Met Éireann ‘closely monitoring’ Hurricane Lorenzo as it races toward Ireland

first_imgMet Éireann says that it will continue to monitor Hurricane Lorenzo, which is currently over the south Atlantic Ocean.According to RTE, the National Hurricane Centre, Lorenzo has strengthened to a category 5 hurricane, with maximum sustained winds of 155m/ph.It says that it is the strongest hurricane on record this far north and east in the Atlantic basin. Met Éireann says Hurricane Lorenzo is expected to gradually head northeastwards in the direction of Ireland, however, the exact track and severity once it comes closer is still uncertain.The storm is expected to lose its major status soon.Met Éireann ‘closely monitoring’ Hurricane Lorenzo as it races toward Ireland was last modified: September 29th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:weatherlast_img read more

What do Raiders have left to play for in 2018?

first_imgOAKLAND — Derek Carr sauntered to the podium postgame, visibly drained, sad, lethargic and everything he hasn’t been after losses this season.Carr is normally upbeat, optimistic, engaging, but that wasn’t the case nearly as often after Sunday’s 20-6 loss to the Chargers that dropped the Raiders to 1-8 and alone with the NFL’s worst record for the time being. He told reporters something had happened that frustrated him, but he wouldn’t say what exactly.“Deep down, I’m good. I promise. It just …last_img

First golf estate for Soweto

first_img2 August 2007It’s over a century old and the most populous black residential area in South Africa, but Soweto, whose past residents include Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu, has never been able to boast a world class golf course. That is set to change with the building of a golf course and estate, designed by South Africa’s Sportsman of the Twentieth Century, Gary Player.Work on the course is expected to start later this year. It will cover 90ha and be built on land donated by Sasol.Situated between Pimville and Goudkoppies, the cost of construction will be R60-million. A development deal has been struck between the City of Johannesburg and Tiyani, a consortium consisting of Investec, Standard Bank and Shanduka.Residential golf estateThe project manager of the Johannesburg Property Company (JPC), Alan Dinnie, who manages Johannesburg’s property portfolio, says the course will form part of a residential golf estate that consists of 238 units.He explained: “The golf course will be an 18-hole Gary Player signature PGA tournament standard golf course that will be capable of hosting international golf tournaments. (It will have) a club house built to PGA standards, a driving range and a golf academy.”The academy, which will be operated by the South Africa Golf Development Board, will work at improving golf in Soweto. People from disadvantaged backgrounds will be offered subsidised coaching.Retail and office plotsIn addition to the golf course and the residential estate, four retail and office plots have been set aside. They will be available for development by public tender once work on the course starts, says Dinnie.Johannesburg already has ambitious plans for the upgrading of Huddle Park, a mixed-use development managed by Tiyani. A R3-billion plan includes upgrading the existing golf course into a commercial component that consists of an 800-unit upmarket golf estate with an associated 32 000m² mixed-use retail centre, a private Gary Player signature golf course, and a “world-class” walking trail.The plan further includes the development of two new standard public golf courses elsewhere in the city.Dinnie says the new Soweto Golf Course depends on the upgrading of Huddle Park.HousingIn 2005, the City of Johannesburg and the Gauteng province found that the existing Soweto Golf Course had to be moved to provide much-needed land for housing in Kliptown. Two phases were adopted to make the move.The first phase was a short-term relocation, which involved the modification of four holes, thus releasing a portion of land for social housing development on the western edge of the course.That phase was completed in 2005 and the construction of houses has since begun. The second, long term, phase involves the complete relocation of the golf course.Talks were held between the community and the Soweto Golf Club, resulting in an agreement that the course would be relocated, but the existing course would not be turned into housing before the new course was ready for play.Playable by December 2008According to Dinnie, “The golf course is expected to be playable by December 2008, if the development starts later this year.“The golf course will be managed, maintained and operated by SATour and the SAGDB, under a lease agreement that ensures public access to the course.”He also said the Tiyani Consortium will build another course, on Mia Trust land, north of Johannesburg. It will be similar to the new Soweto Golf Course and will cater for under-privileged communities.Source: City of Johannesburglast_img read more

South African food

first_imgFine food and wine in a restaurant inStellenbosch in the Western Cape.(Image: Formore free photos, visit the image library.)MEDIA CONTACTS• South African Chefs Association+27 11 482 [email protected] ARTICLES• SA restaurant tops in food Oscars• Celebrating SA’s township food• Dash of Zulu in heart of London• SA chocolates for all Oscar starsBarbara LudmanA delicious way to experience the Rainbow Nation is through its food. Contributions from the cultures that created South Africa make its modern cuisine one of the most exciting in Africa.For the more daring diner, South Africa offers culinary challenges ranging from crocodile sirloin to fried caterpillars to sheep heads. All three are reputed to be delicious.For the not-quite so brave, there are myriad indigenous delicacies such as biltong (dried, salted meat), bobotie (a much-improved version of Shepherd’s pie) and boerewors (hand-made farm sausages).Umnqusho, a stew of roughly crushed dried maize kernels mixed with sugar or butter beans, is said to be former president Nelson Mandela ’s favourite food. Maize meal porridge, crumbly or soft, accompanies most meals. And fried chicken from fast-food outlets is widely popular.Those who prefer to play it altogether safe will find that most eateries offer a familiar global menu – anything from hamburgers to sushi to pad thai to spaghetti bolognaise. And you can drink the tap water.Restaurant guides list close to two dozen national styles, including Vietnamese and Swiss. On a single street in a Johannesburg suburb, one finds Italian restaurants, two or three varieties of Chinese cookery, Japanese, Moroccan, French, Portuguese and Indian food, both Tandoor and Gujarati.Not far away are Congolese restaurants, Greek, even Brazilian and Korean establishments, and, everywhere, fusion, displaying the fantasies of creative chefs.But there are niche specialities as well, and not a few surprises. Some of the world’s best curries can be found in Durban; fine French cuisine in Franschhoek; the freshest fish, caught only hours before, in Cape Town and Hermanus. Wine estates in Western Cape province offer meals, often French- or English-themed, along with wine tastings. High tea is on offer at most major hotels throughout the country: high tea at the Mount Nelson Hotel in Cape Town is a traditional treat.Those in search of authentic South African cuisine have to look harder for those few establishments that specialise in it – like the justly famous Gramadoelas in central Johannesburg, Wandie’s Place in Soweto, the Africa Café in central Cape Town or smaller restaurants in that city’s Bo-Kaap, in Khayelitsha and Langa.MeatBasically, however, South Africans eat meat – and lots of it.Lamb from the Karoo is highly prized. Game is ubiquitous: restaurants and butchers offer mostly impala or kudu, but springbok, warthog and crocodile are sometimes available. So, for the brave, is the mopani worm, the caterpillar of the emperor moth, which is boiled, then sun-dried. Ostrich goes as guilt-free red meat, low in cholesterol and farmed in the Karoo.Whatever the meat chosen, there are braais – or barbecues – everywhere: on the pavement during the week, as fast food for labourers; and in backyards in the suburbs on weekends.What goes on the backyard grill will almost certainly be boerewors, a spicy sausage and as close to a national food as one can get. Steak houses may specialise in flame-grilled aged sirloin, but they also offer boerewors. Even celebrity chefs become involved in boerewors cookouts.There are varieties of biltong in every café, in big cities and little dorps. Every weekend there wafts from neighbourhoods rich and poor the smell of spicy sosaties being grilled over the braai.Rainbow cuisineIt was the search for food that shaped modern South Africa: spices drew the Dutch East India Company to Java in the mid-1600s, and the need for a half-way refreshment stop for its ships rounding the Cape impelled the company to plant a farm at the tip of Africa. There are sections of Commander Jan van Riebeeck’s wild almond hedge still standing in the Kirstenbosch Gardens in Cape Town.That farm changed the region forever. The company discovered it was easier to bring in thousands of hapless slaves from Java to work in the fields than to keep trying to entrap the local people, mostly Khoi and San, who seemed singularly unimpressed with the Dutch and their ways. The Malay slaves brought their cuisine, perhaps the best-known of all South African cooking styles.The French Huguenots arrived soon after the Dutch, and changed the landscape in wonderful ways with the vines they imported. They soon discovered a need for men and women to work in their vineyards, and turned to the Malay slaves (and the few Khoi and San they could lure into employment).Much later, sugar farmers brought indentured labourers from India to cut the cane. The British, looking for gold and empire, also brought their customs and cuisine, as did German immigrants.In the 20th century, Chinese workmen and Japanese entrepreneurs arrived to seek their fortunes.While all these groups brought new customs and cuisine, black communities continued to eat their traditional foods: beef and game, sorghum, maize, root vegetables and wild greens like morogo.Today the resultant kaleidoscope – the famous “rainbow” – applies not only to the people but to the food, for one finds in South Africa the most extraordinary range of cuisines.Useful linksRestaurant guides Eat Out Wine Magazine Dining Out Where to Eat What2Night Yellow Pages CityGuide Dining out in Joburg Webdining Other food-related websites ShowcookThis web-based magazine carries interesting articles about food in South Africa and abroad, written by some of the best-known foodies in the country. It also offers book reviews and recipes.Confrerie de la Chaine des Rotisseurs The site of the international society devoted to fine dining lists events of the various baillages, or chapters – there are six in South Africa. These gatherings are usually black-tie dinners at top restaurants, but are occasionally more informal events.South African Chefs Association Mainly for professional chefs and restaurateurs, the site offers links to chefs’ associations worldwide, a job site with posts in South Africa and overseas, a list of industry events and food festivals, and pages by a range of chefs, many with recipes. Also on the site: the Centre for Culinary Excellence, with information about master classes for chefs wishingPrue LeithThe website of the chef’s academy, restaurant and catering service named for Prue Leith OBE, who keeps a close eye on it. The board includes some of the major names in South African gastronomy.South African Chefs Academy The website of one of the top chef schools in the country, the SA Chefs Academy. It includes links to a few other food sites and some ezines.last_img read more

Watch the State of the Nation Address 2014

first_imgWatch the video stream of South African President Jacob Zuma’s 2014 State of the Nation Address at the opening of parliament in Cape Town on Thursday 13 February.Read more:State of the Nation Address 2014: the full textPreview: State of the Nation Address 2014last_img

BRICS: Transforming the global political and economic architecture

first_imgDr Petrus de Kock, General Manager for Research at Brand South Africa, speaking at the Brand South Africa and Gauteng Growth and Development Agency research roundtable on BRICS, on Wednesday 30 September.Johannesburg, Wednesday 30 September 2015 – Since its inception, the Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) forum has made great strides in challenging the traditional global political and economic paradigm.Today, Brand South Africa in collaboration with the Gauteng Growth and Development Agency (GGDA) hosted a research roundtable titled “Deepening the relationship between South Africa, Brazil, Russia, India and China”, which reflected on how the BRICS formation challenges the current global political, economic and social paradigm and the implications of this for the BRICS brand. Most notably, the BRICS has reached a high level of institutionalisation through the establishment of the BRICS New Development Bank.Brand South Africa, the GGDA and representatives from various high commissions representing the Russia, China, India and Brazil discussed and interrogated evidence that argues that the increased formalisation of intra- and inter-BRICS interactions, including the establishment of institutions such as the BRICS New Development Bank, has led to the development of the BRICS brand, a collective image of the five member states.General Manager for Research at Brand South Africa, Dr Petrus de Kock, said analysts expressed surprise at some of the successes of the BRICS – particularly in the context of the formation of the BRICS New Development Bank.Dr De Kock said: “Based on research conducted by the BRICS Research Group, and other analysts, the BRICS have achieved a 70% implementation/compliance rate in terms of implementing Summit decisions. As a relatively young multilateral organisation, the high compliance levels by member states are a progressive indicator. This means that levels of co-operation are not only high, but that buy-in into the organisation and its objectives, is of strategic significance for all member states.”The influence of the forum on political and economic developments cannot be understated. BRICS countries have expanded the scope of co-operation and put in place a multi-layered and all-dimensional structure of co-operation covering political, economic, financial, trade, social, cultural and people-to-people exchanges.The five BRICS countries currently represent over 3 billion people, or 42% of the world population. All five members are in the top 25 of the world by population, and four are in the top 10. The five nations have a combined nominal GDP of US$16.039 trillion, equivalent to approximately 20% of the gross world product, and an estimated US$4 trillion in combined foreign reserves. It is estimated that the combined GDP (PPP) of BRICS would reach US$50 trillion mark by 2020.It is principally debated that the accomplishments and growing institutionalisation of the BRICS is enabling the Forum, to develop a brand personality, that consistently advocates for the implementation of the global developmental agenda.And due to the collective influence of collaboration among the members, as the BRICS brand grows and develops (through, among other things, institutionalisation), the nation brands of the five members states stand to benefit not only in terms of trade and economic interactions, but also due to the impact the BRICS brand can have on global governance.Follow the conversation on @Brand_SA #CompetitiveSAlast_img read more

Microsoft Launches Tools For Teachers

first_imgMicrosoft’s Education Labs launched a new project this afternoon and it’s better on trees and the environment. The group just announced a new Math Worksheet Generator where teachers can generate math problems and email them in paperless Word format to their students. In addition to Math Worksheet Generator, the group also announced plans for two additional projects to be released in the Fall. Math Worksheet Generator: Built on top of Microsoft’s math engine, this product is for teachers who want their students to get more problem solving practice. Instead of having to search for new worksheets or photocopy old ones, teachers can enter a sample problem and the generator determines the structure of the expression. From here the tool produces similar problems and generates a matching answer sheet. Teachers can use this tool for their entire class or tailor worksheets to individual work plans. Microsoft Folder-based Sites:: Education Labs also announced plans to roll out a website creator in mid-October. With this tool, teachers will be able to convert Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents into html files. From here the files can be shared with students as web pages and all the files are hosted at no cost through Microsoft. The group is currently testing different admin rights in order to allow for student uploads. Flash Cards: This product allows you to create and browse flash card decks and create favorites with your Windows Live ID. Teachers create decks by adding images, text and sound to their cards. From here students flip through the decks in Silverlight 3. One interesting part of this project is that as students answer questions, the software remembers incorrect answers and prompts those problem cards more frequently. This project is due before 2010. For more information on these projects, visit or check out the 30 minute demo video at the bottom of the Math Generator page. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… dana oshiro Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Microsoft#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more