‘Clarendon derby’ in RSPL – Humble Lion, Portmore United clash at Effortville

first_img tough game “We lost some points that we didn’t bargain for ourselves, and they are coming off two straight losses, but we will not be fooled by that. “They will be coming to up the tempo against us, and even with those losses, we would be prepared for a tough game from them,” Vassell Reynolds, coach of Humble Lion said of today’s big clash. He added: “On paper, it is a Clarendon derby, as we are based in Clarendon and a large percentage of the Portmore United players are based in the parish. With that situation, neither team needs anything more to motivate the players.” Leading up to this game, Reynolds said his players trained well with a lot of emphasis on the mental aspects of the game. “We did a lot on the mental side, which will be key to the outcome of this game. “Wolry Wolfe has been leading the charge for us and others like Levaughn Williams, Ricardo Cousins, Devon Hodges, and FranÁois Swaby are also capable of delivering for us. Once we can get them to join the likes of Wolfe and Andrew Vanzie, in terms of performance and leadership, we will be fine,” the positive Reynolds said. As far as Portmore United’s Clive Marshall is concerned, the main focus for his team is to improve on their last two performances and return to their productive ways. Nothing else matters. “This game is more like a derby, given tradition and history, but we are not looking at it like that. We are looking at improving on our last two results and returning to winning ways,” manager Marshall said. According to Marshall, there is no time for making excuses about why they lost and the manner in which they lost. It was time taking responsibility and putting measures in place to correct the mistakes and not repeating them. While Jovan East has been the most consistent in front of goal this season and Ewan Grandison in one of the most experienced, Marshall said getting back to winning ways was not up to one or two players but the entire team. “We have a young team, but if the more experienced players provide the leadership and the other players respond in a similar way then we will be OK, but it has to be a team effort,” declared Marshall. At Barbican Stadium Boys’ Town will be looking to follow up their big win over Portmore United with a victory over the stabilising UWIFC while Cavalier can keep themselves out of the relegation zone with a win over Waterhouse. Today’s games: 3 p.m: Boys’ Town vs UWI FC – Barbican Stadium 5 p.m: Cavalier vs Waterhouse – Stadium East 3 p.m: Humble Lion vs Portmore United – Effortville Community Centre 3 p.m: Reno vs Rivoli United – Frome Complex 3 p.m: Tivoli Gardens vs Arnett Gardens – Edward Seaga Complex Tomorrow’s game: 8:40 p.m: Harbour View vs Montego Bay United – Harbour View Stadium Points standing P W D L GF GA GD O Pts MoBay United 17 9 6 2 29 11 18 33 Portmore 17 9 4 4 18 14 4 31 Arnett 17 9 2 6 24 13 11 29 Humble Lion FC 17 7 7 3 14 11 3 28 H.View 17 6 6 5 18 18 0 24 Reno 17 5 7 5 17 19 -2 22 Boys’ Town 17 6 4 7 19 22 -3 22 UWI FC 17 6 4 7 16 23 -7 22 Tivoli 17 5 4 8 21 23 -2 19 Cavalier 17 4 5 8 7 14 -7 17 Rivoli 17 4 4 9 19 25 -6 16 Waterhouse 17 3 5 9 13 22 -9 14 Prepared forcenter_img Former leaders Portmore United could find themselves overtaken by Humble Lion when the two meet today in the Red Stripe Premier League at Effortville Community Centre. Portmore United currently sit second in the table on 31 points, two behind leaders Montego Bay United and three ahead of Humble Lion. Normally, the visitors would be favoured to win, but they are on a two-game losing streak, losing 2-1 to 10th-placed Cavalier SC and 3-0 to seventh-placed Boys’ Town at the Juici Park field. This form should convince the Humble Lion players and fans that they have a good chance, especially at home.last_img read more

Road Accident Fund pays out a record R22bn

first_imgThe Road Accident Fund is a social service that supports those whose health, jobs and lives are impaired by traffic accidents.The auditor-general has also recognised the fund’s prudent management of public money in the 2013/14 financial year by giving it with a second consecutive clean audit. (Image: RAF)Brand South Africa ReporterImproved efficiency has allowed South Africa’s Road Accident Fund to pay out a record number of claims to vehicle crash survivors in the 2013/14 financial year, amounting to R22.2-billion.“The number of open claims has reduced year-on-year to what is now less than half of what it was five years ago, indicating that administration is more efficient,” said Eugene Watson, the fund’s CEO.Open and reopened claims were reduced from 212 085 in 2012/13 to 198 140 this year, and the total awaiting compensation or legal cost payments reduced by 47 627 – from 279 912 in 2012/13 to 232 285.“Claims payments grew by 47% to a record high of R22.2-billion, from R15.2- billion in 2012/13,” Watson said.The Road Accident Fund is a social service that supports those whose health, jobs and lives are impaired by traffic accidents.“Reducing the frequency, severity and impact of accidents is the fund’s highest priority, as the estimated cost of road crashes to South Africa’s economy remains staggeringly high at R306-billion per annum,” Watson said.“Despite this, the RAF will continue being the social security safety net for those who are maimed on South Africa’s roads. During the year under review, the RAF continued its departure from a legacy of less than stellar performance, reinvigorating its efforts to make a socioeconomic impact on families, homes and communities.”He said the fund paid over 7 000 funeral claims, more than half of those resulting from the 14 000 road fatalities every year.Watson said the record payout was the result of improved productivity and controls, with the fund deploying cash more efficiently and expanding its geographical footprint to make its services available to road users countrywide.This was due to management interventions to optimise claim payments, improve business processes, the hiring of more staff, and a new claims administration system.Payouts wasted on legal feesWhile the rising number of claims strains the fund’s financial resources, Watson said the organisation was dealing with this by assessing and finalising claims speedily and efficiently.The auditor-general has also recognised the fund’s prudent management of public money in the 2013/14 financial year by giving it with a second consecutive clean audit.The Road Accident Fund board and management have mapped out plans to curb the growing deficit caused by the higher reserves needed for outstanding claims. These include discussions with the National Treasury and Department of Transport to resolve the short-, medium- and long-term funding of the organisation.Watson said a major problem was the high contingency fees – estimated at over 25% – paid to attorneys, which exacerbated the hardship of accident victims. More than this, 21% of payments go to legal fees, with R1.7-billion spent on the fund’s legal costs and R2.9-billion on claimant’s legal costs.“The litigious nature of the adversarial compensation scheme where one needs to prove fault, and the subjectivity in determining loss-of-earnings and support benefits, has seen a claim take between 12 to 60 months to finalise,” he said.New legislation to lower the cost of claimsThe new Road Accident Benefit Scheme Bill will attempt to reduce the amount of money wasted on legal fees by eliminating the need to determine who was at fault, cutting out prolonged and often self-serving lawsuits.Payments will be made directly and on a monthly basis to claimants and healthcare providers. The bill will also provide benefits for medical expenses, income support, family support and funeral benefits.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Minister of Sport & Recreation Ms Tokozile Xasa (MP) speaks on the matter of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Hyperandrogenism regulations

first_imgThe Deputy Minister of Sport & Recreation: Mr Gert OosthuizenThe Director General of Sport & Recreation: Alec MoemiLeaders of Federations who have joined usMembers of the MediaLadies & Gentlemen On the 18 of February 2019 the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CSA) will hear the matter between International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), Athletics South Africa and Caster Semenya. Our history as a nation was in the main based on the defence of our people against their human rights violation, a right to belong, that all humans are created equal. Therefore as South African government we have a direct interest in the proceedings and outcome of this case. This interest is informed by our historical stance as a nation towards human rights and also if the proposed regulations go unchallenged will have a negative impact to our Golden Girl, Caster Semenya. What’s at stake here is far more than the right to participate in a sport. Women’s bodies, their wellbeing, their ability to earn a livelihood, their very identity, their privacy and sense of safety and belonging in the world, are being questioned. This is a gross violation of internationally accepted standards of human rights law.The IAAF introduced rules and regulations governing eligibility for females with hyperandrogenism to compete in women competition for the first time in 2011.The purpose of these Regulations was to determine Eligibility classification of female athletes with the hyperandrogenism to participate in the female athletics categories and the conditions under which they would be allowed to compete.The adverse effects of these Regulations were seen in 2014 when Duntee Chand, a sprinter from India was suspended from participating in international competition after hormone testing reportedly revealed that her body produced excessive natural levels of testosterone.She challenged these Regulations at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CSA) arguing that they are unlawfully discriminating against some female athletes on the basis of a natural characteristic of unusual natural genetic trait, even if that trait confers an advantage over fellow female athletes who do not have a trait.Subsequently the Regulations were suspended by CSA and Ms. Chand was allowed to compete again, while the IAAF was instructed to produce a scientific evidence that will support their thesis of causality between female testosterone levels and their performance, and report back in two years, and that was 2017.Instead of bringing compelling evidence as per the directive of the Court, the IAAF instead introduced new Hyperandrogenism Regulations in 2018, which amplified the previous 2011 Regulations.In terms of this new Regulations a female with hyperandrogenism who is recognised as a female in law shall be eligible to compete in women competitions in athletics provided that she has androgen level below that of a male, specifically their natural levels of testosterone must be below 5 Nanomoles Per Litre.Moreover, the new Regulations are only applicable to 400m to mile, including 400m, hurdle races, 800m and 1500m, the categories wherein coincidentally Caster Semenya participate and generally dominates. The logic as to why Regulations were restricted to these categories is still unclear, thus compelling us, as a country, to suspect they are targeted to our very own daughter of the soil, who is the reigning world champion in the 400m and 800m track.These Regulations have drawn criticism from organizations and eminent individuals in various sectors including human rights, medical science, sport and sports law both here at home and abroad. The critics have elevated a point that the Regulations are discriminatory and violates fundamental and international human rights, including a right to physical and bodily integrity, the right to freedom from torture, and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment and harmful practices.As a South African government, we have added our voice in condemnation of these Regulations mainly as a matter of principle as a country that respect and promote human rights and also in support of an application lodged by Athletic South Africa (ASA) at CAS challenging these regulations because they appear to be specifically targeting Caster Semenya.Through our department of Sport and Recreation we have established a high-level panel consisting of the Medical and Legal work-streams respectively. This panel consists of experts in both medical and legal fraternities who constitute the respective work streams. There is a third work stream constituted by the departmental personnel and its mandate is to raise public awareness and mobilise public support on the discriminatory nature of these regulations.Work in all the streams has commenced and the high-level panel have prepared a formidable case based on legal and medical data collected, and the Legal Team will appear before CAS to present the case in support of the case lodged by both Athletic South Africa (ASA) and Ms. Caster Mokgadi Semenya. The third government stream has also started with its work, which primarily focus on mobilization of public and international support for the ASA and Caster Semenya cases, and condemnation of the Regulations, both their letter and spirit.Ladies and gentlemen – our media colleagues, sporting fraternity, international human rights platforms and human rights advocates – it is important to take a moment to reflect on what these regulations truly mean for the little girl growing up in an African village with dreams of becoming a top sports woman. These regulations have the potential to deprive the world from seeing and experiencing the natural superiority of future athletes to come from our African soils. Ms. Semenya put it so well when she said and I quote: “It’s not about me anymore. It’s about the African girls who come from the rural areas who do not believe that they can do this…”It is for this reason that we honour AND declare the GREATNESS OF CASTER SEMENYA!I must thank the sporting community who have raised their hands in support, this includes our Federations.As government we urge you media- as voice of the people to partner with us in this campaign of declaring that #NaturallySuperior. The campaign will target various sectors of local and global community and through proper channels engage Human Rights organizations and eminent persons locally and internationally in an effort to ensure that the whole world condemn these Regulations as a gross violation human right. The World once declared Apartheid as a crime against human right, we once more call people of the World to stand with us as we fight what we believe is a gross violation of human right.As a girl from Rural Limpopo Caster continue teaching us that we can overcome adversity, that role models can come in the least expected places, that through resilience you can be a beacon of hope. I want to borrow the words of another great athletes who has faced similar challenges in her career, Ms Serena Williams “Think of all the girls who could become top athletes but quit sports because they’re afraid of having too many defined muscles and being made fun of or called unattractive.” We therefore encourage every individual, organization and sector intolerant of discrimination, violation of human rights, particularly of women, and injustice to join and add their voice to this movement that condemn these discriminatory IAAF Regulations which in their nature seek to unfairly exclude other sections of society from competing in sport.To Caster, please remember Tata Mandela when he said, “The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” We have no doubt that in no time Caster will be rising our flag in glory as she do what she does best, collecting medals.With this mobilisation campaign of NaturallySuperior – we honour  AND declare the GREATNESS OF WOMEN – We pronounce thatLet women have the freedom to be women IN OUR SPORTING SOCIETY,Let women have the right to participate in this society’s sporting platforms which does NOT judge their genderLet women’s sporting performance and resultant greatness not be questioned NOR doubted.last_img read more

The 2015 Passive House Conference in Germany

first_imgThe 19th Annual International Passive House conference was held in Leipzig, Germany, on April 17-18, 2015. With large contingents attending from North America and China, as well as an emerging group of practitioners stretching across the Mediterranean from Turkey to Portugal, the global effort of Passive House was palpable.Compared to previous years, project types continue to expand, from factories, to office complexes to day-care centers. So do the details: optimizing thermal bridges, earthquake load requirements, incorporating wood-fired furnaces, and onsite renewables.As with the other conferences before, there was a dizzying array of information sharing and professional networking. I’m going to try to boil it down to a few themes. Ken Levenson is co-president of the North American Passive House Network, president of New York Passive House, and partner at 475 High Performance Building Supply. Building materials: better windows and ventilation equipmentA key theme to delivering solutions for any particular place is the development and availability of the best possible components. Dr. Wolfgang Feist, director of the Passivhaus Institut (PHI), opened the conference with a detailed discussion of developing component technologies for insulation, windows, and ventilation, heating, cooling, and dehumidification systems. “Today the investment costs for improved efficiency of building components are exceptionally low; the cost difference is more than compensated through the saved energy costs,” said Dr. Feist. A global communityThis conference allows attendees to meet and learn from practitioners located around the world. There was a series of talks on fast-paced developments in China. There were sessions on the challenges of building in Russia, on new buildings in Spain and Italy, and on an embassy in Kinshasa, Congo. This international sharing shifts our perspective from the limits we face every day to the possibilities everywhere – it was liberating. Of course North America was well represented, with presentations (in addition to the one by Allen Gilliland mentioned above) by Matthew O’Malia of G-O Logic, Sam Hagerman of Hammer and Hand, and Adam Cohen of Passiv Science.It was a special treat to meet living legend Harold Orr, who received the fourth Passive House Pioneer Award. Accepting the award in the closing plenary session, Orr gave a moving talk on the development of the Saskatchewan Conservation House, noting, “You can’t build a solar house in Regina because the sun has no energy by the time it gets there.” He also said, “Lots of insulation and airtightness – that’s what works.”Finally, following what seems to now be an established tradition, the North American Passive House Network (NAPHN) Dinner was held on Saturday evening. This year the dinner was organized by NAPHN board member Andre Harrmann, a Leipzig native. With 120 attending, we unwound while meeting more great people – from North America, the U.K., Latvia, Austria, Belgium, Slovenia, and so on – discussing, into the night, the conference proceedings and our ongoing work, in the pleasant amber glow of German beer. Germany’s energy transformationThe Passivhaus Institut has introduced a new visionary primary energy calculation, Primary Energy Renewable (PER), as well as new Certification levels, Plus and Premium, which acknowledge the benefits of on-site renewable production. In PHI’s formulation, the fundamental resilience of a building enclosure is not lessened by adding renewables. The renewable energy production is not in the service of making a building a “survivalist island” (my term), but instead is distributed to the grid to contribute to the survival of society.Listening to the various talks on the subject, it occurred to me that, just as American businesses helped reshape our global economy with such drivers as the personal computer and the Internet, something similar is happening with the German Energiewende (or energy transformation) that is leading the global shift from a fossil-fuels-based world economy to one based on renewable energy production. A post-fossil-fuel world will be based on interconnected producers of renewable energy, on energy storage technology, and on efficient energy use. This is not unlike the power our personal computers provide: not in isolation, but through their Internet connection.PHI scientist Jessica Grove-Smith gave a detailed explanation of what’s under the hood of the new PER and the new certification levels. And Benjamin Krick walked through project examples, showing challenges and opportunities in reaching the new Plus and Premium categories.All the new calculations are made with the new updated Passive House Planning Package (PHPP), Version 9 – an English language as well as an IP version will be available to US practitioners in the Fall of this year.(If you are planning to attend the NYPH Passive House Conference, you can see Jessica Grove-Smith provide an in-person 60-minute presentation and Q&A session on these topics on June 11, 2015.) RELATED ARTICLES A Passivhaus Conference in GermanyReport from the Passive House Conference in Maine Highlights from the North American Passive House Conference Joseph Lstiburek Surprises Passive House Conference AttendeesNew Passive Building Standards for North AmericaRedefining PassivhausAn Energy-Efficiency Conference in GermanyGermany’s Energy RevolutionForgotten Pioneers of Energy Efficiencycenter_img More retrofit projectsWhile Passive House retrofits have been happening for a long time, each year the dominance of retrofitting grows. PHI’s retrofit standard, EnerPHit, is used increasingly in many countries.Susanne Theumer and Maria del Carmen Rivero Arias, both of PHI, presented on a study of the successful applications of the EnerPHit standard across the 16 climate zones of Mexico. They concluded that EnerPHit “has once again proved to be the best option for achieving energy efficiency without compromising comfort or cost efficiency in the case of building modernizations, even for the analyzed examples within the warm and hot climate zones.”Many sessions were dedicated to examining retrofits. One presentation discussed a study of retrofit work at 20 residential units in the United Kingdom. Another focused on product innovations, including Fixit 222 Aerogel, an insulating plaster mix product that incorporates aerogel insulation.Passive House Academy director Tomas O’Leary provided an update on the EuroPHit Project, a three-year project funded by the European Union. The study involves 20 refurbishment projects in several countries, from Spain to Sweden. Project organizers hope to develop new tools and materials for wide-scale implementation. O’Leary said, “EuroPHit contends that it is best to develop a refurbishment plan for buildings which might span several years (or even decades) and to do a deep retrofit on a step-by-step basis to ensure that in the end the EnerPHit standard is reached.”Other presentations discussed retrofits of office complexes, high-rises, and historic landmarks. These presentation made it remarkably clear that in many ways, the future involves retrofits. Next year’s conferenceThe 2016 conference, celebrating the 25th anniversary of the first Passive House in Darmstadt, Germany, will be held on April 22-23, 2016. I hope to see you there. Sharing dataIf you are a data junky, this conference was the place for you. Numerous presentations provided extensive data: date on component and equipment performance and data on user satisfaction, including extensive data from residents and workers in the new Bahnstadt District in Heidelberg, Germany.Nick Grant of Elemental Solutions in the U.K. showed how data collected from several school projects informed the teams’ evolving process of design and PHPP optimization, leading to ever-better school buildings. (His presentation is online here.) Certified windows are getting better while prices are dropping. It is clear that large-scale manufacturing and wide availability and use of critical components are essential to improving cost-effectiveness.Senior PHI scientist Dr. Benjamin Krick presented the 2015 Component Awards, which focused on window components suitable for retrofit applications. With 41 qualifying entries, the quality of the winners was exceptionally high, including First Prize windows by Optiwin and Smartwin.It was announced that 2016’s conference will feature competition winners for outstanding ventilation solutions in retrofit applications.Many sessions covered innovative application of high-performance components. For example, a presentation by Allen Gilliland of One Sky Homes (San Jose, California) focused on simplified approaches to ventilation and space conditioning.last_img read more