Will Smith named 2018 Giants’ Willie Mac Award winner

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO–In a season in which nearly every core member of the Giants roster spent considerable time on the disabled list, the team awarded its highest honor to a player who returned from a devastating injury to enjoy a career year.The Giants presented the 2018 Willie Mac Award Friday to pitcher Will Smith, who battled back from a Tommy John surgery that wiped out his entire 2017 season to take over as the team’s closer.“It’s really something special to me,” Smith said. “My teammates, I …last_img

CTICC plans ‘SA’s greenest building’

first_img30 October 2008The Cape Town International Convention Centre and the South African government are at an advanced stage of negotiations on a partnership to expand the hugely successful conference and expo venue, and in the process to create “the greenest building in South Africa”.A comprehensive feasibility and economic impact study of the proposed expansion of the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) has been the focus of a team headed by CTICC CEO Rashid Toefy over the past six months.Toefy, who spoke about the expansion at a press conference in Cape Town on Friday, said the construction of a “six-star green building” was an opportunity for the city to provide the kind of global leadership Capetonians could be proud of.“In the context of climate change, sustainable business development and being in a competitive industry, CTICC’s focus must be on minimising its carbon footprint and the environmental impact of any planned expansion,” Toefy said.CTICC Phase 2 – to be located on the site of Customs House on Cape Town’s foreshore – would be built to requirements set by the Green Building Council of South Africa. It would be designed to use 40% less energy per square metre than the present CTICC, consume 95% less potable water, and produce 25% less waste to landfill.Water and energy saving technologiesThe planned 30 000 square metre development, of which 9 500 square metres would be exhibition space, would incorporate state-of-the-art water and energy saving technologies, including special wind turbines to harvest electricity while simultaneously ventilating the parking garages.“We plan to incorporate some of the most progressive environmentally friendly building techniques available, and will set the highest possible international standard in sustainable building design and management,” Toefy said.Reduction in energy would be mainly through the building’s “passive energy design”, extensive use of “daylighting”, and provision of renewable energy using wind and solar.Potable water usage would be reduced mainly through recycling of rainwater and an on-site water treatment system, while the amount of waste being sent to landfill sites would be reduced by providing adequate space for on-site sorting and recycling.A planted green roof would also be provided, as well as bicycle facilities, integrated with planned city cycle routes, for staff and visitors.The business caseMaking the business case for expanding the CTICC, Toefy said there was an “unquestionable need to expand from a purely operational business point of view”, with record occupancy levels pushing the CTICC’s existing space and resources to the limit in 2007/08.The CTICC had also commissioned a study on the impact of the expansion by economists Barry Standish and Anthony Boting of the UCT Graduate School of Business.The report found that the expansion, and the hotel and offices which form part of the project, would result in direct spending in Cape Town of R2.27-billion over an anticipated three years of construction.Spin-offs from the CTICC expansion would contribute in the region of R457-million to South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP) in 2012/13, increasing to more than R1.7-billion a year by 2018.In addition, 513 “direct jobs” and 720 “indirect jobs” would be created in 2012, increasing to 1 276 direct jobs and 1 892 indirect jobs by 2018.Toefy said that all planning was on track and was now dependent on final negotiations with the Department of Public Works, adding that, if successful, this would “result in a unique new partnership in which all three tiers of government – city, provincial and national – have equity in the holding company of the CTICC.”The City of Cape Town currently owns 50.2% of the CTICC and Western Cape provincial government 25.1%. SunWest International is the main private sector shareholder.“If we get the go-ahead in the next three months we could expect building completion in mid-2012,” Toefy said.“The CTICC expansion will not only propel Cape Town into the forefront of sustainable building design and management, but will continue to drive the city’s rise as one of the leading business tourism destinations worldwide.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Farmers sought for Nguni cattle project

first_imgSouth Africa’s North West province has called on interested farming communities to apply to participate in the final phase of a stock farming development project, which gives successful applicants 24 Nguni cattle in the form of a loan, before the end of June 2010.The Nguni cattle have been chosen specifically because they are an indigenous breed and can thrive under difficult conditions. (Image: Storm Signal)Brand South Africa reporterThe project is a partnership between the North West Department of Agriculture, Conservation, Environment and Rural Development, the Industrial Development Corporation and the North West University’s Mafikeng campus, and has shown remarkable growth since its inception four years ago.Project manager Andrew Mathe says all interested farmers must fill in application forms which are available from all local development centres and district offices. They should then be submitted for a selection process that includes short listing of potential beneficiaries, interviews and an on-site visit by the provincial technical committee to verify information provided by applicants.The province is urging especially young aspirant farmers and female farmers to take advantage of this opportunity and apply for participation.Participation criteriaThe set criteria for participation in the project includes sufficient land to accommodate livestock numbers at recommended rates; that applicants must be in possession of certified proof indicating ownership, lease-right or use-right of the land for the five year-long duration of the project; that livestock must be managed in a controlled environment; and that commitment to the project and that daily supervision of livestock must be ensured.“There are however specific exclusions for participation in the project,” explained Mathe in a statement this week.“Where personnel and their immediate families of participating institutions, all public servants and their immediate families and communities currently benefitting from any beef projects originating from the participating institutions are prohibited from participating in the project.”For each successful application, 24 Nguni cattle – 23 heifers and one bull – are handed over in a form of a loan. Each beneficiary will enter into a contract, committing to return back to the project 11 heifers and a bull after five years and keep the remaining number and any progeny resulting from efficient management of the herd.Successful applicants receive 24 Nguni cattle – 23 heifers and one bull – in the form of a loan. (Image: IDC)Reintroducing Nguni cattleThe main objective of this project is to reintroduce the Nguni breed of cattle into the province in large numbers, focusing specifically on emerging black farmers. The project is aimed at empowering these farmers with livestock farming skills and developing their entrepreneurship abilities.The Nguni cattle have been chosen specifically because they are an indigenous breed and can thrive under difficult conditions. They are easy to maintain because of their low cost input, are reputed to have high fertility rates, and can withstand adverse conditions and diseases than other breed of cattle.More than hundred beneficiaries from all districts in the province, who include both individuals and communities, have benefited from this project since its inception in 2006.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

The New ReadWrite: Looking Good On Every Screen [Video]

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a month agoMan Utd defender Axel Tuanzebe wants more Cup action

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd defender Axel Tuanzebe wants more Cup actionby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United defender Axel Tuanzebe hopes to keep his place for the next round of the Carabao Cup.Tuazebe captained United to their shootout win over Rochdale this week.United travel to Chelsea for the fourth round next month in an all-Premier League blockbuster. “These are the kind of games you want to be playing,” said Tuanzebe. “People dismiss the Carabao Cup and say it is a nothing kind of trophy. But you respect the teams who are in it and you respect the competition. Chelsea will be a big game and we want to win it and march on.” last_img

8 days agoMan Utd teenager Williams signs new contract

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man Utd teenager Williams signs new contractby Freddie Taylor8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United have tied down Brandon Williams to a new contract.The promising teenager was impressive on debut in the Europa League draw with AZ Alkmaar last month.The new deal will keep him at United until June 2022, with the option to extend for a further year.Speaking after the AZ result, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was full of praise for the young fullback.”You won’t see a better full debut from a full back anywhere,” the Red Devils coach said.”The boy is just going to improve and improve. He’s got the right mentality. I’m very pleased for him.” last_img

2 days agoArsenal legend Wright has Nketiah advice for Bielsa

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal legend Wright has Nketiah advice for Bielsaby Paul Vegas2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal legend Ian Wright has lead the chorus of supporters asking for Eddie Nketiah to start Leeds’ next match.The 20-year-old scored his third goal of the season to rescue a point for the Whites in Tuesday’s 1-1 draw with Preston.It was Nketiah’s 11th substitute appearance, having not been started once by Marcelo Bielsa.And Gunners legend Ian Wright, who has given Nketiah advice this season, has demanded Bielsa change his starting line-up.Wright wrote simply on Twitter: “Start him.”Both Leeds and Arsenal supporters echoed the statement across social media. last_img

Rep Sheppard Grants vital for county level veteran services

first_img State Rep. Jason Sheppard of Temperance today voted with his House colleagues to approve a measure encouraging Michigan counties to establish and maintain veteran service offices through a new grant program.The legislation, which Sheppard co-sponsored, provides funding to each county with a veteran service office that satisfies pre-approved requirements.  The funding includes a base amount with the possibility of an additional amount based on the number of veterans in the county. To continue receiving the grant, an established county veteran service office must meet benchmarks for staff performance and reporting while maintaining the previous year’s funding level.Currently, there are 11 Michigan counties without a veteran service office. This could be due to a lack of funding, a county partnering with a neighboring county or the number of veterans in the area. A Veteran Service Officer (VSO) may only be available for a few hours each month at a single location depending on the county.“This legislation will provide much needed resources for our valuable service offices,” Sheppard said.  “The sacrifices made by our veterans are more than most of us will ever face.  I’m proud to support this bill and see it as a way to support those who fought for all of us.”House Bill 5536 now moves to the Senate for consideration.##### 14Mar Rep. Sheppard: Grants vital for county level veteran services Categories: Sheppard Newslast_img read more

The news is just out that a company called Red Eag

first_imgThe news is just out that a company called Red Eagle Mining (RD.V) has received the final permit it needs to build its San Ramon Gold Mine in Colombia. We don’t own Red Eagle shares, but this very good news is important to us, because there has been increasing skepticism of Colombia as a mining jurisdiction in recent years. Decades of war and terrorism had pretty much halted modern exploration in Colombia, so when that wound down in the early 2000s, there was an exploration boom. Many stocks soared simply on the basis of acquiring properties to spend money on in the country. Then reality set in, progress was slow, the market turned down, and environmental opposition to mining in the country ramped up. The skepticism was not unreasonable. That makes it all the more important that Red Eagle’s final license was granted in full, without conditions. This shows that Colombia is indeed open to responsible mining, and that’s just what we needed to know regarding our own investments in the country.last_img read more