CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile device Already boasting one of the NHL’s most prolific offenses, the Sharks on Sunday night added another skilled forward to their roster as they acquired Gustav Nyquist from the Detroit Red Wings for two draft picks.In the deal, coming on the eve of Monday’s NHL’s Trade Deadline, the Red Wings will receive the lower of San Jose or Florida’s 2019 second round selections, along with San Jose’s third round selection in 2020. …
South African relief aid organisation the Gift of the Givers has appealed to all South Africans to help combat the drought in the Western Cape, particularly in the town of Beaufort West, where the water supply is dire.The Gift of the Givers is helping to avert the water crisis in Beaufort West and the surrounding region, through water management projects as well as donations of animal feed and water. (Image: Gift of the Givers website)CD AndersonThe group has asked that South Africans donate sealed bottled water to be sent to Beaufort West, in the Karoo. The town’s dam, its only water supply, has run dry and residents are relying solely on borehole water and treated sewage water.In addition to donations from the public, the Gift of the Givers is working with hydrologists to source much-needed groundwater. The team is led by hydrologist Dr Gideon Groenewald.1.2 Million Litres per day for Beaufort West. #DroughtSA pic.twitter.com/3euwbbvzFe— Gift of the Givers (@GiftoftheGivers) November 28, 2017Givers chairman Imtiaz Sooliman said at the beginning of November 2017 that while the project to find groundwater was progressing well, the town needed much more to tackle the crisis. “We did find water. Right now, we have 420,000 litres per day. That borehole should be fully functional today. We are looking at more boreholes for at least 1 million litres of water a day, so that the whole town can be fed.”Today, @GiftoftheGivers is delighted to announce that we can safely pump out 1.2 million litres a day without stressing the new aquifers we have drilled into. #DroughtSA pic.twitter.com/U9vPWycjUI— Gift of the Givers (@GiftoftheGivers) November 28, 2017After 28 days of work on the project, the Givers announced on 28 November that 1.2 million litres a day was now being safely pumped into the town’s water reservoirs. It added: “We still pray for… rains to fill the various dams in the region and the underground water reserves, simultaneously requesting all South Africans to conserve this scarce resource and use it sparingly and efficiently.”The Gift of the Givers is also intervening in the nearby farming town of Vredendal, with relief deliveries of animal fodder and food and water for almost 3,000 farm workers.We open in prayer…it’s not about Black & White or them & us or Christian & Muslim, it’s about humanity, acknowledging our diversity, holding hands together because we are ALL South African. #DroughtSA https://t.co/HK86B6Mbj6 pic.twitter.com/CPqF4klm5K— Gift of the Givers (@GiftoftheGivers) November 16, 2017A visit to Sutherland with 2 trucks of fodder & a 3rd bringing cotton. #DroughtSA details here: https://t.co/HK86B6Mbj6 pic.twitter.com/sUpq948aEm— Gift of the Givers (@GiftoftheGivers) November 16, 2017Both the Givers and the Beaufort West municipality have appealed to travellers passing through the region in December to donate what they can to help relieve the crisis.In addition, the relief organisation is calling on all South Africans, but especially big business, to get involved in the ongoing intervention project. It particularly called on companies specialising in water management and operations, in order to source and deliver groundwater. It also needs transport companies to give time and transport to deliver water donations to the area.“We are appealing to the broader South African society to help the most vulnerable communities,” Gift of the Givers co-ordinator Farouk Jogiat said yesterday.In Gauteng, people can deliver water donations to the corner of 25 Arterial Road and 26 Kloof Road, Bedfordview. Other drop-off sites in Gauteng and around the rest of the country will be published on social media once they have been confirmed.In the meantime, financial donations and other contributions can be made through the project co-ordinators, Farouk Jogiat on 082 351 7864 and Mohammed Yehia Dicko on 084 244 7744.For information about and news on the project’s progress in the Western Cape, contact the Gift of the Givers Foundation toll free number 0800 786 777 or visit its website here.“[Donations] will make an immense difference to the quality of life of those most stricken and affected by the devastating drought,” Jogiat concluded.Source: EWN, Gift of the Givers websiteWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
4 October 2013Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, the big-screen dramatisation of Nelson Mandela’s autobiography, won the Audience Favourite Feature award at the Aspen Filmfest in the United States, it was announced on Wednesday night.The film beat a number of heavyweight contenders, including The Fifth Estate, August: Osage County, Nebraska and One Chance, to emerge as the most popular film at the internationally recognised festival.Long Walk to Freedom received an eight-minute standing ovation at its world premiere at the 38th Toronto International Film Festival last month.“Even though the Aspen Filmfest is a small festival, it is very prestigious,” producer Anant Singh said in a statement on Thursday, adding that it featured one of the line-ups of Oscar contenders in the run-up to the 2014 Academy Awards.This included Alexander Payne’s comedy Nebraska starring Bruce Dern and Will Forte; Bill Condon’s thriller The Fifth Estate, based on WikiLeaks and starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange; and John Wells’ drama August: Osage County starring Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts.“We are delighted that Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom came out tops, especially in contention with these quality films,” Singh said.Directed by Justin Chadwick and produced by Anant Singh, the epic film spans Mandela’s extraordinary life, from his childhood in a rural village through to his inauguration as the first democratically elected president of South Africa.Three actors play Mandela in the film: Siza Pini plays the eight-year-old Mandela, Atandwa Kani plays him at 16, and Idris Elba plays the remaining years.Elba was praised by critics in the film’s first reviews on Sunday, with The Hollywood Reporter finding him “equal to the task” of filling the shoes of “the man most instrumental in ending institutionalized oppression in South Africa”, and Variety – while taking issue with the film’s grand narrative style – declaring: “Idris Elba gives a towering performance, a Mandela for the ages.”Long Walk to Freedom will have its South African premier at Maponya Mall in Soweto in November, following which it will be publicly released at Nu Metro, Ster-Kinekor and independent cinemas throughout the country on 28 November.SAinfo reporter
31 October 2013 India occupies third place in the ICC test rankings and is top of the one-day international rankings. South Africa is number one in the test rankings and fifth in the ODI rankings. “Newlands is the premier test ground in South Africa, traditionally bringing in the most spectators and the highest income for tests for Cricket South Africa,” Odendaal said. “So we are mystified by the decision. There has been no explanation given to us so far, but we are encouraged by the president’s statement that CSA is ‘working on plans’ to fill the gaps in our international itinerary for this season.” The tour schedule was heavily affected after an unseemly spat between the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and Cricket South Africa (CSA), as a result of the BCCI’s dislike for CSA CEO Haroon Lorgat because of some decisions he made while head of the International Cricket Council (ICC). Australian tests The biggest loser in the saga is Cape Town’s Sahara Park Newlands, a ground rated among the most scenic in the world, which had been due to host a test, a one-day international and a T20 international, but was instead left with no games. Lorgat has stood down for the duration of the Indian tour; on Tuesday, he said it was his own decision to step aside. However, the incident has left many South African cricket supporters with a bad taste in the mouth. “From being scheduled to host Sachin Tendulkar’s 200th test to nothing, this is a big shock to us and it will impact seriously on our business,” Western Province Cricket Association (WPCA) president Beresford Williams said on the organisation’s website. Biggest loser Tour itinerary “Worse still, the most loyal cricket spectators in South Africa are going to be losing out.” Cricket South Africa president Chris Nenzani tried to put a positive spin on matters, saying in a statement: “After the completion of our two test matches against India we will have a further three Tests against Australia. This will allow all of our five premier test match venues to host a five-day match. “I would also like to assure all our stakeholders that we are working on plans to fill the gaps in our international itinerary for the 2013-14 season,” Nenzani said. For the Proteas, it will mean missing out on a ground that has been a fortress for them since their last loss there in 2006 to Australia. Since then, in 11 tests, South Africa has won eight and drawn three matches. ‘The most spectators’ A revised fixture list for India’s tour of South Africa was released on Wednesday, with just six matches, to be played in December, replacing the original schedule of 15 matches, which were to have been played from 18 November through 19 January. WPCA CEO Andre Odendaal said the association “stands to lose several million rand in income from the changed tour plans, with advertising income, beverage sales, hospitality and vending all affected. 5 Dec: 1st ODI, Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg (Day/Night)8 Dec: 2nd ODI, Kingsmead, Durban (Day)11 Dec: 3rd ODI, SuperSport Park, Centurion (Day/Night)14-15 Dec: India vs SA Invitation XI, Willowmoore Park, Benoni18-22 Dec: 1st test match, Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg26-30 Dec: 2nd test match, Kingsmead, Durban
We still need better door optionsI think the three exterior doors we ended up with provide a reasonably good compromise in appearance and performance. But compared with other energy features of the house (R-40 walls, R-50 roof, mostly triple-glazed windows, etc.), the doors are still a weak link.I would love to see a high-quality, durable, energy-efficient, and reasonably affordable door introduced. Even at the high end — where customers have unlimited budgets and want to create a dream house that can be heated using solar panels on the roof — well-insulated doors are very hard to find. In Europe there are some good doors used for Passivhaus projects, but these tend to be very expensive.Is anybody looking for a product development opportunity? Despite the chilly (seasonable) weather, work is progressing on the renovation/rebuild of our house in Dummerston. Last week, the three exterior doors were installed. Which brings me to one of my pet peeves: the lack of really good choices for highly energy-efficient exterior doors.We ended up with a solution that I think will be okay, but there is a huge void in the world of truly high-performance doors. Here, I’ll describe the three doors we put in. I hope you can put up with my whining. Steve’s beautiful doors have one other drawback: they cost an arm and a leg, starting at about $5,000. A little rich for our budget. The front doorThe purpose of front doors, I’m told, is to look nice. But I also wanted a front entrance door that would remain stable and airtight over many years or service and that would provide reasonable insulating value. Oh, and I didn’t want to spend more than about $2,000 for it. That proved a challenge.I would have loved to install one of the gorgeous custom entrance doors made by Steve Benson’s company, J.S. Benson Woodworking, in Brattleboro. They are custom-fabricated of durable and highly stable triple-laminated mahogany (sustainably produced wood certified by the Forest Stewardship Council is available), but as solid wood, there is very little insulating value: maybe R-3 for a 2-3/4”-thick door.For Benson doors with lites, the energy performance gets a little better, because Steve has access to super-high-performance glass from Alpen Windows in Colorado. Those lites can provide an insulating value of R-5 or even more — significantly higher than the solid door. Alex is founder of BuildingGreen, Inc. and executive editor of Environmental Building News. In 2012 he founded the Resilient Design Institute. To keep up with Alex’s latest articles and musings, you can sign up for his Twitter feed. A high-end fiberglass entrance doorWhen I was researching doors for the house at Leader Home Center, I came across a Jeld-Wen door made of fiberglass but with a knotty-alder grain that looks remarkably like real wood — and I say that as someone who pays close attention to wood and can readily distinguish most species based on the grain. One could easily be fooled into thinking this door was real alder!This door looked good. It was solidly built, yet it had a polyurethane insulation core, significantly boosting its R-value. I had already researched fiberglass vs. steel, and found that most energy experts preferred the former, even though magnetic weatherstripping can be used with steel.“That’s the one I’d like,” I told Russ Chapman at Leader, referring to the knotty-alder floor sample. (Russ had been incredibly patient with me as I picked his brain for energy-performance information.) He said he’d price it out and get back to me.Oops. It turned out that Jeld-Wenn had discontinued that model as a stock item; that particular door had been on display for three years. A similar door was still available, but it’s now a fully custom, hand-made option, and instead of costing around $2,000, it was going to cost something like $10,000!“So what about buying this display model,” I asked Russ? It had a few dings, but would suffice. He figured out a nice price for it (the floor model wasn’t doing them much good, since that door wasn’t really available anymore as a reasonably affordable product).Because we couldn’t get a matching side-lite in the same knotty-alder wood, we had the door hung with a totally different, painted side panel. The glass for that side panel is reasonably good: double-glazed with at least 5/8” separation between the panes of glass, argon-fill, and a low-e coating. We went with a continuous glass panel to minimize the greater edge losses that occur with true divided lites. I think it will look great when the house is sided. RELATED ARTICLES A U.S.-Made Door for Passivhaus BuildingsNew Green Building Products — September 2011Energy-Efficient Garage DoorsGBA Product Guide: Drewexim Passive House DoorsGBA Product Guide: Intus Passive House DoorsGBA Product Guide: Pazen Fenstertechnik DoorsQ&A: Exterior doors that are well-insulated and seal well Brute Force Collaborative: Passivhaus Doors J.S. Benson: Passivhaus Doors Cheaper back and side doorsFor the back door into the porch and side door into the garage we wanted less expensive doors that were going to be well-insulated and tight. We opted for fairly run-of-the-mill fiberglass doors with upper glazing panels; these are also made by Jeld-Wen and cost us about $300 apiece.These aren’t anything like the wood-like fiberglass entrance door in appearance (you could never mistake them for real wood), but like the front door, they have a polyurethane insulation core. Because there’s less structural reinforcing material in these doors, they may actually outperform the front door from an energy standpoint. I’ll be very curious about this and will plan to do some thermographic (infrared) analysis once the house is completed and lived in to study heat the relative loss through the different doors.
Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces David Curry Tags:#cybersecurity#data#featured#hacking#Internet of Things#IoT#robotics#robots#security#Softbank#top Related Posts Follow the Puck Robots are still an uncommon sight in the home, but most tech analysts project a huge increase in the amount of droids deployed to do tasks in the next ten years. It might not be that long before helper robots, picture C3P0 from Star Wars or a Mr. Handy from Fallout, are handling everything from washing-up liquid to steak knives.That last part will sound exciting to those that hate housework, but for cybersecurity experts at IOActive, it is a very chilling image. The team has published a research paper documenting the insecurities and vulnerabilities found on most consumer and industry robots.See Also: Toyota gets into its first-pick schools, spends millions on AIIOActive looked at robots built by SoftBank Robotics, UBTech, ROBOTIS, Universal Robots, Rethink Robotics, and Asratec Corp. The vendors account for a large segment of the growing robotics market, and most of them show the same vulnerabilities.The team found almost 50 cybersecurity vulnerabilities across all the robots, many of which overlapped. One of the most common mistakes was a lack of authentication and encryption on communications between a robot’s ecosystem and the vendor.This meant that some robots could be hacked remotely and the hacker could install faulty software or even take control of the robot. In some cases, robots were sending data to vendor services over the Internet in cleartext, which anyone can view without a login or password.The lack of authentication was coupled, in some cases, with little to no authorization. This means that once the hacker gains entry to the robot’s ecosystem, they would be able to exert the same control of the robot as the owner or vendor.Where’s your data?IOActive also found that robots were sending mobile network, device, and GPS information back to insecure servers, normally without the owner’s consent.Issues with faulty robots at the moment do not extend to Terminator or Ex Machina murder-bots, but the report already shows a few cases of robot malfunctions ending in disaster. If a hacker were able to take over the controls, there could be even more damage.The real worry is that as these robotics companies start to add more sophisticated AI, they will continue to forget about security and vulnerabilities, leading to a massive disaster. Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You…
Pakistan’s World Cup winning captain Imran Khan says had the PCB handed “exemplary” punishments to players found guilty of match-fixing years ago, the country could have avoided the humiliation of the current spot-fixing scandal.Imran, who led Pakistan to the 1992 World Cup title, held the PCB responsible for the current scandal which has rocked international cricket.”I think, everyone now acknowledges that when the first match-fixing allegations appeared, the Pakistan Cricket Board should have done a through investigation and those found guilty should have been given exemplary punishments.”I am talking about 1993 when the match-fixing allegations appeared for the first time and the first investigation took place. I wish, they had followed it right through and taken the steps, then we would not be facing this humiliation right now,” Imran said.Pakistan captain Salman Butt and pacer duo of Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamir’s roles in the recent Lord’s Test against England are being probed by the Scotland Yard and the ICC.During the Lord’s match, Asif and Aamir allegedly bowled three no-balls after taking bribes from a bookie. Imran said such things did not happen during the 10 years when he was at the helm of the Pakistan team.”I was captain for 10 years and there was no match-fixing allegations during that time before I left in 1992. The first time it happened was in 1993,” the cricketer-turned-politician said.Imran also feared that if the allegations of spot-fixing turn out to be true, it will be very “damaging” for the Pakistan cricket, which is already suffering a lot due to the volatile security situation in the country.advertisement”But if these allegations are proved to be correct and the players (are found to be) involved in spot fixing then it opens a Pandora’s box,” he said.”We don’t know (the truth) really at the moment and hope they are not true otherwise there will be lot of repercussions – very damaging to the Pakistan cricket. It’s very difficult and sad time for Pakistan cricket because these developments are very demoralising,” he added.Imran, however, declined comment on opening batsman Yasir Hameed’s claim that his teammates fixed “almost every game” and he was dropped from the national team for two years because he did not go along with his corrupt colleagues.”I can’t comment on what Yasir Hameed has said because he is denying it… Whatever has come on record he is denying. So we don’t know the exact truth,” Imran said.