The R5.8-million programme was established in partnership with the private sector, communities, Skills Education Training Authorities (SETAs) and Further Education and Training (FET) colleges.“The lack of artisans in our region could have a devastating impact on our economy down the line, as artisans play a crucial role in the delivery of services, especially in engineering trades,” Western Cape Finance, Economic Development and Tourism Minister Alan Winde said at the launch in Epping, Cape Town on Monday.“Through this programme, we aim to create a pipeline of qualified artisans who can play a role in growing the emerging sectors of our economy, such as oil and gas.”The pilot phase of the programme this year will provide funding for 200 young people to complete in-service training, to write the National Trade Test and become fully qualified.It will also fund the training of coaches within 72 partner companies in order to train their interns.The programme forms part of the government’s National Development Plan (NDP), which states that it is activities like artisanship “that provide shock absorbers for extreme poverty and platforms for self-employment” in developing countries.“The NDP states that to grow the economy and reduce poverty, we need to produce 30 000 artisans a year,” Winde said. “The Western Cape government is determined to play its part in realising this national goal.”SAinfo reporter
Return to article. Long DescriptionPixabay[First Aid Box Tin Can by Alexa_Fotos on October 11, 2016, CCO]Many of us prioritize our physical health, especially this time of year as we go through flu season once again. We get the sniffles and the sneezes, with the soon to be congestion and fever. And if you didn’t get your flu shot, you soon wind up in your local doctor’s office or urgent care, hoping for some much needed meds, a doctor’s note, and some sick days.When we are physically sick or hurt, it’s a no-brainer to take care of ourselves. But what about our psychological health? Is it okay to take time off when we are anxious, depressed, or emotionally overwhelmed? Why is our physical health seemingly so much more important than our psychological health?This TED Talk features Dr. Guy Winch, a licensed psychologist who works with individuals, couples, and families. Dr. Winch proposes that we start prioritizing our mental health just as much as our physical health. And the way he says to do this is to practice emotional first aid. In his work with clients, he has emphasized the need to practice mental and emotional hygiene, stressing that it is equally as important as practicing physical and dental hygiene.Some key points he makes in his presentation are:• We are confronted with psychological injuries much more often than we are with physical ones. These are injuries such as failure, rejection, and loneliness.• To be aware of feelings of helplessness that arise.• We should pay attention to the emotional pain we experience and recognize this pain is trying to tell us something.• We are our own worse critic when faced with rejection or failure. He suggests treating yourself with the same compassion that you would expect from a truly good friend when they are trying to comfort and boost you up.• That we must protect our self-esteem by noticing these unhealthy psychological habits and explore what they are trying to tell us.• Also, that ruminating thoughts come and go. A two minute distraction is enough to break the urge to ruminate in any given moment.These issues are all ones we face on a daily basis and are common barriers for both civilians and military service members alike. For more on practicing emotional first aid, be sure to watch Dr. Winch’s full TED Talk here. And for more about mental health barriers in the military, be sure to catch the archived recording of our “Staying Strong by Seeking Help” webinar. CEUs are still available through April, 19, 2019.ReferencesWinch, G. (2014). Why We All Need to Practice Emotional First Aid. TED Talk. Retrieved from: https://www.ted.com/talks/guy_winch_the_case_for_emotional_hygiene#t-108616This post was written by Jason M. Jowers, MS, MFT, of the MFLN Family Development Team. The Family Development team aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network Family Development concentration on our website, Facebook, and Twitter. You can also listen to our Anchored. podcast series via iTunes and our website. Pixabay[First Aid Box Tin Can by Alexa_Fotos on October 11, 2016, CCO] By: Jason M. Jowers, MS, MFT
Meanwhile Coe called for reform of WADA to enable the Meanwhile Coe called for reform of WADA to enable the global body to be effective in the ongoing campaign to rid sport of doping.”WADA was created 17 years ago and it has done a phenomenally good job, but the world has dramatically changed in that period,” Coe said.”The discussions should be focused on the challenges of having an organisation that has the dual policy of policing and regulation, whether its the same authority or same organisation thats done that.”Dont misunderstand me, WADA is here to stay. But what it needs is greater independence and actually needs to look at its sources of funding.” AFP AH AH
zoom French container shipping specialist CMA CGM opened a Navigation and Port Operations Center in APL’s corporate headquarters in Singapore on January 11. Designed to be CMA CGM’s third navigation command center to its combined fleet of more than 500 container vessels, the new Singapore outpost is dedicated to serving the Asian time zone.The two other centers – located in CMA CGM’s corporate headquarters in Marseille, France, and its regional office in Miami in the United States – take charge of the European and Americas time zones respectively.Based on live analytics of the vessels’ operating speeds, ocean currents, weather forecasts and high traffic areas, each centers’ team is able to assess, anticipate and mitigate any navigation-related risks to CMA CGM’s vessel operations.Guidance and alerts are provided to deck officers on how vessel routes, speeds and fuel consumption can be optimised across the company’s fleet, while ensuring the safety of its crews and vessels globally, CMA CGM said.
zoom Maersk Line’s containership Lexa Maersk arrived to New Zealand’s Tauranga Harbour on October 4, carrying a dead 14-meter whale on its front part, the company confirmed.The carcass of the whale was discovered on the vessel’s bulbous bow after the 63,400 dwt boxship berthed at the port.“The cause of the whale’s death is currently unknown and will be determined following a necropsy. We are working closely with the Port of Tauranga and New Zealand’s Department of Conservation (DoC) to understand the cause of the whale’s death and to have the carcass removed for a cultural blessing, in line with local traditions,” Maersk Line’s spokesperson told World Maritime News.The container vessel came from Brisbane and it is not known where it encountered the whale. New Zealand’s Department of Conservation (DOC) informed that the whale is believed to be a Bryde’s whale.DOC Tauranga Rotorua District Operations Manager Jeff Milham said it appears to have just been “an unfortunate incident at sea”.The carcass was removed from the ship in the late afternoon hours on October 4 and secured in a safe location in Tauranga Harbour overnight.“We are now working with Tauranga Moana iwi to arrange for an appropriate location for the carcass to be disposed of,” Milham said.Subject to having an appropriate site, the whale carcass was likely to be moved on full tide on October 5.Maersk Like said it is committed to reducing the impacts of its vessel operations and business activities on the environment through the mitigation of natural resource depletion and pollution.