ENTERTAINMENT BUZZ: Allison Hinds, Nicky Manaj, Vybz Kartel

first_imgSoca star Allison Hinds drops new single  The Caribbean Queen of Soca, Allison Hinds, is getting ready for the next carnival season with a new single, a new team and a new look.Hinds, according to Loop T&T, is working with new management team, Perception Management and has already released a new single of the season – “Pull Up.”The song was written and produced by Badjohn Republic.Her signature locks are also now hidden under custom-made wigs by Trinidadian stylist Leiselle Barnett of New York.This Trini is the highest-paid female rapper in the world Trinidad-born rapper Nicki Minaj is now the highest-paid female rapper in the world. The 35-year-old is worth a whopping $75 million, making her also one of the top-grossing artists, despite not releasing an album since 2014. She brought in $20.5 million in 2016, according to Forbes and was the only female artist to earn a spot on its Cash Kings 2016: Hip-Hop’s Highest-Earning Acts list.Kartel criticized for new song Jailed dancehall deejay, Vybz Kartel, is being slammed by some fans on Instagram for his new song, which some say promotes domestic violence.Kartel recently previewed “One Box”  on the social media site, featuring a woman with a black eye and a finger over her lips. On the song he deejays over a dancehall beat:“One box in a yo face, just true yo reach home late, Jesus Christ good thing yo never dweet whole day, dead yo would a dead same place, the boy waan kill yo for your pum pum.”Many slammed the deejay with one fan writing: “Don’t like the theme of this song… nothing to dance to here. Domestic violence is no joke. Some men will listen to that theme and use it as an instruction manual.last_img read more

Derochie sinks Leafs with late game heroics

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsFor the third straight game the Beaver Valley Nitehawks used a late goal to steal victory from the jaws of defeat against the Nelson Leafs.Chris Derochie scored his third of the game with just over a minute remaining in the game to lift the Hawks past Nelson 6-5 in Fruitvale. In the past week Beaver Valley, with seven wins in eight games played between the two teams this season, has defeated the Leafs 2-1 in overtime, 3-2 and now 6-5.Leaf killer Ryon Sookro, and Derochie, each finished the game with four points.The Leafs rallied for two goals in a span of 27 seconds to tie the game at 5-5 late in the frame.Brantley Schapansky, Tyler Collins and Arie Postmus also scored for Beaver Valley. Raymond Reimer, Joel Stewart, finishing the game with four points, Adam Wheeldon, Cody Abbey with a pair, and Patrick Martens replied for Nelson.The game was tied at 1-1 after 20 minutes and 3-3 following two periods. Nelson out shot the Hawks 32-30.Nelson is back in action when the clubs hosts Castlegar Rebels in the first of a home-and-home series. Game time is 7 p.m. at the NDCC [email protected]last_img read more

QPR, West Ham and Everton linked with ex-Chelsea man

first_imgSalomon Kalou is considering a return to England and could be a target for QPR, the Daily Mail say.It is claimed the R’s, West Ham and Everton were interested in signing the 27-year-old prior to his summer move from Chelsea to Lille and could want him now.The French club, who signed Kalou on a free transfer, are said to be willing to sell him in January.Meanwhile, a number of today’s papers pick up on recent comments by Adel Taarabt, suggesting he is attracting interest from Barcelona and Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala but intends to stay at QPR.“I love the club and the fans and they love me too,” he is quoted as saying.This page is regularly updated. 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

History Channel Airs Evolve

first_imgA new 13-part series on the History Channel, called Evolve, begins with an episode on the evolution of the eye.  To sell the story, the blurb needed to cast Evolution as an inventor: They are one of evolution’s most useful and prevalent inventions.  Ninety five percent of living species are equipped with eyes and they exist in many different forms.  Learn how the ancestors of jellyfish may have been the first to evolve light-sensitive cells.  Discover how dinosaur’s evolved eyes that helped them become successful hunters.  Finally, learn how primates evolved unique adaptations to their eyes that allowed them to better exploit their new habitat, and how the ability to see colors helped them find food.Evolve seems to be used as a verb here.  If dinosaurs evolved eyes, and primates evolved color vision, were they doing it with purposeful intent?  Did they know how to commandeer the mutations necessary to give natural selection the raw materials on which to tinker, in order that the required function for survival would emerge?  This would certainly not represent the new-Darwinian view.  The terminology seems misleading.    The series relies heavily on CGI animations.  These, however, depend on the imaginations of current-day people – not historical records.  History used to be defined in terms of written records.  Since this subject matter lacks written records, maybe the channel should be renamed the Prehistory Channel.  The hour before also contains an animated episode set in prehistory from the series Jurassic Fight Club about a supposed cannibal dinosaur.  Perhaps as a bow to those who respect written records, though, is the episode following Evolve.  It is entitled “Noah’s Great Flood” from the series Mega Disasters.  The film treats the Biblical story as myth, however.  It popularizes the theory of Ryan and Pitman that the Noah legend grew up out of a theorized historical megaflood restricted to the Black Sea region (see 04/06/2002).    Illustra Media has been a leader in exploring the origin of life and complex organs from the alternative intelligent design perspective.  Readers familiar with Unlocking the Mystery of Life and The Privileged Planet may not be aware that they have also produced films about history for which there are written records: about Jesus Christ and the Exodus.  Their titles have just been gathered into one website at ApologeticsDVDs.com.    Speaking of history on an unrelated topic, space program buffs will get a thrill out of finding “the most comprehensive compilation ever of NASA’s vast collection of photographs, historic film and video” at NASAimages.org.  The collaborative website between Internet Archive and NASA was launched July 24.Evolution thrives on visual propaganda and the power of suggestion.  Animation fills in the holes in their story.  Don’t be fooled.  Carl Sagan weaved animation tricks decades ago in the Cosmos TV series.  In one of the most egregious cases of visual propaganda for evolution ever shown, his animators depicted a single cell morphing into one animal after the other, till the final output was upright-walking man.  The number of conceptual, evidential and philosophical obstacles he leaped over in a single bound makes Evel Knievel look like a pogo-stick rider.  OK, Carl, if you want to play the Imagination game, even Homer Simpson can do a better job evolving than that.  And Guinness Beer at least got the direction of evolution right.(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Mvezo school a legacy of Mandela

first_imgChief Mandla Mandela and Siemens CEO Peter Loescher announced plans for the Mandela School of Science and Technology in Mvezo, Nelson Mandela’s birthplace. Scores turned out for the sod-turning event. This is Mvezo’s generation that could avoid leaving homes for high school education in far-flung areas. (Images: Bongani Nkosi) MEDIA CONTACTS • Rolf Huber Media Relations Siemens +27 11 652 2160 RELATED ARTICLES • South Africa prioritises quality education • UJ Soweto university open for learning • Historic schools to be restored • School to empower Malawian girlsBongani NkosiAll pupils from Mvezo village, former president Nelson Mandela’s birthplace, leave home after completing grade seven – usually at the tender age of 12. Because there is no secondary school in the area, they have to travel as far as Mthatha, least 80km away, to continue their education.But that’s about to change. Mvezo will soon have its own high school, a state-of-the-art specialised public institution that’s to become the pride of the nation and reflect the legacy of the Mandela family.Members of the rural, sparsely populated village turned out in numbers on 17 June 2011 to witness the sod-turning ceremony at the spot where the secondary school will be built.In honour of South Africa’s most famous doyen of freedom, the first high school in Mvezo will be named the Mandela School of Science and Technology.The school is the brainchild of Nelson Mandela’s grandson, Mandla Mandela, who became chief of the Mvezo Traditional Council in 2007. Since his appointment, Mandla has travelled extensively with colleagues from the Mvezo Development Trust to raise funds for the project.“The community identified a need for a high school because we didn’t have one. We then formulated a fund-raising initiative,” said the young Mandela, who’s also a member of parliament.The Mandela school will be able to accommodate up to 700 pupils. Mvezo children will be prioritised, but places will also be open to pupils from across the Eastern Cape and the rest of the country.The high school will be built on the site which currently accommodates Inkwenkwezi, one of two primary schools in Mvezo. Once transformed, the hi-tech science and technology institute will boast a top-class boarding school and sophisticated facilities ranging from sports pitches to laboratories and tailor-made lecture rooms.The rondavel, which was the original Inkwenkwezi teaching facility, will not be destroyed “to preserve it as a memory of where we come from”, said Mandla.Inkwenkwezi was built by community members in 1995. The government only introduced makeshift classrooms at the school in 2006.Siemens on boardSiemens will provide funds for the construction of the Mandela high school, promising to equip it with some of the most advanced technology.There are plans to include a sophisticated solar-energy generation scheme at the school so that it’s independent from the Eskom power grid.The extent of Siemens’ financial contribution has not yet been revealed, with the group saying that the completion of the project remains the most critical aspect. “It’s not important how much it will cost.“It’s important that we finish the project. It will happen; this is the commitment from Siemens,” said Peter Loescher, the company’s CEO.It isn’t clear when construction will start, but Loescher said his team were ready and that design plans had been finalised.The Mvezo Development Trust had already raised R3.2-million (US$470 000) with the help of the KwaZulu-Natal-based Thanda Foundation before Siemens came on board. The funds were accumulated in Sweden.Lessons to be learntMinister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga said only the best educators would be selected for the Mandela school.With a 58% matric pass achieved in 2010, the Eastern Cape’s public education sector is mostly affected by poor infrastructure, not the quality of teachers – according to Motshekga. “Backlogs in school infrastructure are daunting,” she said. “The initiative of our people (in building the Mandela school) is very encouraging.”Derek Hanekom, deputy minister of Science and Technology, believes the institution could provide lessons for the character of specialised schools that could emerge in the country in future. He promised that his department would provide any expertise required by the new institute.A well-developed school in an underprivileged village such as Mvezo is necessary to help bridge the gap between livelihood standards of rural and urban dwellers, said Mandla.He challenged traditional leaders to improve development in rural areas. “Traditional leaders need to play a role to ensure that we better the lives of our people,” he added.Problems of boarding Boarding at a public school 80km or more away from home has its own problems for Mvezo’s teenagers.Mvezo’s Mjikelelo Mabhoza, 24, is unhappy with the situation. He’s in favour of high schools being located within the village, as is the case in most other areas.Studying in far-flung high schools compounds social problems for Mvezo’s youngsters. “There are no parents there,” Mabhoza pointed out. “Our peers are drawn to drugs and others fall pregnant.”Mabhoza matriculated at a high school in Mthatha and went on to enrol at a college in Welkom, a town in the Free State province. He’s graduating with a travel and tourism diploma in July and is hoping to land a job soon.“The new school will be a huge improvement for Mvezo. We’re struggling here,” he said.The excitement about the Mandela School of Science of Technology is shared by all community members.“We say never and never again shall the children of this area be deprived of their constitutional right to education,” said Gqirha Madasa from the Mvezo Development Trust.last_img read more

MTN-Qhubeka on song in Germany

first_img‘I felt good’Reflecting on his performance, Russom said: “It was a nice race. I felt good and it’s nice to be working for the team. I was chasing the breakaway group and just kept the pace. On the first of four climbs, up the famous Mamolshainer Berg, four riders could no longer stay with the high speed of the lead group and fell back. About 60 kilometers before the finishing line, the quintet around Sieberg and Voss had fallen to under two minutes. “I am feeling good now. My legs are coming back and I am happy with my performance. A few weeks back I was having problems with my knee, so now it’s okay and going much better, so I am do my job normally.” “It was more than two hours,” Russom said, when asked how long he led the peloton for. “After 20 kilometres, Gerald told me to go to the front and help Quick Step with the chase. Three of us, me and two Quick Step guys kept the pace high for about 150 kilometres.” In the end, winner Spilak and Moser were the lucky ones and crossed the finish line with a narrow gap over the speedy chasing field, which included Ciolek, Louis Meintjes and Kristian Sbaragli fronm MTN-Qhubeka. “With fifth place, we brought in a great result for our team,” Ciolek said after the finish. “Unfortunately I didn’t have the best legs today and at the end I was missing the strength. Team MTN-Qhubeka continued its great start to 2013 in the Rund um den Finanzplatz Eschborn-Frankfurt in Frankfurt on Wednesday, with team captain Gerald Ciolek sprinting to fifth place in the top-ranked one-day race. Eritrean Meron Russom also shone for the South African team. ‘Incredible’Asked if he could have imagined that after only a few years of dreaming of becoming a professional, he’d be putting some of the best riders in the world in difficulty and working for someone of Ciolek’s calibre, he said, “It’s incredible. It just gives me motivation to ride in the front and put the hard work in. It boosts your morale to ride with the best riders in the world and just motivates you.” Shortly after the start, an escape group formed, which affected the whole race. A total of nine riders, including Gemans Paul Voss (NetApp) and Marcel Sieberg (Lotto Belisol) built up a lead of up to four minutes over the peloton, which included many top riders. With only 43 kilometers to go, all the escapees were caught by the onrushing peloton. Russom was at the head of the main peloton for a long time, keeping the breakway in check. His performance was a major contribution to keeping the pace high in pursuit of the escapees. The stage win went to Simon Spilak (Katusha) after a dramatic sprint. The 27- year-old Slovenian won the 52nd edition of the spring classic over 200.6 kilometers ahead of last year’s winner, Italian Moreno Moser (Cannondale). A few seconds later there was an all-German sprint for third place between Andre Greipel (Lotto Belisol), John Degenkolb (Argos Shimano) and Ciolek. “Even before the start, the media attention was enormous. Meron Russom impressively showed our colours at the head of the main field before Gerald brought in his top five finish. If we had caught the escapees, we would have had a podium placing,” said sports director, Jens Zemke, who holds the record of 24 starts in the Frankfurt race, from his youth to pro years. ‘Growing’“The team worked super, and especially Meron was unbelievably strong. You can see that our young riders are learning more and more and growing into their assignments.” Russom has endured some highs and lows this season, ranging from an injury which kept him from competition to becoming a father. The last attack of the day came from last year’s winner Moser, together with two other riders. LeadShortly thereafter, local rider Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) attacked and went into the lead as his compatriot Sieberg and Voss fell back. 3 May 2013 SAinfo reporter “We can be proud of our guys. Our team set itself perfectly in the scene here in Frankfurt and impressively represented the Qhubeka Bikes 4 Life project.” Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Mid-Season Cab Cam – Adam Kipker, Logan County

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Some parts of Ohio, like the Lewistown area in Logan County, have received upwards of 30 inches of rain so far this growing season. That has pushed fieldwork back by 2 to 3 weeks for Adam Kipker and Triple K Farms. A new toolbar is making things a little easier on the farm when it comes to mid-summer soybean and corn applications. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins found out all about in this new Cab Cam, brought to you by Fennig Equipment.last_img read more

CT Energy Challenge Announces Winners for 2010

first_imgUPDATED 12/14/2010: With added information about the Schaller Eco-Home and corrected specifications for the third-place home, built by BPC Green Builders.The winning entries in the Connecticut Zero Energy Challenge, announced on Wednesday, make for an interesting trio: two homes larger than 4,500 sq. ft. and one at 2,690. The first-place winner landed a HERS index score of minus 7. The Challenge, a design and build competition for single-family and multifamily homes, included 15 projects built in Connecticut between May 2009 and December 1, 2010. The top prize, $15,000, went to a four-bedroom project in Killingworth designed and built by Consulting Engineering Services, of Middletown, and J.W. Huber Architect, of Essex. The home includes R-20 slab floors, R-39 foundation walls, R-42 exterior walls, an R-62 vaulted ceiling, geothermal heating, an energy-recovery ventilation system, and a 13.65 kW photovoltaic system. A blower-door test showed airtightness of 0.43 air changes per hour at a pressure difference of 50 Pascals. The conditioned area: 4,539 sq. ft., just under the 5,000-sq.-ft. contest limit.Less extravagant, but still big performanceThe second-place prize, $10,000, went to the smallest house among the top three, a 2,690-sq.-ft. three-bedroom in New Hartford whose owners, Jeremy and Karann Schaller, designed the home to include R-15 foundation slab and walls, R-25 structural-insulated-panel exterior walls, an R-42 SIP vaulted ceiling, solar hot water (with a propane-fuel backup system), and a 7.6 kW solar power system. The home’s HERS rating is 4, and it showed airtightness of 0.40 air changes per hour at 50 Pascals. The construction costs on this project, Jeremy Schaller noted in a recent post to a blog site focused on the project, came in at around $320,000, or about $120 per sq. ft. – likely nowhere near the same construction-cost universe as the first-place and third-place projects. A five-bedroom in New Canaan, built by BPC Green Builders, of Wilton, took the $5,000 third-place prize. This 4,944-sq.-ft. project, which, like the first-place winner, barely scraped under the 5,000-sq.-ft. contest limit, also is seeking LEED for Homes Platinum certification. It is designed with an R-10 foundation slab, R-44.8 foundation walls, R-64 frame floors, R-30 exterior walls, an R-57 vaulted ceiling, a 450-sq.-ft. solar thermal system, and a 10.8 kW ground-mounted, grid-tied solar power system.The Zero Energy Challenge is sponsored by the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund, Connecticut Light and Power, and the United Illuminating Company. Like Connecticut’s other major energy conservation programs, the Challenge is funded by a charge on customers’ utility bills and administered by the state’s electric and gas utilities.last_img read more

A New Passivhaus Standard for North America

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. Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in Katrin Klingenberg, the founder of the Passive House Institute U.S. (PHIUS), caused a minor earthquake earlier this year when she suggested that the existing Passivhaus standard didn’t make sense in North America. On January 31, 2012, Klingenberg wrote, “We came to the conclusion that it’s time to allow for a modification process to the rigid annual heating and cooling requirement of less or equal to 15 kWh/m2yr … for the North American continent’s more extreme climates, and define what has been missing all together so far – a stringent requirement for the third load which is the significant energy consumed in North America for dehumidification. This idea that we need to adapt the standard to various regions has taken root around the world from domestic energy experts like Martin Holladay, Alex Wilson, and Marc Rosenbaum and to Passive House groups from other countries, like the Swedes.”As GBA reported earlier this year, many U.S. Passivhaus consultants were unsettled by Klingenberg’s proposal. Their main concern: builders and home buyers would be confused by the existence of two different superinsulation standards that shared the same name. Because of this concern, Hayden Robinson, an architect and certified Passivhaus consultant based in Seattle, launched a petition urging Klingenberg to choose a name other than “Passivhaus standard” or “passive house standard” for her proposed new North American standard.Joseph Lstiburek and Betsy Pettit, who host the annual Westford Symposium on Building Science in Westford, Massachusetts, invited Klingenberg to speak at this year’s conference. In her July 31 presentation, “Climate-Specific Passive Building Standards for the U.S.,” Klingenberg suggested several reasons why the European Passivhaus standard might need to be tweaked for use in North America.She began by acknowledging a critic of some aspects of the Passivhaus standard: one of Lstiburek’s partners,… center_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberslast_img read more