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Terminators FC Urged to Support Leadership

first_imgEx Mighty Barrolle goal-getter Jonathan Armah Baxter has been commended for his initiative and consistent recommendation for APM Terminals’ Terminators recent trip to Grand Bassa County.Speaking at the end of the two-day visit yesterday in Buchanan, Mr. Karl Gnonlonfin, head of Health Safety, Security and Environment (HSSE) at APM Terminals, who accompanied the team told the players of the former striker’s invaluable contributions towards the team’s successful trip.“I think if anyone deserves credit that person is Baxter,” Mr. Gnonlonfin said, as players cheered, minutes before they boarded their vehicles to return to Monrovia yesterday.He told the players that APM Terminals believes in quality of its name.“We want to develop a team so that whenever we meet our opponents in a match we can win without question,” Mr. Gnonlonfin said, as the players cheered him.He told the players that losing 2-1 to LAC Defenders last Sunday in a friendly match celebrating Liberia’s 168th Independence Anniversary, in the wake of their short preparation and long ride from Monrovia, is an indication that the team could do better in the future.“Work with Mr. Baxter,” he urged them, “so that all of you can develop a better team that can represent us in the future.” He said he observed a good number of players on the team who must work together cohesively.“You have players but not a team,” he said. “You must work together and develop a team.”He told them to provide support to the initiatives of Mr. Baxter and develop corps of officers to run the affairs of the sports association.“I will give you my push,” he told them, “if you organize yourself and support each other with a great deal of discipline.” He said soccer has passion that makes people spend huge sum of money to either watch it or to support it.Mr. Gnonlonfin, who played football in high school but only played during his first year in college, said soccer’s ability to bring people together to support a common cause is overwhelming.“I saw on the field how people were cheering for either of the teams and this was good,” he said, promising that December will see another outing for the team. It is the team’s second outing; the first was a trip to Bomi County.Jonathan Armah Baxter played in the 1980s for several clubs, including St. Joseph’s Warriors, NPA and Mighty Barrolle. He has a wealth of experience in coaching and team management. The team is coached by ex NPA star George Paintsil.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

The many rewards of being a Home Instead CAREGiver in Donegal

first_imgHome Instead Senior Care is currently recruiting 60 new and experienced CAREGivers to work all over County Donegal.Caregiving is a career which offers vast personal rewards and provides a vital service to the community. Could you be the right person for the role? Home Instead prides itself on its excellent level of service. They expect staff to provide an outstanding quality of care to clients, so they take great care of their CAREGivers too! CAREGivers are well-trained to look after seniors in their homes and their support brightens the days of the clients they see.Martin MurphyMartin Murphy, Owner of Home Instead Senior Care Donegal said there are many benefits of joining the professional team. Mr Murphy told Donegal Daily: “CAREGivers find their work to be extremely rewarding. We have people from all walks of life in the team, from those who worked as civil servants, teachers, nurses and homemakers who are looking to make a little extra income. Caregiving is rewarding because it’s about giving back to the local community. “Along with non-medical and light cleaning services, the CAREGiver offers companionship which really benefits a person’s mental health. With a friendly visit, they help a client get a good start to the day.”Mr Murphy said a careful process is used to match CAREGivers to a client’s needs and personality.He said: “We try to match CAREGivers to clients intellectually. Say if a client was interested in music we’d match them to a CAREGiver with a similar interest so they can build a friendship.”The role is as life changing for the CAREGiver as it is for the client, Mr Murphy said. By providing personal care and companionship with a support team behind them, the CAREGiver gains a strong feeling of being rewarded in their work.Mr Murphy added: “A number of CAREGiver have been here for over 10 years. We support a CAREGiver throughout their role and they are provided with extra training if they want to upskill to care for clients with higher levels of needs.” If you are a caring and compassionate person and you’re looking for a job that you can truly put your heart into, this could be the fulfilling career you’ve been looking for.Home Instead CAREGivers provide a range of non-medical services that help seniors to remain in their homes, among their friends and in their communities. And they provide families who have elderly relatives with the peace of mind that their loved ones are being cared for by experts in home care.Home Instead Donegal is now actively recruiting 60 CAREGivers across the County Donegal, who’ll join their winning team of 4,000 CAREGivers across the country. A number of recruitment days are planned in Donegal this year, with more details available from donegal@homeinstead.ie  If you’d like to experience the Home Instead Way, just call 0749113050, or apply directly online at HomeInstead.ie/Become-a-CAREGiver today.The many rewards of being a Home Instead CAREGiver in Donegal was last modified: March 7th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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)Tags:caregiving.donegal jobshome instead senior carelast_img read more

Hughes: Julio Cesar is as good as Schmeichel and Southall

first_imgMark Hughes says QPR’s Julio Cesar is among the best goalkeepers he has ever seen.The Rangers boss, a former Manchester United colleague of Peter Schmeichel and international team-mate of Everton legend Neville Southall, believes Cesar is as good as them both in their prime.“Over the years I had the pleasure of playing with the likes of Schmeichel and Southall, and he’s right up there,” Hughes said.“It’s not only his ability as a keeper. His mentality in the dressing room is huge for us and that’s a benefit we’ll tap into.“He understands what it takes and he drives people around him. He inspires people with his manner and his presence.“He’s on a par with the top keepers in the world in my view.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

Tracking Our Company’s Carbon Footprint

first_imgSouth Mountain Company is a 39-year-old employee-owned company offering integrated architecture, engineering, building, and renewable energy services. We like to measure how we’re doing in as many ways as possible. Like other businesses, we have a collection of metrics for financial tracking: profit and loss, budget projections and actuals, job costing of each project, value of our several funds (pension, equity, and reserves), and more.We also measure social factors: employee education costs, compensation ratio (top to bottom), length of employee tenure, average employee age, charitable contributions, and community service.We consistently track (measure) our work backlog to help us plan for our immediate future.We try to predict our longer-term future, too — through strategic planning, creating five year plans, projecting organizational charts, and making succession plans.In design and project planning, we do extensive measuring (space planning, engineering) to ensure good building performance, structure, and utility. On our completed projects, we monitor energy use and other factors (like relative humidity) to help us learn what works and what doesn’t. There are no existing templates for these calculationsWe asked ourselves this question: “While we are working so hard to make zero-energy buildings, how are we doing with energy and waste in our company operations?” The answer, despite our consistent anecdotal efforts, is that we had no real idea, so we set out to find out — to learn where our impacts are greatest, and where the opportunities exist to reduce those impacts. By gathering baseline data and measuring impacts, we would create a means to track our progress.When we first imagined this project, we assumed we would find models and templates. Surprisingly, we were unable to find small companies that are currently measuring their company carbon footprint. (We still think they must be out there; we just haven’t found them yet). So we developed a methodology, gathered the data, and produced the first phase of our carbon footprint assessment. Our director of engineering, Marc Rosenbaum, was largely responsible for the methodology. My daughter Sophie, who works with us part-time while she is working on an MBA in Managing for Sustainability, collected the data from various places and was the primary author of the report.We have now completed the first phase of this project. Here’s a snapshot that shows that by far the largest source of energy use in our company at present is employees getting to and from work and driving around (hopefully not aimlessly) doing errands during the day! (See Image #1, above.) Looking at building materialsWe are also ready to begin the second phase of our assessment, which is the complicated part. The materials that we use in our projects are a big part of our carbon impact. In the first phase of our assessment, we only measured the transportation of building materials from Woods Hole (the other side of the water from Martha’s Vineyard, our home territory) to their destination, and the waste these materials generated. But that leaves out, of course, a big part of the story: the materials’ environmental impact from origin to Woods Hole.For simplicity’s sake, we decided for Phase One that this is part of our clients’ carbon footprint, not ours — a convenient deflection. A procrastination, in fact (like washing all the dishes and leaving the baking pans and skillets in the sink to soak) — but one that was necessary to allow the analysis to be phased.Ultimately, however, we understand that these materials are, indeed, a part of our impact. More important than who is assigned the impact is the fact that we are the ones who can assess and change our practices, so the ball’s in our court.The second phase, which we are beginning now, is to dig deeply into a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of the materials we purchase for our projects, from the extraction phase through processing, manufacturing, and distribution (along with the current local transportation and waste disposal that we are already tracking). This new part of the endeavor requires extensive research and new learning.It also means we must consider and interact with our supply chain in new ways — to try to create alignments, in both values and practices, with our suppliers. This is bound to be a long haul. The beginning of a long journeyIn summary, for 20 years or more we have had the goal of reducing carbon emissions, but it has been an abstract goal to which we have only given episodic attention. It may take another 20 years to reach our zero-energy and zero-waste goals, and we are only beginning to learn how to do that. But this first phase of our Carbon Footprint Project has served its intended purposes. We identified the areas in which we are already doing well, found the areas that are most ripe for improvement, and specified the aspects which need further inquiry.There’s always something new that needs to be measured. Numbers tell stories. Stories teach. This metric feels like one that will be teaching us a lot — for a very long time. While there will be no end to this project, we are no longer at the beginning. It’s part of a path to a restorative future.The full first phase report is available on the SMC website. We are interested in feedback about ways to improve it. We are also interested in knowing about other companies doing this work. If you have comments or information you’d like to share write to me at jabrams [at] southmountain [dot] com. And, of course, building itself is a process of constant measurement.This desire — to measure whatever we can as a means of understanding who we are and what we do — inspired us recently to attempt to measure our company carbon footprint. Despite our efforts to build durable high-performance buildings with low environmental impacts, we recognize that all of our buildings have significant impacts, as do our operations as a company. RELATED ARTICLES Implementing new carbon-reduction measuresWe have just completed a project to make our offices, shop, and storage facilities net energy producers. We added a large solar array and replaced our oil heating system with air-source heat pumps. (See Image #2, below). But since we enrolled in the Massachusetts Solar Renewable Energy Certificate program, which enables us to sell the renewable attribute of the solar-generated electricity, we can’t count it against the electricity we use; that would be counting it twice in carbon footprint terms.Now we will prioritize reducing our use of transportation energy. We are considering a number of measures which, if implemented, may help with that:Operational changes that save trips by our construction crews when in the field;Increasing our company’s employee transportation incentive to encourage greater use of public transportation and bicycles;Carefully evaluating the benefits and costs of off-island travel, driving, flying, taking the bus, or skipping the trip altogether;Ensuring that PV systems are installed and operational as early as possible on projects to maximize offsets of jobsite energy use;Examining the possibility of portable jobsite heat pumps for construction heat;Lowering our corporate fleet footprint by incentivizing more fuel-efficient vehicles throughout the company;Acquiring a company electric vehicle for office errands and short trips during the workday.We’re particularly jazzed about the electric vehicle, as we have been working to make our facility more resilient in case of an event that leaves us without power for an extended time. The battery pack in an electric vehicle represents energy storage that can supply our facility with power during an electricity outage. If we plan to use our PV array for backup power, it’s likely that we’ll need more storage than one vehicle battery pack provides. Strength in NumbersReducing Our Carbon Footprint — Part OneReducing Our Carbon Footprint — Part TwoHow Deep Is Your Footprint?Life-Cycle Assessment is a Tool, Not a Silver BulletEnergy Return on Investment Energy Use Is the Most Important Aspect of Green BuildingAll About Embodied EnergyNet-Zero Design Wins Carbon Competition ‘All New Construction and Retrofits Must Be Carbon-Neutral’Britain’s Zero-Carbon Dustup Q&A: Experience with carbon footprint modeling for construction? John Abrams is founder and CEO of South Mountain Company, located on Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts. South Mountain is a 39-year-old worker-owned company committed to triple-bottom-line business practices. John’s book, Companies We Keep: Employee Ownership and the Business of Community and Place, was published in 2008. John’s blog is called The Company We Keep.last_img read more