NBA GMs believe in Curry, Green but don’t think Warriors can win title

first_imgNBA general managers may not think the Warriors are a real threat to win a championship this season, but they’re still big believers in Stephen Curry and Draymond Green.The league’s top decision-makers are calling Curry the best point guard and best pure shooter, while Green was named the most versatile defender and the NBA’s second-toughest player.With Kevin Durant gone and no Klay Thompson for at least half the season, like many fans and league observers, the men actually running NBA …last_img read more

Moratorium on new mining rights lifted

first_img20 April 2011 South Africa’s Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu has announced the lifting of the country’s moratorium on new mining rights applications. The minister imposed the moratorium at the beginning of September last year in order to allow the department to conduct a full audit of all mining and prospecting licences granted since 2004. The moratorium for the Mpumalanga region has been extended to 30 September 2011. Addressing journalists in Pretoria on Tuesday, Shabangu explained that the moratorium was to help in streamlining administrative processes. “The moratorium and audits were not targeted at any particular catergory of the mining industry,” she said. “As a ministry, we did not go out on a limb in a bid to target black economic empowerment entities, we aimed our arrows at all the rights holders.” During the period of the moratorium, the department conducted inspections of all mining sites. A total of 3 266 inspections were conducted, and a total of 713 statutory notices were issued to non-compliant rights holders. “These rights holders are being given an opportunity to rectify cases of non-compliance,” Shabangu said. With the lifting of the moratorium, new applications can now be lodged online. This, according to Shabangu, will reduce incidences of fraud and corruption. Over 400 new applications were lodged on Tuesday after the moratorium was lifted. Shabangu said that the online application system would reject incomplete or non-compliant applications and that there would be fewer people involved in processing the applications. According to the department, the new system would ensure accountability, efficiency and transparency, and address overlaps on properties applied for. With regard to new mining applications, Shabangu said the first come, first served principle would apply to the allocation of new rights. “The bidding system that is provided for in the [Mining Rights] Act will be put in place, which will be applicable to all rights that are granted, issued, expired, revoked and abandoned,” Shabangu said. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

A New Way to Train Home Performance Specialists

first_imgEnergyLogic says that its web-based training for home performance pros is a switch from conventional classroom and online training methods and an alternative to the “death-by-PowerPoint” approach to education.The free training program is designed for energy raters, remodelers, and home performance specialists. According to its developers, Game of Homes applies “gaming designs and concepts to learning scenarios that are interactive, engaging and entertaining.”Matt Thornberry, EnergyLogic’s training and education manager, said that training is crucial to the success of the building science industry, but conventional presentations and lectures are boring. Game of Homes users learn by reacting to online scenarios developed from situations that inspectors have faced in the field.Users will have to register at the Game of Homes website but because of donations from corporate sponsors (including Owens Corning), players won’t have to pay for the training.Game of Homes users can earn continuing education credits for programs such as the Residential Energy Services Network and the Building Performance Institute.last_img read more