Business owners and the public are being warned that a person is attempting to pass forged €50 notes in Letterkenny this week.The Letterkenny Chamber issued the alert via Facebook on Monday, warning staff to be on alert for fraudulent activity and take necessary steps to check all cash.A message from ShopLK warned “Person trying to pass Fake €50 notes in Letterkenny today. Please check all notes at all times.” Retailers and members of the public are advised to be extra-vigilant and contact Letterkenny Garda Station if they notice any suspicious activity.Businesses warned over fake notes circulating in Letterkenny was last modified: September 10th, 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)
Since Monday night’s spat during a game against the Clippers, there’s been a foreboding energy floating over the Warriors that’s impossible to mistranslate:This is the end.Green’s first on-the-record, public comments Thursday didn’t clear that air, either.“Kevin and I spoke. We’re moving forward,” Green said. “Nobody in this organization — not myself, not Kevin, not anybody else — is going to beat us. If you’re one of those 29 other teams, you’ve got to beat us. We’re not going to beat us. …
Forty one million people in the SADC region of Africa are in need of humanitarian food aid. The worst drought in 35 years is a result of a changing climate and Africa will need to adapt to this new normal. Africa needs to start planning for a world where extreme weather is the new normal. (Image: World Vision)Sulaiman PhilipAcross the Southern African Development Community (SADC) fields are barren, rivers have long dried up and livestock is left neglected and bedraggled as the territory suffers the worst drought in the last 35 years.Four SADC states – Lesotho, Malawi, Swaziland and Zimbabwe – have declared national emergencies. Mozambique has declared a 90-day red alert in some areas. Seven of South Africa’s nine provinces are drought disaster areas. According to a recently released SADC report, Vulnerability Assessment Results, 2.7 million children are suffering from acute malnutrition; 41 million people face food insecurity and of those, 21 million people need immediate assistance.In June, Botswana’s president and SADC chairperson, Ian Khama, called on the international community to provide humanitarian aid. At the beginning of August he will begin the formal process of declaring the region a disaster area.The designation as a disaster zone unlocks substantial humanitarian aid and funding from the international community. This shock funding allows governments to pay for disaster relief without tapping into national reserves or borrowing.In a statement released by SADC he said that the 2016 harvest would not feed the region and 23 million people faced imminent starvation. Khama will appeal for $2.7-billion (R38-billion) worth of humanitarian and drought relief, and to help strengthen the region’s safety net.“The appeal will be a formal request to the international community to provide assistance to affected member states,” he said. “The severe drought conditions have already taken [their] toll on lives and livelihoods and the situation could deteriorate further if urgent assistance is not provided.”Drought effectsIn 2015, South Africa – traditionally the bread basket of the region – received the lowest rainfall since records began in 1904. It has been a century since South Africa’s pastures have been this dry. In Malawi half of all children under five are malnourished and President Peter Mutharika has declared a national disaster.Despite the drought, South Africa produces more grain than it did two decades ago but harvests are half of what they were two years ago. The last harvest was 9.9 million tons, this year it is expected to be even lower, with just 7.4 million tons available.Maize, the staple food of the region, is now so expensive it is a luxury. The region has also depleted its stockpile of grain reserves. For landlocked countries such as Zimbabwe and Malawi, food costs will double as a result of transport costs from ports in South Africa and Mozambique.In villages in Zimbabwe’s Chivi District and the Neno District in Malawi families are resorting to desperate measures to fill their empty stomachs. A story in Britain’s The Guardian newspaper highlighted the plight of Chidyamakondo High School in southern Zimbabwe. For three years the schools girls’ football team have been national champions. Now Morrison Musorowegomo, the school’s head teacher, told the newspaper’s correspondent: “Students are fainting, struggling to concentrate in lessons, dropping out of school… We’re having to shorten our assemblies and cut back on sport.”Students are also dropping out of school to help families scavenge for food. Even more heart-breaking for Musorowegomo, his students are vulnerable enough to be coerced into exchanging sex for food or cash.Food is a human rights issue, says Malawi’s deputy director for school health and nutrition, Virginia Kachigunda. “We are really at a point where we need support. This is a situation which will eventually recycle poverty in these families. It’s a serious problem.”Climate changeAfrica faces challenges caused by the changing global climate. The environment of SADC is especially fragile and is being affected by higher land and ocean temperatures. In coming decades these changes will alter the weather and will affect when the rainfall season begins; in turn, this will change the agricultural cycle.Historically there was one regional drought every decade, then every five years. The cycle has now sped up and SADC countries are affected every three to five years. Mary Robinson, UN special envoy on El Niño and climate, says El Niño affected by climate change is the new normal. She believes that humanitarian disasters will get worse as the climate changes.Aid workers say that the response should be built on longer term planning. World Vision’s Beatrice Mwangi says this latest drought has shown the need to help affected communities plan for the new reality. Communities need food aid, she adds, but more importantly they need help adapting to the changing climate.The leaders of SADC countries understand that economic development will be hamstrung by more frequent floods, droughts and cyclones. They understand that climate change will damage agricultural infrastructure and that they need to adapt to preserve the progress the region has made. SADC has signed commitments with the World Food Programme that recognise adapting to climate change is an area of co-operation.The African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (Amcen) has developed a framework for the region to deal with the challenges it could face. The aim, it says in the report, is “to unlock resources for promoting strategic interventions that sustain productivity and livelihood improvements for millions of climate-vulnerable people in the region”.
Being surrounding in the pages of GBA by a lot of folks whose credentials make mine pale in comparison, I have to be sure never to wander too far from home. And the perspective I am privileged to represent here is one of “Business Advisor,” which means you won’t see me straying too far afield into Building Science, Sustainable Design, or God knows else I would like to pontificate on but that may be outside my purview.Thus, when I consider “big vs. small: which is greener?” I want to respect the different directions this question can be approached from and focus my firepower on the business case for or against the subject at hand. And for me, it’s a no-brainer. When it comes to green, smaller is better. (Oops! I mean greener! Oh, well.) Here’s why.All things being equal, a smaller home will take less time to build than a larger home. A home built in less time means that the client moves in sooner, gets back to normal more quickly, is productive at work faster, and benefits from the energy efficiency and healthy features in the home more immediately. As well, the neighbors have the construction crews out of their lives that much faster, the local government is earning tax revenue, and the client’s kids are back in school earning straight As! And smaller homes require fewer resources to build and operate over the course of their lifetimes. Smaller jobs are completed fasterAll well and good, but where’s the business case for smaller is greener, you ask? Let’s be selfish here for a moment and consider why it is better for business to build smaller. Because a home built in less time means that I earn my compensation for building it more quickly. And if I can earn 12 months of salary in 11 months, even better. Building mansions and McMansions (green or otherwise) can have its own rewards — and in many cases, those rewards can be financial — but let’s put assumptions aside and look more closely.Does a $3M home built over 30 months make more sense than a $650K home built over five months? The former generates revenue of about $ 23K/weekly, and the latter, $32K/weekly. What about gross profit? When you look to see if a potential project is right for you, do you look at the gross profit it will generate for you on a weekly basis? I know having $3M on the books for the next 30 months has it own rewards, which cannot be overlooked (improved cash flow, an ability to pay down debt, freed up resources for long-term strategic planning, to name a few), but please do not let that override other important metrics. Calculate your anticipated gross profitFor a variety of reasons, I turned down the opportunity to bid on a custom ICF home earlier this year. It was a 90-minute drive from my office, the client insisted on a free bid, did not want to pay me for services, and only wanted to pay cost plus 10% on a $1.5M home! At the end of the phone call, I was very straightforward and explained that I could not go to my partners and justify the deal. A gross profit of $150K on a home that would take at least 12 months to build wouldn’t make sense when we could kick out five remodels for the same price and gross more than three times that in the same period of time. Not to mention we would have more net profit on the smaller projects because we would not have to drive so far and we would have a lot less liability exposure than if we were building a big ICF home.Turnover is the key, and if you don’t do the math, you may be tying up resources on projects that generate lower sales or gross profit dollars than could be generated elsewhere. Your Building Advisor is telling you: Big is not always better, and there is a lot of green to be made in building smaller!
A report by the Meghalaya High Court has suggested that illicit drugs were openly being sold in Shillong, as the peddlers connive with the State police. It also stated that students of prominent schools and colleges in the city were involved in the trade, some as traffickers and others as consumers.The HC had taken up the case based on a PIL filed by Meghalaya State Commission for Protection of Child Rights chairperson Meena Kharkongor. Some of the schoolchildren, as young as 11 or 12, get involved in the trade, said the report, which has not been made public. “Police are not taking any action and they are in hand in hand with the peddlers,” it said.