CENTAL Launches Integrity Club at U.L

first_imgThe Center for Transparency and Accountability in Liberia (CENTAL) has conducted a training workshop for the formation of an Integrity Club (I-Club) on the campus of the University of Liberia (UL), a release has said. As an integral component of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) funded Open Expenditure Initiative Project, the workshop convened approximately 75 students who benefited from the training on integrity, leadership and good governance issues.UNDP representative Boye Johnson reaffirmed the entity’s continued support to the formation of the University Integrity Club. Mr. Johnson challenged those willing to become members of the club to exhibit exemplary lifestyles rather than allowing themselves to be carried away by the spoiled political system. He described corruption as an abstract term that is very difficult to fight physically, adding, “It therefore requires concerted efforts by all well-meaning citizens particularly from the education sector.” Johnson charged students to be torchbearers in the fight against societal ills that often result from illiteracy and poverty and lead to civil discontent and violent conflicts.The Coordinator of the project, Gerald Dan Yeakula, admonished participants to see the I-Club as an opportunity to build their capacity and youth empowerment. He noted that the I-Club can form a critical mass of young people determined to be leaders in their respective professions. The ongoing UNDP/CENTAL I-Club formation is a pilot exercise aimed at tackling corruption at the level of the education sector by creating a mass movement of the youth population that says no to corruption and promotes integrity values in schools. I-Club UL is a forerunner to others in the pipeline in universities to spearhead engagements around integrity issues that involve various stakeholders from university campuses and society in general.The idea of an integrity club originated in 2006 with the understanding that achieving national decentralization requires CENTAL and other relevant good governance advocates. CENTAL, with support from partners including the American Embassy and ActionAid-Liberia, has established integrity clubs in Bong, Nimba, Margibi, Grand Bassa and Grand Gedeh counties. Membership to the I-Club is open to all who abstain from corruption and uphold transparency, accountability and integrity in all their dealings.Anti-corruption activist and CENTAL Program Manager, Anderson Miamen, addressed the workshop on the topic: Understanding Corruption: Its Ramifications and Effects, Causes and Remedies. Norris Tweah, vice president, UL Relations, lectured on “The Place of Integrity in Creating an Enabling Environment for Youth Development,” while the lecture on “Leadership and Tips for Success” was delivered by Mohammed Bility, Deputy Commissioner of Customs for Policy and Compliance at the Bureau of Customs and Excise.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Tenants may get aid under condo plan

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesLos Angeles has lost more than 11,000 rent-controlled units during the past five years, as developers evict tenants to make way for new or converted condo complexes. Middle-class and gentrifying communities – such as Valley Village, Studio City and Koreatown – have seen hundreds of residents evicted to make way for condos. During three hearings in May, the City Council’s Housing and Planning committees heard from residents, evicted tenants, property owners and developers. City leaders pledged to find solutions that were fair to both tenants and developers. “We’re making sure the condo conversion and demolition processes are being done within city guidelines and to ensure that the rights of displaced tenants are not abused,” said Monica Valencia, spokeswoman for Councilman Ed Reyes, who heads the council’s Planning and Land Use Committee. Councilwoman Wendy Greuel said the recommendations would close legal loopholes that hurt renters. “We’ve added additional checks and balances to protect tenants.” The recommendations include: Increase the fee charged for condo conversions in buildings larger than 11 units from $500 to $1,500 per unit. Provide tenants with $1,000 for moving expenses, in addition to relocation money. Form a task force to encourage the construction of more rental housing. Create a program to help displaced tenants buy condominiums created by conversions and demolitions. kerry.cavanaugh@dailynews.com (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Under increasing pressure to slow the loss of affordable rentals, several City Council members have drafted recommendations designed to protect tenants, including paying them more if they’re evicted to make way for condominiums. The City Council’s Housing, Community and Economic Development Committee will consider the recommendations today. Tenants’ rights groups said the recommendations are a good start, but don’t do enough to slow the loss of low-cost rental apartments. “What they’re really saying is, we’re going to sit around and watch the crisis get worse and maybe give some benefit to those who are victims, but we’re really not going to do anything to slow it down or address the loss of all these affordable units,” said Larry Gross, executive director for the Coalition for Economic Survival, which wants a moratorium on condo conversions. last_img read more

Liverpool starlets joining Club World Cup squad… after being thrashed by Villa

first_img Check out all the live commentaries coming up across our network this week… 1 Liverpool’s young squad were on the wrong end of a 5-0 thrashing – but some players did catch the eye Klopp made the decision to split his squad as Liverpool begin their Club World Cup campaign less than 24 hours after the Carabao Cup fixture, with the German taking a strong first-team squad out to Qatar earlier this week.And now the Villa clash is out of the way, Hoever, Van den Berg and Kelleher are all flying out to join Liverpool’s senior squad in Qatar.However, it is understood Harvey Elliott, who impressed during the defeat at Villa as part of the youngest Liverpool team in the club’s history on Tuesday, will not be making the trip. Jurgen Klopp has invited three of Liverpool’s promising young players over to Qatar to join his Club World Cup squad – despite all playing in the Carabao Cup rout at Aston Villa.Defenders Ki-Jana Hoever and Sepp van den Berg and goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher all took to the pitch as a remarkably youthful Reds outfit were thrashed 5-0 on Tuesday night to drop out the Cup at the quarter-final stage. Liverpool vs Monterrey (Wednesday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Everton vs Leicester (Wednesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Manchester United vs Colchester (Wednesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORTMiddlesbrough vs Stoke (Friday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Everton vs Arsenal (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORTAston Villa vs Southampton (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Cardiff vs Preston (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Manchester City vs Leicester (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORTSheffield Wednesday vs Bristol City (Sunday, 12pm) – talkSPORT 2 AFP or licensors LIVE on talkSPORT After 20 senior players flew out on Sunday just three places were left available.With only two fit first-team centre-backs in Virgil Van Dijk and Joe Gomez, Hoever, who came off with cramp against Villa but has been passed fit, and Van Den Berg will provide some cover for Jurgen Klopp if necessary.Liverpool play their semi-final against Mexican side Monterrey on Wednesday evening – and you can listen to full LIVE commentary of the match on talkSPORT 2!last_img read more

Taking the Nelson Mandela Route

first_imgThe Nelson Mandela Route starts in the Eastern Cape, in King William’s Town, which began as a London-based Missionary Station in 1826 and provides a backdrop to early European influences in a struggle region of British, Boer and Xhosa conflicts.The town’s Amathole Museum has a Xhosa Gallery, Missionary Museum and German Settlers display. The grave of Black Consciousness leader Steve Biko is also in the town.The Mandela Route moves through Bhisho, home of the provincial government, and takes a scenic drive on the N2 to Mthatha, which hosts the Nelson Mandela Museum.The museum is a collection of heritage sectors spread across three locations: Qunu, Mveso and Mthatha. A display reflecting the life and times of Mandela can be found at the Bhunga Building section of the Nelson Mandela Museum in Mthatha.Mandela has received thousands of gifts from presidents, groups and ordinary people. Accepted on behalf of the people of South Africa, they are in safe-keeping at the museum for the benefit and appreciation of the nation. Artefacts ranging from children’s letters to bejeweled camel covers say more about the donors than their famous recipient.Scenes from Mandela’s childhoodThe second sector of the museum is the Community Museum and Youth & Heritage Centre in the village of Qunu, where Mandela spent his childhood.Here, tourists can view the remains of young Nelson’s primary school, the rock he used to slide down with friends, and the graveyard where his son, daughter and parents are buried – all set in the rolling hills of Pondoland, where Mandela grazed his family’s cattle.Alongside the N2 is Mandela’s current home, where he entertains a steady stream of people from the neighbouring village and holds an annual party for children on his birthday. A tunnel running under the N2 allows visitors to “cross” the road in safety.A thatched open-air museum at Mveso – the third sector of the Nelson Mandela Museum – shelters a photographic exhibition depicting significant moments in Mandela’s life. Nearby are the remains of the homestead where Mandela was born and raised.Free guided tours of all three sectors of the Nelson Mandela Museum can be arranged via the museum in Mthatha.The Mandela Route then moves back to East London, which has a museum housing a superb collection of southern Nguni beadwork.Staying on the trail of the man himself, one has to leave the Eastern Cape, as he did.Mandela in JohannesburgThe Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg is a state-of-the-art tribute to the rise and fall of apartheid. Twenty-two exhibition areas take the visitor on an emotional journey through a state-sanctioned system based on racial discrimination.It was put together on a seven-hectare site by a team of curators, film-makers, historians, designers and architects. Film footage, photographs, text panels and artefacts depict the epic saga of apartheid.Mandela’s humble house in Orlando West, Soweto has been turned into the Mandela Family Museum. It houses an assortment of memorabilia, paintings, photographs and collection of honorary doctorates bestowed on Mandela from universities around the world.This matchbox home at 8115 Ngakane Street was the abode that Mandela shared with his first wife, Evelyn Ntoko Mase. She moved out after their divorce in 1957, and when Winnie Madikizela married Mandela in 1958, she then moved into this Soweto home.Mandela seldom stayed here as he was living life on the run as the “black pimpernel”. Nearby is the Hector Pieterson Memorial to the schoolboy shot during the June 16 riots of 1976, as well as the home of Nobel Peace laureate Desmond Tutu.Mandela’s larger-than-life character and famous “Madiba jive” are also captured in an outsize 6 metre statue at the upmarket shopping destination Nelson Mandela Square (formerly Sandton Square) – a prime photo opportunity for tourists.This famous builder of bridges between people has also had the largest cable-stayed bridge in southern Africa named after him. It links the Johannesburg central business district of Newtown and the northern parts of the city.Robben IslandFinally – or firstly? – to Robben Island, off the coastline of Cape Town.The famous prison has incarcerated indigenous African leaders, Muslim leaders from the East Indies, Dutch and British settler soldiers and civilians, women and anti-apartheid activists, including South Africa’s first democratic President, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela.Today it is a museum which acts as a focal point for South African heritage. Ex-political prisoners act as tour guides in a place of exile and imprisonment which epitomises the triumph of the human spirit over adversity.last_img read more

Our African bonds defy borders

first_imgThe South Africa where foreigners fear for their lives is not the South Africa envisioned by Nelson Mandela and the Freedom Charter, writes Thebe Ikalafeng.Leaders from faith-based organisations, trade unions, NGOs and corporate South Africa joined ordinary citizens to protest against xenophobia during a people’s march in Newtown, Johannesburg, on 23 April 2015. (Image: GCIS) Thebe IkalafengReflecting on the moment on 11 February 1990 when his 27 years of incarceration ended and he walked toward the promise of a new South Africa, Nelson Mandela once recalled: “I knew if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I’d still be in prison.” His freedom heralded the opportunity of a new start for the pariah nation.Unsurprisingly, after being issued with his first South African passport eight days after his release, he began a global thanks-giving tour of countries that had supported the anti-apartheid struggle, starting with African states, including Zambia, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Nigeria and Ethiopia.Many of these nations’ leaders, such as Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia and Mwalimu Julius Nyerere of Tanzania, sacrificed the welfare of their states to invest in the struggle for South Africa’s freedom.As President Jacob Zuma reminded us at a briefing at the ANC headquarters, Luthuli House, these nations paid more than lip service to the struggle, providing anti-apartheid cadres with weapons, transporting them across borders at great risk to themselves and accommodating exiles in their homes and communities.Mandela’s remarks at his inauguration as the first democratically elected president of the new Republic of South Africa summed up the mood of the new nation: “Few of us could suppress the welling of emotion as we were reminded of the terrible past from which we come as a nation; the great possibilities that we now have and the bright future that beckons us.”Over the next decade or so the hopeful republic, “alive with possibility”, as Brand South Africa defined it, became an example of how to reimagine a nation.The Truth and Reconciliation Commission, established in 1996 “to enable South Africans to come to terms with their past on a morally accepted basis and to advance the cause of reconciliation”, as the late Dullah Omar, former minister of justice described it, became a universal inspiration and foundation for a forgiving post-apartheid South Africa and for other nations dealing with conflict and reconciliation.On 8 May 1996, when then-deputy president Thabo Mbeki launched the new constitution, a document drafted by an assembly representing all political parties and liberation organisations, he put it in the broader African context, saying: “I am an African.”This symbolised not merely the constitutional foundations of a new South Africa but its identification with all of Africa.The fall of the last colonial outpost was the realisation of the hope expressed by Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana when his country gained independence: “Our independence is meaningless unless it is linked up with the total liberation of the African continent.”Therefore the xenophobic – or rather, Afrophobic – attacks on the eve of the 21st anniversary of the new republic, in which at least seven fellow Africans have died, 5 000 people have been left homeless and foreign-owned shops have been looted, are unexpected of a nation that owes so much to the rest of the continent.They were a brutal attack on the foundation of a nation built on “unity through diversity” and Ubuntu – the universal African principle of mutual humanity: “I am because you are.”As Anglican Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu put it: “Our rainbow nation that so filled the world with hope is being reduced to a grubby shadow of itself. The fabric of the nation is splitting.”While much has been done to deliver a promised better life for all, with unprecedented access to basic services, many “reasons” have been postulated for this shocking turn of events: an unacceptably high unemployment rate, estimated to be more than 30%, and the widening gulf between the haves and have-nots that has given South Africa a Gini coefficient of 65.0, placing it among the most unequal nations in the world.About 20% of the population live below the food poverty line – a figure that has decreased from 45.5% in 2011, according to Statistics South Africa – and a staggering 14.6-million (compared with 2.4-million in 1996) depend on state social welfare. Sluggish economic growth threatens the state’s ability to deliver on its 2030 National Development Plan (NDP) to create jobs and reduce poverty and inequality.The most prominent of the arguments in the debate on xenophobia is that the impressive progress South Africa has achieved since the dawn of democracy has made it a beacon of hope for a better Africa, and a refuge for many across sub-Sahara searching for a better life.The perpetrators of xenophobic violence argue that the foreigners are the reason for South Africa’s inability to overcome the challenges of unemployment, poverty and inequality.However “rational” these arguments may sound, this is certainly not the way to deal with them. Perhaps, as Zuma said at the briefing, there has been a failure by the leadership to explain to the broader majority that while the armed struggle was a necessary but last resort to force the end of apartheid, it was not the way to resolve problems.Xenophobia and violence against foreigners are not consistent with the South Africa envisioned in the Freedom Charter at the Congress of the People, Kliptown, on 26 June 1955.They are not consistent with Mandela’s dream, which he expressed on 20 April 1964 at the Rivonia Trial, of “a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities”.The potential damage to the country is incalculable. It has the real effect of affecting the country in four critical areas: trade, tourism, international relations and citizenship, and its ability to deliver the NDP vision to create jobs and reduce poverty and inequality.As Africa’s leading beneficiary of foreign direct investment, according to Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel, South Africa sells R260-billion in goods to other African countries, supporting more than 160 000 jobs.Leading South African businesses such as MTN and Shoprite have invested widely in Africa. MTN has more than 215-million subscribers across its 22 markets in Africa and the Middle East, and international operations account for 74% of its turnover.Shoprite has about 1 400 corporate and franchise outlets in 16 countries across Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands.It is reported that Sasol has had to repatriate more than 300 employees from Mozambique in fear of retaliation for the violence against foreigners.Of the 9.6-million tourists last year, 70% were from the rest of Africa. According to Statistics South Africa, direct tourism contributes about 3% of gross domestic product and more than 600 000 direct jobs, amounting to about 4.6% of direct employment in the country.Post-apartheid South Africa is the most welcome and represented nation internationally, with representation in 282 states, including 47 of the 54 African countries, second only to the US. Reciprocally, there are 309 foreign representations in South Africa.Threats against South African businesses and people and the temporary closure of South Africa’s foreign missions in such leading African countries as Nigeria and Ghana have compromised South Africa’s relations with her fellow African states.What is of particular concern is that while, broadly, these attacks have been portrayed as xenophobic, the most visible victims have been fellow Africans, with countries such as Malawi and Zimbabwe repatriating displaced and traumatised citizens.The reaction to foreign individuals who have taken their “better life” has cast a negative light on South Africans’ identification with their fellow Africans. There is now a perceived lack of gratitude for the selfless sacrifice made during the apartheid years.The universal condemnation of these attacks by the majority of South Africans, their call for peaceful coexistence and harmony with foreigners, and the comprehensive response by the government underline that xenophobia is not a South African value.The attacks were a callous and criminal act by a few that has reinforced an unfortunate perception of South Africa as a crime capital. The eventual deployment of the army in the affected areas affirms that this is a war against the ideal of the new South Africa that should be met with the greatest and most decisive force.This is a defining moment. It is the new struggle, not just for South Africa – but for Africa.How South Africa responds will signal how other African nations relate to South Africa in the future, and how they relate with one another should they encounter similar actions.It is a struggle, similar to those against Boko Haram in Nigeria and al-Shabaab in Kenya, that requires that the affected countries and all of Africa stand together for a better continent.The world is looking to South Africa once again to lead and re-establish its moral authority.South Africa can emerge stronger – inspired by its triumph over apartheid, empowered by the universally admired principles and ideals of a constitution that values diversity, human rights and humanity, and guided by the gratitude for and of all of Africa and the world.This is a defining moment for all of South Africa to take up a new struggle, echoing the spirit of the 16 December 1961 Manifesto of Umkhonto we Sizwe “not (to) submit … hit back by all means in our power in defence of our people, our future, and our freedom”.This is a defining moment to defend Mandela’s 1994 commitment to “never, never and never again … suffer the indignity of being the skunk of the world”.This is a defining moment to stand up and proclaim: Not in our name. Not on our watch. Not in our Africa.As we look beyond this inexcusable episode and rebuild the fractured rainbow nation, it is time to reaffirm our identity with Africa because our African bonds are stronger than the borders that divide us.It is time to adopt formally and celebrate Africa Day on 25 May in the same spirit as we celebrate our founding on 27 April.It is time to incorporate the African and South African liberation struggle in school curricula so that we never forget – and never repeat – the mistakes of history. It is time to fly the flag and sing the anthem of the AU along with those of South Africa.It is time, as the celebrated late Nigerian Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti once said, to “identify with Africa, then (we’ll) have an identity”.The least we can do is to fly all South African flags at half-mast to honour the innocent men and women who lost their lives in the country, where they had hoped to share in the fruits of the freedom that their nations had helped South Africa attain.Thebe Ikalafeng is a global African branding and reputation architect, adviser and author, founder and chairman of Brand Africa and Brand Leadership, and a director of Brand South Africa and South African Tourism. @ThebeIkalafenglast_img read more

Lessons of Petraeus Case Are Far From Clear

first_imgThere are some lessons that HR professionals can draw from the saga of Gen. David Petraeus, who resigned as head of the CIA after an FBI investigation found that he had an extramarital affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell. The importance of choosing leaders with integrity–and the realization that there is virtually no privacy when it comes to electronic communications–jump out as key takeaways for HR. However, how HR staffs can apply these principles in their day-to-day work isn’t cut and dried. And the scandal illuminates aspects of human nature that will challenge HR professionals for decades, researchers warn. Once being discussed as a potential presidential candidate, Petraeus managed military battles, his career and the news media astutely. Some have labeled him a narcissist, particularly in light of the Broadwell affair. Did Broadwell’s intense interest in Petraeus blind the general to his duties—his duties to his country, to his family, and even to his own best interests? Only he can answer. His departure from public service is unfortunate, given his talent. His damage to his family, and Broadwell’s damage to hers, are more significant and more lasting, I suspect. Had Petraeus worked for the private sector, and had the investigation begun with a tip to HR instead of a call to the FBI, how would the situation have played out? A lot differently, I believe. Broadwell wasn’t working for Petraeus or his organization, though she was an Army Reserve officer. All indications are that it was a consensual relationship free from harassment. When the affair was discovered, according to news reports, neither party denied it or tried to cover it up. This is not a Penn State or Catholic Church scandal. Reportedly, by leaving personal messages in the drafts folder of a Gmail account, the pair thought that their communications would remain anonymous. They didn’t. Even if Petraeus used a government computer to access the drafts folder, it’s not the most massive violation of HR rules—unless evidence shows that he revealed classified information. If you were the HR chief dealing with these discoveries in the private sector, what would you do? Fire Petraeus? For showing poor moral judgment? That might be a decision for the Board of Directors. For misusing e-mail? You’d probably give him a warning or make him take more training. The paramount takeaway for HR is that we need to understand a leader’s character before we hire him or her. Unfortunately, we often overlook character flaws because they can be embedded in otherwise desirable skill sets. Some of the most effective leaders in terms of business performance are narcissists—narcissists who often get themselves and their organizations into trouble, according to researchers Arijit Chatterjee and Donald Hambrick. They found that narcissism in CEOs is correlated with “strategic dynamism.” Two more researchers, Joris Lammers and Adam Galinsky, came up with another disturbing finding about power seekers: People with power break rules not just because they think that they can get away with doing so, but also because they believe that they are entitled to do so. Finally, researchers at the University of Michigan and the University of Virginia assessed more than 100 graduate students and concluded that the level of narcissism in the United States is increasing. Taken together, these studies suggest that preventing situations such as that of Petraeus and Broadwell won’t be easy. Men and women are going to cheat. They’re going to try to hide their affairs. The only “bright” side is that they’re going to find it ever more difficult to conceal the electronic evidence. How effectively HR manages situations such as the Petraeus affair will help demonstrate just how strategic the profession has become. Steve Bates is a freelance journalist and former writer and editor for SHRM. Any investigation of his e-mails would reveal many pages of discussion of baseball, gardening and troublesome editors. [Links to research noted above:]http://www.economist.com/node/15328544http://www.redorbit.com/news/health/1112461751/expensive-egos-narcissism/http://archive.sciencewatch.com/dr/fmf/2011/11julfmf/11julfmfChatET/last_img read more

Make Your Home Tweet Its Energy Use (Earth Day Project!)

first_imgPeter Troast, founder of Energy Circle, a company that sells energy-saving products, has created a new energy-monitoring system that sends his home’s energy usage stats to Twitter. Inspired by the open source power monitoring kit from Tweet-a-Watt, Troast’s system also sends his home’s energy data to the web, but it’s not in the form of once-a-day tweets like Tweet-a-Watt provides. Instead, his system uses a monitoring device called TED (The Energy Dectective) to create charts which are annotated by family members then tweeted for everyone to see. If you want to do the same for your home, we’ve got the info.Just in time for Earth Day, Troast hooked up a TED device to the junction box in his basement and rigged it to transmit data to the net. That real-time data can be viewed online at www.energycircle.com/ted_display/. By using Google’s Visualization API, he was able to create a graph from the data source that’s connected to the web. In this case, that’s the TED energy-monitoring device. As there are spikes and dips in the graph, a family member annotates those occurrences and those notes are automatically tweeted to a special Twitter account at Twitter.com/EnergyCirclekw. Since the Troasts started using the device six months ago, they’ve decreased their energy use by 15%. Now they’re wondering if it will drop even more with the world watching their energy consumption online.Developers, Want to Make Your Home Tweet?Although not everyone will want to make their data as public as the Troasts have, we know there are probably a few “do-it-yourselfer” developers who have been waiting for a fun project like this to at least hold them over until Google gets their PowerMeter rolling.Non-developers, try the Tweet-a-Watt system, instead.Here’s how to create your own real-time TED-tweeting home like the Troasts did:MaterialsTED (The Energy Detective)ASUS WL 500G Deluxe wireless routerOPEN Wrt operating SystemGoogle Visualization APIMethodologyYou’ll need a wireless router that has a USB Port and is capable of running an OPEN Wrt operating system. The Troasts went with the ASUS WL 500G Deluxe.Replace the router’s existing operating system with the OPEN Wrt operating system (Here’s how.)A customized script (customized software) has to then be put into the OPEN Wrt operating system. OK, so this is the hard part, Troast says the developers will post the script online at the EnergyCircle blog in a couple of days if there’s interest. So if you’re interested, please says so in the comments! Without this key piece of the pie, you’re left writing your own script. (And if you do, share!)Plug the TED into the wireless router using TED’s USB port.Write the ability to add an annotation to the data into the web site database so that you can annotate the data in the database.Write the data display page using the Google visualization API, which enables you to take the data and annotations and make a chart like the one that you see on the EnergyCircle site. (Specifically, they used the Annotated Time Line feature in Google’s visualization API).Note – How the Data Streaming works: The script reads output from the TED every second and records it in a file located on the OPEN Wrt router.Each minute, the router posts the output into the Energy Circle Database.About TED devices: 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts sarah perez Tags:#home#How To#Product Reviews#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

Addressing the “Weakness” Question during a Job Interview

first_imgOne of the most common—and most difficult questions faced during a job interview is one that many candidates disdain and often consider pointless: “What is your greatest weakness?”We expect that the question will be coming, but often wonder why it is asked in the first place. After all, why would anyone in such an important and pivotal point in a job search candidly confess to their greatest flaws? From the interviewer’s perspective, what value is there is listening to candidates skate around the question during the job interview? If we know that it’s unlikely that a candidate will provide an answer that is completely direct and honest, why ask the question in the first place?The answer is actually very simple. It’s because the way that individuals answer this question during the job interview is very telling. The answer provides insight into an individual’s character. It speaks to their self-awareness and ability to be self-reflective. It is an indicator of the willingness for self-improvement. It demonstrates a level of self-confidence, personal drive, and professional maturity. Every answer reaches well beyond the perceived identification of an area of opportunity.- Sponsor – When conducting the job interview, the ability to gauge character is a critical skill, and tells us a great deal about the quality of the candidate. While the question may be expected, the answers provided can still communicate a great deal of valuable information. Bottom line, the interviewer wants to know what type of person you are to work with, what type of employee you will be to manage, and how you will fit into the working environment.Common MistakesWhile most candidates may anticipate the “weakness” question during the job interview, many still struggle to provide a strong answer. In fact, many will try to outsmart the interviewer with their response, and end up outsmarting themselves. A few common mistakes that candidates can make would include:Trying to spin a desirable quality into a “weakness” response. Many will attempt to take an aspect of performance that they know is typically seen in a positive light and try to spin it as a “weakness.” Some common examples would include:“I’m too much of a perfectionist.”“I care too much about doing a good job.”“Sometimes I work too hard.”Most interviewers quickly see right through this type of response, and see the answer as a way to avoid the question and the heart of the matter at hand. Remember, most good interviewers will not only recognize this avoidance, but will ask follow-up questions that can lead to some uncomfortable outcomes. For example: “What do you mean that you work too hard? Is it too difficult? Do you think you should work less?”Revealing a weakness that raises flags. It can be very difficult to talk about flaws in a situation like a job interview, especially in situations where the candidate is nervous, stressed, or unprepared. Some candidates may end up confessing to a weakness such as:“Sometimes I don’t get along with some of my peers at work.”“Sometimes I have a difficult time getting to work on time.”“Sometimes I have a hard time completing my work assignments.”It can be very difficult to overcome this type of response, as such comments are directly related to performance, and are quite frankly strong reasons not to hire a particular candidate.Failing to provide a real answer. Some candidates will claim that they can’t think of a weakness. Really? You can’t come up with a single area where you can improve? This type of answer typically is seen as an indicator that the candidate isn’t prepared, isn’t being honest, and/or lacks the professional maturity to objectively reflect on their skills, abilities, and career in general.How to Answer the “Weakness” QuestionSo how should you answer the “weakness” question? Let’s start by understanding the reasons why the question is being asked in the first place. Your response isn’t simply based upon the particular weakness—it’s also about your ability to be self-reflective. Can you look at yourself in the mirror and say, “Where can I get better?”As a starting point, understand that if someone is asking you where you can get better, you should expect that there will be a follow-up question: “What are you doing to improve?” Think through this question beforehand as well, and answer that question as part of your response. Demonstrate the desire for professional growth. Immediately show that you recognize the need to improve and are taking steps to get there.Don’t get caught up on the word “weakness.” Search for your personal areas of opportunity and where you would like to improve. This is the question that is at hand, and likely what the interviewer is looking for. Focus on the question and not just a particular word or phrase that you interpret as a negative.Be prepared. Looking at your areas of opportunity is an important aspect of every individual’s professional growth plan. It’s not good enough to play a part—you have to actually be self-reflective in order to reach your professional goals.Be genuine. Don’t simply choose an area of opportunity because it sounds good. While it’s important to be smart about your decision and pick an acceptable subject, look at an area where you sincerely feel that you can get better. This honesty and integrity will make a difference, and will be reflected in the way the information is delivered—and received.Take the initiative to improve. A willingness and motivation to improve will lead to successful outcomes, regardless of the circumstances surrounding a job interview.Every job interview is an opportunity. However, it’s important to remember that we also create our own opportunities, and it’s critical that we take the steps to be prepared. Self-reflection is a critical aspect of professional growth, and is a common characteristic that every company will look for in their leadership. Make the effort, take the steps, and good things will happen.  Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Tennessee ~ Sales and Use Tax: Refunds Available on Certain Items for Sevier County Residents Affected by Wildfires

first_imgCCH Tax Day ReportAs previously reported (TAXDAY, 2017/01/05, S.32), Sevier County residents whose primary and/or secondary residence was damaged or destroyed as a result of the wildfires that occurred during November 28 through December 9, 2017, can receive a refund for Tennessee sales tax paid on certain items for their residences. The maximum refund available to any one residence is $3,500. Items that qualify for the refund include major appliances, and furniture and building supplies used to restore, repair, or rebuild a person’s primary or secondary residence. A person filing a claim for a refund for his or her primary residence must include documentation that verifies the assistance he or she received from FEMA. Individuals who file a claim for refund for their secondary residence must certify the damage or destruction was the result of the Sevier County wildfires and provide a copy of their fire department report, insurance adjuster’s report, or other documentation to verify the secondary residence was damaged or destroyed during the Sevier County wildfires. A person can file only one claim for a primary residence and only one claim for a secondary residence. For more information, taxpayers may visit the website of the Tennessee Department of Revenue at: http://tn.gov/revenue/article/sales-tax-relief-for-sevier-county-residents.Press Release, Tennessee Department of Revenue, June 9, 2017last_img read more

SA vs UAE: AB de Villiers, Behardien propel S Africa to 341/6

first_imgIreland will face a stern test against South Africa in the Pool B clash on Tuesday Skipper A B de Villiers dazzled yet again, while Farhaan Behardien provided the late spark as South Africa recovered from a slow start to post 341 for 6 against the UAE in a pool B ODI cricket match of the ICC World Cup here on Thursday.De Villiers once again proved to be the crucial cog for the Proteas, who have endured an unexpectedly wobbly campaign so far. However, the prolific right-hander missed out on a hundred by a solitary run even though he walked back with a smile on his face after entertaining the sparse crowd with an 83-ball innings. His 99-run effort included half a dozen fours and four lofty hits over the boundary.Later, Behardien played out a sensational unbeaten 31-ball 64 to propel the South Africans to a mammoth total. The number seven right-hander struck five fours and three sixes during his aggressive stay at the crease.For the UAE, medium pacer Mohammad Naveed stood out with figures of three for 63 in his 10 overs. The South Africans, coming off a shock loss to Pakistan in their previous match, were off to an edgy start with openers Hashim Amla (12) and Quinton de Kock (26) failing to provide a solid platform for the middle order.But Rilee Rossouw (43 off 49 balls, 4×8) lent some stability before de Villiers took it upon himself to rescue the side yet again. The dashing batsman combined with David Miller (49) for a 108-run fourth-wicket stand which helped South Africa recover from a rather precarious 96/3.advertisementThe duo took the team total past 200 before Miller was castled by Naveed after a 48-ball stay, during which he struck two fours. De Villiers made his way back after taking the side past 250, caught at third man by Kamran Shazad off Amjad Javed.The South Africans capitalised on the momentum provided by de Villiers through Behardien, who finally came good after an indifferent campaign so far.last_img read more