Relentless Ceres rules Asean zonals of AFC Cup

first_imgEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/STEPHEN TANBACOLOD CITY – Ceres Negros delivered another performance to remember when it mattered to oust Home United, 3-2, on aggregate and claim the AFC Cup Asean zonal title before a huge crowd at Panaad Stadium here.The Busmen leaned on goals from OJ Porteria and Manny Ott in the first half, while Stephan Schrock provided the flash of inspiration at midfield as the Bacolod-based club made history by becoming the first team to claim the regional crown.ADVERTISEMENT The Busmen could have wrapped up the tie as early as the first half, but Fernando Rodriguez missed a 13th minute penalty and also wasted a glorious one on one chance minutes later.Just four minutes before the break, Ott gave the Busmen breathing room with an inch-perfect free kick that sailed into the top corner, beating the experienced Singapore international Hassan Sunny to make it 2-0.“It wasn’t easy when you miss so many chances because when that happens, you usually lose,” said Vidakovic. “It was very hard for the players to stand up again. We could have finished the game in the first half.”INSPIRED FORMSchrock was in inspired form, putting challenges and pressing when the Busmen didn’t have possession. He showed vision and lovely feet as he instigated quick transition plays that allowed the Busmen to put Home on their heels.“It was a very important game and I’m just honored to be given a starting place,” said Schrock, who was added to the roster for the zonal finals.“I had to prove that I deserve to start because my teammates have been sacrificing the past six months to get us to this stage (of the competition).”Schrock summed up the Busmen’s performance: “We left it all out there, the heart and the sweat. We put in the performance of our life in this final. We deserve to make history for the club, the country and Southeast Asia.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas Teen gunned down in Masbate Filipinas shrug off first-game jitters vs Hong Kong After dropping the first leg, 1-2, at Jalan Besar Stadium last Wednesday, the Busmen returned to the comforts of home needing just a 1-0 victory.But they did just that and more as they put in a disciplined performance on defense , while relying on their class and quality up front.CLEAN SHEETFEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Roland Muller kept a clean sheet for the first time in six matches as the Ceres backline proved equal to every Home United attack.Twice, Muller was rescued by the crossbar, including one on Stipe Plazibat’s strike with 10 minutes remaining. Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’center_img Ceres players broke down in tears as the referee blew the final whistle as Ceres’ campaign in the second tier continental competition that started in Hanoi last February rolled on with another memorable win in front of the Negrense faithful.With the victory, Ceres advanced to the inter-zonal semifinals where it will meet Istiklol of Tajikistan in another two-leg affair. The first leg is slated Aug. 22 in Dushanbe, while the return leg is set Sept. 9 at Panaad.“My players gave everything,” said coach Risto Vidakovic.DREAM STARTCONTRIBUTED PHOTO/STEPHEN TANEnergized by the home crowd, the Busmen got off to a dream start when Porteria bundled home a cross from Iain Ramsay in the second minute.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respitelast_img read more

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Good Hope parents register corporal punishment concerns

first_imgParents who have children attending the Good Hope Primary School in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) are calling on the Education Ministry to thoroughly investigate why children are constantly flogged by a particular teacher at the school.Parents who spoke with this newspaper said that they believe other disciplinary action could be taken instead of enforcing corporal punishment.They have noted their concerns, and this complaint was forwarded to the Regional Education Officer, Baramadai Seepersaud. According to one parent, Anil Singh, his daughter was whipped on her name on Tuesday by her teacher (name withheld) because the school’s compound was not cleaned satisfactorily.The father said his daughter was whipped by the Grade Five teacher several times previously and she sustained blisters and cuts to her hand. The father related that the child could not attend school on Wednesday because she was in immense pain.Singh took his daughter to the Headmistress and the Regional Education Officer to report the issue. He said his child was not the only one whipped and described the action as unfair. Upon enquiries being made, it was revealed that all the Grade Five pupils were whipped Tuesday because the yard was not cleaned. The parent said that he was concerned and it was not the first time his child was complaining about punishment at the school.Parents are, therefore, calling on the Education Ministry to launch an investigation into the matter as corporal punishment continues to exist in the school system and children are suffering. In the past, parents said they were too scared to speak out, because they were afraid that their children would be victimised.During a recent interview with the local media, President David Granger noted that Guyana needed to remove all forms of corporal punishment from the school and in the home.The Education Ministry’s guideline notes that the use of corporal punishment in schools was a last resort, which must be sanctioned by the headteacher.last_img read more

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Chetwynd receiving pride award

first_imgThe Chetwynd Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Centre, as well as the District of Chetwynd are receiving the 2010 Northern Pride Award.The award, handed out by the Northern B.C. Tourism Association is in recognition of provding the “Northern Experience”.It will be presented at the Northern B.C. Tourism AGM on Oct. 4 in Prince George.- Advertisement –last_img

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Boys’ basketball: Coach’s plans on hold

first_imgCrenshaw played inspired over the final eight minutes of Thursday’s City Section Championship playoff game, and the Cougars postponed the legend’s future plans by defeating host Sylmar 77-64 to advance to Tuesday’s quarterfinals at top-seeded Fairfax of Los Angeles. “Yeah, I guess every game is potentially my last one,” said West, who has won eight Division I state titles, 16 City Section championships and 803 games overall to move into third place on the state’s all-time list, past Emery of Emeryville’s Abe Abrami. “It looked like they had us,” Gant said. “I knew we had a run left in us. When my number was called I came in and did my job. I wasn’t going to let this be coach’s last game.” Guy Landry provided a spark for Sylmar early, scoring eight of his 10 points in the first quarter. Victor Rudd took over in the second quarter and scored nine of his 18 as the Spartans took a 35-31 lead at the half. sean.ceglinsky@dailynews.com (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! It was supposed to be Willie West’s final game. The end of the road, the swan song for the longtime Crenshaw High boys’ basketball coach who planned on retiring after 39 years at the helm of the Cougars’ program. As it turned out, West isn’t going anywhere. center_img “The kids played with a lot of emotion tonight, and I’m not sure if it was for me and my situation, but I’ll take a win anyway I can get one. Even though this is my last year, I’m still having fun.” It appeared as if ninth-seeded Sylmar (16-10) had the eight-seeded Cougars (18-7) right where they wanted them after Crenshaw standout Darnell Gant went to the bench with his fourth foul with 6:45 left in the third quarter. However, the Spartans failed to put much distance between themselves and Crenshaw, leading 57-53 when Gant, a 6-foot-8 senior bound for Washington, finally returned with 6:07 left in the fourth quarter. Gant scored 10 points over the final 3:30 to spark a 18-4 run that turned a four-point Sylmar lead into a 71-61 advantage for Crenshaw with just more than a minute left. “The guys thought things were going to get easier once Gant went to the bench,” Sylmar coach Bort Escoto said. “It actually worked against us. We stopped playing.” Gant finished with 20 points and six rebounds. Teammate Mark Wilson had 19 points and 12 rebounds. last_img read more

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Donegal Historical Society to host Glencolmcille walk

first_imgDonegal Historical Society are hosting a field day in Glencolmcille next Sunday, the 14th August. The group will be meeting at Glencolmcille Folk Village carpark at 2:30pm.The walk will be led by guide Seamus McGinley, and they will explore three megalithic tombs, a Souterrain (an underground structure associated with the later Iron age), and three Turas Stations. The Turas refers to a pilgrimage path in the historic area. The pilgrimage is performed around fifteen standing stones and cairns (including St. Colmcille’s own church and bed), as well as the large cairn at the saint’s well.This event is free and all are welcome. Refreshments will be available.For further details you can call Úna (after the 11th of August) at 087 2261378.Donegal Historical Society to host Glencolmcille walk was last modified: August 3rd, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Glencolmcilleguided walkturasWild Atlantic Waylast_img read more

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Podcast: Danny Kelly’s Trans Europe Express – Sunday, May 21

first_imgDanny Kelly is joined by Kevin Hatchard to take a look at all the big football news from the continent.They discuss Real Madrid ending their LaLiga title drought against Malaga – take in action from France, Italy and Germany, and chat about the match-fixing scandal that has rocked Swedish football.This week’s European cult hero is the former Deportivo La Coruna and Brazil forward Bebeto, and there’s also time to preview the Europa League final between Ajax and Manchester United.Listen above, or click here to download the podcast from iTunes.last_img

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UPROAR OVER DELAYS CAUSED BY SERIOUS CRASH

first_imgThere is outrage this morning at the delays caused by this morning’s serious road crash in Letterkenny.The scene of this morning’s tailback. Picture by Brian McDaid.Hundreds of cars have been stuck for up to TWO hours on the dual carriageway following the crash at Drumnohoagh close to the Dry Arch Roundabout.Gardai are at the scene but eye-witnesses say enough is not being done to get the traffic flowing. The road has been closed as accident investigators carry out an investigation into last night’s crash.People are beginning to get annoyed with eachother and there has been a number of verbal altercations between motorists.Some people are leaving their cars and walking the distance into Letterkenny.Many offices have not opened as a result of employees being unable to get into work. Among those stuck in the traffic has been local Dr James McDaid who was stuck in traffic more an hour and a half as he was answering an emergency call.Local photographer Brian McDaid took this picture of the bumper to bumper traffic.One woman stuck in traffic said “Our thoughts are with the young man who has been hurt but this is simply ridiculous.“People are getting very annoyed and I fear there is going to be another accident if this is not managed soon.”Some motorists have been forced to go an get cans of fuel because they have run out. UPROAR OVER DELAYS CAUSED BY SERIOUS CRASH was last modified: March 20th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:crashdonegalGardaiLETETRKENNYtailbackslast_img read more

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Le secteur automobile en Afrique du Sud

first_imgLe secteur automobile de l’Afrique du Sud est un moteur turbo general pour la fabrication et l’exportation de vehicules et de composants. Le secteur represente environ 10% des exportations du secteur industriel d’Afrique du Sud, ce qui en fait un element essentiel de l’economie.Avec une production annuelle de 535 000 vehicules en 2007, et une augmentation attendue a 630 000 en 2008, l’Afrique du Sud peut etre consideree comme un contributeur mineur a la production mondiale de vehicules qui a atteint 73 millions d’unites en 2007.Mais localement, le secteur automobile est un geant qui contribue a environ 7,5% au produit interieur brut (PIB) du pays et employant environ 36 000 personnes.La gouvernement a identifie le secteur automobile comme un secteur essentiel de la croissance dans le but d’augmenter la production de vehicules a 1,2 million d’unites d’ici 2020 tout en augmentant de façon importante la quantite nationale.CroissanceInvestissementFord, GM, Mercedes-Benz, Toyota, VW …Le Programme de Developpement du Secteur AutomobileLes avantages concurrentielsLes fabricants de composants pour voituresUn choix immenseCroissanceL’Afrique du sud a ete l’un des marches automobiles les plus performants du monde au cours de ces dernieres annees. Les nouveaux chiffres de ventes de voitures ont atteint des records pendant trois annees successives, de 2004 a 2006. en 2006, les ventes ont augmente de 14,4% juste en dessous de 650 000 unites, generant un revenu de 118,4 milliards de rands.Les ventes ont chute de 5,4% en 2007 et devraient reculer encore en 2008 car les taux d’interet et les prix plus eleves font ralentir les depenses.Cependant, des programmes importants d’exportation devraient permettre de conserver le dynamisme de l’industrie locale. Les exportations de vehicules etaient aux alentours de 170 000 unites en 2007 et l’Association Automobile Nationale d’Afrique du Sud (Naamsa) espere une augmentation a 285 000 unites en 2008. C’est une croissance extraordinaire, surtout lorsqu’on la compare avec 1997 lorsque le nombre d’unites exportees etait en dessous de 20 000.L’Afrique du Sud exporte actuellement des vehicules vers plus de 70 pays, principalement le Japon (environ 29% de la valeur du total de ses exportations), l’Australie (20%), le Royaume-Uni (12%) et les USA (11%). Les destinations africaines d’exportation comprennent l’Algerie, le Zimbabwe et le Nigeria.InvestissementDe nombreuses multinationales utilisent l’Afrique du Sud pour sous-traiter des composants et assembler des vehicules pour les marches locaux et etrangers.De 2000 a 2006, les investissements du secteur dans les infrastructures de production et d’exportation ont quadruple, de 1,5 milliard de rands a 6,2 milliards de rands avant de ralentir a 3 milliards de rands en 2007. Les investissements en capital devraient se situer autour de 4 milliards de rands en 2008.La plupart ont ete des investissements etrangers, les societes meres de fabricants de voitures locaux developpant leurs activites locales pour ameliorer la capacite de production, les installations d’exportation et les infrastructures de financement.Tous les grands fabricants du pays ont lance des programmes d’exportation importants au cours de ces dernieres annees, le dernier (enjanvier 2008) etant celui de la societe Ford Motor d’Afrique du Sud.Ford, GM, Mercedes-Benz, Toyota, VW …FordEn janvier 2008, la Societe Ford Motor d’Afrique australe a annonce des projets d’investissement de plus de 1,5 milliard de rands pour developper ses activites en Afrique du Sud pour la production des pickups compacts derniere generation de Ford et du moteur diesel Puma.La branche locale du geant automobile americain a declare que l’investissement commencerait en 2009 et serait reparti entre son usine d’assemblage de Silverton a Pretoria et son usine de moteurs de Struandale a Port Elizabeth, la plupart des vehicules produits etant destines a l’exportation.General MotorsGeneral Motors South Africa, base a Port Elizabeth dans la province d’Eastern Cape, vend les marques Chevrolet, Opel, Isuzu, Saab, Cadillac et Hummer. En 2005, la societe a remporte un contrat de six ans pour assembler et exporter le Hummer H3, ce qui a eu pour consequence un investissement de 100 millions de dollars dans son usine de Struandale.GM South Africa construit un nouveau centre de conversion et de distribution de vehicule de plusieurs multi millions de rands et investit 481 millions de rands dans ses activites, modernisant ses installations de production et d’outillage en 2008.Mercedes-BenzMercedes-Benz South Africa fabrique des vehicules Mercedes-Benz et Mitsubishi dans son usine de fabrication de East London dans la province d’Eastern Cape. Le siege de la societe se trouve dans la province de Gauteng, d’ou les marques Mercedes-Benz, smart, Maybach, Mitsubishi Motors, Freightliner, Western Star et FUSO sont vendues et financees.Mercedes-Benz SA a recemment investi environ 2 milliards de rands pour moderniser son usine de fabrication et produit aujourd’hui des versions avec conduite a droite ou a gauche de la derniere Classe C de Mercedes-Benz pour les marches nationaux et a l’exportation.ToyotaToyota South Africa a recemment entrepris un programme de modernisation et de relativisation de 2,4 milliards de rands. Son usine de Prospecton, juste au sud de Durban, est aujourd’hui l’usine Toyota la plus avancee d’un point de vue technologique en dehors du Japon et est capable de produire environ 220 000 unites par an.En tant qu’usine de production globale, Toyota South Africa s’est transforme de simple fournisseur en une base d’exportation efficace pour fournir des vehicules aux marches en Europe et en Afrique. La societe, qui exporte vers plus de 40 destinations, declare qu’elle s’attend a exporter environ 140 000 unites en 2008, soit presque 60% du total des exportations automobile de l’Afrique du Sud.VolkswagenVolkswagen South Africa se trouve a Uitenhage pres de Port Elizabeth dans la province d’Eastern Cape. En 2007, la societe a fete son 56eme anniversaire en Afrique du Sud, et son 2,5 millionieme vehicule sorti de sa chaine de production. C’est un leader local du marche des passagers, representant environ 21% de toutes les nouvelles ventes de vehicules.De 2000 a 2008, Volkswagen South Africa a investi environ 6 milliards de rands dans de nouveaux modeles, un nouvel atelier de peinture et une nouvelle usine d’assemblage de camions et de bus.Le Programme de Developpement du Secteur AutomobileLe catalyseur de cette croissance phenomenale a ete le Programme de Developpement du Secteur Automobile (MIDP) du gouvernement. Lance en 1995, le programme doit fonctionner jusqu’a son arret progressif en 2012.Le MIDP a favorise les exportations en permettant aux fabricants automobiles locaux d’inclure les valeurs du total des exportations dans le total de leur contenu local, et leur permettant ensuite d’importer la meme valeur en produits hors taxe. Cela a permis aux fabricants automobiles de se concentrer sur la fabrication de certains vehicules ou pieces destines a l’exportation tout en important d’autres modeles.Le MIDP offre aussi une indemnite de capital production aux fabricants de vehicules qui investissent dans des usines et des equipements en leur remboursant 20 % de leurs depenses de capital sous la forme de credit a l’importation et aux taxes sur une duree de cinq ans.Le gouvernement prevoit d’introduire un successeur au MIDP qui cherchera a ameliorer la chaine de valeur nationale. Le nouveau programme, qui durera jusqu’en 2020, se centrera sur l’ajout de valeur tout en etant coherent avec les obligations multilaterales de l’Afrique du Sud. Cela prendra probablement la forme d’un financement de la production.Le Ministere du commerce et de l’Industrie declare que ce nouveau programme de financement aura pour consequence plus d’emplois ainsi qu’un developpement durable du secteur. Le programme financera la production et des plans d’investissement qui « ont pour objectif d’atteindre un volume minimum de production pour chaque plateforme de 50 000 unites par an dans un delai raisonnable.Les avantages concurrentielsLe secteur automobile de l’Afrique du Sud offre un certain nombre d’avantages concurrentiels d’interet international. Cela comprend un competence imbattable en termes de cout sur de faibles volumes, des couts d’outillage concurrentiels et un degre eleve de flexibilite de fabrication.Le secteur local possede egalement un bon acces aux marches de l’hemisphere sud et de l’Afrique et offre des equipements de production pour la conduite a droite.Le secteur sud-africain beneficie de plusieurs technologies uniques comme le verrouillage differentiel pour les vehicules de piste, la technologie du soudage d’aluminium pour les radiateurs et la capacite a concevoir des pieces comme les purificateurs d’air et les climatiseurs qui sont en mesure de faire face au temperatures elevees et a la poussiere de l’Afrique.Les equipements de production de rang mondial du pays sont associes a des matieres premieres et une electricite peu cheres ainsi qu’a des infrastructures de transport et de telecommunications stables.Le Centre de Developpement du Secteur Automobile et le centre de test Gerotec pres de Pretoria constituent des equipements de niveau mondial pour la recherche, les tests et la formation.De nouvelles opportunites d’investissement sont creees pour le secteur par l’introduction d’accords de libre-echange avec l’Union Europeenne et la Communaute de Developpement de l’Afrique du Sud ainsi que la Loi de la Croissance et des Opportunites Africaines du gouvernement americain.Les fabricants de composants pour voituresIl existe plus de 200 fabricants de composants pour voitures en Afrique du Sud et 150 autres qui fournissent le secteur sur une base non exclusive. Le secteur des composants a un chiffre d’affaires d’environ 50 milliards de rands, soit environ 2% du PIB du pays et s’attend a une croissance solide car le potentiel d’exportation continue a augmenter.L’Afrique du Sud a exporte 30,3 milliards de rands en composants automobiles en 2006, une augmentation de 32% par rapport a 2005. Les convertisseurs catalytiques sont toujours les composants automobiles les plus exportes, representant environ la moitie des exportations de composants.Les autres exportations principales sont les moteurs, les silencieux et les pots d’echappement, les radiateurs, les roues et les pneus, les housses de siege de voiture et cuir, les autoradios et les systemes de sonorisation et les essieux, surtout pour les camions.L’Allemagne, l’Espagne, le Royaume-Uni, les USA, la France et l’Afrique subsaharienne sont les principales destinations des exportations de pieces automobiles de l’Afrique du Sud.Un choix immenseIl existe 1390 « etonnantes » variantes de voitures, vehicules de loisir et vehicules utilitaires dans les salles d’exposition sud-africaines d’apres un rapport du site Web commercial Fin24.com.Le choix disponible a plus que double au cours de ces 10 dernieres annees. En 1997, peu apres le retour d’alfa Romeo, Renault et Chevrolet en Afrique du Sud, et lorsque les premiers locaux ont eu un avant-gout de Mahindra, SsangYong, Dacia, Kia, Hyundai, Daewoo, Saab et Subaru, il y avait 37 fabricants proposant 595 modeles differents.Depuis, Bentley, Cadillac, Citroen, Dodge, Maybach, Mini, Proton, TVR, GWM, Lexus et Tata ont installe des concessionnaires en Afrique du Sud, soit de façon independante, soit en alliant leurs forces avec des distributeurs etablis et des societes de leur groupe.Cependant, malgre les nouveaux venus, la majorite des acheteurs sud-africains ont tendance a choisir des marques connues et etablies comme Toyota, Volkswagen, Ford, Mazda et BMW. Ces marques representent encore plus de 80% des nouvelles ventes de vehicules dans le pays.Derniere mise a jour de l’article : Aout 2008SAinfo reporter. Sources (sites en langue anglaise) :National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of SANational Association of Automobile Component and Allied ManufacturersDepartment of Trade and IndustryGeneral MotorsMercedes Benz South AfricaNissan South AfricaToyota South AfricaBusiness DayEngineering NewsFin24last_img read more

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The NDP at five: lessons learnt, emerging challenges and enhancing implementation

first_imgThe plan was about our dreams and aspirations and actionable steps to achieve them, said Minister Jeff Radebe, in recounting its successes.The NDP is a call to action for all South African’s say Minister Jeff Radebe. (Image: GovZA)Sulaiman PhilipThe National Development Plan (NDP) was adopted five years ago this month. Jeff Radebe, minister for planning, monitoring and evaluation, speaking at Unisa at the annual NDP Lecture reminded the audience that it was a roadmap to a transformed future for South Africa.It was also, Radebe reminded the group of students and academics, the 40th anniversary of the death of Steve Biko. As they celebrated Biko the leader, the minister said they should not forget his inspirational words: “We must remind ourselves, Biko also said, ‘In a bid for change, we have to take off our coats, be prepared to lose our comfort and security, our positions of prestige…’“And it is in the unity of that struggle, in the battle of ideas, that Biko so majestically articulated that our true worth as a nation, as South Africa, would become timeless if we could ensure that our ideas, great as they were, were implemented, actioned and executed. It is purposeful action, impact and implemetation of our NDP that we require now, more urgently than ever before.”Implementation of the NDP and Vision 2030 had not been easy, the minister admitted, and the government was calling on all South Africans to look upon the plan as theirs and to help, where they could, in implementing it. It was only through a shared sense of purpose that South Africa could build a better life for all. The government, he said, was determined to live up to the vision of the NDP. “Thus it is, that we must tread carefully as leaders too – for we should not dare to tread on the dreams of our people. We must forge ahead and deliver on the mandate our people gave us and bring about the necessary step change in the socio-economic conditions of our people.”A focus on youth and gender equalityThe NDP is built on six pillars – mobilisation of all people living in South Africa; a population involved in their own development; expanding and growing an inclusive economy; building capability; fostering strong leadership; and building a strong developmental state. It places a special emphasis on the development of and creating opportunities for youth in a society that offers women equal opportunities.Legislation informed by the NDP pillars have created opportunities for young South African’s. (Image: World Bank)These groups, according to recent Statistics South Africa figures, remain the most vulnerable in the republic. While economic growth in the last quarter lifted the country out of a recession, Radebe pointed out, youth unemployment remained a serious issue and was one of South Africa’s most intractable socio-economic issues. The personification of poverty in South Africa remained a young, uneducated black woman. “This needs resolution; it calls for serious introspection and concerted efforts to tackle the scourge of poverty, inequality and unemployment. Nobody made a greater mistake than those who did nothing because they could do only a little.”He highlighted programmes that put youth empowerment at the centre of the NDP’s development strategy.His department, Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, set up the National Youth Development Ambassador Programme to boost entrepreneurship among young people. To be selected to participate, individuals must be between 18 and 35, and must be committed to driving change in their communities and the country at large. In addition, the government had built more technical and vocational education and training colleges and had made more funding available through the National Student Financial Aid Scheme for university students. The Employment Tax Incentive Act, passed in 2013, had helped young people enter the labour market and gain vital real world job experience.An investment in the youth of South Africa, Radebe said, was an investment in the future of the country. “This is a very important venture to ensure that the youth are self-sufficient. The youth of today are the ones who will witness the fruition of our Vision 2030. They must be the key drivers of NDP programmes today.”“The youth of today are the ones who will witness the fruition of our Vision 2030. They must be the key drivers of NDP programmes today.” (Image: World Bank)In the government and the public sector, the representation of women is nudging closer to 50%; however, women are still more likely to be poor and uneducated. The NDP sets out measures to improve their conditions, especially for women in rural areas who still struggle to access education and healthcare, and do not have ownership of the land they tend.SuccessesOver the past five years, there had been successes to which the government could point, the minister told his audience. These successes were across multiple sectors of the economy and in the social upliftment of the most in need.Health, education, mining, agriculture and the ocean economy had all benefitted from interventions through Operation Phakisa, an NDP programme. Since 2014, the various Operation Phakisa initiatives had unlocked R7-billion worth of investments and created 6,903 new jobs. The establishment of six industrial development zones, through the Special Economic Zones programme, had attracted R10.7-billion in investment.The NDP had targeted tourism as a growth industry. Initiatives had helped to grow the sector, and its contribution to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) had increased from R372-billion in 2014 to R375-billion in 2015; tourist arrivals figures had increased by about 50%. Total tourist foreign direct spend rose from R67.9-billion to R189.2-billion.Over the five years of its implementation to date, the NDP had improved conditions for millions of South Africans. Among the successes were:331,000 new homes have been built;305,00 new households have been connected to sources of clean water (12% of the 2019 target of 2.3 million) and a further 1.12 million homes now have access to decent sanitation (45% of the 2019 target);The 2019 target for access to refuse removal is 1.3 million households and the NDP has reached just over a million households;724,430 households have been connected to the electricity grid since 2014 (58% of the 2019 target of 1.25 million) and 52,778 households have been connected to non-grid (50% of the 2019 target of 105 000 households);3,455 schools have been connected to the internet and have received devices through Operation Phakisa ICT and the matric pass rate improved to 72.5% in 2016 from 70.7% in 2015 while Bachelor passes increased to 162,374 in 2016 from 150,752 in 2014;Improved access to healthcare has raised South Africans’ life expectancy by six years and maternal mortality has decreased from 158 per 100,000 live births to 154 over a year. The Child Mortality Rate (under five) has improved from 41 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2014 to 37 per 1,000 live births in 2016;More than 3.7 million HIV-positive people are receiving lifelong antiretroviral therapy.The mandate paperThe government’s embrace of the NDP had changed the way it thought about budgetary priorities. Adopted in August 2017, the National Planning Commission’s Mandate Paper aligned government spending to meet priorities in higher education, social security and job creation.The new policy would help departments prioritise spending to meet not only priorities in the NDP but to ensure that budgets were more agile in meeting plans set out in the Medium Term Strategic Framework. The paper would, in future, precede the budgeting process and would help to identify priorities based on economic conditions. “We are exploring new, effective and better avenues for socio-economic development in our country as we implement the NDP.”The NDP will influence the way ministries allocate budget resources. (Image: GovZA)As Radebe reminded his audience, the NDP was an opportunity for South Africa to recreate the future. It gave South Africans the chance to identify ways for each one to play a part and become active citizens. “The NDP is a call to action to unite as a country and identifies the role different sectors of society need to play in reaching its goal. The plan is about our dreams and aspirations and actionable steps to achieve them.”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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Can Bathroom Fans Be Used to Distribute Heat?

first_imgWhere to run the ductsSemmelhack agrees that a Fujitsu system would be a good fit for Debra’s new house, as long as the air handler and the ducts are located entirely within a conditioned space. He could imagine several ways of accomplishing this in a one-story house in Virginia, including putting the equipment in a conditioned crawl space.Debra is planning on a vented attic and a conditioned crawl space, but she doesn’t think that putting any equipment in the space below the house is a good idea.“I’ll have a vented attic, and a closed conditioned crawl space,” she writes. “But I’m a bit concerned about installing the air handler even in a conditioned crawl space, as I’m rather hyper reactive to mold and still paranoid about exposure to crawl spaces. That’s one reason I’m considering installing the interior fans, to help circulate the bedroom air back to the main room for conditioning and dehumidifying.”A dropped ceiling in a 15-foot-long interior hallway might provide enough room for the equipment, she says, but it would require 8-foot duct runs to reach both the bedrooms and the main living area. “Not exactly very short runs,” she says.That’s a question a Manual D calculation would answer, Jon R replies, although he imagines that the Fujitsu could handle duct runs much longer than what Debra is considering. Our expert’s opinionGBA technical director Peter Yost adds this:I wish I could say I have a conclusive answer to this question: Can you use exhaust fans to create adequate distribution and mixing in bedrooms that are not served by a central ducted system?My own perspective: By the time you purchase two quality fans that are quiet enough, energy-efficient enough, and easily adjusted, you might as well go with a dropped-soffit, ducted hallway solution. Additionally, we need to let go of concerns around installing equipment in properly detailed, conditioned crawls and attics; it’s an irrational bias based on our history of thoroughly confused and dysfunctional “vented” crawls and attics.But I am no HVAC expert, so as I usually do, I checked in with, first, a local HVAC expert — Mark Russwick of ARC Mechanical and then with someone I respect who has actually deployed this type of distribution solution — Carl Seville at SK Collaborative.First, Mark Russwick:“I’m not a fan, no pun intended, [but] will this work in Virginia? Yes, most likely, but the bedrooms are slaves to whatever is happening in the main room and I find bath fans noisy. It’s too bad that someone doesn’t make a single-zone, down-flow air handler, heat pump split system.”Second, Carl Seville (based on comment #18 in the original Q&A thread and this GBA blog of Carl’s):“It works quite well. When there are no guests we leave all upstairs bedrooms doors open and the [minisplit] head in the hallway conditions the upstairs fine including the master suite — we don’t even turn on the head in the master under those conditions.“When we have guests and close the bedroom doors, we use a 190 cfm exhaust fan located above the hallway minisplit that is ducted into the two front bedrooms. It is on a relay that turns it on whenever the minisplit is on with an override switch that allows us to turn if off when we don’t want to use it. (We keep it off most of the time.) We will also turn on master bedroom head as well when doors are closed.“The front bedrooms have jumper ducts to the hallway to equalize pressure when the doors are closed and the fan is running. We have found that without the fan, the bedrooms will be noticeably warmer or cooler or more humid than the rest of the house if doors are closed. This summer my wife was ironing in one room with the door closed and the fan off and it was about 10 degrees hotter than the rest of the house. With that tight an envelope (0.88 ach50) even an iron can heat up a room.”My parting perspective: Carl’s home, its performance, and the configuration of his exhaust fan solution all are significantly more honed than the dual exhaust fan approach that Debra is proposing. Carl’s solution isn’t really evidence that contradicts my or Mark’s concerns; rather, I think it supports the need for a more sophisticated approach. RELATED ARTICLES Could bath fans help keep air fresher?If using low-volume bathroom fans won’t solve the heat distribution problem, Bill Dietze wonders, wouldn’t they at least help keep air in the bedrooms seem fresher?“If the doors were shut at night or a teenager wanted the door shut all the time, then it seems to me that an extra 30 to 50 cfm per bedroom might be nice,” he writes.If fresh air is the goal, Holladay replies, the best approach would be a mechanical ventilation system — ideally a balanced system that both exhausts stale air and blows in fresh air from the outside. Either a heat recovery or energy recovery ventilator would work.“If you have odors,” he says, “the idea is to remove stale air from the smelly rooms, and introduce some fresh outdoor air.” Sorry, the plan won’t workGBA senior editor Martin Holladay gives Debra two reasons why this is not a good idea.“The first relevant factor is the specific heat of air, which is relatively low. In other words, a cubic foot of air can’t hold much heat,” Holladay writes. “The specific heat of air is 0.0182 Btu/cf/°F.“The amount of heat that a fan can move is calculated using this formula:“Heating BTUs = (cfm of the fan) x (delta-T) x 1.08“It isn’t much.”There’s another reason, he adds, and that’s the relatively low delta-T (the difference in air temperature between the main room and the bedrooms). Holladay explains it this way:“It’s really hard to raise the temperature of a 65°F room using 72°F air. It’s a lot easier to do that with a furnace, because the furnace has access to 150°F or 160°F air.” Plus, a furnace would have a much more powerful fan, one capable of moving 800 cfm, not the 150 cfm that’s possible with a bathroom fan.“The bottom line: Install a ductless minisplit in the main living area,” Holladay says. “Your bedrooms will probably be comfortable if your house has a good thermal envelope, and if your bedroom windows aren’t very big. If you are worried, install a small electric heater in each bedroom. You probably won’t need to turn on the electric heater very often, if at all.” This simplified heat distribution system would let Debra skip baseboard heaters and programmable thermostats for the bedrooms. But will it work?That’s the topic for this Q&A Spotlight.center_img Still, the fans would helpHolladay’s formula suggests to Debra that bathroom fans, while maybe not a perfect solution, would certainly help. She thinks they could provide at least half the heat the bedrooms would need when doors are closed at night (“one of us snores loudly,” she explains).“So, the fans would reduce how cold the rooms will get,” she says. “And the baseboard heaters would supplement that, if needed. I might not mind bedroom temperatures down to 60°F.”“We’ll leave the bedroom doors open during the day,” she says. “We can’t afford a second minisplit for the bedrooms, but are seriously considering using one for the main living area.”Jon R adds that a 150 cfm fan will move about one-half the heat provided by an open door. If Debra does decide to use fans, he suggests installing them in pairs — one for supply and one for exhaust. The ducted minisplit solutionGiven Debra’s estimated heating loads, Dana Dorsett suggests a 1.5-ton Fujitsu Halcyon would work, or possibly even the smaller 1-ton unit.Unlike a wall-mounted ductless minisplit head, a ducted minisplit distributes conditioned air to nearby spaces via a fan and dedicated ducts. But the units are not nearly as powerful as a conventional air handler, and duct layout is crucial.“The layout matters, and don’t put the ducts up in an unconditioned attic,” Dorsett says. “The miniduct cassette need not be placed in the utility room. They’re pretty small, and can be installed in the ceiling of a closet or in a small drop-down soffit, but it has to be planned for. Unlike their competitors, the Fujitsu units can be mounted vertically in a small side-compartment to a closet or wall, making access for maintenance and service pretty easy.“These things aren’t nearly as powerful as bigger-deal air handlers, and these systems take some amount of careful design and installation competence, but it seems like the ‘right’ solution to your house,” Dorsett adds. “Mounting it somewhat central to the house with very short duct runs helps. Doing the traditional duct-designer’s approach of running the ducts all the way to the exterior walls placing the register under/over a window probably won’t work.”A vertically mounted ducted unit was described in a similar thread last year by John Semmelhack, Dorsett notes. In that thread, Dorsett cautioned that finding an HVAC installer who could design ducts for such a system might prove tough.In Debra’s case, Dorsett says that assuming heating loads in the rooms that will be closed off from the rest of the house are very low, they could still be kept comfortable with the heat provided by a wall-mounted minisplit in the main area. “But,” he adds, “that usually involves limiting the window sizing in the bedrooms and using triple-pane glazing in those rooms.” Debra’s new house in southwestern Virginia will be a one-story design of 1,344 square feet with half the space devoted to a single, open room and the remaining area divided into two bedrooms, two baths, and a utility room. The main source of heat will be in the open room, and in the absence of a conventional forced air heating system, Debra’s quandary is how to distribute the heat evenly.Heating loads for this Climate Zone 4A house are relatively modest — about 14,000 Btu per hour. Between small baseboard heaters and leaving doors open, the bathrooms and utility room should have enough heat. It’s getting heat to the bedrooms that’s looking more problematic. In a post at the Q&A forum, Debra wonders whether low-output bathroom fans can be used for heat distribution.“We are interested in using a couple of Panasonic bathroom fans to send warm air from the main room to each bedroom, using 6-inch metal ducts going straight about 15 feet (within the building envelope),” she writes. “The fans have adjustable speeds, and at the highest speed of 150 cfm they could change over the air in each bedroom in just 7 minutes (which might be too much).“Seems like that could do a fairly decent job of evening out the heat between the main room and the bedrooms,” she continues. “I don’t care if the bedrooms are a few degrees cooler, though.” Using a Bath Fan to Equalize Room TemperaturesGreen Basics: Heat DistributionJust Two Minisplits Heat and Cool the Whole HouseRules of Thumb for Ductless Minisplits Will Minisplits Replace Forced-Air Heating and Cooling Systems? 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