‘Green’ internships for SA youth

first_img12 June 2013South Africa has launched a R300-million training, mentoring and workplace-based learning project aimed at building a pool of young, capable professionals for the country’s biodiversity and natural resource management sector.The Groen Sebenza project, launched by Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa in Pretoria on the weekend, aims to develop skills while bridging the gap between education and job opportunities in South Africa’s green economy.Spearheaded by the South African National Biodiversity Institute (Sanbi), the innovative project will see 800 unemployed graduates and matriculants being placed in skilled biodiversity jobs in both the public and private sector for a period of two-and-a-half years.The practical workplace experience and training will, it is hoped, kick-start their careers in a fast-growing industry.Over half of the interns commenced with the programme in May, with the remainder due to begin this month.The project is sponsored by the government’s Jobs Fund, which is administered by the Development Bank of Southern Africa.“The Groen Sebenza venture effectively brings to life the ideals of the vision of a green economy, by mobilising for and engendering the involvement of young people in the management of biodiversity through job creation,” Sanbi CEO Tanya Abrahamse said at the launch.A month into the project, the young participants and the 33 Groen Sebenza partner organisations say they are thrilled to be part of the initiative.Sabelo Linda, a 28-year-old from Osizweni, a semi-rural area in Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal, who is working at NCC Environmental Services in Cape Town, says he is “very grateful” for the opportunity he has been given.Despite holding an Honours degree in science, Linda was unemployed for the first few months after completing his studies, and had to rely on the help of friends to support his siblings.Honing his skills in the field of environmental management, Linda says he feels encouraged by the structured and earnest manner in which the NCC approaches the intensive learning and mentorship of the Groen Sebenza “incubants”.Another participant, Sanelisiwe Mkhize, is training in nature conservation with Ezemvelo Wildlife with only a matric school certificate to her name. Mkhize followed her second choice of study, public management, at the Durban University of Technology last year, but was forced to drop out when her family experienced financial problems.Mkhize feels she has now been given a second chance to “prove myself” and realise her ambition of following a career in nature conservation.Along with three other participants, Mkhize is currently focusing on commercial offshore fishing and compliances which involves inspecting the fish offloaded in the harbour and sold in restaurants for species and sizes.SAinfo reporter and South African National Biodiversity Institutelast_img read more

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Shivpal Yadav will abide by all decisions taken by SP

first_imgSamajwadi Party (SP) president Akhilesh Yadav’s estranged uncle Shivpal Singh Yadav on Thursday termed himself a “true soldier” of the party who will abide by all party decisions.“I may not hold any post now but I am a true soldier of the party and will go by decisions taken by it,” Shivpal Yadav, who was here to take part in Kalki Mahotsav, said. Ruing that a rift in the party damaged its prospects in the recent Assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh, Mr. Shivpal said, “Had there not been differences in the party, the SP would have formed its government and Akhilesh would have become the CM once again.” Playing down problems in the family, Mr. Shivpal said, “All families have differences and mine had one too… there is no problem in the party anymore.”Mr. Shivpal said the rift benefited the BJP and put the saffron party in power but added that it won’t happen again. Asked about Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath picking up a broom in Agra, Shivpal said, “It is a good thing although it has been three years since they have been brooming but cleanliness is nowhere to be seen… the government has failed on all fronts.”last_img read more

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10 months agoEverton boss Silva has big plans for McCarthy

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Everton boss Silva has big plans for McCarthyby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton are ready to release James McCarthy for loan next month.The Mirror says McCarthy is returning to full fitness after a double break in his leg suffered last January and will be involved over Christmas, but the club want him to get back to regular action – and that is unlikely to be on offer at Goodison Park.Marco Silva sees a big part for McCarthy in his long-term plans, but he is happy to let him leave on a loan deal for the season.The Republic of Ireland star, 28, has interest from Fulham, Brighton and Burnley, and will talk with Silva before deciding on which club would be best. last_img read more

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10 months agoRB Salzburg coach Marco Rose surprise candidate for Man Utd job

first_imgRB Salzburg coach Marco Rose surprise candidate for Man Utd jobby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveRB Salzburg coach Marco Rose is a candidate for the Manchester United job.The Sun says Rose is the shock name on Manchester United’s managerial shortlist in case Mauricio Pochettino rejects them.The list also includes Zinedine Zidane, Laurent Blanc and interim coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.Although Pochettino remains first choice of executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, United are putting together a list of alternatives in case the Spurs boss turns them down.Rose, 42, is admired within the United boardroom after leading Red Bull Salzburg to the Austrian title in his first season.The club also made it to the semi-final of last season’s Europa League after beating Real Sociedad, Borussia Dortmund and Lazio in the knockout rounds. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Alberta politicians vote unanimously to back province in oil pipeline fight

first_imgEDMONTON, A.B. – Alberta politicians have passed a motion unanimously to back Premier Rachel Notley’s fight for the Trans Mountain pipeline.The United Conservatives, Alberta Party, and Alberta Liberals joined with Notley’s NDP to back the government motion in support of the project, which would triple the amount of oil flowing from Edmonton to B.C.The final tally was 70-0, with Notley and United Conservative Opposition Leader Jason Kenney in the chamber for the vote. However, some politicians say they still have concerns with how Notley’s government is handling the battle with B.C. and dealing with Ottawa, which has jurisdiction over inter-provincial pipelines.Kenney says Notley should have kept a recently lifted ban on B.C. wine in place, and was late to coming around to embracing the possibility of cutting off oil to B.C. to force the issue.Greg Clark of the Alberta Party says Notley’s government has failed to make the case to B.C. that Alberta shares its concerns and is taking action on climate change.(THE CANADIAN PRESS)last_img read more

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Heads of various depts asked to ensure compliance of poll code

first_imgNEW DELHI: The Chief Electoral Office (CEO)’s office in Delhi has asked heads of various departments under the Delhi government to ensure compliance of the poll code after it received a complaint that MLAs were allegedly “alluring” voters in the garb of undertaking field inspections during installation of CCTV cameras in the city.In a letter to all principal secretaries and secretaries of the Delhi government, the office of the Chief Electoral Officer in has said the matter appears to be “violation of instructions”. The CEO’s office said it is in receipt of a complaint that certain public representatives or MLAs were allegedly “alluring” the voters in the garb of field inspections during installation of CCTV cameras in residential colonies and market places in their respective constituencies. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe poll panel has also attached instructions containing point number 2 and 5 of Chapter 4 — special measures taken by the Election Commission to enforce model code. “It appears to be violation of instructions contained in point-2 and 5…All are requested to comply with the above instruction, in letter and spirit,” the CEO office stated. According to sources, Bharat Electronics (BEL), a state-owned company, had recently agreed to execute the project, under which 2,000 cameras will be installed in each of the 70 assembly constituencies and the work for installation of 2,000 CCTV cameras each in every assembly constituency has begun. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe motive behind huge installation of CCTV cameras are to curb cases of chain and mobile snatching. Thousands of people do not even file complaint with the police. Installation of CCTV cameras in every street will bring the situation under control and also help the police. The Arvind Kejriwal government has been installing CCTV cameras across the national capital, saying it will contribute towards the safety of women. Last month, the CEO office had also received several complaints about various departments of the AAP government and BJP-ruled MCDs which had started work on projects before the poll code came into force and had sought formal approvals later, an official said. The CEO office had shot off a letter to head of departments, saying the projects that actually started on the ground after obtaining all necessary permission, before the poll code came into force, can be continued.last_img read more

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Oppn parties have no option but to accept defeat PM Modi

first_imgLohardaga: Lashing out at opposition parties that claimed EVMs were being manipulated, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said the ‘mahamilawatis’ have realized they stand no chance after three phases of elections and are looking for excuses to defend their poor show.Addressing a rally here, Modi said the opposition parties have no option left but to accept defeat. At a press meet Tuesday, leaders of several major opposition parties raised doubt over the credibility of the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs),renewing their demand that 50 per cent of the voter-verified paper audit trail (VVPAT) slips be matched with the EVM results before declaration of election results. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”Just like a child who makes excuses to justify his underperformance in exams, opposition parties have started directing their anger on the EVMs and the voting process for their shortcomings. “The response in first three phases of polls have left the opposition with no option but to accept defeat,” he said. Hitting out at the Congress, the prime minister said the “party that ended up shedding tears when Pakistan threatened India” is eyeing the seat of power in Delhi. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KIn a scathing attack on Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy for his alleged remark on the armed forces, Modi said those who believe that the poor join the army to make ends meet should drown to death. “Such comments are demoralising for the army. It takes a lot of courage to fight on the border. Those that say that only the poor join the army to make ends meet should drown to death,” he asserted. Insisting that Indians everywhere were the responsibility of the ‘chowkidaar’ (watchman), the PM said he never discriminated people on the lines of religion or caste. “When 46 nurses were held captive in Iraq, we did our best to get our daughters back. When Kolkata’s Judith D’Souza was kidnapped in Afghanistan, we rescued her. This chowkidaar is always concerned about the safety of the country’s daughters,” he claimed. Noting that Maoist menace in the country has reduced to a “large extent” under the BJP rule, he said youth are shunning violence to join the mainstream. “It is because of the efforts of the BJP government, naxalites have found their strongholds shrinking. The tribal youths in the Maoist-hit areas are now shunning violence and coming forward to work for the development of the country. “Under the District Mineral Development Act, we have allotted Rs 4,000 crore for the development of tribal areas in Jharkhand. I will not let the corrupt touch your land, forest and resources,” he stated. Referring to Sunday’s terrorist attack in neighbouring Sri Lanka, Modi said India too had faced similar tragedies before his government came to power. “What happened in Sri Lanka is very unfortunate. India, too, had gone through similar phases before 2014. But after we came to power, the situation changed. Terrorists are now aware that this chowkidaar will locate them, no matter where they hide,” he said. Expressing gratitude to the people of Jharkhand, who turned up in large numbers for Tuesday’s roadshow in the state capital, Modi said, “The response that I received in Ranchi was overwhelming. I was touched. It wasn’t a planned programme. The state unit of BJP requested me for the show only two days ago.”last_img read more

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Petit slams Ozil He has been a ghost for two years

first_imgArsenal legend Emmanuel Petit accused Mesut Ozil of lacking any desire on the pitchThe former Real Madrid playmaker was brought off by manager Unai Emery at half-time in Arsenal’s 1-1 draw at Brighton on Boxing Day.And Petit has been left far from impressed by Ozil’s mentality over the past two years for the Gunners.“Arsenal were magnificent against Brighton for 30 minutes,” Petit told Paddy Power.“They played good football but, just as they did at Southampton, disappeared all of a sudden.“The quality they had been showing vanished and it became obvious what their weakest link was – the defence. The goal they conceded was awful.“Mesut Ozil was taken off at halftime. I’m a big fan of his, but he has been a ghost for two years.“Where is the Ozil who was one of the best players around, making so many assists and goals? I think he has lost his desire on the pitch, it’s not there any more.”The French World Cup winner also believes Arsenal’s defence isn’t good enough ahead of Saturday’s trip to Anfield to take on unbeaten Premier League leaders Liverpool.Petit added: “In defence they are weak, they’re average. They make individual and collective errors.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“Sometimes you have to laugh. They injuries are not an excuse, most of the players who stepped in are internationals.“The quality they had been showing vanished (at Brighton) and it became obvious what their weakest link was – the defence.“I don’t know what’s going on with some of these players. During the long unbeaten run you thought Arsenal are back on track.“But now I look back at the number of those games in which they were lucky and, suddenly, reality returned.“They need to raise their game mentally on Saturday. I’ve seen glimpses of improvement compared to previous years but you can’t perform for just half an hour against Liverpool.“You need to be fully switched on for 90 minutes, especially away from home.“If Arsenal go to Anfield thinking they can just keep plodding away the way they have been, it’s over – they’ll leave the stadium with three or four goals against them.”Petit played for Arsenal in midfield between 1997 to 2000, where he won the Premier League and FA Cup before joining Barcelona.The Frenchman also had spells with AS Monaco and Chelsea before announcing his retirement in January 2005.last_img read more

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Army to Apply New Technologies to Improve Quality of Life

first_imgThe Army is starting to take advantage of emerging technologies to improve the quality of life for soldiers, military families and civilian workers, officials said at a recent Association of the U.S. Army forum. To reduce waits by vehicles trying to enter installations, for example, the Army is considering using facial recognition technology rather than relying on a gate guard to check a common access card or having a machine scan the card, said Richard Kidd IV, deputy assistant secretary for strategic integration.Greater use of sensors will enhance facility management, said Lt. Gen. Gwendolyn Bingham, assistant chief of staff for installation management. Sensors will be able to detect when a facility or system needs attention, or when the building temperature needs to be adjusted. Big data analytics, robots and artificial intelligence also will find applications at installations, reported the Army News Service.Photo courtesy of U.S. Army Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

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