Coldpack flies in Airliner

Coldpack has launched Airliner, an insulating film material that enables temperature-controlled transit packaging for food products. The product comprises two layers of a special film, manufactured using DuPont Surlyn resin, which are separated by an aluminised honeycomb structure. When filled with air, the design of the packaging creates multiple compartments known as ’baffles’. The temperature is preserved inside the pack, so the inclusion of coolants such as gel packs and dry ice can be used to achieve the required temperature. The Airliner maintains products in packs of up to 70 litres either at ambient temperatures, typical product temperatures (for example, from 0° to +4ºC for food products) or at -18ºC temperatures for frozen products.The contents are protected depending on the thermal fluctuations anticipated during transit usually a 48-hour shipment but special extended cooling systems are also available to offer protection for up to 120 hours.www.coldpack.com read more

Puddle Dock scheme makes a splash

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Lockdown sparks renovation surge

first_imgGrace and Sanath Hettiarachchi and their dog Millie at the home they have renovated in Moggill during the pandemic. Picture: Richard Walker.If you used lockdown to fix little things around the home, you are not alone, with a new survey finding almost two in every five homeowners used coronavirus isolation to get stuck into renovations.A new survey found that almost two in every five homeowners used the coronavirus lockdown to renovate their homes or investments, with isolation forcing most into becoming DIY specialists.MORE: Buyers cash in on Brisbane homesThree level extension hides behind historic QueenslanderThis home will have you climbing the walls34 Priors Pocket Road, Moggill, has been listed for sale after undergoing an extensive renovation.The Canstar survey conducted in mid July found that despite widespread job losses and uncertainty impacting livelihoods this year, 38 per cent of Aussies put money into making their properties more comfortable for themselves or more attractive for renters or buyers.Canstar financial services executive Steve Mickenbecker said the results were “a good sign for the economy” because “it says ‘we’re thinking about the future’.”“It’s surprising that 38 per cent of households have actually done renos but when you think about how busy places like Bunnings have been through all shutdown periods and since COVID-19 came to Australia, it shouldn’t be any surprise to be honest.”“People have more time on their hands, there’s no commuting, everyone’s sitting around the house saying that’s still broken, that still needs painting … If you can’t go out and be entertained, better yourself at home with a project.”He said the renovations “improved people’s lifestyles more than property values, but it’s amazing what a lick of paint can do”.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58“The average spend on a renovation during the pandemic was $4,979, while the maximum reached as high as $45,000,” Mr Mickenbecker said.While half paid for the renovations out of savings, one in five put the cost straight onto their credit card, which Mr Mickenbecker said was “a bit of a worry”.“It’s not a problem if they repay it over a few months. We compared repaying over six months, it’s not the end of the earth.”He said a non-rewards card average interest charge of 13.45 per cent ended up costing the same ($239 interest charge) as topping up your home loan to do the renovation (about $295 fee).“Irrespective of what you use in terms of finance for these smaller things you really want to knock it off as fast as you can so it doesn’t end up being a millstone for three or four years.”Brisbane couple Grace and Sanath Hettiarachchi were ready to begin their renovation of 34 Priors Pocket Rd, Moggill, when the pandemic hit.The Hettiarachchi’s property has been listed for sale at $685,000-plus.More from newsCOVID-19 renovation boom: How much Aussies are spending to give their houses a facelift during the pandemic3 days agoWhizzkid buys almost one property a month during COVID-197 days agoThis space was made light and bright through a renovation during lockdown.“We purchased this property in January this year with the hope of settling down however given the current pandemic, our plans have been delayed, and given the success of our previous property in Oxley, we thought we would try our hand at renovating and selling the property furnished,” Mr Hettiarachchi said.They did most of the work themselves and hired tradies for specialist jobs.“We lived in it from January and would work on it tirelessly before and after work and on the weekend. We finished in around June this year.”The kitchen is ready for new owners now.The home is being sold with appliances and furniture.“The house has been renovated mostly inside. It has high ceilings and custom windows to allow the natural light and has beautiful herringbone style recycled wood flooring throughout. All bedrooms got airconditioning and fans, and the kitchen and laundry have had a makeover, adding new high-end appliances with more storage.”The pandemic had changed their approach to life, he said. “We believe the current pandemic has really made some of us realise what matters the most, and that is, being able to be with our loved ones.””With some employers now adapting to this change, living near to the city won’t be as much of a priority as there will be adequate work-from-home options.”Kym Saunders of Plum Property Toowong has listed the property for sale looking for offers over $685,000, which includes appliances and furniture.MORE REAL ESTATE NEWSlast_img read more

Mobile novel a hit with SA youth

first_imgKontax, Africa’s first dual-language mobile novel, has drawn a wide following of young South Africans due to its accessible and enticing format. (Image: Kontax) MEDIA CONTACTS • Steve Vosloo m4Lit Project Leader Shuttleworth Foundation +27 83 208 9891RELATED ARTICLES• Taking the internet to townships • SA internet use skyrockets • Skills via phones for rural women • Young reporters go mobileJanine ErasmusAfrica’s first dual-language mobile novel, or m-novel, Kontax, has grabbed the attention of local tech-savvy youth by offering an intriguing tale packaged in a highly accessible, exciting format.The story is available to download from the Kontax mobile site in English and isiXhosa. It can be accessed for free, although a once-off fee of R1.50 (19 US cents) is charged when registering via mobile.Those who do not have Wap-enabled mobile phones can still read the novel on their computers by visiting the mobile site in a normal web browser.Story for today’s youthLaunched at the end of September 2009, Kontax describes the adventures of a group of graffiti artists in a South African city. It’s written by award-winning scriptwriter Sam Wilson of the Cape Town-based production and content company Clockwork Zoo.Project developer Mobiles for Literacy (M4Lit) opted for a serial-release format, issuing one chapter every day over a period of three weeks, ensuring that young readers would come back for more. Chapters were no longer than 400 words to sustain readers’ interest.The mobile site encouraged interaction and discussion of the plot through polls and comments, with the best comment from each day’s release winning mobile airtime. Mobile wallpapers, featuring the characters and the book’s logo, are also available for download.At the end of three weeks registered readers were invited to submit their ideas for a Kontax sequel. The competition runs until 20 November 2009, offering a grand prize of ($261.45) R2 000 airtime as well as two runner-up prizes of ($130.68) R1 000 and ($65.24) R500 worth of airtime respectively.Big in JapanMobile novels evolved from text messaging, and are said to have been started by Japanese women writing about their romantic experiences. The genre is hugely popular in Japan, with several websites luring authors with prizes of up to $100 000 (R766 316), and generous offers to buy the print publishing rights to their novels.In 2008 six of the 10 best-selling books in Japan began life on the tiny screen. Some have criticised the growing trend, saying that it is unacceptable for a country with a rich, thousand-year legacy of reading, but Japanese youth pay no heed.As Bernard Kedge, manager of 107-year-old Cambridge bookshop Galloway and Porter, put it: “This is sometimes how education works. Anything that actually encourages people to read more is a really excellent idea.”Building a love of readingM4Lit is supported and funded by the Shuttleworth Foundation. Project leader and ICT specialist Steve Vosloo, also the foundation’s 21st Century Learning Fellow, and his team are exploring the significance of mobile literature as a tool for increasing literacy and a love of reading among South Africa’s youngsters.In many areas of South Africa, as well as in other developing nations, it can be easier to access a mobile phone than the internet or even a printed book, and teens tend to be well-versed in mobile applications such as MXit.“In South Africa there is about 10% PC-based internet connectivity,” Vosloo blogged on Tech Leader during October 2009. “While the number of people with access to mobiles ranges from 60% to 90% (depending on which community you look at). Of those phones, a high number are Wap-enabled and can access the internet,” he said.The objectives of the project are to encourage youth to read and write more through the mobile medium, to assess the response of youth to mobile sites such as that of Kontax, and to fine-tune the medium in order to entrench the mobile reading culture.“We know that Japanese m-novels are very popular and for South Africa, this is the beginning of more to come,” said Vosloo.According to the M4Lit website, readers have described how the novel is helping them stretch their literary muscles, saying that they turn to the dictionary for words they don’t understand, thereby broadening their vocabulary.Intrigue and moralityKontax is essentially a mystery novel involving the four-member Kontax graffiti team of Sbu, K8 (Kate), Songezwa and Airtime. Each person plays an important role in the team, bringing strengths of vision, training, technique and creativity.Graffiti is their life and they practise their craft wherever and whenever they can (and even where they shouldn’t). At a party Sbu meets a mysterious girl who then disappears, leaving only her mobile phone. Attempts to trace her prove fruitless, as her mobile contact list offers no help at all. The team senses danger but presses on, and eventually the characters find themselves in the middle of a kidnap drama.Wilson also added a couple of moral dilemmas to the novel for youth to ponder and discuss. One examined the acceptability of going through a person’s private information when his or her life may be in danger.Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4last_img read more

Player Invitational raises R5-million

first_img“It was very exciting,” said Yorke. “My game wasn’t that great off the tee. But you can watch and learn so much from these pros. So, I”ll go away knowing what I need to work on if I want to get close to these guys.” Business leaders, celebrities and professional golfers turned out at the Gary Player Invitational at Fancourt over the weekend to raise money for underprivileged children. When the last putt had been sunk, R5-million had been raised. Tournament host Gary Player expressed his thanks for the continued support of his long-standing tournament which also has stops in the USA, Europe and China. In the professional betterball competition, Garcia and Cook triumphed on a score of 14-under-par, winning by a single stroke over the team of Bertus Smit and Darren Fichardt. “I’m absolutely over the moon. These are things you dream of. “I’ve played Premiership football and golf is now the next step in my career and the next challenge for me to master. So to have the opportunity to play with someone like Sergio Garcia and John Cook was fantastic.” “John really kept us together out there. When I was struggling he made all the necessary birdies,” said Garcia. “Thank you to everybody who has helped to make a change in so many young peoples’ lives. To raise R5 million in these tough economic times is a fantastic achievement,” he said. MemorableFor Irish businesswoman Sinead Kenny the event presented her with the most memorable moment of her golfing career when she finally claimed victory in the 11th Gary Player Invitational on Sunday. ‘Amazing experience’Kenny was also delighted to hear that the tournament raised in excess of R5 million for charity through the participating business leaders, the live and silent auctions, and various donations. “As always it’s been such an amazing experience to be part of this. It’s a wonderful privilege to contribute to Gary’s charities,” she said. “I think the difference this year was that I just had so much fun out there,” she said afterwards. “Being with these ultimate professionals makes all the difference to your own game.” Strong chargeKenny and Yorke had to fight off a strong charge from the team of Alex Maditsi, the Country Manager of Coca-Cola East and Central Africa, and his amateur partner DJ Thomas Msengama, who finished in second place on 24-under-par. A 15-handicapper and a regular competitor in the charity tournament, she finished second last year and vowed she would return to win it. And on an overcast afternoon on The Links, Kenny combined with former football star Dwight Yorke and professionals Sergio Garcia and John Cook to win the fourball alliance competition by three strokes on 27-under-par. As her amateur partner, Yorke was equally thrilled to claim a victory on his debut in this event. 22 November 2010 SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

The struggles of the 2015 Ohio wheat crop

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest After a late planting, slow start and less that ideal late winter conditions, the 2015 Ohio wheat crop has had its fair share of challenges. Now add to that having to wait in the field for weeks after intended harvest dates due to over-saturated fields. Jeremy Goings still has some wheat to get to and hopes that dockage will be manageable and straw will be useable once the dust settles. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins visited Goings Farm on July 21st and talks with Jeremy about the prospect for his wheat and how this year will effect his 2016 wheat decisions.last_img read more

Assigning Meeting Homework (A Note to the Sales Manager)

first_imgHave you ever held a meeting to update the sales force without a real agenda and ended up just taking care of some tired housekeeping issues? If you are going to take your team off the field, you have to make it worth their while. You wouldn’t want your sales team go to on sales calls without an agenda, so you don’t have a meeting without one. Here’s one way to build agendas that work.You can dramatically improve the outcomes of your sales meetings, and you can make the meetings a better experience for your sales team, by assigning them homework.Make Improvement an Individual ResponsibilityMost people do their work and spend little time working on improving their ability and capacity to do that work. We’re all just so busy, and salespeople are no different. But our professional development is our own responsibility, even if we sometimes fail to remember this fact.By choosing some area of sales and assigning homework around that area, you reinforce that member of your sales team is responsible for their own individual improvement. You force their engagement in overcoming challenges and growth.Assign homework on prospecting techniques. Assign homework around negotiating. Assign homework on developing a more strategic level relationship with your clients. Reviewing the homework assignments ensures that your team is working on their own improvement because you’re setting a standard and making it so.Make Shared Learning the Sales Force’s ResponsibilityAssigning homework and allowing the salespeople to share their learning outcomes, you help improve the whole sales team.Some salesperson will have a brilliant idea that other salespeople can put to use in their sales game. Some will have a challenge that they haven’t addressed, and they will benefit from hearing one of their peers share how they tackled that problem. Inevitably, you will identify some systemic challenges that the whole sales force is struggling to overcome.By assigning homework and sharing ideas in your team huddles or sales meeting, you encourage the sales force to share their learning. You make the team’s growth their business.Make Issue Recognition the Sales Force’s IssueBy bringing the most challenging issues to your sales meetings, you can identify issues, trends, and challenges that affect the whole sales organization. You’ve been in meetings and heard, “What are you running into?” Is a competitor making a change that is going to threaten you in your market? Is someone losing their hot hand? Are clients telling you they need something new and different?By assigning homework to the sales force, you pull these issues out and you help to tackle them. Some of the issues will require your help; you will be the only one with authority to make changes.Give them homework. Help them develop themselves. Help them develop each other. And help them by removing obstacles and challenges.QuestionsHow do you keep your salespeople engaged in sales meetings and team huddles?How do you ensure that the meetings improve the salespeople and not just allow you to share housekeeping?How can you make sales meetings help salespeople improve themselves?How do you structure sales meetings so that the salespeople can help each other?last_img read more

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