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SA shearers retain world title

first_img29 June 2005South Africa’s sheep shearers have again proved they are the best in the world. Reigning champion Elliot Ntsombo retained his World Blade Shearing title at the World Shearers Championship held in Toowoomba, Australia recently. The championship has showcased the best sheep-shearers in the world for over than two decades. Shearing is physically gruelling, technically intricate and intellectually demanding, and South African shearers have dominated the event since 1996.Ntsombo, whose home is a tiny village about 30km from Barkly East, comes from a family of sheep shearers. He retains the world championship title he won in Scotland in 2003. Ntsombo works on contract for Cape Mohair and Wool (CMW) and is also CMW’s chief training instructor.Bongani Joel of Alwynskop in Lesotho took second place, and Zokezele Doba and Zweliwile Hans, both from Sterkspruit in the Eastern Cape, took third and fifth place respectively. All three earn their living shearing on contract for CMW. Doba and Joel were first-time contestants.CMW spokesperson Graham Frost said the hand-shearing competition was judged on speed and quality.“Shearers are penalised if they nick the sheep during shearing, if the sheep is not cleaned properly and there is excess wool left hanging on the shins, shanks and udders, and if they perform a double cut in an attempt to clean excess wool,” Frost said.He added that South African teams dominate the blade shearing championships because South Africa is one of few countries to use blade shearing on a large scale.“But hand shearing is picking up again in New Zealand and Australia, because of the high maintenance and overhead costs of machine shearing.”Ntsombo is no stranger to travelling and shearing in front of thousands of spectators.“I’m getting older, so it was no easy task and the competition was strong, but I am proud to be world champion again,” he said.Australia’s current blade shearing champion Bill Julius, from Tenterfield, bemoaned the fact that Australia has never won the coveted title.Machine shearingSouth Africa’s Kenneth Norman took third place in the individual machine shearing competition. The South African team, made up of Norman and Daniel Nteko of Frankfort in the Free State, took third place in the team division. Norman, originally from Stutterheim, Eastern Cape, is now based in New Zealand but competed in the South African team.“The South African machine shearing standard is improving and we stand a good chance at winning the competition in two years’ time,” Frost said.Norman was also chosen to join Hendrik Botha and Izak Klopper of CMW this year as Golden Shears World Council members.Wool handlingAlex Khuma from Sterkspruit in the Eastern Cape won fifth place in the individual wool handling competition, with the team taking sixth place overall. Khuma was also a first-time contestant.“Khuma’s achievement was remarkable,” said Frost. “Contestants were judged on speed and their economic justification of their final clip. They also had to categorise the fleece in terms of type and length, rate it as strong, medium or fine and take out all outsorts like urine or vegetation-stained wool.”The major sponsors for the World Championships were Standard Bank, Intervet, Voermol, BKB and CMW. Other contributors were Total, Nissan and Southern Cross. This year’s championships attracted 640 participants from 17 countries.Julia Kupka is deputy editor of Farmer’s Weekly.This article was originally published in Farmer’s Weekly, South Africa’s national agricultural magazine, and is reproduced on www.southafrica.info with kind permission.last_img read more


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Energy Code Development Begins: Commercial Proposals

first_imgThis article is the second of a two-part series. To read about residential code proposals, click here.With millions of commercial and apartment buildings in the United States, an improved model building energy code can make a significant difference when it comes to reducing energy waste, saving owners and tenants money on their utility bills, and avoiding power plant pollution. Updating the code also is a critical policy tool for states, counties, and cities working to stave off the worst impacts of the climate crisis.That’s why code officials, builders, energy efficiency advocates, and others met last month in Albuquerque on proposals to update the next model residential and commercial building codes for homes and the commercial energy code. In Part One of this series, I discussed the proposals at play for the residential energy code. Today we’re examining the commercial energy code, which covers building elements like insulation, windows, and mechanical equipment in non-residential buildings and multifamily structures over four stories in height.The processAs part of the process of updating the energy code, the Natural Resources Defense Council and many others submitted proposals to the International Code Council back in January, offering a variety of ideas for modifying the energy code.The Committee Action Hearings in May gave proponents and opponents of each proposal the opportunity to hash it out in front of a technical advisory committee, which then voted on each one. Next, proponents can revise and resubmit proposals, which will be discussed again during the Public Comment Hearings in October. Governmental voting members like city code officials or sustainability directors have the final word, and they’ll get to vote on each proposal in November.While governmental officials hold the ultimate power on what goes into the new building energy code, the commercial code committee’s action this month is still important: a favorable recommendation means a proposal only needs a simple majority of governmental official votes to pass and become part of the code, while a committee recommendation for disapproval means that a proposal requires a two-thirds majority of votes to reverse it to become part of the code.Commercial proposalsWe’ve previously noted how difficult it is to get good energy efficiency proposals passed by the notably challenging residential code committee. Well, I’m happy to report that the commercial committee was much more favorable to energy efficiency, and if all goes well in the November vote, there will be substantial energy efficiency improvements in the commercial energy code.Electric vehicle chargingA proposal for electric vehicle charging infrastructure (CE217 Part 1) received a favorable recommendation from the committee, which is great news. While promoting electric vehicles may initially seem like a completely separate issue from the building energy code, where do you charge your electric car? Generally at the building where you live or work. And it’s much cheaper and easier to install the charging infrastructure, which includes conduit and wiring and space on the electric panel, at the time of construction.Electric vehicles are key to the fight against the climate crisis. More than 95% of the energy used in transportation comes from oil, which means high levels of pollution and emissions. Electric vehicles have much lower emissions, and every major automaker plans to electrify a significant portion of its vehicle fleets in the coming years.However, a key barrier to customer adoption is the lack of access to EV charging stations. This proposal would require a certain percentage of parking spaces in commercial buildings to be ready to support electric vehicle charging infrastructure, which makes sense for drivers, building owners, and the Earth.InsulationThe committee also passed a swath of proposals that will improve the insulation required in roofs (CE61), above- and below-grade walls (CE63 and CE64, respectively), floors (CE66) and building slabs (CE68 and CE69). Each of these proposals would have a moderate impact on a building’s energy efficiency, but taken together they will result in buildings that use less energy and are more comfortable.Furthermore,  these proposals make improvements based on extensive research and cost-benefit analyses used to support ASHRAE 90.1, which is another type of building energy standard commonly used for commercial building construction. By selecting the most efficient, cost-effective requirements from the IECC and ASHRAE 90.1, these improvements will help ensure that commercial buildings reap the benefits of efficiency. And since insulation is likely to remain unchanged over the useful life of the building (70-100 years or more), these improvements will benefit generations of building occupants.Plug loadsMiscellaneous electrical loads – meaning all the things you plug in, like monitors, printers, and space heaters – use more than one-third of the energy in the average commercial building. That number is projected to grow to nearly 45% over the next 15 years. Lots of energy is wasted by printers or monitors that consume energy in idle mode, even when nobody is there to use them. A proposal passed the committee (CE216) that will require at least half of all electrical outlets to have automatic shutoffs, to cut down on this “vampire load.”FenestrationWhen it comes to fenestration (meaning any openings in the building’s envelope, like windows or doors), there were multiple proposals (CE84 and CE87) that will significantly increase efficiency. A broad range of representatives in the fenestration industry reached a consensus that will both improve the efficiency and comfort of windows, and also align the IECC and ASHRAE 90.1, making compliance and enforcement easier.That’s great news for anyone in an office building or a high-rise multifamily building who sits near a window that is too hot in the summer: improved fenestration saves energy while making buildings more comfortable and reducing solar heat gain.…And more!My colleagues Dan Bresette at the Alliance to Save Energy and Kim Cheslak at the Institute for Market Transformation give a great overview of some additional proposals that passed the commercial committee, including proposals that would require energy-monitoring systems (CE215), improve the efficiency of ventilation in multifamily buildings by requiring energy recovery ventilation systems, and making changes to the structure of the code to make it clearer and easier to use (CE41, CE42 Part 1, and CE218, among others).There’s also an interesting proposal (CE264) to codify Architecture 2030’s ZERO CODE as an option for code compliance. And just like in the residential code, efficiency advocates were successful at ensuring that the commercial code doesn’t slide backward, in spite of numerous attempts to weaken it by some attending the committee hearing.It was a great few weeks in Albuquerque, and we’re off to a solid start to make the 2021 energy code the best one yet.Lauren Urbanek is senior energy policy advocate at the NRDC’s Climate & Clean Energy Program. This post originally appeared at the NRDC Expert Blog.last_img read more


March 2022 deadline set for Arunachal airport

first_imgThe Civil Aviation Minister has set March 2022 as the deadline for completing a greenfield airport that triggered the fall of the Congress and the upsurge of the BJP in Arunachal Pradesh.The Hollongi airport near capital Itanagar was one of a slew of projects worth ₹4,000 crore for which Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone in February. It is estimated to cost ₹1,200 crore.Minister of State (Independent) for Civil Aviation Hardeep Singh Puri, during a video conference with Arunachal Pradesh Chief Secretary Naresh Kumar, stated that the Centre would assist the State in completing the Hollongi project by March 31, 2022.The focus was also on developing helipads at five strategic places of the State apart from Tawang. The State government had suggested air connectivity between India and Bhutan via the Tawang helipad.The Hollongi project has been a touchy one for successive State governments. It was one of the major reasons why the Congress government headed by Nabam Tuki fell to eventually make the BJP come to power in the State.An airport was initially scheduled to be built at Karsingsa, also near Itanagar, and former Union Minister Shivraj Patil laid the foundation stone for it in 2008. The Tuki government rejected the site in 2012 for “geographical complications” and opted for Hollongi.In October 2015, former Governor Jyoti Prasad Rajkhowa wrote to Prime Minister Modi that the proposed airport at Hollongi be scrapped to save ₹1,150 crore, including ₹500 crore in land compensation. He advised upgrade of the Lilabari airport in Assam’s North Lakhimpur town nearby, adding he was echoing the suggestion of Opposition leaders, students’ organisations and social activists in Arunachal Pradesh. The letter said that Mr. Tuki, his cousin and former Assembly Speaker Nabam Rebia and other members of their families own most of the land at Hollongi “because of which the original site for the airport was moved”.The cold war between Mr. Rajkhowa and Mr. Tuki intensified and led to the latter’s ouster in January 2016. A brief President’s rule followed, after which Kalikho Pul was sworn in to head a “rebel Congress” government that was not recognised by the Supreme Court, which reinstated Mr. Tuki in July that year.But Mr Tuki quit to hand over the reins to Pema Khandu, who first headed a Congress government that changed to the regional People’s Party of Arunachal before turning saffron in December 2016.last_img read more


Bolick shrugs off fatigue to deliver in clutch for San Beda

first_imgJohn Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Luckily, his screams were enough to give not only himself but his San Beda teammates the needed lift as the Red Lions scored the 94-87 Game 1 victory over Lyceum on Friday.Bolick seemed to have went on auto-pilot in the final minute and a half as he scored nine of San Beda’s last 11 points, enough to allow the Red Lions to prove that they could topple the erstwhile-undefeated top seed.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I just had to find motivation to play. That’s how I am. Whenever I shoot, I shout because I want to feel the crowd,” said the 6-foot-1 guard, who finished the game with 24 points, four rebounds, and two assists.It took San Beda three tries to beat Lyceum and Bolick drew motivation from those first two meetings heading into their finals duel. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Inquirer Varsity Seven: San Beda’s Robert Bolick PLAY LIST 01:18Inquirer Varsity Seven: San Beda’s Robert Bolick02:12San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 9302:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games ONE: Team Lakay bets Pacio, Iniong score KOs MOST READ LATEST STORIES CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netFacing what he regards as the toughest team he has ever faced in his career in the NCAA Season 93 Finals, Robert Bolick could only do one thing to bring out the best in him: scream.“I’m already tired. All I could do is shout because I was trying to find a motivation. I know we can’t let this game go,” he said on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “I let the team down in our games against Lyceum. I had a lot of miscues, free throws missed, and a lot of turnovers. So I just told myself I have to find ways to stay motivated. Even though I was already tired, I was just shouting and I gave everything I had for the team,” he said.The Red Lions are now a win away from a successful title defense and Bolick knows that the job still isn’t over, expecting a tougher fight from Lyceum once Game 2 rolls on next Thursday.“LPU is really a great defensive team. When you turn around, they’re always there. They’re really a tough team and they bring out the best in us. I’m pretty sure that in Game 2, they’ll be better, so we should be more composed. We have to double our effort,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. View commentslast_img read more


ONE: Iniong looking for decisive win over Yamaguchi

first_imgMOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Japan’s Mei Yamaguchi (L) and Philippines’ Gina Iniong face off during the ONE Championship press conference at Marina Bay in Singapore. INQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonREAD: ONE: Yamaguchi eyes quick revenge vs Filipino bet Iniong So the Baguio City native is looking for a more decisive outcome this time in their upcoming atomweight bout on Friday, and she is careful not to make the same mistakes this time around.“I will go for a TKO if I could,” said Iniong, a veteran wushu artist, who sees her striking game as her biggest edge. “But this is mixed martial arts, and anything can happen. So let’s see.”ADVERTISEMENT Seniors Dennison, Trinidad grateful to Racela for Season 80 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ONE: Iniong looking for decisive win over Yamaguchi314 viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES View comments QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort For her part, Yamaguchi has gone 8-5 since with her latest win an impressive submission of Jenny Huang in June.READ: Two weeks after last fight, Iniong faces Yamaguchi in ONE Singapore cardFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Since our last fight, I think I’ve improved a lot. In a scale of 1-10, maybe my improvement is at eight,” the soft-spoken Iniong told PH-based reporters after the ONE: Immortal Pursuit press conference at Marina Bay Sands here.Iniong, who was a last-minute replacement for Angela Lee in the 10-bout card set at Singapore Indoor Stadium, edged Yamaguchi in a split decision victory in May 2014, a result the Japanese fighter’s camp thought was debatable. SINGAPORE—Both Gina Iniong and Mei Yamaguchi have grown as fighters in the three and half years since they last faced off.Iniong has made name for herself as one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the region and one of the fast rising female fighters in the ONE Championship promotion with two convincing wins just this year.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:58ONE: Iniong looking for decisive win over Yamaguchi00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101last_img read more


Ranji Trophy: Vidarbha reach late for semi-final vs Karnataka at Eden Gardens

first_imgVidarbha’s Ranji Trophy semi-final clash against Karnataka started on a tricky note as they couldn’t reach the venue of the match in time. The start of the match at the Eden Gardens was delayed by half-an-hour on Sunday as the team reached the venue late because of the 25K Kolkata marathon.The Vidarbha team, who are playing in their first Ranji semi-final, was stuck in a traffic jam for a long time in and around the Eden Gardens area and reached the stadium around 8:40 AM. The race kicked off early morning from the High Court grounds and was to pass by the Eden Gardens.The semi-final was supposed to start at 9 AM but could only start at 9:30 AM, half-an-hour late due to the delay.Vidarbha won the toss and elected to bat on a greenish Eden track.last_img


10 months agoLiverpool legend Carragher: No problem being dumped from FA Cup

first_imgLiverpool legend Carragher: No problem being dumped from FA Cupby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool legend Jamie Carragher insists being dumped out of the FA Cup is no reason for concern.Carragher suggested all their focus should be on winning the Premier League title.He posted to social media:I have no problem with the @LFC selection from JK & would rather we had won but, we have the best chance we’ve had in years of winning the PL & it may be yrs before we’re in this position again. The big chance we have is not the 4 point lead but MC/THFC playing a lot more games— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) January 7, 2019 About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img


12 days agoWenger: My favourite Arsenal team

first_imgWenger: My favourite Arsenal teamby Paul Vegas12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says his Invincibles side was the greatest team that he managed.Wenger was in charge of some other excellent sides at Arsenal, including the double-winning teams of 1997-98 and 2001-02.Wenger is quoted by the Metro: “You would say the Invincibles – it’s an easy question to answer. “My dream was always to play a season without losing a game so I cannot go against that.”Wenger added that the defence from the 1997-98 side was of a particularly high standard. He said: “But as well I must say I inherited a team of men when I came to Arsenal – this was the team that won in 98. “Adams, Bould, Winterburn, Keown, Dixon that was the core of the team. It was branded Arsenal players who were ready to die for the club. “You could go after the game in the fight in the corridors you would know they would not leave you alone – this was the type of players I had at the start. “They were ready to go to war with you, you could be in the trenches with them.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


Reconciliation is going to take years if not generations Trudeau

first_imgKenneth Jackson APTN National NewsOTTAWA – If residential schools can be equated to a 100 year walk into the woods then fixing the damage they did to Indigenous people is going to be a long walk back out.That was the message Canadians heard Wednesday from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaking of the first steps of reconciliation his government is taking by meeting with Indigenous leaders from all walks. Trudeau said the purpose of the Wednesday morning meeting was to set that direction.“We talked about a number of specific issues,” said Trudeau. “But also engaged directly on how we’re going to work together to address these problems concretely. This is an engagement that is going to take years, decades and generations, perhaps.”Trudeau didn’t get into specifics, but for Indigenous peoples the specifics surround them.Residential schools destroyed up to seven generations of their families.The schools began with the first kids in the late 1800s then the next generation were taken and so on.One after another. By truck.By train, like cattle, in some cases.Some parents unknowingly walked their kids to schools run by Church and funded by the State.Those that fought back did so under threat of imprisonment if they didn’t hand over their kids to the priest at the door in the throes of residential school system that pulled in over 150,000 children to indoctrinate them with the white way of living and language. There are cases of scientific and medical experiments, documented cases of sexual and physical abuses and thousands of deaths, some 3,200 officially. But many more are suspected according to Justice Murray Sinclair who led the Truth and Reconciliation Commission documenting all the specific details its final report released Tuesday.The TRC has 94 recommendations on what needs to be done to fix the mess of residential schools – one is an inquiry into the high number of missing and murdered Indigenous women. The Trudeau government has already begun work on the inquiry.One recommendations that isn’t so easy for Trudeau to achieve is an official apology from the Catholic church, as it falls outside of the federal government’s jurisdiction. Trudeau said Wednesday he’ll seek an apology from the Pope.“I’m not going to pretend it is my job to order other governments or other organizations to do anything but I certainly look forward to constructive engagement to address this issue,” he said.Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde said an apology is needed“The Catholic church is the only church that has not officially apologized to the survivors,” Bellegarde said Wednesday flanking Trudeau.But as Trudeau, his ministers, Aboriginal leaders and the grassroots move forward it’s important to ensure this first meeting wasn’t just a meeting to have more meetings, said the prime minister.“It’s important to start with a true sense of collaboration and partnership and that’s exactly what we cemented this morning,” he said.That means not passing the buck said Dawn Harvard, president of the Native Women’s Association of Canada.“We cannot afford to sit around talking about jurisdiction, who is responsible for what when we all have a role to play,” said Harvard.After all, people’s lives are at risk she [email protected]last_img read more