Charter for construction industry

first_img7 October 2004Public Works Minister Stella Siqcau has launched a construction industry transformation charter process to address imbalances in the sector and to involve more black South Africans in the industry.A management committee has been established by the construction industry to help guide the process of developing the charter, which will be in line with the government’s broad-based black economic empowerment strategy.“Through the charter process, a pragmatic and effective transformation strategy will be developed”, Sigcau said at Tuesday’s launch, adding that the charter would also cater for women’s empowerment.“We are going a step further to ensure that women, youth and the disabled also benefit from the transformation process in the industry”, she said.Sigcau said her department was embarking on a drive to eradicate “fronting”. She issued a warning to companies which claimed to be black-owned or woman-owned enterprises yet were not, saying the government would ascertain the status of companies before any contracts were awarded to them.She said government would also work on its tender policies to ensure industry compliance with the rules laid down in the charter.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

World-class design finds a southern home

first_imgArdmore Ceramic Art was established by Fée Halsted on Ardmore Farm in the foothills of the Drakensberg, in KwaZulu-Natal. Halsted was just one of the designers who gathered in Cape Town for the guild’s first-ever Guild Design Fair. (Image: Ardmore Ceramic Art)• Trevyn and Julian McGowanFoundersSouthern Guild+27 82 490• Finding South Africa’s most beautiful object • Bringing design to South Africa’s streets • South African designer at London fashion week• South African jewellery design students excel • Soweto Fashion Week supports African designMelissa Jane CookWhen it comes to design South Africa is still in its infancy, but it is rapidly maturing, driven in part by the collective Southern Guild.The nation’s southern-most city, Cape Town, is becoming a leader in the field. It snagged the World Design Capital designation for the year, and no lesser publication than The New York Times has noted that South Africa is emerging as a significant design hub. In an article, By Design, South Africa’s Creative Uprising, published on February 28, it wrote that the country had been “quietly asserting” itself as the new space of design talent.Founders of Southern Guild, husband-and-wife team Julian and Trevyn McGowan, are working to put South African design in the world’s spotlight. Since its inception in 2008, Southern Guild has taken emerging and established South African designers to exhibit in Miami, Dubai, New York, Basel and beyond. “Design is a very young industry in South Africa,” says Trevyn McGowan. “Craft is very old, but design is relatively new. It’s an exploding arena. It really only started around 15 years ago, around the same time that South Africa as a true country was born.”The guild’s designers are all linked by a common thread: a commitment to always showcase African materials, motifs, traditions and techniques in their work. “We take designers around the world with us to expand their understanding and experience of what is happening globally, primarily so they can stay as intrinsically African as they can as designers… In the busy and noisy world of design, how do you carve your own path?”McGowan says Southern Guild was established as a forum for South African designers to challenge and support each other. “They are all unified by national origin, but come with diverse views and voices and the collection now has a reputation for innovation, excellence and a truly fresh perspective.” The guild is a platform for South African collectible design, according to its website, with an invited list of the best South African designers and artists each year. It is “devoted to encouraging South African designers and artists to explore and produce more challenging work”.Dokter and Misses is industrial designer Adriaan Hugo and his spouse, graphic designer Katy Taplin. They have combined their skills to produce a selection of furniture, lighting, objects and design-art pieces. (Image: Dokter and Misses)The designersArdmore Ceramic Art was established by Fée Halsted on Ardmore Farm in the foothills of the Drakensberg, in KwaZulu-Natal. It is said that necessity is the mother of invention, and indeed Halsted developed the exuberant, exotic style that has made Ardmore ceramics famous, as a response to a need: “I made tiles and if one cracked, I’d stick a rabbit or bird on the top to hide it,” she recalls. The group uses the bright colours and patterns found in regional flora and fauna in their designs.When it turned 25 in 2010, Ardmore launched its Ardmore Design Collection. With this, it translated Ardmore’s distinctive imagery and styling into functional, quality ceramic and non-ceramic products, including dinnerware, tapestries, furniture, fabrics for soft furnishings, and more.Dokter and Misses is industrial designer Adriaan Hugo and his spouse, graphic designer Katy Taplin. They have combined their skills to produce a selection of furniture, lighting, objects and design-art pieces. Dokter and Misses’ work is known for its strong modernist lines, graphic patterns and the sense of humour that runs throughout.The team’s Kassena server, for example, is based on the mud houses of Burkina Faso that are constructed by men and painted by women. “We’re very influenced by our surroundings, whether it’s a traditional African place or driving through the middle of Maputo, in Mozambique, or in Pretoria or Joburg’s city centre,” says Taplin.According to The New York Times, their peers’ work has a similar sense of place. The sculptor Daniella Mooney works largely with natural, indigenous materials like stone, wood and moss. Andile Dyalvane of Imiso Ceramics considers scarification to be one of his signature techniques; many of his pieces mimic patterns sliced into skin, a tradition that’s still practiced by his tribe. “I didn’t do it deliberately – it happened subconsciously,” he says. Laurie Wiid van Heerden of Wiid Design frequently collaborates with and is inspired by numerous local artists, including the immensely successful furniture designer Gregor Jenkin. “South Africa is really unique, because we’ve got so many languages and cultures and people and ethnic groups,” he says.In March 2014 these designers and others gathered in Cape Town for the guild’s first-ever Guild Design Fair, a 10-day showcase of inspired objects and furniture. Global exhibitors ranged from Milan’s Rossana Orlandi and São Paulo’s Coletivo Amor de Madre, to Nacho Carbonell from Netherlands and Manhattan gallery R 20th Century. Guild coincided with Design Indaba, an annual conference bringing some of the world’s foremost design authorities together in the Mother City.It is no coincidence these events take place in the capital. Cape Town is a buzzing hotbed of design. McGowan says: “Much of that buzz is centred on the Woodstock district, which has seen resurgence in the past few years. There’s such a concentration of designers who’ve moved down to this area that’s transformed overnight. There are top art galleries, high-end and young emerging designers and crafts, a real cross-section.”Reacting to the welcoming international response to South African designers, she adds: “People are ready for Africa, and Africa is stepping into a place that we need as humanity right now.” South African is celebrating 20 years of democracy, and it is the perfect time for designers to be recognised.World Design CapitalCape Town was designated World Design Capital for 2014 at the International Design Alliance (IDA) Congress in Taipei, edging out fellow shortlisted cities Dublin and Bilbao. The World Design Capital title is awarded bi-annually by the International Council for Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID) to give global prominence to cities that use design for their social, economic and cultural development.It is not a conventional design competition, but rather about design in its broadest sense, and about designing better cities for people. The title gives Cape Town a chance to showcase its achievements and aspirations through a year-long programme of design-led events and activities – there are more than 450 officially recognised projects and hundreds of open events.In its bid, the city said it was not about Cape Town claiming that it was already an established design capital, but instead it acknowledged that it was using “design thinking” as a tool for transformation. The theme for the year – “Live Design. Transform Life” – focuses on the role that design can play in social transformation.last_img read more

Use a Phone App to Create Vectors for After Effects

first_imgAdobe’s Capture app can instantly turn your drawings into vectors using your phone’s camera. Now you can take your After Effects projects everywhere.Top image via Shutterstock.Adobe offers a number of really great mobile apps that work in conjunction with their desktop programs. One of my personal favorites is Adobe Capture. You can do a lot with this app, including creating patterns, color schemes, and vectors — all from a single photograph.All of your mobile app creations will save to your Adobe Creative Cloud account, meaning you can access them from desktop applications via the Libraries panel. In this tutorial, I want to show you how, in four simple steps, you can create a vector shape for use in Adobe After Effects. Step 1 — CaptureTo create a new vector, I will select the plus button under the Shapes tab. The camera on my phone is now active, and I have several options.With a single tap, I can switch between Live and Shape preview modes. Live view provides me with trace lines in green, while Shape preview mode shows what my final shape will look like.Using the slider bar, I can adjust the intensity of the trace lines to get the look I want.Step 2 — Edit and RefineOnce I have my t-rex shape captured, I can make further refinements. You’ll notice I have two tabs: Refine and Crop.First, I need to crop the image to remove all of the unwanted content. Next, I’ll clean up the image by using the Select, Deselect, and Erase tools.Finally, I’ll finish up by turning Smoothing on. Now our image is ready to save.Step 3 — Save to the Creative CloudTo save my new vector shape, I’ll simply create a name and select a library. I can create a new library or save it to the default Uploading library. This saves the vector shape to my Creative Cloud library.As long as I have an internet connection, my new shape will show up in all of my corresponding Adobe desktop applications, including Premiere, Photoshop, Illustrator, and After Effects.If you aren’t familiar with storing and managing your assets in the Creative Cloud, use this tutorial as a quick guide to your online library and assets. Step 4 — Save as a VectorFinally, I need to save the file out as a vector graphic, which I can bring into After Effects. To do this, I’ll open the file in Adobe Illustrator. Once I’ve created a new project in Illustrator, I’ll open up the Libraries panel by selecting Window > Libraries.Right away, I can see a thumbnail of my t-rex graphic in the panel. I can simply drag and drop the graphic into my project and resize the image accordingly. Finally, I’ll save the project out as an EPS file. And there you have it! A vector graphic prepped and ready for use.(Note: If you try and use the file from the Libraries panel in Adobe After Effects, the graphic will import as a PNG file, not a vector. This is because After Effects does not currently support SVG files.)Do you have tips for working with vectors using the Adobe Capture app? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

Macy Gray To Perform At Los Angeles LGBT Centers An Evening With

first_imgThe Los Angeles LGBT Center announced this week that legendary artist Macy Gray and comedian Fortune Feimster will perform at its annual An Evening with Women benefit on Saturday, May 21 at the Hollywood Palladium. An Evening with Women is both a star-studded celebration of women and a fundraiser for the world’s largest LGBT organization, featuring a cocktail reception, dinner, and live performances by internationally-acclaimed talent. Last year’s sold-out event included performances by No Doubt, Sia and Sarah Silverman. Additional performers and special guests for this year’s event will be announced in the coming weeks.Since 2009, the event – co-chaired by Linda Perry, Kelly Lynch, Annie Goto and Brent Bolthouse — has raised more than $4 million for the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s services specifically for women and girls. The Los Angeles LGBT Center is working to build a better world where LGBT people thrive as healthy, equal and complete members of society through programs that span four broad categories: Health, Social Services and Housing, Cultural Arts and Education, Leadership and Advocacy. No other organization does more for LGBT people.Tickets are now available for purchase at and special guests at previous An Evening with Women events have included: Christina Aguilera, Cyndi Lauper, Heart, Pink, Joan Jett, Ozzy Osbourne, Courtney Love, Camp Freddy, Cat Power, Juliette Lewis, Kat Von D, Aimee Mann, Wanda Sykes, Sarah Silverman, Kathy Griffin, Linda Perry, Evan Rachel Wood, Rumer Willis, 4Non Blondes, Margaret Cho, Milla Jovovich, Michelle Rodriguez, Gina Gershon, Ellen DeGeneres, Sharon Stone, Renee Zellweger, Billie Jean King, Melissa Etheridge, KD Lang, Lily Tomlin, The Fosters’ Sherri Saum and Teri Polo and more. 

An Evening with Women’s 2016 Presenting Sponsor is Toyota Financial Services; Diamond Sponsor is The Annenberg Foundation; Platinum Sponsors are The Ariadne Getty Foundation and Wells Fargo; Gold Sponsors are American Airlines, Anita May Rosenstein Foundation, CBS Diversity, Foley & Lardner LLP, Herbalife Nutrition, Pauley Perrette, and Pond North LLP; Silver Sponsors are Bank of America, BNY Mellon Wealth Management, Erika Glazer, KPL Select Mortgage, Hollywood Forever, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, OUT@Warner Bros, Ralphs/Food4Less, U.S. Bank, & U.S. Trust.; and Contributing Sponsors are Frontiers Media, Lesbian News, Perrier, The Advocate, and read more

US construction spending up a strong 14 per cent in October

first_imgWASHINGTON – U.S. construction spending surged 1.4 per cent in October, the best gain in five months, with all major categories of building posting gains.The October spending increase was the third monthly gain after more modest advances of 0.3 per cent in September and 0.5 per cent in August, the Commerce Department said Friday.Home building was up 0.4 per cent, with strength in single-family construction offsetting a drop in apartment building. Nonresidential construction rose 0.9 per cent after four straight declines. Spending on government projects jumped 3.9 per cent, the biggest one-month gain in three years, with spending at the federal and state and local levels all showing increases.Though home building has been weak for much of the year, economists expect such construction to rebound as a strong job market boosts sales in coming months.The overall economy grew at a healthy annual rate of 3.3 per cent in the July-September quarter, the best showing in three years, even though residential construction declined for a second straight quarter. But economists remain optimistic that the low level of unemployment — 4.1 per cent in October — will spark a sustained rebound in sales and construction.The strength in October was evident in all major sectors of construction. The rise in housing construction reflected a 0.3 per cent gain in single-family homes, which offset a 1.6 per cent drop in the smaller apartment category.In the non-residential area, office building was up a strong 4.4 per cent, and hotel construction rose 2.3 per cent. Those gains offset a 1.9 per cent fall in the category that covers shopping centres.In government categories, spending at the state and local level rose 3.3 per cent, while spending on federal projects jumped 11.1 per cent.last_img read more

CM 85 jobs for locals if Delhi becomes full state

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister and AAP national convenor Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday said that after Delhi becomes a full state, the AAP-led government would come up with 2 lakh government jobs and 85 per cent of those jobs would be specifically for citizens of Delhi. In support of AAP candidates on Tuesday, the Chief Minister addressed nearly three rallies across the constituencies like North-West, Chandi Chowk and New Delhi.”Delhi government has 2 lakh vacancies but we have no power to give employment. You give us all the seven seats and I promise you that within two years Delhi will become a full state thereafter we will give 2 lakh employment and 85 per cent of that will be only for the Delhiites,” said the Chief Minister. From healthcare, housing, electricity, education, the safety of women to stopping sealing, Kejriwal made a host of promises if Delhi becomes a full state, which will be possible, he claimed, if Delhi chooses AAP candidates from all seven Lok Sabha seats. “While Delhi pays Rs. 1.5 lakh crore in income-tax every year, the Centre gives it only Rs 325 crore,” the chief minister said. Delhi government would have made many more schools and hospitals if the Centre had allocated more funds, he added. “Some works can’t be done till Delhi becomes a full state. Women feel unsafe and there is hooliganism everywhere because Delhi Police doesn’t listen to people,” CM Kejriwal said. “The police come under the PM and no one can meet the PM,” said the CM. If Delhi Police reports to Delhi government, he said, the law and order system will be such that girls will be able to go out at 11 pm without any fear. Sealing will also be stopped in 24 hours, CM Kejriwal promised. “For all these years, it is the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) that is responsible for housing in the city… and it has done nothing but to cut plots and hand it over to builders. If you make AAP win, then in 10 years, we will provide houses for every voter family in cheap and easy instalments,” he said. While also assuring 85 per cent reservation in jobs and colleges, the CM said that on gaining full statehood AAP would open many colleges and universities that even those Delhiites who get 60% would manage to get admission in good colleges. CM Kejriwal also alleged that the BJP and Congress people try to obstruct his rallies in Delhi.last_img read more

SC inhouse committee report clearing CJI should be made public ExInformation Commissioner

first_imgNew Delhi: Former Information Commissioner Sridhar Acharyulu has advocated making public the report of the Supreme Court’s in-house inquiry committee which looked into the allegations of sexual harassment levelled against the Chief Justice of India by a former woman employee of the apex court, saying the decision to withhold the finding “appears to have no reason or legal base”. “The people of this country are informed that the in-house committee of Supreme Court consisting of three judges has cleared Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi of sexual harassment allegations raised by a former employee claiming ‘no substance’ in the complaint,” he said. According to the CJI and other dignitaries, there is a “larger conspiracy” behind this allegation, Acharyulu said. “…public interest gives rise to a right of public to know and hence the report should have been made public after redacting the details if need not be disclosed, especially in complaints like sexual harassment,” he said. The three-member committee had on Monday given clean chit to Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, saying it “found no substance” in the allegations. The apex court administration later said the report “is not liable to be made public”, citing the verdict in the 2003 case of Indira Jaising vs Supreme Court of India. Acharyulu said, “As per Indira Jaising order, the enquiry into Mysore incident was informal and only to gather some information from colleague judges, but in this case, it is a statutorily mandated inquiry and it is not opinion collection or information gathering.” The former Information Commissioner said the publication of the report, under any stretch of imagination, cannot impede the inquiry or prosecution or apprehension of any accused or any other person in this case and cannot be withheld from the Right to Information (RTI) Act. “When a judgement given by the courts in a rape case could be made public without mentioning the name of the victim, with all details of examination of witnesses, and their cross examination, prohibiting the report of an internal inquiry committee appears to have no reason or legal base,” he said. Immediately after the office of apex court’s Secretary General came out with the findings of the committee on Monday, the woman issued a press statement saying that she was “highly disappointed and dejected”. “The in-house committee has found no substance in the allegations contained in the complaint dated April 19, 2019 of a former employee of the Supreme Court of India. Please take note that in case of Indira Jaising vs Supreme Court of India and Anr (2003), it has been held that the report of a committee constituted as a part of the In-House Procedure is not liable to be made public,” the notice said.last_img read more

Robert Griffin lll Tweets Hes Cleared to Play Football

Operation Patience….Complete. Cleared. To God Be The Glory— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) August 30, 2013 Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III was cleared Thursday by his surgeon to play when the regular season opens on Sept. 9. However, coach Mike Shanahan was cautious when telling reporters the good news.”There’s a couple of concerns that he has,” Shanahan said to reporters. ”I’ll talk to Robert over the weekend, and I’ll let you guys know on Monday.”Griffin wasn’t available for questioning on the matter, but the team is expecting him to start against the Philadelphia Eagles.“That’s just the type of player Robert is, just his will and determination to be back on that field,” said teammate Alfred Morris. “I’m not surprised, and I’m looking forward to him coming out and having a good game.”The 2012 Offensive Rookie of The Year participated in the coin toss, but watched the preseason game 30-12 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from the sideline. At the conclusion of the game Griffin tweeted, “Operation Patience complete: Cleared” read more

Manuel Pellegrini insists Anderson can get better

first_imgWest Ham United manager Manuel Pellegrini insists Felipe Anderson will only get better after his brace against Southampton.The Brazilian joined the Hammers this summer from Lazio for a club record fee in the region of £35million, but took a while to settle into English football.Pellegrini demanded more from the 25-year-old at the start of this campaign, but with seven goals to his name, Anderson looks to be repaying the faith showed in him by West Ham.Pellegrini places a lot of responsibility on technical players and his faith in those players are starting to reap dividends, with the Hammers winning three of their last four games.Report: Rice is committed to West Ham not a United moveReport: Rice is committed to West Ham not a United move George Patchias – September 4, 2019 Declan Rice is committed to his West Ham contract and not a move to Manchester United.In an interview reported by, Rice opens up…The former Manchester City manager, however, insists he will continue to demand more from Anderson.“Of course he is a different player, a player that in every game makes important things,” Pellegrini said, according to Evening Standard.“I think he will continue improving. He still loses too many balls, maybe because he must understand the Premier League is difficult if you keep the ball in your feet.”“In every game he makes important plays and that’s the most great thing that he has.”last_img read more

Agbonlahor retires from football at 32

first_imgFormer Aston Villa and England striker Gabby Agbonlahor has retired from football at the age of 32 after failing to find a club.Agbonlahor who played only for Villa has been without a club since leaving the Championship side back in December 2017.He scored 86 goals in 391 appearances for Villa, while he also won three senior caps for England.“The time has come to officially retire and watch Aston Villa as a fan,” Agbonlahor posted on Instagram and cited via BBC.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“If I would have been told at school I would play nearly 400 league games, be the record Premier League goalscorer for Aston Villa, captain the great club and represent England at senior level, I would have laughed.“I want to say thank you to all the supporters, the staff I have worked with at a great club and my ex-team-mates.“The thought of playing for another team or playing against Aston Villa was something I just couldn’t do. I look forward to whatever the future holds.”Agbonlahor was a key part of the Villa team that finished runners-up to Manchester United in the 2010 League Cup final.TELFORD, ENGLAND – JULY 12: Shane Sutton of AFC Telford United competes with Gabriel Agbonlahor of Aston Villa during the Pre-Season Friendly between AFC Telford United and Aston Villa at New Bucks Head Stadium on July 12, 2017, in Telford, England. (Photo by Malcolm Couzens/Getty Images)last_img read more