first_imgRoy Hodgson hailed Frank Lampard and Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick following England’s victory against Italy.Both players missed this summer’s European Championship because of injury and underlined how much they were missed by producing impressive displays in the 2-1 win.“We deserved victory over 90 minutes and there were some very good performances,” said England boss Hodgson.“When you miss players like Lampard and Carrick because they are not available you are maybe going to regret it because of the quality they bring.”There was also an England debut for Chelsea full-back Ryan Bertrand, who came on as a second-half substitute.“There were a lot of players looking to make an impression ahead of the qualifiers and I’m happy with the way they played,” Hodgson added.“It is the qualifiers that really count but it is nice to know that we have a deeper squad than the one we took to the Euros.”See also:Lampard keen to discuss new Blues deal Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

first_img18 October 2013The Department of International Relations and Cooperation went live on Thursday night with Ubuntu Radio, a 24-hour internet radio station aimed at enhancing communication on South Africa’s foreign policy and telling Africa’s stories from Africa’s perspective.“South Africa has a good story to tell and we have done extremely well over the past 20 years. Our foreign policy has evolved, but that story is not being told,” the department’s head of public diplomacy, Clayson Monyela, told journalists in Pretoria ahead of the station’s launch.Monyela said Ubuntu Radio – accessible via the internet at – would have a talk radio format, and would be a major source of reliable, recent and trusted news and conversations on foreign policy at a time when South Africa was positioning itself as a significant player on the continent as well as globally.“It’s going to be a platform to change the views and opinions as well as getting inputs that can help shape South Africa’s foreign policy going forward,” he said.With a target audience including both South Africans and the international community, Monyela said the station would raise public awareness and stimulate public discourse on the country’s foreign policy.“The station will change how Africa is covered,” he added. It’s the first of its kind on the continent and the first in South Africa to operate under the auspices of a government institution for non-commercial purposes.As a multimedia platform, Ubuntu is immediate, and will run live broadcasts of major department events, announcements and campaigns. It will also cover news and play African music.There will also be lots of discussions and phone-in programmes inviting listeners to offer their views.“We are not going to talk at our audience, but we are going to have discussions and conversations, because people need to know what informs decisions on certain matters,” Monyela said.The department has roped in opinion makers, think-tanks, academics, diplomats and other key players in the field of diplomacy and international relations to host shows.Among the contributors to the station will be Professor Eddie Moloka, analyst Siphamandla Zondi and reputation architect Thebe Ikalafeng. Other familiar names include actress Florence Masebe, news anchor Kgopedi Wa-Namane, Richard Nwamba, Chief Ntshingila, Mabine Seabe and JP Louw.“We decided to involve people. Some are critics of our work, some are experts,” Monyela said, adding that the department was still talking to other personalities to complement the international staff.While Monyela acknowledged the still limited internet access in South Africa, he said the department was developing apps for mobile to ensure that the platform was accessible to as many people as possible.The station will also extend its reach by exchanging content for broadcast with identified media partners, including SABC’s Channel Africa.The station’s website extends access to social networks such as Facebook and Twitter, as well as to the department’s Diplomat and Ubuntu magazines.Source: read more

first_imgI’m in Portland, Maine, for the North American Passive House Network conference. Yesterday morning I walked a few blocks from my hotel to the conference site, through downtown Portland.The old commercial district here has lots of handsome old three-story and four-story brick buildings. I love to look at the details on these older buildings. At first glance, it may appear that architectural ornament has been randomly applied to these façades; but if one pays attention, it soon becomes clear that most of these façade elements have a function.Older brick buildings with parapets always include an overhang detail to keep rain off the façade. Although these overhangs may be only 12 to 16 inches wide, they effectively move the drip line of the edge flashing away from the plane of the bricks.Many of these buildings include masonry details at every floor — details which interrupt the plane of the brickwork to kick water outward.In most of these older buildings, the windows are “innies,” so that the wood sash are protected from rain.These details may seem minor, but they all serve to protect the bricks from freeze/thaw damage and to limit window rot.The arched stonework at the window heads protects the windows, while the stone sills kick rain out from the plane of the façade.But something strange happened in 1950. In that year, every architect in the country forgot all of the water management lessons that architects had learned in the previous 500 years. Look at the pathetic window “detailing” for this modern brick building.Water is dribbling off the corner of the sill and staining the bricks below.When a brick façade is unprotected by a roof overhang, rain is guaranteed to soak the bricks, with predictable (and unsightly) results.Of all… Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. Start Free Trial Already a member? Log incenter_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberslast_img read more

first_imgGovernor Bhagat Singh Koshyari is at the receiving end of the ire of political parties, which have demanded an increase in financial relief to nearly one crore rain-affected farmers in Maharashtra. On a day the Supreme Court criticised the State government for not implementing the previously announced assistance for the rain-hit Sangli and Kolhapur regions, the Shiv Sena, Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) on Monday demanded that the norms set by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) be expanded to give more help to farmers. By the end of the day, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had joined the chorus for a hike in compensation, along with the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which demanded the relief amount be matched to the ₹50,000 given by the Delhi government. Sources in the Governor’s office said the package announced last week is already beyond what is recommended by the NDRF norms. The Governor on Saturday announced ₹8,000 per hectare up to two hectares for agricultural Kharif crops and ₹18,000 per hectare up to two hectares for horticulture/ perennial crops. This is a hike from the ₹6,800 per hectare suggested for agricultural Kharif crops, and an increase in the upper limit in all categories from ₹16,800 to ₹18,000. “The declared amount is already hiked and there is little margin for more improvement,” an official from the Governor’s office said. The Shiv Sena has demanded that the amount be hiked to ₹25,000 per hectare. The party held a protest outside Parliament on Monday, while an editorial in its mouthpiece, Saamana, criticised the Governor for the “low” amount. The Congress and NCP, too, have demanded compensation of more than ₹20,000. The AAP has gone a step ahead. Preeti Sharma Menon, national executive member of the party, said, “The Governor has announced ₹8,000 and ₹18,000 per hectare for Kharif crops and horticulture crops respectively, which is a pittance when compared to ₹50,000 per hectare, the highest in the country awarded by the AAP government in Delhi. The AAP demands that given the large-scale devastation of the Kharif crops due to unseasonal rain, the government declare ₹50,000 per acre as compensation for farmers immediately.”Senior officials said the assessment of the crop damage took time due to the model code of conduct being in place for the Assembly elections. This after aA Cabinet sub-committee headed by the then chief minister Devendra Fadnavis had approved ₹10,000 crore to provide immediate assistance to farmers. But the decision could not be formalised with the imposition of President’s Rule. According to an official estimate, major damage has been to corn, millet, and cotton crops. Senior officials said the overall relief package is worth near ₹8,000 crore to cover crop damage spread over 89 lakh hectares in Vidarbha, Marathwada, and parts of western Maharashtra.last_img read more