Government has prioritised energy security to enable economic growth and development

first_img• Government is aware that the country’s economic growth performance needs to be improved in a sustainable manner and has therefore made the resolution of the energy challenge an immediate priority.• Progress has been made on stabilising the energy supply, in particular, maintenance practices have been improved; short term power purchase programme contracts of 1 350MW of electricity has been approved for 2015/16; and request for proposals of 2 500MW of coal-fired power has been issued.• Efforts to increase and stabilise energy supply have produced positive results. The first unit of Medupi has come online in 2015, adding 800MW to the grid.• The permanent appointment of the CEO and the CFO for Eskom have brought stability in the governance of the institution. Government recapitalised Eskom with R23 billion from the sale of none core assets. This brings financial stability and allows Eskom to keep the lights on.South Africa and the renewable energy programme• South Africa is succeeding in diversifying its energy mix through its Renewable Independent Power Producers Programme.• Private sector investment in clean energy has seen more than 6000MW of renewable energy projects awarded under the government’s REIPPP.  Thus far, 1800MW of renewable energy power has already been connected to the national grid.  Further determinations for the rollout of renewable energy will see an additional 6300MW being procured as well as new determinations for gas to power, co-generation and coal based load.  The 2014 United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) put South Africa among the top 10 countries for renewable energy investments.• Notable achievements include the commercial operation of the SERE wind farm in the Western Cape, which saw 100 megawatts added to the grid.last_img read more

An Updated List of Bad Company Names

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#Lists#web dana oshiro Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img A few years ago the Unofficial Dreamhost Blog circulated a list of the worst domain names. Domains like therapistfinder.com (Therapist Finder) and molestationnursery.com (Mole Station Nursery) seemed to top the list as the worst of the worst, while penisland.net (Pen Island) had members flocking to the site to see what all the fuss was about. We cannot stress enough how important it is to choose a good name when you’ve found it. Below is an updated list of great companies with bizarre names or domains. Consider this a cautionary tale. 1. Doostang.com: Founded in 2005 by Harvard, Stanford and MIT students, Doostang helps young professionals accelerate their careers. In this case, acceleration actually sounds like a bad thing; nevertheless, it’s nothing that can’t be prevented by a little Pepto Bismol. 2. Twubs.com: Twubs is the hash tag-based aggregator that helps event planners broadcast a live conference stream and organize event-related social media. Surprisingly this event assistant runs faster than he looks. 3. fTags.com: This site provides real time twitter streams on niche topics and aggregates them to one place. Unfortunately an ftag sounds a lot like a “tramp stamp”, so if it were up to us we’d be aggregating your tweets to a tattoo elegantly etched above your buttocks. 4. BLEWS: We last mentioned Microsoft’s BLEWS in an article on media bias deconstruction. The name is a portmanteau of blogosphere and news. For a brilliant project built on the principles of natural language processing, the name doesn’t just blow in the present tense, it blew and continues to do so with grammatical errors. 5. Putacart.com: This site is best known as the shopping cart widget that goes anywhere. Something tells us Spanish language users might not want to go there without a condom. If you’ve got more nominations for bizarre names, add them to the comments below. Photo credits: Dennis Mojado, Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

MS Dhoni lauds Virat Kohli and R Ashwin for special efforts in 2nd Test match

first_imgCaptain MS Dhoni on Monday gave full marks to Virat Kohli and R Ashwin, the architects of India’s win over New Zealand here on Monday, for soaking up the pressure and bowling brilliantly, respectively.”Virat, I felt, played really well in this Test match because we needed someone to soak up the pressure. He was the guy who did that in both the innings,” said Dhoni, referring to Kohli’s knocks of 103 and 51 not out.”There are two ways to tackle pressure – either you fight through it or you just soak it. He showed excellent temperament.”Off-spinner Ashwin took six wickets in New Zealand’s second innings, taking his series tally to 18 and winning the Man of the Series award.”He is bowling brilliantly. If you see the two Tests, there were some periods where the spinners got some assistance from the pitch. Overall, the wickets were quite good to bat on and we had to bowl consistently in one area which I felt at sometimes made it difficult for Ashwin because he is someone who loves to take wickets,” Dhoni told reporters.”He is someone who has got variations. He is learning that. The good thing is that both the spinners complement each other. When one is taking wickets, the other one keeps it tight so the batsmen can’t score too many runs. They are hunting well together.” Left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha, who bagged 13 wickets in the series, also came in for praise from his skipper.Dhoni also lauded Cheteshwar Pujara for his contribution at No.3 spot in the short series. “It’s pleasing to see the youngsters perform. As far as missing somebody like Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman is concerned, you will always miss them. When Pujara comes and scores a 150 or 160, you will still miss them because of the kind of performances they have given in the past 15 or 16 years,” he averred.”Pujara was good in this innings as well as in the last Test. So it is a learning process and it is a big positive for us.”New Zealand skipper Ross Taylor said that his team did not score sufficient runs. “If we’re brutally honest, we would have liked to score a few more runs in that first innings to put pressure on India. We’d like to have restricted them to a few less runs. I wouldn’t put it down to just one little moment. It was just that we lost the Test match over time,” he said.advertisementlast_img read more

Man City have five-year deal for Jorginho

first_imgTransfers Jorginho has five-year deal waiting to be signed at Man City Chris Burton 21:54 6/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Jorginho Italy 2018 Getty Images Transfers Manchester City Napoli Serie A Premier League The Napoli midfielder’s agent has hinted that a transfer is edging closer to completion, although the Premier League champions are yet to agree a fee Manchester City have a five-year contract waiting for Jorginho, claims the Napoli midfielder’s agent, but the Premier League champions are yet to agree a transfer fee.After Goal first revealed Pep Guardiola’s interest in the Italy international back in April , a long-running saga has proved frustrating for all concerned.Jorginho is desperate to take advantage of “the opportunity of a lifetime” , but he has seen a €50 million (£44m/$58m) approach knocked back by Serie A employers reluctant to lower their asking price. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move City are still to meet Napoli’s demands but a deal is edging ever closer, with Aurelio De Laurentiis having promised that the issue will be “settled soon” .It is reported that a €53m offer will be enough to get an agreement over the line, with Jorginho’s representative revealing that terms have already been drawn up at the Etihad Stadium.Joao Santos told Radio Kiss Kiss : “Jorginho is obviously willing to go to City, we’re waiting for the agreement between the clubs.“There’s a five-year contract ready for the lad.“If the agreement doesn’t arrive then obviously he’ll make himself available for Napoli.“With the World Cup negotiations slow down a bit, but we hope the deal can be defined soon.”Jorginho has spent four-and-a-half seasons with Napoli, taking in 160 appearances.He is considered to be a solid addition to a City squad which already boasts plenty of midfield talent within record-breaking ranks.last_img read more

11 days agoWolves captain Coady: Strange playing against Liverpool

first_imgWolves captain Coady: Strange playing against Liverpoolby Paul Vegas11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves captain Conor Coady admits it still feels strange playing against Liverpool.The centre-back spent 15 years at Anfield before joining Huddersfield Town in 2015.”It’s a weird feeling, when I play against them I want to win more than ever. I don’t know why that is. I just do,” said Coady.Asked about the Reds’ chances this season, Coady added: “I know it’s early doors, but I think with Liverpool this year they don’t seem to be panicking.”People are talking about them conceding and not keeping clean sheets but when they do they think it’s okay cause we can score another. City seemed like that last year.”With Liverpool, they missed out on the Champions League the year before and then they kick on again because the manager is that good.”I don’t want to speak too soon but they look to be going [up] again which is so good to see for them.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Video: Softball Player Pulls Off Ridiculously Impressive Bat Trick

first_imgGirl does bat tricks in her backyard.Bat Tricks GirlSoftball, as we all know, is a game of statistics. Here’s an impressive number for you. The below Vine, posted one day ago, has nearly 8 million loops. Why? Because it features an incredible softball bat trick.The girl’s name is Marisa Arriaga, and she hails from Cedar Hill, Texas. She posted the original video back in June, but it’s gone viral the past 24 hours. In the clip, she lifts a bat off of the ground with her foot, bounces it behind her back, kicks the ball off of the tee, juggles it, and then crushes it into the woods. It’s awesome.Bat tricks? pic.twitter.com/M2JqHXR08l— marisa (@marisa_arriaga) June 24, 2015Yeah, I can’t do that. Impressive, to say the least.last_img read more

Videos: Jay Williams Won’t Wear UNC Gear, Unveils Cam Newton Jersey To Pick Tar Heels Over Notre Dame

first_imgClose-up view of Brice Johnson's jersey.CHAPEL HILL, NC – JANUARY 05: Players of the North Carolina Tar Heels wear a patch on their jersey to remember ESPN anchor, Stuart Scott, who recently passed away from cancer and was an alumni of the University of North Carolina before their game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Dean Smith Center on January 5, 2015 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)The basketball edition of College GameDay is attempting to make Jay Williams its version of Lee Corso. This season, Jay has been making his pick for the games the crew travels to by unveiling a jersey from under his suit at the end of the broadcast. Today, GameDay went to South Bend for Notre Dame vs. No. 2/1 North Carolina. Williams, a former Duke point guard, wouldn’t go so far as to pick the Irish to make the upset, but he also refuses to wear UNC gear, so he called a bit of an audible for his jersey choice.North Carolina is embracing the pick anyway.Apparently, @RealJayWilliams got the #OneCarolina memo.#GoHeelsGoPanthers #KeepPounding pic.twitter.com/ZEGjZmo52x— UNC Tar Heels (@GoHeels) February 6, 2016That seems like a fair compromise.last_img read more

Economy added 35300 jobs last month unemployment rate up Statistics Canada

first_imgOTTAWA – The Canadian economy continued to churn out more jobs in October even amid forecasts that economic growth is slowing in the second half of the year.Statistics Canada said Friday that the economy added 35,300 jobs in October as the number of full-time positions swelled by 88,700, while part-time employment dropped by 53,400 jobs.“After modest net job gains through the summer, October’s strong result suggest there is still some life left in the economic upswing,” Bank of Montreal chief economist Doug Porter wrote in a report.The gain in jobs came as the unemployment rate increased to 6.3 per cent, up from 6.2 per cent in September, as more young people started looking for work.However, offsetting the jobs report, Statistics Canada also reported a $3.2-billion trade deficit for September, essentially unchanged from the previous month which was revised to a deficit of $3.2 billion compared with an initial estimate of $3.4 billion.The trade deficit came as both exports and imports lost ground for a fourth consecutive month in September as they both dropped 0.3 per cent.CIBC chief economist Avery Shenfeld noted that when both exports and imports fall that typically means both foreign and domestic demand is slowing.“If we look at the numbers for the third quarter, it is clear that exports are going to be a huge drag on growth,” he said.The overall drop in exports came as the motor vehicles and parts sector fell 10.6 per cent, offset in part by a 7.2 per cent increase in exports of energy products. Prices of exports fell 0.6 per cent, while volumes grew 0.3 per cent.On the other side of the equation, imports fell as the electronic and electrical equipment and parts category fell 4.6 per cent and consumer goods fell 1.9 per cent. Prices of imports fell 1.5 per cent, but volumes increased 1.3 per cent.Economists have been predicting that the economy is slowing in the second half of the year after the red-hot pace set in the first six months of 2017.The strong growth to start the year helped prompt the Bank of Canada to raise its key interest rate target twice, but the central bank kept it on hold last month as it also predicted growth would slow.Shenfeld called the jobs report “a bit of an incongruity” amid the other economic data that has been pointing to a slowing of growth in the third quarter.“Every quality measure we typically look at in the employment report was on the side of angels,” he said.Leading the job growth in October was the “other services” category which gained 21,400 positions, while the construction industry gained 18,400 and information, culture and recreation industries added 15,300 jobs.Offsetting those gains, the wholesale and retail trade sector lost 35,900 positions.Regionally, Quebec posted the largest increase with a gain of 18,400 jobs, while Alberta added 11,900. Manitoba added 4,000 jobs and Newfoundland and Labrador rose by 3,400. Saskatchewan lost 4,000 jobs in October.Compared with a year ago, employment was up by 308,100 jobs as the number of full-time jobs increased by 396,800 and the number of part-time positions fell by 88,700.last_img read more

Australian competition regulator gives OK to Saputo deal for Murray Goulburn

first_imgMONTREAL – Australia’s competition regulator has signed off on Quebec dairy giant Saputo Inc.’s proposed purchase of dairy processor Murray Goulburn Co-Operative Co. after the Canadian company agreed to sell a key plant.The regulator had raised concerns the acquisition would give Saputo control of the two largest dairy plants in southwest Victoria and southeast South Australia.Under the deal with the regulator, Saputo will sell Murray Goulburn’s Koroit plant within a specified period to a buyer which will need to be approved by the regulator.The agreement also includes details of transitional milk supply arrangements and independent management for the plant until it is sold.Saputo announced the deal to buy Murray Goulburn in October for $1.3 billion.The deal still requires approval by Murray Goulburn shareholders and Australia’s foreign investment review board.Companies in this story: (TSX:SAP)last_img read more