Franschoek’s Tasting Room at Le Quartier Français took South Africa’s top gastronomic honour after being named as the Eat Out Restaurant of the Year for 2007, while George Jardine of Jardine Restaurant in Cape Town retained his Chef of the Year award.The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Français also won the Eat Out Service Award, while South African food and wine journalist Jos Baker received the Eat Out Lifetime Achievement Award for her “exceptional experience and rare integrity”.In addition, talented aspirant chef Simpiwe Siyata was awarded with the Woolworths Taste Bursary Award.The glamorous Cirque Culinaire-themed 2007 awards ceremony, which took place at The Bay Hotel in Camps Bay on 25 November, was described as an event at which to celebrate and pay tribute to the top “foodie talent” in the country.The Top 10 were chosen by judges Peter Goffe-Wood, Letitia Prinsloo and Arnold Tanzer and Dario Di’ Angeli.According to Eat Out, their judges are experts in the field who know what the culinary buzz is at any given time, while their restaurant critics follow a set list of criteria when eating out and reviewing a restaurant.“In fact, we are the first and only magazine guide in South Africa to introduce this set criteria for our connoisseurs in the field to follow – which we put together will the full approval of our judges,” Eat Out states.Eat Out top ten 2007:Tasting Room at Le Quartier Français, Franschoek (chef: Margot Janse)Jardine, Cape Town (chef: George Jardine)Aubergine, Cape Town (chef: Harald Bresselschmidt)Bread & Wine, Franschoek (chef: Neil Jewell)Grande Provence, Franschoek (chef: Peter Tempelhoff)Ginja, Cape Town (chef: Mike Bassett)Roots, Kromdraai (chef: Philippe Wagenfuhrer)The Showroom, Cape Town (chef: Bruce Robertson)Linger Longer, Johannesburg (chef: Walter Ulz)9th Avenue Bistro, Durban (chef: Carly Goncalves)SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
24 February 2014 There are plenty of statistics in cricket. One thing that cannot be quantified, however, is character, but there was plenty of it on show in the second test in Port Elizabeth as South Africa thrashed Australia by 231 runs in four days to reverse a massive defeat in the first test. Graeme Smith and company are the world’s number one ranked team, but some had questioned their position after the Aussies, fresh off a 5-0 whitewash of England, had crushed the Proteas by 281 runs in Centurion. At St George’s Park starting last Thursday, South Africa completely turned the tables.Stunning victory It was a stunning victory for other reasons too. Before the game, the Proteas were forced into a number of changes, with Ryan McLaren missing out with a concussion and Alviro Petersen being ruled out because of illness. Then, early in the game, Wayne Parnell suffered an injury, thus removing one of the South Africans’ front-line bowlers from their attack. Still, they found a way to win. On the first day the pitch appeared slow and low, and scoring was difficult. The big question was how was either of the teams going to take 20 wickets to win the match. Then, on Sunday, having set Australia 448 for victory, the Aussies cruised to 126 without loss before losing their 10 wickets for the addition of only 90 runs. It was an incredible turnaround, spearheaded by Dale Steyn, who bowled superbly when the ball started to reverse swing. His two dismissals of Brad Haddin, almost carbon copies of one another, were brilliant examples of reverse swing, with Steyn sending the wicketkeeper’s middle stump cartwheeling on both occasions.Happy captain “We always know that Dale is one spell away from being able to create something for us and it’s nice to know you have people in your team like that,” Proteas captain Graeme Smith said at a post-match press conference. “The intensity we showed in both innings with the ball was impressive. On a wicket that probably didn’t offer that match, we worked hard at getting reverse swing and the bowlers responded.” Looking back on his side’s reversal of fortune, Smith added: “The week building up [to the second test] was a tough week for us. We needed to be smart. We needed to be clinical. We needed to have good ideas of how we were going to respond. “I don’t think many teams would have been able to respond like we did to the defeat we faced in Pretoria, and I’ve seen some terrific victories from this team and nine wickets in a session is really something special.”Questions answered In Port Elizabeth, a number of South African players whose form had been questioned answered their critics in style. JP Duminy, whose batting had come under the spotlight, notched his third test century and claimed two important wickets, including the one that set the Australian slide on its way in the second innings. He won the man of the match award, while Hashim Amla, who by his own standards had been strangely quiet against India and in the first test against the Australians, followed up a first innings duck with an unbeaten 127 second time out. Dean Elgar, who replaced Alviro Petersen at the top of the order, played a very important knock of 83 in South Africa’s first innings and did a fine job sharing the spinning duties with Duminy.Torrid form AB de Villiers continued his run of form with an assured first innings century, while Vernon Philander and Morne Morkel, who bowled as fast as he ever has, sometimes topping 150 km/h, both made telling contributions to the South African victory. As good as the Australians were at SuperSport Park, their performance in Port Elizabeth was sub-standard. Off-spinner Nathan Lyon was solid in South Africa’s first innings, sending down a mammoth 46 overs and picking up 5 for 130. On the batting side of things, David Warner sparkled with 70 and 66, although his efforts were helped by some poor South African catching, while fellow opener Chris Rogers stood firm while the Aussies’ second innings crumbled, scoring 107 out of their innings of 216, which also included 21 extras.Outplayed There was little else to enthuse about for the Australians and captain Michael Clarke, with typical forthrightness, admitted after the match that they had been outplayed in all three facets of the game. Outplayed they might have been, but the third test is a new game and if any other team besides South Africa is capable of dramatically reversing their fortunes, it is Australia. That’s what makes the forthcoming showdown such an exciting prospect for cricket fans. The third and final test takes place at Newlands in Cape Town, starting on Saturday, 1 March. The eyes of the cricket world will be watching.
What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology There are those old-fashioned folks who still prefer to talk by phone, believing that “synchronous audio communication” is sometimes better than email or even – gasp – Twitter. The problem is cost, particularly for those not tethered to a land line or a laptop with Skype. Paying for 1,000 cell phone minutes per month is not exactly recession-friendly. So, is there an alternative to jail-breaking your iPhone or waiting for Apple and AT&T to file for divorce? Yes, there is, and I have been using it for a couple of months now in three different countries, and it works a treat. Here is my user report.What T-Mobile OffersLimited choice of mobile phones. I chose the BlackBerry, because I’m used to it. No, T-Mobile doesn’t offer the iPhone!Wi-Fi phone and data on your mobile. This is the interesting bit. Basically, wherever you have Wi-Fi, you will have free minutes.GPRS, which is what you would use if you don’t have access to Wi-Fi.Wi-Fi land line. This looks like an ordinary phone but connects to your high-speed line as a VoIP phone. Other companies offer this, but getting the whole bundle from your cell phone provider is pretty cool.My ExperienceFirst, no disclosure needed. I bought this at a regular T-Mobile store and paid the regular listed price. This was not a journalism assignment.Here are the key points:I’ve reduced my cell phone minutes dramatically… as in, cut them in half.Most of my calls are from the office, home and other locations that I visit regularly. The phone picks those up regularly. For example, when I get home, the phone says “Home” (it says “T-Mobile” when I am in cell phone mode). That’s it. Nothing else to do. Just make (free) calls.Call quality is mostly fine. If you see three Wi-Fi bars or fewer, it’s a bit flaky. You’ll hear voices in slow motion, like a tape winding doooown.Push email comes through fine. This matters for when you are out of the country. You will still get email without having to sign up for an expensive international plan. You are not 100% always on, as you are with GPRS, but for many people who travel, it’s good enough. If not, just pay for the international plan.It’s amazing how many places I found in my test across Switzerland, France, and America that have open Wi-Fi access. I just hit “Scan for networks” on my BlackBerry, and there they are. Note: I’m writing this in Herald Square, New York City, with three open Wi-Fi bars on my BlackBerry. Hm, who shall I call?Industry ImplicationsThe implications are practical mainstream stuff and carry a very simple message for consumers: save money.It shows that big companies can innovate and are not always afraid to disrupt their own cash cows in their quest for more market share. Kudos to T-Mobile.This will make Apple even keener to dump AT&T as soon as possible.This puts pressure on Skype to deliver a practical, simple device for mobile phones. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts Tags:#mobile#web Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces bernard lunn
Residential PACE (property assessed clean energy), an innovative solution for financing energy efficiency and renewable energy projects, is being led by a set of industry mavens seeking to realize the promise of this public–private partnership. Specifically, industry stakeholders have come together to create a set of consumer protection standards that ensure that homeowners reap the full benefits of PACE while safeguarding against predatory behavior in this nascent market.The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has recently published new program guidelines that further codify such standards. The path to these policies, and the risks they mitigate, are outlined in Rocky Mountain Institute’s new insight brief, Driving Growth and Mitigating Risk: Standards for Residential PACE Programs. Why PACE?PACE helps homeowners overcome two major barriers to financing home energy performance improvement: first, the availability of up-front capital to pay for efficiency measures (such as lighting, HVAC upgrades, or the installation of a photovoltaic system); and second, the uncertainty of payback on such measures (given that the average U.S. homeowner owns their home for 15 years, according to the U.S. Federal Reserve). PACE and the need for consumer protectionAs the market for PACE financing grows, the local governments that authorize it and the private companies that typically provide it are focused on protecting consumers, who most often learn about PACE from an HVAC, roofing, window, solar, or other installer of PACE-eligible measures.“We continue to hear concerns about whether or not homeowners will get in over their heads with PACE loans — similar to how they can with a credit card,” said Martha Campbell, a manager with Rocky Mountain Institute’s Buildings program. “What consumer protections do is prevent homeowners from over-leveraging their property, and help ensure that the homeowner will be able to make the additional payments without putting their commitments to their other financial obligations at risk.”Because PACE projects can be such a substantial commitment for homeowners, it’s incumbent on all parties involved in a PACE-funded project to follow the highest standards of consumer protection to ensure the best outcomes. This is especially true because PACE impacts local governments that sponsor programs, homeowners, and — in most cases — an existing mortgage lender. Putting protections in placeWith the continued momentum and expansion of PACE, parties at the state and national levels have taken the initiative to set and implement best-in-class consumer protection guidelines. The DOE’s “Guidelines for Pilot PACE Financing Programs” served as the basis for early best practices established in 2014 by PACENation, an organization focused on promoting PACE by providing leadership and support to a growing member base (then operating as PACENow).In August 2015, President Obama committed the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Federal Housing Administration (HUD/FHA) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to provide guidance on critical design elements for residential PACE programs. The FHA released its Mortgagee Letter in July 2016, which sent a strong message that helps solidify the nature of PACE liens in relation to first mortgages — a contentious issue that had impeded broader adoption and scaling of residential PACE across the country.PACENation, in collaboration with industry leaders, developed and released Consumer Protection Policies Version 1.0 earlier this year. The policies were adopted by the California Statewide Communities Development Authority and the Western Riverside Council of Governments — both of which heavily informed California’s PACE policies — and now serve as an industry standard.“The industry needs to be aware that consumer protection standards that work already exist,” said Campbell. “More and more states will consider residential PACE thanks to increased DOE support and new Federal Housing Administration guidelines, which can benefit from clarity around what risks these standards can mitigate in the market. Driving consensus on best-in-class guidelines can improve confidence and inject more capital into programs.”Today, more consistent consumer protection standards upheld across local communities and states will help ensure the successful growth and scaling of residential PACE programs, while protecting the integrity of PACE as a public–private partnership. Standardization of operations across jurisdictional boundaries will reduce the need for customization and enable consistency, which will allow PACE programs to continue to streamline their operations, and thus provide lower costs to participating homeowners.RMI and PACENation’s newly published insight brief builds on past successes to detail a set of perceived risks around PACE, and how they can be managed through consumer protection policies.“We applaud the efforts of PACE industry stakeholders in developing robust program guidelines and independent audit processes, and support the industry’s goal for these guidelines to be the standard across state and local governments,” said Campbell. “Thanks to early leaders, we have a toolkit that can enable the standardization and coordination necessary to enable PACE financing to gain traction nationally.” In states with active residential PACE programs, homeowners can finance 100% of project costs. Loans are repaid for up to 20 years by means of an assessment added to the property tax bill, meaning that PACE financing stays with the building upon sale and can be transferred from one owner to the next. Some PACE providers offer financing for up to 30 years, constrained by the expectant life span of financed projects.Since the DOE’s issuance of the “Guidelines for Pilot PACE Financing Programs” in 2010, 31 states have passed PACE-enabling legislation, and the number of states with active PACE programs (commercial and residential) has grown to 16 (as of July 2016). A Bipartisan Team Pitches a PACE RevivalScenes from PACE v. Fannie and FreddieThe Uneven Burden of Energy Costs Transforming Stimulus-Funded Weatherization into a National IndustryA PACE Approach to Commercial RetrofitsInnovative Financing for Energy Improvements RELATED ARTICLES Kelly Vaughn is the marketing manager at the Rocky Mountain Institute, where this blog was originally published.
YouTube/Jim HarbaughThe war of words between Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh and the SEC continues. After Jim Harbaugh blatantly subtweeted about the SEC “whining” over his upcoming spring football team trip to IMG Academy, the conference’s commissioner Greg Sankey has responded. From AL.com:“I’m not going to reduce what is an important conversation to some childhood use of Twitter,” he said. “This is an important issue.”It doesn’t sound like the SEC will be able to block Harbaugh from doing what he wants this spring, so he’ll win this round. Even if the conference successfully changes spring football rules, Harbaugh’s not going to stop pushing the boundaries, no matter what schools and leagues it annoys.[AL.com]
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WASHINGTON – Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Thursday the initial request for use of a government plane for his European trip last month was about national security and not his own personal convenience on his honeymoon.Mnuchin said as a member of the president’s National Security Council he needed a secure communication link with Washington and his staff put in a request for use of an Air Force jet for his honeymoon trip with his wife Louise Linton to Scotland, France and Italy.But he said it was just an option being explored and once it became clear he could obtain secure communications links without a government plane, the request was withdrawn.“Let me just set the record straight. First of all, the government never paid for any of my personal travel,” Mnuchin said at a conference sponsored by Politico. “This had nothing to do with convenience. This was purely about national security.”Mnuchin denied reports that he and his wife used a government plane to travel to Kentucky so they could view last month’s solar eclipse. He said the trip had originally been scheduled for a different time and added that he was not very interested in the celestial spectacle in the first place.“You know, people in Kentucky took this stuff very serious,” he told the conference. “Being a New Yorker and (living for a time in) California, I was like, the eclipse? Really? I don’t have any interest in watching the eclipse.”He did view the event with Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell as part of a visit to Fort Knox, where the nation has $200 billion worth of gold stored. He said he scrapped a staff plan to view it from the roof of a building at Fort Knox and instead looked at it briefly from the ground using a pair of eclipse glasses that someone handed him.Asked by the moderator if it was an “eclipse boondoggle,” Mnuchin said, “We went to see For Knox …. Fort Knox is a symbol of the economic might of our country.”President Donald Trump said he had “total confidence” in his Treasury secretary.“I have known him a very long time,” Trump told reporters on Air Force One after viewing hurricane damage in Florida. “He is a very straight shooter …. He’s a very honourable man.”Treasury’s Office of Inspector General, however, confirmed Thursday that it was looking into “all requests for and use of government aircraft” at Treasury.The Kentucky trip sparked controversy after Mnuchin’s wife posted a photo on Instagram that showed Mnuchin and Linton stepping off the government jet. In her post, Linton included hashtags of various luxury designers she was wearing, which prompted criticism from an Oregon mother of three who wrote “glad we could pay for your little getaway.”“Pretty sure the amount we sacrifice per year is a lot more than you’d be willing to sacrifice if the choice was yours,” Linton wrote back.Linton later apologized for her comments.Treasury secretaries in the past have flown commercial on domestic trips but have used Air Force jets on official travel overseas.___This story has been updated to correct the spelling of Linton’s first name. It’s Louise, not Louis.
OTTAWA – The upcoming federal budget will include a five-week, use-it-or-lose-it incentive for new dads to take parental leave and share the responsibilities of raising their young child, The Canadian Press has learned.In recent days, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has mused about just such an additional parental leave for the second parent.The goal behind the measure — to be included in Tuesday’s budget — is to give parents more incentive to share child-rearing responsibilities so that new moms can more easily enter the workforce, said a government official, speaking on condition of anonymity because the budget details have yet to be made public.The government has been under increasing pressure from advocates to make further changes to Canada’s parental leave policies.Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s budget is expected to have a strong focus on gender equality and on finding new ways to help more women enter the workforce — not only as a matter of fairness, but also as a way to bolster the entire economy.A recently released briefing note prepared for Morneau said Canadian women with children are less involved in the labour market than their counterparts in many of the industrialized countries in the OECD.In general, the participation rate of women in Canada’s job market is largely unchanged from where it was in the early 2000s, said the memo, obtained by The Canadian Press under the Access to Information Act.The idea of parental leave for a second parent would be similar to a policy in Quebec, which is the only province that pays for leave for new fathers. Quebec’s system provides up to five weeks of paid leave to new fathers and covers up to 70 per cent of their income.The Liberals have heard from experts that the popular program in Quebec should be replicated at the federal level.They’ve also been urged to raise the value of benefits paid out for parents who opt for an 18-month parental leave, and to provide low-income families with access to a six-month leave option with a higher rate of income replacement.Some have also recommended making leaves available to people who aren’t considered a primary caregiver, such as a grandparent.Earlier this week, Trudeau said making it easier for fathers to take time off to care for a newborn would help remove workforce barriers for women that are created by the expectation that they should take on the primary child-rearing role.There is anecdotal evidence that women who are of child-bearing age or are pregnant are passed over for jobs or promotions, even though such actions are prohibited under the Canadian Human Rights Act.Trudeau, who was speaking at a forum in Ahmedabad, India, said his government would consider parental-leave changes, specifically “leave that can only be taken by the second parent, in most cases the father.” He said it would be “a use-it-or-lose-it” model.The prime minister also suggested the leave could include, for instance, a partner in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transge+nder relationships.“Whatever format you have, that path is removing some of the barriers and the obligations and the expectations that hold women back in the workforce, so there are a lot of things to do,” he said.Trudeau’s government has been paying closer attention to parental leave options since some of their earlier changes received a cool welcome late last year.Under rules that came into effect in December, new parents can spread 12 months of employment insurance benefits over 18 months, even though experts, labour and business groups expressed concern the program would only benefit families with higher incomes.Last year’s budget pegged the cost of the measure at $152 million over five years and $27.5 million a year afterwards.An analysis of recently released census data by the Vanier Institute of the Family found fathers are increasingly taking more time off after the birth of a child. In a report last month, the institute found 30 per cent of new fathers in 2016 reported they took, or intended to take, parental leave, up from three per cent in 2000.Much of the national increase was due to Quebec’s program. In that province, 80 per cent of fathers claimed or planned to take parental leave in 2016, almost triple the 28 per cent recorded in 2005.Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter
MEXICO CITY — Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador says he hopes to negotiate more U.S. work visas for Mexicans and Central Americans.Lopez Obrador said relations with the U.S. government are good. In his words, “This new relationship with the U.S. government is on the right track.”His comments came one day after the administration of President Donald Trump pledged $4.8 billion in development projects for southern Mexico and $5.8 for the Central American nations of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.Lopez Obrador said Wednesday that his government wants “the United States to also give work visas for Mexico and to increase the number of visas, and that there also be work visas for Central Americans.”The United States currently offers a limited number of H-2A agricultural work visas.The Associated Press
“Today, the Liberals members of the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-food blocked opposition attempts to get answers on the Canada-China trade dispute. It is now crystal clear that the Liberals do not have a plan to restore Canadian canola exports to China.”According to the Conservatives, canola growers are getting extremely concerned about the embargo on canola and are worried about how this will affect them.“Conservatives have heard from canola growers loud and clear. They are extremely concerned that if the Chinese government’s trade embargo is not lifted, there will be massive ramifications on their families and well-being.”The Conservatives are calling on the Liberal Government to do the right thing and take action on this file before further damage is done to the Canadian canola market. OTTAWA, O.N. – The Federal Conservatives have put out a release claiming that the Liberals are failing to be transparent with canola farmers.Luc Berthold, Shadow Minister for Agriculture and Agri-food, and Randy Hoback, Deputy Shadow Minister for International Trade, say the Liberals are blocking opposition attempts to get answers on the Canada-China trade dispute.The Conservatives also feel that the Liberals have no plans on restoring exports to China.