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R8bn ‘green building’ for Pretoria

R8bn ‘green building’ for Pretoria

first_img20 July 2012 Construction began on the Environmental Affairs Department’s new R8-billion “green building” in Pretoria on Thursday, illustrating South Africa’s determination to move towards a low-carbon economy. It serves as a “green and bold step” which signals a new era in South Africa’s response to climate change, Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa said at the sod-turning ceremony. Molewa predicted it would change the face of the construction industry. “Through this green building we will propel the department above the construction industry players, setting a good example for other organisations and of course for the benefit of the environment and future generations,” she said.‘Bold steps to ensure green output specifications’ The building’s features include rainwater collectors made of recyclable materials; indigenous plants in the landscaping to reduce the need for regular irrigation; and direct access to sunlight and ventilation to reduce electricity and air conditioner usage. “We have, through this investment, taken that bold step which will ensure that our infrastructure can meet green output specifications outlined in our country’s climate change response policy,” Molewa said. “This policy, among others, [encourages] the use of sustainable building materials which promote urban greening, energy and water efficiency.” Project leader Gugu Dingaan of Imvelo Concession Company said the designers had paid careful attention to global trends to ensure that the building met all the requirements in terms of architectural design and landscape. “This building talks to the overall goal of sustainable development and aims at being an example in the field – from the gardens right up to the roof of the building, we have built in environmental design principles,” Dingaan said.An investment in the future With the global economy rapidly transforming to low carbon growth, the green buildings initiative is an investment by government to assist South Africa meets its carbon emissions reduction targets. In South Africa, the building sector accounts for 23% of greenhouse gas emissions, and emissions from the manufacture of the major materials for the building sector amount to 4% of total carbon emissions. Molewa said South Africa had relatively high carbon emissions for a developing country, and new strategies were needed to change this. The country’s green economy strategy has eight focus areas that include green buildings, sustainable transport as well as agriculture and food production. “We anticipate that the urban area around us will become a green hub of creativity of green buildings that will influence corporate and state-owned companies around the country to follow suit,” she said. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

116 Geocaches an Hour and Aliens

116 Geocaches an Hour and Aliens

first_img SharePrint RelatedKlaatu Barada Nikto! — Aliens Among Us (GC1N0B9) — Geocache of the WeekMarch 12, 2014In “Community”Extraterrestrial Geocachers? — Head Alien Series (GC253ZN) — Geocache of the WeekNovember 6, 2013In “Community”Inside Geocaching HQ Podcast Transcript (Episode 19): Annie LoveJanuary 30, 2019In “Community” Annie Love on the E.T. Highway[Editor’s Note: There’s an alien at the end of this blog post]By Annie Love –Imagine: The midnight darkness of the desert is lit only by a pale moon. You’re driving down a dirt road in the middle of nowhere Nevada.  You see the wink of a meteorite falling to Earth.  It’s slower than any you’ve seen before, it’s greenish in hue. The trajectory of the fast moving light shows it landing in the area you’ve been told doesn’t officially exist even though you pretty much know for a fact it does. You feel validated when your friends agrees with you that this might not be a meteorite.  In fact, it very well could be aliens. Yes. Aliens.This would seem weird under normal circumstances.  This doesn’t fall under normal circumstances though. This is geocaching.  Specifically, this is the ET Highway.Annie Love with Moun10Bike, Princess Trouble, dsvaughn, Joe of JoenSueBordering the place that doesn’t exist (Area 51), this geocaching power trail is not for everyone.  It’s the ultimate in power caching. Film canister after film canister at 6,000-7,000 feet in elevation, this trail leads you through some spectacular country.  Originally 2000 geocaches, recently expanded to 2400, this is one of the largest power trails on Earth.  Traveling through this part of the world makes you feel like it’s impossible not to ‘believe.’Knowing that Geocoinfest 2013 was going to be in Las Vegas, I immediately thought ‘I should do the ET Highway.’  Over the nine years I’ve been geocaching, I’ve only found just under 1200 caches. It’s definitely not about the numbers to me.  For me, it’s the experience I have geocaching.  That’s what appealed to me about doing the ET Highway.Before I could make my own plans, I received an email from Princess Trouble (one of the hosts of Geocoinfest).  After a few more emails, a team was formed.  My colleague Moun10Bike, Princess Trouble, dsvaughn, Joe of JoenSue and I had plans to leave bright and early after Geocoinfest.Blazing through rugged Nevada backcountry with our minivan and Jeep, we found the 2400 caches over four days. In our quickest hour of geocaching, we found 116 geocaches. Being in the company of cows, jack rabbits, coyotes, wild horses and fun geocachers made for a truly amazing adventure.Some tips for folks thinking of doing the ET Highway:-Start your planning by checking out the ET Highway owner’s information page:  http://etgeocaching.com/-Plan to bring at least 50 film canisters with logs (for cache maintenance along the way)-We had two stamps with us and these were both nearly dead by the end, so three might be best-Figure out a plan in advance for getting gas or hauling gas with you so you don’t get stranded-Cell phones don’t work on most of the trail, so be prepared with plenty of food, water, flashlights, clothing layers and make sure you have a spare tire in your car-Allow for extra time to find the other really interesting geocaches, visit the Little A ‘Le’ Inn, and check out the ghost town of Belmont along the way Geocache Finds on the E.T. HighwayGroup ShotView of the E.T. HighwayAn Alien “selfie” Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

Celebrate Amazing Geocachers

Celebrate Amazing Geocachers

first_img SharePrint RelatedSeptember Geocacher of the Month Nominees – Add Your CommentOctober 2, 2013In “Community”Announcing the April Featured Geocacher of the MonthMay 25, 2012In “Community”November Featured Geocacher of the Month Nominees – Add Your CommentsNovember 8, 2011In “Community” Each month, geocachers nominate the person they think is the ultimate community-minded geocacher for the ultimate geocaching community award: Geocacher of the Month. Nominees range from incredible event hosts, those who introduced new geocachers to the game, and geocache makers whose out-of-this-world inventions inspire others to think outside the plastic container.We’ll peruse the nominations and choose three geocachers as finalists. From there, the community takes the reins and votes in the form of comments on the blog post. Each of the finalists receives a gift pack from Geocaching HQ, plus a virtual high-five from the entire geocaching community.Vote for this month’s Geocacher of the Month hereDo you know someone who deserves the honor of being Geocacher of the Month? Nominate them!(Hier kannst Du den Artikel auf deutsch lesen)Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

Lady Bulldogs win streak now at 5

Lady Bulldogs win streak now at 5

first_imgView comments Earlier, Ateneo sustained its intensity to score a fourth straight win, beating University of the Philippines, 25-20, 25-22, 28-26, to raise its mark to 4-2.More than anything, the win boosted the Lady Eagles’ morale going into this Saturday’s blockbuster match against archrivals and defending champion La Salle Lady Spikers.“We still have enough time to prepare and scout,” said Ateneo setter Deanna Wong, who tossed 33 sets. “We just take it as challenge and we all need to work as a team.”ADVERTISEMENT PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Still the King Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHcenter_img Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ The 22-year-old Santiago, veteran of many international battles even before she finishes college, provided the ballast for the Lady Bulldogs who improved to 5-0.The Tigresses, through heavy hitter Cherry Rondina’s 25 points, led 12-7 in the fourth only to see the Lady Bulldogs bite their way up to within two match points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThat’s when Santiago and Rondina figured in a shootout that eventually went NU’s way.UST fell to 2-3. With everything hanging in the balance, National University, as always, counted on Jaja Santiago to tilt the scale in its favor.The 6-foot-6 Santiago unloaded five of her 19 points late in the fourth set as NU drubbed University of Santo Tomas, 25-19, 14-25, 25-19, 28-26, to remain unbeaten in the UAAP women’s volleyball at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT AFP official booed out of forum LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexicolast_img read more

Ind vs Eng: England can grab No. 1 spot

Ind vs Eng: England can grab No. 1 spot

first_imgThe four-Test series between India and England is expected to be an explosive series and there will be more at stake than just the series trophy.According to the International Cricket Council (ICC), England will go to the top of the Test Championship table if Andrew Strauss and Co manage to beat MS Dhoni’s men by a margin of two Tests or more.Although currently placed third in the rankings, Strauss’s team will leapfrog South Africa and current No. 1 India to take pole position if they clinch the series 3-1 or 2-0.The first Test, which starts at Lord’s on July 21, will be the 2,000th in the history of the game and the 100th between England and India.According to the latest table, following the annual update, England will lead the table by three ratings points if they win the series by two clear matches.In that scenario, India would hold on to second position with South Africa slipping to third. If the home team was to sweep the series 4-0, India would drop to third place.A 1-0 or 2-1 series win for England will put their rating level with India’s, but India will still be top by a fraction of a point. A drawn series (0-0, 1-1 or 2-2) will ensure India stay six points clear at the top but will see England edging ahead of South Africa into second position.An India series win will see them stretch their lead at the top of the table, leaving England lying in third place.advertisementThe ICC annual update has led to no changes in the rankings but India’s lead over South Africa has been trimmed from nine points to seven.We want to be No. 1: Alastair CookEngland’s ODI captain, Alastair Cook, has said his team wants to beat India and assume the number one position in the Test rankings.”It has been a good couple of months and to win the series is very pleasing. We have certainly got a lot to prove. We know as an English side, we know that we have to win. We have made a step in the right direction,” Cook said on ICC’s Cricket World radio show.”It is going to be a great summer, we need to go back to Test mode. We want to world number one in the ICC Test Championship.”There is nothing better than playing against the current world number one, to show that we can reach there. They have got some players who will go down as all-time greats. But I am very confident that if we play well, we will be a hard side to beat,” Cook said.last_img read more