National Research Council of Canada and University of British Columbia launch new Collaboration Centre for Clean Energy Transition

first_imgNational Research Council of Canada and University of British Columbia launch new Collaboration Centre for Clean Energy Transition From: National Research Council CanadaThe National Research Council of Canada (NRC) and the University of British Columbia (UBC) are pleased to announce their new Collaboration Centre for Clean Energy Transition. Researchers from the NRC’s Energy, Mining and Environment Research Centre, and key faculty members and students from the UBC Applied Science and Science faculties will work together to develop innovations in hydrogen and carbon technologies across the value chain of clean energy development. This includes materials, systems, technologies and industrial applications.Collaboration to develop and integrate affordable clean energy conversion processes and devices as alternatives to fossil fuelsThe National Research Council of Canada (NRC) and the University of British Columbia (UBC) are pleased to announce their new Collaboration Centre for Clean Energy Transition.Researchers from the NRC’s Energy, Mining and Environment Research Centre, and key faculty members and students from the UBC Applied Science and Science faculties will work together to develop innovations in hydrogen and carbon technologies across the value chain of clean energy development. This includes materials, systems, technologies and industrial applications.The collaboration will lead to discoveries and advances in the transition to clean technologies, including publications, patents, and the commercialization of technology to enable affordable, clean alternatives to fossil fuels. Training opportunities for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows will also be provided through this collaboration.Quotes“Building a foundation for a greener, more sustainable economy starts with strong supports for our scientists and researchers. Our Government is committed to fostering collaborative opportunities like this one through the National Research Council of Canada and the University of British Columbia because some of the best ideas come when innovative minds work together. This partnership is an important step in strengthening Canada’s position as a global leader in clean technology and moving us closer to a more resilient and healthier future for all Canadians.”– The Honourable François-Phillippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry“The transition to the clean economy will create jobs and economic opportunities across the country, while ensuring that Canada remains competitive on the world stage. British Columbia’s burgeoning clean technology sector is critical for the clean energy transition, and I am pleased to see this centre housed at the University of British Columbia’s Applied Science and Science faculties.”– The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Environment and Climate Change“We are excited to further strengthen our collaboration with the University of British Columbia through this agreement and we look forward to working together to make breakthroughs to decarbonize our economy and build Canada’s green industrial advantage. The National Research Council of Canada is committing its capabilities alongside our partners to focus on advancing the transition to clean energy, which will have a significant impact on our economy and society. We are at our best when we are working together in addressing the challenges that are important to Canadians.”– Mitch Davies, President, National Research Council of Canada“We are excited to be enhancing our collaboration with the National Research Council of Canada through the creation of this centre. It brings together research strengths at both institutions to tackle key global challenges and support a transition to clean energy alternatives including hydrogen technologies. It will generate new learning opportunities for students and trainees, and through collaborations with community and industry partners, we hope to strengthen Canada’s position as a leader in clean energy and the global hydrogen economy.”– Prof. Gail Murphy, Vice-President, Research and Innovation, UBCQuick factsThe National Research Council of Canada and the University of British Columbia have a long-standing history of close collaborations and common research activities in the areas of clean energy materials and devices, and future energy systems based on alternative fuels including hydrogen and synthetic hydrocarbons derived from carbon dioxide conversion.The objectives and activities of this National Research Council of Canada-University of British Columbia Collaboration Centre for Clean Energy Transition will complement those of the NRC-University of Toronto Collaboration Centre for Green Energy Materials.Collaboration centre projects will build on work in progress across the clean energy value chain, ranging from materials and components for electrolyzers to data analytics for hydrogen refueling system studies.The Collaboration Centre for Clean Energy Transition will have dedicated research space at the National Research Council of Canada and the University of British Columbia.To help position Canada as a global leader, the National Research Council of Canada is increasing its collaboration with regional ecosystems, universities, polytechnic institutions and colleges by establishing collaboration centres across the country.To foster collaboration, the National Research Council of Canada is co-locating researchers and equipment with partners to create collaboration centres anchored in research themes of shared mutual interest. Located at either an NRC or a partner’s research facility, researchers from both organizations share access to specialized equipment, work side by side on collaborative projects, and provide training opportunities for young scientists.Building on recent Government of Canada investments in climate action and clean technology, Budget 2021 proposes to provide $17.6 billion toward a green recovery that creates middle-class jobs, builds a clean economy, and protects against climate change. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). 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All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:British, Canada, carbon dioxide, clean energy, climate change, environment, Government, hydrogen economy, innovation, President, research council, Scientists, sustainable, technology, university, University of British Columbialast_img read more

Adjunct Professor : Art Program: Studio Art, Graphic Design, Photography, Art History

first_imgBachelor’s degree in subject area, or equivalent professionalexperiencePrior teaching experience or must demonstrate evidence ofteaching potential and/or art/design/photography industrytraining. Minimum Job Requirements: Teach assigned courses as specified in the schedule and coursecontract.Evaluate and select texts and instructional materials; preparecourse materials and lesson plans.Provide students an approved syllabus that includes courseobjectives and learning outcomes, teaching methodology, attendancepolicies in line with those of the institution, texts and readings,assignments and deliverables, timelines and evaluationcriteria.Use the institution’s learning management system to postsyllabus, assignments and other materials and to communicate withstudents.Deliver course content using a variety of teaching styles andprovide interesting and engaging assignments that demonstrate thereal-world applications of concepts covered.Maintain records of enrollment and attendance, assessments andgrades, submit class rosters and grade sheets by the deadlinesestablished by the institution.Provide a classroom environment conducive to learning,establishing and maintaining classroom control.Encourage students to submit course evaluations, review courseevaluations when available and use feedback to improve coursedelivery.Attend all meetings, ceremonies and official functions asspecified by the Chief Academic Officer, Chief Community CollegeOfficer and/or Dean.Attend one or more orientation session(s) to become familiarwith the Institution’s mission and teaching philosophy, policiesand procedures and the learning management system.Meet with the Dean or Department Chair/Division Director asneeded to discuss all aspects of the course including studentprogress and curriculum development (may be required to provideinput into program development).Adhere to University policies and guidelines in all mattersconcerning academics and student and staff conduct. DescriptionNumber of Vacancies: MultipleArea of Consideration: Open to the PublicEmployment Status: Part -Time, TemporaryPay Plan, Series & Grade: ES0000/0000/01Salary Range: varies based on assignment; minimum$950 per credit hourClosing Date: Open Until FilledLocation: 4200 Connecticut Avenue, NWBrief Description of Duties :The University of the District of Columbia is a public land grantinstitution of higher learning dedicated to providing quality,career focused undergraduate and graduate programs that preparestudents with the knowledge, skills, and credentials needed tolaunch, enhance, or change careers.Incumbents must teach all assigned classes and hours as determinedby semester course schedule; Incumbents will be required to prepareand deliver relevant curriculum to students in the Art Program,using a variety of teaching methods to include, but not limited to,lecture, class discussion, studio demonstration, and projects.Essential Duties and Responsibilities :center_img Required Competencies: Current knowledge of the disciplines of Studio Art, GraphicDesign, Photography, or Art History. This includes thespecializations of Drawing, Painting, Design, Printmaking,Ceramics, Sculpture, Graphic Design, Illustration, Animation, andPhotographyExperience or demonstrated potential with instructionaltechnology and online learning including BlackboardEvidence of or demonstrated potential to successfully teachexperience in the disciplines of Studio Art, Graphic Design,Photography, or Art HistoryExperience or demonstrated potential in effecting universityand school partnershipsSkill in teaching a diverse student body with various learningstylesFamiliarity or knowledge of differentiated instructionPossesses a high level of professionalism, includingcollaboration, excellent communication and customer service skills,and commitment to a learner-centered environmentAble to work with colleagues and administrators in thedevelopment of goals for the curriculum and the Community Collegein a fast-paced environmentlast_img read more

Time for Berlin to loosen the purse strings for Europe

first_imgFinally, there’s the fact that Germany is aging rapidly. The country’s outstanding economic performance has given Berlin and its policymakers an undeniable aura on the European stage. But this may all soon evaporate as the realities of its demographics — and in particular, the decline of productivity that comes with its aging population — kick in.To maintain its high level of political influence, Germany will need to find an alternative to economic power. Political and cultural reasons make it hard for the country to increase military spending — but there are no similar obstacles to economic assistance.If Germany fails to invest in its global strategic position, it will continue to underperform diplomatically on the world stage.Permanent fiscal transfers to a geopolitically strategic country like Greece would be a legitimate way to ensure Berlin continues to play a central role in the European project and would give a boost to its strategic relevance.Fiscal transfers, in other words, need not be a zero-sum game. At a time when the United States is becoming increasingly unilateralist, pundits have volunteered Germany as the next leader of the free world.It’s a plausible interpretation of current global dynamics — but only if Germany can change its mindset and intellectual software. If it fails to invest in its global strategic position — and blocks the rest of the EU from doing so — it will continue to underperform diplomatically on the world stage. First, fiscal transfers are likely to be necessary to save the European project, which is clearly in Germany’s economic interest. Preserving the stability of the eurozone comes at a cost. But this doesn’t only mean legitimate and overdue reforms in economies such as Greece. It also requires substantial effort from healthier economies such as Germany in the form of fiscal transfers.It would be shortsighted for Germany to overlook the benefits it will continue to reap as a result of a stable currency and the political stability that has come along with it. The breakup of the eurozone would leave Germany just as exposed as any other country.Germany’s outstanding economic performance has given Berlin and its policymakers an undeniable aura on the European stage.Second, it is also time to acknowledge the importance of great power rivalries in shaping the the Continent’s future. It’s foolish to pretend that struggling EU countries have no alternatives to membership in the bloc.With Greece in particular, the potential for an “Orthodox Axis” — in which Athens seeks refuge in the arms of a power- and influence-hungry Russia — is real. German leaders should not take European integrity for granted.Athens is also one of the key elements of China’s “One Belt, One Road” initiative, setting Greece’s strategic value at a far higher level than its current economic bargaining power may suggest. It would be tragically ironic for Berlin and the rest of Europe if Beijing realized the value of Athens before Brussels did. Germany’s position on Greece’s debt crisis is simple: It has refused to bail out a country it sees as having failed to carry out the domestic reforms that would allow it to respect its fiscal responsibilities.Introducing fiscal transfers into the eurozone — flows of money from rich countries to their poorer partners — would be akin to pouring money into “a bottle without a bottom,” the argument goes. It would encourage reckless behavior; for the currency union to work, everyone needs to put their house in order and play by the same rules.Sadly, for Berlin, that position is unsustainable. There are three good reasons — economic,  geopolitical and demographic — why fiscal transfers are not just a good idea but one that Germany’s leaders should consider carefully.center_img Jeremy Ghez is an affiliate professor of economic and international affairs at HEC Paris.The POLITICO Global Policy Lab is a collaborative journalism project seeking solutions to challenges faced by modern economies in an age of political disruption and technological transformation. We’re currently exploring the future of the eurozone. To join the community, click here. Also On POLITICO Juncker: The euro is EU’s future By Bjarke Smith-Meyer Drugs scandal roils Greek politics By Simon Markslast_img read more

Dave Matthews, Jim James, Ryan Adams & More Give Their Top Grateful Dead Songs Of All Time

first_imgWith all the recent hype surrounding their upcoming reunion shows, it comes as no surprise that the Grateful Dead are the centerpiece of the latest issue of Rolling Stone. One interesting feature looks at a number of influential artists’ top Grateful Dead songs of all time. Here are the results and some of our favorite quotes from the article.Grateful Dead Members Are Auctioning Off 300 ‘Fare Thee Well’ Tickets For CharityJim James (My Morning Jacket) — “Candyman”“There’s something about [Jerry’s] voice and his guitar tone, it radiated peace, but not a stupid peace, not a fucking tie-dye shirt with a peace sign on it: It was a questioning, kind of dark, peace.”Dan Auerbach (The Black Keys) — “Me and My Uncle”“Their sets had movements, almost like opera or classical music. They went on a journey. No one does that anymore. If I did a live record, I would want it to have that quality, because it’s just fucking electrifying.”Dave Matthews (Dave Matthews Band) — “Casey Jones”“When I was a little kid, I heard ‘Casey Jones.’ I liked it before I knew what cocaine was, and before I knew what ‘high’ was. So that one is sort of the nursery rhyme that sticks in my mind.”Ryan Adams — “Wharf Rat”“I was tripping — I don’t remember if it was acid or mushrooms. When ‘Wharf Rat’ came on the car stereo, it broke through my mind. An epiphany came over me. This was the late Eighties, early Nineties, the Me Generation, the Ayn Rand era. People were calling people ‘bums.’ And then here’s the Dead, singing about this guy living on the street down by the wharf like he’s a wizard, a mystical creature worthy of your time and respect.”Chris Robinson (Chris Robinson Brotherhood) — “Dark Star”“When I first got into the Grateful Dead I realized that ‘Dark Star,’ in the universe of the band, is its own black hole. It’s outside of the regular realms of space, time, mathematics and gravitational realities…You know it was born from a real psychedelic experience, a real one.”Read the full piece in Rolling Stone.last_img read more

Call for ban on solicitors’ agents in public hearings

first_imgThe government has been asked to resolve an ‘anomaly’ in the Legal Services Act 2007, which the bar warns could expose unregistered barristers to criminal liability if they act as solicitors’ agents in public hearings.The Bar Council and the Personal Injuries Bar Association wrote to the Civil Procedure Rules Committee (CPRC) ahead of a meeting in February, calling for clarification on rights of audience.The 2007 act exempts unregistered persons from needing rights of audience for hearings ‘in chambers’, a term no longer used in the Civil Procedure Rules.The two bodies said it was clear that the legislation was drafted to confine the exemption to ‘hearings which are heard in private’ and called for the CPRC to resolve the ambiguity.Minutes show that the committee was ‘not unsympathetic to the problem’, but decided to pass the decision onto the Ministry of Justice as the committee felt it was not its function to interpret the act to resolve legal ambiguity.The ministry was unable to clarify whether it was looking into the issue.The push to resolve the uncertainty comes amid growing concerns about when unregistered persons are entitled to appear in hearings.While the bar says the exemption applies only to private hearings, providers of advocacy services say the act gives solicitors’ agents rights of audience in any hearing that would have been classified as ‘in chambers’ under the old rules. The joint letter to the CPRC notes that the two associations have been made aware of an increasing use of solicitors’ agents (which they say are usually unregistered barristers) to conduct advocacy in stage-three personal injury quantum hearings in open court.The letter says: ‘It strikes us as inherently anomalous that a right of audience can be exercised in these circumstances by a non-qualified advocate and we are aware that the issue is causing difficulties both for practitioners and lower courts as well as exposing unregistered barristers to a potential criminal liability.’The Association of Costs Lawyers (ACL) has also called for a clampdown on allowing representatives without rights of audience to appear in public hearings.The association said its concern is that ‘courts are continuing to hear unregulated and unqualified persons and failing to recognise the importance of a regulated profession’.Iain Stark, chair of the ACL, said: ‘The law and the profession have been modernised in recent years, and it is clear that there is a push towards the need to be practising lawyer with independent rights of audience to appear in open court.’Having worked so hard to get where we are, some members will find it disappointing that the courts have not recognised this change and urge the MoJ to take action to ensure the integrity of the advocacy regime.’When the Bar Council raised the issue of solicitors’ agents in a practice note last December, Quest Legal Advocates, which uses solicitors’ agents in MoJ stage-three hearings, said the bar’s interpretation was ‘unduly and unnecessarily cautious’ and ‘simply wrong’.last_img read more

Nielsen is latest Modified winner at Hancock County

first_imgBy Greg Grabianowski BRITT, Iowa (July 18) – For the 11th time at Hancock County Speedway this summer, there was a dif­ferent winner in the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified division. Levi Nielsen was the latest winner, coming from outside row four to grab the July 18 victory. Jeremy Mills was second with Clint Hatlestad third, Jimmy Gustin was fourth and Jeff Dolphin rounded out the top five.Larry Portis has had a summer of bad luck but earned his first IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature win of the season. Ben Kraus captured his second Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod checkers of the year, coming from the inside of the fourth row to accomplish the feat. Kyle Ricke also became a two-time winner, in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks. Megan Lappegaard topped the Mach-1 Sport Compacts field to grab her second feature win of the year at Hancock County.last_img read more

Protect Your Home from Cold Weather

first_imgWinter is off to a cold start this year with temperatures dropping in the single digits, experts recommend making sure your home is ready for Jack Frost.The Insurance Information Institute says water damage and freezing account for almost 22 percent of all homeowners’ insurance claims. Frozen pipes are a common cold weather problem, and Kristin Davis, family and consumer sciences extension agent with the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service, says those have to be addressed well before the mercury drops.“It’s really important to keep an eye on the weather, because protecting your pipes is something that’s better done as a preventive measure,” she says. “Typically, insulating the pipes that are running on the perimeter of the home.”In addition to wrapping exposed pipes, Davis says it’s important to seal air leaks around pipes that may allow cold air to seep into the rest of the house. She says you should also disconnect garden hoses and shut off and drain any water from pipes leading to the home’s exterior.Davis says beyond concerns over freezing pipes, it’s a good idea to examine the exterior and surroundings of your home, before and immediately after a storm.“One of the things that’s important is making sure that we’re also looking at if there are any roof leaks, and if there are any tree branches that may be leading towards the home,” says Davis. “After a winter storm, citizens find out about trees that are diseased, or that have been damaged from the heavy ice.”Experts also recommend checking sprinkler or irrigation systems, making sure everything is turned off and drained for the winter.last_img read more

Jensen’s 84 leads Marshfield girls golf at Chippewa Falls

first_imgTigers to golf at Sparta Invite on SaturdayBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterCHIPPEWA FALLS — Ana Jensen shot a season-best round of 84 to lead the Marshfield girls golf team at the Chippewa Falls Invitational on Thursday at Lake Wissota Golf Course.Jordyn Fitzgerald also had a season-best round of 89, Patty Bloczynski shot a 111, and Roma Shah had a 128 to round out the scoring for the Tigers (412 overall).The Tigers’ season continues Saturday at the Sparta Invitational.Complete results and team standings were not provided.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)last_img read more

Community centre goes online

first_img4 August 2006The newly launched Kwa-Thema multi-purpose community centre is the first in Gauteng province to provide citizens with free internet access.Launching the province’s 23rd multi-purpose community centre in the Ekurhuleni metropolitan municipality last week, Gauteng Health MEC Brian Hlongwa said it would provide locals with essential services in a “more integrated and convenient way”.“Gone are the days when elders travelled long distances to receive services,” Hlongwa said. “They can now walk a stone’s throw distance to access services such as health and identity documents.”The centre also houses a library, as well as offices for the departments of labour and home affairs, the Umsobomvu Youth fund, the Post Office, and Government Communications.‘Improving lives’Speaking at the same event, Deputy Communications Minister Radhakrishna Padayachie said multi-purpose community centres “were not monuments to show how well the government is doing … They must play a role in improving people’s lives.“Workers at this centre must put people first,” he said, adding that “if you have a client that comes two minutes before your lunch break – you cannot have them wait for the whole hour before you attend to them.”Padayachie encouraged staff to use the services and information to educate people about acceptable social behaviour. “Teach our people to join hands and fight HIV/Aids, and make this [centre] a platform to improve the lives of the people,” he said.Padayachie also encouraged residents to take ownership of the centre.One-stop centres“For the first time as disabled people we get services closer to us,” wheelchair-bound Phila Nyandeni told BuaNews. “It was difficult for us to get some services because they were far, and it was not easy to get public transport.”Home Affairs officials were kept busy on launch day with long queues of people requiring documents.One of them was Roselyn Nkosi, the mother of a 10-year-old son who did not have a birth certificate. She applied for her son’s birth certificate and was told it would be ready by Wednesday.“We are very grateful for this opportunity,” Nkosi said. “It makes our lives much easier.”Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Painting the town happy

first_imgVivacious Zenobia Baumgarten and her husband Herman (right) accept the prize for winning the Total Eco Pioneer Challenge. (Image: Total South Africa) A cheerful environment is more stimulating for young minds. Baumgarten’s church courses have been well attended. The colourful hand puppets are also used to educate children about issues such as HIV and tuberculosis, on a level to which they can relate.(Images: Zenobia Baumgarten) MEDIA CONTACTS • Lizette Stokes  Account director, Jenni Newman PR  +27 82 322 5162 or +27 11 506 7354 RELATED ARTICLES • How does Mandela Day inspire you? • Let’s learn and honour Children’s Act • SA artist revitalises Woodstock • A better SA, one baby at a time • Primary schools get a helping handJanine ErasmusZenobia Baumgarten is not only a woman with a zest for life, but she loves to share that zest with others.Baumgarten is the 2012 winner of Total South Africa’s Eco Pioneer competition – and a handy R20 000 (US$2 400) – for her use of natural and recycled materials to decorate her home. In her spare time she plays her part in the community by decoratively painting childcare facilities, no matter how humble they may be, and helping caregivers to more creatively keep their little charges occupied and educated. The Total Eco Pioneer initiative was launched at the end of October 2011 to coincide with the release of the company’s new ultra low sulphur 95 octane unleaded fuel.The campaign was run entirely through social media, and the six finalists were chosen from nominations gathered via Facebook and Twitter. Until voting closed on 31 January, fans were allowed to cast a vote a day for their favourite.Baumgarten fought off competition from a honey and beeswax initiative; a company that makes bricks for fuel from recycled paper; a bag-making venture; an eco-school; and a company that recycles waste into packaging.But in the end her quirky knack for transforming unlikely objects into interesting and useful pieces won the day.“Although we weren’t well off, I still wanted to be one better than the rich ladies,” said Baumgarten, wearing a brooch fashioned from a vintage cookie cutter, at the prizegiving ceremony in May. “We appreciate everything, especially the environment, so much more, and we’ve passed those sentiments on to our children too.”Doing unto othersBaumgarten and her family live in Bothaville, a Free State farming town located near the Vaal River. By her own admission, there’s not much around, no big shopping centres or busy retail districts, so she and her family have had to draw the most out of the resources around them.To make ends meet while raising their children, Baumgarten and her husband Herman used natural and recycled materials as well as their own craftwork to build and decorate their home.Her innovation caught the attention of the popular Tuis magazine and its English counterpart Home, both of which offer hints, tips and advice for the house, kitchen and garden. In April 2011 the magazines featured Baumgarten’s home on their covers and in a feature inside.Not content with beautifying her immediate environment, Baumgarten became driven to do the same for others in her community. She decided to focus on schools, and with her creative streak was keen on using paint to brighten these sometimes cheerless institutions, including the exterior and interior, and even the blackboards.“It probably stems from the fact that I love kids, and I was a nursery school teacher for four years,” she said. “It started with our little farm school, and when I finished it I thought I’d look around for others I could tackle. You don’t need a big sponsor or lots of money to be able to do something good.”Baumgarten soon found herself venturing into the nearby townships, where children are often cared for during the day in shacks that can’t be distinguished in any way from the hundreds that surround them.“The only way you can tell that it’s a nursery school is if there are lots of kids around,” she said. “But although these day mothers have had no formal training, they’re helping the working moms and they’re earning a bit of a wage.”She recalled one particular structure which was too small for all the children, and she told the lady in charge that she would gladly paint it if it was expanded. The next time she visited, the crèche was more than double its former size.“I’m sure that lady asked everyone around her to donate a piece of metal sheeting,” said Baumgarten,”but she managed to make it bigger.” The paint job was done, and the crèche given a new lease on life.Having a cheerful place in which to spend their day, said Baumgarten, gives the children pride and makes them feel like they belong, especially when they’ve had a hand in improving their surroundings.Caring for the caregiversInspired by the success of the décor project and wanting to do more, she began showing caregivers how to make enchanting hand puppets to entertain the children with songs and stories.“Many of these caregivers go out to homes and look after sick parents, as well as the children,” she said. “Now they even use the puppets to educate the children about tuberculosis and HIV, and the children get so wrapped up in the stories that they speak to the puppets as if they were real people – they identify completely with the puppets, and this helps them to understand why their mom and dad are sick.”She then held a few courses at local churches where caregivers could learn more educational techniques, and was thrilled to see men attending the second course.To date, she estimates she’s painted around 50 nursery and primary schools in the area – which is just about all of them. She carries all the costs herself, and asks only for help with the paintwork from the teachers, mothers or children. As if that wasn’t enough, Baumgarten has also secured a t-shirt sponsor which enables her to have t-shirts printed for each nursery school, to give the children more of a sense of unity.Baumgarten jokes that where other men might buy flowers for their wives, especially after a tiff, Herman will buy her paint.“And that works for me.”last_img read more