Ekhaya: SA’s London ‘home’ now open

first_imgDrum up support for Team SA;Market and promote South Africa through showcasing its successes and venues such as stadiums as the preferred places to host international events;Inspire people to visit the country and experience the culture of ubuntu; andHost journalists both local and foreign, with the intention of profiling South African athletes, political principals and the country. All South Africans, at home and abroad, are encouraged to wear their supporters T-shirts on Fridays to show their support for Team SA. SAinfo reporter and Brand South Africa 27 July 2012 The Ekhaya Hospitality Centre, a home away from home for South African athletes, fans and friends for the duration of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, opened at London’s Southbank Centre on Thursday, with a packed programme of entertainment on offer. The Ekhaya Hospitality Centre is being run by a host of national government departments – Sport and Recreation, Arts and Culture, Trade and Industry, International Relations and Co-operation, and Tourism – in partnership with South African Tourism and Brand South Africa. The centre was opened on Thursday, a day before London Games’ official launch, by South African Sport and Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula. Mbalula announced a star-studded entertainment lineup for the centre, headed up traditional dance programme Dance Africa Dance and including the likes of The Parlotones, Thandiswa Mazwai, Afrika Mamas, Flash Republic, The Indigenous, and Natalia Molebatsi.Download the entertainment programmePlace to meet, connect, get into the spirit According to Noluthando Ngendane, Brand South Africa’s public relations officer, the Ekhaya Hospitality Centre “has been created as a base for Team South Africa, its sportsmen and women, their friends and families and, of course, their supporters to gather. “It is a place where the spirit of South Africa comes alive,” Ngendane says. The centre will be operational from 8am daily, with facilities including wi-fi and internet connectivity, meeting rooms, a media and business centre, a business lounge, function facilities, full coverage of all sports events, and a South Africa bar. Ngendane says: “South African businessmen and women can use the facilities to network and showcase the success stories of our beautiful country to visitors from abroad and the rest of Africa.” Ekhaya Centre is at Queen Elizabeth Hall, South Bank Centre, Belvedere Road, London. It will be open for the Olympics from 26 July to 12 August and for the Paralympics from 28 August to 9 September.Home away from home Among other activities, the Ekhaya programme will feature a daily cultural exhibition; Olympic and Paralympic events broadcast on big screens; meetings for London-based local businesses to network; and celebratory events for Team SA. Ekhaya is a hospitality programme at overseas events presented by the Department of Sport and Recreation in collaboration with partner organisations. “Ekhaya Hospitality Centre is also intended to unite South Africans across race, gender, culture, geographical location, social status and class through sport, thereby promoting social solidarity and common citizenship,” the department notes. The department describes the Ekhaya Centre as “a home away from home” that provides an opportunity to:last_img read more

Greening My Home: Biodiesel

first_imgAir sealing and insulating are a great first step, but switching fuels is a lot quicker and easier. I’ll do the insulating after I get a bonus check!I was standing in the cold on a dark December night, pouring diesel fuel from a five-gallon jug into the side of my house, when it really clicked: Houses consume a huge amount of oil. I had always gotten uptight about gas mileage in my cars and trucks (I had a full-size Ford pickup at the time) but, until that cold night, how much our houses gobble up had never really hit home. Five gallons would maybe be enough to make it through the night, but it was about 10° outside and I had two young children inside. So I made a few trips to the gas station and back, pondering all the gas I was chugging into the side of my house.Thousands of people pour hundreds of gallons of diesel fuel into their houses every year. Actually, we burn five billion gallons of fuel oil every year (or we did in 2001).Switching to biodiesel was an easy way for my family to cut our carbon footprint and our foreign oil consumption. Even though it’s a 20% blend of biodiesel, my wife and I feel 80% better about our carbon emissions.Biofuel cost a bit more than regular fuel oil but we don’t really care. Regular fuel oil is bad — biodiesel is better. When the price of oil skyrocketed, the extra premium paid for biodiesel was barely noticeable. And it feels a heck of a lot better to see the oil truck with big green leaves on the side pull up to top us off.To find a dealer, I searched the listing at biodiesel.org. Hale Hill Farm was one of the closest (Bantam Fuel is closer, but they don’t sell 20% blends, only 5%), so we called Hale Hill. Even though we’re a little ways away, they deliver to us because they want to spread the word.The first time the delivery driver came, he had a look at our system to make sure the fuel was compatible with our boiler, lines, and tank; gave the thumbs up; and started pumping. The service is excellent, the drivers friendly, and the office staff pleasant. What an interesting way to do business…—Dan Morrison is managing editor of GreenBuildingAdvisor.com.last_img read more

Ingram, Randle lead Lakers over Suns

first_img2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Josh Hart tallied his third consecutive double-double in as many starts. He has scored 44 and brought down 36 rebounds in that stretch.Randle said the team has started jokingly calling him Charles Barkley because he’s rebounding at such a high rate at his size.“He’s great, especially from that guard position, coming in and helping the bigs get boards,” Randle said. “He’s huge for us.”UP NEXTSuns: Host the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday.Lakers: Host the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City The Lakers overcame a sluggish start to the second quarter and a 16-6 run by the Suns. Los Angeles made only two of its first 10 shots, and Phoenix took a 50-43 lead on a jump shot by Warren to cap a 22-8 run over nearly seven minutes.Los Angeles answered with a 10-2 run that included Brook Lopez making a 3-pointer after blocking Jackson’s dunk attempt and Ingram making a 3 to give Los Angeles a 53-52 lead with 2:29 left in the half. The game was tied at 57 at halftime.Ingram’s ferocious slam gave Los Angeles an 84-77 lead with 1:59 remaining in the third. His two free throws gave the Lakers a nine-point lead entering the fourth quarter, and Kuzma’s slam dunk sent the crowd into a frenzy and the Lakers into a 95-85 lead with 9:08 remaining in the game.The Lakers held the Suns to just 14 points in the final period, and closed the final 5:27 on an 8-0 run.TIP-INSSuns: Lost their third straight game, and their 12th of their last 13. . Made only 56.5 percent of their free throws. . Marquese Chriss added 10 points and six rebounds.Lakers: Lonzo Ball missed his 11th straight game with a sore left knee. . Outscored Phoenix 25-11 in fast-break points. . Won their seventh straight home game. . Improved to 7-4 without Ball in the lineup.BOOKER OUTSuns guard Devin Booker missed Tuesday’s game with an injury to his left hip.He was hurt in Sunday’s 115-110 loss to the Charlotte Hornets and left the game. He did not practice Monday.Triano said before the game that things change “drastically” without Booker.“He’s a guy that we’ve played at so many different positions,” Triano said. “He’s handled the ball for us in a variety of situations. Scorer, playmaker and he’s been a much better defender this year. We’re going to miss all that.”DOUBLE-DOUBLE HART Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kuzma said the team’s switching scheme contributed to a strong final stretch on the defensive end.“Just switching everything,” Kuzma said. “Switching pin-downs, pick-and-rolls. And rebounding, too.”The Suns shot 47 percent in the first half. The Lakers held Phoenix to just 29 percent for the remainder of the game.“They got out and they beat us up and down the court,” Suns coach Jay Triano said. “That’s them doing a good job of rebounding and getting it out.”Los Angeles allowed 12 offensive rebounds in the first half, but only four in the second half. Walton said he showed the team a clip at halftime where Warren outworked four Lakers players for an offensive rebound that resulted in a basket.ADVERTISEMENT “You could tell with the way they were talking to each other on the court and the effort they were giving that they were locked in to getting stops for that second half,” Walton said.Brandon Ingram scored 26 points for the Lakers, while Julius Randle added 21 points, eight rebounds and five assists. Kyle Kuzma scored 16 points off the bench.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutTJ Warren scored a team-high 24 points, while Josh Jackson added 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Suns.The Lakers pulled away in the last eight minutes of the fourth quarter with a 15-3 run after leading 97-90. Westbrook, George lead Thunder rout of Durant, Warriors Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencerscenter_img Phoenix Suns forward TJ Warren, right, blocks the shot of Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 112-93. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES — By the time coach Luke Walton entered the locker room at halftime, his Lakers players were already talking about how to defend better over the next 24 minutes.The talk worked. The Lakers held the Suns to only 36 points in the second half en route to a 112-93 victory on Tuesday night.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Read Next AFP official booed out of forumlast_img read more

Sportscover Makes it Two Wins in a Row at the Insurance Awards

first_imgChief Executive Officer of Sportscover, Chris Nash, accepted the award at the function held at the Sydney Exhibition and Conference Centre.“We are extremely proud to have won this award for the second year in succession. It means a great deal to us to be recognised by our industry through this accolade. This is a tribute to our staff for their continued hard work, and to our broker network and clients for their tremendous support in helping us attain this great achievement,” Nash said. Sportscover was up against some strong competition for the award, with the other finalists being Brooklyn Underwriting Global Transport and Automotive Insurance.Touch Football Australia congratulates Sportscover on the award.last_img read more

Brian Grazer And David O Russell Speak Up For Kids

first_imgOn May 8th, the Child Mind Institute and Academy Award-winning producer Brian Grazer hosted a special Speak Up for Kids panel discussion at the Paley Center for Media in Los Angeles, Taking a Leading Role: How Film and TV Can Change Kids’ Lives.Jason Katims, Harold S. Koplewicz, Willow Bay, Ted Sarandos, Brian Grazer and David O. RussellParticipants included Mr. Grazer, Child Mind Institute president Dr. Harold S. Koplewicz, Emmy Award-winning writer, producer, and playwright Jason Katims, Academy Award-nominated writer and director David O. Russell, and Chief Content Officer of Netflix Ted Sarandos. The panel was moderated by journalist Willow Bay.The lively discussion provided a behind-the-scenes look at the challenges and rewards of accurately depicting mental health in the arts. Throughout the discussion the panelists offered personal anecdotes — both as parents and as creators — about the impact of their stories on the public, and themselves. The audience of producers, directors, educators, parents and physicians was challenged to help combat the stigma of children’s mental illness.“Great stories are stories that are driven from understanding of characters and exactly what they’re feeling and thinking, and their inner psychology,” said Brian Grazer. “A lot of my movies or television shows are driven form that point of view and are often about self-worth. I am excited to partner with the Child Mind Institute to convene both the panel and ignite the discussion in our industry to use our collective platforms to find subjects and memorable characters that can really help destigmatize mental disability and change the face of mental illness in children.”“Putting yourself out of your comfort zone to help someone else is extremely powerful,” said David O. Russell. “There is a tremendous need for parents, educators and friends to Speak Up about living with mental illness. There is a lot of work to be done to help reduce the stigma and the media industry is just beginning to help with this fight.”One in five children have a psychiatric or learning disorder. Yet, our big and small screens rarely tell us these stories. And when they do they paint a picture of mental illness that is either terrifying or laughable. The panel addressed the key role movies and television play in defining mental illness for audiences, and what can be done to communicate authentic, nuanced child mental health storylines.“Presenting a true picture of the psychiatric issues facing our population, and particularly our children, would make entertainment an ally in facing down a public health crisis,” said Dr. Harold S. Koplewicz, president of Child Mind Institute. “Our panelists have, among them, created groundbreaking works that encourage acceptance of mental illness by portraying it accurately and sympathetically. We are honored to have them, and so many representatives from the media and entertainment industries with us today.”The event is part of the Child Mind Institute’s Speak Up for Kids campaign, which this year convenes 100 partners to battle the stigma and misinformation that can prevent kids and families from seeking life-changing treatment. Panel discussions throughout May in New York, Washington, DC, Los Angeles, and Chicago include thought-leaders in mental health, media and entertainment, as well as parents and children, all of whom will share their perspectives and seek to advance the dialogue concerning children’s mental health.Parents, friends, educators, kids, and advocates add their voices by sharing who or what they Speak Up for when it comes to children’s mental health by taking an ISpeakUp Selfie and sharing it on social media. The #ISpeakUp selfies appearing on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram convey powerful messages of hope, health and healing.Speak Up for Kids Los Angeles is made possible by the generous support of national founding partner Hunter, and RED Interactive Agency. For more information on David O. Russell and his work in mental health issues awareness, visit www.davidorussell.com. To see the complete list of Speak Up for Kids events and partners, and to view the #ISpeakUp Gallery, please visit www.childmind.org/speakup.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more