4 Aug

About Town

first_imgRUMSONEdith Frankel, political scientist, professor and author, will speak at 11:15 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, at Congregation B’nai Israel. Frankel will be speaking about her new book, Old Lives and New: Soviet Immigrants in Israel and America. The book is the story of individuals who made the difficult and sometimes hazardous decision to leave their home, family and friends and start new lives in the U.S. and Israel. Their experiences – from their formative years in the Soviet Union to their decisions to leave and their struggles to receive permission to emigrate – illuminate the complex history of Soviet Jews.Frankel is a political scientist who has published widely on the Soviet Union and Soviet Jews. She is the author of Navy Mir: A case study of the politics of literature 1952-1958 as well as studies on the ethnic Germans of the Soviet Union, the Revolutions of 1917, the Soviet treatment of Jews and Soviet Jewish voting patterns in Israel. She has also taught at the Hebrew University of Jersuralem and Dartmouth College, Stanford University and University College London.Founded in 1922, Congre­gation B’nai Israel is affiliated with United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. It is located at 171 Ridge Road.The program, cosponsored by the Adult Education and Ezra committees, is free and open to the public. Bagels and coffee will be served. Following the program, books will be available for sale and Frankel will have a book signing. ATLANTIC HIGHLANDSThe Atlantic Highlands Arts Council is celebrating its fifth anniversary in its new space with a new exhibit and a grand opening and reception.In 2013, the arts council will open its new office at the Finelines Building, 21 W. Lincoln St. The public is invited from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, to the free opening and reception with refreshments from Memphis Pig Out. An exhibition of painting by borough resident Claire Mittermann will be featured.The all-volunteer arts council brings a broad array of cultural activities to Atlantic Highlands. With strong community support, the arts council has for five years produced concerts, an arts camp for children, PaintOut!, artists lectures, exhibitions, FilmOneFest, and much more, all without employees or space.Additional information is available by visiting www.atlantichighlandsartscouncil.org or calling 732-737-7160. LONG BRANCHNJ Repertory is looking for volunteers from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 5, help clean up the cottage at 311 Liberty St. The day will consist of taking down drywall, ripping up carpet and cleaning up yard debris left by Super Storm Sandy. Those who can help are asked to wear warm clothes that they don’t mind getting dirty, work-type shoes, heavy work gloves, hammers and crowbars if you have them.The more people who can help, the easier it will be to start restoring the cottage to its former self. Any time people can volunteer that day will be greatly appreciated. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Those who can help are asked to contact cleanup organizers to let them know how many to expect at: [email protected] FAIR HAVENProject Animal Worldwide (PAW) invites the community to a Sweet Beginning: Dessert Party and Wine Tasting from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, at Raven and the Peach, located at 740 River Road.The evening will feature light fare and scrumptious desserts, including a chocolate fountain to ring in the New Year, as well as more than 40 gift auction baskets, a jewelry bar from Barking Blue Jay and a wine tasting presented in the restaurant’s beautiful wine cellar.Admission is $30 per person. An additional fee of $15 is requested to participate in the wine tasting. Registration is requested by Jan. 11. Tickets may be purchased at www.projectanimal.org or by calling Ellen LaTorre at 732-979-6499.Event proceeds directly support the work of Project Animal Worldwide.“Please join us as we celebrate the beginning of a new year with new hopes for the future as PAW continues to focus on helping dogs and cats through humane education, rescue and the need for spay and neuter to prevent unwanted animal overpopulation,” said LaTorre, acting president, Project Animal Worldwide. “We were very proud to be able to carry out our mission this year in our own backyard, helping the feral kittens in Sea Bright, N.J., when Super Storm Sandy hit our shores. We hope that people will put aside the daily stress and treat themselves to the sweeter things in life for an evening, all in the name of helping animals.” TINTON FALLSThe Jersey Shore Rose Society, an affiliate of the American Rose Society, will hold a meeting on Jan. 26, in the community room at Kensington Court Assisted Living, 864 Shrewsbury Ave.The meeting will feature a beginner clinic from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. conducted by Consulting Rosarians. The main meeting will be held from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. The topic will be about the Heritage Rose District of New York City with speaker Stephen Scanniello, president, Heritage Rose Foundation.last_img read more

25 Dec

Konrad resurfaces at Palmdale

first_imgPALMDALE – Former Littlerock High girls’ tennis coach John Konrad took the Lobos to their only Southern Section playoff appearances in school history the past two years. After leaving the school after a controversial dismissal as girls’ basketball coach late last season, Konrad resurfaced at Palmdale, where he’s coaching the girls’ tennis team with his brother, Josh. John Konrad was a late hire and didn’t begin working with the Falcons until the second day of classes in late August. The popular coach decided not to return to Littlerock after administrators relieved him of girls’ basketball duties with less than a month remaining in the season because of procedural issues that were raised when a rescheduled game resulted in a postponement. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week An inexperienced Falcons team that returned just five players and held no summer workouts has held their own under Konrad, going 3-4 in league. Palmdale played Eastside of Lancaster on Tuesday. “It’s nice to have a team again, and the girls are great kids, so it’s been a great experience for all us,” Konrad said. Konrad is hoping to develop a nucleus at Palmdale around several talented up-and-comers. Sophomore Nancy Carmona, the Falcons’ No. 1 singles player, is 14-7 in league action, and doubles partners Liz Gonzalez and Jovanny Cardenas, both juniors, are 12-9. “We have a lot of young kids on this team, and they’re eager to learn,” Konrad said. “I see a lot of potential here, and that’s exciting.” Upset-minded: Quartz Hill’s dominance of the Golden League dated to before many current players were born. The Rebels haven’t lost a league match since the late 1980s and are heavily favored to go unbeaten again this season. Unless Highland has something to say about that. The Bulldogs are hopeful a strong showing from senior singles standout Zahra Ghorbani can propel them to its biggest win in school history Thursday afternoon at Quartz Hill. Highland coach Linda Ruiz knows it will be a formidable challenge. Quartz Hill is led by singles standouts Ashley Litchfield and Prapti Singh. Longtime coach Bill Lenaway has produced an aura of invincibility around the program. “(Lenaway is) a really strong coach,” Ruiz said. “He knows how to get the girls motivated.” Ruiz said Ghorbani was battling flu symptoms and was stressed about the upcoming SAT when she lost all three of her sets in a 13-5 loss Sept. 29 to Quartz Hill. Highland was led by Alex Ruiz (Linda’s daughter) and Kelly Manahan, who swept all three doubles sets in that match. “I think we have a chance,” Linda Ruiz said. “(Quartz Hill is) tough, but we have a chance.” Fun practice: Palmdale moved its practice indoors Monday because of the bad weather. Konrad said the team did some agility drills and volleys in the school’s small gym, which it shared with the football time for much of the afternoon. “I get along with the football coaches, so we were able to work around each other,” Konrad said. “It worked out really well. We had a really fun practice.” Gideon Rubin, (818)713-3607 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

21 Dec

Corning U16 soccer team takes regional cup, advances to nationals

first_imgCorning >> The Manchester United U16 boys soccer team from Corning recently captured US Youth Soccer’s Region IV Presidents Cup in tournament play June 14-19 at the Stenger Soccer Complex in Arvada, Colorado in northwest Denver.The championship means the team will advance to play in the National Presidents Cup tournament July 14-17 at the Mohawk Soccer Complex in Tulsa, Oklahoma.The team didn’t have an easy route to victory, dealing with flight delays and tornado warnings, according to …last_img read more

18 Dec

SA’s outsourcing reputation grows

first_img26 September 2012 A flurry of foreign investment in South Africa’s business process outsourcing (BPO) industry, supported by generous government incentives, has underlined the country’s growing reputation as a provider of high-quality, medium-cost back-office and contact centre services. Last week, British company Quindell announced that it had acquired South Africa-based telecoms outsourcing service provider Quintica and its international arm Quintica International. Quindell said in a statement that the acquisition of Quintica, which has offices in South Africa, Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, Dubai and Abu Dhabi, gave it a platform for expansion into Africa and the Middle East, “where the demand for software and services continues to expand at a rapid rate”. In July, another British outsourcing firm, Capita plc, entered the sub-Saharan African market through the acquisition of South African contact centre solutions business Full Circle for an undisclosed amount. Capita was reported as saying the acquisition would see it investing R500-million in South Africa over the next three years. A month prior to that, New York Stock Exchange-listed WNS acquired South African BPO provider Fusion Outsourcing Services for £10-million. WNS Global Services group CEO Keshav Murugesh echoed a sentiment increasingly heard in the industry when he noted that WNS “currently has several existing clients interested in services being delivered from South Africa to take advantage of [the country’s] English language capabilities, rich talent and strong cultural work ethic”. And in January, US-based Interactive Intelligence Group announced that it was acquiring some of the contact centre assets of its South African-based reseller, Atio, in order to set up a Johannesburg office serving the entire sub-Saharan African region. Interactive Intelligence’s statement quoted Birgitta Cederstrom of consultancy Frost & Sullivan as saying that Africa was “increasingly popular as a preferred destination of contact centres … South Africa specifically has been a natural choice for contact centres due to its large and articulate English-speaking population and service-oriented business culture. “Another strength is its expanding broadband connectivity, thus ensuring that the latest unified communications and collaboration tools will run efficiently.” Adding to South Africa’s offering is an incentive from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) that makes the country one of the most attractive global locations in terms of cost. Offering foreign and local companies R112 000 (about £8 300) for every job created and maintained for three years, the incentive reduces the cost of BPO operations in South Africa by up to 20%. Last September, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said South Africa had already approved grants worth R157.76-million to 10 projects over the next three years under its BPO incentive scheme. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

18 Dec

South Africa, EU to tackle job creation

first_img19 July 2013 The 6th South Africa-European Union Summit ended in Pretoria on Thursday with the leaders of the two sides in agreement that joint programmes in education and training were needed to address the common challenge of job creation. In a joint communique issued after the summit, South African President Jacob Zuma, EU Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso and European Council president Herman Van Rompuy said education and training were the key factors contributing to job creation and economic growth. The two sides vowed to take their education and training cooperation to the next level under the Youth Employment Accord and promote technical support and exchange programmes for youth development. “We will continue high level discussions on addressing the shared challenges of youth employment, as well as the way which skills and training can contribute to South Africa’s infrastructure expansion,” the communique reads. “Under the EU financed development programme, approximately R650-million – €50-million – remains available to support job creation initiatives.”‘Job creation through investment’ With the summit’s central theme being “Job Creation through Inward Investment”, Zuma said South Africa still faced the inherited challenges of unequal wealth and resource distribution, inequality, unemployment and deeply entrenched poverty. “We are of the firm view that given these realities, the EU should continue its development programmes in South Africa, complementing as they do the work of government within a developmental framework,” Zuma said. Barroso said Europe was also still working on addressing the scourge of youth unemployment. Given that South Africa was also working to promote growth and jobs to diversify its economy to ensure that its development is inclusive, the two sides could both benefit from working more together to face these challenges, Barroso said. “I would even say that Europe is South Africa’s natural partner to do it. South Africa is now an emerging economy with different types of needs, so we must adapt our cooperation accordingly,” he said. “But certainly, we want to keep development cooperation with South Africa. This is why I have proposed to focus our future cooperation on job creation, education, skills and innovation and capacity development.”Energy pact signed The summit also saw South Africa and the European Atomic Energy Community sign an agreement of cooperation on the use of nuclear energy. The deal, which was signed by new Minister of Energy Ben Martins, will see an intensified roll out of rural electrification, with an initial target of 300 000 households in the remote areas of South Africa. Parties to the deal also agreed on a new R1.3-billion support programme to blend grants with loans from the Development Bank of Southern Africa and the European Development Finance Institutions to support South Africa’s infrastructure programmes.Narrowing the trade deficit Leaders at the summit also looked at the trade deficit, which is in favour of the EU and agreed to cement growth by remaining committed to “open and transparent trade” rules by working on policies that promote bilateral trade and investment that is mutually beneficial. Total trade with EU countries last year was R383-billion, compared to R419-billion in 2008. In 2008, SA exported R186-billion worth of goods, which fell to R122-billion in 2009. Imports from the EU have recovered to more than the levels that they reached in 2009. Imports were R233-billion in 2008, while they were R239-billion last year. At least 2 000 EU companies have invested over R60-billion in foreign direct investment (FDI) and have created 350 000 direct jobs in South Africa. Barroso said negotiations were ongoing on citrus black spot in the export of South African produce to Europe and he was confident that a mutually beneficial agreement would soon be reached. SA had cautioned that the “upgraded surveillance” would greatly affect the South African citrus industry, which exports around 100-million cartons to 45 countries, generating R6-billion in foreign exchange. This would also lead to job losses as the industry employed 40 000 permanent workers and 40 000 seasonal workers.‘Gaining market access’ The leaders also discussed the October 2014 deadline imposed by the EU for the conclusion of the economic partnership agreement (EPA) with the Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries. The EPA gives the SADC countries preferential market access for their agricultural and agro-processed products. South Africa had warned that the threat of withdrawing preferential market access for products from South Africa and neighbouring countries such as Botswana, Namibia and Swaziland would have devastating socio-economic consequences as it would lead to significant job losses. “We agreed that the negotiations should conclude shortly. We reaffirmed the importance of reaching an agreement that is mutually beneficial, enhances growth and generates jobs, and supports development and integration in Southern Africa,” the communique reads.Supporting peace efforts The summit also touched on global issues such as climate change, human rights and the troubled areas including Syria, Madagascar, Egypt, the Great Lakes region and Zimbabwe’s upcoming elections. Van Rompuy said the EU supported the mediatory efforts by President Zuma and SADC to forge an agreement between the squabbling political parties. The EU will respond to the outcome of the elections on evidence of peaceful and transparent elections with results that are accepted by all, according to Van Rompuy. “We look forward to normalisation of relations and deepening out partnerships with Zimbabwe,” he said. Over all, the leaders said that relations between the South Africa and the European Union were “at a mature stage”, with the two sides as powerful engines to boost and benefit both economies. “Our strategic partnership with South Africa is also an integral part of our special relationship with the African continent,” Borroso said. The 7th SA-EU summit will be hosted by the EU in 2014. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

28 Oct

9 months ago​Southampton eyeing Brentord duo Watkins and Mepham

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Southampton eyeing Brentord duo Watkins and Mephamby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton want to sign two players from Brentford.According to Sky Sports, boss Ralph Hasenhuttl has scouts checking on Ollie Watkins and Chris Mepham.No bid has been made, while Brentford would want north of £20 million for both of them.Watkins has seven goals this season in 25 games, while Mepham is a central defender who is comfortable on the ball.At only 21, he is seen as a great prospect in the position, while he would compliment the style Hasenhuttl is attempting to instill at the Saints. last_img read more

24 Oct

BOJ Reports Just Under One Per Cent Growth Third Quarter

first_img The Bank of Jamaica (BoJ) is reporting growth of just under one per cent for the period July to September. BoJ Governor said it nonetheless, represents a “return to growth… following six consecutive quarters of contraction.” The Bank of Jamaica (BoJ) is reporting growth of just under one per cent for the period July to September.Central Bank Governor, Brian Wynter, who made the disclosure during the BoJ’s quarterly media briefing held in the institution’s auditorium, downtown Kingston, on Tuesday, November 19, attributed the second quarter growth to, among other things, the response of Jamaican businesses to improvements in external demand for local outputs.While acknowledging that the outturn was “modest”, Mr. Wynter said it nonetheless, represents a “return to growth… following six consecutive quarters of contraction.”He said that the estimated expansion for the quarter reflected improvements in performance in agriculture, forestry and fishing; mining and quarrying; hotels and restaurants; and construction and installation.The Governor said the response of local businesses to improved external demand is assessed to have been the “primary driver” of expanded economic activity for the quarter.”He noted, however, that local consumption is estimated to have declined for the quarter, “reflecting the impact of the ongoing fiscal consolidation and declining real incomes.”Mr. Wynter said the October to December quarter is projected to record growth similar to the July to September period “supported by the forecast for continued strengthening in global economic growth.”“In addition, we expect that the continued implementation of the policies set out under the (International Monetary Fund) Extended Fund Facility will provide a boost to investor confidence. But, domestic demand conditions are expected to remain relatively weak over the near-term, even as we return to growth,” he indicated.In this regard, Mr. Wynter advised that the rate of growth projected for the entire fiscal year is expected to be within the range of zero to one per cent.He added that the pattern of growth for the October December quarter and fiscal year is expected to be largely driven by activities in the agriculture, forestry, and fishing; mining and quarrying; hotels and restaurants; and construction and installation, similar to July to September period. The October to December quarter is projected to record growth similar to the July to September period. Story Highlightslast_img read more

24 Oct

Measures Being Undertaken To Improve Access to Water for Residents of Clarendon

first_img In the meantime, the Clarendon Municipal Corporation is looking to find more sustainable methods to address the parish’s water problems by identifying and developing as many community-based sources as possible.   Story Highlights Mayor of May Pen, Winston Maragh, says two potential water sources have been identified in Frankfield and Brandon Hill. Several development projects and strategies are being undertaken by agencies of Government and the Clarendon Municipal Corporation to improve access to water for the 246,000 citizens of the parish. Several development projects and strategies are being undertaken by agencies of Government and the Clarendon Municipal Corporation to improve access to water for the 246,000 citizens of the parish.Less than two months ago, Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, commissioned the Palmetto Pen/Breadnut Bottom/Rosewell Water Supply Project into service, bringing the commodity into some homes for the first time in 30 years.A joint venture between the National Water Commission (NWC) and the Rural Water Supply Limited (RWSL), the project was completed at a cost of $38 million, representing savings of $12 million to the NWC on the original cost.The works involved installation of 3.4 kilometres of pipelines, service laterals and reinstatement of pipeline trenches.The RWSL, which has been mandated to provide water solutions to communities not covered by the NWC, is constructing a pump station, which will form part of the Southern Clarendon Water Supply Scheme Phase 2, and will serve the communities of Portland Cottage, Shearer Heights and much of Lionel Town.Director of the RWSL, Audley Thompson, says the pump station is slated for completion during the current financial year.Phase one of the project included rehabilitation of an existing pumping station as well as the installation of two new vertical turbine pumps, fencing, operators’ amenities and a pumping main.The supply scheme was designed to serve approximately 17,000 residents, and provisions were made to serve an additional 5,000 residents, in the event of a population growth.The Managing Director further points to the development of a well in the New Bowens area, which, he notes, allows for service to the nearby Longville Park housing scheme.In the meantime, the Clarendon Municipal Corporation is looking to find more sustainable methods to address the parish’s water problems by identifying and developing as many community-based sources as possible.These sources, which include springs and rivers, will have to be assessed by experts from the NWC and RWSL to determine their viability.Mayor of May Pen, Winston Maragh, says two potential water sources have been identified in Frankfield and Brandon Hill.“We are going to make sure that the people of Brandon Hill and surrounding communities get water from the sources,” he assures.Mayor Maragh notes, further, that the Corporation is “far advanced” in sourcing funds for a water project in Thompson Town that will serve over 300 residents.Meanwhile, more than 1,000 persons from Pennants are to benefit from a $10-million water shop.The complex, which comprises eight 1,000-gallon water tanks plus administrative offices, is set to open shortly, providing residents with reliable access to water. Persons will receive three months’ free service, after which a cost will apply. The facility has capacity for development to serve more than 5,000 persons.The water-shop concept will see facilities being established islandwide to dramatically improve the availability of potable water for residents in communities and regions of the island usually affected by drought.Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, says the provision of potable water is part of a “critical mission” being pursued by the Administration under instructions from the Prime Minister.He informs that funding is being finalised in order to bring the commodity to all Jamaicans, including those in remote sections of the island.“We will move access to potable water from 55 per cent to near 85 per cent. All Jamaica will have good quality water supply,” the Minister says, noting that in some communities, water-harvesting systems will have to be utilised.Minster Chang is urging the residents of Rosewell to “make every effort to protect the system”, noting that while the water agencies have a responsibility for management, “the citizens have a responsibility to ensure that it is treated well”.Under the Palmetto Pen/Breadnut Bottom/Rosewell Water Supply project, the Rosewell Primary School benefited from a new drinking/hand-wash station, and refurbishing of its sanitary facilities.last_img read more

13 Oct

US newhome sales jumped 62 per cent in October

first_imgWASHINGTON – Americans bought new homes in October at the fastest pace in a decade — a 6.2 per cent monthly increase that reflects both the underlying strength of the economy and the worsening shortage of existing homes for sale.The Commerce Department said Monday that new-home sales last month rose to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 685,000. That marks the third straight monthly gain and the best sales clip since October 2007. Much of the sales growth came from the Northeast and Midwest, with the South and West posting smaller increases.Many buyers are turning to new construction because there is a shrinking supply of existing homes for sale. But new construction has been unable to keep up with demand. Potential buyers are searching for homes amid a healthy job market with a 4.1 per cent unemployment rate and attractive 30-year mortgage rates that are averaging less than 4 per cent.Still, the lack of properties on the market has fueled higher prices, creating affordability pressures.The average sales price of a new home jumped 13.6 per cent over the past 12 months to $400,200.Stephen Stanley, chief economist at Amherst Pierpont Securities, suggested that some of new homes were sold last month before construction had started — a sign of the inventory squeeze.“It would appear that builders paired up with prospective buyers en masse in October to lock in deals that would allow the buyers to have their homes built to order,” Stanley said.These price increases are a sign that builders are able to charge more money because of the dearth of inventory.The number of sales listings for existing homes has tumbled 10.4 per cent from a year earlier to just 1.8 million, according to the National Association of Realtors. That’s the fewest number of homes on the market for any October since the Realtors began tracking the data in 1999.New construction can only offset some of this supply crunch.There is only 4.9 months’ supply of newly-built homes on the market, the lowest reading since July 2016.last_img read more