Kathrada ‘misses Madiba’ as South Africa votes

first_img7 May 2014 Liberation struggle stalwart and long-time friend of the late Nelson Mandela, Ahmed Kathrada, said he felt Madiba’s absence especially strongly as he voted in the country’s fifth democratic elections on Wednesday. “We miss him, not only today, but all the time,” Kathrada said after casting his vote at the University of Witswatersrand education campus in Parktown, Johannesburg on Wednesday morning. “But he was a human being, and the time comes when human beings are no longer with us. “The policy that [Mandela] was wedded to is firmly in place,” Kathrada said. “Although we miss him, we know President Zuma and his fellow executive members are carrying out the policy that is laid down by the [African National Congress], the same policy that Madiba and President Mbeki carried out.” When Kathrada arrived at the voting station, he was delayed as young people asked him to pose for pictures with them. Kathrada smiled patiently as many youngsters took turns using their camera phones. Afterwards, Kathrada said it was important for young South Africans to vote. “They must exercise their vote. Many people sacrificed their lives to be able to vote, and particularly we appeal to the young people, because it is their future.” Arts and Culture Minister Paul Mashatile, on a visit to the Parktown polling station, said he was happy with how smoothly voting had gone so far. “I am very happy. I voted at Buccleuch Primary School, and already at 6am when I was there the queues were starting. It shows that that there is no voter apathy in South Africa. People are very active, and it is good for democracy.” Source: SAnews.govlast_img read more

Blue Heron EcoHaus: Adding Walls and Roof

first_imgThe importance of roof overhangsThe roof is what really gives a house its personality. In A Pattern Language, Christopher Alexander writes, “The roof plays a primal role in our lives. The most primitive buildings are nothing but a roof. If the roof is hidden, if its presence cannot be felt around the building, or if it cannot be used, then people will lack a fundamental sense of shelter.”We had really debated about doing a house without overhangs. When scouring design sites, we had seen a lot of examples of houses without overhangs.I really like the look of some of the vernacular houses we saw, and we came very close to building something along these lines. However, we were talked out of it — or perhaps, talked into proper overhangs, by our engineering team from Integrated Design. They were very adamantly against the “no overhang” aesthetic that we were drawn to. Granted, they had some valid points including: adequate shading in the summer, protecting the siding and windows from rain and excessive moisture, and keeping water away from the foundation. Grudgingly, I did some of my own research, and, dammit, they were right.Our favorite house is called the “Stockily in Balsthal” by Pascal Flammel Arkitekten. Now those are overhangs. This house is just so badass. (Granted, this house has very large windows on the gable ends that have absolutely no shading — which would certainly lead to overheating).Our house is only a bungalow, so we could not have as crazy intense overhangs as this place — but still it served as good inspiration, and also got some good eye-rolls from the engineers, especially when we would tell them, “Well, if we can’t build a house without overhangs, then we want this!”After playing around with solar studies (using a computer program) and tracing the path of the sun at our GPS location, we found that the optimal overhang width — one that would give complete shading in the summer, ultimate solar gain in the winter, and still look badass — was a 48-inch overhang. Most roof overhangs in this part of the country are 12 inches to 20 inches wide, so 48 inches is quite a statement. I loved that fact that it balanced the aesthetics with the practicality of overhangs.But I was not sure how this would really look until the guys got the rafters up and in place. At 38 feet wide and nearly 20 feet tall, the truss company had to send a special truck out to deliver them. I took that as a good sign that these were going to be unique. The day following the completion of the excavation, backfill, grading, and dirt hauling, Taylor and Curtis with EcoSmart got to work framing the double-stud exterior walls. We had chosen to use the “deep wall system” originally developed by Rob Dumont, a local Saskatoon engineer who is widely recognized as one of the pioneers of superinsulated green building. He has been a major inspiration to the owner of EcoSmart Developments, Murray Guy.Dumont had been one of primary engineers in creating the Saskatchewan Conservation House – which is one of the original homes that inspired the German Passivhaus movement. Rob Dumont built his own home in 1992 using his deep wall system. It was considered to be the most energy efficient house in the world at the time.Rob Dumont’s home in Saskatoon. [Photo credit: Michael Henry]Dumont developed this superinsulated wall system and Peter Amerongen from Edmonton, Alberta, has been perfecting it over the past few years, using it in the Riverdale NetZero and the Mill Creek NetZero homes, among others. To my knowledge, no one since Dumont himself has built another home in Saskatchewan using this type of wall system. I’ve written about this wall system previously, but now we were going to see it come to life before our eyes.Taylor and Curtis had of course never built this type of wall before, but they had done extensive research and were very motivated. This wall system includes two parallel 2×4 walls, spaced 16 inches apart, thereby creating an 8-inch void between each 2×4 wall. There is no need to offset the studs as the large void, which will be filled with dense-packed cellulose (recycled newspaper), has no thermal bridging whatsoever.We elected to space the 2x4s at 16-inch centers for both the interior and exterior walls. It is possible to space the non-loading bearing wall at 24-inch centers, but when attaching the wood siding to the exterior wall (our non-load bearing wall), this might be a little more tricky. RELATED ARTICLES Monitoring Moisture Levels in Double-Stud WallsLstiburek’s Ideal Double-Stud Wall DesignGreen Basics: Double-Stud Walls Is Double-Stud Wall Construction the Path to Efficiency on a Budget?Robert Dumont’s Superinsulated House in SaskatoonEvery House Needs Roof OverhangsMartin’s Ten Rules of Roof Design Editor’s note: Kent Earle and his wife, Darcie, write a blog called Blue Heron EcoHaus, documenting their journey “from urbanites to ruralites” and the construction of a superinsulated house on the Canadian prairies. Their previous blog on GBA was called Dealing With Really Bad Water. The blog below was originally published in July 2015. (A complete list of Kent Earle’s GBA blogs is provided in the “Related articles” sidebar below.)center_img Of course this wall system takes a bit longer to construct then your typical stick-framed house, as each wall needs to be built twice. What the guys did was to lay the lumber one on top of the other to ensure that the spacing was appropriate. The studs were nailed together with a double bottom plate (we will be pouring 1 1/2 inches of concrete for the main floor, so another bottom plate was needed in for securing the drywall) and a double top plate. The two walls were then secured to a 16-inch-wide 3/8-inch OSB header and footer, and tipped up into place using wall jacks. The walls were then glued and nailed into place and sheathed on the outside.The first day they framed the west wall, which is 30 feet long. Honestly, the excitement of seeing a wall could not be contained that day.On day two they framed the north side, which is a 48-foot wall with minimal penetrations — one window in a bedroom, one in the hall for ventilation, and the back door.Day three was the west wall, again 30 feet long, which included three large windows. (Energy efficiency geeks will note that there is minimal benefit to large windows on the east side and there is risk of overheating in the spring and fall.) However, these windows look onto an amazing river view that we had to enjoy. The windows will have glazing with a special coating designed to reduce heat gain (more on that later).On day four they ambitiously completed our southern wall, our primary 48-foot wall. This wall has three massive windows — each more then 10 feet wide — and a patio door to the deck. This side of the house looks onto a beautiful southern view across the river valley. The windows will also be a source of heat gain in the wintertime.Next would come the interior walls and roof. Suddenly, this was looking like a house! BLOGS BY KENT EARLE Dealing With Really Bad WaterMaking an ICF FoundationLet Construction BeginPicking High-Performance WindowsHow Small Can We Go?Choosing a Superinsulated Wall SystemHeating a Superinsulated House in a Cold ClimateIs Passivhaus Right for a Cold Canadian Climate?last_img read more

Mumbai slum uses beacons to advertise local retail market

first_imgTags:#Beacons#Dharavi#Google#IDC#IIT#India#Internet of Things#IoT#Mumbai#slums#Swansea University Follow the Puck Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… A 535-acre slum in Mumbai has started using beacons to advertise local products, part of a project by Google, the Industrial Design Centre (IDC), the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) and Swansea University to improve the slum’s retail market visibility.Dharavi is one of Asia’s largest slums, according to Ananya Bhattacharya, a writer for Quartz India, and has a manufacturing and retail sector worth around $1 billion. The slum mainly deals in leather products, pottery, jewelry, and textiles.See Also: India’s mass of small family firms could miss the IIoT revolutionThe addition of beacons in the slum allows local manufacturers and designers to compete with Amazon, Flipkart, and Snapdeal, which are starting to become more popular in the slums as more mobile users come online.Potential customers walking past will receive a notification on their mobile, showing new products, offers, and other announcements. So far, 11 of the 100 beacons supplied by Google have been used by retailers.Retailers have been provided with posters that ask consumers to turn Bluetooth on so that they can receive the notifications. A lot of mobile users in India turn off Bluetooth, as it drains battery quickly on low-end devices.Google has been investing in a variety of Asian projects aimed at bringing people online and getting them to shop. Similar to Facebook, the end goal is more people seeing ads, but in-between the investment could help the slum’s businesses become recognized as legitimate by local and regional governments. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfacescenter_img David Curry Related Posts Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You…last_img read more

Cess poorly utilised for welfare schemes in Odisha: CAG report

first_imgThe Comptroller and Auditor General of India has detected poor utilisation of cess collected for the welfare of construction workers in Odisha.The State finances audit report of CAG tabled in the State Assembly on Thursday says the Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Cess Act, 1996, and the BOCW (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Act, 1996, were enacted to improve the working conditions of workers and to provide financial aid to them.The laws were aimed at augmenting resources for workers through levy and collection of cess on the cost of construction.Though the collection of labour cess increased by ₹71.23 crore from ₹168.90 crore in 2013-14 to ₹240.13 crore in 2017-18, the percentage of utilisation of fund ranged from 1.33 in 2013-14 to 27.77 in 2017-18. “Due to poor utilisation of the funds, the objective of collection of labour cess was not being achieved,” the CAG report points out.Similarly, the CAG has also picked holes in the State’s potato mission. In order to make the State self-sufficient in potatoes by the year 2017-18, the government had launched State Potato Mission during 2015-16 for its production, storage and distribution in the State.It was implemented to provide incentive to the farmers for undertaking large scale cultivation of potatoes in cluster, give incentive for production of seed potatoes in the farmer’s field and to provide support for setting up of adequate number of cold storages in the State.The CAG, however, said the percentage of utilisation of funds against budget provision ranged from zero to 4.33 during 2016-17 and 2017-18.‘Targets not met’ “Against target of establishing 55 cold storages, the department could establish only 23 resulting in a shortfall of 58.18% during the last three years. Due to inadequate utilisation of funds and non-achievement of physical target set under the State Potato Mission, the intended benefits could not be achieved,” the apex audit agency says.last_img read more

The Thursday Clubs 92nd Annual Rummage Sale

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – One of San Diego’s largest rummage sale, started in 1927 and will be held again on Saturday March 9th and Sunday, March 10th in the Activity Center in Balboa Park.New and gently-used merchandise, including jewelry, art/frames, antiques, collectibles, furniture, sporting equipment, holiday and home décor, kitchenware and small appliances, toys, electronics, books and clothing will be sold to raise money for Balboa Park and community non-profits.Each year half of the proceeds of the sale go to benefit a variety of programs and projects within Balboa Park and half goes to support non-profit organizations in the San Diego community, according to the The Thursday Club. KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom Posted: March 7, 2019 March 7, 2019 The Thursday Club’s 92nd Annual Rummage Sale Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Defense Bill Offers Compromises on Military Benefits

first_imgThe conference report for the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill offers a mixed bag for military families, trimming the basic allowance for housing (BAH) over the next four years while attempting to preserve discounts at commissaries.The compromise legislation adopts DOD’s proposal to slow the rate of increase in the BAH until rates cover only 95 percent of service members’ out-of-pocket costs, but eases the reduction into place by 1 percent increments over the next four years. Last year, leaders of the House and Senate Armed Services committees reached a compromise allowing the housing benefit to cover only 99 percent of rental and utility costs.Conferees rejected language in the Senate version of the legislation limiting the BAH for service members who live together or married couples who work within a reasonable commuting distance from each other. But the House and Senate Armed Services committees intend to address the issue next year after seeing the results of a study of ways to adjust the allowance for dual-service couples and others so it better matches actual housing costs.In rebuffing the department’s proposal to slash $1.3 billion in federal funding for military grocery stories, the annual defense policy bill attempts to preserve military families’ shopping benefit. The measure, though, provides the Defense Commissary Agency with new authorities to test innovative ways to operate stores more efficiently, reports Stars and Stripes. A new study aims to protect the shopping benefit while identifying ways to make commissary and exchange operations self-supporting by 2019.The authorization bill also offers an alternative to the traditional retirement plan requiring personnel to serve for 20 years. The new ‘blended’ plan will feature a Thrift Savings Plan with government matching of contributions up to 4 percent of base pay, according to the story. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

What To Expect At The Wilmington Farmers Market On September 2

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Farmers Market will be open this Sunday, September 2, 2018, from 10am to 1pm, on the Swain Green, across from the Town Common, at 140 Middlesex Avenue.September 2 Farmers Market Lineup:Vendors:Arrowhead FarmBeads By BarbaraEJ’s Fresh Frozen Pizza / Grab & GoGaouette FarmPurple Carrot BreadRed Antler Apothecary Seafood ExpressTewksbury HoneyAdditional Attractions:Balloons with YarrowMake Rockets at the Kids TableLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWhat To Expect At The Wilmington Farmers Market On September 1In “Community”What To Expect At The Wilmington Farmers Market On Sunday, September 8In “Community”THIS WEEKEND: Car Wash For WHS Field Hockey, Farmers Market, Free Concert & Voter Registration Drive ALL At Town Common On Sept. 8In “Community”last_img read more

Bharti Airtel Q2 net profit fall 64 at Rs 58610 cr as

first_imgBharti Airtel’s voice and data offerings suffered from the aggressive price war triggered by the Reliance Jio’s free services.ReutersThe country’s largest telecom operator, Bharti Airtel, on Tuesday reported a 63 percent fall in net profit for the September quarter on year-on-year (YoY) basis.The company net profit declined to Rs 586.1 crore from Rs 1,615.10 crore profit in the corresponding quarter last year. On sequential basis, profit fell 5.11 percent sequentially, the company said in an exchange filing.The company’s weak result is primarily because of intense competition led by Reliance Jio Infocomm and low tariffs war which is continuing in the sector.”The financial stress in the industry continues due to double digit revenue decline and will be further accentuated by the reduction in IUC rates in the next quarter. This will eventually force operator consolidation and exits as we have witnessed in the recent past,” said Gopal Vittal, MD and CEO of Bharti Airtel.Average revenue per user (ARPU) during the quarter stood at Rs 154 which was lower than Rs 188 during the corresponding quarter year ago. However, consolidated mobile data traffic came in at 853 million MBs for the quarter, up 293.8 percent on year-on-year basis.”Airtel remains committed to its goal of increasing revenue market share in this competitive environment by providing superior customer experience and strategically investing behind building more data capacities,” Vittal added.The company’s revenue fell marginally to Rs 21,780. Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortisation (EBITDA) rose 17.4 percent to Rs 7,922 crore, while EBITDA margin contracted to 36.4 percent from 30.72 percent in the previous quarter, the company said.last_img read more

US shutdown ends after Congress vote

first_imgWhite House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders takes questions during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, DC, on Monday. Photo: AFPCongress put the US government back in business Monday by voting to end a three-day shutdown, as President Donald Trump claimed victory in his standoff with Democrats in Washington.The House voted 266 to 150 to extend federal funding, hours after Senate Democrats dropped their opposition to the plan after winning Republican assurances of a vote on immigration in the coming weeks.Trump signed the measure into law Monday night, and government operations would essentially return to normal on Tuesday.“I know there’s great relief that this episode is coming to an end,” House Speaker Paul Ryan told colleagues. “But this is not a moment to pat ourselves on the back. Not even close.”The stalemate consumed Washington for the better part of a week, as lawmakers and the White House feuded over immigration policy and the nation’s two main political parties exchanged bitter barbs before finally reaching a deal.“I am pleased Democrats in Congress have come to their senses,” Trump said in a defiant statement, as lawmakers moved to get hundreds of thousands of federal government employees back to work.Democrats decided to end the three-day shutdown after making progress with ruling Republicans toward securing the fate of hundreds of thousands of so-called “Dreamers” brought to America as children, many of them illegally.With Democratic support, a bill keeping the government funded until February 8 easily passed the Senate, where different versions of the funding had languished for days.Word of the compromise deal struck in Washington sent US stocks surging to new highs.But the White House appeared in no mood for bipartisanship or magnanimity after a shutdown that overshadowed Trump’s first anniversary in office.Trump moved to undercut Democrats, saying he would only accept a comprehensive immigration reform—one that notably addresses his demands for a border wall with Mexico as well as the fate of the “Dreamers.”“We will make a long-term deal on immigration if, and only if, it is good for our country,” he said.Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer earlier announced his party would vote with Republicans to end the shutdown, but in a sign of the poisoned politics of Washington he pilloried Trump in the process.“The White House refused to engage in negotiations over the weekend. The great deal-making president sat on the sidelines,” Schumer said.Trump spent the weekend stewing at the White House when he had planned to be among friends and family at his home in Mar-a-Lago, Florida for his anniversary bash.And with the fundamental row on immigration and funding of Trump’s border wall unresolved, Republicans and Democrats may very well find themselves back in a similar stalemate come 9 February.High-profile holdoutsSchumer told Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell that he expected Republicans to make good on a pledge to address Democrats’ concerns over the Deferred Action on Child Arrivals (DACA) program that shields immigrants brought to the country as children from deportation, but expires on 5 March.There are an estimated 700,000 “Dreamers” whose fates are up in the air.“If he does not, of course, and I expect he will, he will have breached the trust of not only the Democratic senators but members of his own party as well,” Schumer said.Trump has staked his political fortunes on taking a hard line on immigrants, painting them as criminals and scroungers.Senator Tim Kaine summed up the view of the more optimistic Democrats: “We got a commitment that I feel very, very good about.”But if no progress is made on an immigration bill, Molly Reynolds of the Brookings Institution warned, “Democrats still have the ability to potentially force another shutdown over the issue.”The House is under no obligation to pass any Senate bill generated as a result of McConnell’s pledge to cooperate with Democrats—although Speaker Ryan did say his chamber needs to “move forward in good faith” on DACA and immigration.Notably, many of the Senate Democrats who voted against the funding agreement included a litany of potential 2020 presidential candidates, including Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, Kirsten Gillibrand and Elizabeth Warren.Dealmaker on sidelinesAhead of the deal, Trump had goaded Democrats from the sidelines, accusing them of shutting down the government to win concessions on immigration, in service of “their far left base.”There have been four government shutdowns since 1990. During the last one, in October 2013, more than 800,000 government workers were put on temporary leave.Essential federal services and the military were operational on Monday.last_img read more

SWMC interns protest at BCL leaders misconduct

first_imgInterns at Sylhet Women’s Medical College (SWMC) go on an indefinite strike from Saturday, 11 May, 2019. Photo: UNBInterns at Sylhet Women’s Medical College (SWMC) went on an indefinite strike from Saturday protesting against rape threat and assault by a local Chhatra League leader, reports UNB.They abstained from their regular activities and held a human chain at the college’s main gate around 12:30pm. Interns at various hospitals in the city expressed solidarity and announced to join the movement from Sunday.Chhatra League leader Sarwar Hossain threatened a SWMC intern with rape and murder on Thursday. A video of the incident went viral on social media.Sarwar is the former vice-president of the student front’s Sylhet district unit.Doctors at SWMC demonstrated at the hospital on Thursday night but suspended their protests after they were assured of justice.Zedan Al Musa, deputy commissioner (media) of Sylhet Metropolitan Police, said that appropriate action will be taken after a case is filed.last_img read more