South Africa’s new plug standard explained

first_img22 August 2016South Africa’s current triangular electrical plug/socket standard is set to be replaced over the next 10 to 50 years with a more effective and safer hexagonal plug, according to the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS).SouthAfrica’s new proposed ZA Plug socket standard explained. (Infographic: MyBroadband https://t.co/W1qL8Jw9HZ) pic.twitter.com/NZvyXpItX7— CDAnderson (@bizarrojerri) August 18,2016Called the SANS 164–2 or ZA Plug, the new standard looks similar to the commonly used two-point Europlug standard, used on most cell phone chargers and small appliances. The ZA Plug incorporates an additional third ‘earth’ pin in the design. The new design’s socket will be able to accommodate the two-point Europlug.While the adoption of the ZA Plug is relatively new, the standard is more than a decade old, having been developed as a global plug and socket standard by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) since 1986. However, South Africa and Brazil are currently the only countries intent on adopting this new standard.The new design has been adopted by the SABS as “preferred configuration for new installations” since 2013. As more commercial manufacturers begin to embrace the new design into their products, an awareness campaign to highlight the conversion to ZA Plug has now been intensified.In 2014, following the first details of the new standard, South African consumers expressed concern that replacing existing power supply points and appliances plugs would happen immediately and would be costly.However, according to a statement released by SABS recently, the roll-out of the new standard would be gradual and South Africans would be free to still use the old standard, stating that the implementation of a new standard could take “[up to] 50 years”.The statement also reiterated that the ZA Plug will be safer and more cost- effective as it continues towards full integration.The Electrical Contractors’ Association of South Africa (ECASA) say the conversion may eventually lead to the demise of multi-format plug adaptors and therefore make appliances more stable and safer. The organisation has stated that amendments to its Wiring Code will include that “all socket outlets (will) incorporate at least one socket complying to the dimensions of SANS 164–2, effective from March 2018”.Four reasons why the ZA Plug is better than the standard plug system, according to My Broadband website.Compatibility. Cell phone chargers and devices using Europlugs will be able to fit the ZA Plug socket, more directly to the power source, without the need for an adaptor.Expansive. Current triangular three-prong wall sockets can only securely accommodate two plug outlets. The smaller ZA Plug format can safely have up to four outlets per wall mounted socket, doing away with the need for multi-plug adaptor strips.Safer. The ZA Plug socket uses smaller holes, so no fingers or small objects can be inserted.Smaller. The ZA Plug is smaller and less bulky than the standard triangular three-prong plug, taking up less space and weight in transporting appliances.Source: My BroadbandWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SouthAfrica.info materiallast_img read more

Tips for navigating National Convention

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Jessica Mozo, National FFA Convention and ExpoHeading to the 92nd National FFA Convention & Expo in October? Make sure you’re aware of the following changes to this year’s events and make the most of your time in Indy.Arena sessions will move to Lucas Oil Stadium. One of the major changes for 2019 is that all sessions, including opening sessions, general sessions and the American FFA Degree Ceremony will be held at Lucas Oil Stadium. This move creates even more seating for convention attendees. Two opening sessions will take place on Wednesday afternoon (session 1A) and Thursday morning (session 1B). Find a complete session schedule at convention.ffa.org and on the mobile app.Concerts will move to Bankers Life Fieldhouse. In 2019, the National FFA Convention & Expo will include two concerts, which will take place at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Wednesday and Thursday evenings. You must have your Ticketmaster ticket and your convention name badge to enter the concerts.Concert and rodeo tickets are sold through Ticketmaster. You’ll be able to purchase tickets to concerts and rodeos on a private FFA Ticketmaster page. You must be a registered convention attendee to gain access to the private purchasing site. Purchasing information will be included in your registration confirmation. Again, you must bring both your Ticketmaster ticket and convention name badge to enter concerts and rodeos.On-site registration will move from Hall K to Hall B at the Indiana Convention Center. On-site registration in Hall B will now be located right next to the FFA Shopping Mall in Halls C, D and E. The best part? You can now access the shopping mall during open hours without your convention name badge.Prepaid passes will make parking a breeze. This year, you can purchase prepaid four-day or five-day parking passes for all vehicles, buses and motorcoaches directly through FFA parking partners. Links to purchase parking based on your vehicle or bus type will be provided when registration opens Sept. 10. No parking passes will be sold on-site during convention registration.Use Convention.FFA.org to plan meals, attraction visits and more. Need help planning a dinner location, finding an educational tour or visiting an attraction? Visit the “Activities & Events” or “Travel Planning” sections of the convention site to discover options to create your desired experience in Indianapolis.First-time advisors can utilize the Advisor Planning and Budget Guide. Are you an advisor who is attending convention for the first time, or do you just need some assistance planning your trip? We’ve got you covered. Download the Advisor Planning and Budget Guide to help prepare for your chapter’s trip to Indianapolis this fall.Still have questions? Contact the convention team at convention@ffa.org.last_img read more

Exploring the Impact of Moral Injury on Military Families: Follow- Up Q&A with Dr. Brock

first_imgDr. Rita Brock was the presenter for the 4th and final session of our 2016 Virtual Learning Event. Session 4, entitled Exploring the Impact of Moral Injuries on Military Families provided insight and knowledge in helping guide work surrounding this important topic. At the end of the webinar, some of the participants had lingering questions for Dr. Brock. Below, we have provided the questions and answers.Q: You mentioned a resource throughout the webinar on helping children through deployment. Would you mind sharing that with us?A: This Guide to Deployment for Families can be found under resources for congregations here.Q: Do we know why moral injury affects some, but not everyone? Is the research pointing to anything there?A: There are no data on moral injury per se that I know of. However, studies show that a previous history of trauma (esp. PTSD) makes a person more susceptible to further trauma. Since PTSD is not a fear-based trauma, it is not clear whether one instance of moral injury would make one more susceptible to another. It might be different for moral injury: if a person had been able to process a morally injurious experience and begin recovering, he or she might have greater resilience for handling future incidences. Here is one study:Harris, J.I., Erbes., C.R., Engdahl., B.E., Thuras, P., Murray-Swank, N, Grace, D., Ogden, H., Olson, R.H.A., Winskowski, A.M., Bacon, R., Malec, C., Campion, K., & Le, TuVan (2011). The effectiveness of a trauma-focused, spiritually integrated intervention for veterans exposed to trauma. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 67, 1-14.Q: Do you have suggestions for preventative strategies, if there are any?A: The only person who is inoculated against moral injury is a sociopath. As to normal people with moral consciences, moral injury is related to a number of factors, such as the developmental stage of young adults and their inability to handle moral ambiguity, that may be involved. Jonathan Shay believes that military unit cohesion has protective value against isolation and that better leadership in the command structures also can prevent a sense of feeling betrayed. One of the other student projects (which we hope to have posted on our resources website by the end of October), was a youth minister guide for young adults considering military service. It is based on input from a veteran in his congregation who suggested that having a clear sense of purpose for enlisting was important to not getting lost and disoriented in service. Helping people stay in touch with their humanity in inhuman conditions is crucial, a role military chaplains play, so training chaplains in understanding moral injury is also important. I’ve been working with chaplains on this since we opened in 2012, and Brite includes a course on moral injury in our military chaplain certification program.Q: You mentioned Trauma Release Exercises. Do you have a resource that you would like for us to share for that? A website or a particular person?A: Here are two videos that explain and demonstrate how and why it works on trauma:Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE)TRE® Tension, Stress, Trauma Release A Revolutionary Way To Feel BetterWe use Michael-Phap Nguyen-Uyen, a US Marine veteran and Zen teacher, at our events. Here is his story.I think there is value-added because he uses mindfulness meditation practices with the TRE process. There is MRI research on meditation and its value to restoring thinking capacity. But there are many teachers of TRE. I have downloaded the TRE phone app, which guides me through the process. I find it a useful way to relax and release stress from work.Q: You mentioned a friend of yours, Lisa Dunster. Do you have more information on her story?A: Here are some sources about her. She’s a National Guard veteran, a high school English teacher, and a remarkable person. This story is about how she almost slit her husband’s throat.This is about the retreat program she runs for veterans and families. After becoming a speaker for us, she added moral injury into the work they do and regularly has a chaplain create programs for her retreats.This is one of her public talks about her military experience. She always says something new and important, and I skype her into my classes.If you were unable to participate in VLE 4: Exploring the Impact of Moral Injury on Military Families or any of the other 2016 VLE sessions of Strengthening the Family CORE, they are all available for archived viewing.This post was written by Bari Sobelson, MS, LMFT, the social media and programming specialist for the MFLN Family Development Team. The Family Development team aims to support the development of professionals working with military families.  Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network Family Development team on our website, Facebook, and Twitter.last_img read more

Albert Pujols Is The Worst Player In Baseball

Nap Lajoie1901, 1904, 1906451916 Frank Bolling1964231961 *Inverse rank is a player’s ranking from the bottom of the league (i.e., No. 1 represents the worst player in baseball by WAR)Sources: Baseball-Reference.com, FanGraphs Tris Speaker1912, 1914, 1916471907 Albert Pujols of the Los Angeles Angels is the most feared hitter of his generation — one of the greatest ever to step into a batter’s box. He ranks eighth all-time in home runs, seventh in extra-base hits and 10th in total bases. At his peak, he won three MVP awards and was also the best position player in baseball — according to wins above replacement (WAR)1Taking the average of Baseball-Reference.com’s and FanGraphs.com’s versions of WAR. — three times (in 2006, 2008 and 2009). Pujols’s resume makes him a surefire first-ballot Hall of Famer.But this season, a new title can be assigned to Pujols: He’s the worst player in baseball.Pujols has flat-out stunk up Angel Stadium. He’s hitting .230 (79 points below his previous career average) with an on-base plus slugging 26 percent worse than league average. Even in an age of ineffective designated hitters, Pujols has easily been the worst hitter at the position that provides the least defensive value (i.e., zero value). As a result, no player has been less valuable than Pujols this year: His -1.99 WAR ranks dead last among all players (including pitchers).If he finishes the season in last place — which seems quite possible, as L.A. continues to pencil him into its starting lineup, day after day, despite his poor numbers — Pujols will become the first modern2Since MLB’s two-league era began in 1901. position player ever to be both baseball’s best and worst player at various points in his career. The worst finish by a former No. 1 player previously belonged to the delightfully named New York Yankees second baseman Snuffy Stirnweiss. Snuffy was baseball’s top position player in 1945, when many of the league’s best (such as Ted Williams, Stan Musial and Joe DiMaggio) were serving in the military. But he was also the league’s second-worst player in 1950, a miserable season that saw him hit .216 and get traded from the 98-win Yankees to the 58-win St. Louis Browns.Here are the worst finishes by WAR for position players who were also the best in baseball at some point in their career: From the penthouse to the outhouseWorst ranks (from the bottom of MLB) in wins above replacement for players who were best in the league for at least one season, 1901–2017 Bill McKechnie1913321914 WORST SEASON PLAYERNO. 1 SEASONSINV. RANK*YEAR Adam Dunn2011232004 Jim Rice1978341989 Pete Rose198341973 Fred Lynn1979501990 George Sisler1918311926 Mel Ott193871946 Albert Pujols2006, 2008, 200912017 Obviously, it isn’t good to take two wins away from a club’s ledger, relative to what it could’ve gotten from a minimum-salary scrub. That’s especially true for the Angels, who are a single game in back of the Minnesota Twins for the American League’s final wild-card berth and fighting for their postseason lives. But in a funny way, Pujols’ last-place ranking this year is also a kind of testament to how good he’s been over the course of his long, storied career.The bottom of the WAR leaderboard provides a good lesson in the difference between “ability” and “value”. Ability-wise, Pujols isn’t actually MLB’s worst baseball player — that distinction would probably go to a fringe player who was called up at midseason and rarely plays — but he has been its least valuable, in no small part because of the ample opportunities he’s received.3Pujols is third on the team in plate appearances. Simply being bad isn’t enough; in order to even get the chance to finish last in WAR, a player needs to have earned the confidence from management to let him play through a prolonged slump.That’s why, even though no former No. 1 player has sunk as low as Pujols this season, the list of league-worst players by WAR includes plenty of guys who were, at one point, extremely good at baseball. Most notably, the worst player in 1983 was the all-time hit king, Pete Rose, who — unlike Pujols — was eventually benched by the Phillies because of his poor play. PLAYERLAST-PLACE SEASONRANKYEAR(S) Rickey Henderson1985, 1989, 1990321979 Ted Simmons1984101978 Billy Urbanski1935321934 Sources: Baseball-Reference.com, Fangraphs Ernie Banks1959381971 Albert Pujols201712006, 2008, 2009 Bobby Byrne1908121910 Alex Rodriguez2000, 2005, 2007102016 Alexei Ramirez2016252010 Lou Gehrig1934, 1936501939 Al Rosen1953331949 Jimmie Foxx1932, 1933491944 Lee Magee1917231918 Willie Keeler1907151904 Milt Stock1924151919 Snuffy Stirnweiss194521950 Even the worst players used to be goodBest ranks (from the top of MLB) in wins above replacement for players who ranked last in WAR in a season, 1901–2017 George Scott1968131973 Derek Jeter1999422013 Marquis Grissom2005101994 Ken Griffey1996222010 In addition to Pujols, there are a few other names on this year’s worst-players list who peaked as stars not too long ago. Carlos Gonzalez of the Rockies, the second-worst player this season, ranked as high as No. 15 in 2010. Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez fell from 10th-best in 2009 all the way to sixth-worst this season. And Jose Bautista of the Blue Jays, who clocks in as baseball’s 26th-worst player by WAR this year, ranked third-best as recently as 2011. It takes a great reputation to be afforded such a bad season.Since signing a massive contract with the Angels before the 2012 season, Pujols has had a few solid renaissance seasons, and he was an above-average hitter as recently as last season. So it wasn’t unreasonable for the Angels to expect him to eventually snap out of his funk at some point this season. And he may well end up with 100 runs batted in despite the poor sabermetric numbers — though it would be one of the least valuable 100-RBI seasons ever. Either way, he’s just the most glaring example of a phenomenon that probably won’t go away anytime soon. As long as there are managers dreaming of a turnaround — and ones who lack any better options4Pujols’ contract, which will pay him another $28.5 million per year for the next four seasons, may also play a role. — once-great players like Pujols will always get the chance to play themselves to the bottom of the WAR charts. BEST SEASON Mickey Doolin1918251910 read more

Neuer managed to impress Heynckes

first_imgManuel Neuer has been out of play for the majority of the ongoing season but he is finally back in a light training practising with the ball – and he impressed Jupp Heynckes with his fitness.Goalkeeping coach Toni Tapalovic had the first training session with Neuer and it was filmed and handed to Jupp Heynckes afterwards – and the coach admitted that he was really impressed by what he saw.The experienced German manager spoke about Neuer’s condition as he said, according to Goal:“Toni trained with Manuel yesterday and of course we’re recording all of it. So, I watched him train [on the video].”rb leipzig, bayern munichReport: Bayern are held by Leipzig George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Bayern Munich was held to another draw, this time by RB Leipzig.Bayern Munich finds themselves in the unfamiliar position of sitting third in the…“He looked very good. I talked to him and he is in very good shape. His foot coped well with the workload, there was no reaction.”“Now we have to wait and see what the physios come up with, what plan is best.”“We have a clear plan which we’ll stick to and we’ll see when he can train fully.”“I told him that I’d really like it if he were able to be with us in Augsburg to celebrate with the rest of the team if we secured the title.”last_img read more

Albiol happy with Ancelottis squad rotation

first_imgNapoli defender Raul Albiol praised Carlo Ancelotti’s squad rotation after earning a vital win against fellow top four contenders Lazio.Napoli were missing key players in Kalidou Koulibaly, Lorenzo Insigne, Allan and Marek Hamsik but still won 2-1.And Albiol who acknowledged a different approach from former boss Sarri credited Carletto’s tactical nous.“We knew it would be difficult with our first Serie A game after a long winter break, but we got the win,” Albiol told Football Italia.carlo ancelotti, napoliAncelotti is fuming at the state of Napoli’s changing rooms George Patchias – September 12, 2019 Carlo Ancelotti is fuming about the clubs failure to complete renovations at the clubs home stadium including the changing rooms.Most managers complain about a…“It’s an important victory because since the start of the season, the Coach has put his faith in all the players and it showed tonight. Many who hadn’t played as much were still ready when called upon and that is crucial.”Napoli break further away from Inter in second place and await Juve’s result against bottom of the table Chievo on Monday.“We have to stay on our path, keep working and stay close to Juventus. We know they are on a remarkable march, but all we can do is win our games, wait and see.”last_img read more

Motorist Crashed Into Anchor Point Post Office

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska State Troopers responded to the Anchor Point Post Office after reports that a motorist drove through the front of the building Friday afternoon. In an email from Megan Peters, spokeswoman with the Alaska State Troopers: “We got the report at approximately 1:53pm. An employee and someone nearby called it in. Initially fire went out because they thought the driver may need to be extricated, but the driver got out on their own.” According to Peters, as of 4pm Troopers are still on scene investigating and arranging a tow. There were no reported injuries.last_img

Wilmington Senior Center To Hold Pasta Meatball Dinner With Live Music On

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Senior Center has organized a yummy pasta and meatball dinner on Monday, August 12, 2019, from 4:30pm to 6:30pm. Entertainment will be provided from the Wilmington High School’s Summer Music Group. Tickets costs $4. Register now at the Senior Center’s Front Desk.(NOTE: The above information is from the latest Wilmington Senior Center newsletter.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSENIOR CENTER SPOTLIGHT: Game Night On July 25; Fun Day On August 28In “Community”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Monday, August 12, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”SENIOR CENTER SPOTLIGHT: Senior Center To Hold Trip To Vermont Country Store & Green Mountains On October 8In “Community”last_img read more

Quake kills at least 36 in India PM takes stock

first_imgAt least 36 people were killed and more than 100 injured in India on Saturday due to the massive earthquake that had its epicentre in Nepal. Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a high-level meeting on the situation and spoke with the chief ministers of the affected states. Though Nepal was the worst affected with over 900 dead, India was not spared, as 25 people were killed in Bihar, 8 in Uttar Pradesh and 3 in West Bengal.President Pranab Mukherjee wrote to the governors of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Sikkim, condoling the loss of lives. Modi held a high-level meeting with senior ministers and officials and spoke with the chief ministers of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Sikkim and Madhya Pradesh.  Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJI“The prime minister was briefed on the inputs regarding the extent of damage to life and property received so far from various places in India and Nepal,” said a statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said he has directed all army units to carry out rescue operations and extend full cooperation to local authorities. In order to deal with the situation in the affected states, five teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have already been sent – one to Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh and one each to Darbhanga, Supaul, Motihari and Gopalganj in Bihar. Also Read – Health remains key challenge in India’s development: KovindHome Secretary L.C. Goyal said the impact of the earthquake was felt in many states in India, particularly in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Sikkim and West Bengal. The ministry has been in constant touch with all the affected states to assess the situation. Each team of the NDRF consists of 45 personnel who are fully equipped with modern equipment to deal with search and rescue operations, he said.The team also includes medical and paramedic personnel. The teams have equipment such as live detector machines, cutters which can cut steel, concrete and wood.last_img read more

Shuvaprasannas annual art fair cultural fest on its way

first_imgArts Acre Foundation announced on Wednesday the second edition of its annual festival – Art Haat, 2017 – organized in association with Emami Art is going to be held at the Arts Acre Museum of Bengal Modern Art and International Centre for Creativity and Cultural Vision at Rajarhat from November 11 to 14. Eminent artist, Shuvaprasanna, acclaimed artists, Himmat Shah and Prabhakar Kolte, filmmaker, Gautam Ghose and prominent artists from Germany were present at the inauguration. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThis year, the majority of the stalls at the Art Haat festival are being given to the emerging artists who are full-time practitioners of fine arts like painting and sculpture while some stalls are reserved for various handicrafts. Besides the fair, there will be performances at the open-air amphitheatre every evening during this four-day event. Last year, it was a mix of Baul and other forms of folk music like Rainbenshe, Chau, and traditional dance of Purulia and performances by Belgian Bluegrass band named Louvat Brothers. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThis year there will be a performance by Folks of Bengal – a folk band performing songs and instrumental, folk songs by Swapan Basu, Raibenshe – traditional acrobatic dance form of Bengal, Chau – Dance form of Purulia and contemporary dance performance by Bittu Mondal and group.Present on the occasion, Shuvaprasanna said, “This is the second edition of Art Haat and I am extremely hopeful about its success. Last year, it was an interesting spread of experience. We have extremely talented artists across the city and state who have participated in this year’s art fair and festival and it is going to be big this year. From the last year’s success, we have been inspired to increase the number of stalls to 65 against last year’s 55. We will continue to hold this festival to exhibit the artistic excellence of our city and the country”. Different forms and types of affordable painting, sculpture, folk art, crafts, organic clothes, designer jewellery and handloom products would be exhibited at this unique fair. “The idea is to enable every family to carry back a piece of art with them. We have also tried to offer each artist and artisan an inexpensive platform for selling their creations”, added Shuvaprasanna. This year, the fair also offers delectable food items from K C Das, Biskfarm and Mukhorochak. They will be offering their delicacies besides food from the in-house cafeteria. There will also be stalls selling popular street foods in the festival. Arts Acre is the brainchild of the renowned artist Shuvaprasanna which has developed into a sprawling facility for fine arts. It is a self-contained mini-city for artists and art lovers providing world-class facilities for creating a model platform for the practice and propagation of art, craft and culture.last_img read more