Celebrity Chef Benny Masekwaneng has been hard at work, crafting an authentic South African menu for guests attending a networking dinner hosted by Team South Africa during the 2019 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. South Africa will be participating at WEF from 22 – 25 January 2019, to promote inclusive growth and development.As one of SA’s most-loved culinary masters, Chef Benny has featured as a judge on Masterchef SA, as well as The Ultimate Braai Master. For the first time, he jets off to Davos with a South African delegation, offering guests a meticulously-selected culinary experience that aims to introduce them to fine African cuisine.The chef who was born in Alexandra, previously spoke to Times LIVE about the loss his family experienced during apartheid, which impacted his dream of becoming an electrical engineer. His fate, however, led him to pursue a path he’s always been passionate about: cooking!He explained: “We stayed really close to the (men’s) hostels and when the political violence went up, we were forced to move from our house and lost everything in the process. The money that was set aside for my engineering studies had to help us get by, so I ended up helping my mother in her catering business.”With more than 20 years in the industry, Chef Benny applauds local chefs for bringing innovation and excellence to the dining room table.He told Brand South Africa: “We are exactly where we need to be when it comes to global standards. We have the luxury of accessibility to what other countries are doing.”As an avid lover of slow cooking dishes like oxtail, pork trotters as well as split peas and sugar beans, we are sure international guests are in for quite a warm, hearty treat prepared by our favourite chef!
His justification for the claim: the release of Lugaru’s source code last May. That was an act done “in the spirit of the Humble Indie Bundle,” a phenomenally successful pay-what-you-want video game sale, organized by Wolfire Games. At the end of the campaign, Lugaru, along with three of the other games that were part of the game bundle, went open source. Lugaru’s source code was released under the GPL or “general public license,” one of the most common licenses for open source software. But while developers are free to hack away at the Lugaru code, Wolfire Games does retain all the legal rights to the characters and the game assets. Open sourcing Lugaru’s code certainly doesn’t give others the right to sell the game in the Mac App Store. The folks at Wolfire Games have long been proponents of open source, often making the argument that it’s a great way for indie game developers to help improve the code – and of course the games – they build. Rosen says he fears “this incident may make developers much less likely to release the source code to their games.”We’ve contacted Apple for comment, and will update when we hear more. It’s not the first time that open source developers have run into problems with the new Mac Store, most recently when VLC was pulled after a developer claimed its presence there ran afoul of the GPL. 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Related Posts audrey watters 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Tags:#Apple#gaming#web 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… If you’re looking for a little bunny rabbit combat video game, consider Lugaru. But if you go to purchase the game from the Mac App Store, beware. There are two versions. One (for sale for $9.99) is Wolfire Games’ – the startup is the creator of the game. The other’s being sold by iCoder for $1.99. “Imagine our surprise,” says Wolfire Games’ co-founder Jeffrey Rosen, when the startup found that someone they’d never heard of was selling their game via Apple’s new app store, and at a price that severly undercut the official version.“This is a kind of software fraud we’ve never even heard of,” writes Rosen in a blog post this evening, “a pirate simply downloading the app and resubmitting it to the same distribution channel at a lower price. We immediately emailed Apple explaining the situation, expecting them to quickly investigate the situation, shut down the fraudulent app, and follow up with us. We started this process a few days ago, and haven’t heard back from Apple yet.”Rosen says he’s also struck out with contacting iCoder. But in an article in the gaming blog Kotaku, iCoder’s Alex Matlin claims that “we have every legal right to market and sell the software, and we feel that $1.99 is a fair price.”
Two kinds of office chairs, a clothes dryer, bicycle storage equipment, and high-performance panelized homes all found a place on BuildingGreen’s Top Ten product list for 2016.The publisher of Environmental Building News and GreenSpec annually recognizes products that it believes “transform the design and construction industry” by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and saving energy and water. This is the 14th year that BuildingGreen has made the awards.Here’s this year’s list: Heat pump water heaterBuildingGreen says that the Sanden heat-pump water heater solves two problems that standard heat pumps have — refrigerants with a high global warming potential, and an inability to make water that’s hot enough for hydronic heating systems. (For a GBA report on the Sanden water heater, see Split-System Heat-Pump Water Heaters.)The Sanden uses carbon dioxide, with a global warming potential of 1, as the refrigerant, and it can produce water at 149°F with an outdoor temperature of -15°F. That’s good enough for hydronic heat in an energy-efficient home.The Sanden C02 heat pump has been available in Japan for several years and will hit U.S. markets next year. The split-system design, which locates the compressor outside, doesn’t lower air temperatures in the mechanical room or garage where it’s located, a characteristic of other heat pump water heaters.The system’s outdoor unit can be paired with storage tanks of different sizes, including an 80-gallon stainless steel tank. The 4.5-kilowatt model delivers 16,000 Btu per hour; an 11-kW version better suited for space heating is in the works, BuildingGreen said.CO2 refrigerants operate at higher pressures that HFC refrigerants, BuildingGreen added, so the piping and connections for the Sanden water heater must be more robust than those used on conventional equipment. Walls are insulated with cellulose to R-35, and roofs insulated to between R-38 and R-44. The houses come with triple-pane windows, custom insulated doors, minisplit heat pumps, heat-recovery or energy-recovery ventilation ventilation systems, and heat pump water heaters. They can achieve net-zero energy performance with the addition of renewable energy systems, according to BuildingGreen.Unity Homes are made with wood certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, and come with low-VOC finishes and adhesives. Components are milled with the help of computer-controlled equipment in a shop environment that minimizes waste and operating energy. Despite the upgrades in materials and workmanship over standard site-built houses, Unity Homes were said to be less expensive. Friendlier spray foam insulationHoneywell’s Solstice liquid blowing agent is a replacement for hydrofluorocarbons with a high global warming potential. The hydrofluoroolefin (HFO) technology has a 100-year global warming potential of 1, the same as carbon dioxide and many times lower than HFC industry standards.The switch to a blowing agent with a low global warming potential would erase one of the key disadvantages of spray polyurethane foam insulation, which otherwise offers high insulating value and air-sealing characteristics.BuildingGreen said that Solstice has been on the market for several years, and is now showing up in some U.S. products, including Whirlpool appliances and Lapolla’s Foam-Lok 2000 4G SPF wall insulation and roof insulation manufactured by Herny-West Development Group. Solstice also has broad potential for extruded polystyrene rigid insulation now made with an HFC blowing agent.In addition to a lower environmental impact, Solstice also has a higher yield, better compressive strength, and better thermal performance than HFC-blown products, BuildingGreen said. Duo-Gard’s Arlington bike shelterSafe bike storageHigh-quality, convenient bicycle storage racks encourage employees to skip motorized transport and use their bikes to commute, BuildingGreen says, explaining why the LEED rating system awards bike racks points toward certification.Duo-Gard offers a variety of bike storage options, including standard bike racks as well as partially and fully enclosed models. The company also makes custom storage units. Roofs and walls can be made from a number of different materials, including safety glass, metal mesh, and polycarbonate. Photovoltaic panels and LED lighting can be incorporated into some models. RELATED ARTICLES Nov. 2014: BuildingGreen Names Top ProductsNov. 2013: BuildingGreen Names Year’s Top Ten ProductsNov. 2012: BuildingGreen Announces Top 10 Green Building Products Oct. 2011: Top 10 Green Building Products Nov. 2009: Top 10 Green Building Products Low-voltage LED lightingUnlike conventional LED lighting in commercial buildings, NuLEDs Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) lighting system uses low-voltage Cat 5 or Cat 6 ethernet cables to carry both power and data to lighting fixtures. Because AC line current does not have to be converted to DC, as is normally the case, efficiency and connectivity are better, and flicker and other performance problems eliminated.According to BuildingGreen, DC power from a standard PoE network is connected to a SPICEbox control module, which becomes the host for LED lights, controls, wall switches and sensors. The plug-and-play system for up to 60 watts of lighting and data is safe, simple, and inexpensive to install and can be modified without the help of an electrician.NuLEDs monitors power consumption, color temperature, and dimming, and can be directly connected to renewable DC power supplies. Whirlpool’s HybridCareVentless clothes dryerThe HybridCare clothes dryer from Whirlpool uses heat-pump technology for improved energy performance over conventional dryers, BuildingGreen said, with a built-in refrigeration loop that condenses moisture from the drying drum and returns excess heat energy to the dryer.HybridCare does not require a vent, giving it better efficiency than a conventional dryer while eliminating the risk of fire from lint that accumulates in the exhaust ducts of conventional dryers. It’s also gentle on clothes, and easier to install than a conventional machine. Condensate is drained away with the same drain line as the washer.The 7.3 cubic-foot HybridCare has a 1,300-watt booster heater than can be operated in one of three modes for drying times as low as 50-60 minutes. In “Eco” mode, the dryer uses 40% less energy than a conventional dryer, according to the manufacturer.U.S. consumers now spend $9 billion a year for electricity to operate conventional clothes dryers. They account for some 6% of residential energy consumption, more than a refrigerator or clothes washer. The Whirlpool design also won the EPA’s Emerging Technology Award as well as an Innovation Award at the Consumer Electronics Show earlier this year.Sloan Hybrid UrinalSloan’s Hybrid Urinal is designed to overcome two drawbacks of other waterless urinals — a reputation for odor and maintenance problems — which have limited their adoption, BuildingGreen said. The urinal uses a water-free cartridge and has an automatic rinsing process that prevents mineral buildup.Minerals accumulating in standard waterless urinals clog cartridges and plumbing and must be cleaned regularly. The “Velocity” cartridge in the Sloan urinal lowers the risk of mineral buildup by speeding up the passage of liquid through the device. It also uses 20% less plastic and doesn’t have voids where bacteria and odor can form. The cartridge should last for 7,000 uses.The Sloan Hybrid also has a feature called “Jetrinse Solution Technology” that uses a one-gallon rinse of water every 72 hours to prevent the formation of solids in the housing and drain line, BuildingGreen said. The Hybrid comes in three models and is about same price as a mid-tier electronic “flushometer” model, the manufacturer says. High-performance panelized homesUnity Homes are an alternative to conventional site-built houses, designed to be less wasteful, better insulated and better air-sealed. The Walpole, New Hapshire, company builds panelized wall systems and small, prefabricated modules for bathrooms, mechanical rooms and kitchens, which it calls “pods,” that can be assembled rapidly on site. The HyperchairTwo office chairsThere were two chairs on this year’s list: Gunlocke’s Savor guest chair and the Hyperchair from Personal Comfort Systems.The Hyperchair is designed to save energy by keeping office employees comfortable without constant cycling of the building’s heating and ventilating system. The chair can heat or cool its occupant with a built-in heating element as well as a fan. The heater draws 16 watts of electricity, the fan 4.8 watts. They are powered by a lithium ion phosphate battery and controlled by an arm-mounted panel. The battery charges at night when electricity costs often are lower.According to BuildingGreen, by expanding the temperature range in which the HVAC system doesn’t have to run, the Hyperchair can produce between 7% and 15% in energy savings for every degree centigrade above or below the normal HVAC setting.What distinguishes Gunlocke’s Savor guest chair is its use of an engineered wood made from mushroom mycelium (similar to roots) rather than plywood or particleboard. Unlike those products, Evocative’s “MycoBoard” is grown with mycelium and agricultural waste and contains no other adhesives or binders. The board is dried and molded under heat and pressure, which kills the mycelium and makes the material strong and stable.MycoBoard is Cradle-to-Cradle Gold-certified and Living Building Challenge Red List-free, according to Building Green. It won’t split, is naturally flame resistant, can be produced with very little production waste and no emission hazards, BuildingGreen said, and it can be composted at the end of its service life.Gunlocks is the first commercial furniture company to use Ecovative’s mycelium-based products. Tesla’s Powerwall batteryTesla PowerwallThe lithium-ion Powerwall and Powerpack batteries from Tesla can store electricity generated by grid-tied renewable energy systems for use as a backup source of power or to even out demands for grid power.Tesla announced the Powerwall earlier this year, saying that the battery had several potential uses, including the storage of electricity purchased when rates are low for consumption when rates for grid power are high, which is called “load shifting.” The battery can also can be used as a source of electricity when the grid is down.Powerwall, the residential version of the battery, comes in two sizes, 10 kWh and 7 kWh, and can be combined for total storage of up to 90 kWh. Powerpack is the commercial-utility-industrial model and can be used in systems ranging from 100 kWh to 100 MWhs.The batteries can be controlled remotely, allowing utilities to manage loads on the grid at times of peak demand.
LEED announces Home Award winnersA combined faculty residence and learning lab for students at a private school in Connecticut has won top honors among single-family projects in the annual LEED Home Awards.The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), which oversees the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program, said the project at The Taft School in Watertown, Connecticut, was the first building in the state to be certified as LEED Platinum under the Building Design and Construction rating system using new and more stringent LEED v4 rules.This combination residence and lab for students was chosen as the best single-family project in this year’s LEED Home Awards. It’s located on the campus of a private school in Connecticut. (Photo: U.S. Green Building Council)The net-zero energy house is used as a teaching tool for science classes as well as a house. Students monitor energy use while tending a vegetable garden and raising chickens on what the USGBC called a “comprehensive sustainability site.”The house has total living space of 3,388 square feet on three levels, including the basement, with three bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, a small laundry, an office, a kitchen, plus living and dining rooms. It was designed by Trillium Architects and built by BPC Green Builders.Exterior walls are double-stud 2×4 construction with a space between the two rows of studs and a total depth of 10 1/2 inches. Walls are insulated with 2 inches of closed-cell spray foam, 8 1/2 inches of dense-packed cellulose, and 1 1/2-inch Zip R sheathing with taped seams (R-47.5). The attic is insulated with 24 inches of cellulose, with 8 inches of expanded polystyrene beneath the slab. Foundation walls are insulated on the inside with 3 inches of closed-cell foam plus dense-packed cellulose to R-29.6.Heating and cooling are provided by Mitsubishi minisplit heat pumps. There’s also a 13-kilowatt photovoltaic array on the roof.The house has been certified by the Passive House Institute U.S. Other sustainable features include proximity to the school for a smaller “transportation footprint,” deconstruction of a house that previously occupied the site, WaterSense certification, and on-site rainwater management.The USGBC also announced winning projects in a number of other categories. The overall project of the year, developed by SolTerra in Portland, Oregon, is an 18-unit mixed use apartment building (see Image #2, below) called The Woodlawn. Other winners included the Frankel Building Group of Houston, Texas, outstanding single-family builder; National Church Residences of Columbus, Ohio, outstanding affordable builder; the 32-unit Brookside Village Housing, Farmington, Maine, outstanding affordable project; Tilley Lofts, Watervliet, New York, outstanding multifamily project; and Forest City Realty Trust of Cleveland, Ohio, outstanding multifamily developer. A continental pledge for more renewablesHalf of the electricity produced collectively by Canada, Mexico, and the U.S. will come from renewable energy and nuclear sources by 2025 under terms of a deal between the three countries announced in the Canadian capital.The 50% target is the average for all three countries, not each nation. Utility Dive reports that the three-country average is now 37% renewables and nuclear power, but getting to 50% will pose some challenges. In Mexico, for example, less than 20% of electricity comes from renewables and nuclear. About one-third of the electricity produced in the U.S. comes from nuclear and other renewables — including hydro, solar and wind — and in Canada the proportion is greater than 80%.The Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan (CPP), which is now under a judicial stay from the U.S. Supreme Court, will be needed to meet the 50% goal, so that’s one potential problem. Utility Dive says that even if the CPP survives this legal test, the U.S. will have to do more in the way of energy policy in order to uphold its end of the bargain.The fate of nuclear power in the U.S. is another question mark. Currently, about 20% of U.S. electricity comes from nuclear plants, but many plants are having a tough time competing in energy markets because of cheap natural gas and lower demand. Very few new nuclear plants are in the works, so if existing plants are closed (Exelon announced last month it would retire two plants in Illinois), other sources of non-fossil generation would have to come online to replace them.As part of the pact, Mexico agrees to join Canada and the U.S. in efforts to cut methane emissions by as much as 40% by 2025. Power trading across international borders also would become easier.The deal was announced on June 29 in Ottawa. Report faults government enforcement of water safety lawsViolations of national rules designed to keep lead out of drinking water are common, with 18 million Americans getting drinking water from providers that have violated federal laws, The Guardian reports. Citing a report from the National Resources Defense Council, The Guardian said the discovery in Flint, Michigan, that public water supplies were tainted with lead is “not anomalous.” The NRDC’s analysis of data from the Environmental Protection Agency found 5,363 water systems in the U.S. violated the federal Lead and Copper Rule in 2015. Collectively, these systems provide water to more than 18 million people.Violations occurred in most states. The most serious involved water provided by 1,100 community water utilities that exposed more than 3.9 million people to levels of lead exceeding the EPA’s actionable limit.Even so, few of the water suppliers were punished. Enforcement action was taken in just 11% of the 8,000 violations; the government sought penalties in only 3% of the cases.“This lack of accountability sends a clear message to water suppliers that knowingly violate the Lead and Copper Rule, with state and federal complicity,” the NRDC report said. “There is no cop on the beat.“In the Flint lead crisis (from 2014 to the present) and previously in Washington, D.C. (from 2001 to 2004), the EPA failed to act, downplayed the problem, and emboldened the actions of some water systems and primacy agencies,” the NRDC report continued. “These experiences and the data showing widespread lack of enforcement highlight a need for a culture change at the EPA and among state regulatory bodies to ensure that violations are taken seriously and public health threats are addressed promptly.”The EPA responded by saying many of the water systems that violated rules last year have already corrected the problems, The Guardian reported, while the agency has “intensified work” with state drinking water programs to make sure the Lead and Copper Rule is enforced. In a separate report, The Guardian said documents it requested from 80 of the biggest cities east of Mississippi showed 33 of them were using water-testing methods the EPA advised against earlier this year. Some of the water districts were using testing methods that can mask the actual amount of lead in drinking water.Even at very low levels, lead can do serious and irreversible harm to babies and young children, the NRDC report notes, decreasing cognitive abilities and causing a variety of behavioral problems that follow them into adulthood. Passive House conference program now downloadableIf you missed the North American Passive House Network conference in New York City earlier this month, you can still have a look at the program with a downloadable PDF and flipbook called “Passive House Accelerates.”The free online book is divided into a number of topic areas — including policy, economics, resilience, and systems — and recaps presentations made during the two-day conference. The list includes Carri Beer and Michael Hindle, authors of an ongoing guest blog series at Green Building Advisor, and Chris Corson of Maine-based Ecocor, which has started producing a line of prefabricated Passive House buildings in collaboration with architect Richard Pedranti.There are descriptions of a variety of residential and commercial projects, both new construction and retrofits.Ken Levenson, co-president of the North American Passive House Network, said that the book doesn’t cover every aspect of the conference but should still be useful to designers and builders who weren’t able to make it to New York.
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Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment They’re women who play very different roles, from a prostitute to an Ojibwa warrior to an ambitious businesswoman, in the male-dominated and cutthroat world of 18th century fur trading.“It is a male world, but it was a male world,” said Frontier actress Diana Bentley as she walked the red carpet Saturday night in St. John’s ahead of the Discovery Canada series premiere.“They are being true to what the period was … and feeling in my own body as an actress what it would have been like to actually have to fight so hard to have to be heard and to rise to power and to be intimidating against male strength, it’s a really fun thing.” Advertisement Twitter Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement Bentley plays Imogen, a prostitute who travels to Canada — then British North America — with a military commander, Lord Benton.“She’s a rather downtrodden character to begin with, but she’s really strong and she’s really fierce. And she’s a survivor and so she comes to the frontier to really break free out of this relationship, this horrible relationship that she has with the villain on the show,” Bentley said.
Updated: 10:43 PM September 10, 2018 Categories: Health, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom Dr. Brent Crandal joined us in-studio to discuss suicide prevention 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 purpose is to raise awareness that suicide can be prevented.The day was organized by the International Association for Suicide Prevention and co-sponsored by the World Health Organization.According to the WHO’s first global report on suicide prevention, more than 800-thousand people die by suicide every year.In the United States, suicide rates have gone up 25-percent in the last 20 years.The phone number for the National Suicide Prevention lifeline is… 1-800-273-TALK (8255).Here in San Diego Rady Children’s Hospital has launched a program to screen children who may potentially be suicidal.Dr. Brent Crandal, child and family psychologist at Rady’s Children’s Hospital, joined us in-studio Monday for more. Posted: September 10, 2018