Work begins on Kusile power station

first_img11 August 2008Construction has begun on the Kusile power station, the second coal-fired power station being built by South African state company Eskom as part of its multi-billion rand expansion, with completion scheduled for 2017.The new base-load power station, which will consist of six generating units generating a total of approximately 4 800 megawatts, is situated close to the existing Kendal power station near the town of Witbank in Mpumalanga province.The first generating unit is scheduled for completion by 2013, followed by the completion on an additional unit after every eight months.Revised plan“Two years ago, Eskom revised its electricity growth projection from 2.3% to 4% per annum,” Eskom CEO Jacob Maroga said in a statement issued by the Department of Public Enterprises last week.“The upward revision of the electricity demand growth to 4% was required to align to government’s target of a 6% gross domestic product growth between 2010 and 2014, [and the] Kusile power station had to be brought forward as a result of the revised plan.”The state-owned electricity utility has selected Anglo Inyosi, the black economic empowerment subsidiary of Anglo Coal South Africa, to supply the required coal for the life of the power station.The coal, which will be transported by conveyor belt, will be supplied from the nearby New Largo reserve as well as from the Zondagsfontein reserve.State-of-the-art technologyKusile will be the first power station in South Africa to have flue gas desulphurisation technology installed.According to Eskom, flue gas desulphurisation is a state-of-the-art technology that is used to remove oxides of sulphur, including sulphur dioxide, from the exhaust flue gases in coal-fired power plants.This enables Eskom to use the technology as an atmospheric emissions abatement technology, thereby ensuring compliance with air quality standards.Kusile is Eskom’s second most advanced coal project after Medupi power station in Limpopo province, which began construction in April.“In the next 18 months, the construction of this new power station will create up to 5 000 jobs and will peak to 8 000,” Maroga said. “We estimate that some 7 000 beds will be required, along with 21 000 meals per day to cater for the construction workers at the peak of the construction activities.”SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Facebook Goes Real Time on Any Site with Live Stream Box

first_imgA Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit jolie odell This feature can now be added to any website where real-time UGC and user interaction are desired. According to the blog, “Users log in using Facebook Connect and share updates that appear both within the Live Stream Box and on their Facebook profiles and in their friends’ home page streams. Each post includes a link back to the Live Stream Box on your site so users can discover the live event and immediately join based on their friends’ recommendations.”The feature, Facebook says, is built to scale; they anticipate certain sites or events having so many real-time updates that not all users will be able to view or absorb all the content in the stream.Developers and site owners can visit Facebook’s Live Stream Box page to learn more. For websites that don’t require real-time user interaction, Facebook still recommends their Comments Box, released earlier this year. The Comments Box also allows users to connect through Facebook Connect, but content generated is archived, asynchronous, and searchable. Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Today, Facebook is launching a new feature for webmasters to post a stream of relevant Facebook updates in real time.The new feature, called a Live Stream Box, can run on sites “next to live streaming videos of concerts, speeches, sporting events, webcasts, TV shows, presentations, or webinars,” according to an announcement we received via email. “Sites can also run the Live Stream Box in multi-player games or with any other experience where many people are visiting a website at the same time.” According to a new post on the Facebook developer blog, the team at Facebook began testing this feature during the 2009 presidential inauguration, when they ran real-time status updates and comments alongside streaming video on CNN’s website. They then implemented the feature for other events that generally cause a real-time traffic spike in microblogging and live video content, such as the NBA All-Star Game and the Academy Awards. The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Tags:#Facebook#web Related Posts Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro…last_img read more

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Enbridge shares fall after Minnesota judge issues Line 3 recommendation

first_imgIt says utilizing the existing route would mean physically removing the old pipe and replacing it, a process that would require Enbridge to stop oil shipments for about 16 months, effectively removing 390,000 barrels per day of crude oil takeaway capacity.The existing route crosses two Ojibwe Native American reservations where tribal governments have voiced opposition to replacing the line, setting up the potential for future disputes, Desjardins says.Judge Ann O’Reilly wrote that Enbridge has established that the project is needed, but that the negative consequences to Minnesota of the company’s more southerly preferred route outweigh the benefits. The cost-benefit analysis shifts in favour of approving the project if Enbridge builds the pipeline in Line 3’s existing trench, she said.O’Reilly’s recommendations aren’t binding on the commission, but they’re the product of an extensive public hearing and comment process.Commission Chair Nancy Lange acknowledged at a hearing last month that whatever the commission decides, the dispute is likely to end up in court.Enbridge said in a statement that it was pleased the judge listened to the extensive evidence for the need for the project, and will be taking time to review the recommendation that it use the existing right-of-way. CALGARY, A.B. – Shares in Enbridge Inc. were trading down nearly five per cent the day after a judge in Minnesota recommended that its Line 3 pipeline replacement project follow its existing route across the state rather than the company’s preferred route.Enbridge traded as low as $37.86, off $1.96, on the Toronto Stock Exchange on Tuesday morning.In an overnight note, analysts at Desjardins Capital Markets say the administrative law judge’s report could mean delays for the project if the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission adopts her recommendation. A vote is expected in June.last_img read more

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Freezing rain warning issued for Fort Nelson

first_imgSee the full weather warning below.Issued at 2019-01-26 16:25 UTC by Environment Canada: Freezing rain warning issued for:Fort Nelson, B.C. (088100)Current details: Freezing rain is expected or occurring.A warm front is moving across northern BC. Warm air aloft in combination with the cold air at the surface is producing periods of freezing rain over the Fort Nelson area. The freezing rain is expected to change over to a few flurries this evening as the warm front moves out of the region.Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become icy and slippery.Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions. Freezing rain warnings are issued when rain falling in sub-zero temperatures creates ice build-up and icy surfaces. FORT NELSON, B.C. – Environment Canada has issued a freezing rain warning for the Fort Nelson region.A warm front is moving across northern BC. Warm air aloft in combination with the cold air at the surface is producing periods of freezing rain over the Fort Nelson area.The freezing rain is expected to change over to a few flurries this evening as the warm front moves out of the region.last_img read more

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DEO launches 12 documentaries to encourage voters

first_imgKolkata: The District Election officer (DEO), North Kolkata, on Monday launched Ek Dojon Goppo, a collection of 12 audio-visual documentaries which will be displayed at various parts of the North Kolkata Parliamentary constituency including multiple Metro railway stations, in order to encourage the people to cast their votes.The move has been undertaken as the Election Commission has observed a low turnout of voters during the last Lok Sabha Election in 2014 and the Assembly elections in 2016. Apart from the audio-visual documentaries, the office of the DEO North also released a jingle titled Amar Gorber Kolkata, Amar Nirbhoy Vote, which will be played in Metro stations and on social media, to enthuse interest among the voters. The documentaries have a duration ranging between 35 seconds and 1.18 minutes. They will be played in Metro stations from Tuesday. The videos will also be uploaded on various social media platforms. “We have requested the Metro Railway authorities to play our documentaries and they have agreed to do so. We are also uploading them on social media to reach out to the maximum number of people. Apart from the documentaries, we are also staging street dramas in various Assembly constituencies, encouraging the voters to take part in the electoral franchise,” said Dibyendu Sarkar, DEO North Kolkata. Sarkar also said that during the Lok Sabha elections in 2014, the voter turnout in North Kolkata remained at 66.65 percent, which was a little lower than the average turnout in Bengal. The Chowringhee Assembly segment recorded the lowest turnout of 57.73 percent during the last Lok Sabha. It was the lowest turnout of voters in any Assembly constituency in the state in 2014. Similarly, during the Assembly elections in 2016, North Kolkata recorded an average voting percentage of 64.27, which was again lower than the average turnout in the state. According to Sarkar, the reason of low turnout in North Kolkata is apparently the migration of voters. Many persons who stay here for work and are the voters of North Kolkata, often go to their native places during the elections. The audio-visual documentaries capture various traditional aspects of the lives of the people in North Kolkata. One of the stories captures the mood of a rickshaw-puller, while the other depicts heritage trams. Videos have been made on various themes like Jorasanko Thakur Bari, Old Kolkata Adda, College Street, wrestling and others. Through all the documentaries, an appeal has been made to the voters to exercise their franchise.last_img read more

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Singapore jails Indian for giving police false info

first_imgSingapore: An Indian national has been jailed for two weeks for falsely accusing two persons of forcing her into prostitution as she did not want her husband to find out how she was earning a living in Singapore. Kalaiselvi Murugiyan (24) made a police report last year claiming that a man and a woman had forced her to become a prostitute, The Straits Times reported on Tuesday. She pleaded guilty to giving false information to Police Inspector Mohamed Raffiq Mohamed Ishak of the Central Police Division. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportCourt documents did not say what she was working as in Singapore. The court heard that Kalaiselvi went to the Rochor Neighbourhood Police Centre on November 1 last year to make a report. She was referred to the Central Police Division to have her statement recorded. The Specialised Crime Branch then investigated the case. Deputy Public Prosecutor Grace Goh told the court that Kalaiselvi lied to Inspector Raffiq while giving her statement at the Police Cantonment Complex on November 1. The man and woman were later arrested. Kalaiselvi owned up to her lies at around 2.30 pm the next day. Kalaiselvi, who was not represented by a lawyer, told District Judge Christopher Tan on Tuesday that she did not want to go to jail. She pleaded for forgiveness and said she had to take care of her family members in India. Before handing down the sentence, Judge Tan stressed that two persons had been falsely implicated and arrested as a result of her lies. “Valuable police resources were wasted,” he said. For giving false information to a police officer, Kalaiselvi could have been jailed for up to a year and fined up to SGD 5,000.last_img read more

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The NFL Is No League For Old Men

Miami6 Carolina6 Arizona8 You could hardly find a group of people less likely to share an ethos with the counterculture movement of the 1960s than NFL decision makers. But increasingly, they don’t seem to trust anyone over the age of 30, either.In 2007, there were 201 players — not including kickers and punters — over 30 who started at least eight games, according to Pro-Football-Reference.com.1Pro-Football-Reference.com gives a player’s age for the season as the age he was on Dec. 31 of that season. That number was down to 133 last season, equating to roughly four per team. That’s a drop of 33.8 percent. Buffalo6 Could there be a market inefficiency in older players today, similar to the one that Allen exploited nearly 50 years ago? It seems like Jon Gruden is determined to find out. Last year, the Raiders had eight 30-something starters, tied with Arizona for the league high. A total of six — safety Reggie Nelson, tackle Donald Penn, running back Marshawn Lynch, tight ends Jared Cook and Lee Smith, and defensive end Bruce Irvin — remain. And the team has added linebacker Derrick Johnson (36 this year), safety Marcus Gilchrist (30) and wideout Jordy Nelson (33) as projected starters. Plus, the team signed 32-year-old Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie last week to fortify an injury-depleted defensive backfield. Gruden was surprised that he was even available.“Somebody that has a history in this league,” the Raiders coach said to The Fresno Bee. “He’s got a lot of clout, and a lot of people know who he is. We’re hoping we can rejuvenate him and get him acclimated to our defense and potentially utilize his skills he’s proven for a long time.”So it seems like the Raiders are set to put a lot more gray into the Silver and Black. For that, in today’s NFL, they don’t have much competition. Roster construction appears to be a big factor. Last year, the eight division winners spent an average of 52.1 percent of their total salary cap on their top 10 players.2The Saints spent the lowest share on their best players at 42.4 percent, but that was due largely to one of the most productive rookie classes in history. And players on rookie contracts, which span up to five years when including option years for first-rounders, are huge bargains relative to their level of on-field production. That left only about half the available money for 80 percent of those teams’ rosters. This would mean that a lot of minimum contracts are being used to fill in the gaps — and because minimum salaries increase according to service time, only the elite 30-somethings may be surviving.This isn’t necessarily the wrong strategy. Once they hit 30, average players are either in the midst of or rapidly approaching the downside of their careers. Data shows that players at all positions generally see performance declines by age 30, with players’ peak ages ranging from 24 for running backs to 28 for most offensive linemen and quarterbacks. The subsequent declines are gradual from year to year, but the result is pronounced for all positions. So teams seem to be prioritizing younger players who are hitting their peak or ascending at the expense of veterans.There are certainly high-profile examples of older players still at the top of their game. But even the New England Patriots, who have been witness to the age-defying brilliance of 41-year-old Tom Brady, haven’t stockpiled older players. Brady was joined by only three other Pats players 30 or older who started at least eight games last year: Danny Amendola, Patrick Chung and Devin McCourty. And the Patriots let Amendola leave via free agency to the Dolphins.Teams in the past have bucked this trend, though. The George Allen-coached Washington teams in the 1970s were nicknamed “The Over-The-Hill Gang” after they systematically traded draft picks for veterans. In 1971, the average age of Allen’s starters was 29.4, and the team had 11 starters over the age of 30. But Washington won nine games that season and 11 the following year, in which they regularly started nine 30-somethings en route to the NFC championship. Baltimore7 Teams that had the most players age 30 or older who started at least eight games last season TeamNo. Players Age 30+ Cincinnati7 Oakland8 Excludes kickers and puntersSource: Pro-Football-Reference.com read more

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Dotting the i Dontre Wilson not 100 percent yet shining in senior

OSU senior H-back Dontre Wilson (2) makes a second half catch despite the efforts of Wisconsin outside linebacker Zack Baun (56) during the second half of the Buckeyes game against the Badgers on Oct. 15. The Buckeyes won 30-23 in overtime. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorWith under six minutes left and down 23-20 to Wisconsin, Ohio State redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett was staring down a 2nd-and-11 from OSU’s 32-yard line. When the Buckeyes need a play, it’s usually either Barrett, junior H-back Curtis Samuel or redshirt sophomore wide receiver Noah Brown who gets the ball. This time, it wasn’t any of them.Senior H-back Dontre Wilson was matched up against Wisconsin redshirt freshman linebacker Zack Baun. Barrett stood in the pocket, checking off his receivers before he saw Wilson turn a button hook into a go route down the sideline. Wilson hauled it in for 43 yards, which ultimately set up the game-tying field goal before OSU won 30-23 in overtime.After nearly giving away a muffed punt earlier in the game, Wilson recovered to give OSU a chance to win the game.When the team went into the locker room after the victory, Wilson was called upon to stand up in front of the team in recognition of his play. The message was simple. He told the team he was grateful for what had just occurred, but that game was not the goal for OSU.“It wasn’t about me at that moment. It’s a team effort,” Wilson said on Monday. “Even though I made that play, it’s still a big team effort. It wasn’t about me, it was about the team.”For Wilson, that play was as significant as any in his career in Columbus. It was even more significant given that he still has not recovered from his broken foot suffered against Michigan State during his sophomore year in 2014.Over the offseason, Wilson said he went to the Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon to have a pair of cleats custom-made for him. Wilson’s cleats are wider than the team-distributed ones, and limit the pain on his foot. OSU coach Urban Meyer said during Monday’s press conference that Wilson still wasn’t quite 100 percent and often doesn’t practice early in the week. Wilson told the media he’s probably about 95 percent, but it’s certainly something he feels out on the field.“When you break a foot, it’s tough, especially a skilled athlete,” Meyer said. “I just love his unselfish approach right now, and the fact he made a play to help us go win a game. He flipped the ball to the official, went back, and almost made another great one to help us. I like where he’s at, and he’s a team player that’s doing the best he can.”For an athlete such as Wilson, a broken foot is not only a physical obstacle, but a mental barrier. Any athlete at OSU will tell you that it’s easy to get frustrated or get down on yourself, however for Wilson, it was much more than a little adversity.“When I first had my injury, I was going through a lot,” Wilson said. “I was going through some stuff with my mother and I had just had my child two days after my injury. I was going through a lot, man. I was real frustrated.” As he stood in a walking boot and crutches on the sideline watching his teammates win a national championship, Wilson said he took that as a sign from God that better days were ahead.Heading into the remaining half of his final season of college football, Wilson is enjoying his most successful season yet. He already has a career-high five total touchdowns (four receiving, one rushing), has accumulated 16 catches for 232 yards and has run the ball 12 times for 75 yards. He is on track to shatter his career mark of receptions and receiving yards in a season.What has enabled Wilson to be a high-impact player is his maturity through his injury. Barrett said he doesn’t see Wilson get frustrated any more than any other receiver. He just fits right in.“It’s almost like we overlook one or the other between Dontre and Curtis. They’re one and the same,” Barrett said. “They’re both dynamic players that do a lot for our offense that create mismatches with linebacker and get up on the safeties and make guys miss all over the field.”Saturday’s game against Penn State will be another difficult test for the Buckeyes, given an environment that Wilson said is the most impressive he has seen as a player. Lingering foot injury, or no injury, Wilson is doing what he can to make the most of his senior season.“I always tell myself I’m going to take it week by week and day by day,” he said. “(I’m) using all of the resources I can for the final games and final months here.” read more

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Commentary What Ohio State must do Beating the Badgers requires full team

Suddenly back in the thick of the Big Ten conference championship race, the Ohio State football team has near-control over its own destiny despite a 1-2 conference record. Assuming Penn State will lose at least one of its conference games against Illinois, Nebraska or Wisconsin, OSU can win out and earn a trip to the inaugural Big Ten Championship Game in Indianapolis. But that begins this week against a bitter Badger brigade. Offense The offense may have an easier task than the defense this week as they face a Wisconsin defense that gave up 399 total yards against Michigan State last weekend. However, less than one-third of that was on the ground, and Daniel “Boom” Herron is the Buckeyes’ best threat. Expect Herron to get plenty of carries again this week, as the Buckeyes have won 21-of-24 contests in which he has crossed the goal line. Braxton Miller likely isn’t going to throw any miracle Hail Marys this week. However, he will need to complete more than one pass and will need to be effective in doing so if the offense is going to function against the Badgers. The Buckeyes got by the Illini by solely rushing the ball, but Wisconsin has a better defense and will have a gameplan to stop the run with plenty of rushing film to analyze. The biggest key for the offense and the team as a whole is to eliminate penalties this week. False starts have plagued the offensive line (J.B. Shugarts) this season and really hinder an already suspect offense. Sparty had zero penalties in their victory last weekend. The offense has to keep hold of the ball as well; turnovers will likely be too much for a bulimic scoring offense to overcome. Defense Pressure, pressure and more pressure: For the defense to be successful, they have to disrupt fifth-year senior quarterback Russell Wilson. In winning their first six games by 31 points or more, Wilson and the Wisconsin offense had only thrown one interception and given up five sacks. Sparty got to Wilson for two picks and three sacks, which arguably was the difference in the game. John Simon will lead the “silver bullets” on the defensive line in their assault on Wilson. Big Johnathan Hankins will look to build on his nine-tackle performance last week and the Buckeyes will need his 6-foot-3-inch, 335-pound frame against a Wisconsin O-line that averages 322 lbs. and 6-foot-5-inches tall. If the silver bullets can contain Montee Ball and the Wisconsin rushing attack and pressure Wilson into making bad throws, then the Buckeyes have a shot. Forcing turnovers will be even more important this weekend as the Buckeyes will need to keep the score down to have a shot. Redshirt freshman cornerback Bradley Roby is second in the Big Ten with three interceptions and could make an impact. Special teams Junior punter Ben Buchanan and sophomore kicker Drew Basil have been consistently phenomenal in the kicking and field position game for the Buckeyes, as have the coverage units. The Buckeyes will need to depend on special teams once again this week, and expect them to respond. Coaching The coaches have to be intelligently aggressive this week. Giving Miller the opportunity to make plays while not putting him in a position to turn the ball over will be a difficult but necessary balance to reach. Just as they did against Illinois in calling for the long field goal against the wind, the coaches must have confidence in their players and give them the opportunity to perform. The team really has nothing to lose and everything to gain. Some risks on offense and special teams are warranted and may yield high rewards for the Buckeyes. Fans With the ‘Shoe filled with scarlet spectators for Saturday’s night game, the fans will need to fuel the Buckeyes with energy from the stands and keep them up when the Badgers have some momentum. Never underestimate the power of the 12th man. read more

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Commentary Retirement should not halt Ohio State involvement for Michael Redd

Then-Milwaukee Bucks guard Michael Redd (22) attempts to beat a defender during a game against the Detroit Pistons Oct. 7, 2009, at the Palace of Auburn Hills.Credit: Courtesy of MCTAs a child, I was raised to be a Buckeye from the start. My mom instilled these beliefs in me as an infant, and my father didn’t have a say in the matter. If he had, it wouldn’t have been any different.I became an avid fan myself though, just before the age of 10. This was largely because of the OSU men’s basketball team and really just two players.Scoonie Penn and Michael Redd are two of OSU’s most memorable former athletes, and they successfully led their team to a 1999 NCAA tournament Final Four appearance. This, however, would later be vacated from the record books because of a rule violation under then-coach Jim O’Brien. I still count it.Redd was a monster player at shooting guard for all three years he attended the OSU, with scoring averages of 21.9 points, 19.5 points and 17.3 points, respectively. His freshman season has yet to be topped by any Buckeye, as he leads all freshmen with 658 points, a 21.9 scoring average and 241 field goals made. Redd has some strong company in Buckeye freshmen, outscoring former OSU stars Jared Sullinger, Greg Oden, Jim Jackson and Herb Williams.Redd ended up with 1,879 career points in 96 games, good enough for sixth in the OSU record books for career point totals. Both Redd and Penn quickly became OSU legends and Redd continued his stellar level of play in the NBA after three seasons as a Buckeye.In 2000, Redd was drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks and played for them for 11 years. Redd reached a career best 26.7 points per game in the 2006-07 season, including a season a franchise record 57 points against Utah. He was a member of the U.S. gold-medal winning basketball team in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and set an NBA record for three-pointers in a quarter when he made eight shots from beyond the arc in the fourth period against Houston on Feb. 20, 2002.Redd, who is back with Milwaukee after a short stint in Phoenix, is set to retire from the game Wednesday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers. He leaves as Milwaukee’s fourth all-time leading scorer, but I doubt he leaves the game for good. The game means too much to him, and he means too much to it.He currently has a home in New Albany, a mere 20 minutes from OSU’s Columbus campus. I would like to see him get more involved in OSU athletics and I feel like he will.Granted, he needs to take some time off and enjoy the life of retirement, but eventually I hope to see him walking around campus like I do other Buckeye legends and with his $500,000 donation to the new Buckeye locker room called, “The Michael Redd Locker Room,” I feel it may be sooner rather than later. read more

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