Solar park ‘in line with energy plan’

first_img19 October 2010 South Africa is going ahead with its plan to build a multi-billion rand solar park in the Northern Cape, Energy Minister Dipuo Peters said following the release of the country’s draft 20-year electricity blueprint. The Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), a comprehensive policy framework on the country’s future electricital energy mix, has been released for public comment before going to the Cabinet for approval later this year. The Department of Energy said this week that the release of the IRP, contrary to some reports in the media, did not rule out the establishment of the 5 gigawatt park, one of the largest proposed solar parks in the world. Plan ‘allows for solar park’ Peters said the confusion around the solar park was due to the fact that its envisaged electricity generation ability surpassed the target for solar power set in the draft plan. Under renewable energy, the plan makes provision for 7 200 MW of wind, concentrated solar power, biomass and other renewables. Peters said the draft IRP was written with enough flexibility to accommodate the solar park concept, and reaffirmed her commitment to developing the solar park, which comes with an estimated price tag of US$10-million to $15-million. “Realistic targets for electricity generation can only be included in the IRP once we have completed the feasibility studies, which will provide certainty on the necessary core data with regard to the time-frames for the implementation of the envisaged solar park, the scale of its operations (and the) mix of solar technologies that will be used to generate electricity,” Peters said.Investors’ conference A pre-feasibility study by the Clinton Climate Initiative showed that solar projects could generate up to 5 gigawatts of cost-effective electricity in South Africa. The department has commissioned US company Fluor Corporation to develop a conceptual study, followed by a more detailed design plan for the solar park. The conceptual study will be unveiled at the South African Solar Park Investors Conference in Upington on 28 and 29 October. “We are closely collaborating with South Africa’s Department of Energy and the Clinton Climate Initiative on this potential flagship solar power development,” Dave Dunning, president of Fluor’s Power Group, said in a statement last week. “Our company has a strong track record of achievement in South Africa. Just last month, Fluor commemorated its 50-year anniversary of ongoing capital project development in South Africa, and we hope to bring this clean energy initiative to fruition.” The department intends to establish a Solar Park Authority as a unit within the state-owned Central Energy Fund to facilitate the advancement of the project. The Northern Cape is ideal for a solar park because of the abundance of sun in the province. Land availability, connection to the grid, and water availability (through the Orange River) were also deciding factors in choosing the Northern Cape, the department said. SAinfo reporter and BuaNewslast_img read more

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Nigerian artist wins prestigious South African art prize

first_imgPeju Alatise is the 2017 winner of the FNB Art Prize. The Nigerian mixed-medium artist explores strong African narratives with a focus on the experiences of contemporary African women.Peju Alatise’s mixed-medium installation Flying Girls was exhibited at the Venice Biennale in June 2017. (Image: Peju Alatise)CD AndersonAlatise’s various early paintings, later sculptures and current installations will be the showcase exhibit at the tenth annual FNB Joburg Art Fair, to be held in Sandton from 8-10 September 2017.The fair, one of South Africa’s leading art events, will feature more than 60 exhibitions across five categories, including traditional and modern art. Artists and cultural organisations from 11 countries, including the United States, will be part of the event.Alatise’s work was nominated for the award by Johannesburg’s Red Door Gallery. Gallery founder Bola Asiru felt that her work best communicated both the African and female experience. “Peju’s work is filled with strong societal narratives on the realities of life in Africa,” Asiru said.Born in 1975 in Lagos, Nigeria, Alatise studied architecture before being inspired by the jarring and honest visual art of fellow Nigerian artist David Dale. She later trained with Dale, as well as worked with traditional artisans around Africa, learning to incorporate materials such as beads, cloth and natural resins into her increasingly ambitious works.Alatise has exhibited around the world, including at the Smithsonian Institute of African Art in the US and the Venice Biennale in Italy, one of the world’s longest running and most respected art events. Her earlier paintings and more recent multimedia pieces are also in a number of private collections as well as permanent exhibits around the world.“It’s time for [her] message to be taken to the rest of Africa and there is no better platform for this than the FNB Joburg Art Fair,” Asiru said.“[The Biennale is the] highest level of exhibiting an artist can be honoured with,” Alatise told CNN earlier this year. “It is the Olympics of the arts.” The particular work exhibited in Venice, titled Flying Girls, is an eight-sculpture installation of winged girls in mid-flight, representing “a strong societal narrative on the realities faced by women in Africa”. The piece will on show at the Joburg Art Fair.Peju Alatise’s mixed-medium installation Flying Girls was exhibited at the Venice Biennale in June 2017. (Image: Peju Alatise)Announcing her win on its website, the Art Fair describes Alatise’s work as “installations using materials such as cloth, beads, wood, cement and resin. Addressing several social, political and gender-related issues as her primary subject matter, her works have also captured the joys and pain of womanhood as experienced in modern-life-African traditions, with all their consequences. Her subject matter has evolved with her continued experiences, moving her focus from advocating the equal rights of women to broader political and philosophical issues.”Speaking about Alatise’s winning contribution to the Joburg Art Fair, jury member Pulane Kingston from Webber Wentzel Attorneys said the judges were unanimous. “The quality of all shortlisted candidate proposals was high this year, but… Peju Alatise’s proposal… stood out. The innovative, universal social relevance and poignancy in the themes underpinning her work were some of the deciding factors in tipping the scales in her favour.“The body of her work over the years has been varied and compositionally strong and we think that it palpably reflects the intense vibrancy of the African continent. We have no doubt that the integrity of the overall body of her work will propel her career meaningfully.”As sponsor of the award and the event, Aneesa Razack, CEO of FNB Share Investing, said Alatise’s work was a fine representation of the bank’s commitment to art in Africa. “We recognise that artistic expression involves creativity and imagination, which we know to be key drivers of innovation… the social and political commentary of Alatise’s work embodies so much of what we hope to find in the recipient of the prize.”Read an indepth interview with Peju Alatise by Aljazeera here. For more information about the Joburg Art Fair, visit the website here. View more of Peju Alatise’s work on her personal website here. Source: All Africa, FNB, Joburg Art FairWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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Microsoft Is Paying For Its Xbox One Mistakes With The Kinect

first_img9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Related Posts dan rowinski The Platform is a regular column by mobile editor Dan Rowinski. Ubiquitous computing, ambient intelligence and pervasive networks are changing the way humans interact with everything.The Microsoft Kinect presents a dilemma for me. On one hand, it is one of the most innovative pieces of technology to come out in the last 10 years. On the other hand, it’s a completely unnecessary gadget that adds little value to the experience of the Xbox One.See also: Playing The Xbox One Long Game, Microsoft Shifts Toward Setting Its Console FreeThe Kinect is an exceptional piece of technology. Really, it’s probably the most innovative and creative thing that Microsoft has created in years, and unlocking it for third-party development was one of the smartest moves that Microsoft has ever made.Did you know that the MIT Media Lab—one of the great bastions of progressive technology research in the world—uses the Kinect for machine vision experiments and 3D imaging? The Kinect is a cheap off-the-shelf solution that allows for MIT students to build interesting projects. The notion of taking infrared cameras and ocular beam forming to create a machine vision device and reducing it to a consumer-grade package and price should be considered one of the technological marvels of the 21st century.So from an innovator’s point of view, the Kinect is cool. But the technology of the Kinect isn’t exactly the issue when it comes to the Xbox One. Hence the moral dilemma: I want to appreciate the Kinect as a great piece of hardware solving interesting problems, but I find it useless as a consumer product.Quick Thought: Bigger Screen For The iPhone 6?Mark Gurman of 9to5 Mac is still on a hot streak with Apple scoops—almost as if he’s gotten a document dump of iOS 8 and iPhone material (either straight from Apple or someone very knowledgeable).His latest revelation involves specs for the iPhone 6 screen. Gurman says Apple is working on a larger, 1704×960 screen—perhaps a 4.7-inch diagonal. This would keep the iPhone in a 16:9 aspect ratio and make life a little easier on developers who need to upgrade their apps to work on a variety of screen sizes. iPhone rumors will persist until the Apple’s launch event later this year, but Gurman has basically already told us everything we need to know about the new devices and iOS 8. Apple needs to make bigger phones that people crave while making them cheaper. It appears almost certain now that Apple will accomplish at least one of those goals.I’ve been using an Xbox One since taking one out on loan from Microsoft after its Build conference in early April(*). Less than two months later, the Kinect isn’t working and I can’t quite figure out what is wrong with it. It says that it isn’t plugged into the console, but I’ve checked all the cables multiple times; it is indeed plugged in to both the television and the Xbox One.(*) Microsoft “gave” Xbox One consoles to every attendee of the Build conference, including media. I made sure to note that I was taking the device for a loan period for testing and review purposes of both the console and Microsoft services and software.I’m trying to figure out if I’ve committed some unknown type of user error or the thing is just a piece of junk. But the sudden inoperability of the Kinect isn’t even the biggest issue I’ve experienced with the device.“Xbox, I Think You Are Confused” Anybody who’s tried to navigate the Xbox One through the Kinect voice control knows that it is essentially an exercise in yelling at your television. Only the simplest of instructions work with any regularity. You can say “Xbox off” or “Xbox on” and have the Kinect work most of the time.But going a level deeper, like “Xbox, snap to TV and watch ESPN” is probably not going to work often enough to make you happy. (And that’s to say nothing of the fact that the voice-controlled TV menu through the Kinect is awful.) More than half the time, the Kinect will require you to say the same phrase several times before it hops to the action you are trying to perform. That gets old in a hurry.See also: Forget PS4 vs. Xbox One: The Console Wars Have Barely BegunThe Kinect is supposed to be always on. That means it will detect motion in the room, recognize users and sign them into their Xbox profile. At various times, the console has turned on at weird times of the day or night because the Kinect glommed onto stray movement.The cat has turned on the Xbox several times, for instance. Once while I was sleeping on the couch, the Xbox turned on because it saw my foot waggle. The fact that the Kinect is a cloud-connected camera straight into your living room also makes people uncomfortable.Quote Of The Day: “As demonstrated repeatedly, the future of the open Internet has nothing to do with Title II regulation, and Title II has nothing to do with the open Internet. As it did in 2010, the Commission should categorically reject efforts to equate the two once and for all.” ~ A joint letter by cable companies to FCC chairman Tom Wheeler opposing reclassification of broadband as a utility ahead of Thursday’s net neutrality hearing.If the Kinect performed with any consistency, it would be great; I’d much rather navigate the console by voice than reach for the wireless game controller. But Microsoft’s vision of an always-on, always watching Kinect is a failure that makes the extra cost of a Kinect as part of the Xbox One package a losing bet.Giving Consumers What They WantMicrosoft made the right call by unbundling the Kinect from the Xbox One as a mandatory accessory. At $399, the Xbox One is more in line with consumer price expectations and the competition—the Playstation 4, for instance, offers a motion detector accessory for $59, the price equivalent of the Kinect. More important, the Xbox One without the Kinect provides console users an easier, less frustrating experience.Imagine if Microsoft had followed through with everything it said it would make the Xbox One do at launch:Make the console only work if it is always connected to the Internet.Make the console only work if the Kinect is plugged connected.Make the Kinect always on and always tracking you in your living room.Blocked used games discs meaning that you couldn’t buy or sell old games (which would effectively have put GameStop out of business).At one point, all of the above were requirements for the Xbox One. Sony, to its credit, saw the potential pitfall of these practices and very purposefully built and marketed the Playstation 4 against Microsoft’s self-inflicted weaknesses.The sales of each console, from price to performance to user experience, have reflected Sony’s superior approach. Microsoft, to its credit as well, is actually listening to consumers (and its balance sheet) and responding to criticism with tangible and beneficial product updates. Unbundling the Kinect from the Xbox One was a good step for Microsoft. Even though the Xbox One has not matched the new Playstation in sales so far, the console wars between the two are still fairly early. If Microsoft can even the price and expectations while improving the user experience by ridding itself of the Kinect, then it can still win this fight.Eventually, some game will come out—not Titanfall, it turns out—that every gamer absolutely must have. Whichever gaming platform lands the exclusive on that game will ultimately come out ahead.More On Microsoft, Kinect And XboxBrian Crecente from Polygon notes, “Microsoft: Dropping Kinect could free up extra processing power in Xbox One.”Chris Kohler from Wired believes that Microsoft had no choice but to yank the Kinect.Paul Tassi is one of the better video game writers on the Web. He noted for Forbes last month that the Xbox One needs a serious user interface upgrade.More from Tassi: Titanfall will see new maps this month, a great thing for users that like Titanfall but feel limited by the amount of content.Microsoft is expected to announce a Surface Mini next week at a press event in New York City.  An Intel-based Surface Pro 3 is also on the docket, according to The Verge’s Tom Warren. ReadWrite will be on hand for the announcement next week, so stay tuned.This article has been update to reflect the accurate price of the Playstation 4’s camera accessory.Lead image by Dan Rowinski. Xbox images by Taylor Hatmaker for ReadWrite. Tags:#Kinect#Microsoft#PlayStation 4#pS4#Sony#The Platform#Titanfall#xbox one last_img read more

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Unemployment data incorrect, no one losing jobs, says Nityanand Rai

first_imgAmid reports of growing unemployment and a hobbling economy, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Nityanand Rai on Tuesday said unemployment figures were incorrect and no one was losing jobs. Speaking to reporters in Bhopal, he said, “The infrastructure is improving, big companies are investing in various sectors, agricultural production has improved and crores of people are taking loans under the MUDRA scheme. This shows employment is increasing.” Asserting that the country was on the path towards becoming a five trillion-dollar economy, he said, “There are some areas that need to be worked on and the government is making efforts to improve the situation. The country’s economy is strong and will continue to be.” Chandrayaan-2 successAs for the Chandrayaan-2 mission, he said, everyone was praising its success. “While all the other countries have focused on the north pole of the moon, India tried to land its lander near the south pole. Just when lander Vikram was 2.1 km away from the surface, it lost connection and there were hurdles in communication.”Despite this, he added, that the orbiter was continuing to send signals back and would provide several photographs of the moon and new information. “Our scientists, with readiness and precision, have tried their best for the success of Chandrayaan-2.” As regards the Centre’s decision to reopen investigations in seven anti-Sikh riot cases, one allegedly involving Chief Minister Kamal Nath, Mr. Rai said: “People who are not accused, must not be scared. The SIT will do its own investigation.” On a query whether the Centre would do anything about the States, including Madhya Pradesh, that have refused to implement the new Motor Vehicles Act, he appealed to them to implement it for the sake of people’s safety. “You may have noticed the number of fines in the past two-three days have come down. This is because people are understanding it is for their safety. It is not about the Centre or the States, but about everyone’s safety,” he said. Stating that the dilution of Article 370 had strengthened the country’s unity, he said, “In the name of progress, several crores of rupees were sent to Jammu and Kashmir, yet it stayed away from development. Now, it’s united with the mainstream India and will not face terrorism anymore.”last_img read more

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Here’s How Much Jim Harbaugh’s Long Satellite Camp Tour Will Cost Michigan

first_imgHead coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines leads his team onto the field before the college football game against the Michigan State Spartans.ANN ARBOR, MI – OCTOBER 17: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines leads his team onto the field before the college football game against the Michigan State Spartans at Michigan Stadium on October 17, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)For weeks, Jim Harbaugh has been on the road, hitting satellite camps all over the country. Other Michigan assistants braved some horrible weather to teach football to players out in Australia a few weeks back. Michigan clearly believes it is gaining an advantage on the recruiting trail by hosting and participating in these camps, but it doesn’t come without a pretty hefty price tag. According to athletic director Warde Manuel, the whole thing is expected to cost around $350,000.Michigan AD Warde Manuel says after Regents meeting that U-M football’s satellite camp tour is expected to cost roughly $350,000.— Brendan F. Quinn (@BFQuinn) June 16, 2016 The real question: how much of this is Harbaugh’s eclectic collection of regionally-specific jerseys?MORE FROM COLLEGE SPUN:The 10 Most Aggressive Fan Bases In CFBIn Photos: Golfer Paige SpiranacESPN Makes Decision On Dick Vitalelast_img read more

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OSU mens soccer defends Wolstein Classic title in overtime

Ohio State men’s soccer’s first win of the 2012 season was doubly important – it also clinched its second consecutive Wolstein Classic championship.OSU (1-2-1) captured its first win against Davidson, 3-2, on Sunday in an overtime victory in the Bert and Iris Wolstein Classic at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Buckeyes drew with Coastal Carolina, 1-1, Friday to stay in the running for their second consecutive tournament title. The Buckeyes, also tournament hosts, rallied from 2-0 deficit to capture the tournament.“It’s awesome. It’s such a relief for us because we have been so close for so long,” said senior midfielder Austin McAnena. “I mean every single game we have been pretty unlucky at the end of games, and that last goal we got lucky and I think that can really turn our season around.”OSU coach John Bluem wasn’t too happy with how his team started in the beginning of the game, but was proud of the way his team finished.“It feels great. I thought we would already have won one by now,” Bluem said. “We lost some games we thought we could have won. Today was a game we thought we could win, and then we put ourselves in a really deep hole. Really proud of our players that they hung in there and got the win today.”With the Buckeyes down, 2-0, in the second half, things went from bad to worse, as sophomore midfielder Yianni Sarris was hit with a red card early in the period, and forced the Buckeyes to play with only 10 players on the field. Instead of the man-down scenario setting OSU back even more, it spurred the Buckeyes to a revival.“We all kind of looked at each other,” sophomore forward Kenny Cunningham said. “Let’s get it together; this is a turning point of our season. If we get this together, the whole season turns around.”Shortly after the red card, senior midfielder Sebastian Rivas scored the first goal for the Buckeye. Then freshman defender Alex Bujenovic tied the game up 2-2 with a free kick that forced overtime.In the 97th minute, Cunningham put Davidson away for good with a powerful, game winning shot.If the game had two different stories of the intensity level for the Buckeyes, McAnena said the penalty on Sarris ignited the team and brought them together.“I think it was just the intensity,” McAnena said. “We were a man down, and we really needed to pick it up. It was kind of our last stand, and when we were down 2-0, with Sarris on the bench, we just had to start attacking.”After the game, Bluem pointed out the issues with his team early in the season, but said he felt the team came together at the right time on Sunday.“I think one of the issues with the team through the first four games have been a little bit of selfishness,” Bluem said. “They got to start looking for each other rather than thinking about themselves, and I think they did that when we were a man down. They collectively came together and played harder for each other, so that is a good step.”As the team prepares for San Diego on Friday, there are other areas Bluem wants to correct within the team.“I think we need to be better defensively,” Bluem said. “We have allowed too many goals. Our goalkeeper has made some mistakes, as well as our back four, in allowing goals.”With the win, Cunningham said OSU no longer faces the pressure of taking its first victory.“It’s hard to explain, once you lose a couple of games in a row, it seems like impossible to win,” said Cunningham. “So getting out of this hole was really important for us, and for us to win our first game, it was really important.” read more

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Mens Basketball Ohio State ends regular season at No 13 in AP

Ohio State senior Jae’Sean Tate looks to pass in the first half of the Buckeyes’ 80-78 victory on the road at Indiana on Feb. 23. Credit: Jacob Myers | Managing Editor for ContentThe Ohio State men’s basketball team reached the end of the 2017-18 regular season that defied nearly all preseason expectations ranked as the No. 13 team in the final Associated Press Top 25 Poll. The Buckeyes rose up three spots from their No. 16 spot in the poll last week. They finished the week with a 79-52 home win against Rutgers on Tuesday and a double-overtime win on the road against Indiana on Friday to wrap up the season.Ohio State is joined by No. 2 Michigan State, No. 8 Purdue and No. 15 Michigan.This is the first time since the 2013-14 season that Ohio State has finished the regular season as a ranked team, when the Buckeyes were the No. 24 team in the nation. Ohio State’s 24 wins are the most in the regular season since it won 25 games in the 2011-12 season. The Buckeyes are now headed to the Big Ten tournament as the No. 2 seed. They have a pair of byes and will not play a game until 6:30 p.m. Friday. Ohio State will face the winner of the Penn State vs. Northwestern matchup. read more

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Ibrahimovic enjoying crazy start to Holloywood

first_imgZlatan Ibrahimovic has revealed that he is enjoying his new “crazy start” to life at Hollywood after scoring a brace in his debut for LA GalaxyThe star made an instant impact on his debut in the MLS last Saturday by scoring a 40-yard stunner and then adding a second later on, as Galaxy overcame a 3-0 deficit to defeat Los Angeles FC 4-3.After an injury-ridden season at Manchester United, where the former Swede international’s appearances had become increasingly restrictive, Ibrahimovic is delighted to be playing regular football once more.“Every movie has a good start; hopefully it has a good ending also,” said Ibrahimovic, according to Sky Sports.“It has been a crazy start, playing the first game and scoring two goals – expectations are very high.“I demanded a lot from myself, I put a lot of pressure on myself because every time I play I want to perform. I want to do what I know I can do.“It will take time to adapt to everything but I’m just happy I’m playing football after my injury. I appreciate every time I put on my boots.”When asked who should play him in a movie, Ibrahimovic said: “Probably somebody like [Sylvester] Stallone.”harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…The forward admitted that he may be unable to watch the Manchester derby on Saturday due to the jet lag he is currently recovering from, as United will be looking to prevent their local rivals Manchester City from claiming the Premier League title.“I don’t know because of the jet lag, probably not at that time! Of course I follow all the teams I played with because I have a good relationship with every club I was at.” revealed the 36 year-old.“I just want positive things to happen for them and I wish them all the best of the luck. Hopefully things go well – let’s see if I’m awake.”But Ibrahimovic is confident that his former United coach Jose Mourinho will have a plan to spoil the celebrations for City.“I think they are pumped. They are looking forward to a game like that because obviously City are ahead by many points and the rest of the league is not playing for the Premier League trophy,” predicted Ibrahimovic.“They are playing for the Champions League and the places behind City so someone will want to give them a little shake like Liverpool did the other day.“I know the coach very well. He is very motivated for these kind of games and I’m pretty sure he doesn’t want them to become champions against him. He’ll make sure of that.”last_img read more

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Aguero aiming to continue fine run against Reds

first_imgSergio Aguero will be aiming to continue his goalscoring run against Liverpool he set last season.Aguero became the first player to score in all six home league meetings with the Reds with his goal in the 5-0 Etihad victory.Another goal on Thursday evening will make it seven on the bounce, however, the Argentine player is yet to score at“I’m not the type of guy who keeps a tally of that kind of thing,” said Kun via the club’s website”.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“Of course, I want to score as much as I can to help the team win, and if that’s the way it panned out against Liverpool so far, then I hope I can keep the streak going at the Etihad in this meeting – and dispel it when we next face them at Anfield.“Football always gives a chance to even the score.”City go into Thursday’s clash seven points adrift of the league leaders, but Aguero isn’t surprised by Liverpool’s form this campaign.last_img read more

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