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‘CAITHFIDH MUID UILIG OBAIR AS LÁMH A CHÉILE’ – COISTE BAINISTÍOCHTA IONAD NAOMH PÁDRAIG, DOBHAR

first_imgTá céim dearfach agus fíor thábhachtach eile glactha ag Coiste Bainistíochta Ionad Naomh Pádraig, Dobhar, ó thaobh forbairt agus caomhnú na Gaeilge de inár bpobal.Bhí atmaisféar breá spreagúil agus fabhrach san Ionad aréir, nuair a chruinnigh suas le scór go leith daoine I gceann a chéile, le tuilleadh eolais a fháil faoi na cainteanna agus na céimeanna atá ar siúl le Cúrsa Gaeilge de chuid Coláiste na bhFiann, a bhunadh inár bpobal an samhradh seo chugainn.I láthair ag an chruinniú bhí, Aire Stáit na Gaeltachta, Donnchadh Mac Fhionnlaoich TD. Léirigh sé ina chuid cainte, an fíor thábhacht a bhaineann le hiarrachtaí ón talamh aníos, ó thaobh cur chun cinn na Gaeilge I measc an phobail de agus chuige sin, lua sé go bhfuil lúcháir agus gliondar croí air cluinstin fa na socruithe cuí atá a ndéanamh, cúrsa Gaeilge de chuid Coláiste na bhFiann a thabhairt go Dobhar, I nGaeltacht Ghaoth Dobhair. Thagair an tAire Stáit, gur cúis imní do an titim tubaisteach a tháinig ar líon na scoláirí Gaeilge a bhíos ag freastal ar choláistí Gaeilge, i gceann de na Gaeltachtaí is Gaelaí in Éirinn (Gaoth Dobhair), ach go bhfuil sé dóchasach, go mbeidh athrach ag teacht ar seo anois agus ins an am atá amach romhainn.Ag tagairt de na buntáistí dearfacha a bhaineann le cúrsa Gaeilge de chuid Coláiste na bhFiann I gceantar, dúirt an tAire Stáit, go bhfuil Coláiste na bhFiann ar cheann de na Coláistí Gaeilge is éifeachtaí agus is proifisiúnta da bhfuil sa tír agus gur maith an rud é don cheantar, go bhfuil siad ag léiriú suime cúrsa a bhunadh I nGaoth Dobhair.Lena chois sin, mhol an tAire Stáit na hiarrachtaí atá idir lámh ag Coiste Bainistíochta an Ionaid agus chur sé ina luí go láidir ar a raibh I láthair, go bhfuil sé féin agus oifigí a Roinne, (An Roinn Ealaíon, Oidhreachta agus Gaeltachta), ar fáil agus tiomanta achan tacaíocht, comhairle agus cuidiú gur féidir a thabhairt, a chur ar fáil, lena chinntiú go n-éireoidh go geal le athbhunadh Coláiste Gaeilge I nDobhar, ionnús go mbainfidh lucht foghlamtha na Gaeilge agus an pobal I gcoiteanna, sult agus tairbhe as.I láthair leis an tAire Stáit, bhí príomh oifigeach de chuid na Roinne, Bertie Ó hAinmhire, uasal, agus mhol seisean na hiarrachtaí leanúnacha atá a ndéanamh an Ghaeilge agus suim sa Ghaeilge a chothú. Rinne sé cur síos ar rial na Gaeilge mar aon leis na céimeanna cuí a bhaineann le aitheantas na Roinne a fháil do na mná tí. Labhair Pádraig Mac Aoidh, uasal, a bhfuil cúramaí na gcoláiste Gaeilge air sa Roinn, ar chúrsaí cóiríocht oiriúnach agus na treoirlínte Sábháilteacht Dóiteáin I dtithe.  Is mian le Coiste Bainistíochta Ionad Naomh Pádraig, buíochas a ghabhail leis An Roinn Ealaíon, Oidhreachta agus Gaeltachta, ach go háirithe, leis na mná tí uilig a bhí I láthair ag an chruinniú agus a léirigh suim tabhairt faoi lucht Foghlamtha na Gaeilge a choinneáil ina dtithe. Aithníonn muid, cé go bhfuil próiseas fadálach romhainn lenár bhfís, athbheochan Coláiste Gaeilge I nDobhar a realú, go gcaithfidh muid uilig obair as lámh a chéile agus gníomh fiúntach a dhéanamh lena chinntiú go mbeidh deá thoradh ar an obair agus go mbeidh Coláiste na bhFiann I gcroílár Ghaoth Dobhair an samhradh seo chugainn agus go fadtréimhseach. Dá réir a chéile a thógtar na caisleáin! ‘CAITHFIDH MUID UILIG OBAIR AS LÁMH A CHÉILE’ – COISTE BAINISTÍOCHTA IONAD NAOMH PÁDRAIG, DOBHAR was last modified: August 10th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DOBHAR‘CAITHFIDH MUID UILIG OBAIR AS LÁMH A CHÉILE’ – COISTE BAINISTÍOCHTA IONAD NAOMH PÁDRAIGlast_img read more

New playground and road safety measures on the way for six Donegal areas

first_imgAlmost €200,000 has been approved for improved road safety measures near schools and communities in towns and villages across Donegal, along with a new play area for Falcarragh.The CLAR funding allocation was announced today by Minister Joe McHugh. The funds will be used for works to improve road safety, parking, lighting and footpaths around two schools and for development associations.Two schools in the north of the county are among the project list – Cranford NS will see road resurfacing, pedestrian crossing, footpath and public lighting with €45,000 funding, while Trentagh NS will see parking facilities and public lighting with a €14,400 investment. Minster McHugh said: “Almost €60,000 on two schools to make it safer for children and parents is a hugely important investment.”Other projects being funded are – Malin Development Association secured €45,000 for resurfacing, car parking, footpath and road markings; Drimarone Development Association awarded €35,972 for resurfacing, car park, footpath, road marking and fencing; Falcarragh Development Association got €35972 for a playground; and Carrigans Tidy Towns secured €19,800 for a pedestrian crossing.Minister McHugh said: “These projects will help improve the safety around schools while the wider community will also benefit. They also help to improve the lives of children with better play areas and a better environment for them to explore and grow up in.“I am delighted to see the fund continuing to support those communities in Donegal.” Minister McHugh added: “This comes on the back of a similar amount which was spent in the last year in other areas.“These investments make an important difference in our communities and it is yet another example of the huge benefit that the Clár programme brings to our county.“Crossing points will be more visible and safer, pedestrian access will be easier and the money will also make sure resurfacing takes place.” New playground and road safety measures on the way for six Donegal areas was last modified: August 26th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Lanseria: small but effective

first_img6 July 2004The tar road stops at the turnoff to Lanseria International Airport in outer Randburg – and gives way to grassy koppies, bunches of poplar trees and the Crocodile River.The airport, about 40km from Johannesburg’s city centre, couldn’t stand in greater contrast to its surroundings: it’s slick, squeaky clean and has the stamp of executive jets and corporate travellers all over it – from the sparkling white tiles right up to the triple-volume ceiling with its chrome beams and huge glass frontage.The building, which was refurbished in 2002, sparkles. It’s finished in pleasing white and metal, and the exterior is spotless – decorated with palms and neatly manicured lawns. Parking is just across the road.Lanseria is small but it was built to be an international airport 30 years ago. It has two runways used by 90 000 flights each year. Last year about 160 000 passengers passed through its small terminal.In comparison, the much larger OR Tambo (formerly Johannesburg) International Airport handles 130 000 flights and 13 million passengers each year.Way back in 1974 two pilots, Fanie Haacke and Abe Sher, identified the need for an airport to the north-west of Johannesburg and presented their proposal to the acting minister of transport, Hannes Rall.He turned to them and asked in Afrikaans: “Wanneer lanseer ons dit [when do we launch it]?” The airport officials latched on to “lanseer” and Lanseria was born.In the early days Lanseria was used by mineworkers from Malawi and neighbouring countries, who landed in DC3 and DC4 planes. These days VIPs, presidents and celebrities take advantage of Lanseria’s quiet and personal service.Mark Shuttleworth, the Internet billionaire, has touched down at Lanseria in his jet; overseas corporate passengers like the airport too.Execujet, an executive jet company, rents space at Lanseria; so do South African Breweries, Amalgamated Beverages, Rembrandt, Billiton and Barlows. Several smaller airlines – Comair, Rovas Air, SA Airlink, Eurocopter and Ross Air – use the airport as their base.The airport offers the full range of services offered at OR Tambo International: a 24-hour immigration and customs service, foreign exchange, car hire, parking, a duty-free shop and a domestic business lounge. And, for airlines and private users, there is 24-hour refuelling and fire and emergency services.The airport’s popularity is growing – its 160 000 passengers last year were up from 98 000 in 1998. There’s one good reason, says Lize Nel, its public relations and marketing manager: “Our volumes are smaller but we focus on efficient service and convenience.”Check-in time is 25 minutes before take off. A good deal of the airport’s custom comes from Sandton, an easy 20-minute trip away.The airport has just re-introduced the Lanseria-Cape Town route with SA Airlink – Comair’s replacement – especially for business people.Lanseria wants to grow its customer base and accommodate airbuses, so it has extended and widened the runways. And the control tower will be moved to the southern side of the airport at the end of 2004, to improve visibility and upgrade equipment.Source: City of Johannesburglast_img read more

Mosquitoes and ticks — little pests carry big risks

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest While researchers say it is difficult to determine whether unusual weather patterns this winter and spring will lead to larger mosquito and tick populations in the Upper Midwest this summer, one thing is certain — anyone planning to spend time outdoors should take steps to avoid the potentially dangerous pests.“Every year we face the same risks and every year it is wise to take precautions,” said Catherine Hill, Purdue University medical entomologist. “If you’re going to be outside anytime from early spring to late summer and early fall, you need to be thinking about prevention and protection.”Both mosquitos and ticks can carry a number of pathogens that could pose a serious threat to people and animals. Mosquitos can transmit several viruses that can cause severe encephalitis (inflammation of the brain and spinal cord), including Zika and West Nile virus, among others. Ticks are known carriers of Lyme disease, which infects about 300,000 people each year, as well as less common but equally dangerous conditions such as anaplasmosis, babesiosis, Powassan and Rocky Mountain spotted fever.To avoid mosquito bites, the best advice is to stay indoors during peak biting times, which is typically dusk to dawn for the mosquitoes that transmit West Nile virus and during the day for mosquitoes that transmit Zika.“If you have to be outside during those times, it is best to wear clothing that can help prevent bites,” Hill said.Appropriate wardrobe choices include long-sleeve shirts and long pants tucked into socks. It is also advisable to use an effective repellant, such as products containing a minimum of 20 to 30% diethyltoluamide, commonly known as DEET. The Centers for Disease Control also recommends products containing picardin, lemon of eucalyptus and IR3535. More information is available on the CDC website at https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/yellowbook/2016/the-pre-travel-consultation/protection-against-mosquitoes-ticks-other-arthropods.Mosquitoes breed in standing water and their larvae and pupae need water to develop. Homeowners can help reduce mosquito populations in their back yard by dumping standing water out of buckets and wading pools, keeping lawns mowed and removing piles of brush or yard waste, Hill said.Ticks can thrive in back yards as well, particularly those adjacent heavily wooded areas, in tall grass and brush and under leaf piles.Hill said the warmer winter and wet spring could have created ideal conditions for ticks in some areas although conditions vary significantly from region to region.“We’ve already been getting plenty of ticks,” Hill said. “They’re certainly active.”The best defense against ticks is to wear light colored clothing with long sleeves and pants and to use a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-approved repellant. It is also a good idea to check your body and clothing for ticks immediately after coming back indoors.“If you can remove a tick within 24 hours, you have a very good chance of catching them before they transmit,” Hill said.Ticks feed on blood and tend to attach themselves to tender areas of the skin, including around the hairline and in the armpit and groin.To remove a tick, apply a pair of fine-tipped tweezers to the skin, grasp the tick by the mouthparts where it is attached to the skin, and pull upwards, being careful not to break the tick. Do not try to remove a tick by burning it with a match, smothering it with mayonnaise or freezing it. That could cause the tick regurgitate back into the wound, increasing the risk of infection, Hill said.It is also important to be aware of the symptoms of tick-borne diseases, she added. These can include headache, fever, fatigue, rash and muscle aches and pains. Anyone who has been in a tick habitat or has a tick bite should seek immediate medical attention if they experience those symptoms, Hill said.For more information on mosquito and tick prevention, go to the Purdue medical entomology page at https://extension.entm.purdue.edu/publichealth/insects/mosquito.html.last_img read more

An Architect Promotes High-Performance Siding

first_imgIn addition to its high “effective R-values,” the cladding needs little maintenance because it’s made mostly from glass, and the assembly should last 50 years or more. Nelson says those factors, combined with the energy it saves, give SAF a lower lifetime cost than a conventional exterior thermal insulation composite systems, also known as ETICS. (The cladding system known in Europe as ETICS is known in the U.S. as “exterior insulation and finish system,” or EIFS).There are just two problems: it’s expensive, and Nelson has yet to find a customer on this side of the Atlantic willing to give it a try. Insulation ChoicesAll About Thermal MassUnderstanding R-ValueA Bold Attempt to Slay R-Value Plan on high costNelson said a SAF would cost up to twice as much as an Exterior Thermal Insulation Composite System (ETICS), although he wouldn’t say exactly how much. In a life-cycle cost analysis conducted in Switzerland, and assuming the wall lasted for 50 years, he said the cost would actually be one-third lower than ETICS when energy savings and the cost of disposal were figured in.“One main advantage is you can have much thinner walls to achieve high performance, so you can reduce the thickness of your walls tremendously,” Nelson said.Where square footage is valuable and setbacks are very tight, he added, getting high performance without sacrificing too much floor area could outweigh higher initial costs, he said, although that probably would not be the case in rural areas where property prices and housing densities are lower.Nelson says that the assembly has included textured solar glass to increase the amount of solar energy that passes through to the wood louver, but he’s weighing a switch to tempered float glass because it’s less expensive. Performance “barely changes” with the substitution.Another incentive could be the addition of photovoltaic cells in the assembly, a feature Nelson says is the subject of a patent application. How the numbers were derivedThe tests, carried out under contract at Empa Switzerland, measured heat flow through a sample wall section over a month-long period simulating winter, and a two-week span simulating summer conditions. Sensors to measure heat were placed throughout the cross section, beginning outside the glass to measure outside air temperatures and spaced at intervals to the interior surface.A second purpose for the testing was to check whether the company’s computer software could accurately predict measured performance. Nelson described the tests in general terms, but said the reports themselves are proprietary.“We can predict the U-values/R-values for any climate and for any orientation of the façade,” he said.Are the “effective R-values” too good to be believed?“Actually, it is just as you say,” Nelson said. “Those are mind-boggling numbers and it’s hard to wrap your mind around it. It doesn’t help me at times because it just creates too much doubt.“I’ve had a lot of interested people, and they’re all amazed,” he continued. “They say, ‘Wow, this is absolutely gorgeous, and high performance,’ and everything but just trying to nail that first project is not all that easy. I saw this in Switzerland, too. You can be the subject of a lot of talk, but people are unsure about it because they are not used to thinking that way. You just stick with what you know — architects as well as clients…This is difficult, I think, because people just don’t understand it.”[GBA contacted both the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory to ask whether any scientists there might comment on the SAF assembly. NREL said no one on its staff was familiar with the technology; ORNL has yet to respond.] RELATED ARTICLES center_img Still looking for his first customerNelson said he grew up in Switzerland but eventually moved to Florida, where he earned a master’s degree in marine science. He worked for the U.S. Geologic Survey, then switched gears and earned a master’s degree in architecture.“I quickly realized that architecture, green building, at the time was so backward, especially in Florida, of course,” Nelson said. “I decided to go back to Switzerland where I ran into [Guiseppe Fent] by total coincidence. I thought he would be a provincial architect. It turned out to be he was quite an innovative, thinking-out-of-the-box kind of person.”Fent, Nelson said, had developed SAF in the 1990s. It was installed on the first house in 1999 and has since been used on 100 or so projects around Switzerland, sold through Fent’s Lucido Solar company.Nelson called Fent a “self-made, innovative man who has pushed the envelope in green building.”“He’s been a true pioneer when it came to green buildings,” Nelson said. “The reason why he developed this system was because he just couldn’t find any suitable materials that were really green and suited his ambitions. So he created this and became his own best client.”Nelson went to work for Fent’s company. Eventually, Fent approach Nelson and offered him rights to the SAF patent in North America. Since then, Nelson has been building a network of contacts, many of them in the Boston area, while he tries to drum up business. He was close to landing a job in Tennessee, and has been talking with a Minneapolis architect who’s apparently interested in using SAF on his own house. But so far, SAF is a product in search of its first North American customer.“I’ve been kind of stirring the pot, building my website, building my business plan, market research and all that, step by step,” Nelson said. “We have been close to projects…” How the wall assembly worksThe SAF is applied over a structural wall in new construction — a framed wood wall or a wall made of concrete block, for example — or over an existing wall when it’s used in an energy retrofit. It consists of a milled wooden louver called the “absorber,” an air gap, and a sheet of tempered glass, which together makes a layer 2 1/2 inches thick.The fins are milled into the wood layer at an angle, which regulates how much solar energy the wood can absorb. In winter, when the angle of the sun is low, sunlight can reach the core of the absorber to heat it up during the day. After sunset, the solar-heated buffer cools down, releasing the heat it stored during the day and reducing heat loss through the wall. In summer, when the sun angle is higher, the glass reflects some of the solar energy; the layer of air behind the glass warms and rises, carrying heat up and out of the building while the downward angle of the louvers prevents sunlight from reaching the core of the wood layer (see Image #2, below).The wall can be installed either as preassembled units or on site, Nelson says, although the preferred method now is to prefabricate panels off site.According to Nelson, a major advantage of the assembly is that it produces very high “effective R-values” with minimal wall thickness. One example posted at his web site shows a framed 2×6 wall filled with rock wool insulation, 3/4-inch wood sheathing, and 1/2-inch gypsum drywall, clad with a SAF: the total wall thickness is 9 1/4 inches.On a south-facing wall, the R-value would have an “effective R-value” of 150. On east and west walls, the “effective R-value” averages 95, and on the north wall the average over a heating season is 44. Thermal performance changes as conditions change.“Our numbers are dynamic,” Nelson said in a telephone interview. “It’s a dynamic R-value. It’s actually different from hour to hour, day to day, month to month. For simplicity reasons we average. Throughout the winter period, we can produce an average [‘effective’] R-value of 150. Sometimes we may be at R-80, sometimes at R-120, sometimes at R-200.” Eric Nelson, an architect with ties to both the U.S. and Switzerland, is looking for someone in North America willing to take a leap of faith with his novel insulation and cladding system. So far, there are no takers.Nelson’s Solar Activated Façade (SAF) was recently named one of the greatest home innovations of the year by Popular Science magazine, but it’s a good bet that few builders or designers have ever heard of it, much less specified it for a new house. Developed in Switzerland in the late 1990s by an architect named Guiseppe Fent, SAF combines wood, glass and an air space in a wall assembly.According to Nelson, a south-facing SAF that is just 9 1/2 inches thick will have an average “effective” R-value of 120 to 150 over the course of a heating season when installed on a wood-framed house in Boston, Massachusetts.But Nelson’s use of the phrase “effective R-value” on his company’s website will raise red flags for many energy experts. “Effective R-value” is a metric with no scientific definition, and it has been associated with exaggerated claims in the past. Measured according to the way R-values must be reported in the U.S., the wall with an “effective R-value” of 150 would have a whole-wall R-value of about R-21. (For a discussion of questionable uses of the phrase “effective R-value,” see All About Thermal Mass.)In the Boston example, the touted thermal performance wouldn’t be as eye-popping on walls facing a direction other than south, but according to Nelson, it would still be higher than anything builders can currently get their hands on. Nelson says that SAF has been “repeatedly tested” at Empa Switzerland (Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology) and other labs.last_img read more

Be Less Busy and More Productive – Episode #112

first_imgPodcast: Play in new window | Download (6.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Google Podcasts | RSSThere is a difference between busy and being productive. There are only two things that make you productive in sales, one is opportunity creation, and the other is opportunity capture.This episode of In the Arena is sponsored by www.b2bsalestoolkit.com. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

French Open: Sania Mirza says loss hurts but she is satisfied

first_imgThe French Open final loss is hard to swallow, admits Sania Mirza, but the Indian tennis ace also has a sense of immense satisfaction at finishing runners-up in the women’s doubles event given the way she was struggling for form and fitness a few months ago.”A loss is a loss at any stage and initially it hurts. But when I look back at where my career was a while back, there is a feeling of immense satisfaction at what I have managed to achieve,” Sania, who was battling a career-threatening wrist injury not so long ago, told PTI from Paris.A second Grand Slam title slipped out of her hands when she lost the French Open final along with Russian partner Elena Vesnina. The Indian star said the strong wind throughout the clash was a major factor but lauded her rivals for overcoming the adverse conditions better than them.Sania and Elena lost the final 4-6 3-6 to unseeded Czech pair of Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka, yesterday. The Czechs were the sixth unseeded pair in 30 years to win a Grand Slam.Both the pairs committed numerous unforced errors but the Czech girls put on slightly better show which was instrumental in their win.While Sania-Elena’s first serve percentage was 54, it was 61 for rivals. Winning percentage for both the first and second serve was less than 50 percent for the Indo-Russian duo.The only area where they performed better was that they committed five double faults to eight of the Czech pair.advertisement”Yes, it (wind) was but in tennis, it is always the team that acclimatizes to the existing conditions that comes out on top. In the final, our opponents managed to adjust to the conditions better than us,” Sania said.Sania was categorical in stating that Elena was the best of all the partners she has played with before.They teamed up at the start of the year and won titles at Indian Wells and Charleston, though, they continue to wait for their first Grand slam title together.Sania has teamed up with America’s Liezel Huber and Bethanie Mattek and Chinese Taipei’s Chan, Yung Jan before.”Elena is definitely right up there among the best,” she said.Asked what is it that makes this partnership so successful, Sania said, “We’ve been friends since our junior days and get along wonderfully. She has a brilliant backhand and serve and is an ideal foil for the forehand and return of serve, which are my strengths.” .As the talk veered from doubles to her singles career, Sania was asked about her not-so-impressive Grand Slam record.She has not reached the singles third round in a Grand Slam since the 2008 Australian Open.But the Hyderabadi said it’s only because she drew against strong players early.”I don’t look at it as a jinx. I think I’ve generally lost to better players in the Grand Slams. I lost to Justine Henin in Australian Open and to Agnieszka Radwanska in French Open,” she said.The next Grand Slam -? Wimbledon — is on grass, a surface Sania enjoys more than the clay.Sania was not ready to predict how long would she stay in the singles there but was hopeful of breaking into top-50 in the WTA rankings.”I will continue to work hard and try to be the best that I can be. Yes, I could break into the top 50 in singles in a few months.”last_img read more

I always wanted to be a mother, says Lisa Haydon

first_imgJust when you expect Lisa Haydon to walk in with a uniformed nanny for her son Zack and a battery of assistants, she breezes in with her 18-month-old perched on an arm and his tricycle in her other hand. Minutes later, with his toys laid out and a eye on,Just when you expect Lisa Haydon to walk in with a uniformed nanny for her son Zack and a battery of assistants, she breezes in with her 18-month-old perched on an arm and his tricycle in her other hand. Minutes later, with his toys laid out and a eye on his movements, she effortlessly transforms from a doting mother into a camera-friendly professional who scans the place for the right shot, decides her look and outfit and faces the spotlight with ease. Between shots, she turns into an indulgent mother who sings along to Zack’s favourite songs Wheels on the Busand ABCDthat plays on her phone even as he pedals on his airplane-shaped tricycle. “I had a different impression of motherhood. I was told it’ll be tough but I realised that eventually it is what you make of it. When you see the love your child gives, giving up a few things doesn’t feel like any sacrifice,” she says. So, while late night binge watching shows on Netflix may have “gone out of the window”, Haydon, 32, seamlessly divides time between work and home. “I always wanted to be a mother. All you need to do is set your priorities right,” she says. The face of international brands such as Kerastase and Motorola, she shuttles between Mumbai, London and Hong Kong with her family and travels to India for shoots for a few weeks every month.Every other day, the 1.3 million followers on her social media page are treated to eye-catching photographs that give them a peek into Haydon’s life-dreamy vacations, endorsing brands, workout sessions and playtime with her son. If she was mercilessly trolled for posting a picture of breastfeeding her infant son, admirers gush over her toned abs. “I do what I feel is right. If what I do and say doesn’t harm anyone else, I don’t care about what negative people say. I block and delete negativity. Earlier I used to get upset but now I think, if you are following me, you must be interested in my life,” she says.advertisementFrom ruling the ramp to playing the spunky Vijay Laxmi in Queenor being the sassy, blonde-haired presenter of reality show Top Model Indiaa few months after delivering her baby, she epitomises the ambitious working woman who sets targets and works hard towards achieving them. Back in India in 2004 after a stint in the US-as a social volunteer-and in Australia-as a yoga teacher-the then 18-year-old Mumbai-bred girl eagerly looked at billboards of her favourite brands, aspiring to be there someday. “I saw a Lakme campaign and I wanted to be there,” she says. Haydon later worked with the legendary German photographer Peter Lindbergh for a jewellery brand which made her a recognised face on hoardings. “I set a target for myself and went out to achieve it,” she says.Her maiden assignment was for Axe, a deodorant brand in 2004 that led to fashion shows, a television commercial for Seagram’s Blenders Pride and a project she coveted-to be the face of Lakme. “It was a gradual build up,” she says. The former Kingfisher calendar girl went on to be the showstopper on runways and grace magazine covers. Directors took notice and offered her roles but Haydon picked Aishaas her film debut in 2010. “I knew Sonam and Rhea and realised that this would be a good film,” she says. The model learnt method acting in New York and took diction classes in Mumbai. But a career low soon after taught her an all-important lesson-never to pin your happiness on any aspect of life. “You cannot draw happiness from things that may come and go. Career or anything should not become the be-all and end-all of life. It’s important to keep a balance,” she says.Four months into her pregnancy, Haydon shot for a magazine cover with Hrithik Roshan and continued working until the fifth month. “It was among the proudest moments but for me, it was a matter of finishing my professional commitments without drawing attention to myself,” she says. A few weeks after her son was born, she was back at work sporting an enviably fit body. When in London, she burns calories at the Paola’s BodyBarre studio where she masters barre, pilates, TRX and yoga method; in Hong Kong it is H-Kore, “the hardest workout” or a hike in the mountains. An outdoor person, Haydon “fell in love with Mumbai while running down the streets at sunrise” and participating in marathons. “I eat what I want but I work out hard,” she says.advertisementWhile parenting comes with new challenges every day, for Haydon, it is “one day at a time” while raising 18-month-old Zack. “I have started to recognise my stance on certain subjects depending upon what I want to teach him. It’s always a work in progress,” she says. Commitment to work is a lesson she wants to raise her son with. “The most important value I want to give him is faith and also to be a good responsible human being and work hard. When you give children things on a silver plate, you take away their survival instincts. Along with values, you need to give them a backbone,” she says. With work projects bringing her to India every month, husband Dino Lalvani chips in to care of Zack when she’s at work. “It takes a community to raise a child and as a working woman, it gives me joy and pride that my husband respects my desire to work and is there as my support,” she says.Bringing up babyWrite off the low days and focus on the highsRaise your child with the value that matter to you. You may cut out things about yourself that you don’t like. It’s a chance to grow up.Working mothers need help so build a support systemlast_img read more

$500,000 Allocated for Transport Repository

first_imgThe Government has set aside $500,000 to develop a national repository in the Ministry of Transport and Mining.The trifold repository will comprise the Transport Statistics Database, Transport Research Databank, and the Geographic Information System (GIS) database.Funding for the undertaking has been made available in the 2019/2020 Estimates of Expenditure, which was tabled in the House of Representatives on February 14.The allocation will go towards developing functional requirements for the repository, purchasing relevant hardware and software, and developing a joint interface and facilitating interconnectivity among the databases.In addition, the Transport Research Databank and Transport Statistics Database are to be designed and implemented.As at December 2018, the Terms of Reference has been drafted for the engagement of consultancy.The project, which commenced in July 2017, is scheduled to end in March 2021.last_img read more

Cabinet to Receive Proposed Amendments to Laws on Parish Council Operations

first_img Cabinet is expected to receive a draft of proposed amendments to legislations governing parish council operations from Local Government and Community Development Minister, Hon. Noel Arscott, shortly.The Minister, who made the disclosure at a Social Development Commission (SDC) community conference in Mandeville, Manchester, on October 2, said development of the “long awaited” proposed strategic laws for reformed local governance process has been completed.He informed that the reform process being pursued entails proposed amalgamation of the Kingston and St. Andrew, Parish Council, and Municipalities Acts into one legislation – the Local Governance Act.Enactment of the Local Government Financing and Financial Management, and Local Government Unified Services and Employment Acts, are also being put forward.These, the Minister explained, are intended to equip the local authorities with greater autonomy and responsibility to administer their affairs. They are also intended to formalize the involvement of organizations, such as parish and community development committees in the local governance process. The reform process being pursued will see the creation of the Local Governance Act. Story Highlights Development of proposed strategic laws for reformed local governance has been completed. The laws will equip the local authorities with greater autonomy.last_img read more