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Patriots coach Bill Belichick won his eighth Super Bowl ring on Sunday, as New England won the lowest-scoring Super Bowl in history, 13-3. The win further cemented his place as the greatest head coach and defensive mind in the history of football.Frankly, it was easy work: all Belichick and his Patriots had to do to claim that historic win was overwhelm the Rams’ young quarterback, Bay Area native Jared Goff.ATLANTA GA. – FEBRUARY 3: New England Patriots’ Adrian Clatborn pressures Los Angeles …
The iShack offers a potential solution to South Africa’s housing delivery backlog, increasing urbanisation and the growing number of informal settlements in the country. The high-tech shack was developed to provide township communities with a reliable source of electricity and protection from extreme temperatures. Nosanjo Plaatjie and her three young children live in the iShack prototype in Enkanini, outside Stellenbosch in the Western Cape. The iShack is equipped with a photovoltaic solar panel capable of producing enough electricity to power three lights, a mobile phone charger and an outdoor motion detector spotlight. For communities living without electricity, access to power through the solar panels is one of the biggest benefits. (Images: Malcolm Worby) MEDIA CONTACTS • Andreas Keller +27 21 881 3196 RELATED ARTICLES • New way to build green homes • Entrepreneur builds internet empire • First CT homes to feed power to grid • Sunlight transforms communitiesWilma den HartighA team of researchers from Stellenbosch University’s (SU) Sustainability Institute have developed an innovative approach to upgrade housing and improve living conditions in informal settlements.The iShack, or improved shack concept, offers a potential solution to South Africa’s housing delivery backlog, increasing urbanisation and the growing number of informal settlements in the country.According to the UN Habitat State of the World’s Cities 2012/2013 report, 62% of the urban population in sub-Saharan Africa lives in slums. Such dwellings are characterised by poor living conditions and inadequate access to infrastructure such as basic energy, sanitation and water services.“Shacks are becoming the new norm – so what can we do today to improve the living conditions of people through energy intervention, lighting, cell phones, communication, upping security?” says Andreas Keller, one of the designers of the iShack.The sustainable housing concept allows people who don’t have brick and mortar houses to upgrade their existing shacks, or install new shacks, by incorporating solar power panels to meet basic energy needs, and ecological design principles to make daily living a little bit more comfortable.Solutions for South Africa’s housing challengesIn 2011, the National Research Foundation awarded a grant to SU to find ways to upgrade informal settlements, focussing on priority areas such as water, sanitation, food security, waste management, energy and general structural upgrades to shelters.The first iShack was built in October 2011. It drew the attention of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which was so impressed with the idea that it provided grant funding for a pilot project to determine if the improved shack system can be applied at a large scale.Up to 100 shacks will either be newly built or refurbished, and two lucky families are already testing the first prototypes – one new, one refurbished – in the Enkanini Township just outside Stellenbosch.For one of these residents, Nosanjo Plaatjie, a single mother who works as a domestic worker once a week, and her three young children, the brand new iShack has changed their lives.Keller explains that it is important to test how well the iShack design works in new structures, as well as those that are already standing.What does it look like?If you take a quick look at the newly-built eco-friendly shelter it doesn’t look that much different from any of the other makeshift wooden or corrugated houses in the area. But on closer inspection, the improvements are significant.Keller says the structural modifications using ecological design principles make the dwelling much more comfortable to live in.The large windows are positioned in such a way to achieve better air circulation and sunlight heating during the day. The sloped roof and overhang shades the structure on hot days, but in the winter months residents can also harness this handy feature to harvest rainwater. Solar panels provide more than just electricityKeller says that for communities living without electricity, access to power through the solar panels is one of the biggest benefits.Having electricity means that residents have more disposable income, as they don’t have to spend money on candles and paraffin for lighting and cooking.The iShack prototype is equipped with a photovoltaic solar panel capable of producing enough electricity to power three lights, a mobile phone charger and an outdoor motion detector spotlight, which reduces the risk of crime and helps people feel safer in their homes.Households can access these services on a pay-as-you-go basis, and upgrade the solar infrastructure to run more appliances such as a radio, television or fridge.With electricity residents can also charge their mobile phones at home, a luxury for many people who have to walk long distances to charge their phones elsewhere.Keller explains that a working mobile phone is a lifeline for many South Africans as it enables people to find jobs and earn a better income – as the resident of the second retrofitted iShack prototype discovered.“The man, who relies on casual painting jobs for his weekly income, was able to keep his phone charged and switched on to find more work,” he says.“Mobile phone connectivity is perhaps the greatest example of how the iShack is helping people. We take for granted the ability to be connected all the time.”Using recycled materials“One of the objectives of the project is to use existing materials,” Keller says. This also reduces the overall cost of the iShack.In the pilot houses, the developers have made use of recycled cardboard boxes and old Tetra Pak containers, such as long life milk boxes, for insulation between the exterior zinc surface and the interior.Flame-retardant paint reduces the risk of fires, and inside there are rows of recycled bricks to create a durable floor that can also protect against temperature changes.Maintenance and trainingKeller says one of the most important aspects of the project is training, education and maintenance of solar power systems. Without this, technological interventions in community upgrades often fail.To ensure the iShack concept is successful, local entrepreneurs will receive accredited training in business and engineering principles to help community members maintain the technology in their houses. Technicians will be paid from user fees.“It is important to inform residents about the type of appliances they can use,” he says. “Direct current appliances are more energy efficient and designed to run on solar energy.”“We also have to tell residents about the maintenance of solar panels, because if you don’t clean them often it will reduce their efficiency and the number of solar units you can get out of them.”Keller and his team are also looking to set up energy hubs in the communities where iShacks are built. These facilities will be the base from where trained technicians assist communities and where residents can buy suitable appliances and top up their energy accounts.
South African composers Xander Kritzinger and Andrew-John Bethke will travel to South America with two male choirs to share their uniquely South African blend of sacred, classical and jazz choral works.While in South America, the two choirs will showcase the best of the South African choral tradition, performing unique blends of sacred, classical and jazz works in a number of South African languages as well as French, Italian, Hebrew, Spanish and Latin. (Image: Cape Town Male Voice Choir, via Facebook)Mathiba MolefeTwo accomplished South African male choirs are preparing for a tour of South America in July, where they will perform award-winning compositions by two of South Africa’s leading choral composers.Composers Xander Kritzinger and Andrew-John Bethke took top honours at the Choral Composition Competition facilitated by Ekurhuleni’s Cenestra Male Choir and the Cape Town Male Voice Choir (CTMVC), sponsored by the National Lottery.Along with a chance to perform in Buenos Aires, Argentina and Montevideo, Uruguay, the two composers each received R10,000 and the respect of South Africa’s choral community. Kritzinger and Bethke received the recognition for their original compositions In Die Skadus van my Siel and A Prayer for Africa, respectively.Michael Dingaan, conductor of the Rand Afrikaans University Chorale choir, and German choral conductor and lecturer Professor Martin Berger were the judges, together with the musical directors of Cenestra and the CTMVC.“The aim of the competition was to unearth talented South African composers and bring back a focus to male choir singing,” said Lewis Rabkin, chairperson of the CTMVC.“The competition showcases the ability of South African choral composers, as we are not yet fully tapping into local potential and talent.“The grant from the National Lotteries Commission has made it possible for us to co-ordinate the Composition Competition and to send our two choirs overseas,” said Rabkin.Kritzinger and BethkeApart from being an award-winning composer and accomplished musician, Dr Andrew-John Bethke also acts as the director of music at the Grahamstown Cathedral. (Image: Diocese of Grahamstown, via Facebook)Hailing from Cape Town, organist and composer Bethke is the former director of music at Grahamstown Cathedral and Rhodes Choir conductor. Some of his other works have already been performed abroad.Commenting on his winning composition, Bethke said: “I wanted to write a piece which attempted to pull together traditional South African musical techniques and languages, rooting the piece strongly in South African traditional culture.”Before becoming an award-winning composer and renowned musician, Xander Kritzinger was a member of the greatly acclaimed Drakensberg Boys’ Choir. (Image: Xander Kritzinger, via Facebook)Kritzinger kicked off his musical career singing in the Drakensberg Boys Choir before becoming a music teacher and choirmaster of Stellenbosch High Choir and the Viva Cantare Community Choir, where he works today.Speaking about his composition, In Die Skadus van my Siel, which means “In the shadows of my soul” in Afrikaans, he says: “I wrote it at my beach house while listening to the ocean roaring. The house always brings fond memories and while being there one often tends to think about people who are no longer with us. They still dwell in the shadows of our souls, even after time.“I did not expect that the composition would win a prize, but I am delighted and honoured that the piece will be performed.”The tourWhile in South America, the two choirs will showcase the best of the South African choral tradition, performing unique blends of sacred, classical and jazz works in a number of South African languages as well as French, Italian, Hebrew, Spanish and Latin.Members of the choirs will also participate in workshops and master classes at the Melodia! South American Music Festival in which they are performing in Argentina and Uruguay.On 24 June, the CTMVC will present a preview of the tour programme at a gala farewell concert at Hugo Lambrecht’s Auditorium in Parow.All the proceeds from the concert will go to Link2Grow, a non-profit organisation that aims to empower women in Cape Town by linking those who have needs with those who have the resources to address them.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Apple Farm Service, Inc., with locations in Covington, Mechanicsburg and Botkins has been named to New Holland’s exclusive President’s Club, the highest honor New Holland bestows on a dealership. The award recognizes superior service to customers, as well as excellence and continuous improvement in business performance.New Holland President’s Club Award winners achieved the highest levels in excellence in six categories in the company’s onPoint! Dealer Standards program: service, business management, sales, marketing and customer focus, parts and facilities.“By earning this award, Apple Farm Service has met New Holland’s highest standards for dealerships, an assurance to customers of excellence in business practices,” said Bret Lieberman, New Holland Vice President, North America. “President’s Club award winners have worked very hard to deliver exceptional service and support to their customers. We’re very proud to present this type of recognition to the best of the best.”
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest On Monday, April 3rd, the Anthony Wayne FFA Chapter held their annual banquet at Nazareth Hall. At the banquet, members and guests enjoyed a delicious dinner. Following dinner, multiple members received pins to place on their jacket for their participation in CDEs (Career Development Events).Several chapter awards were presented, including:Star Greenhand member: Reegan KehresStar Chapter member: Laura CaswellOutstanding Junior member: Haley SchmersalOutstanding Senior member: Camryn Buskey110% Award: Kalie AndersonMr. & Miss Volunteers: Patrick Miller and Hannah MitchellAdditionally, the Les Disher Leadership Award is one of the highest honors that the Anthony Wayne FFA Chapter bestows on its members, and this year Marleigh Kerr received the award.At the end of the banquet, the 2016-2017 officer team gave Mrs. Short and Mrs. Bockbrader a gift, and the 2017-2108 officer team was installed.
Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… jolie odell Related Posts Tags:#start#startups When we wrote about the 22 finalists selected to pitch at Seedcamp Week 2009, there were several teams whose ideas excited us in particular. Three of our eight picks have now been announced as Seedcamp winners and will receive 50.000 and three months of advisement and assistance from the European startup accelerator program. Read on for video and details on who gets the cash, who gets to come to America, and what exactly happened this week in London.The first three startups on Seedcamp’s list of winners were also on the RWW list of startups to watch. The last winner, Talasim, we couldn’t judge because we couldn’t read the Arabic text on the site; after reading more about the concept in the comments section of our last Seedcamp Week post, we’re not surprised this team emerged victorious.And the winners are: Boxed Ice (Birmingham, UK) – Server monitoring for all website owners. Brainient (Bucharest, Romania) – Helping video publishers monetize on the increasingly growing video content. Codility (Warsaw, Poland) – First line of testing of programmers, saving employers time and money. Erply (Tallinn, Estonia) – ERP on the web. Comprehensive CRM, accounting, billing and inventory management for SMEs. Patients Know Best (Cambridge, UK) – Revolutionizing how patients interact with doctors as a start to better provided care. Talasim.com (Amman, Jordan) – The Comedy Channel of the Middle East, providing a space for self-expression and sharing humour.Check out the presentations and commentary in this rather well-put-together video:Moreover, the following Seedcamp alums have been tapped to participate in Seedcamp on the Road, making the trek to New York, San Francisco, then back across the pond. We Yankees look forward to seeing startups Advertag, Fabricly, Pearl Systems, Joobili, and VouChaCha during their American tour.Congratulations to all the winning startups! What do our readers think – were these the teams you expected to come out on top in this competition? Or do you think a great idea or two may have been passed over? Leave a comment and tell us all about it. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
Mumbai, Apr 28 (PTI) Actresses Deepika Padukone, Sonam Kapoor and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan are set to walk the red carpet at the 70th Cannes Film Festival next month.While, Aishwarya and Sonam started their Cannes journey in 2002 and 2011, respectively, this will be Deepikas debut appearance at the star-studded movie carnival.They will showcase the transformational power of make-up and a kaleidoscope of styles as they represent the cosmetic brand LOreal Paris.The three alongside Hollywood celebrities Julianne Moore and Eva Longoria will also sport the latest trends and colours from the brands collection.”Were happy to announce that Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Deepika Padukone and Sonam Kapoor will be representing LOreal Paris and India at the Cannes Film Festival this year. This year is very special to us as LOreal Paris celebrates two decades of being the official makeup partner for Cannes,” Raagjeet Garg, General Manager, LOreal Paris said in a statement.The Cannes Film Festival will run from May 17 to 28. PTI SSN JCH