Panel discusses film on migration

first_imgPanelists drew from fiction to tackle the real-world challenges faced by migrants yesterday when the Center for Social Concerns and Department of Romance Languages and Literatures co-hosted a viewing and discussion of the film “Al Otro Lado.” “Al Otro Lado,” Spanish for “To the Other Side,” relates the fictional migration experiences of three men from the perspective of each man’s wife and children. While the stories each take place in different parts of the world – Morocco, Spain and Cuba – the film focuses on the commonalities of the families’ experiences. Prior to the viewing, Spanish professor Ben Heller gave a brief history of migration patterns from Cuba and Mexico to the United States and discussed the significance of geographical borders and distances. “Geographical factors are not just things on maps, but are symbolic spaces of trial, transition and growth for migrants,” he said. French professor Catherine Perry’s commentary focused on the recent immigration patterns within Europe, as one of the film’s narratives featured migration to Spain. The feature-length film touched on some of the other challenges immigrants face, such as poverty and prejudice. Panelist and theology professor Fr. Dan Groody – who has personally worked with migrants in Mexico, Syria and Morocco – discussed the theological framework of migration following the film. “Immigration is a social, political and economic reality, but it is also a spiritual and theological journey as well,” Groody said. Groody compared migrants’ journeys from their homeland to humanity’s ultimate journey away from and eventual return to God, applying a theological symbolism on a political issue. “The theology of migration allows us to gain a new imagination of who we are before God,” he said. Sean O’Brien, assistant director at the Center for Civil and Human Rights, provided a legal perspective on migration in his remarks following the film’s conclusion. He attributed much of today’s migration to violations of human rights. “We recognize human rights as inalienable and universal regardless of legal status,” O’Brien said, citing the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights. O’Brien said the awareness of these rights allow migrants to take advantage of them and improve their situation. “These rights are a tool for empowerment for immigrants as well as a set of remedies,” O’Brien said.last_img read more

Investor snaps up coastal cottage for $450,000

first_imgThe home at 177 Oxley Ave, Woody Point.A Woody Point home within strolling distance to the ocean has sold to local investors.The property at 177 Oxley Ave sold for $450,000 on May 26. Marketing agent Andrew Reibelt of RealWay Property consultants Redcliffe said more than 35 people inspected the three-bedroom home on a 607sq m corner block. “It was a home that was in a great position to the water and one of the rare cottage colonial homes in Woody Point, so the interest was no surprise,” he said. Mr Reibelt said the new owners were local investors who own several other properties in the area. “They were pretty happy — they have some long-term plans for the property,” he said. More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019“The vendor was thrilled with the sale too.” Mr Reibelt said the Woody Point market was performing well. “If anything is for sale in Woody Point, regardless of position, it will sell as long as it’s not completely falling apart,” he said. “And even that doesn’t stop some buyers. “I recently sold a property at 23 Donald St (for $345,0000) that was basically falling apart.“It settled two weeks ago and it has already been demolished.“The new owners are from Pine Rivers and they plan to build a new home on the block.” According to CoreLogic data, the median house price in Woody Point is $448,500.This is down 1.4 per cent in the February quarter but up long-term with a growth of 20.7 per cent in the past three years.last_img read more

Alvarez vs. Kovalev 2 results: Sergey Kovalev gains revenge in rematch with Eleider Alvarez to reclaim title

first_imgHeading into the rematch with Eleider Alvarez, Sergey Kovalev said he overtrained back when he lost by seventh-round TKO last August. He promised things would be different. Boxing fans had heard Kovalev say that before in both of his losses to Andre Ward and didn’t believe him.The 35-year-old quieted the critics and dominated from start-to-finish to defeat Alvarez by unanimous decision (120-108, 116-112, 116-112) to win back the WBO light heavyweight title for the third time in the ESPN+ main event at the Ford Center at the Star in Frisco, Texas. Sporting News had the fight scored 119-109 for Kovalev. – Kovalev’s promoter at Main Event, Kathy Duva explains to Sporting News that Kovalev has to have a sense of urgency against Alvarez to regain his title.- Oscar Valdez returns for the first time in 11 months on Saturday. The WBO featherweight champ tells SN how he wouldn’t gotten to this point of his career if it wasn’t for his father. – After two tough back-to-back losses, Richard Commey reveals to SN that he wasn’t if he’d ever get anothet crack at a world title. Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearKovalev (33-3-1, 28 KOs) was a completely different fighter under new trainer Buddy McGirt. He stayed composed and boxed extraordinarily well. He came out popping the jab right away and throwing combinations. The game plan by Alvarez was puzzling. The Colombian fighting out of Montreal thought he could do what he did in the first fight and what had been the playbook on Kovalev – let him throw at will and he would tire himself out and in the middle rounds. In doing so, Alvarez could tee off and finish Kovalev off once again. However, the Russian had different things in mind and that was because of McGirt. He stayed cool, calm and collected. He didn’t overthrow and stayed composed throughout the 12 round affair. The “Krusher” allowed the jab to set up his combinations and there was nothing Alvarez could do about it. According to Compubox stats, Kovalev connected on 213 of 816 punches (26%), while Alvarez connected on only 111 of 369 (30%). Was this the Kovalev people are used to seeing? No, but this Kovalev showed the world he can overcome adversity after what happened six months ago and if he needs to box to win fights then he can do that as well.Some intriguing title unification fights are ahead for Kovalev with either WBA titleholder Dmitry Bivol, IBF titlist Artur Beterbiev or WBC champion Oleksandr Gvozdyk. Kovalev said line them up. He wants them all.”Who’s ready for a unification fight?,” Kovalev said in his post-fight interview. “I want to fight any champion (at 175 pounds) in a unification fight,”Here’s what happened at Alvarez vs. Kovalev 2.Alvarez vs. Kovalev 2 resultsSergey Kovalev dominates in routing Eleider Alvarez to regain WBO title1:52 a.m.: Kovalev def. Alvarez by unanimous decision (120-108, 116-112, 116-112) to win the WBO light heavyweight title. What a performance by Kovalev. He controlled the bout from A to Z and never let Alvarez get going.1:47 a.m.: Round 12 to Kovalev (10-9, 119-109 Kovalev).  Kovalev could have ridden the proverbial bicycle for the last three minutes. Instead, Kovalev showed he bad he wanted to regain the title and fought the entire 180 seconds. 1:43 a.m.: Round 11 to Kovalev (10-9, 109-100 Kovalev).  Alvarez not letting it go even though his title is in serious jeopardy. You think Alvarez would let it all out here. Nothing to lose at this point.1:39 a.m.: Round 10 to Kovalev (10-9, 99-91 Kovalev).  Time for Alvarez to let it go. He has nothing to lose. Kovalev is outclassing him on every level. He stunned Alvarez with a combination at the end of the round. Making it look easy.1:35 a.m.: Round 9 to Kovalev (10-9, 89-82 Kovalev).  Kovalev putting on a boxing clinic. The jab is setting everything up and right now, there’s nothing Alvarez can do about it until he decides to go for it because the title is slipping away.1:31 a.m.: Round 8 to Kovalev (10-9, 79-73 Kovalev).  The narrative playing out is Alvarez looking for Kovalev to tire so he could knock him out isn’t working. Kovalev is boxing very well. He’s popping the jab and putting combinations together very well. Alvarez is in trouble here.1:27 a.m.: Round 7 to Kovalev (10-9, 69-64 Kovalev).  Once again, Alvarez started out strong, but let Kovalev back into the round by not continuing to throw. Can see Kovalev getting tired. He’s boxing well but can see he’s conserving energy, so he has enough to get to the finish line.1:23 a.m.: Round 6 to Alvarez (10-9, 59-55 Kovalev).  Alvarez came right out and landed the overhand right that sent Kovalev crumbling in the first fight. He started to become more active. That’s what he needs to continue to do if he’s going to win.1:19 a.m.: Round 5 to Kovalev (10-9, 50-45 Kovalev).  Alvarez started off the round on a good note by going to the body. For some reason, he stopped and Kovalev started to make Alvarez’s head target practice with laser straight right hands. Would be nice to see Kovalev go to the body to set up the right hand over the top. 1:15 a.m.: Round 4 to Kovalev (10-9, 40-36 Kovalev).  Great round for Kovalev that was highlighted by a beautiful four-punch combination ending with a hard right hand to the body. He’s starting to crack through Alvarez’s guard. Kovalev started to have more sizzle on his punches as the round went on. 1:11 a.m.: Round 3 to Kovalev (10-9, 30-27 Kovalev).  Kovalev is being more active and just racking up points. According to Compubox, Kovalev’s thrown 181 punches to Alvarez’s 74. Not going to win fights by not throwing.1:07 a.m.: Round 2 to Kovalev (10-9, 20-18 Kovalev).  Pretty good round for Kovalev. The jab is setting up the straight right hand. Alvarez needs to start being the aggressor and let some shots off to let Kovalev know he’s there.1:03 a.m.: Round 1 to Kovalev (10-9).  Kovalev came out pumping the jab and stayed at it. Alvarez came back at the end of the round with a couple hard lefts and rights to the body. 12:55 a.m.:  It is now time for the main event, as Eleider Alvarez defends the WBO light heavyweight championship against former two-time titleholder Sergey Kovalev.Alvarez (24-0, 12 KOs), a native of Colombia fighting out of Montreal, was behind on all three scorecards heading into the seventh round of their initial August 2018 fight, when he knocked Kovalev down three times in the stanza to pull off the shocker and capture his first major world title. It didn’t take long for Kovalev (32-3-1, 28 KOs) to exercise a contract clause for an immediate rematch. Before suffering the first two losses of his career — to Andre Ward in back-to-back fights — Kovalev had bounced back with two stoppage victories, regaining the WBO belt, before losing it to Alvarez.Will Alvarez be able to do it one more time or can Kovalev show the world what happened six months ago was a fluke?Teofimo Lopez shines with a vicious knockout of Diego Magdaleno 12:35 a.m.:   Lopez def. Magdaleno by knockout at 1:08 of the seventh round. Lopez winded back with a brutal left hook and somehow Magdaleno stood there. Seeing Magdaleno standing there ripe for the picking, Lopez put everything he had into his last shot and threw a scintillating left hook with evil intentions to violently send Magdaleno’s head bouncing off the mat. Lopez walked over and did a mock sweep up and did a beautiful backflip to finish the night off. And a bad job by the corner of Magdaleno. No reason his corner should have let him come out for the seventh round after the knockdown in the sixth. He had lost every round up to that point. You should always look out for the fighters safety and his team failed him.A great performance by Lopez. He needed the rounds and went seven for the first time in his short career. Nothing wrong with showboating, but when you stand by your knocked out opponent and do the sweep up, it was uncalled for. Be professional and act like you have been there before.  #TheTakeover continues in Frisco as @TeofimoLopez knocks out his toughest challenger to date! #AlvarezKovalev2— Top Rank Boxing (@trboxing) February 3, 2019 12:29 a.m.:  A brutal knockdown at the end of the sixth round when Lopez dropped Magdaleno nearly head first with a right hand to the body followed by a short left hook. The end for Magdaleno is near. 12:24 a.m.:  All Lopez after five rounds. The speed and power is proving to be too much for Magdaleno, who is bloody at the bridge of the nose.12:12 a.m.:  Very impressive show by Lopez after two rounds. Stunned Magdaleno in the second round with a short right uppercut down the middle. Has great speed and power. Would like to see more combinations put together instead of relying on just the right hand, but that is nitpicking right now.12:01 a.m.:  It is now time for the co-main event at Alvarez vs. Kovalev 2, as Teofimo Lopez takes on Diego Magdaleno in lightweight action. Lopez, a 2016 Olympian, (11-0, 9 KOs) is one of the fastest rising stars in the sport. His electrifying style has endeared himself to boxing fans. Magdaleno (31-2, 13 KOs) is a former two-time world title challenger. He comes in having won eight of his last nine fights. By far, the toughest test in Lopez’s career. A good test to see where Lopez is at.Oscar Valdez brutalizes Carmine Tommasone to make a successful return and hold onto featherweight title11:31 p.m.: Valdez def. Tommasone by TKO at 0:09 of the seventh round to retain the WBO featherweight championship.  Valdez came right out and finished Tommasone off with a jab and a punishing right uppercut to the body to send the Italian crumbling to the mat and put an end to the fight. Valdez got off to a slow start, which was expected due to the 11-month layoff. Once the fight got into the third round, Valdez looked like the guy who is one of the best featherweights in the world. He showed a great jab and you could see the work of Eddy Reynoso paying off by Valdez putting more of an emphasis on working the body and it proved to be the right recipe. Tommasone was the perfect opponent for Valdez’s return and he made quick work of it. Be interesting to see what is next for Valdez. A title unification bout with IBF titlist Josh Warrington is the biggest fight out there at this point and would be a fun one to see.But not all was lost for Tommasone, as he asked his girlfriend to marry him and she said yes. So a big congrats to Tommasone.  And @oscarvaldez56 takes care of business in the 7th!What ring rust? #AlvarezKovalev2— Top Rank Boxing (@trboxing) February 3, 2019 11:26 p.m.:  Another knockdown by Valdez at the beginning of the sixth round courtesy of a barrage of body shots. Tommasone survived the round, but it becomes a matter of how much Tommasone’s corner wants him to absorb punishment.11:18 p.m.:  Valdez dropped Tommasone twice in the fourth round. The first knockdown came after Tommasone finished off a combination with a right hand and Valdez countered with a right of his own. Then at the end of the round, Valdez landed a right hand and immediately followed it up with a left hook to the body to send Tommasone to a knee.Valdez starting to get into a rhythm. Hard to see Tommasone lasting too much longer.11:10 p.m.:  You can see after two rounds that Valdez is still trying to shake off the ring rust. Shots are coming wide and coming a bit late. Valdez is going to need a few more rounds to gain his timing and rhythm.10:53 p.m.:  Up next at Alvarez vs. Kovalev 2 is Oscar Valdez defending the WBO featherweight title against Carmine Tommasone. Valdez (24-0, 19 KOs) returns from an 11-month layoff when he suffered a broken jaw in the fifth round when he defeated Scott Quigg back in March in one of the best fights of 2018. Tommasone, a 2016 Olympian, (19-0, 5 KOs) is a light puncher coming out of Italy. It will be the first time Tommasone competes outside his home country. Valdez switched trainers for his return. He’s now with Eddy Reynoso, who is the head trainer of unified middleweight and WBA (regular) super middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, to help him work on his defense. Hard to envision much of a change in Valdez since this is the first fight under Reynoso, but Tommasone is the right guy to get the kinks out and apply some of the new tricks.Richard Commey annihilates Isa Cheniev to win IBF lightweight title10:27 p.m.: Commey def. Chaniev by TKO at 0:39 of the second round to become the IBF lightweight champion. After barely getting out of the first round when Commey dropped him with a straight right hand, Cheniev began the second round by throwing a slow left jab. Commey sat on his shot and made Chaniev pay for the inexcusable shot and blasted Chaniev with a left hook to send him down for the second time. Chaniev made the count, but he didn’t last long. Commey smelled blood and unloaded a series of punches and the referee had seen enough and put a halt to the action and Commey wins his first major world title.The victory nets Commey a crack at Vasiliy Lomachenko on April 12 in a lightweight title unification bout. Hopefully, Lomachenko was watching because Commey has power and is a man on a mission. Richard Commey finishes him in the 2nd!!!!! Commey adds to the list of world champions from Accra, Ghana 🇬🇭 #AlvarezKovalev2— Top Rank Boxing (@trboxing) February 3, 2019 10:20 p.m.:  A beautiful straight right hand down the middle by Commey sends Chaniev to the mat with 25 seconds left in the first round. Chaniev survived the round when Commey slipped when he tried to finish him off. Don’t expect Chaniev to make it out of the second round.10:10 p.m.:  Kicking off the main card of Alvarez vs. Kovalev 2, Richard Commey faces Isa Chaniev for the vacant IBF lightweight title. Since losing the first two fights of his career in back-to-back outings, Commey’s (27-2, 24 KOs) reeled off three consecutive wins, with his last two coming by stoppage. After losing the only bout of his career, Chaniev’s (13-1, 6 KOs) won three consecutive fights and will be making his debut in the United States. If Commey and Chaniev needed any more motivation, the winner takes on pound-for-pound great Vasiliy Lomachenko on April 12.10:00 p.m. ET:  Welcome to Sporting News’ live coverage of Eleider Alvarez vs. Sergey Kovalev 2. Grab all of your refreshments right now, as you aren’t going to want to miss what promises to be an exciting night of action.Alvarez vs. Kovalev 2 undercard resultsBakhram Murtazaliev def. Elvin Ayala via ninth-round TKO; junior middleweightsPatrick Day def. Ismail Iliev by unanimous decision; junior middleweightsJason Sanchez def. Daniel Olea by second-round knockout; featherweightsEnriko Gogokhia def. Vitor Jones Freitas via third-round TKO; junior welterweightsJanibek Alimkhanuly def. Steven Martinez by fifth-round TKO; middleweightsEleider Alvarez vs. Sergey Kovalev 2 fight cardMatchupClassBeltEleider Alvarez vs. Sergey KovalevLight HeavyweightWBOTeofimo Lopez vs. Diego MagdalenoLightweight…Oscar Valdez vs. Carmine TommasoneFeatherweightWBORichard Commey vs. Isa ChanievLightweight IBF (vacant)Patrick Day vs. Ismail IlievJr. Middleweight…Bakhram Murtazaliev vs. Elvin AyalaJr. Middleweight…Enriko Gogokhia vs. Vitor Jones FreitasJr. Welterweight…Jason Sanchez vs. Daniel OleaFeatherweight…Janibek Alimkhanuly vs. Steven MartinezMiddleweight…Alvarez vs. Kovalev 2 latest news- Sergey Kovalev is in a must-win situation and is fighting for his boxing career.- Meet boxing’s next rising star: Teofimo Lopez .last_img read more

SA Google Earth layer is tops

first_imgGoogle Earth overview of the South Africa layer. (Image: South African Tourism)Janine ErasmusSouth African online marketing company Quirk eMarketing has won an international award for innovation in digital marketing. Quirk was acknowledged for its role in creating the Google Earth South Africa layer as part of South African Tourism’s online marketing strategy. The company has also recently worked with NGO Breadline Africa on the Worldwide Blogger Bake-Off to encourage internet users to fight hunger in Africa.The inaugural E-consultancy Innovation Awards were held early in December 2008. E-consultancy is a leading light in the fields of digital marketing and e-commerce, and is also the UK’s major online publisher of internet marketing research and how to guides, as well as best practice reports.The company instituted the awards in 2008 to recognise clients, suppliers and agencies for their innovation and success. The competition, which featured 14 categories, attracted some 230 entries from all around the world.The judging panel included a stellar group of marketing experts, including Obi Felten, Google’s head of consumer marketing, Apple’s online store manager John Veichmanis, David Bainbridge of the BBC, and Spencer McHugh, head of digital and direct at telecoms giant Orange UK.The South African Google Earth layer easily caught the judges’ attention and earned Quirk top marks in the category of Innovation in Search Engine Optimisation (SEO)/Natural Search. In the final round Quirk was pitted against digital marketing agency and SEO specialist Guava, and, which is currently building an index of the internet based on the varying degree of influence of a web page.International acknowledgementWhile the E-consultancy award does not have a monetary component, Quirk staff is ecstatic with their achievement.“It’s fantastic to see the international community acknowledging the work coming out of South Africa,” said Quirk CEO Rob Stokes. “As one of the largest European awards in innovation, with judges from prestigious companies like Apple, the BBC and Whatif!, we are tremendously proud of our achievements and look forward to showing the world what South Africa is capable of.”Stokes added that the concept had all the elements the judges were looking for. As well as being interesting and ground-breaking it encouraged a high level of user interactivity. According to E-consultancy, Quirk’s work with the South African Tourism website elevated it above the other entries in its category.E-consultancy praised Quirk’s collaboration with Google Earth, saying that it was an extremely innovative way of engaging with visitors to the South African Tourism site. It also improved natural search visibility by driving the creation of more external links to the site.The South African layer was designed to promote the country as a top tourist destination and to help potential visitors plan their trips. It features more than 120 points of interest ranging from scenic drives, safari destinations and cultural attractions to 2010 Fifa World Cup venues. Maps, terrain and 3D satellite imagery provide visual enticement while the itinerary planner makes it easy for holidaymakers to put together a trip to remember, without having to move away from their computer.The project took about three months from initial development to implementation and, said Marketing Manager Tim Shier in his blog, meant that the Quirk team had to quickly learn an entirely new markup language (Keyhole Markup Language or KML, created especially for use in Google Earth). But the team’s fresh approach to the use of Google Earth elements, and a dedicated supporting website, has proven to be a roadmap for success.Amongst the hundreds of user-created layers, the South African layer was only the third, after those of New Zealand and Egypt, to receive official Google sanction and to be integrated into the core of the application.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Janine Erasmus at [email protected] articlesGoogle Earth zooms in on SABloggers to fight hunger in AfricaMedia in South AfricaGoogle with South African flairUseful linksQuirk eMarketingGoogle Earth SA layerSouth African TourismPure New ZealandEgypt Tourismlast_img read more

Women clean up at cleantech awards

first_imgThe Global Cleantech Innovation Programme for small and medium enterprises aims to train, mentor and give access to participating entrepreneurs annually. This promises to boost job creation in the country.Four South African women-owned companies score big at this year’s Global Cleantech Innovation Programme gala. The event aims to train, mentor and empower SMEs. (Image Supplied)Melissa Javan Three South African small and medium enterprises (SMEs) will attend the Cleantech Open Global Forum in San Francisco, US, in February 2017.Yolandi Schoeman of Baoberry, Pamela Alborough of SanAqua and Martin Ackermann of Thevia won awards at the Global Cleantech Innovation Programme for SMEs in South Africa (GCIP-SA) in Johannesburg.At heart, Cleantech is green technology. It refers to any process, product or service that reduces negative environmental impacts through significant energy efficiency improvements, the sustainable use of resources, or environmental protection activities.The Cleantech Open Global Forum will be hosted from 6-10 February 2017.The GCIP-SA is implemented by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (Unido) with funding by the Global Environment Facility (GEF). In South Africa, Unido partners with the Technology Innovation Agency as the execution and hosting institution for the GCIP. Cleantech Open, based in the US, serves as the main knowledge partner of the global programme.The GCIP-SA focuses on promoting clean technology innovation aimed at addressing the most pressing energy, environmental and economic challenges of our time.At the GCIP-SA gala evening this year, held on 20 October 2016, businesses owned by women dominated the awards: five of the six awards were won by women. Schoeman walked away with two – the overall winner and Most Promising Woman-Led Business. The others were:Pamela Alborough of SanAqua – one of two runners-upSandiswa Qayi of Amahlathi Echo-Tech – winner of Most Promising Youth- Led BusinessLouise Williamson of Sustainability Professionals – winner of Innovation for Social Impact Small business is big businessIn her keynote speech at the GCIP-SA gala and awards, Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor explained that by creating a platform to link South African cleantech entrepreneurs with investors and business and commercial partners, the programme aimed to contribute to the commercialisation of new products and services, and ultimately job creation.The intention of her department was “to exploit the creative abilities of the innovators in our country so that they can establish viable businesses and produce globally marketable products that put South African innovation on the world stage… and show that we as South Africans are capable people”.In September, Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe said: “A total of 47% of our country’s people are employed by the small business sector. That is 7,3-million people.” To him, small business is big business.This means that the GCIP-SA is in line with the National Development Plan 2030, which has as an aim the creation of millions of jobs for South Africans.Sandiswa Qayi (right) of Amahlathi Eco-Tech won Most Promising Youth-Led Business at the Global Cleantech Innovation Programme for SMEs in South Africa (GCIP-SA) awards in Johannesburg on 20 October 2016. She shows Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor (left) her company’s innovation, Hot Spot, for geysers. (Image Supplied)The finalistsOut of more than 80 companies, there were 26 semifinalists for the GCIP-SA competition. Nine were in the energy efficiency category, six in water efficiency, five in renewable energy, four in waste beneficiation, and two in the new green buildings category.During the last week of July, the 26 semifinalists attended business clinics in Durban, Cape Town and Pretoria.They had one-on-one consultations with topic specialists in key entrepreneurial concepts at the clinics. The topics discussed included financing, intellectual property, product development, marketing and business modelling, all targeted at tackling specific challenges in their businesses. The Global Cleantech Innovation Programme for small and medium enterprises aims to train, mentor and give access to participating entrepreneurs annually. This promises to boost job creation in the country.Gerswynn McKuur, the national project manager of GCIP-SA, said the participants would benefit from the following services:Training through national academies, webinars, regional events and business clinics;Mentoring by local and international experts on business development and subject matter specialists;Access to capital through building relationships with strategic investors, angel groups, pitch panels, networking, and investor connect programmes;Showcasing innovations at regional events, national conferences, and through global media exposure.It was important to note, McKuur said, that GCIP-SA finalists and semifinalists from 2014, 2015 and 2016 were exposed to ongoing opportunities for mentorship and exposure to potential partners, customers and investors, and not only during the year in which they participated in the programme.”This is part of the GCIP-SA’s mandate of building and maintaining a platform and ecosystem for cleantech innovators in South Africa, and connecting them to relevant international networks.”For example, arrangements were being made through Unido for three participants to take part in a side event at CoP22 in Marrakech, Morocco, from 7-18 November this year.Through its extensive training and mentoring programme, McKuur said, the GCIP-SA helped SMEs and start-ups:to de-risk and make their businesses investor-friendly, thus contributing to their success and expansion; and,to introduce innovative new products into the market.In this way it was making a positive contribution to the South African economy.The winners’ projectsYolandi Schoeman of Baoberry is the overall winner of the 2016 Global Cleantech Innovation Programme for SMEs in South Africa (GCIP-SA).Schoeman also won Most Promising Female-Led Business for 2016 for the aWetbox, or “wetland in a box”. The aWetbox is “a cost-effective, low-maintenance, carbon sequestrating solution to assist municipalities (critical infrastructure needs) and low- to high income home owners to improve water quality with downstream business opportunities.“It is an integrated grey water treatment and rainwater harvesting and treatment system for water optimization, availability, re-use and treatment.“Pamela Alborough of the company SanAque HCA is a runner-up. Her innovation, the Hydrochemical Activation Treatment (HAT System) is “a small, electronic water treatment component.“It is modular so is capable of improving treatment of small to large quantities of water (from 1kl/hr up to very large plants). The system uses no chemicals, requires low skills to operate and by disrupting and coagulating harmful pollutants, cleans water more cheaply and effectively than ever before.“Martin Ackermann, another runner-up is team-leader of the company Thevia. It manufactures Thevia roof tiles. The tiles are made from 99% waste materials, including crusher discard.They weigh a quarter of traditional concrete tiles but are twice as strong and not brittle (<0.1% breakage). Compared to the cheapest concrete tile, Thevia tiles provide an 8-15% cost saving on total roof installation.Sandiswa Qayi of Amahlathi Eco-Tech won the award for the Most Promising Youth-Led Business. The company’s innovation is Hot Spot for geysers.According to the Department of Science and Technology, 6.2 million geysers in the country on the grid consume 40% of monthly electricity; the average heating time for these geysers is 1.5 to three hours.The Hot Spot is explained as “a geyser sleeve/conduit that can be retrofitted over any standard geyser element. The Hot Spot’s solution is to push hot water from the bottom to the top of the geyser using thermosiphon.”It provides 50 litres of hot water within 30 minutes at 50 degrees Celsius for use by all households and small commercial users.”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

IPL 2016: Royal Challengers Bangalore cannot depend on Chris Gayle always, says KL Rahul

first_imgRoyal Challengers Bangalore’s KL Rahul, who top-scored in a losing cause in the game against Mumbai Indians yesterday, said his team cannot depend on Chris Gayle all the time.Rahul said Gayle was capable of taking the game away from any team with his big hitting capabilities but also conceded that it could not happen always. (Full Coverage|Points Table) “In this game, we decided on Chris to open the innings as he is a dangerous batsman, and we all know that. If he fires he can get us 250 runs on any wicket and any ground. But that doesn’t happen as always,” Rahul said.Pitch eased out in the second halfRahul added that Mumbai Indians benefited as the pitch at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru had eased out in the second half.Mumbai Indians relied on a late assault from Kieron Pollard and Jos Buttler to beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by six wickets in their crucial IPL match and keep their hopes of a play-offs berth alive last night.”Having lost Virat and Chris early, we had to change the batting strategy. The wicket was a bit slower on the side and it was not easy to go there and start hitting straight away. We discussed in the middle to stick on and build a partnership, and may be after 10 overs decide on a target.Unfortunately, AB (de Villiers) got out, but we were happy to have posted 150 odd runs. Obviously, in the second half, the wicket became a little bit easy for batting,” Rahul said.Flexible batting line-upadvertisementRahul said he donned the role of an opener when he walked out to bat as Kohli and Gayle were dismissed early. Moreover, the team had stressed on flexible batting line-up, which did not click due to the bad start, he added. (Also read: Dhoni should be allowed to take a call on retirement, says Mohammad Azharuddin)”That was the plan, and that’s what we discussed in the team meeting, to be flexible. Unfortunately, we lost Chris and Virat early, and it wasn’t in any way a good start for the team, but I played the role of an opener when I went in to bat early on,” he said.Krunal Pandya surprised Mumbai Indians’ Krunal Pandya said he was surprised to have won the Man of the Match as mostly the award goes to a batsman in this slam-bang league.”Yeah (I was surprised) that a bowler got the Man of the Match in this format. However, I am very happy the way I bowled today. Getting a result in our favour was like icing on the cake,” he said.Replying to a query, Krunal said, “Actually the wicket was not a normal Bangalore wicket. Today it was on a slower side. The ball was gripping slightly, so when we went into bat our plan was to keep wickets at the back end, and 150 runs target here is gettable because of the smaller size of the ground.”(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

10 months agoTottenham keen on Hull City winger Bowen

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Tottenham keen on Hull City winger Bowenby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham Hotspur are targeting Hull City winger Jarrod Bowen.According to, Spurs have been scouting the 22-year-old on numerous occasions.He ha scored 10 goals this season from the right wing.Besides his obvious talent, Spurs are interested in Bowen because he is not cup-tied for the FA Cup and will help fill their homegrown quota. last_img read more

The Playoff Foursome That Would Be The Best For College Football

first_imgCollege Football playoff football playoff field CFB PlayoffTwitter/PlayoffWe’re just four days away from the College Football Playoff field being announced, but per usual, nothing is even close to set in stone. The current field – Clemson, Alabama, Oklahoma and Iowa – is bound to change, given the list of conference championship games to be played this Saturday.Obviously, the television networks have their favorites – they’d love to see Alabama stay in the field and have Ohio State sneak in. The bigger the fan bases, the more money they’ll make. Plus, Nick Saban and Urban Meyer are the best two coaches in the game.But that doesn’t necessarily mean that it would be good for the sport, long-term. We’ve gone through and picked out the playoff foursome (one that is possible this year) that we believe would be the best for college football, long-term. You’ll be surprised to see which teams are included.Get Started: No. 4 – Iowa >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7last_img read more

Ohio State rugby advances to conference semifinals

Just as Terrelle Pryor and the Ohio State football team marched out of Happy Valley with a win on Saturday, the “other” football squad — OSU men’s rugby — performed lights-out on a big stage, defeating Northern Iowa 44-20 and securing itself a place in Saturday’s conference semifinals.Northern Iowa and OSU squared each other up for the first 20 minutes — in a game consisting of two 40-minute halves — until sophomore wing Gareth Williatt broke the stalemate in the 25th minute with not one, but two remarkable 40-yard runs.“Those tries were all him just reading the defense,” senior captain Mickey Franco said. “He kind of did his own work on the sidelines, broke a couple of tackles and it was just a real individual effort on his part.”In a matter of minutes, the Bucks were up 10-0.Shortly after, the Buckeye defense held and after an effective drive down the field, senior Eric Sanchez bulled the ball in for a try. A missed extra point (worth two points) by Alex Brust left the score at 15-0.Freshman Josh Holland was the next to step up for the Bucks.  Holland had been making dazzling cuts for long gains all game. One time, he sprinted to a foot within the out-of-bounds line, stopped, made a 360 spin, and then sprinted for another 10 yards in the opposite direction. He broke a 25-yard run late in the first, and OSU led 22-5 at halftime.As the second started, Northern Iowa rumbled out of the gates strong, maintaining possession with short runs up the middle. NIU reached OSU’s goal line several times but the scrappy Buckeye defense refused to break. A few stands and a quality punt later, the ball ended up at the NIU 10-yard line. There, junior flanker Chad Cochran capitalized on a fumbled punt, making the score 27-5 and all but sealing the match.Northern Iowa volleyed back but only faintly. The score got as close as 27-15, but the speed of the Buckeyes was uncontainable. Quick-hit scores by Franco, Spencer Dye and Kyle Harmon made the score 44-15. A last-second try by Northern Iowa left the final score at 44-20, in favor of OSU.    The combustive offense of the NIU game should come as no surprise. The Buckeyes bring a speedy but young back seven that starts four underclassmen, including three freshmen. Quick, elusive, and well-organized, they are the lightning to the thunder of the big boys on the front eight. In the NIU game, they scored on six of eight tries.“We’re running plays and we’re scoring,” Franco said. “Our backs have come together really well. We moved some guys around, and it’s starting to click now. We’re starting to know each other, get to know where each other are out there. … It’s looking real good right now.”Starting next Friday in Elk Heart, Ind., the Buckeyes take on Bowling Green in the semifinals of the Midwest Conference.  On the other side of the bracket awaits Notre Dame or Indiana, with the winner of the league championship receiving the only bid to the 16-team National Championships, which starts in the spring. Bowling Green — though not currently ranked — was ranked No. 17 before the Buckeyes defeated them 43-19 Oct. 31.  “We’ve been waiting four years to get that win,” Franco said. “They’ve been beating us for a while, winning the Midwest Championships.”After losing tough games to No. 3 Navy and No. 7 Penn State (twice), the team was 1-3. They beat Notre Dame and Purdue, lost to Indiana, and were 3-3 before squaring off against the Falcons.Now at 6-4, the Bucks find themselves ranked No. 23.  They have won four of their last five games, averaging 40 points per contest while allowing just 15 points per game in those four victories. Only one team will advance from the Midwest and this weekend decides it. “We feel strong, real strong,” Franco said. “We feel ready to go, real confident. We feel ready to beat whoever stands in our way. … We’re excited about [the Midwests] and we’re ready to bring home some hardware.” read more

Ohio State tight ends Jeff Heuerman and Nick Vannett set for big

Lantern file photoThen-sophomore Jeff Heuerman catches the winning touchdown against Purdue on Oct. 20, 2012 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 29-22.Heading into fall camp, the Ohio State football team found itself surrounded by questions of who would step up and start in multiple positions on both sides of the ball.Tight ends coach Tim Hinton is head of a unit that had such a problem, but you won’t hear a word of complaint from him.Unlike positions such as the defensive line and linebacker (aside from second team All-Big Ten linebacker Ryan Shazier) who were left with a compilation of young, inexperienced players to choose from, Hinton has two talented tight ends who spent significant time on the field in 2012.Junior Jeff Heuerman and redshirt sophomore Nick Vannettcombined for 17 catches, 217 yards and a touchdown last year, and both are looking to earn a role as the team’s No. 1 tight end.Hinton, though, is not convinced that there will even be a No. 1 guy this year.“I think there’s a (No.) 1 and (No.) 1 A, and I think it depends on what we’re doing. Each has certain strengths that they are better than the other at,” Hinton said. “I don’t feel uncomfortable with either one going in and playing a whole game nor do I feel uncomfortable spotting them in the right places.”When asked if the Buckeyes would look to employ a two tight end set, a system gaining traction in today’s NFL landscape, Hinton made it clear he likes the idea of multiple tight ends.“We certainly want to stretch some football teams and put two tight ends out there and have to play spread football from two tight ends, and hopefully we can do a great job of that,” Hinton said.During camp, both tight ends have been developing a chemistry on the field that can really help the team, according toHeuerman.“We work really well together. This offense is so fast and up-tempo and demanding, especially on the tight ends and all the things we have to do,” Heuerman said. “It’s almost impossible for it just to be run with one tight end. Him and I complement each other really well and I think together it’ll be a fun year to watch.”Offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tom Herman has seen the advantage that having both Heuerman andVannett can bring to the offense.“The good thing about us being no huddle is we don’t have to take those guys off the field. We don’t have a blocking tight end and a pass-catching tight end. We’ve got two tight ends that can line up and do both things,” Herman said. “It allows us to play faster, it allows us to keep the entire offense in as a one personnel group.”Hinton said the use of an uptempo offense with more than one tight end gives OSU an advantage over their opponent.“The whole premise of being no huddle is to keep the defense on the field and get them running around, get them tired. If you’re subbing guys out that have specialty roles, then the defense is allowed to substitute too,” Hinton said. “I think the biggest flexibility offensively comes in the fact that they can do both things very, very well.”Heuerman attributes his growth during camp to the extra time he has had in coach Urban Meyer’s offense when compared to the start of last season.“This is my second year in the program so I understand it a lot more. Understanding the program and how everything works with the culture and everything has really helped out,” Heuerman said. “On the field, second year in the offense, knowing what to do rather than just lining up like it was last year. I think it’s really helped me succeed.”With the addition of new players from coach Urban Meyer’s first recruiting class who are expected to contribute right away as well to the improvements the veterans have made this offseason, distributing the football could be a point of emphasis all season. But Heuerman wants to contribute in any way he can, as long as the team keeps winning.“The more weapons you got, the better you’ll be. If that means I get less catches or less opportunities and we win and get to where we want to get, then I’m perfectly fine with that,” Heuerman said.Further down the depth chart, things seem to get a little more dicey, with the loss of redshirt freshman Blake Thomas to a career-ending neck injury in addition to the suspension of freshman Marcus Baugh for the season opener.Redshirt junior J.T. Moore is helping to fill the holes left by Thomas and Baugh, making the switch from defensive end to tight end last week. Heuerman said he is fitting into his new role well.“He’s doing good. That’s a tough transition going from defensive end to tight end. It’s two totally different worlds and he embraced the change really well,” Heuerman said. “He’s been doing really good with us, he’s been blocking really well. I think we’ll definitely see him in there in some two tight end packages and stuff and goal line and stuff.”But Hinton is not going to worry about the tight end position as long as Vannett or Heuerman is on the field.“When 86 (Heuerman) and 81 (Vannett) are out there, I feel really comfortable. When it’s the young guys right now, I don’t feel near as comfortable. I mean God bless them, they’re working hard, but they’re not there yet,” Hinton said. read more