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Joburg property now online

first_img12 July 2005Information about property in Johannesburg is now available online.The city’s economic development unit, working with the South African Property Owners Association (Sapoa), has set up two online databases – one covering 25 business nodes across the city and the other containing information about residential property in the inner city.To view the online property maps, go to City of Johannesburg e-services and click on the map. Depending on your internet connection there may be a wait for all the map data to be retrieved.The databases are to be continuously updated and extended over a three-year period at a cost of R4-million, says Li Pernegger, programme manager for economic area regeneration in the unit.Pernegger says the business node database summarises information on 25 business nodes.“The data will provide you with a snapshot of the business node at a specific point in time and the user can also compare nodes. In future you will be able to view development trends in the nodes.”The two databases are available to members of the public free of charge.The business nodes database provides information for the property sector, with an appraisal of 25 business nodes to assess their economic prospects. It also contains a brief overview of each node, including history, node description and catchment area.In due course, says Pernegger, “we will consolidate the two into one Economic Activity Areas database that contains both erf-based and property sector-related information”.The inner city database provides detailed information on buildings in parts of the inner city, giving an idea of property values across the region, from the most expensive skyscrapers to more humble dwellings.Initially, offering information on certain parts of the central business district, Braamfontein and Newtown, it will gradually be extended to cover more parts of the city.The two databases are hosted by the city’s corporate geographical information services (CGIS). In its January sitting, the council endorsed the proposal to set up a property database jointly with Sapoa, clearing the way for the joint venture, the first such partnership in the country, to be implemented.Sapoa is the representative body of the commercial and industrial property sector in the country.Source: City of Johannesburglast_img read more

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Rooibos gets a makeover

first_imgRooibos being harvested at Groenkol Rooibos Farm in the Clanwilliam district of the Western Cape. (Image: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more free photos, visit the image library) The Red Espresso drink with a distinct crema layer makes it look like a coffee although it’s made with a leaf traditionally used for tea. (Image: Kerry Walsh Photography) Tamara O’ReillyThe look, taste and health properties of a South African-invented beverage that’s neither coffee nor tea is causing quite a stir with lovers of both drinks.Red espresso is made from rooibos, the uniquely South African plant that only grows on 250km of the earth’s soil in the Cederburg Mountains in the Northern Cape Province. The drink is made in the same method as an espresso – where the coffee is brewed by forcing extremely hot water through finely ground coffee. Although red espresso is made from a plant considered a tea, it bears the distinct characteristics of an espresso – such as crema, a crème coloured foam that appears on the top of an espresso.The idea for the drink came in 2005, when Carl Pretorius, a firm coffee drinker, began realising the toll that the caffeinated drink was taking on his body. He began playing around with ideas and after months of sourcing the best rooibos and experimenting with preparation methods, he came up with a complimentary combination of a tea made like a coffee.“Red espresso offers a healthy alternative to coffee without compromising on taste or style and satisfies my need for an authentic espresso experience,” says Pretorius. “I didn’t want to give up on the ritual and sophistication of coffee, but I also didn’t want to drink an ordinary cup of tea. Delicious, full-bodied, caffeine-free and even coated with crema, red espresso is my solution to having the best of both – good health and espresso style.”The drink is caffeine free and contains five times the amount of antioxidants, which are said to help with a host of ailments like headaches, digestive problems and boosting the immune system.In its three-year-existence, the drink has become available in coffee shops, restaurants and stores around the country and has debuted to wide acclaim internationally.  It is available in the US, Canada, Portugal, Denmark, Switzerland and parts of Asia.In the first year of the drink’s launch in South Africa, more than one million cups of espresso were sold. This doubled in the second year and the product is now a staple in many homes and restaurants. Red espresso shines when made in an espresso machine or stovetop espresso machine but it can be made using other appliances like a drip coffee machine or percolator.  Like its coffee counterpart, red espresso can also be used to make lattes and cappuccinos.Coffee connoisseurs and organisations that honour innovations have also taken notice. In 2006 it won the New Product of the Year Award at the 2006 SA Food Review/Symrise New Product Competition. The competition rewards innovative food that is true to South African eating trends as well as its accompanying marketing.According to SA Food Review’s Brenda Neall, this is quite an award. “Reaching the finals of this competition, never mind winning it, takes some doing. Each entry goes under the beady scrutiny of its creator’s peers on the judging panel – including marketers, food scientists, dieticians, packaging experts, and a microbiologist. Apart from uniqueness, market demand for the product and its sustainability is carefully evaluated.”At the World Tea Expo held in Las Vegas in May 2008, it was named one of the Top 10 Tea Products. Red espresso’s greatest achievement though is winning the Best New Product award in the Specialty Beverage Category at the world’s largest coffee show organised by the Specialty Coffee Association of America.“As a South African company, bringing this award home feels like winning the World Cup. The coffee industry is huge and incredibly competitive. For us to get their endorsement is a major feat,” said Pretorius on winning the award.  “I am delighted that my invention has such global appeal. I also feel privileged to have such fantastic support and such talented people around me. It comes through in everything about red espresso.”The farm from which the rooibos is sourced takes great pride in producing and harvesting the best quality leaves. Apparently, four generations of rooibos farmers have operated from this farm, rendering the current farmers experts on the subject.   The plant thrives in the high altitude, rocky soil and a very specific climate which cannot be mimicked.Do you have any comments or queries about this article? Email Tamara O’Reilly at tamarao@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.Related articlesAn infusion of innovationSpreading the love – and profit Slackpacking in the CederburgUseful links Specialty Coffee Association of America Red Espresso SA Food Review  South African Foodieslast_img read more

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SA economy creating jobs again

first_imgReporting on its December 2009 Quarterly Employment Statistics, Stats SA said the survey had shown that the number of people employed in the formal non-agricultural sector of the country’s economy increased by about 18 000 (or +0.2%) from an estimated 8 143 000 employees to an estimated 8 161 000 employees. This is an improvement from the figures for the second quarter of 2009, when South Africa’s formal job losses totalled 98 000. 24 March 2010 However, employment in the formal non-agricultural business sector decreased between the quarters ended December 2008 and December 2009. Increase in gross earnings “The December 2009 Quarterly Employment Statistics survey shows that an estimated 8 161 000 people were employed in the formal non-agricultural business sector of the South African economy. This reflected an annual decrease of about 351 000 employees (or -4.1%) compared with December 2008 (an estimated 8 512 000 employees).” Eighteen thousand jobs were created in South Africa’s formal non-agricultural business sector between September and December 2009, Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) announced in Pretoria on Tuesday. Additionally, the gross earnings paid to employees in the formal non-agricultural business sector increased between the same quarters. Gross earnings paid to employees in the formal non-agricultural business sector increased between the quarters ended December 2008 and December 2009. According to Stats SA, in the December 2009 quarter, gross earnings paid to employees amounted to R294 509-million. “Softness in employment growth is thus likely to endure for some time.” Annual growth “This reflects an annual increase of R20 552-million (or +7.5%) compared with the quarter ended December 2008 (October 2008 to December 2008).” “The gross earnings paid to employees during the quarter ended December 2009 amounted to R294 509-million. This reflects a quarterly increase of R31 485-million (or +12%) compared with the quarter ended September 2009,” Stats SA said. Commenting on the figures, Standard Bank said: “Today’s data reflect labour market conditions that are slowly being nursed back to health. However, the labour market’s lagging indicator characteristics suggest that a substantial revival is only likely to ensue once economic conditions are more labour absorbing. Source: BuaNewslast_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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The Innovative Power Of Fiction For Entrepreneurs

first_imgWhat Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star… alan s cohen “The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing.”– Jack Kerouac, On The RoadAlthough I have worked in tech for more than two decades, I did not start there. After graduating college at the tender age of 20, I moved to Vermont, bursting with a plan to write a novel. It was my first unsuccessful venture. The project, as we say in the Valley, never made it to general availability. The beta was poor and the founder threw in the towel.But I gained many benefits from this experience that proved extremely useful in future, more successful entrepreneurial endeavors. Living in a creative discipline – writing, painting, sculpting, music, performance, etc. – forces you to look at the world as a blank canvas every day. It requires you to rely on the power of your imagination from a cold start. Isn’t that exactly what great startup founders do? A blank page screams “create and invent.” The failure mode of an artist is creating a poor copy of another one.From Darwin To DenialMy colleague Geoff Moore captured how companies innovate at each phase of their lifecycle in his book, Dealing with Darwin. With the greatest respect for the brilliant taxonomy he bequeathed to the tech industry (crossing the chasm), I would argue the most powerful innovation elixir for any company is not dealing with Darwin, but dealing with denial.Merriam Webster defines denial as a “negation in logic, ” and the greatest innovations are all about some kind of denial of reality, swimming against the tide of business logic or established engineering practices. Some of the greatest denial plays in the past few years worked against clear statements of logic – and here are five paraphrase of those propositions, along with the resulting winners and losers:“Computers and smartphones need keyboards and tapping on glass is a poor substitute”: +1 Apple -1 Blackberry.“Open source is not secure or robust enough for the Enterprise”: +1 Linux -1 Microsoft.“People will never pay $3-$4 for a cup of coffee”: +1 Starbucks -1 Dunkin Donuts, diners.“All my software must run behind my firewall”: +1 Salesforce.com -1 enterprise software vendors.“To guarantee performance and security, you must use specialized hardware such as custom ASICs:” +1 Intel, Broadcom, VMware -1 dozens of dead or dying systems companies.Finding Innovation In FictionI have a simple suggestion for the venture-inclined: crack open a novel. The more “out there,” the better. While Thomas Pynchon’s Gravity’s Rainbow or James Joyce’s Finnegan’s Wake might be a bit much to chew, find something than takes you to a different time, a different place or a different character than what you are comfortable with. Read anything by Isaac Asimov or Don DeLillo and then write a business plan.The gravity that comes with running a business can overwhelm our ability to look at something as a blank slate on which we impose our imagination. Maintaining an existing revenue stream weighs heavily upon our ability to transform technology or tinker with a successful business model. That’s why a big storage company did not build Box or DropBox, or a photography giant did not build Pinterest. How did Amazon build the greatest Infrastructure-as-a-Service company, AWS? My theory: It was already selling more novels than anyone else.Novels, Not MoviesWhile movies offer a great escape from reality, they are short stories for the mind, not novels. You need to think about reading (or writing) fiction as a software simulator for your mind.University of Toronto professor and psychology researcher Keith Oatley ,in his recent book Such Stuff as Dreams: The Psychology of Fiction, has done the research to support this logic. It’s true folks: Reading fiction helps by removing the denial that drains our imaginations. The ability to shift your thinking beyond simply accepting the conventional wisdom is frequently a key success factor in building an innovative company.When I was deciding whether to join my last startup, I was initially deeply skeptical about the viability of its technology. After the usual backdoor explorations with customers, one thing that got me past my technical concerns was an encounter of another sort. At the time, my son was reading Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 for school and I snagged it after he was done. The book inspired me to remember how the power of an idea can upset a well-established order against tremendous odds.So here is a thought: Instead of the afternoon coffee break, maybe our teams need a story break to step away from the drudgery and overwhelming flow of information flowing across our screens. Yes, exercise and down time is important. But maybe it’s time we suggest spending 20-30 minutes with Richard Russo or Cynthia Ozick. Let’s tune up everyone’s ability to deny reality. Tags:#Entrepreneurs#startups How to Get Started in China and Have Successcenter_img How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture Related Posts China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who …last_img read more

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NIA team in Bhopal to probe blast in train

first_imgA team of National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Wednesday reached Bhopal to probe the blast in a train, suspected to be a terror attack.The blast occurred near the Jabri railway station under Shajapur district, about 60 km from Bhopal.NIA officials would interact with the Madhya Pradesh police personnel and verify leads available with them to ascertain whether the explosion was a terror attack, official sources said.Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Bhupendra Singh on Tuesday said the initial investigation suggested that the blast was a terror attack and investigation was underway to unravel the conspiracy behind the incident.Ten people were injured, three of them seriously, in the blast on the Bhopal-Ujjain passenger train.Madhya Pradesh Inspector General (Intelligence) Makrand Deoskar had said the blast was carried out “by planting an improvised explosive device (IED)”.last_img read more

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Opposition Leader outraged at circulating photo

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, July 15, 2006 – The Commissioner should resign and go home according to former Premier Michael Misick who said the crime in our islands is way out of control and requires a symposium for national discussion.Opposition Leader Sharlene Robinson commented last night via media statement that she is gravely concerned for children,O for women and was also outraged at the photograph being circulated.  I quote now, “The need to preserve crime scenes when applicable is critical and the protection of the body from unauthorised photographs must be of paramount importance, not just for the rights of the victim and their families but to not expose evidence to a receiving public that may include the perpetrator. We must catch up in crime fighting and response.  Times and criminals have changed and we must employ new tactics and tools.” – Sharlene Cartwright RobinsonAll of these officials today expressed thank you to the Dominicans who volunteered and found Sorineida and condolences to the family and friends of the young woman, who was just 26 years old and had been a part of the TCI Community for at least the past four years now.  Another major call by the leaders, for those with information to come forward; the Police need the public’s help to solve crime.last_img read more

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One out of four plays sports

first_img.Only one out of every four respondents plays sports in their leisure time. They not only play in the field, but enjoy sports on television as well. They spend about one and a half hours every day in this purposes, finds the survey.The study also revealed that those who have internet facilities take part and watch sports programmes more than those who do not have access to this.Of the respondents, around half of the students said they pass time playing games in their leisure time.It also said that youth from the village areas take part in sports more than their city counterparts.Female students’ participation in sports is very little (2.1 percent) compared to male students (46.8 per cent).The division wise results said that more than one third of young people from Mymensingh take part in sports whereas the number is 18 per cent in Chittagong and 16.6 per cent in Barisal. Youths from Rajshahi and Rangpur enjoy sports on television but most of the youth from Chittagong, Khulna, Sylhet and Barisal do not enjoy watching sports that much, the survey report said.Read book, newspapers, but a littleThe youth of the country give only 45 minutes to reading newspapers and half an hour to books every day, the youth survey indicates.Allocation of such small amount of time is due to some other tasks including watching television, gathering with friends and online chatting.The study also found that female students read books more whereas male students read newspapers.The respondents, however, said they want to increase their boundary of knowledge.According to the study findings, access to internet facilities affects the respondents significantly. Those who have access to it read more books and newspapers than those who do not have the facility.A little more than one third youth (31.3 per cent) read newspapers in leisure time.The Youth Survey-2017 also suggested that the bachelors read more than the married persons.Almost half of the youth living at towns read newspapers. The rate of regular newspaper readers in villages is 38.9 per cent.Division wise, youth of Rajshahi read newspapers the most (40.7 per cent) and the rate is least in Barisal (16.3 per cent).About half of the students read newspapers. Among them, nearly three fourth are graduate and postgraduate students, the survey said.The survey findings also said that the government job holders read newspapers most (64.4 per cent) whereas housewives read least.It also revealed that the habit of reading decreases with the age.*This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Shameen Rezalast_img read more

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UN calls Myanmar massacre alarming

first_imgTen Rohingya Muslim men with their hands bound kneel in Inn Din village on 1 September 2017. ReutersThe United Nations on Friday described the details of a Reuters investigation into the killing of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar as “alarming” and said it showed the need for a thorough probe into the violence in the country’s Rakhine state.”We’re aware of this latest report, the details of which are very alarming. This once more attests to the need for a full and thorough investigation by the authorities of all violence in Rakhine State and attacks on the various communities there,” UN spokesman Farhan Haq told reporters.UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called for the release of the two detained journalists and continues to press for that, Haq said.last_img read more

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Water Bears to Travel to Martian Moon Test Theory of Transpermia

first_img(Left) The BioModule will carry 30 samples, and have a mass of 100 grams. Credit: Bruce Betts/The Planetary Society. (Right) Water bears have already shown that they can survive vacuum conditions and intense radiation. Credit: Bob Goldstein. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Russia delays Mars probe launch until 2012: report The LIFE experiment is being developed by The Planetary Society, a publicly supported organization founded in part by Carl Sagan that now has 125 member countries. The researchers will send 10 individual organisms (three of each, for a total of 30 samples) from all three domains of life – bacteria, eukaryota, and archaea – along with some native soil samples to Mars’ largest moon on the three-year mission. According to the scientists, the experiment will test part of the theory of transpermia, specifically investigating life’s ability to move between planets. In an earlier experiment in 2007, water bears flew on a spacecraft and survived the major hardships of radiation and the vacuum. In 2011, the life forms will be packed up inside a puck-like container called a BioModule with a total mass of 100 grams, which is designed to resemble a meteorite that may have carried earlier life forms between planets. After the 10-month journey to Phobos, the specimens will undergo a 4,000-g impact on the moon’s surface, spend a few weeks there in their sealed containers, and then return to Earth on board a robotic interplanetary lander that would crash-land in Kazakhstan. Scientists would then open the containers and see what was still alive.”If no microbes survive, this does not necessarily rule out the possibility of transpermia, but it certainly calls it into question more,” according to The Planetary Society’s website. “But if some of the organisms do make it alive to Phobos and back, then at least we would know that some life could indeed survive an interplanetary journey over a three-year period inside a rock.”The experiment would mark the longest time that biological samples have spent in deep space; the Biostack 1 and 2 experiments, flown during the Apollo 16 and 17 missions to the moon, traveled outside the Earth’s magnetosphere for about two weeks. To prepare for the upcoming launch, the scientists had to overcome several challenges. They tested the BioModule’s durability by violently vibrating the container while strapped to a shake table, and then shooting the container out of an air cannon to mimic the conditions it would undergo. More information: The Planetary Society: LIFE Experiment and FAQvia: Wired© 2009 PhysOrg.com (PhysOrg.com) — Tiny microscopic creatures commonly known as water bears (also called Tardigrades), along with a few other life forms, will be sent to the Martian moon Phobos to test whether organisms can survive for long periods of time in deep space. The mission, called the Living Interplanetary Flight Experiment (LIFE), was originally going to be launched earlier this month, but it has been delayed due to safety and technical issues. Currently, the scientists hope to launch the specimens on the Russian Phobos-Grunt spacecraft in 2011, the next time that the orbits of Earth and Mars offer a launch window. Explore further Citation: Water Bears to Travel to Martian Moon, Test Theory of Transpermia (2009, October 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-10-martian-moon-theory-transpermia.htmllast_img read more

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