By Phindi MadunaAs the official custodian of the country’s Nation Brand, Brand South Africa was pleased to partner with the Abantu Book Festival for the second year in a row. The organisation consistently promotes African youth development and advocates for the culture of reading, writing and literacy.The four-day celebration of African arts and culture which took place from 5 to 8 December this year, goes a long way in showcasing the vibrant township of Soweto to South Africans and people the world over. What started off as a mainly continental gathering has now developed to become an internationally supported and much anticipated get-together. There is no better place than the historic location of Soweto to redress the effects of the apartheid system that displaced spaces occupied by black people. In the post-apartheid era, education is at the heart of nation building. Education has proven to be instrumental in shifting this displacement and mind-sets.Once again, Brand South Africa partnered on the Creative Writing Workshop Masterclass. This is an effort to mentor writers with skills and competencies to share their stories with the world. This is an important educational interaction and exchange of information for aspiring writers who may otherwise not get the opportunity to engage with seasoned authors.Mohale Mashigo, the convenor of this year’s workshop, is one such seasoned author whose critically acclaimed debut novel ‘The Yearning’ brought much needed original subject matter to the South African literary scene in 2016. It is also noteworthy that Mohale is an all-round creative – a singer, songwriter and poet. Brand South Africa urged the participants to take the opportunity to learn and draw inspiration from her.“To Thando Mgqolozana and his team of creatives, you exemplify youth who have emerged as a creative and constructive force that can find solutions to South Africa’s social, economic and political challenges.” Said Thulisile Manzini, Brand South Africa’s Acting Chief Executive Officer. About Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship.About Play Your PartPlay Your Part is a nationwide programme created to inspire, empower and celebrate active citizenship in South Africa. It aims to lift the spirit of our nation by inspiring all South Africans to contribute to positive change, become involved and start doing. A nation of people who care deeply for one another and the environment in which they live is good for everyone.Play Your Part is aimed at all South Africans – from corporates and individuals, NGOs and government, churches and schools, from the young to the not-so-young. It aims to encourage South Africans to use some of their time, money, skills or goods to contribute to a better future for all.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
SA Teen Entrepreneur Foundation hones teenagers’ entrepreneurial skills while also educating parents on how to support their children who wish to become businesspeople. (Image and Videos: SA Teen Entrepreneur Foundation)Youth unemployment is one of South Africa’s biggest challenges; faced with this, one organisation is working hard to alleviate the problem by providing teenagers with the skills needed to become successful entrepreneurs.SA Teen Entrepreneur Foundation is a non-profit organisation that seeks out the entrepreneurial spirit in all teenagers.Based in Cape Town, director Lydia Zingoni founded the NPO in 2012 as a means to overcome many of the challenges facing young people today. These not only include unemployment but also alcohol and drug abuse.The foundation trains teenagers to start and run their own businesses; it also educates their parents on how to support their children who choose entrepreneurship as a career. In doing its work, the foundation hosts various seminars, workshops, conferences and exhibitions and targets schools, universities, churches and youth centres.It has also hosted both BRICS and African Young Entrepreneurs conferences, and held its own entrepreneurship Olympiad in 2014.Here, Zingoni talks about her foundation and what it can do to uplift South African youth.Share your story on how you have played your part.
Air sealing and pressure differencesReaders who live in Southern states will particularly appreciate Bailes’ Georgia perspective. A few samples of Bailes’ writing give a flavor of the range of his blog topics.On thermal bypasses: “In such houses, the problem results from the top of the walls being open to the attic. You can go into the attic and look down into the interior walls and see the drywall. That means that cold attic air gets down into those cavities.”On sealing air leaks: “So, before you go around caulking your windows and weatherstripping your doors, get up in your attic and seal the real leaks!”On aligning air barriers with insulation: “We’ve got 2×8 floor joists, with a depth of 7.25 in. The R-7 fiberglass batts are only about 2 in. thick. (R-7? Really?! Why bother!) You can see in the photo below that these batts don’t come anywhere close to touching the subfloor, and that’s how they’re installed in just about every cavity in this floor.”On the quality of spray foam jobs: “I’ve seen a number of houses with problems even though they’re insulated with spray foam. In order of prevalence, here are the problems I’ve seen, with explanations following the list:Spray foam isn’t thick enough.Spray foam installers missed some of the air leakage sites.Spray foam installers didn’t understand the building envelope and sprayed either too little or too much.Spray foam contracts and pulls away from framing.”On the value of measuring air changes per hour: “Infiltration occurs at the surface, not in the volume. … We need to stop talking about infiltration rates in terms of air changes per hour because there are too many problems with it. … Normalizing to volume also builds in a bias toward larger homes. Since surface area is proportional to the square of the radius and volume is proportional to the cube of the radius, the volume increases faster than the surface area as a house grows in size. So, large houses benefit when dividing by volume instead of surface area. …. It’s time to quit using ACH to talk about infiltration.”On the difficulties of measuring “natural” air changes per hour: “Pressure differences created by mechanical systems can eclipse those created by wind and the stack effect. The disconnected supply duct, the panned return, the 1,200-cfm commercial range hood with no makeup air — all these things can dwarf the effects we’re trying to capture in ACHnat.”On carpet stains: “Do you have light colored carpet in your home that has dark edges where it meets the baseboard? If so, don’t beat yourself up so much for not being a good enough house cleaner. The problem is probably in your building envelope, not your vacuum cleaner. The reason the dirt is accumulating there in the first place, you see, is that a lot of air is moving through the carpet at that point. For air to move from one place to another, two conditions must be met:A pressure difference drives air from the high pressure side to the low pressure side.A pathway allows the air to move.”On the fact that particulates piggybacking on air leaks often stain fiberglass batts: “It was really nice of the insulation manufacturers to make their products in colors that show dirt really well — white, yellow, and pink. If they made grey insulation, finding air leaks would be more difficult.”On dehumidifiers in vented crawl spaces: “No dehumidifier can dehumidify all the air in Atlanta, which is what they’re asking this little one to do because the crawl space is vented to the outside.” by Martin HolladayGBA is launching a new feature: periodic reviews of interesting blogs. To get the ball rolling, I’m recommending the Energy Vanguard blog.The author of the Energy Vanguard blog, Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a RESNET-accredited energy consultant and trainer. He performs heat loss calculations, provides HERS rating services, and provides rater training and Energy Star training, among other services.Allison has a PhD in physics, a fact that is reflected in his approach to building science. He’s worked at a variety of jobs; at one point he worked as a contractor offering air sealing, duct sealing, insulation installation, and crawl space encapsulation services. For a few years, Bailes worked at the Southface Energy Institute as the regional manager for the EarthCraft House program. Photos illustrating leaks and problemsLike many home performance contractors, Bailes always keeps a camera handy. He has an excellent collection of photos illustrating a variety of home-performance problems, and he effectively uses those photos to clarify points made in his blogs.A tiny quibble: Bailes’ blog (like portions of the GBA Web site, it must be admitted) is a little confusing to navigate. That said, it’s well worth clicking a few links until you figure out how to find all of Bailes’ blogs.GBA highly recommends Bailes’ blog. So go visit the Energy Vanguard.To read a sample of Bailes’ writing, check out his guest blog here at GBA: Is There a Downside to Lumpy Attic Insulation?.
The Supreme Court-mandated oversight committee has granted permission to the Pandit Raghunath Murmu Medical College and Hospital in Baripada to admit the first batch of 100 MBBS students for the 2017-18 academic session.The process of admission can now be taken up as the committe has given its nod, State Health & Family Welfare Minister Pratap Jena said.Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik welcomed the committee’s decision stating that the long -tanding demand of the people of Mayurbhanj had been fulfilled. He expressed hope that the medical college will be successful in providing better health care to the people of the north Odisha district.It may be recalled that despite the State government’s preparedness, the Medical Council of India team had not visited the medical college. The CM had also written to the Union Health Minister in this regard, but in vain. The State government had then approached the committee seeking necessary approval.
MANILA, Philippines—Javee Mocon skied in at the nick of time and his heroic tip-in lifted the Rookies and Sophomores from the Juniors, 141-1400 in the RSJ Game of the PBA All-Star Weekend Friday in Calasiao.ADVERTISEMENT Eduard Folayang unfazed by Japan crowd in ONE title rematch with hometown bet Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Perez made the offensive rebound but he rushed his shot. Fortunately for him, there was Mocon who timed his tip perfectly.Although he missed his last second shot, Perez proved that he was the best of the bunch winning the MVP of the game after putting up 32 points and eight rebounds.Jeron Teng had 19 points and seven rebounds for theRookies-Sophomores with Mocon adding in 18 points, four rebounds, and five assists.Rashawn McCarthy had 24 points for the Juniors.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View comments Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Mocon’s tip-in, though, was just part of the crazy final seconds of the game that saw a late-game foul, three missed free throws, and a blanked last-second heave.Robert Bolick stole the ball from Mac Belo who turned the ball over with around 16 seconds left after the Juniors’ timeout, leading to a frantic transition basket attempt on the part of the Rookies-Sophomores.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsCJ Perez put up a baseline three that bounced off the rim, but luckily for Rookies-Sophomores there was Jason Perkins who grabbed the rebound and forced a three-point attempt while drawing a foul on Jio Jalalon.Perkins needed to shoot just two of those freebies to give the Rookies-Sophomores, who were trailing 140-139, the victory but he botched all three. Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Google Philippines names new country director Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES
UEFA Champions League Own goals & clean sheets: Valverde’s pragmatism proving to be perfect tonic for Barcelona Ben Hayward Last updated 2 years ago 05:13 28/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(6) Getty Images UEFA Champions League Sporting CP v Barcelona Sporting CP Barcelona Opinion The Blaugrana beat Sporting CP in Lisbon by a single goal to carry on their impressive run which has been built on firm foundations in the defence Yet more momentum for Barcelona. The Catalan club won their eighth match in a row with victory away to Sporting CP in the Champions League on Wednesday night. Since losing the Spanish Supercopa to Real Madrid in August, it has been a spectacular start to the season for Ernesto Valverde’s side.Away to Girona at the weekend, Barca won 3-0 in a success that featured two own goals. And there was another one in Portugal as Sebastian Coates put past his own goalkeeper four minutes into the second half. It turned out to be the winner.Barcelona 1/8 to score first v Las Palmas Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. The Catalans’ new-found defensive discipline is a big boost and, at the Jose Alvalade, it meant one goal was enough. But it is nothing new. Since shipping five over two legs to Madrid in the Supercopa, Barca have now conceded just twice in eight matches.One of those goals was a wonder strike by Gaku Shibasaki in Barca’s hard-fought 2-1 win at Getafe recently, while the other came in a comprehensive 6-1 victory at home to Eibar, with Sergi Enrich converting after the home side had taken a 3-0 lead. There is no doubt Valverde is building a Barca side on firm foundations. On Tuesday, the former Athletic Club coach opted for a 4-4-2 formation and the system gave more protection to the back line, even if Barca were a little predictable in attack at times.With all the quality he has at his disposal in the final third, however, including the brilliance of Lionel Messi and the creativity of Andres Iniesta, Valverde can afford to tighten things up elsewhere – and the approach has paid dividends so far.Barca’s pressing has been excellent this season, with even Messi and Luis Suarez dropping deep to lend a hand, while there has been more help for Sergio Busquets in midfield. In addition, Nelson Semedo has impressed at right-back since signing from Benfica in the summer and Jordi Alba looks happy again after ending up on bad terms with Luis Enrique. “The coach is managing the squad to perfection,” Alba said of Valverde after the win in Girona. “We are all getting a chance to play. He is working with us very well. We are responding to his methods and, while there is a lot of football to be played, I feel as though everyone has a positive feeling.”That is good news after some tension at the end of Luis Enrique’s reign and Valverde’s strong start is the perfect tonic following what was a troublesome summer for the Catalan club. After all the fallouts concerning Neymar and the Barca board, the club can concentrate on football again – and they have a coach who is working with intelligence to make this team as strong as possible.So, after eight games, eight wins and only two goals conceded, it may not always be pretty from Valverde’s Barca, but it has certainly been effective.
Arsenal Burnley vs Arsenal: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview Oli Platt Last updated 1 year ago 16:40 11/26/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Arsenal Burnley v Arsenal Burnley Premier League The high-flying Clarets are level on points with the Gunners going into their meeting at Turf Moor on Sunday High-flying Burnley will go in search of a fourth win in a row when they host Arsenal at Turf Moor on Sunday.The unfancied Clarets are level on points with the Gunners after 12 games, earning manager Sean Dyche recommendations for the vacant Everton job.But the Englishman looks set to stay at Burnley for now and will test himself against Arsene Wenger and the Gunners for a place in the top six. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Game Burnley vs Arsenal Date Sunday, November 26 Time 14:00 GMT / 09:00 ET TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM In the UK, the match will not be available to watch live on television or by stream. UK TV channel Online stream None None In the US, the match will be available to watch live on television on CNBC and by stream via NBC Sports Live. US TV channel Online stream CNBC NBC Sports Live SQUADS & TEAM NEWS Position Burnley players Goalkeepers Pope, Lindegaard, Legzdins Defenders Lowton, Mee, Ward, Tarkowski, Long, Taylor, Bardsley Midfielders Brady, Hendrick, Defour, Westwood, Ulvestad, Gudmundsson, Arfield, Cork Forwards Vokes, Barnes, Wood, Wells Burnley could name an unchanged team having won 2-0 against Swansea City last time out, though Chris Wood is available to return up front.Dean Marney, Jonathan Walters and Tom Heaton are the Clarets’ only absentees.Potential starting XI: Pope; Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Ward; Gudmundsson, Defour, Cork, Brady; Hendrick; Barnes. Position Arsenal players Goalkeepers Ospina, Cech, Macey Defenders Kolasinac, Debuchy, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Holding, Monreal, Mustafi, Chambers, Bellerin Midfielders Ramsey, Wilshere, Ozil, Iwobi, Xhaka, Coquelin, Elneny, Maitland-Niles, Nelson Forwards Alexis, Giroud, Welbeck, Lacazette Santi Cazorla remains out and Theo Walcott will be given the weekend off as he recovers from an illness.Danny Welbeck is available, though, with his half-time substitution against Koln in midweek a planned move as he steps up his fitness.Potential starting XI: Cech; Koscielny, Mustafi, Monreal; Bellerin, Ramsey, Xhaka, Kolasinac; Ozil, Lacazette, Alexis.BETTING & MATCH ODDS Arsenal are 4/7 favourites to win, according to dabblebet, with Burnley priced at 5/1 and the draw available at 16/5.Click here to view dabblebet’s full selection of available match markets. GAME PREVIEW Burnley’s ascent to seventh place in the Premier League is a remarkable achievement that still does not get its due.Take some of the starters in Sean Dyche’s most recent line-ups – such as Johann Berg Gudmundsson and Nick Pope, who have gone from Championship relegation with Charlton Athletic to the most lucrative league in the world.Matthew Lowton had fallen out of favour at Aston Villa before Burnley picked him up. The two clubs have since swapped divisions.Not many of Dyche’s players were signed from other Premier League clubs but one of the few is Jack Cork, who had solid but unspectacular spells at Southampton and Swansea City but needed just four months at Burnley to earn an England cap.Dyche, who was himself ditched by a Championship team before arriving at Turf Moor, has done a remarkable job of building a group that is far more than the sum of its parts.They go into Sunday’s match against Arsenal behind the Gunners and Liverpool only on goal difference and just two points adrift of Tottenham.
Dear Editor and Wilmington Voters,I am writing today to ask you to join me in supporting Jomarie O’Mahoney for Selectman. I knew of Jomarie through our community but never had the pleasure of meeting her until she was appointed by the Governor to be a state appointee on the Wilmington Housing Authority.Jo conducts herself with confidence and professionalism at all times. She has a tremendous background and she would be a great asset to our Town.Jo is smart, kind and thinks things through as she just wants what is right. She is a strong supporter of new Elderly Housing, that is affordable and located close to shopping. She supports and wants new businesses to be brought in for the Route 38 empty store fronts.She wants what is best for Wilmington, she is raising her family here and will be a voice for you. Please join me on April 27th and cast your vote for Jomarie.Sincerely,Stacie A. MurphyLike 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLETTER TO THE EDITOR: Shawsheen Tech School Committee’s Robert Peterson Sr. Endorses O’Mahony For SelectwomanIn “Letter To The Editor”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Jomarie O’Mahony Brings This Community Together, Has My Vote For SelectwomanIn “Government”SELECTMEN NEWS: Board Supports Fire & Police Substation In North Wilmington; Town To Vote On Project In April 2020?In “Government”
Reliance Communication Chairman Anil Ambani announced that his company has “virtually” merged with Reliance Jio Infocomm, which is owned by his elder brother Mukesh Ambani.Reliance Communication and Reliance Jio have agreements to trade and share spectrum. According to a report in the Economic Times, the two telecoms have synced their network operating centres, optic-fibre service contracts and network maintenance functions.”As far as our 100 million customers are concerned, as far as our one million retailers are concerned, as far as our employees are concerned and as far as our vendors and partners are concerned, there is already been a virtual merger of the two organisations (RCom and Jio),” Ambani told shareholders at RCom’s Annual General Meeting on Tuesday.Following the announcement, the Reliance Communication stock was trading at Rs 48. 30 at around 11:08 a.m. on Wednesday, up 0.63 percent from its previous close. On the other hand shares of Reliance Industries (parent of Jio) were trading at Rs 1,092.35 apiece, down 1.63 percent on the BSE.However, a Reliance group official later clarified that Anil Ambani was not hinting at any legal merger. “The two companies are not merging,” the official told publications.In other news, Reliance Communication and Reliance Jio among other telecom firms have been declared qualified to bid for airwaves during the upcoming spectrum auction. Reliance Jio can bid in any licensed service area across India, while Reliance Communication can bid anywhere except for the northeast region and Assam. Reliance Jio has deposited the highest earnest money of Rs 6,500 crore.
American designer Tommy Hilfiger, founder and principal designer of the high-end apparel company, finds his own style limited and boring.When questioned by the media about his personal wardrobe and style, the 65-year-old designer said that he feels it’s more of a uniform. “I’m pretty boring when it comes to clothes. I have 50 white shirts, 50 chinos, 50 pairs of jeans and 25 pairs of white sneakers. Some navy and grey suits and black and brown shoes,” Hilfiger was quoted saying to a magazine by IANS.Hilfiger also said that he felt alienated in school because he was dyslexic. At the age of 17, he says he began to fund his business by running his first shop from the boot of his car.”I came to the conclusion when I was 17 that I should be in business,” he said. “I drove five hours to New York City and I bought 20 pairs of bell-bottom jeans on the streets in the Village. I took them back to my school parking lot, sold them to my friends out of the trunk of my car, and with the profits, I opened my first shop and my business started taking off.” The Tommy Hilfiger brand, which offers a breadth of collections ranging from tailored clothing, sportswear, casual apparel, sportswear, denim, accessories, underwear and footwear, began operating in India through Tommy Hilfiger Arvind Fashion Pvt Ltd, a 50:50 joint venture between the US premium lifestyle brand and Ahmedabad-based textile company, Arvind Ltd. The unit’s portfolio includes brands such as Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, US Polo Assn, Ed Hardy, Hanes, Arrow, Gant and Nautica.Arvind Ltd posted consolidated revenue of Rs 8,581 crore for the financial year ending March 31 2016. The company recently divested 10 percent stake in its brand business arm to Renuka Ramnath-led private equity firm Multiples Private Equity. The value of the stake sale was pegged at Rs 740 crore.