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Gaynstead, C’down remain unbeaten

first_imgDefending champions Camperdown High and Gaynstead High senior teams remained unbeaten this season as both teams made it two from two in Group Two of the second round of the ISSA urban area schoolgirls netball competition, played at the Leila Robinson Courts on Wednesday. Both Camperdown and Gaynstead matches were called off after the third quarter due to rain. Both teams were leading at that stage, and based on ISSA’s netball rules, were declared the winners. Camperdown, led by goal shooter Idara McCarty and goal attack Ramona Lawrence, scored an easy 38-16 win over the previously unbeaten St. Catherine High Gaynstead got by Tarrant 37-14. JUNIORS TWO FROM TWO FOR NORMAN MANLEY – St Catherine vs Norman Manley – Queen’s vs Wolmer’s -Campion vs Holy Childhood -Papine vs St Hugh’s All four start at 2 p.m. – Camperdown vs Gaynstead – St Jago vs St Andrew Technical Both at 2:45 p.m. It was also two from two for Norman Manley High in Group One as their game was also called off after the third quarter. They were comfortably ahead of Immaculate High 31-10. In the only senior match to be completed on the day, former champions St Hugh’s High had a narrow 32-30 win over Tivoli for their first win in Group One. Two other matches will have to be replayed. Excelsior were leading Wolmer’s 20-9 and Queen’s were ahead of Penwood 10-1 when the games were halted by the rain at halftime. Defending junior champions Gaynstead continued their impressive form. They had a big 58-3 win to make it two from two in Group Two. St Hugh’s also picked up their second win in a row in the group after beating St Andrew Technical 25-23. In Group 1, St Catherine High whipped Wolmer’s Girls 25-12, and The Queen’s School easily beat Campion College 31-20, while it was a 29-29 tie between Holy Childhood and Norman Manley. The third set of matches in the second round will continue today at the Leila Robinson Courts. 2:45 p.m: Excelsior vs Norman Manley 2:45 p.m: Queen’s vs Wolmer’s 3:30 p.m: Camperdown vs Gaynstead 3:30 p.m: St Catherine vs Tivoli 3:45 p.m: Penwood vs Immaculate 3:45 p.m: Tarrant vs St Hugh’s – R.G. SENIORSlast_img read more

Lesetja Kganyago joins IMF policy board

first_imgReserve Bank governor Lesetja Kganyago is the new chair of the International Monetary Fund’s International Monetary and Financial Committee; in his new role, Kganyago will help to shape global development policy.Lesetja Kganyago’s appointment to the IMFC means a new viewpoint in IMF policy discussions. (Image: YouTube)Sulaiman PhilipThe recent appointment of South African Reserve Bank (SARB) governor Lesetja Kganyago as chair of the influential International Monetary and Financial Committee (IMFC) will give developing economies a voice in policy deliberations at the International Monetary Fund.As the first committee chair from sub-Saharan Africa, Kganyago is expected to push for a more equitable share of international trade for developing economies. Congratulating him on his appointment, Yunus Carrim, chairperson of Parliament’s Standing Committee on Finance, said: “We do not doubt that he will focus on the challenges of the developing countries.”With Kganyago as chair of the IMFC there is an expectation that IMF policies will benefit developing economies. At a June 2017 dinner to honour diplomats posted to South Africa, Kganyago pointed out that a change in thinking had begun at the IMF already. “There is little doubt that progress is being nade in building a more resilient global financial architecture.“The IMF is currently reviewing its lending toolkit to make it more relevant and more balanced, and to also work towards closing the existing gaps within the global financial safety net. Numerous discussions are also continuing on developing macroprudential policies and devising ways of improving the availability and quality of relevant data to enhance economic policy formulation and implementation.”Lesetja Kganyago’s experience makes him a well-informed and valuable addition to the IMFC. (Image: IMF /Stephen Jaffe)Diverse viewsIn April 2017, Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba called for more sub-Saharan representation on IMF decision-making bodies. His call stemmed from the concerns of 23 sub-Saharan countries over the protectionists trade policies being introduced globally that impacted negatively on emerging and developing African economies.The minister acknowledged that IMF policies had benefitted women and people most likely to bear the brunt of climate change. To build on those gains, the IMF needed more diversity among the people who drove policy decisions. “Diversifying the staff will enhance the Fund’s effectiveness. The Fund needs to increase focus on both recruitment and retention of nationals from underrepresented regions to ensure the benchmarks are attained. We call on the IMF to expand the pool of institutions to include universities in Africa and [urge] that this translates into actual hiring of African nationals.”At the diplomatic dinner in June last year Kganyago underlined the importance of the IMF to ongoing growth across the globe after the 2008 financial crisis. Along with other international funders, the IMF had a hand in the gains made in developed and emerging economies.However, he told the diplomats, protectionist economic policies in developed nations threatened the growth of global trade. “More aggressive monetary policy actions than currently anticipated could tighten global financial conditions, causing disruptions to capital flows to emerging markets and developing economies like South Africa.”Kganyago explained that the revolving G20 presidency and the makeup of the BRICS bloc gave them a more diverse understanding of challenges faced by multiple populations. These groups were able to formulate policies that poitively affected both developed and emerging economies.In the announcement of his appointment, the IMF highlighted his work at SARB and SARS which included research and implementation of public finance and financial market programmes in developing economies. The IMFC is the most important advisory committee of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), it is in this committee that issues are deliberated before they become policy of the global development funder, his experience made him a well-informed and valuable addition to the IMFC.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Solar Decathlon 2011: Team Florida’s FLeX House

first_imgThere are two kinds of summers in Florida: hot and humid, and really hot and humid. Team Florida has prepared for both with FLeX House, its entry for the 2011 Solar Decathlon. But the team also is attempting to address issues that go well beyond the state’s seasonal plunge into tropical weather.Population growth in Florida over the next 15 years is expected to severely burden its water supply and increase the need to control pollution and better manage land use. Team Florida – a collaboration of students and faculty at the University of South Florida, Florida State University, the University of Central Florida, and the University of Florida – says it has designed FLeX House as a model for low-cost, low-impact housing that operates at net zero energy while it honors the architectural vernacular of the Florida peninsula and panhandle.FLeX, which stands for Florida Zero Energy Prototype, naturally places a high priority on making efficient use of the state’s often-abundant sunshine, in this case through a photovoltaic array and solar hot water collectors mounted on the home’s flat roof. The exterior walls, floor, and roof are built with stick framing in some sections and structural insulated panels in others. (We’re awaiting word from the team on the insulation values and performance goals for the house.) Follow Team Florida if (WIDGETBOX) WIDGETBOX.renderWidget(‘bc98aae0-8e17-4245-8a17-648637e681bf’); Get the Introducing Flex House » Follow our Progress widget and many other great free widgets at Widgetbox! Not seeing a widget? (More info)Control the climateLike several Decathlon entries, FLeX House features movable elements – including a Murphy bed and gliding partitions – and loft-like sleeping quarters for children or guests that make it easy to reconfigure the interior for both comfort and for localized cooling and heating.The job of managing Florida’s humidity, meanwhile, will fall mainly to an interior desiccant waterfall – essentially a vertically mounted rectangular enclosure through which interior air and a water-absorbing calcium chloride solution are pumped to dry out the air. Once it becomes saturated with water, the calcium chloride solution flows to a separate reservoir where the water is boiled off using heat from the solar thermal system, and the “dried out” calcium chloride solution is then returned to the desiccant waterfall.In late September, when Decathlon takes place and the climate in Washington, D.C., still retains characteristics of the city’s swealtering summer, there should be plenty of humidity to extract. Of course, the desiccant system won’t be challenged in D.C. quite like it will be in Florida in July. MORE INFORMATIONTeam Florida Web pageDOE Web page for Team FloridaTeam Florida Facebook pageGBA Resource Guide for 2011 Solar Decathlon Catering to young homeownersClad in corrugated metal, the exterior walls also feature a lot of window space – sliding glass doors on the north side and large windows on the south side. The walls are clad in corrugated metal, and much of exterior is shaded by louvers made from locally grown cypress. The north side of the house features a deck area that connects to a garden landscape, while the south side, which includes the main entrance, is more heavily shielded by the louver canopy.The main structure is long, rectangular, and designed to fit neatly on a single truck flatbed for transport. Once the building is onsite, entry and bedroom modules deploy from the main body, and the louvers, photovoltaic array, solar thermal collectors, decking, and other exterior fixtures are then installed.Team Florida is drawing extensively from research into PV materials and performance conducted by the University of Central Florida’s Florida Solar Energy Center, a team leader in the Department of Energy’s Building America program. In keeping with its goal to make the project competitive in the Decathlon’s affordability contest and affordable to young couples with moderate incomes, Team Florida aims to install just enough PV panels and solar thermal collectors to power the building’s heat pump, provide hot water, and cover electricity consumption by kitchen appliances, lighting, and other devices.last_img read more

History UK the factual channel owned by AE Netwo

first_imgHistory UK, the factual channel owned by A+E Networks and BSkyB, recorded its highest-rating year ever in 2011, with the average number of adults watching up by 27%.The joint-venture said the second half of the year was particularly strong with the adult audience growing by 34% compared to the same period in 2010. During the year, History moved up 21 places in the list of most-viewed channels.Across the whole year, primetime viewing (20:00-00:00) was 64% above 2010.Tom Davidson, managing director at A+E Networks UK said: “History had an incredible 2011, by far its best performance ever and is set to continue that momentum in 2012. We have ambitious plans for History and our channel portfolio and will continue to invest in compelling content that informs and entertains.”History launched in the UK in 1995 and is currently available in over 300 million households in over 150 countries.last_img read more

SES has created a new media services company out o

first_imgSES has created a new media services company out of the combination of its existing SES Platform Services unit and recently acquired RR Sat . The new company, MX1, was launched at IBC.Wilfried Umer, formerly CEO of SES Platform Services, said that SES had not traditionally been able to support certain businesses, but the acquisition of RR Media had changed that.He said that MX1 was working with HD+ in Germany to offer OTT, multiscreen and catch-up content, in part by introducing Sat>Ip technology to deliver satellite TV services around the home.SES is also working with HD+ on a UHD set-top provided by Humax that is ready for its market launch.He said that the bigger challenge with UHD TV is “better pixels rather than more pixels”, meaning HDR. At IBC, SES has teamed up with LG and Samsung to show Hybrid Log Gamma HDR.He said that delivering VOD via satellite in markets where broadband infrastructure is lacking had moved on. The solution will be launched next year. VOD movie carousels are delivered via satellite.SES is also teaming up with Frauenhofer HHI to showcase 360-degree video.Avi Cohen, the CEO of MX1, said that MX1 – meaning first in media experience – had a mission to deliver content to any screen. The combination of RR Media and SES Platform Services created a standalone company that had a global network, he said. The network is hybrid and the company has facilities in numerous cities worldwide and can leverage the SES backbone, he said.MX1 distributes over 2,500 TV channels and manages playout of over 500. It syndicates content to 120 VOD platforms.The company is using IBC to launch MX1 360, a unified delivery platform encompassing content contribution and distribution, he said. Recent wins including working with the Premier League and IMG to bring Premier League game to multiple platforms worldwide. Other wins include Vubiquity, where MX1 is providing streamlined content aggregation.last_img read more