Hubalde leads Valenzuela past Bataan dribblers

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Paolo Hubalde dished out a career-high 14 assists as Valenzuela posted its first back-to-back victories in the MPBL-Anta Rajah Cup even as Parañaque got back on the winning track late Thursday night at Valenzuela Astrodome.The Classic, supported by Yulz, clobbered the Bataan Defenders-BaiShipping, 97-80.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Parañaque-Yakimix, on the other hand, survived preseason champion Bulacan, 74-72.A costly technical foul called on Jay Gonzales of the Ligo Sardines-supported Kuyas squad, gave the Patriots the cushion they needed down the stretch.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkJuneric Baloria made two of three charity shots, including one off the technical foul, in the last 45 seconds, enabling the Patriots to get back on the winning track and join the Muntinlupa Cagers-Angelis Resort and the Classic in a share of third to fifth places (2-1).Playing in front of their wildly-cheering home crowd, the Classic got off to a rousing start, posting a 29-12 lead in the first period behind the hot-shooting Adrian Celada, who nailed three of four shots from beyond the arc.center_img Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Ikeda recovers from wobble, nips Korean foe in 3rd playoff hole Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIES Valenzuela continued its onslaught to take a commanding 52-22 lead at halftime.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Junior Canucks beat Huskies at Fort St. John home opener

first_imgThe third period proved to be the most exciting of the night. With the Huskies trailing 3-1, the team showed its no-quit attitude, scoring back-to-back goals to tie the game at 3-3.The Huskies’ second goal came off the stick of recently voted assistant captain Shawn Holliday, which was followed by a fitting power-play marker off the stick of the captain, Cody Hildebrand, who tied the game with his second goal of the night.The game tying goal seemed to spark even more intensity in an already fiery game, as Huskies towering D-man Wyatt Anderson dropped the gloves with Dawson’s Blair Walsh.After the mayhem ensued, the game resumed and unfortunately, it was the Junior Canucks who scored the last goal, as Riley Muise pegged the game-winning-goal at 15:17.Advertisement Before Thursday’s game began, the Huskies organization presented a cheque for over $1,000 to the local SPCA, which was raised during the team’s annual pre-season fundraiser.Following the reception of the donation, the game got underway, and the Huskies quickly found themselves trailing in their first game.Only 1:13 into the opening frame, former Huskies forward Connor Rose received the puck up the middle of the ice, and used his speed to break up the ice and generate a shot on net, creating a rebound goal for Dawson Creek’s Shelby Oldfield.- Advertisement -With the second period beginning 1-0 in favour of Dawson Creek, it didn’t take long for the Huskies to find their offensive touch. Three minutes into the middle frame, Robbie Sidhu hit a streaking Cody Hildebrand, who was recently voted by his teammates as the team’s captain for the second straight year, with a crisp neutral zone pass.Hildebrand fought to not only maintain control of the puck, but to protect it from three Junior Canuck defenders, getting himself into shooting position, and snapping a lightning quick wrist shot high blocker, short side, to open the scoring for the Huskies season, and more importantly, tie the game at 1-1.The tied score didn’t last long, as Dawson Creek scored twice more in the period: once on a tip in from the point on the power play, and the other from a poor breakout pass, which led to a three-on-one goal, that beat Ty Gullickson’s five-hole.Advertisement “We did a lot of good things right but didn’t have much puck luck. The effort was good, we were really strong in the offensive zone, but still got some work to do in the defensive side, but we are still trying to learn our new systems. I thought we outplayed them, they just capitalized on the chances they got.”The Huskies will have a couple days to digest this loss, and then they will take to the road Sunday, October 7, to take on the North Peace Navigators.center_img The Huskies were unable to score another goal, and eventually lost by a final score of 4-3.It was an entertaining opening game for the Huskies fans, who watched their team battle back in the third period to tie an evenly matched game, that saw both teams register 34 shots each.Special teams also played a prominent role in the game’s outcome, as the Huskies went 1/4 with the man advantage, compared to Dawson Creek, who went 1/ 3.The game concluded with Captain Cody Hildebrand scoring twice and adding one assist, while Robbie Sidhu, who was unable to put the biscuit in the basket, still finished with three assists.Huskies assistant coach Jeremy Clothier says the team showed a strong work ethic, but were just unable to get the desired results.Advertisementlast_img read more

Up to code

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! USUALLY, there are few things we dread more than automated phone calls, be they pre-election campaign pitches or low-budget telemarketers. But L.A. County sheriff’s deputies have put the despised marketing tactic to a commendable use. On Friday, a man stuck up and robbed a Lancaster pharmacy, then fled the scene. So the cops deployed the city’s new CodeRED calling system, which sent out thousands of calls to nearby homes instantly. Within 40 minutes, deputies had received a tip and apprehended their suspect. Not bad for CodeRED’s first time on the job. Apparently good can be found in anything – even automated phone calls.last_img

Job Vacancy: Construction Consultancy firm seeks Quantity Surveyor

first_imgJob Vacancy: KCS Construction Consultants are now recruiting for a Quantity Surveyor to join their professional team.We are a firm of Project Managers and Quantity Surveyors based in Letterkenny with a wide portfolio of construction projects throughout Ireland.We currently have a vacancy for a Quantity Surveyor ideally with minimum 2-3 years experience (although would consider any applicant from Graduate onwards). Summary Job Description – Intermediate Quantity Surveyor:2-3 years experience desired (but not essential)Structured training programme providedLocal busy QS practice with wide variety of construction projects throughout IrelandExcellent training and career development potentialCompetitive remuneration package offered commensurate with experienceFlexible working arrangements can be consideredEqual Opportunities EmployerRICS/SCSI Accredited FirmTo apply, please send a CV to lkennedy.kcs@gmail.com or Tel: (083) 407 4040Closing date for applications is 21st September 2018Job Vacancy: Construction Consultancy firm seeks Quantity Surveyor was last modified: August 28th, 2018 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:construction consultantsKCS Construction ConsultantsQuantity Surveyorlast_img read more

SOCCER INISHOWEN LEAGUE 1 ROSCOMMON LEAGUE 3

first_imgTHE Inishowen League are out of the Oscar Traynor Cup.They were beaten 3-1 at home today at Maginn Park by the Roscommon League.The visitors took the lead in the 10th minute and added a second 20 minutes later. Paddy McDermott pulled a goal back to give hope to the Inishowen men early in the second half but Roscommon scored next to end the contest.Roscommon play Limerick in the last 16.© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.  Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.com  SOCCER INISHOWEN LEAGUE 1 ROSCOMMON LEAGUE 3 was last modified: January 23rd, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:Inishowen Leagueoscar traynor cup.roscommonsoccerlast_img read more

SPECIAL REPORT: DANCE PROTEST AT COCKHILL BRIDGE

first_imgDance Protest Cockhill Bridge Saturday 18th October 2014 Innocence on the Bridge – A Special Report by resident Tony GrantPictures will bear witness to the sheer joy and excitement displayed by Elite Dance Crew on Saturday afternoon on Cockhill Bridge. The all Ireland Hip Hop dance champion group strutted their stuff on a fine afternoon flanked by parents and supporters – and politicians who tried to get in on the act. What was billed as a “Dance Protest” turned out to be great entertainment; and fun was had by all except the politicians who had to take some stick from the organisers for their inaction on providing safe access to Cockhill amenities.The children in particular must be commended for their Hip-Hop skills displayed during the protest and apologies to the very patient motorists who took it all in their stride. Not a cross word was spoken except towards the politicians present.They have shown very little leadership on the issue over the years and in fairness to Padraig Mac Lochlainn, he at least admitted this to the organisers after the protest. He said that collectively all of the councillors have been responsible for the disgrace that is Cockhill Bridge.Does this mean that we are going to see some action at last towards the provision of a pedestrian footbridge? I think not. The politicians would be more pleased if we just went away and left them alone to do what they do in a way that they like to do it.It is up to the residents of Cockhill and the wider community if they are going to allow the politicians to walk away and to forget once again about the safe access to Cockhill amenities.Think of the dance troupe yesterday, the effort by their dance teacher Clare McCarron in putting this National Champion group together and the leadership, quality of life, social skills, self-esteem not to mention dancing skills that she is providing our young people, she has to be commended for this. We the community need to provide them in return with safe access to school, church and local amenities.How bad have things become when our children have to come out on to the streets to protest for a basic need, a safe walkway to and from school.Cockhill Bridge Action Group are busy digging up information from the archives in Carndonagh Civic Offices in an effort to find out about Development levies raised for a pedestrian footbridge by Donegal County Council in 2008. Watch this space. Tony Grant SPECIAL REPORT: DANCE PROTEST AT COCKHILL BRIDGE was last modified: October 19th, 2014 by John2Share 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:Cockhill ProtestDANCEInnocencelast_img read more

Desperately Seeking Life Beyond Earth

first_imgEarth life cannot be unique. How about you, Mars? Europa, anything? Enceladus? Comet 67P? Please break the silence!Comet 67PThe latest evidence-starved speculation about life beyond Earth is that Rosetta’s lander Philae is sitting on a world sculpted by microbes (see PhysOrg). The speculation comes from long-time panspermia advocate Chandra Wickramasinghe who, with the late astronomer Fred Hoyle, made arguments in a book Evolution from Space (1984) that Earth was seeded with alien life by comets. The notion even got favorable press by the Royal Astronomical Society. No direct detection of life has been forthcoming from Comet 67P. Wickramasinghe speculates from the shape of formations on the surface.In Reality Check mode, planetary science professor Monica Grady on The Conversation writes, “Tempting as it may seem, there’s no evidence to suggest life on Comet 67P.” Her reason: other processes can explain the surface features, and “The chance that life could flourish on a freezing body with no sunlight or oxygen is in fact vanishingly small.” She jokes that some sun-struck scientists must be bored with nothing else to think about:The origin of life on Earth is not fully understood, but we are making great strides towards recognising the mechanisms that make up each stage. Placing those mechanisms in an unknown environment and suggesting that life on Earth was seeded by microbes on comets solves nothing. It merely moves the problem further away, making it even harder to study.Is it a slow summer? Are we already fatigued by the heatwave which lasted a couple of days? I suppose if there is nothing else to worry about, then we can ponder the chances of finding alien life beyond the Earth. Now, what’s that Curiosity Rover up to on Mars?MarsWhile Grady considers the probability of life vanishingly small for a comet, she apparently does believe that life could appear in more conducive habitats, like on Mars. That belief is seen in a TED talk by Nathalie Cabrol (SETI Institute), reported by Elizabeth Howell on Astrobiology Magazine. “Earth and Mars could share a life history,” the headline reads. Surprisingly, Cabrol believes that history could be more readable on Mars than on Earth. “Mars might hold the secret to the origin of life,” she tantalizes. Like most astrobiologists, Cabrol thinks that finding microbes in extreme environments on Earth can inform speculations about its presence on other worlds. Despite her SETI affiliations, she would be content to detect microbes out in space. Beyond Mars, she imagines Enceladus (she pronounces it like enchilada) like a giant spa, incubating life. From Mars, Cabrol leaps to other places in the solar system and into the big questions: where did we come from? Our generation, she promises, can answer these questions. “This can be our achievement; this can be our legacy, but only if we dare to explore.” She even managed to bring the subject of climate change into her talk.Darwin skeptics got a big laugh at philosopher Michael Ruse’s expense when, in the documentary Expelled (2008), he speculated that life began on the backs of crystals (YouTube). Unashamedly, PhysOrg continues that new-agey tradition with its headline, “Martian gems could point to evidence of life.” Striving to be a little more empirically robust, researchers at the University of Glasgow (where once Lord Kelvin challenged Darwinism) perform their divination on the Nakhla meteorite, looking for opals that are analogous to Earth opals that form around hot springs. From there, a leap of faith is required: “Closer study of Martian opals by future missions to Mars could well help us learn more about the planet’s past and whether it once held life.”EnceladusWhile physicists are struggling to explain the long-term heat output from the geysers erupting on Saturn’s small moon Enceladus (7/06/15), others merely assume that water and long periods of time gives birth to life. Space.com‘s entry “What’s inside Saturn moon Enceladus? Geyser timing gives hints” deals primarily with inferences about the interior from observations of surface activity at different points of the orbit. But the l-word life makes its appearance twice: “Scientists believe a liquid-water ocean exists beneath the solid surface, and that life could potentially survive there.” Later, “Understanding more about the geysers of Enceladus would shed light on the alien moon’s interior and on whether or not life dwells there, said Cassini imaging team leader Carolyn Porco.”Volcanic BreathVolcanos might seem unlikely places to hunt for life, but Astrobiology Magazine is convinced they are the best places to look. “Atmospheric signs of volcanic activity could aid search for life,” their article reads. A convoluted chain of reasoning begins with volcanos, assumes volcanism is a proxy for plate tectonics, proceeds through outgassing, and assumes if the right gases are present on a planet, life could exist, too. Amit Misra (U of Washington) carries the ball to the goal line: “What this means is that if we can detect a volcanic eruption on a planet, and if it meets other criteria like being in the habitable zone, that planet should move up our list of potential targets to search for life.” Problem: Venus, Mercury, the moon, Mars, and Io all have (or have had) volcanoes, but neither have plate tectonics nor atmospheres suitable for life. The list of “other criteria” for life is getting long (see 8/14/15 commentary).Deep SpaceIn a cosmic “call to arms,” University of Washington astronomy professor Julianne Dalcanton is calling on astronomers to advocate for a new “High Definition Space Telescope” (HDST) whose primary purpose would be to detect atmospheres of exoplanets where life might exist. “The goal is not just to find watery planets with rocky cores,” Dalcanton says in an article on PhysOrg. “We want to find atmospheres that have been shaped by the presence of life.” She thinks that an atmosphere “left to its own devices” would not have both oxygen and methane, for instance. This would be a clue to the presence of life. Why the motivation? If a methane-oxygen atmosphere is found, “That would be an unexpected combination for a lifeless planet, and a sign that Earth is no ordinary world.”Hoyle’s ideas on panspermia may be philosophically and empirically challenged, but he presented one of the strongest logical and mathematical proofs against the origin of life by chance (after his calculations, he came up with the “tornado in a junkyard to a 747” analogy). Yet even the famous astronomer could not get a respectful hearing on that point. Darwin skeptics have been hammering on the improbability of life’s origin by undirected natural causes for decades (see our online book as one example). The Wistar Institute study made little difference. The Mystery of Life’s Origin didn’t make much of a dent, either, other than stimulating the Intelligent Design Movement. Stephen Meyer’s excellent book Signature in the Cell stands unrefuted. Despite all this empirical and logical evidence, the unfeigned faith of the Darwinian astrobiologists continues on as if nothing happened. This is the sad state of affairs when ideology takes on totalitarian powers, and corrupts a government willing to pour millions of dollars into the pockets of its priesthood. (Visited 33 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Easyjet’s ‘interesting’ futuristic uniforms for 2016

first_imgEasyJet is unveiling an interesting world first for the aviation industry by incorporating wearable technology – including LED messages with customers’ flight details – into cabin crew and engineers’ uniforms.The airline is set to trial the new look at the beginning of 2016 to mark its 20th anniversary and to improve communication and passenger safety procedures.         Read: EasyJet reviewThe cabin crew’s uniforms will be fitted with LEDs on the shoulders and illuminated hems to provide additional lighting. There will also be LEDs on the jacket lapels, displaying important information like fight numbers and destinations, and the crew will also have access to in-built microphones.The engineers’ uniforms will have LEDs in the jacket hoods to illuminate work areas, as well as an in-built camera which they can use to take a quick picture and send it over to another engineer for advice or assistance.Engineers’ jackets will also be fitted with an air quality sensor and barometer features to help staff monitor their work environment and create a map of air quality in different cities for passengers’ information.EasyJet staff collaborated with fashion tech company, CuteCircuit, to create the uniforms. The company is used to working with big names of which its list includes U2, Katy Perry and Nicole Scherzinger.Tina Milton, Head of Cabin Crew for easyJet, said: “Our crew’s primary concern is for the safety of all passengers so it is really exciting to be working on this pioneering new technology which could transform the capability of our uniforms, helping crew to be more easily identified in an emergency as well as helping them to provide great service to passengers.”Ian Davies, Engineering Director, added: “With features like the LED hood and video streaming and communications capability these designs offer practical solutions for engineers working on the ramp whilst enhancing safety at the same time.”EasyJet’s first flight went from Luton to Glasgow on November 10, 1995.The airline today flies more than 68 millions passengers to 137 airports in 31 countries and operates a whopping 788 routes across Europe.Today, to mark its 20th birthday, an easyJet plane was plastered with more than 100,000 photographs, largely passengers’ holiday snaps.Easyjet in flight product ratinglast_img read more

Western Flub Stub

first_imgExtolling the virtue of good customer service, Western offered these one-dollar “Flub Stubs” from May 1966 through October 1968. Intended for minor service slip-ups like a reservation agent failing to say “thank you” or being served a stale cup of coffee, these coupons were a noble attempt at pleasing passengers jetting all over the Western United States. During the course of this campaign, Western redeemed approximately 60,000 “Flub Stubs” from more than ten million passengers flown. That computes to one coupon for nearly 200 passengers which is not that bad an average, actually. One can’t help but wonder what those numbers would look like today! Although critics of the program felt that it belittled the true professional quality of a major U.S. airline, the good will and occasional smiles these coupons elicited must have had a positive effect. After all, the program lasted almost two-and-a-half years, and a dollar went much farther in purchasing power back then. How far would airlines go to keep their loyal customers? We’re talking about the first “jet set” passengers when air travel was a very different experience. Western Airlines, dubbed “The ONLY way to fly!” in their clever ads, employed a rather novel approach for anyone less-than-thrilled with a flight. The airline handed-out one dollar coupons on the spot!In the accompanying photo, a handsome “Mad Men”-era business exec is seated between two lovely female passengers – one at the window and one on the aisle of a Western Boeing 720. Obviously, he’s ignoring his seatmates and fuming over not getting his requested window seat. (At least he’s in the bulkhead row!) Would a one-dollar coupon really have assuaged his displeasure? Western’s good-hearted “Flub Stub” campaign was actually part of a major 1960s trend promoting exemplary airline service as seen through the eyes of aforementioned Madison Avenue creative directors. The resultant advertising blitz of that time period was unlike anything ever seen before, and in upcoming stories, we will feature more examples of this ‘hip’ marketing phenomenon as airline travel firmly entered the Jet Age.last_img read more

Bank’s green building looks ahead

first_imgThe eye-catching vertical garden features both indoor and outdoor plants and covers an area of over 300 square metres. The entrance to Nedbank’s Menlyn Maine building is distinguished by the innovative green wall. Recycling stations on all floors encourage staff to think green and care for the environment. In this particular area, the floors are partly made of bamboo. A row of bicycle parking frames stands outside the building, for the use of visitors. There are more such devices in the parking garage, for the convenience of staff.(Images: Janine Erasmus)MEDIA CONTACTS • Tinyiko ChaukeAccount manager, Jenni Newman PR+27 73 395 3987 or +27 11 506 7350• Mpho SebelebeleCommunications manager, NedbankGroup+27 11 294 4274RELATED ARTICLES• Green buildings now the law in SA• Nedbank achieves carbon neutrality• Top green rating for SA building• Sanral unveils green head office• Maropeng sets green standardJanine ErasmusGreen banking group Nedbank, a leader in sustainable business practices, has opened its new green star-rated regional head office in Pretoria.The building is located in Menlyn Maine, the country’s first mixed-use green precinct situated in the thriving suburb of Menlyn Park, east of the Pretoria CBD.While this eco-friendly district comprises office space primarily, there is also provision for hotel and residential properties as well as shopping and dining areas, with green spaces throughout. It’s one of a small number of green cities around the world endorsed for development by the Clinton Climate Initiative.The R350-million Nedbank building is the first to open in Menlyn Maine. Towards the end of 2011 it received a four-star rating from the Green Building Council of South Africa, the body that oversees the transformation of the country’s building sector into a more sustainable industry.The Green Star rating tools are based on the Australian Green Building Council system, which, although it’s not the only system in existence, was the best fit for the local situation.To date, the council has awarded 19 Green Star certifications to 17 buildings around the country. A further 28 buildings are awaiting certification in 2012.Sustainable business practicesThis is the banking giant’s third four-star green building, after its Phase Two head office in Johannesburg and its Ridgeside office development in Umhlanga, north of Durban. Nedbank achieved carbon neutrality in July 2010, the first bank in Africa to reach this milestone.“We’ve refined the green techniques we used in Phase Two,” said Nedbank CEO Mike Brown, “and everything in the building, from the finishes to the furniture, is recyclable, or at least reusable.”Speaking at the opening, green campaigner and long-time Nedbank client Valli Moosa described the office building as an example for others to follow.“In the not too distance future every building will have to be like this one,” he said. “The legislation is coming.”A qualified mathematician, Moosa enjoyed a successful political career but is also well known as a steadfast environmental champion. A former president of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, he’s currently the chairperson of the World Wide Fund for Nature, South Africa.Nedbank believes that happier, healthier staff makes for a more productive working environment, and the bank’s 16 rental premises scattered across Pretoria have now consolidated into one building, which will not only lower its carbon footprint but will result in more streamlined and efficient business practices.Over 1 000 employees from the private, individual and business banking, capital, corporate and wealth divisions will occupy the new building, with the last group due to move in towards the end of July.The higher-than-normal cost of the building will be recouped through lower maintenance and operational costs, said Deon Minnie, Nedbank’s head of workspace planning. Once the final group of employees moved in, the process of establishing a benchmark, against which costs could be measured in future, would begin, he added.Green in colour, green in deedThe Nedbank building features some striking eco-friendly elements across its 16 000-odd square metres of floor space, spread over four basement levels and five above-ground floors.In the parking garage, 32 bays are reserved for hybrid vehicles or car pools, giving these fuel-efficient transport systems preferential placing. The same number of bays is reserved for motorised two-wheelers while cyclists have even more facilities. There are 53 bicycle parking frames in the basement, with male and female showers close by. Outside, there are 17 bicycle frames for clients.“The cycling facilities are based on the population of the building,” explained Gerhard Boer of Boogertman and Partners, the architects responsible for the building’s conception. “Use of cycles is strongly encouraged here.”Also in the basement are a rainwater filtering system, 100 000 litres of water storage for the fire system, and a number of thermal energy storage tanks, which collect chilled water during off-peak hours and help to reduce the load on the rooftop air-conditioning plant during busy periods.The rainwater filters purify collected water that descends to the basement via gravity and is then pumped to storage tanks on the roof, said Boer. Two 10 000l tanks hold water for the toilets and irrigation respectively, and a 25 000l tank which holds municipal water is used for normal hygiene and consumption.Moving up, the wooden floors and the staircases inside the building are made from bamboo, a highly sustainable grass that grows quickly enough to replenish itself without causing a shortage of material.But even before entering, the presence of a 17m vertical garden by the main entrance indicates the building’s uniqueness. Covering over 300 square metres, it supports 14 different plants and was planted to the specifications of a landscape architect. The garden is bisected by the wall, so that half of it is inside and half outside. Water is introduced at the top, trickles down naturally and is then taken to the top again.In the office spaces, recycle points on each floor minimise wastage of plastics, tins and paper.“We took away the office dustbins,” said Minnie, “to encourage people to get into the habit of recycling, and to get them moving as they head to the bins and back to their desks.”Material is processed in a dedicated recycling plant, also located in the basement.Other features include recycled plastic carpets with a grassy look and feel in recreational areas, intelligent lighting that switches on when a room is entered and adjusts according to the brightness of external light, and air quality monitoring systems that automatically deliver fresh air without resorting to mechanical air conditioning.last_img read more