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Warriors report: Kevin Durant says he will remain a Washington fan even if they pass on Colin Kaepernick

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first_imgSubscribe to the Mercury News and East Bay Times for $40 a year and receive a free Warriors championship coffee table book.MILWAUKEE – Lots of Warriors news to digest.Draymond Green might play tonight against the Milwaukee Bucks after missing 13 of the past 15 games because of a sprained right toe in his right foot. DeMarcus Cousins plans to practice with the Warriors’ G-League team in Santa Cruz as part of his rehab on a torn left Achilles tendon. And Damian Jones is expected to sit out the …last_img

Ithala is working to build society

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first_imgNo matter how small you start Ithala will help you improve your business. (Image: Media Club South Africa)The mandate of a government is to care for all the inhabitants of a country, but its job is made easier when partners come on board to help improve the nation.Ithala, the KwaZulu-Natal provincial development finance corporation, runs initiatives aimed at enterprise development and mentorship with a keen focus on youth and women. Its flagship programmes are: Siyasebenza, Imbokodo Iyazenzela and Inkunzi’sematholeni Youth in Business.SIYASEBENZASiyasebenza is Ithala’s newest initiative, comprising a holistic programme that builds enterprise development through outreach. Siyasebenza means “we are working” in isiZulu.The group believes that skills development coupled with financing can unleash the entrepreneurial capacity of those who have lacked access to mainstream business capital and services. Siyasebenza aims to facilitate business start-ups that will grow and be sustained to increase income and revitalise communities through job creation.Siyasebenza comprises a series of sub-programmes for the entrepreneur that empower, uplift and guide them on their journey. These include a School Nutrition Feeding Programme, Micro Finance Programme and Entrepreneur Development Workshops.Through the School Nutrition Feeding Programme, Ithala funds small, medium and micro enterprises and co-operatives that have been awarded contracts by the Department of Education to supply food to schools in KwaZulu-Natal.Through its Micro-Finance Programme, Ithala gives short-term liquidity funding of up to R500 000 to businesses that require it. The programme targets small and micro businesses operating their activities on an economical and sustainable scale. It is designed to get informal and micro-businesses to enter the formalised sector of the economy.Entrepreneur Development Workshops looks at business concept evaluation, training sessions for small, medium and micro enterprises and co-operatives, and motivational workshops.Through this campaign, Ithala explains, it seeks to uplift communities, empower entrepreneurs, support and guide the youth and promote skills development in an effort to contribute towards job creation and nation-building.Siyasebenza can play a key role in supporting job creation by building the capacity of enterprise development to help the previously disadvantaged take greater control of their economic lives, move out of poverty, and contribute to local community development.last_img read more

Demo Africa Conference seeks African start ups

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first_img21 April 2016Melissa JavanA total of 30 start-ups in Africa will be selected to be mentored and coached in talking to investors and refining their business models to prepare them to engage funders at the 2016 Demo Africa Conference, which will be held in Johannesburg later this year. The 2016 Demo Africa will be held in Johannesburg from 22 to 26 August 2016.(Image: Brand South Africa)Applications are open until 15 June for entrepreneurs who want to benefit from this initiative. They will be able to pitch their ideas in the hopes of getting funding for their businesses. The 2015 Demo Africa participants, for example, raised $8-million (over R110-million) in funding.The 30 start-ups will be selected by a panel of judges. The conference will run from 22 to 26 August at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg; it is the first time the annual event will be held in South Africa.According to the organisers, Demo Africa is a flagship initiative of Liberating Innovations in Opportunity Nations in Africa ([email protected]), which aims to connect African start-ups to the global innovation, entrepreneurship and investment ecosystem. At Demo Africa, start-ups are able to meet investors, information technology buyers, media, and tech acquisition specialists from around the globe.The initiative was set up in 2012, and 150 companies have been launched since then, according to Harry Hare, the chief executive officer of Demo Africa. Although hundreds of start-ups apply to be part of the initiative, only 30 will be selected, he adds. “We are looking for companies that will have an impact in communities, and also have the potential to grow.”The initiative aims to help entrepreneurs refine their business model, he explains. “We will help them do marketing and give them supporting learning material. Sustainability is almost guaranteed.”Success stories include a micro-lender business in Kenya, he says, and “several companies have gone on to raise a lot of money”.One of the important aspects of Demo Africa is the experiential learning that entrepreneurs will gain, explains Isayvani Naicker, the chief director of international resources in the Department of Science and Technology. “A lot of entrepreneurs fail, but they learn from their experience for when try to do something else.”Johannesburg is excited to host Demo Africa this year, says Ruby Mathang, Johannesburg’s mayoral committee member for economic development. “We will engage with local investors and make sure that they come prepared – that they bring their wallets!“The city of Johannesburg wants to position itself as the number one entrepreneurial hub on the continent. This requires that we play a significant role in the African technology innovation ecosystem,” he says.For your start-up to be part of Demo Africa, apply at venture-africa.comlast_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast, December 14, 2018

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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We make it through most of today dry over a large part of the state. We need to keep watch for some light moisture in NW and far western Ohio today, but rains really do not develop until we get closer to this evening. Thick clouds and well organized arrive in WW Ohio tonight, and then continues to spread across the southern half of the state through the overnight tonight, through tomorrow and then exits early Sunday morning.  We are making no changes to this forecast. The moisture is light to moderate, but consistently spread over the period from tonight through tomorrow. We will put coverage at nearly 100% of the state from I-70 southward. The moisture pushes north later in the afternoon tomorrow, particularly over east central Ohio, and then tomorrow night we can see the rains all the way up into NE Ohio. Only NW Ohio misses out on the rain Saturday. We are keeping rain totals at  half to 1.5″  south of I-70 with a few localized totals closer to 2″ in SW Ohio, .2″-.6″ from I-70 to US 30, and from a few hundredths to .5″ over the NE quarter of the state. Everything should be pushing off to the east by mid to late morning Sunday.  The map at right shows rain totals through Sunday morning.High pressure comes in for Sunday late afternoon and evening. It should give us a quick move back to dry weather. That dry pattern holds through next Wednesday. A second high pressure center moves across the state toward Monday afternoon-Tuesday. Temps will fall off Sunday and Monday, but not by too much, and then we climb again, and should be near normal through a good chunk of the week. Moisture is back for the second half of next week, as scattered showers arrive Thursday morning. At this time, we are expecting a few hundredths to .4” rain potential with coverage at 80% of the state. This will be a relatively light rain event. All action does look to be out of here by Thursday night near midnight. Much colder air starts to funnel in behind the system, and we go dry for that Friday and the following weekend. At this point we look for air to be cold enough for snow for that weekend ahead of Christmas, but we actually do not see any significant snow chances. The extended period remains dry through the 26th. Cold air dominates through that period. We look for south winds to start to develop on the 27th ahead of our next system, which arrives late the 27th into the 28th. This will moisture of .25”-.75” liquid equivalent, but right now we are going to allow for either rain or snow.last_img read more

Stuck On A Sudoku? Google Goggles Will Solve It For You [Video]

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first_imgGoogle Goggles, our favorite mobile app that lets you visually search the Web simply by taking a picture with your smartphone, has learned a couple of new tricks. In addition to speeding up its barcode scanning feature, Google Goggles now recognizes a variety of print ads and…solves that Sudoku puzzle you just can’t solve! Last November, Google announced and experiment using Google Goggles to bring users extra content when they scanned certain ads. Though similar, that experiment returned users to a specific link, whereas this new feature brings related search results, recognizing that you scanned a print ad. The app will recognize print ads in major U.S. magazines from August 2010 onwards.As for the Sudoku, Google Goggles will now solve any Sudoku puzzle that you just can’t solve. According to Google, “if you ever get stuck, take a clear picture of the entire puzzle with Goggles and we’ll tell you the correct solution.” Take a look at the video for a quick demo: mike melanson Tags:#Google#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts What do you think of Google Goggles? Is it simply a fun parlor trick type app (at least for the moment) or do you actually visually search for anything, ever? Obviously visual search is something new that we’ll see more and more of in the future, but we’re wondering when it will become more of an integrated feature. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

Is an Unvented Conditioned Attic a Good Way to Save Energy?

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first_img RELATED ARTICLES Ted Storm is in the midst of a construction project and at a point where he needs to make a decision about attic insulation. The unvented roof consists of standing-seam metal over synthetic felt and oriented strand board (OSB) sheathing. Both HVAC equipment and air ducts will be located in the attic of this house in Climate Zone 4.Three insulation contractors are unanimous in their recommendation to spray a 6-in. layer of open-cell foam on the bottom of the roof deck.While the advice is consistent, Storm is having second thoughts about his decision not to vent the roof.“I’m beginning (maybe a bit too late) to read about unvented roofs and I’m wondering if this is really the best option,” Storm writes in this Q&A post at GreenBuildingAdvisor. “If it isn’t ideal, are we too late to take another route, given our current progress?”That’s the subject of this week’s Q&A Spotlight. First, that’s not enough insulationArmando Cobo is the first to point out that 6 in. of open-cell foam is skimpy, even in the moderate temperatures of Climate Zone 4. The prescriptive requirements of the International Energy Conservation Code call for at least R-38 — and that, Cobo says, means at least 11 in. of open-cell foam. Are Solar-Powered Attic Ventilators Green?Creating a Conditioned AtticPrevent Ice Dams with Air Sealing and Insulation”Green Basics: Vented or Unvented Attic?It’s OK to Skimp On Insulation, Icynene says CONSTRUCTION DETAILS Our expert’s opinionHere’s how GBA technical director Peter Yost sees it:First, let’s get some terms and concepts defined, such as venting attics, venting roof framing assemblies, and venting roofs. I first wrote and then Joe Lstiburek edited this resource on the BSC website. Take a look for clarification on the three types of roof venting discussed below.Attic venting was invented (pardon the word choice) for cold climates, long before we really did much of any sort of air sealing or insulating at the ceiling plane, before we stuck HVAC equipment in attics, and before we had three different venting approaches to attics. Here is how I see it:We vent attic spaces because it is the cheapest way to introduce a lot of drying potential to the entire roof assembly.When we found the need to condition/use that triangular attic space, the next cheapest way to introduce air flow and drying potential to the roof frame and sheathing was to vent the underside of the roof sheathing, ideally with soffit vents that communicate with ridge vents.Finally, when we decided that you could build roofs just like walls, we do those with no venting at all, all the time. But unfortunately, most roofs need a more forgiving moisture management approach than walls. So, just as we now back-vent wall claddings to increase the drying potential of wall assemblies, we quite often need to back-vent (air space topside of the structural roof sheathing) roof claddings to increase the drying potential of roof assemblies. It’s just more expensive to introduce back-venting to “unvented” roof assemblies (“hot” roofs), particularly when the roof cladding is the most common and least expensive one, three-tab asphalt shingles.I am convinced that in all but the driest climates, all wall and roof assemblies need some sort of free-draining vent space. And the drying accomplished by the venting has to be done for free, by the sun. No attic fans — they represent a mechanical solution to a design problem and more often than not, depressurize homes (see Are Solar-Powered Attic Ventilators Green?).In Ted Storm’s situation, I would suggest that Ted has to maintain drying potential to the interior, stick with an airtight, vapor-permeable cavity insulation (at least thick enough for IRC 2006), and if possible, vent the underside of his roof sheathing with soffit to ridge venting. If that is simply not feasible, Ted will have to make doubly sure that his roof cladding and flashing details are bombproof because his only drying potential is small and slow in either direction.center_img Would powered ventilation help?To David Gregory, a debate that pits vented attics against unvented attics seems “too polarized.”“It’s clear that having an attic that is only vented when the wind happens to be blowing is a liability — still hot in summer (though admittedly unclear net energy effect), but can pull conditioned air out of a not-well-air-sealed house,” he writes, “and is clearly a liability in winter (for energy and condensation issues).”What about installing two fans of equal capacity, he writes, one pulling air in and one exhausting air, and both connected to electrically driven dampers? The equipment would run only when necessary.“Moisture could be handled separately by a dehumidifier (but it seems that the only real moisture issue is from bathroom fans vented to the attic! Or other ceiling penetrations.) So the question should be the cost of a setup to vent when beneficial, vs. spending the money elsewhere. Any references? With costs?”The Rose/Gordon report suggests that ventilation in a mixed climate is a trade-off between summer savings and winter energy losses, Gregory says, while it’s a net energy loser in cold climates. Could you then surmise that in sunny, hot climates, ventilation would be a net winner?David Gregory’s proposed solutions carry a huge energy penalty, says Holladay, and are “wildly energy-intensive.”“It uses a lot of energy to solve an issue that probably isn’t even a problem (that is, regulating the temperature and RH of a volume of air that is OUTSIDE your home’s thermal envelope),” Holladay says. “Plenty of researchers have done a cost/benefit analysis on powered attic ventilators — and I’ll ignore your suggestion of running a dehumidifer outside of your home’s thermal envelope for the time being — and they all conclude that it takes more energy to run a powered attic ventilator than any conceivable energy savings.” Debating vented vs. non-vented atticsAlthough Cobo isn’t convinced that all attics should be unvented, conditioned spaces, he points to research by building scientists Bill Rose and Jeffrey Gordon suggesting the benefits of building that way are many. In wet, cold coastal climates, for example, Rose and Gordon found that attic ventilation results in higher sheathing moisture content, not less, and that ventilation makes the attic colder and wetter.In warm, humid climates, outside air is more humid than inside air, so attic venting tends to increase rather than decrease attic moisture levels.The difference in attic temperatures between a vented and unvented attic with R-30 insulation at the ceiling translates into “minuscule savings,” the pair said, adding, “No savings here have ever been measured. Usually there is a penalty with venting because venting causes greater air pulsing across the ceiling.” Building Plans for the Thermal Bypass Checklist“Your insulation contractors are planning to install only R-20 to R-22,” GBA senior editor Martin Holladay adds. “That’s not much. In fact, it doesn’t even meet the minimum code requirements (2006 IRC) for Climate Zone 4, which calls for at least R-38.“If you install less than the code minimum insulation,” Holladay says, “you will pay higher energy bills for as long as you own the building. Many builders prefer to exceed code minimum requirements.” Condensation is a potential problemHolladay writes that one advantage of vapor-permeable open-cell foam is that it would allow the sheathing to dry toward the interior. “In your climate, wintertime moisture accumulation due to diffusion from the interior shouldn’t be a problem,” he wrote. “However, there is always the possibility of a small roof leak, and drying to the interior is a (small) virtue.”Cobo isn’t so sure.He says he’s seen condensation under roof decking in Kansas and Missouri, both of which are in Climate Zone 4. He says Topeka, Kansas, and St. Louis, Missouri, can have colder average temperatures than New York City and Washington, D.C., and the same as Newark, Providence and Boston, all of which are in Climate Zone 5.A better way of insulating the roof would have been to add between 1 in. and 1 1/2 in. of rigid foam on top of the roof sheathing, along with the 5 1/2 in. of open-cell foam under the roof deck, to avoid condensation, Cobo says.last_img read more

IPL spot-fixing: CSK and Gurunath Meiyappan may face wrath of Mudgal committee

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first_imgIt was on February 10 that the Mudgal committee -comprising Justice Mukul Mudgal, N. Nageswara Rao and Nilay Dutta -opened a Pandora’s Box by stating that former Chennai Super Kings team principal Gurunath Meiyappan’s involvement in betting during Indian Premier League matches was proved.And if sources close to the panel are to be believed, both Meiyappan and two-time Indian Premier League champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) are in deep trouble. CSK could even be barred from competing in the next edition of the cash-rich league. It is believed that the sealed envelope that the committee submitted to the SC on Friday not only has complete details on the progress made so far, but also contains charges levied against Meiyappan and CSK.”After May 16, the panel has more powers and they could get deeply involved and carry out further inquiry, something that wasn’t possible in the earlier investigation. And they have worked overtime to get to the bottom of the whole mess. Meiyappan and CSK are definitely in trouble. The panel has mentioned the former’s wrongdoings in its report,” a source close to the panel told Mail Today.After being appointed for the first time on October 7, Mudgal had sounded a warning bell. He had said that the BCCI wouldn’t have been too keen on having him in charge of the investigation. And that was once again the case when the SC asked Mudgal and his new panel – consisting of Mudgal, Rao, Dutta, former IPS officer B.B. Mishra and Sourav Ganguly – to investigate the contents of the sealed envelope submitted by them after primary investigation. BCCI cried foul saying that the panel would be biased, but the apex court didn’t budge.advertisementSo if Mudgal stands by his word of the probe not being ‘eyewash’, the signs aren’t too auspicious for CSK and its former team principal.Panel files interim reportThe Justice Mukul Mudgal committee, conducting the probe into the IPL betting and spot-fixing scandal, on Friday filed its interim report in a sealed cover before the Supreme Court.The apex court is likely to go through the report on September 1 when the committee is also expected to plead for more time to complete the probe.The court had on May 16 given the task to conduct a probe against sidelined BCCI president N. Srinivasan and 12 other names in a sealed envelope that the Justice Mudgal panel had submitted, and asked it to file its report by the end of August.It had rejected BCCI’s proposal to conduct the probe through its own panel. The Mudgal committee had earlier investigated the scandal and submitted a report in which names of Srinivasan and 12 other cricket figures were mentioned.”We are of the considered opinion that the allegations against the 13 persons, including N Srinivasan, mentioned in the report submitted in the sealed cover should be investigated into by the Justice Mudgal Committee and the team of investigators because if a new probe committee is entrusted to inquire into the allegations, there is likelihood of the allegations being leaked to the public and` media and such leakage will damage the reputation of the 13 persons beyond repair,” the Bench had said.Besides Justice Mudgal, the panel has additional solicitor general L. Nageshwar Rao and advocate Nilay Dutta as members. A group of investigators headed by senior IPS officer B.B. Mishra assisted the Mudgal committee, which was given the power to probe, search and seize relevant documents and record evidence.- Mail Today BureauCricket Association of Bihar secretary Aditya Verma, also a petitioner in the case, has said every effort by BCCI’s sidelined president N. Srinivasan to delay the Board’s Annual General Meeting (AGM), expected to be held by September 30, will be thwarted.”It is very obvious that Srinivasan and a few members from his camp are trying their best to delay the AGM this year. But trust me, I will not let that happen. In the last 86 years, never have we seen the AGM being postponed and it shouldn’t happen this time,” Verma told Mail Today.He further said that he was waiting for his earlier application to be heard by the court in which he has questioned the decision of BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel and acting president Shivlal Yadav to propose Srinivasan’s name for the ICC chairman’s post.”They didn’t even bother to call a Special General Meeting before taking the call, and that was a clear violation of rules. I want the court to look into the matter,” Verma said.advertisement- By Baidurjo Bhoselast_img

EUCanada CETA Steps Closer to Ratification

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first_imgzoom After months of uncertainty, the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) has received positive statements from a German Court and the European Parliament, paving the way for its ratification.The EU-Canada agreement, which features a positive maritime chapter and will lay the basis for future free trade agreements (FTAs), has now taken a further step to ratification.“The CETA agreement is one of the best agreements the EU has ever negotiated, not only for shipping but for the EU in general. Through CETA the European Commission should show that it will not cave in to populism and that free trade is important for sustained European growth,” Director EU Affairs, Simon Bergulf from the Danish Shipowners’ Association, said.The Committee will vote on CETA on December 5, 2016, followed by a plenary vote in January 2017.  If approved CETA will then be applied provisionally and before all EU national parliaments have had their official say.Additionally, this Thursday, the last big hurdle was averted as the German Federal Constitutional Court rejected a legal challenge to CETA and gave a green light for the German government to sign the provisional agreement.Now the Council is expected to ratify the agreement at a Trade Ministers meeting on October 18, which should then pave the way for the Commission to sign the provisional agreement on an EU-Canada Summit scheduled for the October 27, 2016.The CETA agreement will benefit trade with Canada, but also includes several specific maritime initiatives such as opportunities to provide maritime services like dredging, moving empty containers, and the shipping of certain cargo within Canada.last_img read more

Sarri Its time for Hazards future to be decided

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first_imgChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri wants a solution on Eden Hazard’s future now, amid the constant speculation linking him with a switch to Real MadridThe Belgian winger is yet to commit his long-term future at Stamford Bridge with his contract set to expire in June 2020.This has prompted reports of a transfer to Real with Hazard doing little to deny the rumours by claiming it would be a dream for him in October.On Wednesday, the 27-year-old announced he intends to just stay focused on his football after scoring both goals in Chelsea’s 2-1 win at Watford.But Sarri believes now is the time for answers on Hazard’s Chelsea future.“I don’t know but it’s time to decide,” said Sarri on the club website, when asked if Hazard will stay at the club.“I am the coach. I am not the president, I am not in charge of the market, I am the coach. I want to speak to him only about the position on the pitch.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“I think we have to solve the problem.”The Blues will take a trip to Selhurst Park this Sunday to take on Crystal Palace in the Premier League.And Sarri is expecting a stern challenge from the Eagles, who defeated Manchester City 3-2 last week.“It’s a very difficult match because in the last three matches at home they were able to not concede a goal to the opponent, then they are very dangerous on the counter-attack,” said the Italian.“We have to play against a very dangerous team, especially with it being away.”Pedro will be unavailable for the league match against Palace on Sunday, which begins at 13:00 (CET).last_img read more