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Robbery duo jailed for 2015 Caneview Avenue robbery

first_imgLambico McKenzie, 29, a construction worker of 29 East Ruimveldt Housing Scheme, and William Evans, 24, of 444 East Ruimveldt Housing Scheme were both found guilty on Thursday by Magistrate Judy Latchman for a 2015 robbery under arms charge.It was alleged that on February 6, 2015, while at South Ruimveldt Park, the duo armed with a knife, robbed Marissa Hohenkirk of her Apple iPhone, one gold chain, gold and diamond ring and three gold bands. They had fled the scene on bicycles.The duo was subsequently apprehended by the Police after Hohenkirk reportedly chased after them with her vehicle and knocked them over.The court’s ruling was made in the absence of the number one accused Tambico McKenzie.McKenzie will now spend the next four years eleven months behind bars while his accomplice Evans will serve three years, after being found guilty as charged.After the final sum of the case was made, Magistrate Latchman said the court was satisfied with the evidence and testimonies submitted, and she believes the defendants planned and indeed robbed Hohenkirk of her belongings.However, it was revealed by the prosecution, that McKenzie is no stranger to the court since he had spent a small stint in the Camp Street Prison for assault.This was taken into consideration by Magistrate Latchman before handing down the sentences. Evans was granted a lesser prison sentence based on the fact he spent over a year on remand.last_img read more

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Press release: Brand South Africa’s Play your Part initiative makes it way to the North West Province

first_imgJohannesburg, Friday 10 January 2017 – The North-West University Potchefstroom campus will on Thursday 16 February 2017 host Brand South Africa’s Play Your Part programme during which citizens will be encouraged to “get involved” and play their part within their communities.In 2016 Brand South Africa and its interactive Play Your Part cube travelled across 6 provinces to encourage a spirit of active citizenship within communities. The interactive Play Your Part cube connected citizens to social media platforms to encourage conversations on active citizenship and to pledged their time and skills to make a difference and make South Africa a competitive nation. Community members and other active citizens such as Zola7, inspirational couple Phindi Gule and Kevin Burley, businesswoman Carol Bouwer, One Day leader ambassadors and Dj Sbu’s Leadership 2020 also inspired audiences, shared their empowerment projects and too pledged to further contribute towards a better future for all.The 2017 programme in the North West will continue to inspire active citizenship, provide insight on corporate and community leadership through sharing and hearing amazing success stories from citizens from all walks of life. The activation continues its partnership with SABC’s One Day leader a programme which promotes leadership and entrepreneurship within society. Whilst invited guests such as Professor Tommy Du Plessis and Beatrix Bouwman from the North-West University and Play Your Part ambassador Kea Modise amongst others will engage with the North West community.Engage with the Play Your Part Cube, Brand South Africa and its partners on #PYPCube.Media is invited to attend as follows:Date: Thursday 16 February 2017Time: 08h00 -13h00Venue: Govan Mbeki Hall, PotchefstroomRSVPS/Enquiries: Ntombi NtanziEmail: [email protected] number: 081 704 1488Programme Directed by: Play Your Part ambassador Kea Bontlebame Modiselast_img read more

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What the CLUCK? – GC3K9TV – GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – September 3, 2012

first_img SharePrint RelatedWhere Bats Dare — Geocache of the WeekMarch 15, 2017In “Community”Do you think this is a game? — Flappy Cache (GC507NW) — Geocache of the WeekMarch 24, 2014In “Community”Line of Sight — In the Distance (GC4JZTK) — Geocache of the WeekMarch 19, 2015In “Geocache of the Week” The cache hunt starts with the chicken statueSo, why did the chicken cross the road? To get to the Geocache of the Week, of course!What the CLUCK? (GC3K9TV) is a difficulty 1.5, terrain 1.5 traditional cache located just outside of Newburg, Wisconsin.Inspired by a 10-year-old geocacher who raises chickens for 4-H – a youth development organization, the cache quickly became a favorite among local cachers since it was created in May.Cache owner Stewzoo1 explains, “When you first drive up, the statue of the chicken is on opposite side of the road. You go to it thinking that it is the cache but soon learn it isn’t. When you turn around, you get a clear shot of the cache box across the street.  This still is not the cache, but a container holding cups of chicken treats (there is a note inside the box saying that this is to keep the natives happy and they still must find the log container). The container is located around the corner at the front of the coop. They must walk around, feeding the chickens in order to get to the cache.”The chickens now love it when geocachers visit, because they know that they’re going to get fed every time a car pulls up.Chickens on a mission to get their treatsWith 42 logged visits and 25 Favorite Points over a course of three months, this cache gives local geocachers something to talk about. In fact, What the CLUCK? made for quite the conversation at the West Bend $1000 Cache Ba$h 2012 Mega-Event.One geocacher who logged this creative find says, “Instant favorite point! This cache made me smile. I was like, ‘OMG, they’re real!’ And then we had fun laughing at the crazy sounds some of them made, and feeding them, and then looking at all the different varieties. Thanks for introducing cachers to your chickens and chickens to the geocachers… I imagine they probably have similar conversations as us, like ‘Look at that silly cacher with the hat and sunglasses!’ haha TFTC!”Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Latitude 47 blog or view the Bookmark List on Geocaching.com.If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, send an email with your name, comments, the name of the geocache, and the GC code to [email protected] the natives happyShare with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

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Building With Steel Framing

first_imgInsulating a steel wall has its challengesIf a steel-framed wall is to have cavity insulation, there is still the question of what kind and how it should be installed. Dense-packed cellulose is often placed behind a “scrim,” Morgan says, that’s simple to attach to wood framing but not so easy with steel studs.And if Lombardo is considering the use of fiberglass batts, he’ll find problems there as well. “Fiberglass batts are not the best choice,” he writes. “If you do go in that direction, a standard 14.5-in. batt designed for wood studs will not fit correctly. The batt has to be the full width of the stud bay and must fit into the web of the steel stud which is not so easy to achieve consistently.”Lombardo has read about a technique for wrapping steel framing in “Stud Snuggler” foam to reduce thermal bridging, which might be adapted to a DIY-friendly approach. And Johns Manville’s Spider Custom Insulation, which is blown-in fiberglass, also has possibilities.Moreover, says Dorsett, batts in widths that do fit steel framing area available in both fiberglass and rock wool.But in the end, he says, there’s still the problem of thermal bridging. “There really isn’t a good way around the high thermal conductivity of steel though, even at 24-in. o.c. framing the whole-wall R values will always come in at about half the center-cavity R, whereas with wood studs and R3.2-R4/inch cavity fill the whole wall values come in at something on the order of 75% of the center-cavity value even at 16-in. o.c. spacing,” Dorsett says. If Lombardo could add even more insulation on the outside of the wall — 6 in. rather than the 4 in. he has proposed — he’ll end up with a “pretty decent wall,” Holladay says. “Just remember to keep all of your insulation on the exterior side of your wall framing.”Holladay wrote that cavity insulation in steel framing is “basically worthless” — an assessment that he later admitted was a slight exaggeration — and pointed to comments by Joseph Lstiburek of Building Science Corporation: “Put an R-19 batt in a steel stud wall and you are lucky to get R-5 to R-6 in the real world. That’s equal thermal resistance wise to about 1 inch of rigid insulation installed on the outside of the steel studs.” (For more information from Lstiburek, see “A Bridge Too Far.”)Holladay also pointed to GBA’s own Encyclopedia, which cites a California Energy Commission claim that a steel stud conducts 10 times as much heat as dimensional lumber. The Oak Ridge National Laboratory has found that thermal bridging in a wood-framed wall lowers the effectiveness of cavity insulation by 10%, but performance drops a whopping 55% in a wall framed with steel. Sal Lombardo is planning a new home in the New York-New Jersey area (Climate Zone 5) and is looking at a long list of high-performance construction options: double-stud walls, structural insulated panels, insulating concrete forms, Larsen trusses, and walls built with light-gauge steel framing.Wait a minute. Steel framing, as in the stuff that leaks heat through the building envelope like a proverbial sieve? Maybe, Lombardo says, it deserves another look.“Steel seems like a really good option,” Lombardo writes in a Q&A post at GreenBuildingAdvisor. “Almost unheard of in my area, despite being upwards of 60% recycled, it lasts forever (relatively speaking), is super strong, straight, creates minimal waste, is not affected by termites, pests, or mold, and is equal or close to wood in cost (depending on who you ask).“I know it has very high thermal conductivity. However, there are configurations that can abate this significantly,” he adds, such as a double layer of 2-in. polyiso foam on the exterior.“Why isn’t it more popular?” Lombardo asks. “Am I missing something?”Those questions are the topic for this month’s Q&A Spotlight. Thermal BridgingThermal Bridges Waste Energy A Bridge Too FarGreen Basics: Steel Studs You’ll get a good, but not great, wallAccording to GBA senior editor Martin Holladay, the main problem with steel framing is thermal bridging. Because the effect is so pronounced, all of the wall insulation should go on the outside. Insulation placed in stud cavities won’t accomplish much.“You’re right that it’s possible to install two layers of 2-inch polyiso, giving you R-26,” Holladay writes, “That’s OK, but it’s not great.” RELATED ARTICLES center_img Aren’t we overstating the problem?Lombardo isn’t alone in wondering why steel framing doesn’t get more serious attention.“I am also curious as to why steel hasn’t caught up a little more attention in residential framing in Canada and the USA,” writes Jin Kazama. “I tend to like concrete because of its long-term life. Steel and aluminum are also materials I favor because of the same factor.”Steel framing is very inexpensive when considered from a weight/strength standpoint, he adds. Kazama points in particular to the buildings designed by Blue Sky Building Systems as an intriguing use of steel framing.Referring to research at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, James Morgan writes that the effect of using steel framing is more complicated than the California Energy Commission would suggest. “I could find no suggestion that the tests support omitting cavity insulation,” he says, “and the tests show a pretty good R-20 wall with just 2 in. of continuous outside insulation. If you’re headed for R-30 and beyond, though, I can see why piling foam board insulation on the outside of the wall would ultimately lead to a strategy of leaving the cavity empty — why bother with filling a perfectly good service cavity with fiber to get a measly R-9 or so when you can get the same results by adding another inch or so of polyiso on the outside? But this strategy would apply to a wood-framed wall equally well, once you transition from seeing external insulation as thermal bridge and condensation protection to seeing it as the complete insulation package.”Morgan says that an Oak Ridge National Lab research paper mentions advanced technologies using steel studs that “suggest the potential for a thermally efficient structural alternative to wood framing.” In case of fire, you’re on your ownIn addition to thermal bridging, there’s another problem with steel framing, says Jon Leeth, and that’s what happens in the case of a serious structure fire. “The primary reason I opted not to frame my house with steel was by advice from my insulator (cellulose) who is also a fireman,” Leeth says. “His firefighting perspective was that a burning structure will give fairly reliable clues to structural stability when framed with wood. Metal structures get to that magical temperature where the metal turns very quickly from solid to liquid.“He said as soon as they determine a structure is steel-framed, all firefighting efforts are immediately limited to the exterior of the building. Absolute evacuation and no re-entry aside from human rescue effort. They would not fight the fire on the inside if the building was believed to be evacuated.”Those concerns are echoed by Malcolm Taylor, president of his local fire department. “Houses framed with steel studs still contain all the other combustible structural components and contents that fuel fires,” Taylor writes. “The unpredictable collapse of light steel stud walls is a well known phenomenon. Whether that’s enough of a worry to influence your choice of materials when building a home is another question.” Our expert’s opinionHere’s how GBA technical director Peter Yost looks at the question:When I was at the NAHB Research Center not long after Hurricane Andrew, we had a big light-gauge steel-framing project down in Homestead, Florida. They had a very experienced steel framer as the lead contractor and I was amazed at how fast they were at fastening with tapped screws — not nails — and wielding their screw guns as well or better than I swung a hammer. And their cut list accuracy meant very little framing waste, with what they generated very easy to recycle.So those who think you can’t make steel framing efficient economically I say this: There is a learning curve with any job site change, and switching to steel is simply one of them.Another real advantage of light-gauge steel framing is the ability to gauge to the load; it is a much better use of materials to be able to move from 12 to 25 gauge as the load/application allows. And as a formed material, every framing member is true, every time.But from a hygrothermal standpoint, I can only add — to the excellent points already made regarding energy performance — these two:Condensation. Even small thermal bridging sets up for significant risk of interstitial condensation, exacerbated by the next point.Buffering capacity. This is the amount of water that a material or assembly can “hold” or tolerate without deterioration (for more, see this research paper). Joe Lstiburek is famous for many things, but his “Joe math” attracts a lot of us builder types. Here is one of my favorites: For a 2,000-sq.-ft. home framed with steel, the hygric buffer capacity is about 5 gallons of water; wood-framed, it’s about 50 gallons; and for masonry walls it’s approximately 5,000 gallons.So, when condensation happens in a steel-framed assembly, it’s the really low hygric buffer capacity that ramps up the significance of that condensation. The wall may have very little tolerance for that moisture.My conclusion: if you are considering light-gauge steel framing, use the BSC “perfect wall” approach. Keep all of your R-value to the exterior, and let that steel be part of the interior conditions (or nearly so) of the building. And the more severe the climate, the more stringent my recommendation is.last_img read more

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Why All Directors Need to Take Up Acting

first_imgIndie film directors today have largely become more concerned with gear, effects, and post-production than with story and acting, which is one reason so many indie films fail to have any success. While the technical side of filmmaking is critical in today’s filmmaking environment, it is raw performance that will always be what captivates audiences most.It’s interesting to look at how many high budget blockbuster films have completely failed over the last few years, and how many small independent films have done better than ever. This summer the film ‘Boyhood’ which is an experimental drama has done exceptionally well at the box office, while huge films like “Edge of Tomorrow” are unable to break even. While there are many factors that contribute to this situation, I would suggest that the largest of them is the lack of emphasis on story, character, and most importantly performance. Not all blockbuster films are flops, and they certainly aren’t all bad. It’s interesting though to recognize that big blockbuster hits like Chris Nolan’s Batman films, had a heavy emphasis on character and performance, and ultimately those elements helped to elevate and compliment the technical and visual aspects of the film.Image from TrivialMattersYou might think that it’s only on the large scale blockbuster films where these issues occur, and where performance has become a lost art. But truthfully, I see it happening more than ever in independent film today which is likely a direct result of the easy access to equipment and knowledge. Just about anybody can pick up a camera today, learn how to set it up on YouTube and then go out and shoot something that looks half decent. But that certainly doesn’t mean their film will be strong or that the most important ingredient will have been delivered on – the performance.It goes without saying that for a film to be successful a certain level of quality must be there in terms of production value, and of course story as well. But I would argue that performance is the single most important element for any given film, and unfortunately as I mentioned above – probably the most overlooked element too. Films with flawed scripts, but great performances can still be successful – take a look at August Osage County for an example of this dynamic. That film had some problem areas in regards to the script and structure (it really was better suited for the format of a stage play), but exceptionally strong performances by the cast helped to make it an enjoyable and memorable film. On the other hand, films with fantastic scripts and poor acting are destined to be flops. It is the actors and their performances that represent the words on the page, so unfortunately no matter how good those words are, without great actors to deliver them they are going to fall flat.This may seem obvious, but unfortunately for many filmmakers today it isn’t. Most independent directors that I talk with don’t know the difference between Meisner and Method. They don’t understand what an actor needs to warm up, how they need to be spoken to on set, and what tools they use to get into character. Without these pieces of critical knowledge, it’s really impossible to communicate with an actor in the best way possible and to get the most accurate performance from them. The good news is, you don’t need to be an expert on acting to understand how actors think – you just need to take some initiative and interest in their craft.I’ve taken a number of acting classes and they have been undeniably the best assets for me as a director, and far more beneficial than anything I’ve ever learned with regards to blocking, cinematography, or screen direction. Earlier on in my career I fell into the trap at least once or twice, of focusing so heavily on the wrong aspects of my productions, and ultimately they were not up to par in my mind because of the lack of attention to performance.In the early days of cinema, a directors job was simply to direct actors. That was it. The DP shot the film, the editor edited the film, and a writer wrote the film. Today, many directors (myself included) do all of these things (and then some) because of the accessibility to technology and the shift in production from a technical perspective. This is all well and good – in fact, I personally love being very hands on with my film work and shooting/writing/editing much of it myself, but never at the expense of performance. If I ever feel that the amount of time or effort that I am putting into any given facet of the production is taking away from time that I could spend with my actors, I will have someone else fill in for me. There is a certain hierarchy in my mind to my approach on set, and at the very top of that pyramid is performance. If I can successfully direct my actors and focus on the cinematography at the same time, I may go ahead and do that. But the moment that I am focusing too much on camera and not enough on talent, it starts to show on screen.My suggestion to any aspiring directors out there, is to simply learn how to act. Take a class here or there and just understand the basics of the craft. You don’t need to be an expert, but you do need to understand the fundamental principles that drive the people that are ultimately representing your film – the actors. While everyone else is struggling to get a bit more resolution out of their cameras, or learning how to use a new piece of editing software, you will be jumping by leaps and bounds by actually focusing on directing – something that many directors no longer do.last_img read more

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Fadnavis heckled by farmers over loan waiver in Nashik

first_imgMaharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis was heckled by angry farmers during a programme at Lasalgaon in Nashik district on Sunday. The farmers were staging a demonstration against the Maharashtra government’s ambitious ₹34,000-crore farm loan waiver. The angry farmers interrupted the Chief Minister’s speech with loud boos and demanded a complete loan waiver and immediate implementation of the Swaminathan Commission’s recommendations, which includes fixing a minimum support price (MSP) for agricultural produce over and above the input costs. Mr. Fadnavis was left red-faced as he failed to calm down the protesters and they continued to raise slogans throughout his speech.Earlier in the day, villagers of Naitale, which is situated 14 km from Lasalgaon, observed a bandh against the Chief Minister’s visit. Mr. Fadnavis is on a tour of Nashik along with Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu, Cabinet Ministers and senior Bharatiya Janata Party leaders.Nashik was the hotbed of the farmers’ agitation that rocked the State in early June this year. The Nashik core committee of the Kisan Kranti Morcha went on to spearhead the agitation and replaced the Ahmednagar farmers’ faction, which had given the clarion call for the protest.Despite a number of assurances and proposals put forward by the BJP government, the committee has remained restive and has announced that they will be staging a massive road blockade on August 14. Farmers’ leaders in the core committee include Raju Shetti, Swabhimani Paksha president and MP, and legislator Bacchu Kadu. They have expressed their dissatisfaction with the government’s farm loan waiver, which is expected to benefit 89 lakh farmers by making 40 lakh among them debt-free while providing relief to 49 lakh others. The State also announced interim assistance of ₹10,000 to help debt-stricken farmers to purchase seeds and fertilizers before the commencement of the Kharif sowing season.last_img read more

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