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first_imgChelsea could lose out on Taison after Manchester City tried to hijack the deal at the last minute, according to the Daily Mirror.The Blues are reported to have agreed a fee with Metalist Kharkiv for the Brazilian midfielder and settled on personal terms.But it is suggested that Metalist have suddenly asked for more money after City, Benfica and Shakhtar Donetsk all made enquiries.Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is said to aware of the late hitch and desperate to prevent Taison joining another Premier League club.The Daily Mail say Chelsea are confident of sealing Taison’s signing despite City’s interest.And a number of papers again link Manchester United with a move for Chelsea fans’ favourite Frank Lampard.Meanwhile, the Mirror say Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has rebuffed enquiries from QPR for Spurs midfielders Tom Huddlestone and Jake Livermore.Rangers boss Harry Redknapp asked about taking them on loan and it is claimed he may now focus on Livermore, while Fulham may look to sign Huddlestone on a permanent basis.Redknapp is also reported to have failed to land Marseille striker Loic Remy – who is tipped to join Newcastle – despite offering the French club Shaun Wright-Phillips in exchange.Related West London Sport story: Redknapp set for transfer talks with Spurs (4 January)QPR and Fulham are both keen on Newcastle full-back Danny Simpson, according to The Sun.This page is regularly updated.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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first_imgThe optimistic title, “Humans could survive Mars visit,” belies the bad news in the body of the article on BBC News.  The article reports on findings announced at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union, based on data from the Mars Odyssey spacecraft instrument, Mars Radiation Environment Experiment (MARIE), which, unfortunately, stopped working after October’s record solar flares (See Nov. 6 headline).  It gathered enough data before its demise to characterize the risks of radiation to humans on Mars.  Though the hazards are twice those experienced on the space station, scientists feel they are survivable enough to allow for limited manned exploration of the red planet.This might be rephrased as an old-fashioned bad-news, good-news joke.Bad news: Mars has no protective magnetic field, so is bombarded by deadly radiation.  If you go, you would be at high risk of cancer, cataracts, nervous system damage, and other unknown health problems.Good news: You could live underground.(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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first_img7 February 2013 A team of South African students from the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) have been selected as only one of three teams from Africa to move on to the next round of the global aerospace Fly Your Ideas competition. Fly Your Ideas is a biennial competition run by aircraft manufacturer Airbus and backed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco). The competition is run to encourage the proposal of new and innovative ideas to help the aerospace and air transport industry become sustainable and eco-efficient. “I am delighted to see the enthusiasm of the teams and our Airbus experts who are committed to sharing their know-how with these students from around the world who are the innovators of the future.” The Wits team, called the Stormhawks – made up of Pitso Mangoro, Muhammed Dangor, Sambharthan Cooppan, Tshireletso Mango and Azhar Cassim – entered their idea of an aircraft control system to replace fly-by-wire technology with a hybrid visible light communication system. The Stormhawks were selected as one of 100 student teams from across five continents to proceed to the second round of the competition. Of the remaining teams, only 3% are from Africa, 3% are from the Middle East, 8% from the Americas, 37% from Europe and 49% from Asia Pacific. “At this stage of the competition, Airbus has identified the most innovative ideas from over 600 teams who entered the third edition of the Unesco-backed competition,” the aircraft manufacturer said. Each of the teams have until 12 April to explore, test and develop their concepts with the help of an Airbus mentor and expert. There will be another elimination round before the final five teams present their concepts to a panel of industry experts at Airbus headquarters in Hamburg, Germany on 12 June. The winners will be announced at Unesco headquarters in Paris, France on 13 June. The winning team will walk away with €30,000 (over R300 000) and the chance to host an “innovation week” on their university campus run by Airbus experts. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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first_imgSouth Africa has a number of airlines flying between its major cities, and some of its smaller ones, with fares ranging from first-class to cut-price economy. Flights can be booked online from anywhere in the world.South African low-cost airline Mango is owned by South African Airways (Photo: Mango Airlines, Facebook)South Africa has a number of airlines flying between its major cities as well as to some of its smaller ones, with fares ranging from first-class to cut-price economy. Flights can be booked online from anywhere in the world.Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) was formed to own and operate the nine principal South African airports, including the three main international gateways – OR Tambo International (Johannesburg), Cape Town International and King Shaka International (Durban). The other six are Bram Fischer (Bloemfontein), Port Elizabeth, Upington, East London, George and Kimberley.There are several other privately owned international airports in South Africa, including Lanseria International, outside Johannesburg, and Nelspruit Airport/Kruger Mpumalanga International, conveniently situated near the country’s major wildlife reserves.Acsa is a partially state-owned company.See Acsa’s website.Seven major domestic airlines operate in the country, as well as a number of smaller charter airline companies.South African Airways, South African Express and Airlink fly between all the major cities and to some of the smaller ones.Kulula.com and Mango offer cut-price flights on the more popular routes between Johannesburg (OR Tambo and Lanseria), Durban, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and George.British Airways, operated by Comair, operates flights between the major centres.All flight operators offer online booking services, with payment by credit card or directly into the relevant bank account.You need to be at the airport 90 minutes before departure for domestic flights.Kulula.comKulula.com offers low-cost, single-class flights between Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International and Lanseria airports, and Cape Town, Durban, George, East London and Port Elizabeth. It has also added other southern African countries to its itinerary, and flies to Windhoek, Harare, Mauritius, Victoria Falls and Livingstone, and flies from Nairobi.Call centre: 0861 KULULA / 0861 585852International bookings (from outside SA): +27 11 921 0500General enquiries: info@kulula.comGroup bookings: groups@kulula.comKulula.com online bookingsMangoA no-frills carrier operated by SAA, Mango offers low-cost, single-class flights between Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International and Lanseria airports, and Cape Town, Durban, George, Port Elizabeth, and Bloemfontein. Mango also flies from OR Tambo International to Zanzibar.Reservations: +27 11 978 1111Call centre: 086 100 1234Call centre from outside SA: Johannesburg: +27 11 359 1222, Cape Town: +27 21 936 1061E-mail: enquiries@flymango.comMango online bookingsSouth African AirwaysSouth Africa’s national carrier flies locally between Johannesburg (from OR Tambo International and Lanseria), Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth, East London, Bloemfontein, George, Pietermaritzburg, Mthatha, Kimberley, Polokwane, Richards Bay, Upington, Nelspruit/Kruger, Hoedspruit, Skukuza, Phalaborwa, Mmabatho, Sun City, Pretoria, Manzini and Maseru – as well as into Southern Africa, the rest of Africa and the world. It offers economy, business and first class cabins.Reservations: +27 11 978 1111Call centre: 0861 FLY SAA (0861 359 722)Call centre from outside SA: +27 11 978 5313E-mail: help@flysaa.comSAA online bookingsAirlinkAirlink flies locally between Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth, East London, Bloemfontein, George, Pietermaritzburg, Mthatha, Kimberley, Polokwane, Upington, Sishen, Nelspruit/Kruger, Phalaborwa, Skukuza, Pretoria, Manzini and Maseru – as well as into Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Madagascar and Mozambique. Classes are economy, business and first.Customer care and head office: +27 11 451 7300 / +27 10 590 3170Call centre: 0861 FLY SAA (0861 359 722)Call centre from outside SA: +27 11 978 5313 (customer support online bookings) +27 11 978 1111Group bookings: +27 11 451 7300 or +27 10 590 3170E-mail: info@flyairlink.comSouth African Airlink online bookingsSouth African ExpressSA Express flies locally between Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth, East London, George, Hoedspruit, Bloemfontein, Kimberley, Nelspruit, Mahikeng, Richard’s Bay and Pilansberg – as well as into Botswana, Namibia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Flights are in economy and business class.Call centre: 0861 FLY SAA (0861 359 722)Reservations: +27 11 978 1111, E-mail reservations@flysax.comGroup Reservations: +27 11 978 9905, E-mail groupsales@flysax.comSouth African Express online bookingsBritish AirwaysOperated by Comair, British Airways offers return flights to and from Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth, and the Kruger National Park in economy, premier economy, business/club or first class. It has a codeshare agreement with Kulula.com.Reservations: +27 11 921 0222 option 1British Airways online bookingsFlySafairA wholly owned subsidiary of Safair, the aviation cargo and aircraft leasing company, FlySafair is a low cost, no frills airline that operates between Cape Town and Johannesburg (OR Tambo International), Durban, East London, George, and Port Elizabeth. Like other low cost carriers, it has a buy-on-board programme when it comes to food and drinks.Reservations: 087 135 1351; email: help@flysafair.co.zaFlySafair online bookingsOR Tambo International AirportOR Tambo International Airport flight information: 086 7277 888OR Tambo International Airport help desk: +27 11 921 6262Online booking servicesA number of independent web-based agencies offer pricing comparisons between the airlines, and online booking services. These include:Travelstart, which also powers the SA Tourism bookings page;SA Airlines;SA Flights; and,Cheap Flights 4 U.Updated December 2015Originally published April 2002Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Department of Agriculture announced that eight land trusts, four counties and 15 Soil and Water Conservation Districts will receive funding to help preserve farmland across the state. These organizations will receive allocations from the Clean Ohio Fund to select, close and monitor easements under the Local Agricultural Easement Purchase Program (LAEPP).LAEPP sponsor organizations will accept applications from Ohio landowners interested in selling an agricultural easement on their farms. A total of nearly $8.5 million will be made available in this funding round. Local sponsors have been certified to accept applications in 34 counties. Interested landowners should contact the certified local sponsor in their county for application details.The program allows landowners to voluntarily sell easements on their farms to the state of Ohio. The easement requires the farm remain permanently in agriculture production. Selected farms must be 40 acres or more, actively engaged in farming, participate in the Current Agricultural Use Valuation program, demonstrate good stewardship of the land, have the support of their local government and not lay directly in the path of development. Landowners may use the proceeds of the easement in any way they wish, but most reinvest it in their farm operations.Funding for the program is derived from the Clean Ohio Conservation Fund, approved by voters in 2008. When combined with easements from all programs, 449 family farms in 59 counties have collectively preserved more than 73,500 acres in agricultural production. For more information on Ohio’s farmland preservation effort visit: www.agri.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/oda/programs/farmland-preservation-office.last_img read more

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first_imgWhat gets to define “passive house”?In their accompanying comments, most of the signatories seem to have no problem with PHIUS’s plan to modify criteria for the colder parts of North America, though they agree with Robinson’s contention that, should PHIUS modify its criteria, marketing the revised standard as “Passive House” would create confusion.“ ‘Passive House’ is not a trademark or brand, but it does have a recognized meaning internationally and in the U.S.,” wrote Greg Duncan, an architect and certified Passivhaus designer based in Brooklyn, New York. “I believe that if PHIUS starts certifying buildings that do not meet this standard, they should use a different term.” UPDATED 4/5/2012 with new blog linksProduct names, program names, brands, and logos can be potent symbols of identity, so much so they’re often at the center of all kinds of marketing initiatives, corporate litigation, and cultural iconography. For people in the building industry, the term “passive house” – or Passivhaus, as we call it here – has come to mean a specific performance standard, and some say that if the criteria behind the standard are loosened to accommodate, say, climate conditions, a name other than Passive House (or Passivhaus) should be used.That is the core idea of a petition that has been circulating on the Web since March 16 via SignOn, a petitioning tool sponsored by civic action group MoveOn.org. Hayden Robinson, an architect and certified Passivhaus consultant based in Seattle, launched the petition to suggest to Passive House Institute U.S. – which has been examining data from 100 PHIUS-certified projects and fielding comments from the building community about possibly relaxing the Passivhaus standard for some projects in extremely cold climates – that the group’s initiative, while worthy, should proceed with a name other than Passive House. Several of those who signed the petition are in Western Europe, a few are in the U.K. and Canada, and at least one is in Australia. Multiple standards would create confusionHere’s the text of the petition: “The Passive House building energy standard is widely recognized in North America and internationally. In the United States, the standard is used by hundreds of businesses and professionals, and its criteria are maintained by a number of certifying agencies offering services across the country. In its blog post, ’15kWh is dead. Long live 15kWh,’ PHIUS publicized a plan to create its own certification criteria and promote them using the Passive House name. PHIUS’s desire to innovate is commendable, and the larger conversation around potential improvements to the Passive House standard is healthy; however, having multiple standards competing under the name Passive House would create confusion and controversy. We therefore ask PHIUS to distinguish its program by giving it a distinctive name.” RELATED ARTICLES Redefining Passivhaus The Passivhaus Institut in Germany Disowns Its U.S. Satellite The American Passive House Institute Responds to Dr. FeistRound 3: Wolfgang Feist Discusses the PHI-PHIUS SplitPassivhaus Combatants Continue To Speak OutPossible Relaxation of Passivhaus Standard Stirs Debate PHIUS Tries to Trademark ‘Certified Passive House Consultant’PHIUS Draws a Line in the SandA Bridge Over Passivhaus Waterscenter_img Katrin Klingenberg respondsPHIUS director Katrin Klingenberg told GBA she regards the petition as a “pretty normal response to our proposal for change” – a response, she said, that stems in part from misunderstandings about PHIUS’s study of building science and building performance as it relates to climate zones in North America.“We haven’t been doing our best to communicate what we’re doing more clearly,” she said, noting in an e-mail that PHIUS’s data analysis “will address climates that are very different from the central European climate. Some climates might see a slight relaxation in the annual energy target (Duluth, MN, very cold), some will see a tightening (San Francisco, CA, much milder). It only makes sense to not make Passive House cost-prohibitive/impossible in very cold climates.”Klingenberg also wrote, “Modifications will be in line with critiques of Passive House from leading building scientists and energy experts in North America like John Straube, Marc [Rosenbaum], Martin [Holladay], etc.”Klingenberg pointed out that in dry, sunny climates of the sort found in New Mexico, hitting the annual energy target could lean less on superinsulation and more on the output of a solar thermal system.“Modification doesn’t change the core value of PH,” she wrote, “it only makes it more accessible and cost-effective, and enhances its chance to become mainstream (without compromising comfort and envelope). It makes it the best it can be.” Discussion heats up in the blogosphereSeveral bloggers have chimed in on this dispute, including:Mike Eliason of Brute Force Collaborative: On Peti- & Certifica- tionsLloyd Alter of Treehugger: A Plague On Both Their Passive HousesAndrew Michler of Inhabitat: Passive House Debate Heats Up Mike Eliason again: Monitoring the Petition FalloutMatt Hickman of Mother Nature Network: Active AggressiveRoger at the EdgewaterHaus blog: When is a Passive House NOT a Passive House?last_img read more

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first_imgThe Prevention of Money Laundering Act Adjudicating Authority has confirmed the attachment of a Panchkula property worth more than ₹64 crore by the Enforcement Directorate in a case against the Associated Journals Limited (AJL) and others. The land was “illegally” reallotted to the company, which runs The National Herald, when Bhupinder Singh Hooda was the Haryana Chief Minister. According to the Enforcement Directorate, the plot was originally allotted to the AJL in 1982. However, as construction work was not undertaken in compliance with the conditions of the allotment, the land was taken back by the State government in October 1992. The cancellation became irreversible after a revision petition was dismissed in 1996. After Mr. Hooda became the Chief Minister, he allegedly misused his office and got the land reallotted in August 2005.last_img read more