Fire erupts after lightning strikes HJ studio

first_imgA major catastrophe was averted on Thursday after lightning struck the Hits and Jams Studio, causing a fire to erupt in the transmission room.The incident occurred sometime around 10:35h at the Lance Gibbs Street, Queenstown, office of HJTV and 94 Boom FM.Staff members of Hits and Jams studio outside the building following the Thursday morning fireAccording to reports reaching Guyana Times, during the heavy downpour on Thursday morning, lightening struck the company’s signal tower causing a spark inside the building.However, staff members were quick to take action, turning off the main power and containing the small blaze in the transmission room while the fire service was on its way.Speaking briefly with reporters, Director of Hits and Jams Kerwin Bollers explained that when the lightning struck the tower, it sent a surge of electricity to the systems in the television station’s transmission room. This resulted in the equipment being overpowered, as such, a fire broke out.At the time, Bollers said it was too early to assess the extent of the damages incurred.“Hopefully there is not much damage… we’re trying to assess it and determine, pretty much, what are damaged and what can be repaired… we have some technicians coming over to check the equipment out,” he told reporters at the scene on Thursday.At the time when the fire broke out, there were about a dozen persons in the building, including popular radio broadcaster Feliz Robertson who was on air at the time. She recalled that they heard a loud explosion before her DJ noticed smoke in the building.“When that (explosion) happened, I was stunned and so my DJ pulled down the mics so that no one can hear us scream or panic, and we started to unplug whatever we can,” she told this newspaper. Robertson went on to say that they then started to douse the fire which was at the time on the ceiling of the transmission room. She noted that they managed to contain the blaze with a fire extinguisher. The broadcaster continued that they then gathered everyone out of the building and managed to take with them small pieces of equipment. She noted that shortly after a call was made to the fire service and fire tenders arrived on scene and took charge of the situation.last_img read more

Real Madrid shocked by CSKA Moscow in Champions League

first_img0Shares0000On-loan Croatian striker Nikola Vlasic (C) gave CSKA a famous win© AFP Mladen ANTONOVMOSCOU, Russia, Oct 3 – Toni Kroos’ mistake proved costly as Real Madrid’s goalscoring problems continued on Tuesday with a surprise 1-0 defeat to CSKA Moscow in the Champions League.Gareth Bale and Sergio Ramos were among a number of key players missing at the Luzhniki Stadium but it was Kroos’ dreadful backpass that allowed Nikola Vlasic, on loan from Everton, to put CSKA ahead after just 68 seconds. Madrid searched for an equaliser but, despite hitting the woodwork three times, were resisted by a determined CSKA defence. The reigning European champions have now failed to score in three consecutive matches.CSKA’s veteran goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev was sent off deep into added time after picking up two yellow cards for dissent but nothing could spoil the hosts’ victory.They climb above Madrid in Group G, with Julen Lopetegui’s side lacking spark, thrust and cutting edge in attack. They missed Bale, Isco and, perhaps even, the lethal touch of Cristiano Ronaldo.Bale and Ramos were both left at home to rest by Lopetegui while Isco and Marcelo are recovering from an appendix operation and calf injury respectively. Luka Modric started on the bench.The absence of the established names meant a youthful line-up which included a debut for left-back Sergio Reguilon, the 21-year-old who has been with the club’s academy since the age of eight.Dani Ceballos and Marco Asensio both started too while summer signing Alvaro Odriozola came on in the second half for his Champions League debut. All three are 22.Lucas Vazquez, reduced to a fringe player so far under Lopetegui, was given a rare outing while Keylor Navas came in for Thibaut Courtois in goal to continue the policy of one in La Liga and the other in Europe.Madrid were three down by half-time against Sevilla last week and this time they were behind within two minutes.It was entirely self-inflicted as Kroos tried to half-volley a bouncing ball back to Navas but Vlasic read it and intercepted. Raphael Varane was slow to react and the weaving forward finished into the corner.Madrid hardly troubled CSKA during the first half even if Casemiro’s long-range shot clipped the outside of the post and Karim Benzema’s header plopped off the top of the crossbar.Mariano Diaz and Modric finally came on for Casemiro and Vazquez shortly before the hour but even FIFA’s best player in the world was unable to engineer any penetration through midfield.The hapless Karim Benzema dragged a shot on the turn and Ceballos had a deflected effort pushed wide by Akinfeev, who was shown a red card for dissent in the dying moments.Mariano headed Ceballos’ cross onto the post for one final chance but Madrid could hardly complain.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

State of Nation address to cost R2m less

first_img12 February 2014This year’s State of the Nation address will cost R2-million less than it did last year, Parliament’s presiding officers announced on Tuesday.The event, during which President Jacob Zuma is expected to outline the progress made by his administration over the past five years and indicated the government’s service delivery plans for the coming year, will take place in Parliament in Cape Town on Thursday.Briefing journalists on Tuesday, Parliament’s presiding officers said they were ready to host Zuma and all invited guests on Thursday.Baby Tyawa, the acting secretary of Parliament, said that while this year’s event would be bigger in that the two houses of Parliament had separate programmes for commemorating 20 years of democracy, the budget for all the activities around the State of Nation address including a post-address presidential banquet – stood at R5.7-million.She said this year’s banquet would be held at the Cape Town Convention Centre, meaning millions or rands will be saved compared to last year, when they had erected a marquee tent and bussed all the guests to the venue.Tyawa said they had noted Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan’s call for the administration to cut expenditure and curb abuse of taxpayer’s funds.20 years of a democratic ParliamentMeanwhile, Mninwa Mahlangu, the chairperson of the National Council of Provinces (NCOP), said that Parliament would use Thursday’s State of the Nation address to see how it could enhance its oversight programme and how to best involve members of the public in the coming year.When President Zuma steps up to deliver his last State of the Nation address of the current administration, the two houses of Parliament – the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) and the National Assembly (NA) – will also reflect on how they have fared in a democratic South Africa over the past 20 years.Mahlangu said this year’s State of the Nation address would also be a bittersweet event, as it will be the first that former president Nelson Mandela, who passed away in December, is not around to witness.Mahlangu added that since 2014 was also an election year, a second State of the Nation address would take place after the new President has been inaugurated.Thursday’s address will be broadcast live in all official languages on TV and radio stations from 7pm.There will be a Parliamentary debate on the address on 18 and 19 February, followed by Zuma’s reply to the debate on 20 February.The debate will be streamed live on Parliament’s website and its YouTube channel, and broadcast on the Parliamentary DSTV TV channel.Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Celebrating ubuntu at New York’s Carnegie Hall

first_imgThe Big Apple will welcome South Africa for three weeks in October, when the city’s iconic Carnegie Hall will host a music and arts festival focusing on the nation, called Ubuntu. (Image: www.carnegiehall.org)• Tonya BellManager, Public RelationsCarnegie Hall+ 212-903-9752tbell@carnegiehall.orgMelissa Jane CookThe Big Apple will welcome South Africa for three weeks in October, when the city’s iconic Carnegie Hall will host a music and arts festival focusing on the nation, called Ubuntu.An exciting array of events has been planned for the famous space and for partner venues throughout New York City. Audiences will be able to explore the dynamic and diverse cultures of South Africa through music, art and film. Ubuntu, which can be roughly translated as “I am because you are”, is a philosophy born of South Africa’s many cultures and languages – there are 11 official languages. It emphasizes the importance of community, a way of thinking that influenced moves towards reconciliation and cultural inclusion fostered by the late Nelson Mandela.Pianist and composer Abdullah Ibrahim explains that ubuntu is a concept of humanity beyond borders. “Music always played an integral part of the struggle; apartheid was not just a South African problem but a struggle of humanity. We had to use culture and music to put a humane face on our struggle.”Clive Gillinson, Carnegie Hall’s executive and artistic director, says: “The spirit of this attitude is embodied in the festival’s programming, which features a varied line-up of artists representing the many threads that together make up the country’s musical culture. With the Ubuntu festival, Carnegie Hall salutes South Africa as a colourful, artistic country.”This is underlined by trumpeter and composer Hugh Masekela, who says: “There is a deep abyss of content that needs to be seen. There is no society that has as much wealth, culturally and musically. This African heritage makes me feel like I come from major wealth.”Watch: Ubuntu – Music and Arts of South Africa:Diverse cultureIn creating the Ubuntu festival, “we were inspired by the cultural life of this incredibly diverse country”, says Gillinson. “It is a nation with a dynamic, often surprising culture like no other – the birthplace of larger-than-life musical presences like Masekela, Miriam Makeba, Ibrahim, and now, a seemingly endless array of vocal talent from every corner of the country. Our festival also comes 20 years after the first free elections in South Africa, an anniversary made even more resonant by the recent passing of Mandela. The country’s landscape continues to evolve, and this makes for fascinating explorations through the arts.” “There is a deep abyss of content that needs to be seen. There is no society that has as much wealth, culturally and musically.” High Masekela (Image: www.hughmasekela.co.za)Dedicated to Mandela’s legacy, the Ubuntu festival will feature performances at Carnegie Hall by artists representing different musical traditions, including performances paying tribute to notable South African icons and milestones. In addition to showcasing world-renowned South African musicians, audiences will also be introduced to many kinds of South African music that may be less well-known: the powerful spirituality and ecstasy of the maskandi music of the Zulu people; music from the Cape region, including a Cape Malay choir and folk musicians from remote regions of the Karoo; and two thrilling generations of jazz artists. In addition, two critically acclaimed South African classical singers will make their New York City recital debuts.But the festival will extend beyond Carnegie Hall, with performances and events planned for other prestigious partner organisations. The programme will include visual art, film and dance, as well as panel discussions on significant cultural issues featuring leading social and political voices.Democracy turns 20Carnegie Hall explains that the festival will begin with Twenty Years of Freedom, a programme celebrating the anniversary of 20 years of democracy in South Africa at the venue. On the bill will be Masekela and singer Vusi Mahlasela, joined by special guests.Additional festival highlights will include Voices of South Africa with world-renowned isicathamiya and mbube choral group Ladysmith Black Mambazo. It will explore the central role the voice plays in South African music. Grammy Award-winning singer Angélique Kidjo will celebrate the South African cultural icon Miriam Makeba in Mama Africa; acclaimed visual artist and filmmaker William Kentridge will host an evening of his short films with live musical accompaniment; and revered pianist and composer Ibrahim, a great champion of Cape jazz, will hold a solo concert coinciding with his 80th birthday. Ibrahim will also lead a master class for young jazz musicians, presented by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute.Over two consecutive evenings in Zankel Hall, performances will incorporate dramatic elements. In a programme titled Paper Music: A Ciné Concert by Philip Miller and William Kentridge, Kentridge will presents an evening of his short films with live music by composer Miller. The following evening, violinist Daniel Hope will curate a music theatre production entitled A Distant Drum, joining forces with his father, pre-eminent South African writer Christopher Hope, for the Carnegie Hall-commissioned work on the life of short story writer and journalist Nat Nakasa, the brilliant, impassioned spirit of his generation who left behind South Africa’s apartheid of the 1960s for New York City. Noted authority on South African music Andrew Tracey will be the musical supervisor.Zulu musicA double-bill performance showcasing two aspects of contemporary Zulu maskandi music – which is often referred to as the “Zulu blues” – will feature two masters from KwaZulu-Natal: Madala Kunene leading a quintet that draws on the spiritual aspects of the style, and Phuzekhemisi performing exuberant, high-energy music with singers and dancers in traditional attire.A second double-bill programme in Zankel Hall will feature the Young Stars: Traditional Cape Malay Singers, a 15-voice male choir led by Moeniel Jacobs. It will perform a style of vocal music from Cape Town that combines Dutch folk songs with beautifully ornamented vocal traditions from as far afield as Malaysia, Arabia and East Africa. The programme will also feature a performance by guitarist, singer-songwriter, and tireless champion of Cape music traditions David Kramer, joined by folk musicians from the remote regions of the Karoo.Kesivan Naidoo, a drummer, composer and one of the leaders of the next wave of Cape jazz, will perform original compositions, standards and avant-garde selections for his New York City debut concert with his band Kesivan and the Lights. Dizu Plaatjies and his group Ibuyambo will perform the music of the Xhosa people as well as from other southern African traditions. In addition, two young, critically acclaimed South African sopranos will make their New York City recital debuts in Weill Recital Hall – Pretty Yende and Elza van den Heever.Citywide programmeFestival programming at leading cultural institutions throughout New York City will include music, dance, film, visual arts, panel discussions and more. Ubuntu partners include: African Film Festival Inc; Anna Zorina Gallery; Apollo Theatre; Axis Gallery; Flushing Town Hall; Jazz at Lincoln Centre; The Juilliard School; Keyes Art Projects; (Le) Poisson Rouge; Live from the New York Public Library; New Heritage Theatre Group; Queens College, City University of New York; Ubuntu Education Fund; World Music Institute; and Yossi Milo Gallery.Gillinson says: “It’s such an unbelievably diverse nation with so many different cultures, we just thought it was a really good time to bring together that real kaleidoscope of what the country is.”The Ubuntu festival runs from 10 October to 5 November.last_img read more

Solar Thermal is Dead

first_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. In the northern half of the U.S. — and even much of the South — installing a residential solar hot water system doesn’t make any sense. It’s time to rethink traditional advice about installing a solar hot water system, because it’s now cheaper to heat water with a photovoltaic (PV) array than solar thermal collectors.In short, unless you’re building a laundromat or college dorm, solar thermal is dead.In the early days of PV, when PV equipment was much more expensive than it is now, homeowners with PV systems (especially off-grid homeowners) were instructed not to use electricity for heating. After all, since electricity is precious and expensive, and since PV power usually costs even more than grid power, it made sense to save electricity for uses like refrigeration, lighting, and home entertainment.For decades, we all assumed that the greenest way to heat domestic hot water was to use a solar thermal system. But then two things happened: PV equipment got cheaper, and heat-pump water heaters became widely available.The logic of using a PV system to heat water was first explained to me in early 2006 by Charlie Stephens, a policy analyst for the Oregon Department of Energy. I reported the details of that conversation in an article, “Heating Water With PV,” published in the May 2006 issue of Energy Design Update.“If you want to do solar water heating and solar space heating, solar thermal remains too expensive,” Stephens told me. “It’s not as cost-effective as using an air-source heat pump coupled to a PV array. In our climate, a properly sized solar thermal system can provide 100 percent of your hot water in the summertime, but it won’t do diddly in the wintertime. So you paid $4,000 for a system that provides 40 or… This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberscenter_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log inlast_img read more

9 months agoEx-Man City captain Yaya Toure open to Premier League return

first_imgEx-Man City captain Yaya Toure open to Premier League returnby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester City captain Yaya Toure is open to a Premier League return.The midfielder has refused to rule out a return to the Premier League after an unsuccessful short spell at Olympiakos.“You never know, maybe the Premier League?” Toure said.“I enjoyed it, I enjoyed it to be honest.“If I can possibly play one more year or two years, we will see.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Listen: Texas WR Daje Johnson Released A Rap Single, ‘Dealer’, About Dealing Drugs

first_imgA closeup of a Texas Longhorns cheerleader.AUSTIN, TX – OCTOBER 27: A cheerleader of the Texas Longhorns show Hook’em Horns during the game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium October 27, 2007 in Austin, Texas. Texas won 28-25. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)Texas wide receiver Daje Johnson recently released a rap single titled, “Dealer,” and, well, it’s focused on a topic you don’t want a student-athlete to be rapping about. The single, appropriately titled, is about dealing drugs. The track opens, “If you lookin’ for the dealer, I got the plug. Probly catch him with the reefer.” Here’s the full song. It contains lyrics that are not safe for work. Johnson has had somewhat of a troubled career with the Longhorns, catching just five passes for -7 yards in 2014. Reaction to the single getting released was expectedly critical. The 5-foot-10, 184-pound senior later apologized for the song. I apologize for my prior post Dealer. I assure you that I’m still focused on my goals this season…… I just make music for fun— Daje’ Johnson (@BL4CKM4KO) July 8, 2015Texas opens its 2015 season Sept. 5 against Notre Dame. [Burnt Orange Nation]last_img read more