Major shopping mall for Alexandra

first_imgHowever, while the township was well-known for resistance actions like the Alexandra bus boycott, “from today, Alex must be known for development and progress.” It is anchored by a 2 800m² Pick n Pay, the first in Alexandra. Other national retailers have also taken space, providing a quality shopping environment structured along the lines of leading shopping centres in the country, according to the developers. To loud cheers, Zuma said all townships needed to have infrastructure like the Pan Africa Shopping Centre, and basic services like water, roads and electricity. Economic development should not only be the preserve of the former white suburbs, but should spread to previously disadvantaged communities. “One can walk to the township and buy a suit without spending any transport money,” Zuma said. “Parents working at the centre can now spend quality time with their children. Before the opening of the centre, parents only had a chance to see their children during weekends because they had to wake up very early and knock off very late when their children were already asleep.” “Alexandra is home to many leaders of the ANC,” Zuma said. “We can count leaders like Kgalema Motlanthe, Alfred Nzo, Thomas Nkobi and many more who were residents of this township. [It] has given this country expertise and talent.” Zuma said it was apt that such a huge development was built in Alexandra, one of South Africa’s best-known townships, which played a remarkable role in the fight against apartheid. Mall developers Pan Africa Development Company’s CEO Tebogo Mogashoa said the 16 000m² shopping centre was already fully let and more than 1 000 jobs had been created. A few hours earlier, Zuma had been to Soweto, where he had laid a wreath at the Hector Pieterson Memorial and had visited Maponya Mall. “Pan Africa Shopping Centre represents the dreams and aspirations of the Alexandra people,” Mogashoa said. “We developed it for them”. Infrastructure In the south of the city, a similar kind of development had taken place, he said, referring to Maponya Mall in Soweto. Source: City of Johannesburg Opening the shopping centre was an important occasion, he said. “This is a celebration of investment in the city of Johannesburg. But this is not only a celebration of investment, but what we are seeing today is urban renewal and rejuvenation.” The Pan Africa Shopping Centre is located in one of the busiest and most cosmopolitan areas of Alexandra, with a plethora of informal traders and an assortment of shops selling a range of goods from traditional medicine to exclusive boutique clothing. “During the opening of the mall, Richard Maponya said we had taken Sandton and placed it in Soweto. This shopping centre is part of developing our townships and also part of empowering our people.” The centre The shopping centre would be a catalyst for employment in “ekasi” – the slang term for township – and people would be able to shop “right on their doorstep”. “Surely but slowly, we are changing the face of our townships,” he said. The Pan Africa Shopping Centre, a fully integrated shopping mall and taxi facility located in the heart of Alexandra, was officially opened by President Jacob Zuma on Sunday. 27 May 2009 Gone are the days when Alexandra residents had to travel to other parts of the city to do their shopping. A new mall, featuring the country’s major retail chains, has just opened for business in the township to the north of Johannesburg. Falling under the Alexandra Renewal Project (ARP), a programme to upgrade infrastructure and living conditions in one of Johannesburg’s oldest townships, the Pan Africa Shopping Centre forms part of a comprehensive retail and taxi node that includes a 50 000m² taxi rank, a three-level holding facility for taxis, public parking and structured informal trading. Besides the Pan Africa Shopping Centre, Zuma said Alexandra boasted some other economic and social developments. Quality schools, houses and infrastructure had been built since the inception of the ARP. Johannesburg Mayor Amos Masondo, Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane and several government officials also attended the function, along with thousands of Alex residents who wanted to catch a glimpse of the President.last_img read more

Retweet.com Is No Competition for Tweetmeme

first_imgWhen a service makes its debut by getting accused of stealing code from one of its competitors, you know that it’s going to be a tough road ahead. That was the case with the Twitter aggregator application Retweet.com, which went live earlier this week. Allegedly, the company snagged the code for both their JavaScript retweet button and WordPress plugin from their rival and current top aggregator, Tweetmeme. Now with Retweet’s official launch, you may be tempted to give them a second look… especially considering the $10,000 they’re giving away. Don’t bother. The service is still buggy, still using that stolen code (or so it seems), and that $10K? Well, you had better read the fine print. The $10K ContestA contest to promote the new service isn’t really a bad idea on Retweet.com’s part. But with this contest, there’s no guaranteed winner. If, and only if, the site reaches their goal of 1 million visitors will that “lucky blogger” receive any money. And then there’s the fact that their promotional video doesn’t even say “visitors”; it says “page views” (or “page votes”… it’s kind of hard to tell). Obviously, 1 million page views is quite a different thing than visitors. In fact, it’s quite a different thing than unique visitors, which is what they’re actually counting by the looks of it. sarah perez Over 3 million tweets? We don’t think so. Normally, we’d give a new service a pass when they first launch, expecting there to be bugs here and there, but considering that Retweet.com stole the button code from Tweetmeme, you would think they could get it right.Stolen CodeOh, and that stolen code? Apparently even by launch day, they were still using it… or at least it appears that way. As Milo Yiannopoulos and others discovered when receiving errors on their link submissions, the table name referenced in the database error still reads “tweetmeme_web.firstlinks_new.” That’s right, the table name. For those of you who aren’t all that familiar with databases, this is much more troubling. Notes one commenter, this means that the Retweet.com folks somehow managed to get their hands not just on Tweetmeme’s front-end code, but also their database schema and backend code, too. Either that, or they decided to write their own code using the names of their competitor for the table names. Which are you inclined to believe? The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Related Posts Bugs Still, if you’re thinking of taking your chances, be warned that your button might not end up displaying the correct number of tweets, which is the entire point of the service. As one Twitter user discovered, the button seems to have gone completely haywire in this case: Tyson Quick of Mesiab Labs, the company behind Retweet.com, responded to the blog post angrily saying “I can assure you that Mesiab Labs isn’t using any of tweetmeme’s code.” However, he made no mention of the screenshot or how the word “tweetmeme” got in there. We would still like to know. Even with all of this drama, an imitator such as this still stands a chance, unfortunately. That’s why it’s encouraging to see Tweetmeme taking the high road and staying busy creating new features for us like the upcoming “retweetable comments,” for example. The comments are part of a major overhaul which will also bring improvements to the news filtering, spam detection, and search features as well as other small changes. Hopefully, Retweet.com won’t try to rip off these features too. Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Tags:#twitter#web last_img read more

Elevator Shaft Vents Blamed for Big Energy Losses

first_imgA typical apartment building in New York City loses thousands of dollars worth of energy every year from leaky elevator shafts that vent warm air at the top of the building and draw in cold air at the bottom, according to a new report from the city’s U.S. Green Building Council chapter.The report, Spending Through the Roof, says that apartment building owners spend an average of $3,400 a year to heat replacement air for what’s lost through the roof. In taller buildings, the report notes, the cost can be more than $20,000 a year.Plugging this type of air leak can cost from $500 to $15,000 for a large building. If the leaks were plugged on 4,000 tall apartment buildings in the city, landlords would collectively save $11 million a year while keeping 30,000 metric tons of greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere. Holes in the roof were requiredOpenings in the tops of elevator shafts and stairwells were required by state and fire department regulations, the report says, as a way of venting smoke in the case of fire. But construction practices and firefighting techniques have changed, so the vents now “are needlessly open all the time.”Tenants know their buildings are affected when they try to open the ground-floor doors to get in, according to an article in The New York Times. “As you try to pull open a lobby door,” the newspaper reported, “it seems soldered shut. Wrestle it open, and you are greeted by a shrill whistle and a blast of air.”How much heat is lost depends on how tall the building is and where it’s located. The report notes that a 15-story multifamily building in a dense neighborhood loses $3,000 worth of heat through the roof every heating season. The same building in an area subjected to more airflow (less densely built up) would lose $6,500.Total lost heat in the 4,000 multifamily buildings that are at least 10 stories high would fill 29,000 Empire State Buildings.The two major options for plugging the leaks are to cover two-thirds of elevator shaft vents with annealed glass, leaving the rest open, or to install a motorized set of louvers that stay closed unless there’s a fire.Laws governing stairwell vents haven’t changed since 1929, the report says, so there’s no legal way now for building owners to fix the problem.last_img read more

Bradley Beal, Thomas Bryant lead Wizards to crucial win over Magic

first_imgBryant and Parker each started on the bench but both went 9 of 12 from the field, and they combined for 18 points in the fourth quarter. Bryant has made 43 starts this season but was dropped from Brooks’ first five in late February following some inconsistent performances.It was another such effort that led to Bryant seeking out his coach’s counsel.“The thing I loved about it is we met yesterday and he was frustrated,” Brooks said. “I like guys that care and are bothered by it when they play bad. I don’t want it to just roll off your back and not (be) a big deal.”Nikola Vucevic had 20 points and 14 rebounds for Orlando, which has lost four of five heading into its own five-game homestand. D.J. Augustin added 16 points for the Magic, who scored only 37 after halftime.“We’re just not playing like a team that wants to go to the playoffs, period,” said guard Evan Fournier, who finished with eight points. “This time of the year it’s going to get harder. Teams are trying to get in and you’ve got to elevate your intensity, your focus, and we’re just not doing that.”ADVERTISEMENT Bryant shook off those memories to score 21 points and grab 10 rebounds Wednesday night, and the Wizards made up a little ground in the Eastern Conference playoff race with a 100-90 win over the Orlando Magic.“I was putting too much stress on myself,” said Bryant, limited to two points and one rebound in 14 minutes during Monday’s victory over Sacramento. “He just told me to relax and play the game. You’re going to go through funks sometimes, so don’t let it get you down.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesBradley Beal scored 23 points and Jabari Parker added 19 to help the 11th-place Wizards move within 1 1/2 games of ninth-place Orlando and Charlotte. The Magic and Hornets are two back of eighth-place Miami, which blew out Detroit.Washington improved to 2-0 on its five-game homestand. 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed PBA D-League: Ateneo dismantles AMA for 3rd win in 4 games Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end UP NEXTMagic: Begin their homestand Thursday against Cleveland.Wizards: Host the Charlotte Hornets on Friday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem MOST READ Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) looks to pass as Orlando Magic center Khem Birch (24) defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 13, 2019, in Washington. The Wizards won 100-90. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)WASHINGTON — After one of his worst games of the season, Washington forward Thomas Bryant had a heart-to-heart with Wizards coach Scott Brooks.Apparently, it helped.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief After the Magic opened the second half on an 8-0 run to tie it at 61, neither team led by more than six until Parker scored the final six points of an 11-2 spurt to put Washington up 91-82.A few possessions later, Beal’s 3-pointer in transition stretched it to 94-84 with 3:48 left. The Wizards led by at least four the rest of the way, pushing it back to 10 on Bryant’s dunk with 52 seconds to play.“TB came in and gave us great energy and we needed every ounce of energy he had tonight,” Brooks said. “We fought. We didn’t have everything going for us offensively, but I thought in that fourth quarter we did a good job.”TIP-INSMagic: Vucevic recorded his 50th double-double before the end of the third quarter. . Jonathan Isaac and Aaron Gordon each finished with 13 points and nine rebounds. . Gordon played despite bruised ribs sustained in Sunday’s loss at Memphis.Wizards: Committed only one first-half turnover. . Beal hit a pull-up jumper at the third-quarter buzzer to give Washington a 76-74 lead. … Bryant posted his ninth double-double. . F Sam Dekker sat out with lower back soreness.VERDICT ON THE BENCHThe Wizards won largely on the strength of their reserves, who outscored the Magic’s second unit 59-20.“Look at that box score,” Orlando coach Steve Clifford said. “It’s more than effort. I mean, they crushed us. We were like minus-25. You’re not going to win any game if you get outscored like that from your bench. You’ve got no shot.”Washington needed it, because Beal was its only starter to score in double figures. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View commentslast_img read more

Amy Jackson to Freida Pinto: Celebrity spotting at the London Fashion Week

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