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Energy centres to power rural South Africa

first_imgRay Maota Qunu in the OR Tambo District Municipality is one of the areas in South Africa with an electrification backlog and the IEC initiative makes sure the people of the district have a source of energy. (Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. Formore free photos, visit the image library) The Minister of Energy, Dipuo Peters said IECs are part of job creation. (Images: Public Eye Online) MEDIA CONTACTS • Pamilla Mudhray Sasol Corporate Social Investment +27 11 441 3597 RELATED ARTICLES • BP opens cutting-edge fuel lab in SA • Sasol’s R70m gas-testing centre • SA delves into carbon storage • Dulux Pierneef wins Sasol prizeAn Integrated Energy Centre (IEC), recently established in Qunu in the Eastern Cape, will hopefully broaden access to power in the rural village and address poverty in the region.The centre is a one-stop energy hub owned and operated by the local community. It provides safe and sustainable sources of energy and gives villagers information on how to handle and utilise them.Launched on 14 January 2011 by Sasol and the Department of Energy, the IEC will supply locals with paraffin, diesel, petrol, gas burner stoves and solar-powered devices.With the centre close by, villagers will no longer have to walk vast distances to source their energy, mostly in the form of paraffin and candles. There are still parts of the region that lack access to electricity.The centre, which cost R8-million (US$1.2-million) to establish, forms part of Sasol’s R20-million (US$2.9-million) drive to set up energy hubs in disadvantaged areas. Similar plants have been built in Limpopo, Northern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and North West.At the Qunu launch, Minister of Energy Dipuo Peters said: “Last week the president stressed the need for us to focus very strongly on job creation. We believe that this IEC and the local enterprises that it could support will create the necessary jobs in this area.“The Qunu IEC is the first one to be linked to a library to ensure that information is accessible to local people. This would be enhanced by access to more information via the internet connected to the computers on site,” added Peters.The IEC also has an information centre and community room that can be used by people living in the area.Sasol media manager Nothemba Noruwana said: “The aim of these centres is also to inject profits back into the community by building schools, clinics and various other projects.”The IECs also have a village vendor network consisting of women and youngsters who go out and sell the energy products to people living further away from the centre so their travel costs are minimised.Mandela’s place of birthQunu is the birthplace of the first democratically elected president of South Africa, Nelson Mandela. In his autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom, Mandela describes Qunu as the place in which he spent most of his happiest moments as a child.Peters said: “The department has embarked on a special intervention to try and accelerate the electrification programme in the area. Funds are being allocated directly to the municipality to undertake electrification in Eskom’s area of supply.”Eskom is South Africa’s national electricity utility.“In the Qunu area, 300 connections were completed in December 2010 and a further 300 households will be connected by the end of January 2011. There is a backlog of 179 318 houses without electricity … the challenge for the department will be to ensure that sufficient funding is allocated in the following years so that the universal access is achieved by 2014,” added Peters.Petroleum giant Sasol is an energy and chemicals company which uses coal to produce petrol and gas.It was established in 1950 and today operates in more than 30 countries with about 35 000 employees.The company also sponsors various sporting teams and artistic and organisational events such as South Africa’s national rugby team, the Springboks; Banyana Banyana, South Africa’s national women’s football team; the annual Sasol Rally; the Sasol New Signatures art competition; the Black Tie Ensemble and the South African Youth orchestra.Sasol is listed on the Johannesburg and New York stock exchanges. The petrochemical company offers a bursary scheme which enables students from disadvantaged backgrounds to study engineering, science and commerce.last_img read more

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Despite color of paint, many combines turning black during harvest

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As always, harvest season kicks up some dust as combines roll through dry corn and soybean fields. But why are combines turning black this season. For this week’s DuPont Pioneer Field Report, Field Agronomist Troy Putnam visits with Ty Higgins about the black combine phenomenon, as well as early harvest results, test weights and purple seed stain in soybeans.last_img

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Ouya Is A Tiny Box Open To Many Game Possibilities

first_img9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Tags:#Ouya 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Related Posts center_img lauren orsini On the left is a photo I took of one of the emulators available, designed to play PlayStation 1 games. While emulators inhabit a legal gray area as a whole, these uncredited screenshots are undoubtedly illegal. Ouya’s creators are fully aware of the emulator/piracy connection, revealed in an interview with Kotaku. Ouya’s official response is that it won’t accept store submissions of emulators that come with games, nor will it accept submitted ROMs of games.However, the Ouya’s major selling point is, once again, that you can do anything you want with it. It’s only a matter of time before piracy finds a way. Since the Ouya has a USB port, I’ve already thought of one option – sideloading games from a flash drive. Can It Compete?I’ve had a lot of fun playing with the Ouya. But as we near its June 25 release date, is it something worth buying over a mainstream console? Quality-wise, it’s no replacement for the PlayStation 3, or in some cases, even the Nintendo 64. Since so many games are indie and homebrew, there’s no guarantee you’ll have good-looking graphics or, in some cases, even controls that work. For some longtime gamers, this may be a small price to pay. Today’s gaming landscape is shrinking, filled with increasing DRM limits that keep us from fully owning the games and consoles we thought we bought. In this kind of world, the Ouya is a respite. As for my husband, I don’t think he’s regretting the Ouya anymore. We’ve either played with it or showed it off to friends for four nights straight. Still, in a few short months it’ll be the holiday season and E3’s offerings will all be released. It’s hard to say if by that point, the Ouya will be gathering dust in the back of a closet while we make room for a shiny new PS4.  As it turned out, we didn’t have long to wait. When we returned from vacation, a tiny box from China had beat us home. Even though we couldn’t agree on the pronounciation (Me: Wee-yah; Him: Oy-yah; Actual: Ooh-ya), we opened it right away. Inside, we found an even tinier box in “rich brown brushed metal.” How small was it? Well, since fruit is such a reliable unit of console measurement, here’s our Ouya with a banana for scale.But neither of our lifetimes of console gaming fully prepared us for what was really inside.An “Anything Goes” SandboxThere’s a reason the Ouya Kickstarter was the first ever to make $8 million. It promised a gaming experience that was as much for developers as for players. And on that selling point, it looks like it has delivered. Ouya’s biggest strength would be a weakness to any other console of this generation – it’s got zero quality control. Just by browsing Ouya Discover (the console’s store), I’ve played games with 3D engines and games that look like they were made in MS Paint.  In other words, you’ll find games on Ouya that you won’t see anywhere else because big companies don’t want to risk their budgets on the weird stuff. They stick with what works and what sells, so you can always expect lots of stubbly white male protagonists navigating war zones. Meanwhile, Ouya exclusives include unusual concepts like Soul Fjord, a combination of Norse mythology and 70s funk. Really. Since nothing’s been tested and developers are playing by ear. Many games, including pixelated side-scroller Fist of Awesome and rhythmic shooter Dub Wars, are trials that link to Kickstarters of their own. Just like Ouya wants you to consider your console the beta version, it’s sometimes the same with the games you can play on it. Likewise, you can start developing your own games on Ouya for free. You can download development tools and even get feedback on your in-progress projects for nothing. Legal Troubles Ahead?When you buy a Ouya, you’re buying complete ownership – the ability to hack, crack and root your console to your liking. With that kind of freedom, it’d be naive to assume owners won’t try anything legally dubious. And sure enough, they already have. Ouya Discover abounds with free emulators, software that mimics the functions of other consoles. Gamers can use them to play homebrew games meant for older systems, such as the Super Nintendo. But aside from legal uses, gamers can also use emulators to play pirated copies of hard-to-find games.  A few weeks before our Ouya arrived in the mail, my husband was having second thoughts. Like 63,416 others, he’d eagerly parted with his cash (in his case, a cool $225 for the limited edition color and name plate etching), during the throes of Kickstarter hype around the open source Android-based gaming platform. Months later and still no Ouya, he was wondering if he’d made the right choice. He wondered why I, the usually-trusty voice of reason against BioShock Infinite Collector’s Edition pre-orders and Magic: The Gathering rares, hadn’t spoken up.“Now, I kind of wish you’d talked me out of it,” he said. But (maybe since I didn’t lose any money on the deal), I was more excited for the Ouya than ever. Un-piqued by June’s monotonous E3 lineup, I was ready for something new. last_img read more

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Knicks’ Baker to have season-ending right shoulder surgery

first_img2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 City Pacers lose Collison for 2-3 weeks with knee injury AFP official booed out of forum Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. New York Knicks guard Ron Baker (31) sits on the sideline with an injury to his right arm as guard Frank Ntilikina (11) looks on during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets, Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)NEW YORK — Knicks guard Ron Baker will have right shoulder surgery and miss the rest of the season.The Knicks say Monday that Baker will have an arthroscopic shoulder stabilization. It will be performed Wednesday by Dr. Answorth Allen.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC The team says the expected recovery time is four to six months.Baker dislocated the shoulder and tore his labrum Jan. 30 in a victory over Brooklyn. The backup guard finishes with 2.4 points per game in 29 games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout LATEST STORIES View comments Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencerslast_img read more

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Ex-Arsenal player takes Chinese citizenship in landmark move

first_imgGrace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations However, that would not stop them playing for China because they did not represent the countries of their birth as senior internationals.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war LATEST STORIES MOST READ Knicks send Kristaps Porzingis to Dallas, say he requested a trade ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes View comments (L-R) Arsenal’s French midfielder Francis Coquelin, Arsenal’s German defender Per Mertesacker and Arsenal’s defender Nico Yennaris celebrate after their team scored the 0-1 during the football friendly match 1. FC Koeln vs. FC Arsenal London in Cologne, western Germany, on August 12, 2012. AFP PHOTO / DANIEL ROLAND (Photo by DANIEL ROLAND / AFP)A London-born former England youth international signed for Beijing Guoan on Thursday and will take Chinese citizenship, in a landmark move for Chinese football.Ex-Arsenal player Nico Yennaris arrived from English second-tier side Brentford and was joined at Guoan by fellow midfielder John Hou Saeter, who was born in Norway.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woescenter_img Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Saeter, 21, who will use his Chinese name Hou Yongyong, moves from Stabaek in Norway’s top league.By naturalizing both men, Guoan can field them as domestic players instead of overseas ones.Chinese Super League teams are restricted to a maximum of three foreign players on the pitch at the same time.The pair’s switch to Chinese could also be a boon to the struggling national side, who badly need quality reinforcements.Yennaris has represented England at under-17, under-18 and under-19, and Saeter played for Norway in several age groups.ADVERTISEMENT The duo — both of whom have Chinese mothers — are set to become China’s first naturalized footballers “after all the formalities are completed”, Guoan said.The capital club, who won last season’s Chinese FA Cup under German coach Roger Schmidt, said they hope the two players will go on to represent China.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe 25-year-old Yennaris, who has taken the Chinese name Li Ke, tweeted: “I’m delighted to announce I’ve signed for Beijing Sinobo Guoan FC as a Chinese citizen. “It’s an exciting opportunity for me to play in the birth country of my mother and grandparents.” Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertelast_img read more

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