Bibi Shaheada Thakur’s $20 million lumber yard at Lot 40 Alliance, Canal # 2 Polder, West Bank Demerara was on Saturday evening set ablaze, allegedly by her ex-husband Ramesh Thakur; and all that remains now are ashes.The 39-year-old separated from the suspect about a year ago, and a matter concerning division of property has been filed in the High Court.The victim has said she was at home on Saturday when, at about 22:00h, she heard a knock on the window; and as she looked outside, she saw the suspect using a knife to destroy her car, PXX 509.Soon after that incident, he jumped into his Canter and allegedly drove to the lumber yard and set it on fire.The victim summoned the Guyana Fire Service upon realising that the business was engulfed in flames, but by the time they arrived on scene, sections of the lumber yard had already been destroyed.The suspect was arrested, and is expected to be charged shortly.
Dorrian Construction Limited are seeking a quantity surveyor to join their team.DescriptionThe role will involve: Working within & assisting the construction team to ensure a successful project is delivered, while maintaining relationships, maximizing commercial returns and manage risk.Key Responsibilities:* Support the Senior Quantity Surveyor functions, assisting with & taking responsibility for:Preparing tenders, analysing, selecting appropriate subcontractor’s, negotiation & finalise subcontractor orders, financial & commercial management of subcontractor’s to Final Account completion.* Site records & document control * Site measurement records* Assisting in the preparation of forecasts, targets & Cost Value reconciliationsValuations* Prepare variations with adequate records & details, agree as works progress* Update projected Final Account, prepare & submit in a timely manner* Maintain & protect DCL commercial & contractual entitlement * CVR – Be actively involved in & understand the process, maintain independent view* Cash management – Be aware & be actively involved to ensure good cash management* Tender preparation – Support as required* Manage & oversee tender process – Involvement with & take some responsibility for:– Simple Design & Build/Contractors Design Portion contracts– Claims & disputes– Understanding of contract law– Seek out new opportunitiesExperience & SkillsDemonstrate clear written and verbal communication skills.Ability to effectively utilise a range of technology platformsBe fully conversant with the use of the Standard Method of MeasurementDemonstrate ownership/commercial awarenessEffective time management, organisational, interpersonal and negotiation skillsQualifications/TrainingEducated to diploma or degree level and working toward the relevant professional accreditationCost Value ReconciliationsContract/commercial appreciationSend enquiries to mailto:[email protected] Vacancy: Leading Donegal construction company require Quantity Surveyor was last modified: April 23rd, 2019 by StephenShare 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:Dorrian ConstructionjobQuantity Surveyorvancancy
Veteran radio presenter and manager, and media consultant Bob Mabena was a special guest speaker at Brand South Africa’s Gauteng Provincial Stakeholder Workshop. He offered insights into sustaining good nation branding while maintaining a creative edge and an authenticity identifiable to consumers.Radio personality, media and marketing expert Bob Mabena speaks at the Brand South Africa Gauteng Stakeholders Workshop, held in Johannesburg on 8 June 2017. (Image: Brand South Africa)CD AndersonBob Mabena joined Brand South Africa speakers and other invited strategy experts at the Gauteng Provincial Stakeholder Workshop held in Johannesburg on 8 June 2017.The aim of the workshop was to help Brand South Africa stakeholders develop their roles in contributing towards building the nation brand, while finding ways to strengthen existing efforts to build a more cohesive and creative brand building standard across local, national and global platforms.Jay Matubela from Red and Black marketing kicks off the workshop, talking about how to build sustainable brands. #SANationBrand pic.twitter.com/rlPAN7El0c— Brand South Africa (@Brand_SA) June 8, 2017Brand South Africa’s general manager for marketing Sithembile Ntombela presented an extensive overview of the history and work of the organisation, highlighting its foundational pillars — Ubuntu, diversity, sustainability, possibility and innovation — around which the South African nation brand focused its communication strategy.An overview of new research projects, as well as the latest results of the various global perceptions indices in which South Africa featured strongly, were also presented by Brand South Africa general manager for research Dr Petrus de Kock.In closing through, collaborations to position SA as a competitive investment destination, we will be able to strengthen the #SANationBrand. pic.twitter.com/asjItb44Rh— Brand South Africa (@Brand_SA) June 8, 2017Creating a connection between brand and consumerOpening the workshop was Joy Mathebula, marketing strategist at Red and Black Communications, who unpacked the fundamentals of brand marketing. Mathebula spoke about the essential elements of building a sustainable brand – identifying “touch points” that built strong connections between a brand and its audience.While the creation of a strong brand identity idea was vital, Mathebula pointed out the importance of the successful implementation of those ideas. Interaction between brand and consumer was key to this, something Mathebula compared to a music performance — “Audiences have to be able to find the connection with the musician.”Messages needed to be relevant to customers and had to evolve with the times: “Brands must never forget who the message serves: the customer,” Mathebula said.Mabena: good branding is expectation [email protected]_bob tackles the conversation around the importance of building sustainable brands. #SANationBrand pic.twitter.com/NuJg1NQsrM— Brand South Africa (@Brand_SA) June 8, 2017With 28 years of experience as presenter and station manager in the radio industry, as well as founding the Endow Media & Marketing consultancy firm, where he has been managing director since 2010, Mabena understands the importance of building a strong public identity using mass media.However, he pointed out, the key to sustaining that brand awareness lay in having a strong reputation: “Marketing might be able to sell your product, but branding sells your reputation, sells the work you do to create the product,” Mabena said.Brands were built by consumer perceptions, and while companies might not always be able to control those perceptions, there were key actions to take — Mabena called them “levers that companies can pull” — to positively boost perceptions and meet customers’ expectations of the brand.Emotion, honesty, innovation and “be your customer”Emotion: The best brands, Mabena said, created dreams, aroused aspiration and sustained enduring relationships with customers through emotional pull. “Make your brand real, organic and genuine,” he said. There was a reason why some car companies seemed lifeless compared to stronger car brands that used emotion to highlight their selling points — “There is humanity to these companies.”Mabena also pointed out how individual, personal brands worked so well, citing the example of pop singer Beyoncé and her relationship with her fans. Fans felt like they were part of that brand, they were emotionally invested in the person and influential in the longevity of the individual’s brand.Honesty: Companies must look at their brand perceptions and be honest about what they wanted to communicate. Once that true purpose was found, companies needed to stick to that ideal; they also needed to be consistent with the overall authentic messaging. “Honest brands with honest promises capture hearts and minds, and then wallets,” Mabena explained.Innovative branding: Find the real reason your brand worked or didn’t work and capitalise on the strongest points, while innovating ways to overcome negative perceptions. Overhaul the touch points in your brand messaging, change and review mediums you use to communicate with customers.Be the customer: “Walking in the customer’s shoes”, Mabena explained, gave you a better understanding of your brand perception — is it viewed as real and authentic? Is it “cool”? Are you communicating the right ideas to consumers using the right channels?A good barometer for finding the “realness” of your brand was asking if what you were communicating created a positive emotional response. “If it makes you smile, then it will make your customer smile.” Ultimately, he pointed out, you should never underestimate the humanity of your public.Mabena concluded his good-natured and anecdote-filled presentation by highlighting what lessons brands could learn from a company such as Apple and the philosophy of its founder, the late Steve Jobs:Being an innovator in everything you did as an individual or as an organisation — from your products to your brand building, from your messages and the mediums you chose to communicate those messages — could make you a leader, not a follower.Source: Brand South AfricaWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
freedom nounfree·dom | \ ˈfrē-dəmThe definition of freedom, according to Merriam-Webster is defined;“the quality or state of being free”We owe our freedom to the many fighters who fought against apartheid and oppression in South Africa. The many who died at the hands of an inhuman state. The many voters who waited in bated breath to cast their vote X for South Africa’s first democratic elections in 1994.Today the country enjoys its globally admired Constitution and Bill of Rights, affirmed by its expressive preamble;We, the people of South Africa, Recognise the injustices of our past; Honour those who suffered for justice and freedom in our land; Respect those who have worked to build and develop our country; and Believe that South Africa belongs to all who live in it, united in our diversity. We therefore, through our freely elected representatives, adopt this Constitution as the supreme law of the Republic so as to– Heal the divisions of the past and establish a society based on democratic values, social justice and fundamental human rights;Lay the foundations for a democratic and open society in which government is based on the will of the people and every citizen is equally protected by law;Improve the quality of life of all citizens and free the potential of each person; andBuild a united and democratic South Africa able to take its rightful place as a sovereign state in the family of nations.May God protect our people. Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika. Morena boloka setjhaba sa heso. God seën Suid-Afrika. God bless South Africa. Mudzimu fhatutshedza Afurika. Hosi katekisa Afrika.As the country celebrates 25 years of democracy on Freedom Day 27th April 2019, a day which put an end to segregation and white minority rule instituting a new dawn of democratic rule.Brand South Africa in partnership with its agency The Odd Number, through the Freedom month campaign, would like to remind citizens of the significance of making our freedom count in the “Solve Your Why’s with an X” campaign.Brand South Africa’s Acting Chief Marketing Officer, Ms Sithembile Ntombela speaking on the campaign said; “the freedom we enjoy today has given everyone a powerful voice to change the world for the better. This campaign tackles the many realities, social ills that we face. It triggers truthful conversations of the freedom to vote, our constitution and most importantly the reason why we are celebrating 25 years of democracy as a nation”.The execution of the Solve Your Why’s with an X” campaign is executed through various creative illustrations, videos on social media and on radio of how “WHY’s were solved by an X” in South Africa’s history. This puts the emphasis on the importance of getting your voice heard by the mere action of voting for your rights and making a choice on the future of this country.Engage in conversations on our social media @Brand_SA #freedomtome #freedomday
Montreal firm designs a prototypeOne possible solution to this regional housing shortage is a duplex designed by Alain Fournier and EVOQ, a Montreal-based architectural firm specializing in buildings for Inuit and First Nations peoples in arctic regions.Fournier’s team and the four regional organizations with a role to play in providing new housing originally hoped to design housing that would be able to meet the Passive House standard. But that didn’t prove realistic.“The idea was to have the house be Passive House certified, or at least to obtain the objectives of Passive House,” Sami Tannoury, an EVOQ associate architect who worked on the project, told GBA by telephone. “But after the development phase where the engineers calculated the energy reduction, we could not obtain that objective, which was 90% [less] energy consumption compared to building code. It was too deep an envelope. It was not realistic.”The duplex prototype will use 8.5 times as much energy as a Passive House building, Alain Fouriner told NewsDeeply, but still far less than a typical duplex in the region: $3,327 (Canadian) to pay for heat vs. $5,500 to $7,000. RELATED ARTICLES Dealing with permafrostThe 2,540-square-foot building, with two 2-bedroom apartments and a separate 193-square-foot mechanical room, is built on steel pilings driven into the permafrost, a departure from typical construction in the region. To prevent buckling, permafrost must be shielded from the heat leaking from the foundation of a conventional building.Ordinarily, Tannoury explained, houses in the Nunavik region would be constructed over thick gravel bases that keep heat migrating through the floor from melting the permafrost. Houses are supported by height-adjustable stilts sitting on concrete bases bedded in the gravel.Sometimes buildings in northern regions are constructed over thermosyphons, passive systems that that prevent the permafrost from melting and heaving.But on the Quaqtaq project, designers borrowed the steel-piling technique used in other parts of far northern Canada, in part to save the expense of placing a very deep bed of gravel on the steeply sloped building site. Steel piles are connected to a steel frame, which supports a wood flooring system and wood structural walls.Both floor and walls are insulated with blown-in insulation, with a layer of rigid foam insulation added on the outside to reduce thermal bridging. The truss roof is insulated with the same material. EVOQ did not offer details on what types of insulation were used, but said the roof was insulated to R-59, the exterior walls to R-54 and the floor to R-57.Windows are Passive House-certified triple-pane units, and the house is ventilated continuously with a heat-recovery ventilator. Tannoury said that the intent had been to test the airtightness of the building with a blower door, but the government had not budgeted for an outside agency to do the work and the in-house test proved “inconclusive.”Heat is provided by a hydro-air system system which uses an oil-fired boiler to make hot water and air to distribute the heat. The system corrects a long-standing problem engineers had with conventional forced-air systems in the region: even the smallest available furnaces were oversized for the small dwellings.“You heat a lot for 10 minutes and then you stop heating,” Tannoury said. “You start and stop. You start and you stop. The comfort level is not that great.”With the hyrbid system, the air handler can run for long stretches without overheating the house because the water temperature can be matched to the heating load more precisely. Also, the system is zoned, and the boiler can be used to preheat air entering the HRV. These challenging conditions are what face regional planners working to solve a housing crisis that has plagued Nunavik for years, according to an account posted at the website NewsDeeply. The Kativik Municipal Housing Bureau estimates that Nunavik needs more than 1,000 homes, and the Canadian government has earmarked up to $177.7 million (Canadian) to pay for them. The question is what kind of housing to build. A Passivhaus Design for Alaska’s Frigid ClimateA Report from the Passivhaus Front LinesIs Passivhaus Right for a Cold Canadian Climate?Alaskan Glaciers Are Rapidly Melting It’s hard enough to design a house for Minnesota, say, or Maine, where a family can stay comfortable all winter without spending a small fortune on heat. Imagine the same challenge in a region where winters are much longer and much colder, and building materials not nearly as easy to come by.You would have a place like Quaqtaq, one of 14 villages in the Nunavik region of northern Quebec, a remote and sparsely populated area larger than the state of California. At 58 degrees north of the equator, Quaqtaq averages 15,500 heating degree days a year, more than double the total in Minneapolis. In just three months – January, February and March – the number of heating degree days, 6,521, is roughly the same as the yearly total in Portland, Maine.Low temperatures aren’t the only difficulty. Houses are built over permafrost, unpredictable and perpetually frozen earth that can shift and heave when conventional houses are built on top of it. There’s no such thing as a simple slab-on-grade construction. Plus, the region’s native Inuit have cultural expectations for housing that are strongly rooted in history and environment, and may not be compatible with typical housing. Serving the Inuit communityComfort and lower heating bills were important aims, but so was building in features that met Inuit cultural needs.“We work very hard on the cultural integration in our projects,” Tannoury said. “It’s very important to us to have them build an environment that represents their aspirations and their culture.”The design process began with a charrette, a meeting involving all principals in the project. The resulting list of cultural needs for the Inuit people was built into the prototype. One of them is a “cold porch,” an unheated space something like an airlock or mudroom that protects the main entrance from the harsh weather of the region and gives occupants a place to store hunting and fishing gear. It’s equipped with a stainless steel counter that can be used to clean fish and equipment or work on animal skins.The duplex also got a second egress, not typical for construction in the region, because fire protection services can be relatively slow, and the Inuit have a fear of being trapped inside a burning building.In the kitchen, counters are mobile so they can be pushed out of the way to accommodate traditional food preparation and traditional suppers, which are taken sitting on the floor, Tannoury said.There’s no telling yet whether the duplex will be adopted as a template house for the Nunavik region. But according to Tannoury, performance data are being collected and eventually the information will be summarized in a post-mortem that can be used to develop regional housing programs.“It’s my hope that something else will be designed, taking lessons learned from this,” Fournier told NewsDeeply. “I would be very surprised if someone said, ‘Oh, we hit the nail on the head.’”
Nursing her ambition of still becoming Himachal Pradesh’s chief minister, Congress’ most enduring and much loved veteran Vidya Stokes – who says she has lived on a non-cereal diet for 50 years – hopes to finally achieve the goal in what could be the last fight of her over four-decade-long political career.But in a male-dominated state, where even past royalty is revered, Stokes, a long-time Indian hockey administrator and the daughter-in-law of an American missionary, is still looking to score that master stroke in politics.At 84, the oldest candidate in the Himachal Pradesh assembly polls, she is still in the field and welcomes the younger party aspirants in the electoral fray.”I am happy to see the younger lot in the fray. For me they are not a challenge. Our aim is to bring the party back to power in the state at any cost,” Stokes, a seven-time legislator, including five stints from this constituency in Shimla district, told IANS in an interview.Stokes stressed that throughout her political career, she has remained loyal to the Congress.”I have not demanded or bargained for any post from the party. Whatever the party offered me, I accepted it with grace,” she said.On the race for chief minister’s post if the party returns to power, Stokes, who is known for her proximity to the Gandhi family, said: “I think at this point in time, our objective is to bring the party back to power and get rid of this corrupt (BJP) government.”She said she has no qualms that she was never offered the top post in the state despite being active in state politics since 1974, after the death of her husband Lal Chand Stokes.”Look, when you are working in the party, serve it as a foot soldier. For me becoming chief minister is not important. Leave it for the party leadership to decide,” said Stokes.”If I couldn’t secure the top berth (in the state) that doesn’t mean the party has not taken care of me well. I was offered a (governor’s) post back in the 1990s, but I preferred to stay back in the state politics to serve the people,” she said to a query whether she was recently offered a gubernatorial berth.Political observers believe Stokes, a prominent apple grower, was always chief ministerial stuff but the personality of Raja Saab (as five-time chief minister and present state unit chief Virbhadra Singh is popularly known) has always overshadowed her.An observer said, “Every time when the Congress came to power, Stokes, being the seniormost leader in the state, made a serious bid for the chief ministerial post but Virbhadra Singh managed to get it. This time too he has not given up his hopes for a comeback.”Interestingly, Stokes and Virbhadra Singh, who have been at loggerheads for the last two decades, have joined hands before the elections and, unlike the past, the latter is also campaigning for her.Stokes is also known for being on a non-cereal diet for the last 50 years. During her long backbreaking campaigning in this constituency which she represented five times – 1974, 1982, 1985, 1990 and 1998 – she prefers to eat only salads and vegetables.In the last two assembly elections, 2003 and 2007, she represented Kumarsein, a seat scrapped in the delimitation exercise and its areas merged with Theog and Shimla (rural). She is now back in her old constituency.Throughout her political and sports administrator career, Stokes never courted any controversy. “One should remain sincere with one’s work; nobody will dare to harm you then,” Stokes advised the IANS correspondent.Stokes is known for not taking even a penny of her salary, be it as a legislator or as a minister, throughout her political career.Stokes’ father-in-law Satyanand (Samuel Evans Stokes Jr), an American missionary, first introduced high quality apples in the Kotgarh-Thanedar belt in upper Shimla in the early 1920s. Stokes now manages most of her family’s orchards.On being asked what career she would have chosen had she not been in politics, she said: “I would have been a successful banker.”Before venturing into politics at the age of 36, I was the youngest State Bank of India woman director,” said Stokes.advertisement