Berbice fisherman found dead in canal

first_imgA 45-year-old man of Number 67 Village, Corentyne, Berbice, was on Friday evening found dead in a canal at Number 66 Village Corentyne, Berbice.Dead is 45-year-old Kenneth Craig, also called “Buttin” of Lot 206-A Number 67 Village Corentyne, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne).Reports are Craig was seen by colleagues in the water at Number 66 Village but suddenly disappeared beneath the murky water. An alarm was raised by his colleagues.It is believed that Craig was at the time trying to fix one of the scores of fishing boats in the stream. His body was found floating in the stream a few hours later.After it was reported that Craig went under the water, a search party was formed and a cast net was placed across the stream at the Number 66 bridge and shortly after, the body was found floating.However, as a result of the extremely high tide, it took a few hours before the search party, which included family members, was able to go into the water to retrieve the body.Police are investigating. Craig was described as a very friendly and helpful individual. He leaves to mourn three children.last_img read more

Information workshops needed on 5G and mining – Cllr Kennedy

first_imgDonegal County Councillor Niamh Kennedy has called for two workshops to give representatives information on two pressing issues in the county.Clarity is needed on 5G and mining licences in Donegal, the Leas Cathaoirleach has said.Cllr Kennedy has asked the executive to hold a workshop for councillors to gain an understanding of the 5G network roll-out. “I think there is a lot of people who are quite concerned, and maybe there is no reason to be,” Cllr Kennedy said.Another workshop was requested on mining in areas such as the Sperrins.“A number of meetings were held throughout the county and they were well-attended,” Cllr Kennedy said. Cllr Kennedy added that councillors should be informed on the matter to answer public concerns.Meanwhile, Clare County Council has opposed the roll-out of 5G in the county and called on CommReg to deny licensing for its roll-out. The Clare County Council is calling on the Minister for Communication, Climate Change and the Environment to establish a working group to establish the facts about the radiation impact of 5G on the environment and human health.Information workshops needed on 5G and mining – Cllr Kennedy was last modified: July 23rd, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:5gcllr nimah kennedyMININGlast_img read more

Investing in Mpumalanga province

first_imgLocated in the northeast of South Africa, bordering Mozambique and Swaziland, Mpumalanga boasts a healthy growth rate, consistently higher than the national average for the past two decades.Loading coal from the pit at Palesa Coal Mine in Mpumalanga. (Image: Brand South Africa)John YoungRich in agricultural produce and minerals, Mpumalanga Province has two international borders – with Mozambique and Swaziland, and has four South African provinces as neighbours.The province is home the Kruger National Park, South Africa’s most prized tourism asset. A strong manufacturing sector – that will be substantially boosted by expansion projects currently being undertaken by Sappi and Sasol – completes the picture of a province with great investment potential.Mpumalanga province overviewGallery: Mpumalanga provinceMpumalanga provincial governmentMpumalanga Economic Growth AgencyInternational partnerships are increasingly playing a role in the province’s affairs. A binational commission (the Komati Basin Water Authority) that oversees water issues with Swaziland and a recently signed tourism branding initiative known as Tri-lands (with Swaziland and Mozambique) are indicative of this trend.It has signed memoranda of understanding with Oman, a gateway to the markets of the Middle East; and Portugal, a partner in the Mpumalanga Academy of Sport, which aims to be a world-class centre for talented athletes, coaches and administrators.The Maputo Development Corridor is a major bi-national regional route linking Johannesburg with Maputo, and there is still a lot of related development that could take place in this sphere.Mpumalanga Economic Growth Agency: mega.gov.zaKomati Basin Water Authority: www.kobwa.co.zaMpumalanga Academy of SportMaputo Corridor Logistics Initiative: www.mcli.co.zaMaputo Development Company: www.portmaputo.comProgressCensus 2011 reveals the important progress in infrastructure made in Mpumalanga:87.4% of Mpumalanga households have access to water61.3% have access to sanitation88.3% have access to electricityThe population of four-million is a 20% increase since 2001130 000 fewer people were living in poverty in 2011 compared to 2010National government has identified beneficiation as a key strategic part of the country’s growth path. The premier has made it clear that his province is keen to support the national imperative.Plans for growthThe provincial government has developed a number of strategic plans to plot the path towards these economic objectives. These include the Mpumalanga Economic Growth and Development Path and the Mpumalanga Infrastructure Development Master Plan.Among the key aspects for future growth identified by the province’s leaders at economic summits are:The establishment of a universityThe establishment of a tertiary hospitalThe construction of an international convention centreThe repair and maintenance of the road system that supports the coal industryA special conference dealing with infrastructure and tourism was held after the Soccer World Cup where a number of local and foreign investors were introduced to a variety of projects that, if successful, will boost the local economy and increase employment opportunities.GeographyThe geography of the province is defined by the Drakensberg escarpment which forms the dividing line between the Highveld (western grasslands at high altitude) and the subtropical areas at lower altitude to the east, the Lowveld.The central region of the province is mountainous, with some dramatic landscapes presenting exciting vistas for visitors. The Lebombo Mountains rise in the east. The area south of the capital city of Mbombela (Nelspruit), near Barberton, has some of the world’s oldest rocks forming the Crocodile River Mountains.Most of the province receives summer rainfall, often via thunderstorms. Frost is common on the Highveld, but is almost absent in the subtropical regions where fruit, nuts and citrus thrive. Differences in temperature and rainfall between the Highveld and Lowveld can be considerable. Large parts of the province are located in the so- called Middleveld comprising high-plateau grasslands. Forestry operations are found in central and south-eastern Mpumalanga, but the heart of this important industry is around Sabie.InfrastructureThe province has excellent roads and railway connections and is well served by airports, airstrips and heliports. The privately owned Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport opened in 2002, but the old Nelspruit airport is still operational. SA Airlink flies direct from Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg.Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport: www.kmiairport.co.zaMaputo CorridorThe Maputo Development Corridor is a transportation corridor comprising road, rail, border posts, port and terminal facilities, running from Pretoria in Gauteng through Mpumalanga to the Port of Maputo in Mozambique.The corridor supports high volumes of cross-border freight services and aims to boost trade within and beyond the region. Industry and tourism benefit from the concentration of resources and ease of transportation. This international initiative emphasises Mpumalanga’s excellent location as a logistics and transport hub.EconomyMpumalanga’s 11 coal-fired power stations, mostly located near the extensive coalfields in the west, provide the bulk of South Africa’s electrical power.South Africa needs more power to drive its economy and so several of these power stations are being returned to service after a period of inactivity or are having their capacity increased. This is creating a demand for coal and resource companies are responding quickly to this need, investing in new equipment and opening new mines.MiningMore than 80% of South Africa’s coal is sourced in Mpumalanga, with the town of Witbank being the centre of the industry. Other minerals found in the province include gold, platinum, chromite, zinc, cobalt, copper, iron and manganese.Columbus Stainless in Middelburg is a major producer of stainless steel, while Middelburg Ferrochrome, Samancor, Evraz Highveld Steel and Vanadium and the Manganese Metal Company are among other important heavy industrial companies. After mining and quarrying (29.8% of provincial GDP), manufacturing, power generation, tourism and agriculture are the province’s other major sectors.Synthetic fuel is produced by Sasol at its liquid-fuel-from-coal plant at Secunda, in western Mpumalanga. This is now the only plant in the country using this process as the other plant, in the Free State, focuses on chemicals and other petroleum byproducts.Mpumalanga has a strong manufacturing sector, with internationally renowned companies such as Sasol (synthetic fuels and chemicals), Evraz (steel) and Xstrata (ferrochrome) having large operations in the province.AgricultureThe province’s rich agricultural produce is used by companies such as McCain, Nestle and PepsiCo and there are also pulp and paper plants (Sappi and Mondi), fertiliser facilities and textile-manufacturing concerns. The decision by Sappi to start producing chemical cellulose at its Ngodwana Mill will significantly increase the manufacturing capacity of the province.The Nelspruit district in the Lowveld is South Africa’s second- biggest producer of citrus fruit, while vegetables of all sorts do well in this area too. Further east and south, sugar is the major crop.The Mpumalanga forestry sector is one of the most important in the country: 11% of the total land area of Mpumalanga is covered either by plantations or natural forests.TourismThe Kruger National Park is a major national asset and is home to the Big Five. The park receives more than a million visitors annually. Some of the most luxurious private game lodges in the world are located along the park’s edge.Mpumalanga boasts a range of natural attractions second to none: parks, reserves, botanical gardens, rivers and lakes, including the largest freshwater body in South Africa at Chrissiesmeer, near Ermelo.Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency: www.mpumalanga.comKruger National Parkwww.sanparks.org/parks/kruger/MunicipalitiesNkangala District MunicipalityTowns: Middelburg, Delmas, Kriel, eMalahleni (Witbank), eMakhazeni (Belfast), Dullstroom, Emgwenya (Waterval Boven).This area straddles the north-west. Rural and traditional in the north-west where the king of the Ndebele is still revered, a coal-mining and steel producing area in the industrial centre as well as a trout-fishing triangle in the north-east.The district is at the centre of the fly-fishing sector that includes hatcheries and accommodation for tourists. Just over a million people live in the district.Gert Sibande District MunicipalityTowns: Bethal, Secunda, Standerton, Ermelo, Volksrust, Mkhondo (Piet Retief), Carolina.Power stations abound in this region which stretches across the southern half of the province and is the home of the giant Sasol facilities at Secunda. The area is also on the top of South Africa’s maize triangle and agriculture and food processing are well- developed sectors.Sheep, chickens, sunflower and sorghum are just some of the areas’s many agricultural products. Nestle has a processing plant at Standerton and Mondi has a pulp and paper facility in the south-east. About 900 000 people live in the Gert Sibande District Municipality.Ehlanzeni District MunicipalityTowns: Mbombela (Nelspruit), Malelane, Hazyview, White River, Sabie, Lydenburg, Barberton.The urban centres are nodes of manufacturing in this region, which is also at the heart of Mpumalanga’s tourism offering. The Kruger National Park, the Blyde River Canyon, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, God’s Window and other attractions make this a highly desirable place to visit.Citrus, sugar and forestry are the major agricultural products, all being major contributors to export earnings. The Sappi paper mill at Ngodwana is one of the biggest of its kind while TSB Sugar operates two large mills in the east. The population is about 1.5-million.This is an edited version of an article published by Frontier Market Network. Republished here with kind permission. Copyright © Frontier Market Intelligence Ltd. All rights reservedReviewed September 2013last_img read more

Twitter Hammers Nail in Coffin for Tr.im

first_imgRelated Posts A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification The list of URL shorteners just got shorter.According to a blog post by Nambu, the company is shutting its doors on URL shortening tool, Tr.im. After a number of attempts to sell the service, no companies in the Twitter space stepped forward to purchase and operate it in its existing form. Says the company, “There is no way for us to monetize URL shortening — users won’t pay for it — and we just can’t justify further development since Twitter has all but annointed bit.ly the market winner.” In addition to a number of general URL shorteners such as bit.ly and TinyURL, Tr.im was also competing against site-specific services like StumbleUpon’s Su.pr and music URL shortener TinySong. The company’s Twitter statistics (as with all URL shortening services) are used to determine and aggregate Twitter trends by Tweetmeme; however, as of today, according to the company these statistics “can no longer be considered reliable, or reliably available going forward.” Tr.im links will continue to redirect until at least December 31, 2009. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Tags:#twitter#web The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos dana oshirolast_img read more

When There Are Too Many Insulation Options

first_imgDon’t forget about the drying potential of the wallAs the discussion has evolved, Colleen says the nod is now going to a 2×6 wall, but she still has concerns about the plane where the OSB sheathing and the exterior foam meet.“As I understood, there needs to be some kind of air space so, in case of water, it could be directed away — and that it just needs to breathe,” she says. “That’s why I thought of [Tyvek] DrainWrap in that location.”A gap between the sheathing and exterior foam is only a concern when the builder uses cavity insulation that does not allow drying toward the interior, Holladay says. While exterior rigid foam is an excellent choice, make sure to use vapor-permeable insulation between the studs.“I like dense-packed cellulose between the studs, but other materials — blown-in fiberglass, mineral wool batts, or even fiberglass batts — can work if they are installed conscientiously,” Holladay says. “This approach also requires that there be no interior polyethylene. Once you follow this advice, you don’t need any crinkly housewrap between the OSB and the rigid foam. The OSB will stay remarkably dry all winter long — dryer than if the wall had no rigid foam.“By the way,” he adds, “a wall doesn’t need to breathe. It just needs to be designed well.” Exterior insulation is the right ideaColleen is on the right track with exterior insulation, writes GBA senior editor Martin Holladay, even if some of the details in her wall assembly are less than ideal.“Installing a layer of rigid foam on the exterior side of a 2×6 wall is a good idea,” he says. “This will increase the R-value of the wall, reduce thermal bridging, and reduce air leakage.”But, he adds, installing spray polyurethane foam in the stud cavities is not a great idea.“The spray foam is expensive, not particularly green (because most types of closed-cell spray foam are manufactured with a blowing agent that has a high global warming potential), and the spray foam won’t perform much better than dense-packed cellulose.”Further, Holladay says, in Colleen’s climate zone, a 2×6 framed wall with an adequate thickness of exterior rigid foam makes a lot more sense than a 2×4 wall.Extruded polystyrene (XPS) also has a high global warming potential, says Reid Baldwin. Expanded polystyrene (EPS) and polyiso both are more environmentally friendly, Baldwin says.“In the stud cavities, cellulose, fiberglass, or open-cell foam are more environmentally friendly and cheaper,” he adds. “Although they have lower R-values per inch than closed-cell foam, the impact on whole-wall equivalent R-value is pretty small because of the thermal bridging of the studs.” Wall thickness and the prevailing view of local buildersIn some ways, the industry seems to be going backwards, Colleen says. A few friends who have built in the area recently all have gotten the same advice from their builders: build a 2×4 wall and insulate it with spray foam.“We were shocked, because when we built this house 18 years ago, 2×6 was the way to go and I’ve always thought that,” Colleen writes. “I like the interior look of a house with 2×6 better with the thicker window sills.”Baldwin, who also is building a high-performance house in Michigan, agrees that it’s difficult to find builders who are eager to adopt building techniques for better-than-code houses.“Custom builders may be willing to go beyond code if you are willing to pay the extra cost,” he says. “The bids will probably be padded a bit due to the uncertainty of doing things differently. We were fortunate to find a builder that was willing to be a partner on designing the house. He was open to doing things differently and brought a lot of knowledge to the table that I wouldn’t have gained from reading GBA. I think he learned a lot from my house and I hope he applies it to future projects.”With exterior insulation added to a 2×6 wall, however, total wall thickness starts to approach 8 inches, and Colleen wonders whether that complicates the installation of windows and doors.On that issue, Steve Vigoren says his choice of 2×6 walls with an added 1 1/2 inches of exterior foam, plus 3/4-inch strapping, has worked out just fine.“I ordered Marvin windows and just gave them the wall width which adds up to 9 3/4 inches, and they built the windows and sliding glass door jambs to match,” Vigoren says. “I ended up with a 6 1/4-inch jamb from the inside of the window to the face of the Sheetrock. I was very pleased with this approach.” Colleen’s questions are the topic for this Q&A Spotlight. Choose foam insulation carefullyIt’s not necessarily wrong to choose spray foam for cavity insulation, Dana Dorsett adds, but make sure it’s the right kind of spray foam. One key consideration is the thermal bridging — the loss of heat through the wood framing — inherent in 2×4 construction.“The thermal bridging discount is huge,” Dorsett writes. “A 2×4 wall with 3 inches (R-20) of two-pound closed-cell foam has almost exactly the same thermal performance of a 2×4 wall with 3 1/2 inches (R-13) half-pound open-cell foam, despite the higher center-cavity R, due to the thermal bridging issue. And the 3 inches of closed-cell costs more than twice as much as 3 1/2 inches of open-cell foam. Save the foam budget for the exterior.”The air-sealing qualities of 3 1/2 inches of open-cell foam are as good as or better than 3 inches of closed-cell foam, he says, while open-cell foam uses only half the polymer per R as closed-cell foam. Plus, it uses water for a blowing agent instead of a hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) called HFC245fa, a compound with much more climate-damaging potential.“XPS is blown with a mixture of climate-damaging HFCs, which give it the higher labeled R/inch. But that performance boost over EPS of similar density is temporary, and does not last the full life cycle of the house,” Dorsett adds. “In 50 years, that R-7.5 for 1 1/2 inches decays logarithmically to about R-6.3. EPS is blown with comparatively low-impact pentane, a low environmental impact gas, and it is small molecule that escapes very rapidly (most of it escapes and is recaptured before it leaves the manufacturer.) Its R-value is stable over time.”Polyiso is blown with pentane and other low-impact gases, Dorsett says, but its labeled R-6 per inch is overstated when the mean temperature is less than 40°F. In Climate Zone 5, it should be derated to R-5 or so per inch when used on the exterior of an R-13 framed wall.“Bottom line: save the high-performance foam budget for the exterior,” Dorsett says. “Installing 2 inches of polyiso on the exterior and using 3 1/2 inches of open-cell foam is the same thickness wall as a standard 2×6 wall, and it outperforms the proposed 3 inches of closed-cell foam plus 1 1/2 inches of XPS. And it’s more resilient, since it gives the structural sheathing a good drying path, and it beats code minimum by about R-5 (whole-wall performance, all thermal bridging accounted for), a ~25-30% reduction in heat transfer compared to a code-min R-13 + 5 continuous insulation wall, compared to only a 10-15% improvement with the closed-cell plus XPS solution.” Calculating the Minimum Thickness of Rigid Foam SheathingHow to Design a WallChoosing Rigid FoamWhere Does the Housewrap Go?Installing Windows In a Foam-Sheathed WallGreen Basics: Insulation Choices RELATED ARTICLES Colleen A, planning a new house in Michigan’s Climate Zone 5, has discovered there’s a downside to the wealth of insulation products on the market: It’s hard to make a decision.“There are so many options on exterior insulation that my head is spinning,” she writes in a Q&A post at GBA. So far, her research has led her to an exterior wall assembly that includes a 2×4 framed structural wall filled with 3 inches of closed-cell polyurethane foam, oriented strand board sheathing, 1 1/2 inches of extruded polystyrene rigid foam, and Tyvek DrainWrap as a water-resistant barrier.She’s considered other possibilities, including a 2×6 framed wall, Roxul mineral wool insulation, and polyisocyanurate rigid insulation. There are drawbacks to all of them.And then there’s the issue of building industry inertia, the difficulty of finding local builders as interested in the topic as she is.“We will be our own contractors for the house,” Colleen writes. “I haven’t found any local builders that specialize in energy efficiency. From anyone I’ve talked to so far not many are interested in doing above and beyond code and seem to think it’s a waste of time and money. I don’t think so.” Our expert’s opinionGBA technical director Peter Yost added this:At first blush, I wondered just how hard could it be to find a high-performance builder. Turns out that for Port Huron, not so easy. But here is the path I took, one I would take for this sort of question regardless of location:1. Check with the Energy & Environmental Building Alliance to see if there are members within striking distance of your project.2. The website for the Building Performance Institute (BPI) has a contractor locator tool that uses zip codes to help you find a builder.3. Building professionals who have taken the Two-day Advanced Green Building: Building Science course offered by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) are another potential source. I don’t have a specific avenue for this, except to suggest that you submit your request for this to NAHB. Or, try your local home builders’ association. Building professionals who have completed this course should have the background needed for building science-savvy design, materials selection, and construction.4. Track down a verifier for the National Green Building Standard. This program is run by the Home Innovation Research Labs (formerly the NAHB Research Center) and you can use this website to submit an email request for a local verifier who should be able to identify high-performance contractors.Having said that (and having tried these four avenues for Port Huron), I have to admit I didn’t make much progress. With BPI, I came up with only three building industry firms within 50 miles of Port Huron.And after contacting NAHB, the local HBA, and the Home Innovations Research Labs, I came up with just two potential contacts that might help in Port Huron.One is Cobblestone Homes in Saginaw, Michigan. That’s not exactly next door to Port Huron, but the owners have good contacts for the Port Huron area. The other is Chris Schwarzkopf of Energy Diagnostics. Again, not exactly in Port Huron’s backyard, but this NGBS Verifier and NAHB-Certified Green Professional may have local contacts for Colleen to pursue.Note: To be fair, I got quick staff responses from NAHB and the Home Innovations Research Lab, but had difficulty connecting locally and that could be because I was just doing research as opposed to being a real customer for building services.Now, about the insulation options. I’ll start with a shameless plug for BuildingGreen’s special report on insulation. The report is currently offered as a freebie at the end of any of my recent GBA building science blogs.I recommend that anyone considering foam-in-place insulation should read this BuildingGreen blog:“Foam-in-Place Insulation: 7 Tips for Getting Injection and Spray Foam Right.”A high-performance wall for Climate Zone 5/6 (Port Huron is pretty much right on the border between these two climate zones): Per the 2015 Model Energy Code (and Martin’s article about calculating the minimum thickness of rigid foam sheathing), Colleen should think of the this wall as a starting place: 2×6 cavity insulation and R-11.25 exterior rigid foam.last_img read more

The foodfashion connect

first_imgWe started with the salads and the beet root salad was perfect, just as the chef had promised. They also have an excellent goat cheese salad with pine nuts but that is for food connoisseurs who know their ricotta from their stilton.Cavalli Cafe has a special pizza what is an absolute must try. The crust is wafer thin with a delicate topping off tomato, onion rings, garlic chips, bacon bits and an egg, sunny side up, placed right in the middle. If you thought pizza with egg yolk was a bad idea – you could not have been more mistaken. It is divine. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’While talking to chef Kapil Sethi, we got instantly obsessed with the Chilli Caramel Basa and ordered it right away. And boy are we glad we did. The perfectly cooked fish with the wok tossed noodles and spinach packs the right punch of sweet and chilli. If you go to Cavalli Cafe and not order this – then consider your effort wasted.The Sweet Lobster Linguine was also quite delightful but the Chilli Basa had knocked us over. Try the hot chocolate and rum foam for dessert or the poached fig tart. For the hard-core sweet lovers – go for the second option.They also have a special, uncomplicated menu for the kids so they don’t have to struggle with the finer flavours. That menu includes the old-favourite Mac and Cheese. But for the food lovers who are not 6-years-old, the menu has better surprises  to offer. Try those!Cavalli also has a killer Happy Hour deal and a meal for two costs about Rs 2000 without taxes and alcohol. Quite a deal! Head over – we surely will be, again.last_img read more