first_imgNikolay Bodurov went off injured, while Sakari Mattila and Kay Voser also featured as Fulham were beaten 3-1 by West Ham in the Under-21 Premier League on Friday evening.Bodurov’s match came to an end following a 14th-minute collision with Hammers striker Luka Belic.Stephen Humphrys then put the home side ahead at Motspur Park by tapping in from Josh Smile’s cross.But the visitors hit back with two goals from Djair Parfitt-Williams and a penalty from Josh Cullen.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgJohannesburg, Monday 09 April 2018 – Following her passing at age 81 in a Johannesburg hospital on Easter Sunday, Brand South Africa highlights the important role that heroine of freedom, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, played in helping South Africa transition peacefully from apartheid to a stable democracy in 1994. Madikizela-Mandela’s courage to speak her truth and dedicate her life towards fulfilling a vision of an equitable, prosperous, better future for South Africa is what made her a truly powerful icon of freedom. A true patriot, Madikizela-Mandela faced untold hardships during the apartheid years, yet she confronted each with an inner strength and fortitude. It is her courage and bravery as well as fearless commitment to fulfilling the dream of economic and political freedom which will remain her ultimate legacy. “Her spirit, her passion…her courage, her wilfulness: I felt all of these things the moment I saw her,” said former South African President Nelson Mandela of the woman he would later marry.Her dedication to the resistance movement meant she had to push many of her personal goals aside. The first black professional social worker in South Africa, Madikizela-Mandela had been married to Mandela for just a few years, when he was sentenced to life in prison in 1962. Like many black women of her generation, she was forced to become a single mother to her two small daughters and was thrust into the limelight as a ‘political widow’. “We were hardly a year together when history deprived me of you,” she wrote in a letter to Mandela while he was in prison in 1970, published in her autobiography 491 Days, Prisoner Number 1323/69. Madikizela-Mandela took up the challenge of continuing to resist the racism and sexism that defined her generation with a maturity beyond her years.  It was thanks largely to her, that international attention remained focused on the story of Nelson Mandela and the fight against Apartheid while he served out his prison sentence. “Your formidable shadow which eclipsed me left me naked and exposed to the bitter world of a young ‘political widow’. I knew this was a crown of thorns for me but I also knew I said, ‘I Do’ for better or worse. In marrying you I was marrying the struggle of my people,” she wrote to Mandela in 1977, in a letter also published in her autobiography. It was when she was arrested by the apartheid police and taken away from her two daughters, then aged just nine and ten years old, that she was forced to bear the true weight of personal sacrifice for her people. She spent 491 days in detention, much of this in solitary confinement under unimaginably brutal conditions.  Two trials later, she was finally released. “She refused to be bowed by the imprisonment of her husband, the perpetual harassment of her family by security forces, detentions, bannings and banishment. Her courageous defiance was deeply inspirational to me, and to generations of activists,” noted Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel laureate after her passing. Former deputy chief justice Dikgang Moseneke, once part of the legal team who defended Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, said she had an “incredible ability to be able to take on injustice and soak up pain in a way that is not immediately describable.” Madikizela-Mandela traded what could have been a simple life of motherhood and marriage for an active political life.  Instead, she became fondly known as the “Mother of the Nation”, serving as a mentor and mother to many of South Africa’s young activists, including Fikile Mbalula, current chair of the ANC’s subcommittee on elections and Malusi Gigaba, now Minister of Home Affairs, both of whom who lived with Madikizela-Mandela as young members of the party’s Youth League. “Mam’ Winnie lost her innocence because of a struggle she actually didn’t choose, the struggle entrusted upon her by the husband she chose and the people she identified with – the vulnerable people who were discriminated because of apartheid,” said Sello Hatang, CEO of the Nelson Mandela Foundation in tribute to her. Actress Terry Pheto who played Madikizela-Mandela in the BET drama Madiba, said she grew up looking up to Winnie, because her mother did as well.  “I was very aware of her journey, her struggles and her fights. Because of that, it was important for me to see this role as I’ve always seen her; an important and necessary figure in our time,” Pheto said in an interview in 2017 with HuffPost. Although separated for 27 years while Mandela was in prison, the couple communicated through a series of emotion-filled hand-written letters. In one, also published in 491 Days she wrote: “As you say, our goal is [a] free Africa, my love I have never had any doubts about that.”  It was this vision that inspired the couple to dedicate their lives to fulfilling their dream of a free South Africa. Madikizela-Mandela came to represent the hopes and dreams of millions of oppressed South Africans. “Let us draw inspiration from the struggles that she fought and the dream of a better society to which she dedicated her life,” said South African President Cyril Ramaphosa in tribute to Madikizela-Mandela. As South Africa mourns the loss of a brave, courageous leader. We also celebrate her sacrifices and achievements over a lifetime of dedicated service to and making the dream of a free and prosperous South Africa a reality. Brand South Africa’s CEO Dr Kingsley Makhubela, who lived with Madikizela-Mandela after her husband Nelson Mandela’s release from prison expressed his sadness saying “It is truly with great sadness to have lost the Mother of the Nation. We are forever grateful for the role she played in securing our freedom. We indeed need to celebrate her legacy.”Hamba Kahle Mama. Please contact Tsabeng Nthite on +27 76 371 6810 if you would like to interview any of the following people about Winnie Madikizela-Mandela: Brand SA CEO, Dr Kingsley MakhubelaFikile Mbalula, Chair of the ANC’s subcommittee on electionsMalusi Gigaba, Minister of Home AffairsSello Hatang, CEO of Nelson Mandela FoundationDikgang Moseneke, Former Deputy Chief Justice, Terry Pheto, Actress who played Winnie Madikizela-Mandelalast_img read more

first_img SharePrint RelatedGroundspeak Weekly Mailer – February 24, 2011February 24, 2011In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”7 Tips to Attending a Mega-EventOctober 26, 2011In “Community”11 Years! Oeiras – A Mega-Event Portuguese StyleMay 16, 2011In “Community” Groundspeak Lackeys Travel the World to Attend Mega-Events Add one more item to your Mega-Event “to-do” list: meet a Groundspeak Lackey. “Lackey” is an affectionate term for Geocaching.com employees. Lackeys are traveling to nearly 20 Mega-Events around the world this year to share smiles, shake hands, and make geocaching memories with our fellow geocachers.Find a Lackey at Mega-Events in the United States, Canada, Portugal, New Zealand, Australia, the United Kingdom, Germany, Finland, and the Czech Republic. We’d love to meet you and to hear your geocaching stories! Come find a Lackey at any one (or two, or three) of these Mega-Events:Albury-Wodonga, Australia – Oz MegaNordrhein-Westfalen, Germany – Dosenfischer im RuhrtalIowa, United States – MOGA 2012Lisbon, Portugal – 12 Years Geocaching | PortugalNew York, United States – ASPGB VIIIndiana, United States – GeoWoodstock XLeipzig, Germany – Project: GeoGamesBritish Columbia, Canada – Island Spirit 2012Ontario, Canada – COG Spring Fling 8West Midlands, United Kingdom – PirateMania VOhio, United States – Midwest Geobash 2012Turku, Finland – MEGA Finland 2012Lisbon, Portugal – Geocoinfest Europe 2012Cumbria, United Kingdom – North West England 2012Wisconsin, United States – West Bend $1000 Cache Ba$h 2012Moravia, Czech Republic – MEGA Moravia 2012Colorado, United States – Geocoinfest U.S. 2012Dunedin, New Zealand – NZ MEGA 2012…See all Mega-Events this year! Benefits of Adding Home CoordinatesPlease enter your home coordinates so we can provide information on new geocaches and geocaching events near you.Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

first_img2.0%Carbon neutral For example, a homeowner carrying a current mortgage of $272,300 with equity of $12,000 would have a mortgage balance of $260,300. At 6% interest, the monthly mortgage payment would be $1633. If this homeowner wants to qualify for the 2.5% interest rate, he will need to renovate his home to use 75% less energy than that required by code, immediately creating jobs and putting construction teams back to work.The cost of renovation would be approximately $51,250, which includes a solar system. The solar system would qualify for a $7,000 tax credit. The cost of the renovation, minus the tax credit, would be added to the mortgage balance, bringing the new mortgage to $304,550. However, because of the significantly lower interest rate, i.e. 2.5%, the new mortgage payment is now $1203, a savings of $430 per month. With the additional monthly savings on energy bills of approximately $145, this homeowner would save a total of $575 per month.Making a significant investment in energy efficiency in Frank’s home results in lower energy bills. Combine that with the reduced rate, and most folks would come out of the refinancing with a net positive monthly cash flow. Sounds great!This would immediately create jobs and get people spending, or at least saving again. Mazria goes on to explain that the proposal could create 9 million jobs and $1 trillion in private spending in the next two years and pay for itself every year by the increased tax base.You can read more about this in “The Architecture 2030 Challenge Stimulus Plan.”During the question-and-answer session after Mazria’s speech, a builder in the audience asked where the experienced and knowledgeable trades were to be found to perform this plethora of work. He stated that he had trouble finding people who were qualified to do traditional work well, let alone green work. There is no doubt in my mind that there are very knowledgeable builders and trades out there; many in my area have done incredible green work on my homes. However, an effort of this size and scope will need more green leadership than currently exists. Mazria responded by saying that the majority of the current building workforce is itching to get work, and they will jump at the chance to do any work, green or otherwise. While this is true, it doesn’t get to the heart of the issue.If stimulus money is spent on green upfit, and the upfit doesn’t perform in a green manner, then we have lost this battle. The bad press will spread like wildfire. “’Green Building’ is Bunk, Studies Show.” “’Energy Efficiency Doesn’t Work!’” and on and on. Of course, the truth is that it does work, but the media outlets are broken. In 2009, perception is reality, so if the news says it, it is rote.So how do we avoid this impending doom? Training, my friends. I love Mazria’s proposal, but it absolutely must be accompanied by a massive training effort for the entire building industry. Real training about real green building. The “green bling” (solar photovoltaic, green roofs, bamboo) can be great, but this initiative needs to focus on the less glamorous practices of proper insulation technique, air sealing, proper ventilation, window installation, flashing, water heating efficiency. To me, these things are both glamorous and sexy. Crawl-space sealing should be considered HOT! Only after these bases are totally covered should we start to spend time on the “poster children” of the green movement. We are at the beginning of the whirlwind of change, and we must keep the momentum going.Here’s a summary of what I have rambled about over the last five posts: 1. “Can’t We All Just Get Along?” Let’s put aside our differences in the green-building industry and use our collective knowledge to improve existing programs so that we don’t waste time reinventing the wheel. Mortgage Interest Rate* (Energy Savings)2030 Challenge Energy Reduction 2.5%75% below code 3.5%50% below code 2. “I Had a Horrible Stats Professor…” All of the players seem to have the same goal: to build better buildings. If we get lost in the trees, we won’t see the forest. Let me know what you think in the comments below: HOW CAN EFFECTIVE GREEN TRAINING BE IMPLEMENTED ACROSS THE COUNTRY? 3. “…Lessons in Hot Air and Sticks and Stones” are distracting, and the devil is in the details. Save the insults and catch flies with honey. Lots of the more complex strategies in green building can be properly implemented if the installers know why they are doing it. 4.0% 30% below code 5. And finally, “It’s the Training, Really Competent, Capable, Nice People!” Money is going to be spent on energy efficiency and green-building products and practices. It is inevitable that some of this money will be misspent, but there must be a huge training component accompanying every “green” dollar that goes out in the stimulus that must be implemented in every town receiving funding. Musings on Mazria, Lstiburek and Gifford: Part FiveAm I beating a dead horse with this subtitle? I’ll make this the last entry in the series and move on. This post will be the cathartic culmination of my scattered thought process throughout. At the Southface Greenprints Conference in Atlanta last month, I was privileged to see Ed Mazria speak about Architecture 2030 as it relates to current economic and environmental upheaval. He spent some time talking about and visualizing the effects of global climate change and sea level rise on familiar coastal cities in the United States. He shared the summative conclusion of his 2003 article, “It’s the Architecture, Stupid!”, in which he states that architects hold the lion’s share of the responsibility when it comes to sustainable building practices because they situate, design, and spec the majority of commercial built space in the world.He then dove into a hypothetical example of his proposal to right the US economy, at least partially. In the example, a fictional homeowner, let’s call him Frank, seeks to improve the energy efficiency of his home by 75%. To achieve this, he needs to refinance. Mazria proposes that Frank be approved to refinance and, because he is significantly improving the efficiency of his home, that the federal government utilizes stimulus funds to “buy down” his interest rate: 4. “The Dogma Syndrome!” We have to trust that both the workforce and homeowners can understand the concepts behind why green building works. Telling someone “how” is not the same as telling them “why.” Teach them to fish.last_img read more

first_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in This article is only available to GBA Prime Members When Katrin Klingenberg designed the first single-family Passivhaus in the U.S. in 2003, she used 12-inch-deep I-joists (TJIs) as wall studs. Located in Urbana, Illinois, the house was sheathed on the exterior side of the vertical I-joists with vapor-permeable fiberboard and on the interior with OSB, which acted as an interior air barrier, an interior vapor retarder, and structural bracing. The bays of the engineered studs were filled with blown-in fiberglass insulation.In 2007, Klingenberg explained the principles behind her preferred wall design: “OSB has a vapor permeability of about 0.8 (considered to be semi-impermeable; that’s why we use it as vapor retarder on the inside of our frame work). … The rule of thumb for designing a diffusion-open wall assembly in heating climates is, that the outside sheathing should have a minimum of five times the permeability of the inside vapor retarder … So, with the use of the bituminous-coated structural fiberboard on the outside of our wall assemblies we are just in range.”Klingenberg used the same wall system on several subsequent projects, including two single-family homes on Fairview Avenue in Urbana, Illinois.In 2004, I interviewed Tom Huettner, one of the carpenters who (along with Ed Sindelar) built the first Klingenberg-designed Passivhaus in 2003. Huettner explained that the wall system was “based on a German design.” Klingenberg told me that she consulted a German document (“Balloon und Platform Framing Details”) published by Weyerhauser. Because aspects of this wall assembly have roots in Germany, many American builders assume that the system is common in Europe. In fact, few European builders use the system.After completing her house, Klingenberg went on to found the Passive House Institute U.S. Klingenberg is a frequent public speaker on the topic of Passivhaus construction techniques, so her wall details have been copied by cold-climate builders all over the… center_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.last_img read more

first_imgOn November 7, when MPs, MLAs and functionaries of the Trinamool Congress were summoned to the party headquarters in Kolkata, they thought they would be attending a routine meeting chaired by their leader Mamata Banerjee, the West Bengal Chief Minister.Only on reaching the venue did they realise that Prashant Kishor, the high-profile strategist hired by the party to boost its prospects in the 2021 Assembly elections, was waiting to hand them their report cards and pull up those who had been found wanting.Two meetings were held on that day. The first, of party leaders belonging to the Scheduled Castes (SC) and Schedules Tribes (ST), lasted about two hours and was anchored solely by Mr. Kishor, with Ms. Banerjee choosing to be a spectator. The 294-seat West Bengal Assembly has 68 seats reserved for SCs and 16 for STs, and the party had fared poorly in these regions in this year Lok Sabha election. The second meeting, of the party’s elected representatives and office-bearers, lasted nearly 90 minutes and was chaired by Ms. Banerjee, with Mr. Kishor by her side.‘Taken by surprise’“The MLAs were taken aback that Prashant Kishor knew exactly what they had been up to. He pulled up those who were taking the directives of the Chief Minister — such as spending nights in villages — lightly. He also scolded those who were engaged in self-propaganda rather than promoting Ms. Banerjee and her welfare schemes,” a source who was present at both the meetings said.“This was probably the first time an outsider addressed what was meant to be a party meeting. [Mr. Kishor’s] team seemed to have done their homework meticulously because he had precise information about the activities of the MLAs,” the source said, adding that two Ministers hailing from north Bengal were particularly picked out for admonishment.Mr. Kishor, according to the source, asked the MLAs to give a big push to the ‘Didi Ke Bolo (Reach out to Didi)’ initiative, which he felt was losing steam because of the lack of required interest shown by them. He asked them to popularise her schemes so that people could distinguish between the State and Central schemes. The MLAs, the source said, were asked to identify people who otherwise worked for the Trinamool Congress but voted for the BJP during elections.Ms. Banerjee, who has been worried ever since the BJP staged an impressive performance in the State in the 2019 elections, also asked the MLAs to pull up their socks and warned some of them that she was giving them one last chance, the source said. She asked them — according to the source — to avoid attacks on individual BJP leaders and focus on campaigning against the BJP government’s policies, such as the proposal for a National Register of Citizens in West Bengal.last_img read more

first_imgChelsea boss Sarri tells Pochettino: You need a trophy – like meby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri says Tottenham rival Mauricio Pochettino needs to win a trophy – just like him.Ahead of Tuesday night’s Carabao Cup semi-final between the sides, Sarri admitted his admiration for the Argentine.Sarri said, “He (Pochettino) is a very good coach, one of the best at the moment. I agree he has to win a trophy, I hope not this one. I think it is the same for me. Of course Pochettino is in Tottenham from four years ago and I am here for six months.”I think the first season is really very difficult for everybody, for Pochettino, for Jurgen Klopp. Also for Pep Guardiola, so here it is really very difficult to build up a very good team. You need time.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Ex-AC Milan director Gandini questions Elliott directionby Carlos Volcano12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer AC Milan director Umberto Gandini has questioned Elliott Management’s handling of the club.Gandini commented on the work of chief exec Ivan Gazidis.He said, “This is a very different club to all the others, because the owners aren’t involved in football. Their objective is to restructure Milan, get it close to what it ought to be worth and then monetize on their investment.“I’ve known Gazidis for many years and I told him that being a CEO in Italy is very different to in other nations, as he’d have to answer for his decisions.“Up until recently, I asked myself who are Milan, as they need to have a face and right now, they don’t. Is it the owner who decides, Gazidis, the President or the Coach? Before, their face was Gennaro Gattuso.” last_img read more

first_imgArsenal boss Emery unconcerned about Nketiah at Leeds: I respect Bielsaby Freddie Taylor5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal manager Unai Emery is unconcerned about Eddie Nketiah’s loan at Leeds United.The 20-year-old striker has struggled for game time at Elland Road this season.”Now is not the moment, we are in October,” said the Spaniard. “He is in Leeds and I respect the coach and his decision.”Firstly I respect his coach (Marcelo Bielsa) and his decision. I think he is going to play more. He is going to deserve it.”Each match he plays with Leeds and the national team is important for him and important for Arsenal also because we want him to get confidence and take experience and use it in the future for us.”He is doing it. He is maybe playing less than we want, but I am sure he will play more.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more