first_imgAttempts by Finance Minister Amara Konneh to ‘buy time’ regarding his appearance before the Legislature has been rejected.Konneh was summoned by the House of Representatives to appeal before that August Body on the 13th and 15th of May, to answer to many questions relating to the Liberian economy.However, the Finance Minister communicated with the House requesting that he (Konneh) appear just once – on May 15th only – to respond to inquiries from Capitol Hill.In his letter addressed to Madam Mildred N. Sayon, Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives, Minister Konneh argued that as Finance Minister, he has a “very busy schedule with other issues of national concern,” and as such, he will appreciate if the House could stick to a single date to allow him address all the concerns about the state of the Liberian economy.The House angrily rejected the request and demanded that Konneh make a double appearance next week.In legislative assembly Thursday, May 8, Plenary took serious exception to the Minister’s appeal , stressing that the status of the economy remains very uncompromising and, as the Legislature, there is a need for immediate action to save the State.Some lawmakers on Capitol Hill have been longing for the removal of Konneh and his team, a system they believed is responsible for the continuous budget shortfalls Liberia is faced with regularly.Konneh has, in turn, blamed the Legislature for the budget shortfall.He accused Capitol Hill of projecting additional revenue after the Executive had already drafted and agreed on the National budget.  But lawmakers harshly reacted to his comments, stressing that the Minister’s assertion is false and misleading.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgA group of unhappy customers on Tuesday turned up at a La Penitence shipping company, demanding that answers be given as to why they are not yet able to uplift their barrels and packages.The handful of customers, who showed up at the O G Shipping Company, said they have been running to the company for weeks, but have not yet been given an explanation as to why their packages are delayed or receive any of their items.Marilyn Thomas said she posted a barrel from New York on March 28 and has not been able to clear it to date.“I am here still and I cannot get my stuff. Every day I am here, and they keep telling me that I have to come back. Every week is the other week. The guy just showed me a paper that says my barrel is here, but the container is not opened as yet. They are not giving me no reason, they are just telling me, just now, just now,” the upset woman told Guyana Times.She said this is the first time she has done business with the company after it was recommended by her family members abroad. According to her, she will soon have to return to the US again, but is yet to receive her barrel.“Imagine an old woman was here, she’s been running here too. The woman said her pressure gone up. It’s too much,” Thomas saidAnother customer said he has been doing business with the company for sometime now, and is extremely disappointed at the current state of affairs.“I feeling for the people them because they ship their things and they said months and months because I am a businessman and I deal with principle. I myself have some things that I shipped and up to now… last week they said they would give me the stuff and up to now, nothing. It is ridiculous. I just spoke to the boss man over the phone and he told me that everything is going to be alright. It’s like, peopleOG Shipping Company at La Penitence, Georgetownlike when you curse at them, and they’ll get things quickly,” the frustrated businessman said.Another woman claimed that while she received her barrel, it was observed that several items were missing. She also showed up at the company to make claims.Guyana Times sought to contact the owner, Orin Galloway, at his New York head office but was unsuccessful; however his son, Quacy Galloway told this publication that there has been a delay in the container. And while that delay has nothing to do with the company, it is not the first time that such a hiccup has occurred. He said the company is seeking to have the issue resolved and customers will be able to receive their belongings the latest today.As it relates to the woman who has reported missing items, Gallaway said he could not say, since her delivery was “door to door”. He said her barrel was sealed upon delivery.last_img read more

first_imgInvestments in Guyana…“Guyana’s drive for investors remains fruitless” – US report While the coalition Government has bragged that it was able to attract billions in investments for 2017, both Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo and a United States Department of State report for last year refute this assertion.In a November 12, 2017, column entitled ‘A fresh message of hope to drown out the noise’ Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo boasted of 240 investment projects worth $187 billion in Guyana that are “now moving through the pipelines”. Then, in his January 14 column ‘My Turn’, the Prime Minister assured that $187 billion in investments were facilitated by the Business Ministry last year.This time, however, he stated that investment agreements were entered into for 136 projects. Very little specifics were offered and at a recent press conference, Jagdeo took the Prime Minister to task for the unsubstantiated and in fact conflicting figures he quoted.“I saw it said; new jobs are being created, not to lose hope. That is what Prime Minister in his column told sugar workers. And this is what he said. Investment agreements were entered into for 136 projects valued at $187 billion, via the Ministry of Business, last year.”“Can you tell me where (is) this $187 billion of investment we got?” Jagdeo questioned. “And how many jobs have been created? In fact, we have lost jobs, about 25,000 jobs, since this Government took office. We’re haemorrhaging jobs every single day, because of the state of the economy.”Noting that this was equivalent to US$2 billion in projects, Jagdeo questioned the veracity of the quoted figure. He urged Business Minister Dominic Gaskin to come clean and explain specifically which jobs were created.“If you look at the balance of payment, you have an anaemic sum coming in. It’s dropped. Foreign direct investment has fallen dramatically,” Jagdeo said, adding that the coalition remains reliant on projects and investments attracted by the former administration.Prime Minister Moses NagamootooUS reportMeanwhile, the 2017 US State Department’s Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs investment climate report on Guyana has declared that the country’s long-term efforts to attract investors remains largely unsuccessful.According to the report, the Government does indeed publicly encourage Foreign Direct Investment (FDI). But it noted that success outside of Guyana’s extractive sectors remain limited.“Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) into Guyana is actively encouraged and seen by the Government of Guyana as critical to Guyana’s economic development,” the report states. “Numerous incentives are offered to investors. Despite these incentives, Guyana’s long-term record in attracting Private Sector investment remains poor.”The report acknowledges the existence of the Guyana Office for Investment (Go-Invest) and noted that new management, such as a Board and Chief Executive Officer, were recently appointed. It also acknowledged that incentives are provided for foreign and domestic investors, like duty-free concessions.“Over the past decade, the [Government of Guyana] GoG enacted new laws or amended existing ones to encourage FDI, with mixed levels of success. Due to the State’s significant role in the domestic economy and the preference for centralised decision-making, relatively large foreign investments often receive intense political attention.”“The current Administration is roundly criticised for its poor record so far in attracting new FDI, even though leadership signalled its intention to attract FDI through its various Embassies and Missions abroad,” the report observes.AmailaAccording to the US State Department economic bureau, “political gridlock and infighting” is to blame for hampering Guyana’s development efforts in several instances. Relative to this, the report cites the example of the Amaila Falls Hydropower Project (AFHP), which the coalition Government has officially abandoned.“The Amaila Falls Hydropower Project (AFHP), which would have been the largest capital project in the country’s history, fell apart after a decade of planning when the US developer and equity partner withdrew from the multinational development team in August 2013.”“The company expressed concerns over political risk following objections to the venture by the then-Opposition party APNU,” the report continues. “The Norwegian Government subsequently conducted a new feasibility study on the AFHP and submitted the report to the Government.”This is a reference to a report from Norwegian international consultant Norconsult. The new report had in fact concluded that the Amaila Falls Hydropower Project (AFHP) was the only realistic way for Guyana to achieve an emission free electricity sector. Norconsult had noted the merits of the project, such as its completed feasibility study and a higher plant load than the other alternatives.However, the report had recommended the BOOT (Build, Own, Operate and Transfer) public private partnership model is used. The consultant had urged that an international investor specialising in hydro power be invited to take a majority stake in the project. It is unclear whether this advice has been acted upon by the Government.The report states; “The only realistic path for Guyana towards an emission free electricity sector is by developing its hydropower potential. The fastest way forward is to maintain AFHP as the first major step for substituting its current oil fired generation. AFHP was prioritised as the first hydropower plant because it was the only project with a full feasibility study completed; it has a higher plant load factor than the alternatives, a smaller reservoir and a unit cost in the same range as the most attractive alternatives.”In the absence of Amaila, the US State Department report acknowledged the Government touting other areas and renewable energy sources. It noted that if potential renewable energy projects are successful, this would promote more investments as high energy costs are barriers to value added investments.last_img read more

first_imgFor the players, who correctly predicting 19, 18 and 17 games they will be eligible to receive jackpot bonuses worth Sh5 million, Sh1 million and Sh500,000 respectively. The jackpot will be available to play on SMS, USSD code (*418#), Web and Android App.“When we launched in Kenya, we did promise to a product construct that is not only exciting but also rewarding. The release of the BetLion Goliath Jackpot, Africas Biggest Jackpot, is a true testament to that promise,” said Spencer Okach, BetLion’s Managing Director.“We made a commitment that our platform shall be one that embraces continuous innovation. The USSD offers a simplified gaming experience, it includes all features of registering, depositing, betting and withdrawal,” he added.Part of the proceeds of the Goliath Jackpot entries shall be channeled towards sport development. “We commit to making Kenyan sports better, and we intend to use the proceeds from this jackpot to develop the same,” affirmed Spencer Okach.BetLion launched its operations in Kenya on December 13 last year with the backing of billionaire British businessman Victor Chandler.Billed to be worth over Sh70 billion, Chandler is said to be backing the Sh350million jackpot.Chandler, considered the Godfather of betting, is credited for revolutionizing gaming and betting by taking it online as early as 1997.The 67-year-old businessman built up the famous gaming firm BetVictor, which is now the official training kit sponsor of English Premier League giants Liverpool, before selling it in 2014.By the time he sold BetVictor, the online betting firm was serving over 160 countries with an annual turnover of billions of dollars.0Shares0000(Visited 61 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000BetLion Kenya Managing Director Spencer OkachNAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 21 – BetLion, Africa’s leading gaming platform, on Monday released Sh350 million which is the largest jackpot in the country.Dubbed the BetLion Goliath Jackpot, customers will get a chance to win a share of 350mn by correctly predicting 20 games with just Ksh100 entry.last_img read more

first_imgThe We Care Letterkenny Food Bank was set up in Letterkenny when a committee met and decided there was a great need for a Food Bank in 2014. Today, they launch their Official Opening beside Greene’s shoe shop at Market Square Letterkenny, at 1pm. The Food Bank works in conjunction with local agencies.The organisation hopes to expand the service throughout Donegal.We Care are a non profit organisation and rely solely on support from the community.Letterkenny Food Bank to have official opening today was last modified: August 19th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:charityFood BankletterkennyMarket Squarelast_img read more

first_imgThe mother of missing Mary Boyle has said people like the family of Maddie McCann should never give up hope of finding missing loved ones.Ann Boyle with one of her grandchildren. Pic courtesy of RTE.Ann Boyle was speaking following a possible breakthrough in the search for her daughter who went missing in Donegal 37 years ago.Although a 64 year old man arrested in connection with Mary’s disappearance was released last night, Gardai are hopeful of a breakthrough in the case. Speaking from her home in Keadue, Ann, 69, said people must put their complete faith in the police services.“I know exactly what the McCann family are going through and my heart goes out to them.“What I would say to them is that they should never give up hope. I have never given up hope of finding out what happened to Mary.“Every day I pray that Mary will be found and I still feel that we will find out what happened to her. “Hopefully we may be a little closer now.“And I hope they never give up hope of one day finding out what happened to their daughter,” she said.Ann said she has complete trust in Gardai getting to the bottom of her daughter’s mystery.“They have been so good over the years and have always kept us in touch.‘They have always been courteous and let us know what is happening with the case,” she added. PEOPLE SHOULD NEVER GIVE UP HOPE OF FINDING MISSED LOVED ONES – ANN BOYLE was last modified: October 22nd, 2014 by StephenShare 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:Ann BoyleCashelarddonegalMARY BOYLEmissinglast_img read more

first_imgJimmy Garoppolo, not retiring. His career, in fact, looks back on track.It was not flawless but it was the pick-me-up game Garoppolo needed in the 49ers most vital exhibition, a 27-17 win Saturday night against the host Kansas City Chiefs.Garoppolo’s confidence ramped up throughout his first-half workload. He completed 14-of-20 passes for 188 yards with no interceptions and a dandy, 20-yard touchdown toss to a diving Matt Breida on a near-perfect second series.San Francisco 49ers running …last_img

first_img19 January 2004“When you head off for your first meal or pub experience, carry as much money as you are prepared to lose (in your pocket), and more in your socks for the taxi home – maybe they won’t find it.”It was advice like this – from Lonely Planet’s 2002 guide to South Africa – that made Olav Andre Manum, a Norwegian journalist flying to Joburg, frantically summons the air-hostess for another glass of wine.Accompanying his partner, Arne Grønningsæter, for a two-year work stint to Johannesburg, Manum was already feeling apprehensive before he and Grønningsæter set off.After reading Lonely Planet’s section “Surviving Johannesburg’s Dangers and Annoyances” on the plane, he felt like taking the next one back to Norway.“Everyone told me I shouldn’t go, that Joburg was a dangerous, ugly place.” But when Grønningsæter had an offer to head up a social research unit here, and Manum had the chance to go somewhere new, they decided to “brave it”.Exploring the inner cityManum laughs when he remembers how tentatively he began to explore his surroundings. “It took us weeks to venture into the inner city. It was supposed to be so dangerous, but there were things we had to see at the Market Theatre.”Since then, Manum hasn’t looked back. One delightful discovery after another has whet his appetite and, accompanied by new friends, he has already explored much of the length and breadth of the city, venturing also into Alexandra, Soweto and KwaThema.“At first, just going into Nicki’s Oasis, near the Market Theatre, felt very adventurous. I was so paranoid I was looking over my shoulder most of the time.”Soon Manum began to relax and explore, discovering other Newtown landmarks like the Bus Factory, Kippies and other jazz clubs and shebeens. Since he doesn’t drive, he spends much of his time walking to various destinations.“I found the people very friendly, very easy to get into conversation with. I started talking to them, hearing their stories. They were interested in me, I was interested in them. I started discovering the tremendous history and diversity and all the fascinating things this city has to offer. I just took to the place.”In fact, such a champion of the city has he become, and so zealous is he to dispel the myths surrounding it, that Manum is writing his own travel book on Johannesburg to tell cosseted Norwegians what they’re missing out on.Manum’s descriptions of his explorations to friends back home have led to queries from them and more exploration on his part. Now he’s on a mission to excavate as much as he can.Dispelling myths about Joburg“There is so much still to find out about. Once you start exploring you realise that Joburg emerges as a vibrant, culturally rich and diverse city with a most fascinating history.“You have black, white, Indian, Muslim, Jewish . this is something I’m really not used to. It struck me that if I could dispel the myths about Joburg it would be a good thing.”In an article about Johannesburg published recently in the Mail & Guardian, Manum wrote that “the city should sue Lonely Planet for slander. I’ll take the witness stand in favour of Johannesburg any time.” Lonely Planet’s updated edition on South Africa is due out in November this year.Manum doesn’t deny that crime is an issue. He and his friends were robbed at gunpoint in the inner city recently, when he was taking them on a tour of some of Joburg’s Art Deco buildings.It happened so fast he didn’t have time to be afraid. “Crime is a fact of life,” he says philosophically. He cites the work done by people like his friend Bulldog Ratokulu, a police reservist and crime fighter in Alexandra, as one example of ordinary resident’s attempts to help combat crime.“More social justice and more distribution of wealth would also go a long way towards solving the crime problem. The city is trying to do this, but of course it’s a slow process.”He has enjoyed visiting other parts of the country, but Johannesburg still tops his list.Although Manum and his partner are due back in Norway in May, they may set up a base here, since they intend to return. “It may sound corny,” laughs Manum, “but Joburg has touched my heart.”Source: City of Johannesburg websitelast_img read more

first_imgSouth Africa has a coastline of some 3 650 kilometres and an exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of just over a million square kilometres.(Image: mediaclubsouthafrica.com) Dr Bjorn Backberg, Co-director of Nansen Tutu Centre.(Image: Dr Bjorn Backberg)MEDIA CONTACTS • Dr Bjorn BackebergCo-director, Nansen Tutu Centre+27 9(0)21 650 3281.Rudo MungoshiIn a global environment characterised by the growing role of science, the Nansen-Tutu Centre for Marine Environmental Research is slowly enhancing knowledge of marine science, a subject that is widely misunderstood by many in South Africa.“Our biggest impact on South Africa is through education and training of students, advancing the understanding of the regional ocean and climate systems,” explains Dr Bjorn Backeberg, co-director at of the centre. “This is achieved through supervision and mentorship of postgraduate students and providing finance for students to study.”The centre is a joint venture between, amongst others, the Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Centre in Norway and South African partners. It is based in the Department of Oceanography at the University of Cape Town (UCT) and operates as a programme complementing the development of the South African marine research framework. It is funded by Norway and South African sources, and is under the management and financial control of UCT.Explaining the reasoning behind establishing the Nansen-Tutu Centre, it says: “Africa juts into the Indian, South Atlantic and Southern oceans with cool and warm oceans juxtaposed, giving rise to unique marine and land ecosystems with high biodiversity, rich fisheries and superb natural resources. It is therefore important that we develop the capacity for understanding and predicting the state of the ocean and its ecosystems as the meteorological services do for the weather.”Academic productivityAlready seven students from the centre have graduated from UCT since 2010. “In addition, the centre’s staff supervise and co-supervise at BSc Honours, MSc and PhD level and teach in the university’s undergraduate and postgraduate programmes,” says Backeberg. “With only 12 staff members, including full-time and part-time staff, we punch above our weight in terms of academic productivity.”It was named after South Africa Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and Norwegian scientist, explorer and diplomat Fridtjof Nansen. It studies and develops models for the three oceans associated with South Africa – the Indian, the Atlantic and the Southern. The oceanographic regime around South Africa is dominated by two major current systems: the cold Benguela Current along the Atlantic coast to the west, and the warm Agulhas Current along the Indian coast to the east.The centre is the fifth in the international Nansen research group, each of which has a different focus. The other four centres are located in Bergen, Norway, opened in 1986; St Petersburg, Russia, opened in 1992; Kochi, India, opened in 1998; and Beijing, China, opened in 2003. The Cape Town centre was opened in 2010, and quite recently another centre was established in Bangladesh.Research in numerical modelling of the regional oceans, ocean atmosphere and regional sea level variability, regional ocean data assimilation using the hybrid co-ordinate ocean models and global change are also being undertaken at the centre. Backeberg points out that it is the only place in South Africa where marine data assimilation is being developed. This concept refers to the technique of combining ocean models with observations, a necessary tool to predict the state of the ocean.Operational oceanographyIt is also working to introduce operational oceanography in Southern Africa. Operational oceanography is the monitoring and forecasting of the three-dimensional ocean state (temperature, salinity and pressure) and currents for short-range timescales out to one month. “This will include commencing the forecasting of various ocean phenomena such as sea state, ocean currents, sea surface temperatures, and wave information in a form that will be useful to many stakeholders.”Despite its successes, the centre still faces a number of challenges, such as changing the mindset of people towards marine science in general. Awareness and science communication remains a major challenge, and communicating scientific research to laymen and policy makers needs to be addressed, he insists.“The absence of a clear and well-defined career path in marine science tends to result in a limited number of students studying marine science and oceanography, especially students from previously disadvantaged backgrounds. This makes transformation in science very challenging.”Marine science requires students to have taken mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology and geography at high school level. “However, we are increasingly finding that the level of high school mathematics and physics in particular is not appropriate for students to study science at university level,” Backeberg adds.Yet the centre has managed to provide financial support for disadvantaged students to study marine science. “Students and scientists at the centre are given the opportunity to collaborate with the centre’s international network of partners to gain experience.”South African coastlineSouth Africa has a coastline of some 3 650 kilometres and an exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of just over a million square kilometres. Waters in the EEZ extend to a depth of 5 700 metres, with more than 65% deeper than 2 000 metres.Despite its status as a developing nation, South Africa has a relatively strong history of marine taxonomic research and maintains comprehensive and well-curated museum collections totalling over 291 000 records. Over three million locality records from more than 23 000 species have been lodged in the regional African Ocean Biogeographic Information System (AfrOBIS) data centre, which stores data from a wider African region.The goal of the Nansen-Tutu Centre is “to improve the capacity to observe, understand and predict marine ecosystem variability on timescales from days to decades in support of scientific and societal needs including fisheries, coastal management, maritime security, recreation and tourism”. To meet this goal, one of its core activities is the education and exchange of young researchers and students from different cultures and countries through the Nansen-Tutu Scholarship Programme.“There is a worldwide need to understand, model and predict conditions in the ocean as the meteorological services do for the weather,” says the centre. “This is done by satellite and in-water observations with data being collected and used in mathematical models in real time – this is what we call operational oceanography.”The South African Operational Oceanography Committee has been convened to put this into practice. It has four sub-groups: in situ observations; satellite observations; ocean modelling; and data dissemination.last_img read more

first_imgWhen to save old windowsOne of the most wonderful aspects of our local architecture is its historic windows with their characteristic divided lite panes and historic glass. They are not only visually appealing, but their design and craftsmanship make them worthy of preservation. Unfortunately, because they are single-glazed and often in disrepair, they are also one of the largest sources of heat loss in winter and a major source of heat gain in the summer. The windows alone can be responsible for 25 to 50 percent of the energy used to heat and cool homes!… There is a point when the condition of the window clearly indicates that a replacement is necessary. When considering replacement windows, it is important to not only consider their energy efficiency, but also their appearance in terms of the pattern of the proportions of their frame and sash, the configuration of the window panes, muntin profiles, types of wood and characteristics of the glass. Search for a replacement that retains as much of the character of the historic window as possible. Juli MacDonald is an architect and accredited LEED professional who worked in Chicago for 20 years before relocating to the East Coast and eventually opening her own firm in Amesbury, Massachusetts, in 2007.Later that year she started writing the GreenBridge blog. It’s named after her firm, which concentrates on residential additions and remodels.GreenBridge Blog is a mix of project descriptions, “sustainability and efficiency” entries, which covers such topics as insulation, home office planning and green roofs, and a shorter travelogue section that details places she’s visited or conferences she’s attended.There’s nothing stiff or pedantic about the entries. MacDonald writes just enough about herself and her family to provide personal context, but does not wander so far afield we wish she’s get back on topic.The project list isn’t huge, but there are some interesting entries, including one called the “Garbage Garage.” The handsome building looks conventional, until you get into the details and find out its lower walls are rammed-earth tires, and that light in the upper gable ends comes from glass bottles laid up like cordwood and mortared in place. A visiting team from Guatemala called Long Way Home took part in the project.Another is Lamorna Cottage after a 1880s farmhouse that MacDonald and her family seem to have bought this past summer in Rockland, Maine. We’ll be traveling along as they bring the house back into livable shape.There also are links to companies that might be of interest to anyone building in New England, including Andros Energy (renewable energy systems), the Green Cocoon (insulation), and JF Jewett Farms & Co. (cabinetmakers).Here are a few excerpts: Why we should talk about toiletsWhen I first started working as an architectural intern in Rockford, Illinois, Larry, the curmudgeonly head draftsman, loved teasing me about my main job of drawing toilet rooms. He didn’t let me say ‘bathroom,’ insisting that I say ‘toilet.’ He was right – we were working on commercial toilet rooms and nobody was taking baths there… Well, it’s been a lot of years, and now I’ve got a lot to say about toilets – Do you want your toilet in a separate room? Do you like an elongated bowl for comfort? What do you think of the water-saving dual-flush models? Do you have young sons?Discussing the toilet still isn’t my favorite part of the bath design process, but it’s important, because habits and details make all the difference in a successful bathroom. I resolveOn December 12th [2009], my family lost my Grandmother, Eleanor Phillips, who lived in Fort Dodge, Iowa. I was lucky enough to be able to spend some precious time with her during her last days in the hospital. During part of that time, my cousins and I pored over Grandma’s various journals, letters and photos, and we got a wonderful sense of the fullness of her life and the way she lived and adapted throughout her 88 years.In one letter to her sister written in the 50s, she talked about ripping down discarded clothing to make braided rugs. Her journals and autobiographies described her huge love of gardening and enjoyment of the harvests. She was a farmer’s daughter, one of 6 children who knew what sharing and making-do meant, and who also knew to not leave the table without asking one sibling or parent to guard her plate. Her fondest memories of her mother included her ability to whip up the most amazing donuts for the family and to make a dress for my grandmother the night before she wore it to a dance.It was clear that she had a happy childhood – she carried a 80-year-old snapshot of a family Sunday picnic in her wallet, and in her writing she often described her many memories of her parents hugging and kissing, and her father’s desolation when her mother died at a very young age. She remembered her and her siblings’ excitement at seeing their single gift and one orange next to their plates Christmas morning.So, my resolution? To continue to carry my grandma and her lessons with me. Embrace simple and good living, enjoy family and seek happiness in the smallest things. She didn’t live her life with the intent of being ‘green’ or ‘sustainable,’ but her way of life was what so many of us strive for today. Reuse and salvageOne of my fondest memories of living in Chicago was ‘shopping’ in the alleys. My quickest walk to the train was down our 3 block alley: on one side were condo buildings and the on the other were single-family homes. It worked this way – if you didn’t want something anymore, you left it in the alley, NEXT to the garbage, sometimes with a note, and it was usually gone in a few hours. Through the years I collected a great variety of treasures. Among them: lamps, a desk, many, many chairs, my now favorite cookbook. My goal wasn’t to be green, but it really was an efficient (cheap!) and practical system.Now I use Freecycle. If you haven’t checked them out, give them a try – it is basically a local list-serve where members post items they want to give away or items they’d like to receive. It works similarly to shopping in the Chicago alley, but is a bit more civilized.In construction, the act of restoring or remodeling a home is a form of reuse and salvage. Preservation instead of demolition and new construction saves in energy and materials consumption and reduces demolition landfill. There is a great opportunity in salvaging and reusing materials for remodeling and even new construction projects, if you are aware and know where to look.last_img read more