In its attempt to provide quality products to the consuming public, the Guyana National Bureau of Standards (GNBS) would be undertaking a countrywide campaign aimed at assisting manufacturers of hollow blocks to provide consumers with products of a standardised high quality.This was revealed by the GNBS on Monday when it announced that it had successfully passed the Concrete Hollow Block Standard. It has been indicated that manufacturers would be responsible for having their hollow blocks tested to ensure they possess the required PSI (pound per square inch) before being placed on the local and international markets. Kenrick Singh, a laboratory technician of the GNBS, related that the GNBS is working towards having standard requirements which all manufacturers can follow.“We’ve had the Hollow Blocks Standards passed, and we’re going to get all the manufacturers to register with us, so that they could manufacture to one specific PSI,” he said.He noted that manufacturers are responsible for having their standards fully compliant with those of the GNBS, lest they be restricted from marketing their blocks to consumers. This will ensure that only superior materials are produced in Guyana.In this case, the new standard that will be used in PSI readings is GYS 215:2002 for load-bearing blocks, and GYS 216:2002 for non-load-bearing blocks.Singh noted that while the hollow block is first and foremost on the GNBS agenda, standards are currently being drafted for PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) pipes produced in Guyana. The standards being tested for will be GYS 99:2010, ASTM D 1785-06, also in PSI readings.“For the PVC pipes, it’s the burst pressure, and this is a newly introduced testing which we’ve introduced for the testing of PVC pipes,” he explained.“We will be testing the pipes and hollow blocks of all the manufacturers in the country, to see if they reach the standards that they say that they are,” Singh disclosed.Consultations conducted in various regions of Guyana last year encouraged manufacturers to participate in discussions in relation to the drafts that would be made, in order to simplify the passing of the Concrete Hollow Block Standard. This decision flowed from the fact that many contractors and homeowners were raising concerns about the poor quality of concrete hollow blocks being sold by manufacturers.In a few days’ time, tests will be conducted to ensure that the blocks are of the PSI touted by the manufacturers, and also to determine whether they surpass the new standards set by the GNBS. This goes with the bureau’s mission to improve the services and goods produced in Guyana through standardisation.
0Shares0000Dagoretti boys High School and Upper boys High School, up in air, battles for the ball during the COPA Coca-Cola U-16 school games at Lenana School, Nairobi.NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 29 – Dagoretti High School are the new COPA Coca-Cola Under-16 Nairobi regional champions after defeating Upper Hill High School by a solitary goal in an intense match played at Lenana High School on Saturday.Kubasu Abuyeka scored a stunning free kick in the 16th minute to seal the win for Dagorreti and earn them a spot as Nairobi representatives at the National finals in July. The first half was balanced, with both teams trying to outclass the other but it was Dagoretti who also beat Upper Hill in last year’s national finals that got one in the back of the net. In the second half, Upper Hill High School regrouped and pressed Dagoretti for an equalizer but to no avail.“It was fairly a good game. We tried our best to retain the trophy but our opponents had luck on their side. Our three crucial players, Teddy Andrew, Salman Abdil Kadir, and Newton Ochieng were not feeling well and hence our team lacked the agility in midfield and attack. We look forward to the next years’ championship,” said Gilbert Walusimbi, Upper Hill Coach.In the ladies finals, Dagorretti Mixed thrashed Pangani Girls High School 5 -2 in a one sided match.Joy Kanja and Joan Odula each scored a brace with Mary Atieno completing the rout. The consolation goals for Pangani were scored by Pascol Sayo and Loyse Mapenzi.The games are a culmination of the Under-16 boys’ and girls’ Nairobi regional tournament with a total of 5,400 schools having registered and participated.The tournament is run under the Ministry of Education, in partnership between Kenya Secondary Schools Sports Association (KSSSA) and The Coca-Cola Company.0Shares0000(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today)
18 July 2012The launch of a state-of-the-art forensic laboratory in Cape Town will help South African police to fight crime more smartly, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said at the official launch of the R500-million Plattekloof Laboratory on Tuesday.“Working smart means that we are going to succeed in ensuring convictions,” Mthethwa said.The laboratory has been operating since November last year and focuses on DNA analysis, identifying drugs, causes of fires, polygraphs, analysis of gun shot residue, handwriting analysis, blood-stain analysis and 3D facial recognition.It serves the Western Cape and several districts in the Northern Cape and Eastern Cape, and replaces the old forensics centre which was being leased in Delft.It is also one of only four forensic laboratories in the country – with the others in Port Elizabeth, Pretoria and Durban.The state-of-the-art centre includes a system of rails running the length and breadth of the building (running about 800m in length) and 50 boxes in which collected evidence is then channelled from nine kiosks to the correct department for investigation.The system, which is used in European forensic centres, will go some way in resolving the problem of evidence being misplaced or tampered with, as the boxes can also be tracked using a biometric system – which is also used to open the boxes.Combating violence against women and childrenPolice Commissioner Riah Phiyega said the laboratory would play an important role in combating violence against women and children involving substance abuse.Figures from 2011/12 showed that of total cases received in the biology section alone – more than 50% were related to rape and murder cases.The police would continue to increase capacity in the critical area of forensic services, she said, and added that this had been identified as a key area in fighting crime.This would be complemented by the setting up of a DNA database following the envisaged passing of the DNA Bill, which is currently in Parliament. A number of other countries have similar legislation in place, including Brazil, which in May enacted DNA database legislation into law.She also planned to bring the various roleplayers together to find ways to expedite the reporting processes to improve the criminal justice system.Progress in reducing backlogsHead of forensics services, Lieutenant-General Julius Phahlane, said the division achieved a criminal conviction rate of 94% in 2011/12 – up from 63% in 2009/10.Although just 77% of evidence was processed within 28 days – against a target of 92% – the number of cases lodged at forensic laboratories that were older than 28 days old were reduced by 30% in 2010/11, following a 60% decline in backlogs between 2009/10 and 2010/11.The backlog in processing evidence also came down – from 59 023 on 1 April 2009 to 11 310 on 1 April this year.Phahlane said that 800 more staff would be employed in the four laboratories around the country this year, in addition to the 6 930 staff that were already employed in the division, in order to further reduce backlogs.Detective and forensic training courses that the police are currently running would also help strengthen the forensics division.Hi-tech equipment such as a R1.5-million camera which can take panoramic shots necessary to accurately record the scene of a crime are also necessary to strengthen the forensics division. Phahlane said such equipment was necessary if the police were to outsmart criminals.Source: SANews.gov.za
Paternoster, one of the oldest fishing villages on the West Coast of the Western Cape province, serenely sits a 20 diners a night Restaurant, called Wolfgat. Unknown to the world, until this intimate, seashore restaurant was awarded ‘off-map destination and restaurant of the year’ at the first edition of the World Restaurant Awards on 18 February 2019 in Paris.This two-year old restaurant, is not only now an award winner, but is an eatery of remarkable coastal history. A 130-year-old building, located on the Wolfgat cave, Archaeologist John Parkington, affirms it as “a substantial chamber lying under an unusually large calcrete shelf”. Almost certainly, the chamber, and passages leading into it, owe their origin to underground stream erosion that has removed softer sand from below the cemented shelf”, according to their website.The menu is customised in Chef Kobus van der Merwe’s signature beach vegetation foods. Imagine for a second, homemade bread and butter, local seafood, lamb and/or venison, married with handpicked wild herbs, seaweeds from the local rock pools. The Chef teams up with his six mostly female staff, to prepare the food with some of the features taking weeks of preparation.Sharing his excitement, following his win, Van der Merwe was quoted by @worldrestawards saying; “I’m really proud to bring something like this back to our continent and beautiful country. I’m very proud to be working in a team of mostly women.”Not only has Wolfgat become a trailblazer in the culinary industry, but is now a conversation starter on the global stage, for its exclusive scenery, a stone throw away from the tranquil, yet rippling Atlantic Ocean and a contributor to South Africa’s Nation brand image and reputation. Wolfgat has strengthened and reaffirmed South Africa as a country that inspires new ways of excellence and has remained authentic to its diverse cultures and true to its robust history.“Just making the longlist was incredibly overwhelming, because I look up to all of the other restaurants that were nominated with us, and we certainly didn’t feel worthy of being there, so this is a few steps of insanity above this, so I can’t quite put it in words. I think it willl all sink in.” said Kobus van der Merwe of @wolfgat on winning #RestaurantoftheYear and #OffMapDestination at the #worldrestaurantawards.We only book 20 diners per sitting – by keeping it small, we keep it sustainable. Brand South Africa congratulates Wolfgat for the incredible win which has elevated the country brand to new heights. To book a seat at the award winning restaurant go to – Wolfgat BookingFun facts about Paternoster, home to this incredible restaurantPaternoster, meaning “Our Father” derives its name from the prayers of ship-wrecked Portuguese sailorsFamous for its abundance of crayfishEnjoys ten months of the year watching of whales and dolphins, frolicking in the oceanA breeding ground for over 250 species of birds with seabirds (seagulls, cormorants, sacred ibis and the oystercatcher)Five kilometres outside of the fishing village of Paternoster the last manned lighthouse constructed in 1963, rests on a windswept coastline within the Columbine Nature Reserve, the Cape Columbine LighthouseSource: SA-Venues.comImage: Wolfgat on Instagram.
SharePrint RelatedA List to LoveNovember 6, 2018In “News”Geocaching.com Presents: 2012 Geocaching Block PartyAugust 31, 2012In “Community”Eine Lesezeichenliste zum LiebenNovember 6, 2018In “Deutsch” Share with your Friends:More [vsw id=”ggbFDQxam1g” source=”youtube” width=”425″ height=”344″ autoplay=”no”]See and experience the locations that help define the adventure of geocaching. Watch this new Geocaching.com Presents video to experience 20 unforgettable geocaching destinations in just 40 seconds. Adventurers not only discover an amazing location but they also log a geocache find.There are more than 1.75 million geocaches hidden around the world. Geocaches overlook serene mountain lakes. They are found near little-known vantage points to breath-taking views and can be located just down the street from your home. The video features caching destinations in Slovenia, the United States, the UK, Spain, Portugal, and beyond.Here are just some of the destinations found in the video:http://coord.info/GC2DRM9 – UShttp://coord.info/GCED51 – Portugalhttp://coord.info/GC3EV2J – Spainhttp://coord.info/GC1D3Q8 – UShttp://coord.info/GC30HQ2 – Portugalhttp://coord.info/GCN8FQ – UShttp://coord.info/GC14N3H – Sloveniahttp://coord.info/GC255T3 – UKCan you guess any of the other 12 geocaching destinations? Put your guesses below in comments, with a description the picture, when it appears in the video, the GC code, and the country. Good luck!Subscribe to the official Geocaching.com YouTube channel to be one of the first to see new videos about the evolving world of geocaching. Watch the more than 50 videos produced by Geocaching.com on our video page.
One of the happiest – and greenest – outcomes in Habitat for Humanity’s quest to provide housing for low-income families is a recently completed ranch-style home just west of downtown Rochester, New York.A dedication ceremony for the home, held in its front yard on September 26, highlighted the excitement of homeowner Fredericka Washington and her daughter, Courtney, and praised the efforts of Flower City Habitat for Humanity (the local affiliate) and the design and building professionals and other sponsors and volunteers who helped complete the project for about $102,000 in building costs.Just as impressive, though, is the fact that the house – a three-bedroom, one-bath, with 1,056 sq. ft. of interior space – was completed with enough green features to make it the first Habitat home in Rochester to earn a LEED certification. The home was constructed using a waste-reducing framing system, and includes a tankless water heating system and low-flow fixtures, condensing-type furnace, additional wall insulation including soy-based spray foam, an Energy Star rating, extensive sorting and recycling of construction waste, and water-efficient landscaping. All that, and other features relevant to construction and site location, earned the property a LEED Gold rating.As Bill Bartlett, construction manager for FCHH, told the Democrat & Chronicle, a similar home without all the green features would have cost about 10% to 15% less. The LEED certification process, including documentation and third-party verification, added $3,000 to the price.
Youve fallen and hit your head. It hurts a little, but youre not bleeding and you feel okay. Do you have a head injury, or are you fine? Knowing how to tell a minor head injury from a serious one could literally save your life. Lets talk about head injuries.Millions of people get head injuries every year. They get into car accidents or fights, they fall, or they get hit in the head while playing sports or working on the job. Most head injuries are minor, because your head comes equipped with its own natural hard hat, a protective skull that surrounds and protects your brain. But sometimes that protection isnt enough. More than a half-million people each year get head injuries severe enough to send them to the hospital.The most common type of head injury is a concussion. Thats when a hit in the head makes your brain jiggle around in your skull. You can also get a bruise on your brain, called a contusion. Brain contusions are a lot more serious than bruises from a bump on the arm or leg. Other types of head injuries include a fractured skull or a cut on your scalp.If you get hit in the head or fall and you dont bleed, youve got a closed head injury. If an object enters your brain, like glass from a windshield during a car accident or a bullet from a gunshot, then you have an open head injury.It can be very hard to tell if youve got a minor closed head injury or a serious one. Your head might look perfectly fine from the outside, when you actually have bleeding or swelling inside your brain.advertisementTo tell the difference, look for other signs of a serious head injury, such as a severe headache; Clear or bloody fluid coming from your nose, ears, or mouth; Confusion, drowsiness, or a loss of consciousness; Changes in the way you hear, see, taste, or smell; memory loss; mood changes or strange behaviors; slurred speech or recurrent vomiting.If you or someone else has any of these symptoms, call for medical help right away.If you dont have these symptoms and you think its just a minor head injury, you probably dont need to be treated. Just ask a friend or family member to keep an eye on you. If its your child or someone else with the head injury, wake them up from sleep every 2 or 3 hours to ask questions like, “Where are you?” and “Whats your name?” just to make sure theyre alert.If youre in any doubt about whether a head injury is serious, play it safe and get medical help. To play it even safer, protect your head during any activities that could lead to an injury. Wear a helmet whenever you skateboard, roller skate, ski, snowboard, or ride a bike or motorcycle. Put on your seatbelt whenever youre in the car. And put kids in an age-appropriate car seat or booster seat.Review Date:10/25/2011Reviewed By:Alan Greene, MD, Author and Practicing Pediatrician; also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppST THOMAS (Caribbean Journal)— A Ritz-Carlton resort is coming to Turks and Caicos, Turks and Caicos Islands Premier Dr Rufus Ewing announced ahead of the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s State of the Industry Conference in St Thomas.The brand will replace the JW Marriott brand at a planned project in the Turks and Caicos Islands.The condominium-hotel development is the brainchild of Venezuela-based Desarollos Hotelco, which recently opened the Ritz-Carlton Aruba last year.The Turks and Caicos Islands’ government recently revealed that it would be a $202 million, three-prong hotel and casino development on 11 acres of Grace Bay Beach.The plan is for 263 keys, according to government estimates earlier this summer.That represents a scaledown from the initial plans for the JW Marriott, which estimated a $500 million cost for the project.Desarollos is also in talks to build a new resort in Bermuda, according to reports.The company first signed a memorandum on the project at the end of 2012.The Ritz-Carlton brand had formerly been on a Reserve development on the island of West Caicos, a project that fizzled out in the aftermath of the financial crisis. NEW CHAIRMAN, PNP keeps Ewing Recommended for you Related Items:jw mariott, ritz carlton, rufus ewing RitzCarlton sets up signs for 12-storey on Grace Bay PNP Convention Feb 19 Weekend; South Caicos woman announces at large interest
Updated: 5:09 PM KUSI Newsroom, July 18, 2019 Tom Cruise surprises Comic-Con with ‘Top Gun’ sequel trailer KUSI Newsroom Categories: Entertainment, Local San Diego News, Trending FacebookTwitter Watch the official trailer for #TopGun: Maverick starring @TomCruise. In theatres 2020. pic.twitter.com/J698eUnakI— Top Gun (@TopGunMovie) July 18, 2019SAN DIEGO (AP) — Tom Cruise has made an unexpected flyby at San Diego Comic-Con to debut the first trailer for “Top Gun: Maverick.”The audience in the 8,000 seat room went wild for Cruise Thursday afternoon. He closed out what had been billed only as a panel for “Terminator: Dark Fate.”Cruise says all the flying in the trailer is real and that “Top Gun: Maverick” is a love letter to aviation. They worked with the Navy for the film, which is currently in production.“Top Gun: Maverick” is expected to hit theaters next June. Val Kilmer, Jon Hamm and Miles Teller co-star.Cruise said Comic-Con was the perfect place to premiere the trailer. He shot the original some 34. Posted: July 18, 2019
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) on Tuesday is expected to transfer the state’s portion of the property that makes up Fort Monroe National Monument to the National Park Service.The transfer will include 112 acres of the North Beach area on the historic post, located on the Virginia shore of the Chesapeake Bay, as well as the Parade Grounds, Old Quarters 1, Lee’s Quarters and Engineer’s Quarters, reported the Daily Press. The properties are a portion of the entire monument which was established by President Obama four years ago. The monument includes parts of the moat, stone casemate, parade grounds inside the moat and a 235-acre swath of the North Beach area.“The city is happy to see the formal and legal actions finalized that have been agreed to by all parties, and we are excited to see the official park service ownership of the historic parade ground and key buildings,” said Hampton Mayor George Wallace.The Fort Monroe Authority and the National Park Service have been collaborating to ensure a seamless transition of the property. An area known as Dog Beach may not transfer to the park service in the near term as the Army addresses ground contamination there.Separately, the park service has completed the foundation document that will guide the agency’s operation and interpretation of the site. The role of slavery — from its origins to its end — will be a key theme of the monument, according to the story. Dan Cohen AUTHOR