Cape Town celebrates a thousand new homeowners

first_img11 March 2015About 1 200 Breaking New Ground units have already been handed over to beneficiaries of the Pelican Park integrated human settlements development in Cape Town’s southern suburbs, according to the city.The city is working with its partners to build homes and communities in “continued efforts to increase the delivery of housing opportunities as a means of enabling redress”, it says.It is expected that more than 700 subsidised houses will be handed over by December 2016, marking the completion of the state-funded portion of the project. The total cost of this development is approximately R700-million, which includes state funding and private investment. Power Construction is the contractor overseeing the engineering and construction.“We are sparing no effort to ensure that this development is completed on time,” says the city’s mayoral committee member for human settlements, Benedicta van Minnen. “With our partners, we are making progress possible and this project shows that we cannot forever rely only on [the] government to fund the large-scale delivery of housing opportunities to our marginalised residents.“We must draw in the private sector to balance the dynamics of the housing market and we have to devise new ways to ensure delivery of scale. The city cannot do this alone. The increased delivery of housing opportunities to our vulnerable residents must become part of the mainstream conversation.”AffordabilityPelican Park, a World Design Capital 2014 project, is integrated in terms of affordability: there are 2 024 totally subsidised homes (Breaking New Ground) being built alongside 760 starter homes (gap housing) selling for R320 000, and 360 higher value homes (bonded) valued from R480 000 to R700 000.Provision has been made for two new schools and a regional clinic to be built respectively by the Western Cape department of education and Cape Town’s department of health. Two properties have been zoned as places of worship.A commercial precinct was opened in November 2014 to bring economic opportunities for the residents. “There are generous open spaces within the development itself and safe courtyards encircled by houses,” says Cape Town.Pelican Park fronts on to the False Bay Ecology Park, which overlooks Zeekoevlei. It is open during the day for bird watching and picnicking.“So many of our residents were denied home ownership under the apartheid regime. Receiving the opportunity to own an asset is key to the empowerment of our previously disadvantaged residents and to the transformation of our city in general,” says Van Minnen.A total of 71 of the subsidised homes were built during the Habitat for Humanity International Nelson Mandela Build Week in 2014, from 14 to 18 July.A new community“We are building a whole community, a whole neighbourhood,” crew leader Simone, who lives in neighbouring New Horizon, said at the time.Beneficiaries of homes were required to help the developers and the private sector to build the houses. One of them, Desiree Andrews, said: “I feel joy unspeakable to be here.”Husband and wife team Shamiema and Nizaam Kherekar were just as delighted. “To have helped on this build is fantastic.”The beneficiaries are drawn from various places, and are determined to build a community together: “We are building a neighbourhood. It is great to be building one our own homes. It gives a sense of ownership and achievement,” said Renee Rhode.Speaking at the end of the Mandela build week, Western Cape Human Settlements MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela pointed out the scale of the housing needs in the country, as well as the limitations on the government. There were 6 million taxpayers in the country, of 52 million people. The housing backlog was at 2 million, but the budget only stretched to 200 000 houses – just 10% of the need, he said.The Pelican Park greenfields project is the only fully integrated housing development in Western Cape. It will be a new town, with all the facilities needed to live, work and play.SAinfo reporter and City of Cape Townlast_img read more

2017 OCA meeting and banquet set goals and highlighted award winners

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association gathered for another fantastic meeting where they hashed out policy, recognized award winners and set goals for 2017.OCA president Joe Foster discussed the accomplishments of the organization in the last year and highlights from the meeting.“One of the high points was a new dues structure for student members. We are going to try to engage some of the college level students and get them more involved in the organization,” Foster said. “We are coming off a record membership last year. We are down just a few from last year but are very comparable to last year and we’re confident we will have another record year in 2017.”The group also heard from Kendal Frazier, CEO of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, on the national outlook for 2017.“We’re going to be focused on the new Trump Administration and the new Congress. We will be working on regulations like Waters of the United States that the EPA put out. We are hopeful the Trump Administration will pull that back. Taxes will be something we will be very interested in. The Administration has indicated that they want to do tax reform. We’d like to repeal the estate tax, which is a long-standing goal of the NCBA,” Frazier said. “Trade will be a big issue for us too. We export 13% of U.S. beef production overseas and that is worth $250 per head on fed cattle. It is very important to us. We’re anxious to sit down and talk to the Administration about what the trade strategy will be. He has basically said that we should renegotiate NAFTA and Mexico and Canada are two of the most important markets for U.S. beef. He has said he does not support the Trans Pacific Partnership. In America, we export 27% of all agricultural production. If he does not support these trade deals, what is the trade strategy for agriculture? Trade has deep roots in rural America and those are the conversations we will be interested in having with the Trump Administration.”He said the key positions in the Trump Administration for the NCBA are the Secretary of Agriculture, Secretary of Interior, the U.S. trade representative, and the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.“American agriculture will have to continue to speak out to accomplish the interests of rural America,” Frazier said. “Rural America did support Trump for a number of reasons and we look forward to the new positions being confirmed so we can go in, sit down with them and talk about the issues that are important to the beef industry.”The OCA also recognized another great group of award winners. Pat Hord and Dave Neef of Hord Livestock in Crawford County were recognized with the Environmental Stewardship Award. The Hord family is in its fifth generation of farming hogs, cattle and grain with a dedication to environmental care.The Vollborn Family from Gallia County was honored with the Commercial Producer of the Year Award for four generations of cattle production and the tireless work with the current herd of Angus and Charolais genetics.Dave Felumlee and family with Claylick Run Angus Genetics in Licking County were recognized with the Seedstock Producer of the Year Award. After graduating from Ohio State University with a degree in agricultural economics and working briefly as a nutritionist, Dave came home to farm with his dad full time in 1996. David had gradually expanded his Angus herd since 1983, and in 1998 he bought all his dad’s beef cows and took over management of the farm’s beef operation.J.L. Draganic of Fayette County was named the Young Cattleman of the Year. He works full time for Ricketts Farm, Inc., and he and his wife, Jessica, own Paint Creek Cattle, an Angus-based cow-calf operation in South Solon.Stan Smith with Fairfield County Extension received the Industry Service Award. His duties include education in all areas of natural resources including agriculture and horticulture production. He also serves as editor of the Ohio BEEF Cattle letter, a weekly publication of the OSU Extension Beef Team since 1996.Tom and Susie Turner were the recipients of the Industry Excellence Award for their dedication to Ohio beef producers and the work on their Perry County Shorthorn operation, Turner Shorthorns. As a professor at Ohio State, Tom coached 32 intercollegiate livestock judging teams that included 266 students and is the longest serving coach in the 105 year history of the program at Ohio State and the second longest in the U.S. He has judged livestock around the world and was a crucial part of the development of OCA’s popular BEST program. Joe Foster Kendal Frazier, Chief Executive Officer for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Dave Felumlee and family with Claylick Run Angus Genetics in Licking County were recognized with the Seedstock Producer of the Year Award presented by Mark Butzow of “Farm World.” Pat Hord and Dave Neef of Hord Livestock in Crawford County were recognized with the Environmental Stewardship Award presented by “In Ohio Country Today.” J.L. Draganic of Fayette County was named the Young Cattleman of the Year presented by Jennifer Kiel of the “Ohio Farmer.” The Vollborn Family from Gallia County was honored with the Commercial Producer of the Year Award presented by Susan Crowell, Editor of the “Farm and Dairy.” Tom and Susie Turner were the recipients of the Industry Excellence Award presented by Andrew Flinn of Brownfield Ag News. Stan Smith with Fairfield County Extension received the Industry Service Award presented by Matt Reese of “Ohio’s Country Journal.”last_img read more

It’s 2016: Is Your Organization Moving From Training to Social Learning

first_imgBob Bertsch, Steve Judd and I presented at the National Association of Extension Program and Staff Development Professionals (NAEPSDP) in December 2015. Our topic of discussion was Building Networks for Organizational Learning. This post is a recap of my conversation on why organizations need to move from training to social learning.Social Learning is not a new phenomenon, but rather it is based on the social learning theories of Albert Bandura, Lev Vygotsky, Jean Piaget, and others. These theorist posit that learning does not occur through repetition as behaviorists propose, but rather learning occurs through individuals constructing knowledge through observation or their real world experiences. In essence social learning is learning as we always have, but with utilizing social media tools for access and scalability.In support of social learning, the 70:20:10 Model holds that 70 percent of what people learn occurs from real-life and on-the-job experiences, 20 percent from people in our network, and 10 percent from training events. This model supports the position of organizations moving to social learning not as a replacement for training programs, but rather as a complement in organizations development programs.Today, organizations must be vigilant in continuous social learning that is not possible in traditional training. Jane Hart, Founder of the Centre for Learning and Performance Technologies, points out that “workplace learning is no longer something that is wholly owned and managed by L&D; everyone now has access to resources and tools to solve their own problems”. Furthermore, the late Jay Cross gave an excellent illustration of comparing traditional training and development to social learning. In his illustration, he summarized it by comparing organizations of the past as worker-centric and individual focused to organizations of the future who are group-centric and work group focused.Organizations have to transition from training and development to social learning organizations. Doing this requires organizations to embrace social learning tools and networks for knowledge transfer. Organizations that continue to practice the hierarchical control of knowledge will soon find that they are no longer relevantAuthor: Terrence Wolfork (+Terrence Wolfork,@trwolfork )This post was published on the Military Families Learning Network blog on January 12, 2016.Photo from Flickr user Michael Cardus (Autistic Services Team Development) (CC BY 2.0) This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.last_img read more

New Features and Enhancements in Premiere Pro Creative Cloud

first_imgSwitching between video and audio waveforms quickly in the Source MonitorBeing able to see your audio waveform in the Source Monitor is helpful when editing a sound bite into a video editing sequence.Previously you had to go into “Settings” (the wrench icon) to switch your view to audio waveforms. Now, clicking the “Drag Audio Only” icon will switch you to waveform view. Clicking “Drag Video Only” icon again will switch you back to the video.Out of sync indicators for unlinked clipsIn previous versions of Premiere Pro you didn’t receive any kind of  “out of sync” warning when you unlinked video and audio. Now when video/audio are unlinked (Shortcut: Command+L on Mac or Control + L on PC) and you move one of them, you see the sync indicators. See the red numbers in the example shot below.The clips have to overlap for this to work (this setting can be turned on/off in General Preferences): Increase/decrease Track Size with Middle mouse buttonYou can now modify your video track side when sliding the middle mouse button. I loved this feature in Adobe Audition, and am glad that it is now in Premiere Pro. I use this often to dynamically change my track size and find it a big time saver.Bonus: Holding down shift while using the middle mouse button lets you increase/decrease all your video or audio tracks at once.Timeline Display SettingsYou can now access Display Settings from the wrench icon in your video editing sequence. You can choose what to see/not see,  which allows a good bit of customization. You could also make shortcuts for any of these that you use often.You can save track presets, which is handy if you want different track heights on different types of editing projects (for instance, you could have one preset for music videos, another for documentary work, etc).You can also access additional timeline options, like how to view thumbnails, from the Timeline Panel Menu:Additional ShortcutsIf you like to edit using keyboard shortcuts instead of the mouse, there are some helpful updates in Premiere Pro CC.  The Premiere Pro shortcuts I particularly like are the nudge (move a clip up, down, left or right), and track targeting (move sources/targets up/down).I generally go to the Keyboard Shortcuts setting, type in what I want to do, and see if there is a shortcut for it.  If no shortcut exists by default, I create my own.Additional GPU SupportPremiere Pro Creative Cloud has GPU support for both AMD & NVIDIA cards. This is a big one for a lot of Mac users (the announced Mac Pro will have 2 AMD GPU’s). Premiere Pro can also take advantage of 2 GPU’s when exporting which will speed up output.Here is a link to Adobe’s list of supported cards. I guess I need to start saving up for the yet unannounced Mac Pro release!If you have any favorite new features in Premiere Pro CC, be sure to share them in the comments below! In this post, we take a look at smaller, but helpful, new features and enhancements in Adobe Premiere Pro Creative Cloud!With the Creative Cloud update Adobe added many big new features in Premiere Pro like Link & Locate, Cloud Sync Settings, and the Audio Clip Mixer.  In a previous blog post I looked at 10 features in Premiere Pro Next (before the product was announced).Now that Premiere Pro Creative Cloud is out, let’s take a look at some additional, smaller features that improve the video editing experience even more.Audio Plugins ManagerPremiere Pro supports third-party VST3 plug-ins (and Audio Units on a Mac). These are common plugin formats, so If you are already own third-party plug-ins you can now use them in Premiere Pro.Just like video plugins, there are audio plugins that perform specific tasks like noise reduction or EQ quicker or better than the default plugins in Premiere Pro. I can now use Waves Vocal Rider in Premiere Pro to automatically ride my levels (even out my audio in a natural sounding way), which can be a big time saver.Adobe has a link for third party video and audio plugins, and hopefully will add more audio ones in the future (currently only Izotope).You access the Plug-ins Manger from Preferences > Audio, or from the Audio Track Mixer panel menu.last_img read more

18-month-old boy killed by stray dogs

first_imgAn 18-month-old boy was attacked and killed by stray dogs in Old Bhopal outside his house, police said on Friday. The incident occurred on Thursday under the Gautam Nagar police station area when Shaikh Raza was outside his house, they said. “A pack of five to six stray dogs attacked and dragged the boy for about 50 feet from his house before the neighbours chased them away,” said Gautam Nagar PS in-charge Mukhtar Qureshi. His family members were inside the house when the incident occurred. They took the badly injured toddler to Hamidia Hospital where doctors declared him brought dead, he said. “We have registered a case and investigating further. We are waiting for the post-mortem report. The child’s family members were provided an immediate help of ₹10,000 by the district administration,” Mr. Qureshi said. Following the incident, the Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) decided to start a campaign to deal with the stray dog menace. “This is sad. I have called a meeting of the BMC health officers. We would soon start a drive to catch stray dogs,” Mayor Alok Sharma said.last_img read more

Bulandshahr mob violence case: non-bailable warrants issued against accused on the run

first_imgNon-bailable warrants have been issued against the accused in the Bulandshahr mob violence case, in which two persons including a police officer were killed, an official confirmed late on Wednesday.This followed an application by the investigators before the CJM court in Bulandshahr, arguing that the absconding accused were trying to influence the probe.“The accused are trying to spoil communal harmony by making videos of the incident viral and attempting to influence evidence,” said the application.A police officer confirmed that the NBWs have been issued against the accused, including Yogesh Raj, Bajrang Dal, Bulandshahr convenor; Shikhar Agarwal, BJP Yuva Morcha, Bulandshahr city president; and former pradhan of Mahav village Raj Kumar. The NBW application has 21 names of accused persons in the FIR while six others have been added to the list.Meanwhile, two more accused persons Nitin and Mohit were arrested in the case, taking the total to 12. Some of those arrested were not named in the initial FIR.The arrested persons so far include Jeetu Fauji or Jitendra Malik, the Army jawan, who emerged as a key suspect in the murder of officer Subodh Singh. Jeetu Fauji is currently under judicial custody. He had pleaded innocence in the violence but allegedly admitted to being present in Bulandshahr at the time of the incident.However, some of the main accused like Yogesh Raj are yet to be nabbed. Raj and Shikhar Agarwal, while on the run, both issued videos claiming innocence in the mob violence case but are yet to surrender or be arrested.More than 70 persons, with some of them allegedly having links to the VHP and its youth wing Bajrang Dal, were booked on charges of murder, attempt to murder, rioting, sedition, damage to public property and dacoity, among others in the mob violence case which took place after allegations of cow slaughter in a village in Bulandshahr.last_img read more

Indian Airliner Makes History with Flight to Israel via Saudi Airspace

first_imgSaudi Arabia opened its airspace for the first time to a commercial flight to Israel with the inauguration Thursday of an Air India route between New Delhi and Tel Aviv.Air India 139 landed at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport after a flight of about 7½ hours, marking a diplomatic shift for Riyadh that Israel says was fueled by shared concern over Iranian influence in the region.Read it at VOA Related Itemslast_img

Scribes allegedly locked in during CM Adityanath’s inspection at Moradabad hospital

first_imgThe Moradabad District Magistrate (DM) was allegedly said to have locked up over two dozen mediapersons inside an emergency ward for two hours while Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Adityanath was visiting the district hospital.DM Rakesh Kumar Singh allegedly posted guards outside the gate to ensure that the journalists did not come out during Adityanath’s visit on Saturday. After half-an-hour when the Chief Minister left, Mr. Singh unlocked the gate, saying that the mediapersons were responsible for his act. He asked the mediapersons not to visit the district hospital. Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra criticized Mr. Adityanath for banning mediapersons from covering his routine visit.In a post on Twitter, she said: “Journalists are being held as hostages, questions are being shielded and problems are being sidelined. The BJP government, which got a majority in the Lok Sabha elections, is turning a blind eye to the questions of the public.”The incident has been criticized on social media and many have also slammed the DM for giving such an order.However, Mr. Singh later clarified on Twitter that no such incident occurred.“It is not correct. During inspection, many mediapersons were inside the ward and we simply requested media persons not to go inside the ward,” he said.last_img read more

Stay hungry, Chot urges PH

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police 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 Games SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief BaliPure stuns Pocari Sweat in Game 1 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses And the Philippines, which started out underdogs in the Fiba Asia tournament, can now gun for a sweep of the preliminary round.Standhardinger and Cruz came up with superb performances in an 84-68 dismantling of Iraq Friday night (Manila time), just three weeks after locking horns with the rugged Iraqis just three weeks before in the Jones Cup.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThat win put the Philippines up in Group B with a 2-0 slate after Gilas Pilipinas opened the tournament with a rousing victory over defending champion China.The Philippines takes on Qatar Sunday eveing at 9 p.m. (Manila time) at Nouhad Nawfal Sports Complex in Beirut, Lebanon, with practically nothing at stake. Read Next But Reyes doesn’t want the Filipinos easing up the pressure on the gas pedal.“We have to keep the low-key attitude and have the hunger in us,” Reyes told Fiba.com.Locking up the top spot means Gilas Pilipinas can steer clear of the favorites in the quarterfinals.Tempestuous showdownStandhardinger and Cruz were both banished from the game—in the 6-foot-7 Filipino-German’s case, the court—for losing their heads in a tempestuous showdown with the Iraqis.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension View comments Christian Standhardinger and Carl Cruz, Gilas Pilipinas rookies both, can now bury ugly memories of the first time they got to play Iraq.ADVERTISEMENT Reyes sent Standhardinger to the locker room and froze Cruz on the bench after both threw cheap shots in retaliation to the physical plays of the Iraqis.It was a pity for Cruz, who was playing the best game of his Gilas career only to ride the bench when the others were busy with the mop-up job of an 84-75 win.The two players eventually apologized for their actions.This time, in Lebanon, Standhardinger joined hands with the amazing Terrence Romeo in helping Gilas Pilipinas peel away from a tight first half and set the stage for a potential sweep of their group.Cruz, on the other hand, was a steady presence off the bench, knocking down all of his three attempts from three-point territory and finishing with 11 points for Gilas Pilipinas.It was the best way for the duo to get back at all the cheap shots they and the rest of the team took in that game, and the good thing about it is that they won’t have to apologize for it anymore.last_img read more

Indian Super League season 3 to begin from October 1

first_imgSeason-3 of the Indian Super League (ISL) football would be held from October 1 to December 18, with the opening game scheduled in Guwahati and the venues of the two-legged semi finals to be decided later.League’s promoters, Football Sports Development Ltd, today announced the ISL fixtures featuring 61 games spread across 79 days played in a home-away league format, to be followed by the semi-finals and the final.All the matches will kick off at 7 pm.For the third year running John Abraham-owned club North East United FC would take on Sachin Tendulkar owned Kerala Blasters FC in the season opener, to be held at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium in Guwahati.The first leg of the semi finals are scheduled on December 10 and 11 followed by the second leg on December 13 and 14 leading up to the final on December 18. Published on × COMMENT August 26, 2016 COMMENTS Kerala Blasters unveil squad for ISL Season 3 All the matches will kick off at 7 pm.   –  The Hindu SHARE SHARE EMAIL The opening game is scheduled in Guwahati between North East United FC and Kerala Blasters FC All the matches will kick off at 7 pm.   –  The Hindu null football SHARE RELATED last_img read more