Solar-powered ad fires up Cannes

first_img21 June 2007Network BBDO won South Africa’s first Outdoor Grand Prix at the 2007 International Cannes Advertising Festival for a solar-powered billboard offering “power to the people” – literally, in the form of electricity generated for a nearby school.According to, the billboard makes good on Nedbank’s message – “What if a bank really did give power to the people?” – by transforming sunshine into electricity for the MC Weiler School kitchen in Johannesburg’s Alexandra township, saving the school around R2 000 a month in electricity bills.The billboard is reportedly being patented for use on school sites across South Africa.The innovation – and the fact that it made a difference to a local community – gave Network BBDO the edge over a BBDO, New York billboard created for BBC World. The New York billboard featured a photo of soldiers and allowed passers-by in Times Square to vote via text message whether they thought the soldiers were occupiers or liberators.The “power to the people” billboard “was more than advertising,” Lowe Bull executive creative director and Cannes outdoor jurist Porky Hefer told “It was help and it was hope.”SA’s Cannes Lions winnersNetwork BBDO hasn’t been the only award-winning South African agency at the festival taking place in Cannes, France this week. The country’s creatives have also picked up gold, silver and bronze Lions aplenty in the direct mail, media, outdoor, press, promo and radio categories.And according to Filmmaker South Africa, Dean Blumberg of Freshwater Films and Grant de Sousa of Collective Energy also shared second prize in the CFP-E/Shots Young Director Awards in the non-European broadcast category.South Africa’s 2007 Cannes Lions winners include:Cinevation – Bronze Media Lion (Microsoft Xbox campaign).FCB Johannesburg – Gold Direct Lion (Raid insecticide).Grey Worldwide – Gold Radio Lions (Geronimo condoms).Ireland/Davenport – Bronze Press Lion (Hubba Bubba bubblegum).Jupiter Drawing Room – Gold Radio Lions (Senokot laxative); Gold Media Lion (Mont Blanc fountain pens).Lowe Bull Johannesburg – Gold Press Lions, Gold Radio Lion (Axe deoderant); Bronze Press Lion (National Council Against Smoking).Network BBDO – Gold Outdoor Lion (Ghost Pops).Ogilvy South Africa – Bronze Press Lions (Audi pollen filter); Silver Outdoor Lion (Eskom “Save” campaign); Silver Radio Lion (Exclusive Books).Tequila – Bronze Media Lion (Toot-n-Scoot taxi service).SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Symphony on the Farm tickets for sale

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Tickets are now on sale ( for the Delaware County Farm Bureau’s Benefit in the Barn, A Symphony on the Farm. This celebration of agriculture, food and music happens Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017 with all proceeds benefitting partners of the Delaware County Hunger Alliance. Guests will enjoy a fun, unique concert complete with dinner catered by City BBQ, Ohio beer, wine and spirits. The organizers promise special surprises throughout the night. All proceeds from the evening support the Delaware County Hunger Alliance.Through a partnership between the Delaware County Farm Bureau and the Delaware County United Way’s Hunger Alliance, local food insecurity is being addressed in a meaningful way. Proceeds from the 2016 Benefit in the Barn are being used to expand the weekend food backpack program for low income children in Delaware County Schools. It is also establishing a new program that will allow holders of SNAP cards to purchase fresh produce at the Delaware Farmers Market.“One of the key objectives of the Benefit in the Barn is to help reduce the hunger problem in our community. These projects are two of the several hunger relief initiatives that will be supported,” said  Zach Taylor, president of the Delaware County Farm Bureau.Barb Lyon, Vice President of the Delaware County United Way said that over 500 low-income children in Delaware County school districts will benefit from the backpack program.“Making the backpack program available to more families meets a critical need in our community and is only possible because of everyone that supports Benefit in the Barn. Connecting low-income families to the healthy options available through the farmer’s market also contributes to the overall health of the community while supporting local growers,” Lyon said.The year’s event takes place on the Doug Dawson Farm at 2831 Bowtown Road, Delaware. Tickets include a picnic-style dinner (compliments of City BBQ and Performance Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Delaware and Honda Marysville) beginning at 6 p.m. and a performance by the Central Ohio Symphony from 7:30 p.m. until dusk. Guests are encouraged to bring a lawn chair for open seating in the barn or adjacent tents. Handicapped parking will be available.Tickets can be purchased online at General admission is $30 per ticket and includes the concert and dinner. Farm Bureau members will receive a $5 discount per ticket when entering their Farm Bureau member number. A limited number of tickets will be sold, so be sure to get your tickets early. Please call the United Way of Delaware County at 614-436-8929 for additional assistance regarding ticket purchases or Delaware County Farm Bureau at 740-363-1613 for general questions.All proceeds from the Benefit in the Barn will benefit the Delaware County Hunger Alliance.last_img read more

Cartoon: ;-)

first_img4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App So now I know. And I have to live with the knowledge.I’m married to someone who… (okay, deep breaths; bring down the pulse)… who keys in smileys… without a hyphen.Ten years of marriage, and it’s only yesterday that I discover Alex is perfectly willing to deprive her emoticon-people of a critical facial feature. “A smiley? Really? Exactly how freakin’ happy are they going to be without a nose?!”Maybe we’ll move past this somehow, and one day we’ll move from 🙁 to 🙂 again. Maybe.…Hey, wait a minute – losing the hyphen gains me an extra character in Twitter, doesn’t it?Awesome. Marriage saved. 🙂(N.B.: Today’s cartoon is inspired in large part by my seven-year-old daughter, who’s been drawing these amazing people with smileys as faces. Props, Li’l Sweetie.) Tags:#Cartoons#web More Noise to Signal. 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout rob cottingham 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Related Posts 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

Can Switching to a Dual-Flush Toilet Save Heat?

first_imgFirst off, my wife just joked that I used a photo of a “male bathroom”: seat up and two rolls of toilet paper.Regarding the heat savings mentioned in the headline, we’ll see… I haven’t done the math yet. But it is a minor claim occasionally made alongside the claim that these toilets save water.Some manufacturers of dual-flush or low-flow toilets make extravagant claims on water savings; and tacked onto the end of the marketing copy there is sometimes a blurb on heat savings:“Saves water”“Saves lots of water”“Saves water”“Saves heat”Wait… what? One of these things is not like the other. If this is true, how does reducing your toilet water use affect heat loss? Time for some boring mathFortunately, the math is super-straightforward.According to the EPA, toilets account for 110 gallons of water use per day on average. Three quarters of this is for liquid waste and one quarter is… not. (Distasteful, I know, but difficult to avoid mentioning).I’ll be using info about my house, since… why not? Our dual-flush toilet uses 3.5 gallons for a full flush and 1.5 gallon for a partial flush. We live in Portland, Maine, and our handy USGS groundwater map shows that the ground water temperature ranges from around 48°F to 50°F.So let’s review all the data:Gallons for full flush: 3.5Gallons for partial flush: 1.5Flushes per day (EPA data): 31Number of full flushes per day: approximately 8Number of partial flushes per day: approximately 23Pounds of water per gallon: 8.34 (I’m not going to muck around with variations based on pressure and temperature changes)Temperature of entering water: 50°FRoom temperature: 70°FImportant Note: Let’s not quibble about the numbers. These numbers could be wildly off from real-world heat loss measurements, but we’re painting in broad strokes here. The idea is to illustrate some thermodynamic calculations, not to use experimental precision and accuracy. BLOGS BY ERIC NORTH How to Insulate and Air-Seal Pull-Down Attic StairsHow to Insulate and Air Seal an Attic HatchEssential Energy-Audit EquipmentThe Journal of Poor HomebuildingFiberglass versus CelluloseCape Cod Style Homes Are Difficult to Heat Will a dual-flush toilet lower your energy bill?So is there any benefit? The minor point is that, yes, in our neck of the woods there is some small heat savings benefit to dual-flush toilets or toilets with reduced flush volumes.The broader point is that everything that is hot or cold is a component of your home’s internal heat load. Once you start thinking about your house this way, the cooling benefit of a heavy window shade on a sunny day is more obvious, and uninsulated cold water pipes are not quite as innocuous. They’re all part of how well your house’s enclosure controls temperature. In the home, every incandescent light bulb, television, pet, and person adds BTUs to the house’s internal heat load. Conversely, there are some items which absorb heat and cool the house. Cold water pipes are one; and another is the water sitting in your toilet tank.Every time someone flushes the toilet, the water in the toilet tank is replaced with ground water. In Maine (and most northern climates), the ground water is colder than room temperature. The cold toilet tank will absorb heat until it reaches room temperature. BTUs to heat water: 7672 (383.6 lbs @ 50°F * [70°F – 50°F] * 1 BTU/lb./F°)A BTU is the amount of heat needed to raise the temperature of 1 pound of water by 1 F°. (See this article in which I talk about BTUs in a bit more detail.)Knowing that there are approximately 138,000 BTU in a gallon of #2 heating oil, we get 0.055 gallons of oil per day, or a bit over 20 gallons of oil per year. It takes energy to warm up the water in your toilet tankHoly crap! That’s nearly $80 a year just heating your cold, cold toilet water. That’s ridiculous. We should mandate a Federal “swappin’ out your inefficient toilet” Task Force, right?Well… hold your toilet-fixing horses, mister. There are many, many caveats here.First, will you use the partial-flush feature of your new toilet? Ceiling fans, programmable thermostats, zoned heating systems… there’s a long list of mechanical systems in your house which could (emphasis on could) save you money but largely don’t. And the why in this equation rests squarely on the fact that people don’t use them properly. In our house, we make a conscientious effort to use our dual-flush system, but the results depend on use.Second, I pulled a wee sleight-of-hand in using my house. There are only a small handful of states as cold as Maine, and only one (Alaska) that is significantly colder. Most states have warmer climates and warmer groundwater. Instead of warming from 50°F to 70°F, it may be 62°F to 70°F, with a corresponding reduction in heat loss.Third, dual-flush systems are much more mechanically complex than classic plunger systems. So they’re more apt to have issues than a simpler set-up. There’s not much savings of any kind if a gasket continually leaks water.Fourth is the question of overall water use. Households with only one or two members won’t use anywhere near as many gallons for toilet flushing as are shown in the calculations above. Conversely, a very large family is apt to slack off or have some members who ignore the dual-flush feature. They’ve forgotten the first rule of the Dual-Flush Club: Don’t forget to use the dual flush.Fifth, fossil fuels won’t be needed to produce space heat for 365 days a year. The toilet tank may be warming up to room temperature, but for big chunks of the year it will be heated by the warm summer sun, not by your oil boiler.Last, my math makes one rather silly assumption: that trips to the bathroom will be sufficiently spaced out to allow the cold water to fully reach room temperature. Not bloody likely. The water that fills your toilet tank is usually coldFirst off, admit it… you didn’t think that a toilet would have anything to do with energy efficiency. Saving water, sure — just not energy savings. But the heating dynamics of a house are ridiculously complicated and interconnected.One of those dynamics is internal net heat gain. Anything that radiates heat within the enclosure will add BTUs to the building. Remember your last indoor concert (Dropkick Murphy’s, St. Patrick’s Day 2011… I should get out more)? Remember how sweltering hot it was? That’s because all those hundreds of bodies are adding heat into the building enclosure. Water saved: 46 gallons per day [23 flushes * (3.5-1.5)]Pounds of water saved: 383.6Just pause for a moment and think about that: nearly 400 pounds of water. OK, time’s up. MORE INFORMATION GBA Encyclopedia: Green Plumbing Systems Save Water and EnergyGBA Product Guide: Residential ToiletsDo Low-Flow Toilets Really Work? Erik North, the owner of Free Energy Maine, is an energy auditor and home performance specialist in Westbrook, Maine. He is also the author of the Energy Auditing Blog.last_img read more

Silver says NBA will do more to combat racism

first_imgLATEST STORIES “It’s a sad state of affairs we still have these issues in society,” Silver said in his annual state of the league news conference ahead of the NBA Finals opener.“There’s a strong history in this league of speaking out on issues of inequality, of racial injustice. LeBron himself has been incredibly articulate on these issues.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“There’s a role we can continue to play as a uniter. We’re going to redouble our efforts, working with the players association, on speaking out on some of these issues.”James spoke out Wednesday about what Silver called a “horrific incident”. 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(AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)By speaking out against racism and setting an example against intolerance, NBA commissioner Adam Silver said Thursday he hopes the league can unify people and help spur social change.A day after police said a racial insult was spray-painted upon the front gates of NBA superstar LeBron James’s Los Angeles home, Silver said the league will do more to combat racism.ADVERTISEMENT BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games MOST READ “Trying to measure precisely whether it was enough progress, we ultimately felt it was. I respect those who feel we may have made the wrong decision,” Silver said.“We can be in a position where we go in and say, this is what it looks like to operate under a set of egalitarian principles, and this is what it looks like to be non-discriminatory … “And my hope is by setting that example, we can unify people and that the state will follow.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “If this is to shed a light and continue to keep the conversation going on my behalf, then I’m OK with it,” James said. “But it just goes to show that racism will always be a part of the world, a part of America.“Hate in America, especially for African-Americans, is living every day. No matter how much money you have, no matter how famous you are, no matter how many people admire you, being black in America is tough.“And we’ve got a long way to go for us as a society and for us as African-Americans, until we feel equal in America.”NBA’s global reach hugeIn all, 75 percent of NBA players are African-American and one in four NBA players is from outside the United States.ADVERTISEMENT “It’s a true melting pot,” Silver said. “You have people coming together from all walks of life, from around the world, all playing together on the floor under a common set of rules.“This is an opportunity to continue to unify people, to demonstrate to people, they see it out on the floor, what it means to run a system as close as we have in our society to true egalitarian system, where people are judged entirely on merit.“And I think there’s a role we can continue to play in society as a unifier.”The sport’s global reach will help spread the message, Silver said.“We project that over one billion people will either watch some portion of these finals or engage through social media, so roughly one out of seven people on this planet will have a direct connection to these finals, which is pretty spectacular,” Silver said.Silver defends All-Star nodLast week, the league awarded the 2019 NBA All-Star Game to Charlotte after having moved this year’s contest from Charlotte to New Orleans, in protest at the state of North Carolina adopting a law deemed discriminatory to the gay and transgender community.A portion of the law requiring people to use the bathroom corresponding to their birth gender was struck down this year, and while many critics were unsatisfied by the extent of the rollback, it was good enough for Silver and the league.“The law was changed. Sufficient is a tough (call),” Silver said. “The answer is yes, I felt that they made incremental progress. And I felt there’s a role the league can play in demonstrating what equality looks like to a community.”By making sure NBA All-Star related events conform to league expectations for treatment of all, Silver thinks the NBA can set an example that North Carolina would want to follow on greater social change. BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PARlast_img read more

Concussion- what to ask your doctor- adult

first_imgDefinitionYou have had a concussion. This isa mild brain injury. It can affect how your brain works for a while.Below are some questions you may want to ask your doctor or nurse to help you take care of your concussion.Alternate NamesWhat to ask your doctor about concussion – adult; Brain injury – mild – what to ask your doctor – adultQuestionsWhat types of symptoms or problems will I have?Will I have problems thinking or remembering?Will I have a headache?How long will the symptoms last?Will all the symptoms and problems go away?Does someone need to stay with me?For how long?Is it okay for me to go to sleep?If I go to sleep, does someone need to wake me up and check on me?What type of activity can I do?Do I need to stay in bed or lie down?Can I do housework? How about yard work?When can I begin to exercise? When can I start contact sports, such as football or soccer? When can I begin skiing or snowboarding?When can I go back to work?What should I tell my boss about my concussion?Can I work a full day?Will I need to rest during the day?Whatmedications can I use for any pain or headache? Can I use aspirin, ibuprofen (Motrin or Advil), naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn), or other similar medications?Is it okay to eat? Will I feel sick to my stomach?advertisementWhen can I drink any alcohol?Do I need a follow-up appointment?When should I call the doctor?Review Date:11/6/2012Reviewed By:Luc Jasmin, MD, PhD, Department of Neurosurgery, Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA and Department of Anatomy, University of California, San Francisco, CA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.last_img read more