Details withheld from OULC antisemitism report

first_imgBARONESS ROYALL’S INQUIRY into the alleged antisemitism in the Oxford University Labour Club (OULC) found no evidence of “institutional antisemitism”, leading instead to a series of recommendations being made to the party as a whole.The reports were commissioned by Labour’s National Executive Committee (NEC) and will be published in their entirety in the Chakrabarti report before the summer.Although Baroness Royall wrote that she does “not believe that there is institutional antisemitism within OULC” she did however report individual incidents and other cases related to cultural issues in the club. These she says, “Must be addressed to ensure a safe space for all Labour students to debate and campaign” as its main consequence is that “some Jews do not feel welcome.”Baroness Royall also noted in the summary of the reports that in one instance a case of “serious false allegations of antisemitism” was reported to the police.The details of these incidents are yet to be made available, as only an executive summary and the recommendations were published on the Party’s website. Regarding this, Jeremy Newmark tweeted that he was “frustrated” the content of the report had been “suppressed” by Labour’s NEC, though this fact remains unconfirmed.According to Baroness Royall, an effective response to these cultural problems would involve training sessions being organised to enable all new officers of Labour Clubs to fight against antisemitism within their circle. The report also encourages OULC to establish a  clear system of reporting for incidents of anti-semitism and racism more generally.“I’m glad that Baroness Royall with me that OULC has a cultural problem”.Alex Chalmers Increased support and better communication at all levels in the Party are made the central target points of the Baroness’ recommendations struggled with allegations of anti-against antisemitism and racism in general. Royall adds that this system of reporting should include the ability to make an appeal directly to the Labour Party NEC.The exclusion of students and other supporters from membership of the Party as punishment for being found guilty of antisemitism is, however, not perceived as an appropriate measure by the report and no such decisions have been made following the investigations.The reports presented to the NEC stated that considering antisemitism in OULC inevitably leads to the same considerations regarding the entire Party, which has recently struggled with allegations of anti-semitism against prominent members. “No form of antisemitism or racism is acceptable, including being used as a factional political tool,” Baroness Royall concludes in the executive summary.In its response to the report, OULC qualified antisemitism as “abhorrent, repugnant and contrary to the values we as a Club hold dear.“The Oxford University Labour Club condemns any prejudice, intolerance and discrimination of any form and we take these allegations with the utmost seriousness,” said new co-chairs David Parton and Eleanor Ormsby. “We look forward to collaborating with her and the national Labour Party in moving forward from these events.”The statement from the OULC Co-Chairs continues, “We will enthusiastically work with all national Labour Party officers to deal with all the complaints made against the Club. We will move to affiliate to the Jewish Labour Movement as a gesture of our solidarity with Jewish people and vigorously support the eight point plan to eradicate anti-Semitism within the Labour Party.”Concerns about antisemitism within the Club were initially raised following the resignation of OULC former co-Chair Alex Chalmers, who claimed that many members and Oxford students in general had “some kind of problem with Jews”. The Party later found itself in controversy over allegations of antisemitism from Labour MPs.Chalmers told Cherwell, “I’m glad that Baroness Royall agrees with me that OULC has a cultural problem that makes the club unsafe for a number of Jewish students, although I am disappointed that the report has not been published in full.“I hope that the publication in due course of the party’s wider inquiry into antisemitism will give a fuller into antisemitism will give a fuller picture and that robust action is taken  against any individuals found to have picture and that robust action is taken against any individuals found to have been involved in antisemitic incidents.”last_img read more

Cookie firm gains Fortnum & Mason listing

first_imgBoutique bakery start-up Nila Holden’s vintage cookies have been listed at London store Fortnum & Mason.The company’s iced cookie designs include love hearts, elephants and monogrammed wedding favours. It has a Mother’s Day range in-store at F&M at the moment.Nila Holden is based in Luton, Bedfordshire and its client list includes the Japanese Royal Family.Holden trained at Squires School and Peggy Porschen Academy.Enjoyed this article? Get more stories like this direct to your mailbox with our FREE email newsletter. Click here to sign-up today!last_img

New York City To Invest $500,000 In Grants For Local Female Musicians, Producers

first_imgWomen-identifying creatives in New York City will soon have the opportunity to receive financial assistance by way of city-sponsored grants. Announced on Wednesday, the New York City Mayor’s Office will commit $500,000 to help fuel the careers of female music makers in hopes of generating more diversity within the historically male-dominated music industry.Related: Sleater-Kinney Shares First Track From St. Vincent-Produced New Album, Adds Tour Dates [Listen]According to reports shared on Wednesday, the NYC Women’s Fund for Media, Music and Theatre (formerly known as “NYC Women’s Film, TV and Theatre Fund”) under direction from the Mayor’s office will now include music under its financial umbrella for the first time ever. The latest edition of the city’s financial-meets-creative initiative was announced by the City of New York Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (“MOME“) commissioner Anne del Castillo during the annual New York Music Month conference: Innovation at the Intersection of Music + Tech earlier this week. The announcement marks the start of the second round of a $5 million, three-year program run through MOME.Applications for grant funding will become available starting next month for female-identifying producers, composers, engineers, solo musicians, ensemble bands, and orchestras who are not currently signed to a major record label, and live within New York City. Aspiring musicians and producers must also provide evidence of having played numerous concerts and must have proof a growing fanbase.Qualified applicants may ask for up to $20,000 in city-sponsored grants–to be administered by the New York Foundation for the Arts–to fund a new EP, album or video for yet-to-be-released work. The money awarded in grants may be administered to help creatives pay for rented studio time, instrument/equipment rental, and more. Winners of the funds for the will be announced in March 2020. As of this week’s announcement, the program has already awarded $1.5 million in grants to 63 various projects in film, TV, theatre and digital media, all created by women.“We are thrilled to announce the addition of music to our NYC Women’s Fund to commit $500,000 to the cause of fostering greater gender equity in the music industry,” del Castillo mentioned in a statement with the announcement. “This is an important step in our ongoing efforts to increase representation across the media and entertainment sectors.”Head here for application info.[H/T Billboard]last_img read more

Newlin, Reigle race to PASS wins at BAPS Motor Speedway

first_imgThe scheduled feature saw Ganoe follow Newlin across the finish line, with John Walp, Ken Duke Jr. and Landon Price completing the top five.  Newlin led all the way to win the regularly scheduled 20-lap IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car feature after Reigle led all 19 laps of the evening’s first race, which completed a feature rained out two weeks earlier with one lap run. The first feature was stopped following an early flip by Jake Frye but from that point Reigle sailed in front of the field while Ney, Larry McVey and Newlin dueled behind him.  Duke had won all three previous PASS features this year.  Next weekend, PASS drivers will join their Laurel Highlands counterparts for a co-sanctioned event Friday at Clinton County Speedway, then return to Port Royal Speedway on Saturday. Scheduled feature – 1. Newlin; 2. Ganoe; 3. Walp; 4. Duke; 5. Price; 6. Sweigart; 7. Dave Brown Jr.; 8. Hanson; 9. Ney; 10. Grube; 11. Adams; 12. Prutzman; 13. Reigle; 14. Dodson; 15. Scar­borough; 16. John Fiore; 17. Jared Zionkowski; 18. Kyle Keen; 19. Stallings; 20. McVey; 21. Johnny Yanek; 22. Marie McVay; 23. Frye; 24. Stief. YORK HAVEN, Pa. (April 20) – Defending Pennsylvania Sprint Series champion Zach Newlin joined Cale Reigle in visiting victory lane for the first time this season Saturday at BAPS Motor Speedway. center_img In the make-up feature, Devin Adams, Billy Ney, Newlin and Ken Duke Jr. followed Reigle across the finish line. Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic awards a Burnin’ Rubber award, a new right rear tire, to the driver accumulat­ing the most feature positions advanced, and for this night, both features counted. Ney advanced 15 spots between the two races to claim the prize. Newlin used a high line and grabbed the lead from fellow front-row starter Walp. Duke quickly began to move up, but in this race he would not be unable to advance past fourth again, despite three cautions during the middle laps providing restart opportunities.  Make-up feature – 1. Cale Reigle; 2. Devin Adams; 3. Billy Ney; 4. Zach Newlin; 5. Ken Duke Jr.; 6. Nick Sweigart; 7. Larry McVey; 8. Kyle Ganoe; 9. Jaremi Hanson; 10. Doug Dodson; 11. Tim Stallings; 12. David Grube II; 13. Landon Price; 14. John Walp; 15. Erin Statler; 16. Rick Stief; 17. Keith Prutzman; 18. Alex Potosky; 19. Austin Graby; 20. Johnny Scarborough; 21. Jay Krout; 22. Jake Frye; 23. Scott Lutz; 24. Kassidy Kreitz. Duke put on the evening’s charge, coming from 11th to fourth over the final seven laps. Ney sur­prised regular fans by racing low, the opposite of his norm. last_img read more

Top 50 most powerful in L.A. sports: Lakers’ Jeanie Buss determined to continue her father’s legacy

first_img“He worked very hard in a position so that our family could keep this team forever,” Jeanie Buss said of her father. “We’re committed to doing that.” Since her father’s passing, Jeanie Buss has overseen the Lakers as both the team’s president and governor during NBA Board of Governor meetings. Upon Jim Buss reportedly telling Jeanie he would step down if the Lakers do not reach the Western Conference Finals within three years, Jeanie Buss said she will make changes if the Lakers do not achieve that goal. Yet, Jeanie Buss also said she has tried to emulate Jerry Buss’ style, which entailed giving the team’s basketball operations monetary support without micromanaging.“My responsibility here is to give all the tools to our basketball front office that they need to accomplish the job,” Jeanie Buss said. “That is to build us a winning team. Whatever they need, all they have to do is ask me.” All of which Jeanie Buss believes she can fulfill after working for the NBA’s most accomplished owner. “My dad wouldn’t have put me in a position where I couldn’t succeed,” Jeanie Buss said. “But I had to prove myself. That made me tougher.”L.A. Sports Top 50: Dramatic change in Los Angeles sports power structureThat all started when Jeanie Buss was 19 years old and her father asked her to become the general manager of the World Team Tennis’ Los Angeles Strings. Jeanie Buss initially thought that meant she could drop out of USC, but her father said her hiring hinged on staying in school. In 1993, she then parlayed that gig into becoming the owner of the L.A. Blades roller hockey team. Prior to her father’s passing, Jeanie Buss spent 14 seasons as the Lakers’ executive vice president of business operations.Along the way, Jeanie Buss learned valuable lessons that included event planning, finding new revenue streams and thriving in a male-dominated industry. She took notes from her dad, who was the architect of the Showtime Lakers. He built that team with star power, and added the Laker Girls, live music and soon celebrities were sitting courtside. In 1985, Jerry Buss also launched Prime Ticket, a regional sports network available on basic cable that carried all of the Lakers’ home games. Jeanie Buss played a key role three years ago in the Lakers launching Time Warner Cable SportsNet, which carries both games and around-the-clock programming. As the Lakers work to restore the franchise to where it once was, Jeanie Buss has a long to-do list. In the upcoming season, the Lakers will host training camp in Hawaii for the first time since 2007, an idea Jerry Buss started in 1988. Jeanie Buss also plans to hold tributes for Kobe Bryant at home games next season in honor of his 20th year. “My dad was one of a kind and a visionary,” Jeanie Buss said. “I want to make sure I continue to protect that legacy and move in a direction that would be what he would want.” Lakers president Jeanie Buss remains worried that Los Angeles’ most successful sports franchise seems far removed from when she can add another NBA championship trophy on her office shelf. The reasons go beyond any debilitating loss. Or when fans vent their frustrations to her as she watches from her front-row seat at Staples Center.• L.A. Sports Top 50: IntroductionBuss also feels the pressure from up above. She has sensed her father, the late Lakers owner Jerry Buss, would “feel really down ” over the team’s 21-61 mark in the 2014-15 season, its worst record in the franchise’s 67-year-old history. That starkly contrasted from when he oversaw the Lakers morphing into a global brand as they won 10 of their 16 NBA titles. “My dad did not tolerate losing very well,” Jeanie Buss recalled in an interview with Los Angeles News Group. “He would be anxious to make moves to get us back into contention.” After purchasing the Lakers, the Forum, the NHL’s Kings and real estate for a combined $69.5 million in 1979, Jerry Buss made plenty of moves that brightened the purple and gold glitter. But with Jerry Buss’ passing in February 2013, the Lakers no longer can lean on his comforting presence. But as one of the Los Angeles News Group’s 50 Most Powerful in L.A. sports, Jeanie Buss stressed she will maintain her father’s legacy.• Photos: See full list of the Top 50 Most Powerful in L.A. SportsBefore his passing, Jerry Buss left his six children, including Jeanie, Jim, Johnny, Janie, Joey and Jesse, in charge of a family trust that holds a 66 percent ownership stake of the Lakers. Jeanie Buss reiterated no scenarios exist that would prompt the family to sell the franchise, which Forbes recently valued at $2.6 billion. center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Wellington tennis and volleyball team travel to Collegiate; WMS tennis wins Goddard tourney

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Wichita Collegiate was the place Tuesday for two Wellington teams. Both the girls tennis and varsity volleyball team traveled to the school. The Wellington Middle School girls tennis team also placed first.WHS tennis:Wellington traveled to Wichita Collegiate Tuesday and had some very good results in the eight team field. As a team Wellington finished fourth in a good field.   One singles player Dietra Sober finished fourth overall.  She beat a girl from Newton in the opening round then had to play the two-time undefeated state champ from Collegiate.“Dietra was happy to report she won 10 points and won a game, and thought the girl might have broke her racquet,” said Brian Aufdengarten, Wellington head tennis coach.Sober finished fourth on the day.Kaitlyn Utt had a good day playing No. 2 singles. Utt went 2-1 on the day losing her first match 8-5 to Newton and winning her final two good for fifth.Wellington was led by both doubles teams.  Jaden DeJarnett and Cajen Shore finished second overall on the day.  They won their opening match over Neodesha, then beat the No. 2 seeded Collegiate team to make the finals.The pair lost to Winfield in the finals.  No. 1 doubles Kelsey Whaley and Peyton Adams continued to play well winning over Goddard and Collegiate 8-2.  In the finals they put up a good fight against a very good Newton team losing 8-6.  The pair finished second and moved their record to 14-3 on the season.•••••Wellington varsity volleyball:It was a flat night for the Crusader volleyball team.  The girls lost to Collegiate 25-17, 25-23.Wellington then lost to Circle 25-20, 8-25, 6-25.“They rebounded quite well, with increased their energy level and dominated Circle in the first set,” said Cherity Elder, Wellington head volleyball coach. “They then went down in the second set, along with Siarah Walker rolling her ankle late in the set.”The Crusader girls were then finished off by Circle in the third set.“It was a roller coaster of a night, and hopefully we can get past that night of volleyball and move on to getting some more wins,” Elder said.•••••WMS tennisThe top six players on the Wellington Middle School Girls Tennis Team participated in the Goddard Invitational yesterday.  The Lady Knights finished in first place in the 10-team tournament.Individual places were:No. 1 Singles:  Mekenna Adams – 1st placeNo. 1 Doubles:  Abby Lowe and Lexi Saffell – 2nd placeNo. 2 Singles:  Avery Rusk – 1st placeNo. 2 Doubles:  Chaney Leonard and Hattie Staley – 3rd placeTeam ResultsWellington- 35 ptsDerby-32 ptsGoddard Ike- 27Goddard- 26Buhler- 20Winfield- 13Eldorado-11Haysville-8Haysville west-8Parsons-4Pictured left to right-  Mekenna Adams, Lexi Saffell, Avery Rusk, Abby Lowe, Hattie Staley, Chaney Leonard. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (2) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +2 Vote up Vote down I miss something? · 359 weeks ago Wasn’t there a Couple of Cross Country meets this past week? could we get some results on those ? Report Reply 1 reply · active 359 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down CueballSumnernewscow 94p · 359 weeks ago Please Lord grant me patience. Report Reply Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

HSE issues further vaccinations plea as mumps outbreak continues in Donegal

first_imgThe HSE in Donegal has pleaded with parents to have their children vaccinated.The plea comes as part of European Immunisation Week which they say is an opportunity to celebrate vaccines in the fight against vaccine-preventable disease.It is estimated that more than 3 million lives are saved each year because of vaccination. The plea comes following an outbreak of both mumps and measles in Donegal and the north-west.A spokesperson said we had not seen diseases like measles in Donegal, Sligo or Leitrim for a number of years, because 95% of children were vaccinated against them.“Last year, the uptake of childhood vaccinations dropped slightly in Donegal and this resulted in an outbreak of measles in January this year.“There is also an ongoing mumps outbreak across Donegal, Sligo and Leitrim. The HSE has been notified of 116 cases so far. As soon as vaccination rates fall, diseases like measles and mumps return. “Fortunately, the majority of people in Donegal, Sligo and Leitrim are protecting their children with vaccination. The most recent figures for 2018 show that 90% of children in Donegal received the MMR and 93% of children in Sligo and Leitrim received it.“However, over 95% of children need to be vaccinated with the MMR in order to prevent the spread of measles in our community. This is the goal for 2019, as it is really important for ‘herd immunity’.“In this way, we can protect newborns and vulnerable children, including those with cancer or immune problems who can’t get vaccinated, from coming in contact with measles and other diseases like meningitis.”This year European Immunisation Week runs from 24th-30th April.The goal is to raise awareness of the benefits of vaccination and to celebrate the ‘vaccine heroes’ who contribute to protecting lives through vaccination. Vaccine heroes include health workers who administer vaccines, parents who choose vaccination for their children, and everyone who promotes vaccination. Sadly, we lost one of our own vaccine heroes this year when Laura Brennan, a 26-year-old cervical cancer sufferer, died of her disease in March.Before her death, she campaigned tirelessly to provide young women and their families with the right information on the HPV vaccine, so that they could be protected from cervical cancer in the future.“Every parent wants to protect their child and do what’s right for them. Sometimes it can be difficult to know what to do, now that there is so much false and misleading information on the internet and social media when it comes to vaccination,’ says Dr Laura Heavey, Specialist Registrar in Public Health Medicine in HSE North West,She added “I would really encourage parents to look for information in the right places. Two good sources of reliable, evidence-based information are and the Vaccine Knowledge Project at Essentially all of the vaccines on the infant, child and adolescent schedule in Ireland are backed up with years of data on their safety.” Another goal for 2019 is to continue to increase the uptake of the HPV vaccine in teenagers.In 2018, 70% of teenage girls in Ireland got the vaccine. In Scotland, where HPV vaccination started over 10 years ago and 90% of teenage girls get the HPV vaccine, researchers have found that the vaccine has nearly wiped out cases of cervical pre-cancer in young women.“We want to see as many Irish teenagers as possible getting vaccinated in 2019, so that we can see those same results here. This year, the vaccine will also be offered to teenage boys. If all our young people receive the vaccine, cervical cancer could be eliminated in Ireland in the future,” said the HSE spokesperson.HSE issues further vaccinations plea as mumps outbreak continues in Donegal was last modified: April 17th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalHSEMeaslesMumpsVACCINATIONlast_img read more

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: MEDIA CONTACTS • Carla White PR and communications manager [email protected] + 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

Biking from Beitbridge to Cape Point

first_imgSouth Africans Misty and Dylan Weyer received a warm welcome at Cape Point on 1 November after completing a gruelling two-month mountain biking trip along the Dragon’s Spine – from Beitbridge, southern Zimbabwe, to Cape Town’s Cape Point, via neighbouring Lesotho – to raise funds for children with cerebral palsy.The couple, who hails from East London, set off from Beitbridge on Sunday 1 September, riding eight to 12 hours a day without a support crew to complete the 4 000 km mountain bike route, which runs mainly on district roads and jeep and animal tracks, with a few tar exceptions.Dylan and Misty Weyer getting into the funicular at Cape Point Nature Reserve to celebrate the end of their epic 4 000km journey from Beit Bridge border post to Cape Point to raise funds for children with cerebral palsyCape Point funicular staff, lead by general manager, Celeste Bell, welcomed the couple and treated them to a trip up the funicular to experience the unbeatable view from the topmost lighthouse.Bell says: “Upon hearing about Misty and Dylan’s epic journey we decided these inspiring people deserved a special welcome. A warm meal at the Two Oceans restaurant and a funicular ride to the top of the cliffs overlooking the Point with views of the colliding currents is a wonderful way to celebrate their achievement of raising awareness of cerebral palsy – we commend them.”Occupational therapist, Misty, and environmental scientist, Dylan, are extreme adventure seekers who put their minds, bodies and four-year marriage to the test in tackling the Dragon’s Spine.The couple wanted to raise funds for non-profit organisation (NPO) Malamulele Onward, where Misty works as a field therapist. She treats children with cerebral palsy in Butterworth in the Eastern Cape and is a project manager for the Carer-2-Carer training programme, where she trains parents of children with cerebral palsy to run workshops for other parents in 10 rural areas.“We had a strong conviction that our two-month adventure could not simply be for our own enjoyment, so we decided to do it for a cause,” said Misty.“We are blessed to have seen such a beautiful part of our country, while doing what we love and raising money for charity. Cerebral palsy is a complex disability and without access to specialised treatment and a good understanding of the condition, both parents and their children are victims of a very difficult journey.”Johannesburg-based Malamulele Onward provides specialised therapy services, equipment and caregiver training to 11 poorly resourced rural areas in South Africa and Lesotho, where children severely disabled by cerebral palsy have little or no access to rehabilitation therapy and equipment.The Weyers will also give 10% of funds raised to Greensleeves Place of Safety, an East London NPO providing residential care for abandoned and abused children.“Although we have not reached our goal of R200 000 yet, the funds are slowly coming in and are testament to the physical, mental and spiritual challenges we have experienced on this journey,” said Misty.“We will continue to use this event to raise funds and awareness for another three months and hopefully reach our goal by the end of January 2014.We are extremely grateful to each and every person who showed their support and opened their hearts, minds, pockets, and homes for our cause.”For more information visit or follow the Weyers on Twitter @wildweyers.MALAMULELE ONWARDEvery child matters regardless of their having disabilities or not and every child has the potential to change the world (Images: Malamulele Onwards)Malamulele Onward provides specialised treatment like physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy to poorly-resourced rural areas of South Africa and other African countries like Lesotho where children severely disabled by cerebral palsy have little or no hope of receiving treatment.At the heart of the organisation is a group of volunteer healthcare professionals who have been using their expertise to help ease the strain on families who cannot afford their children the care necessary for them to lead healthier and less strenuous lives.The organisation also offers caregiver training to parents and others who have children suffering from cerebral palsy in their care.The Malamulele staff believe that every child matters regardless of their having disabilities or not and that every child has the potential to change the world much like you readers at home have the potential to change theirs.Anybody who wants to make a difference in the lives of the children receiving care from the Malamulele Onwards organisation can visit their website to attain details on how to volunteer or donate to their cause.Alternatively you can contact the organisation via email or telephonically on 011 484-9456.Don’t hesitate, do best and play your part in bettering the lives of those in need.For more information visit or call the Information Centre on (021) 780 9010/11.last_img read more

Trump Seeks Biofuels Plan

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Chris ClaytonDTN Ag Policy EditorDECATUR, Ill. (DTN) — President Donald Trump will soon announce a plan to mitigate the effects of EPA’s small-refinery exemptions, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue told farmers Wednesday at the Farm Progress Show.Perdue said Trump is expected to plan a Midwest trip soon — though no date is set — and will announce how the administration will offset the 31 refinery exemptions granted by EPA earlier this month.“We’re working really hard to mitigate that as much as possible,” Perdue said at a listening session with four GOP Illinois congressmen and more than 200 Illinois farm leaders.Later, as Perdue was on a stage at Farm Progress Show, he got a call from President Donald Trump and put it on speaker phone. The president did not talk about the small-refinery exemptions but he called farmers “patriots” and said a deal with China would be done “soon.”Trump also said he thought China was delaying talks so Trump would lose reelection and China could negotiate with former Vice President Joe Biden, who is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination.While stressing he did not want to steal Trump’s thunder on any announcement, Perdue noted Trump has authorized year-round sales of E15. There’s an opportunity potentially to grow demand for ethanol blends from E10 by as much as 50%, he said.“If we give the customers the infrastructure and the pumps, and it’s going to be a better price differential, let the customers choose,” Perdue said.Going from E10 to E15 everywhere, Perdue said, would increase demand for corn by 2 billion bushels.“We’ve got the ability in this country to grow demand for E15 domestically,” Perdue said.The White House plan comes as farmers are struggling with demand challenges both in trade and domestic use. Farmers also have criticized USDA’s crop reports, especially after the August crop estimates came in higher than industry expectations. Democrats seeking to defeat the president next year also are seizing on some of these farmer issues. South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, for instance, issued a statement Wednesday saying he would end the abuse of small-refinery exemptions.“We’ve got a president who is actively undercutting Iowa farmers in favor of fossil-fuel giants,” Buttigieg said. “And he’s doing it at a time where his trade war with China is already decimating farmers’ bottom line. The president of the United States thinks rural Americans won’t notice that he’s selling them out. When I’m president, I’ll end this administration’s abuse of small-refinery exemptions.”Small-refinery waivers came up repeatedly in the listening session Wednesday by farmers and people in both the ethanol and biodiesel industries.Perdue said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler may have taken some comments by the president on one refinery and then plowed through with a full dose of exemptions for ethanol plants.“The president understood that was way overdone, and we are meeting furiously to try to recover some of that demand destruction that those small-refinery waivers did,” Perdue said. “We’ve had to be very creative legally in order to do that.”Perdue added the president’s eventual announcement “has been delicately crafted” and will provide some relief.Mark Marquis, CEO of Marquis Energy, told Perdue he did not think the waiving of 1.4 billion gallons of ethanol demand could be fixed with some infrastructure funds for blender pumps and the like.“We really need those gallons that are waived to be reallocated to the large oil refiners,” Marquis said.Marquis added that investors such as himself expected the Renewable Fuel Standard to move forward for 15 years when it was passed, but 10 years later, the petroleum industry has the upper hand.“It feels like a double-cross to us,” he said.Leaders in biodiesel also called on Congress to push for a return to the $1-per-gallon biodiesel tax credit. The tax credit expired 20 months ago, and one speaker told Perdue at least six biodiesel plants have closed and more than 250 million gallons of biodiesel demand have been lost because of the refinery waivers on biodiesel.Perdue added his job is to convey the anxieties of producers over trade and small-refinery exemptions to the president.“He understands that, and we are working feverishly right now to mitigate those issues,” Perdue later told reporters.The secretary said he “has the president’s ear,” pointing to the $16 billion Market Facilitation Program payments as evidence.With now 20 million acres of prevented planted, Perdue was asked about when USDA will announce how it will spend $3 billion in disaster aid passed earlier this summer. The secretary said the aid package is tied up at the White House Office of Management and Budget right now, and they are trying to decide exactly how that aid will be spent. USDA expected to have an announcement by Sept. 10. Perdue added that fight “could wind up in the Oval Office as well.”TRADE CONCERNSPerdue pushed back on the argument that trade disputes are the only driver for declining crop prices. Crop prices have been falling since 2012, the secretary said, and some of that is due to trade, but also overproduction.“Yields go up, and we are producing more than we can consume,” he said.Rich Guebert, president of the Illinois Farm Bureau, thanked Perdue for the latest Market Facilitation Program payments, citing that their payments would not make producers whole, but will likely help them get an operating loan for next year. Still, Guebert said, agriculture needs a positive jolt.“We really need some quick wins to give us a light at the end of the tunnel,” Guebert said.He asked Perdue to ensure Trump does not walk away from the North American Free Trade Agreement while the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement is on the table.On the USMCA, Perdue said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is still trying to ease concerns in her caucus, but the secretary said he thinks the trade deal would get strong bipartisan approval. It’s important with other trade issues for USMCA to pass, he said.“If you can’t do a deal with your closest neighbors, how do you expect to get a deal done with others?” Perdue said.Perdue took umbrage with questions from reporters regarding how long farmers can continue to deal with the uncertainty over tariffs and trade disputes with China.“The question is, what’s China going to do to stop stealing our stuff?” Perdue said. “Maybe you would like to ask China and [Chinese] President Xi [Jinping] what China’s going to do to come to the table and trade like the No. 2 economy in the world and trade fairly and freely without the hassling and jerking our producers around. That’s the issue. President Trump has thrown the flag on that. Nobody has addressed that.”Perdue added the U.S. has become dependent on China as a consumer, but China is not playing by international trade rules. He pointed to the case of Chinese business people stealing biotech seed corn from Midwest fields and trying to reverse engineer the biotechnology.“Many people don’t understand China having jerked around with biotech issues and things like that,” the secretary told reporters. “They want world dominance in food production and military production and really in colonialism across the world.”Chris Clayton can be reached at [email protected] him on Twitter @ChrisClaytonDTN(AG)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more