South Africa is committed to strong fiscal discipline

first_img• With regards to the fiscal framework, government has stuck to its spending limits for the past three years and is on track to stay within the expenditure ceiling in 2015/16.• Government’s central fiscal objective over the medium term is to stabilise the growth of debt as a share of GDP.• Strict adherence to the planned expenditure ceiling as well as the proposed long-term fiscal guideline of linking government spending with long term growth are projected to result in gross debt stabilising at 49.4% of GDP in 2018/19.• South Africa has also regularly acknowledged for the transparency of its budget procedures. According to the Open Budget Index of the International Budget Partnership, South Africa is ranked third of 102 countries in 2015.last_img

Glen Newcomer, Oct. 9

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We started harvesting a couple of weeks ago and since then we have been working on soybeans. We have a third of our soybeans cut so far. We have not shelled any corn yet, but we are getting ready to switch over to that now that we are having some rain delays.We have been having sporadic rains that have really prohibited us from getting aggressive on harvesting soybeans. Most of the soybeans that we have been harvesting have been in the 10% to 11% range. It has been difficult to manage or harvest soybeans around the optimal moisture of 13%.We have been staying current on keeping up with soybean harvest as they mature. The last several days it has been raining which has slowed us down. I believe that we will be able to cut straight through with the rest of the varieties. All of the beans are now ready to be harvested.Yields have been sporadic. They have been a reflection of the stresses we have seen during the growing season and the different soil types. We have seen beans in the 60s and we have had beans in the 30s. It has been all over the board.From neighboring farmers we have heard about variable moisture in the corn from the high teens to the mid 20s and yields appear to be very good. There are a few stalk concerns at this time. Over the weekend we had some high winds and the drought stressed corn had some stalk breakage, but the vast majority is still standing fine.The crop is coming off rapidly. When the weather breaks this next time I believe everyone around here will be going at it very aggressively. I am happy we went back and replanted the soybean acres that we did. It clearly shows the advantage to having the plant population out there.last_img read more

Drainline Heat Exchangers

first_imgAlex is founder of BuildingGreen, Inc. and executive editor of Environmental Building News. He also recently created the Resilient Design Institute. To keep up with Alex’s latest articles and musings, you can sign up for his Twitter feed. No moving parts, nothing to wear outThe beauty of drainline heat exchangers is that there are no moving parts, nothing the wear out, and nothing to get clogged. Only fresh water goes through the small-diameter supply pipes; any hair or other materials pass through a standard, smooth drain pipe. Several versionsThere are four manufacturers of drainline heat exchangers that I’m aware of: Vasile’s original company, WaterFilm Energy of Medford, New York, and three Canadian companies: EcoInnovation Technologies of St-Louis-de-Gonzague, Quebec, which makes the Eco-GFX; ReTherm Energy Systems of Summerside, Prince Edward Island; and RenewAbility Energy of Kitchener, Ontario, which makes the Power-Pipe.Most of these have a single 1/2-inch copper pipe coiled around a length (typically three to five feet) of 2-inch or 3-inch diameter drain pipe.The Power-Pipe is a little different than the others. It has a header that splits the supply pipe into four smaller, square-cross-section pipes that provide more surface area for heat transfer.Most of these manufacturers offer various lengths and diameters of drainline and can accommodate different supply pipe diameters. GBA Encyclopedia: Drain-water heat recoveryGBA Product Guide: Domestic Water Heat ReclaimersQ&A: Plumbing question – Domestic Water Heat Reclaimer CostInstalled in a new home, drainline heat exchangers typically cost $500 to $800 (including installation). Costs in multifamily buildings should be lower. In some states there are rebates available for such systems. How a drainline heat exchanger worksThe process is pretty simple. A special section of copper drainpipe is installed beneath a shower (typically the largest hot water use in a home) or other hot wastewater source. This section of drainpipe has smaller-diameter copper piping wrapped tightly around it. The cold-water supply pipe leading into the water heater is diverted so that it flows through the small-diameter copper pipe. RELATED ARTICLES When hot water is being pulled from the water heater to supply the shower, the water going into the water heater is preheated by the wastewater going down the shower drain. If it’s a tankless — rather than storage — water heater, the incoming water temperature will be higher, so less energy will be required to get it up to the needed delivery temperature — thus saving energy (though the tankless water heater has to be thermostatically controlled and, thus, able to deal with inlet water of varying temperature).The man who invented the drainwater heater exchanger, Carmine Vasile, called the product a GFX, for “gravity-film exchange,” recognizing that water going down a vertical pipe forms a film that clings to the inner walls of the pipe where the heat can effectively be transferred through the copper to the supply water. Over the past few weeks I’ve written about various strategies to produce hot water efficiently. We’ve seen that tankless water heaters are more efficient than storage water heaters (though are not without their drawbacks), and we’ve learned that heat-pump water heaters produce two to three times as much heat per unit of electricity consumed as electric water heaters that rely on electric resistance heat.But the unfortunate reality is that even with the most efficient methods of generating hot water, we still lose the vast majority of that heat down the drain. Domestic hot water is a once-through product. I’ve seen estimates that 90% of the heat in hot water is lost down the drain. Dan Cautley, an energy engineer with the Energy Center of Wisconsin, says that drain water “may be one of our largest untapped resources.”It turns out that we can do something about that. In the right application, drainline heat exchangers allow a significant portion of the heat from hot water going down the drain to be recovered. Maximizing recovery efficiencyAccording to an article in Environmental Building News, heat recovery efficiency can be as high as 60% — which can effectively double the water heating efficiency. Just how much benefit a drainline heat exchanger will provide will depend on usage patterns and how the plumbing in a house is configured.For the highest rate of heat recovery, it is ideal if all household members use the same shower (or have several showers that drain through the same vertical length of drainline). It helps if the water heater is in a basement (or beneath the showers and close by, so that there is minimal length of supply piping from the heat exchanger to the water heater).These systems are even more cost-effective in schools and commercial buildings that use a lot of hot water: school shower facilities, health clubs, laundromats, commercial kitchens, etc.last_img read more

Money Monday

first_imgBy Barbara O’NeillDoes the military provide any type of compensation assistance for daily living activities?Yes. Special Compensation for Assistance with Activities of Daily Living (SCAADL) was authorized by the Fiscal Year 2010 National Defense Authorization Act (Public Law 111-84). This special monthly compensation is for eligible catastrophically injured or ill service members who require assistance with activities of daily living or who are at a high risk for personal safety and cannot live independently in the community without caregiver support. SCAADL provides financial assistance for non-medical care, support, and assistance by a primary caregiver for the service member. Catastrophically wounded, ill, and injured service members and their caregivers should discuss eligibility for this program with their primary care managers or care coordinators. To be eligible, service members must:have a catastrophic injury or illness incurred in the line of duty that compromises their ability to carry out activities of daily living such that they require personal or mechanical assistance to leave the home or bed or require constant supervision to avoid physical harm to themselves or others;be certified by a licensed physician to be in need of assistance from another person to perform the personal functions of everyday living; andrequire some form of residential institutional care in the absence of this provisionFor more information, click here.Browse more military personal finance webinars and blog posts by experts.Follow Dr. O’Neill on Twitter!This post was published on the Military Families Learning Network Blog on December 16, 2013last_img read more

Veer Savarkar’s portrait unveiled in Goa House

first_imgGoa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant reiterated Veer Savarkar’s contribution to the freedom movement here on Tuesday after unveiling his portrait in the Goa Assembly.“His contribution to the freedom struggle should reach people. The tortures endured by Veer Savarkar in the Andaman prison have been forgotten. People should read his autobiography,” said Mr. Sawant.“We did not do an official programme. We just installed a portrait. The new generation should learn from these leaders, they should not forget them,” said Mr. Sawant.Replying to questions from presspersons on the sidelines of the function, Mr. Sawant said he would allocate more portfolios to Ministers soon. “The code of conduct has just been withdrawn. After administrative issues are looked into, portfolios will be distributed as soon as possible,” he said.The monsoon session of the Assembly would be held towards the end of June in which the budget would be ptresented, Mr. Sawant said. He said all ministers in Goa have been invited for Prime Minister’s swearing-in in New Delhi on May 30.last_img read more

a month agoMan City chiefs see Van ­Bronckhorst as Guardiola successor

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City chiefs see Van ­Bronckhorst as Guardiola successorby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveGiovanni van ­Bronckhorst has been handed an access-all-areas role at Manchester City.The Mirror says City approached former Feyenoord coach Van Bronckhorst – who has signed a contract that has put him on the payroll.The plan is for him to remain in Manchester if it proves a good fit.Pep Guardiola’s contract with City expires in the summer of 2021.And after seeing rivals Manchester United flounder in the six years since Sir Alex Ferguson retired, the Spanish executives who run the club for Sheikh Mansour want to put a succession plan in place.Van Bronckhorst will spend the next year getting to know the inner workings of the club that has become the dominant force in English football over the last decade.He is currently working alongside close friend Brian Marwood, City’s highly-influential Football Administration Officer. last_img read more

Maersks NineMonth Profit Hit by Energy Division Sales

first_imgzoom Danish conglomerate A.P. Moller – Maersk posted a nine-month loss USD 1.6 billion, sinking into the red from last year’s profit of USD 780 million.The group’s loss includes the impact from discontinued operations and was primarily related to post-tax impairments of net USD 2.8 billion in Maersk Drilling, APM Terminals and Maersk Tankers countered by an increase in Maersk Line profit of USD 723 million.Moller Maersk’s underlying profit for the period came at USD 270 million, against a loss of USD 245 million, mainly driven by an increase in Maersk Line of USD 687 million.In the third quarter, the net loss including discontinued operations of USD 1.5 billion was negatively impacted by an accounting impairment of USD 1.75 billion in Maersk Drilling and impairments of USD 374 million in APM Terminals. The result from continuing operations was a loss of USD 120 million, widening further from last year’s loss of USD 30 million, with a decrease in APM Terminals of USD 398 million countered by an increase in Maersk Line of USD 336 million.In Q3, the underlying profit was USD 248 million, with an improvement of USD 290 million in Transport & Logistics and a decline of USD 15 million in Energy.“I am pleased with the agreements reached in Q3 for Total S.A. to acquire Mærsk Olie og Gas A/S and A.P. Møller Holding A/S to acquire Maersk Tankers A/S, which indicates a solid progress in the separation of the Energy businesses. Whilst solutions for Maersk Drilling and Maersk Supply Service remain to be defined before the end of 2018, the future Maersk will leverage even further its position of strength within Transport & Logistics.The revenue in Transport & Logistics increased with 14% and was mainly driven by higher revenue in Maersk Line,”  Søren Skou, CEO of A.P. Møller – Mærsk A/S said.Furthermore, Maersk Group announced that the Salling Companies will acquire the remaining 19% shares in the Dansk Supermarked Group, cashing in over USD 860 million from the sale.The group now expects a positive underlying profit for 2017 against a loss of USD 546 million. As informed, the group’s Transport & Logistics arm now expects an underlying profit of around USD 1 billion and an improvement in Maersk Line of around USD 1 billion compared to 2016.last_img read more

Womens basketball Freshmen getting adjusted to college life

The jump from high school to college can be a difficult adjustment for any student, and student-athletes are no exception.The Ohio State women’s basketball team features three true freshmen this season. Forward Tori McCoy and guards Kiara Lewis and Jensen Caretti are currently going through the same adaptation process many new college students face.“It was a struggle starting off my first day,” McCoy said. “My first week, actually, I was just confused about everything.”The jump can be tough for students from small towns, especially at a large institution like OSU. Caretti is originally from Clarington, Ohio, a town which, according to the 2015 U.S. census, had a population of just 380.“It’s a big environmental change,” Caretti said. “I never expected to go this big in the first place.”The path to OSU was different for all three. Lewis attended Whitney M. Young High School in Chicago, the same school that produced teammate Linnae Harper.Freshman Kiara Lewis (23), Tori McCoy (0) and Jensen Caretti (33) pose for a photo together donning their Ohio state uniforms. Credit: Courtesy of Ohio State AthleticsDuring her senior year of high school, Lewis averaged 24.4 points, 5.3 assists, 7.0 rebounds and 3.2 steals per game. Her efforts landed her the Gatorade Player of the Year award in the state of Illinois.Ranked as the 24th best prospect in the 2016 class by ESPN, Lewis was recruited by the likes of Texas A&M and Tennessee, but said that OSU was the best fit.“I felt that the coaches were very caring and that the team was going to be pretty good,” Lewis said. “We could possibly do something big.”McCoy is a product of Saint Thomas More High School in Champaign, Illinois. She was a finalist for the Naismith Player of the Year award during her senior year, a campaign which saw her average 20.7 points and 8.7 rebounds per game. ESPN ranked her as the 10th best player in her class.McCoy’s list of college options included Baylor, Tennessee and South Carolina, but she said that she felt a different level of comfort with OSU.“The players, they made me feel welcome and that’s a big thing for me,” McCoy said. “I just enjoyed being around the girls.”Caretti was named Ms. Basketball for Ohio after her senior year at River High School in Hannibal, Ohio. She averaged 25.0 points, 11.0 boards and carried a shooting percentage of over 58 percent that year, leading to an ESPN ranking of 31st nationally.Caretti also excelled at volleyball in high school. She said that she considered playing collegiate volleyball instead of basketball, but the opportunities were far greater for basketball.“I didn’t get any big offers like I did for basketball,” Caretti said. “I never played on a travel team for volleyball, so I didn’t really get any looks because our school was so small.”Louisville and South Carolina were among the schools who looked at Caretti for basketball, but the guard said her decision to become a Buckeye was made due to the team’s recent resurgence and the fact that the school was close to home.Now, all three players have joined forces in Columbus and are helping each other get acclimated to life in college.“We actually became close really fast,” McCoy said. “They are always pushing me and I’m always pushing them too.”The tight-knit group remains together on and off the court.“We all come to the gym together, leave together — stuff like that,” Lewis said.As they settle in, McCoy, Lewis and Caretti are looking ahead to what they believe could be a special season at OSU.“I think we are going to go pretty far this year,” McCoy said. “We’re looking pretty good and we’re doing better in practices every day.”The end goal for the incoming players is obvious: Win it all.“Hopefully, we can expect a national championship,” Caretti said. “We are a great team.” read more

Chula Vista residents win battle over new car wash

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – 82 year old Judy Wilson has lived in her home in Chula Vista for 45 years, calling it her peaceful sanctuary.For years now there have been talks about building a car wash right beneath her home, 43 feet away from her back fence.It might look like an empty parking lot right now, but the plan calls for a 2,400 square foot building with an 85 foot long car wash tunnel. That includes 12 vacuum stations in the parking lot.“The noise coming out of that is like an airplane revving up at Lindbergh Field it is so loud” says Wilson.She’s concerned about the noise, the traffic and most importantly her health, because she’s toxic sensitive. There used to be a gas station here and she says it could have contaminated the soil beneath it.“When I get hit with something like that, it closes up my throat, I can barely breathe, I ache in every part of my body and I just can’t function right.”Neil Capin, the owner of the proposed car wash, says he’s gone above and beyond to address these concerns. He’s willing to install a sound wall up, add vegetation and landscaping to soften the noise, and even open an hour later every day.City leaders gave the car wash a stamp of approval but challenges and appeals quickly followed. Tonight Chula Vista City Council voted 4-1 against the car wash’s construction. January 22, 2019 Chula Vista residents win battle over new car wash , center_img Posted: January 22, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Elon Musk SpaceX Raptor rocket engine ready for Starship

first_imgIn the meantime, Musk has dropped insider looks at heat-shield testing and now the Raptor preparations, showing that development on Starship is moving ahead at a rapid pace.SpaceX will need to keep the rocket pedal to the metal if it wants to make its proposed 2023 date with the moon. 16 Photos On Feb. 4, Musk uploaded a couple of videos of the test firing to his Twitter account, and, it goes without saying but, you wouldn’t want to be standing behind this thing when it’s ready to blow. Raptor risingThe Raptor has been under development for years, but Musk said in December that the latest version is “radically redesigned.” Musk spilled a few geeky details on the test engine’s thrust and how it’s geared toward reaching the moon as fast as possible. FilmMagic/Getty Images We know what SpaceX’s next-generation Starship looks like. Now Elon Musk has shared a series of new looks at the Raptor engine that’ll one day rocket it off our planet — including a sublime display from its first test firings.Musk first posted a pair of images to Twitter on Feb. 1 showing a Starship Raptor engine and saying SpaceX was preparing to fire it at SpaceX’s Texas facility. One of the images included a worker standing near the engine, giving us a good sense of its scale. First firing of Starship Raptor flight engine! So proud of great work by @SpaceX team!! pic.twitter.com/S6aT7Jih4S— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 4, 2019 Share your voice Design requires at least 170 metric tons of force. Engine reached 172 mT & 257 bar chamber pressure with warm propellant, which means 10% to 20% more with deep cryo.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 7, 2019 The moon goal is an important one. SpaceX and Musk announced last year that Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa had bought up all the seats for a planned 2023 Starship mission to travel around the moon.Musk says Starship will eventually have seven of the new engines. SpaceX currently has a “hopper” prototype of the stainless-steel Starship meant for takeoff and landing tests, with hopes of unveiling an orbital version by midyear.Musk has been openly engaging with SpaceX fans on Twitter. One asked if he’s finding rocket engine design easier or harder over time. “Well, my past mistakes do seem extremely dumb, especially the ones where I mistakenly thought I was smart,” Musk replied. pic.twitter.com/yFhNx3fiOD— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 4, 2019 Those images were just a warm-up. Musk posted a blazing-hot view on Thursday of the engine in action, saying, “Raptor just achieved power level needed for Starship and Super Heavy.” Musk envisions a future in which Starship carries humans all the way to Mars and helps establish an outpost on the red planet. SpaceX suffered a setback in January when high winds in Texas toppled the nose cone off the Starship prototype. Musk said at the time it’d take several weeks to repair the damage.  Elon Musk unveils assembled SpaceX Starship and it’s glorious SpaceX blasts Starship heat shield with industrial flamethrowers First published Feb. 1, 8:20 a.m. PT.Updates Feb. 3 at 8:12 p.m.: Adds test-firing images and videos from Elon Musk’s Twitter account; Feb. 7 at 10:22 a.m.: Includes new test-firing image and details from Elon Musk’s Twitter account.  NASA turns 60: The space agency has taken humanity farther than anyone else, and it has plans to go further.Taking It to Extremes: Mix insane situations — erupting volcanoes, nuclear meltdowns, 30-foot waves — with everyday tech. Here’s what happens. Tagscenter_img Initially making one 200 metric ton thrust engine common across ship & booster to reach the moon as fast as possible. Next versions will split to vacuum-optimized (380+ sec Isp) & sea-level thrust optimized (~250 ton).— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 1, 2019 Well, my past mistakes do seem extremely dumb, especially the ones where I mistakenly thought I was smart— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 1, 2019 pic.twitter.com/ChEGbjTGKZ— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 4, 2019 Raptor just achieved power level needed for Starship & Super Heavy pic.twitter.com/NcqnAVWc35— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 7, 2019 Sci-Tech 7 Starship shines Musk says the Starship spacecraft and Super Heavy rocket designs require an engine that can put out at least 170 metric tons of force. The most recent SpaceX Raptor test showed the engine reached 172 metric tons of force. Preparing to fire the Starship Raptor engine at @SpaceX Texas pic.twitter.com/8JCOi1BG6z— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 1, 2019 Comments Burn, baby, burnStarship is meant to eventually be paired with a Super Heavy rocket, formerly known as the Big Falcon Rocket (BFR). Super Heavy will use up to 31 Raptor engines, though Musk says initial tests will probably involve fewer engines “in case it blows up.” Elon Musk shows off the shiny SpaceX Starship Elon Musk Space SpaceXlast_img read more