Drew Remenda on the Sharks: “More from more” is needed

first_imgAfter a well-played but otherwise unremarkable Game 4, Sharks head coach Peter DeBoer was asked how he felt about the series.DeBoer chuckled, amused at the question.“Youʼre in the Western Conference final, you know 2-2, against a really good team.I feel pretty good. We have home-ice advantage. Yeah…, I feel good,” DeBoer said.Knowing his team would be disappointed after the Blues tied the series, the coach once again sent the right message. DeBoer essentially was telling his team: feel good, …last_img read more

Ocean floor debris not from MH370

first_imgThe Australian Transport Safety Bureau has dismissed a story from the Dailymail.co.uk regarding debris found on the seabed as being “highly likely” from MH370 as incorrect.The article which has been picked up by major wire services claims that images of debris are Category 3 being the most likely to be plane debris. In fact it is the reverse with Category 3 being the least likely and Category 1 the most likely.In a statement for Airlineratings.com the ATSB said: “The article describes ‘Category 3’ sonar finds as being the most likely to be aircraft debris. In fact, they are the least likely to be aircraft debris. Classification 3 is assigned to sonar contacts that are of some interest as they stand out from their surroundings but have low probability of being significant to the search. The underwater search so far has identified more than 400 seabed features that have been classified as category 3.”The pictures touted by the online website as “new” were in fact taken months ago and posted to the ATSB’s website to show some of the random items being found by the search teams.In all probability the objects are shipping containers that have been swept overboard in a storm.last_img read more

SA, US Airways in code share agreement

first_img20 December 2012 South African Airways (SAA) and US Airways have signed a bilateral code share agreement that will provide the airlines with expanded access to destinations in both countries. “Through the codeshare agreement with US Airways, South African Airways’ valued clientele will gain new travel choices to markets across the United States via US Airways’ extensive network and hubs in Philadelphia, Charlotte and Phoenix, providing for seamless travel and status recognition through the respective frequent flyer programs,” SAA’s commercial acting general manager, Manoj Papa, said in a statement. “We are looking forward to introducing US Airways customers to our award-winning service, and to working closely with US Airways as our partnership will improve the connections between our respective networks.” The new partnership will offer the convenience of a single-ticket purchase, as well as the opportunity for SAA customers to earn and redeem Voyager miles. “US Airways’ new code share agreement with its first African code share partner creates a seamless travel experience for our customers travelling to various destinations on the African continent,” said US Airways marketing and planning senior vice president, Andrew Nocella. Pending approval from the Senegalese authorities, the code share agreement will also offer US Airways passengers access to Dakar in Senegal via SAA’s Johannesburg- Washington service. “US Airways values our current relationship with South African Airways as a Star Alliance partner and now as a code share partner, we look forward to strengthening this partnership,” Nocella said. US Airways customers will have access to SAA’s hub in Johannesburg, as well as connections to Cape Town, East London and Port Elizabeth. The agreement took effect on 19 December. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Kumba invests in SA child development

first_img27 August 2013 Kumba Iron Ore, a business unit of mining company Anglo American, has invested R32-million in the construction of nine early childhood development centres in South Africa’s Northern Cape province. The early childhood development (ECD) centres were built in partnership with the Northern Cape Education Department in Kagung, Magojaneng, Seoding, Batlharos, Mothibistad, Dithakong, Glen Red, Cassel and Bankhara Bodulong. Speaking at the hand-over of the centres in Seoding last week, Northern Cape MEC for Education Grizelda Cjiekella said the new centres were proof of the effectiveness of tri-sectoral partnerships between the government, private sector and civil society. “The onus is upon us to continue to use these ECD centres to plant the seeds of tomorrow and to take charge of our lives and our province as proud, confident and united stakeholders in the education of our nation,” Cjiekella said. The project includes an ECD learnership programme under which six local women will be trained as educators. “If we want to attract and retain the most skilled employees, and live up to Anglo American’s ambition of being the employer of choice, we need to make our people’s environment as welcoming as possible,” said Kumba Iron Ore chief executive officer, Norman Mbazima. “Importantly, if they have children, it is our duty to ensure that they have the best access to education possible,” Mbazima said. “We strive to transform the communities we partner with. We understand that real transformation begins with education, which is why we support such important educational programmes such as ECD.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Thohoyandou Victim Empowerment Programme

first_imgContact person: Wilda WongTelephone: 015 963 1222Address: House No 2, Old EmbassyGround, Box 754, Sibasa 0970E-mail: peacecorps@tvep.org.zaOur mission is to generate an attitude of Zero Tolerance towards Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Child Abuse & HIV and AIDS related stigma in Limpopo’s Thulamela MunicipalityOur objective is to create a supportive environment for the victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, child abuse and the HIV/AIDS pandemic; and to inform, educate and capacitate the community about their rights and responsibilities pertaining to sexual assault, domestic violence, child abuse and HIV/AIDSWe want to capacitate and rehabilitate victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, child abuse and HIV/AIDS, and to ensure that justice is served.TVEP covers the Thulamela Municipality of Vhembe District in the north of Limpopo Province, South Africa, 200km from Polokwane, the provincial capital.We need development officers with experience in financial and/or institutional sustainability, and volunteers who can offer office skills transfer (Microsoft Word & Excel, photo & video editing skills, business English skills).last_img read more

Solar Decathlon 2011: Team Massachusetts’ 4D Home

first_imgLive at the International Builder’s ShowProject manager Spencer Culhane tells GBA that Team Massachusetts – a collaboration of students and faculty at Massachusetts College of Art and Design and the University of Massachusetts at Lowell – has designed 4D Home to perform to the Passivhaus standard. The stick-frame walls will be insulated to R-56.6 with 4 in. of closed-cell spray foam and 7 in. of blown-in fiberglass. The roof will be framed with 14-in. Nordic prefabricated I-joists and insulated to R-64.4 with 4 in. of spray foam and 10 in. of blown-in fiberglass. Zip System sheathing will be used on the exterior surfaces. The PV array as a source of shade and electric power Rather than mounting photovoltaic panels on the building’s standing-seam metal roof, the team has designed a trellis that raises the 6.7 kW (386 sq. ft.) Sunpower array above the south-facing roof surface, enhancing ventilation under the panels and shading the roof and (with the trellis assembly’s overhang) the front of the building during the warm months. MORE INFORMATION Team Massachusetts Web page DOE Web page for Team Massachusetts Team Massachusetts Facebook page GBA Resource Guide for 2011 Solar Decathlon Culhane points out that the team is using a SunDrum flat-plate solar thermal collector that attaches to the back of the array to both cool the panels and generate hot water. The house is also equipped with a dehumidifier and a heat pump for space heating and cooling. Aside from a Roto Frank skylight that will be mounted near the middle of the north side of the roof, Makrown 88 triple-glazed windows will be used throughout. A test build in Boston The team, about 60 people in all, is set to build its 4D Home this summer in Boston’s Marine Industrial Park, test it for further improvements, and then begin deconstructing the building for transport to the National Mall. Culhane says the thermal envelope will ship in four sections, with the decking, which will be flat-packed, shipped separately. Based on the team’s last cost estimate, the home is currently priced at $260,000. Culhane adds, however, that “we are making design refinements to bring that number down to $250K for the competition.” After the competition, the team plans to sell the home and, as noted in a recent Boston Globe article, is already talking to prospective buyers. One of the key design variables in Team Massachusetts’ Solar Decathlon entry, 4D Home, is the configuration of its interior, which, with the repositioning of two sliding partitions, can be quickly altered to accommodate a variety of situations, from a dinner party attended by several guests to a permanent addition to the family. “The 4D Home is about a home that works in the fourth dimension, which is over time. Our target market is a family of three, preferably with a young child, and the idea is that this house can transform with the family over time and adapt to a family’s changing needs,” Evon Calabrese, an architectural designer from Massachusetts College of Art and Design, told Fine Homebuilding’s Justin Fink at the International Builders’ Show in January. With its gabled roof, 4D Home, at just under 1,000 sq. ft., takes a cue from New England’s traditional rural architecture, but its construction and performance goals are based on thoroughly contemporary precepts of energy efficiency and affordability.last_img read more

Gadkari announces plan for cruises from Mumbai

first_imgUnion Minister for Road Transport, Highways and Shipping Nitin Gadkari on Tuesday unveiled plans for holiday cruises from Mumbai to Bali, Indonesia, via Kochi and Andaman and Nicobar. He also said that norms for sea plane operations would be finalised shortly.The minister, speaking to the press on the side lines of a government function in the city, said that Indian tourists visit Singapore, Bangkok, Bali, and that a lakh of Indian tourists travel to Singapore to take cruise holidays; instead they could take a cruise there. “This will become a big tourism attraction. Our effort is to develop cruise tourism here.”On the seaplane tourism initiative, Mr. Gadkari said, “All rules have been formalised by Air Traffic Control authorities. It will be finalised this month.” He also said that a convention of travel and tourism operators was being organised in Mumbai to discuss development of the holiday cruise industry along the Western coast.last_img read more