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first_imgBut it wasn’t. “I predicted much more gloom and doom than this,” Mark Martin said. “I want to give a shout out to all the drivers – they were extremely cautious. Very smart driving, as smart as I’ve ever seen these guys drive under all the pressure that they’re under. They all did a great job, and it wasn’t nearly as much of a disaster as I thought it was going to be.” So what happened to create such dire predictions? Smith wanted better racing, along with a fan experience that tops anything in NASCAR. So he pumped millions of dollars into the facility, and on-track changes that added 8 degrees of banking and moved pit road. But the changes pushed speeds over 200 mph during the January test session, and Goodyear had to create a tire strong enough to withstand the loads. The tire company selected a hard compound for the left side tires, which infuriated drivers who generally prefer a softer tire that sticks to the surface. The harder tire eliminated any grip, turning every lap of Sunday’s race into a concentrated effort not to wreck. There were slips, slides and spins and even winner Jimmie Johnson had to save his car from making a sharp right-hand turn into the wall. “There were like top-10 saves, there were some saves that were miraculous,” Dale Earnhardt Jr. said. “There were a lot of guys getting out of control.” But there also was good racing – which is all Smith wanted to begin with. NASCAR’s post-race statistics showed that passing at Las Vegas was up 75 percent from a year ago, with 1,123 passes under the green flag compared with 898 in 2006. And the harder tire created pit strategy that has been missing of late. Crew chiefs had to gamble during stops – two tires or four? Right sides or lefts? “It was a day of survival,” said Chad Knaus, Johnson’s crew chief. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LAS VEGAS – Hours before the race, Brett Bodine gave a pace-car ride around reconfigured Las Vegas Motor Speedway. At speeds reaching 130 mph, the former NASCAR driver pointed out the trouble spots: bumps in the track surface, uneven lines in the asphalt, tricky transitions in and out of the banked turns and a curved pit lane unlike anything else on the circuit. When the tour was over, Bodine’s passengers were convinced Sunday’s race was going to be a wreck fest. “Nah, it will be fine,” he predicted. “The talent level in this group is too good to let that happen.” center_img Bodine was right. There were only nine cautions during the Nextel Cup race, a testament to the skill and adaptability of NASCAR’s top drivers. But it may have created a mirage masking the event’s many problems. “With the exception of a couple of guys, all the drivers did a great job of give-and-take,” said two-time series champion Tony Stewart, a critic of the track changes and the tire Goodyear forced the teams to use. “I could see situations in front of me and behind me where everybody was giving each other room and trying to be courteous to each other. I think the drivers made the best out of a bad situation here.” After the Busch Series race Saturday, plagued by a record 12 cautions, top drivers issued stern warnings. Matt Kenseth called the tires treacherous and Greg Biffle said he felt as if he were driving on black ice. Kasey Kahne said every lap was a battle not to wreck, and Stewart criticized LVMS owner Bruton Smith, general manager Chris Powell and Goodyear for creating a frightening experience for everyone. last_img read more

first_imgFundraising friends Orlaith McKinley and Tracey McCallum helped raise thousands for Culdaff’s Hoist Away after their friend stayed in the holiday cabin over the summer. The unique venture started after Una McGinley and her wife Patricia Strain decided to build a cabin fully equipped with hoists, airflow mattresses, a shower trolley and other facilities so that other families can enjoy a break away by the sea.Patricia has MS and needs a hoist on a daily basis. So when a spot of land came up for sale next to their site, the couple decided to buy it. The project was started after the couple realised there was no place in Ireland where a family with someone who needs a hoist on a daily basis can book in for a holiday with their family and so families are often separated.Pauline McKinney, who has Carndonagh connections through her father, spent a week in the cabin over the summer with her family after travelling from Glasgow.Seeing the benefit their friend got from the venture, McKinney’s two friends McKinley (Belfast) and McCallum (Glasgow) helped raise more than €8,000.The idea sparked into life when McCallum had a look at Hoist Away’s Facebook Page and saw that they were asking for 90 people to raise 1,000 euro each. From here, the idea snowballed as the pairing took part in the kiltwalk challenge – walking from 26 miles from St Andrews in Scotland to Monifieth.The Inishowen initiative is currently raising money in order to build a second Cabin, with €90,000 needed to make the idea a reality.Two kiltwalkers raise thousands for Donegal’s Hoist Away was last modified: October 5th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_img24 July 2007South African petrochemical company Sasol has become the first in the world to register a project that uses a secondary catalyst to convert the greenhouse gas nitrous oxide into harmless nitrogen and oxygen, which could earn the company significant income through the sale of carbon credits.Sasol said in a statement on Monday that a share of the revenue derived from the carbon credit sales would be invested in local community-based sustainable development projects.A carbon credit – one credit is equivalent to a ton of carbon dioxide reduced – is a tradable permit scheme used as an incentive for countries and businesses to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.Countries that have signed the Kyoto Protocol have fixed quotas for greenhouse emissions. The protocol’s clean development mechanism allows businesses to generate carbon credits, which can then be sold or exchanged with businesses that have exceeded their quota limits.Sasol Nitro, which commissioned its nitrous oxide emission abatement technology during the first quarter of 2007, expects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by the equivalent of about a million tons of carbon dioxide a year.According to the company, one ton of nitrous oxide has the greenhouse impact equivalent to 310 tons of carbon dioxide.The technology will be used to reduce emissions at two nitric acid plants in Sasolburg in the Free State province and Secunda in Mpumalanga province.“This is the first time that a project using a secondary catalyst has been registered as a clean development mechanism project in terms of the Kyoto Protocol,” said Sasol Chemical Businesses’ group general manager Reiner Groh.The project offered “significant environmental benefits for Sasol, our local communities and South Africa,” Groh added.Sasol said it had developed the project with assistance from MGM International, a specialist in the development of greenhouse gas emission reduction projects worldwide, and Heraues, a provider of catalyst technology for nitric acid production facilities.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

first_imgProjects developed by the GetOn Foundation are created with the intention for them to become self-sustaining and to enrich their targeted communities. (Image: GetOn Skills Development Centre)Unemployment is one of the major ills plaguing South Africa. This is partly the result of a lack of skills among the working age population, those who can actively contribute to the country’s economy.This prompted GetOn Skills Development to take action and provide skill-specific and market-related training to ambitious and promising young individuals in Pretoria West and its surrounding areas.The organisation gives young people a chance to realise their potential. Yet it also aims to develop its protégées socially and emotionally in order for them to lead happy and productive lives as independent and self-supporting adults.South Africa’s unemployment rate sits at 25.5% among the working age population, according to data released by Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) for the third quarter of 2015, the latest available data. This shockingly high figure highlights the need for more measures to be taken to empower unemployed citizens.The unemployment rate has risen steadily in recent years, posing a potent threat to the wellbeing of the country as a whole, with individuals living in rural and informal settlements bearing the brunt.This makes creating jobs a key challenge that has to be addressed, with a firm eye trained on alleviating the pressure on youth. It also ties in neatly with the aims of the National Development Plan, which sets out to achieve a crucial reduction in the unemployment rate from 25% to 6% by the year 2030.“Why this is so real for me is because on a monthly basis we get new students coming in to GetOn and I see a lot of these students shrinking with the burdens and a lot of stress,” said Brenton Cryer, the general manager of the GetOn Skills Development Centre.“When I look at them I smile because I know that after a few weeks they’re standing up tall, confident and ready to take on the world, and that’s really where I see GetOn making a lot of change in people’s lives, through the life skills [we provide].”PARTNERS FOR CHANGEThe GetOn Skills Development Centre was set up by the GetOn Foundation, a Dutch non-profit organisation working to empower developing countries and close the gap between them and their developed counterparts.Projects developed by the GetOn Foundation are created with the intention for them to become self-sustaining and to enrich their targeted communities.The organisation is partnered with a number of groups whose goals are aligned with its goals, such as Learn to Earn and the Mr Price Foundation, both aimed at developing youth from disenfranchised communities and helping them to break into the job market.“It was a challenging time in my life when I came here [to GetOn]” says former GetOn trainee Thabo Mokhonoana. “I was unemployed and discouraged at not knowing which direction I should take in my life.“I’m glad that when I came here GetOn opened its arms to me and it embraced me like a son. I’m glad to say that today I’m working. It has been six months that I have been working and I have seen a lot of progress in my life financially.”Like many of the GetOn graduates, Mokhonoana aspires to open his own business at some point in the near future and make full use of the skills he has acquired.“I’d love to open my own business because GetOn gives us skills so we can start businesses. It doesn’t just give us skills so that we can work for people, but it gives us skills so that we can be empowered to go out there and make a difference.”GETON AND GET INVOLVEDGetOn offers a number of options to those looking to contribute to bringing about the change the organisation is working towards.These options include campaigning for the organisation, raising funds, donations to ensure the longevity of the programme as well as getting directly involved in the day-to-day happenings at the GetOn centre.For more information on how you can get involved, visit GetOn’s get involved page.PLAY YOUR PARTAre you playing your part in transforming South Africa? If so, submit your story or video and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all.last_img read more

first_imgSouth Africa has won the top global award at the United Nations Investment Promotion Awards for its excellence in boosting investment sectors that have social and economic benefits and help countries meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).The awards, organised by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), honours investment promotions agencies and their governments for their achievements, but also showcases best practices in attracting investment into SDG-related projects that can inspire investment promotion practitioners in developing and developed countries. The award was presented at a high-profile ceremony in the Assembly Hall of the Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland, at the grand opening of the World Investment Forum yesterday.              South Africa was also recently named as the Global Destination of the Year at the 2018 Global Sourcing Association Awards ceremony alongside the Global Sourcing Summit in Cape Town. This award was South Africa’s fifth since 2012, and is further accolade and recognition of South Africa’s value proposition and credible offering that combines global best practice, a talented and scalable labour pool with government support to attract international outsourcing work into South Africa.“This prestigious global award indicates that South Africa’s industrial development is playing an important role towards its economic growth and our investment drive is already starting to make a significant contribution towards achieving its sustainable development goals. InvestSA is now globally recognised to compete in investment promotion and facilitation of large scale investments. As part of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s mobilisation drive to attract investments, these global awards signify and demonstrate that government is committed to improving its investment climate and service to investors,” says Davies                     The prestigious global award was presented to InvestSA for its role in facilitating two pioneering waste-to-nutrient recycling projects to up-cycle organic waste into natural, sustainable high-protein animal feed. Each project will offer much-needed jobs in local communities and is expected to save an annual 80 000 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions by diverting organic waste from the landfill. The award was presented by the President of the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly, Ms María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés.Minister Davies says that the award is a commendable international recognition that partnerships play an important role in boosting investments in sectors as the award is for an intergovernmental projects facilitated together with the Gauteng provincial government, Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) and GreenCape.“These awards are indicative that our investment mobilisation efforts are making a valuable contribution to social and economic development. We are enhancing our investment facilitation service and InvestSA is able to fast track, unblock and reduce red tape in government through our one-stop shop approach,” says Davies.Issued by: The Department of Trade and Industrylast_img read more

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… jolie odell Related Posts Tags:#start#startups center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Recruiting and applicant-tracking SaaS startup Jobvite has secured $8.25 million in series B funding.The round was led by ATA Ventures, a new investor. CMEA Capital, who led Jobvite’s Series A financing, also participated in this round. Jobvite also appointed Hatch Graham, ATA’s managing director, to its board of directors. Jobvite secured $7.2 million in Series A funding in 2007 from CMEA, bringing its total funding to date to $15.45 million.Jobvite’s platform allows recruiters at companies such as Yelp, Digg, Mozilla, Zappos, and TiVo to target potential new hires through their existing social networks. The company also states that their customer base has tripled over the past 12 months.“We’ve liked the way Jobvite has brought the benefits of SaaS and social networking together to solve real problems for its customers,” said Jim Watson, managing general partner at CMEA Capital. “The management team has proven it has the ability to both innovate and execute. That’s why we’re increasing our investment.”“I’m impressed by Jobvite’s vision for the future of the rapidly transforming, multi-billion dollar recruiting sector,” said Graham. “Now is the perfect time for expansion.”Jobvite will use this round of funding to accelerate product development and meet growing customer demand.last_img read more

first_imgInvesting in sustainable buildings pays off in the form of higher rental rates, higher occupancy levels, and more interest among tenants in renewing their leases, according to a long-term study by Bentall Kennedy, a real estate investment advisory firm.The 10-year study looked at information gathered from occupants of nearly 300 office buildings representing 58 million square feet of commercial space in the U.S. and Canada.The company said that it used both tangible and intangible measures to study the impact of green certification. Tangible measures included rent and occupancy. The list of intangibles included the cost of rent concessions, lease renewal rates, and tenant satisfaction scores, according to a summary written by Bentall Kennedy sustainability vice president James Gray-Donald and published in Commercial Property Executive.Gray-Donald said that a number of studies published in the last five years found a “remarkably consistent” link between green building certification and financial performance, but property owners and managers remained skeptical.“A new study was designed to address this skepticism,” Gray-Donald wrote. “The recently published findings validate two key points. Firstly, making buildings more sustainable is a wise investment (it pays). Secondly, tenants care about certification (the badge matters).” LEED Posts Top 10 ListAre LEED-Certified Buildings Energy-Efficient?Pitting LEED Against Hopes and ExpectationsJudge Dismisses Gifford’s USGBC LawsuitLEED Gets Tougher Energy Requirements Adding more data to previous studiesPast studies produced plenty of evidence that green certification led to higher rent and occupancy levels, but skeptics complained that results were skewed because green buildings were better managed and in better condition because they were newer. Earlier studies didn’t look closely at the intangibles because “consistent datasets for those metrics are hard to come by,” Gray-Donald wrote.But Bentall Kennedy had more than a decade’s worth of data on energy and financial performance in buildings occupied by its clients and shared it with Devine and Kok. The study covered 24 million square feet of commercial space in Canada and another 34 million square feet in the U.S.In the U.S., LEED-certified properties could command a rent premium of 3.7% and had 4% higher occupancy rates when compared with similar properties that were not certified. Rents in Energy Star certified buildings averaged 2.7% higher, with a 9.5% higher occupancy rates.In Canada, results were even more positive: rents 10.2% higher and occupancy 8.5% higher in LEED-certified buildings. Buildings certified under LEED and a BOMA BEST, a certification program offered by the Building Owners and Managers Association of Canada, had occupancy rates 18.7% higher than non-certified buildings. Tenant satisfaction scores and renewal rates for those buildings were 7% and 5.6% higher respectively.“The findings and their application are powerful as they point directly to overall improved valuations for certified office assets relative to their non-certified competitors,” Gray-Donald said.Combining U.S. and Canadian results, he continued, a LEED and BOMA BEST level 3 certification would give office space 3.7% higher rental rates, 4% higher occupancy levels, and 5.6% higher tenant renewal probability.“Credible data is extremely important to real estate investors and their advisors,” he said. “Decisions to buy, sell or commit capital to assets have to be based on solid numbers that show return. We can all agree that resource efficiency and sustainability are worthy goals. However, the findings of this study validate the financial case for prioritizing strategies that lead to green building certifications.”Energy consumption in LEED-certified buildings has been a contentious issue in the past, but in this study LEED-certified properties in the U.S. showed 14% less energy consumption per square foot than non-certified buildings.In Canadian buildings, the study found certified buildings used more energy than non-certified buildings.“One explanation may be that newer buildings use and house more energy-centric technology,” the report says. “Also, higher people density in certified buildings may explain this finding.” Incremental costs of certification not crystal clearIn a telephone interview, Gray-Donald said that the authors of the report had made an attempt to find out how much certification added to construction costs.“The study was retrospective, so we tried to look at all the data we could find that was consistent and could be broken down month to month, and we did try to find the construction costs,” he said, “but it became very complicated to figure out what was truly incremental.”In the end, they estimated the added costs typically ranged from zero to 4% or 5%, although it could be somewhat higher in cases where building owners tried to hit LEED Platinum standards and the market wasn’t well developed.“Typically, in mature markets where you make a decision fairly early to pursue LEED, or in an existing building that has been fairly well maintained, the incremental cost is minimal,” he said.Finally, the level of LEED certification (certified, silver, gold, or platinum) didn’t seem to change the results in any significant way. In other words, tenants seemed just as happy and rents were just as high no matter what the level of LEED certification might be. With the BOMA BEST standard, however, Gray-Donald said higher levels of certification seemed to nudge results upward.center_img The full text of the report, written by Avis Devine of the University of Guelph in Canada and Nils Kok of Maastricht University in the Netherlands, is also available online. RELATED ARTICLES last_img read more

first_imgNew South Wales and Queensland will battle it out in their quest to be 2014 champions when they meet at the Sunshine Coast Stadium for the 2014 State of Origin Series next week.   Teams from Under 20’s Boys and Girls through to Men’s 55’s will battle it out at on Friday, 19 September and Saturday, 20 September across three games per division.  The thinnest of margins proved the difference the last time the Origin series was contested with New South Wales narrowly edging-out Queensland 7-6  at Port Macquarie Regional Sports Stadium in September 2012. While New South Wales claimed the series and overall crown, it was Queensland who took bragging rights in the Open divisions, winning the blue ribbon Men’s and Women’s divisions, while New South Wales prevailed in the Mixed division. The stage is set for an exciting series, the countdown is well and truly on!The State of Origin Series will be run in conjunction with the 2014 National Youth Championships, which will run from Wednesday, 17 September through to Saturday, 20 September. Stay tuned to the State of Origin Series and Touch Football Australia websites for all of the latest news and information in the lead up to and during the 2014 State of Origin Series – www.soo.myclub.mytouchfooty.com and www.touchfootball.com.au. Keep in touch with Touch Football Australia in the following ways during the 2014 State of Origin Series:Facebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the #SOO2014 and #origin hashtags)YouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausInstagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia (be sure to use the #SOO2014 and #origin hashtags)Website – www.austouch.com.auRelated LinksState of Originlast_img read more

first_imgCalipari tweets about Andrew Harrison following the NBA draft.Calipari’s NBA Draft RecapThe NBA Draft came and went last night and, once again, it was full of Kentucky players. Karl-Anthony Towns went No. 1 to Minnesota, Willie Cauley-Stein went No. 6 to Sacramento, Trey Lyles went No. 12 to Utah, Devin Booker went No. 13 to Phoenix, Andrew Harrison went No. 44 to Phoenix and Dakari Johnson went No. 48 to Oklahoma City. Only one of the Wildcats’ seven draft entrants went unselected: shooting guard Aaron Harrison. Following the draft, Kentucky’s John Calipari, who was in attendance in Brooklyn, tweeted about his former players. He says Aaron Harrison “will be fine.” Six guys get drafted and tie a record, four lottery picks, and another No. 1 pick – it’s been another unbelievable night.— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) June 26, 2015I’m proud of the guys. Our job as coaches is to help these kids realize their dreams. I’m so happy that a lot of lives were changed tonight.— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) June 26, 2015I’m disappointed Aaron didn’t get drafted, but he will be fine. He will be on a summer league team fighting for a position on an NBA team.— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) June 26, 2015How many Kentucky players will get picked in the 2016 NBA Draft?last_img read more

first_imgFederal wildfire researchers say most regions in Canada could be facing a long, hot, fiery summer.Wildfire starts and the amount of land burned were below average for the first few weeks of the season, but dry weather is turning things around, said Richard Carr, a fire research analyst with Natural Resources Canada.“We’ve had a long, lingering winter and a bit of a slow start to the fire season, but the numbers are higher than the same time last year.”Across the country, wildfire starts have been above average since the end of April. On the national fire danger map, the risk in almost all of the three most westerly provinces is rated at least high. Saskatchewan shows as almost entirely extreme.Two provinces have already had their first evacuations of the year. About 40 people in Crutwell, Sask., have had to flee their homes at least twice. Seven families in Lac du Bonnet, Man., also had to leave.Manitoba has counted 119 fires so far. Last year at this time, the figure was 27 and the year before that it was 58.Nationally, the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre says Canada is about 100 fires ahead of the 10-year average for early May.Although some parts of the country are flooding, much of the forested area remains dry, said Carr.“It’s pretty dry across that whole stretch, right from British Columbia to western Ontario.”Ontario has banned open fires in its northwest and Alberta has posted bans in many parks and municipalities. A ban in Saskatchewan covers Crown land in provincial parks, except in the Cypress Hills.The Alberta government produces a map that displays how dry forests are. Almost the entire forested region of the province rates at least 89 out of 100.More worrisome are Environment Canada’s weather predictions for the summer. Although precipitation is difficult to predict and some rainy relief is expected by July, Carr said the data suggests it will mostly be hot and dry.“There’s still a fair amount of Canada that’s showing drier than normal conditions,” he said.“If we get rain during that time, we might go into a lull and have a normal summer. But if it stays dry — and it looks like there’s a chance that it might — we might be a busier season.“A number of models are predicting a warm summer across North America. That’s really increased.”Canada has about 8,000 wildfires every year that burn an average 21,000 square kilometres of forest. The amount burned varies widely from year to year, but federal statistics suggest that figure has been rising for the last several years.Scientists theorize that increased wildfires will be one of the main effects of climate change as hotter weather and less predictable precipitation creates more volatile forests.Fire conditions are tough to predict. Heavy rains, lightning strikes or gusting winds can change everything.But Carr said conditions are lining up for a difficult summer.“It is picking up pace now.”— Follow @row1960 on Twitterlast_img read more