No 1 Silo gets green rating

first_imgThe tall, light-flooded interior of No 1 Silo. The curved, glass-fronted exterior, allowing views of the sea and Table Mountain. (Images: www.waterfront.co.za) MEDIA CONTACTS • Carla White PR and communications manager cwhite@waterfront.co.za + 27 21 408 7631 RELATED ARTICLES • Green buildings now the law in SA • Top green rating for SA building • Cape Town: most beautiful cityLucille DavieNo 1 Silo at Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront is the second building in the country to receive the Green Building Council of South Africa’s six-star green rating – and construction isn’t even finished yet.“Sustainable development and green operations are fundamental to the V&A Waterfront’s overall development strategy,” says David Green, the chief executive of the V&A. “We have adopted a rigorous approach to green construction and sustainable design principles, and the efficient use of natural and energy resources.”The six-star rating, denoting world-class ranking, is not the only accolade the V&A has received. It got the Eskom 2012 ETA Award in the Commercial Category for energy efficiency initiatives. Eskom established the ETA awards in 1990 to reward exceptional effort in energy efficiency. In addition, in December 2012 the V&A Waterfront was upgraded from a silver to a gold level recipient of the Heritage Environmental Rating Programme.The construction of the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront began in 1988 by Transnet to redevelop the historic docklands around the Victoria and Alfred Basins as a mixed-use area with retail, tourism and residential components, alongside the continued operation of a working harbour.It has subsequently become one of the most popular tourist destinations in Cape Town, attracting 1.7-million visitors a month. The basins date back to 1860, when the first load of stone was tipped on to the shore by midshipman Prince Alfred, for the construction of the harbour. The developed site is the size of 180 rugby fields.No 1 Silo is located in the Clocktower precinct, adjacent to the historical grain silo and elevator building. A unique feature of construction was the raising of the three-storey dust house, a compact building on the site used to extract the dust from the processed grain. It has been suspended on a custom-made steel frame so a parking basement can be built underneath it. It will then become a public lift from the basement to Silo Square.Six-star ratingThe 500m² Vodacom Innovation Centre in Midrand was the first building to achieve a six-star green rating, which it received in 2011. No 1 Silo is much bigger, at 18 000m², making it “a very, very significant achievement”, says Brian Wilkinson, the CEO of the Green Building Council of South Africa. The council has been in existence since 2007 and is a member of the World Green Building Council. It has given four- and five-star gradings to 30 buildings in South Africa.The council defines a green building as one “which is energy efficient, resource efficient and environmentally responsible – it incorporates design, construction and operational practices that significantly reduce or eliminate the negative impact of development on the environment and occupants”.“It is very fitting that such a significant achievement was certified in such a world icon as the V&A Waterfront development,” adds Wilkinson.Construction costsWhile Green admits that the upfront construction costs are higher, “this is offset against long-term operational savings”.Another structure on the site, the BP Building, completed in 2006, was at the time regarded as the leading green building in the country, says Green. Working in a green building has had a knock-on effect on staff. “The occupants of that building are definitely more conscious of environmental issues like cleaner air, light levels and energy use. We are sure that the same will be said for this building.”Director of VDMM Architects Anya van der Merwe says this is the largest green project the company has completed to date, although it is not its only green project. “It has been an important principle that the environmental response be achieved without compromising the utility of the building, the comfort of the occupants or the aesthetic quality of the building.”The major challenges of the project, she says, have been “to balance the varied requirements of urban space making, heritage considerations, commercial realities and sustainable design”.Energy efficient initiativesNo 1 Silo is the culmination of energy efficient initiatives begun in 2008 by the V&A Waterfront, forming part of the company’s “long-term vision and sustainability practices in development, building and operational management”.These initiatives involve an annual saving on electricity of 11 261 449kWh or R5.6-million (US$630 000), while reducing their demand on the grid by 10.5%. The measures are across the board: the installation of efficient lighting and repositioning of light fittings; the installation of meters and development of credible metering and billing systems; and targets in staff performance contracts. “The energy efficient lighting in the parking garages and the shopping centre has reduced consumption by 47% and 73% respectively.”A sustainability committee has been established, and energy efficiency training for tenants in the precinct has been introduced. A future lighting upgrade project will save 3GWh or 3 000 000kWh per year.Energy-saving measuresThe energy-saving measures of the curved, six-storey, glass-fronted No 1 Silo are impressive. Described as “one of Africa’s most advanced intelligent buildings”, the AAA-grade office building is to be completed around September this year.It will use seawater from the Atlantic Ocean to reject waste heat from the cooling plant, at the same time allowing for savings in potable water, thus improving its overall energy efficiency. Heat generated in the IT server room will be channelled to the under-floor waterborne heating system to warm the reception area.The glass façade will consist of a system of automatically controlled blinds between the internal double glazed system and the external single glazed skin, which will track the sun as it moves across the building. The façade will reduce the sun’s heat into the building while maximising the natural light.The blinds and double glazing will prevent further heat gain and control the sun’s glare in the office space. The under-floor mechanical air conditioning system will supply fresh air into the building, which will then be absorbed as it rises and warms, and extracted at ceiling level, preventing the build-up of pollutants. Paints, wood products and carpets will contain no harmful compounds.The building has been designed to enhance the outdoor environment: a private roof garden will be planted with indigenous vegetation; a small herb garden will supply the kitchen; and composting units will recycle organic waste produced in the kitchen.Water and lightsBesides low flow water fittings, a grey water system is part of the design. Waste water from hand basins and showers will be collected and treated, and re-used for flushing the toilets.Lighting has not been neglected. All florescent fittings have energy efficient, high frequency ballasts. The lighting system is fitted with appropriate sensors, ensuring that lights are on only when they need to be, and at the right light levels. “Lastly, care has been taken to ensure that no night time lighting is directed towards the night sky, in order to reduce night light pollution, which is detrimental to fauna and flora that are sensitive to it,” says the V&A Waterfront.The architects have not neglected tenants’ transport. It will have a secure bike lock-up facility, with lockers and showers for those cycling to work.Less cementThe building will use 60% less cement than an equivalent building, and uses FSC certified timber, wood that comes from environmentally sustainable and ethical sources.The cement content has been reduced by using various replacement products which use less energy to produce.More than 70% of all waste generated on site is recycled. An innovative feature of the construction site is the use of green hoarding – approximately one third of the site’s hoarding is a green, living vertical wall, which contributes to the suppression of noise and dust of a construction site, and provides green spaces within the city centre for pedestrians.“We are committed to ensuring our environmental and sustainability measures and initiatives are at the forefront of all our business practices,” says Green. “This is core to our business ethos and ensures we remain the benchmark for world-class waterfront developments.”last_img read more

SIBEL Hair Roller Clips Pack of 6 : heated hair roller clips

first_imgThey work really well and stop your heated rollers falling out. They are much better than the roller clips which came with my heated rollers. I bought these to hold my rollers in place. I haven’t used rollers since but they’re great for just holding your hair back when doing the housework. I have long fine hair so my self grip rollers tend to fall out easily. I wanted these as they go with the curvature of the roller, as opposed to leaving an imprint on your hair like a pin does. My largest roller is massive, and i didn’t know if these would fit, but they do, just about. They’re not the best quality in the world, but these round clips are very hard to find where i live, and these ones are very reasonably priced. So much so, i’ve ordered another pack so i now have enough to cover my whole head in rollers if need be. Needed these clips so i could use last years xmas present. I ordered these and they were deivered the next day brilliant. Actually used my heated rollers i had last xmas and the rollers stayed in with these clips. Makes using heated rollers soooo much easier!SIBEL Hair rollersheated hair roller clipsGreat for large volume heated rollersGreat with Babyliss Heated Travel RollersSuperb – excellent for securing rollers in placeSIBEL Hair Roller Clips Pack of 6Sibel clamps/clips for heated rollersPack of 6Black, gey, blue and white They are a little big when using smaller heated rollers. They are a little big when using smaller heated rollers. I use them with the roller clips in place though which means i can dust or vacuum or even dig the garden whilst my hair is “doing”. I wanted these to hold some heated rollers that had weird clips that left a line across the base. These were not really firm enough to to that. Perfectly adequate for day-to-day sectioning. Exactly what i was after, excellent value for money, very quick delivery. I would definately buy these again. Always good to have extra roller clips. These clips are a fantastic find as they firmly grip the 3 sizes of. These clips are a fantastic find as they firmly grip the 3 sizes of the o heated rollers i have and keep them tightly held in my hair. I would recommend them as a cost effective replacement for use with the o. The first pack i ordered were from another supplier but the price and the cost of p&p were a lot more than these. Excellent just what i wanted and so much better quality. Excellent just what i wanted and so much better quality than expected for price,. Excellent service will use this seller again. Work very well with heated rollers, keeps rollers in hair, very comfortable, excellent service arrived very quickly. Highly recommended, thank you. Good value as these aren’t easy to find and are fairly strong though not inflexible. Best for medium/large rollers (or two small ones) and much easier than pins. Incredible fast delivery – would definitely recommend (though as mentioned above come in various colours – not really for use as a general hair clip). Really nice product and good quality. Really nice product and good quality. I was a bit sceptical after seeing the cheap packaging but don’t be fooled, these do the job and for me were great replacements for a few lost grips. I brought these clips for my heated rollers. There a great price and a quick delivery. Similar to clips with roller but a bit more sturdy. All a variety of colours i dont see why its not just all blackreminds me of close pegs, good qualitysuper fast delivery. Makes using heated rollers soooo much easier. I bought these to use with babyliss thermo ceramic rollers. Babyliss only supply 10 (very flimsy) clips for a box of 20 rollers, although they do supply enough of the thin metal horseshoe type pins, but those tend to stab you. These plastic clips are much stronger and yes, as one reviewer said, they do come in black, grey, white and blue, but who cares, you’re not going to go outside with them on so colour coordination is not an issue haha.And they were dispatched immediately – i ordered them one afternoon and they arrived the next morning. Can’t fault the prompt service from this seller. Ok but not as good as i was expecting. I got a babyliss roller and wanted some additional clips (less clips than rollers are provided). The clips are ok but they’re not as good as the one provided with my babyliss rollers. That means that, although it’s supposed to be compatible actually the clips once set in the hair don’t stay there as well as the others. I’ll be able to use them anyway but i’m a bit disappointed. Acquired these as i have the cloud 9 o pod. . And their individual rip of clips are garbage. Acquired these kinds from amazon and they in good shape and don’t slide out anyplace around as uncomplicated.I feel they will be ideal as soon as i grasp how to set rollers in properlynot absolutely sure why they are unique colours but it will not matter. Acquired three packs and they healthy every dimension roller i have (which is at minimum 4 of each individual dimensions)would def advise.Low-priced and does the job, considerably simpler that the fiddly pins that came with my nicky clark heated rollers.Fantastic for significant quantity heated rollers. I acquired these due to the fact my extremely substantial really large umberto giannini glam hair heated rollers arrived with rubbish wire horseshoe clips, these are fantastic they are huge enough to maintain hair in the big volume rollers and they you should not get tangled or snap when you use them – good product excellent worth for revenue.Incredibly strong and good high quality (particually as opposed to the a single that arrived with the babyliss rollers that are v flimsy)random color choices. Black blue gray and white all combined in. Why not just black?discovered them fairly major, likely finest to use with the biggest rollers on top rated of your head, as the pull down and will not grip as tightly on the smaller sized types at the aspect of your head, but they do sense very solid although.So excellent, i bought one more whole lot for my heated rollers. Considerably greater than the clips which were being provided. Maintain the rollers and hair in location.L have also been on the lookout for a merchandise like this in stores but could not come across something like it, so l was seriously pleased when l noticed them on amazon. They maintain my curlers in position perfectly,they are best suited for medium/massive curlers, they are lightweight but are however analyze. So delighted l sent for yet another packet.last_img read more

Improving yields, despite lower commodity prices

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest At the recent Conklin’s Pro Grower day, world record soybean producer Kip Cullers shared how to improve yields yet this year, even at these lower commodity prices.last_img

Will Desktop Virtualization Be Relevant in the Era of Cloud Operating Systems?

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Cloud-oriented operating systems like Chrome OS, Jolicloud and Peppermint OS can run on low-end hardware and provide an alternative to desktop virtualization infrastructure (VDI). Instead of running a desktop environment on a central server, the desktop is displaced entirely in favor of Web applications. This approach does away with the need to virtualize and can ease compatibility issues across platforms. The offline storage feature of HTML5 will solve the availability issue for Web applications.If cloud-oriented OSs catch on, will desktop virtualization still be relevant?Porting desktop applications to the Web a great solution to compatibility issues. But there are some situations when it’s not practical. Not all legacy applications can be ported to the Web effectively. And though modernizing old desktop-based enterprise applications is a great goal, it’s not always financially feasible. In some cases, it’s cheaper and easier to use virtual machines. In these cases, running virtual desktops that are accessible from the Web could combine the two paradigms.In some cases you might want to run Web applications within a virtual environment. Caching data locally, through HTML5 offline storage or by other means, can create security issues. You need to be able to encrypt and remotely wipe disks containing potentially sensitive data. Enterprise device management tools provide this capability, but there are some scenarios in which you may not want to wipe all the data on a device.For example, employee-owned devices are becoming more common in the enterprise. Consider this scenario: employees using iPads they purchased themselves to access company Web applications. They use secure connections, but cache data offline. What happens when someone decides to leave the company?You may want to wipe the employee’s device, but that would mean wiping all the personal data from the device as well as all the company data. Perhaps you could make it a company policy that employees who use their personal devices for work have to agree to having their personal information wiped if and when they leave the company. But this could be bad for morale, and discourage staff from bringing useful devices to work.If you’re running a VM on the device, however, you can remotely wipe just the VM and leave the rest of the data on the device intact. It may make sense then to use a VM even when only accessing Web applications, so that all cached data can be selectively wiped. In this case, you’ll want to run a local VM that includes features such as a VPN client and Web browser. VMware is working with LG on a solution along these lines.Desktop virtualization has many uses. Even as new devices proliferate and applications move to the Web, running local or remote VMs will remain a relevant technology for years to come.Photo by Yasunari Nakamura Tags:#Desktop Virtualization#solution-series A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts klint finleylast_img read more

How to Manage Remote Sales Teams

first_imgHow to Make the Most of Your Software Developer… AI is Not the Holy Grail of Sales, at Least Not… Related Posts David Lloyd is the CEO of The Intern Group, an award-winning international internship program. David Lloyd Tags:#Entrepreneurs#productivity#remote work#sales advice#sales teams#startups Many professionals are comfortable working remotely, especially sales team members. For the employees who were surveyed, 86% felt they were most productive when working alone. Without the distractions of noisy coworkers and impromptu desk meetings, a remote work environment increases productivity. But the question is how to manage remote sales teams.Although the benefits of flexible working are clear, managing a remote sales team can be more challenging than in a traditional office setting. A lack of face-to-face communication requires sales managers to make more of an effort to engage team members and build trust. 56% of employees believe managers need to adapt their skills to manage a remote workforce. Sales managers must create an environment where remote teams can thrive and succeed.Managing a remote sales team comes with its own unique set of challenges. However, with the help of technology and defined procedures, managers can overcome these obstacles. Here’s how to manage remote sales teams and set them up for success. Keep track of work activity. When salespeople aren’t in the office, it’s challenging to check the progress of tasks. However, some accountability processes make it easy to track projects. Ask employees to put together a weekly work list that details their leadership development activities, plans of action, and goals. This keeps everyone accountable and lets managers know who is working on what.It’s crucial that salespeople manage their time wisely and invest their efforts in the right opportunities. It’s unproductive to spend time and resources on leads that aren’t likely to yield high returns or convert prospects to customers. Managers can use tools to track the sales activities of their remote employees. Badger Maps, for example, collects valuable data from physical sales visits. The app integrates with CRM tools and automatically adds data and reports to the system. Sales managers can also use Time Doctor, a software that tracks where employees spend their time, to improve remote team efficiency.  It’s essential for sales managers to keep track of daily and weekly projects. However, they should be careful not to micromanage employees as trust is vital in a remote work environment. Establish clear expectations.Employee engagement is more likely to increase when managers set clear expectations. According to a Gallup study, 38% of highly-engaged employees agreed that their managers help them set work priorities.Managers should provide each employee with a report that details specific tasks and ideal performance goals. Go over sales objectives and procedures for finding leads, cold calling prospects, following up, and closing a deal. It’s essential that managers encourage remote sales employees to meet higher performance levels. Hold a weekly one-on-one call or have a quarterly meeting with the whole team to discuss expectations. Being available opens the door for any questions or concerns that employees may have but are unable to express in person. Setting clear expectations and listening to their concerns ensures everyone is on the same page.Promote collaboration.Even if remote employees are working thousands of miles apart, it’s still essential to provide an environment that fosters collaboration and engagement. Weekly calls are an excellent way to catch up, brainstorm ideas, and share success stories among the entire team. For instance, a salesperson can share a new market they’ve tapped into or the strategy they used to convert a hesitant customer. Employees on different teams can learn from one another and become more motivated after hearing their team members’ achievements. Encourage employee engagement.Employees that work remotely can get lonely. Hold annual meetings or retreats where employees can get together in person. Encouraging social interaction helps build healthy relationships among remote workers. Additionally, managers can have sales team members work in pairs to reduce any feelings of isolation.Building trust is also essential in any remote work environment. Be sure to talk about other topics aside from work. Discuss hobbies, pets, or family. Managers should open up to employees and show them who they are outside of work. Remote sales teams may never see each other in the office, so it’s a good idea to connect in different ways.Provide the right tools.Managers should supply remote sales teams with the necessary tools to help them succeed. Having a robust CRM is crucial for team members to follow up with leads and for managers to monitor their progress. Managers should encourage remote employees to update potential and existing customer information as often as possible.Another way to help sales teams manage their time and track tasks are by providing a project management tool. A project management tool offers greater visibility into the status of each project and encourages remote team members to collaborate. For example, Trello can be used to store sales resources and provide a clear view of the entire sales cycle. From lead status to customer onboarding, all employees can access the Trello boards to manage their tasks.Managing a remote sales team isn’t easy, but there are numerous ways to create a work environment that enables everyone to succeed. From building trust to encouraging employee engagement, managers that put forth the extra effort will reap the benefits of a remote sales team that maximizes productivity and closes more deals. Remote Working Culture: The Facts Business Owne… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowlast_img read more

QLD wins ‘Friends of Rugby League’ Origin battle

first_imgA rainy Canberra morning didn’t stop a keen bunch of politicians and former Rugby League stars from battling it out in the 2015 ‘Friends of Rugby League’ Touch Football match at the Senate Oval, Parliament House on Wednesday morning. With New South Wales dominating the annual match in recent years, 2015 marked Queensland’s turn to lift the trophy, much to the delight of captain, Senator Barnaby Joyce. Former Queensland Origin player, Michael Crocker also joined the Queensland team, who ran away with a 4-2 win in the wet conditions.  NRL Chief Executive, Dave Smith donned a green and gold uniform for the second year running, joining both sides throughout the match. This comes one day after helping New South Wales to a 2-1 win in the Victorian Friends of Rugby League match at AAMI Park on Tuesday morning.Former New South Wales’ great, Nathan Hindmarsh was another player who backed up again in the 2015 match in the Blues side, led by MP Alex Hawke, hopeful of continuing their winning streak.But it wasn’t to be, with the Queensland side confident that this morning’s win will be a good omen for tonight’s main game. Touch Football Australia would like to thank Touch Football ACT referees, Adam Flint and Clint Jory for refereeing the game as well as ACT representatives Chris Tarlinton, Andrew Moylan, Ian Bateman, Jayde Bennett and Damian Prendergast for playing in the match. To view some of the photos from the event, please visit the Touch Football Australia Facebook page –www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia.  Related LinksQLD Wins Origin Gamelast_img read more

a month agoNapoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly buzzing: I do this for our fans

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly buzzing: I do this for our fansby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNapoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly was floating after their victory over Champions League opponents Liverpool.Koulibaly was outstanding for the 2-0 win.He said at the final whistle: “I arrived late to pre-season training as I was at the Africa Cup of Nations and Kostas Manolas had joined a new team, so it took us a while to learn how to play together and we conceded a lot of goals, but we’re improving.“I try to give 110 per cent to these fans, as they give me so much love and I want to repay them. “I throw myself into challenge for them, as I want to take the Napoli colours to the top, so it fills my heart when they cheer for me.” last_img read more

Saskatoon landlord tells First Nations woman to kill herself when applying for

first_imgAPTN National NewsWhen Patricia Sewap began looking for a place to live in Saskatoon she used the online advertising website Kijiji to help her find what was for rent.She found one advertisement and called the landlord who asked a startling question.“He asked me if I was Native. I said yes. It went quiet for a while then all of a sudden he hung up the phone on me,” said Sewap.She texted him saying he was a racist.The landlord wrote back.“Rent from a Native then don’t pay your rent or always be late,” he said. “Also, wreck his apartment and see how he likes it.”He also told Sewap to “get a job and stop being a welfare bum.”According to the text messages, he didn’t stop there.“If I live the way you do I would probably think about running a straight razor across my neck,” the man said.Sewap said she felt belittled and broke down.She’s been receiving social assistance after being diagnosed with bipolar disorder and arthritis.She said covering the rent wouldn’t have been a problem.David Arnot, of the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission, said they don’t get many complaints over race issues from tenants.“Over the course of the last three years we’ve had six or roughly two a year, so it really isn’t that many,” said Arnot.APTN’s Larissa Burnouf has more.last_img read more

What A Crying Shame Vandals Deface Jackie Robinson Statue

Image by NEIL MILLERA Jackie Robinson statue outside MCU Park in Coney Island has been vandalized.The statue was spray painted with swastikas and racist slur that read: “Heil Hitler,” “Die n—-r,” “F–k n—-r” and “F–k Jackie Robinson.”Brooklyn Cyclones team officials said they made the discovery on Wednesday morning.“Immediately we went into action to try to clean it and remove the graffiti,” said Billy Harner, the team’s director of communications. “We have video surveillance of the area, we’re looking at the tapes to investigate exactly what took place.”The sports organization had the slurs covered with duct tape as fans arrived at the park for the team’s 11am ET game. They also plan to remove the paint by using solution at a later time. Police are currently investigating the crime.“This is being treated as a bias crime,” detective John Nevandro of the 60th precinct said in a statement. “Hate Crimes will investigate the incident.”The statue depicts teammates Robinson and Pee Wee Reese during the 1947 season.“The statue is a symbol of tolerance,” said Harner. “It’s an absolute tragedy that someone would deface it the way they did.”The Brooklyn Cyclones are the minor league team of the New York Mets. read more