21 October 2005Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams says Northern Ireland could draw on South Africa’s experience of how to achieve reconciliation.“What we want in Ireland, essentially, is what you have achieved here in South Africa; we want our freedom,” he said.Adams was addressing South Africa’s Parliament in Cape Town on Thursday – the second time he has done so – and said there were “lessons to be learnt” from South Africa’s reconciliation process.Although “huge challenges” existed in the Northern Ireland peace process, he said the majority of its people wanted an end to conflict. “What the people want, the politicians will have to deliver,” he added.Earlier in the week, Adams met with President Thabo Mbeki and Foreign Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, both of whom, he said, had offered assistance with his country’s reconciliation process “if and when it is necessary in the time ahead to help us.”Adams also visited Freedom Park at Salvokop outside Pretoria to learn more about the steps South Africa has taken to heal the wounds of its apartheid past.Sinn Fein, which is celebrating 100 years of existence, is the political wing of the Irish Republican Army (IRA). The IRA recently denounced violence by decommissioning its arsenal of weapons.Adams’ visit ended on Friday.Source: BuaNews
“The changes to the women’s rules are a huge step in the right direction, but maybe there are ways we can tweak the race structure to get the women more involved with the guys who paddle as fast as we do.” WomenMichele Eray 19:06.02Robyn Kime 19:26.00Jen Hodson 20:01.28Hillary Pitchford 20:22.54Jean Wilson 20:40.45 “I am super stoked,” said McGregor. “I have raced all over the world and there is no doubt at all that this is the toughest race on the planet.” McGregor started the 62 kilometre final stage from Zoutkloof to the coastal resort of Port Owen in Velddrif with a 10-minute lead and dominated a four-boat bunch that finished together to wrap up the victory. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material He finished 16th overall but, when combined with McGregor and Rabie’s podium finishes, it was just enough to get his team home against the potent Trueb Kitchens team and the Gauteng Veterans. “It was about time I had some good karma after the dramas of the first two days,” said a relieved King, who had finished second in the two previous editions of the race. “This was the toughest Berg I have ever been involved in,” he added. Lance King finished the four-day race on a high, mixing it up at the front bunch to wrap up third place, which helped erase memories of a nightmarish finish on day two when a mistake in the trees above Misverstand Dam saw his separated from his kayak and paddle, dropping him from second to a distant sixth. ‘He won it in style’“Hank didn’t just win it, he won it in style,” said Rabie, whose flawless race was a tribute to his determined training and diligent work scouting the river. RESULTS Raised the barPlettenberg Bay-based Olympian Michele Eray raised the bar of female Berg racing with a rampant 20-minute victory over two-time defending champion Robyn Kime. Inaugural winnersIn amongst the finishers were a number of paddlers from the inaugural race in 1962, including former champions Willem van Riet and Jannie Malherbe. Stellenbosch University student Pierre-Andre Rabie wrapped up the race of his canoeing career with a well-deserved second, and heaped praise on the eight-time champion. “I was out to see how far up the field [I could finish] against the men’s field that had the benefit of racing together in groups with paddlers of similar ability,” said Eray. 18 July 2011 The race’s 50th anniversary was celebrated by a record field of over 350 paddlers, and enjoyed four unseasonably warm clear days on a medium level river. Jen Hodson eventually finished well off the pace in third with a gutsy performance. She had entered the race only two weeks earlier after suddenly retiring from sprinting. “I played with the big girls and they beat me up!” she said. “Mich (Eray) was brilliant throughout the whole race,” said Kime. With three team members counting towards the lucrative team prize, the pressure fell on Mynhardt Marais, who was well off the front bunch’s pace. On each of the stages she started the day alongside Kime and lightning fast sprinter Jen Hodson before gradually dropping her adversaries and then, not unlike McGregor, racing away alone. Hank McGregor romped to a record eighth victory in South Africa’s Berg River Canoe Marathon on the weekend. Michele Eray dominated the women’s event to win her maiden title in the tough four-day race from Paarl to Velddrif in the Western Cape. Sweet victoryThe victory was particularly sweet for McGregor because, after asserting his authority on each of the first three stages, he elected to race away on his own to truly stamp his authority on the race when he would have been fully justified to paddle in a bunch and preserve his lead. The boat that won that inaugural race, dubbed “Kelkiewyn” was also successfully paddled to the finish by Lionel “Lonkie” Ekermans. Team raceThe team race was thrown wide open on the final stage with the sudden withdrawal of Hank McGregor’s team mate Marc Holtzhausen. The Durban stalwart, who paddled a heroic third stage, could not continue due to severe pain from the blisters on both hands. MenHank McGregor 16:59.25Pierre Andre Rabie 17:09.40Lance King 17:13.24Heinrich Schloms 17:19.29Jacques Theron 17:19.29Graeme Solomon 17:22.12Robbie Herreveld 17:26.10Edgar Boehm Jnr 17:40.47Tom Schilperoort 17:46.59Mike Stewart 17:51.36Donnie Malherbe 18:01.15Nick Longley 18:06.04Paul Marais 18:07.51Graham Monteith 18:13.32Ian Trautmann 18:20.02Mynhardt Marais 18:23.12Andrew Birkett 18:25.28Gert van Deventer 18:26.06Chris de Waal 18:28.38Ernst van Riet 18:28.43 “I guess I was out to prove a point by pushing it at the front,” said McGregor. “It wasn’t always like that. On the final stage I found myself 60 metres behind the guys, and they were pushing the pace, and I had to grind back onto the bunch.” “To win against the field of legends that has been assembled this year is a real privilege for me,” he added. “It’s right up there with the best of my wins.” SAinfo reporter ‘Really special’“The win is massive for me,” she continued. “I had set my heart on winning this race, and to do it in the 50th anniversary is really special. It was brilliant racing against such a strong women’s field, as well.”
A Deloitte study that came out this morning shows a much deeper interest in the social web but still a lot of potential left to tap.This is the second year Deloitte LLC has evaluated the perceived potential of online communities and how enterprises believe it can be better leveraged. The study, interestingly titled “Tribalization of Business,” measures the responses of more than 400 companies, including Fortune 100 organizations that have created and now maintain online communities.If you have been involved in the development of the social Web, these results will not be a huge surprise. People these days know more about the tools available but are a bit stymied on how to maximize them. The results show that online tools are used to engage with customers, partners and employees on brand discussions and idea generation. Still, they continue to struggle with harnessing social media’s full potential.Here are some of the results of the study:The Market is MaturingThe study shows that the number of people participating in social media efforts is always the top measure of success. But this year, the results show a deeper interest in non-active users, or “lurkers”: people who observe the community but don’t participate in the discussion.32% of respondents are capturing data on how lurkers derive value from the community.20% of respondents have set up formal “ambassador” programs, which give outsiders preferential treatment in return for being more active in the community.39% of respondents indicated that more full-time people are being deployed to manage their communities.What’s the True Measure of Success?The obstacles to success are issues that bloggers can certainly relate to in their efforts to encourage people to become lasting members of an online community. The study reports the challenges in getting people to:Join: 24% of respondents identified this as an obstacle.Stay engaged: 30% of respondents cited this as a challenge.Return: 21% said they have difficulty getting people to return to the online community.More Engagement Is a Community EffortAdoption is one thing, but full-on immersion of the enterprise community in the social Web is a whole other matter. As practitioners, we know that the key to any such effort is to avoid making it one group or department’s job to develop the online community. The cultural shift requires practice, the freedom to experiment and the cultivation of a core community across the enterprise whose members serve as the main influencers. It’s interesting to note the rise of the community manager and how it correlates to the Deloitte study. Companies do view the role of the community manager as increasingly important. Yet the effort to make it all work has to be network-wide. And the only way to do that is to get more people involved into the process, so that idea flow and the returns start showing up in real, tangible ways.It’s a different way of thinking. For example, social media campaigns are often framed in traditional marketing practices. But really, the possibilities of social technology are infinite. Traditional media campaigns have a beginning and end. Social technology fuels conversation. One, five, ten or ten thousand people could all be stirring up and participating in conversations using social media tools. The conversation has a time dimension that just runs on and on. As we noted yesterday, this is why social tools adopt a river-of-news style. With such an activity stream, the conversation is endless.The issue has to do with participating in the discussion, which looks like the main concern of respondents. The majority agreed that the following points continue to be the top business objectives of online communities:Increase word of mouth (38%),Increase customer loyalty (34%),Increase brand awareness (30%),Improve idea generation (29%),Improve the quality of customer support (23%).Next StepsDeloitte seems to be right on with the next steps to take.Think tribe, not market segmentThink network, not channelThink customer-centric, not company-centric.Overall, the results of the Deloitte study are quite encouraging. The enterprise is shifting in its thinking and will gradually change in all facets of how it operates. Management structures will change. Decisions about technology purchases will be affected. And hopefully, the enterprise will be a better place for everyone in the eco-system. Tags:#enterprise#Trends alex williams 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Related Posts
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Recently a Green Building Advisor blog post made some statements about the building inspector that, in my opinion, maligned the profession and were unwarranted. It occurred to me that if a professional peer could make such a faux pas, perhaps I should clarify the role that building inspectors play in assuring energy efficiency in buildings.Building codes cover safety, sanitation, structural integrity, AND energy efficiencyBuilding inspectors enforce laws that cover everything from flagpoles to communications towers; hunting cabins to high-rise buildings; single-family homes to high schools, hospitals, and NFL football stadiums.Inspectors enforce codes that cover architectural, fire, and life safety, means of egress, as well as all types of structural materials and conditions for each of these types of building elements. Building inspectors enforce each trade applied to a building: plumbing, electrical, mechanical, fuel gas, and other types of installations. They are certified by examination to demonstrate proficiency in each skill set. An inspector has more than a dozen model code books in his library; some of these are over 900 pages long. Except for the maps and tables, the energy provisions of the IRC are a mere six pages long.But that is just the easy part—the prescriptive element—of their jobBecause building codes can never predict the circumstances in each and every construction project, building inspectors must use judgment in _applying_ the code. They achieve judgment through years of enforcing the code and considering the _intent_ behind a requirement. Because the code is updated every three years, the spirit of the law is just as valid as the letter of the law. With judgment and experience, inspectors work with builders to achieve the intent of the prescriptive parts of the code.What exactly is the legal nature of the code?The code is never law unless some jurisdiction (city, county, town, or state) adopts it by reference. There are normally amendments that the inspector must be aware of—changes from that model code. The nature of this law is that the building official (the building inspector’s boss) has some latitude to apply the code instead of always enforcing the letter of the law (see Are Green Building Materials Approved by the Building Code? ). So, when someone claims that the energy code requires the use of R-38 in the ceiling, that may be true, generally, but it could be false if there is a circumstance where a similar method or material meets the intent of the code. Much of the IECC is written in performance language, not prescriptive. There is no “all or nothing” in any building code! There are only shades of gray.It’s not always possible (or practical) to meet the prescriptive elements of the codeNow, let’s look at why the building official has all of that latitude. Builders cannot always meet the prescriptive elements of the code in every circumstance, so the code allows the building official flexibility in interpreting the code. Imagine a contractor renovating a small building with 2×8 rafters. How can the builder comply with the R-38 requirement? By changing the rafter sizing? By finding insulation that fits in a 7-inch cavity while still allowing for ventilation (another code requirement)?Let’s say the contractor researches the options and finds a product that the manufacturer is willing to stand behind for code compliance—maybe some type of spray foam. The contractor installs the spray foam and then is rejected by the inspector. How will the contractor react? Will he be forced to remove the foam? How, and at what cost? Will the framing need to change? At what cost? Think about the cost of embodied energy and waste disposal if a hard line is drawn for compliance in a circumstance like this. Or the contractor could visit with the building official and talk about options. “What can I do to satisfy the intent of the code requirement?” he may ask. The building official is likely to accept something like this one time only from a contractor if some additional proof is provided. Why? Because that same building official is using discretion to accept an alternative means of obtaining the intent of the code requirement.He or she probably attends code hearings and understands how these codes are developed.The process for code development is a lot like sausage makingRepresentatives from several interest groups, including building safety professionals, builders, designers, manufacturers, standards developing organizations, and energy enthusiasts, come together in a public hearing with thousands of proposals to change the codes. Some of these proposals are passed and others are not. Arguments made during public testimony give building officials insight into the true intent of a code section and an idea about fairly applying the code in future circumstances like the above scenario. They listen, they learn and they grow professionally in an effort to give the public the best possible decision.The International Code Council (ICC) has developed the best building safety platform in human history. Think of the natural calamities around the world that can devastate a nation (think Haiti). Then consider the same-size natural event in the United States. There is no comparison. We have the world’s best code. In fact, I just returned from Libya, where I was helping that country develop a building code; Libyans currently have none at all.As a building official, I’m always glad to help!
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The Chhattisgarh government will file a review petition in the Supreme Court challenging its order modifying certain provisions of the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, Chief Minister Raman Singh said on Tuesday. “On March 20, Supreme Court had delivered a judgement on the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. The state government will file a petition in the Supreme Court against the decision,” Mr. Singh told reporters.Mr. Singh said his government had also revoked a police department circular for implementation of the Supreme Court order across the State. “The State government is affected by the judgement. In Chhattisgarh, it is the responsibility of the government to protect the honour of SCs and STs. The State government has always been sensitive towards them,” he said. “The state government is completely capable of protecting the interests of SCs and STs. Therefore, we took this decision immediately,” he added.The Supreme Court guidelines, which several Dalit groups claimed allegedly diluted the stringency of the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, led to a nationwide shutdown on April 2. Violence during the protests that day saw several people killed and scores injured. The Centre has already filed a plea seeking review of the Supreme Court directive in the wake of large-scale protests by Dalit organisations.The BJP-ruled Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan are also likely to approach the apex court for a review.