Wende demolishes viaduct

first_imgWende Erdbau has carried out the demolition of the 35 m (114 ft) high Langenschwartz Viaduct running between Kassel and Würzburg in Germany.Built in 1947 and currently being replaced due to increasing traffic loads, the 326 m (1,069 ft) long section of motorway was brought down by Wende’s 70-person demolition team.Sebastian Wess, Wende managing director, said: “The high art of demolishing a bridge structure is all based on proceeding rationally. We’re breaking new ground with this demolition project and have equipped ourselves specifically to this end.”The first phase of the project involved the complete demolition of the structure’s western section, including pylons, foundations and abutments.Wende used both a 30 t excavator and long-front excavators with Genesis GDT 290 demolition shears to crush the structure’s box girder and sort the materials. Genesis GXT 225 R scrap shears were used to cut the rebars and a 35 t long-front excavator took down the bridge’s exposed pylon.A 40 t excavator was then used to demolish the lowest part of the bridge’s pylons.Sebastian said: “The equipment possesses a heavy-duty and high-quality while very slim design. It allows the wearing parts to be replaced quickly. These shears enable us to make rapid progress while maintaining high operational safety and low wearing costs.”last_img read more

Today is Gun Violence Awareness Day – Wear Orange

first_imgMore than 250 Wear Orange events will take place across the country the weekend of June 2. All events are searchable via an online map and easy to track by following the #WearOrange hashtag.Nza-Ari Khepra, founder of Project Orange Tree and co-creator of Wear OrangeThese events will bring communities together to showcase the full creativity of Wear Orange supporters from concerts to picnics in the park to orange walks to meeting at local landmarks as they turn orange. Wear Orange events are happening starting Friday through the weekend in honor of National Gun Violence Awareness in Florida in, Daytona Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Gainesville, Jacksonville, Miami Beach, Naples, Orlando, Pensacola, St. Petersburg, Tallahassee, and Tampa. Specific event details noted below:“It’s truly incredible to watch this movement grow year after year – it has morphed from a moment my friends and I dreamed up to honor Hadiya to a national movement, with events in every state,” said Nza-Ari Khepra, founder of Project Orange Tree and co-creator of Wear Orange. “I’m so grateful to the thousands of Americans who will turn out to turn their communities orange this weekend. Their passion for saving lives from gun violence inspires me to keep going and demanding change.”Hadiya PendletonWear Orange was inspired by friends of Hadiya Pendleton, a 15-year-old Chicago high school student killed by gunfire, who decided to honor her life by wearing orange – the color hunters wear in the woods to protect themselves and others. That idea spread quickly and now every year on June 2 – which was Hadiya’s birthday and is now National Gun Violence Awareness Day – Americans across the country Wear Orange and stand united against gun violence.Last year more than 300 noteworthy individuals and organizations, including President Obama, Julianne Moore, Kim Kardashian West, Vogue and Viacom answered the call, making their support for the movement loud and clear. And across the country, nearly 250,000 people took action online and in person at events. This year promises to reach much, much further—the skyline is the limit. Landmarks across the country – including the Empire State Building and Niagara Falls – will go orange in support of National Gun Violence Awareness Day. Today, Friday, June 2, is National Gun Violence Awareness Day and more than 400influencers, corporations, mayors, partner organizations and a series of iconic landmarks across the country will participate in the Wear Orange campaign.Wear Orange campaign elements—including events in 12 cities—in Florida are listed below:Skylines and key buildings nationwide began turning orange on June 1 – the start of Gun Violence Awareness Month – including the Empire State Building.  Key landmarks in Florida turning orange include in Fort Lauderdale, the Bank of America Plaza, in Miami, The Intercontinental Hotel and Miami Tower; in Orlando, The Amway Center, Lake Eola and the See Art Exhibits; in Pensacola, the Graffiti Bridge will be painted orange; in Tallahassee, the Historic State Capitol, and in Tampa. Florida mayors and including Mayor Susan Hainey (Boca Raton), Mayor Greg Ross (Cooper City) and Mayor Derrick Henry (Daytona Beach), Mayor Jack Seiler (Fort Lauderdale), Mayor Lauren Poe (Gainesville), Mayor Peter Bober (Hollywood), Mayor Bill Barnett (Naples), Mayor Jack Brady (North Lauderdale), Mayor Buddy Dyer (Orlando), Mayor Frank C. Ortis (Pembroke Pines), Mayor Joseph Corradino (Pinecrest), Mayor Dianne Bendekovic (Plantation), Mayor Lemar Fisher (Pampano Beach), Mayor Gregory Oravec (Port St. Lucie), Mayor Phillip K Stoddard (South Miami), Mayor Rick Kriseman (St. Petersburg), Mayor Andrew Gillum (Tallahassee), Mayor Bob Buckhorn (Tampa) and Mayor Jerri Muoio (West Palm Beach) joined the more than 100 mayors nationwide participating in the Wear Orange campaign this year.last_img read more

Book & teaching aids for children in Dominican and St. Lucian Creole published

first_img Share Share LocalNews Book & teaching aids for children in Dominican and St. Lucian Creole published by: – January 6, 2014 Sharing is caring! Tweetcenter_img 326 Views   one comment Share It takes just three generations before a language is lost completely.We are seeing the emergence of 3rd generation Dominicans and St. Lucian’s living in the UK & US now. Out of 10 six year olds of Kwéyòl descent living in the UK, none were able to say a basic sentence in Kwéyòl when surveyed and less than half could speak any Kwéyòl words at all.Kwéyòl 4 Kids Ltd was founded in 2009, by Trina John-Charles. The vision was to provide books and teaching aids for children in Dominican and St. Lucian Creole / Kwéyòl, also known as ‘patois’.Born in England to Dominican parents, Trina, like many other children of Kwéyòl descent living in England, was never taught Kwéyòl as a child. A firm and frank chastisement by a family friend, for not being able to speak her native language fluently, not only prompted Trina to learn Kwéyòl, but also quickly set her entrepreneurial cogs into motion.“My friend’s mum wanted to tell me something, but she didn’t want everyone else to hear. She knew my parents were Dominican and asked if I could speak patois. When I said, ‘no’ she basically told me my parents had failed. In a weird way, I thought she was right.”“I heard Kwéyòl in the house as a child, but my parents only ever spoke if they were discussing something they didn’t want us [children] to hear, or when they were talking to their friends.” Trina explains. “It was embarrassing that all my friends – Spanish, Irish, Greek, Nigerian, Ghanaian, even Welsh – all knew their mother tongues, why didn’t I? This is really what prompted me to learn.”Trina began to teach herself the fairly new Kwéyòl reading and writing system, derived in St. Lucia. This is when she realized that books or reading materials in the language were very scarce, especially to those living outside of the Islands.If the language is to be perpetuated, the best way to start is with the children – from the ground up. Armed with a degree in journalism and a flair for creative writing, Trina started the Kwéyòl 4 Kids project, with a view to teaching the Kwéyòl language in an easy format that children could follow and where parents could learn with their children.The first title is, ‘My First Kwéyòl Number Book’, which teaches you how to count from 1-20 in Kwéyòl.This is accompanied by two activity books, ‘My Kwéyòl Colouring Book’ aimed at younger children, withsimple Kwéyòl colouring and writing exercises. ‘My Kwéyòl Activity Book’ is slightly more advanced, withKwéyòl puzzles and games, which is very popular with both adults and children alike.Trina’s original transcripts were rejected by several publishers. When she demanded to know why; she was told that, ‘Kwéyòl was not a ‘recognized’ language’.“Initially I thought, ‘how dare you!’ Then I thought, ‘not recognized by whom? How is somebody working at a publishing house qualified to tell me what languages are recognized and which ones are not?’ Kwéyòl is very recognized by me, the many speakers in Dominica, St. Lucia, parts of Trinidad, parts of Grenada, St. Croix etc.”However, the young entrepreneur was not deterred, the minor setback only further encouraged her to complete the project. “I thought to myself, ‘If they won’t publish my books, I will publish them myself. I will not let ignorance deny Creole children in the diaspora the chance to learn their mother tongue.’”Trina added four wall charts to her set of Kwéyòl 4 Kids products. These teach parts of the body, colours, days of the week/months of the year and numbers 1-10. Trina also set up an e-commerce website, with all the products available to purchase. Being proud of your language, where you come from and your heritage is intrinsic to the core of the Kwéyòl 4 Kids ethos. “My Kwéyòl is still not perfect, but I took all the knowledge I had and put it into these teaching materials. I just want children to at least have a grasp of the basics. In Dominica and St. Lucia, Kwéyòl is now taught in school and your ability to get a job is heavily increased if you can speak Kwéyòl fluently. I think the emphasis placed on Kwéyòl should be the same outside of the islands too.”“My website and the books I have written will help to dispel the prejudice surrounding Kwéyòl and other Patois.Kwéyòl is sometimes referred to as ‘Pidgin’ or ‘not a real language’. These views are very unfortunate and old fashioned misconceptions, the Kwéyòl 4 Kids range is a step towards reversing this ideology.”Information regarding the books and teaching aids can be obtained from www.MeritePR.comlast_img read more

A. Diasnes jins overall taekwondo champs in City Palaro

first_imgGold medal winners in cadet female advance were Chloe Jade Tachado and Gregmay Peñalosa, silver medalists were Sean Paul Paracha and Elisha Venice Aguilar, while bronze winners were Jana Ledesma, Jm Torreflores, Kharla Saberon, and Kyte Descutido.In cadet male advance, Denzil Palonpon and Julian Miguel Tingson won gold medals, Joshua Tecson and John Patrick Palonpon took silver, while Joshua Emmanuel Chua was the lone bronze winner.In junior female advance, gold winners were Kirstine Osorio, Regiona Abello and Mervone Nicor. Nicole Abadonio, Shaianne Hojilla, Kristine Demaisip, Nyla Nica Forro, and Kim Clarival bagged silver while Bridgette Belarmente, Estrelarynne Sotomil, Sanra Lizardo, and Angela Malones had bronze.In senior women advance, gold medalists were Scarlette Valencia, Christina Villasis, Cara Vidallon, and Remie Ann Ayalin. Silver medal winners include Sean Doce, Therese Octaviano, Sharmae Sarduna, and Cyril Aguire, while bronzes went to Ashley Delos Reyes, Marife Talamos, Shaila Ashley Alarcon, Roemay Christy Loot, Saina Camille Sarduna, and Jiesel Gabales.In senior men advance, gold winners were John Sendino, Adriano Horlador III, Clarence Gancero, and Rodfel Soria. Silver medalists were Jieben Lark Recabar, Joshia Paul Baad, Karl John Golez, and Rommer Sumande while bronze winners were Jean Albert Tunguia, Vicente Diono, Justin Flores, Mark Francis Salvalosa, and Kent Lance Macadagdag.The stable of Mark V. Pinggol also stamped class with Andrei Pido, Andria Margaret Palabrica, Christian Pudadera, Neljane Belgira, Akimeh Demavivas, Crisgel Castro, and Scarlett Valencia winning gold and Josh Karl Macahilig taking home silver./PN The taekwondo jins from the A. Diasnes Gym. PHOTO COURTESY OF FLORA NAVALES TAEKWONDO jins from the stable of the A. Diasnes Gym claimed the overall title in the Palarong Panlungsod 2018 in Mandurriao, Iloilo City.Among their gold medal winners in elementary advanced category were Anton John Palmes, Crisgel Castro, Kyle Chin, Justine James Diasnes, Jake Christian Mamigo, Angel Cerbas, and Mary Noelle Alim.Capturing silver medals were Shurik Habarabas, Felix Paredes, Josh Makahilig, Tristnan Abello, and James Salvador while their bronze medalists were Lansi Brotarlo, Mark Marmar, Kean Bornazal, Seth Porquez, and Josh Aniban.Taekwondo was one of the 11 events featured in the Palarong Panlungsod. It was held at SM City Iloilo on Aug. 4, a day ahead of the official launch of the games.last_img read more

“I Tried the Know Your Worth Tool—Now What?”

first_imgAs the popular slogan says, “Knowledge is power.” Now that you have used Know Your Worth, you have a new power, the power of insight into your estimated market value, what others in your field are being paid, as well as the open jobs available.You may be wondering, “Now what?”Print out your results page, and review it. Take some time to dig into what it means and what you’d like to do with the information. To help guide you, Glassdoor has crafted an employee guide to help. Consider your unique situation, your job, and your needs.If you are generally satisfied at work day in and day out, then you may want to stay in your current job and with your company for the time being. However, there are some things you should consider if you are not satisfied at work.Consider the full picture: Evaluate your full compensation and rewards program, remembering that base pay is only part of the equation. You should also think about your overall employment experience, including your company’s culture and values, career opportunities, work-life balance and more. If you don’t have a constant itch to leave, then it may be a sign to stay where you are, at least for now.Remember, salary is an important part of anyone’s job, but it’s not everything. Determine what is important to you at work and let that help guide your decision on whether to stay or to search for new opportunities. Also, if you are fulfilled in your job and company, but aren’t so satisfied with your pay, then one solution may be a candid salary conversation with your boss.[Related: Salary Is More Than Just A Number—Here’s Why]If you discover your market value is above your current base pay, you may want to have a conversation with your boss. But there are a few important steps and considerations you should take into account before having that conversation.No matter where you work, it is important to understand your market value and how it relates to your employer. For instance, do you work at a younger company in which the base pay may be less than the average market pay in your area? When evaluating if now is time for a pay increase, consider what may impact your success.Consider your overall compensation package. Know Your Worth provides an estimated market value for base salary. However, there are many forms of variable compensation from cash bonuses to tips to commissions to equity that could influence your base. In addition, some companies offer comprehensive benefits, including medical and dental benefits, paid time off, commuter subsidies and more. Expect that your boss will talk to you about your overall package versus just base pay.Practice and prepare for your conversation with your boss. In addition to your market value, look at Glassdoor salary reports for your role at your company, and other companies. Organize your research to help guide your discussion to explain the reasons you feel a pay increase is warranted. Be open to feedback and be prepared to listen to an explanation. Your request might not be fulfilled, but hopefully, you can leave the conversation with a better understanding of where you fit and what it will take to advance to the next level and earn more money.[Related: 6 Questions You Should *Absolutely* Ask During A Salary Negotiation]After having a conversation with your manager now that you have used Know Your Worth, you may be thinking about searching for a new job. If you do choose to see what’s out there, the key is to always look before you leap.Evaluate open jobs. When you receive your market value by using Know Your Worth, scroll down the page to see open jobs and the estimated salaries you could earn.Research companies hiring. Evaluate companies you’re interested in before you interview to determine if they might be a fit for you. Keep in mind that salary is not everything when it comes to long-term satisfaction on the job. You should evaluate company culture and values, career growth opportunities, work-life balance, and any other factors that could impact your personal satisfaction on the job.Consider if now is the right time. Know Your Worth also provides insight into how compensation for your role has varied over time. If compensation is peaking at this time, it may not be the right time to make a move. Bottom line is always do your research to try and understand what is happening and why.Remember that market values presented by Know Your Worth are reflective of base pay only. When evaluating your current job with other jobs open, take the time to evaluate the entire compensation and rewards package before making a move.last_img read more