Champs Memories!

first_imgIt was in the spring of 1978 that for the first time in the country’s history, a Jamaican schoolboy leapt over seven feet.Thousands discarded abiding love for schools nurtured in the competitive atmosphere that characterised Champs.Track and field enthusiasts were keen to partake in a delectable piece of history that was tauntingly placed before them.Former Kingston College (KC) high jumper Desmond “Zele” Morris, might have been the only athlete at Champs to silence the entire stadium in one soaring swoop.No one dared to cheer when he lifted his lanky frame beyond seven feet, a new feat at the great games.Zele was a tall, lanky, hurdler and sprinter.A gazelle in his own right, but Zele was not quite as quick over the hurdles as his teammate, Kenneth ‘Sonny’ Gray.Nor was he as fast in the sprints as Marlon Pottinger.But there were no two ways about it – Zele was the supreme high jumper, constantly rising to new levels since the early 1970s.So it was that the lanky lad, already the holder of the classes three and two long jump records, was expected to soar to unprecedented heights in 1979.The record for Class One high jump 37 years ago was in the region of 6′ 10″ when he lounged for the tackle.It was twilight under the glare of the National Stadium lights.Zele had broken the old mark and was approaching the hitherto unbelievable height of seven feet.The suspense was heightened by Zele’s need to don his purple and white sweat suit as if some magic was concealed in its secret compartment.Thousands waited on him.Zele jumped.Again.The painstaking process was repeated.Finally, Zele was challenged to clear the unbelievable height.He did and even went a quarter of an inch above the “unreachable” mark.The packed stadium, awe saluted by applauding.Like many had done before, another Jamaican had created history to make the Boys and Girls’ Championships only the greatest of its kind on the globe.last_img read more


SABMiller: brewing up a global brand

first_img Established in 1895 as Castle Breweries, South African Breweries (SAB) had a largely southern African footprint until the 1990s. It then began an international buying spree which now sees it ranked as number-two brewer in the world by sales, second only to Belgium-headquartered Anheuser-Busch InBev.Best-selling beer brands It owns four global beer brands – Grolsch, Miller Genuine Draft, Peroni and Pilsner Urquell – as well as numerous local beers prominent in their own markets. Twelve of its beers, including Aguila, Castle, Miller Lite, Snow and Tyskie, are number-one sellers locally, with Snow, China’s top-selling beer, out-selling its leading rival by two to one. While retaining its secondary listing on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, where it all began, SAB set up its primary listing in London in 1999. This was the beginning of an ambitious US$17-billion (R116.5-billion) acquisition drive. Its success over the past 10 years has been breathtaking, with employee numbers rising from 34 000 to 76 000 and hectolitres brewed from 53-million in 1999 to 239-million today. It has expanded its range from 21 countries to 60 and increased its number of brands from 80 to over 200. SAB entered the FTSE with a market capitalisation of $5.3-billion (R36.3-billion), growing in recent times to $22.6-billion (R155-billion) – rising from number 88 in size to number 17 on the index.Not just acquisitions But the strategy of the company, which changed its name to SABMiller in 2002 after acquiring the Miller Brewing Group, has been much more than buying up whatever is available. SABMiller’s Bianca Shevlin says that since 1999 it has seen total shareholder return and share price “massively outperform its beverage peer group and the FTSE”. Profit in the same period rose from $746-million (R5.1-billion) to $4.4-billion (R30.2-billion). This growth is partly because people are drinking more beer: world consumption rose from 22 litres per person in 1999 to 28 litres in 2009, a 21% increase led by Chinese consumption, which is up by 48%. SABMiller has targeted this growth by acquiring interests in the emerging markets of Eastern Europe, South America, Africa, China and India. Its buying spree has coincided with the globalisation of beer, with four dominant companies acquiring 50% of total beer sales, up from just 23% 10 years ago.Dramatic shareholding shift SABMiller’s shareholding base has changed as dramatically as the business has. In 1999 over 80% of its shareholders were South African. South Africans are still the dominant shareholders at 40% of the total, but UK residents now own 31% of the company and Americans 23%. Growth-orientated companies benefit from interests in emerging markets, but not at the expense of losing out on the world’s biggest market, the US. So, in October 2007, SABMiller announced MillerCoors, a joint venture with Molson Coors Brewing Company. Cost savings have been key to SABMiller’s successful acquisition strategy. The MillerCoors venture has delivered a total of $481-million (R3.3-billion) in savings since 2008, and is on track to achieve $750-million (R5.1-billion) in savings by 2012. This article was first published in South Africa Now, a six-page supplement to the Washington Post produced on behalf of Brand South Africa. Download South Africa Now (PDF, 2.12 MB). 14 October 2010 There is nothing in SABMiller’s history to suggest that it would become one of the world’s largest brewers, with operations on six continents in 60 countries, brewing over 200 different beers at 139 breweries.last_img read more


SA ‘must intensify war on poverty’

first_img10 October 2011 South Africa will have to intensify its fight against poverty if the country is to meets its Millennium Development Goals, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe said after a visit to Ga-Kgatla village in Limpopo province on the weekend. “There is a consensus that we have to do more ground work in addressing this problem, because for us to realise our development goals as a country we ought to deal with the abject poverty first,” Motlanthe said. The launch of the government’s War on Poverty campaign in 2008 led to the establishment of anti-poverty “war rooms” in all nine provinces with the aim of alleviating poverty in South Africa’s most deprived communities by 2014. Ga-Kgatla village, situated about 150km from Polokwane, was chosen as a pilot site for the speedy implementation of household-based services to address poverty in the village. The village had some of the highest levels of unemployment and poverty in the country.Service delivery During his visit on Saturday, Motlanthe was told that services such as access to low-cost houses, electricity, water supply and access to health care had been successfully implemented in the area since 2008. He also visited families who have since been rescued from poverty through initiatives such as the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) and state-funded community-driven projects. Jeannet Morutho, a 37-year-old woman, was among those in the community identified as “change agents”. Before she was recruited to be part of the EPWP, there was no one with an income among the 11 members of her family. Moruthu is now an active community worker and a great resource in the village. Another 21 youngsters from Ka-Kgatla have been sent for skills training, with some currently employed in the EPWP, working on the maintenance of roads. The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has also assessed 13 youngsters from the village for possible recruitment into the army. Motlanthe also discovered that all children of school-going age from the village had been taken back to school, although a few drop-outs had since been reported.Youth migration But as in many provinces, one of the major challenges facing the community of Ga-Kgatla is the migration of young and able-bodied community members to Gauteng province in search of economic opportunities. This migration leaves only the very young, old and frail in the village. Tebogo Mashamba is a 17-year-old matric pupil and already thinking of leaving the village after passing his exams. He said things are not always easy for young people in villages like Ga-Kgatla. “I do want to gain skills and improve the conditions in my family and community, but for me to do that I need better education, which I don’t think we have here,” Mashamba said. Officials said the migration of young people out of villages also made it difficult to identify suitable change agents to invest in. Those “left behind” tended to be poorly educated and skilled and thus required substantial skills investments before they could be gainfully employed. BuaNewslast_img read more


The Creator of EarthCaching talks about the 10th Anniversary

first_img SharePrint RelatedYour Path to Platinum EarthCachingFebruary 11, 2015In “Community”Inside Geocaching HQ Podcast Transcript (Episode 13): EarthCachesMay 10, 2018In “Community”Happy Birthday EarthCaching – EarthCaches Turn 8 TodayJanuary 10, 2012In “Cache In Trash Out” EarthCache I, AustraliaEditor’s Note: Gary, Geoaware, placed the very first EarthCache on this date in 2004. Today there are more than 17,000 EarthCaches around the globe from the peaks of mountains to the desert floor. This is Gary’s story of that first EarthCache.Gary aka “Geoaware”By Gary, Geoaware: Ten years ago I was a lucky guy in the right place at the right time. The Geological Society of America (GSA) had just employed me to work on education and outreach programs, a GSA member mentioned the new game of geocaching to my boss, and I was on holiday here with my kids looking at the rocks in Australia.So that day we wandered around a rock platform that I had been on a thousand times before but now with a new purpose. How could I bring others here geocaching so they left learning something new about our amazing planet?  Fossils, evidence for glaciers, weathering – so much in such a short walk. This was the perfect place. And so EarthCache I GCHFT2 was born—and so was the concept of an EarthCache: a place where the Earth was the treasure. A place where you would learn about the geology of the planet while you geocached. If you have not experienced an EarthCache, its time you tried. It’s a different experience – but who would ever not enjoy learning when it’s fun!Since then we have gone through many changes, twists and turns – always in partnership with Geocaching.com and always edging forward so that we can add to the game of geocaching as well as teaching people about our Earth. We even now have a Mega-Event held each year just for EarthCachers (GC4JD1B).What an amazing ten years the EarthCache program has had. Since the first EarthCache was placed, four million people have visited over 17,000 EarthCaches in 165 countries around the globe. It is a truly outstanding impact to get people outside, have fun and learn about our dynamic planet all at the same time. And all of that amazing credit goes to the whole community that visits, develops and loves EarthCaches and the wonderful group of community volunteers – the ‘geoawares’ that work with EarthCache developers to get the very best EarthCache submissions published.EarthCache: Gullfoss (Golden Falls)Finally, I can’t ignore the amazing support of The Geological Society of America, who sees this program as the jewel in its outreach to the wider community.I hope you will all celebrate the amazing 10th year of EarthCaches by finding and logging an EarthCache or even joining the next 3rd International EarthCache Mega-Event! EarthCache in Dorest, UKcenter_img Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more


Is There Such a Thing as a Perfect Building Envelope?

first_imgPlus, there’s too much foamHomoly’s plan relies heavily on foam — both sheets of rigid insulation on the roof and walls and open-cell spray foam in the stud bays. Although foam has excellent properties as a thermal insulator, it has several attributes that make it worrisome to green builders, including the blowing agents used to make it — some of which have a high global warming potential — and its petrochemical content.“Your strategy contains WAY too much foam,” writes Brett Moyer. “… Foam is NOT green. Minimize its use whenever possible.”Rooks also raises the same point: “Try doing the same project with no foam,” he writes. “Eliminating foam is important to some of us.”But to AJ Builder, the argument doesn’t make much sense. “Nobody that owns fossil-fueled vehicles should advocate to others to be so green as to not insulate with foam,” he says. “…Foam is legal, and it is up to whomever to choose when and how to use it, in my opinion. Explain maybe how you feel about foam but then…. Let it go. Many people feel a product like foam is a much better use for dinosaur flesh than putting it in your F250 and burning it to drive to a NASCAR race.”TJ Elder agrees that insulating is a better end-use for petroleum than motor vehicle fuel used for non essential purposes such as driving “around in circles at great speeds.” But he also sees the point that Rooks and Moyer are making.“I also agree with Brett and Albert that less-foamy buildings are greener than extra-foamy buildings,” he writes. “Thinking green, it is better also to eat less meat (maybe some fish, no bear) and start backing away from fossil-fueled travel.“May as well admit that with seven billion actors in this play, we should all be vegetarian bicyclists (using no foam or other petro products) to ensure health and happiness for our planet’s inhabitants centuries into the future. Remember that everyone lived free of fossil energy for a thousand generations behind us, and life could continue just as far ahead of this present day.” Is there such a thing as a perfect building envelope? One that could be mass-produced from readily available materials, and be appropriate for 90% of all new homes?Andrew Homoly thinks he’s found one, as he explains in this Q&A post at GreenBuildingAdvisor.Here are the basic elements:A conventional foundation insulated with 2 in. of rigid foam on the outside.2×6 walls sheathed with Zip System OSB with 2 in. of rigid foam on the outside and open-cell spray polyurethane foam in the stud bays.A roof sheathed with OSB, insulated on the exterior with 2 in. of rigid foam capped with another later of OSB sheathing over furring strips.Soffit and fascia made from OSB sheathing, insulated on the exterior with 2 in. of rigid foam, and topped with furring strips and finish material.It is this last detail, the insulated and vented soffit and fascia, that has Homoly thinking he’s nailed it. He calls his approach the Homoly-Pedley Perfect Envelope, sharing the credit with his framer, Mike Pedley, who came up with the soffit/fascia detail. RELATED ARTICLES Getting Insulation Out of Your Walls and CeilingsVented or Unvented Attic?Rigid Foam InsulationSpray Foam Jobs with Lingering Odor Problems “Note the ‘gap’ goes all the way up the wall, around the soffit, around the facia, and up the roof to the ridge vent,” Homoly writes. “Periodic vent strips could also be added in the soffit if desired. The entire home from foundation to wall to soffit to facia to roof is wrapped in an uninterrupted thermal envelope.“I believe this system accomplishes multiple goals … and could easily be mass-produced since it utilizes all common building techniques and materials.“What do you think?”center_img Our expert’s opinionHere’s what Peter Yost, GBA’s technical director, had to say:It just would not be right to discuss this without citing Joe Lstiburek’s “The Perfect Wall, Roof, and Slab.” A concrete (or concrete block) wall with all of the insulation to the exterior, pulling the structure pretty much into the conditioned space, is elegant. The R-value or thickness of the insulation is climate-driven, but the configuration of the assembly does not change. Depending on the insulation and finished surfaces or claddings, this assembly can dry to the interior, the exterior, or both.The thermal mass becomes an interior flywheel, buffering changes in both relative humidity and temperature. And the structure does not “care” if it gets wet; it won’t rust or rot.Jim Sargent designed a house using Durisol blocks, exterior insulation, a variety of finishes on the exterior, and a clay plaster on the interior that was pretty much the perfect wall in my book. From both a building science and an environmental footprint perspective, the fly ash-laden concrete cores and blocks made of softwood and Portland cement are 500-year materials and walls.And interestingly, on the first floor of my 100-year old home, we retrofitted the hollow concrete block (interior plaster and lath) with 3 in. of high-density spray foam, foam that serves as my continuous thermal barrier, air barrier, and drainage plane.I just today took off several pieces of the clapboards to check on the insulation/air barrier/drainage plane. (I intentionally fastened much of this wall with stainless-steel trim screws so that I could easily remove the cladding to inspect the assembly over time). The spray foam and assembly is in perfect condition, still completely secured to both the block and furring to which the spray foam was applied. No deterioration, no shrinkage, no loss of adhesion. The spray foam was applied in the fall of 2002.Do I wish that the blowing agent for this spray foam job was not 245fa, with a really high global warming potential (GWP)? Absolutely, but at 3 in. and R-20, I still feel the payback is reasonable and you can be sure that chemical companies worldwide are working on replacement blowing agents with much lower GWP.There are also rigid insulations other than XPS to consider for the “perfect envelope.” Rigid mineral wool from Roxul, for example, and the more expensive Foamglas should be considered.The key thing is that exterior insulation makes continuous air and thermal barriers possible and “warming” any building assembly reduces or eliminates moisture management issues in any climate.And for complete information on all types of insulation, BuildingGreen has just released a special report on insulation. Scroll down a bit. Sorry, but it’s not especially newHomoly’s plan hinges on establishing an air barrier at the sheathing level. But as GBA senior editor Martin Holladay points out, that’s not a new idea. In fact, he says, it’s been the standard way of building PERSIST homes for decades.“I think the air barrier details are improved if you follow the usual PERSIST recommendation of framing the house without any eave or rake overhangs, and running the rigid foam up the walls and over to the roof, with tape installed at the wall/roof intersection,” Holladay adds. “Once this is done, rake and eave overhangs can be built separately and scabbed onto the building, over the foam.”He adds that bringing foam insulation around the soffits and fascia is “fussy and likely to increase air leakage rates,” and recommends a Journal of Light Construction article that explains how “applied overhangs” can be built.Although Homoly likes the suggestion, he’s not sure it would work in his area because roof trusses that cantilever past the wall line are typical. Rigid foam on the walls would have to be cut around each truss.And as to the notion that one building envelope could be used in 90% of new residential construction, don’t bet on it.“The ‘Perfect Envelope’ will always be ‘it depends,’ ” writes Armando Cobo. “There are many different climate and humidity zones, building materials, insulations, WRBs, claddings, techniques, likes and dislikes, material preferences and availabilities that most be analyzed on how they interact with each other and therefore the solutions are different.”“We are a very large and diverse country,” adds Albert Rooks. “We need more than one solution to a high quality envelope.”last_img read more


Pumaren: Ahanmisi ‘too nice’ and ‘needs to be selfish like Ritualo’

first_imgFor the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LATEST STORIES Read Next Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Barkley, Griffin shone but Brown didn’t at NFL combine But it’s not just in this game against the Titans that Ahanmisi has been able to show his mettle. He has been a consistent force for Akari-Adamson, netting 16.9 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.6 assists, and 1.0 steal for the conference.Ahanmisi, the younger brother of Rain or Shine guard Maverick in the PBA, knows that the spotlight will be a little brighter in this buildup as he will be counted on to carry the mantle for the Falcons, whether he’s ready or not.“I just got to adjust to it. Rob (Manalang) is gone but I’ll try to lead the team to the right direction and help the young guys adjust to coach Franz’ system,” he said. “Our team is young. We got some new guys coming in, but we got some vets also. We just got to mold and learn from each other. And personally, whatever coach Franz needs me to do, I’ll do it as best as I can.” Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus center_img MOST READ “He needs to be selfish like Renren,” he said, referring to former La Salle star and now Adamson assistant coach Renren Ritualo. “He needs to watch videos of how selfish Renren was.”Though Pumaren’s comments could be seen as a little comical, Ahanmisi heard his coach’s message loud and clear as he slowly accepts the responsibilities of being Akari-Adamson’s undisputed leader.“I just got to embrace it,” he said. “I just got to listen to what he says. Coach knows what’s better for me and I just got to take what he says and do it on and off the court.”Ahanmisi channeled his inner Ritualo and gave Pumaren a glimpse of what he can do as the first option.He caught fire from downtown, hitting 7-of-8 from three to finish with 26 points on top of four assists, and three rebounds in the Falcons’ 100-89 victory over AMA Online Education in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup on Monday.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netFor Akari-Adamson coach Franz Pumaren, a little more selfishness from Jerrick Ahanmisi won’t hurt, especially that the Fil-Nigerian guard will now be given the keys to lead the Falcons from this point on.“That’s what I’m trying to say to him, that he needs to be more assertive. He’s too nice,” the veteran bench tactician said.ADVERTISEMENT Pumaren believes Ahanmisi could be something more and not just be limited to being knock-down shooter, the moment he assumes the role of being the team’s go-to guy.Ahanmisi has the numbers to back him up, averaging 12.7 points on a 35 percent shooting from three, to go with 2.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists, emerging as one of the Falcons’ top guys this past UAAP Season 80.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut Pumaren wants more.“He needs to be aggressive. He needs to be a little more selfish. He can drive to the basket and ask for ball, but he’s too nice that he wants to share the ball to his teammates,” said Pumaren, going to as far as giving Ahanmisi someone to emulate. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding After the Typhoon Part 2 PLAY LIST 05:18After the Typhoon Part 200:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City View commentslast_img read more