Paper giant RAPP bows to peat-protection order after Indonesia court defeat

first_imgArticle published by Hans Nicholas Jong A court has invalidated a bid by Riau Andalan Pulp and Paper (RAPP) to overturn a government order obliging it to conserve peatlands that fall within its concessions.The ruling means the company will have to submit revised work plans to the government, in which peat areas that it had previously earmarked for development would be conserved and rewetted to prevent fires.The government has also mulled the possibility of auditing RAPP and parent company APRIL to get a clearer picture of their operations on the ground. JAKARTA — A court in Indonesia has ordered a subsidiary of the country’s second-biggest pulp and paper company to comply with a government order aimed at preventing land fires and haze.The Jakarta State Administrative Court ruled that the legal basis for PT Riau Andalan Pulp and Paper’s (RAPP) to seek to overturn the order from the Ministry of Environment and Forestry to conserve the peat forests within its existing concessions was invalid.The ruling, handed down on Thursday, means the company’s work plans — the blueprint for which parts of its concessions it intends to operate in over the coming years — are void and must be revised pursuant to the government order.“The newly revised work plans will significantly impact our business activities,” RAPP said in a statement. “Nevertheless, we will comply with the directives from the ministry.”The company said it would inform its operations teams about the ruling and “ensure the well-being of employees and contractors who are affected by today’s court decision.”RAPP is a subsidiary of paper giant APRIL, itself a part of the Royal Golden Eagle conglomerate, owned by Indonesian billionaire Sukanto Tanoto.Its work plans were invalidated in the wake of widespread land fires in 2015 and the resultant massive haze, stoked in large part by the drainage of Indonesia’s vast peat swamps — rendering them highly combustible — by companies like APRIL and its main competitor, Asia Pulp & Paper, as well as palm oil firms.Smoke from the fires sickened half a million Indonesians, according to government estimates, and drifted into neighboring countries. At the height of the disaster, the daily emissions of carbon dioxide as a result of the burning exceeded those from all U.S. economic activity.In response, the government issued a decree in 2016 that stipulates the conservation of at least 30 percent of all peat domes — landscapes where the peat is so deep that the center is topographically higher than the edges. The regulation also mandates the conservation of areas where the peat is deeper than 3 meters (9.8 feet) and which contain high biodiversity. RAPP’s own plantations overlap with one of Indonesia’s deepest peat-swamp landscapes, the Kampar Peninsula in Sumatra.The environment ministry annulled RAPP’s work plans earlier this year and ordered the firm to submit a new one so that areas that the government had rezoned for conservation under the new rules would be taken out of contention for development by the company and rewetted to prevent fires.But last month, RAPP filed a legal challenge against the decision, leading the ministry to accuse the company of shirking its obligation to comply with the 2016 decree.Bambang Hendroyono, the environment ministry’s secretary-general, said Thursday’s verdict reinforced RAPP’s obligation to protect peat domes within its concessions in eastern Sumatra.“So RAPP is obligated to soon submit the revision of its work plans for peat protection,” he said after the ruling was handed down.Separately, Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya said the government might audit RAPP and APRIL in the next few months in a bid to get a clearer picture of their businesses and operations on the ground. Deforestation, Environment, Environmental Law, Forestry, Forests, Indonesia, Law, Law Enforcement, Peatlands, Plantations, Protected Areas, Rainforest Conservation, Rainforest Deforestation, Rainforests, Tropical Forests Banner image: Fire set for peatland clearing in Riau Province, Indonesia in July 2015. Photo by Rhett A. Butler. Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredlast_img read more

New satellite data reveals forest loss far greater than expected in Brazil Amazon

first_imgThe Brazilian Amazon lost 184 km2 of forest in December 2017, 20 times more than was recorded in December 2016 (9 km2).The massive increase reflects Brazil’s use of a more accurate satellite monitoring system that incorporates radar, which can see land cover at night and through clouds, and suggests prior deforestation rates were likely underestimates.As the cost of radar and other satellite data decreases, continuous monitoring will enable officials and civil society to more accurately monitor and quantify forest loss over a broad range of spatial scales. The Brazilian Amazon lost 184 km2 of forest in December 2017, according to the country’s Institute of Man and the Environment of the Amazon (Imazon). The data, obtained exclusively by the Brazilian news network GLOBO, show a significant increase in deforestation over that of December 2016, when just 9 km2 of deforestation was recorded.More than a new surge in deforestation, this massive increase actually reflects an improvement in Brazil’s capacity to measure rainforest extent. Imazon, an environmental NGO that monitors the Amazon region, now incorporates radar imagery from the European Space Agency (ESA)’s new Sentinel-1 satellite. Launched into space in 2014, the Sentinel-1 is used to monitor everything from the Arctic thaw to earthquakes, oil spills, and volcanoes.“Since August, we have been implementing the use of new sensors in [our] monitoring. We started with a higher-resolution sensor, which detects small-scale deforestation, and this month we implemented a satellite with radar images,” says Imazon’s Antônio Victor Fonseca, part of the team responsible for the monitoring system. “Now we can monitor the forest even when there is cloud presence. It is an advantage that did not exist in the Amazon until today.”An Amazon basin river with intact forest canopy on both sides. Photo credit: Rhett A. ButlerBrazil’s highly advanced forest monitoring system has always faced the challenge of detecting land cover during cloudy periods. Its standard optical satellite imagery works much like the human eye observing the planet from above. Clouds form a visual barrier, preventing the satellite from seeing the Earth below.Radar can monitor land cover even through clouds, a big advantage during the Amazon’s rainy season.Unlike standard satellite images, which indicate the reflectance of light off objects on the Earth’s surface and thus require the sun’s radiation, radar emits its own radiation, which hits the Earth and bounces back to its sensor, even at night or in cloudy conditions.Detecting the deforestation that takes place during dark or rainy periods affords this new assessment greater accuracy than previous analyses. Using data from the new satellite, Imazon produced a more accurate satellite-based map of deforestation in regions with heavy cloud cover last month. The data indicate that the area around the Transamazon highway in the state of Pará experienced the country’s most extensive deforestation, with 83% of the alerts detected in the month. The remaining forest loss alerts occurred in the states of Rondônia (9%), Mato Grosso (6%), Amazonas and Roraima (1% each).Clear-cutting in the Amazon rainforest as viewed from above by airplane. Satellite data from radar can also detect clearings at night or through cloud cover. Photo credit: Rhett A. ButlerMore than half of the forest clearing (55%) was done on private lands. Another 35% was provoked by agrarian reform settlements in Amazonia. Nearly 10% of the deforestation detected was in official protected areas, including sustainable use areas and indigenous lands.Technology advances have substantially lowered the cost of satellite data, which can expand its use to a broader audience.“Radar is not exactly new technology, but until recently it was very expensive,” said Rômulo Batista, coordinator of Greenpeace’s Amazon program. “Now that it is available, it is of fundamental importance to use this tool to monitor the Amazon in the rainy season.”Amazon forest clearings are often near rivers. Illegal logging may leave a forest strip to avoid detection from the ground. Photo credit: Rhett A. ButlerBatista believes that satellite monitoring played a key role in reducing deforestation between 2004 and  2012. However, illegal loggers have learned to evade satellite detection by cutting trees at night or during rainy season or by clearing narrow roads that cannot be easily detected from above.“With the new satellite, continuous monitoring will prevent this from happening. It will also be possible to detect small clearings before they become scorched earth,” said Batista.Gilberto Câmara, a researcher at Brazil’s National Institute of Space Research (INPE), said that official deforestation monitoring, which is done using INPE’s system, meets the country’s needs.“It is important to generate new information,” he said, “but the problem of deforestation in the Amazon is not the quality of the information provided. It is the government’s lack of interest in combating deforestation.”According to Imazon’s Fonseca, scientists still need to analyze the data to understand what is causing deforestation in these regions, including the impact of new roads.“We need field information,” he added. “But we are seeing some areas of illegal logging, considerable deforestation in settlements, and [human] pressure in some protected areas of Rondônia.”A logging road through Amazon rainforest. If thin enough, these roads may go undetected by low-resolution satellite imagery. Photo credit: George PowellFEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the editor of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page.Banner image of western Amazon forest at the river’s edge. Photo credit: Sue Palminteri Article published by Sue Palminteri data, Deforestation, Forests, Logging, Mapping, Protected Areas, Rainforests, Remote Sensing, satellite data, Satellite Imagery, Technology, Tropical Forests, Wildtech center_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredlast_img read more

10 million acres added to Chile’s national park system

first_imgArticle published by Erik Hoffner Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored Biodiversity, Biodiversity Crisis, Conservation, conservation players, Habitat, Habitat Loss, Happy-upbeat Environmental, National Parks, Protected Areas, Wildlife center_img The announcement marked the culmination of a plan agreed to in March 2017 by President Bachelet and Kristine McDivitt Tompkins, President and CEO of Tompkins Conservation, to create a network of five new national parks in Chile, and the expansion of three others.As a herd of guanacos grazed in the distance, Chilean President Michelle Bachelet declared, “With these beautiful lands, their forests, their rich ecosystems, [we] expand the network of parks to more than 10 million acres. Thus, national parklands in Chile will increase by 38.5% to account for 81.1% of Chile’s protected areas.”Tompkins Conservation is a US-based foundation aimed at preventing biodiversity loss and added 1 million acres to the deal — it was founded by Kristine and Doug Tompkins, business leaders of clothing brands The North Face, Esprit, and Patagonia. Yesterday, as a herd of guanacos grazed in the distance, Chilean President Michelle Bachelet declared, “With these beautiful lands, their forests, their rich ecosystems, [we] expand the network of parks to more than 10 million acres. Thus, national parklands in Chile will increase by 38.5% to account for 81.1% of Chile’s protected areas.”A buzzard eagle soared above as a guanaco in the grasslands behind her took a dust bath in seeming approval.The announcement marked the culmination of a plan agreed to in March 2017 by Bachelet and Kristine McDivitt Tompkins, President and CEO of Tompkins Conservation,  to create a network of five new national parks in Chile, and the expansion of three others.Tompkins Conservation is a US-based foundation aimed at preventing biodiversity loss and was founded by Kristine and Doug Tompkins, business leaders of clothing brands The North Face, Esprit, and Patagonia. Doug Tompkins passed away after a kayaking accident on Chile’s Lake General Carrera in 2015, and Kristine has carried the mission forward.“I am proud of my husband Doug and his vision which continues to guide us, in addition to our entire team, for completing these two national parks and the broader network, a major milestone of our first 25 years of work,” Tompkins said during the signing. “While we will continue to help promote and safeguard these parks, we are beginning to turn our attention [to] new conservation and rewilding projects in Chile and Argentina as we work to save and restore big, wild, and connected ecosystems.”Chile adds Tompkins Conservation’s million acres to 9 million acres of its own federal land. The signed decrees create Pumalín National Park and Patagonia National Park Chile.Read our March 2017 interview with Kristine Tompkins to learn more about the genesis of this project here.Kristine Tompkins and President Michelle Bachelet sign a pledge in March 2017 to expand national parkland in Chile by 10 million acres. Source: Tompkins Conservation.Banner photo: Pumalín Park, via Tompkins ConservationFEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post.last_img read more

Bumgarner shines, offense goes dark as Giants suffer Opening Day shutout loss

first_imgSAN DIEGO–When the Giants hired president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi away from the Los Angeles Dodgers in November, the franchise believed it would soon put a miserable two-year stretch in its rearview mirror.The Giants took their first drive of the Zaidi era on Opening Day in San Diego on Thursday and if a 2-0 loss is any indication, the road to a more promising future is much steeper than anticipated.A Giants team that entered the year with serious concerns about potential …last_img

Five bidders for new power plants

first_img24 August 2005Five consortia have qualified to bid for the exclusive rights to build, own and operate two new power stations needed to meet South Africa’s growing energy demands.The new plants, at sites still to be finalised in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, are expected to cost R6-billion to build and to be fully operational by the end of 2008.The successful consortia were announced by Minerals and Energy deputy director-general Nelisiwe Magubane in Pretoria on Tuesday.The five successful applicants are AES, comprising black-owned Tiso Energy and Lereko Energy; Inkanyezi, which includes French company Suez Energy and Mvelaphanda Holdings; Tata-J&J Consortium; the Malaysian YTL-led consortium; and the International Power Consortium.Magubane said that some of the evaluation criteria included experience in the green fields of building power stations, black economic empowerment, the applicant’s reputation in the energy sector, and the ability to raise finance.Peaking plantsThe new generation capacity will comprise two oil-fired, open-cycle gas turbine power stations with a combined capacity of about 1 000 Megawatts, operating as peaking plants – meaning the power stations will operate mainly during peak hours of electricity use.According to Business Day, the introduction of independent power producers is aimed at bringing competition to power utility Eskom, which currently produces 95% of SA’s electricity, and at further reducing the cost of SA’s electricity, already among the cheapest in the world.The two privately operated stations, although restricted to selling their power to Eskom, will effectively end the state company’s monopoly.Magubane said that Eskom would be increasing its generational capacity, and would be involved in 70% of new energy production projects in the country, with independent producers being involved in the remainder.According to Business Day, Eskom is expected to spend R48-billion in the next five years on building new capacity, with the private sector expected to invest R23-billion.‘Ambitious’ timetableMagubane said that while energy shortages in South Africa were only expected around 2010, the recent economic boom had led to increased energy use, prompting the government to revise that timetable.“An estimated 12 000MW of peak generation capacity will be needed for the next 20 years, excluding the capacity provided by the return to service of a mothballed plant”, Magubane said.Magubane said prefered bidders would be announced by June 2006, with construction due to start in the first quarter of 2007 and to be completed within 18 months.Admitting the that the timetable was “ambitious,” Magubane said: “We are not going to compromise on the deadline.”SouthAfrica.info reporter and BuaNewslast_img read more

Roland Schoeman: no one faster

first_img1 August 2005South Africa’s Roland Schoeman can rightfully claim to be the fastest swimmer in the world after winning the 50 metres freestyle at the FINA World Championships in Montreal on the weekend.He flew through the water to touch in 21.69 seconds, the second-fastest time in history, bettered only by the world record of 21.64 secured by the legendary Russian Alexander Popov. Schoeman’s time was also a huge improvement on his own African record of 21.98.Second goldThis victory won Schoeman his second gold medal of the championships, improving his overall haul to two gold medals and a silver. The other gold came in the 50 metres butterfly in a world record 22.96, while the silver was in the 100 metres freestyle in 48.28.In the lead-up to the race, Schoeman was ill with a chest problem, but he believes it helped him swim better in the final. He felt being sick took some pressure off him to perform. “You don’t know what to expect,” he said.Looking back on his performances in Montreal, Schoeman conceded that he was a little surprised by his success: “I really didn’t expect this,” he admitted.His victory in the 50 metres freestyle proved a real confidence booster, with Schoeman reckoning afterwards that he could improve on Popov’s record. He’ll get the chance to do just that on Wednesday at a meeting in the US.Disappointment for NeethlingWhile Schoeman stole the spotlight with his sensational swim, the 50 metres freestyle proved a huge disappointment for Ryk Neethling, who surprisingly missed out on a place in the semi-finals.Nonetheless, the two men accounted for South Africa’s total medal haul of two golds, a silver and two bronzes.That left SA in 10th place on the medal table, behind Zimbabwe, who had Kirsty Coventry to thank for winning two gold medals and two silvers, and just ahead of the Netherlands, who won two golds, a silver and a bronze.The US topped the table followed by Australia, China, Russia and host Canada.Two bronzesFor Neethling, the FINA World Championships saw him making it onto the podium in an individual event at a major world event after 12 years of international competition, when he won bronze in both the 100 and 200 metres freestyle.Neethling started his career as a 1 500 metres specialist before making the switch to sprint events. So his results in Montreal are the cherry on the top of an amazing achievement.Schoeman started out as a sprint specialist – 50 metres events only. But he has now proved he is one of the world’s elite 100 metres freestyle swimmers, after winning silver medals at both the Olympic Games and the World Championships. He also showed that he is a real threat over 50 metres in butterfly and freestyle, beating the best at major world meetings. Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Pixnor 15pcs Colors Hair Bows Girls Kids Alligator Clip Grosgrain Ribbon Headbands Hair Clips : Beautiful bows and a good strong clips

first_imgThese are beautiful and brilliant quality. Perfect for my toddlers hair. Exactly how they were described, delivered within few days. I’m very pleased with the hair bows they are good quality and perfect for all outfits. I do wish i ordered a bigger size but these are perfect for school and i use a bow when she has her hair down it looks pretty. Great packaging and fast delivery thank you. Great collection of hair bows and made of a nice quality satin. Beautiful bows and a good strong clipsPIXNOR 15pcs Colors Hair Bows Girls Kids Alligator Clip Grosgrain Ribbon Headbands Hair Clips15 pieces of the baby girls kids hair bows headbands in different colors in one set will be sold together.Color: as shown in the pictures (15 different colors). Material: durable soft satin ribbon and metal.Great for babies, toddlers and young girls to wear.The hair bow can be clipped in your hair with the featured alligator clip on the back.Great for any DIY project as the bows are easily maneuverable to your preference. Lovely just need navy blue now. Beautiful bows and a good strong clips, very pleased with them. Excellent quality, for such a good price i was expecting maybe a little tatty or clips to be loose etc but was pleasantly surprised. Would definitely recommend and will be buying more for my second daughter. Beautiful set perfect for a little girl great choices and bright colours. Lov these for my lil girl not as big as i wanted but there really cute😊👍 plus fast delivery. Beautiful bows and beautiful colours can’t rate highly enough :). Superb quality value for money product. center_img SummaryReviewer Nathalie DuboisReview Date2018-07-20 20:56:26Reviewed Item PIXNOR 15pcs Colors Hair Bows Girls Kids Alligator Clip Grosgrain Ribbon Headbands Hair ClipsRating 5.0 / 5  stars, based on  18  reviewsPrice£5.99last_img read more

Upcoming Webinar: Estate Planning for Families with Special Needs

first_imgPlease join MFLN Military Caregiving and MFLN Personal Finance Tuesday, August 15 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern, for our free webinar entitled ‘Estate Planning for Families with Special Needs.’“Many special needs children will be financially dependent on others their entire lives. It’s crucial to have a plan in place that protects the long-term financial well-being of these dependents.”– Mark Albertson, Estate Planning SpecialistPlanning for the future is something everyone should devote substantial time and thought to, but especially families with special needs.Join this collaborative webinar on August 15th to:Explore the importance of this type of planning and decision-making.Discover estate planning considerations across the life cycle of your family member with special needs.Discuss powers of attorney and trusts including revocable living trusts and special needs trusts.Look at needs-based public benefits like Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Medicaid.Presenter: Martie Gillen, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist for the Department of Family, Youth, and Community Sciences, in the Institute for Food and Agriculture at the University of Florida.Continuing Education Credit Available!The MFLN Military Caregiving concentration will apply for continuing education (CE) credit from UT School of Social Work for credentialed and licensed professionals. This webinar is also approved for 1.5 general CEUs for FinCert Certified Personal Finance Counselors (CPFC) as well as AFC-certified participants. Additionally, Certificates of completion will be available for participants interested in receiving training hours.Interested in Joining the Webinar?To join this event, simply click on “Estate Planning for Families with Special Needs.” The webinar is hosted by the Department of Defense APAN system but is open to the public.If you cannot connect to the APAN site, an alternative viewing of this presentation will be running on YouTube Live. Mobile options for YouTube Live are available on all Apple and Android devices. This MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published on August 4, 2017.last_img read more

BHU lathi charge: Sack VC and set up a probe, says Congress

first_imgThe Congress on Monday hit out at the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh over a lathi charge on women students of the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) and demanded the immediate sacking of the Vice Chancellor and a judicial probe by a sitting High Court judge into the incident.Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s silence over the “preposterous and shocking” incident, and asked what his stand was on the “atrocity” perpetrated on the students in Varanasi, his parliamentary constituency.Describing the VC as “incorrigible” and “insensitive”, Mr. Tewari asked Mr. Modi if such a person could head an institute of academic excellence like the BHU.“We demand that the President of India, who is the visitor of the university, immediately take cognisance of what has happened in BHU and sack the vice chancellor,” he told reporters here.Attacks BJP rule in Uttar PradeshAttacking the BJP and its rule in Uttar Pradesh, Mr. Tewari said the government had been been a “failure” on all fronts and accused it of “shedding crocodile tears”.“We demand an inquiry by a sitting High Court judge that should go into all the facts and circumstances as to how this atrocity was perpetrated and hold all those persons who were responsible for ordering this lathi charge to account,” Mr. Tewari said.The former Union minister recalled the words of nationalist leader and BHU founder Madan Mohan Malviya, saying those who set up the university created a very secular and pluralistic centre of learning that catered to all communities.He said at the time of its creation, Malviya had said, “India is not a country of the Hindus only; it is a country of the Muslims, the Christians and the Parsis, too. The country can gain strength and develop itself only if people of different communities in India live in mutual goodwill and harmony“.Questions Modi’s silenceThe Congress leader, while questioning Mr. Modi’s silence, asked, “We would like to know from the Prime Minister of India where does he stand on this atrocity which has been perpetrated on women students in his own parliamentary constituency“.He also asked Mr. Modi whether a person who is “so insensitive” to the genuine concerns of students deserved to be the university VC.“The incorrigible vice chancellor of this university, rather than being sympathetic to the students, turned around and told the girls that if you are so conscious of your modesty, why do you step out after 6 O’clock in the evening,” Mr. Tewari claimed.He said rather than empathising with them, the university “colluded in the most barbaric lathi charge”.He also took a dig at the BJP’s ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ campaign and said the incident was the “perpetration of the most unspeakable atrocities” against the students who were protesting against alleged molestation and were seeking a safer campus.A number of students, including women, and two journalists were injured in a baton charge by the police in BHU where a protest against alleged sexual harassment turned violent on Saturday night.last_img read more