Watch: South Africa at the 2016 World Economic Forum on Africa

first_imgSouth Africa sent a high-powered delegation of government, business and civil society leaders to the 2016 World Economic Forum on Africa, held in Kigali, Rwanda, from 11 to 13 May. Watch video coverage of their contribution to the continental gathering.South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa (right) greets Philipp Rösler, head of the Centre for Regional Strategies at the World Economic Forum, at WEF Africa in Kigali on 12 May 2016. (Image: WEF / Benedikt von Loebell)last_img

Smart Meters Save Water in San Francisco

first_imgSan Francisco has spent $56 million on smart water meters that allow residential and commercial customers to track how much water they’re using, all part of a voluntary effort to reduce water consumption by 10%, according to an article posted at SFGate.The program, launched on May 21, has placed the meters in 180,000 homes and businesses as California tries to cope with an extended drought. According to the SFGate report, the city has had trouble so far in meeting its 10% conservation goal.Smart meters use the same technology as smart electric meters that have been installed by many utilities. The new water meters track consumption and send the data wirelessly to the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission four times a day. Consumers can look at the information as it’s received and compare consumption to past use as well as city averages.According to the report, less than 10% of the state has the smart-meter technology, although many water districts have looked into it. “It’s an emerging technology,” Water Resources efficiency manager Peter Brostrom told SFGate. “It’s not widespread.”last_img read more

Brick Chimneys With Multiple Flues

first_imgOne of my first construction jobs in Vermont, back in the late 1970s, was at an architect-designed home with a massive brick chimney with four flues: one flue for the oil-fired boiler, and three flues for the home’s three wood stoves. The chimney worked fine — mostly because the house had so many air leaks that the wood stoves were never starved for combustion air.Massive chimneys like the one I remember from that job are expensive to build, but they are often a source of pride for the owner. They provide interior thermal mass; they are durable; and they are handsome to behold.Older cold-climate homes often included similar large brick chimneys with multiple flues. This type of chimney is usually located near the center of the house, so that the bricks and the flues stay as warm as possible.These days, however, this type of chimney is responsible for a variety of problems. It turns out that massive brick chimneys perform poorly in a modern airtight house.I recently had a conversation with a builder about problems in a new home with a three-flue brick chimney. Each flue served a separate wood-burning appliance. I’m going to present the case in the form of a dialogue. (Full disclosure: a few details have been changed to protect the privacy of the people involved.) Makeup air is pulled down one of the flues Q. When one of the wood stoves in this home is operating, makeup air seems to enter the house through one of the unused flues of the chimney. The entering air has a sooty smell. I realize that the problem is due to the fact that the house is relatively airtight. What’s the solution?A. That’s a tough one. If a house… Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberscenter_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.last_img read more

Create and Composite Sci-Fi UI Graphics in After Effects + FREE Assets

first_imgBring your Sci-Fi film to life by designing, animating, and compositing UI elements in After Effects with this video tutorial.Shooting a high tech sci-fi video project? If so, then there is a good chance you may need to create and composite display interface motion graphics. Creating  UI interface graphics is an abstract form of designing and animating. When creating motion elements that viewers have never seen in the real world, you have endless possibilities. However, it’s very important to make sure your animations and designs have a purpose.When designing your interface graphics, think about the story and the type of characters interacting with or near the graphics. For example, you may create health-orientated graphics if your scene takes place in a hospital. Out-of-place interface elements can draw attention away from your story, so it’s important to practice sympathetic design.Lets get started!Download Free After Effects Project FileIncluded with this tutorial is a free After Effects project file with all of the assets used in the video. Click the button below to download.DOWNLOAD FREE PROJECT FILEHow to Create SCI-FI UI Interface ElementsInterface elements couldn’t be easier to create. The best place to start is by looking at current UI interface graphics and breaking down the elements in each design. You’ll see that just about everything is simply a collection of shapes — all of which you can lay out in Adobe After Effects.Here’s what to take away from this After Effects tutorial:How to use shape layers to create sci-fi UI elements.Composting your elements into a display.Understanding the breakdown process of interface elements.Follow along with a free After Effects project file, which you can download by clicking the button below.Enjoy the tutorial and good luck!BONUS: 29 Free Sci-Fi Sound EffectsDid you miss our Sci-Fi UI free SFX bundle? Head on over to this page to download the 29 free sound effects.Over 400 Sci-Fi UI AssetsIn a pinch and need custom interface elements fast? Check out Interface from Rocketstock.com. Interface is a curated collection of over 400 HUD video elements that are compatible with nearly any NLE. Easily drag-and-drop these assets into After Effects, Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro X, DaVinci Resolve, and more!last_img read more

SM Lines 1st Service to Include 5 Hanjin Boxships

first_imgFive vessels previously owned by South Korea’s bankrupt carrier Hanjin Shipping are to be deployed in the first service of SM Line, a new shipping firm formed by Samra Midas (SM) Group.On February 14, SM Line acquired the five 6,655 TEU boxships for USD 60 million, VesselsValue’s data shows.The ships in question are Hanjin Bremerhaven, Hanjin Budapest, Hanjin Port Kelang, Hanjin Tianjin and Hanjin Xiamen and all of them were built by South Korea’s shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) between 2006 and 2007.The recent purchase is in line with SM Line’s plan to enlarge its fleet. By 2018, the company intends to have a fleet of 21 vessels with a capacity of 110,000 TEU.After SM Group took over Hanjin’s Asia-US route, its newly established unit plans to start its first service on March 8 along the East and the South China Sea.The service will depart Busan in South Korea and stop in China, Thailand and Vietnam. Additionally, the firm’s first full service on its Asia-North America route is scheduled for April 21.What is more, SM Group reportedly plans to acquire stakes in Hanjin’s terminals in South Korea. The firm recently agreed with the Seoul bankruptcy court to buy a 100% stake in Gwangyang terminal and an 85.45% stake in Gyeongin terminal. In addition, it is likely that the company will buy the third Hanjin terminal located in Busan.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

MPC Container Ships Buys SubPanamax Vessel

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: MPC Container Ships Norwegian shipowner MPC Container Ships is continuing its fleet expansion with the purchase of one more secondhand boxship.The company has inked an agreement to acquire SITC Makassar, a 2,496 TEU vessel built in Germany in 2006.As informed, the ship will be acquired for USD 9.9 million, including initial working capital.The vessel, to be named AS Patricia, will be taken over by MPC Container Ships’ 50/50 joint venture in the course of April 2018.SITC Makassar is currently owned by China’s SITC which bought the Sub-Panamax containership from Germany’s Projex Schiff in 2017, VesselsValue’s data shows.last_img read more

The vehicle habitation ordinance in affect after San Diego City Council vote

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Posted: May 15, 2019 May 15, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego City Council voted  in favor of an ordinance that places a limited ban on residents sleeping overnight or living in their cars within city limits.The ordinance makes illegal for residents to sleep in their vehicles from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. (when shelter beds are available or ”safe” parking lots are open) or at any time within 500 feet of a residence or school, excluding colleges and universities. The ordinance considers residents to be living in their vehicle if they use it for things like sleeping, bathing or preparing meals.The Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods Committee approved the proposal last month, sending it to the city council for a final decision.It’s a restoration of a law that was previously in place,  replacing a nearly 36-year-old ban that the council unanimously voted to repeal in February. The city had not enforced the old ban since last year, when a federal judge issued an injunction because the ban was unconstitutionally vague in how the city defined a person as living in a car.Council members and community members in favor of the revised ban said San Diego recently has been flooded with homeless. They emphasized that the goal is to encourage residents living in their vehicles to use monitored parking lots where residents can safely sleep overnight and access job training and housing assistance services.There are four safe parking lots open in the city, with a fifth set to open in June. There also are 2,700 government-funded shelter beds available. Critics say the new law unnecessarily criminalizes homeless people.The council approved the new law 6-3 after more than three hours of debate and public testimony Tuesday at City Hall. Dissenting votes were cast by Council President Georgette Gomez and members Monica Montgomery and Chris Ward.Taking effect immediately, the law was approved as an emergency ordinance. The vehicle habitation ordinance in affect after San Diego City Council votelast_img read more

Chinese carmaker NIO stops traffic for over an hour in Beijing

first_img 49 Photos Tags Honda RidgelineAgain keeping the status quo, the Honda Ridgeline maintains third place on the American Made Index. This crossover-that-looks-like-a-truck provides a better ride than a traditional pickup and gets an awesome lockable trunk right in the floor of the bed. And it doesn’t do the truck stuff too badly, either, as it’s able to carry 1,860 pounds of payload and tow 3,500 pounds.The Ridgeline is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 good for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. That is channeled through a six-speed automatic transmission with available all-wheel drive. It’s built in Lincoln, Alabama. Share your voice More From Roadshow 2019 Honda Ridgeline: The commuter’s pickup truck Honda PassportThe Honda Passport is a new (well, reborn) entry to both the Honda lineup and the American Made Index. This midsize crossover comes to the fray with great driving dynamics and plenty of tech like the standard Honda Sensing suite of active safety features. An available 8-inch touchscreen gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as a Wi-Fi hotspot.Under the hood is the stalwart 3.5-liter V6 producing 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. However unlike the Ridgeline, the Passport sends that power through a nine-speed automatic transmission. Having said that, just like the Ridgeline, this is the only powertrain available. The Honda Passport is built in Lincoln, Alabama. 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch Car Industry Honda OdysseyThe feature-rich Honda Odyssey minivan also retains its number-two slot from last year’s list. While the 2019 model doesn’t see any changes from last, it’s still a darn good choice for families on the go with reconfigurable seats, Wi-Fi and an excellent rear-seat entertainment system. The Cabin Watch video system lets parents keep an eye on their little darlings without turning around in their seats, while Cabin Talk amplifies their voice so no yelling is required.The Odyssey is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 rated for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Most trims get a nine-speed automatic but the top Touring and Elite trims now use a 10-speed automatic with stop-start technology. The Honda Odyssey is made in Lincoln, Alabama. 12 Photos Chevrolet ColoradoMaking its debut in the top 10 is the Chevrolet Colorado. Shown here in the tough ZR2 Bison off-road spec, the Chevy Colorado is an excellent truck and one of the two midsize pickups you can get with a diesel engine. Adding to the ZR2’s two-inch lift and front and rear locking differentials, the Bison gets beefier skid plates (trust me, that’s a good thing), steel bumpers and integrated recovery points. Heck, you can even get a snorkel.Base models get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a six-speed manual transmission, but a more popular choice is the 3.6-liter V6 gas engine with 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, the 2.8-liter diesel pumps out 186 horsepower and a delicious 369 pound-feet of twist and is mated to a six-speed automatic. The Chevy Colorado is built in Wentzville, Missouri. Chevrolet CorvetteMoving up from the 10th-place slot last year is the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette. While we’ve all been ogling the new mid-engine Corvette, it’s easy to forget what a performance bargain the current-generation ‘Vette is. From the base trim to the Grand Sport to the bonkers ZR1, the Corvette is an American icon.My preference is for the Grand Sport, which strikes a perfect balance between everyday drivability and canyon-carving performance. The 6.2-liter V8 puts out 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. You can get it with a seven-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission, but the kicker is the borrowed chassis and aero parts from the beefier Z06. Like I said, perfect balance. The Corvette is made in Bowling Green, Kentucky. 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport loves to hustle (Hat tip to Autoblog for finding the SCMP story.) Honda PilotDropping down to seventh place for 2019 is the Honda Pilot. Like its two-row Passport sibling, the three-row Pilot offers parent-focused technology like Cabin Talk as well as myriad standard driver-assistance features through the Honda Sensing tech suite. Honda’s largest crossover offers up nearly 84 cubic feet of cargo space. Honda’s 3.5-liter V6 engine shows up again, making a serviceable 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Touring and Elite trims get a nine-speed automatic transmission while lower trims have to make do with a six-speed auto. The Honda Pilot is made in Lincoln, Alabama. 2019 Acura MDX adds new features and an A-Spec model 2019 Honda Pilot Elite: A smoother, tech-rich crossover SUV Nio Eve concept previews an attractive autonomous future Post a comment 52 Photos 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value GMC CanyonIf you’re looking for a slightly fancier version of the Colorado that’s more focused on luxe than dirt, check out the GMC Canyon. The top Denali trim gets standard heated and ventilated front seats as well as a heated steering wheel. Maximum payload capability is 1,665 pounds while max towing is a fairly healthy 7,600 pounds.The Canyon is available with the same 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, 3.6-liter V6 or 2.8-liter diesel as the Chevrolet Colorado. It’s also built in Wentzville, Missouri. 68 Photos Comments 0 69 Photos 2019 Honda Odyssey offers plenty of room and features for families 2019 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatness More From Roadshow Acura MDXMoving up one slot to sixth place on the American Made Index is the non-hybrid variant of the Acura MDX. With its SH-AWD system, the MDX is one of the better handling midsize luxury crossovers, and for 2019 the company gives us the A-Spec treatment with a new front fascia and side skirts, 20-inch wheels, wider exhaust tips, unique gauges, a new steering wheel, carbon fiber trim and various Alcantara interior touches.However, both the standard and A-Spec models get a 3.5-liter V6 engine, rated for 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque going through a nine-speed automatic transmission. The Acura MDX is made in East Liberty, Ohio.  81 Photos 71 Photos 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animal 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison: A tougher off-roader Enlarge ImageNIO’s been on a roll lately, but this spot of bad press won’t do it any favors in downtown Beijing. Antuan Goodwin/Roadshow Having your car break down in traffic is always a serious bummer, but if you’re an automaker it has to be way worse, and yet that’s what reportedly happened to Chinese EV startup NIO during a recent test drive in Beijing.According to a report published last week by the South China Morning Post, an unspecified NIO concept car was doing a development drive in downtown Beijing when the car’s driver managed to initiate an over-the-air software update that made the vehicle essentially undrivable until it completed.It’s not clear what made the driver confirm the update, which he presumably did as NIO has stated that the update wouldn’t have happened automatically, but the car was stalled for over an hour while the update downloaded and installed itself. This was in the middle of one of the busiest districts in China’s capital city.Representatives from NIO attempted to explain what happened on the Chinese social media platform Weibo, but mostly just threw the driver under the proverbial bus and reminded us that you should be parked when you initiate an update.Still, despite this minor setback, NIO seems to be powering forward in its drive its drive to become one of the world’s biggest electric vehicle manufacturers, having already launched several production models in China and given an excellent showing at last year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed.NIO didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. 2019 GMC Canyon: A fancier Colorado Share your voice Tags 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Electric Cars Concept Cars,Enlarge ImageIt’s all in a day’s work for the Jeep Cherokee, the most American-made car in 2019. Jeep With high trade tensions looming and increasing talk of tariffs, more and more consumers are looking to buy American. Cars.com has released its annual American Made Index, showcasing companies that use the most American-sourced parts and labor in their vehicles. The results may surprise you.Cars.com analyzed more than 100 US-built vehicles for five key data points: manufacturing location, parts sourcing, US employment, engine sourcing and transmission sourcing. You might think something like the Ford F-150 would top the list, but it drops from its No. 5 spot for 2018 and out of the top 10 completely. Even the first-place holder, the Jeep Cherokee, is a pretty global product. It’s a Jeep, sure, but that brand is part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, an Italian-owned business.Cars.com surveyed 1,000 people and found that half are concerned about automotive import tariffs, with 41% saying they are unsure if tariffs would make them more likely to buy American. Either way, we’re big fans of all the vehicles on this list. These days, buying American doesn’t necessarily mean sticking with a US-based automaker. Acura RDXThe third-generation Acura RDX squeaks into the top ten list with larger proportions, plenty of interior space and better handling than its predecessor. Forward collision warning with collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control that works even in low-speed traffic, lane-keeping steering assist and road departure mitigation are all standard across the board. Like its MDX counterpart, the RDX is available with the A-Spec styling package.The RDX sports a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine. Output is stated at 273 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, and it’s mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The new RDX is built in East Liberty, Ohio. 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec: Sharp handling, sharper looks 12 Photos 10 Photos 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2019 Jeep Cherokee can handle the rough stuff 2019 Honda Passport: A well-rounded midsize offering 4 26 Photos 18 Photos Jeep CherokeeKeeping its top-of-the-list placement, the Jeep Cherokee is 2019’s most American-made car. Refreshed for 2019, the compact crossover now features more tech, better cargo space and a slightly tweaked look. It’s available in no fewer the nine trims, including the off-road specific Trailhawk and a fancy-pants Trailhawk Elite.For 2019, the Cherokee gets a new 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine with 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, though naturally aspirated I4 and V6 choices are also available. Regardless of engine, a nine-speed automatic transmission gets the power to the pavement — or dirt as the case may be. The Cherokee is made in Belvidere, Illinois. 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New Pokémon game from makers of Super Mario Run is coming to

first_img Pokémon Go used for Russian-linked election meddling? If you are a fan of Pokémon, then you have certainly watched Pokémon Detective Pikachu or you will be planning to book a ticket for the latest realised movie based on Pokémon. But a recent tweet from Takashi Mochizuki can make you more delirious about Pokémon.The tweet points to an excerpt from a DeNa – the Japanese mobile game developer – financial briefing, which clearly states the publisher has teamed up with The Pokémon Company to release a smartphone game based on the Pokémon license.DeNa also hints that the Pokémon based game is scheduled to be released by the end of its current fiscal year – that’s March 2020. Apart from this, no other information has been revealed in the briefing, and it is mentioned to be announced later. DeNa briefingDeNaThere are several genres that could be explored through the Pokémon license and DeNa is expected to plan the game in similar ways. In the past, DeNa has partnered with Nintendo on other mobile games such as Super Mario Run, Fire Emblem Heroes, and upcoming Mario Kart Tour.Previously, Nintendo and The Pokémon Company had launched Pokémon Go, which got silly success. Now both the firms are expected to release Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield for the Nintendo Switch for this year. Pokémon Detective PikachuPokemonThere are loads of Pokémon apps and games on iOS and Android. But it remains to be seen how this upcoming Pokémon game stands out. Closelast_img read more

Expats urged to avoid Kuwait missionlike incident

first_imgBangladesh embassy in Kuwait. Photo: UNBForeign minister AK Abdul Momen has urged all Bangladesh missions abroad and expatriates to take proper steps to avoid the repetition of any incident like what happened in Bangladesh embassy in Kuwait on Thursday, reports UNB.Three people, including counsellor (political) and head of chancery Md Anisuzzaman were injured when a group of Bangladeshi workers of a Kuwaiti company – Lesco – attacked them.”Local police brought the situation under control and picked some workers up. The situation now remains fully peaceful,” said the foreign ministry release on Friday.It added that the government and the embassy in Kuwait have taken steps to have the arrested Bangladeshi workers released. Lesco has assured the workers of paying their arrears by 5 February and resolving the issues related to renewal of work permit.Meanwhile, Kuwaiti authorities are investigating Thursday’s vandalism and physical assaults on staff inside Bangladesh embassy in Kuwait by a group of agitated Bangladeshi workers, said an official on Friday.He said the probe is being carried out through analysing CCTV footage.The Bangladesh embassy, however, requested the Kuwaiti authorities not to harass any innocent worker during the investigation process.”We’ll make sure that no innocent worker is harassed. We’ve already talked to officials concerned in Kuwait. They’ve assured us in this regard,” Bangladesh ambassador to Kuwait SM Abul Kalam told UNB describing what happened on the day.On Thursday, a group of Bangladeshi workers ransacked the embassy property, including computers and TV, despite assurance from the ambassador to address their issues through discussions.Some 300-400 Bangladeshi workers, employees of the Kuwaiti company, took position in front of the embassy expressing their grievances against the company over arrears of three months – October-December 2018 – and iqamas (work permits) issues in the morning.”I had a meeting with a small group of them inside the embassy and identified their three problems, including arrears and iqama renewal,” said the ambassador conveying the workers’ representatives to fulfill their demand through consultation with the company officials.Later, the ambassador had another meeting with the manager (operation) of the company on the same day at his office asking him to address the issues raised by Bangladeshi workers.Ambassador Kalam said the company representative assured him of disbursing the arrears by February 5 and he also obtained a written statement from him for resolving the workers’ issues.When the company representative was going out from the embassy, some of the workers stopped him and got engaged in scuffling.Counsellor (Political) and head of chancery Md Anisuzzaman and two other staff came under attacks who were trying to help the company representative get into his car, embassy officials said.At one stage, some of the workers entered the embassy and ransacked its furniture indiscriminately despite ambassador’s assurances and requests to return to work.On request, members of law enforcement agencies rushed to the spot and picked up around 150 workers for questioning, said the embassy sources.The embassy has also conveyed the overall situation to the foreign ministry in Dhaka, said an official.last_img read more