Play Your Part cleaning up in Diepsloot

first_imgPlay Your Part, along with GEM Project and Miss Earth South Africa, will be in Diepsloot to clean-up Akani Primary School. (Images: Akani Foundation)Brand South Africa’s active citizenship programme, Play Your Part, has partnered with the GEM Project and Miss Earth South Africa for a clean-up campaign in Diepsloot, the densely populated township in the north of Johannesburg, this Saturday, 24 October.The campaign will be rolled out at two schools in the impoverished township, Leap Science and Maths School and Akani Primary.The campaign falls in line with Brand South Africa’s mandate to build pride, patriotism and a spirit of active citizenship. Its Play Your Part programme aims to encourage South Africans to use some of their time, money, skills or goods to contribute to a better future for all.Miss Earth South Africa Carla Viktor (second from right) will also be getting her hands dirty at the clean-up at Akani Primary School. (Images: Shamin Chibba)Aims of the collaboration with GEM and Miss Earth South Africa are to encourage citizens to clean up and recycle in their communities and to become environmentally aware.Newly crowned Miss Earth South Africa Carla Viktor and runner up Jade Axon will be in Diepsloot getting their hands dirty while encouraging learners to take care of their environment.GEM, the mobile rewards app that stands for Going the Extra Mile, will also partake in the event, bringing along its army of volunteers to add some sparkle to Diepsloot.The GEM app, which was developed in conjunction with Play Your Part, rewards volunteers for their good deeds. Volunteers can choose to participate in any campaign listed in the app. Once the good deed is done, they are eligible to receive a reward via the app, termed “a GEM”, which can be converted into a number of products such as airtime, data, pre-paid electricity, or even movie tickets.To join through the GEM app, follow these steps:Download GEM via USSD by dialling *120*GEM1#; or,Download the GEM app from App Store or Google Play.Sign in to see volunteering opportunities in your area.Select the Diepsloot clean-up taking place on Saturday, 24 October.Details for the clean-up are as follows:Time: 09h00-12h00Venue: Leap Science and Maths School and Akani Primary School, Akani Centre, Bophelang, Diepsloot West, Extension 4 (both are on the same street)RSVP: Please confirm you attendance with Boitumelo Mpete on boitumelom@brandsouthafrica.comFor more information or to set up interviews, contact:Boitumelo MpeteTel: +27 11 712 5007Mobile: +27 (0) 82 358 9047Email: boitumelom@brandsouthafrica.comVisit: www.brandsouthafrica.comlast_img read more

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When Green Poses an Appraisal Problem

first_imgAlthough the couple, Gail and Larry Berberich, had no trouble securing a loan to build their home two years ago, their quest to refinance was thwarted by the relative isolation of their home, which meant lack of sales comparables, and a lending climate in which banks that want to eventually sell portions of their mortgage portfolios on the secondary market require not only excellent borrower credit scores but compliance with stricter appraisal guidelines set last month by secondary-market company Freddie Mac.Appraisal concerns – many of them focused on appraisers’ knowledge of green construction, but also on a lack of comparables – also dog the commercial market, notes a story recently published by the Daily Journal of Commerce, in Portland, Oregon.But in home construction, at least, builders likely will do their utmost to find appraisal workarounds until green construction becomes more common. Mike Vilstrup, a builder and president of the Madison Area Builders Association, told the State Journal that he had no problem getting financing to construct two green-certified homes this year.“If you work with your lenders and everybody attacks it as a team, there are ways to make things work,” he said. In the same press release the National Association of Realtors reported a 2.4% uptick in existing-home sales for May, the group also repeated its concerns about appraisal methods that, according to NAR economist Lawrence Yun, “compare traditional homes with distressed and discounted sales.”That has been an issue, of course, for almost everyone in the building trade and real estate business since distressed and foreclosed properties began flooding the market more than a year ago. But appraisal problems, particularly in today’s risk-averse lending climate, are not always related to disparities between standard listings and homes with troubled financial histories.In some markets, a dearth of appraisers familiar with green construction – or perhaps even more critically, a scarcity of nearby listings with comparable green features – can frustrate prospective homebuyers and homeowners who wish to refinance.The comparables questionOne otherwise creditworthy couple in a rural section of Wisconsin’s Richland County found themselves unable to refinance because their home, built two years ago, has ICF walls and an outdoor wood-burning furnace – two features that are apparently unique in their area, according to a recent story in the Wisconsin State Journal. RELATED ARTICLES Seeing Red on a Green Property Appraisal — Part 1Seeing Red on a Green Property Appraisal — Part 2Seeing Red on a Green Property Appraisal — Part 3Green Building Appraisal and Financing IssuesGreen Home Appraisal WoesA Step Toward Fairer Green Home ValuationsGetting a Grip on Green-Home Appraisals and InsuranceQ&A: Bad Appraisal on a New Green HomeQ&A: Refinance and Appraisal of Net-Zero Homelast_img read more

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IPL 2011: Deccan Chargers vs Kings XI Punjab- KXIP win by 8 wkts

first_imgPunjab all-rounder Paul Valthaty claimed four wickets and scored a fine 75 as Punjab beat Hyderabad by eight wickets in their IPL match at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Uppal, Hyderabad, on Saturday. Score | PhotosA 166-run target wasn’t a tough one for Punjab considering the fine form their openers Adam Gilchrist and Paul Valthaty have been in this edition of the IPL. The two went on charge from the word go and walloped the opposition bowlers. In fact their required run rate was under control from the begenning as the two were scoring more than 10 runs an over to start with.The hosts tried hard to break their stand but failed as the two openers batted on and within minutes Punjab has crossed the 100-run mark. At last there was some cheer amongst the Hyderabad players when leggi Amit Mishra break their stand.On the last ball of the 14th over, Gilchrist played a pull shot off Mishra that was pouched by D Ravi Taje in the deep. He fell for 61, but not before doing the damage. Gilchrist and Valthaty had put 136 runs for the first wicket.With the Punjab captain back in the dugout, Valthaty too walked back a few minutes later with a fine 75 against his name. And this time too is was Mishra who took the wicket. Valthaty went for a big hit but failed to clear Ishant Sharma at long on. His quick-fire 75 that came of just 47 balls was decorated with 8 fours and five over the fence shots.advertisementFinally, Abhishek Nayar and Dinesh Dinesh Karthik scored the home run for their team in the 18th over.Hyderabad innings Earlier, Punjab all-rounder Paul Valthaty finished with fine figures of 4-0-29-4 to restrict Hyderabad to 165/8.Punjab skipper Adam Gilchrist won the toss and elected to bowl and got the result of his decision early with opener Sunny Sohal falling to Ryan Harris in the first over when the score was 13.However post that wicket, Hyderabad captain Kumar Sangakkara and Shikhar Dhawan got on with a partnership putting on 75 runs for th second wicket before the former fell to Piyush Chawal’s turn in the 11th over. After his dismissal Dhawan too lost his rhythm and played a sweep shot to Sunny Singh at short fine leg off Paul Valthaty. Dhawan fell on 46 and Hyderabad fell to 92/3 in the 12th over.Valthaty came around to scalps Bharat Chipli to reduce the hosts to 112/4 in the 15th over. A straight one from Valthaty was played down the long on by Chipli, where Shaun Marsh took a clean catch to dismiss him on 14.JP Duminy, who was still at the crease and was looking dangerous went was an aerial shot, but mistimed it and the ball after taking a long loop fell in the safe hands of the bowler Ryan McLaren on 18. Hyderabad fell to 129/5. Two balls later, Marsh clean bowled Manpreet Gony on a duck and Hyderabad were 137/6 17.3 overs.In the last game, Valthaty had impressed everyone with his batting performance. Today, he was impressive with the ball. In the 19th over he claimed Daniel Christian and Amit Mishra on consecutive balls to complete his four-wicket haul. Hyderabad managed to score 165/8 in 20 overs.last_img read more

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BCCI urges ICC to appeal against ‘totally wrong’ Anderson verdict

first_imgJames Anderson was earlier a given a clean chit by Judicial Commissioner Gordon Lewis in the caseMiffed by the Judicial Commissioner’s verdict pronouncing England’s pace spearhead James Anderson not guilty in the altercation with Ravindra Jadeja, the BCCI wants the ICC to appeal against the ruling which it finds “totally wrong”.The Anderson-Jadeja Saga The BCCI was left red-faced after Judicial Commissioner Gordon Lewis found both Anderson and Jadeja not guilty of breaching ICC code of conduct during the Trent Bridge Test after a marathon six-hour hearing on August 1.BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel shot off a mail to ICC CEO David Richardson late last night asking him to appeal against the verdict.”I have written a letter last night to ICC CEO David Richardson to file an appeal against the verdict which all of us, including the team management, feel totally wrong and in violation of the particular process. Let’s see what happens,” Patel said.”We, in BCCI, cannot appeal against the verdict, only the ICC can and hence I have written the letter to Richardson and I am confident a decision will be taken within the next 48 hours,” Patel said.”How can he (Anderson) be pronounced not guilty after having admitted that he had pushed Jadeja. According to me so many laws in the ICC Code of Conduct had been violated in this particular process,” Patel added.There is, however, no video footage of the alleged physical altercation between the duo during lunch break of the Trent Bridge Test available to substantiate the Indians’ complaint.advertisementThe International Cricket Council, on its part, said it has received the Judicial Commissioner’s detailed report on the altercation and was considering its future course of action.”The ICC confirms that it has received and is considering the written decision of His Honor Gordon Lewis AM, the Judicial Commissioner, in respect of his findings thatEngland’s James Anderson and Ravindra Jadeja of India were not guilty of breaching the ICC Code of Conduct and Player Support Personnel, following an exhaustive disciplinary hearing which was held in Southampton on Friday,” the ICC said in a statement.As per Section 8.3.2 of the ICC Code of Conduct, ICC Chief Executive David Richardson has seven days – until Sunday, August 10 – to consider whether to lodge an appeal against the decision.”The ICC will make no further comment on this matter until the decision has been made,” the statement said. Richardson, who was on leave, has resumed his duties at the ICC headquarters in Dubai and is learnt to have consulted his legal team on the matter.In case Richardson appeals, a three-member panel will be formed from the members of the ICC Code of Ethics committee.The three-member panel might take upto 30 days (as per ICC constitution) to give a verdict which would allow Anderson to play the entire Test series.Anderson was accused of pushing and abusing Jadeja during the second day of the first Test at Trent Bridge on July 10. England had also pressed for a Level 2 charge against Jadeja as a counter move.Match referee David Boon, however, downgraded it to a level 1 offence and docked Jadeja 50 percent of his match fee. Although it is an non-appealable offence, the Indians appealed against the verdict and the ICC accepted the plea.last_img read more

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Citizens Group Presents Needy St. James Resident with New Home

first_img The house is valued at approximately $450,000 JP and member of the Watson Town Community Benevolent Society, Hume Innis said that the house will be painted shortly Story Highlights Indigent resident of the community of Dumfries in Eastern St. James, Dudley Jackson, can now live in comfort having received a new one-bedroom unit from the Watson Town Community Benevolent Society on Tuesday, September 10.The house, which has been furnished, is valued at approximately $450,000.Mr. Jackson’s plight came to the attention of the society, which then organised fund raising initiatives and established partnerships with its members and local businesses in and around the community and parish.The Society was also assisted by a member of Mr. Jackson’s family, who made it possible for the house to be completed, allaying fears that he could be seriously hurt or killed, if a hurricane should strike.Justice of the Peace and member of the Watson Town Community Benevolent Society, Hume Innis said that the house will be painted shortly.“Through fund raising initiatives, the project was undertaken and completed and we are today, proudly handing over this completed unit to him…despite the difficulties experienced in securing funding for the project, the Society remains committed to assisting our citizens whenever and wherever possible,” Mr. Innis pointed out.Commending members of the group for the tremendous demonstration of love and concern for the less fortunate, returning resident, Roy Russell said the gesture represents what can be accomplished when communities work together.“This is love and if the community within this district, behave the same way as this (Benevolent Society) group behave, then we should be on our way overcoming a lot of our obstacles and challenges as a community and as a country.  We need to wake up and unite and link ourselves together in love and assist those among us that are in need,” Mr. Russell urged.President of the Watson Town Community Benevolent Society, Rita Spence, told JIS News that the completion and handing over of the unit to Mr. Jackson was the first project of the Society and that plans were underway for other projects in the community. The completion and handing over of the unit was the first project of the Society last_img read more

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Western Bulk Gets New CEO

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Norwegian dry bulk vessel owner Western Bulk has appointed Hans Aasnæs as the new Chief Executive Officer of the company. The appointment, effective from July 1, 2019, comes after Jens Ismar, Western Bulk’s current CEO, stepped down on April 25 after nearly eleven years in the company.During Ismar’s tenure, the company has grown and developed into one of the largest operators of dry bulk vessels in the Ultramax to Handysize segments operating a fleet of ~160 vessels worldwide.Chief Risk Officer Egil Husby will take on the position as interim CEO until Aasnæs assumes his position as CEO.Aasnæs previously held the position as Senior Vice President at Umoe Group and prior to that the position as CEO of Storebrand Asset Management for eight years. He has over the last thirty years accumulated significant experience from overseeing trading, asset management and derivatives activities.“We believe Hans Aasnæs is the right candidate to take Western Bulk forward,” Bengt A. Rem, Chairman of the Board of Directors, said.What is more, Western Bulk informed it recently secured new debt financing and raised USD 15 million in equity guaranteed by the two main shareholders Kistefos AS and Ojada AS. This is in an effort for Western Bulk to ensure a strong financial platform and support further growth.As explained, the outstanding bond loan has now been repaid in full, allowing for a more optimal financial structure.“The appointment of Mr. Aasnæs in combination with equity raise and improved financial structure enhances our ability to capture trading margins and positions the company very well for future success and profitability,” Rem concluded.last_img read more

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Weighing Design and Function When Building Your App

first_img This story originally appeared on Bizness Apps 5 min read These days, app makers must contend not only with well funded giants in the mobile space, but with the endless amount of new competition entering the scene as app store growth accelerates. Once a better version of your app gains popularity, yours is likely getting the axe — especially when the daunting “Storage Almost Full” message appears. To avoid the chopping block but not waste precious resources, you have to prioritize. So, which matters more: design or function?Computer, tablet, and smartphone users tend to be both decisive and loyal. For years, we’ve seen the same major brands go head-to-head, but this point buyers have generally chosen their camp. Try to sell a longtime iPhone user on an Android (or vice versa) and you’ll find yourself wrapped up in an endless debate over features, UI, customization, battery life, security, the color of the message bubbles…When it comes to apps, the market is endless and users are far less forgiving, especially when installing is free and uninstalling is simple. Once dominated by professional designers, the app industry is now accessible to anyone with a computer and some time on their hands through DIY app builders like Bizness Apps. So with such a high degree of market saturation, how can you entice users to download and keep your app installed for the long-run, especially when gaining loyalty is much harder?Function Breeds LoyaltyWhen a new user launches an app, they form an opinion immediately. Is it easy to use? Is it visually appealing? Does it perform all the functions I need it to? The average user doesn’t want to spend more than 10 minutes figuring out how to use an app and there’s no barrier to uninstalling which makes user experience of chief importance in retention. Recent findings by TechCrunch suggest average users spend 85 percent of their smartphone time on native applications, and 84 percent is devoted to just five apps total. Each user’s “fave five” will vary considerably, of course, but the apps with the highest usage fall under the categories of social media, gaming, and instant messaging.Mobile apps can edge beyond the competition by doing one thing — and doing it well. Consider e-commerce; since mobile websites often facilitate easy purchasing, mobile apps need even simpler checkout processes to be attractive to the average user. That means reducing the number of clicks to the purchase page, storing account info, and generally providing a much more personalized experience. If a user has installed a retail app, they’re likely looking for deals and an improved purchasing process. The app needs to check those boxes to stay on the home screen.Design Closes the DealFellow designers and mobile experts are sold on apps for entirely different reasons. Many industry buffs are most impressed by an app’s ability to draw on the device’s existing features, improving or applying them in new ways. For example, camera apps that optimize flash and size often top the design charts. Gaming apps are still popular in this demographic too, but generally for their innovative design and graphics. And though the general public tends to discount design in favor of the function-packed these days, the nuance of design is very much alive.Remember the message bubble thing above? It may seem silly that the background color of a text message would merit a reaction (and an emotional one, at that), but I can’t tell you how many iPhone users have expressed actual hatred for the green bubble that appears when they text non-iOS users. The message bubble defaults to blue when you’re texting another iOS user — a genius little trick on Apple’s part that glorifies its own. When applied to mobile apps, this psychology suggests that design holds the power of long-term influence. Users may be drawn in and initially held by an app’s function, but design can lock them in as they gradually develop a UI preference that they can’t imagine swapping out for something new.What This Means for YouAverage users want instant gratification and answers to their specific needs, but craftsmanship and visual innovation have more subtle capabilities in user retention. If you’re operating on a slim budget or a time crunch, your top priority should be perfecting function. Give users a reason to download and a reason to come back, and you’ll make a bigger dent than you would with an app facelift. But if you can devote more energy to your mobile app, don’t overlook the potential small design changes have to radically improve user experience. With three million apps and counting, there’s something out there for everyone, but you can’t beat a good first impression. April 5, 2016 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »last_img read more

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Agents can earn 5000 Loyalty Rewards points with TravelBrands Japan offer

first_img MISSISSAUGA — TravelBrands is offering a new deal for travellers who book a cruise and land package to Japan prior to May 31.Clients who book by this date will receive a $250 air credit per person. Additionally, agents can earn 5000 bonus Loyalty Rewards on qualifying bookings.The cruise and land package starts at $4,499 and goes from Sept. 20 to Oct. 2, 2019. It includes airport transfers, two nights pre-cruise in Tokyo, a half-day city tour of Tokyo, 10-night sailing onboard Celebrity Millennium, all onboard gratuities, a $200 onboard credit and more.The 10-night sailing with Celebrity Cruises has multiple ports of call including Tokyo, Hiroshima, Kitakyusyu, Korea, Maizuru, Kanazawa, Akita and Aomori.“Japan is a beautiful country with such diverse regions and places to explore,” says Nathalie Tanious, Senior VP, TravelBrands. “This cruise and land package is a great way for travellers to experience the wonders of Japan while benefitting some great perks and savings.”More news:  Help Princess Cruises break the world record for largest vow renewal at seaThe TravelBrands Loyalty program allows agents to collect points and redeem them for a multitude of rewards, including various merchandises, travel, gift cards, and the ability to donate multiple foundations and charities. For more information visit travelbrandsaccess.com. Posted by Share Travelweek Group Friday, May 10, 2019 center_img Tags: Agent Incentives, TravelBrands Agents can earn 5,000 Loyalty Rewards points with TravelBrands’ Japan offer << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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