ON THIS WEEKEND

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Housing gives hope to rural communities

first_img5 October 2011 For 15 years, Makgadi Moloi and her family lived in a mud house with no electricity or running water. Her four children slept on the floor in one small room with desks for study. Now the Molois, along with 50 other families from the farming community of Diyatalawa outside Harrismith in the Free State, can look forward to a brighter future, thanks to a Free State provincial government and Department of Rural Development and Land Reform housing scheme that has proven successful in the area. President Jacob Zuma, who visited the projects on Tuesday, encouraged the department to roll out the scheme to other poor communities in the area. The Free State was the third province to be visited by Zuma following his recent assessment of health and education service delivery in Limpopo and the Eastern Cape. The 74-square-metre houses that replaced the mud structures previously occupied by residents of Diyatalawa are all fitted with solar energy, which comes handy for those who cannot afford electricity.‘We can now say we have a home’ Moloi, who was among the first beneficiaries of the project, told BuaNews that apart from the fact that she was now able to fit more furniture into the new house, her children were now able to do their school work in the comfort of their own rooms. “The house has more space and it has really changed a lot of things for us, and we can now proudly say we have a home since we received it,” said Moloi. “Considering where we are coming from, we cannot ask for anything better.” For 68-year-old Winnie Mokoena, the bigger house has meant that she can now invite family members to come visit her home. “I was very happy when I finally had a house of my own that is this big, it’s a dream come true for me and my children,” Mokoena said. Free State Rural Development MEC Mosebenzi Zwane told Zuma that authorities were in the process of attaining an electricity substation in the area to back the solar energy system, which in most cases is unable to meet the community’s energy needs. “The solar that is there can only cater for lighting; if people want to do other things they can’t, so we are attending to that, we are speaking to Eskom about it,” he said.Rural development programme Diyatalawa was identified as one of the pilot sites in the province for the government’s nationwide Comprehensive Rural Development Programme (CRDP). Other projects in the area include poultry and cattle farming, which the authorities hope will help alleviate the effects of unemployment and underdevelopment. On Tuesday, Zuma also assessed work done on graveling access roads, and progress in the construction of a new school, creche and multi-purpose centre. “We are happy that some progress has been made in most of the projects we visited today, and I can tell you we visited many of them,” Zuma later told a community gathering. “We are here not only to monitor service delivery but also to see what is working and what is not working and where we can improve … But as government we want to hear from you, because for us to improve we have to take suggestions from you.” Zuma said the government saw the growth of the rural economy as crucial to curbing poverty in South Africa. “Development has to take place everywhere, not only in the cities, so this is one of our priorities as government.” Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti said communities needed to take control of the projects, with the state only needing to play a facilitator role. “We are here to say, look, the government can do this for you and assist you there, but in the process this is what you as a community can do to help yourselves with the resources we are providing,” he said. Nkwinti said officials from his department would be meeting with emerging farmers in the area of Harrismith with the aim of skilling them with the necessary knowledge to venture into commercial farming. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Solar Jobs, Spray Foam, Wind Turbines, CFLs

first_imgSpray foam manufacturer dropping HFCsDemilec, the Texas-based manufacturer of spray polyurethane foam insulation, says that it will phase out hydrofluorocarbon (HFCs) blowing agents and introduce an alternative with a much lower global warming potential (GWP). In a written announcement, the company said it would introduce spray foam using a hydrofluoroolefin (HFO) blowing agent by the middle of this year and would complete its transition by 2017.Demilec will join Lapolla Industries, also based in Texas, in offering closed-cell spray polyurethane foam made with an HFO blowing agent. Other manufacturers also are making the switch in anticipation of tougher rules from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.Honeywell, DuPont, and Arkema all make HFOs. Products like Honeywell’s Solstice have a global warming potential of less than 1, about the same as carbon dioxide, compared with GWPs of 1,300 for some types of HFCs now in use.A type of HFC is used to manufacture extruded polystyrene insulation (XPS) insulation, which makes the rigid foam less attractive environmentally to many green builders than the alternatives. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wants the industry to switch to HFOs, but manufacturers have run into production snags and complain that the government’s timetable is too aggressive. Rule could mean CFL phaseoutA new Department of Energy proposal could mean the end of the line for compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), E&E Publishing says in an online report.The DOE proposal in part sets an efficiency standard for both CFLs and LEDs that only LEDs will be able to meet. Andrew deLaski, the executive director of the Appliance Standards Awareness Project, says that the end result is that “after 2020 CFLs are going to go away.”The rule also will increase the minimum efficiency requirements for incandescent light bulbs to 45 lumens per watt, as originally required by a law passed in 2007. It appears unlikely that manufacturers will be able to develop incandescent lamps that achieve 45 lumens per watt.GE already has announced it would stop making CFLs for the U.S. market and devote all of its efforts on LEDs. Retailers including Sam’s Club and Walmart also are moving away from CFLs in favor of LEDs.DOE plans a public hearing on the plan April 1. California solar jobs hit a recordMore than half the jobs that the U.S. solar industry added last year were created in California, where the total number of employees in the solar industry now tops 75,000.The California Solar Jobs Census report said that more than 20,000 jobs were added in the industry last year alone, The Los Angeles Times reported in an article. Solar workers now outnumber all workers in all jobs in the state’s five largest utility companies combined.Nationally, the number of solar jobs went up by more than 35,000 last year to reach a total of nearly 209,000. Andrea Luecke, president and executive director of the Solar Foundation, which authored the report, said that half the states in the country have at least doubled the number of jobs in the solar industry since 2012, The Times said.Driving the expansion of the solar workforce is the record growth in solar capacity. Installations were up by 20% over the year before, with 7,400 megawatts in new capacity added last year for a total U.S. capacity of 27.5 gigawatts. That, the report said, is the equivalent of about 54 coal-fired power plants.California is still the largest solar market in the U.S., although the growth in new installations slipped slightly from 2014 to 2015.center_img New foundation could lower concrete needs for wind turbinesEach new utility-sized wind turbine sits on a 9-foot-thick foundation containing some 300 cubic yards of concrete, 30 to 40 truckloads worth. Placing the concrete is not only expensive, but it’s subject to the vagaries of weather, and none of the concrete is recoverable at the end of the turbine’s service life.RUTE Foundation Systems and researchers from Portland State University are developing an alternative that reduces the amount of concrete by 75%, lowering costs, reducing C02 emissions, and speeding up construction, according to Oregon BEST, a non-profit agency that provides help for technology startups.RUTE founder Doug Krause said that components for the assembly of “anchored grade beams” are designed so they can be installed as soon as they’re delivered — unlike the ready-mix concrete delivered by truck that must cure before a turbine tower can go up. Components are made in a manufacturing plant and are three times as strong as cast-in-place concrete, he said.The production of cement, which is the binder in concrete, is a major consumer of energy and a significant contributor to carbon emissions around the globe. Each 60-foot-wide turbine foundation contains some 2 million pounds of concrete.The system will include post-tensioned grade beams connected to a central hub. RUTE is working with a university professor on ways to monitor how much beams flex in different soil and weather conditions, and also has enlisted the services of Oregon structural engineers and a Colorado bridge engineering company.There was no word on when the project would be ready to move from the lab and into the field for further study, but Krause said that the foundation system would be able to save as much as 6 million pounds of carbon emissions in a single wind farm.last_img read more

Blake Griffin stars as Pistons hand Knicks 14th straight loss

first_imgNew York Knicks guard Dennis Smith Jr., left, and Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin fight for a loose ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, at Madison Square Garden in New York. The Pistons won 105-92. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)NEW YORK  — All the roster changes aren’t helping the New York Knicks get any wins.Blake Griffin scored 29 points and Andre Drummond finished with 17 points and 16 rebounds as the Detroit Pistons handed the Knicks their 14th straight loss, 105-92 on Tuesday night.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Sixty percent of the Knicks’ starting lineup (Smith Jr., Jordan, Matthews) has been on the team less than a week. Eighty percent of the Pistons’ starting lineup (Bullock, Drummond, Griffin, Jackson) has started at least 44 games.BACK-TO-BACKThe teams opened a home-and-home set with the next game Friday in Detroit. The Pistons have met the same team in back-to-back games twice so far this season, losing both to the Celtics (Oct. 27 and 30) and splitting with the Rockets (Nov. 21 and 23). The Knicks have played only one such series this season, losing to the Bucks on Dec. 25 and 27.UP NEXTPistons: Host New York on Friday night.Knicks: At Detroit on Friday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ New York., featuring a starting lineup with three new players, also lost at home for a franchise-record 15th straight game.“The second night of a back-to-back, obviously coming off a big win (against Denver) and we got a lot of momentum, too,” Griffin said. “It’s important to come out and not take any team lightly and come out and just execute, let our execution take care of the game for us.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesReggie Bullock and Reggie Jackson each added 19 points for the Pistons.Newcomers Dennis Smith Jr., DeAndre Jordan and Wesley Mathews, who were acquired from Dallas in the Kristaps Porzingis trade last Thursday, all started for the Knicks in their second game with the team. 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These guys could wind up being a part of our future,” Knicks coach David Fizdale said. “I’m trying to give them the early minutes now so that they can catch up and learn our stuff pretty fast.”Mitchell Robinson added 13 points and 10 rebounds, and Kevin Knox scored 11 points for the Knicks who haven’t won since Jan. 4 against the Lakers in Los Angeles. Their last win at home was a 136-134 overtime victory against Milwaukee on Dec. 1.Griffin scored 14 points in the first quarter as the Pistons, who never trailed, led by as many as 12.The Knicks pulled to 43-42 on Allonzo Trier’s layup with 8:07 left in the second quarter. However, Detroit scored the next six points and pushed its lead to 63-54 at halftime.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Defending champ Devin Booker up against Curry brothers; Dirk Nowitzki in 3-point contest Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. New York pulled to 70-67 on Smith’s 3-pointer midway through the third, but the Knicks still trailed 78-71 heading into the fourth.“We bounced back in the second half with a defensive mindset that held them to 17 points in the third quarter and 21 in the fourth,” Pistons coach Dwane Casey said. “Every game is going to be an adventure, a challenge for us. We can’t take anybody in this league for granted.”Damyean Dotson’s 3 got the Knicks within three with 7:52 remaining. However, Detroit scored the next eight points and went on to take a game-high 14-point lead at 100-86 on Jackson’s two free throws with just under two minutes remaining.“You just got to look at the grand scheme of things,” Smith said. “There’s beauty in the struggle and ugliness in the success. You got to take it day-by-day”TIP-INS:Pistons: Jackson is the only Pistons player to appear in and start in each of the team’s 53 games. … The Pistons have beaten the Knicks five straight and lead the all-time series 207-172.Knicks: The losing streak is their longest since 2014-15 when they dropped a team-record 16 straight and finished 17-65. … Noah Vonleh is the only Knicks player to appear in all 53 of their games this season.HARD KNOXKnox, the Knicks’ lottery pick, has started 26 games during his rookie campaign. New York has gone 2-24 in those games. Named NBA Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month in December, Knox has connected on just 32.8 percent of his shots (44 of 134) since Jan. 17.STARTING OVERlast_img read more

February 18 2009 We continued the 21609 repo

first_imgFebruary 18, 2009 We continued the 2/16/09 report about construction on the AOT ramp for visitors. Construction team Andrew Woodard and Kyle Engoian, and landscaping crew Brian Fritz use a coring machine to prepare the holes that will hold post’s for the railing. [Photos & text: sa] Brian and Andrew apply a level to each post to assure a smooth attachment of the handrail. [Photo: Darina Trendafilova & text: sa] Posts are completed on the first and second levels of the ramp. This report continues. [Photo: Darina Trendafilova & text: sa]last_img read more

Sonya is a regular performer at our annual and bel

first_imgSonya is a regular performer at our annual and beloved Colly Concert, this year honoring us with her presence for Italian Night. Interestingly, Sonya Lee is the daughter of alumnus Doug Lee, who worked with Paolo Soleri during many of the early years of the Cosanti Foundation. July 12, 2017The evening’s performance featured vocalist Melina Kalomas and renowned pianist Sonya Kumiko Lee, introduced by Cosanti Foundation co-president Jeff Stein.[photos by lvb, text by kl] The duo provided a selection of pieces, both classical and opera. They spared no emotion, as each piece filled our eyes with vistas far and wide; enlarging the specious present to include, again, memories of a forgotten past, we danced. Melina Kalomas has also performed in Arcosanti concerts, prior. Beautiful voice and a supreme vibrato, Melina highlighted forms of musicality that have all but lost their audience in our modern day.center_img Friend, film producer and actor Johnny Kwon assisted with a reading of Petrarca during a piece by Liszt. Thank you to everyone that came out and made Italian Night such a special evening.last_img read more