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  • Green airline goes greener

    first_imgOne of kulula.com’s new 737-400 fleet – the CowPlane. The plane is painted in the distinctive bright green livery, and the cow motif represents kulula.com’s support of CHOC, Children’s Haematology Oncology Clinics, in association with Cow Parade in 2005. (Image: Andre Kok, Airliners.net) Another kulula.com Boeing 737-400, this one painted in a green camouflage design. (Image: Airpic.co.za ) An interesting colour scheme for one of kulula.com’s recently acquired 737-400s. (Image: Airpic.co.za ) Coal-burning power stations such as this one on the outskirts of Cape Town, contribute heavily to South Africa’s carbon emission footprint. (Image: Eskom)Janine ErasmusLow-cost airline kulula.com has taken its greenness one step further with the launch of its new tree-planting initiative. The airline, known for its humorous in-flight commentary and bright green livery, has embarked on Project Green, a programme that will see trees planted in communities around South Africa, and playgrounds and sports fields built in rural and township schools.With Project Green kulula.com (kulula is a Zulu word meaning “it is light” or “it is simple”) aims to challenge global warming and help ease the load on the environment by reducing its own carbon footprint. It will also take steps to offset its carbon emissions by planting grass and trees, which purify the air by taking in carbon dioxide (CO2) and converting it to oxygen during photosynthesis. Focusing only on trees that are not listed as invaders will also help to conserve indigenous ecosystems.Job creation is an added bonus, as horticulturalists will be required to supply young trees for planting. And tree-planting activities will offer more employment opportunities.Kulula.com has partnered with Food and Trees for Africa, a national greening organisation that also seeks to establish food security through permaculture food gardening activities. Permaculture is a holistic approach to using natural resources, working with nature as opposed to against it and making use of elements such as ecology, organic gardening, and architecture to create a sustainable way of living.The Food and Trees for Africa website offers companies a carbon calculator, which was developed by PriceWaterhouseCoopers, the first African company to receive accreditation to conduct carbon auditing. The calculator is based on the Global Greenhouse Reporting Protocols, which have now been converted into an environmental standard that deals with developing, managing and reporting greenhouse gas emissions at the company level.Companies can check their carbon emissions and from there take steps to reduce their carbon footprint. Based on the results, companies are informed of the number of trees it will take to offset their emissions. They may then make a donation so that Food and Trees for Africa can plant the necessary number of trees on their behalf through its National Tree Distribution and Trees for Homes programmes.Putting trees into communitiesProject Green got underway with the planting of 50 indigenous trees at the Monde primary school in Katlehong, east of Johannesburg, in April 2008. The trees were planted around a bare patch of land with the hope that in the not-too-distant future this will become a shady play area for Monde’s 1 400 scholars.Monde was one of three schools on the East Rand that received trees. In total, 100 trees at a cost of R70 per tree were donated. Gidon Novick, joint CEO (with Eric Venter) of Comair, which runs kulula.com, and the award-winning CEO of Food and Trees for Africa, Jeunesse Park, were in attendance at the ceremonies.Kulula.com is inviting its passengers and the public at large to support the campaign. Since December 2007 passengers booking with kulula.com have had the opportunity to contribute to the project by adding between R10 and R200 to their booking fee. To date the airline has raised over R172 000 through online donations. Kulula.com invites anyone who wishes to work with them on this initiative to contact them via the email address on the site.As part of its fight against global warming kulula.com has also upgraded its fleet. The last of the airline’s old McDonnell Douglas MD82 aircraft took to the skies on 29 February 2008. From the beginning of March passengers have been travelling in the more modern and fuel-efficient Boeing 737-400 craft, which cost R90-million each.Kulula.com spent R800-million on the upgrade but considers the investment well worth it as fuel costs have been cut by 15% and maintenance costs are lower too. These savings will be passed on to passengers.In addition to being more fuel efficient, the 737-400 aircraft are quieter and more environmentally friendly than the previous fleet. The noise reduction and low fuel consumption of the 737-400 are largely due to its superior engine.The South African situationSouth Africa is the biggest culprit on the African continent with regard to greenhouse gas emissions, although compared to some Western countries its emissions are modest. The latest data available from the International Energy Agency reveals that in 2005 South Africa released 330.34 million tons of CO2 into the atmosphere. By contrast, in the same year the US was responsible for the emission of a whopping 5 816.96 million tons of CO2.The Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEAT) says the major culprits in South Africa are energy industries such as Eskom, the country’s national power supplier, general industry, and transport.However, the country is addressing these problems through, among other interventions, a national Climate Change Response Strategy document, which was compiled in 2004 as the government’s official response to the threat of climate change.The document addresses issues that have been identified as priorities for dealing with climate change in South Africa. Strategies for dealing with these issues include adapting to climate change; developing a sustainable energy programme; implementing an integrated response by various relevant government departments; keeping a record of greenhouse gases; accessing and managing financial resources; and research, education, and training.The South African government has also appointed a national committee on climate change which meets four times a year. Its primary function is to advise the minister of environmental affairs on matters relating to climate change and the way in which major national stakeholders can act against it.There is also a government committee on climate change which advises the DEAT sub-directorate dealing with climate change and ozone layer protection. Both committees work around the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol – the chief instrument for tackling global climate change.These are the initiatives at national and government level, while organisations such as Food and Trees for Africa and kulula.com all contribute to the fight through their own programmes.Clamping down on aircraft carbon emissionsAircraft CO2 emissions continue to be a source of global concern. The European Union (EU) is fighting to impose quotas on airlines for CO2, proposing that these quotas be implemented from 2011. These restrictions will apply to both EU and foreign airline operators. It has also recommended that airlines operating in the EU should pay a fine should their carbon emissions rise above their current levels.In November 2007 EU legislators voted to strengthen a plan to cap carbon emissions from aircraft flying to and from Europe. The proposal centres on an existing carbon credit trading system that is already in existence, whereby industrial companies that exceed emission limits set by governments are required to purchase credits. The EU uses this system to control its emissions target under the Kyoto Protocol. The current system gives exemption to airlines but a proposal has now been submitted to include them.Needless to say the proposal has been shot down by the airline industry in general. But the European Parliament argues that including airlines in Europe’s carbon trading system would set an important precedent that could be emulated by other countries.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Janine Erasmus at [email protected] linksKulula.comFood and Trees for AfricaFederated Hospitality Association of South AfricaIndalo YethuEnviropaediaThe GreenSkies AllianceInternational Energy Agency – South AfricaDepartment of Environmental Affairs – South Africa’s greenhouse gas emissionsDepartment of Environmental Affairs – climate change pagesCarbon PlanetCHOC – the Childhood Cancer Foundation of South AfricaCow Paradelast_img read more

  • A long-standing example of Military and Cooperative Extension Collaboration- Texas A&M AgriLife Extension System

    first_imgThe Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the United States Military have worked hand-in-hand to meet the needs of Texas families since 1987. Currently, Extension staff are at Ft. Bliss and Ft. Hood providing educational programming in multiple areas, providing an excellent example of how Cooperative Extension helps build community capacity to enhance the resilience of service members and their families. Following are a few examples of the excellent programming being done at the Installations.Cooperative extension agents are in the Family Advocacy Program (FAP) at both Ft. Bliss and Ft. Hood. The mission of FAP is the prevention of child and spouse abuse. This goal is met by providing educational programs in awareness to military personnel as required by Army regulation. Agents teach parenting education, couple enrichment, and train all child care providers in identification and prevention of abuse. Promoting awareness of child and spouse abuse through community awareness campaigns is a major focus of the program. FAP also provides education on child safety and life skills training such as stress management, anger control, and dating violence. Fort Bliss has a puppet show that provides educational programs for children and youth on several topics from child abuse to bicycle safety. The Passenger/Car Seat program is also very well received at both installations with regular monthly car seat events for families.Victim Advocacy is also a part of the FAP and assists victims of spouse abuse to access services available to them. They also train a volunteer corps to assist in the program.New Parent Support Program provides in-home visitation, therapeutic support, and resource assistance to Army families with new babies and continuing support for families with children through the age of 5 years. The program attempts to reduce the likelihood of child abuse and neglect and spouse abuse through individual parenting education, roll modeling, and access services.Since the program began at Ft. Hood, awareness classes to soldiers have increased from 40 percent of units being reached to 100 percent or above of all units being reached in a year. In fiscal year 2002 Fort Hood Cooperative Extension Agents briefed 100% of the Units at Fort Hood and over 85% of all military personnel, an all time high. Recently, an Extension Agent reached 100% of individuals assigned to the units he is responsible for. Fort Bliss continues to provide training to the military community with innovative programming. The Extension Agent for Family Violence has also assumed a larger part of the Victim Advocacy program in the absence of the Victim Advocate. Fort Bliss Extension Agents are extensively cross trained in programs due to limited staff in all community service areas. It has been showcased as a model program for the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command.The Army Substance Abuse Program (ASAP) uses Cooperative Extension agents to provide educational programming to make soldiers and family members aware of the consequences of drug and alcohol abuse. Agents take leadership in Army-required military unit training, awareness campaigns, and violence in the workplace training for civilians. A highlight is the Summer Sense campaign held over the summer season to create a heightened awareness not to drink and drive. The program also brings the message to youth in the community througha three-day outing that teaches leadership skills and drug and alcohol abuse prevention. The Fort Hood Substance Abuse Program received the Secretary of Defense 12th Annual Community Drug Awareness Award for the best community drug awareness program in the United States Army back in  FY2001, and continues to provide leadership in this area.Military families face many hardships that can create financial burdens. Cooperative Extension provides programming in the Financial Readiness Program by training NCOs to teach fiscal responsibility to soldiers in their units.  Agents provide basic financial education as a part of the 1st Termer program, an educational program to help new soldiers and families get started on the right foot financially. Agents also provide educational programming in budgeting, insurance, and protection against scams.The Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) provides services to enhance the quality of life for special needs individuals and their families. This includes family members with learning disabilities, medical needs, or handicaps. Advocacy, education, and recreational activities for the support of families are included.Mobilization and Deployment (MOB/DEP) are the backbone of today’s military. Soldiers must be ready to deploy at a moment’s notice to anywhere in the world, and their families must also be ready. To meet the challenges caused by military deployment, agents provide extensive training to rear detachment units, family readiness groups, and others. Operation READY, a comprehensive program developed by Family Development and Resource Management specialists, is a vital link in the training curriculum. When rapid deployments occur, agents have worked 24 hours a day. They have been active in providing services to soldiers and families as they prepared to deploy to fight the War on Terrorism.The Relocation Assistance Program (RAP) is another integral service to military families relocating approximately every three to four years. RAP helps families prepare for moving by providing information on the locations to which they have been transferred. Educational programming is provided on financial preparation, making a smooth move for youth, and practical preparation to moving. They also provide a much needed service to newly arriving families through the lending closet. This service allows newly arriving military families temporary use of basic household items until their household goods arrive in shipment from their last duty assignment. Classes and groups are also provided for foreign born spouses to help them learn about the military and life in the United States. Waiting spouses are provided educational program that help them to deal with the situations of having a spouse away on an extended tour of duty.Information and Referral (I&R) is the basic concept of the Army Community Service (ACS). If a military family wants to know the availability or up-to-date information on military and community resources, they call ACS. Staff assistants are at both Fort Bliss and Fort Hood to provide this vital single point of contact service to the military community.The Employment Readiness Program (ERP) provides educational programming and information that can assist participants in finding employment opportunities in the community. Military family members learn skills such as resume writing, interviewing techniques, and working with employers in the community.Volunteering is the backbone of both Cooperative Extension and the Military. Without volunteers, we would never be able to reach many of the soldiers and family members. At Fort Hood, under the Soldier and Family Readiness Branch, a Cooperative  Extension Agent is in charge of the Army Family Action Program (AFAP). The AFAP brings volunteer community members together, to include teens, to discuss community concerns which are addressed to the Command Group of the installation. This community capacity building. Volunteer Program is led by Cooperative Extension at Ft. Bliss. Our Extension agent recruits, trains, and places volunteers throughout the Ft. Bliss community. She is responsible for all Post-wide recognition of volunteers, including the Ft. Bliss Volunteer of the Year Award. There is also an extensive youth volunteer initiative at both installations.Bell and Coryell County 4-H Agents give leadership to Child and Youth Services 4-H development on Ft. Hood, which has established 4-H Clubs at Youth Centers across the Installation. Their educational areas covered are Photography, Fine Arts, Citizenship, and Technology.Each of these programs stands alone to provide services to soldiers and military families, but joint programming efforts are continually developed to better meet the needs of servicemembers and their families, and to build community capacity to enhance the resilience of military families.  With Cooperative Extension Agents and Staff Assistants working together with their military partners, programming efforts have surpassed all expectations. Whenever a new initiative is introduced in the care of soldiers and families at either Ft. Bliss or Ft. Hood, they look to the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service to help them meet these emerging needs.last_img read more

  • 5 Reasons Your Deal Isn’t Closing

    first_img Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Now Deal stuck? Here’s why.It’s Still a LeadYou don’t close a lead. You only close opportunities. The reason that you can’t (and won’t) close some of the deal in your pipeline is because they are still only leads. In order to convert a lead to an opportunity, your prospective client has to agree to explore changing. They have to agree there is a reason to change and that they need to change now (or very soon, anyway).If you want to close, do the work necessary to convert a lead into a real opportunity. A sales meeting doesn’t necessarily equal an opportunity.You Haven’t Gained the Necessary CommitmentsSelling is really only two things: conversations and commitments. The reason a lot of opportunities don’t close after they are created is because the salesperson is good at the conversation part, but hasn’t acquired all of the necessary commitments.You need a commitment for time, the commitment to explore, the commitment to change, the commitment to collaborate, the commitment to build consensus, the commitment to invest, a commitment to review your plan, a commitment to resolve concerns, the commitment to decide, and the commitment to execute.If you want to close, gain all of the necessary smaller commitments between target and close.You Haven’t Made a Compelling Enough CaseYour opportunity isn’t going to close unless and until you make a compelling case for change. Change is difficult, messy, and time-consuming. Your dream clients trust their existing problems more than they trust you or the change that you present.You need to help your prospective client understand the high price they will pay if they don’t change. The status quo is comfortable. You have to make uncomfortable and unsustainable. What does your prospective client risk by not changing? Do they lose their competitive position? Do they lose market share? Will they lose clients if they don’t change? How much will it cost them in new opportunities?If you want to close, build the case for change.You Haven’t Got ConsensusLook at the opportunities in your pipeline right now. How many contacts do you have attached to each opportunity? If you have only one contact, you aren’t positioned to win an opportunity. If you have only two contacts, you are doing a little better, but I am skeptical that you can win the opportunity.I used to say, “More and more, decisions are made by consensus.” I no longer say “more and more.” Decisions are made by consensus. Period. If you are going to close an opportunity, you are going to have to help build that consensus. Do you know all of the people on the real buying committee? Do you know the people who get to weigh in, even if they aren’t formally represented in the process?Getting to yes means getting a consensus to change and a consensus to choose you.You Haven’t Resolved Your Client’s ConcernsToo many opportunities end in a “no decision” because the prospective client has unresolved concerns.Your prospective client is worried they’re spending too much money. They’re worried about their credibility should you fail. They’re worried about their team’s ability to execute and how committed they will be. They’re worried about disrupting their organization. At the end of their buying journey, they have to deal with these fears. Either you are there to help them by resolving their concerns or you increase the likelihood of a “no decision.”Your opportunity is risk until you do the work to resolve your dream client’s concerns.last_img read more

  • 7 days agoBent says Chelsea winger Hudson-Odoi must go to Euros

    first_imgBent says Chelsea winger Hudson-Odoi must go to Eurosby Paul Vegas7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer England striker Darren Bent says Callum Hudson-Odoi must be included in Gareth Southgate’s Euro2020 squad.The 18-year-old scored twice for England U21s in the 5-1 win over Austria this week.And Bent wants to see the talented Chelsea winger called up to the senior team.He told TalkSPORT: “He wasn’t getting enough game time in the Premier League, even though he was outstanding in the Europa [League] last season.”If he’s fully fit, he’s got to be on that plane to the [European] Championships next summer because he’s got a large amount of time now to get back to full fitness.”He’s one of these rare players in this country we’ve got who can go past people at speed.”For me, once he’s back fully fit, that is going to be a big, big boost to Chelsea Football Club and England as well.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

  • NFL draft Pat Elflein selected by the Minnesota Vikings in the third

    OSU senior center Pat Elflein takes questions during media day on Dec. 29. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorFormer Ohio State center Pat Elflein was selected in the third round with the 70th overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft by the Minnesota Vikings.Elflein is the sixth Buckeye selected in the draft and the third selected on Saturday.Returning for his senior season, Elflein made the transition from right guard to center and was named one of the team’s captains. In his first season at the position, Elflein was awarded the Rimington trophy, given to the best center in the country, and was named the Big Ten’s Rimington-Pace Offensive Lineman of the Year.He was also recognized as a consensus first-team All-American and first-team All-Big Ten, the latter of which was his third such recognition in three years. Elflein appeared in 53 games over his five-year career, including a streak of 40-consecutive starts from the beginning of his redshirt-sophomore season to the end of his redshirt-senior year. In his final year on the line for OSU, Elflein helped the Buckeyes average more rushing yards per game than any other team in the Big Ten with 245.2, 11th-best among all FBS schools.Elflein joins former OSU offensive linemen Alex Boone and Reid Fragel on the Vikings.The Vikings open the season at home against the New Orleans Saints on September 11. read more