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A climate made for sport

first_img20 May 2004Many factors need to combine to produce peak performances from athletes. Some things can be controlled, others are beyond human control. Weather is one of those things.Having the right training equipment, having the right facilities, having the right mental approach to sport helps athletes to excel. Having ideal conditions for sport is another huge factor in determining how successful an athlete will be.South Africans have a great advantage because the country’s climate is a wonderful advertisement for the outdoor lifestyle. In recent years, top athletes from far afield have begun to discover how good it is, too.Athletics stars like Maria Mutola, Kelly Holmes, Gabriela Szabo, Michael Johnson, Tim Montgomery and Frank Fredericks have used the country as a winter training base, and it has served them well.The country’s climate encourages its people to get outside, to be active, to participate in some sort of sporting challenge.And the list of available sports goes well beyond the country’s “big three” (rugby, soccer and cricket): try archery, angling, baseball, biathlon, bowls, canoeing, climbing, cycling, duathlon, equestrianism, freediving, inflatable boating, lifesaving, orienteering, polocrosse, rowing, snow sports, softball, swimming, triathlon, volleyball, waterskiing … the list goes on.There’s enough variation in South Africa’s climate to allow for cold weather sports to be practised. The real winner, though, is definitely the country’s sunshine.Some years back, when Alex Braun was media liaison manager for the Springboks, I managed to sit down with him and have a long chat. Braun is an Australian, and at that time Australia was, it seemed, winning nearly everything worldwide in a wide variety of sports.I asked Braun why this was; his answer was that it lay in the sunny conditions Down Under. It made the people tough and hardnosed, he said, perfect attributes for top sportspeople.Recently, while researching golf tourism in the country, I telephoned people at golf clubs around the country to find out what was attracting golfers to South Africa’s shores. One answer was given without fail: the country’s weather.Golf estates have taken off in recent times, and especially in the coastal regions foreigners have been quick to snap up prime properties located alongside top class courses.Top sports stars have got in on the act too. Golfing superstars Ernie Els and Nick Price own properties on the southern Cape coast, while Mount Edgcombe in Kwazulu-Natal is well known as home to many of rugby’s Sharks players.It’s obvious: sport and the South African climate go hand-in-hand. Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Major award for South African film

first_img27 October 2010 South African production Skeem scooped the coveted Audience Choice Award at the recent Abu Dhabi Film Festival, showing that locally directed movies are holding their own among global industry heavyweights. The festival ran from 13 to 22 October. The film will be released in South African theatres on 28 October. Made by South African Tim Greene, Skeem was up against films with big-name directors like Martin Scorsese, Wim Wenders, George Clooney, Steven Soderbergh, Werner Hertzog and Terry Gilliam. The Audience Choice Award came with US$50 000 (around R400 000) in prize money.‘A film that people would want to see’ Greene said: “I set out to make a film that people would want to see, and so to know that they enjoyed it, is immensely gratifying. If you look at the cast lists of the films we were competing against, they’re all A-list Hollywood celebs.” Greene added that the honour made him proud of South African stars and that he was humbled by the recognition. This is Greene’s second feature film after 2004’s A Boy Called Twist, which centred around a young Cape Town beggar and was based on Charles Dickens novel Oliver Twist.All-South African cast The film, set in a rundown resort, follows the comedic exploits of a group of small-time crooks and greedy holidaymakers as they try to get their hands on a box full of money. It boasts an all-star South African cast who have featured in some of the biggest films made in South Africa. They include: Kenneth Nkosi, Rapulana Seiphemo, Casey B Dolan, Grant Swanby, Terence Bridgett, Zikhona Sodlaka, David Isaacs and Kurt Schoonraad Zaheer Goodman-Bhyat, the film’s producer, said: “To actually win the audience award is a dream come true. To think that our local comedy film can travel and can be relevant to a global audience and compete successfully with the best films in the world gives me hope for the future of South African films.” Bhyat added that the nomination in itself was an honour.Made in the Middle East The Abu Dhabi Film Festival (ADFF) has been an annual event since 2007, with the aim of livening up film culture in the Middle East. When it was started it was known as the Middle East International Film Festival, with a commitment to showcasing work by filmmakers from that region. This has changed to include international films. This year saw films, producers, directors and actors being honoured in the following categories: the Narrative Feature Competition; New Horizons Competition; Documentary Feature Competition; Our World Competition; ADFF Audience Choice Award; ADFF Fipresci Award, and ADFF Netpac Award. Awards with the highest prize money of $100 000 went to the: Best Narrative Film, Chicken with Plums by Marjane Satrapi; Best Film, Stories Only Exist When Remembered by Julia Murat; and Best Documentary, Position Among the Stars by Leonard Retel Helmrich.SA’s booming film industry South African films are notching up top honours at international festivals and award shows, which is testament to the country’s growing and vibrant industry. Hollywood has even used South Africa for film locations, with the next James Bond movie being filmed in Cape Town. Other big-budget Hollywood films that have been filmed on location are Lord of War starring Nicolas Cage and Blood Diamond with Leonardo DiCaprio. This has had a ripple effect with South African actors and actresses getting parts in international productions. These include Terry Pheto in The Bold and the Beautiful and Nondumiso Tembe in True Blood. Tsotsi, directed by South African Gavin Hood, gave Pheto an international boost after it won an Academy Award for best foreign language film in 2006. The gritty drama focuses on the life of a young gangster from Soweto. First published by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.last_img read more

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Trupointe Cooperative announces retirement of Wallace

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Gordon WallaceVice President and COO of Trupointe Cooperative, Inc., Gordon Wallace, will retire August 31, 2016 after 42 years in the agricultural industry.Wallace began his career in 1974 with Clark Landmark, as an agronomy salesman, after graduation from The Ohio State University. He went on to be named general manager/CEO in 1985 of the same cooperative, with sales of $24M his first year. Over the next 25 years, Wallace would lead the cooperative as CEO through many changes including the 2000 merger of AgriUrban, AgTech, Clark Landmark and Clinton Landmark to become Southwest Landmark. In 2010, Wallace helped to lead a vision to bring Southwest Landmark and Advanced Agri-Solutions Cooperatives together to form Trupointe Cooperative, with sales of $496M. Wallace has served as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Trupointe.“Our cooperative would not be where it is at today without the contributions made by Gordon. He has provided much leadership over the years and we wish him well in his retirement,” said John Lowry, Board Chairman.“It has been a privilege for me to work in a great industry and with many good people for the past 42 years,”  Wallace said.Wallace has also played an active part in the agricultural industry; serving on the Board of Cooperative Business International, the Board of the Cooperative Pension and Savings Plans, the Vice President’s Advisory Board for the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University, and serving as a past chairman of The Ohio AgriBusiness Association.last_img read more

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The New Networking Reality – Welcome to the Age of the Zettabyte

first_imgOn a per month basis, the total amount of data flowing on a monthly basis in 2014 will be nearly 64 exabytes of global IP traffic per month. Just for perspective, one exabyte equals 50,000 years of DVD video.It’s a mind boggling number but is reflective of a number of other trends that we are covering on almost a daily basis at ReadWriteWeb.Advancement in virtualization are driving the current competition. Cisco is leading the market but it does have its challengers, which until recently were not seen as much of a threat. That’s changing as the data center becomes in essence one virtualized computer with the network as the backplane.Zeus Kerravala of Yankee Group makes the backplane analogy and says this new dynamic is creating more disruption than the market has seen in a long time:“So what does this all mean? It means that for the first time in a long time, simply buying the status quo may not be the right decision. Much of the decision may depend on whose compute and virtualization technology is used. The ability to solve the virtualization problem will far outweigh brand, the number of certified engineers or market share as this is the computing foundation companies will use for the next decade. Only time will tell whose solution works best but for the first time in a long time, we’ve got a fair fight on our hands.”What’s at stake is represented in the projections that Cisco is presenting in its report. Network innovation will be required to sustain these levels of traffic:North America will generate the most IP traffic with 19 exabytes per month.The fastest growing region will be Latin America with a 51% compound annual growth rate.Video will dominate, exceeding 91% of global traffic.In 2014, about 87% of traffic will be generated by consumers. From 2009-2014, global mobile data traffic will increase 39 times. alex williams A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#web In four years, Internet Protocol (IP) traffic will increase fourfold to 767 exabytes, or more than three-quarters of a zettabyte. That is equivalent to 16 billion DVDs; 21 trillion MP3’s; or 399 quadrillion text messages.That’s the conclusion of Cisco’s annual Visual Networking Index, a report that demonstrates how data will soon become ubiquitous and why the networking race is becoming one to watch.We are in the midst of a time when cloud computing and virtualization go way beyond affecting just servers and storage. The network is deeply affected, too, as the client/server system to deliver applications to users is replaced by cloud computing and virtualized environments.Layer on top the exponential data that traverses IP networks and the competitive environment only gets more interesting.Mike Banic, vice president of enterprise marketing for Juniper Networks puts it this way in an interview this week in IT Business Edge:“Server-to-server traffic over the old network is equivalent to flying from Boston to New York City via Buffalo, Chicago, and Philadelphia and having to go through security again at every stop. The new network must deliver a direct flight with a streamlined security process to improve the experience for users and lower the cost of deploying and operating the data center network.”And that’s just with today’s amount of data. According to Cisco, the amount of data traveling across IP networks in 2014 will be 10 times the total of all traffic traveling across IP networks in 2008. Related Posts center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… How the IP network of the future behaves will be in large part shaped by the realities of exponential data flows.To win, Cisco is betting on its established presence in the market and its unified communications strategy. Juniper is betting on its vision of network fabric. Avaya is in the race, too, We still have to see how HP emerges but its mantra about openness and simplicity has helped it catch up to Cisco. It may be in the best position of all with its servers, storage and arsenal of computing power, management software and services.Will the cost benefits of a simpler, open network outweigh the benefits of Cisco’s tremendous technology infrastructure? How will the data disruption affect the networking giants?Those are the big question as we continue to adapt to a world where science fiction seems more like reality every day.last_img read more

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Fiberglass Insulation Manufacturer Tackles Installation Quality

first_imgOwens Corning’s push for Grade 1 installationOwens Corning, of course, is the company I’m talking about. The photo at right, from their 12-page guide, Achieving Grade 1 with Fiberglass Batts (pdf), shows their trademarked pink insulation. The guide begins with some general information about what it means to get to RESNET’s Grade 1 in insulation installation quality. It also includes a nice checklist that builders and insulation installers can use to help ensure they get Grade 1 when installing fiberglass batts.The guide closes with four pages of photos on the right and wrong ways to install insulation. They hit on some of the critical areas that cause most of the problems preventing installers from getting Grade 1 assigned to their work by the home energy raters who inspect the work. One of these pairs of photos is displayed at the bottom of this page as Image #2. RELATED ARTICLES A helpful video for installersIn addition to the 12-page guide, Owens Corning also produced a really nice video. In 11 minutes, they cover pretty much everything installers need to know to get to grade 1 installation quality. It’s on YouTube, but you can watch it right here, too. Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, energy consultant, RESNET-certified trainer, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. Check out his in-depth course, Mastering Building Science at Heatspring Learning Institute, and follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard. If the style of that image looks familiar, you may recognize that it’s from the Energy Star Version 3 training materials. Owens Corning has referenced the Energy Star Thermal Enclosure Rater Checklist (TERC) in this document so installers know why they’re getting docked, at least for Energy Star homes. (Advanced Energy, which put together the ESV3 materials, also prepared this document for Owens Corning.)The insulation installation grading protocol is from Appendix A in RESNET’s Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Standards. I wrote about how to grade installation quality of insulation a while back, so you can check that article for more details about what’s behind the grades: 1, 2, or 3. (The short version is that Grade 1 is the best, and the parameters that govern the grade are the percentage of area with missing insulation and how much compression or incompletely filled areas there are.) A good start, but…I think this represents good progress for the fiberglass insulation industry. Fiberglass insulation, especially in batt form, has a pretty bad reputation among home energy pros. I’m going to say something now that I’m sure will lead to some interesting discussion below: The problem isn’t the material. The problem lies in the design and installation. Fiberglass batt insulation can work just fine in assemblies designed to make good installation possible and when installers take the time to do it right. Yes, it will cost more, but as usual, you get what you pay for.Owens Corning has made a good start. They need to push harder, though. A lot harder. They put out these materials last summer, but if you don’t know where they are, you’ll have great difficulty finding them. I looked all over the fiberglass insulation part of their website and couldn’t find them. I had to go back to an email I received last summer to dig up the links. Come on, OC. Put these things front and center so anyone going to your site will see them.Still, kudos to Owens Corning for this start. It’s much better than trying to pretend the problem doesn’t exist or squashing negative publicity about fiberglass batts. (Oh, come on. No manufacturer would do that. Would they?)Fiberglass insulation isn’t going away. Let’s make sure it’s done right. One of the major fiberglass insulation manufacturers (the color in the lead photo gives away which one I’m talking about) is getting serious about the installation quality of fiberglass batt insulation. They’ve put out a video (embedded below) and a document showing how to achieve RESNET Grade 1 installation quality with fiberglass batts. Have you seen these things yet? Installing Fiberglass RightShould Batt Insulation Be Outlawed?GBA Encyclopedia: Batt and Blanket InsulationGrading the Installation Quality of Insulationlast_img read more

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Racela keeps faith in TNT import Joshua Smith

first_imgMike Myers. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net“He’s our stand-in import,” bared TNT team manager Virgil Villavicencio, as both Smith and Myers attended the pre-Finals press conference at Sambokojin in Libis on Monday.TNT coach Nash Racela is keeping his faith in Smith.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“In my mind, it’s still Joshua,” Racela said.Joshua Smith speaks with the media during a pre-finals press conference on Monday, June 19, 2017, at Sambokojin in Eastwood, Libis. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSmith is still recovering from a torn ligament in his right foot, an injury he sustained early in Game 3 of TNT’s semifinals series against Ginebra. Uncertainty still looms over the TNT camp regarding which import the team is fielding in for Game 1 of the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals.Though Joshua Smith showed signs of promise days before Game 1, the KaTropa have left no stones unturned as they flew in a possible replacement import in Mike Myers.ADVERTISEMENT Racela keeps faith in TNT import Joshua Smith2.3K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 “Of course at this point, if we could, we want to stick with Joshua. He’s familiar with the game, with the PBA, the officiating. He’s been with the team for a month and a half, so the question is why replace him if he can play?” he said. “If we can stick with him until the last game, then we will. If he can play Game 1, then we’ll stick with him.”Smith thinks he can still be of use for the KaTropa in their title quest.“I’m just taking it day by day. I feel good. The last two days really helped. I’m ready.”Smith reiterated that regardless of his condition, the goal is still the same which is to win a title.“I came over with one goal, to help TNT win the championship. We’re going up against a really good team. I just hope it’s a great series,” he saidADVERTISEMENT MOST READ From UAAP to PBA, Austria and Racela renew coaching battle in finals Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games LATEST STORIES Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next What ‘missteps’? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH View comments Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’last_img read more

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