2010 tickets for ‘green’ schools

first_img19 August 20092010 Fifa World Cup sponsor Coca-Cola is to give 20 000 tickets for World Cup matches to schools across South Africa that do well in an innovative competition that promotes environmental awareness.The National Schools Recycling Programme, carried out in partnership with the Department of Education, will also encourage learners to collect bottles and cans for recycling.The competition will be launched in January 2010, and the handing over of the free tickets to the winning schools will take place before the start of the tournament.Rewarding innovationCoca-Cola South Africa’s Onwell Msomi said the initiative was intended to make teachers and students aware of the importance of recycling for the environment, and to reward innovation and responsible behaviour.A total of 200 schools in the country will be rewarded with World Cup tickets.“We strongly support this initiative,” Department of Education chief director Themba Kojana said in Pretoria this week. “Environmental education is very high on our list of priorities, and the importance of recycling of products must be emphasised at an early age.”Successful Confed Cup pilotMsomi said a successful pilot project had already been launched at two schools in Rustenburg in South Africa’s North West province, where Coca-Cola’s “Soccer Crazy Crew” was sent to promote the importance of recycling.Within a month, 67 863 plastic bottles were collected for recycling, and learners from the schools were rewarded with tickets to watch the Confederations Cup match between South Africa and Spain at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium.“There was great enthusiasm among participating schools, Charora High School and Boikagong Secondary School, and it has given us the confidence to extend this idea across the country,” Msomi said.Fifa allocated the World Cup tickets to Coca-Cola as part of its Ticket Fund initiative, through which 120 000 tickets will be given to stadium construction workers and thousands of young South Africans involved in community programmes.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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Ghana flies the flag for Africa

first_img25 June 2010An interesting phenomenon at play in the 2010 Fifa World Cup – something that visitors from outside the continent will have noticed – is that Africans support not only their home teams, but all African teams. All that support will be now be behind Ghana, as the only African team to progress beyond the group stage of the tournament.There is still an outside chance that Cote D’Ivoire could join them in the last 16 – but no one is holding their breath. Didier Drogba’s men, who face North Korea in their final Group G match on Friday, need a couple of scenarios to stay in the World Cup. They need Brazil to beat Portugal, and also need to make up a goal difference of minus-9 to the Portuguese. That’s a big ask.Fifa president Sepp Blatter and Danny Jordaan, CEO of the Local Organising Committee, have often referred to the 2010 finals as “Africa’s World Cup”, and their words are borne out by the support of Africans for one another.Ghana now carry the hopes of a continent.Fine pedigreeDespite a fine pedigree, Ghana had surprisingly not played in a Fifa World Cup prior to Germany 2006. Their record in Africa until that point had been excellent: they won the African Nations Cup in 1963, 1965, 1978 and 1982, and finished runners0up in 1968, 1970 and 1992.This year, too, they finished runners-up in Africa’s most prestigious competition. Yet World Cup success eluded the Black Stars.Back in 2006, in their first finals, they made a decent impact, finishing second in Group E to eventual champions Italy, which qualified them for the round of 16. There, however, the experience of Brazil, under coach Carlos Alberto Parreira, proved too much, and they went down 3-0.South Africa 2010This time around in South Africa, Ghana, playing in Group D, opened their challenge with a deserved, shock 1-0 defeat of highly-regarded Serbia. In their next outing, Australia were reduced to 10 men, but produced a gritty performance to hold the Black Stars to a 1-1 draw.In their final game, Ghana lost 1-0 to Germany. It was an end-to-end contest that could have gone either way, but was settled by a super strike by German midfielder Mesut Özil.Despite the defeat, the Ghanains had done enough to advance to the next round as second-place finishers in the group behind the Germans.What is interesting about Ghana and Germany is the strength coming through from their youth ranks. Germany won the European under-21 Championships in 2009, while Ghana won the Fifa under-20 World Cup last year. Both teams have players from those title-winning teams in action in South Africa.Cameroon’s 1990 runNow, with the round of 16 only days away, the hopes of Africa rest on the Black Stars as the host continent waits for a team to match Cameroon’s run to the World Cup quarterfinals in 1990, where the Indomitable Lions very nearly toppled England, losing 3-2 after extra time.Before the start of South Africa 2010, hopes had been high that African teams would make a big impact on the tournament on home soil, but those hopes have one by one been dashed in the group stages – which, interestingly, have been dominated by South American teams. Many European teams, like Africa’s representatives, have struggled to make an impact.South Africa’s exitDespite a giant showing in Group A, hosts South Africa failed to progress after one bad game against Uruguay, which Bafana Bafana lost 3-0.In the home side’s other matches, they drew 1-1 with Mexico and beat France 2-1. Ultimately, Bafana lost out to Mexico on a place in the next round on goal difference.In Group B, Nigeria gave Argentina – one of the form teams in the group stages of the event – a good game before going down 1-0. They were reduced to 10 men after 33 minutes against Greece and went on to lose 2-1, while they played to a 2-2 draw with South Korea in their final outing. With two losses, they finished bottom of their group.Tightest groupAlgeria, in Group C, lost 1-0 to Slovenia, held England to a goalless draw, and fell 1-0 to the United States. Competition in the group was the tightest of any in the World Cup finals.Cameroon suffered a surprisingly poor tournament, finishing bottom of Group E after losses in all three of their matches: they were beaten 1-0 by Japan, 2-1 by Denmark, and 2-1 by the Netherlands – not a train smash by any stretch of the imagination, but three losses nonetheless.Behind the Black StarsSo, barring a miracle in Cote D’Ivoire’s match on Friday, Africa’s support is firmly behind the Black Stars of Ghana. A top showing by an African team in the continent’s first hosting of the World Cup would be widely welcomed.And, to steal a World Cup phrase: “Ke Nako”, it is time (for Africa to shine).Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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CAUV still part of budget talks

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As state budget negotiators enter the final days of House-Senate budget talks, the Ohio Farmers Union reminds legislators that CAUV reforms contained in both versions of the budget are desperately needed and overdue.“We’ve been fighting for some meaningful changes in the CAUV formula since around 2012,” said Joe Logan, OFU President . “It’s been a long haul, and along the way farmland property taxes have increased 300 percent or more for family farmers in every corner of Ohio.”Logan points out that while farmland property taxes have skyrocketed, other small businesses in Ohio have seen large tax breaks.“Family farms, which have struggled to generate income in an era of low commodity prices, are perhaps the only small business category that have been taxed more while others’ taxes have decreased over the past three state budgets,” Logan said.CAUV, or Current Agricultural Use Valuation, is the way farmland property tax values are determined.last_img read more

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Passivhaus Crosses the Atlantic

first_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. Last weekend I attended the Fourth Annual North American Passive House Conference in Champaign-Urbana, Ill. The conference offered a great opportunity to learn more about the Passivhaus standard and to discuss low-energy buildings with an experienced group of architects, engineers, and builders.Among the most valuable sessions offered at the conference:The Passivhaus advocates I met at the conference are responsible for some of the best new buildings in the country — buildings with extraordinarily low energy budgets. These exemplary buildings can inspire all designers of low-energy buildings to sharpen their pencils.Unfortunately, the launch of the Passivhaus movement in North America hasn’t been particularly smooth. Some Passivhaus advocates have reacted defensively to legitimate technical questions from knowledgeable American builders. On the other side, the chance for fruitful dialogue has been hampered by a few Passivhaus critics who have adopted an unnecessarily adversarial tone. Fortunately, these bumps are only public relations problems; they shouldn’t seriously detract from the great accomplishments that Passivhaus builders have achieved.Clearing Up MisconceptionsIn my opinion, the Passivhaus movement in North America needs to do a better job at disassociating its message from a package of misconceptions. It’s important to emphasize the core strength of Passivhaus — namely, the fact that PHPP software provides a sophisticated method for designing and constructing buildings that use very low levels of energy — and to clearly separate this message from a collection of red herrings originating in Europe:Red herring number one: Very low U-factor windows (U-0.14) are necessary “for the comfort of the occupants.” It’s true that occupant comfort is one of the benefits of high-quality triple-glazed windows. It’s also true that windows with a very low U-factor may be necessary to meet the Passivhaus goal of 15 kWh/m2. But a very high level of occupant comfort… This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberscenter_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log inlast_img read more

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Serena Williams set for 1st-round match at Indian Wells

first_imgPussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games LATEST STORIES Read Next Two-time winner Maria Sharapova returns to the desert for the first time in three years. She plays Naomi Osaka of Japan on Wednesday. Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Paul stars as Rockets top Thunder for 16th straight wincenter_img View comments Serena Williams of the United States reacts as a call goes against her and to opponent Zhang Shuai of China during the Tie Break Tens tournament at Madison Square Garden, Monday, March 5, 2018 in New York. Zhang defeated Williams to advance to the final round in the tournament but was defeated by Elina Svitolina. The Tie Break Tens’ New York event is a one-day day exhibition tournament featuring eight female players competing for a $250,000 winner’s prize. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)INDIAN WELLS, Calif. — Serena Williams makes her return to the pro tour after a 14-month absence with a first-round match at the BNP Paribas Open on Thursday.She will play Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan in a night match at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Williams has played just one Fed Cup doubles match while away from the WTA Tour. The former world No. 1 is unseeded and as a result did not receive a first-round bye.The new mother, who gave birth in September, will try to become the first woman to win three singles titles in the desert. Her other titles came in 1999 and 2001 before she boycotted the event for several years.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWilliams, a winner of 23 Grand Slam titles, is in the same quarter of the draw as older sister Venus. The siblings could potentially face each other in the third round.Also set to play Thursday night is another new mom, Victoria Azarenka, a two-time tourney winner who got into the main draw with a wild card.last_img read more

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iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus? We explain which one is right for you

first_img}In a big change from its earlier stance, this year Apple launched two models of the iPhone with different screen sizes. Apple was a company that disliked large-screen phones like Galaxy Note. In fact, Steve Jobs once famously compared them to hummers.But then the popularity of large-screen phones shows that people do like them. So here we are, in 2014, with Apple releasing iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.In case you were not paying attention last week, the iPhone 6 is a device with 4.7-inch screen. The Phone 6 Plus, meanwhile, sports a 5.5-inch screen. Interestingly, the screen size is not the only difference between these two devices. It doesn’t look all that apparent from Apple’s product images but the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are different from each other in some other important ways.Both models are likely to launch in India in October, so you will have to wait a while before you can get hold of your precious new iPhone. But while you are waiting, think about this: which one is right for you? Let’s help you decide.In fact, we have two answers to this question – short and long (how ironic).Short answer first.If you love, adore, heart your current iPhone because it is cute and cuddly?Buy the iPhone 6. The one with the 4.7-inch screen. It won’t be as cute and small as your existing iPhone, but it won’t be like Galaxy Note either, a “monstrosity” that you probably hate.If you like your existing iPhone but feel a tinge of jealousy whenever your co-worker takes out his Galaxy Note 3 to play a video game on it?advertisementBuy the iPhone 6 Plus. We understand your love for Apple and iOS kept your relationship with the iPhone going even though you were lusting after something more wilder like the Galaxy Note or the LG G3. But now you have a choice. You can get a big-screen iPhone and still be in the Apple camp with the iPhone 6 Plus.Now for the long answer.If screen size is not the primary criteria for you and you are genuinely confused between whether to buy the iPhone 6 or the iPhone 6 Plus, read on to understand how they are different and then decide.iPhone 6 is more compact and ergonomically will fit hands betterThis is something obvious. The iPhone 6 is around 0.8 inches shorter, 0.4 inches less wider and 0.2mm slimmer compared to the Plus version. While these numbers don’t look all that large but they make a big difference in a phone. The iPhone 6 is also 40 grams lighter than the bigger model. The more modest dimension means that iPhone 6 will fit better in your hands and you will be able to use it even with single hand, unless you have small hands.iPhone 6 Plus has a sharper and more useful screenNo, it is not only the size that is different. The iPhone 6 Plus has a screen with FullHD resolution, which gives it a pixel density of 401 PPI compared to 326 PPI that the iPhone 6 screen has. In simple words, expect the iPhone 6 Plus to show sharper text and images despite its big display. The bigger display, as we found in the case of Android devices, also makes consuming media – watching movies, playing games, reading something, browsing web – more fun and enjoyable experience.iPhone 6 Plus has a better cameraThe bigger size of the iPhone 6 Plus has allowed Apple to fit in it a camera module with optical image stabilisation (OIS). OIS is already available on many high-end Android phones but the iPhone 6 Plus is the first iPhone to get it. While we expect even the iPhone 6 to click stellar images (for a phone), the OIS may help the Plus model to click images and videos that are sharper, especially in the low light when the aperture is likely to remain open for an extra millisecond.iPhone 6 Plus will offer better battery lifeThe large size of iPhone 6 Plus has also helped Apple cram a bigger battery into the device. And even though the bigger battery will be feeding a bigger – and consequently more power hungry – display, Apple says that the iPhone 6 Plus will offer overall better battery life. For example, the iPhone 6 Plus is supposed to provide 14 hours of video playback compared to 11 hours of playback that iPhone 6 can manage. Similarly, the Plus model can last 12 hours of web browsing on 3G while the smaller device can only manage 11 hours. These are all Apple’s official figures and the battery life that you get from the iPhone 6 or the iPhone 6 Plus will depend on how you use your phone. But one thing is almost certain that the iPhone 6 Plus will likely offer better battery life.advertisementApps in landscape mode, split screen on the iPhone 6 PlusFinally, an iPhone will run apps in landscape mode. But interestingly the feature is limited to the bigger iPhone. Similarly, on the iPhone 6 Plus you will be able to run apps in split screen mode, somewhat similar to how you can do it on Samsung’s Galaxy devices. The iPhone 6 doesn’t possess the same cool tricks.  iPhone 6 is cheaperWell, before you say that iPhone 6 Plus is a better choice, take a look at the prices of both iPhones. The price of the unlocked iPhone 6 in the US is $649 for the 16GB model. In India, this should translate to somewhere above Rs 50,000. The price of the iPhone 6 Plus, is however, $749. That is a cool $100 more than the smaller iPhone.Yes, the iPhone 6 Plus packs in better hardware but it also costs more. In terms of user experience we don’t expect the iPhone 6 Plus and the iPhone 6 to have much difference, unless you really really love a large-screen phone. So, whether the iPhone 6 Plus will be worth paying the extra Rs 10,000 or not is something only you will be able to decide.last_img read more

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