West Ham boss Sam Allardyce rued his side’s missed chances in the 1-1 draw at home to QPR.The hosts dominated the game but needed Joe Cole’s second-half equaliser to secure a point.Allardyce said: “Obviously it [missing chances] has unfortunately been our Achilles heel in recent weeks – more so away from home in fairness.“We’re looking dejected, almost like we’ve lost, in the dressing room because we haven’t won the game.“We couldn’t have created more opportunities to score more goals. However dominant we were in terms of stats, the one thing that matters is the score and that’s 1-1.“We have to be massively frustrated and disappointed we haven’t made that performance into three points.“It’s been a frustrating day for us but if you play like that you’ll win more than you don’t, believe me.”See also:’I don’t give a monkey’s’ – Harry hits back at West Ham fansRemy scores but Cole denies 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
The African Media Centre will providejournalists with all the equipment theyneed to produce quality content aboutSouth Africa.(Image: stock.xchng) The centre can accommodate brainstormingsessions, workshops, research, trainingsessions, listening sessions, webcasting,product launches and more.(Image: image library) MEDIA CONTACTS • Rami NhlapoPublicity manager, JT Communications+27 11 788 7631/2RELATED ARTICLES• Africa’s new voice • Boosting African journalism• Media awards for SA women• Broadband centre opens in SAJanine ErasmusThe newly launched JT Comms African Media Hub, located in Johannesburg, aims to boost the international profile of African arts and culture while providing a welcoming space for media professionals to work and network.Although the facility is tailored for those from the cultural industries, it’s also open to journalists and businesspeople from all other sectors.Centrally located in the quiet suburb of Craighall, in the north of Johannesburg, the multi-purpose media centre provides facilities for meetings, holding press conferences, conducting television and radio interviews and wirelessly filing completed stories.It’s also equipped for brainstorming sessions, holding workshops and conducting research, training sessions, listening sessions, webcasting, product launches and more.The centre, which is still in the last stages of being fitted with infrastructure and equipment, is a long-time vision of communications specialist Vanessa Perumal, co-partner in the wholly black- and female-owned JT Communication Solutions.“I travelled to Germany with the South African delegation that brought the Fifa World Cup here,” said Perumal, “and there I had a chance to see the German media centre, and to experience how well it worked”.Back in South Africa she was struck by the fact that there was no equivalent facility available here. Deciding not to wait until somebody else came up with the idea, and with the famous Gandhi quote – “Be the change you want to see in the world” – in her mind, she resolved to do something about it.“I want this place to be a physical hub where journalists from all over the world can feel comfortable,” she said, “and where African journalists can tell our stories our way.”The African press has long lamented the fact that overseas media houses tend to portray a very bleak picture of Africa to the world, focusing on dark and depressing topics and overlooking the many positive stories that emerge from the continent every day.Other initiatives such as the A24 media channel, launched in mid-2008 by veteran media entrepreneur Salim Amin, are planning to redress that situation.If South Africa and other African countries want to endure on the global arts stage, added Perumal, they must capture the essence of all that is good about their cultural industries, and ensure that the rest of the world knows about it.Global exposurePerumal explained that her hope was to give journalists a convenient and comfortable place to be productive, so that they would feel inspired to produce more substantial content about South Africa and the rest of the continent. The result would be more global exposure for South African and African culture.The multi-purpose media centre is equipped for brainstorming sessions, holding workshops and conducting research, training sessions, listening sessions, webcasting, product launches, and more.The centre’s launch, held in late September 2009, was attended by the local and international media community as well as local arts stalwarts such as renowned mezzo-soprano Sibongile Khumalo, poet Lebo Mashile, and storyteller Gcina Mhlophe.CEO of the Southern African Music Rights Organisation (Samro) Nick Motsatse delivered the keynote speech, and Tawana Kupe, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities at the University of the Witwatersrand, commented in his address that the innovative hub was just what the media and arts on the continent needed.Connecting with AfricaOne of the centre’s first projects was the African Arts in Dialogue, a public symposium held on 23 September 2009.Local arts academics and writers met with a delegation of cultural journalists from Senegal, Cameroon, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, to discuss ways to promote African arts on the world stage. The international contingent was also present at the media centre launch.This important task can only be achieved through communication and better understanding between local cultural journalists and their colleagues in other parts of the continent.Among the visitors – who represented film, radio, television and print genres – were Senegalese radio journalist and jazz enthusiast Michael Soumah, Cameroonian film critic Telesphore Mba Bizo, journalist and artist John Owoo from Ghana, and Kenyan writer Joseph Ngunjiri.The gathering took place at Samro’s offices. Samro is the body that administers music public performance rights in Southern Africa, and was a partner in the symposium, along with African Synergy, Marimba Media and the JT Comms media hub.Queries or comments? Contact Janine Erasmus at [email protected]
19 May 2014South African President Jacob Zuma was among the first world leaders to offer congratulations and good wishes to Indian Prime Minister-elect Narendra Modi for his party’s sweeping victory in India’s general elections.“With India under the leadership of Mr Modi, the government of South Africa looks forward to consolidating the strong bilateral political and economic relations that exist between our two sister Republics,” Zuma said in a statement on Saturday.Results released on Friday showed that Modi’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had swept aside the long-dominant Congress party in India’s most decisive poll result in three decades, winning 282 seats to Congress’s 44 in the 543-strong Lok Sabha, or lower house of Parliament.Zuma paid tribute to outgoing Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for his “progressive leadership” of India, noting that Singh had played a vital role in consolidating relations between South Africa and India.South Africa and India already enjoy strong historical relations that have been formalized through various bilateral and multilateral mechanisms. The two countries are both members of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa), IBSA (India, Brazil, South Africa) and G20 groupings.Source: SAnews.gov
Although EPA’s criteria for WaterSense labeled new homes were only recently released, custom and production builders from Georgia to Arizona, from Montana to Hawaii, are signing up. With typical overall water savings of more than 20 percent compared to other homes, WaterSense homes are just that—sensible.A custom builder (and remodeler) perspective“Water is the next big issue,” says Bill Christopher, Secretary/Treasurer of ILM Design and Build, Inc in Wilmington, North Carolina. “While the energy issue is sucking the air out of the room—and there is nothing really wrong with that—we should be paying just as much attention to water.”Bill and his business partner, Matt Hosner, took a look at the specification for WaterSense labeled new homes and decided to do a field test of the specs on a LEED¯ for Homes Platinum gut rehab project, 3404 Talon Court, which they recently completed. They learned three things:1. They were already including most elements of the WaterSense new homes specification.2. The WaterSense criteria they were not already implementing were good ideas without a huge price tag. “A lot of this has to do with our commitment to USGBC’s LEED for Homes,” says Bill. “There is a pretty good fit between the two.”3. According to EPA, gut rehabs can qualify as WaterSense-labeled homes.Bill also likes how WaterSense content and marketing approaches are a lot like the Department of Energy and EPA’s ENERGY STAR¯ for New Homes. “WaterSense has the same flavor as ENERGY STAR. I hope that it develops the same kind of muscle; it sure deserves it.”ILM Design and Build’s first WaterSense labeled new home will be the Ferguson residence, a 2700 square foot home on a half acre lot at Lauralis Bluff, scheduled to break ground sometime in June.[NOTE: we will be spending more time on ILM’s approach to WaterSense—from toilet selection to their rainwater harvesting—in future blogs; stay tuned.]A production homebuilder perspectiveThe first national production builder in the country to sign on to EPA’s WaterSense program in a commitment to build WaterSense labeled new homes is KB Home based out of Los Angeles, California. Craig LeMessurier, Director of Corporate Communications for KB Home, explains why KB Home made this move.“There are really two reasons we moved quickly to join WaterSense. First, our customer surveys show buyers want to reduce their carbon footprint AND their operating expenses. Second, our biggest competition is resale of existing homes; WaterSense is a huge differentiator for our company in the marketplace. It builds nicely on our 2009 commitment to build all of our homes to ENERGY STAR.”KB Home has spent the last several months prepping for WaterSense. “We have already set up several mock inspections and our WaterSense service providers gave valuable feedback that will help us align our homes to the WaterSense for New Homes program; but they all went smoothly.”LeMessurier feels that KB Home’s Built to Orderâ„¢ approach and My Home. My Earth.â„¢ Program make the move to WaterSense easier for his company and his customers. LeMessurier went on to say that finding a single provider for one-point coordination of quality assurance across several programs in all of their markets may be an issue.When I asked LeMessurier how KB Home will get started on WaterSense, he replied, “KB Home plans to pilot this program in several markets with some WaterSense communities opening mid to late summer.”We will be checking back with KB Home during the course of the summer. In the meantime, it seems as though WaterSense labeled new homes are a wave that any builder ought to catch.