German firm wins major SA solar contract

first_img3 December 2013A German company has landed its biggest ever solar contract – thanks to South Africa’s renewable energy programme for independent power producers.Juwi AG, which has its headquarters in Worrstadt, will provide engineering, procurement and construction services for an 86-megawatt (MW) solar park in Prieska in South Africa’s sun-drenched Northern Cape province, the company said in a statement last week.Juwi will be working with Sonnedix, an independent solar power producer based in Amsterdam, which landed the contract as one of six solar projects awarded in the third round of South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme (REIPPP).Sonnedix’s South African partners include Mulilo Renewable Energy and Ixowave Women in Power.Known as the Mulilo Sonnedix Prieska PV solar park, it will be larger than any PV plant currently on line on the African continent, and will be Juwi’s fifth project in South Africa.“The project … represents an investment of more than R1.2-billion,” Olivier Renon, South Africa country manager of Sonnedix, told news website PV-Tech last month. He said construction was expected to begin in the second half of 2014, and the park should start generating electricity to the South African grid by the end of 2015.Under the government’s Integrated Resource Plan, a 20-year projection on electricity supply and demand, about 42% of electricity generated in South Africa will have to come from renewable resources. The Department of Energy’s REIPPP, introduced in August 2011, will help meet this target.The programme has helped investment grow from “a few hundred million dollars” to US$5.7-billion last year, according to the Renewables 2013 Global Status Report published in July by REN21, the global renewable energy policy network.SAinfo reporter, Juwi and PV-Techlast_img read more

Netflix: We’re Working On HTML5 Standard to Bring Streaming Video to All Devices

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Remember a couple months back, when we were all waiting breathlessly for Netflix to release an app for the iOS, so we could finally watch streaming movies on the go? Well, iPhone and iPad users finally got their wish, as did Windows Phone 7 users, but Android users are left awaiting their own, device-specific app. According to Netflix VP of Engineering Christian Kaiser, this is a key area of focus for Netflix in the coming year, and the company hopes to help define a standard that will bring streaming video to a variety of consumer electronics using HTML5.When the company posted about its use of HTML5 technology earlier this month, it spoke of “the freedom to create rich, dynamic and interactive experiences for any platform with a web browser.” HTML5, it said, was the core to its iPhone, iPad and Android apps.  Immediately, the comments were filled with Linux, WebOS, Android and other platform users asking when streaming video would be brought to them. The post was later updated to say that the company would address these issues in the near future. Today’s blog post addresses this issue, explaining that HTML5 “seems like a natural next step for us to use it for streaming video playback within our HTML5-based user interfaces. However, as of today, there is no accepted standard for advanced streaming through the

Wimbledon 2011: Djokovic to face Nadal in final

first_imgNovak Djokovic reinvented himself as a player who could lunge and volley, run and hit and stay as cool as a cucumber as he outfought Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-6 (7/4), 6-2, 6-7 (9/11), 6-3 for his maiden entry into the men’s singles final at Wimbledon.With each passing match in the 125th edition of The Championships at the well-manicured lawns in the southwest suburb of London, Djokovic has grown in stature.Arguably the most consistent player in the last seven months on the tennis circuit, this was a test of character and nerves for the Serbian who, by virtue of Friday’s win, became the new World No. 1.The man he displaced from that position will be his opponent in Sunday’s final.Rafael Nadal celebrates after defeating Andy Murray in the men’s semi-final at Wimbledon on Friday. APTop-seeded Spaniard Rafael Nadal overcame an early hiccup to beat fourth seeded home favourite Andy Murray 5-7, 6-2, 6-2, 6-4.There were highs and lows, oohs and aahs, as Tsonga, who had dumped favourite Roger Federer, produced a brand of tennis which only he could have.The serve was spluttering and not as consistent as he wanted, but despite his huge frame the way he threw himself at the tennis ball was a revelation.The packed Centre Court included former champions Bjorn Borg and Goran Ivanisevic, as well as the humorous Mansour Behrami, who watched the action with rapt interest.This was a match to be viewed not for its statistical bits of information but the variety of tennis which the two players unleashed. Tsonga had set the pace with some classy stuff early on.advertisementBut the ice-cool Serbian, who has beaten all the top guns regularly this year, was unmoved. His monk-like serenity was there for all to see as he slowly caught up.It was not the routine Djokovic on view – the one with a staple diet of heavy artillery stuff from the baseline.His new avatar was ready to take his chances at the net as well as he outmatched Tsonga in the volleying duels.To be sure, in this new age grass court tennis, where serve-and- volley sultans have become extinct, Djokovic and Tsonga whipped up the tempo with some incredible play.If you had looked at the two men compete from the mid-court and the baseline, there were bazooka shots. Running from flank to flank and then front and back, the six-feet-two-inches tall Tsonga looked menacing.But Djokovic was not to be left behind, and his speed and footwork were indeed a treat to watch.Djokovic won the first set tiebreak in such a slick manner that it was as if Tsonga’s pocket had been picked.Djokovic again won the second set very quickly before making a hash of the third, when he had chances to close out the match.Tsonga played a good tie-break and pushed the match into the fourth set. However, as one who relies so much on the juice in his serve, Tsonga came up short.Novak Djokovic beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-6 (7/4), 6-2, 6-7 (9/11), 6-3As Djokovic sealed victory, he hit the deck and kissed it. He was again up and jumping so wildy and waving to people, it was as if he had already won the title.”It is difficult to put it into words, but it is one of the best feelings I have ever had on a tennis court,” said Djokovic.”My dreams are coming true as it is my first Wimbledon final. Hopefully there will be more celebrations to come.”Tsonga took the defeat in his stride. “I played good but my opponent played better.I took my chances, and there was a lot of running,” he said.Praising Djokovic further, Tsonga said: “Today, I could have beaten anyone other than Djokovic. His returns were unbelievable.”Asked to predict Djokovic’s chances in the final, Tsonga was circumspect.”Every day is different and in sport, you don’t know what happens tomorrow. Yes, since the beginning of year, he has beaten every player. And he is the best player in the world now,” he said.Nadal, the defending champion, showed no signs of the injury that has bothered him since the fourth round, capitalising on Murray’s mistakes. He later admitted: “The final will be tough for me.”ResultsMen’s singles semi-finals: Novak Djokovic (SRB x2) bt Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA x12) 7-6 (7/4), 6-2, 6-7 (9/11), 6-3Men’s doubles semi-finals: Bob Bryan/Mike Bryan (US x1) beat Michael Llodra/Nenad Zimonjic (FRA/SRB x6) 6-4, 6-4, 6-7 (8/10), 6-7 (4/7), 9-7advertisementWomen’s Doubles Semi-Finals: Katarina Srebotnik/Kveta Peschke (SLO/CZE x2) bt Sania Mirza/Elena Vesnina (IND/RUS x4) 6-3, 6-1last_img read more

25 years after murders, OJ says ‘Life is fine’

first_img‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP “We don’t need to go back and relive the worst day of our lives,” Simpson said. “The subject of the moment is the subject I will never revisit again. My family and I have moved on to what we call the ‘no negative zone.’ We focus on the positives.”For a man who once lived for the spotlight , Simpson has been keeping a largely low profile since his release from prison in October 2017 after serving nine years for a robbery-kidnapping conviction in Las Vegas. He continues to believe his conviction and sentence for trying to steal back his own memorabilia were unfair but says, “I believe in the legal system and I honored it. I served my time.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsAfter his release from the prison in Lovelock, Nevada, many expected him to return to Florida where he had lived for several years. But friends in Las Vegas persuaded him to stay there despite the case that landed him in prison.He’s glad he did. MOST READ Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Rafael Nadal, and everyone else, should stop doubting him Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too “The town has been good to me,” Simpson said. “Everybody I meet seems to be apologizing for what happened to me here.”His time in the city hasn’t been without controversy, however. A month after his release an outing to a steakhouse and lounge at the Cosmopolitan resort off the Las Vegas Strip ended in a dispute. Simpson was ordered off the property and prohibited from returning.No such problems have occurred since, and Simpson is among the most sought-after figures in town for selfies with those who encounter him at restaurants or athletic events he attends occasionally.He plays golf almost every day and said he is a member of a club of “retired guys” who compete with each other on the golf course. The knees that helped him run to football glory at the University of Southern California and with the NFL’s Buffalo Bills have been replaced and he recently had Lasik surgery on his eyes. But nearing his 72nd birthday, he is otherwise healthy.Simpson said he remains close to his children and other relatives. His parole officer has given him permission to take short trips including to Florida where his two younger children, Justin and Sydney, have built careers in real estate.ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Cops linking 2 drug cases to murder of Tagudin judge – CJ Peralta PLAY LIST 01:07Cops linking 2 drug cases to murder of Tagudin judge – CJ Peralta03:14Mom of 3 year old girl slain in anti drug ops files raps vs Rodriguez cops00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess His older daughter, Arnelle, lives with him much of the time but also commutes to Los Angeles.“I’ve been to Florida two or three times to see the kids and my old buddies in Miami. I even managed to play a game of golf with them,” he said. “But I live in a town I’ve learned to love. Life is fine.”He also visited relatives in Louisiana, he said, and spoke to a group of black judges and prosecutors in New Orleans.Recently, a family wedding brought his extended family to Las Vegas including his brother, Truman; sister, Shirley; and their children and grandchildren. Simpson’s first wife, Marguerite, mother of Arnelle, also joined the group.The glamor of his early life is just a memory.After his football career, Simpson became a commercial pitchman, actor and football commentator. He was once a multimillionaire but he says most of his fortune was spent defending himself after he was charged with the murders.His televised “Trial of the Century” lasted nearly a year and became a national obsession. He was acquitted by a jury in 1995 and has continued to declare his innocence. The murder case is officially listed as unsolved.The families of the victims subsequently filed a civil suit against him, and in 1997 a civil court awarded a $33.5 million judgment against him for the wrongful deaths of his ex-wife and Goldman. Some of his property was seized and auctioned but most of the judgment has not been paid.Simpson declined to discuss his finances other than to say he lives on pensions. Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess This photo provided by Didier J. Fabien shows O.J. Simpson in the garden of his Las Vegas area home on Monday, June 3, 2019. After 25 years living under the shadow of one of the nation’s most notorious murder cases, Simpson says his life now is fine. (Didier J. Fabien via AP)LOS ANGELES — After 25 years living under the shadow of one of the nation’s most notorious murder cases, O.J. Simpson says his life has entered a phase he calls the “no negative zone.”In a telephone Interview, Simpson told The Associated Press he is healthy and happy living in Las Vegas. And neither he nor his children want to look back by talking about June 12, 1994 — when his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman , were killed and Simpson quickly was transformed in the public mind from revered Pro Football Hall of Fame hero to murder suspect.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

New Infant School Opens in Negril

first_img In his address at the ceremony, Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, said he is extremely proud that the school has already met 98 per cent of the required standards set by the Early Childhood Commission (ECC), and within a month, following additional requisite teacher-training sessions, will reach the 100 per cent mark. It was built at a cost of just over $111 million with funding from the Sandals Foundation and the CHASE Fund, and comprises eight classrooms with accompanying resource rooms and bathroom facilities, a large kitchen and dining room/recreational area, a staffroom, sickbay and principal’s office. Story Highlights The new state-of-the-art West End Infant School, in Negril, Westmoreland, was officially opened on Wednesday, December 6. The new state-of-the-art West End Infant School, in Negril, Westmoreland, was officially opened on Wednesday, December 6.The facility, which commenced classes in September, is the result of a public-private partnership among the Sandals Foundation, the CHASE Fund and the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information. The school has the capacity to accommodate 160 students, with 60 students on roll so far.It was built at a cost of just over $111 million with funding from the Sandals Foundation and the CHASE Fund, and comprises eight classrooms with accompanying resource rooms and bathroom facilities, a large kitchen and dining room/recreational area, a staffroom, sickbay and principal’s office.The property also has a garden and playground. All the furniture and educational resources were donated by School Specialty, a United States-based company that supplies school equipment.In his address at the ceremony, Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, said he is extremely proud that the school has already met 98 per cent of the required standards set by the Early Childhood Commission (ECC), and within a month, following additional requisite teacher-training sessions, will reach the 100 per cent mark.He also expressed gratitude to the two donor agencies for working with the Ministry to establish the school, which he said is crucial to national development. He called for the provision of further support to other Ministry initiatives, such as the nutrition and school-bus programme, which he said will greatly impact human development in the western end of the island.Meanwhile, Chief Executive Officer of the CHASE Fund, William ‘Billy’ Heaven, said his organisation, which has been a key supporter of the early-childhood-education sector for the past 15 years, provided $48 million towards the construction of the school.He emphasised that early-childhood development continues to be of critical importance to the Fund, and that returns of investment in the sector can be as high as $17 for every $1 invested.“We at CHASE understand and we underscore the value of early-childhood education not only to the individual but also to the society. Even more critical, we understand that this is the stage that determines what adult this child will become, and there is great need to maximise the future well-being of each and every child who attends this institution,” Mr. Heaven said.last_img read more

Student protest outside the White House a snapshot of American gun debate

first_imgWASHINGTON – A snapshot of America’s gun debate unfolded outside the White House on Wednesday, on the fringes of a youth-led march where teenaged demonstrators drew cheers from adult bystanders and horn-blasts of support from motorists.Nijier Coates felt like an outlier.The 16-year-old high school student favours gun rights, he’s been shooting for years, has a dad in the military, a mom in federal security and he made clear why he was attending this gun-control march: “I’m just here with my friends.”It was one of several protests across the country, as schools in Maryland and Virginia saw students — outraged over last week’s massacre of 17 students and teachers at a Florida high school — spill out to voice their impatience with generations of politicians who have resisted taking meaningful action on gun control.The marches got support from parents, teachers, and school principals. In some cases, the approval was tacit: “Our principal was like, ‘Because I’m the principal I can’t really say you should walk out. But I’m not gonna stop you,’” said one Maryland teen, 16-year-old Jennifer Rodriguez.So they took the metro to Capitol Hill and marched to the White House, chanting, “We have a voice. We have a voice” and, “No more violence! No more silence!” and, “Hey-hey, ho-ho, the NRA has got to go.”But Coates finds some of this unfair — blaming the National Rifle Association, or guns for that matter.“I’m an NRA member. My family is,” he said.“To ban all those guns — I don’t know what to say…. In a DUI, we blame the (drunk) driver. In a bombing, we blame the bomber. But in a mass shooting, we blame the gun. It makes no sense to me, and it makes no sense to other people. Why do we blame an object?… People kill people. Guns don’t kill people.”Yet he shares much common ground with his friends.Expanded background checks; a ban on purchases for people with mental disabilities; wait times — he supports them all. Coates also wants limits on clip sizes: “There’s no reason for a civilian to have a 60-round magazine that goes into an AR-15.”It turns out other kids share those objectives. Few have any illusions their country is on the cusp of a broader gun ban.“I know that’s not really going to happen,” said Kylee Sebens, 15.“At least (have) a little bit stricter rules.”That, in a nutshell, is America’s gun-control debate.Limited reforms have near-unanimous support. This week, a Quinnipiac University poll showed 83 per cent approval for a mandatory federal wait time to buy a weapon and 97 per cent support for expanded background checks, significantly higher than the 67 per cent support for a ban on so-called assault weapons.So why the failure to get anything done?One author ascribes it to political tribalism. In a country split into mutually loathing camps, she says the paramount priority is not to find solutions but to pound away at the other: city-dweller versus country-dweller, Democrat versus Republican, upper class versus lower class, and gun-owner versus gun-hater.“People from one tribe see others not just as the political opposition, but as immoral, evil and un-American,” Yale professor Amy Chua, author of, “Political Tribes: Group Instinct and the Fate of Nations,” wrote in the New York Times.Those tribal cleavages appeared Wednesday.Conspiracy-theory peddlers smeared the student protesters as actors, or political plants and their videos skyrocketed to popularity on social media. One such video even got a Twitter “like” from the American president’s son, Donald Trump Jr.Inside the White House, the president tried bringing disparate groups together. Some favoured gun control, some less so. One thing they had in common was a connection to school shootings — as survivors or family members of victims.Trump promised to explore three actions: expanded background checks, mental-health screening, and age limits on gun purchases.“We will get there,” Trump said.The president appeared to float the idea of arming teachers — an idea opposed by many in the room; they clapped when one man suggested arming staff would create more problems than it solves.A Trump-supporting father, grieving the loss of his daughter in last week’s Florida massacre, shouted that it’s time to secure schools — instead of debating peripheral issues like firearms.“We should have fixed it (already),” Andrew Pollack said of school safety.“And I’m pissed.”A teenage survivor tearfully insisted guns are the core issue.Meanwhile, on the sidewalk outside the White House, Sebens described the effects of school shootings on her generation. She said she has a group chat set up on her phone so she can immediately connect with her entire family in the event of massacre.“You can’t really feel safe — in or out of school now,” she said. “We’re having lockdown drills. But we don’t think it’s going to help. Florida (had those drills) it and it didn’t help at all…“I hope that this time will make a difference.”last_img read more

Energy stocks help SPTSX composite gain ground price of oil higher

first_imgTORONTO – Canada’s main stock index climbed higher Thursday, helped by the energy sector, which benefited from higher oil prices.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 45.91 points to 15,172.72.Revised upward global oil demand forecasts by the International Energy Agency helped to push up crude prices, says Kathryn Del Greco, an investment adviser with TD Wealth.“The market is continuing on the strength of the increase of the IEA on what is expected to be an increase of global demand and tightening in oil production by some of the producers,” said Del Greco.“We’re still seeing some follow through. Activity in crude is up.”The October crude contract rose 59 cents at US$49.89 per barrel, a six-week high.South of the border, stocks ended mixed and relatively flat on Wall Street, but a meagre gain for the Dow Jones industrial average was enough to mark another record.The Dow closed at 22,203.48, up 45.30 points.Meanwhile, the S&P 500 index gave back 2.75 points to 2,495.62 and the Nasdaq composite index declined 31.11 points to 6,429.08.Rising U.S. consumer prices, which expanded 0.4 per cent in August as gas and housing costs grew, likely played a part in the modest movements, said Del Greco.“The CPI rose slightly more than expected so that increases the likelihood of a rate hike in December,” she said.The Labor Department reported Thursday that prices are up 1.9 per cent over the last year, which could mean inflation is speeding up. However, it’s not clear how much of the recent increase in gas prices was due to Hurricane Harvey, which deluged the Gulf Coast region in late August and caused many drilling rigs and refineries to shut down.In currency markets, the Canadian dollar was trading at an average price of 81.98 cents US, down 0.07 of a U.S. cent.Elsewhere in commodities, the December gold contract climbed $1.30 at US$1,329.30 an ounce.The October natural gas contract added one cent to US$3.07 per mmBTU and the December copper contract was down two cents to US$2.96 a pound.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter.last_img read more

Chennai city wins Ileague beats Minerva Punjab by 31

first_imgCoimbatore: Chennai City were Saturday crowned champions of the 12th I-League, which refused to be dwarfed by the uncertainty around its future, twisting this way and that till the last moments. Chennai City came from behind and got the better of Minerva Punjab 3-1 on the final day of the league. Chasing the leaders, travellers East Bengal finished second after beating Gokulam Kerala FC 2-1 in Kozhikode. At the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here, Roland Bilala had handed Minerva Punjab a shock lead in the third minute. But Pedro Manzi, one part of a deadly triumvirate that served Chennai City with distinction through their third season, converted from the spot to draw parity. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football togetherAssam’s 20-year-old Gaurav Bora’s brace (69′ and 90+3′) then sealed the title for the Akbar Nawas-coached side. Chennai City ended on top of the league table with 43 points, one more than East Bengal who finished second in yet another photo finish. East Bengal’s bid to end their 15-year-old wait for the top-flight title continued even after they won their game against Gokulam Kerala. Manzi finished as the joint top-scorer of the league alongside Willis Plaza of Churchill Brothers with 21 goals. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenFor Chennai City FC, founded by two young football-loving owners based out of the southern metropolis, the triumph is nothing short of a dream. The club has exhibited immense vision in its short existence, right from the appointment of and freedom given to Singaporean coach Nawas. From scouting and building the team for the season, to getting on board top European club FC Basel as part owners of the club in a land mark deal earlier in the year, he had a free hand, and it paid rich dividends. In the last game, the Delhi-based Bora did the star turn with two second-half goals, as Chennai City FC won their maiden title, beating the defending champions Minerva Punjab. Manzi, their premiere Spanish striker fittingly scored a goal to join Plaza as the joint top scorer of the league, but the day undoubtedly belonged to the young Bora, a versatile defender cum midfielder who capped off a brilliant season with a double-strike when it mattered most for his team. It did not begin perfectly as Minerva took an early lead in the third minute through Ukranian recruit Roland Bilala. It was off a Juan Querro free-kick from the right flank, that he rose to beat his marker and lodge his header into the back of the net. Chennai kept pressing thereafter and with Nestor Gordillo missing through suspension, it was left to his fellow Spaniard Sandro Rodriguez to fuel all attacks. He along with Slovakian Jozef Kaplan and Romario Jesuraj, both of whom were constantly switching flanks, were constantly trying to create for Manzi. For Minerva, most of their openings were being created by Querro from the left flank. The diminutive Spaniard finding goal-scorer Roland again in the 40th minute with a wonderful cross, but the Ukranian could not make most of a free-header this time. Upon commencement of the second half, Chennai continued to control the game better. A Sydney Vanspaul effort in the 53rd minute from distance missed the target, but not by much. Two minutes later, Chennai got the opening they were looking for on a platter. Akashdeep Singh in an effort to clear inadvertently handled the ball inside the box and referee Santhosh Bhaskaran had no hesitation in pointing to the spot. Manzi displayed outrageous confidence in pointing the goalkeeper to the spot where he would be placing the ball and did exactly what to bring Chennai firmly back into title reckoning. Bora then made a name for a lifetime with two stunning strikes to put the issue beyond anyone’s doubt. Both goals came off corners taken by Sandro from the right flank.last_img read more

Sensex drops 250 pts Nifty below 11450

first_imgMumbai: The benchmark BSE Sensex extended its losing streak by falling over 250 points in early trade Wednesday, led by losses global markets amid rising US-China tension. The 30-share index was trading 205.12 points, or 0.54 per cent, lower at 38,071.51. Similarly, the broader NSE Nifty was down 63.65 points, or 0.55 per cent, at 11,434.25. Top losers in early session were RIL, ONGC, Vedanta, NTPC, Bajaj Auto, Bajaj Finance, HDFC twins, HUL and SBI, shedding up to 1.57 per cent. On the other hand, Bharti Airtel, PowerGrid, IndusInd Bank, ICICI Bank, Tata Steel, Yes Bank and Sun Pharma were the top gainers, rising up to 0.82 per cent. In the previous session on Monday, the BSE bourse ended 323.71 points, or 0.84 per cent, lower at 38,276.63. The NSE Nifty too dropped 100.35 points to settle below the 11,500 level at 11,497.90.last_img read more