Ekhaya: a bit of South Africa in London

first_img All South Africans, at home and abroad, are encouraged to wear their supporters T-shirts on Fridays to show their support for Team SA.Athletes’ village Dubbed Victory Park, the athletes’ village in Stratford, East London, has a uniquely British feel. It’s open for business from 16 July, housing some 17 000 Olympic athletes, 6 000 Paralympians and officials from 203 nations. It covers 36 hectares, with comfortable living quarters and large areas of open space. Competitors dine in a huge 225m x 80m tent, which is large enough to accommodate about 100 double-decker buses. This facility, which can seat 5 500 at a time, is open 24 hours a day. The menu includes popular British staples such as fish and chips, as well as Asian and halaal food. There is also a McDonald’s on site. The social hub of the village is a pub called the Globe Centre which, while it boasts 10 pool tables, live music and karaoke, will not serve a drop of alcohol. After the Olympics, the village will be converted into residential accommodation. Source: Brand South Africa Drum up support for Team SA;Market and promote South Africa through showcasing its successes and venues such as stadiums as the preferred places to host international events;Inspire people to visit the country and experience the culture of ubuntu; andHost journalists both local and foreign, with the intention of profiling South African athletes, political principals and the country. 17 July 2012 Team South Africa, as well as those citizens going to London to show their support, will find a welcomed at the Ekhaya Hospitality Centre, a home away from home for the duration of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Ekhaya Hospitality Centre will be run by a host of national government departments during the sporting spectacular – Sport and Recreation, Arts and Culture, Trade and Industry, International Relations and Co-operation, and Tourism – in partnership with South African Tourism and Brand South Africa. Noluthando Ngendane, Brand South Africa’s public relations officer, explains: “The Ekhaya Hospitality Centre has been created as a base for Team South Africa, its sportsmen and women, their friends and families and, of course, their supporters to gather.’ But it is more than that: “It is a place where the spirit of South Africa comes alive,’ she adds. Facilities at the centre will include wi-fi and internet connectivity, meeting rooms, a media and business centre, a business lounge, function facilities, full coverage of all sports events, and a South Africa bar. Ngendane says: “South African businessmen and women can use the facilities to network and showcase the success stories of our beautiful country to visitors from abroad and the rest of Africa.’ The 30th Summer Olympics begin on Friday, 27 July and end on Sunday, 12 August. Ekhaya Centre is at Queen Elizabeth Hall, South Bank Centre, Belvedere Road, London. It will be officially opened and closed for the Olympics from 26 July to 12 August and for the Paralympics from 28 August to 9 September.Home away from home Ekhaya is a hospitality programme at overseas events presented by the Department of Sport and Recreation in collaboration with partner organisations. “Ekhaya Hospitality Centre is also intended to unite South Africans across race, gender, culture, geographical location, social status and class through sport, thereby promoting social solidarity and common citizenship,’ the department notes. South Africa is sending a team of 125 athletes to the Summer Games, with 13 names added to the initial 112 published in June. Blade runner Oscar Pistorius is among them. He will be making history as the first double amputee to compete in the Games. Pistorius will be running in the 4 x 400m relay with Willem de Beer, Ofentse Mogawane and Shaun de Jager. Among other activities, the Ekhaya programme will feature a daily cultural exhibition; Olympic and Paralympic events broadcast on big screens; meetings for London-based local businesses to network; and celebratory events for Team SA. The department describes the Ekhaya Centre as “a home away from home’ that provides an opportunity to:last_img read more

Is It Possible to Get Condensation on a Sponge?

first_imgI recently taught a class called What the Duct!? at the Builders’ Boot Camp in Virginia. Paul Francisco was one of the other instructors (teaching about indoor air quality), and on the last evening at dinner, our conversation turned to building science. (Imagine that!)I don’t recall exactly how we got there, but somehow the question of condensation came up. Paul talked about how Bill Rose, author of Water in Buildings, often asks the question, “Can you get condensation on a sponge?”If you’ve read Rose’s book, you probably already know the answer. Well, let me rephrase: If you’ve read and absorbed (hint, hint) the material in Water in Buildings, you know the answer. If you haven’t read the book, you may now be able to guess where I’m going with this. (But you should still get yourself a copy and read it anyway.)What is condensation?On page 81 of the book, Rose quotes Leonard Haeger from the 1952 Condensation Conference: “I suppose in the beginning we should have a definition of condensation, and to practical men condensation is what you find on a highball glass at 5:30 in the afternoon.” RELATED ARTICLESThe Physics of Water in Porous MaterialsAll About Vapor DiffusionHygric Buffering and Hygric RedistributionHow to Use the Psychrometric ChartWhen Sunshine Drives Moisture Into Walls The History of Peeling Paint, Insulation, and Vapor BarriersAre Dew-Point Calculations Really Necessary?Do I Need a Vapor Retarder?Vapor Retarders and Vapor BarriersForget Vapor Diffusion — Stop the Air Leaks!Bill Rose’s Building Science To-Do List It’s also what you get on single-pane windows (see Image #2, below), bathroom mirrors, and grass on a summer morning. It happens when air with a certain dew point temperature finds a surface that’s at or below that temperature. It occurs under precise conditions of temperature and water vapor content of the air. It’s a point on the psychrometric chart.The difference between sorption and condensationSponges, of course, can have a specific temperature and interact with the water vapor in air. Unlike a glass surface, however, some materials — like wood, brick, and perhaps sponges — collect water from the air at a wide range of temperatures. They’re sorptive materials. They adsorb and absorb water on the surfaces and in the pores.Adsorption, briefly, refers to water that’s close to and bonded strongly to a surface. When a material pulls in so much water that some of the water molecules are in the pores but not bonded strongly to the surface, those water molecules are absorbed. The two phenomena together are referred to as sorption.Wood and brick are like sponges in that regard. The graph reproduced as Image #3 (below), called a sorption isotherm, is from the doctoral dissertation of Professor Chris Timusk. As you can see, the moisture content of the material depends on the relative humidity of the air. Even if the material temperature is higher than the dew point of the surrounding air, it can collect water. And the higher the relative humidity (RH), the more water it collects.That’s not at all like condensation. As Rose says in his book, “Sorption is a better term, covering adsorption and absorption.” When you see condensation on the bathroom mirror, you know the dew point of the water vapor in the air is equal to or higher than the surface temperature of the mirror.When you see a sponge that feels damp even though it hasn’t been used in a while, its temperature may or may not be below the dew point. But as a sorptive material, it doesn’t have to be. The higher the relative humidity, the more moisture it adsorbs and absorbs.This issue comes up all the time in building science discussions, especially regarding what happens in exterior sheathing. I’ve been guilty of this, too. When it’s cold outside and a building doesn’t have exterior insulation, we often talk about “condensation” occurring when humid air from indoors finds its way to the interior side of the sheathing. As with the sponge, though, the moisture content of that sheathing depends on relative humidity, not dew point.Condensation on a sponge?So, back to the original question: Can you get condensation on a sponge? When Paul Francisco brought this up at dinner last week, he told the story of being in a session where Bill Rose asked the question and then said no, you cannot get condensation on a sponge. He gave the reasons above to support that answer.Paul then disputed Rose’s argument, saying yes, you can get condensation on a sponge. After you take a shower and have condensation on the mirror, you wipe it off with a sponge. That’s how you get condensation on a sponge.But are sponges really hygroscopic?Materials, like wood and brick, that collect moisture from the air by adsorption and absorption are called hygroscopic. When I first posted this article in my blog, commenter RoyC objected. “Sorption occurs at the chemical/molecular level. Sponges work on capillary action or surface tension, which is a macroscopic effect,” he wrote. “Maybe there are some sponges that are hygroscopic or sorptive, but I haven’t seen any. If I leave a soaked sponge out in the open long enough, it clearly ‘dries’ out.”Bill Rose jumped into the discussion at that point, replying to RoyC, “You have a point. I don’t know what the sponge is made of. I’ve had natural sponges and plastic sponges. Is there a difference between air-dry and oven-dry? I don’t know because I haven’t done it. I suspect that for an organic sponge it’s yes, and for a plastic sponge it’s close to no. And capillarity accounts for almost all the water in a wet sponge as you state.”OK, so there’s some debate about whether sponges are actually hygroscopic or not. The larger point that Rose is making, however, is still valid. When building sheathing or drywall gets wet because of contact with humid air, the process responsible for the wetting is sorption, not condensation. “I try to reserve the term ‘condensation’ for where it’s water-to-water, and avoid it with water-to-material,” Rose wrote. Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, building science consultant, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. You can follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard.last_img read more

David Smith freed from GT Prison next faces US Feds

first_img Related Items:David smith, free, grand turk prison, olint, ponzi scheme Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Missick & Co Defendants and David Smith all in Court this Week David Smith returns to court in January; heads back to HMP in Grand Turk Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 22 Jan 2015 – No comment for the media; David Smith who had been serving a six and a half year sentence on four counts of financial crimes namely: two counts of money laundering and two counts of conspiracy to defraud whisked his wife through the Provo International Airport terminal today bound for a private vehicle waiting to take them away from the spotlight. Smith has been incarcerated at the Her Majesty’s Prison in Grand Turk since 2010 and is due to complete a Federal sentence in the United States for similar crimes linked to a $220 million Ponzi scheme exposed in 2008; an Orlando court gave him 30 years. Smith was obviously thinner than when we last saw him; still with his signature beard and fresh off a flight out of the capital Grand Turk where he was released. Magnetic Media was told that he is finished his time for the Turks and Caicos; and what is next for the man who once headed Olint, a company founded in Jamaica is unclear. In 2013, the US Department of Justice advised individuals who had invested with Smith that they could make claims for compensation. The report in the Jamaica Observer explains that a part of Smith’s criminal sentence was to forfeit assets seized by federal authorities. In 2011, David Smith was convicted in the US District Court for the Middle District of Florida on multiple counts of wire fraud and money laundering. Robert Di Pano, a NY, NJ and Florida attorney who writes frequently on financial crimes cases put the gravity of what David Smith, who is a TCI Belonger into perspective, saying and I quote: “Regardless of the outcome (in the Turks and Caicos), the severity of Smith’s US sentence looms large in the background.” David Smith back in court; continues to fight US Extraditionlast_img read more

San Diego DA Summer Stephan fights to keep Jesus Cecena behind bars

first_imgSan Diego DA Summer Stephan fights to keep Jesus Cecena behind bars August 22, 2018 Posted: August 22, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Mike McKinnon III, Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Summer Stephan FacebookTwitter 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) – San Diego District Attorney Summer Stephan will fight to keep Jesus Cecena behind bars.Cecena, a gang member from the Skyline neighborhood, shot and killed Officer Archie Buggs in 1978. Cecena has been granted parole three times in recent years.But each time, Governor Jerry Brown has reversed the decision.KUSI spoke with District Attorney Summer Stephan, she says she will be attending the hearing. KUSI Newsroom, Mike McKinnon III last_img read more

POLICE LOG for January 19 Driver Going 75 MPH On Shawsheen Shoplifting

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Saturday, January 19, 2019:A 2-vehicle crash took place on Lowell Street, near the 93 North on-ramp. One of the vehicle’s occupants was injured and transported to Lahey Clinic. (9:25am)Billerica Police reported a black Tesla traveling down 129 into Wilmington going approximately 75 MPH, just passing Shawsheen School. Police located the vehicle and spoke with the driver, making him aware of the complaint and reminding him of his driver expectations. (2:28pm)Target’s Security Manager reported a female party was recorded on camera shoplifting last night. (4:40pm)A caller reported four pick-up trucks doing donuts in the Market Basket parking lot. Trucks were gone by the time police arrived. (11:03pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like 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… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 12: 2 Drivers Issued Summonses; Drone FoundIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 18: 2 Vehicles With Same License Plate; Statue Missing From Wildwood CemeteryIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 24: Motorcycle Crash; Package Stolen; Speeding on Shawsheen Ave.In “Police Log”last_img read more

Facebook Google Twitter sign Christchurch Call to cull terrorist content

first_img1:40 0 Now playing: Watch this: Post a comment Share your voice Google, Twitter and Facebook all signed the Christchurch Call. Getty Images Tech giants and political leaders from around the globe came together in Paris on Wednesday to pledge their commitment to tackling the spread of terrorist content online, following the attack in Christchurch, New Zealand, in March.In a summit hosted jointly by French President Emmanuel Macron and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, companies including Facebook, Twitter and Google agreed to sign the “Christchurch Call.” The pledge was created in response to the New Zealand terrorist using Facebook to livestream part of the murders of 51 people at two mosques. The tech giants also agreed to a nine-point plan that outlined ways they’re going to work more collaboratively than they have in the past to combat this problem.The move highlights how tech companies plan to take action after failing to stop the live video of the New Zealand attack from spreading on social media sites. The video was viewed many times around the world before it was removed. More than a month after the attack, videos of the attack were still found to be circulating online, illustrating just how hard it is for tech companies to control the spread of viral tragedies. Eight tech companies signed the Christchurch Call, including Microsoft, Amazon and YouTube, along with 17 national governments and the EU. But one significant name is missing from the list of supporters — the White House announced it would not be signing the commitment due to free speech concerns.The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy issued a statement that said while the US supports the goals of the Christchurch Call, it’s “not currently in a position to join the endorsement.””We continue to be proactive in our efforts to counter terrorist content online while also continuing to respect freedom of expression and freedom of the press,” the statement reads.Supporters of the call said in a joint statement that signing the pledge will strengthen partnerships between governments, society and tech companies.”Terrorism and violent extremism are complex societal problems that require an all-of-society response,” supporters said in the statement. Tech giants also said they would be taking actions individually to combat terrorist content. That includes updating their rules against terrorist content, giving users ways to report terrorist and violent extremist content, investing in technology, checking who is livestreaming and publishing reports that include the amount of terrorist and violent content that’s detected and removed. The companies could vet who is streaming a live video by including ratings for people who use the tool and looking at an account’s activity. On Tuesday, Facebook said it would ban users from livestreaming for a period of time if they’ve broken certain rules on the social network, including its policy against terrorist content. The company has pushed back against other ideas though, such as delaying the broadcast of a live video. The companies that support the pledge also outlined steps that will help them work better together. Those actions include sharing data and tools to improve technology aimed at combating terrorist content and educating users about how to report the offensive content and why they shouldn’t spread it online. The companies also plan to support research into combatting hate and bigotry and creating a system for responding quickly to an emerging or active event. Originally published May 15, 9:40 a.m. PT.Update, 10:39 a.m. PT: Adds White House statement.Update, 12:27 p.m. PT: Adds more background. center_img Tags YouTube sets rules for terrorism gray-zone videos Internet Services Tech Industry Facebook Google Twitterlast_img read more

Cabinet okays hajj package

first_img.The cabinet division on Monday approved the draft hajj package, 2019, fixing the minimum cost for a pilgrim at Tk 344,000, up by Tk 24,645 from the previous year under package-2 of the government management, reports UNB.Pilgrims have to pay Tk 418,500 to avail package-1 under the government management, he said.Cabinet secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam disclosed this at a press briefing at the secretariat after a cabinet meeting held at PM’s office with prime minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.The minimum cost for a pilgrim who will perform hajj under private arrangement has been fixed at Tk 344,000.A total of 127,198 pilgrims will be able to perform hajj this year. Of them, 120,000 pilgrims will go to Saudi Arabia under private management while 7,198 under government management, said Shafiul.The plane fare has been fixed at Tk 128,000 which was Tk 138,191 last year, he said.last_img read more

Four Things To Watch For In The 2019 Texas Legislature

first_imgStuart Seeger/FlickrTexas State Capitol, Austin TXThe 86th Texas Legislature opens today in Austin, and lawmakers have just 140 working days to tackle some of the state’s most pressing problems. Governor Greg Abbott, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, and Speaker-Presumptive Dennis Bonnen have yet to identify any “must pass” legislation. But there are at least four topics that will take up a lot of oxygen before the regular session ends on May 27:State budget: Passing a budget is the Legislature’s one constitutionally-mandated job. Like most states, Texas has a balanced budget requirement, which means by law, it can only spend what it collects in taxes and fees. Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar estimates that will come to $119.1 billion over the next two-year budget cycle, which is an 8.1 percent increase compared to the cycle that ends August 31. Lawmakers have to decide how to divide up that money in order to cover healthcare, education, public safety, and a host of other responsibilities.School finance reform: Texas’ public school finance system requires property-wealthy school districts to share revenue with the state, which then reallocates the money to property-poor school districts. The system is known as “recapture” or “Robin Hood.” It’s a growing problem for some districts, including the Houston Independent School District, which are classed as wealthy but include many poor neighborhoods. At the same time, the state’s portion of funding for public education has been declining for years, forcing school districts to make up the balance through property taxes. Both Democrats and many Republican lawmakers are determined to overhaul the system this year, after failing to do so in 2017.Property tax reform: Governor Abbott and Lieutenant Governor Patrick made this issue a cornerstone of their reelection campaigns last year, both men arguing that rising property values are causing homeowners’ tax bills to skyrocket. Abbott wants to limit any increase in property taxes to 2.5 percent a year. Anything above that would have to be approved by two-thirds of the voters. Texas counties, cities, and school districts rely on property taxes as their sole source of revenue. Many, notably Harris County under former Judge Ed Emmett, staunchly opposed such revenue caps in past legislative sessions.Harvey relief/flood control: In the wake of Harvey, Congress allocated tens of billions of dollars to Texas for disaster relief, flood control infrastructure, and flood mitigation. Federal law requires local governments to come up with some of the money in order to unlock the rest. Houston, Harris County, and local governments along the Gulf Coast have been ponying up matching funds. Many of their lawmakers are demanding the state tap the Texas Economic Stabilization Fund, better known as the “Rainy Day Fund,” to help as well.Lieutenant Governor Patrick has reserved the first 30 Senate bill numbers for priority legislation yet to be released. The first 20 House bill numbers are also reserved for the same reason. And Governor Abbott is likely to identify a number of “emergency items” for the Legislature when he delivers his State of the State address in a few weeks.Note: You can find a list of all currently filed Texas House bills here, and a list of all currently filed Texas Senate bills here. Sharelast_img read more

IABs NewFronts LA Edition to Feature Streamy Brand Awards for Advertising

first_imgWhen the Digital Content NewFronts West makes its debut this fall in L.A., it will include an additional element the content-pitchfest organizers hope will lure more attendees: the Streamy Brand Awards, recognizing branded content and digital-video advertising.The Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB), the trade group that runs the NewFronts, has entered into a pact with Streamy Awards organizer Tubefilter to present the awards for digital brand advertising innovation at the L.A. NewFronts separately from the main Streamys event.The Streamy Brand Awards are scheduled to be given out at the end of the first day of NewFronts West, slated to run Oct. 9-10, 2018 at NeueHouse Hollywood. IAB announced plans for an L.A. version of the NewFronts after cutting the original New York series from two weeks to one this year. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Submissions for the Streamy Brand Awards (and the main Streamy Awards) are due by July 27. The fee for Streamy Brand Awards entries is $395 per submission through July 20, while the “last-chance deadline” fee is $495 per submission.The winners of the Streamys Brand Awards will be picked by a panel of industry execs (selected by the IAB and the Streamys) for six categories: branded content – video; branded content – series; emerging platform (e.g., advertising on new and emerging platforms like VR, voice and AI, podcasts, and social video platforms); influencer campaign; native video ad; and 6-second video ad.“We are doing this because we think it’s really important to showcase and recognize best-in-class marketing in video and other emerging arenas,” said Anna Bager, IAB’s EVP of industry initiatives. “We’re going to celebrate brands on stage.”NewFronts West is slated to include presentations by up to 16 digital-video content companies. IAB hasn’t announced any presenting partners yet, but Jukin Media (which backed out of this year’s NewFronts in NYC) has said it plans to be at the L.A. event.IAB created NewFronts West after getting feedback from members and agencies that they wanted more than a once-per-year confab, according to Bager. “We wanted to create a narrative that runs throughout the year,” she said. Plus, she added, “L.A. is the epicenter of content.”More info on the NewFronts West is at iab.com/newfronts-west. Submissions for all Streamy Awards categories, including the Streamy Brand Awards, are being accepted at streamys.org/submissions.center_img Popular on Variety last_img read more

Message of harmony the spirit of Martyrs Day rally

first_imgKolkata: “Ekotai Sampriti” became an integral part of the Martyrs’ Day rally on Saturday with people from across the state coming in with placards and posters spreading the message of communal peace and harmony.This comes when TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee had been repeatedly saying that Bengal has the rich heritage of communal harmony. With her repeated pleas, she has urged the masses not to indulge in any sort of instigation and not to pay any attention to rumours. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe move of the Trinamool Congress workers and supporters in spreading the message of peace and harmony during the Martyrs’ Day rally earned significance when there had been repeated attempts by communal forces to disturb the same in the state.People had started turning up to the city from Tuesday onwards to attend the mass rally and to listen to the party supremo, who played a key role in keeping up the tradition of the communal harmony in Bengal. Besides making people aware, the Chief Minister also requested them to inform the police as soon as they realise that there is some issue and there are deliberate attempts to cause trouble. She also directed the police to maintain a strict vigil. The police also carried out awareness campaigns through social networking sites as well in this connection. The theme of the tableau of the Mamata Banerjee government at the Republic Day parade also highlighted the same sentiment of Ekotai Sampriti. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedSarafat Hussain, a party worker from Hasnabad, North 24-Parganas, was found carrying a placard carrying the message of communal harmony. It read: “Hate communal separatists.”Sarafat said: “Bengal is a land of peace and harmony with a rich heritage of culture and tradition and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is fighting so that common people never get deprived of their rights.”He further said: “When the Chief Minister is fighting for the benefit of the common man along with the overall development of the state, I found spreading messages of communal harmony and other social issues as the best way to pay respect to the 13 martyrs who sacrificed their lives on this day 25 years ago.”Besides spreading such a message, he also urged people to strengthen the hands of the TMC supremo so that she can ensure that Bengal is not deprived of its rights.Like Sarafat, there were several party workers at the rally who believed in the same concept of peace and harmony.last_img read more