Twiddle Channels Elvis Presley In Las Vegas [Photos/Pro-Shot Video]

first_imgOn Saturday night, Twiddle continued their winter tour with a performance at Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas.In addition to a number of high-powered takes on fan-favorite originals, the show was highlighted by a second set segment that saw the Vermont quartet squeeze Johnny Cash‘s “Folsom Prison Blues” and Elvis Presley classics “That’s Alright Mama” and “Hound Dog” inside “Subconscious Prelude”.Thanks to Relix, you can watch pro-shot footage of Twiddle’s first set in Las Vegas below. You can also check out a beautiful gallery of photos from the show courtesy of photographer Paul Citone/ – 3/2/19 – Set 1 – Full Video [Pro-Shot][Video: Relix] Next up for Twiddle is a performance today, Sunday, March 3rd, at M3F in Arizona. From there, they’ll continue their west coast run with performances throughout the Pacific Northwest. For a full list of Twiddle’s upcoming tour dates, head to the band’s website here.Setlist: Twiddle | Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas | Las Vegas, NV | 3/2/19Set One: The Fantastic Tale of Ricky Snickle, River Drift, Frends Theme > Dr. Remedi’s Melodium, Be ThereSet Two: Subconscious Prelude > Folsom Prison Blues*, That’s Alright Mama^ > Hound Dog^ > Subconscious Prelude > The Box, Tiberius > Every SoulEncore: Mad World&*Johnny Cash cover^Elvis Presley cover&Tears for Fears coverTwiddle | Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas | Las Vegas, NV | 3/2/19 | Photos: Paul Citone/Kabik Photo Group Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Vermont Chamber hosts business leader delegation from China

first_imgSource: Vermont Chamber. A 14-member delegation of small and medium business owners and government officials from Shanghai will visit Vermont over the Labor Day weekend (September 6 to September 8). Hosted by the Vermont Chamber through its Shanghai Trade Office, the group will tour Vermont attractions and develop business partnerships with Vermont companies.”We are developing a strong brand for Vermont in China’s major east coast cities,” said Chris Barbieri, Director of the Vermont Chamber Shanghai office. Our ongoing relationship with China will help many of our small businesses expand the sale of their products into the Asian market and will give Vermont the international recognition that it deserves.   On Monday, September 7, at 2:30 pm, the delegation will make a stop at Snow Farm Winery in South Hero. Snow Farm Winery, a member of the Vermont Chamber of Commerce is owned by Harrison and Molly Lebowitz. Currently, Snow Farm Winery is working on the sale of its Ice Wine in China. The delegation will tour the winery and attend a wine tasting.  Members of the media are invited to attend this event but must call in advance to set up an interview. Snow Farm Winery has made great progress toward getting its Ice Wine distributed in China, said Barbieri. We re hopeful that connecting members of this delegation with small Vermont businesses like Snow Farm will bring them one step closer to new market opportunities in Asia.The delegation s visit to Vermont is being organized by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce and the Shanghai Small Enterprises Trade Development Service Center, a division of the Shanghai municipal government which has a close working relationship with the Vermont Chamber.last_img read more

How do you know where your most valuable assets are on your network?

first_img 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The question about information security that I get most often from credit unions is, “How do I know where my most valuable assets are on my network ?” Valuable assets might be information regarding a credit union’s membership, such as social security numbers, credit card numbers, account numbers, etc.It can be difficult to keep track of where these assets are. As you grow as a credit union and as an organization, you get more and more servers and more systems – and you might not actually track where all that data is going. continue reading »last_img

How to modernize and bring closer to young people the manifestation whose main backbone is the story of forgotten customs?

first_imgAs Ivana Nađ s Agroclub, apartments near the forest used to be inhabited, lived and created, and lived in both winter and summer. The oldest would spend the winter there, as well as those who were at the party with the pigs, and after St. George’s Day, everyone who could work in the fields or guard the marwa would come to the apartment. The tenants were excellent cooks, weavers, embroiderers and weavers, and the tenants were good reapers, plowmen, carpenters, carpenters, beekeepers and cattlemen. Life in an apartment a few kilometers away from the village was not easy. The apartment was the breadwinner of Šokac and the mint. Kozarac himself described what the apartments meant to the Shocks: buildings were built from the apartments, daughters were married from the apartments, sons were married, barns were made from the apartments and ducats and silk were bought. Often various cultural events stagnate and survive thanks to public administration funding, but most are accompanied by the same problems. There is no market development in accordance with new trends and there is no professionalization of the organization, so that the event can grow and develop in accordance with new trends. We also have poor communication and branding, poor production quality and firm adherence to the status quo and repetition from year to year Slavonian daughter-in-law Often in smaller cities and municipalities, unfortunately we have many examples in large cities, all over Croatia we can see great stories and events, but which unfortunately stagnate from year to year for various reasons, but the most important is that they are not market oriented, invested in better production as well as overall organization, which is a great pity. Especially events that keep our culture and history from being forgotten. They are often not interesting to sponsors because there is a stereotype that culture does not attract the masses, but it is through such and similar examples that we can make a step forward and give a new dimension, and still keep our roots. Gastro blogger Ena Kokanović Certainly, apartments played an extremely important role in the life of the Shockers. The example that follows is great proof that it doesn’t always revolve around big budgets. On the contrary, a lot can be done with a little creativity and small details, which will enrich the event and give it added value. By the way, on this occasion I am not writing about the organization of large and TOP events, but about the example of smaller events of “local” character, which have great potential and a story for the growth and branding of the destination at the national level. The combination of tradition and modernity – is one of the successful formulas to introduce old cultural events into the modern age and save them from stagnation or decay. It is the “Tenants’ Encounters” that revive the memory of the sweet life of Babogred apartments and the environment in which stress was an unknown problem, money a relative term, and a watch an unnecessary thing. The event was filled with competitions in several disciplines related to various peasant skills, and the art of preparing traditional Slavonian dishes. As the development of the event is a complex and comprehensive work, this time we will not go into detail in all organizational details and challenges, but I will highlight a small but excellent example of how to modernize the event and still remain consistent with the roots. An interesting positive example of how with a little money and effort a good story can be made and a step forward. Of course, there is still a lot of room for the growth of this event, but everyone should praise the move of cooperation with gastro bloggers. This year is also an obvious shift in investing in professional and quality photography as well as video production, which is really an imperative and the basis of any event today. Both are great hosts and big fans of Slavonian specialties, they prepare dishes with a lot of love and passion, but their approaches are completely different. Whether Slavonian food bloggers or daughters-in-law cook better will be found out on Sunday, September 1, at an attractive competition in Babina Greda on the Salić farm. center_img Interestingly, the first record of Slavonian kulin was found in this place in Vukovar-Srijem County, horse breeding has the longest tradition in Slavonia, and every two months an event is organized to preserve the most beautiful Slavonian customs. On the contrary, authenticity should remain and must remain the main focus of the event, but with the new approach we must refresh it and develop it from year to year. Of course, this requires investment (investing in events is not a cost, but an investment), but without a step forward there is no development. Also, not every event can be a TOP event, but one can certainly set a long-term vision and strive for development. Who cooks_snase or influencers better? The answer is simple. Let’s make a gastro duel of Slavonian daughters-in-law and gastro bloggers. Under the title: Who cooks better – daughters-in-law or influencers? , the 18th Tenant Meetings have been announced, at which Slavonian daughters-in-law and gastro bloggers will test their skills in cooking and preparing old folk dishes in a gastronomic duel. “Dishes that make up a traditional shocking lunch will be prepared: various soups – vegetables, in water from the dough, with cooked meat, then baking, then variants of potatoes and bacon, pasta – dots, trganci…, cakes and desserts such as saltines and strudels. Whoever survives will cook! Culinary aces up their sleeves are expected on both sides, and visitors will be able to share their impressions and ratings. After reviewing them, the host of the event, Uncle Ilya, will summarize them in the final verdict. As an international expert observer, the trial will be monitored by blogger Sanja Mijac, also known as Housewife Sanja. “, Point out the organizers of the gastro megdan, which is an integral part of the 18th edition of Tenants’ Meetings, an event that will bring painters, theater artists, the best tamburitza players, riders and all those who like to compete in ancient disciplines to Babin Gred. The colors of the daughter-in-law will be defended by members of the club of Babogred cooks, whose information the club is skillfully hiding for now, and the first line-up will not be known until just before the start of the event. Gastro bloggers will be represented by famous Croatian influencers Ena Foodgasm Kokanović, recently Nagy, and Vedran Bošković, author of the page Seasoned with Love. But let’s get back to the story of Tenant Meetings. The main question is: How to modernize and bring closer to young people the manifestation whose main backbone is the story of old forgotten customs? It is events like this that tell our authentic story and should have much more support, but it is the same organizers who need to be much more proactive and go beyond their limits to fight for their place under the sun. Namely, in Babina Greda in Vukovar-Srijem County, and organized by the Association for the Promotion and Preservation of Šokac Heritage “Šokadija”, the event “Tenants’ Meetings” is traditionally held from August 31 to September 01. The goal of the event is to preserve apartments, old customs, ways of life, shepherd’s games, folk dishes and speeches. Photo: TZ Babina Gredalast_img read more

Torres: Without Messi, Man City still remain the best

first_img “We have a group of players ready to compete against any opponent and we are able to do great things in the Champions League. read also:Kalidou Koulibaly: Napoli invite Man City for talks again “Liverpool are a really strong team and they have proved it in the last years. At the same time I think we have a squad to win back the Premier League. “About my personal ambitions, I always want to score goals and assist my team-mates but above all I want to play and earn my place in the squad.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Manchester City star, Ferran Torres, does not think signing Lionel Messi will determine their Premier League hopes. City were the hot favourites to secure Messi as he was determined to leave Barcelona. But the Catalan club refused to let him go, and he will have to wait until next summer to leave on a free transfer. Torres is disappointed the move did not happen, but believes the team is still good enough to win the Premier League this season. “I think we have a fantastic team beyond Messi,” he told reporters.Advertisementcenter_img Promoted ContentBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeTop 10 Enemies Turned Friends in TVCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesThe Network’s Greatest Shows On HBOWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top7 Breathtaking Train Stations Around The Globe6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeGeeky And Hilarious Shower Curtains For AdultsBest Car Manufacturers In The Worldlast_img read more

Benitez: Race to go down to wire

first_img The Blues have now lost three successive away games in the league and dropped below Tottenham into fourth place, with fellow London rivals Arsenal just two points adrift in fifth. Despite the result Benitez reckons no-one will be certain of a Champions League position until the very end of the campaign, and said: “It is the same situation, if we had three points more it would be easier. We still have one game in hand and we have to carry on and concentrate and move on and start thinking about Monday (FA Cup quarter-final replay v Manchester United).” Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez maintains the race for a top-four finish in the Barclays Premier League will run until the end of the season despite seeing his much-changed side slip to a 2-1 defeat at Southampton. Press Associationcenter_img He went on: “In the league you still have a lot of games and I think it [the battle for a top-four finish] will run for the rest of the season.” First-half goals from Jay Rodriguez and Rickie Lambert handed Mauricio Pochettino another prized scalp, with Chelsea briefly drawing level courtesy of a John Terry header. Pochettino, who has now won three, drawn three and lost three games since replacing Nigel Adkins as Saints manager in January was quick to defend his Chelsea counterpart following the game. “I have a lot of sympathy [for Benitez’s position],” he said. “I fully recognise the job that he has done. For me he is one of the best managers in the world and he has my full respect for what he has achieved in football.” The win against Chelsea follows earlier home successes against Manchester City and Liverpool and Pochettino believes beating some of the league’s biggest names can only boost the morale around the club. “Victories like those of today prove that we are on the right path,” he said. “It is very important for the confidence of my players and especially the people surrounding our club – the technical staff. It is important that we believe we can achieve results as we saw today and we can continue achieving them in the future.” last_img read more

Adam plays down controversy

first_img Spurs midfielder Sandro, meanwhile, posted a picture of himself on Instagram with the message to Adam: “The Beast (Sando’s nickname) is watching you.” Adam took to Twitter to insist he has nothing against Tottenham, and Stoke boss Mark Hughes revealed on Friday that the club may make their own complaint to the FA over the perceived demonisation of their player. Adam is a robust figure who is unlikely to be losing too much sleep over the matter but he is keen to put it behind him. He said: “There’s no point in me speaking about it, it’s done and dusted and we move on. “That’s what happens in football, opinions, but you have to react in the right way and we’ve done that with a win and we’re happy. “I don’t need to answer any questions. For me it’s about winning games and scoring goals. If I keep doing that, I’m playing well and the team are winning, then that’s the important thing.” Adam made the headlines for the right reasons on Saturday with a fine second goal in Stoke’s 2-1 victory over Leicester in the third round of the FA Cup. It was the midfielder’s fifth goal of the season, making him the club’s joint highest scorer, and earned a fourth-round trip to Chelsea. Adam said: “It was a nice strike but the most important thing is we won and got through to the next round. That’s what we set out to do at the start of the day and we managed it.” Next up for Stoke is a home match against Adam’s former club Liverpool on Sunday. The Potters have only lost one Premier League match at the Britannia Stadium this season but are looking for their first win in four league games after a difficult festive period. They almost won their last league match against Everton but Leighton Baines netted an injury-time penalty to earn the visitors a 1-1 draw. Adam said: “We’re going well, we’re just disappointed that we lost the goal we did in midweek, which unfortunately cost us two points. “Hopefully we can bounce back against Liverpool. It’s a tough game but an opportunity to win and progress back up the league. “They’re playing well, they’ve got a number of top players, it’s going to be difficult, but we’re at home and we want to take the game to them and hopefully get a win.” Stoke only need to look back to last season for encouragement, with Boxing Day’s 3-1 victory over Liverpool one of their best performances of the campaign. “We played really well,” said Adam. “We got after them and put pressure on them. It was a great win for us but they’ll be coming for a bit of revenge. “We’re disappointed we missed a penalty on the opening day of the season there, we could have got a point. But that’s what happens in football. “We need to prepare right and hopefully we can get the right result.” The Stoke midfielder was heavily criticised for a tackle on Tottenham’s Paulinho last month that is likely to rule the Brazilian out for a month. Adam was already a hate figure for many Spurs fans, principally because of two tackles on Gareth Bale, and Tottenham complained to the Football Association, who decided against any retrospective action. Charlie Adam insists he has nothing to prove to his detractors. Press Associationlast_img read more

South Africa’s 2011 sporting highlights

first_imgThomas Aiken (Spanish Open), Garth Mulroy (Alfred Dunhill Championship), and Hennie Otto (South African Open) added further wins in European Tour events , while the only South African winner on the PGA Tour was not Ernie Els or Retief Goosen, it was Rory Sabbatini, who won the Honda Classic in March. Looking back over the past sporting year for South Africa, one sport stands out above any others: South African golfers enjoyed a superb year and, despite their wonderful record over the years, may have reached new heights. Caster Semenya attained her best form since she won the World Championships in Berlin in 2009 when she too won silver, once more in the 800 metres. LJ van Zyl added a bronze medal in the 400 metres hurdles in which Cornel Fredericks finished fifth. World recordThere was a world record for striker Pietie Coetzee, who became the all-time leading goal scorer in women’s international hockey at the FIH Champions Challenge in Dublin when she netted four goals in South Africa’s 5-5 draw with the USA which took her career tally to an incredible 222 goals in 224 tests. South African tennis enjoyed a good year as the sport experienced something of a revival, thanks to its top singles players. After being skittled for only 96 in their first innings, the Proteas trailed Australia by 188 runs on the first innings, but in an extraordinary turn of events they then ran roughshod through the Australian batting, dismissing the visitors for 47 after having them on 21 for 9 at one stage. South Africa went on to win by eight wickets in an incredible match that lasted only three days. Epic championSouth African cyclists and cycling events continued to excel. The country produced its first winner of the Absa Cape Epic when Burry Stander and Christoph Sauser of Switzerland claimed a convincing victory. Stander also won the African Mountain Bike Championships and the South African Marathon title. South African golf scored a major coup when it was announced in April that the country would host a World Golf Championship event from 2012. The tournament will feature the world’s top 70 players and prize money will be in the region of $10-million. The world’s finest all-round paddlerOut on the water, Hank McGregor confirmed his status as the finest all-round paddler in the world when he claimed the 2011 ICF Canoe Marathon World Championships K1 title in Singapore in October. In swimming, the future was also revealed as Chad le Clos captured the overall Fina/Arena World Cup title, following in the footsteps of Ryk Neethling and Cameron van der Burgh. Le Clos and van der Burgh should lead South Africa’s medal hopes in the pool at the 2012 London Olympic Games. South African rugby produced a world beater in Sevens Stars Cecil Afrika who was recognised by the International Rugby Board as the World Sevens Player of the Year in October. He was both the top try scorer and top points scorer in the HSBC World Sevens Series. He had earned a hat-trick of titles in the Fish River Canoe Marathon earlier in the month with Grant van der Walt. In July, he romped to a record eighth win in the Berg River Canoe Marathon, rated by many as the toughest race of its kind in the world. Prior to that, he had secured his third Surfski World Cup title off Durban in July. He also began the year with a successful defence of his Drak Challenge title. Els, though, received a massive honour when he joined the legendary Gary Player in the World Golf Hall of Fame in May. At the time, he had 62 career titles to his name, including two US Opens and one Open Championship. Bianca Buitendag topped the world’s best in January when she lifted the Billabong ASP Women’s World Junior Championships in New South Wales, Australia. 23 December 2011 Most significant victory of 2011Charl Schwartzel was next into the winner’s circle, successfully defending his Joburg Open title. He then went on to record what was arguably the most significant victory by a South African sportsperson in 2011, by capturing the 75th US Masters at Augusta by two strokes after closing with a stunning four birdies in succession. The Proteas again fell disturbingly short of success in a major ICC event when they were surprisingly defeated by New Zealand in the quarterfinals of the World Cup, but they produced one of the most memorable victories of the year in the sport when they beat Australia in the first test in Cape Town in November. Pietermaritzburg was awarded a leg of the UCI World Cycling Tour and hosted the Mzunduzi Road Challenge for the first time in October. The race will in 2012 serve as the UCI World Cycling Tour Final.center_img With Afrika to the fore, the South African Sevens team enjoyed a good season, finishing second in the overall standings and winning three tournaments – in Las Vegas, London and Edinburgh – including the last two of the season back-to-back. Currie Cup surpriseWhile the Springboks didn’t make the World Cup final in New Zealand, referee Craig Joubert did, and when the Springboks returned they couldn’t do enough to stop the Lions, a team with few Boks in their line-up, from capturing their first Currie Cup title since 1999 and their first at home since 1950 with a 42-16 thrashing of the defending champion Sharks. Chani Scheepers became the first South African woman since Amanda Coetzer in 2003 to win a WTA Tour event when she lifted the Wanlima International Women’s Open in Guanzhou, China, in September. While golf was the sport that stood out most for South Africans, there were plenty of other performances and achievements to celebrate. Comrades Marathon winner Stephen Muzhingi of Zimbabwe made his mark when he became the first man since Bruce Fordyce in the 1980s to win the race three years in a row, while Russia’s Elena Nurgalieva recorded her sixth win. Back-to-back in J-BaySuperstar surfer Jordy Smith’s year was disrupted by injury, but he still finished inside the top 10 of the world rankings despite missing two events, and he went back-to-back in once again winning the prestigious Billabong Pro in Jeffreys Bay. On the very same weekend, Natalie Grandin secured her first WTA Tour doubles title when she and the Czech Republic’s Vladimira Uhlirova won the Hansol Korea Open. After Els came Louis Oosthuizen, the winner of The Open Championship in 2010, who claimed the Africa Open in East London, an event co-sanctioned by the Sunshine and European Tours. IAAF medal winnersSouth African athletes performed well at the IAAF World Championships in Daegu, South Korea. Although they won only four medals, that was enough to place them seventh on the medals table in terms of medals won. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Orlando Pirates were the story of the year in South African football, claiming a hat-trick of titles by winning the Absa Premier League, the Nedbank Cup, and the MTN 8. Astonishingly, the club later parted ways with coach Ruud Krol! The 2010/11 season began with long-time star Ernie Els winning the South African Open, but it evolved into the clear-cut announcement of a new generation of South African stars ready to make their mark on the world stage. The men’s 4 by 400 relay team of Shane Victor, Ofentse Mogawane, Willie de Beer, and LJ van Zyl shocked their more fancied opponents by racing to a silver medal in the final. Paralympics star Oscar Pistorius also picked up a silver as he had been part of the South African team that contested the heats. No athlete with a disability had previously won a medal at the IAAF World Championships. Sunette Viljoen captured a bronze medal in the greatest women’s javelin competition in history, recording an African record 68.38 metres. Kevin Anderson won the South African Open in February and made impressive progress up the world rankings during the year, ultimately finishing it in 32nd place, having peaked at 30th in October. World’s best test bowlerIndividually, Dale Steyn ended the year a runaway leader at the top of the test bowling rankings, with Morne Morkel in third place. Jacques Kallis was the leading all-rounder and second in the batting rankings. Hashim Amla was number one in the one-day international batting rankings. South Africa produced another world champion when the Rainbow Nation defeated neighbours Zimbabwe 29-18 in the final of the Polocrosse World Cup to finish the event unbeaten. Jan-Albert Steenkamp was named the best male player of the tournament. Simon’s successAnd it was not only the men that excelled. Ashleigh Simon showed that she has what it takes by capturing her second Ladies European Tour title in May, winning the Portugal Ladies Open by three shots.last_img read more

Anti-corruption courses in African business schools could help end graft

first_imgEducation could be a valuable weapon in Africa’s fight against corruption. Three business schools – in Nigeria, Tanzania and South Africa – already offer anti-graft coursework, and the results are positive.A billboard in Namibia spread the message of the country’s Anti-Corruption Commission, or ACC. Anti-corruption education, the authors say, must become a priority in African classrooms. (Image: Philip Schuler, World Bank)Shiv Tripathi and Ganka Daniel Nyamsogoro, Mzumbe UniversityCorruption touches our lives every day. It happens across the private sector as well as the public service in the realms of housing, education, health and agriculture. Its influence reaches dangerously further, too: it directly threatens sustainable development.Corruption takes many forms. This makes it almost impossible to definitively calculate its cost, though one estimate suggests that corruption amounts to more than 5% of global GDP.Research by the World Bank shows that about US$1-trillion is paid in bribes worldwide each year. Africa is home to several of the most corrupt countries in the world, according to Transparency International’s Corruption perception index.Corruption also makes it difficult for societies and economies to develop. Sub-Saharan Africa is one of the poorest regions in the world and it, along with the rest of the globe, is now gearing up to meet the sustainable development goals. Most of these goals are sadly vulnerable to corruption, whether in the realm of poverty eradication, access to health care or affordable energy.Education could be a valuable weapon in the continent’s fight against corruption. Three business schools in Africa are already putting this theory to the test by introducing an anti-corruption programme, sanctioned by the United Nations, into their classrooms.We piloted and researched their experiences for our new book, which outlines how anti-corruption education can be professionalised in business schools around the globe.The business of fighting corruptionResearch tells us that corruption can hamper the ability of a business to run well and profitably. It can affect the entire business supply chain and ultimately lessen an enterprise’s contribution to broader social and economic development.One estimate suggests that about 80% of Africa’s job creation and its economic output depends on small and medium enterprises.These are just some of the reasons that we believe anti-corruption education belongs in business schools. If the continent can produce business leaders who are able to identify and act against different forms of corruption, it will make a huge difference to economic growth and the successful implementation of the sustainable development goals.There is no single correct approach to embedding anti-corruption issues in education, but a great deal can be learned from available frameworks. One of these is the UN-sanctioned Principles for Responsible Management Education Anti-Corruption Toolkit.The toolkit was developed by a group of nearly 40 management scholars from around the world. The project was funded by the Siemens Integrity Initiative and the first draft was launched in 2012. It has since been tested and refined at 14 business schools in India, Eastern Europe, Europe, South America and Africa.The toolkit is continuously updated. It offers case studies and research about corruption which can be introduced into a classroom for discussion. It also has a section dedicated to teaching methods, which helps to guide those lecturers who have never tackled this complex topic before.In Africa, the toolkit was piloted in three different schools, which each applied it to different courses. Nigeria’s Lagos Business School adopted its contents into the MBA programme curriculum. Stellenbosch University in South Africa tested it through an ethics course for managers. At Mzumbe University in Tanzania, it was used in regular postgraduate level courses and in executive education programmes.At Mzumbe, the toolkit was used to start discussions about how integrating East Africa could minimise corruption and how to deal with ethical dilemmas in cross-cultural settings. The toolkit also provided material for a 12-hour programme that taught established professionals about ethical compliance in procurement.Other pilot sites used the toolkit to link the impact of corruption to a particular business context. Students were encouraged to share their own experiences and to envision the adverse impacts their crooked business decisions might have on their own and others’ quality of life.Feedback from the students was very positive at all pilot business schools.Sharing the lessonsThe major challenge for anti-corruption education lies in its integration with existing curricula. Students enrol for higher education seeking knowledge and the skills they’ll need to follow a particular career path. They will respond best to being taught about anti-corruption measures if they know this will be useful in their working lives. If businesses want to minimise corruption, they must emphasise ethical values and skill sets when recruiting business schools graduates.Beating corruption will require a collective effort from more than just business schools and corporate leaders. But anti-corruption education has an important role to play in this fight. It must become a priority in African classrooms.Shiv Tripathi is professor of Business Management, and Ganka Daniel Nyamsogoro is associate professor and dean, at Mzumbe University. This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.last_img read more

Heating With Wood Safely and Efficiently

first_imgI’ve been heating primarily with wood since I bought our house 31 years ago, though there were a few years following our installation of an oil boiler when wood consumption dropped considerably.Wood heat has a mixed record, though. It’s a renewable fuel and, assuming that new trees grow up to replace those cut for firewood, it is carbon-neutral, meaning that it doesn’t have a net contribution to global warming. But burning firewood produces a lot of air pollution; in fact, it’s usually our dirtiest fuel.Fortunately, there’s a lot we can do to reduce the pollution generated by wood burning — and boost the efficiency.Our discussion here focuses on wood stoves. Pellet stoves and larger central-heating wood boilers are quite different.And I don’t even think of fireplaces as heating systems. They are aesthetic features that can add wonderful ambiance on special occasions — we use ours two or three times a year. Fireplaces burn very inefficiently, and they result in so much airflow up through the chimney that they can actually cause a net loss of energy. RELATED ARTICLES All About Wood StovesShould Green Homes Burn Wood?Wood Stoves: Safety First Are Masonry Heaters a Good Match for Superinsulated Houses?How to Provide Makeup Air for a Wood StoveHeating a Tight, Well-Insulated HouseHeating With Wood Pellets Alex is founder of BuildingGreen, Inc. and executive editor of Environmental Building News. He also recently created the Resilient Design Institute. To keep up with Alex’s latest articles and musings, you can sign up for his Twitter feed. Choosing a wood stoveSince July 1, 1990, all new wood stoves sold in the U.S. have been required to carry U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certification. (The 1988 law banned the manufacturing of non-EPA-compliant wood stoves after July 1, 1988 and the sale of such stoves two years later.) The EPA standard for non-catalytic wood stoves is 7.5 grams per hour of emissions and for catalytic wood stoves 4.1 grams per hour. By comparison, older, non-certified wood stoves typically produce 40 to 60 grams per hour.Instituting stringent air pollution standards for wood stoves was a bold and controversial move by the federal government. It put over 80% of wood stove manufacturers out of business because it was too expensive for smaller companies to change their designs. (The federal government was able to push this through, I suspect, because wood stove manufactures were tiny with little political clout.) But it also dramatically reduced pollution from wood stoves and boosted combustion efficiency — reducing air pollution by as much as 85%.Manufacturers achieved these improvements by significantly redesigning wood stoves — for example, by insulating the firebox, adding baffles that lengthened the smoke path through the stove resulting in more complete combustion, and providing air-inlet holes above the combustion chamber to preheat combustion air. A few new-generation, non-catalytic wood stoves have EPA emissions ratings of less than 1 gram per hour, but all new wood stoves are far cleaner than their ancestors from two decades ago. Properly seasoning firewoodThe quality of the wood is tremendously important for clean, efficient wood burning. Wood should be seasoned at least six months off the ground and under cover after it is cut and split. If the moisture content of wood is high, that water evaporates as the wood is burned, keeping the combustion temperature low. Even the most advanced wood stove will generate a lot of pollution and burn inefficiently if green (unseasoned) wood is burned. Properly seasoned wood makes a hollow sound when two pieces are knocked together.The six months’ drying of firewood should be considered a minimum. Ideally, several years’ worth of firewood should be kept on hand, with the oldest burned first. One way of organizing this is by stacking green wood outdoors, and then after a season or two moving a heating-season’s worth of wood into a fully covered shed, from which a supply is brought into the house as needed. Green wood should not be stored indoors, because of the significant amount of moisture that it will introduce to the house.In splitting firewood, it’s a good idea to keep the diameter of the split logs relatively small, especially for smaller wood stoves, so that there will be a lot of surface area during combustion. Smaller logs will also dry out more quickly.  Operating wood stoves efficientlyTo achieve optimal performance of a wood stove, it should be operated hot. Start the wood stove with crumpled newspaper and kindling. As the fire burns down, rake the coals toward the front or side of the stove, creating a mound (rather than spreading them out), and add several logs at the same time. In milder weather, build smaller fires, but still operate the stove hot, rather than keeping a large fire going and damping it down (restricting the air inlet). Regularly remove ashes so that air flow in the firebox is not impeded and there is plenty of room for wood.The amount of smoke coming out of a chimney is a pretty good indicator of how cleanly (and efficiently) it is operating. If it generates lots of smoke, the combustion isn’t very complete and a lot of particulates (and other pollutants) are being generated.This may occur if the wood isn’t property seasoned, as noted above, or it may indicate that the wood stove is being damped down too much (not providing adequate combustion air). Poor combustion may also occur if the chimney is clogged with creosote — a dangerous condition that can lead to chimney fires.If a homeowner is unsure how to operate a wood stove for optimal performance, suggest that he or she ask at the store where it was bought. And tell homeowners to make sure that their chimney or flue pipe cleaned regularly — at least once a year.To minimize pollution, household trash should not be burned in a wood stove. Nor should manufactured or painted wood (including plywood and particleboard) or pressure-treated wood — burning any of these materials is illegal in Vermont and some other states, and it should be illegal everywhere. Moldy or rotten wood should also be avoided, as should driftwood, since the salt may corrode the stove and stovepipe or result in toxic emissions.For safety, installing smoke and carbon monoxide detectors is critically important; make sure that this is done. And suggest that batteries on battery-powered detectors be replaced at least annually, or whenever the low-battery alert sounds. Burning wood with minimum air pollution and maximum efficiency depends on three primary factors: the choice of wood stove; how the wood is stored and managed; and operation of the stove.last_img read more