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UN cash boost for Nepad

first_img4 February 2003Efforts to develop Africa received a boost on Tuesday when the United Nations Development Programme injected more than R29-million into the coffers of Africa’s recovery plan, the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad).The head of Nepad’s steering committee, Wiseman Nkuhlu, and UNDP representative John Ohiorhenuan, signed off the money in Midrand, near Johannesburg.The money will be used over the next 15 months to set up a Nepad advisory panel, put together a technical support facility, and build capacity within its steering committee to enhance its work.According to Ohiorhenuan, the aid was in recognition of the “brilliant” work done by the committee and the African leaders to popularise Nepad, which is aimed at pulling the continent out of its economic and social woes.The plan – also endorsed by developed nations, including the G8 and European Union – seeks to open massive investment opportunities for Africa in exchange for good governance, respect for human rights and the rule of law, aiming for rapid development and an annual economic growth rate of seven percent for the continent by 2015.Nepad also aims to build capacity in African agriculture, human resources, and information and communications technology, among other sectors.Ohiorhenuan said Nepad has the potential of turning around the continent’s developmental and economic misfortunes, as it is being taken “seriously” by the world’s nations, particularly by the African leaders who crafted it.The plan was devised by South African President and African Union chairman Thabo Mbeki, Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo, Algerian leader Abdelaziz Bouteflika and Senegalese president Abdoulayi Wade.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Raising hands for 4-H

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio is winning and I decided I want to try and keep it that way.As part of its “Raise Your Hand” campaign, National 4-H wants alumni to sign in at 4-H.org/alumni. The state with the most registered alumni by the end of June will bring home $20,000 to use towards 4-H programming. On May 23, Ohio led the national competition with 10,501 alumni. Coming in second was Indiana with 7,677. Texas was third with 4,495.I remember watching in awe as something I built as a nine-year-old launched into the heavens. One of my first 4-H projects was rocketry and I still remember the euphoria as I gazed skyward at my rocket soaring over the Hancock County corn fields. That project was by no means the most influential part of 4-H for me, but a fond early memory from the program that was a part of my life for many years.I signed up last week to add to Ohio’s total and hopefully all of you former Buckeye 4-Hers will do the same. It doesn’t take long. My many 4-H projects, including photography, creative writing, various livestock projects, tree planting knot-tying, and rocketry helped to teach me skills that I use regularly, if not daily, in my current profession. (OK, so not really rocketry). The organization provided not only those skills, but also helped me to develop leadership and social skills that have helped to make me who I am today.Ohio State is highlighting Shelley Meyer (wife to  football coach Urban Meyer) who also “raised her hand” as an alum of 4-H, the national youth development program, by reciting the 4-H pledge for a social media effort. For  Meyer, 4-H helped prepare her for the public life she leads as the first lady of Buckeye football.“I was president of our club, so I developed leadership skills. You have to get up in front of judges and talk about your outfit (she took sewing projects), so you develop speaking skills and confidence. Plus, you are relating to people all of the time,” Meyer said.While she grew up on a livestock farm, helped bale hay and drive a tractor, Meyer did not take livestock projects. She does still remember, though, the beige terry cloth sweatsuit she sewed and serving as the Miss Ross County Junior Fair Queen.last_img read more

An Insulated Cathedral Ceiling for a European Passivhaus

first_imgEditor’s note: The author, Bill Butcher, is a Certified Passive House Consultant who was project leader on the Denby Dale Passivhaus and is currently leading the Golcar Passivhaus project, a 2,700-square foot three-bedroom house in Golcar, West Yorkshire, England. Some of the technical and construction-related terms used in Bill’s essay have been translated from British English to American English.At the Golcar Passivhaus, we’ve gone for an insulated roof assembly to create extra space in the attic area, as opposed to the uninsulated roof we created for the Denby Dale project. You get the advantage of having the extra space and room, but inevitably an insulated roof assembly is the more expensive option, as it is a more complicated build.The roof detailing at the Golcar Passivhaus is in fact similar to that at our Stirley Farm EnerPHit project. RELATED ARTICLES How to Build an Insulated Cathedral CeilingEuropean Products for Building Tight HomesThe Klingenberg Wall WindtightnessThe roof needs to be windtight and vapor-open on the outside; on the inside, it needs to be vapor-closed and airtight.In Stirley we used a wood-fiber vapor-open sarking board for the roof sheathing. In contrast, at Golcar we’ve used Solitex windtightness membrane (an air barrier membrane) because of the need for traditional detailing at the eaves and rakes (see Image #3, below).To further reduce the thermal bridging of the I-joists we’ve used a continuous 50 mm (2-inch) rigid polyurethane insulation board on the interior of the roof assmbly, sandwiching the Intello membrane (a smart vapor retarder).Build-up of the roofThe layers of the roof assembly are shown in Image #4, below. From the outside in, here are the layers:Natural slatesBattens and counter-battensSolitex membrane, tapedFull fill of 325 mm (12.8 inches) fiberglass batts in between the 302 mm (11.9 inch) I-joists, so that the batts compress, reducing the potential for sagging and minimizing thermal bypass problems25 mm (1 inch) of rigid polyurethane insulation attached to the sides of the I-joist websIntello smart vapor retarder as an air barrier (taped inside)50 mm (2 inches) of rigid polyurethane insulation with laminated plasterboard on itNote: We’re not actually using the Intello to its fullest potential here; in theory it could have been replaced by plastic sheeting. We are not going to be able to utilize its ‘intelligence’ and vapor-release properties because we’ve blocked it with the rigid polyurethane insulation. But we’ve used it here for buildability and robustness reasons and cost.This is not going to create problems with moisture / condensation as we have a vapor-open membrane on the outside, so moisture won’t be trapped in the roof. As a rule of thumb, if the vapor control layer is within the first third of the insulation there is no danger of interstitial condensation.Aesthetics of the roof/wall junctionThe junction between the roof and the wall outside needed to fit in with the West Yorkshire vernacular. At Denby Dale we had a big overhang for shading which disguised the build-up due to the thickness of the insulation within the roof, which gives the building a different look than the normal West Yorkshire vernacular.At Golcar we haven’t needed an overhang but we have had to create an extra “false” roof with smaller rafters (see Image #5, below) to cover the thickness of the walls; otherwise it would have created an aesthetic problem.Two roof levelsWe have had to ensure continuity of insulation and airtightness between the two roof heights. To achieve this we’ve had to build timber “framing” so that we have continuity of insulation, as well as airtightness and windtightness (see Image #6, below).PHPPWe’ve done a bit of cost/benefit analysis on the roof using PHPP, and we concluded that we did not need such a depth of insulation as we used in the Stirley Farm warm roof. This time, we’re going with 302 mm (11.9 inch) deep rafters as we didn’t need 406 mm (16 inch) I-joists. We didn’t need as good a U-factor as we needed at Stirley.That is the beauty of using PHPP to plan your project; you can take your time and see what you can get away with. So we’ve got a lesser U-factor in the roof at the Golcar Passivhaus, but it still delivers the Passivhaus requirement of 15 kWh/m2*year.RooflightsWe are using 3 Fakro rooflights (skylights) which are Passivhaus-certified and quadruple-glazed, with an excellent whole-window U-factor of 0.58 W/m2K (equivalent to U-0.10 in the U.S.). They also came with airtightness and windtightness skirts and insulated flashings, so they’ve really thought about how it would work within a Passivhaus / low energy building (see Image #7, below).The problem with rooflights in a Passivhaus is that – due to the need for water and wind protection for the roof – you can’t wrap them within the insulation in the same way as windows and doors in a wall. You have to put the frame right into the cold of the outside of the roof. The thermal edge losses (Psi values) for rooflights are around 10 times worse than the wall / window installation detailing at the house.Rooflights are always going to be a weak point thermally. But since the Golcar house is relatively large, we can get away (thanks to PHPP modelling) with using three rooflights. Structural stabilityWe have used steel structural ridge beams to carry the main load of building (see Image #2, below). These steel beams are inside the thermal envelope (so they do not create a “thermal bridge”).I-joists for raftersFor rafters, we used a slightly smaller I-joists than we used at Stirley. In this case the I-joists are 302 mm (11.9 inches) deep. We have improved our I-joist detailing from the recent Stirley Farm project by placing 25 mm (1 inch) of rigid foam insulation in both sides of the web of the I-joist so that it forms a neat unit with flush sides (see Image #1 at the top of the page).This approach has three main advantages:It reduces the thermal bridging through the I-joists.It ensures that our mineral wool or fiberglass infill in the rafter bays is consistent and flush as opposed to squashed in the I-joist.It reduces air movement around the insulation and thermal bypass within the web of the I-joist.center_img Bill Butcher is the director of the Green Building Store in the U.K. Bill is a Certified Passive House Consultant who was project leader on the Denby Dale Passivhaus and is currently leading the Golcar Passivhaus project in West Yorkshire, England.last_img read more

Roadway Robbery attempts in Blue Hills Be Careful

first_img Related Items: #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, December 2, 2016 – At least two residents posted their own accounts of what happened to them while driving in Blue Hills and Millennium Heights and it points to the boldness of criminals.A man said his vehicle was ambushed by several men, one tried to get into the car but he sped off and that alleged attacker fell to the ground.Another involved a woman, also driving and who told neighbors a tree branch was tossed into the road to force her to stop; she didn’t and it is believed she averted danger in her decision.  Both instances are said to be from this week.Go to MagneticMediaTV.com to see the holiday safety tips shared by the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police.center_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

WCTV Wants To Help YOU Launch Your Own Podcast

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Want to learn more about podcasting at Wilmington Community Television?WCTV is holding a Media Meet-Up on Wednesday, August 28, 2019 at 7pm for both beginners and advanced users. Learn how the studio is set up and get tips from other local podcasters about how they produce their programs.WCTV has a LOT of great podcasts right now. Read more about them HERE.To learn more about the event and to RSVP, contact Lisa Kapala at lisa@wctv.org.(NOTE: The above announcement is from Wilmington Community Television.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNews & Notes From WCTV: Did You Know WCTV Has A Podcast Studio That YOU Can Use?In “Community”News & Notes From WCTV: WCTV Executive Director Shaun Neville Answers YOUR QuestionsIn “Community”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday, August 28, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

Puri Jagannadh confirms the sequel of iSmart Shankar RGV all set to

first_imgiSmart ShankarTwitterIn the beginning this year, there was news that Puri Jagannadh and team have registered a title called Double iSmart at the Film Chamber of Commerce. But not many had believed in this because back then the shooting of iSmart Shankar was still going on.The Ram Pothineni, Nabha Natesh and Nidhhi Aggerwal starrer has released on July 18 and its pouring collections all over. All the shows on the first day have been full and the team is celebrating the success of the film. Ram Gopal Varma with Puri JagannadhTwitterImpressed with the way the film has been doing at the box office, director Ram Gopal Varma, the guru of Puri Jagannadh, took to twitter to appreciate and congratulate the team. He wrote, “Double Congrats on the Double Dhimaak..Earth Shaking Phenomenal Openings …” (sic)In the next tweet, he wrote to Ram Pothineni and Puri Jagannadh and asked them to start the sequel immediately.Hey @purijagan and @ramsayz Immidiatley please start ISSMART SHANKAR 2 …Instead of DOUBLE DHIMAAK it should be TRIPLE DHIMAAK ???— Ram Gopal Varma (@RGVzoomin) July 18, 2019TwitterTo this, Puri Jagannadh had replied and confirmed the news that he had registered the title already. So the title of the sequel is going to be Double iSmart. RGV also tweeted to Charmme Kaur and Puri Jagannadh that he is going to Hyderabad to party with the team and celebrate the success of the film.Hey @Charmmeofficial I am coming tmrw to PARTYYY with ur entire #iSmartShankar team of @purijagan @ramsayz @NabhaNatesh @AgerwalNidhhi #ManiSharma and #BhaskarBotla ???— Ram Gopal Varma (@RGVzoomin) July 18, 2019TwitterDetails about the sequel are yet to be revealed and this is definitely going to take some time is what we guess. Well, good to know that Ram has one more film in his kitty.iSmart Shankar is said to be inspired by iBoy, a British film which released in 2017. In a recent interview, director Puri Jagannadh agreed that the outline of the story is inspired by Hollywood movies.last_img read more

Waterfront Partnerships First Annual Field Day

first_imgThe Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore is hosting the first Annual Field Day at Rash Field, 201 Key Highway, Baltimore on July 30 from noon to 6 p.m. Attendees will enjoy an afternoon filled with local food vendors, adult beverages and outdoor games and activities. The event is free. Visit waterfrontpartnership.org for more details.last_img

May use India as backdrop of my book

first_imgYann Martel, the Canadian author of the Man Booker Prize-winning ‘Life of Pi’, finds India diverse, dazzling and a place with a great tradition of storytelling and says the country may very well be the backdrop of one of his future novels. Martel, who first travelled to the Indian sub-continent in 1996 with two little-known books against his name, talked about how the country altered his perceptions about faith and deeply inspired him to use the “animal symbolism” in his writings. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”India is so diverse, alive, varied and true to itself. It is so colourful and lively that it was literally quiet shocking for me when I first came here. You go to other countries… they are beautiful in a more sedate way. There is nothing sedate about India,” he said. “Maybe I would use India as a backdrop of my story. That would depend on my coming back here again. I still haven’t seen much of the country yet. May be I will read the Ramayana one day and feel that I have got to write this book on India,” added Martel. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”There is tremendous tradition of story-telling in India, both among the native Indians and the city dwellers. Even foreign writers have come to India and written novels on this country. So definitely there is something extremely stimulating about India,” he noted. The author, whose revered novel ‘Life of Pi’ sold over 13 million copies around the world and was transformed into an Academy Award winning film by Ang Lee in 2012, said his visit to the sub-continent helped him embark upon a new journey as a writer. “For me India was the country of all the Gods and all the animals. I come from a country like Canada which does not have many Gods as it is mostly a secular country. Also there are not a lot of animals in the public places,” Martel said, adding that he was taken aback by the presence of animals in Hindu mythology. “It made me look into two things that I never really considered much in life, religion and animals. “It inspired me to use the animal symbolizing the divine. In my earlier novels animals were just minor characters. But during …Pi, I realised that animals can be really strong characters. We seem to confine animals to the world of children’s literature but to me their symbolic potential to me is infinite. They act as a rich vehicle for a story teller,” he explained. The author, however, said he has no plans to write screenplays despite the massive success of the Life of Pi as a film. “I like writing novels. Writing screenplays are a small part of something bigger, whereas writing novel is a thing in itself,” he said.last_img read more