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South African wine bottles get ‘smart’

first_img15 September 2011South African website wine.co.za is offering free QR-codes – codes that can be read by smartphones – to local wine estates for use on their bottles, giving consumers quick and easy access to information about the wine on the internet.QR-codes (Quick Response Codes) are a kind of barcode that is printed on a product or label, which can then be photographed and interpreted by a smartphone. They usually contain links to enable easy access to websites, negating the need for consumers to have to type in long addresses or URLs.“By placing a QR-Code on say a back label, a wine producer can supply much more detailed information about their wine, directly to the consumer, at the time of purchase,” wine.co.za said in a statement this week. “In the case of wine.co.za, we have already created a mobi-page for every wine in our extensive database.“This page will present the full technical analysis, tasting notes, accolades, contact details of the producer.”Adding value to marketingAccording to wine.co.za, Wines of South Africa recently requested producers to take a look at QR-Codes as they add huge value to marketing wines, at very low cost, and with the free QR-Codes the cost remains very low.All wine producers need to do is to ensure that their information is kept up to date on wine.co.zaTo check out QR-Codes in action, go to www.wine.co.za/mobi and select a winery name to show a list of wines that wine.co.za has generated QR codes for.Then use your cell phone’s barcode reader to “photograph” that image. A web page will appear on your browser with everything about the chosen wine.Many smartphones come preloaded with QR-code readers. Otherwise, QR-code readers can be downloaded from the native “app” store.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

(At Least) Six Things Are Wrong With This Crawl Space

first_imgIssue 5: No polyethylene covering the dirt floorThe crawl space has a bare dirt floor. The crawl space air is in communication with the interior of the home. Because there is no vapor barrier on the dirt floor, ground moisture evaporates into the crawl space air, raising the interior relative humidity.Required Corrections: To limit the entry of ground moisture and soil gas, the dirt floor should be covered with a polyethylene vapor barrier, with seams lapped and sealed. The edges of the polyethylene should be sealed to the foundation wall. If radon testing shows elevated radon levels, then a sub-slab depressurization system should be installed to exhaust soil gases to the exterior.Ideally, add a layer of horizontal rigid insulation to limit heat transfer to the ground. Protect the insulation with a concrete “rat slab.” Issue 1: Electrical cable isn’t securely stapledAt some point in the past, modern electrical cable was installed to serve a floor receptacle. The cable was not properly fastened to the structure, and drapes freely across a five-foot span. This is a code violation.Required Corrections: The cable should be rerouted and supported with staples meeting building code requirements. If necessary, replace the cable so that it can be correctly routed and supported. Last week, GBA published a photo of a crawl space in an old house under the headline, “What’s Wrong With This Picture?”The photo showed an unvented crawl space in a cold climate. The home was built in 1885. This crawl space is attached to an adjacent concrete-floored basement. The foundation walls are made of mortared limestone.Even in the small area captured in the photo, there are a number of problems that compromise energy efficiency, building durability, and life safety. Here are our answers to the question posed last week. Garrett Mosiman works as a Research Fellow for the Center for Sustainable Research at the University of Minnesota. He has a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Rice University and an M.S. in architecture, Sustainable Design Track, from the University of Minnesota. He is also a LEED Accredited Professional. Issue 4: No capillary break at the top of the foundation wallThere is untreated wood in contact with the masonry foundation, a common situation in houses of this age. There are no signs of a capillary break to prevent foundation moisture from wicking into the framing.Required Corrections: If the foundation drainage is good and the assembly is exposed to warm interior air for drying, the risk of wood rot is relatively low. However, insulating the rim-joist area on the interior can increase the risk of rot, since added insulation would lower the drying potential of the sill. If the homeowner plans to insulate this area on the interior, it’s worth considering the installation of a capillary break. If the area will be insulated on the exterior, a capillary break may not be necessary.First, verify that there is good site and soil drainage on the exterior side of the assembly. Lift the sill — a task that sounds more daunting than it is in practice — and install a capillary break (metal flashing or a rubber membrane). Then insulate on the interior using rigid foam or spray polyurethane foam.center_img Issue 3: Knob-and-tube wiringThere is some knob-and-tube wiring. Although the wire appears to be cut, it’s impossible to tell by looking at it whether the wire is still live.Required Corrections: The wire should be removed back to a code-approved junction box. Consider eliminating all knob-and-tube wiring in the house. Issue 6: The crawl space walls are uninsulatedThe foundation walls are uninsulated.Required Corrections: The crawl space walls can be insulated with rigid foam or closed-cell spray polyurethane foam. Because there is no capillary break at the top of the masonry wall, exterior insulation is preferable to interior insulation. Issue 2: Asbestos insulationA hydronic heat pipe is wrapped with asbestos insulation. The asbestos lacks encapsulation to prevent contact with asbestos fibers. If this insulation is abraded, asbestos fibers will be released into the air. If these fibers are inhaled, they can lodge deep in the lungs, eventually leading to lung disease.Required Corrections: Hire a certified asbestos abatement contractor to remove the asbestos or stabilize it in place.last_img read more

NCAA Season 93’s Best 7: Week 9

first_imgTrump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes PLAY LIST 01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games We’re finally in the second round and it seems like Lyceum and San Beda are just cruising to get the top two spots in the Final Four.But the sense of urgency is palpable for the middle teams, with teams refusing to back down which led to two games this week going to overtime. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAs always, games are won by the heroes and this are this week’s top performers.(1) CJ Perez – F, Lyceum Pirates Last Week: N/ATey Teodoro. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netTey Teodoro did all he could to salvage Jose Rizal University in its classic duel, drilling clutch triples just to keep his team in contention.However, his disqualification in second overtime after picking up his fifth foul took the air out of the Heavy Bombers. He was the fourth player to foul out in the game, as JRU saw they four-game winning streak come to a screeching halt. Michael Calisaan. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCall it a redemption game.Thrown out in San Sebastian’s first round meeting against EAC, Michael Calisaan came back with a vengeance as his superb efforts gave the Golden Stags another victory.More importantly, Calisaan’s performance leveled San Sebastian’s record to 5-5 as it gears up against contenders Perpetual and San Beda.(6) Kent Salado – G, Arellano Chiefs17 points, 3 rebounds, 7 assistsLast Week: 5Kent Salado. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRERKent Salado chose the perfect time to be at his best as he delivered the dagger buckets in Arellano’s double overtime win over Jose Rizal University on Thursday.The fearless guard almost single-handedly put the game away and diffused the explosive Heavy Bombers.(7) Tey Teodoro – G, JRU Heavy Bombers30 points (6-17 3PT FG), 6 rebounds, 1 assist LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary MOST READ LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight 18.0 points, 9.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.0 stealsLast Week: N/ACJ Perez. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRERBreaking the norm this season, we finally got a player to top this list twice.Against cellar-dwelling foes, CJ Perez’s steady play lifted Lyceum to stretch its unbeaten run to 11 as the Pirates continued to show their dominance.But tougher foes are still out to put the first dent in the Pirates’ armor, with games against Arellano and Perpetual slated in the next two weeks.ADVERTISEMENT With the collegiate season in full swing, INQUIRER lists the week’s top seven performers in the ongoing NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament. From their game statistics to their overall impact in the outcomes, everything is weighed to come up with the best players from the week that was.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments GALLERY: UAAP Season 80 opening ceremony Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City With Robert Bolick serving his one-game suspension on Friday, the forward kept San Beda afloat in its 88-70 win against Mapua.Continuously churning out double-doubles through the course of the season, it should be no surprise that Mocon is in the discussion for this season’s MVP race. (4) Prince Eze – C, Perpetual Altas21 points, 19 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 blockLast Week: N/APrince Eze. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netLeading the MVP race to end the first round, Prince Eze picked up where he left off and unleashed another dominant showing against Letran.The Nigerian imposed his will in the paint against the depleted Knights frontline on Thursday.(5) Michael Calisaan – F, San Sebastian Golden Stags19 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 stealLast Week: N/A (2) Gab Dagangon – F, Perpetual Altas21 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, 2 blocksLast Week: N/AGab Dagangon. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRERPlaying like a team with a purpose, Perpetual Help finally gutted out a 88-82 overtime win over Letran.And the one to anchor the Altas was Gab Dagangon.The senior forward drilled huge buckets in the extra period as Perpetual Help got themselves back into the hunt for a Final Four slot.(3) Javee Mocon – F, San Beda Red Lions10.5 points, 10.0 rebounds, 1 assist, 1.5 blocksLast Week: 1Javee Mocon. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRERConsistency is key for Javee Mocon.last_img read more

Runner wins marathon after competitors ahead take wrong turn

first_imgINQUIRER.net stock photoMuch has been said about there being no one road to success.But in the case of the Venice Marathon, there is only one route to the finish line — and a group of runners went the wrong way, reports the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Read Next WATCH: Runner finishes race while accidentally flashing genitalsWhat to do post-run to maximize your results QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:40Trending Articles01:16Go goads Robredo to take ICAD post: ‘Tignan natin kung makakatulog ka pa’00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Austria mum on reported SMB-Kia trade #atletical’azzurro Eyob Fanielconquista la #Venicemarathonin 2h12:16#record personale miglioratodi oltre tre minuti pic.twitter.com/mXF47Uo2qx— Atletica Italiana (@atleticaitalia) October 22, 2017His coach Ruggero Pertile said they aim to make him qualified for the 2020 Olympic Games. He just has to make sure that Gebrehiwet is on the right track. JBRELATED STORIES:ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments An Italian of Eritrean origin, Eyob Gebrehiwet, capitalized on this blunder and finished in 2:12:16, beating his personal best by over three minutes.The lead pack of elite runners followed a motorcycle that took a wrong turn 25 kilometers into the race. This led them to be delayed despite having a one-minute lead.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutRunner-up Muhammed Mussa followed two minutes after Gebrehiwet’s bizarre win.This is only the Italian’s second marathon; his first was in Florence. Injuries had prevented him from joining the Venice race in 2015 and 2016. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101last_img read more

5-Star C Diamond Stone, Who Got Bashed By Wisconsin Fans For Picking Maryland, Seems Pretty Happy Right Now

first_imgIn late March, five-star center Diamond Stone (Milwaukee, Wisc.) committed to Maryland over home-state program Wisconsin. This, obviously, did not please Badgers’ fans. Stone took a beating from various UW faithful on Twitter, message boards, etc. Wisconsin lost to Duke, 68-63, in the national championship game Monday night. This seems to please the future Terrapins’ big man.  — All Eyes On Me (@Diamond_Stone33) April 7, 2015I LOVE — All Eyes On Me (@Diamond_Stone33) April 7, 2015They Do A lot Of Talking…— All Eyes On Me (@Diamond_Stone33) April 7, 2015Stone will get his chance to quiet the Wisconsin fans next season. Maryland is expected to be a top-five team in 2015-16.last_img read more

DCT Gdansk to Continue Growing in 2018

first_imgzoom After it saw a growth rate of 24% in 2017, Poland’s Deepwater Container Terminal (DCT) Gdansk aims to continue growing this year as well.During the year, DCT Gdansk’s volumes increased to just under 1.6 million TEU as the company launched full operation of the second terminal T2, doubling its capacity.“This facilitated the continued growth of our relationship with the 2M Alliance and then in May the arrival of the OCEAN Alliance. Having the world’s two largest Alliances provide direct calls with the largest ships in their fleet is a real testament to the vision of building DCT Gdansk,” Cameron Thorpe, CEO of DCT Gdansk, said.Continuing to plan growth, DCT has initiated its ‘T2B program’, due to roll-out over the next 3 years.The program includes two additional ship-to-shore cranes arriving in the third quarter of 2018, enabling the T2 berth to deploy 7 cranes by the end of this year. In support there will be an expansion of the yard area with 5 additional all-electric e-RTGs.Thorpe said that over the next two years there will be a second fairway approach to the Port of Gdansk, to which DCT will have access.This will further reduce the time from pilot-station to berth, enhancing the total port turn-around time of the ULCV’s calling.“Longer-term, DCT has considerable ability to expand both berth and yard footprint, so we can effectively continue to grow in-line with market demand,” Thorpe concluded.last_img read more

Prince William Visits Charity Initiatives In East Yorkshire

first_imgPrince William was in East Yorkshire this week for a number of charity visits.Prince William’s trip included a visit to Goole High School to launch a new award for primary school children as Royal Patron of the charity SkillForce.SkillForce draws on the values and skills of ex-forces personnel to inspire young people to achieve at school.The Duke watched the youngsters take part in a team bridge-building exercise in the school yard which was inspired by the 70th anniversary of D-Day later this week.The Duke chatted about the SkillForce initiative with staff, pupils and representatives of the charity.The new SkillForce Junior Prince’s Award is aimed at nine and 10-year-olds, especially under-privileged children who do not have easy access to these kind of activities. It is particularly aimed as smoothing the transition for children between primary and secondary school.The award involves team-building and problem-solving challenges, team sports, outdoor pursuits including camping, first aid, navigation, observing remembrance and community projects.Goole High School has worked with a group of local primary schools to develop the new national award programme.Speaking before the visit, Peter Cross, Chief Executive of SkillForce, said: “The award is designed to engage younger learners in exciting lessons, challenges and community projects that prepare them for secondary education, a time when some students can begin to lose their way.“Our programme builds up the children’s confidence, resilience, team work and problem solving to give them a boost before the start of new adventures and encourage them to take a more active role in their town, city or village.“It’s SkillForce’s 10th birthday, and we are honoured that our Royal Patron has marked the occasion by lending his support to the Junior Prince’s Award for roll-out across the country.”Later, The Duke travelled to West Yorkshire where he visited the youth homeless charity Centrepoint’s base in Bradford and joined young people undergoing media training.His Royal Highness followed in his mother’s footsteps by taking on the patronage of Centrepoint as his first charity, influenced by memories of visiting the charity’s premises with his parents as a child.Source:DukeAndDuchessOfCambridge.orglast_img read more

Jammu grenade thrower was paid Rs 50000 by Hizbul

first_imgJammu: Yasir Javaid Bhat, a teenage suspect arrested for throwing a grenade at the Jammu bus stand that left two people dead, confessed to interrogators on Friday that an overground worker of the Hizbul Mujahideen outfit paid him Rs 50,000. Besides the two killed, over 30 people were injured in the grenade attack on Thursday. The suspect, belonging to Kulgam district, was arrested from Toll Plaza at Nag rota outside Jammu city when he was trying to escape to the Kashmir Valley. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! Eyewitness accounts and CCTV footage helped the police to set up checkposts. If the Aadhaar card and school records of the suspect are correct, then his birth date is March 12, 2003, making him a juvenile under law. He is the eldest son of his parents and a student of Class 9. His father is a painter by profession. Informed sources said he was given Rs 50,000 and a grenade by Muzammil, an overground worker of the Hizbul Mujahideen outfit, to carry out the grenade attack. Interrogation of the suspect revealed that Hizb district commander Fayaz Bhat alias Umer originally gave the task of carrying out the grenade attack to Muzammil who failed to execute the task. Fayaz Bhat then told Muzammil to pass on the task to Yasir Javaid Bhat or ‘Chotu’.last_img read more

TMC activist beaten up in Murshidabad

first_imgKolkata: A Trinamool Congress activist was injured after being beaten up by some miscreants in Murshidabad. The district Trinamool Congress leaders have alleged that some Congress-backed goons were involved in the attack.The victim has been identified as Tuhin Sarkar. A resident of the Kalinagar area in Murshidabad, Sarkar was returning home on late Saturday evening when two motorcycle-borne miscreants stopped his way. They got down from the bike and started beating up the victim indiscriminately. The victim fell on the ground after receiving several blows. Hearing the screams of the victim, some local residents came to his rescue. The miscreants, however, had fled from the spot before the local people reached there. They rushed the victim to a nearby health centre. His condition is stated to be stable now. The incident has subsequently triggered a blame game between the local TMC and Congress leaders. TMC leaders alleged that Congress had engaged the miscreants to beat up Sarkar. However, Congress has refuted the allegation and termed the incident a result of infighting within TMC. Police have started a probe in this regard. They are conducting raids to nab the culprits.last_img read more