Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Mike Johnston, left, and assistant Rick Tocchet, right rear, stand behind their bench as Beau Bennett (19) celebrates with teammates after scoring a first period goal during a NHL pre-season hockey game against the Detroit Red Wings in Pittsburgh Monday, Sept. 22, 2014. The Red Wings won 2-1. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)PITTSBURGH (AP) – The puck is the same size. So is the rink. The goal too.So forgive Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby if he’s not getting too caught up in the idea new coach Mike Johnston and general manager Jim Rutherford are creating some kind of brave new world for the perennial Stanley Cup contenders to navigate after they were brought in to replace Dan Bylsma and Ray Shero.“There’s only so many ways to play,” Crosby said. “It’s not like we’re reinventing anything. It’s little details, little cues. Guys at every position have to be aware of little details.”And one big one: thrive in May and – hopefully – June.Five straight seasons without a Cup victory parade cost Bylsma and Shero their jobs, leading to the kind of turnover the Penguins have largely avoided during Crosby’s eight-year career.While the league’s reigning MVP allows there will be an adjustment period as Pittsburgh gets acclimated to Johnston’s up-tempo but decidedly more responsible approach, Crosby believes the Penguins are ready for the challenge.“I think in different situations change can be a pretty good thing,” he said. “But it’s all about your attitude and your mentality toward it too. For new guys and guys that have been here, you have to focus that much more and pay attention to everything. In a way I think it gets the best of everyone and forces everyone to be more focused right away.”Even if that’s not the ultimate goal. Rolling through the regular season has never been an issue for the Penguins, who romped to the Metropolitan Division title last spring only to fall to the New York Rangers in seven games in the Eastern Conference semifinals, a series they led 3-1 before collapsing. It was the fifth straight postseason Pittsburgh fell to a lower-seeded team.Bylsma and Shero weren’t the only ones out the door. Forward James Neal took his 27 goals and his sometimes surly attitude to Nashville in a draft day trade. Defensemen Brooks Orpik and Matt Niskanen bolted for the riches offered by Washington in free agency.Their replacements aren’t bold-faced names, but that’s fine. In Crosby, forward Evgeni Malkin, defenseman Kris Letang and goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, the Penguins have plenty of recognizable faces. What they need is the cohesion it takes to play deep into spring. After a bumpy summer, Pittsburgh is ready to move on.“When you get a new house, you’re excited with your new house,” Letang said. “It’s not that the old one was bad, it’s just that it didn’t work for you anymore, stuff like that. It’s exciting to be in something new.”Some things to look for as the Penguins try to get back to where they once belonged:SLOW START: Johnston’s first training camp hasn’t exactly gone to plan. Crosby has missed time with a wrist injury and the loss of his grandmother, while Malkin hasn’t been anywhere near a practice while recovering from an undisclosed injury. Johnston stressed early on the issues with the former MVP were minor, but his absence stretched into the final days of camp. Whenever the 28-year-old Russian returns, it will take him a bit to get up to speed, leading to the potential for a sluggish start.CROSBY’S OK: Crosby insists the bum wrist that slowed him at the end of the 2013-14 season and limited his effectiveness in the playoffs – where he scored just once in 13 games – is responding well to treatment. He opted to skip surgery only to have another minor issue pop up just before camp. He’s optimistic it won’t take long to find a rhythm in Johnston’s system, which focuses more on puck possession, meaning he may have the puck on his stick more than ever as he searches for a third MVP award.FLOWER POWER: Fleury was one of the few bright spots during the playoffs. After a handful of tough springs, he posted the second-highest postseason save percentage (.915) and second-lowest goals against (2.40) of his career. Still, it wasn’t enough for the Penguins to offer him a new contract. So he enters the final season of the seven-year deal he signed in 2008 with a bit of uncertainty. If he’s worried, he’s not showing it.“I just want to go play, go win,” Fleury said. “What’s going to happen is what’s going to happen. I’m not worried too much about it.”SUPER DUPER: The Penguins played the second half of last season without forward Pascal Dupuis, who tore the ACL in his right knee and watched Pittsburgh’s meltdown against the Rangers from afar. He’s back playing alongside Crosby, and the Penguins will rely on the 35-year-old’s steadying presence in the dressing room now more than ever.GO, GO, GO: Johnston is at his first NHL head coaching stop but he’s not new to coaching some of the game’s best. He served as general manager for the Canadian hockey program and spent time in Los Angeles and Vancouver as an assistant. Given a roster filled with offensive-minded players, his goal is to get them moving together.
SEVERAL of the island’s top netballers will be in action today as the third staging of the Berger Elite League (BEL) will get under way inside the National Indoor Sports Centre with the playing of two matches. In the opening game at 6:30 p.m., the Under-21 Shiners will take on the St Ann Orchid, while at 7:45 p.m., defending champions Clarendon Gators will oppose Kingston Hummingbirds. In the curtain-raiser, the Janet Guy-coached Orchid team will start as favourites over the National Under-21 outfit, as they have a wealth of experience in their squad. The team will include the likes of veteran Simone Forbes and Althea Byfield, and will be complemented by Shanice Beckford, Giselle Anderson and Adean Thomas, who are all part of the present national senior line-up. It will be interesting to see how the Under-21 team matches up against more experienced players as they continue their preparation for the Netball World Youth Cup slated for Botswana next July. In the feature, the Dalton Hinds-coached Clarendon Gators will be hoping for a winning start and coach Hinds, despite losing most of his players from last year’s team, remains very optimistic about their outlook for the upcoming season. “We will be without four players from last year’s winning team but our chances of retaining the title are very good,” said Hinds. Kasey Evering and Nicole Aiken-Pinnock will lead the charge here for the defending champions. Marvette Anderson’s King-ston Hummingbirds will be hoping to deny the defending champions a good start and will look towards the likes of Shameera Sterling, Stacey-Ann Facey, Thristina Harwood and Kerry-Ann Brown to pull off the win. Preceding the games there will be an opening ceremony and uniform parade involving all eight teams. The other teams involved are Under-21 Suns, St Catherine Racers and St James Sharps.
Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters “It’s one of those shots you shoot as a kid,” he said softly. “I just came up short.”The Spartans came up short, long and wide all afternoon and didn’t make a basket in the last 5:41.The Orange forced the Spartans (30-5) to settle for 3-pointers all afternoon and it worked brilliantly in a duel between Hall of Fame coaches. Michigan State took a school record 37 shots beyond the arc, making just eight.“The last couple of jump shots they threw up, they weren’t in the ballpark,” Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim.Syracuse has won three straight since being sent to Dayton for the First Four as what the selection committee chairman acknowledged was the final team to receive an at-large bid. In low-scoring games, the Orange beat Arizona State in Dayton and TCU in the first round. They overcame playing three games in five days and essentially playing a road game, matching up with Michigan State about 75 miles from its campus with green-and-white clad fans packing the stands.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “That’s the difference in the game,” Izzo said.BANK IS OPENMichigan State led 25-22 at halftime after Matt McQuaid made a 3-pointer off the glass after having his shot blocked back to him, catching the ball and throwing it back up with his feet off the ground.“The (shot) was the hardest and luckiest bank I’ve ever seen in my life,” Boeheim said.UP NEXTIn their 11th meeting, the Orange and Blue Devils will break a series tie and the winner will advance to the regional finals in in Omaha, Nebraska. “Bridges is a great player, but we wanted to make him shoot from the outside,” Boeheim said.Winston scored 15 points and Nick Ward added 10 for the Spartans, who shot just 26 percent.Frank Howard fouled out with 13 points for the Orange, who made 36 percent of their shots.BIG PICTURESyracuse can be a problem for any team because that zone is often unfamiliar to opponents and the Orange suddenly have confidence, though still not much offense with just three scorers.Michigan State may have a rough offseason because it will likely lose Bridges and freshman Jaren Jackson to the NBA draft and the school’s crisis on campus isn’t going away anytime soon.Izzo insisted he will be back next season to help the school and his program bounce back from a scandal stemming from sexual assault allegations were handled against Larry Nassar, a former Michigan State doctor, who was sentenced to decades in jail.“I didn’t break this year and I’m not going to break,” he said, surrounded by a slew of reporters after his news conference.PIVOTAL POINTSSyracuse attacked Michigan State’s defense and it made 24 of 31 free throws. The Spartans were kept on the outside, unless they were trying to score off an offensive rebound. They were 11 of 16 at the line and missed the front end of one and ones to take even more potential points away. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism What’s an NCAA Tournament upset worth? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. MOST READ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Syracuse guard Tyus Battle (25) heads to the other end after a 3-point basket during the closing minutes of a second-round game against Michigan State in the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament Sunday, March 18, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)DETROIT — Syracuse barely got into the NCAA Tournament, getting the 68th and final spot.The Orange have earned the right to keep playing in college basketball’s showcase. And, no one will be excited about facing that zone defense.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Tyus Battle had 17 points, Oshae Brissett scored 15, and 11th-seeded Syracuse zoned Michigan State out of the tournament, 55-53 on Sunday to advance to the Sweet 16.“No one plays zone like we do,” Brissett said. “We’re always moving — and we challenge every shot — so teams never get easy looks against us. That’s why nothing surprises me with our defense.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSyracuse (23-13) will face second-seeded Duke (28-7) on Friday in the Midwest Region semifinals.Playing in his hometown with a chance to add another highlight-reel shot to this year’s NCAA Tournament, Cassius Winston missed an opportunity to win the game for the third-seeded Spartans with a shot from about 45 feet just before the buzzer. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown As poorly as Michigan State shot, it had chances to escape with a victory.Miles Bridges missed a 3 with a chance to tie with 11 seconds left and teammate Joshua Langford missed a putback, but Syracuse turned the ball over with 7.9 seconds left.The Orange fouled intentionally to avoid giving up a game-tying 3 twice in the closing seconds and the Spartans made two pairs of free throws to pull within a point both times.“We’re always going to foul in those situations and it’s always worked for us,” Boeheim said. “I’ve seen too many guys when the guy makes a 3 and it goes into overtime.”Paschal Chukwu connected on one free throw with 2.4 seconds left and the miss gave Michigan State a chance to win in dramatic fashion, but Winston couldn’t pull it off.Syracuse took the lead for the first time in the second half with 4:22 left. And then the Orange held on as the Spartans to miss their last 13 shots — plus Winston’s heave, which wasn’t recorded as a shot attempt .Bridges’ college career likely is ending with a performance he would like to forget.“It’s probably the saddest I’ve ever been in my life,” Bridges said.Michigan State coach Tom Izzo acknowledged he expects Bridges to go pro.The sophomore star, who turned a chance to make millions in the NBA this season, was held scoreless for much of the first half and finished with 11 points on 4 of 18 shooting, making just 3 of 12 shots. View comments
“She’s been going up to the dress every day and just touching it,” Castrellon said. “She couldn’t wait to wear it.” As the party got started, students, teachers and aides happily socialized, danced and joked with each other. When one of their teachers, Fred Arroyo, walked into the room, the students let out a big cheer. Arroyo was impressed by the scope of the event. “We usually have an end-of-school picnic, but nothing ever approached this,” he said. “Nothing has been quite so elaborate.” Arroyo said this was the first time anything like this had been planned for the special education students in his nine years at the high school. “I think it’s absolutely fabulous,” he said. “The students have been very excited and looking forward to this.” He cheered and complimented his students throughout the event. “They’re going away, but at least they’re going away with something they can enjoy,” Guzman said. Many of the graduating seniors expressed their excitement about moving on from high school and eventually living independently. Senior Alex Robles spoke optimistically about the possibility of getting a job. Arroyo explained that after completing high school, most of the teens will move on to a transitional living program, which will help them acquire skills for more independent living and perhaps find employment. Castrellon said that the students are regularly taken on trips off campus during the school year to familiarize them with community resources, including the bus system. Many also gain skills in the community. “Some participate in volunteer work programs,” she said. “Every Wednesday we go out into the community during school hours.” She said that many volunteer at places like the Boys and Girls Club, Old Navy and the Whittier Library. The El Rancho students are in the right place, according to Arroyo. “The entire Whittier and Pico Rivera community are very supportive of all our students,” he said. “Whittier as a community is at the forefront of assistance, acceptance and support of disabled adults.” Arroyo added that there are group homes throughout the community that provide them with appropriate living arrangements. Castrellon said that the students also have each other’s friendship for support. “These are their life-long friends,” she said. “They’ve been together since elementary school.” Teacher Carrie Pavalella was moved to tears by the event. “I’m excited,” she said. “I’m very happy for them.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“This has been in the works since last year,” said instructional aide Michele Castrellon. “All the teachers in the special education department pitched in time, money and effort. It’s a really big event.” The party was the brainchild of Sylvia Hernandez, an instructional aide, who had been planning the party since last September, when she came up with the idea. Many of her colleagues then jumped on board enthusiastically to help her organize the event. “Most of these guys don’t get to go to their prom for whatever reason, so this is something special just for them,” Hernandez said, adding that of the nine seniors in the special education class, only three attended prom this year. But nearly every one of El Rancho’s 32 special education students attended Friday’s party. Their excitement was palpable as aides Lourdes Serrano and Tina Espinosa helped them get dressed, styled their hair and did their makeup. Some of the female teachers and aides donated gowns for the students to wear. Liza Cano, a senior, wore a floral, floor-length gown given to her by aide Lydia Guzman. • Graduation Galleries: 1 | 2 Room R4 was decorated with balloons, candles, glitter and a banner that read, “Puttin’ on the Ritz.” Dance music played on a stereo as adults and teenagers hurried about, putting the final touches on ensembles and decorations. On Friday, the instructional aides and teachers of El Rancho High School’s special education department pulled out all the stops to put on a formal-dress party – a mini-prom of sorts – for the department’s graduating seniors.
The lotto numbers for 19th September were 4,8,10,18 match 2 winner was John Kelly Termon.Next week’s jackpot is €2,900. Sellers this weekend are Peadar Toner and James McDaid (Drumacano) Sunday last was a great day for our club when we won the senior championship final against St. Michaels.A big well done to everyone involved in this success. The squad would like to thank everyone who helped out and to all the supporters who welcome Dr. Maguire into the parish on Sunday night. The scoreline was 1-08 to 0-09, a great goal by full forward Michael Murphy sealing the victory.The next league match is away to Malin this weekend.Hard luck to 3rds who were beat by Lifford on Saturday in the Junior B quarter final.The next monthly meeting will take place on Monday the 10th October. Circuits will start again on monday10th October in the club hall for 6 weeks for €25 there will also be a class in January for 10 weeks for €45. Anyone who pays up front for both gets it at the reduced price of €60. EndsGAA NOTES: GLENSWILLY was last modified: October 6th, 2011 by StephenShare 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:Glenswilly GAA notes
THE inquest into the murder of IRA agent Denis Donaldson has been adjourned again today as a lawyer representing his family said he had been instructed to take proceedings against the Irish State.Donaldson, 56, was murdered in his remote home at Classey, Cloghercor, outside Glenties on April 4th 2006.He had been operating as a British spy for 20 years and was shot four times in the chest, face, arm and hand in a rented cottage. Although there have been two arrests relating to Donaldson’s brutal murder, nobody has ever been charged in connection with it.At the time of the murder it was blamed on the Provisional IRA.But the Real IRA in Derry later claimed responsibility for the killing with mainstream republicans claiming the death suited the British intelligence establishment.Denis Donaldson’s daughter Jane wrote to the Irish Times ahead of a scheduled pre-inquest hearing in Donegal.“It is my family’s sincere hope that we shall be permitted to proceed unhindered with an Article 2 compliant inquest of the standard required to ensure disclosure from state agencies – North and South – of all the facts surrounding the murder of Denis Donaldson,” she wrote.The family believe that the Special Branch “holds vital information about his earlier exposure [as an agent] and subsequent murder”, and it is the disclosure of that “full knowledge” that they are seeking.Today Garda Supt Michael Finnan told the inquest that a file on the killing would be sent to the DPP “within weeks.’An adjournment was needed to allow the file to be completed and allow the DPP to take a decision on whether or not there should be prosecutions.However Ciaran Shiels, solicitor, for the Donaldson family told coroner Denis McCauley that he was taking an action against the Irish State under Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights because of the undue delay in holding an inquest.The delay, he said during a 40-minute hearing, was beyond the time period specified as unacceptable in previous cases.The case was adjourned until November 8.At hearingDONALDSON INQUEST ADJOURNED: FAMILY TO SUE STATE OVER DELAY was last modified: April 26th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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)
The St John Bosco Club in Donegal Town is proud to present a evening of music and dance at their Spring Variety Concert on Saturday the 5th of April starting at 8pm in the St John Bosco Centre Donegal Town proceeds in aid of the refurbishment fund.The St John Bosco Centre in Donegal TownIt’s going to be a spectacular nights entertainment with the very best in young and rising talent from the area.Some of the great acts performing on the night include, the highly acclaimed Donegal Community Band, County and Ulster champions and winners of the All Ireland Marching Bands two years running. Performing on the night also are two up and coming young bands, Red Harmony and Between Names, two brilliant soloists Mia Reynolds and Luke O’Sullivan. Two fantastic young choirs, The Trichonaill Youth Choir and the student choir from Gael Scoil na gCeithre Máistrí who will delight you with a selection of songs to keep you humming along to.The Musical fans wont be disappointed either we have some of the cast from the highly enjoyable and successful musicals Matilda and Calamity Jane sing some of the favourites.And for the dancers we have two of the finest dance school in the area the McNeilis Cunnigham and the Boyle Irish Dancers who will be dazzling you their fabulous sets and footwork.So if you free on Saturday the 5th of April and fancy a great nights entertainment and want to help the community too why not come along and bring a friend too, ticket can be bought on the night at the door priced at €10 for adults and €5 for children, starting at 8pm. VARIETY CONCERT HAS SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE AT THE ST JOHN BOSCO CENTRE was last modified: April 5th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:Donegal TownST JOJN BOSCO CENTRE
A pre-inquest hearing into the Buncrana Pier tragedy in which five members of the same family drowned has heard that first responders could not open the doors of the car which had entered the water.Sean McGrotty and his extended family perished when their Audi Q7 jeep entered the waters of Lough Swilly on March 20th, 2016.A full inquest into the tragedy is due to take place at Buncrana Courthouse in November. However, a pre-evidential hearing today heard how a report by Volkswagen Ireland has disclosed the doors of the jeep could not be opened when reached by first responders on the day of the tragedy.The issue was raised by barrister Keith O’Grady who is acting on behalf of the insurers Allianz, for the late Sean McGrotty.Mr O’Grady addressed today’s hearing and outlined a number of issues he wanted to address before the formal inquest takes place in November.He pointed to the report by VW Ireland in which he said it was disclosed by the company that first responders could not open the doors on the jeep. He said he would be fully reviewing this report as well as reports by Donegal County Council into their piers and slipways as well as other reports by the Road Safety Authority and the Irish Water Safety Authority.Sean McGrotty who died along with his two sons in Buncrana pier tragedyMr O’Grady asked coroner Denis McCauley to release all 57 draft witness depositions calling the case “most unfortunate and unusual” and said “we have to ensure that something like this never happens again.”He added “The when and where will not be an issue but the how and surrounding circumstances will be an issue here.“I feel this is a case if ever there was a case for a more extensive disclosure than you may be prepared to grant.“I need to hear what the people on the scene heard, saw and what the condition of the place was,” he said. After consideration, Coroner Denis McCauley said he was usually quite liberal with allowing depositions into an inquest.Brothers Mark and Evan McGrotty who tragically died in Buncrana pier tragedyHowever, he said he did not feel the added depositions could provide anything else to the inquest“I accept all the case law but I feel you will not be prejudiced by not having these statements,” he said.He added that he would review all depositions again and come back to Mr O’Grady if he felt they merited being included. Members of the McGrotty or Daniels families were not present at the hearing.The coroner also gave a suggested running order for the two-day inquest which takes place on November 22nd and 23rd.As well as 12 deposition statements, the coroner said he will hear evidence of the post-mortems carried out, the report by Donegal County Council, a report from Water Safety Ireland, a report from the Road Safety Authority and another report from Volkswagen Ireland.Solicitor for Donegal County Council, Mr Michael Staines, confirmed the council had prepared a detailed independent report into its slipways and piers which was now ready.Five members of the extended McGrotty family died on that tragic Sunday evening in March 2016.Jodie Lee Daniels who died in Buncrana pier tragedy.Those who lost their lives were Sean McGrotty, his sons Mark, 11 and eight-year-old Evan, his mother-in-law Ruth Daniels and her teenage daughter Jodie-Lee Tracey.Mr McGrotty’s infant baby girl Rionaghac-Ann was saved when her father passed her out the window to local man Davitt Walsh who bravely tried to come to the family’s aid.Breaking: Doors of jeep in Buncrana Pier Tragedy could not be opened, inquest hearing told was last modified: October 1st, 2017 by StephenShare 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:AUDI Q7buncranacoronerDr Denis McCauleyinquestjeepOPENpier tragedy
13 July 2005Consol Glass has teamed up with the Worcester Winelands Association (WWA), Wines of South Africa and the Institute of the Blind to launch a unique Braille wine bottle – a world first for the industry.The idea of a Braille bottle – developed by WWA spokesperson Bridget Zietkiewicz and Consol Glass wine business manager Louise Farquharson – stemmed from the fact that Worcester is the South African support and skills development centre for the disabled, with the blind being an integral part of the local community.“A portion of monies raised from the sale of wine in Braille bottles, which carry the legend ‘Product of Worcester, 100% South African’ in Braille, will go to the Institute of the Blind and Pioneer Printers,” said Farquharson.Consol Glass has invested over R590 000 to tool-up operations in the Cape to produce the Braille bottle. Pioneer Printers, Worcester’s dedicated blind translation, print and production house, helped with the design and layout of the Braille imprint on the bottle.The first bottles will be produced at the end of August, with an initial run of 400 000 in 2005.“We want to put Worcester on the map as a serious wine producer,” said Zietkiewicz. “Already we supply major stock to labels that are winning top awards. Now we are beginning to brand ourselves and use our produce to gain recognition and demand for our own winemakers.“This way we also have the privilege of being involved in the starting phase of a programme to promote the use of Braille and provide equal access to product information for all consumers, including the blind and partially sighted,” Zietkiewicz said.To help launch the Braille bottle, the WWA and Wines of South Africa, with assistance from the Crank Handle Club and the Porsche Club, will stage an “Amazing Rally Race” in September.Ten teams – with a blind navigator, a driver and a celebrity in each car – will race from Worcester through Franschhoek and Durbanville and to Cape Town selling cases of wine in Braille bottles to top restaurateurs en route.The race will end at a stand at Winex showcasing Worcester and its special brand from the vine.Another leg of the race will see the Braille bottles being whisked across London in time for the Mega Tasting in Billingsgate in October, championed by Wines of South Africa.Winex, South Africa’s premier wine event, takes place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from 21 to 23 September and at Johannesburg’s Sandton Convention Centre from 25 to 28 October.SouthAfrica.info reporter
Property developer, Citiq, has come up with a South African first, a shopping centre made entirely of shipping containers.The design of the shopping centre is planned to reflect “the vibrant, trendy and somewhat bohemian character” that has made Melville famous. (Image: 27 Boxes)Brand South Africa ReporterEver since some enterprising individual came up with the idea that used shipping containers cannot simply be dumped or cut up as scrap metal, but can be used as structures to replace formal buildings, South African companies have latched onto the idea and are coming up with innovative solutions to property development.Pop into any township or informal settlement in South Africa and one will certainly discover shipping containers of all shades and sizes being used as spaza shops, phone shops or a trendy hair salon. Big cell phone companies like MTN, Cell-C and Vodacom, realising the benefits of these structures, have also cashed in, putting up container cell phone shops at strategic street corners.South African property developers are also weighing options of using traditional building methods against buying cheap second hand shipping containers to build bigger structures like low cost flats and houses. Property developer, Citiq, is one such enterprising property company that has come up with a South African first to build a shopping centre made entirely of shipping containers.27 Boxes shopping centreThe new 2 400m² shopping centre, known as 27 Boxes, will be go up in Melville, in the Faan Smit Park between 3rd and 4th Avenue, a stone’s throw from the suburb’s popular 7th Street.The development will provide 78 shops and 200 underground parking bays. The design of the shopping centre is planned to reflect “the vibrant, trendy and somewhat bohemian character’ that has made Melville famous, transforming the suburb “into a bespoke shopping centre and parkland’, Citiq CEO Paul Lapham told Moneyweb.The preliminary cost of the development is pegged at around R12-million but the underground parking bays will increase costs slightly, according to Lapham.“27 Boxes will not be a normal retail development,’ said Lapham. The retail shops will be small, with an average 14m² in space and rentals ranging from R1 600 to R2 000 per month, much more affordable than retail space in, for example, Sandton City where rentals range between R15 000 to R20 000 per month.Ideal shopping centre“Affordable shopping space is geared for the needs of small entrepreneurs, artists, creative people and food lovers. We hope 27 Boxes will provide an ideal environment to attract shoppers and encourage visitors to linger and enjoy what’s on offer from the eclectic mix of tenants,’ said Lapham.Retail space at the shopping centre will be occupied by a couturier, a bakery, microbrewery, furniture manufacturer, a restaurant, a coffee shop and a boutique garden centre. Art galleries and studios, a children’s playground and an amphitheatre will be thrown into the mix.Before undertaking any major construction development, most retail developers prefer to have at least 70% of their retail space pre-let. However, 27 Boxes will be different and pre-letting is not a requirement, according to Lapham.Permanent tenant shops will be complemented by “pop-up” shops available for periods of a week, allowing the centre “to constantly evolve’ its offering in terms of tenant mix. With Citiq having been given the go-ahead to start construction by the City of Johannesburg, the company hopes construction will be done by the end of January 2015, with the retail centre opening its doors in February.Mill Junction in Newtown27 Boxes follows yet another of Citiq’s Johannesburg “shipping container’ projects which saw the company convert grain silos into student accommodation in Newtown. The Mill Junction, which uses one of the old Premier Mill silo structures as a base, is topped with four floors of repurposed shipping containers and houses 400 students.Lapham said shipping containers have long been associated with pop-up malls and temporary exhibition stands. They have also provided the basic building block for a number of internationally acclaimed retail developments. Box Park in London, and a retail park in Christchurch, New Zealand, are both examples of what can be achieved with the humble shipping container, he said.“We look forward to providing residents and tenants with a shopping experience that will spearhead the revival of Melville,’ said Lapham.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.