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Reading and writing are an escape for many from the stresses of the day to day. It gives you a chance to be somewhere else, experience things you wouldn’t normally, and in some rare cases become someone else entirely.
Aspiring author, Danie Botha was born in Chipata, Zambia in 1957. He spent his youth there with his parents, who had been commissioned by the Dutch Reformed Church in South Africa to support the indigenous Church of Zambia.
His family returned to South Africa in 1965; just two years before military service was made compulsory for all white males over the age of 16. Deferral was granted only for the completion of school or a University Degree. So, after completing his Medical Degree from the University of the Free Orange State in 1981, Danie completed two years of conscripted military service.
A work of fiction, the novel takes place in South Africa during the time of the unrest between 1966 and 1989. All historical facts and dates are described by the author as accurately as possible. At the same time the story is one of family, and a reflection on aging, illness, loss and mercy. The protagonist, Wilhelm Henning, provides a piercing look at the political turmoil of South Africa in a time of crisis and war. Although Wilhelm is a fictional character, his experiences are very real.
When they are unable to articulate words, children are able to communicate by drawing the things they see in their imagination and in the world around them. Putting pen (or crayon) to paper comes naturally to them. Over time, most of us lose this instinct and replace it with self doubt; drawing is a skill many wish they had, yet are afraid to pursue.
From an early age, Alan Sideen has been fascinated with ink, paper and the magic that happens when they come together in the right hands. He taught himself to draw, learning from books and cartoons, and in 2000 started his art business.
Alan has been asked to teach art classes by many clubs and organizations; most notably Artists Emporium, one of the largest art store retailers in Western Canada. Seizing an opportunity to pursue the activity he loved, Alan has now taught close to 2,000 fellow art enthusiasts of various ages and skill levels.
Al believes that the key to effective teaching is the ability to maintain the original sense of enthusiasm for “first timers” of the art world. He finds this helps students develop not only their hands-on skills, but confidence in their abilities. Many of his students have gone on to pursue their talents in different art mediums as a result of their re-established confidence.
Always looking to further his skills, and help others along the way, Al maintains a blog, updated almost daily with insights, tips and cartoons. In addition to this, he recently published his own series of Learn to Draw Books, and offers his services as a portrait and caricature artist.
Food on the table, a warm bed and a roof over your head; those are the things people often refer to as the bare necessities. But what do you do when that treasured roof begins to leak? You may find yourself banging your head against the table rather than enjoying a meal at it, and that bed likely isn’t quite as warm anymore, Where do you turn when you need a trusted roofing contractor?
Established in 1975, The Manitoba Shingling Contractors Association (MSCA) is here to help. For almost 40 years the MSCA has helped homeowners find trusted roofing contractors, and has helped companies build their positive reputation in the industry. The ultimate goal of the MSCA is to provide homeowners and construction companies a way to pre-qualify roofing and shingling contractors.
Homeowners requiring roofing work can complete a simple form and select three MSCA members to provide a quote for their future project. All MSCA members must be highly qualified and trustworthy. As an independently regulated organization, the MSCA stands behind their standards, principles and ethics and expects each member to do the same.
Companies interested in joining the MSCA must meet minimum requirements, including being COR or SECOR certified. They must also have been actively in business for a minimum of two years. This ensures the highest standard of quality and safety is upheld, both for homeowners and contractors.
The MSCA Board of Directors understands how important it is to hire the right contractor for the job. The board hopes that by supporting their members they will continue to provide quality work to homeowners, which will elevate the the Manitoba Shingling industry as a whole. Because in the end, the roof over your head protects the home you’ve made under it.
Of the 21 billion litres of waste oil produced each year, only 10% of this is properly re-refined and recycled, often due to lack of space in traditional refineries. In regions where a proper re-refinement facility is unavailable there is a greater chance the waste oil will be improperly disposed of, either by being buried, burned or dumped. This environmentally hazardous disposal allows hazardous chemicals, often linked to asthma and cancer, to be released into the environment - directly into the soil, air and water.
HD-Petroleum has acknowledged this worldwide problem, and come up with a solution. Their revolutionary technology is able to re-refine waste oil into high quality diesel fuel, all while only taking up roughly the space of a tennis court.
Their distinct three step process allows the waste oil to be effectively re-refined, while having less overall environmental impact. By bringing the solution to the problem the high quality diesel fuel can be re-used in the same region, reducing the costly collection and distribution process normally associated with re-refining waste oil.
The initial prototype for HD-Petroleum’s technology was originally created by Barney Habicht, and later perfected by his grandson Todd Habicht, the company’s founder. Todd and his team understand that while it may not be something you normally take the time to stop and think about in your day to day life, waste oil is a concern for everyone. Each day they continue to build on the idea that effective waste oil re-refining should be available to all communities.
Hiding out in the basement, dominating your friends at video games and vying for the first player controller, is a memory shared by many gamers. Now the times you spend with your friends huddled around one screen seem fewer and further between. The advent of multiplayer gaming on a world wide scale means, the in-person piece of the experience is lost. While it is possible to play against anyone, in any part of the world, who has access to the online world, the interaction is not the same.
Since they were young, Kyle, Thomas-Adam and Kevin have wanted to create games, specifically games that gamers want to play. The three were aware of a distinct void in the gaming industry and wanted to shift things back to the way they remember gaming. This led to the opening of the up and coming game design studio, Camasa Studios.
Each member of the team brings to the table a wealth of knowledge and experience in the game design industry; Kyle with experience in programming, Thomas-Adam in music composition and Kevin in art direction. As a studio, Camasa’s goal is to provide engaging, cross platform, online games for solo and team play - for free!
Their current project, Redshift, puts the player in the seat of a fighter pilot caught in a high stakes war in space. The game is designed to be played the way a multiplayer game should be – with your friends! A key feature of the game that players will no doubt appreciate is the customizability of the entire gaming experience.
As players progress through the game and complete objectives, they earn experience and money, which can then be used to fit their ship with millions of potential load-outs to their own individual preference and style. With built in split-screen game play capability and cooperative and competitive play options, the experience is truly unique. Camasa Studios is without a doubt, one to watch.