Bruising gym takes top honours

first_imgStony Hill’s Bruising gym, coached by Carl Grant, took top honours in the Jamaica Boxing Board’s National Senior Championships, held recently at the Stanley Couch gym on Victoria Avenue.These were the 2015 Championships, which should have been held in December but were postponed.Bruising gym scored 14 points in the Elite section of the championships, edging the 2014 champions the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF), 12, and then picked up another four points in the novice section of the championships. Third was the Stanley Couch gym with six, and fourth, Seaview gym with five.In the novice section of the championships, for boxers with less than five bouts, Sav Boxing Academy took top honours with eight points from Stanley Couch’s seven, Sugar Olympic third with six and St Thomas fourth with five.Grant took the award for outstanding coach, middleweight champion Daine Smikle won the outstanding male boxer award, Nyoka Hewitt won the outstanding female boxer award, and Joshua Forrest-Barrett was named the outstanding novice boxer.AVERAGE STANDARDThe standard of boxing on display was only average, and a lot of work will have to take place in the various gyms this year to bring the boxers up to international standard. There were a few promising boxers, however. The classiest and most promising boxer in the tournament was Daine Smikle, who lives in the United States and is coached by his father Gary Smikle, a former local amateur boxer champion, who also had a good career as a professional. In the novice class, middleweight Forrest-Barrett stood out.Smikle pulled off a big upset when he dethroned middleweight champion Janathan Hanson in the semi-finals and then disposed of Seaview gym’s Nick Reid by a technical knockout because of injury in the finals. Defending welterweight champion Kestna Davis, coming back from a long break because of an injury, had a close call in his semi-final against Canadian boxer Joshua Frazer, who pushed him all the way. Davis won that fight by split decision. In the final he looked much better and won by a unanimous decision over Kevonna Willis of the JDF.In other finals in the elite class, lightweight Ricardo Carter from G.C. Foster defeated Patrick Sahadeo of the JDF; female super heavyweight Sashagaye Fowler from Bruising defeated Jasmine Graham from Stanley Couch by a technical knockout in round one; light welterweight Damion Wiliams from the JDF defeated Bruising’s Damion Fuller, and light heavyweight Ian Darby from the JDF defeated England-based Reece Shagourie on points by a split decision.last_img read more

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Only the Supreme Court Can Save Us from Another Precipice

first_imgLiberians are celebrating Thanksgiving weekend beginning yesterday, the actual Day by law – the first Thursday in November. This newspaper, Daily Observer, posits (suggests) that we have much more to thank Almighty God for than we think.We have since 1883, when the Legislature enacted that the first Thursday of November be observed as Thanksgiving Day, gathered in our homes and places of worship to give thanks to God for his innumerable blessings and mercies which He has bestowed upon us as a nation and people.And the blessings have been too many to mention, but they include maintaining and sustaining us as Africa’s first independent republic for these 170 years. And though we have little to show for it, the blessed two-fold fact remains that we paved the way for all the other Independent African States, with the exception of Ethiopia, and have survived in spite of the massive and prolonged imperial and colonial onslaughts that have befallen our continent, which included the confiscation of huge chunks of our own territory on the northeast, northwest and southwest Liberia. That is why we can find many Liberian tribes in Sierra Leone (northeast), Guinea (northwest) and Ivory Coast (southeast). The colonial powers, in their vicious and avaricious imperial expansion and land grabbing, ripped families apart and that is why we find our Vai, Mende and other kinsmen in Sierra Leone; our Kpelle, Lorma, Mano and other kinsmen in Guinea; and our Gio, Krahn, Grebo and other kinsmen in the Ivory Coast.But Liberia survived and was able to inspire all the other African colonized peoples and territories toward self-determination and independence; and go on to play a leading role in the formation of the Organization of African Unity (OAU-now African Union-AU).Another great blessing we can recount is that despite bad and even failed presidencies we have had over our 170-year history as a sovereign nation, we have survived them, too. One of them, in 1930, brought us very close to colonization, or being taken over by a European power. At that point, Britain and France, both of which had carved up huge chunks of our territory that were added to Sierra Leone, Guinea and Ivory Coast, were eagerly waiting to divide up Liberia between them.Alas, thanks to the ingenuity and patriotism of President Edwin J. Barclay and his Secretary of State, Louis Arthur Grimes, Liberia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity were saved!That is surely a lot to be thankful and grateful for. But there has been much more. Look at how the April 12, 1980 coup d’état was so terribly mismanaged, leading us to a deadly and devastating 14 year civil war. But thank God, we survived that, too.Alas! It seems that we Liberians have learned NOTHING from our experiences with BAD GOVERNANCE. Here we are now, about to make history by peacefully transferring presidential power from one administration to another for the first time in 73 years, and yet witnessing and experiencing Machiavellian interferences in the electoral process. For Heaven’s sake, who needs Machiavelli in Liberia?But that is the result of yet another administration that has chosen greed and selfishness as its cardinal principle. Were this not so, why has what should have been a simple, straightforward and eagerly awaited presidential election ended up in the Supreme Court?What more have we to be thankful for? That by the grace of God, The Prince—or Princess—named Machiavelli—will not find his – or her – way into the Supreme Court of Liberia and prevent the Court from rendering blind justice to the Liberian people.Only this Supreme Court can save us from another precipice that could plunge Liberia into another period of darkness, destruction and death.We, therefore, call on Machiavelli, whomever that may be, for the sake of the peaceful survival of Liberia, to STOP!West African leaders have, over the past few days, trooped into Liberia to warn us to DO THE RIGHT THING, otherwise, Liberians will not be welcome into their territories having messed up themselves, their government and their country once again.A hint to the wise is quite sufficient.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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MARAD staff benefit from Domestic Violence training

first_imgThe Maritime Administration Department (MARAD), in collaboration with Child Link Guyana, recently concluded a workshop on domestic violence for the Department’s staffers.According to a release issued by MARAD, the awareness forum was held between May 29 and June 7, 2018 at the Department’s head office and at the Ports and Harbours Office.Employees benefited from these sessions collectively, where theories, ideas and experiences were shared, which enabled a better understanding of domesticOne of the presenters during the workshopviolence.Convening the sessions were presenters from both of the partnering entities which include Kean Chase, Ashome Clarke, Stacy Parris, Katina Benn-George, and a former professional Counsellor of Child Link Guyana.During the workshop, participants were able to benefit from discussions on the forms of domestic violence, the cycle of domestic violence, and the triggers of domestic violence.It was revealed that violence against women occurs in all sectors of society in all countries of the world, regardless of race, religion, social status, educational or economical background.In Guyana, in the years 2013/2014, there were over 3,000 reported domestic violence cases. More than 80% of the victims were females.last_img read more

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Baker’s niche between Vegas and Barstow

first_img“We are totally dependent on the highway,” says Le Hayes, manager of the community services district, the local government body with a $600,000 annual budget to pay for basic services. “A huge percent is Las Vegas. All we have to do is look.” Look and you’ll also see the vehicles parked on the shoulder of I-15, overheated, with flat tires or otherwise immobilized. For this reason, Paul Mitchell, a burly 29-year-old with a thick beard and glasses, has one of the best gigs in town. He is one of the drivers for Ken’s Towing, a longtime Baker business specializing in aiding stranded motorists. Mitchell earns $9 an hour, 50 percent of labor costs and 33 percent of the $130-per-hour towing cost, which makes for some good paydays. Often, Mitchell is the only Baker resident travelers meet on their way elsewhere. Unless they stop and look around, they never see the dismal living conditions. Many residents are packed into trailers that have seen better days. Eighty-five percent work in the service industry. “It’s a nice little place,” Mitchell said. “There’s no fancy places.” Mitchell has a life that Vegas folks would either envy or fear. The big-city bustle has not touched him, except in his paycheck and maybe his wife’s job shilling dark roast. And he greets Las Vegas with a suspicious eye, unless he needs to do some shopping or wants to see a film. Then he heads into the city. “You think about going to Vegas, then you hear about all the crazy stuff, people killing each other,” he said. “We don’t have that here.” Mitchell lives in a 22-foot camper with a busted window that he shares with his wife and three young children. Although there are negatives about the cramped quarters – there is not enough room, for instance, for a large TV – Mitchell will tell you there also are some big positives. There’s not much maintenance, he’s close to work – an advantage of living in your workplace’s parking lot – and $200-a-month rent for the spot isn’t much considering a one-bedroom in Las Vegas would cost quadruple that or more. Plus, his yard is the Mojave Desert. Over the years, he’s towed Escalades, Mercedes-Benzes, even a Rolls-Royce. “Those are the ones that want to complain about the price,” Mitchell said. “The ones with the Ford Tauruses are like, `Eh, OK.”‘ The talk around town, though, is not so much about money as it is housing – more precisely, the lack of it. The town’s 150 houses and roughly 40 apartments are quickly snatched up when one becomes available. The housing shortage is one reason most teachers at the schools car pool from Las Vegas. The managers of Ken’s do the same. It’s about an hour commute if you treat the speed limit as a suggestion. Developers, though, aren’t rushing to build homes in Baker, not when there are much bigger profits to be made around Las Vegas or in Southern California. “If we had housing here, I think people would come to get out of the Vegas rat race,” said resident Kelly Fisher, a local school board member who also is secretary of the Community Services District. For now, the most contact residents have with outsiders is taking their food orders. And they are fine keeping it that way. “As long as Las Vegas is open for business,” Fisher said, “Baker will be open.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! DESERT: This small town needs a big town – but it’s happy to keep its distance. By Mike Trask LAS VEGAS SUN BAKER – This dusty little town, 92 brutal highway miles from Las Vegas, exists for only one reason. It’s the last stop on Interstate 15 before the Nevada line – and all the vice that lies ahead. It’s famous for being the “Gateway to Death Valley,” having the world’s tallest thermometer and not much else. As Las Vegas’ size has exploded, the 595 people who live in the 41/2-square-mile town have noticed relatively few changes in their everyday lives. Baker remains, as it has always been, reliant on the travelers crossing the desert in need of gas, food or vehicle assistance. On Fridays and Sundays the traffic can be seen for miles, crawling down the steep hills in the sweltering heat, much of it headed toward Las Vegas or Southern California. There isn’t a gas station within 50 miles of Baker – making the city a welcome sight indeed for motorists with pressing needs of both car and body. last_img read more

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DONEGAL TOWN BAND TO DANCE ALL THE WAY TO EURODISNEY!

first_imgThe contestants for tonight’s show!The Abbey Hotel Donegal Town hosts a major fundraiser for the town’s Community Band tonight (Friday 27th) starting at 8pm sharp.The award winning band has won three All Irelands, two county and two Ulster titles. In recognition of their achievements, the band’s committee hope to take the children to EuroDisney for the trip of a lifetime this summer. So tonight’s show proceeds will go entirely to that. Thirteen couples (all band members) have been in training for the last 5 weeks under the direct ion of Dara Tierney, Sandra Gallagher and Michael Campbell.Last night, the final three hour Dress Rehearsal took place and it’s all systems go for agreat nights’ entertainment, Adm is only €10 which goes entirely to give the well deserving band members the trip of a lifetime. DONEGAL TOWN BAND TO DANCE ALL THE WAY TO EURODISNEY! was last modified: March 27th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Inderski Named MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week

first_imgThe senior has recorded seven-straight double-doubles and in last week’s MVC games, she had 32 kills for a 4.0 kills per set average and 33 digs for a 4.12 digs per set average. ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Kyla Inderski (Urbandale, Iowa), a senior on the Drake University volleyball team, has been named the Enterprise Bank Missouri Valley Conference Student-Athlete of the Week, the conference announced Wednesday, Oct. 4. She started the week with 15 kills on 26 attempts (.538) in three sets at Chicago State and tallied 15 kills and 17 digs in the five-set win over Illinois State, with three of those kills coming on her seven attempts in the fifth set. She then finished the week with 17 kills on 41 attempts (.293) in just three sets against Bradley.  The honor is the second of the week for Inderski as she was named the MVC Volleyball Player of the Week Monday. Last week, she led the Bulldogs to three wins by averaging a double-double with 4.27 kills and 4.0 digs per set to help Drake jump out to a 4-0 record in the MVC. Academically, Inderski owns a 3.86 grade point average as an advertising and marketing major at Drake. To qualify for Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Week laurels, student-athletes must carry a cumulative grade-point average of 3.20, completed at least one academic year at a Valley institution and must be at least a sophomore in academic standing.2017-18 Drake Missouri Valley Scholar-Athletes of the WeekSept. 6 – Josh Yeager – Men’s Cross CountrySept. 13 – Kyle Brandt – Men’s Cross CountryOct. 4 – Kyla Inderski – Volleyball Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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Ho, Payne set Midmar Mile records

first_imgLeading American coach and open water authority Steve Munatones, meanwhile, brought US Olympic hopeful, Ashley Twichell, with him to see whether or not she could challenge Payne, who had dominated the race in 2011. “It’s the biggest event I have ever participated in,” said Twichell. It had been thought she might give the Midmar Mile a miss this year because of her Olympic preparations, but she and coach Sean Kelly decided not to fix what wasn’t broken and she returned once more for a shot at breaking the tie of six victories she held with South Africa’s Natasha Panzera (nee Figge). Riddin, the event’s organiser for the past 21 years, said the dice between Payne and Twichell made it possibly the greatest women’s race in the history of the Midmar Mile. “Put it this way,” he said, “I may have forgotten some races through the years, but this one I will never forget.” Victory in the girls’ 13-and-under and women’s 31-and-over went to Savannah Barman in impressive fashion. Despite struggling with her direction and thus swimming some distance more than necessary, she won in 23 minutes and 35 seconds, 37 seconds clear of second placed Zandalee Terblanche. Payne was not concerned with the time. She was, in fact, happy with it, consdering that it is early in the season, and also because the dam was choppy and 100 percent full, with water pouring strongly over the dam wall. Payne, the world 10k open water champion, swims few big mass-participation events, preferring to take part in the elite events, but she has consistently supported the Midmar Mile, the largest open water swimming event in the world. Assessing the performances of the winners, event organiser Wayne Riddin said: “This is the way the Midmar Mile is heading,” in reference to the world class performances by two world-class swimmers. Riddin expects that the event will continue to grow and attract ever-stronger fields. 13 February 2012 Former South AfricanHer first success at Midmar came as a junior, in the 13-and-under age group when she swam as a South African, having been born in Johannesburg. Nowadays, though, Payne sports an English-accent and, as a two-time world 10k open water champion, is a big medal hope for the British at the 2012 London Games. With the finishing line in sight, Payne managed to sneak a small lead. She exited the water and after a short dash for the line secured victory in 20 minutes and 44 seconds, almost two minutes slower than her winning time of 2011. She admitted that it had been a tough crossing and suggested that she might not try to equal Colin Cable’s record as the oldest finisher next year. However, her son Neil, aged 61, who swam with her, said he thought his mother might give the Midmar Mile a fifteenth go. Two important records fell in the 2012 aQuelle Midmar Mile on Sunday as South Africa’s Chad Ho won the men’s title and Great Britain’s Keri-Anne Payne claimed the women’s honours. Ho became the first swimmer to win the men’s title three years in succession in the 39th edition of the race, while Payne was pushed all the way to the finish by American Ashley Twichell before securing a record-setting seventh women’s victory. Mike Arbuthnot, one of the event’s founders, and the only man to officially swim in it each and every year, swam in four events to take his number of crossings to 78 at the age of 79. Arbuthnot, who sports the number one in honour of what he means to the Midmar Mile, will swim in two races next year to take his total number of crossings to 80 at the age of 80. The President of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee Sam Ramsamy was on hand to take in the action, along with the head of Swimming South Africa Jace Naidoo. Rene Warnes was the leading South African swimmer, crossing the line in fifth place in 22:23. Held annually over two days in February at the Midmar Dam in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, near Howick, the aQuelle Midmar Mile is recognised by Guinness World Records as the largest open water swimming event in the world. Chad Ho, who like Keri-Anne Payne, had also tasted Midmar Mile victory in the 13-and-under age group, was aiming for a third title in succession, an unprecedented achievement. However, he faced strong opposition from former winners Troyden Prinsloo (2005,2006) and Riaan Schoeman (2009), as well European 800 metres freestyle record holder Federico Colabertaldo. 102 milesMervyn Bremner, who heads up the Eight Mile Club, which is made up of swimmers who do all eight miles over the weekend to raise money for charity, became the first person to swim more than 100 Midmar Miles. He finished the weekend with a stunning 102 to his name. SecondTwichell finished just under two seconds after Payne, with Danielle Hall-Jackson of the British team in third after an impressive swim, in 21:03. Prinsloo came home in second, in 19:09, with Colalbertaldo in third, in 19:30, six seconds clear of Schoeman. Thirteen-year-old Matthew Meyer excelled in the race for boys 13-and-under and men 31-and-over. He took victory in an excellent time of 21 minutes and 30 seconds, beating two-time men’s winner Terence Parkin into second place and three-time champion Ryk Neethling into third. Stroke for strokeThe pair matched each other stroke for stroke through the first 400 metres before Payne edged ever so slightly ahead to claim the hot spot. On the Thursday preceding the Midmar Mile itself, she showed herself to be in good form by easily winning the Speedo International 10K Challenge. On Sunday, Twichell more than managed to challenge Payne, she provided the Brit with a race for the ages. “This race means so much to me and winning it three times in a row is really special,” said Ho after his victory. Dictated the raceFrom the start, the quiet Ho dictated how the race would be swum. After only 400 metres, he had opened up a good lead which had grown to 25 metres by halfway. A strong surge with 400 metres to go took him even further clear and he crossed the line in 18 minutes and 48 seconds for a superb victory. Oldest finisherThere was a notable achievement by Lorna Cochran in the very first race of the Midmar Mile on Saturday. The 88-year-old from Cape Town became the oldest female finisher in the history of the event, crossing the line in an hour and 20 minutes. The men’s race, the final event of the eight Midmar Mile races, was expected to be a closely fought affair, with a number of top Italians set to take on some of South Africa’s leading open water swimmers. Meyer had finished second to Neethling in 2011 and had the big crowd laughing when he vowed to beat his idol, Neethling, in 2012. He was as good as his word. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material At 800 metres, there was nothing to separate the two as they shared the money for reaching halfway first, and at 1 200 metres they once again shared the hot spot money.last_img read more

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Changing Behavior to Save Energy

first_imgOperate storm windows properlyIf you have storm windows, make sure they’re properly installed in the fall. With triple-track models, make sure the glass panels are properly in their tracks and all the way closed.With old-style wooden storm windows, make sure they’re all back on the windows by the time temperatures drop and ventilation is no longer needed. To simplify the seasonal adjustments with our wooden storm windows, we only remove the storms from those windows we use for ventilation. The other storm windows stay up all year. We live in a world of gadgets and stuff. When it comes to saving energy, we look to high-efficiency light bulbs or dishwashers. Or we use the advanced weatherstripping to seal our windows or add insulation in our attics. And hopefully we’ll look at fuel-economy ratings when shopping for our next car.Those are important things to be doing — and we should continue paying attention with all of our purchases. But we should also recognize that behavior is a big part of our overall energy consumption.The fact is, you can build two identical homes, right next to each other — with the same insulation levels, the same windows, the same appliances, and the same lighting — and the energy bills for those homes can differ by a factor of two, because they are operated differently. RELATED ARTICLES Occupant Behavior Makes a DifferenceTackling the Plug Load Problem In an upcoming column, we’ll take to the road and look at how decisions we make affect our energy use in getting around. Other no-cost ways to save energyI’ve provided here just a few examples of simple ways to save energy in our homes simply by changing the way we do things. There are lots of other examples having to do with cooking, refrigerators, how we dress, and using fans instead of air conditioning. What are your favorite strategies? Turn off the lightsAs I write this, I notice that we have two kitchen lights on that aren’t really needed. I’m not without guilt when it comes to failing to carry out this obvious energy-saving strategy.Some of us want to rely on special devices to ensure that we don’t waste lighting energy — occupancy sensors that turn out lights automatically when people leave a room — but we don’t need anything new to make this happen. Creating a culture of paying attention is the easiest solution, and it doesn’t cost anything and doesn’t break down. Wash clothes with cold waterAnother simple and fairly obvious strategy for saving energy is to switch to cold-water washing. We’ve been washing most of our clothes in cold water for several years now, though we still use hot or warm for certain loads. Use a detergent optimized for cold-water washing.You can also save energy by hanging clothes outside. Some people I know line-dry their laundry, but then put in the dryer for a few minutes to fluff it and remove the stiffness from outdoor drying. Close off unused portions of your homeReducing the square footage of a home that’s being heated can save a lot of energy. If you have a couple guest rooms that aren’t used on a regular basis, consider closing them off and adjusting your heat distribution system to deliver less heat to those spaces.With forced-air heat, this involves closing the air-supply register (which results in more warm air delivery to other rooms). If you have hydronic heat (baseboard hot water), there’s usually a long metal flap on baseboard convectors that can be closed to block the release of heat from these units (and keep most of the heat in the hot-water pipe to reach the next room). Neither of these adjustments blocks off all of the heat to these unused rooms — and that’s usually a good thing, as you don’t want to rooms to get too cold — but these adjustments can save a significant amount of energy. Operate your dishwasher with full loadsDishwashers consume energy both by using hot water and from the heated drying cycle. If you use the dishwasher less frequently by only running it when it’s all the way full, you’ll save energy.You can also turn off the electric-heat dry function. With the several dishwashers my wife and I have owned over the past 30 years, I don’t think we’ve ever used the electric drying option. Turn down the heatHow you set your thermostats can have a huge impact on your heating energy use. Set-back and programmable thermostats help with this (and I strongly recommend them), but you can also adjust thermostats manually on a daily basis. A common rule-of-thumb (that may or may not be very accurate) is that for every degree Fahrenheit a thermostat is turned down, savings of 2% in total heating energy use is realized.So for example, if you keep the house at a constant temperature, reducing the setting from 72°F to 67°F (five degrees) would reduce your heating bill by 10%. Or, a nighttime (8-hour) setback from 72°F to 62°F would reduce your heating bill by about 7% (20% divided by three since the setback is only for eight hours).Advanced programmable thermostats allow multiple temperature settings during a 24-hour period so that the temperature can be lowered during the day when homeowners are out of the house and again at night when they are sleeping. These thermostats typically allow a different weekend setting. (Note that with radiant floor heating, setback may not be recommended due to the thermal flywheel effect of the concrete slab; get advice from the installer about operation.)The same setback argument applies in the summer if you use air conditioning — though in reverse. You can save a lot of electricity use for air conditioning by raising your thermostat setting. Take shorter showersHeating water is often the second-largest energy use in a home, and in a highly insulated home it’s not uncommon for it to be number-one. Our largest use of hot water is often showering, so by taking shorter showers significant savings can be realized. No big surprise there.Another showering habit that will save energy is to reduce the flow when shampooing or shaving. For this reason, I prefer shower valves that have separate controls for both temperature and volume so that the flow can be adjusted without affecting the temperature mix. If you have a single lever that controls only the temperature, you can install a showerhead with a cut-off valve that reduces the flow to a trickle, or a valve that’s installed between the stem and showerhead. Operating houses in a more energy-efficient mannerSo how can homeowners modify the energy performance of their homes? There are lots of ways — many of them so obvious one might be tempted not to even list them. But we sometimes overlook the obvious.So here’s a starter list — all of them costing nothing. I’m hoping you will comment at the end of this blog with your own suggestions of other ways to reduce home energy consumption based on how you operate your home — or what you recommend to your clients. Alex is founder of BuildingGreen, Inc. and executive editor of Environmental Building News. He also recently created the Resilient Design Institute. To keep up with Alex’s latest articles and musings, you can sign up for his Twitter feed.last_img read more

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There Are No Shortcuts to Transformation

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now A CEO called to hire me to speak to his sales organization. I was a particularly good fit, and we both agreed that my keynote was just the right message at just the right time.As we talked about the event and the outcomes, the CEO asked me how I could guarantee that his team would execute and succeed with what I taught them in the keynote. I explained that outcome far exceeds what anyone can achieve in a keynote, and that transformation is something very different than a keynote (and quite a bit more money). He said he needed assurances that the keynote would ensure change. I told the CEO that I was unable to agree to speak to his team, knowing that there was no way I could achieve the outcomes he expected, and we parted ways there and then.Transformation is a decision, followed by a thousand conversations, followed by thousands of actions, small and large. This is why so few companies actually change.A Fish Rots from the HeadChange starts at the top. If the leader isn’t willing to change, the organization is incapable of change. A leader who won’t change is a bottleneck that prevents the rest of the organization from changing. It’s the leader’s willingness to engage with the change, to lead it, and to exercise their will to insist that the change occurs that ensures success.Good Managers and AccountabilityIf behaviors are going to change, it is going to be the work of the managers to initiate that change, and to change the behaviors of their team members. Without managers who are willing to hold people accountable for adopting new beliefs, learning new skills, and taking new actions, change is nothing more than a fleeting idea.Change Is Incremental, Even In TransformationChange takes time. It takes more time than you want it to take, and the results are not fast coming. 1 comes before 2, and 2 comes before 3.Transformation is a game of patient persistence. You have to keep doing what you know is right, even when it doesn’t feel like it’s working. You have to stay the course, waiting for the skills to be developed, waiting out the people who are trying to wait you out by pressing forward, and waiting for the wheels to grab the pavement and thrust you forward. You can do the right thing for longer than you think without generating the results you want. The results will, however, show up when you’ve put in the work.These are the fundamentals to change. There are no shortcuts, and there are no quick fixes. If you want transformation, first you have to transform.last_img read more

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Indian Elections Top Priority For Zuckerberg And Facebook

first_imgWith just four months to go for general elections, Facebook is looki ng to “ramp up its integrity efforts” in India. This will include “imminent appointment of key personnel, increased advertising transparency, and implementing its learnings from the recently concluded elections in Brazil, the United States (Congress and Senate midterms), Bangladesh, and India (state elections). Read it at Economic Times Related Itemslast_img

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