‘Use technology to improve housing’

first_img1 October 2010The Department of Human Settlements is on a quest to find new technologies that are both cost-effective and quality-oriented to provide better housing for poorer South Africans.The technology needs to be environmentally friendly, sustainable and address other challenges facing housing in the country, Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale said this week during the department’s Alternative Building Technologies Indaba in Johannesburg.The two-day indaba brought together officials from all spheres of government, the private sector, regulatory authorities, scientific, research and tertiary institutions.Sexwale called on delegates to ensure that the indaba was more than just a “talk shop”, urging them to make it a productive working session that would give rise to ideas that could be implemented.Green solutionsSexwale said his department was looking for new ways of building better homes, which included new green solutions and mechanisms for responding to climate change.He elaborated that the department was looking for new ideas on issues such as internal electrification, solar panels, improved sanitation, heating and water reticulation systems, and durable roofing.Technology that benefited people needed to be both cost-effective and sustainable, he said. However, the minister stressed that while the department was cost-conscious and looking for cheaper material, quality would not be compromised.Sexwale added that the focus of his department was to build sustainable human settlements. He described these as places where people “stay, play and pray”. The minister said that this integrated approach was aimed at developing proper suburbs, villages and towns.Rapid urbanisationSexwale said that some old technologies that had produced houses that stood strong over centuries should not be ignored. Modern technology needed to complement and build on century-old initiatives.New technologies should also assist in the identification of available land, the minister added.“Given rapid urbanisation and the rate of population growth, with the diminishing availability of land in relation to the growing number of people, it means we have to apply new technologies to build better homes,” he said.Sexwale said South Africa also needed to pay attention to the experience of other countries such as Malaysia, Singapore, China, Angola and Equatorial Guinea, which have made significant strides in the area of human settlements.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

ReadWriteStart Events & Deadlines for Startups, 19 June 2010

first_imgTransfer Summit UKTransfer Summit will be held June 24-25 at Keble College in Oxford, England. The event, which includes a BarCamp, is focused on on Open Source technology/collaboration/innovation as it intersects industry, research, and academia. Our attendees are an amalgam of business executives and technologists, interested in streamlining the innovation and resource discovery process, cultivating partnerships, and accelerating the process of commercializing products. There are a lot of great activities happening in the startup world, and we would like to help you make sure you’re on top of these opportunities. The ReadWriteStart Calendar tracks both startup-oriented events as well as application deadlines (for competitions, grants, and incubators, for example).If you’d like to add something to the calendar, leave a comment here or email us.Here are some of the upcoming deadlines and events that caught our eye this past week: Creative Commons Catalyst Grants As we reported this week, Creative Commons is accepting applications for their Catalyst Grants through the end of the month. These grants are meant to seed activities that support the Creative Commons mission. Applications due June 30. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Women 2.0 Labs Women 2.0 is sponsoring Women 2.0 Labs, a new 5-week program (July 6 – August 5, 2010) for engineers, developers, biz dev folks, and marketing mavens to develop high-growth technology ventures in San Francisco, CA. Applications due June 20. Tags:#events#start Edmonton Startup Weekend Edmonton, Alberta’s Startup Weekend will take place June 25-27. As with the other Startup Weekend events, it promises to bring together “developers, designers, marketers, inventors, and anyone else interested in ideas and startups to see what they can build in 54 hours. “ audrey watters A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Photo credits: Keble College photo by Flickr user Dimitry Blast_img read more

Bury being investigated by police over allegations of fraud

first_imgShare on LinkedIn Share on Facebook Share on Messenger Football politics Greater Manchester police have started a fraud inquiry into the money crisis that led to Bury’s expulsion from the English Football League last week.In a short statement, the force said: “On 18 June 2019, police received a report of fraud involving Bury football club. No arrests have been made and inquiries are ongoing.” Greater Manchester Jonathan Wilson Reuse this content Football League news Topics Twitter Andy Burnham Read morecenter_img Bury The EFL also pointed out that the “only established procedure for entry to the EFL is through promotion from the National League” and there is no precedent for a club taking a shortcut to the league following expulsion. Furthermore, it said the decision on where a club re-enters the league pyramid is made by the Football Association, following an application.The coalition trying to save Bury includes the Greater Manchester combined authority, which said: “We are establishing a working group to develop a proposal to the Football League that would allow Bury to be admitted to League Two for the start of the 2020-21 season, subject to the submission of a credible plan to rebuild Bury FC before the end of this year.“First, we will work to develop a clear proposal to the English Football League, by Friday September 20, that will allow us the opportunity to work towards re-entry to League Two. Second, if the EFL agrees to that proposal, we will then work on a credible plan to rebuild the club, which all signatories to this statement will feel able to endorse. Third, if that credible plan fails to emerge within the deadline then we accept the EFL’s right to impose their original decision.” Facebook The police inquiry represents a serious escalation of investigations into the collapse of the club, which was expelled from the league after 125 years when a last-minute takeover fell through.The Labour MP James Frith, who has spearheaded efforts to save Bury from extinction, welcomed the police inquiry. He said: “It has been felt for some time that financial irregularities and the mismanagement of Bury has undermined efforts on the pitch and at the club.“I strongly support the police’s efforts to assess any wrongdoing. The town and wider community’s focus now is on a single bid to the EFL for compassionate readmission to League Two from [August] 2020 and all my efforts will be going into that.”The fraud complaint was made to police exactly one month before the club’s owner, Steve Dale, reached a company voluntary arrangement to repay the club’s creditors 25% of the £9m they were owed. However, the arrangement was dependent on being able to play fixtures this season.The Insolvency Practitioners Association said last week that it would investigate the circumstances surrounding the CVA.A coalition of local MPs, official bodies and the supporters’ group Forever Bury is preparing to submit a bid to the EFL that would save Bury by allowing them to start next season in League Two. The alternative would see the club collapse into liquidation and have to begin life as a so-called “phoenix club” in non-league football.The EFL said on Tuesday it would discuss with its remaining 71 member clubs the idea of Bury rejoining League Two next season – a statement welcomed by Frith, the MP for Bury North.The league expressed its regret over Bury‘s expulsion but said it was “a consequence of severe financial problems … over an extended period of time”. Pinterest Share on Pinterest Share via Email Manchester The mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, talks to Bury fans outside Gigg Lane. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter Turning our clubs into global brands means there will be more Buryslast_img read more

NEW EMPLOYEE AIMS FOR TOUCH GROWTH

first_imgThe ATA would like to announce that from Monday, November 8, Rachel Moyle will be commencing full time employment with the association. Rachel has been working with the ATA since September 2003 when she was awarded the media scholarship position. She has attended several ATA events and worked on maintaining the website. From Monday onwards she will be continuing work with the ATA in the Media field. This work will encompass both current tournament and website duties, as well as further media relations for Touch throughout Australia. She will be working to gain the sport more public attention, raise awareness and knowledge and help with gaining assistance and sponsorship through the media. Rachel will be available for all local, regional and state associations to work with. She is able to write stories, media releases and assist with general media work for all levels and groups involved with Touch. Please feel free to contact Rachel at any stage if you have a story or press release that needs to be written or would like assistance for either your website or local newspapers and media outlets. Please also feel free to contact her if you would like assistance in gaining publicity for your event or tournament. Rachel’s employment will also encompass two other areas for Australian Touch. She will be taking over the national travel and accommodation for ATA, part of the job Mellissa Craft held until recently finishing at ATA. She will also be undertaking the management of the Hot Spots program. The Hot Spots program has been introduced to assist CB’s and their Business Development Managers to attract new affiliates and to win back unaffiliated groups. The ATA envisages this program to produce a 3% growth in affiliated teams for the 2004/05 period. The ATA will help meet the requirements for a new affiliate by offering the following Hot Spots package. * Advertising campaign * Starter Kit made up of Administration Polo Shirts, 5 Touch Balls, 5 Referee Shirts * 5 targeted referee training sessions * Targeted Sporting Pulse education * Affiliate CD (marketing CD) * Sportsware Competition and Database program All enquiries on media work or assistance, the Hot Spots program and national travel and accommodation can be directed to Rachel Moyle at media@austouch.com.aulast_img read more