Watch: Did Philip Rivers mock Raiders before taking a snap?

first_imgClick HERE if you’re having trouble viewing the gallery on your mobile device.No one beats the Raiders as much as Philip Rivers. And perhaps no quarterback gets under their skin quite like the Chargers star, who was doing what he does best again on Sunday.Rivers was nearly perfect while throwing for 339 yards and a pair of touchdowns in a 26-10 win over Oakland, which included some nearly-perfect trash talk caught on television.“Nice defense, huh,” Rivers seemed to say loud enough for TV …last_img

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Google Maps launches the Mzansi Experience

first_imgAcross the globe, people can now explore the beauty of South Africa virtually through Google Maps. From the views from atop Table Mountain to animals grazing in the Kruger National Park, South Africa’s natural wonders are on display for all the world to appreciate. Google Maps shows an elephant grazing in Kruger National Park. (Image: Google Maps blog) • Tourists watch as buffalo burst tyre to chase lions away   • South Africa’s tourism improves  • World falls in love with South African baby elephant   Priya PitamberGoogle Maps has launched its Mzansi Experience: Discover South Africa for people across the world to discover the wonders of the country.“A virtual trip to South Africa awaits you in Google Maps,” wrote Sven Tresp, street view special collections program manager on the Google Africa blog.He said the country was well known for its unique array of wildlife.“Visiting Kruger National Park in Google Maps, you can see some of its majestic creatures as if you were there in real life,” Tresp wrote.“Catch a glimpse of a rhinoceros grazing the plains, an elephant enjoying a grassy snack, and a herd of buffalo charging against the wind. You may even spot a leopard, who often remain elusive to tourists and locals alike.”We are proud to launch The Mzansi Experience: Discover SA on Google Maps #ExploreMzansi — googleafrica (@googleafrica) March 8, 2016 Google Maps show buffalo grazing in the Kruger National Park. (Image: Screengrab via Google Maps)South African Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom attended the launch in Cape Town on 8 March. He dispelled his initial worry about virtual tours and said it could drive tourism to the country.Minister @Derek_Hanekom speaks at #exploremzansi launch at Cape Point @googleafrica — Praveen Naidoo (@tourism_media1) March 8, 2016Minister @Derek_Hanekom said that at 1st he was worried by virtual tours, but now sees them as driving tourism — Megan Ellis (@Megg_Ellis) March 8, 2016Tresp said climbing to the top of Table Mountain gave people a breathtaking view, even on cloudy days. “Feeling like you’re on top of the world has never been so easy as it is at Jonkershoek Nature Reserve in the Western Cape.”In more good news, Google Maps Street View will be expanded to more SA tourist destinations. This is only the beginning #ExploreMzansi — iafrica Travel (@iafricatravel) March 8, 2016Tresp wrote that South Africa was a must for people who loved the beach. “With Street View, you can watch the waves break at Sandy Beach, gaze at the clear blue sky and water at Clifton Beach, go parasailing at Sunset Beach or just take a long walk along Durban’s Golden Mile.” Keen for a walk? #ExploreMzansi virtually on Google Maps, you could be on Durban beach now Posted by Department of Tourism on Tuesday, March 8, 2016He hoped that visiting the country through Google Maps would inspire a deeper appreciation for the country, the wildlife and Africa’s beauty.last_img read more

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The Small Business Handbook gives guidance to aspiring entrepreneurs

first_imgAn international businesswoman, consultant and mentor, Nokwazi Mzobe is playing her part and sharing her deep experience with current and aspiring South African entrepreneurs in her new book, The Small Business Handbook.Already established in the world of global entrepreneurship, consultant and business mentor Nokwazi Mzobe is sharing her knowledge and expertise with South Africa’s new generation of aspiring businesspeople. (Image supplied)Mathiba MolefeBusinesswoman Nokwazi Mzobe is sharing her wealth of international experience with the new crop of ambitious South African entrepreneurs in her new book, The Small Business Handbook.The guide was launched earlier this month at Nu Metro Cinemas in Hyde Park, drawing a range of high-profile guests. Minister of Home Affairs Hlengiwe Mkhize gave the keynote address, with the backing of MCs Anele Mkuzo-Magape and Gugu Nkabinde.“Looking back on my adventure as an entrepreneur, I always wished there was a single, accessible source in which to find the answers to my questions or solve problems, or at least point me in the right direction,” Mzobe says.“That’s the inspiration behind The Small Business Handbook.”Before Mzobe started Matoyana, her consulting agency, she spent eight years at two Fortune 500 multinational companies operating throughout Africa and the Middle East, where she developed and honed her business skills.Mzobe then decided to take a year off to do her MBA, focusing on entrepreneurship and innovation.This inspired her to establish Matoyana, which allows her to follow her passion for consulting and mentorship services. Her consultancy work enables other entrepreneurs to run successful, sustainable businesses, helping promote a culture of entrepreneurship and innovative thinking in the South African business community.Mzobe says her book is far from being a typical business publication. It is more of a guide, covering 17 critical business-related topics. These include the role of social media in business as well as finance and best practices. She says the book is easy to understand and can be referenced on a daily basis to provide inspiration and practical advice.Beyond just businessMzobe’s willingness to improve people’s lives goes further than just the world of business.Among a number of other endeavours, she has set in motions plans to partner with a local NGO to develop and maintain urban gardens.She says her biggest wish is to improve education in South Africa. Mzobe’s mantra is a quote from media mogul Ellis Watson: “Just be obsessed about being brilliant and the money will come by default rather than by design.”The Small Business HandbookMzobe says her book is far from being a typical business publication. It is more of a guide, covering 17 critical business-related topics.The Small Business Handbook is a tool business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs can refer to for ideas on how to address issues in their businesses. Other topics covered include how to create an ethical business environment, and understanding different revenue strategies.The book is available online through the Matoyana website. Visit their Facebook and Instagram pages for more information.Would 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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Baleage: An option in better haymaking

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Throughout the Midwest, spring rains can make putting up dry hay very difficult. Last year, many producers struggled to get hay up without it getting rained on. This brings me to discuss baleage as an option for hay making.It is easy to see the reasons why you should consider baleage. Making hay at higher moisture allows you to bale closer to cutting and shorten the window of dry weather needed to get hay up. It also leads to less leaf loss, less nutrient leaching, and that makes for better quality hay. Wrapping bales also leads to less storage loss.Waiting on dry weather can also impact forage quality and productions. As forage continues to grow and mature the quality will decline. When producing dry hay, often times traffic is still an issue on fields as much as five days after cutting. This can drastically decrease yields for the next cutting. Baleage allows for a quick on and off of the field.Timing is crucial in making baleage. I recommend cutting the forage in the afternoon if possible as the sugars will be the highest in the plant during the afternoon. Baling should occur with a target of 50% moisture in the bale. The targeted range should be no more than 40% to 60% moisture. When bale moisture gets on either side of that range, fermentation patterns will be poor.Proper wrapping is very important. If the wrap is too thin, torn, or not quality plastic, your baleage will be sub-par. Baleage is only as good as the integrity of the plastic you use. Using net wrap will provide a smooth surface to wrap with less opportunity for air pockets or the plastic to be poked through.Storage of the baleage needs to be in an area that can be monitored for rodents and raccoons. Anything that tears plastic or compromises the anaerobic environment will result in ruined baleage. Storing bales close to where they will be fed is wise. Moving bales after wrapping can be difficult. Spearing the bales or poking holes in the plastic will negatively impact the baleage. You may need to look into bale grabbers or methods of grabbing and moving bales without compromising the plastic.A few tips:• Monitor bale size — large bales can weigh too much and be difficult to handle.• For balers with knives, think about removing half of the knives to improve bale integrity and limit bales that “blow apart” once opening.• Use inoculants, especially following a frost or in drier weather.• Avoid dirt and manure contamination. Listeria and Clostriduim can be an issue and cause serious risk.• Wrap will cost about $3 to $5 per bale. Don’t short the layers of wrap needed to get a good seal.• When doing a feed inventory or selling hay, remember half of the bale is water. Dry hay is only 15% moisture.last_img read more

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Nudging Passive House Concepts into the Mainstream

first_imgEarly adopters often make good news stories. Some of the most popular focus on early adopter compulsion: the spectacle of thousands of people lining up to purchase an electronic gadget – a game console, cell phone, video player, laptop, or tablet computer – the day it is released.But there also are stories about early adopters whose behavior is driven not by a need to stand at the forefront of high-tech consumerism – an exasperating cause, in many cases, since improved iterations are launched only months later – but by rational assessments of the long-term benefits of a new product, technology, or strategy that involves a far larger financial and emotional commitment than the latest electronic gewgaw. That notion came to mind over the weekend with the publication of a New York Times story about a home being built in Norwich, Vermont, to meet the Passivhaus standard.Passive House’s early adopter status in the U.S.The story, “Can We Build a Brighter Shade of Green?,” offers a consumer-oriented overview of the Passivhaus strategy and the perspectives of Barbara and Steven Landau, who have been working with architecture firm ZeroEnergy Design and builder Bensonwood Homes as they wend their way through the details of equipping the 2,700-sq.-ft. house to their liking while also keeping the calculations for its eventual performance in line with Passive House requirements.What’s encouraging about the Times piece is that, thanks to the paper’s relatively large distribution in print and vast reach online, it can add significantly to the consumer conversation about energy efficient homes in general and their highest performance standard, Passive House, in particular, whether the focus is comfort, upfront costs, energy savings, durability, environmental concerns, or all of the above.It’s also helpful that the article, which includes comments by Passive House Institute U.S. director Katrin Klingenberg, points out the disparity between Passive House adoption in Europe, where the standard has been applied to almost 25,000 structures, and its adoption in the United States, where it has been applied to a little more than a dozen new buildings so far, with a few dozen more aiming for Passive House certification.A quest for performance, but not necessarily certificationThe Landaus’ three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath house is designed to include R-60 above-grade walls, an R-87 roof, R-36 basement walls, and an R-75 basement slab, according to ZeroEnergy Design. Whereas the price premium for building a similar structure in Europe would be just under 5%, in the United States it is about 15%. Design and construction costs for the Landau house likely will top $550,000.“If we were in Europe, most of the materials and equipment would be off-the-shelf and readily available from local suppliers,” Bensonwood Homes’ owner, Tedd Benson, told the paper. “And they would have already been vetted and certified by the Passivhaus Institut (in Darmstadt, Germany), with their performance specifications already linked into the passive-house software. Here, we have to invent the systems and try to find the materials, products and equipment that will help us meet the passive-house standards.”But for all she and her husband have invested in the airtightness, insulation, equipment, and amenities in the house, Barbara Landau added that earning Passive House certification is secondary to having a comfortable, energy efficient, and durable home to live in.“Many times along the way, we thought ‘Why are we trying to meet this standard to be certified as a passive house?’ ” she told the Times. “And we talked about it a lot and I think we came to the conclusion that we don’t really care about the certification. What we really were interested in was making sure that when we built this house that it would work the way we wanted it to work.”last_img read more

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