Humboldt State’s volleyball team fell in four sets to visiting Cal Poly Pomona Thursday night at Lumberjack Area.After winning the first set 26-24 Humboldt surrendered the following three sets in the loss, 25-21, 27-25 and 25-14, which moves it to 5-4 overall and 1-1 in CCAA play.Lexi Riggs and Lenox Loving each had 13 kills for the ‘Jacks Thursday night while Summer Hansen had 11. Riley Tishlarich led HSU with 32 assists and Odelia Ryan led the ‘Jacks with 28 digs.Ally Wilder had 20 kills …
Hema Vallabh is listed in the Mail & Guardian newspaper’s 2011 list of 200 top young South Africans. (Image: Mail & Guardian) MEDIA CONTACTS • Hema Vallabh GirlEng +49 170 914 4961RELATED ARTICLES • Fostering SA’s young scientists • SA scientists win AU awards • Denel helps maths, science pupils • SA students tops at science awards • SKA on the African horizonWilma den HartighWhen Hema Vallabh set her sights on studying engineering, she had no idea that one day she would lead a campaign that encourages more young women to pursue careers in engineering.Her determination to reduce the severe shortage of female engineers in South Africa, and to see more young women study engineering, has earned her a spot on the Mail & Guardian newspaper’s 2011 list of 200 top young South Africans.The title is only awarded to deserving young people who are willing to think creatively about what they can do to make a difference and bring about change in South Africa.Vallabh is a chemical engineer at fuel and chemical giant Sasol and director of GirlEng, a sub-division of South African Women in Engineering (SAWomEng), a NPO which aims to develop, motivate and empower women in engineering.Her two roles keep her very busy, but for Vallabh it is all about nurturing a love for engineering and dispelling common misconceptions that prevent women from entering this field.“There is a misconception that to be an engineer, one needs to be a grease monkey, donned in a hard hat and overall all day and getting your hands dirty,” she says.But this is not the case. Engineers can work as consultants, in finance, research or development.“Your job does not have to be limited to the stereotypical engineering prototype that most high school pupils have in mind,” she says.Decisions, decisionsVallabh’s decision to study engineering was a coincidence.She didn’t want to follow any of the traditional career paths that most of her schoolmates were pursuing, but she also didn’t have any alternatives.In the process of deciding what to study, she happened to have a brief conversation with a relative who was studying engineering at the time. “It sounded fairly interesting,” she recalls, and it was with this limited information that she made the decision.And, for a young woman from Johannesburg’s concrete jungle, Cape Town was just the change that she needed.“The decision to go into the chemical discipline of engineering meant I could study at the University of Cape Town, which was very attractive to an 18-year-old from Johannesburg,” she says.Looking back, she knows that this was a very risky way to choose a career.“I was just incredibly fortunate that I ended up absolutely loving my chosen field both during my studies and once I started working,” she says.But not everyone is so lucky. The lack of relevant information on careers, particularly those that are maths and science-related, are one of the reasons why so many girls gloss over careers such as engineering.“This made me realise just how great the need is for programmes such as GirlEng,” she says.Pushing the boundariesGirlEng’s approach is centred on providing information about careers in engineering. In doing this, young girls don’t have to make career decisions based on hearsay or choose from a list of careers perceived to be suitable for women.“The physical strength of the individual is by no means proportional to how successful they can be as an engineer,” she says.She adds that on an intellectual, academic and technical level, women have continually shown that they can match, if not exceed, the capabilities of their male counterparts in the engineering workplace.GirlEng facilitates workshops around the country to educate girls from grades 10 to 12 about the opportunities in engineering. University engineering students are recruited to act as mentors to high potential students.Solutions for the skills shortageSAWomEng, which was established in 2005, was first aimed at tertiary students studying engineering. However, it soon became clear that if the organisation was to make a real difference in addressing the skills shortage in engineering, it had to shift its focus to women only.“We needed to go one step back and tap into the talent pool at grass roots level,” explains Vallabh. “This meant that we needed to focus our attention on encouraging high potential maths and science high school students to pursue a career in engineering.”South Africa is experiencing a severe skills shortage in the engineering sector. Of the limited number of engineering professionals in the country, only a handful of these are female.Countrywide initiatives are underway to address the various causes of the critical skills shortage.The Engineering Council of South Africa has embarked on a research campaign to understand the challenges faced by tertiary institutions in achieving higher pass rates in engineering bachelor’s degrees. Solutions are also needed for the poor results in subjects such as mathematics, physical science and English in South Africa’s high schools. Since 1994, the school system has consistently produced too few matric pupils with adequate results in these subjects, which are required for admission to engineering programmes.These programmes take a general approach to addressing the engineering skills shortage, but none are specially targeted at getting more women to enrol for engineering degrees.This is why GirlEng has an important role to play, in South Africa and overseas.Vallabh says that the shortage of female engineers is not limited to South Africa. In countries such as Germany there is also a major lack of women in the field.She has already identified an opportunity to expand the reach of GirlEng to other countries and is looking to adapt the locally-developed GirlEng model to also bring about change in Europe’s engineering sector.Seeing resultsThe initiative’s work is already paying off. Results from surveys show that a number of girls have gone on to enrol for studies in the engineering sector as a result of attending GirlEng events.“There is still plenty of work to be done, but I think we’re definitely moving in the right direction,” Vallabh says.Being recognised as a young South African making a difference is a great honour, but she believes that accolades alone cannot be a driving force to bring about change.“The work I do with GirlEng has become such an integral part of my life. For me, it’s my way of giving back and hopefully making a difference in the world,” she says.
12 April 2013 South Africa’s clothing and textiles competitiveness programme (CTCP) has halted the employment decline and helped to create 12 000 new permanent jobs in the sector, says Department of Trade and Industry Director-General Lionel October. Speaking at the opening of a four-day Source Africa 2013 event in Cape Town on Tuesday. The event, supported by the USAid Southern Africa Trade Hub, is designed to highlight what Africa has to offer in textiles and apparel. “Local retailers are increasing procurement from local manufacturers and there is confidence starting to be shown by the new investment in the sectors,” October told delegates at the event.” The CTCP had halted the employment decline in these sectors “and more than 12 000 new permanent jobs have been created. Local retailers have committed to local procurement in support of manufacturing companies”. October said that over 400 companies had received assistance under the programme, with R1.5-billion worth of applications approved. Other southern African countries have embraced the programme’s concept, October noted, with Swaziland in the process of implementing a similar programme. October said it was important to promote intra-African trade in order to exploit the industry’s growth and job-creation potential. “These sectors are labour-intensive and have the potential to create large employment, especially in the garment manufacturing sector where the investment is low but the job creation is enormous.” Raw materials like fibres, skins and hides were readily available in Africa, and it therefore make business sense to beneficiate these raw materials “instead of exporting jobs by selling these resources to countries out of Africa”. October said South Africa had opened its markets to Africa countries whose manufacturing sectors were developed and where rules of origin were respected. He stressed that South Africa did not support traders that specialised in trans-shipments, which served only to destroy countries’ manufacturing bases. SAinfo reporter
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Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Plans for the 42nd Annual Ohio Dorset Sale have been set for March 16 and 17 at the Preble County Fairgrounds in Eaton. Billed as “the first, the biggest, the best” Dorset sale, it will feature both Horned and Polled Dorsets. Dorsets from South Dakota to Connecticut have been entered.Established in 1977, the Ohio Dorset Sale has been a barometer used to gauge how the registered sheep industry is doing in the New Year. Entered in the sale are 94 head of Polled Dorsets and 40 head of Horned Dorsets.“The nation’s finest Dorset genetics from ten different states have been consigned to this year’s sale,” said sale manager Greg Deakin, Cuba, Ill. “The sale’s history is rich, dating back to 1977. More national breed champion rams and ewes have sold through the Ohio Dorset Sale than any other sale.”Both Horned and Polled Dorset rams and ewes will be offered consisting of classes for yearlings, fall and winter lambs. Serving as judge is Steve Reid from Houstonia, Mo., and sale auctioneers are Gary Saylor and Danny Westlake, both from Ohio. The Ohio Dorset Association is sponsoring the sale and consignment viewing may be seen at www.bannersheepmagazine.com.Sale questions may be directed to sale manager Greg Deakin, 309-785-5058.
Ropila Sangma, the abducted trader’s daughter, has sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s intervention in bringing her father back. “I urge upon the Indian government to expedite the process of repatriation of my father from Bangladesh. He was abducted by criminals but is languishing in a Bangladesh jail,” she said.She said that it would not be difficult for the Prime Minister’s office to deal with her father’s case fast since India has cordial relations with Bangladesh.Officials in West Garo Hills said that the Border Security Force (BSF) and Border Guards Bangladesh besides intelligence agencies have been kept in the loop for bringing Mr. Arengh back since the issue involves two countries and has to be handled through diplomatic channels.BSF officials in the Meghalaya sector said criminals from Bangladesh at times take advantage of dense jungles along the border in the Purakhasia area to raid villages on the Indian side. The area is fenced, though.Cross-border crimesThere have been instances of Bangladeshi miscreants taking cattle and other valuables from villagers in Meghalaya. An incident similar to that of Mr. Arengh had last year happened with an 18-year-old mine worker in South West Khasi Hills, also bordering Bangladesh.Seven Bangladeshi nationals had abducted Dajied Kynshai Syiemlieh, the mine worker, on April 27, 2017. He was rescued by Bangladesh police but his repatriation had been stuck in paperwork for a long time. The members of the family of a Meghalaya cashew nut trader abducted by Bangladeshi miscreants more than three months ago are expected to have their prayers answered soon.Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma said that the case of 66-year-old Phalgun Arengh has been taken up with the Centre and that his government was leaving no stone unturned for the trader’s repatriation.Mr. Arengh, a resident of Hatimara village in the Purakhasia area of West Garo Hills district, was abducted on May 24. The village is on the India-Bangladesh border.According to an FIR filed by his wife Ponji K. Sangma at the police station in Dalu, some miscreants from Bangladesh abducted him. The local police said cross-border criminals could have targeted Mr. Arengh, a prosperous farmer, for ransom.But Mr. Arengh gave his abductors the slip on June 2 and took refuge in a village named Christianpara in Bangladesh’s Sherpur district. The villagers handed him over to the local Sribordi police station.West Garo Hills superintendent of police MG Raghavendra Kumar said Mr. Arengh continues to be under police protection in Bangladesh. “We are hoping for a solution to the matter that has been taken up with the Ministry of Home Affairs,” he said.Daughter seeks PM’s intervention
The first College Football Playoff National Championships was played out in Dallas, Texas in January.Executive director Bill Hancock announced on Tuesday that Atlanta, Santa Clara, and New Orleans will be the future sites for the Playoff National Championship game in 2018, 2019, and 2020.This seasons College Football Playoff title game is scheduled for Glendale, Arizona on January 11, and the 2017 title game is scheduled for January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida.Oklahoma State is ranked by the College Football Playoff Committee for the first time in program history, earning a No. 14 ranking in this seasons first release.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
Tottenham attacker Son: Only bad luck stopping trophy pushby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham attacker Heung-Min Son says they deserve to win a trophy this season.The South Korean – who has now scored 10 goals in his last 10 games – believes all Tottenham need is a change in fortune to land their first silverware under Mauricio Pochettino.”We are just a bit unlucky for me, to be honest,” he said. “We are close all the time.”People are thinking ‘ahhh it’s Spurs’, but we believe, always this team believe in the title, but sometimes you just have to have luck, with a long season.”We can win, we deserve to win. The players deserve to win something.”Of course the pressure is going to be big [to win the title] but we have to just enjoy and bring positive energy, this is the most important.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Twitter/@ESPNCBBAt this point, it feels like we have a huge upset and a court rush every night in college basketball. No. 3 Kansas was the victim tonight, falling to an Oklahoma State team that was just 9-8, and 1-4 in the Big 12 in Stillwater, 86-67. After the game, fans of the Pokes rushed the court in a big way.Down goes Kansas! What a week. pic.twitter.com/46vr4hqHo0— ESPN College BBall (@ESPNCBB) January 20, 2016They stormed the court anyway. Regardless, great win for the Pokes. They came to play. 86-67 victory. #OkState pic.twitter.com/KIyNCQsuK8— Sam Gannon (@SamGannon87) January 20, 2016Storm that court, Pokes! #okstate pic.twitter.com/hFFVoutUEc— Jessica Morrey (@JessicaMorrey) January 20, 2016Last night, Iowa State fans stormed the floor. Tonight, it was Oklahoma State. On the road in the Big 12, nobody’s safe.