Mixed feelings as business leaders sleep rough

first_imgOn one of the coldest nights of winter, chief executives from more than 240 companies slept on the pavement. Their efforts were both lauded and criticised, but they raised funds for Girls and Boys Town South Africa and built a lot of empathy for the homeless. The CEO SleepOut was a fun night out for business leaders, even though they had to brave the cold Johannesburg weather. The event brought in more than R24-million for Girls & Boys Town South Africa. (Image: Shamin Chibba) • Pavement Bookworm ‘just wants to tell stories’ • Mam’ Khanyi rescues Hillbrow’s forgotten children • Jerome Slim Du Plooy cares about making a difference • Cheesekids help the less fortunate • A better South Africa, one baby at a time Shamin ChibbaOn a cold June evening in Johannesburg, The Commodores’ Nightshift blared from subwoofers over Gwen Lane in Sandton. “Gonna be a long night/It’s gonna be all right/On the nightshift.”It was an appropriate song, since the entire street was packed with chief executives from over 240 companies. They were participating in the CEO SleepOut. They left their warm beds to sleep on the street, albeit in warm sleeping bags, for one night to learn what homeless people go through and, in the process, to raise funds for Girls and Boys Town South Africa.The Johannesburg event ran on the same evening, 18 June, as SleepOuts in Auckland, Toronto, New York, London and Sydney.Some of the more high-profile sleepers included Adrian Gore of Discovery, Rudolph Straeuli of Golden Lions Rugby, Zoiab Hoosen of Microsoft South Africa and adventurer Riaan Manser, who promised to sleep in nothing more than a Speedo.The chief executives huddled around bonfires, sitting on chairs made from cardboard which they would later turn into beds. They listened to stories told by real homeless people, one of them being Philani Dladla, who is also known as Johannesburg’s Pavement Bookworm, and were able to Tweet the progress of their night.Some of the participants ate before they hit the street; but once they were there, they were given only a small bowl of soup, prepared by top chef Reuben Riffel, and one bread roll for supper.For these men and women, it was a very expensive sleepover, costing their companies R100 000 each. Organisers the CEO SleepOut Trust, aimed to raise R25-million, but fell short by R400 000. All of the money will go to Girls and Boys Town South Africa, an NGO that helps nurture troubled youths. Gwen Lane in Sandton was home to more than 240 business leaders for a single night. Many found the experience of sleeping out on the street on a cold night gruelling. (Image: Shamin Chibba)SleepOut a gesture of solidarityIvor Chipkin, director of the Public Affairs Research Institute, says he participated to quell the cynicism he finds is pervasive in South African society. As an academic, he was the anomaly at the event.“There’s also a lot of cynicism in South Africa and I think gestures of solidarity need to be embraced. And this is a gesture of solidarity by the wealthy and powerful with people who are less fortunate than them. There’s a sense that nothing matters anymore and I think these sorts of gestures are valuable.”The chief executive of printing company Ren-form, Thomas du Sart, said he chose to participate after a lot of pressure to do so from his family. “It took about a week of nagging from my daughter and wife and eventually I gave in and said I would do it.”Du Sart is a resident of Riverlea, a poverty-stricken township in southern Johannesburg, and said he understood the suffering the poor experienced. “Coming from a disadvantaged background myself I have been exposed to poverty on the streets I have an idea of how people suffer on the streets, so if I can do my bit then I will put up my hand for that.”To the cynics who doubt the effectiveness of the SleepOut, Du Sart was straightforward. “The more the merrier. Why not come and join us and make it better for everybody?”Some were uncertain as to how to perceive the event while others called it an extravagant camping trip and even condescending to the poor. Not sure how I feel about the CEO sleep out. Seems like poverty porn. And the massive metro presence. I mean do the poor and homeless get this kind of support? Then it should be called camping. Posted by Hamish Hoosen Pillay on Thursday, 18 June 2015curious about the opinions of the homeless about this ceo sleepout. if they’re not offended by it, why should we be? — Claire Mawisa (@clairemawisa) June 18, 2015Not interested in debating this #CEOSleepOut thingy. Long as they raise enough money to remove even 100 orphans off the streets I’m cool. — Nchema (@ShottaZee) June 17, 2015Tim Blair re CEO Sleepout “instead of joining the homeless outside,how about our CEOs invite the homeless to spend a nice warm night inside” — Jason Morrison (@JasonMorrisonAU) June 22, 2015@ferialhaffajee @News24 they gona milk this for daaaays,these white collar skelms should b sent to the Hague — Matlotla Lesomo (@mjleshomo) June 20, 2015Housing a concernJerome Lottering, the acting chairperson for Camissa Movement for Equality, stood outside the blockaded street where the event took place to express his concern over poor housing, particularly in his community of Eldorado Park. His NGO intends on unifying the coloured, San, mixed race, Khoi, Griqua and Khoi San communities in South Africa and giving them a voice.Although he supports the CEO SleepOut and of the work of Girls and Boys Town, he wanted to use the event to “show solidarity with those who are living in squatter camps”. “We want to highlight this issue because we tried to contact the Department of Human Settlements and the Gauteng premier [David Makhura] yet none of them are coming back to us.”He said that it was the government’s constitutional obligation to provide housing to people who could not provide housing for themselves. “[The] government should come to the party and build houses. It seems to me that people don’t know what is going on in townships.” Jerome Lottering, left, the acting chairperson for Camissa Movement for Equality, used the CEO SleepOut as a platform to make the public aware of the homeless situation in his area of Eldorado Park. (Image: Shamin Chibba)AftermathAccording to news reports after the event, some participants said they were overwhelmed by the experience and were humbled by it.An unnamed participant told Eyewitness News he was humbled by the experience. “It grounds me when I have to experience what they experience every day.”Richard Poplak wrote on the Daily Maverick that the participants did not have publicise their charity. “As for the homeless, what do they want? I dunno—go and ask them. My guess is that most have no clue that the 0.1% took a night off to play at being homeless for their cause. They might wonder why all these fancy people didn’t just hand over the money quietly, without fanfare, without cameras, without all the corporate flimflam?“They might ask why these high priests found it necessary to perform empathy when empathy is a deeply personal engagement, a communion between souls that happens on the QT? They might remind these CEOs that when it comes to benevolence, there’s no need to tell the left hand what the right hand is doing?”last_img read more

Turkey costs up for Thanksgiving

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Consumers can expect below normal increases in the price of food for Thanksgiving dinner this year, with one exception: turkey.Corinne Alexander, a Purdue University agricultural economist who follows food prices, said there has been only an 0.8% increase in grocery prices from September 2014 to September of this year. She attributes the slight increase to ample grain inventories and an expansion in livestock production.But she expects turkey prices to be about 15-20% higher than last year.“This price increase is much larger than typical as a result of the avian influenza outbreak that affected turkey flocks earlier this year,” Alexander said.The U.S. Department of Agriculture predicts wholesale prices for Eastern market whole turkey to be between $1.31 and $1.37 per pound the last three months of this year, compared with $1.14 last year.Alexander said the actual prices consumers will pay will vary. Affecting prices will be the differences between frozen and fresh turkeys, organic and nonorganic, brand names and the value of store coupons and price specials.Grocery stores often price Turkey as a “loss leader,” and many will feature turkeys at special prices for frequent shoppers or if they buy larger birds, Alexander said.Other staples of the Thanksgiving dinner will be easier on the wallet. With cranberry producers expecting a good crop, Alexander said the price of that side dish will remain about the same as last year. She added that there will be adequate supplies of white potatoes and sweet potatoes, meaning those food items are not expected to increase in price, either.On average, Americans spend about 10% of their incomes on food. Many families, however, find their budgets tightened by unemployment, minimal wage increases and inflation’s continued erosion of fixed incomes.“For these families, any food price rise is significant,” Alexander said. “We should remember those who are less fortunate and share our food bounty.”Alexander also said energy prices such as electricity and natural gas are unchanged or even lower than last year, so it will cost less to cook Thanksgiving dinner.She also noted that gasoline prices are down nearly 30% compared with last year. That means consumers will spend less to travel this holiday.last_img read more

Miami East FFA’ers bring top yields for chapter corn contest

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Recently, members from the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter were challenged to participate in the annual Chapter Corn Contest. The rules of the contest were to bring in one ear of corn and earn a corn-related prize. All participants got a can of soda pop because corn syrup is a major ingredient. Overall winners were presented an FFA T-shirt from the FFA Chapter.A winner is chosen based on the predicted yield of the corn. The grand prize winner was determined by the highest yield estimate, based on plant population per acre. Agriculture Education students in Plant and Animal Sciences took time in class to figure the predicted yield of corn ears as part of their continuing education of agronomy.The overall winner was Paige Pence. Her corn was predicted to yield 312.3 bushels to the acre with a 35,000 seed population per acre. Her corn was a Channel product. Second place went to Kearsten Kirby who presented an ear of corn that is predicted to produce 283.6 bushels per acre with a 30,000 seed population per acre. Third place went to Adam Bensman with an ear of corn predicted to yield 281.6 bushels to the acre with a 36,000 seed population per acre. His was an Ebberts product. Fourth went to Jacob Sweitzer with a predicted yield of 270.7 with a 30,000 seed population per acre. Fifth went to Lauren Wright with a predicted yield of 270.6 bushels to the acre with a 33,000 seed population per acre. Her corn was an AgriGold product.Participants included Elizabeth Bair, Adam Bensman, Abigail Covault, Kearsten Kirby, Paige Pence, Jacob Rife, Jacob Sweitzer, Caleb Taylor, and Lauren Wright.last_img read more

Pennsylvania Builder Lands NAHB Green’s First Emerald Rating

first_imgRGB Custom Builders recently completed a three-bedroom home that became the first in the nation to earn the National Green Building Standard’s top certificationSince January, when the American National Standards Institute approved the National Green Building Standard, more than 1,000 homes have been scored to the standard using the online scoring tool at NAHBGreen, according to the National Association of Realtors.The first home to actually be certified by the NAHB Research Center to the standard (known formally as the ICC-700 2008 National Green Building Standard) was a home in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, that was featured ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition in March.However, the first home to be certified to the standard’s highest rating, known as Emerald, is a 1,645 sq. ft. colonial in Eastern Pennsylvania’s Smithfield Township (which, coincidentally, won a Monroe County Chamber of Commerce “Save the Planet” Green Award for the green construction of its new municipal building).In a recent press release, NAHB says the house, constructed by RGB Custom Builders, of East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, scored of 724 points in the six categories of the standard, which include energy, water and resource efficiency, indoor environmental quality, lot and site development, and homeowner education and maintenance.RGB co-owner Bob Brown told NAHB that the home’s green amenities, including a $20,000 ground-source heat pump, added about $45,000 to the total construction cost of the project. But he added that, because he now has a better working knowledge of the scoring system and certification process, he could have trimmed about $15,000 off the final cost and still earned an Emerald rating.The new house is 38% more efficient than the standard home RGB builds, which scores at the Silver level, the NAHB release notes.Brown said he’ll likely offer as an NGBS Gold rating for an extra $3,000, which would pay for certification, low-flow toilets and the other products he will need to reach that level.last_img read more

The Hustler’s Playbook: Success is Your Auditor

first_imgSuccess is your auditor. It keeps a very accurate, very precise, accounting of your balances. It will never allow you to withdraw more than you’ve deposited, and you have to pay in advance for any amount you withdraw.Time Invested: Success knows exactly how much time you have invested in the areas you want to create success. You can’t lie about how much time you’ve spent, and you can’t exaggerate with Success monitoring your every waking moment. Sure, you’ve done a little bit of what you need to do, but because you haven’t paid the time required in full, you don’t yet have what you want.Hard Work Invested: Success is extremely stingy with what it doles out. It’s looking for hard work. A little bit of hard work produces no success. The payment is too small for Success to permit you to make any withdrawal. For a good amount of hard work, Success will allow you to have a taste of what you want, but no more. Real success comes at the price of a massive amount of hard work, more than you imagine. If you aren’t willing to sustain the deposits of hard work necessary to pay for your success, Success won’t allow you to have it.Growth Invested: Your auditor doesn’t think you are good enough for the level of success you want. Success is keeping score on how much you’ve improved yourself. Success is looking for real, transformational growth, not this dabbling around the edges, never committing to what you know you need to do, and your excuse making. The kind of success you want doesn’t accrue to people who aren’t big enough to generate it. You have to grow, and Success knows whether or not you are growing or standing still.Success is something you pay for in advance. You can’t have what you want until it is paid in full. If you want to sustainable success, you have to make equally sustainable deposits. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Ind vs WI: India 102/2 at lunch on day 3

first_imgIndia were 102 for two in their first innings, in reply to West Indies’ 204 all out, at lunch on day three of the third and final cricket Test at Windsor Park on Friday. Abhinav Mukund (52) and VVS Laxman (30) were at the crease for India at the break. Brief Scores West Indies 1st innings: 204 all out India 1st innings : 102 for 2 in 38 overs. (Abhinav Mukund 52 batting, VVS Laxman 30 batting; Darren Sammy 1/18, Fidel Edwards 1/22).- With PTI inputslast_img

Shoulder replacement

first_imgDefinitionShoulder replacement is surgery to replace the bones of the shoulder joint with artificial joint parts.Alternative NamesTotal shoulder arthroplasty; Endoprosthetic shoulder replacement; Partial shoulder replacement; Partial shoulder arthroplasty; Replacement – shoulder; Arthroplasty – shoulderDescriptionYou will receive anesthesia before this surgery. Two types of anesthesia can be used:General anesthesia, which means you will be unconscious and unable to feel pain.Regional anesthesia to numb your arm and shoulder area so that you do not feel any pain in this area. If you receive regional anesthesia, you will also be given medicine to help you relax during the operation.The shoulder is a ball and socket joint. The round end of the arm bone fits into the opening at the end of the shoulder blade, called the socket. This type of joint allows you to move your arm in most directions.For total shoulder replacement, the round end of your arm bone will be replaced with an artificial stem that has a rounded metal head. The socketpart (glenoid) of your shoulder blade will be replaced with a smooth plastic shell (lining) that will be held in place with a special cement. If only 1 of these 2 bones needs to be replaced, the surgery is called a partial shoulder replacement, or a hemiarthroplasty.For shoulder joint replacement, your surgeon will make an incision (cut) over your shoulder joint to open up the area. Then your surgeon will:Remove the head (top) of your upper arm bone (humerus)Cement the new metal head and stem into placeSmooth the surface of the old socket and cement the new one in placeClose your incision with staples or suturesPlace a dressing (bandage) over your woundYour surgeon may place atube in this area todrain fluid that may build up in the joint. The drain will be removed when you no longer need it.advertisementThis surgery usually takes 1 – 3 hours.Why the Procedure Is PerformedShoulder replacement surgery is usually done when you have severe pain in the shoulder area, which limits your ability to move your arm. Causes of shoulder pain include:OsteoarthritisPoor result from a previous shoulder surgeryRheumatoid arthritisBadly broken bone in the arm near the shoulderBadly damaged or torn tissues in the shoulderTumor in or around the shoulderYour doctor may not recommend this surgery if you have: History of infection, which can spread to the replaced joint Severe mental dysfunction Unhealthy skin around the shoulder area Very weak (rotator cuff) muscles around the shoulder that cannot be fixed during surgeryRisksRisksof any anesthesia are:Allergic reactions to medicinesBreathing problemsRiskof anysurgery are:BleedingBlood clotInfectionRisks of shoulder replacement surgery are:Allergic reaction to the artificial jointBlood vessel damage during surgeryBone break during surgeryNerve damage during surgeryDislocation of the artificial jointLoosening of the implant over timeBefore the ProcedureTell your doctor or nurse what medicines you are taking. This includes medicines, supplements, or herbs you bought without a prescription.During the 2 weeks before your surgery:Two weeks before surgery you may be asked to stop taking medicines that make it harder for your blood to clot. These include aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Naprosyn, Aleve).Ask your doctor which medicines you should still take on the day of your surgery.If you have diabetes, heart disease, or other medical conditions, your surgeon will ask you to see your doctor who treats you for these conditions.Tell your doctor if you have been drinking a lot of alcohol, more than 1 or 2 drinks a day.If you smoke, try to stop. Ask your doctor or nurse for help. Smoking can slow down wound and bone healing.Let your doctor know right away if you get a cold, flu, fever, herpes breakout, or other illness before your surgery.On the day of your surgery:You willlikely be asked not to drink or eat anything for 6- 12 hours before the procedure.Takethe medicinesyour doctor told you to take with a small sip of water.Your doctor or nurse will tell you when to arrive at the hospital. Be sure to arrive on time.After the ProcedureYou may stay in the hospital for 1- 3 days after your surgery.While there, you may receive physical therapy to help keep the muscles around your shoulder from getting stiff.Before you go home, the physical therapist will teach you how to move your arm around by using your other (good) arm to help.Your arm will need to be in a sling for 2 – 6 weeks with no active movement and 3 months before strengthening. It will be around 4 – 6 months of recovery.Follow any instructions you are given about how to care for your shoulder at home. This includes activities that you should not do.You will be given instructions on shoulder exercises to do at home. Follow these instructions exactly. Doing the exercises in a wrong way can injure your new shoulder.Outlook (Prognosis)advertisementShoulder replacement surgery relieves pain and stiffness for most people. You should be able to resume your normal daily activities without much problem. Many people are able to return to sports such as golf, swimming, gardening, bowling, and others.Your new shoulder joint will last longer if less stress is placed on it. With normal use,a new shoulder joint canlast for at least 10 years.ReferencesAzar FM, Calandruccio JH. Arthroplasty of the shoulder and elbow. In: Canale ST, Beatty JH, eds. Campbells Operative Orthopaedics. 11th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Mosby; 2007:chap 8.Goldberg VM, Kraay MJ. Surgical treatment of joint diseases. In: Canale ST, Beatty JH, eds. Campbells Operative Orthopaedics. 11th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Mosby; 2007:chap 299.Izquierdo R, Voloshin I, Edwards S, et al. Treatment of glenohumeral osteoarthritis. J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 2010;18(6):375-82.Review Date:11/15/2012Reviewed By:C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, David R. Eltz, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.last_img read more