US, Egypt resume formal security talks with Kerry visit

first_imgJohn Kerry and Egypty foreign affairs minister Sameh ShukriThe United States and Egypt are returning to a “stronger base” in bilateral ties despite tensions and human rights concerns, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday after talks with his Egyptian counterpart.“Egypt remains vital … to engagement and stability in the region as a whole,” said Kerry, who held the first bilateral strategic dialogue since 2009.“There are obviously circumstances where we have found reason to have grave concern and we have expressed it very publicly,” he said at a news conference with Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri. “But we have multiple issues that we need to work on simultaneously.”U.S.-Egyptian relations cooled after Islamist president Mohamed Mursi was ousted in 2013 by the military amid mass protests against his rule.Cairo remains one of Washington’s closest allies in the Middle East, an increasingly crucial role in a region beset by turmoil in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Libya.Kerry also lobbied for last month’s nuclear deal between world powers and Iran, which has been met with scepticism by Washington’s Arab allies.“There can be absolutely no question that the Vienna plan, if implemented, will make Egypt and all the countries of this region safer than they otherwise would be,” he said.Kerry said Iran’s role as the “number one state sponsor of terror in the world” made the deal even more important. “If Iran is destabilizing, it is far, far better to have an Iran that doesn’t have a nuclear weapon than one that does,” he said.last_img read more

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Wrestler Vinesh clinches gold at Spanish Grand Prix

first_imgMadrid, July 15: India’s Vinesh Phogat clinched the gold medal at the Spanish Grand Prix wrestling tournament, thrashing Natasha Fox of Canada 10-0 in the final of the women’s 50 kilogram freestyle category here on Sunday.It was a cake walk for the Indian wrestler via technical superiority to clinch the gold medal.The Canadian wrestler never looked in contention as Vinesh dominated proceedings right from the start. The Indian built up a 10-0 lead in the first period itself, thus winning the bout by technical superiority.”Very happy to win the Gold at the Spanish Grand Prix in Madrid today ?? A big thank you to @indiawfi, @Media_SAI, @OGQ_India, coach Woller Akos, my physiotherapist Chandani Parsania, and each and every one of you for your constant support and encouragement,” Vinesh wrote on her Twitter handle. IANSlast_img read more

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Other Sports India’s Mirabai Chanu wins gold at Commonwealth Senior Weightlifting Championship

first_imgNew Delhi : Mirabai Chanu, former world champion, won the gold medal on the opening day of the Commonwealth Weightlifting Championship in Apia (Samoa) on Tuesday. Mirabai lifted a total of 191kg (84kg + 107 kg) in the senior women’s 49 kg event to win the gold medal in the Olympic qualifying event. The points earned by this will help her in the final rankings of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.Overall, the Indian contingent won 13 medals, including eight gold, three silver and two bronze medals in senior, junior and youth categories on the opening day. The qualification process for the 2020 Olympics is based on the performances of the weightlifters in six events over a period of 18 months out of which the four best results logged by a lifter will be considered.Jhilli Dalabehra also clinched the first place on the podium with a lift of 154kg (70kg+94kg) in the senior women’s 45 kg event which is not an Olympic weight category. In the senior women’s 55kg, Soroikhaibam Bindyarani Devi and Matsa Santoshi won the gold and silver medals respectively. Bindyarani lifted 78 kg in snatch to bag the silver medal. Her effort of 105 kg fetched her a gold medal in clean and jerk as well as the overall gold.Santoshi stood first in snatch with a lift of 80kg but could only manage 102kg in clean and jerk taking her total to 182kg. In the senior men’s 55kg category, Rishikanta Singh grabbed the gold with a total lift of 235kg (105kg+130kg).(With PTI Inputs) For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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Sky Plus 20 percent offer closes on December 5

first_imgTHE Nand Persaud Group of Companies will stage its Sky Plus Incorporated Promotions Group, `Nand Persaud Karibee Sprint Classic’ horse race meet on December 10 at the company’s racing facility at Number 36 Village, Corentyne, Berbice.To this end, racehorse owners have until December 5 to cash in on the Sky Plus 20 percent offer.Information released to this publication indicated that racehorse owners will be entitled to a 20 percent discount on entries for horses paid in full, in cash, on or before December 5.Further horserace owners will be given the privilege to choose a gate number once registration is completed before December 5.To date close to 40 of the country’s best racehorses have confirmed participation for the seven-race meet which will see more than $4M in cash and trophies up for the taking.The feature event is open to horses classified `D’ and Lower over 880 yards with $400 000 going to the winning stable.The `H’ and Lower animals will also battle over 880 yards and the winning stable will earn $260 000, while the `I’ Class horses will race for 660 yards for the $200 000 first prize.Horses classified `K’ and Lower will contest 660 yards and will have a first prize purse of $140 000.There will also be three races for `L’ and Lower horses and two of these races will see the horses gallop for 660 yards to win the first prize package of $100 000 each.The other `L’ Class event will be an 880 yards contest and carries a first prize worth $100 000 also.The champion jockey, the champion trainer and the champion stable will all receive trophies, compliments of Trophy Stall of Bourda Market, Georgetown.last_img
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Croydon Hall Memorial Recalls “An Extraordinary Person”

first_imgThe memorial to Daniel Piano at Croydon in Leonardo.Colleen Piano speaks about her deceased son, Daniel as daughter Julianne Piano lends her support.By Eileen Moon MIDDLETOWN – Colleen Piano has many happy memories of her son, Daniel’s growing up years in Leonardo. “He was a special kid,” she said recently, recalling the many hours he spent playing ball and skateboarding at Croydon Hall, a township park off Leonardville Road.Only 18 years old, Daniel died on September 2 in an early morning accident on Chapel Hill Road in Middletown.Earlier that day, Daniel had been at Brookdale Community College, picking up textbooks he would need for his first semester as a college student.But that was not to be.His funeral took place on September 6, the day he would have started classes.As news of the accident circulated, his friends from high school quickly established a makeshift memorial for Daniel at the side of Chapel Hill Road, but that was not a place that his mother wanted to visit.“Losing a child is just horrific,” she told Colleen Piano speaks about her deceased son, Daniel as daughter Julianne Piano lends her support.he Two River Times last week. “I would give my right arm to have him back in my life.”Shy and reserved in his early years, Daniel grew into a sociable young man whose caring nature won him many friends.“In his 18 years, he touched so many lives,” Colleen said, who took a family leave from Monmouth Medical Center, where she is employed as an executive assistant, following the death of her son.In the midst of her grief, she paid a visit to a psychic – a former religious sister, who told her that she would receive a beautiful, handwritten letter.On the first of Nov., a handwritten letter arrived, written about Daniel by his Italian teacher in high school, Lina Santori. Santori related how Daniel had approached her at the start of the year, looking directly into her eyes as he introduced himself, saying, “How are you? I’m Dan Piano.”The simple introduction was a good example of Daniel’s concern for others, the teacher noted, commenting on what an extraordinary person Daniel was.“He was so much more mature than his peers – he became her favorite,” Colleen said.And as she struggled daily with her grief, Colleen decided that she needed to create a memorial to her son; a place of peace where she could remember again the happy years that Colleen, Daniel’s father, also Daniel Piano, and their daughter, Julianne, had shared with Daniel.After obtaining permission from the township, Colleen arranged for the construction of a memorial for Daniel at Corydon Hall, where Daniel had spent so many happy hours of his childhood.The costs involved in creating the memorial were covered by private donations as well as donations of labor and materials. The memorial includes a brick walkway, a park bench and a Kwanzan Cherry tree.On Nov. 20, the Piano family and their friends gathered at the memorial to share their tears, and to remember the gift of Daniel.last_img read more

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Tree Lighting Sept. 6 to Honor Kids Cancer Foundation

first_imgLONG BRANCH – The Valerie Fund Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, as part of The Children’s Hospital at Mon­mouth Medical Center, will host a special Tree Lighting Ceremony and Reception honoring Make Some Noise: Cure Kids Cancer Foun­dation 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6 in front of the Sea Bright firehouse, 1099 East Ocean Ave.The event is part of the Go Gold for Pediatric Cancer Cam­paign, a joint effort between Make Some Noise: Cure Kids Cancer Foun­dation and Monmouth Medical Center.The campaign is designed to raise awareness of childhood cancer and the need for critical research funding during the month of Septem­ber, which is recognized nationally as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.According to the Ameri­can Childhood Cancer Organ­i­za­tion, each boy in the United States has a 1-in-300 chance of being diagnosed with cancer before his 20th birthday; every girl has a 1-in-333 chance. In spite of such high statistics, less than 3 percent of federal cancer research funding goes to pediatric cancer.The tree lighting event will feature personal perspectives from children and families who have benefited from The Valerie Fund Children’s Center at Monmouth Medical Center, including Tim and Beth McLoone of McLoone’s Restaurants and their son Jack, plus commentary from Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno, Sea Bright Mayor Dina and Margaret Fisher, M.D., chair of pediatrics and medical director of The Children’s Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center.Gold ribbons – the trademark color of the Make Some Noise Foundation – will be available for all participants to place on the tree. After the tree is decorated, the crowd will be invited to raise their voices for pediatric cancer awareness alongside ringing church bells and fire alarms. A reception will immediately follow the program.“We are excited to bring the Sea Bright community together to raise awareness and ‘make some noise’ for such an important cause,” said Susan Dulczak, clinical director, The Valerie Fund Children’s Center at Mon­mouth Medical Center. “Pediatric cancer is a disease with a devastating impact on both children and their families. There is a crucial need for more pediatric cancer research and funding,”Also on hand at the event will be information about Roll Out The Ribbons, Monmouth Medical Center’s unique awareness campaign designed to strengthen the fight against all types of cancer and honor courageous individuals who have and are fighting the battle.To learn more about Roll Out the Ribbons, visit www.rollouttheribbons.com or call 1-877-360-6275. Get connected by “liking” Roll Out The Ribbons on Facebook and following @RollOutRibbons on Twitter.For more information about Make Some Noise, visit www.makenoise4kids.org. For further information about The Children’s Hos­pital at Mon­mouth Medical Center or the Valerie Fund, please visit www.barnabashealth.org/Monmouth.last_img read more

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Sinn Féin party whip welcomes passing of council budget

first_imgDonegal Sinn Féin party whip, Cllr Marie Therese Gallagher has welcomed the passing of the council’s annual budget.The council yesterday agreed an expenditure of just over €154,000,000 for across the county in 2020.A total of 27 councillors voted in favour of the budget while two, Cllr Frank McBrearty and Cllr Micheal Mac Giolla Easbuig voted against. Commenting after the budget meeting, Cllr Gallagher said “I’m delighted that Donegal County Council, adopted its annual budget.In particular, Sinn Féin is happy that our proposal for a Town & Village Revitalisation Scheme was include as this will allow for a commercial rates rebate for new businesses in long-term vacant premises.Cllr Gallagher added “We are hopeful that this will spur job creation within the small local business sector across the county.“Further, we put forward the need to increase funding for Tidy Towns groups and this was also supported by all parties. This is an increase on the Tidy Towns fund which we had secured previously.” She added that some other positive developments in the budget include:– Increase in council housing maintenance budget of €500,000-€500,000 for the purpose of co-funding applications and drawing down investment.-An increase of over €3million in expenditure on roads.-No proposed increase in commercial rates. – A new budget line of €142,406 for Climate Change and FloodingAnd she added “With regard to capital investment I am also happy that there is room to move with an ambitious house-building programme and room to invest in vital community amenities across Donegal.“This is positive progress and we, as a party, look forward to continuing to work with councillors from across the political spectrum and from across the county to ensuring that this budget book is used to benefit the people of the county who elected us.”Sinn Féin party whip welcomes passing of council budget was last modified: November 23rd, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:councildonegalMarie Therese GallagherSinn Feinwhiplast_img read more

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This Plant Beats the Venus Flytrap for Speed

first_imgThe waterwheel plant, an aquatic species with a snap-trap faster than the Venus flytrap, is different enough to challenge evolutionary speculations.Most people have heard of or seen the Venus flytrap, one of nature’s most remarkable plants. In a split second, its leaves snap shut around any insect unlucky enough to touch its trigger hairs twice. But have you heard of the Waterwheel plant? Look at its picture in Science Daily reproduced from a press release at the University of Freiburg. Smaller than the Venus flytrap, with traps only 3mm in length, it boasts a much higher snapping action—ten times faster than the Venus flytrap. It was named the Waterwheel because its spokes stick out from the center with a trap on each end. From a water flea’s perspective, it should be called the Ferris Wheel from Hell.An article on the BBC News shows how the waterwheels are arranged along a stem, and says that the plants, though rare, are native to Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia. Being the only other known plant with snap traps, is it related to the Venus flytrap by evolution?Credit: Plant Biomechanics Group.The Venus flytrap (Dionaea muscipula) and the far less known aquatic waterwheel are the only carnivorous plants with snap traps. While intensive research on the Venus flytrap has been going on for a long time, the ten times faster underwater snap traps of the waterwheel have so far been little studied. The team led by the Freiburg biologists has now deciphered the underlying movement principle using experiments and computer simulations. The researchers found that the waterwheel snaps shut its trap, which is only three millimetres in size, by actively changing the internal pressure in the cells of the leaf, which leads to the midrib bending, and also by releasing internal prestress, which apparently results in an acceleration effect. The Venus flytrap, on the other hand, employs a hydraulic mechanism to change the curvature of its leaf halves which results in rapid trap closure. Although both plants share many similarities, the mechanics of the traps differ considerably. This finding may not only help understanding the development of snap traps from an evolutionary perspective, but also the adaptation to different habitats – in a terrestrial habitat with the Venus flytrap, under water with the waterwheel.The Waterwheel plant was the subject of two scientific papers this month. The first one, by Westermeier et al. in the Proceedings B of the Royal Society, reports on “How the carnivorous waterwheel plant (Aldrovanda vesiculosa) snaps.” The authors claim that their study of the mechanical trap of the Waterwheel plant “contributes to the question of how snap-traps may have evolved” but, since the paper is behind a paywall, we cannot analyze their arguments here. It appears from the press release, though, that there are significant differences between the two snap-trap species: differences in—Habitat, one terrestrial and one aquaticSize, one hand-size and the other made of trailing stemsGrowth habit, one upright and the other trailingMechanics, one employing hydraulics and the other internal pressure in the cellsSpeed, the Waterwheel being ten times fasterThere is no evidence the two plants are related. “It is thought that the waterwheel and the flytrap may share a common ancestor,” Mary Halton says in the BBC News article. “However there is no fossil evidence for what this ancestor might have looked like.”“This is one of the main questions in the carnivorous plant community,” says Dr Simon Poppinga, an author on the study.“Snap traps evolved only once in plants. There are two different mechanisms. Which one was first?“The second paper focuses on the design of the Waterwheel plant to come up with a biomimetics application: “Flectofold—a biomimetic compliant shading device for complex free form facades,” by Körner et al. in Smart Materials and Structures. Illustration from Curtis’s Venus flytrap, drawing from Botanical Magazine by William Curtis (1746–1799)Smart and adaptive outer façade shading systems are of high interest in modern architecture. For long lasting and reliable systems, the abandonment of hinges which often fail due to mechanical wear during repetitive use is of particular importance. Drawing inspiration from the hinge-less motion of the underwater snap-trap of the carnivorous waterwheel plant (Aldrovanda vesiculosa), the compliant façade shading device Flectofold was developed. Based on computational simulations of the biological role-model’s elastic and reversible motion, the actuation principle of the plant can be identified. The enclosed geometric motion principle is abstracted into a simplified curved-line folding geometry with distinct flexible hinge-zones. The kinematic behaviour is translated into a quantitative kinetic model, using finite element simulation which allows the detailed analyses of the influence of geometric parameters such as curved-fold line radius and various pneumatically driven actuation principles on the motion behaviour, stress concentrations within the hinge-zones, and actuation forces. The information regarding geometric relations and material gradients gained from those computational models are then used to develop novel material combinations for glass fibre reinforced plastics which enabled the fabrication of physical prototypes of the compliant façade shading device Flectofold.Readers may wish to score these two papers on their scientific value. The first one does produce original knowledge on the plant’s mechanics, but ends with a just-so story about evolution. The second paper yields a practical application that could improve our lives.Darwinian storytelling is so useless. Give it up, researchers! We don’t need an “evolutionary perspective” on everything. Give us the facts, and make something useful from what you learn to help your fellow human beings.(Visited 409 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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SA congratulates South Sudan

first_img10 July 2012 President Jacob Zuma has congratulated South Sudan on the country’s first anniversary of independence, offering South Africa’s continued support for peace and development in the country even as relations with north Sudan remain fragile. South Sudan became the world’s newest country on 9 July 2011. Its birth was the culmination of a six-year peace process which helped bring an end to the long-running conflict between South Sudan and Sudan, of which it was formerly a part. Zuma said in a statement on Monday that South Africa would continue to support efforts to create an environment for the entrenchment of democracy and development of government institutions in South Sudan.Security, oil issues With one year having passed since the official declaration of South Sudan’s separation from north Sudan, the two countries so far seem to have failed to establish good neighbourly relations. Despite confirmation by the politicians of both sides to establish relations, recent events prove that the historical differences between the two sides are deeper than they appeared. The outstanding issues, including the sharing of revenues of oil, which is produced in the South and exported via north Sudan’s oil infrastructures and ports, were among the most prominent differences that prevented the establishment of normal ties between Khartoum and Juba. The oil dispute reached its peak when South Sudan decided on January 20 to stop pumping its crude oil, due to differences over the fees for exporting the South’s oil through Sudan’s ports. The decision had negative consequences for both economies, as Sudan lost three-quarters of its oil revenues, pushing the Sudanese government to adopt far-reaching economic reforms but causing a rise in prices of basic commodities that prompted demonstrations. Meanwhile, the citizens of South Sudan are suffering from lack of development and basic services together with high prices of basic commodities.‘Both sides struggling to adapt to separation’ The two countries almost slid into a comprehensive war when South Sudan’s army occupied Sudan’s oil-rich area of Heglig on 10 April. According to observers and analysts, the relationship between Khartoum and Juba will not return to normal unless the security and oil issues are resolved. Sudanese expert Mohamed Hassan Saeed says events following the separation of South Sudan have proved that the security issue is still a major threat to stable relations between the two countries, with the oil dispute adding further tension. “Full normalisation in the relations between Khartoum and Juba cannot be achieved without exploring a settlement for security issues between the two countries,” Saeed said. “The standing issues at the Blue Nile and South Kordofan areas as well as Abyei should be resolved first, and then the two sides can search for an agreement to restore pumping of the South’s oil through Sudan to meet the demands of the two country’s peoples. “Definitely, the current disputes are the outcome of the separation, because both countries are facing difficulty in adapting to the new situation,” Saeed said. “The South is suffering from difficulties of building a state from nothing under chronic tribal conflicts, scarcity of resources and lack of infrastructures, while Sudan is suffering from economic, security and political issues.”‘No choice but to work together’ Abdul-Azeem Ahmed, a Sudanese political analyst, believes that the two countries have no choice but to work to establish constructive relations based on common interests and mutual benefits. “Whatever the differences are, they will eventually resort to favouring cooperation and normalisation of relations, because that is the most realistic option,” Ahmed told news agency Xinhua. “It seems there is an urgent need to resolve the joint issues within a political framework, because both countries need stability and development,” Ahmed added. “They also need to create opportunities to change the negative feeling of regional isolation”. South Sudan was officially declared independent on 9 July 2011 in a celebration that was attended by around 30 African heads of state and representatives of regional and international organisations. The relationship between north and south Sudan witnessed continued tension for about two decades until the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) was signed between the two sides in January 2005 to end the longest civil war on the African continent. In accordance with the CPA, a referendum on self-determination for southern Sudan was conducted in January 2011, in which around 98 percent of southern Sudanese citizens voted for independence. Source: SANews.gov.za-Xinhualast_img read more

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South Africa’s tallest structures and buildings

first_imgThere are 54 skyscrapers in South Africa that are more than 100m high, according to the Skyscraper Center global database. Of these, four are taller than 150m and one is over 200m. Most are in Johannesburg, but some feature in the skylines of Durban and Cape Town.As South Africa develops its economic status and infrastructure into the 21st century, more skyscrapers are being planned or are already under construction, all set to rival and eclipse these existing buildings in sky-scraping glory.But while these buildings are high, they are still not the highest man-made structures in South Africa.South Africa’s highest structuresVarious power station smokestacks around the country rank as the top nine highest structures in South Africa, ranging from 275m (the Lethabo, Matla and Kendal power stations) to 301m (the Sasol synthetic fuel plant in Secunda, Mpumalanga).Themost amazing #TVtowers : Hillbrow Tower in #Johannesburg#JHB #SouthAfrica (270m) pic.twitter.com/sUGLznRjfa— PROMAX Electronics (@PROMAX_news) May 27,2016Johannesburg’s iconic Hillbrow Tower, now known as Telkom Tower, is the 10th highest structure – but the highest urban structure – at 269m.Assorted television transmission masts around the county also dwarf the country’s highest building, at 265m each.The 10 highest buildings in South [email protected] @AdeleRoberts on top of the tallestbuilding in Africa: carlton centre in Johannesburg #lastphoto pic.twitter.com/eNmTkc65Pv—Deano (@The5BallOver) August 15,2016Carlton Centre in downtown Johannesburg, built in 1973, is currently the highest building in the country, as well as the highest in Africa. At 222.5m, the Carlton is a 50-floor, 75.355m2 business district, hotel and shopping centre. The building is owned by Transnet and houses its head office. The top floor is known as the Top of Africa, and offers an unrivalled view of the City of Gold.Another of Johannesburg’s instantly recognisable buildings is the country’s second highest. Ponte City is the tallest residential skyscraper in Africa at 172.8m.#CellCLGG5 PonteTower pic.twitter.com/eHIF6c92LO— Timothy Geissler (@Tim_G_15) June 10,2016Built in 1975, its 55 floors have featured as backdrops for films such as District 9, Chappie and Dredd. A number of documentaries have also been made about its history and colourful residents.German writer Norman Ohler described the building aptly in his book City of Gold when he wrote: “Ponte sums up all the hope, all the wrong ideas of modernism, all the decay, all the craziness of the city. It is a symbolic building, a sort of white whale, it is concrete fear, the tower of Babel, and yet it is strangely beautiful.”TheMarble Towers, Johannesburg (pic: Photobucket) https://t.co/IZLabnVaAP pic.twitter.com/hTsgyASz2s— CDAnderson (@bizarrojerri) September 8,2016Marble Towers, previously called Sanlam Centre, also in Johannesburg, is the third highest building in South Africa at just over 152m. It pips the Pearl Dawn building in Umhlanga, Durban/eThekwini by just one centimetre. Marble Towers is constructed from marble and concrete and boasts the largest electronic advertising board on its façade. The building is used for office space, and has an eight-storey parking garage.Pearl Dawn is one of the country’s newest skyscrapers, completed in 2008, with 152m of 31 floors for permanent and holiday residential property. It is part of the greater Umhlanga tourism development project. A second phase of the project, scheduled to be completed by 2017/18, is expected to add an additional building – Pearl Sky – reaching more than 180 metres into the air.Pearl Dawn is a 31-floor skyscraper in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, SouthAfrica. pic.twitter.com/gpDX7o4g9i— CD Anderson (@bizarrojerri) September 8,2016Foreboding as a dark, monolithic presence on the skyline of the Pretoria/Tshwane CBD, the Reserve Bank building is the fifth highest in the country at 148m. It houses South Africa’s central monetary authority. It was built in 1988.TheReserve Bank building, Pretoria, South Africa (pic: Photobucket) https://t.co/FicoTWmSbp pic.twitter.com/aUAhGKsVX5—CDAnderson (@bizarrojerri) September 8,201688 on Field (formerly called Southern Life) was Durban’s highest structure between 1986 and 2008, at 146.5m. Situated in the heart of the city’s business district, the building is home to the offices of various international businesses and a popular shopping centre. It features glass shuttle elevators, offering views of the city and Indian Ocean.88 OnField, Durban. The city’s highest building 1986 – 2008. (Pic: Emporis)https://t.co/853lLSMQa4 pic.twitter.com/vMmsthRWxi—CD Anderson (@bizarrojerri) September 9, 2016While the 140m Kwadukuza Egoli Hotel Tower 1 (formerly Johannesburg Sun and Towers Hotel) has had a chequered history, from being a five-star hotel during its 1980s heyday to a police personnel housing complex in the early 2000s, there are plans to rejuvenate the building’s 40 floors as commercial and residential real estate.Kwadukuza Egoli Hotel Tower, formerly Johannesburg Sun and TowersHotel (pic: Photobucket) https://t.co/0kptGghReh pic.twitter.com/pX6H8QBZIM—CD Anderson (@bizarrojerri) September 8,2016As one of the most sought-after addresses in Johannesburg, the luxurious Michelangelo Towers in Sandton, also offers the one of the best views in the city.Completed in 2005, the 140m Michelangelo is now a ubiquitous part of the city skyline. It is part of the Sandton retail, hotel and conferencing district, which includes Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton City and the Sandton Conference Centre. An apartment in the Michelangelo can cost up to R28-million.RThttps://t.co/xuNoFePrZu MichelangeloTowers Hotel Johannesburg #SouthAfrica – https://t.co/X1xdK2CxP4 pic.twitter.com/5vNflrGyqq—South Africa News (@southafricaz) February 3,2016Both Absa Building and Trust Bank Centre, in the Johannesburg CBD close to the old Johannesburg Stock Exchange, are 140m high and house various corporate headquarters for local and international banking institutions and other financial companies. Trust Bank Centre, built in 1970, houses one of the largest bank vaults in South Africa.TheABSA and Trust Bank buildings in Johannesburg (pics: Photobucket) pic.twitter.com/ORJ6j8QNmY—CD Anderson (@bizarrojerri) September 8,2016The tallest building in Cape Town is Portside, at 139m. Completed in 2014, the only public stipulations for its completion were that it not obscure the view of Table Mountain and that it have a low energy footprint. The completed building earned a five-star Green Star rating from the Green Building Council of South Africa.APFacquires half of Portside Tower https://t.co/bkpw2nUhSI via @Biz_Property pic.twitter.com/ayFKtLWxbi—Bizcom Property (@Biz_Property) June 27,2016The future of South African skyscrapersA number of proposed or currently under construction buildings are set to take skyscrapers higher in South Africa, while significantly changing the skylines of its major cities. These include:The Leonardo, a 42-floor, 223m luxury residential building in Sandton, Johannesburg, is scheduled to be completed by 2018, and become, give or take a few centimetres, the highest building in the city.By 2021, eThekwini hopes that the proposed 370m, R6-billion Iconic Tower will be the southern hemisphere’s tallest skyscraper. The building is expected to “serve as a potential catalyst to future large-scale development within the Durban inner city, and the greater metropolitan area”, according to its developers.At370m, the Durban Iconic Tower is aiming at becoming the tallest skyscraperinAfrica by 2021 (pic: Google) pic.twitter.com/AcmqVHnK4V—CD Anderson (@bizarrojerri) September 8,2016The proposed Kgoro Gateway commercial property development in Sandton, due to be completed by 2030, hopes to sport twin skyscrapers reaching higher than 165m each.Source: Business TechSouthAfrica.info reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SouthAfrica.info materiallast_img read more

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