As the Education Ministry, through the Department of Culture, Youth and Sport, prepares for what is expected to be a Costume and Float Parade with a difference, the parade route will be the same when the Jubilee Float Parade was held.The floats will assemble at Stabroek Market Square and proceed down Brickdam and culminate at D’Urban Park. This year, several businesses are expected to participate while some are still to confirm their participation. However, this year, apart from the chutney, calypso and steel pan competitions, there will be several others that will undoubtedly add some excitement to Mash celebrations.The children’s competitions will get underway in the coming weeks and will see schools from across the country competing in several competitions, including dramatic poetry, dance, poems, costumes, calypso and others.These competitions will culminate with the annual children costume and float parade. In addition, there will be a “Concert for the Elderly” and other events to attract senior citizens. The highlight of the Republic celebrations this year will be the crowning of Miss Mash 2017.Interested girls are getting registered to be a part of the glitz and glamour. The crowned queen will be featured on the Costume and Float Parade on February 23.
Share This!It’s been a little over a month since I left Europe behind, but I’ve still got a wealth of international Disney fun left that want to share. I’ve already raved about the walk-through attractions at Disneyland Paris, but today we’re taking a hard look at some of the park’s rides and shows. Every hardcore Disney fan has probably already heard about the Paris park’s unique takes on Disneyland originals like Space Mountain and Haunted Mansion (a.k.a. Phantom Manor). However, you may not know about some other Anaheim originals that have also migrated across the Atlantic, and mutated along the way. Just in case you can’t afford to fly off to France to see them for yourself, here’s a video head-to-head comparing four Disneyland Paris attractions against their Disneyland equivalents. Bonus Video: Rope Drop at Disneyland Paris FantasylandA park is much more than the sum of its rides, an there’s no better time to get a feel for a theme park than at rope drop. Watch the following video, and follow along as I am among the morning’s first guests to pass through Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Paris and explore Fantasyland. Disneyland Mark Twain Riverboat vs. Disneyland Paris Molly BrownThe Rivers of America in Disneyland’s Frontierland will soon shut down for over a year during Star Wars Land construction, and the Mark Twain riverboat will be temporarily grounded. So get in your last voyages on this vintage craft while you can.When Disneyland’s riverboat returns, it will be on an abbreviated waterway, but I’m betting there will still be better sights along the way than in Disneyland Paris. The Molly Brown is the only boat plying the rivers of Frontierland there, since their Mark Twain has rotted into retirement and their keelboats are closed.Paris has an exceptionally spectacular Big Thunder Mountain for the Molly Brown to make her way around, but the riverbanks are practically barren of animated animals, and the once-stunning geysers don’t even spritz anymore.Winner: Disneyland Disneyland Jedi Training Academy vs. Disneyland Paris Jedi Training AcademyThe Jedi Training Academy shows in Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios are charming but modest productions that take place on an outdoor space using limited props and special effects.The new Jedi Training Academy show that recently opened inside the former Videopolis theater in Disneyland Paris takes most of the script and structure of the stateside show, and amps it up with an elaborate indoor set, spectacular lighting and sound, and some superb effects — like a floating animatronic R2-D2! The young padawans in Paris even get light-up lightsabers to train with, instead of the cheap plastic toys used in the U.S.The American Jedi Training Academy shows are currently undergoing refurbishments, and will feature characters from Star Wars Rebels in time for the upcoming Season of the Force promotion. In the future, they may see a wholesale overhaul when the new Star Wars lands debut; if so, we hope they resemble the remarkable Paris production.Winner: Disneyland Paris Disneyland Storybook Land Canal Boats vs. Disneyland Paris Le Payes des Contes de FeesOne of the oldest operating attractions at Disneyland, Fantasyland’s Storybook Land Canal Boats benefit greatly from exquisite horticultural design and live narration.Disneyland Paris has the superficially similar Le Payes des Contes de Fees, but it replaces the human guide with recorded music, and the agricultural detail isn’t nearly as meticulous.And while Disneyland’s version has been updated with Frozen’s Arendelle, the Paris sets are stuck in the past (Return to Oz, anyone?) and plastered with cobwebs.Winner: Disneyland Disneyland Autopia vs. Disneyland Paris AutopiaAnother survivor from Disneyland’s early days, Tomorrowland’s Autopia in Anaheim actually takes many of its current design queues from the Discoveryland version in Paris, which pioneered the “retro agri-future” aesthetic later applied (and largely later removed) from the California park.Both attractions have similar stylings, from the futuristic billboards to the colorful car bodies, and both boast a far better track design than the comparatively boring Tomorrowland Speedway in Walt Disney World.Disneyland’s version has a slight edge in its animated queue displays, and brief off-road track section. But Paris doesn’t have FastPass for this ride, making the line move much faster. Too close to call!Winner: TIE Super Bonus Video: Buzz Lightyear In FrenchThe Buzz Lightyear shooting dark ride in Disneyland Paris is practically identical to the version found in Anaheim, except for one important difference. Have you ever wanted to hear a Buzz Lightyear audio-animatronic deliver his preshow spiel in French? Prepare for your life to be complete!
4 February 2003Deep in the KwaZulu-Natal heartland is an estate producing one of the most exclusive teas in the world. And Ntingwe tea is not only creating a stir among British connoisseurs – it’s also bringing employment to an underdeveloped area, and encouraging local “outgrowers” to grow tea on their own land.The Province’s development agency, the Ithala Development Finance Corporation Limited (Ithala), established the Ntingwe Tea Estate in 1987 in a remote part of KwaZulu-Natal, near Nkandla – an area with unemployment and illiteracy rates of up to 60%.According to Ithala, Ntingwe, the only employer of significance in an otherwise underdeveloped part of the province, produces leaf which is fetching top prices on the London Tea Market and is being sold as a speciality tea in the United Kingdom and the United States.Ntingwe tea is rated among the five best teas in the world, according to Arnold Adhihetty, a senior buyer and blender at Taylor’s of Harrogate, which markets Ntingwe tea in the United Kingdom, selling it as a pure tea under the estate’s name – in teabags marked “Zulu Tea”. Yorkshire Gold, a blend of Ntingwe tea and other varieties, is a second retail brand.Johannesburg tea and coffee agent WM Cahn told the Sunday Times last year that South Africa’s tea export market is worth about R84-million a year, and that demand for Ntingwe tea is exceeding supply.A company spokesman told that Sunday Times that the product was proving so popular with the British that 98% of WM Cahn’s Ntingwe stock had already been sold, “and the season is not yet over” – adding that WM Cahn had established ties with a number of buyers internationally and was looking to expand into the US, Europe and Pakistan.Ithala says it has so far invested over R40-million in this commercial venture, which is rich in development spin-offs, “including job creation, provision of potable water and electricity, the development of creches and schools, and the promotion of a small business sector within the communities surrounding the estate.About 300 ha of a suitable 585 ha has been planted so far, of which 200 ha of mature tea is already being harvested. As a foreign exchange earner, the estate is expected to generate around R450 million over the next 30 years. In the current financial year, 364 tons of black tea is expected to be produced, with these volumes progressively increasing to 1 750 tons by the year 2014.While this is almost exclusively exported for the speciality tea market, “local demand for a pure, high-quality tea is growing, and Ithala is looking to make a percentage of its production available in South Africa”, Ithala says on its website.Ntingwe employs more than 200 people on a permanent basis, with a further 430 being employed seasonally, with total employment envisaged to grow to about 1 200 when the estate is in full production.Ithala is also actively promoting an empowerment programme in areas surrounding the estate, establishing tea “outgrowers” on their own land, who will ultimately supply the estate’s on-site processing plant with leaf.“Already five farmers, each planting 0.125 ha with 1 000 tea plants, are participating, and the estate has received a further 55 applications which are currently being processed”, Ithala says. It is expected that outgrowers will eventually farm up to 0.4 ha each, with Ntingwe laying down parameters for them to ensure that the quality the estate has established is maintained.Although the area in which Ntingwe is developed has a high agricultural potential, this has never been realised in the past due to remoteness from input supplies and markets. The development of the tea estate has unlocked the potential of the region, and started a development process which will continue to gain in momentum as the expansion of the estate continues.SouthAfrica.info reporter
The biodigester installed in 2011 at the Siyazama Community Garden in Khayelitsha, a township outside of Cape Town, by UCT’s Engineers Without Borders group and African Green Energy.(Image: Bill Corcoran, Irin)MEDIA CONTACTS • Ben ParkerDirector, Irin News+254 20 762 2147 or +254 733 860 082Source: Irin NewsWith the number of people in Africa’s urban centres expected to grow rapidly in the next few decades, municipal waste and its disposal could pose a variety of logistical and public health challenges.Now, researchers at South Africa’s University of Cape Town are examining how to convert organic waste into biogas, which would alleviate disposal problems and help poor residents, particularly those in informal settlements, save on energy costs.The number of people living in Cape Town is expected to grow almost 60% in the next three decades, according to a 2010 demographics projection (PDF, 733KB) by the city. Meanwhile, energy prices, including the cost of electricity, have gone up at least 50% in the last four years.University of Cape Town (UCT) researcher Rethabile Melamu told Irin: “Up to 70% of organic municipal waste could be used to create biogas. We are going to set up a biogas project near an abattoir and use the leftover blood and animal waste to create fuel that can be used for cooking and heating water.” Green electricityThe process of turning waste into gas involves the breakdown of organic waste in an oxygen-free environment called a biodigester – usually a large rubber bladder or a concrete structure, depending on the scale of the project – which operates like a human stomach.This produces methane gas that can be siphoned off and used for cooking and to replace paraffin, an increasingly expensive fuel commonly used in informal settlements.In June 2012, a grant of R2.5-million (US$305 000) was provided by the National Research Foundation to UCT for small biogas demonstration projects.UCT partnered with the NGO Engineers Without Borders (EWB) and African Green Energy, a private company, to install a rubber bladder biodigester at the Siyazama Community Garden in the community of Khayelitsha near Cape Town, in 2011.EWB volunteer Francois Petousis said it cost about R10 120 ($1 200) for the raw materials and labour to install the equipment, which has a 10-year lifespan. The community gardeners grow vegetables and use the organic waste to fuel the system.Cynthia Nkqayi, a group leader at the garden that supplies vegetables to Abalimi, an urban agriculture association, believes the biodigester is a great addition to their operation because they use gas for cooking every day. It has also saved them money.“We used to buy about R300 [$36] worth of gas every two months for cooking, so it is a big saving for us to have the biogas here, as it is free,” said Nkqayi.There are similar pilot projects underway across the country.Melamu, who has researched biogas since 2000, believes it is not a fuel that could replace traditional energy sources, but that it should be added to a mix of renewable energy sources like solar and wind power.“Biogas system installations have creased steadily since 2000, and now there are thousands of systems … around the country,” she said.The company Bio2Watt, for example, aims to build and operate commercially viable biogas plants throughout South Africa. These plants will use waste streams to produce green electricity. South Africa slow to catch up The government is now considering whether it should supply biogas to the poor.David Mahuma of the South African National Energy Development Institute (Sanedi), which has been asked to examine the question, said, “Biogas becomes a good energy provider if you have the biomass resources to create it. But we are only beginning to assess its potential, and are still at the costing stage in terms of looking at its viability at a national level.”Last year, the government announced that renewable energy should make up 42% of new capacity.But despite the suitability of biogas as a fuel source for low-income families and agricultural businesses, South Africa has been slower than other African countries to embrace biogas.The country’s energy infrastructure is more developed than those in Kenya and Ethiopia, where biogas production has secured a firm foothold.Dutch development agency, SNV, which has been involved in setting up domestic biogas programmes in Nepal since 1989, has partnered with national bodies in nine African countries to roll out biogas initiatives under its ‘Africa Biogas Partnership Programme’ framework.This market-orientated programme took off at the end of 2008, with Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Kenya, Senegal, Tanzania and Uganda coming on board. It aims to reach 70 000 households via a variety of different biogas projects by 2013. Cameroon has been developing its own programme since 2009, and Benin since 2010.UCT’s Melamu said the potential for biogas in South Africa’s urban areas is “huge when you see what has been achieved in countries like India, where biogas production is very well-developed. In India’s Pune City, municipal waste is turned into biogas and used to power the urban street lights. There really are numerous ways to use it,” she said. Urban and rural energy needs The dichotomous nature of South Africa’s economy – which has highly developed industries and living standards alongside widespread poverty – coupled with rising fuel and electricity costs mean there is a huge need for affordable energy sources both in urban and rural areas.Government statistics show that 3.7-million people in South Africa, predominately in rural areas, currently do not have access to electricity, and many more still use traditional biomass for cooking.The 2008 South Africa National Household Biogas Feasibility Study, produced by Agama Energy, an engineering consultancy, concluded that at the timethere were at least 310 000 households – 9.5% of South Africa’s rural households – showing technical viability for participation in a rural biogas programme.For a household to be viable, it needs access to enough animal or plant waste to feed a biodigester.
A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Last week we told you about some upcoming Web Conferences. We also gave away a ticket to Defrag, which is on right now. The winner was Kevin Cawley, so hope he is having a good time 🙂 R/WW has a few people at Defrag – Sean, Alex and Charles Knight (of AltSearchEngines) are all there. The Web 2.0 Expo is on this week too, in Berlin – give us a shout if you’re attending, it’d be good to have some coverage of it on R/WW.We had some follow up messages about other events, so here is an update…The GigaOm Network is presenting a one day event called NewTeeVee Live, to be held in San Francisco on 14th of November. The event will showcase the online video industry. NewTeeVee is a similar blog to last100 (a Read/WriteWeb Network blog), so we will be closely following the action. R/WW readers can get a discount on NewTeeVee live tickets by clicking here.Note: if anyone would like to provide some live coverage of NewTeeVee Live for last100, please contact us. We may be able to get you a free press pass to the event.Blog World Expo, Nov 8 – 9 in Las VegasThis is where the Weblog Awards 2007 will be announced — VOTE FOR READ/WRITEWEB! pleeease. Also our friend Allen Stern from CenterNetworks will be present, apparently with a mini video camera attached to his head!Widgety GoodnessBritish startup Snipperoo is holding a conference about widgets on December 6, 2007, at Brighton. We have 2 free tickets to give away! To enter, simply leave a comment on this post, telling us what your all-time favorite widget is. Note the event is in the UK, so make sure you can attend if you enter. I’ll pick the 2 winners by end of this week.Intelligence at the Interface, Nov 7, Palo AltoI really want someone to write up this event for us – so please yell out if you’re going and you’re up for doing a guest post on R/WW. Here’s a description from an email I received:“SRI is demoing CALO (cognitive agent that learns and organizes), a rare glimpse. ItÄôs use is military-only, and will never see the public (Radar did work on this project in its early days). XEROC PARC is demoing a social context-aware, mobile app. (going live only in Japan to start), that works like a tour guide, and Yahoo Berkeley Labs is demoing an application that uses social, spatial, and temporal context to support and enhance key user tasks (runs only on a special Nokia phone). Really, really cool stuff, all Web3.0, and the location-aware stuff is especially cool — a lot like the Äúholy grailÄù of mobile networking that people keep talking about.”I’m sure there are many more web conferences happening, but I will be here all night… so if you have an event on that you want R/WW readers to know about, let us know in the comments. Or you can enter it in our Events Board, hosted by EventBee. You can list your event there for as little as $75. richard macmanus Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Events Guide#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
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For the whole story, read our new Shop Direct business success story. As always, you can find this one, and many others, in the Intel.com Reference Room and IT Center. To maximize efficiency, Shop Direct’s tech team rolled out new desktop and laptop PCs from Dell powered by Intel® vPro™ technology. The remote manageability features of Intel vPro technology made the migration to Microsoft Windows 7 much easier and also made it simple to manage the company’s PC fleet and handle tasks remotely. The result? The company was able to upgrade its new Dell Optiplex* 960 and 980 desktop PCs and Dell Latitude* E64 series and E43 series notebooks from Windows Vista to Windows 7 literally overnight with minimum impact on employee productivity. And the secure remote wake-up features of Intel vPro technology help save power because the IT team can turn on devices only when needed. UK online retailer Shop Direct Group must respond quickly to customer requests and keep deliveries timely. But it’s not always easy. Resolving even minor PC issues often meant sending out IT technicians for a lengthy and expensive desk-side visit. Plus, the company wanted to minimize costs and disruption for end users during its planned migration from Microsoft Windows Vista* to Windows* 7. “At the end of the day, having a slicker PC management solution means employees can work smarter and faster, delivering a more compelling service to our retail customers,” said a Shop Direct Group spokesperson.
Mauricio Isla struck late as Chile advanced to the semifinals of the Copa America with a 1-0 victory over nine-man Uruguay in a quarterfinal match here.In Wednesday’s match, the Juventus full-back found the target nine minutes from time after Uruguay forward Edinson Cavani was dismissed following a second yellow card for an off-the-ball incident with Gonzalo Jara, reported Xinhua news agency.Uruguay were handicapped further when Jorge Fucile was also booked for a second time for a rash tackle on Alexis Sanchez.The hosts will now confront the winner of Thursday’s quarterfinal between Bolivia and Peru for a place in the final.Jorge Sampaoli’s team are aiming to win the Copa America for the first time, despite the fact this will be their 20th appearance in the tournament’s last four.
A fine collective effort helped India beat Zimbabwe by 54 runs in their first Twenty20 International of a two-match series at the Harare Sports Club here on Friday.Set a target of 179, Zimbabwe could muster only 124 for 7, undone by the slow bowling pair of Axar Patel (3 for 17) and Harbhajan Singh (2 for 29), who derailed them after a promising start. The hosts began their run chase on a sedate note. Openers Hamilton Masakadza and Chamu Chibhabha tried to play themselves in, with the intention of building up a partnership.They showed no urgency and were happy scoring at six runs per over, reaching 38/0 in six overs. They tried to force the pace from then on, with Masakadza lifting offspinner Harbhajan Singh for a six over mid-wicket. Masakadza-Chibhabha took 12 runs off the veteran spinners’s first over to kickstart their chase.But Harbhajan came back strongly in his next over to send back Chibhabha (23 off 27 balls), inducing a mistimed lofted shot.That triggered a slide, which saw Zimbabwe lose three wickets in the next two overs. Left-arm tweaker Axar Patel accounted for Masakadza (28) and skipper Elton Chigumbura (1) within four balls. His good work was complemented by Harbhajan who claimed Charles Coventry (10) to reduce Zimbabwe to 68 for 4 in 10.5 overs.From there on, it was a tall order for the hosts, one which proved insurmountable. Earlier, experienced batsman-wicketkeeper Robin Uthappa played a responsible 35-ball 39-run knock to guide India to 178 for 5 after the visitors opted to bat after winning the toss.India got off the blocks strongly with openers Ajinkya Rahane and Murali Vijay scoring at a fast clip. Murali Vijay was the more aggressive of the two, hitting five boundaries and a six. But just when it seemed that India would run away with the proceedings, Vijay (34 off 19 balls) was run out in the seventh over.advertisementVijay’s attempted quick singles brought out his downfall as he was undone by a smart direct throw from Sikandar Raja at midwicket.His dismissal checked India’s run-making spree, which was quickly dealt another blow when skipper Rahane (33 off 32 balls) departed 14 balls later. Rahane, deceived by a flighted leg-break from left-armer Graeme Cremer, scooped a leading edge to point, with the score at 82 for 2 in 9.2 overs.Debutant Manish Pandey and seasoned Robin Uthappa were then saddled with the task of resurrecting India’s innings. They kept the scoreboard ticking, rotating the strike as well as hitting the odd big shot but, overall, Zimbabwe managed to check the run-flow. The Pandey-Uthappa duo took India to 123/2 in 15 overs and laid a platform for a late-innings assault.But Pandey’s attempt to up the ante ended in his departure, in the second ball of the 16th over, after walloping the previous ball to the boundary. He managed a run-a-ball 19.The onus shifted to Uthappa, who responsibly stayed at the wicket till the end to guide the team to a decent score. Right-arm medium-pacer Chris Mpofu was the most successful bowler for the home team, bagging three wickets for 33 runs in four overs.