Hourglass Corral House / decaARCHITECTURE

first_img Dionysis Dikefalos, Alison Katri, Carlos Loperena, Maria Pappa, Aliki Samara- Chrisostomidou, Alexandros Vaitsos ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/957452/hourglass-corral-house-deca-architecture Clipboard CopyLandscape Architecture, Houses•Milos, Greece “COPY” ERISMA G.P Structural engineer: Hourglass Corral House / decaARCHITECTURESave this projectSaveHourglass Corral House / decaARCHITECTURE Architects: decaARCHITECTURE Area Area of this architecture project ASlight CopyAbout this officedecaARCHITECTUREOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsLandscape ArchitectureResidential ArchitectureHousesMilosOn FacebookGreecePublished on February 25, 2021Cite: “Hourglass Corral House / decaARCHITECTURE” 25 Feb 2021. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. 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Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Greece Area:  2800 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Manufacturers: Alumil, Artemide, Boffi, Gaggenau, AEON, FLOS, Hunza Outdoor Lighting, Sight Specific, Toscot 2020 Photographs TEKEM S.A ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/957452/hourglass-corral-house-deca-architecture Clipboard Lead Architects: Hourglass Corral House / decaARCHITECTURE Mechanical engineer: Save this picture!© Yiorgis Yerolymbos+ 39Curated by Paula Pintos Share Construction Documents:Dionysis Dikefalos, Carlos Loperena, Maria Pappa, Alexandros VaitsosConstruction Management:Carlos Loperena, Maria Pappa, Alexandros VaitsosSite Manager:Petros PapageorgiouTopographer:Giorgos FilippouCity:MilosCountry:GreeceMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Yiorgis YerolymbosRecommended ProductsFiber Cements / CementsRieder GroupFacade Panels – concrete skinFiber Cements / CementsSwisspearlSwisspearl Largo Fiber Cement PanelsWindowsJansenWindows – Janisol PrimoDoorsRabel Aluminium SystemsMinimal Sliding Door – Rabel 62 Slim Super ThermalText description provided by the architects. The Hourglass Corral is a house located on the Cycladic island of Milos, Greece. Its significance is best understood within its larger context. It is the most recent addition of a project called ‘Voronoi’s Corrals’ which began ten years ago and presently encompasses a territory of 90,000 square meters. Save this picture!© Yiorgis YerolymbosSave this picture!Roof PlanSave this picture!© Yiorgis YerolymbosAs a whole, the project is an ongoing effort to integrate the ubiquitous ‘holiday home’ dotting the Southern European coasts within a larger social, cultural, and economic context. Instead of ceding large areas of wilderness and agricultural land over to the pressures of the tourism industry, these corrals reinterpret the local heritage of creating territories for the cohabitation and mutual preservation of the wild, the rural, and the domestic. Save this picture!© Yiorgis YerolymbosSave this picture!SectionSave this picture!© Yiorgis YerolymbosPreserving the diversity of use and the productivity of the land means a continuing commitment and exchange with the local community and its economy beyond the limited time frame of the holiday seasons. It is a model for the symbiotic existence of the traditional living and productive landscape and the needs and idiosyncratic characteristics of the contemporary ‘leisure culture’.Save this picture!© Yiorgis YerolymbosThe Hourglass Corral is the largest domestic environment of the property. Its organization is derived from the parametric manipulation of Voronoi Cells. Each cell corresponds to a clearly defined use, be it an exterior courtyard, a shading canopy, a common space, a bedroom, or an auxiliary space. From the interior, the ceiling of each cell folds upwards towards its center point where it is pierced by a circular skylight. Save this picture!© Yiorgis YerolymbosSave this picture!© Yiorgis YerolymbosThe skylights are operable and together with the planted roofs, the exterior shading, and the thick external walls they contribute to the reduction of the energy needs of the house. Like the other corrals, the Hourglass Corral has a stone fence that separates and protects from each other the wild and the agricultural areas. Inside, its cultivation is dedicated to Mediterranean plant species used for the extraction of essential oils. The cultivated cells encompass the entire corral, covering the roofs of the buildings and making the house volumes blend into its landscape. Save this picture!© Yiorgis YerolymbosFrom above, the main clue of inhabitation is from the circular skylights, while the difference between the planting areas reveals the cells: the underlining organization of the design.Save this picture!© Yiorgis YerolymbosProject gallerySee allShow lessArchDaily China’s 2021 Building of the Year Awards are Now Open for NominationsArchitecture NewsUrban Waterways: The Dynamics of Canal ArchitectureArticles Share “COPY” ArchDaily Projects Landscape Architecture Year:  Lighting design: Photographs:  Yiorgis Yerolymbos Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project last_img read more

String Cheese Gets Into ‘Soul Train’ Funk Classics For Night Two In Vegas [Gallery/Setlist]

first_imgLast night marked the second night of The String Cheese Incident’s three-night stand at the Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas. The band’s March Madness tour has been leading up to this run, three nights of glorious Sin City Incidents. With night one in the books, Cheese brought their best to the stage for a great Saturday night performance.Night two saw the band reviving a number of classic funk covers, getting down on some of the jams they debuted at last year’s Hulaween “Ghoul Train” set. The show opened with newer song “Sweet Spot,” and the set featured a fun cover of Old And In The Way’s “Midnight Moonlight.” The band ended the set with “Turn This Around,” introducing a version of James Brown’s “Cold Sweat” much to the fan’s delight.The second set opened up with “Desert Dawn,” gearing things up for some great tunes ahead. The set also featured Stevie Wonder’s “I Wish,” a classic cover from the band’s repertoire. Set two closed out with a wicked “Miss Brown’s Teahouse,” which featured KC and the Sunshine Band’s “I’m Your Boogie Man” in the middle. Wow!With an encore of “Shaking the Tree,” SCI sent their fans on their merry way. With one more Sunday night to go, it’s all love from String Cheese in Las Vegas! Check out the setlist below, courtesy of FriendsOfCheese, and photos from Erik Kabik: Load remaining images Setlist: The String Cheese Incident at Brooklyn Bowl, Las Vegas, NV – 3/19/16Set One: Sweet Spot, Rhum N’ Zouc, Eye Know Why, Midnight Moonlight, Smile, Turn This Around > In a Cold Sweat > Turn This AroundSet Two: Desert Dawn, Bumpin’ Reel, I Wish > Piece of Mine, Until the Music’s Over, Miss Brown’s Teahouse > I’m Your Boogie Man > Miss Brown’s Teahouse > Colorado Bluebird SkyEncore: Shaking the TreeCheck out a full gallery of images below, courtesy of Erik Kabik:last_img read more

FA Cup: Iheanacho’s goal helps Leicester pip Brentford

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Despite being without the injured Jamie Vardy and several changes to the side, Brendan Rodgers’ team stormed out of the blocks and took an early lead courtesy of Iheanacho’s close range strike after a sublime ball from Dennis Praet, for the Nigerian’s seventh goal in nine gamesThe Bees eventually settled into a rhythm and came close to levelling scores through Emiliano Marcondes on two occasions.Brentford finished the first half strongly although Ayoze Perez should have doubled his side’s lead but his effort was saved.The Bees outfoxed the Foxes for most of the second period and came close to scoring when Marcondes’ deflected cross hit the post. Promoted ContentWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?20 “The Big Bang Theory” Moments Only A Few Fans Knew About7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalDeepika Padukone’s Most Iconic LooksWhy Do So Many Digital Assistants Have Feminine Names & Voices?20 Completely Unexpected Facts About ‘The Big Bang Theory’10 Irresistibly Gorgeous Asian Actresses10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World? Read Also: I’m excited to be back, better, says NdidiThomas Frank’s side continued to press and Luka Racic was denied by a stunning save by Danny Ward in the closing stages while substitute Bryan Mbuema had a goal correctly chalked off for off-side.And Leicester held on thanks to their defensive doggedness to seal their place in the next round and must now turn their attentions to the League Cup semi-final reverse fixture against Aston Villa on Tuesday.center_img Super Eagles forward Kelechi Iheanacho netted the only goal of the game to put Leicester through to the fiifth round of the FA Cup after a 1-0 win on Saturday, January 25, at Brentford. Loading… last_img read more

Squeeze Play…Target Practice

first_imgAUBREY BRUCEOh say can you, whap……..This s—t is getting serious.MLB clubs seem to be on some sort of assassination mission issuing  secret “get smart” orders to their pitchers to maim or seriously injure many of the oppositions top players in order to gain some sort of macabre psychological advantage over the team that they’re competing against but also sending a clear message to upcoming teams that they had better worry more about life and limb as opposed getting something mundane as a base hit.If you were standing in the batter’s box, would you be worried more about getting a hit or getting hit? Would you be more pleased with a round tripper or a one way trip to the bone orchard?MLB Commissioner Bud Selig is as usual; asleep at the wheel. We will all hear is voice piping all across the airwaves only when someone gets killed or seriously injured.Can’t you just imagine what Mr. Selig’s first press conference will sound like after a tragedy has occurred, voice quivering with emotion?He might begin by saying; “I am outraged and saddened by this terrible tragedy.” He might possibly continue on with the usual condolences. “My heart goes out to the teammates and family of such and so. Baseball will have a special tribute televised only on ESPN. Also, MLB is also setting up a scholarship fund for his two small children.”I, Aubrey Bruce have the perfect antidote for “throw-at-batter-it is.”If you hit a player forget the superficial gesture of awarding the player first base because the player that is violated is truly jeopardized in every since of the word and should be awarded four bases if the bases are empty or in other words given a run.If a player is hit and there are base runners preceding him the player that is violated should be directed to second base and the runner or runners closest to scoring should be advanced to home. You can bet grandmas girdle that not too many pitches will be “getting away” from MLBs hurlers with those stiff penalties being enforced.MLB Commissioner Bud Selig talks to Andrew McCutchen at PNC Park before Dodgers at Pirates game 2 of 3 July 2014. (Julio Torres Photo)Selig has had trouble dealing with almost every major negative issue concerning MLB. Whether it is corked bats or conduct unbecoming to a human being.When Barry Bonds was close to breaking the home run record of Babe Ruth, it has been alleged that Selig even suggested that he had might not attend certain games as it became more evident that Bonds was going to surpass “the Babe” in home runs.Currently all I keep hearing about is how everyone is pissed off because Barry Bonds had been hanging out in the San Francisco Giants camp and how Bud Selig was powerless to stop it. Mr. Selig might be better to focus on stopping these boys trying throwing 100 mile per hour fastballs at each other’s neck-bones and noggins, trying to kill each other as opposed to what the haters still feel toward Barry Bonds. On some “wicked” websites they even referred Barry Bonds as “steroid man.”When Bonds returned to Pittsburgh on opening day, he was booed by most of a crowd not merely displaying displeasure but spewing genuine hatred and venom.What do they call Roger Clemens, Sammy Sosa, Mark McGuire, Jose Canseco, Alex Rodriguez?Bud Selig, to my knowledge has never at least publicly defended Barry Bonds before or after his case was adjudicated.I am going to provide you with a partial listing of baseball players accused of using performance-enhancing drugs. Access the entire list that is published on about.com.This is a running list of those who have been named or suspended. This list of major league baseball players is in alphabetical order, linked to performance-enhancing drugs, either through the 2007 report by investigator George Mitchell or by positive drug tests by Major League Baseball or Minor League Baseball.(Note that this is not a list of players who have been proven to use performance-enhancing drugs.)Eliezer Alfonso: Colorado Rockies catcher was suspended for 50 games in 2008 for testing positive for PEDs, and 100 games in 2011 for a second positive test.Chad Allen: Played in majors from 1999-2005 for Twins, Indians, Marlins and Rangers. Linked by ex-Mets clubhouse Kirk Radomski to purchases of steroids. Cooperated with Mitchell investigation.Carlos Almanzar: Astros pitcher was suspended for 10 days in October 2005 for violating the MLB performance-enhancing drugs policy.Rick Ankiel: Pitcher-turned-outfielder received human growth hormone in 2004, according to the New York Daily News. Ankiel maintains he took them as part of his recovery from elbow surgery.Bronson Arroyo: Pitcher told reporters in July 2009 that he took androstenedione and amphetamines from 1998 to 2003, before they were deemed illegal, and could be on the list of players who tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs because of it.Antonio Bastardo: Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher was named on a client list by accused PED doctor Tony Bosch in 2012 and was suspended for 50 games on Aug. 5, 2013.David Bell: Played in majors for 12 seasons, through 2006. According to Sports Illustrated, he bought human chorionic gonadatropin from a pharmacy in April 2005. He maintains he had a prescription.Marvin Benard: Played for San Francisco from 1995-2003. Mentioned in sections of the Mitchell Report on BALCO as getting “the cream” and “the clear” from Barry Bonds’ trainer, Greg Anderson.Gary Bennett Jr.: Journeyman catcher played for St. Louis in 2007. Linked to Radomski as purchasing human growth hormone. Radomski had a canceled check for $3,200. After the report’s release, Bennett admitted he had used HGH.Rafael Betancourt: Then-Cleveland Indians reliever was suspended for 10 days in July 2005 for violating the MLB performance-enhancing drugs policy.Larry Bigbie: Played from 2001-06 for Orioles, Rockies and Cardinals. Linked to Radomski, who had canceled checks for performance-enhancing substances. Barry Bonds: All-time home run king was mentioned 103 times in the Mitchell Report, and pleaded not guilty to perjury and obstruction of justice charges after a grand jury indictment. Linked to “the cream” and “the clear” through the BALCO scandal and trainer Greg Anderson. Was convicted of one felony count of obstruction of justice, but a mistrial was declared on the perjury counts. The case remains in appeal as of June 2013.Ryan Braun: Tested positive for elevated testosterone in October 2011, but won on appeal from an arbitrator in February 2012, avoiding a 50-game suspension. Named on a client list by accused PED doctor Tony Bosch in 2012, which Braun maintained was only related to his defense in the previous case. Was suspended for the final 65 games of the 2013 season, agreeing to a deal with MLB related to the Bosch case. Did not specifically admit to taking performance-enhancing drugs, but did say he has “made some mistakes” and was “willing to accept the consequences of those actions.”Kevin Brown: Had a 20-year big-league career that ended in 2005. Linked to Radomski for purchasing human growth hormone and Deca-Durabolin from 2001 to 2003 or 2004.Marlon Byrd: Boston Red Sox outfielder was suspended for 50 games in 2012 for a positive drug test for Tamoxifen, a banned substance.Paul Byrd: Cleveland Indians pitcher acknowledged taking human growth hormone between 2002 and 2005, and said he was prescribed HGH for a pituitary tumor.Everth Cabrera: San Diego Padres shortstop was named on a client list by accused PED doctor Tony Bosch in 2012 and was suspended for 50 games on Aug. 5, 2013.Melky Cabrera: San Francisco Giants outfielder tested positive for testosterone and was suspended for 50 games on Aug. 15, 2012. He admitted to taking a substance he “should not have used.” Also named on a client list by accused PED doctor Tony Bosch in 2012.Ken Caminiti: The 1996 National League MVP estimated that 50 percent of big-league players were using performance-enhancing substances. Admitted to taking steroids to Sports Illustrated in 2002. Died of a drug overdose in 2004 at age 41.Mike Cameron: Longtime MLB outfielder was suspended for 25 games in 2007 for testing positive for a banned stimulant, which he says came from a tainted supplement.Jose Canseco: Admitted using steroids, and his book “Juiced” named several players who were using performance-enhancing substances. Testified to Congress in 2005.Mark Carreon: Played from 1987-96 for the Mets, Tigers, Giants and Indians. Linked to Radomski as purchasing steroids when Carreon played for the Giants. Francisco Cervelli: New York Yankees catcher was named on a client list by accused PED doctor Tony Bosch in 2012 and was suspended for 50 games on Aug. 5, 2013.Howie Clark: A utility player for the Blue Jays. Linked to Radomski as a purchaser of HGH, paid by money order.Roger Clemens: According to the Mitchell Report, the seven-time Cy Young Award winner’s former strength and conditioning coach, Brian McNamee, injected him several times with steroids from 1998 through 2000, when he played for the Toronto Blue Jays and the Yankees. Clemens denies he ever used steroids. Was indicted in August 2010 for perjury, obstruction of Congress and false statements after testifying before Congress in 2008 that he didn’t use PEDs, and was found not guilty on all six counts in 2012.Bartolo Colon: Oakland A’s pitcher tested positive for synthetic testosterone and was suspended for 50 games on Aug. 23, 2012. Colon accepted responsibility and did not appeal. Named on a client list by accused PED doctor Tony Bosch in 2012.Jack Cust: Oakland A’s outfielder is tied to steroids from a conversation with teammate Larry Bigbie in the minors in 2003, according to the Mitchell Report. Bigbie acknowledged that Cust said he had tried steroids.Nelson Cruz: Texas Rangers outfielder was named on a client list by accused PED doctor Tony Bosch in 2012 and was suspended for 50 games on Aug. 5, 2013.Faustino de Los Santos: Pitcher was named on a client list by accused PED doctor Tony Bosch in 2012 and was suspended for 50 games on Aug. 5, 2013.Brendan Donnelly: Free agent reliever played for Boston in 2007 and was an All-Star for the Angels in 2003. According to the Mitchell Report, he was linked to Radomski as a customer for steroids in 2004. Also named in a Red Sox internal e-mail discussing concerns that Donnelly was using performance-enhancing substances.Chris Donnels: Played from 1991-02 with the Mets, Astros, Red Sox, Dodgers and Diamondbacks. Linked to Radomski in the Mitchell Report. He produced eight canceled checks and money orders for HGH and steroids.Lenny Dykstra: Played from 1985-96. In the Mitchell Report, he was linked to Radomski, who said he provided Dykstra with steroids after the 1993 season. Radomski said Dykstra admitted to taking steroids in 1989.Bobby Estalella: Catcher played from 1996-2004. Reported by San Francisco Chronicle as testifying in the BALCO case, and reportedly told the grand jury he took HGH and undetectable BALCO drugs, provided by Greg Anderson.Matt Franco: Infielder played from 1995-2003 with the Mets, Cubs and Braves. Radomski said he sold Franco steroids in 2000. Franco denies ever talking or meeting Radomski.Ryan Franklin: Cardinals reliever was suspended for 10 days in 2005 for violating the steroids policy while pitching for Seattle. Linked to Radomski in the Mitchell Report, which said he purchased Anavar and Deca-Durabolin.Eric Gagne: Retired closer was linked to Radomski as a purchaser of human growth hormone.Freddy Galvis: Philadelphia Phillies infielder was suspended for 50 games in 2012 for a positive test for Colstebol, a banned substance.Jason Giambi: The 2000 AL MVP testified to the BALCO grand jury that he used steroids obtained from Anderson and also used HGH, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Was interviewed in the Mitchell investigation and said he began using steroids in 2001 and used “the cream” and “the clear” in 2002.Jeremy Giambi: The younger brother of Jason Giambi, who played from 1998-2003, testified to the BALCO grand jury and was quoted by the Kansas City Star in 2005 as admitting to taking steroids. Jose Guillen: Kansas City Royals outfielder was suspended for 15 games for a violation of baseball’s drug program in 2007. He was linked to an HGH purchase by a San Francisco Chronicle report.Jay Gibbons: Baltimore Orioles outfielder was suspended for 15 games in 2007. SI.com reported that Gibbons received HGH and testosterone from a Florida clinic.Boys and girls could it be that the turnstiles and cash registers were humming so loud that a few power brokers in MLB turned a blind eye and deaf ear to many alleged violations just because the noise of the profit margins cast a light too bright for them to see and emitted sounds that deafened the listeners?”There seems to be a pattern here.Could it be that as long as violators aren’t exposed deliberately trying to hit other players or even ingesting illegal substances; could the lesser crime be not whether or not that the act is committed?Could the genuine violation be just getting caught?Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: [email protected] or 412.583.6741 Follow him on Twitter: @ultrascribelast_img read more

Little Silver Referendum To Allow a Watering Hole in Town

first_imgBy John BurtonLITTLE SILVER– On Nov. 3 borough voters will get a chance to say if they want to have their own neighborhood watering hole for the very first time.
Voters are being asked to cast their ballots for a binding referendum when they go to the polls on Election Day to allow the borough to have what by most accounts has never had: a restaurant with a bar.The referendum, if approved by voters, would allow for one retail consumption liquor license in the borough.The governing body has been contemplating the matter for about a year, after a borough resident had approached them about considering issuing the license.That resident, Westwood Road’s Matt Kelly, is interested in opening what he described last November as a family style restaurant and bar. Kelly, who runs a construction contracting business, had said at that point, it was his intention to build something akin to Rumson’s Molly Maguire’s.Kelly, who has been active in the borough’s recreation committee, said he envisions some place that families and friends can continue their socializing following sports and other community events.Kelly continues to be interested in accomplishing this, taking it upon himself to collect the needed petition signatures to secure the referendum initiative, according to Mayor Robert C. Neff, Jr.Neff said the council conducted a special public meeting in recent months because, “I thought it was an important issue that could span generations here,” said Neff.The response from the public was “A number of people were for it. They thought it would add character to the town,” Neff observed. And while there wasn’t much in the way of opposition, “a fair number of residents said we really should have a referendum,” Neff added.Fortuitously enough, given Little Silver had a topic decades ago, research by the borough attorney discovered it would have to be handled with a referendum to issue a consumption license, according to the mayor.
In 1981 the same referendum was roundly defeated, by a 2-to1 margin, Neff said research showed. At that time the former Farmhouse restaurant had sought the license, which was rejected by voters, borough attorney Meghan Bennett Clark had said previously.But should voters support it this time, the council has been researching and working on drafting an ordinance that would layout the restrictions and requirements – such as operating hours, whether to permit live music, the development zone where it would be permitted, and the like – for whoever would eventually gets the liquor license, “to make sure it’s done properly,” said Neff, “something rational and reasonable.”Any liquor license would ultimately be available through a public auction and require background checks on the perspective owners.According to the state Division of Alcohol Beverage Control, municipalities currently are limited to issuing one license per 3,000 residents. Given Little Silver now has a little less than 6,000, one license would be its limit at this point, Neff explained.Little Silver has one package goods license held by Little Silver Bottle Shop, 497 Prospect Ave. Another is held by A&P supermarket, 507 Prospect Ave., which is permitted to sell unrefrigerated beer and wine.To the best of anyone’s knowledge Little Silver has never permitted a consumption license. “I’m not sure I’ve ever gotten a real good reason for that, except for that’s the way it’s always been,” Neff acknowledged, “and fair enough.”“I’m not real sure what the opposition has been,” he continued. “I do understand the concerns out there,” which he assured would be addressed in the eventual ordinance should it get that far.And should voters again reject the proposal “It’s no longer an issue,” Neff noted.last_img read more

Upgrade sought to realise full potential of Newmills attraction

first_imgSeeds of change have been sown for the upgrading of the Newmills Corn and Flax Mill outside Letterkenny.The historic attraction could be set for redevelopment as Donegal County Council makes plans to engage with the Office of Public Works on improving the facility.The move follows a motion raised by Cllr Jimmy Kavanagh at this week’s Letterkenny-Milford Municipal District meeting. Cllr Kavanagh said that visitor numbers could quadruple if the site is restored and if opening hours are changes.“It’s such an amazing facility that we have on our doorstep in Letterkenny,” Cllr Kavanagh said. “Some buildings are 400 years old.”“Admission is free, it only takes an hour to look around it. If you look at the reviews of TripAdvisor they are so positive. One criticism that comes up is there is no coffee shop or souvenir shop so we need to develop the site to its full potential,” he said.Newmills recorded just 3,258 visitors in 2017. Cllr Kavanagh said that the visitor numbers could also be boosted if the centre was kept open beyond the summer months.“The current opening hours from May to September makes it virtually impossible for schools to visit. If the opening hours changed to after St Patrick’s Day it would make a huge difference and it is something I think school children will find fascinating,” he said.Upgrade sought to realise full potential of Newmills attraction was last modified: September 12th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Cllr Jimmy Kavanaghletterkenny-milford municipal districtNewmills Corn and Flax Millslast_img read more

Diners Club buys Platter’s Guide

first_imgAlmost 1.4-million copies of Platter’s Guide have been sold since the first issue came out in 1980.(Image: Platter’s Guide)John Platter and his wife Erica left their day jobs to run their small wine farm in Franschhoek.(Image: Cape Wine, Hong Kong)MEDIA CONTACTS • Philip van ZylEditor, Platter’s Guide+27 82 490 1820 or +27 28 316 3210 Janine ErasmusInternational credit card company Diners Club has snapped up the Platter’s Guide, South Africa’s oldest and best-selling wine guide. The guide will complement Diners Club’s other wine-related offerings in South Africa.Both parties have been actively involved in the local wine industry for years. Diners Club holds an annual wine list competition, which encourages establishments to refine and improve their wine offerings to their patrons and to consistently match global standards.For the past 31 years the company has run a winemaker of the year competition and since 2001, a young winemaker of the year competition with the aim of encouraging talent in the industry. It also sponsors the Diners Club Bartho Eksteen Wine Academy.“We are committed to enhancing this great relationship, in making South Africa’s most iconic wine companion an even more invaluable tool for wine lovers everywhere,” said Diners Club South Africa’s MD Ebrahim Matthews, in a statement.The company said it would continue with the guide’s current format for the time being, but would investigate broadening its digital reach.In-depth information about the local wine sceneThe Platter’s Guide is now in its 33rd edition. It was started back in 1978 by John and Erica Platter, journalists, wine lovers and novice vineyard owners, after they saw British wine expert Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Wine Book, which first came out in 1977 and is also still going strong today.The couple were confident that they could produce a “modest” version of Johnson’s publication for the local industry, and their first edition came out in 1980. Since then it’s become the first choice for locals and international visitors wanting to know more about South Africa’s world-renowned wine industry.The latest edition of the guide – and it’s a guide, not a competition or a set-in-stone publication, asserts editor Philip van Zyl – includes more than 7 300 wines from 800 producers. Wine estates submit their products for inclusion, and these are subjected to a tasting process by a group of experts, who will then assign a rating of up to five stars.The Platters have blogged that today they’re amazed at their presumption in daring to intrude upon the mysterious and hallowed Cape wine scene, which had hundreds of years of tradition behind it and was dominated at the time by men. They further state that “We had no idea what we were letting ourselves in for”.The project was seemingly doomed before a single book was produced – even the printer described the first edition as “boring”. But the couple persisted, with John personally tasting every wine until the arrival in 1987 of Angela Lloyd, the first member of the tasting team. She’s still with them and is a respected wine writer in her own right.Since the early days around 1.4-million print copies – in a different colour for each year – have been sold. It’s available in hardback and for Apple devices, with other platforms reportedly in development.The annual print run is almost 40 000 and the current hardcover price is around R170 (US$19) while the app costs R89 ($9.99) in the iTunes store.The guide won the Le Prix du Champagne Lanson for best wine guide worldwide in 2001, as well as the Louis Roederer International Wine Writers ‘Domaines Ott’ award for best annual wine guide in 2007.Besides the rating, the guide includes maps of wine-growing regions, a glossary of wine terms, GPS co-ordinates for all estates featured, a guide to wine farms that cater for visitors with special needs, information about wine varieties, and restaurant recommendationsRewarding talent and dedicationThe Diners Club Winemaker of the Year for 2012 is Razvan Macici of Nederburg. He’s Romanian by birth but he fell in love with South Africa after visiting the country in 1994 and his wine-making talent has found its perfect spot in the Western Cape.The young winemaker for 2012 is Anri Truter of Beyerskloof, who, like Macici, inherited his love of the grape from his father.The winemaker of the year for 2011 was Johan Jordaan of Spier, and the young winemaker was Matthew van Heerden of Uva Mira Vineyards, near Somerset West in the Western Cape.Other past winemakers of the year include Coenie Snyman of Rust en Vrede (2009), Peter Ferreira of Graham Beck (2004), Nicky Krone of Twee Jonge Gezellen (1995), and Günter Brözel of Nederburg (1985 and 1983).last_img read more

Social participation key to efficient cities

first_imgJohannesburg’s population grew by 1.2-million people in the decade between 2001 and 2011. (Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more free images, visit the image gallery) Former finance minister and now minister in the Presidency, Trevor Manuel, says that Johannesburg is South Africa’s fastest growing metropolis in terms of population growth.(Image: Shamin Chibba) Johannesburg mayor Parks Tau is also looking abroad for inspiration on how to make the city more liveable.(Image: Romaana Naidoo) MEDIA CONTACTS • Jean Robertson  Vuma Reputation Management  +27 87 941 3497 or +27 82 994 7744 RELATED ARTICLES • Revamping Gauteng’s freeways • Making democracy work for all • Joburg – from mining camp to big city • Nelson Mandela Bay is smartShamin ChibbaCaring cities take responsibility, and social participation is needed in order for cities to function efficiently. This was the message Johannesburg’s mayor, Parks Tau, punted at the 2013 Metropolis Annual Meeting in Sandton on Wednesday, 17 July. The event, which takes place between 16 and 18 July, brought together more than 80 mayors from around the world to discuss ways of overcoming challenges such as poverty, informal housing, transit and communications infrastructure, and public services. Keeping in line with the conference’s theme of Caring Cities, Tau said a city with the ability to care is also able to act and take responsibility. “This theme is underpinned by the profound philosophy of ubuntu. We are bound by accountability.”According to Metropolis secretary-general Alain Le Saux, the organisation was established in 1984 as an international forum for major cities to gather and discuss common issues and goals. Usually, such topics involve water supply, transport and sanitation. But, according to Le Saux, Tau wanted this year’s discussion to be about putting citizens first. “We are not looking at the transport company but at the people inside the bus.”More active citizen participationFor cities to become more resourceful, Tau said their citizens would have to actively participate in the way they are run. He urged citizens to look at public participation beyond the transactional framework and bring their expertise to provide local solutions to problems. “If you go to Soweto on a Wednesday, to an area where waste is collected; after the trucks have moved there are a group of young people who sanitise the bins and send them back to the houses. The households then give them some money. Now that is community involvement. They have found a solution to a problem.”Tau looked abroad for innovative ways of making Johannesburg more liveable. He spoke of how Brazilian cities came to regularise informal settlements in its major cities, which subsequently gave inhabitants a degree of security. “It gave people the ability to [interact] with the city because they are not living in temporary environments.”He spoke of the Lula Movement in Brazil, which involved citizens in the development of communities. Former president Luiz Inácio “Lula” Da Silva put in place measures which would make citizens more responsible. For instance, one of the objectives was the provision of education to children. Citizens would be given free basic services if they continued sending their children to school. However, if their children were not at school, the government would stop the free services. “This is building a different relationship as opposed to people just being passive recipients of municipal services,” said Tau.Nádia Campeão, the vice-mayor of São Paulo in Brazil, said public participation requires access to information to ensure social control. “To us, social participation is about taking care of the city. It is only through this that we can reach our goals.”Johannesburg to be centre of urban innovationAccording to Trevor Manuel, minister in the Presidency, Johannesburg is South Africa’s fastest growing metropolis in terms of population growth. In his address, Manuel said between 2001 and 2011, the city grew by 1.2-million people. As a reaction to this growth, he announced the establishment of the Centre for Urban Innovation, which will be used by the Johannesburg City Council to track innovative practices of cities from around the world. The centre will also bring stakeholders together to deal with urban issues, said Manuel. “Part of what it will do is to convene and stream ideas.”In Manuel’s opinion, stakeholders do not use enough of the ideas urban planners are publishing. “I am staggered by the amount of information and how little we are using to implement and drive change.”Manuel believed Johannesburg and other major South African cities are still dealing with the vestiges of the Group Areas Act, an apartheid law which assigned racial groups to specific residential and business zones in urban areas. He suggested an efficient land use management initiative that would maximise the value of land and improve the efficiency of a city’s function. “Unless we do this early, people will settle where they move to and it will become harder to [relocate] them. The idea that the poor settle on the most marginal land because it is cheaper actually disadvantages them.”International cooperation and challengesTau suggested that cities around the world should co-operate to learn from each other. He said as the world comes closer together, new forms of communication between metropolitan areas will take place. “We as large cities need to embrace closer collaboration with each other.”Campeão agreed that international cooperation is one of the best ways to capture good practices and solutions for cities. And with this in mind, São Paulo is already making an effort to increase its global relations. The city will be one of the major venues of the 2014 Fifa World Cup and it is hosting the World Expo in 2020.Current challengesAntonio Balmón, the executive vice-president of the Barcelona Metropolitan Area in Spain, said cities are facing three challenges, namely demographic growth and urban concentration, climate change and the transformation of economic dynamics. He said new policies need to be drawn up to deal with rising temperatures and sea levels, food security, globalisation and the liberalisation of financial markets. Cities, he added, should also accept their new roles as economic promoters, cultural transformers of economic policies, and co-operative centres for national and supranational economic policies.MegacitiesLe Saux spoke about the transformation to megacities and the challenges this poses. One of the major problems, he said, is access to land. He recommended that land be prepared in a way that would provide people with the ability to help themselves. “We have to believe in the capacity of the people to organise their lives. But for that to occur, the local authorities need to give them what they need; land, public water, energy and other basic services.”Le Saux said cities should stop building outward. “When the city is 100 kilometres long then the water supply has to be 100 kilometres long.”He proposed that development be refocused on the city centre, which would force urban planners to build upward. “In the past the network was very big. But today, we have to see if it is possible to create small networks and to make a conjunction between these networks. That could probably be less expensive and easier to organise.”He said current building technology allows us to recycle water, generate electricity and develop an internal heating system, which could save cities a lot of money. “If we can do this to all parts of the city, then we would have found our solution.”last_img read more

Sheep with a dangerously overgrown fleece gets life-saving shear

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Luckily, an Australian Merino sheep that had likely wandered from his flock five or six years ago and had never been shorn was spotted by a concerned hiker who raised the alarm by contacting the Australian Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.With hooves that were barely visible and eyes mostly covered, the animal was the size of a refrigerator and the color of dirty snow. It was a matter of life and death — this sheep needed a haircut. The gigantic sheep, named “Chris,” who was found outside Canberra, could barely walk. His wool had grown to four to five times the normal amount of wool for a merino sheep, resulting in some serious health problems. Besides being partially blinded by the wool flopping into his eyes, his hooves were damaged from carrying the weight of all that extra wool. He also had skin burns from urine trapped in his fleece. Plus, had Chris fallen down, his mass of wool would have made it difficult to get back up, rendering him easy prey for predators. The RSRCA said the animal could have died within weeks if left in the wild.Shearer Ian Elkins volunteered to shear the mammoth creature, which had to be sedated throughout the operation. He took 42 minutes to remove the 18-inch fleece, which weighed 89 pounds 3 ounces.Merino sheep, like Chris, are bred especially for their wool and are sheared annually as a benefit to the animals’ own welfare. Regular shearing prevents excess wool from interfering with their bodies’ ability to thermo-regulate. Excessive wool coats also make the sheep more vulnerable to becoming immobilized by physical obstacles in the environment and more susceptible to predator and parasite attacks.An average Australian fleece in comparison weighs just 11 pounds and takes approximately three minutes to shear.last_img read more