Collect-a-Book sparks children’s love of reading

first_imgPresent to add a bit of colour and energy to the visits was the Collect-a-Can mascot, the CANman, who had boxes of reading books in tow for the schools to add to their libraries in exchange for the cans the pupils and school staff had collected for recycling. (Images: Collect-a-Can SA)Together with partners and stakeholders, Collect-a-Can’s (a can recovery and recycling organisation), Collect-a-Book initiative has managed to collect approximately 3000 books that they hope will help foster a love of reading literature among the five underprivileged schools they had identified to receive these books.About 3 000 books were donated by Collect-a-Book to five underprivileged schools, in the hopes they would spark a love of reading in the children.Collect-a-Book is an offshoot of Collect-a-Can, the well-known can recovery and recycling organisation. A number of partners joined the initiative, which was Collect-a-Can’s effort to mark Mandela Month this year. It tied into Nelson Mandela’s love of reading and his belief in the role the youth had to play in transforming South Africa as a whole.The books were handed over to the schools on 23 and 24 July; on the days, the pupils were treated to fun-filled interactive reading with volunteers and staff, who were on hand to help make it a time to remember.Zimasa Velaphi, Collect-a-Can’s public relations and marketing manager, said the aim of Collect-a-Book was to put books in the hands of underprivileged pupils and “bring reading books to life, while making a lasting and memorable difference in schools”.Groups of volunteers and partners, along with a number of staff members from Collect-a-Can, made their first stop at Zitha Primary School in Vanderbijlpark, in Gauteng on Thursday. Visits to the four other schools were on Friday. They were: Chuma Primary School in Khayelitsha, Cape Town; Khalipha Primary School in Umlazi, Durban; Boepakitso Primary School in Diepkloof, Johannesburg; and Bokamoso Primary School in Soshanguve, Tshwane.Present to add a bit of colour and energy to the visits was the Collect-a-Can mascot, the CANman, who had boxes of reading books in tow for the schools to add to their libraries in exchange for the cans the pupils and school staff had collected for recycling.Selected classes at the schools were treated to what the facilitators of the initiative called “READalicious” activities. These involved teaching the children the many benefits of reading through interactive exercises and group reading sessions. They showed that reading could be fun, and could be considered more than just a part of the school curriculum.The activities were designed to prove to the children that reading could help to unlock the imagination and widen their scope of reference.Velaphi explained that the importance of reading for pleasure could not be underestimated. A study on children and reading “showed that reading for pleasure positively influences children’s learning abilities, especially with regards to developing their vocabulary, spelling abilities and mathematics skills”.It was important, she added, for Collect-a-Can to ensure this was not a once-off event. “Schools can look forward to a follow-up visit for International Literacy Day on Tuesday, 8 September 2015, when we hope to find that these learners have fallen in love with reading for pleasure.”The many partners who played a part in the success of the initiative included ReaderLympics, Biblionef, Molteno, Pan Macmillan, Dainfern Valley Estate and Tshikovha Environmental and Communication Consultancy.“Nothing encapsulates the spirit of Mandela Month more than working together to make a positive difference in our underprivileged communities,” Velaphi concluded.For more information about Collect-a-Can, visit its website or telephone on 011 466 2939.last_img read more

2019 Junior Market Barrow Sale

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Champion Yorkshire exhibited by Ella Reed of Thornville sold to Farm Credit Mid-America, Paul Brown Construction, Granville Milling Co., Bill & Sally Sitterly, Buckeye Barrow Boosters, and Bay’s Food Market for $6,200. The Champion Tamworth exhibited by Gracie McHenry sold to Producers Livestock, Buckeye Barrow Boosters, Mark Lensman, KFI Show Pigs, Blessing Pump Service, and CPR by Tom for $2,500. The Champion Spot exhibited by Ava Genter of Archbold sold to Buckeye Barrow Boosters, Dean A. Smith, Kremer Yorkshires, Bodey Insurance, Genter Show Stock, and Oman Farms for $3,350. The Champion Landrace exhibited by Logan Deel of Vinton sold to The Feed Stop, Foster Sales, Ohio Valley Pig Sales, Major Expectations Online Sales, Diamond T Land & Cattle Co., Letart Coporation, Jackson Ag. Services, Buckeye Barrow Boosters and Tim & Glenda Huffman for $2,500. The Champion Hereford exhibited by Wade Smith of New Vienna sold to Fox Towing & Truck Service, Kevin Cathy & Kodey Smith, McDonald & Son Feed Mill, Clint High Farms, Mayer Farm Equipment, The Wendt Group- Kasey Smith, Owen & Glen Smith, Davidson Farm, Ron & Sheila Geer, Peggy Geer, Dick & Kim Hiatt, Shoelace Catering, Ryan, Natalie, Allie, Conner & Calie Brunk, Kimley Feed Stone, Southern Hills Commercial Bank and Buckeye Barrow Boosters for $2,750. The Champion Hampshire exhibited by Zander Ivey of Bloomingburg sold to Buckeye Barrow Boosters and John Regula for $2,400. The Champion Duroc exhibited by Ava Genter of Archbold sold to Buckeye Barrow Boosters, Kremer Yorkshires, Oman Farms, Dean A. Smith, Champion Cheer & Tumble Center, Bodey Insurance, and Genter Showstock for $4,900. Reserve champion exhibitors The Champion Chester White exhibited by Luke Johnson of Wilmington sold to Lensman Show Pigs, Steve Murphy- Murphy Farms, Bill Marine Ford, Bodey Insurance, Stewart Family and Buckeye Barrow Boosters for $2,400. The Champion Berkshire exhibited by Brett Zeedyk of Hicksville sold to Buckeye Barrow Boosters, Roger & Lois Zeedyk, The Country Petal, R & T Manure Application, and M & M Enterprise for $3,075. In addition, the Champion Poland China exhibited by Cooper Stambaugh sold to Willson Farms, Tim and Glenda Huffman, Buckeye Barrow Boosters, Double B & S Cattle Co., Wallpert Livestock Trucking, Worthington Steel- Delta, and Morenci Chiropractic for $2,500.The reserve champion exhibitors were: Berkshire: Zander Ivey, Bloomingburg; Chester White: Sable Ruhenkamp, Ft. Loramie; Duroc: Gracee Stewart, Sabina; Hereford: Mallory Liles, Wapakoneta; Hampshire: Madison Curless, Blanchester; Landrace: Madison Petro, Gallipolis; Poland China: Kasen Miller, Somerset; Spotted: Dane Wilt, Washington Court House; Tamworth: Liam Shellhouse, Sycamore; Yorkshire: Maya McCoy, Washington Court House; Light Cross: Grant Dunaway, Hamilton; Dark Cross: Lily Rees, Bidwell.The Buckeye Barrow Boosters also supported each exhibitor in the sale. They include: CWKW Showpigs, John Regula Auctioneer, Korb Farms, Kimley Show Pigs, Ward Family Genetics, Genetic Edge, Ohio Pork Schop, Kremer Yorkshires, Ohio Ag Net/ Ohio’s Country Journal, Ohio Youth Gilt Sale, Ohio Hamp, York, Landracer and Crossbred Boar Sale, Larry Dore Family, Mark Butterfield Family, Ellwood Family, Bob Foster Family, LUS- Rusty Bingham, Bates Showpigs, Andy Warner Family, Fender Family Showpigs, Mike Fearon Family, Brandon Harris Family, Matt Foor Family, Ray Sponcil Family, Roger Hunker Family, 3N Livestock, Wendt Livestock, Scott Evans Family, Todd Price, Rusty Coe Family, Aiden Adams, Stewart Family, Yoder Family, Hancock Family, and the Swensen Family.last_img read more

Podcast: Closing Matters – Episode #114

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 Podcast: Play in new window | Download (20.0MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Google Podcasts | RSSA few weeks ago, I posted my first video on LinkedIn. It was a response to a friend’s video where he suggested closing is not a skill, and that it is no longer important in sales. Both of these ideas as stated are inaccurate and will cause you to lose deals you might otherwise have won.Closing doesn’t require that you be smarmy, manipulative, self-oriented, or pushy. Now it means that you ask for the commitments your dream client needs to make to create change and produce a better result.This episode of the podcast is sponsored by b2bsalestraining.com and The Lost Art of Closing.last_img read more

Goa Dy CM defends tainted minister amid resignation demands

first_imgPanaji, Jun 11 (PTI) As opposition parties demanded the sacking of State Sports Minister Ramesh Tawadkar for being chargesheeted in an unlawful assembly case, Goa Deputy Chief Minister Francis D?Souza today defended his cabinet colleague saying that he has not been convicted yet. “Filing of charge-sheet does not mean someone is convicted. It is not the judgement,” D?Souza said playing down the demands of removing the minister from cabinet. “Chargesheet means there are prima facie evidence, which needs to be proven. I feel only once charges are framed against the minister, then it is a matter of seriousness. Then it is serious,” D?Souza told reporters here. When asked whether the minister should step down on his own, D?Souza said it is for the minister to decide. “It is for the individual to take a call. It is his own conscience that has to guide him. In some cases individual on their own step down while some dont,” he said. Opposition parties in the state including Congress, AAP, NCP and Goa Forward are demanding resignation of Tawadkar. “We demand that Tawadkar should resign voluntarily from the cabinet or chief minister should drop him from the cabinet. He has been accused of serious charges and now he is before the court,” Congress? Goa Spokesman Sunil Kawathankar said. He said Congress party will be petition Governor Mridula Sinha seeking her intervention to drop the minister from the cabinet. Yesterday, Canacona Police charge-sheeted Tawadkar before a Judicial Magistrate First Class after he allegedly barged into the office of a senior forest officer at Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary and forcibly took away two persons who were in custody there on April 27, 2009. He was bookedunder various sections of Indian Penal Code for unlawful assembly, rioting and criminal trespass. NCP State President Jose Philip D?Souza said the cabinet should not have a tainted minister. “He should resign immediately. By keeping him in the cabinet BJP is proving that it is the party with tainted faces,” he said. Goa Forward too has echoed the demand of his removal. “Such a tainted minister cannot continue to be part of the cabinet. Chief Minister should sack the minister if he does not resign on his own,” party spokesman Durgadas Kamat said. AAP has served ultimatum of 15 days for the state government to sack the minister, failing which they have decided to approach Governor with a petition. PTI RPS DK RG BASadvertisementlast_img read more

IIT Kharagpur offers financial assistance to every student based on their needs

first_imgStudents at IIT Kharagpur can take financial assitance from the institute and return it back once they are capable of. Top JEE Advanced scorers can apply for ‘Learn-Earn-Return’ scholarship that gives the recipient Rs 10,000 per month for four years. However, students have to maintain , a CGPA of 9 throughout and take a pledge to give back to the Institute once they are capable to do so.Types of financial assistance IIT Kharagpur, in fact, provides students need-based financial assistance.For all meritorious students whose annual family income is less than Rs 6 lakh, there is tuition waiver or some monthly scholarship, even free mess facility, free hostel and pocket allowance for the underprivileged for some.But financial aid is not denied even to those who come from upper middle class families. The Tower Research Capital India scholarship, for instance, does not take into account the economic criteria at all. Endowment scholarships such as the Ritesh Ranjan Memorial Scholarship, have relaxed the cut-off limit for merit-cum-means scholarships.Since the Institute believes in the all-round development of students, there are also scholarships – such as the Sushma Mukhija Memorial scholarship or the Vinod Gupta Leadership scholarship -that lend take into account students’ participation in sports, and extra-curricular activities. Close to 1,000 students at IIT Kharagpur receive financial assistance from various corporations, foundations and external agencies, all of them targeted at rewarding merit.International internshipsThe Institute however goes one step ahead and offers financial support along with the alumni for participation in international competitions such as Hult Prize, Solvay Business Plan etc. Further, the IIT KGP Foundation USA offers funding for international internships up to an amount of $3000 in order to groom the students for the professional world.advertisementStudents can look forward to financial assistance in research even at the UG level as the Institute aims to inculcate the culture of research early on among students. Besides, there are fellowships for research projects and special grants for incubated entrepreneurship projects.Mentors The perks that students can look forward to at IIT Kharagpur are not merely financial. They are mentored by the IIT KGP alumni, groomed professionally by the Institute for placements and receive invaluable professional experience by being part of student societies which participate in various institutional events and projects. Not surprisingly, students come out with flying colours at national and international meets.Awards While students have won international awards like Honda Young Engineer and Scientist’s (Y-E-S) Award for 2018-19, Best Presentation Award at the Third International Conference on Machine Learning and Soft Computing, sixteen young alumni from the Institute have been featured by Forbes magazine for their 30 under 30 prestigious listing for India and Asia.Pushkar Singh of LetsTransport, a Bangalore-based intra-city logistics company, who recently made it to the Forbes 30 Under 30 list of 2019, said, “Our achievement in large part is also because of the training we received at IIT Kharagpur, its extra-curricular activities and the network we developed in college”.last_img read more

4 days agoMan Utd midfielder Fred: My first ‘clasico’

first_imgMan Utd midfielder Fred: My first ‘clasico’by Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United midfielder Fred was pleased with his performance against Liverpool.Fred impressed in the 1-1 draw.“Personally, I’m happy how I played in my first ‘clasico’ against Liverpool,” he told The National.“We’re just all a little frustrated that we didn’t hold on to the lead, but we have to be encouraged.“We played at a very good pace against Liverpool. We needed that, we haven’t started the league well, but we played with heart, we played with force, we attacked quickly, especially in the first half. The second half we continued well but it was more equal.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Block O leader Mr Ohio State rallying the pack for one more

It’s an unusually breezy, cloudy Saturday morning in early September. Tents are lined up in the parking lot of the southwest entrance of Ohio Stadium.It’s the calm before the big storm: the Ohio State football team’s home opener vs. Hawaii.Within hours, the tents are filled with tailgaters covered in scarlet and gray or green and black resembling the team being cheered. Speakers are on, bumping hype music to prepare fans for intense cheering.Among the crowd, opposite the southwest entrance, is 23-year-old red-bowtie-wearing Isaac Oyer, also known as Mr. Ohio State. He acquired the nickname Mr. Ohio State after receiving screen time on national television during the OSU vs. Alabama Sugar Bowl game in January.“People I didn’t even know would message me. The amount of Twitter notifications, text messages and Facebook messages I got from people being like ‘dude you’re all over TV’ was unbelievable,” Oyer said. By 10 a.m on Saturday, Oyer was with his crew of friends joking around before leading his peers into the ‘Shoe for work. His job is more fun than tough. He’s the president of OSU’s Block “O” student section.“I’m in charge of basically the whole organization, making sure everyone is doing their job … and honestly just to make it the best experience we can for our student athletes,” Oyer said.Block “O” is the official student section of OSU athletics. The organization is made up of an executive board and committees for all sports teams.  Being from Springfield, Virginia, and in a brand new element in Columbus, Julia Schwabenbauer, a third-year in business, said Block “O” helped her get accustomed to life at OSU.“I didn’t know a lot of people coming from out of state, but standing in Block “O” I felt super-connected to the school,” Schwabenbauer said. “I became friends with everyone around me. It felt like home.”Becoming the president of Block “O” was unexpected for Oyer. With no family ties to OSU, he didn’t pay attention to Buckeye sports teams, nor did he ever see sports in his future, despite being a three-sport athlete in high school.“I actually wasn’t an Ohio State fan growing up in Columbus. Neither of my parents went to Ohio State. After coming here, I don’t know, Buckeye Nation takes over you,” Oyer said.He said his plan was always to attend OSU to get a degree in engineering so he could follow in his father’s footsteps, but his plan didn’t go accordingly.  “I wasn’t really doing well with my chemical engineering and chemistry classes. I was really struggling. (My) GPA was super low,” Oyer said.   After struggling with his then-major, he did some thinking as to where he’d want to end up later in life.“I never thought sports would be a thing, and even being in Block “O,” heavily involved in Block “O,” I never thought of sports. And then after struggling with engineering for so long and being into sports as I am, it clicked,” he said.Things clicked for Oyer when he realized he should get involved in the sports world. Step one, he said, was to change majors from engineering to classics as a way to have an easier courseload. The next step was to focus on Block “O” and gain experience with internships to get real-world experiences.“I knew a lot of people from the Blue Jackets, like in their front office, from playing hockey when I was like 5 or 6 years old … so I reached out to them and set up a meeting and kind of got me an internship with the Blue Jackets,” Oyer said.Michelle Bucklew, marketing director for Block “O,” said she sees excitement through her friend Oyer.“Obviously he gets a lot of TV time, but if you ever see him on TV, you know he’s excited about Ohio State, his job and what he’s doing,” said Bucklew, a fourth-year in marketing.Though Oyer is always in the frontlines leading the pack to cheer for OSU athletics, Bucklew said he has not yet joined the superfan ranks attained by fans such as “The Big Nut” and “Buck-I-Guy.”“I think he created an image for himself the last year or so, but I don’t know if it’s superfan material,” Bucklew said.All in all, Oyer said things have come full circle from his time as a high-school sophomore aspiring to be a general manager for a sports team to now.“It’s just nice doing something that I love,” he said. Block O president Isaac Oyer, also known by his nickname ‘Mr. Ohio State’, before OSU’s home opener against Hawaii on Sept. 12 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Photo Editor read more

Mens Basketball Ohio State relying on support for Kaleb Wesson in the

Ohio State sophomore forward Kyle Young (25) and sophomore forward Kaleb Wesson (34) defend against a member of South Carolina State’s basketball team during the first half of the game on Nov. 18. Ohio State won 89-61. Credit: Amal Saeed | Assistant Photo EditorIn Chris Holtmann’s first season as the head coach at Ohio State, he had Keita Bates-Diop and Jae’Sean Tate to rely on in the paint. Both players provided different styles offensively — Tate being the bruising, layup player down low and Bates-Diop having the ability to pull up, showing some production behind the 3-point line.However, both provided the size needed defensively to be a presence in the post, with Bates-Diop and Tate each averaging more than six rebounds per game in their final season with the Buckeyes. For much of the 2018-19 season, both offensive roles and tha major defensive post role has shrunk from two players to one: sophomore forward Kaleb Wesson. He leads the team in points, averaging 16.2 per game while only increasing his average time played by 3.8 minutes. His attempts from inside the 2-point line have increased to 7.8 per game, connecting on 58.4 percent. He’s increased his willingness to shoot from deep, averaging 2.1 attempts from 3 and connecting on 32.4 percent, a 13.24 percent increase from his freshman season. He’s a force in the paint as well, exceeding both his offensive and defensive rebound totals to two more per game than he averaged a season ago. Wesson is Ohio State’s main game plan and target. And it’s something that other teams are very aware of. “It’s also tough when there is a lot of teams that will post trap and double and stuff like that,” sophomore forward Kyle Young said. Post presence was something that Holtmann wanted and expected to carry over into his second season, despite the decrease in team size with the absence of Tate and Bates-Diop. But this is a job for more than one player. “We have to continue to grow that aspect of our guys’ games,” Holtmann said. “Andre is a guy that has shown an ability to do that, as has Kyle at times, not really something that Kyle has ever done, but he’s shown an ability to do it, and [freshman forward Jaedon LeDee]. I think there are multiple guys that we are trying to play through.” Especially in terms of rebounding, no player has come close to the nearly seven rebounds per game Wesson averages. Young, junior forward Andre Wesson and senior guard C.J. Jackson are the closest, averaging more than four per game. Holtmann said Andre Wesson is the next player on the roster expected to have a post presence, averaging career highs in both offensive and defensive rebounding this season. But when Kaleb Wesson has gone to the bench early on in the past few games due to foul trouble, Young has been the one who has stepped up, providing a consistent presence down low, especially offensively. In five Big Ten games, including four starts, the sophomore forward has only averaged 7.2 points per game, but has made 17 of 21 shot attempts from the field, an 81 percent success rate that is leaps and bounds better than anyone on the roster not named redshirt junior guard Danny Hummer, who had connected on the only shot he has attempted. Young has also made an impact on the boards, finishing second behind Kaleb Wesson with 4.6 rebounds against conference opponents. However, 10 of his 23 total rebounds against the Big Ten have been offensive boards. Young said he and Kaleb Wesson have developed a good relationship, coming into Ohio State in the same recruiting class. He said they have developed chemistry and have developed a better connection the more he got to know him both on and off the court. Now Young’s focus is on taking advantage of extending Ohio State’s presence in the paint, not leaving it only to one man. “I think we can continue to be more tough and physical, utilizing that game more inside, maybe looking to get to a move first instead of just getting it in and passing it out right away,” Young said. “We just need to keep working on it every day and it will get better.” read more

Lopetegui will be a great coach for Real Madrid – Isco

first_imgSpain ace Isco is excited over Real Madrid’s appointment of former Spain coach Julen Lopetegui as the new manager.Lopetegui was fired for accepting the appointment without adequate information to the Spain football governing body last week just a day before the World Cup began but while the situation has seen some criticism of Lopetegui, Isco says he’s happy to see the former national coach take charge of the European champions.“He’s a coach who I’ve known for many years; we worked together right the way up the Spain set-up. He’s given me confidence when I haven’t been enjoying a central role at my club, and he’s a great coach,” he told a press conference on Monday via Goal.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.He also stressed that even though Spain have not won their opening game at a World Cup since 2006, they will look for improvements in their upcoming matches in Group B against Iran and Morocco. He also believes last week’s incidents have brought the squad closer together.“This team has so much heart, pride and desire to do well,” he added. “When the tough gets going, we rise to the challenge. We were dealt a setback and the team got on with it.“Even when we conceded a goal in the third minute [against Portugal] we refused to go under. This team never gives up.”last_img read more