Operation Hydrate to drill boreholes

first_img19 February 2016Operation Hydrate has announced that it has allocated R1-million for the drilling of an initial 15 boreholes in drought-stricken areas of South Africa.Working alongside aid relief organisation Al-Imdaad Foundation, the NGO will drill an initial five boreholes in the Zululand district of KwaZulu-Natal. Partnerships with other NGOs are being finalised for the operation to continue in other provinces.The NGO is on a mission to distribute water to dry parts of the country and has distributed more than 7 million litres of water to regions in five provinces since it launched in early January this year. The initiative was started in response to urgent calls for water from affected communities.According to Operation Hydrate’s Yaseen Theba, drilling the boreholes is phase two of the NGO’s drive. “While we [are] continuing to deliver thousands of litres of bottled water for drinking purposes to those affected, we are now moving into phase two, which is boreholes.”Several boreholes are already in use in Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal because of Al Imdaad and the government social initiative, Operation Sukuma Sakhe.Although the boreholes will bring some relief to communities hit by drought, Operation Hydrate will continue to distribute bottled water as it says “more and more taps are running dry and the drought is widening”.“We cannot sit back helplessly and see our people suffering,” says Theba. “We must all join hands and continue and expand our humanitarian efforts.”This weekend, Operation Hydrate will distribute 10 truckloads of water to Modimolle and Tzaneen in Limpopo, Barberton and Nelspruit in Mpumalanga, and Ixopo in KwaZulu-Natal.UbuntuAt a water drive held at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg on 29 January, it was reported that Operation Hydrate had collected more than R55-million from private and public sector donors. Meanwhile, in Mogale City, Alma Mater Academy’s 10-year-old learner Annemique Janse van Vuuren got friends and teachers to collect 28 000 litres of water, far surpassing the initial target of 20 000 litres. The water will be donated to Operation Hydrate on Monday, 22 February.The NGO’s project co-ordinator, Yusuf Abramjee, is heartened by donations from South Africans, saying that it is the spirit of ubuntu shining across the country. “Corporates, schools, NGOs, religious organisations and individuals are continuing to donate water and cash. Our hundreds of volunteers are leading the way. They are sacrificing their time and resources to collect water, package it for transport and distribute the loads in affected areas.“We appreciate support from all sectors of society including (the) government. We are working closely with the Department of Water and Sanitation to identify areas in need of water and also where to drill boreholes. Please also donate towards boreholes.”Operation Hydrate chairperson Fayaaz Moosa appealed to the public to continue to donate water and cash. “The support from our schools has been phenomenal. Our teams visit schools every week to collect water. Many schools have taken up the challenge by displaying the water creatively.”What you can do to helpOperation Hydrate has called on all South Africans to help bring relief for those suffering from the drought. Here’s how you can help:Donate cash to buy bottled water and for boreholes. The Johannesburg drop-off point is 11 Western Boulevard Road, City Deep. In Pretoria, water can be delivered to Operation Hydrate at the Zwartkop Raceway along the R55 in Centurion. All collection points for sealed bottles of water will stop on Wednesday, 31 March.Cricket fans can donate five-litre sealed bottles of water outside Bidvest Wanderers on Sunday, 21 February and on 6 March during South Africa’s T20 games with England and Australia respectively.You can donate R30 to Operation Hydrate when you SMS WATER to 42530.You can also transfer funds straight into the NGO’s bank account: Operation Hydrate, Absa, branch code 632005, account number 9314587739. Your name and telephone number can be used as a referenceFollow Operation Hydrate on Twitter @hydratesa, on Facebook or Instagram. Check out its website. For more information, contact Yaseen Theba on 084 222 2222 or Yusuf Abramjee on 082 441 4203.South Africa.info reporterlast_img read more

Get Ready for Dave Gray’s “Connected Organization” Virtual Keynote

first_imgEventually every customer will be a connected customer, adopting new technologies faster than companies can keep up. This causes current organizational structure confusion and disarray. – Dave Gray, author of The Connected CompanyThis applies not just to companies, but to Cooperative Extension and other organizations.Dave Gray, author of The Connected Company, will discuss how to transform your organization into the “The Connected Organization.” The free webinar, being held Thursday, June 27 @ 1 pm ET, will provide opportunity for questions and discussion.Why You Should AttendMany of us working within large organizations feel the tension brought about by rapid changes in technology and social networking. Gray’s work illustrates how we can become more agile and innovative by becoming more connected to each other and the world around us.Communicating visuallyAs you can see, Gray is a visual communication genius. If you follow Gray, you’ll see he knows visual thinking is a language unto itself.His work has been instrumental to me and others in bringing Extension professionals together to work as teams and eXtension Communities of Practice. For example, I’ve seen how drawing (instead of verbally explaining) how groups are related to each other can help them leap from, “OK, how are we related?”, to “OK, maybe we could work together like this…” (See Gray’s “How to Know What to Draw” video for great ideas on how to draw relationships and connections).Working in cross-disciplinary teamsGray has seen how to draw out the best from cross-disciplinary teams through collaborative meeting games he calls Gamestorming. In The Connected Company (pg 159) he calls this a pattern language for cross-disciplinary design, which helps teams to connect around collections of common standards.Colleague, Amy Hays and I found out firsthand how productive using Gamestorming techniques could be at the first Feral Hogs team content meeting. We did not know if this “meeting game” would veer us off the course or help us complete the task at hand.Using a few sticky notes, and insights from team members, we assigned about 75 unique article titles to 15 members in about 75 minutes.Not only did the group leave feeling productive, they assigned themselves articles they were most qualified (and empowered) to write. They then took this energy one step further and added a list of videos and webinars that would meet their clientele’s needs. (For information on our game methodology, click on the photo to see the notes on Flickr).Amy Hays uses Gamestorming at the Feral Hogs CoP Meeting (Photo: Karen Jeannette)Tapping into “Connected Company” Insights For our Connected OrganizationsSo, how do these great and productive ways of communicating and teamwork actually help us transform to a connected company or organization?In Connected Company, Grays transforms nebulous network ideas into tangible insights by visually articulating otherwise difficult-to-explain concepts (see Gray’s The Connected Company sketches).Gray stresses that being connected and the diversity of the connections are important, that strategies must adapt and evolve (not become new processes), and leadership must act as pollinators of change. Netweavers can be agents of change, but will not make connected organizations.Gray offers suggestions for building structures for more agile and innovative work, helping those hesitant to let go of control grab the power of the network.Customers are connecting. Are you?Let’s Discuss Being Better ConnectedJoin us at the line of interaction for Dave Gray’s virtual keynote, The Connected OrganizationHaving supported two nationally collaborative blogs and social media efforts, here at Military Families Learning Network and at the Extension Master Gardener blog, I’ve seen the effects of when teams, partners and organizations do or do not connect.While insights from Gray’s books have certainly been helpful. I’m looking forward to hearing Gray discuss connected concepts during the The Connected Organization Virtual Keynote Thursday, June 27 @ 1 pm Eastern via Google+.I’m also looking forward to exchanging insights at the front line of communication from other organizations wrestling with how to be better connected too…so please show up, bring your questions, and invite others that may be interested!– Karen Jeannette(+KarenJeannette, @kjeannette)eXtension Community of Practice Support – ConsultantNetwork Literacy Community of Practice Member—Videos and images are courtesy of Dave Gray via Creative Common licenses, unless otherwise noted. Click on videos and images to see the original source and exact terms of use.This article (Get Ready for Dave Gray’s Connected Organization Keynote) was originally published Monday Jun 24, 2013 on the Military Families Learning Network blog, a part of eXtension. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.last_img read more

Secondary Animation: Adobe After Effects

first_imgTake your motion designs to the next level using secondary animation.As a motion graphic designer, stiff animation or unnatural movements can be really frustrating. Bezier curves and Easy-Ease keyframes can only go so far to create better animation…and this is where secondary animation comes into play.Secondary animation is the process of animating in-between keyframes and offsetting motion. It’s often the difference between professional animation and novice animation. The following tutorial by School of Motion explains everything you need to know about secondary animation including:CuspingDelaying motionKeyboard ShortcutsUsing masks to add liquidityThe most important information to take away from this video is that offsetting keyframes creates a more “cartoon-like” animation. By offsetting keyframes you can create a more imperfect movement which feels more natural.For more tutorials in After Effects please visit our blog.Thank you for sharing this tutorial School of Motion!last_img read more

A famous yatra has a social face online

first_imgA believer walks along the annual pilgrimage Groups of young people working to create a virtual version of Wari, the colourful annual padayatra to the Vitobha temple in Pandharpur in Maharashtra’s Solapur district, have woven social causes into their effort: among their creations is ‘Facebook Dindi: A Virtual Wari’, which has logged over 10 million hits and gets 5 to 6 lakh ‘likes’ during the Ashadh month of the yatra.Like other prominent social media groups for the Wari, such as the Chala Warila-Gyaneshwar Maharaj Palki, Mukta Bai Wari, Nivrutti Nath Wari and Wari Panchariche-Gajanan Maharaj Palki, which came up later, Facebook Dindi is made up mostly of professionals from the IT and IteS sectors, and also artists, photographers and bloggers. Together, they have helped millions follow the Wari virtually, and helped NGOs garner funds.Facebook Dindi helped the Environmental Forum of India raise about ₹10 lakh for drinking water schemes in Baramati in 2016. Similarly, Niramal Wari’s campaign against open defecation resulted in nearly 1,000 makeshift toilets being built for pilgrims. Another initiative, Street Sense, had bike-riding Pune-based doctors and engineers volunteering with a bike ambulance service during the trek.‘It is her journey’This year, Facebook Dindi’s focus is on the girl child. For its Wari Tichi (It is her journey) project, the members gathered original material, including posters, pictures and poetry, on treating women as equals. The initiative draws heavily from the ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ (Save the girl child, educate the girl child) campaign, with messages spread via Facebook, Twitter, Whatsapp, Instagram, a YouTube channel, and blogs. “It is not that we are trying to be trendy. This isn’t very different from what saints like Tukaram did 800 years ago. They spoke against discrimination based on religion, caste, class and gender. Now, we are trying to do the same thing using modern technology,” explains Swapnil More, a computer science graduate who started Facebook Dindi with his friends in 2010. Now, he works with a team of 12 volunteers and about 11,000 contributors. Mr. More, who lives in Dehugaon near Pune, says he is the 11th generation descendant of Sant Tukaram.center_img As part of the Wari Tichi campaign, volunteers interviewed women’s rights activists and broadcast them for a month. A ‘mannequin challenge’ was also taken up by some Mumbai-based photographers — students dressed as warkaris (pilgrims) posed for photographs that highlighted female infanticide and dowry, and called for equal rights for widows.Research and restoreVinayak Vangapalli from Bidar is part of the research team, and uploads pictures, videos and articles for Facebook Dindi. He travelled to villages on the Karnataka-Maharashtra border for stories on the warkari movement. The Wari Ringan video, created by fixing a camera on a horse that walks along with the pilgrims and performs a circular dance, is among the most watched, he says. This year’s Wari ended on July 4.Other contributors include Pradeep Sugandhi from Haveri, Abhishek Patil from Bagalkot and Kumar Shitole Sarkar from Belagavi.Some Facebook Dindi members are translating the works of the Wari saints and collaborating with Abhanga Repost, a fusion music band, to record abhangs (devotional songs) of Tukaram and other saints.last_img read more

2020 Volvo V60 Cross Country lands with 46095 starting price

first_img 2019 Volvo S60: All the things you need, nothing you… Tags 2020 Volvo V60 Cross Country: Svelte Swede is a sweet steed Post a comment Volvo More From Roadshow 20 Photos 2019 Volvo S60 review: More competitive than ever Preview • 2020 Volvo V60 Cross Country first drive: Small changes make a big impact If you want to gussy up the exterior, there’s a set of 19-inch alloy wheels (18s are standard) for $800, and you can get dual tailpipe outlets on each side as a $285 accessory. There’s no charge to switch between the three leather interior options and the excellent City Weave plaid cloth layout.There are a few options packages available. You can heat the rear seats and the steering wheel for just $750. The $2,200 Luxury Package adds massaging ventilated seats, and it upgrades the interior’s leather to the softer Nappa variety. The $2,800 Cross Country Pro package adds a new interior inlay, memory for the passenger seats, power lumbar support for the front seats, ambient interior lighting, four-zone automatic climate control and some exterior styling. Finally, there’s the $2,500 Advanced Package, which adds all the safety-related bits, like a surround-view camera, pressure washers for the headlights, a head-up display and Pilot Assist, Volvo’s hands-on lane-holding adaptive cruise control system.Spec as many options and packages as you can, and the price rises to $55,275 including destination. That’s not too bad, considering the V60 and its multiple powertrain options can shoot north of $60,000. 2020 Volvo XC60 T8 Polestar Engineered first drive: Almost Super Troupercenter_img 2020 Volvo V60 Cross Country first drive: Small changes make a big impact Wagons Crossovers Enlarge ImageIf adding a lift kit is what it takes to get people into wagons, I’ll embrace the move with open arms. Volvo The Volvo V60 Cross Country is a wagon for people who occasionally venture off the beaten path. With a higher ride height and additional body cladding, the V60 Cross Country looks and feels slightly more rugged than the standard V60 wagon. While we drove it quite some time ago, we weren’t sure how much it would end up costing, but now we know.The 2020 Volvo V60 Cross Country starts at $46,095, comprising a $45,100 base price and the mandatory $995 destination charge. That will net you a V60 Cross Country in Ice White (the only free paint color) with Volvo’s T5 powertrain — a 2.0-liter turbocharged I4 with 250 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Mated to standard all-wheel drive, it’s good for an EPA-estimated 31 mpg on the highway.You do get a good amount of kit for that price. The base V60 Cross Country comes standard with a 9-inch Sensus Connect infotainment system, embedded navigation, keyless entry, a panoramic sunroof, automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring and lane-keep assist. 0 Share your voice 5:33 More about 2020 Volvo V60 Cross Country T5 AWD Now playing: Watch this: Volvolast_img read more

Big deal with steel Rs 5000cr JV between SAIL and ArcelorMittal may

first_imgCoils of steel are seen at an ArcelorMittal Factory in Florange, France, in this file photo. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler/File PhotoThe much delayed plans of the country’s largest steel maker SAIL to set up a Rs 5,000-crore joint venture with ArcelorMittal seem to be coming to fruition. All hurdles in the formation of a joint venture (JV) between the steel giants have been removed and a final agreement in this regard may be signed next month, Union Steel Minister Chaudhury Birendra Singh said on Sunday.”A feasibility report on the new JV has been prepared and all pre-requisites formalities have been achieved. The final draft of the agreement is ready and it may be signed as early as next month,” Singh told IANS in an email interview.As per an earlier Economic Times report which quoted an official speaking on the issue, both companies had differences on certain points under the Memorandum of Understanding, and so, it was decided to extend it for another three months from the deadline of May 31, 2017.SAIL had even sought help from government thinktank NITI Aayog to resolve differences with ArcelorMittal over setting up of the Rs 5,000-crore autograde steel plant.Besides addressing the automotive sector, the much-awaited JV will focus on producing specialised grade steel products for defence, space and automobiles. It will also provide specialised steel technologies to SAIL, minister Birendra Singh said.More than two years ago, both the steel majors entered into a pact to explore the possibility to set up a Rs 5,000-crore JV to produce automotive steel. However, financial negotiations delayed the formation of the proposed project.In May last year, an inter-ministerial group (IMG) had reviewed the progress of MoU.The proposed JV will construct a cold rolling mill and other downstream finishing facilities in India, touted as one of the fastest growing automotive markets in the world with production expected to double between 2014 and 2020, from 3.6 million units to 7.3 million units.In an investor presentation in June 2015, ArcelorMittal had said the proposed steel plant will come up at a major auto cluster in India.On the steel sector’s debt burden, Singh told IANS that remedial measures like imposition of anti-dumping duty, coupled with various RBI schemes have helped restructure some of the industry’s stressed loans. “Various trade remedial measures, like anti-dumping, safeguard measures, coupled with RBI schemes to restructure outstanding debts (have helped),” he said.”These steps have helped improve the price realisations of the steel companies and are addressing the issue of NPAs of the steel sector gradually,” he added.Consumption-wise, Singh observed that the government’s monetary and policy push to develop the infrastructure sector will raise the overall steel usage in the country.Singh’s optimism stems from the fact that a massive Rs 4 lakh crore has been allocated for infra creation for sectors such as railways, shipping and national highways in the Union Budget 2017-18.In the last fiscal, the total finished steel consumption in the country rose by three per cent to 83.93 million tonnes in the last fiscal from 81.52 mt in 2015-16.last_img read more

Comilla youth chopped dead

first_imgA young man was chopped to death and two others injured in an attack allegedly by local Jaitya Party men over playing badminton at Darichar village in Homna upazila in Comilla on Friday night.Police said a group of young men, including Rubel, son of Warish Miah, was playing badminton in the night.At one stage, Munna, an activist of Ghagutia union unit of Jatiya Party, came to the spot and tried to forcibly join the game.However, Rubel protested the matter which led to an altercation.Following this, Munna called in his party leaders and activists to the badminton court.Later, Munna along with his party men, including president of Ghagutia union unit of Jatiya Party Malek Afsari, again engaged in an altercation with Rubel.At one stage, they hacked Rubel with sharp weapons, leaving him dead on the spot.Two other people also sustained injuries in the attack.Victim’s father Warish Miah filed a case on Saturday against 16 people with Homna police station in this connection, said officer-in-charge of the police station Rasul Ahmed Nizami.Police, meanwhile, arrested four people, including Malek Afsari, over the murder.last_img read more