Home Prices in Nevada Grow at Break-neck Speed

first_imgHome / Daily Dose / Home Prices in Nevada Grow at Break-neck Speed Subscribe Share Save Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The top five states leading home price appreciation are all out west, according to CoreLogic, which analyzed four individual home price tiers calculated relative to the median national home sale price recently.The analysis revealed that the lowest price tier increased 9.4 percent year over year compared with 8.1 percent for the low- to middle-price tier, 7.1 percent for the middle- to moderate-price tier, and 5.7 percent for the high-price tier.Among the 25 highest-appreciating states along with their highest and lowest historical price change, the analysis found that four states that showed double-digit increases were all in the West. While Nevada showed the largest gain of all states increasing 12.6 percent year-over-year, Washington with an increase of 12.1 percent in home price appreciation,  Idaho with 11.5 percent, and Utah with 10.4 percent appreciation were among the other states on the West coast where home prices appreciated the most.The analysis also looked at states that had a larger peak-to-trough decline than the national average. It found that California, Idaho, and Michigan had all surpassed their pre-crisis home price appreciation peaks in June.Connecticut led the states where home prices in June were the farthest below their all-time home price appreciation high. Home prices in the state were still 17.6 percent below their July 2006 peak, the analysis revealed. Prices in 38 states (including the District of Columbia) have risen above their pre-crisis peaks, the analysis found.The analysis, which was based on the recently released CoreLogic Home Price Index found that the overall HPI had increased on a year-over-year basis every month since February 2012. it had gained 57.3 percent since hitting its bottom in March 2011. In June 2o18, the overall HPI was 5.2 percent higher than its pre-crisis peak in April 2006. However, when adjusted for inflation, home price appreciation remained 13.3 percent below their April 2006 peak. Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Radhika Ojha is an independent writer and copy-editor, and a reporter for DS News. She is a graduate of the University of Pune, India, where she received her B.A. in Commerce with a concentration in Accounting and Marketing and an M.A. in Mass Communication. Upon completion of her masters degree, Ojha worked at a national English daily publication in India (The Indian Express) where she was a staff writer in the cultural and arts features section. Ojha, also worked as Principal Correspondent at HT Media Ltd and at Honeywell as an executive in corporate communications. She and her husband currently reside in Houston, Texas. Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Tagged with: CoreLogic Home Prices Homes HOUSING Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago About Author: Radhika Ojha CoreLogic Home Prices Homes HOUSING 2018-08-08 Radhika Ojha Home Prices in Nevada Grow at Break-neck Speedcenter_img August 8, 2018 1,412 Views  Print This Post Related Articles Previous: Fannie Mae Reaches Out to Borrowers in Wildfire Zones Next: Recapping the Repeal of Outdated Legislation in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days agolast_img read more

International news

first_imgThis week’s International newsOlympics in jeopardy as builders walk out Greece’s preparations for the Olympics hit a further stumbling block afterconstruction workers went on a 24-hour strike over pay. Thousands ofconstruction workers in Athens did not turn up for work after rejecting a 3.2per cent pay rise. The General Confederation of Labour trade union is demandingan 8 per cent hike in wages. Commenting on the employers’ pay offer, the unionsaid: “If these provocative positions are maintained, a conflict will beinevitable with all its consequences for the country’s priorities ahead of theOlympic Games.” The strike took place on the same day as the ceremony tomark the arrival of the Olympic flame in the Greek capital. German engineering giant sheds 2,500 jobs Siemens, the German engineering company, says plans to offshore jobs tocounter mounting competition from Asia and high domestic labour costs willaffect around 5,000 staff. The company, one of Germany’s biggest employers,will cut 2,500 jobs in the country as a result of the plans, and another 2,500local staff will have to change job or location, a company spokesman said.Siemens employs 170,000 staff in Germany, but has cut 35,000 jobs worldwide inthe past three years and 60 per cent of its workforce is now abroad. Lastmonth, Gerhard Schrîder, the German Chancellor, called offshoring‘unpatriotic’. Chinese graduates desperate to show ‘skills’ Female graduates in China are getting so desperate for jobs that some areattaching revealing photos of themselves to their CVs, together with details oftheir dancing and drinking abilities. The China Daily newspaper reports thatgender bias means female graduates are often shunned for jobs and so areturning to ever more imaginative ways to entice potential employers. Some womenare pictured in mini skirts or bikinis, while others tell of their abilities inthe field of singing and dancing, according to the newspaper. China has equalopportunities legislation, but Beijing Municipal Women’s Federation said therewas “a lack of implementing measures to help achieve that goal”. US economy bounces back with new jobs The US economy created 308,000 jobs in March, the largest monthly increasein four years, and shattered the 200,000-per-month gain expected in times ofeconomic recovery. The news comes after repeated attacks by presidentialcandidate John Kerry, who had criticised low job creation under George Bush andthe Republicans. The unemployment rate rose from 5.6 per cent to 5.7 per centas more workers came into the market, according to the US Labour Department.”Today’s employment report clearly demonstrates the positive impact thePresident’s pro-growth economic policies are having on job creation,” saidUS treasury secretary John Snow. Call for rights for Ireland’s migrant workforce The Human Rights Commission and the National Consultative Committee onRacism and Interculturalism have called for government action to tackle theexploitation of migrant workers in Ireland. The two groups launched a reporttoday recommending ways to make government policy friendlier to migrants andways to integrate foreign workers into Irish society. Maurice Manning, thepresident of the Human Rights Commission, said such workers should be treatedas human beings rather than economic entities. He also said human rights mustbe a key feature of the Irish Government’s proposed immigration legislation. International newsOn 13 Apr 2004 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Garth Brooks to host soundcheck free to Notre Dame students

first_imgIn Monday night’s “Inside Studio G: A Monday Night Conversation,” Garth Brooks announced that the Notre Dame community can attend his soundcheck for free on Oct. 19, the night before his concert at Notre Dame Stadium.“We’re going to [do a] question and answer during soundcheck and you can actually see behind the curtain on what’s happening,” he said in the Facebook Live conversation. “So this should all be pretty cool. This is all weather permitting.”Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s and Holy Cross students can gain free entry into the soundcheck with a mobile ticket reserved in advance, Mike Seamon, vice president for campus safety and event management, said in an email to students Thursday. Students also must present their ID cards at Notre Dame Stadium’s Rockne Gate, which will open at 7 p.m., 30 minutes before the event starts.The event is expected to last about an hour. Brooks said the soundcheck serves as an opportunity to rehearse for the concert. Brooks’ wife, Trisha Yearwood, will also be present at the sound check to answer questions.“You run through the spots of where you’re going to be, you’re kind of rehearsing but you’re also feeling what the stadium feels like,” Brooks said. “You’re out on the very points, as far as you can get away from each other out there and see how you hear. A lot of it’s tech, a lot of it’s the guys running through. It’s one last shot before they drop the flag and here we go.”Brooks described the Notre Dame concert as “a chapter in the next book of our lives” and said he looked forward to the soundcheck before his concert.“I’m hoping it’s beautiful, I’m hoping it’s perfect weather and I’m hoping there’s interested people showing up and coming out here and seeing us,” he said. “You can ask any questions about the business, about whatever.”Updated Oct. 11 at 8:30 p.m.Tags: Garth Brooks, Garth Brooks Concert, Notre Dame Stadium, sound checklast_img read more

​​​​​​​House approves Rp 8.5t in convertible bond for ailing Garuda

first_img“We proposed that Garuda receive MCB that could be converted for three years, as Garuda has been hit hard by the [COVID-19 pandemic] like other airlines around the world,” Erick said.The nation’s aviation industry has been severely impacted by the ongoing health crisis, with restrictions discouraging people from traveling. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has stated that 2020 will be the worst year in history for airlines, with global airlines expected to face a combined US$84.3 billion in losses.The MCB scheme is part of the government’s national economic recovery (PEN) program, to support the recovery of the virus battered economy. The government expects the fiscal deficit to reach 6.34 percent this year as it allocates Rp 695.2 trillion in stimuli, partially to bolster the economy amid the pandemic.Under Government Regulation No. 23/3030 on the national economic recovery program, the government has allocated more than Rp 152 trillion to bail out SOEs through PMN, among other mechanisms, of which Garuda is set to receive Rp 8.5 trillion. The House of Representatives has given the green light for the government to provide Rp 8.5 trillion (US$583 million) for pandemic-hit national flag carrier Garuda Indonesia, in the form of a mandatory convertible bond (MCB).The MCB will require conversion of the said bond into stocks in accordance with the contractual conversion date. The MCB for the airline is expected to have a tenor of three years, with state-owned infrastructure financing company PT Sarana Multi Infrastruktur (SMI) projected to act as a buyer for the bond and eventually a shareholder of the company.The legislature made the decision after a working meeting with State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) Minister Erick Thohir on Wednesday, citing the reason that Garuda could not receive state-capital injections (PMN) as it is a publicly listed company. Garuda Indonesia service and business development director Ade R. Susardi said on a separate occasion that the company was in dire need of government funding as it had been operating at a loss since the COVID-19 outbreak hit Indonesia.“Our flight occupancy rate currently stands at around 40 percent, which cannot even cover the operation cost. We hope that Garuda can receive funding in the form of MCB,” he said during an online webinar held by The Habibie Center on Wednesday.Garuda’s flight traffic has also fallen to around 40 daily flights as of July from the average rate of 330 daily flights before the crisis, Ade added.As the number of passengers fell, Garuda saw a 30 percent year-on-year slump in revenue to $768.12 million in the first quarter from $1.1 billion in the same period last year. The company also booked a $120 million loss in the first quarter this year, compared to $20.48 million profit in the January-March period of 2019.Read also: Garuda books $120m net loss in Q1 as travel industry hit hard by COVID-19Amid its financial woes, the company recently secured a three-year extension on $500 million worth of global sukuk (global Islamic bonds) that were due in June, as a result of liquidity problems caused by the pandemic.“We are now trying to increase the number of passengers in order to help Garuda by convincing passengers that it is safe to fly. With the rising number of passengers, we can boost our cash flow,” Ade said.Convincing the public about the safety of air travel has become a major challenge for the aviation industry, as in a recent survey conducted by state-owned airport operator Angkasa Pura I, 84 percent of respondents said they were still taking a “wait-and-see” approach toward using air transportation.Garuda was previously embroiled in an incident on June 27, when a passenger was allowed to board a Garuda Indonesia flight from Jakarta to Sorong, West Papua, despite having recently tested positive for COVID-19.Topics :last_img read more

OSRL Rolls Out New Subsea Well Capping Technology

first_imgOil Spill Response Limited’s (OSRL) latest development in subsea well capping technology, Offset Installation Equipment (OIE), has been officially launched from the equipment’s new home base in Trieste, Italy.The event, which featured figures from across the offshore industry, represented the culmination of six years work between members of the Subsea Well Intervention Project (SWRP), OSRL and oil and gas engineering specialists, Saipem.Designed specifically for scenarios where direct vertical access to a wellhead is not possible, the new OIE enables well capping or related equipment to be installed at a safe distance from an incident for the first time, OSRL explained.OIE is now available to existing OSRL members through a Subsea Well Intervention Services (SWIS) supplementary agreement and current OIE members include BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, Petrobras, Shell, Statoil and Total – all of which represent the founding members of SWRP.The OIE’s arrival is an industry first and coincides with the final phase of SWRP, following completion of the related capping and containment projects, as OSRL’s chief executive, Robert Limb, explains: “For us, and all those involved in SWRP, the launch of the OIE is final piece of the puzzle and the culmination of a lot of hard work. Since the formation of the project in 2011, we had one core objective; to design and build a comprehensive range of well capping solutions, with the flexibility to meet the current and future requirements of the industry. With the arrival of OIE here in Italy, that objective is met.”SWRP Project Lead, Eli Bøhnsdalen, commented: “OIE has the potential to make a huge difference in the time it takes to cap a well or stop a critical blowout and has never been attempted before. With that in mind, it is with great pride that I’m able to say the equipment is now available to the industry. Saipem, which has been responsible for the design, fabrication and testing, will now be responsible for the OIE’s ongoing storage and maintenance, from its base here, in Trieste. Saipem’s extensive experience working with equipment designed for harsh environments, remote areas and deepwater means that the OIE couldn’t be in safer hands.”Stefano Porcari, COO of Saipem’s E&C offshore division, added: “Working on such a pioneering and prestigious project involved Saipem’s know-how from various technological centres and represented a unique opportunity to test Saipem expertise in technology and innovation. OIE marks an unprecedented solution for use in the event of a subsea well incident, where vertical well access by vessel is not possible. Having actively participated in this project constitutes a remarkable achievement of which we are proud.”OIE equipment can be deployed up to 500 metres from an incident site and is suitable for use at a working depth of 75 to 600 metres. OIE is also fully compatible with OSRL’s capping equipment, creating an end-to-end capping and containment solution suitable for almost all subsea scenarios.In line with OSRL’s approach, each member organisation will be provided with training to enable their own experienced personnel to understand the capabilities of the system and operate the OIE during an incident. Following the end of SWRP, the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (IOGP) through the Well Experts Committee (WEC) will work with OSRL to ensure that all stakeholders gain awareness of OIE’s capabilities as part of the process of promoting the adoption of good practice worldwide.last_img read more

Two Donegal winners in Irish Restaurant Awards 2019

first_imgA Donegal restaurant and chef have picked up coveted awards at this year’s Irish Restaurant Awards.The Olde Glen Bar and Restaurant earned the title of Best Casual Dining in Ulster. Located in the village of Glen, the bar and restaurant is a popular destination for top quality food and great Irish pub atmosphere.Cormac Walsh, Olde Glen Bar and Restaurant. Photo: Irish Restaurant AwardsThe Olde Glen BarDonegal man Ciarán Sweeney, who is Head Chef Forest & Marcy in Dublin, took the regional title of Best Emerging Irish Cuisine. Originally from Downings, Ciarán’s culinary career began at the Rosapenna Hotel when he was 16.  He has worked in some of the finest restaurants in Ireland and the UK before the opening of Forest & Marcy.Ciaran Sweeney – Forest & Marcy. Photo: Irish Restaurant AwardsLast night’s black-tie gala event saw over 1,100 guests gathering to celebrate and honour the hard work and achievements of those working in the Irish restaurant industry over the last 12 months.Loam Restaurant in Galway was named All-Ireland Best Restaurant 2019, while Graham Neville of Dax Restaurant, Dublin, was named All Ireland Best Chef and Everett’s Restaurant in Waterford was named All Ireland Best Newcomer. The All Ireland Pub of the Year is Doheny and Nesbitt from Dublin.Speaking at the awards, Chief Executive of the Restaurants Association of Ireland Adrian Cummins commented, “This is the 11th year of the Irish Restaurant Awards, and it has been the biggest year for the awards to date. “Over 90,000 nominations were received from the public in January, and over 2,000 restaurateurs attended the Regional Awards, which were held in Kildare, Monaghan, Limerick and Sligo. The standard for judging this year has been very high.“Ireland may be a small country, but it boasts everything from fine dining to high quality gastropubs, from the comfort of traditional Irish food to exploring the world through exotic world cuisine, the Irish restaurant industry has much to offer. We have an appreciation for what we eat and where our food comes from, as well as the dedication of those working in the food industry”.Two Donegal winners in Irish Restaurant Awards 2019 was last modified: May 14th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:ciaran sweeneyfoodirish restaurant awardsolde glen bar and restaurantlast_img read more

MXit takes aim at global market

first_img26 February 2007South African instant messaging service MXit has attracted more than three million users in under two years. Now, with buy-in from local media giant Naspers, the company is setting its sights on the international market.According to a company statement, MXit registered its three-millionth user on 29 January, is growing at a rate of between 9 000 and 12 000 new users a day, and is one of the largest generators of general packet radio service (GPRS) traffic in the country.“Our user base currently logs on to our servers more than six million times per day and the total traffic between our servers, mobile phones and other gateways is well over 500 million packets a day,” says CEO Herman Heunis, the Stellenbosch University graduate who created MXit Lifestyle in May 2005.“We are continually upgrading our servers and our ongoing commitment to infrastructure growth is massive.”Heunis expects the numbers to increase rapidly once the company rolls out its foreign operations.“We have recently established a premium rated payment gateway in the UK, as well as permanent infrastructure in USA, and are looking forward to an extended international presence by the end of 2007.”In December, the company launched a greeting card service featuring unique content over, sending over 660 000 cards at a cost of 10 cents a card.“To our knowledge, we offer the only service in South Africa where users can send greetings cards from their mobile phones via an instant messaging system,” says Heunis.Naspers buys inSuch has been MXit’s growth that South African multinational media group Naspers bought a 30% stake in the company for an undisclosed sum in January.Naspers has interests in print, pay-TV and internet operations in Africa, Brazil, Russia, India, China and Greece.“We are very excited about teaming up with a South African company that has such an extensive global footprint, not only in media but other technology sectors,” says Heunis.Heunis told Business Report that Naspers’s involvement in the company meant it could now expand into other countries at a faster pace than previously planned.According to Business Report, MXit aims to have 50 million customers internationally by the end of 2008. It currently has 400 000 international users.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Joburg acts to beat climate change

first_imgThe City of Joburg has retrofitted five buildings with energy efficient lights. It plans to do the same with 104 more council buildings. (Image: Media Club South Africa) • Christa Venter Project Assistant C40 Climate Change Summit +27 82 492 2424 • Megacities to talk climate change in Johannesburg • Cities combat climate change • Climate Reality Project counts carbon costs • Green buildings sprouting in South AfricaLucille DavieMitigation and adaptation are universally accepted approaches to tackling climate change. Johannesburg, the host city of the fifth biennial C40 Cities Mayors Summit in February, has a climate change strategy that is in line with these imperatives.The C40 is a network of 63 of the world’s megacities that are taking action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, in an effort to reduce climate risks locally and globally. The summit will bring together mayors for three days, from 4 to 6 February, to consider urban solutions to global climate change “through individual efforts as well as international engagement and collaboration”.“A principle of working together to create and build partnerships is crucial to the success of achieving the city’s strategic agenda, including matters relating to resource sustainability,” says Joburg Executive Mayor Parks Tau. He will host the summit, together with C40 chair Michael Bloomberg, who is the mayor of New York City.City delegates, business people, environmentalists, activists and community representatives are expected to attend. They will deliberate on the progress being made by cities around the world, and suggest interventions that can be jointly undertaken to address environmental issues. The theme for the summit is “Towards resilient and liveable megacities: demonstrating action, impact and opportunity”.“Even if emissions are stabilised relatively soon, climate change and its effects will last many years, and adaptation will be necessary. Climate change adaptation is especially important in developing cities since those cities are predicted to bear the brunt of the effects of climate change.”The city of Johannesburg, the country’s commercial heart – which contributes 16% to the country’s gross domestic product – is among the biggest emitters of greenhouse gases in South Africa, largely from industrial, transport and residential activities. Its long-term growth and development strategy, Joburg 2040, has a strong focus on climate change and depletion of natural resources.Climate change mitigationRegarding climate change mitigation, Joburg’s Rea Vaya Bus Rapid Transit system, introduced in 2009, has resulted in 233 buses taking to the roads, driving in dedicated lanes. It has led to the removal of 500 taxis and minibuses from Joburg’s streets. Some 44 new buses will be introduced to the roads in mid-February, taking the total to 277. Rea Vaya transports more than 50 000 commuters daily.“With the full implementation of Bus Rapid Transit it is estimated that the city will save 1.6 million tons of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions by 2020,” explains Matshidiso Mfikoe, the mayoral committee member for environment and infrastructure services.The Rea Vaya buses will eventually transport passengers along 330km through the suburbs and city, with modern fleet buses. This will give more than 80% of Joburg’s residents the choice of catching a bus, placing residents within 500m of a trunk route or feeder corridor. Running on low-sulphur diesel with the most advanced pollution reduction equipment, the Rea Vaya buses are the cleanest on the continent. They reduce nitrous oxides, the most dangerous health risk from vehicular emissions, by thousands of tons a year, and particulate matter, such as soot, by hundreds of tons annually.Joburg aims to replace more than one third of its Metrobus fleet with modern dual fuel green buses in the future. It is also developing a Metrobus gas refuelling station, and has retrofitted five municipal buildings with energy efficient lighting with a total saving of 100 tons of carbon dioxide.“One hundred and four municipal buildings have been identified to be retrofitted under a larger energy efficiency building retrofit programme. This building retrofit programme will include lighting, cooling, and heating systems,” says Mfikoe.Efforts are being made to convert waste to energy. The city is now flaring methane gas at one of its five landfill sites, producing 5MW of renewable electricity, which is sufficient to supply power to 4 500 houses. This reduces the carbon emissions from the landfill by about 149 000 tons of carbon dioxide a year. The other four sites will be operational in the near future, and will generate 19MW of electricity to supply 12 500 households over the next 20 years and beyond.Sections of the city are also being greened, such as the townships of Soweto in south-western Johannesburg. Since 2006, 200 000 trees have been planted in the region. Joburg is already one of the most forested cities in the world, with over 10 million trees, making it an urban forest. This has led to an improvement in the air quality. “Furthermore, there has been rehabilitation of the southern catchments, park developments in disadvantaged areas, and the provision of green servitudes and ecological assessments of the city’s catchments,” adds Mfikoe.Joburg has also installed over a thousand low pressure solar water geysers to households in Cosmo City, a housing development in the north. Installing energy efficient lights and planting fruit trees has also been undertaken. In 2012, it launched the Solar Water Geyser Programme, under which it aims to roll out 110 000 geysers to poor and low income households over three years.Climate change adaptationA Johannesburg Climate Change Adaptation Plan or CCAP was completed in 2009. Adaptation initiatives coming out of this plan include a Vulnerability Assessment and Risk Management Plan, flood modelling for flood prone areas, and disaster response. Johannesburg has several rivers running through its suburbs, which flood readily during the city’s summer heavy rains.The CCAP was recently one of only 29 projects globally nominated for the C40 and Siemens Climate Leadership Award.Guided by the CCAP, Joburg is mapping flood prone areas, developing early warning systems, and raising awareness in vulnerable communities, particularly through Alexandra township. CCAP recommendations have been integrated into long-term city strategy and day-to-day operations.Some 30 organic food gardens were planted in schools and communities between 2010 and 2011, a project that is “a vehicle to grow green minds and hearts”. The project supplements the schools’ feeding programmes, at the same time giving communities an additional source of income through the sale of produce. “Organic food gardens produce fewer greenhouse gases and are better for the environment and our health,” notes Mfikoe.Johannesburg is one of four C40 cities in Africa, along with Addis Ababa in Ethiopia, Cairo in Egypt and Lagos in Nigeria. Climate change affects not only the industrialised but also those living in rural areas, where changes in weather patterns threaten crops and livestock.last_img read more

Vineshkumar Moonoo: the investigator

first_imgLt-General Vineshkumar Moonoo is the police investigating officer in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial. (Graphic by Mary Alexander. Background image courtesy of Jonny Ross, Flickr)• South Africa’s justice system • Oscar and the photo of the witness• Pistorius trial: open justice or trial by media? • A media guide to the Oscar Pistorius trial • The media and open justiceLucille DavieThe chief investigating officer in Oscar Pistorius’s murder trial is veteran cop Lt-General Vineshkumar Moonoo, a detective with the South Africa Police Service (SAPS) for the past 29 years.Moonoo was appointed divisional commissioner of the SAPS’s detective branch in 2011. In March 2013 he took over the Pistorius murder case from warrant officer Hilton Botha. At the time, police commissioner General Riah Phiyega described him as the “top detective” in the SAPS.Botha was the original investigating officer in the case, but in Pistorius’s bail hearing he conceded that he had mishandled crucial evidence. His argument that Pistorius was a flight risk was also discredited by Barry Roux SC, Pistorius’s defence lawyer. It emerged at the time that Botha faced attempted murder charges for allegedly shooting at a taxi containing seven passengers in 2011, on the pretext that a criminal he and his colleagues were chasing was in the vehicle.Moonoo, 53, is a career policeman who has worked his way up the ranks. He became a police trainee at the Wentworth Police College in 1981, and in 1982 he volunteered in the tracing unit. “In 1982, I volunteered to work in the tracing unit as there were eight cases of housebreaking and theft and theft of vehicles a day in Lenasia [in southern Johannesburg]. In my first month, we arrested 32 people and the rate of similar incidents dropped to one a week,” he told Sapa last month.The normally media-shy Moonoo told the news agency that in Standard 8, or Grade 10, he knew that he wanted to become a policeman.Only three years after completing Police College, he became a detective. He was subsequently stationed in Kliptown in Soweto, where he remained for a long time, eventually becoming area head for detective services.He holds a national diploma in Police Administration and has also completed an executive development learning programme. His experience spans operational, line and support functions at executive level. Moonoo has headed up the general investigations at the Detective Service, and also held the positions of area head of the detective service in Soweto, section head of Evaluation, Monitoring and Operational Development, and component head for Organised Crime.In 2002 he was appointed to head a division of the organised crime branch, and promoted to major general. In 2013 Phiyega appointed him to head a special task team to investigate some 250 robberies where the suspects had used police uniforms and police blue light vehicles, reports Sapa.Moonoo has also been appointed to coordinate the investigation into a fatal bomb blast in November in Bedfordview in Johannesburg last year that killed two people. It took place at Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir’s Money Point gold and diamond exchange business and is thought to be part of an ongoing battle between Krejcir and his associates.After Moonoo was appointed to head the Pistorius investigation, Sapa reports that he calmly commented that the case would be “business as usual”. “He went on to say that the media contingent covering it had been ‘more persistent than I believe is necessary’, and promised not to allow the scrutiny to compromise the investigation.”Moonoo declined to have his CV released after the appointment. He was a board member of the National Council for Correctional Services and he has served on the board of the Central Drug Authority. He currently represents the Africa region as a member of the board of Crime Stoppers International, a global network of 2 500 people working against crime. Since 1976 more than $10-billion in drugs and property has been recovered and more than one million people have been arrested, according to the website.last_img read more

The (not so spooky) tale of Halloween pumpkins

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest On a day with no shortage of haunting pumpkins around the corner, many people may be wondering just how the largest, most terrifying of these autumn staples come to be. The answer is not nearly as spooky as the end product. A bit of late night investigation will reveal there is a fair amount of agricultural expertise behind those giant Halloween pumpkins.Even first-time growers are capable of growing pumpkins in excess of 400 pounds if the seeds are the Atlantic Giant variety, which are available at numerous garden centers and catalogs, according to Mike Estadt, educator, Ohio State University Extension.“To grow pumpkins in excess of half a ton, it all begins with superior genetics,” Estadt wrote in Growing Giant Pumpkins in the Home Garden, a new Ohioline fact sheet.Ohioline is OSU Extension’s free online information resource and can be found at ohioline.osu.edu. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.Generally speaking, some of the other things to consider when growing pumpkins, Estadt said, include the following.Site selection and planting: Each pumpkin plant should be allowed 1,000 square feet of growing space in an area that has several hours of daily sunlight and access to water, considering that pumpkins require large amounts of water.Fertilizer and lime: When planting, you’ll need to have the soil tested to determine whether lime and fertilizers are needed based on your soil requirements.Planting and space requirements: The pumpkin seeds should be planted individually in 12-inch peat pots indoors in April and can be transferred to the ground when the first true leaf is fully expanded, typically 10–14 days after seeding. Once planted outside, they can be protected from frost using row covers, or a small greenhouse.Irrigation: Pumpkins have shallow roots, so they will need to be watered slowly with at least 1 inch of water per week if the area doesn’t experience an adequate amount of rainfall.Insects and diseases: An insect and disease control program should be initiated when you transplant the pumpkin plants from the pots to the ground. This is because once a bacterial or viral infection has occurred, there is no way to stop it. And several pests are attracted to pumpkins, including striped cucumber beetles, squash bugs, and squash vie borer.Pollination: While hand pollination is the preferred method to fruit-setting, natural pollination by honey bees, squash bees, and bumble bees will also work well.Shade: Once the pumpkins get to a certain size, they need to be protected from direct sunlight. For example, you can use a bedsheet draped over the pumpkin, leaving the stem exposed.Ohio is one of the top producers of the large, carving type of pumpkins, usually ranking between third or fourth among states for pumpkin production, according to the Ohio Department of Agriculture, with more that 66 million pounds of pumpkin produced statewide last year.And, from a nutritional standpoint, pumpkins are an excellent, healthy food because they are low in calories, are full of potassium and antioxidants, and the seeds make excellently nutritious and tasty snacks.last_img read more