Nuclear ‘part of move to cleaner energy’

first_img2 March 2012 South Africa’s plan to build nuclear plants is not a quick-fix solution to the country’s energy crisis but a step towards cleaner energy, Energy Minister Dipuo Peter said while unpacking the country’s plan for a diversified energy mix this week. Briefing the media in Pretoria on Tuesday, Peters said the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) emphasised broadening electricity supply technologies to include gas, imports, nuclear, biomass, and renewables (wind, solar and hydro).Integrated Resource Plan South Africa wants to procure 3 725 MW of renewable energy through this process. According to the IRP – a 20-year projection on electricity supply and demand – about 42% of electricity generated in South Africa is required to come from renewable resources. As it stands, about 90% of the energy is produced from burning coal, which has a negative impact on the country’s carbon footprint. The IRP proposes the development of new generation capacity for South Africa which takes cognisance of the need to optimise costs, promote job creation and mitigate adverse climate change. It also makes provision for 9.6 Gigawatts of nuclear power, 6.3 GW of coal, 11.4 GW of renewable energy, and 11 GW of other generation sources. In the 2012/13 Budget tabled last week, R300-billion was allocated to the energy sector over the next three years.Nuclear safety post-Fukushima Responding to questions from media about the building of nuclear power plants, Peters said they would play a major role in raising supply security for the country. She said pronouncements pertaining to progress in the nuclear build programme would be made later in the year. On concerns regarding the safety of nuclear energy in light of the recent Fukushima incident in Japan, she said this would be factored into the South African approach. Peters stressed that proper safety measures would be put in place and that they would be overseen by the appropriate expert authorities. “After Fukushima, we went back to the drawing board to look at all safety concerns,” she said, adding that they had visited various nuclear plants worldwide to better understand the technology. The National Nuclear Energy Executive Coordination Committee (NNEECC) would “oversee” the roll-out of the nuclear build programme, and look into the decision-making about the procurement of the stations. The NNEECC is headed by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe as the authority for decision-making, monitoring and ensuring general oversight of the nuclear energy expansion programme. “The committee will make decisions in a phased manner in order to reduce the risks associated with large-scale implementation of such projects,” she said. Peters said the bidding process would start in April. Asked where they would source the technology for the project, the minister said the government, in line with Section 34 of the Electricity Regulation Act, would select the vendor to build the power station. The developer would then determine the source of that technology, as well as the broader engineering, procurement and construction of the plants.Cutting down on tariff hikes In the short term, Peters said the government was looking at ways to reduce electricity tariff increases, as access to reliable, affordable and sustainable energy services was essential to creating jobs and alleviating poverty. Peters said an interdepartmental team was considering the best approach for determining the next round of electricity tariff increases for Eskom, due to take effect from April 2013. This would involve developing a model that balanced the socio-economic impact of increasing electricity prices, the country’s competitiveness, Eskom’s financial viability, and the necessary policy considerations for implementing the Integrated Resource Plan. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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10 Incredible People Coming to the Real-Time Web Summit

first_imgThe ReadWriteWeb Real-Time Web Summit in New York City is just one week away! We’ll be working hard together on understanding the future of real-time data delivery, social networking, media, industry and more. Unlike standard conferences where talking heads speak at a passive audience, ReadWriteWeb events are fully participatory with every attendee working together as equals to make it a super high-value experience. It works out really well and people love it.So who will you get to rub elbows and meld minds with if you join us next week? Check out this small sample of 10 incredible people who graciously allowed us to discuss their participation in the event. It’s a knock-out crowd and you should join it to build the future with us. Click here to register now for this high-energy day – or check out just a few of the fabulous participants below.Real-time web? Roden wrote the book on it.Ted RodenTed Roden (right) is the author of the O’Reilly book Building the Realtime User Experience, due out next month. A serial side project developer, Roden has built apps like EnjoysThin.gs, Blasted.app and low-cost personal assistant program Fancy Hands (our write-up). Roden’s day job is in the R&D department of a long-running media organization that prints all the news that’s fit to print.John BorthwickCEO of BetaworksBusiness Week calls Borthwick “perhaps the real-time Web’s key articulator.” We’ve called him “the thoughtful Prince of the real-time web.” He’s the CEO of Betaworks, a small investment firm backing Twitter, Tumblr, Tweetdeck, Superfeedr, Gdgt, Outside.in and many other high-profile real-time industry leaders. URL shortener Bit.ly and real-time syndication service Twitterfeed are both in-house at Betaworks. Borthwick is a deep, big picture thinker and an honor to have with us at the event.Chris DixonRed-hot blogging investor.Chris Dixon was a personal investor in Skype and is now investing in something super-cool every time we turn around. Dixon is co-founder of Hunch along with Flickr co-founder Caterina Fake, he’s helping launch an alternative to Facebook Like called OpenLike (our coverage) and was named the #1 Angel investor in tech by Business Week this year.Jer MillerThe inventor of Jabber/XMPP.Jeremie Miller invented Jabber/XMPP, the open source protocol that now powers almost every instant messaging program on earth and many other software, including Google Wave. These days Miller is helping build a startup called Knowmore.Anil DashHelping the White House crowdsource the next big challenges.Anil Dash, a long-time leader of the blogging community, now runs Expert Labs, an American Association for the Advancement of Science funded think tank. Expert Labs has hired Lifehacker founding Editor Gina Trapani and has been tasked by the White House to provide the collaboration software being used to determine and execute the Federal government’s next moon-landing scale grand scientific challenge.Dan LewisSesame WorkshopDan Lewis is the Director of New Media Communications at Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit behind the children’s television empire Sesame Street. Lewis has degrees in Law and economics and he flipped a thriving sports wiki company to Wikipedia’s for-profit arm Wikia. In other words, he’s an incredibly interesting guy.Sree SreenivasanColumbia Graduate School of JournalismSree Sreenivasan is a journalism educator at Columbia University and a technology evangelist and skeptic. A journalist and commentator on international, national and hyperlocal levels, he was a founding administrator of the Online Journalism Awards.The Onion, Popular ScienceBaratunde ThurstonBaratunde Thurston (right) describes himself as “a comedian, author and vigilante pundit.” He’s Web Editor at comedy site The Onion and hosts Popular Science’s Future Of on Science Channel.Thomas VanderwalFolksonomistThomas Vanderwal is an Information Architecture consultant to companies around the world and is best known for coining the term “folksonomy” – the practice and method of collaboratively creating and managing tags to annotate and categorize content.Gerry CampbellVery real time.Gerry Campbell has held leadership positions at AltaVista, AOL Search and Reuters. He is now CEO of real-time search and API company Collecta. He helped build Twitter search and is an investor in Tweetdeck, Outside.in, StockTwits and Betaworks. Campbell is a well-respected industry thought leader and his blog luckyrobot.com is a must-read.And You!Register now to join us in New York City on June 11th. These ten people and many more will be hashing out the future of the real-time web and how to leverage it for your organization. Don’t miss this opportunity. It’s sure to rock your world. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… marshall kirkpatrick Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Related Posts Tags:#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Argentine football superstar Messi charms Kolkata

first_imgThe Argentine wizard Lionel Messi arrived in football-crazy Kolkata early Wednesday morning but hundreds of his frenzied fans were left disappointed.Hordes of supporters and mediapersons stayed awake throughout the night and waited outside the airport to catch a glimpse of the best player on the planet.But the 24-year old Barcelona superstar made a quiet exit through the VIP gate amidst high security, escaping the hysterical crowd. Messi and Javier Mascherano were held back for their La Liga match against Villarreal on Monday and landed in the city at 3.20 am on Wednesday.They got out of the airport at 3.55 a. m. and headed for the team hotel. More than 30 members of the Argentine delegation, including coach Alejandro Sabella, had already checked in. The Venezuelan team had landed on Tuesday morning itself.The friendly between the South American rivals, in the run-up to World Cup 2014 qualifiers, will be the biggest ever football event in the country.The Mecca of Indian football is gripped by Messi fever as youngsters donned Argentina jerseys and thronged outside the hotel and the stadium premises chanting Messi’s name.Tickets priced at Rs. 700, Rs. 1,000, Rs. 2,570 and Rs. 3,590 are all sold out and so are the 16 luxury boxes priced at Rs. 7.5 lakh each which can accommodate 15 people each. The remaining tickets, which are priced from Rs. 1,550 to Rs. 5,120 are fast moving off the counters.Messi and his teammates’ menuBeef, chicken, potato, cereals, cheese, cold meat, breads, pasta, grilled meat salads and other vegetables served on the platter.advertisementSpaghetti and fruit juice in breakfast Beef Spaghetti, non-vegetable items and dessert in lunch Most of the ingredients procured from the local market with a select few imported.last_img read more

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Indian under-23 football team wins LG Cup in Vietnam

first_imgNext stop, FIFA: The team in VietnamWhen the Indian football team wins its first trophy in 28 years, there’s got to be some special karma working in its favour. Nonsense, says the team’s new coach, it’s nothing but an old-fashioned dose of “nastiness”.The Indian under-23 team won the LG Cup,Next stop, FIFA: The team in VietnamWhen the Indian football team wins its first trophy in 28 years, there’s got to be some special karma working in its favour. Nonsense, says the team’s new coach, it’s nothing but an old-fashioned dose of “nastiness”.The Indian under-23 team won the LG Cup in Vietnam on August 11, beating Singapore, three-time champion Indonesian club Petrokimia FC and the Vietnamese under-23 and senior squads.In the final, India trailed Vietnam 0-2 before captain Bhaichung Bhutia brought his side back with two goals and sub Abhishek Yadav took the score to 3-2 minutes from extra-time. That’s “nastiness”, Stephen Constantine-style.”We scored three times after 80 minutes to win matches. My boys will not give in without a fight,” said the Englishman.It was the first significant trophy for an Indian team since it shared the Asian Youth Championship with Iran in 1974.What made it better was that every national team in the tournament was ranked higher than the Indians on the FIFA ratings, where India stands at 124.The team earned $16,000 (Rs 7.7 lakh) for its efforts and hopefully a little more respect among its peers in Asia.last_img read more

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