Horse Racing Results

first_imgTrack: Good Weather: FineRace 1 1200 M (Purse $660,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE IV(NW3)RESTLESS GLEN (1991)*1. BERRANCA LSteadman3 53.52. SUPERTRONICS OWalker 56.0 5 5 1/2L3. RAISING THE BAR OBennett 52.5 3/4L4. WELL BLESSED AChatrie 52.5 3 1/2LWIN: $109.00PLACE: $56.00, $69.00, $171.00Final Time : 1:12.3 Splits : 23.0, 46.3, ,Winner : 4yo ch filly – ADORE THE GOLD out of CHARITY DANCE by GILDED TIMETrainer : NUNES,ANTHONY C Owner : STEPHAN A NARINESINGHBred by HAM STABLES LTD.Quinella : (5,8) $121.00 Exacta : (5-8) $140.00Superfecta : (5-8-7-4) $2,638.00Race 2 1300 M (Purse $660,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($350,0-$300,0)/NB5YO(NW3)CLASSIQUE (1992)*1. DOC HOLIDAY JInnis4 51.02. LEGAL ACCOUNT BebHarvey3 52.5 2 Neck3. PERSIAN BELLE DaneNelson 52.0 5 1/2L4. AUNT HILDA RMcNaughton 51.5 NeckLate scratch : #6 DIFERENTGENERATIONWIN: $95.00PLACE: $74.00, $76.00, $95.00Final Time : 1:21.3 Splits : 23.1, 47.0, 1:13.3,Winner : 6yo b horse – WIZARD OF GOLD out of SI MI TRIAL by CRUCIAL TRIALTrainer : PRINCE,TYRONE A Owner : RAHMOSSBred by EDISON CHAIQuinella : (2,4) $166.00 Exacta : (4-2) $360.00D/E : (5-4) $127.00 (5-6) $50.00Superfecta : (4-2-1-8) $1,821.00Race 3 1100 M (Purse $630,000) NB5-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE V(NW2)SWEETNESS (1997)1. WHO’S BOSSY JInnis4 48.52. ALL FOR THE GLORY OMullings 53.0 3/4L3. GRAND TRAIN LSteadman3 53.0 Neck*4. DR. DEAREST WHenry 52.0 1 1/2LLate scratch : #9 LA MADRINAWIN: $542.00PLACE: $171.00, $186.00, $94.00Final Time : 1:10.0 Splits : 23.4, 48.2, ,Winner : 5yo ch filly – WHO’S STAYIN ON out of TIFTAYVIA byTrainer : PARCHMENT,MARGARET A Owner : MARGARET A PARCHMENTBred by VINCENT LUMSDENQuinella : (2,3) $3,122.00 Exacta : (2-3) $3,574.00D/E : (4-2) $1,965.00 (4-9) $150.00Superfecta : (2-3-6-7) $21,211.00Rolling Triple : (5-4-2) $1,403.00Race 4 1100 M (Purse $600,000) 4-Y-O & UP CLM($180,0)-NOT FINISHED 1st-2nd SINCE DECEMBER 9, 2015FATHER CHRISTMAS (1959)1. SINK THE BISMARCK BebHarvey3 54.02. VALLEY OF QUEENS RHalledeen 53.0 2 1/4L*3. SUB STRUCTURE LSteadman3 53.0 1/2L4. MANDEYA JJackson 55.0 1 1/4LWIN: $270.00PLACE: $75.00, $89.00, $61.00Final Time : 1:09.1 Splits : 23.3, 47.1, ,Winner : 6yo b horse – HE’STHEREALTHING out of JUST A FLUTTER byTrainer : WILLIAMS,VICTOR G Owner : ANDRE S ADAMSBred by ANTHEA E. GORE, BRUCE & NOEL LEVYQuinella : (2,9) $706.00 Exacta : (2-9) $1,540.00D/E : (2-2) $3,073.00Superfecta : (2-9-5-10) $2,465.00Rolling Triple : (4-2-2) $12,108.00Race 5 2000 M (Purse $918,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT*1. MR. DOITBETTA HPottinger4 51.02. WONDER GIRL RHalledeen 53.0 1 8L3. ACAPULCO JPatterson3 51.0 1 2 1/4L4. DUSSELDORF AChatrie 54.0 3LWIN: $101.00PLACE: $74.00, $97.00, $103.00Final Time : 2:12.4 Splits : 25.1, 52.1, 1:16.2, 1:44.3Winner : 3yo colt – VIBANK out of OLYMPIC ADVICE by OLYMPIOTrainer : ROBINSON,LORENZO B Owner : LORENZO B ROBINSONBred by LORENZO B. ROBINSONQuinella : (1,4) $348.00 Exacta : (1-4) $448.00D/E : (2-1) $576.00Superfecta : (1-4-7-8) $3,961.00Rolling Triple : (2-2-1) $5,890.00Race 6 1200 M (Purse $893,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN CONDITION RACE (DIV.I)ANY HORSE1. MISTER BONES DaneNelson 55.02. KING D WHenry 54.0 2 1/4L3. URBAN PRINCIPAL OFoster 56.0 2 1/2L4. KANALOA LSteadman3 53.0 Sh.Head5. #2 NEHEMIAH SEllis 54.0 3/4L6. #9 BAY COMMANDER RStewart 52.0 1 3/4LWIN: $411.00PLACE: 175.00, $329.00, $219.00Final Time : 1:14.3 Splits : 23.0, 46.4, ,Winner : 3yo b colt – REGION OF MERIT out of SECRET WEAPON byTrainer : LEWIS,GORDON A Owner : ANTHONY K HARTBred by TONY HARTQuinella : (5,8) $4,177.00 Exacta : (5-8) $7,415.00D/E : (1-5) $1,127.00Trifecta : (5-8-11) $12,408.00Hit-6 Carry-over : $84,981.00Rolling Triple : (2-1-5) $6,124.00Super-6 : (5-4-2-2-1-5) $35,992.70Race 7 1500 M (Purse $630,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE V(NW2)CESARIO (1982)1. #5 TASHIE BABY HPottinger4 50.52. #3 SNEAK PEEK SEllis 55.0 4 1/2L3. #1 MINY LEE DDawkins3 51.0 3 1/2L4. #6 BIG BUCK JInnis4 49.0 1/2LWIN: $239.00PLACE: $103.00, $129.00, $294.00Final Time : 1:36.1 Splits : 24.2, 48.1, 1:14.0,Winner : 4yo ch filly – TRACKING out of QUICKSTER by HAIL ORPHANTrainer : GRIFFITHS,GARY J Owner : GARY J GRIFFITHSBred by GARY GRIFFITHSQuinella : (3,5) $326.00 Exacta : (5-3) $845.00D/E : (5-5) $2,023.00Superfecta : (5-3-1-6) $10,697.00Rolling Triple : (1-5-5) $4,193.00Pick-4 : (2-1-5-5) $26,140.00Race 8 1200 M (Purse $893,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN CONDITION RACE (DIV.II)ANY SLOT1. MISS FIESTY OWalker 54.02. DILIGENT DaneNelson 55.0 2 3/4L3. *SEEKING THE DAWN WHenry 53.0 1L4. LUCKY NINE HPottinger4 51.0 1 1/2L5. AIR MARSHALL RHalledeen 53.0 1 1/4LLate scratch : #2 PRINCE SAMMO, #3 MIRACLE RIVERWIN: $306.00PLACE: $73.00, $65.00, $56.00Final Time : 1:15.1 Splits : 23.2, 47.0, ,Winner : 3yo b filly – TAQARUB out of PROUD AGAIN byTrainer : DACOSTA,WAYNE A Owner : NEW BLUE LTD.Bred by NEW BLUE LTD.Quinella : (9,11) $1,183.00 Exacta : (11-9) $3,022.00D/E : (5-11) $2,162.00Trifecta : (11-9-7) $938.00Hi-5 : (11-9-7-10-4) $10,034.00Rolling Triple : (5-5-11) $11,805.00JAMAICA 1000 GUINEASRace 9 1600 M (Purse $3,250,000) NB3-Y-O FUTURITY – FILLIESSPONSORED BY P2P BETTING & GAMING ENTERTAINMENT*1. NUCLEAR AFFAIR DaneNelson 57.02. A THOUSAND STARS RHalledeen 57.0 9 1/23. SORRENTINO’S STAR WGriffiths,OD 57.0 Neck4. BIRD CATCHER SEllis 57.0 Head5. GOLDEN GLORY WHenry 57.0 3WIN: $83.00PLACE: $60.00, $131.00, $83.00Final Time : 1:39.2 Splits : 24.1, 47.1, 1:13.3,Winner : 3yo filly – NUCLEAR WAYNE out of COMMANDRA AFFAIR byTrainer : SUBRATIE,GARY A Owner : MICHROSBred by MICHAEL BERNARDQuinella : (2,8) $775.00 Exacta : (2-8) $807.00D/E : (11-2) $464.00Trifecta : (2-8-13) $674.00Hi-5 : (2-8-13-14-4) $9,679.00Rolling Triple : (5-11-2) $2,195.00PlacePot 8 : (2,4-2,3-2,9-1,4-5,8-3,5-) $19,026.00Race 10 1820 M (Purse $880,000) 3-Y-O & UP OVERNIGHT ALLOWANCEDENNIS “UNCLE D” CHIN-YOU TROPHY1. MIRACLE STAR AChatrie 54.02. ROYAL VIBES OWalker 52.5 2L3. ORIGINAL TRAIN WHenry 53.0 3/4L*4. PUDDY POOH DaneNelson 54.0 1/2L5. MOM’S STUDENT OWhite 51.0 2 1/2LWIN: $224.00PLACE: $76.00, $156.00, $63.00Final Time : 1:56.3 Splits : 26.2, 50.1, 1:14.3, 1:42.1Winner : 7yo ch horse – MIRACLE MAN out of IRISH STAR by IRISH QUESTTrainer : PLUMMER,DONOVAN Owner : PINK ALAINABred by PETER – JOHN RHODENQuinella : (5,8) $2,883.00 Exacta : (5-8) $4,260.00D/E : (2-5) $484.00Trifecta : (5-8-10) $1,659.00Hi-5 : (5-8-10-1-2) $7,102.00Rolling Triple : (11-2-5) $3,792.00JAMAICA 2000 GUINEASRace 11 1600 M (Purse $3,250,000) NB3-Y-O FUTURITY – COLTS & GELDINGSSPONSORED BY P2P BETTING & GAMING ENTERTAINMENT*1. FUTURE KING RHalledeen 57.02. ORPHEUS SEllis 57.0 1 1/4L3. CHACE THE GREAT AChatrie 57.0 1/2L4. BIGDADDYKOOL LSteadman2 57.0 2 3/4L5. LORD EQUUS ISpence 57.0 3/4LWIN: $148.00PLACE: $85.00, $69.00, $88.00Final Time : 1:39.4 Splits : 23.3, 46.3, 1:11.3,Winner : 3yo b colt – NATURAL SELECTION out of MILLENIUM PRINCESS by MUTAKDDIMTrainer : DACOSTA,WAYNE A Owner : ALFRED A. LEE & JEFFREY S. MORDECAIBred by Y.S. (1955) LTD.Quinella : (6,10) $524.00 Exacta : (10-6) $822.00D/E : (5-10) $774.00Trifecta : (10-6-7) $460.00Hi-5 : (10-6-7-2-12) $3,090.00Rolling Triple : (2-5-10) $2,194.00Pick-4 : (11-2-5-10) $6,428.00Super-6 : (5-5-11-2-5-10) $55,067.10Pick-9 : (2-2-1-5-5-11-2-5-10) $35,354.50 (2-2-1-5-5-11-2-5-10) $589.00 Carry-over : $978,171.60last_img read more

$100M Revolving Fund now available to small businesses

first_imgAccess to financing for small businesses will now be less restrictive with the implementation of the new $100 million Revolving Fund project.Business Minister Dominic Gaskin said the project would be executed by the Ministry’s semi-autonomous agency, the Small Business Bureau (SBB).The initiative will help to finance micro and small businesses whose goods and services are sustainable and environmentally friendly.Business Minister Dominic GaskinThe SBB currently invests in low carbon sectors to support the Government’s strategy to reduce carbon emissions, through loans, grants, and guaranteed collateral.However, Minister Gaskin pointed out that “…it is restrictive, and we have found that many small businesses that would have liked to access financing through that programme were not allowed to do so, because of the specific terms of reference”.The Business Minister explained the new initiative with its open terms of reference policy will differ from the ongoing access-to-finance programme, because “this $100 million Revolving Fund has no restrictions, in terms of what type of businesses can access it”.The Revolving Fund also aims to provide small loans to persons leaving the sugar industry who are desirous of establishing individual business ventures.In 2017, the SBB dispersed some 50 approved loans valued at $270 million to finance small businesses in the low-carbon sector across the country.last_img read more

Myanmar lifts curfew, assembly ban

first_imgYANGON, Myanmar – Myanmar lifted a curfew on Saturday and ended a ban on assembly imposed during a deadly crackdown on pro-democracy protests – the latest sign the military rulers are confident they have fully crushed the largest demonstrations in two decades. The White House dismissed the move as “cosmetic,” a day after President George W. Bush announced new penalties against the military-run government. “The actions of the regime are `cosmetic.’ What we need are signs of serious intent to move toward a democratic transition,” presidential press secretary Dana Perino said. The relaxing of restrictions imposed Sept. 25 was announced from government vehicles driven through the streets of Myanmar’s largest city, Yangon. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“The curfew and ban on assembly has been revoked effective today because security and stability has improved,” according to the announcement issued from a speaker atop one of the vehicles. It was not immediately clear if the restrictions were also lifted in Mandalay, another major city and a focus of last month’s anti-government demonstrations. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Redskins safety Sean Taylor dies after being shot

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsTwo carloads of mourners, including Taylor’s father, arrived at the house Tuesday morning. They remained inside and did not speak to reporters. A single bouquet of flowers was left by a palm tree just outside a front gate. Beside the mailbox, an untouched newspaper lay with news of Taylor’s shooting. Doctors had been encouraged late Monday when Taylor squeezed a nurse’s hand, according to Vinny Cerrato, the Redskins’ vice president of football operations. But Sharpstein said he was told Taylor never regained consciousness after being transported to the hospital and that he wasn’t sure how he had squeezed the nurse’s hand. “Maybe he was trying to say goodbye or something,” Sharpstein said. Taylor, the fifth overall pick in the 2004 NFL draft following an All-American season at the University of Miami, was shot early Monday in the upper leg, damaging an artery and causing significant blood loss. MIAMI – Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor died early Tuesday, a day after the Pro Bowl player was shot at home by what police say was an intruder. He was 24. Family friend Richard Sharpstein said Taylor’s father told him the news around 5:30 a.m. “His father called and said he was with Christ and he cried and thanked me,” said Sharpstein, Taylor’s former lawyer. “It’s a tremendously sad and unnecessary event. He was a wonderful, humble, talented young man, and had a huge life in front of him. Obviously God had other plans.” Taylor died at Jackson Memorial Hospital, where he had been airlifted after the shooting early Monday, Sharpstein said. “According to a preliminary investigation, it appears that the victim was shot inside the home by an intruder,” Miami-Dade County police said in a statement. But police were still investigating the attack, which came just eight days after an intruder was reported at Taylor’s home. Officers were sent to the home about 1:45 a.m. Monday after Taylor’s girlfriend called 911. Sharpstein said Taylor’s girlfriend told him the couple was awakened by loud noises, and Taylor grabbed a machete he keeps in the bedroom for protection. Someone then broke through the bedroom door and fired two shots, one missing and one hitting Taylor, Sharpstein said. Taylor’s 1-year-old daughter, Jackie, was also in the house, but neither she nor Taylor’s girlfriend were injured. Police found signs of forced entry, but have not determined if they were caused Monday, or the previous burglary. The shooting happened in the pale yellow house he bought two years ago. Eight days before the attack someone pried open a front window, rifled through drawers and left a kitchen knife on a bed at Taylor’s home, according to police. “They’re really sifting through that incident and today’s incident,” Miami-Dade Detective Mario Rachid said, “to see if there’s any correlation.” Born April 1, 1983, Taylor starred as a running back and defensive back at Gulliver Prep in Miami. His father, Pedro Taylor, is police chief of Florida City. A private man with a small inner circle, Taylor rarely granted interviews. But, behind the scenes, Taylor was described as personable and smart – an emerging locker room leader. “From the first day I met him, from then to now, it’s just like night and day,” Redskins receiver James Thrash said Monday. “He’s really got his head on his shoulders and has been doing really well as far as just being a man. It’s been awesome to see that growth.” After Taylor was drafted, problems soon began. Taylor fired his agent, then skipped part of the NFL’s mandatory rookie symposium, drawing a $25,000 fine. Driving home late from a party during the season, he was pulled over and charged with drunken driving. The case was dismissed in court, but by then it had become a months-long distraction for the Redskins. Taylor also was fined at least seven times for late hits, uniform violations and other infractions over his first three seasons, including a $17,000 penalty for spitting in the face of Tampa Bay running back Michael Pittman during a 2006 playoff game. Meanwhile, Taylor endured a yearlong legal battle after he was accused in 2005 of brandishing a gun at a man during a fight over allegedly stolen all-terrain vehicles near Taylor’s home. He eventually pleaded no contest to two misdemeanors and was sentenced to 18 months’ probation. Taylor said the end of the assault case was like “a gray cloud” being lifted. It was also around the time that his daughter was born, and teammates noticed a change. “It’s hard to expect a man to grow up overnight,” said teammate and close friend Clinton Portis, who played with Taylor at Miami. “But ever since he had his child, it was like a new Sean, and everybody around here knew it. He was always smiling, always happy, always talking about his child.” On the field, Taylor’s play was often erratic. Assistant coach Gregg Williams frequently called Taylor the best athlete he’d ever coached, but nearly every big play was mitigated by a blown assignment. Taylor led the NFL in missed tackles in 2006 yet made the Pro Bowl because of his reputation as one of the hardest hitters in the league. This year, however, Taylor was allowed to play a true free safety position, using his speed and power to chase down passes and crush would-be receivers. His five interceptions tie for the league lead in the NFC, even though he missed the last two games because of a sprained knee. “I just take this job very seriously,” Taylor said in a rare group interview during training camp. “It’s almost like, you play a kid’s game for a king’s ransom. And if you don’t take it serious enough, eventually one day you’re going to say, `Oh, I could have done this, I could have done that.’ “So I just say, `I’m healthy right now, I’m going into my fourth year, and why not do the best that I can?’ And that’s whatever it is, whether it’s eating right or training myself right, whether it’s studying harder, whatever I can do to better myself.” His hard work was well-noted. “He loved football. He felt like that’s what he was made to do,” Redskins coach Joe Gibbs said. “And I think what I’ve noticed over the last year and a half … is he matured. I think his baby had a huge impact on him. There was a real growing up in his life.” For more news and observations about crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Barcelona chief insists Arsenal and Chelsea target will stay this summer

first_img Barcelona star Arda Turan 1 Barcelona have no intention of selling Arsenal and Chelsea target Arda Turan this summer, according to the club’s sporting director Robert Fernandez.It has been reported that the La Liga giants are ready to flog the Turkish midfielder within months of him making his debut for the club.Barca completed the signing back in July 2015 but the terms of their transfer ban meant that he did not appear for the first team until January.Arsenal and Chelsea have both been heavily linked with the 29-year-old, who finished the season having started just nine league games for the club.Fenerbahce and Galatasaray are also interested in Turan, who would reportedly be sold should Barca receive an offer worth around £20m.However Fernandez has dismissed those rumours, insisting that they will persevere with the player who enjoyed four impressive seasons at Atletico Madrid before his arrival in Catalonia.He told Marca: “The situation with Arda Turan has not changed.“After a difficult year with all the FIFA trouble, we are hoping for the Arda of Atletico next season.“We are convinced he will perform for us.”last_img read more

Fernando Llorente and Lucas Moura score braces as Spurs rock Roma

first_img REVEALED Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener gameday ALTERED who plays? How Man United could line up for Newcastle clash – will Pogba start? Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? silverware NEW ERA 2 2 How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? smart causal Tottenham Hotspur players celebrate one of their four goals against Roma in the United States. England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won center_img Fernando Llorente celebrates scoring against Roma. possible standings Patrik Schick had opened the scoring for Roma after just three minutes, firing into the far corner as Mauricio Pochettino’s men had a shaky start.But a header from Llorente cancelled out their lead six minutes later, before the Spaniard swept in a rebound to complete his double and make it 2-1. predicted Tottenham beat Roma 4-1 in the International Champions Cup with Fernando Llorente and Lucas Moura both netting doubles.Spurs had to do without a number of of World Cup superstars, including Harry Kane, and were up against an almost full strength opposition at the SDCCU Stadium in San Diego. possible xi Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Moura added a brace of his own before half-time, heading in a cross from Serge Aurier and then scoring from the edge of the box a minute before the break.The second half saw some fine chances for Roma, with Edin Dzeko’s header from a corner going a couple of yards over before sub keeper Paulo Gazzaniga was equal to a late effort from the former Manchester City striker.Spurs continued to pile on the pressure to hold on for the win in their first game in the United States. Latest Premier League News How Liverpool could line up at Leicester with midfielder set for lengthy absence How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes last_img read more

Pesticide found in Donegal drinking water supply

first_imgA public drinking water supply in Donegal has been found to have illegal levels of the pesticide MCPA.The detection was made in Fanad East, which has led to the supply being placed on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) watch list.This is the first time that MPCA was found in the level since Irish Water began sampling for pesticides in 2016. The pesticide is commonly used to kill rushes on wet land. The pesticide poses no threat to public health, according to Irish Water.The water authority is appealing to all users of pesticides including the farming community, sporting organisations and domestic users, to ensure that best practice measures to protect drinking waters are always followed.“Great care must always be taken to protect drinking water supplies wherever pesticide use is considered necessary, particularly if using products for grassland weed control containing substances such as MCPA, fluroxypyr and 2,4-D,” said the notice from Irish Water.“These substances and others have been detected in drinking water supplies across Ireland. While there is no threat to public health, the detected levels sometimes exceed the legally permitted limit value for pesticides in drinking water, which is set at an extremely low value (equivalent to one drop in an Olympic-sized swimming pool).” The Fanad East Water Supply will remain on the EPA watch list until one full season (April-Nov inclusive) of at least monthly compliant results is obtained and submitted to the EPA.Dr Pat O’Sullivan, Irish Water’s Regional Drinking Water Compliance Specialist said: “In Ireland, the majority (82 per cent) of drinking water supplies come from surface water sources such as rivers, lakes and streams. Supplies such as the Fanad East public water supplies are vulnerable to contamination from land and animal run-off. Irish Water asks users of pesticide products in the local catchment to consider the vulnerability of the water supply to pesticide contamination and the importance of this supply to the local community.”Pesticide found in Donegal drinking water supply was last modified: October 14th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

South Africa’s renewable energy shift

first_img6 November 2012 The government has signed the first round of agreements with independent power producers that will see an initial 1 400 megawatts of renewable energy being added to South Africa’s energy mix, while bringing an estimated R47-billion in new investment into the country. The signing ceremony, involving 28 approved bidders from the first window of the Department of Energy’s renewable energy programme for independent power producers, took place in Pretoria on Monday. While the majority of the bidders are foreign companies, 67 South African companies have formed partnerships with them. The 28 projects, involving an estimated R47-billion in new investments, are spread across some of South Africa’s most rural and least developed provinces, including the Eastern Cape, Northern Cape, Limpopo, North West and the Free State. The wind and solar projects are expected to be integrated into the country’s national energy grid during 2014.Social development, job creation The commitments the bidders have undertaken include community development initiatives within a 50-kilometre radius of each project. The bidders have collectively committed R2-billion towards socio-economic development, and R1-billion towards empowering women in the energy field. “We will watch this [development] like a hawk,” Energy Minister Dipuo Peters said at Monday’s signing, adding that the participation of black people in the projects was important as the government did not want to have to call for transformation of the sector. “In total, these bidders will spend R12-billion over the duration of the implementation agreements on South African contractors, including empowered enterprises, small and women-owned businesses,” Peters said. According to the government’s Integrated Resource Plan, a 20-year projection on electricity supply and demand, about 42% of electricity generated in South Africa – about 3 725 megawatts (MW) – will be required to come from renewable resources. The plan places specific emphasis on broadening electricity supply technologies to include gas, imports, nuclear, biomass, and renewables (wind, solar and hydro) both to meet the country’s future electricity needs and to reduce its carbon emissions.‘Milestone for South Africa’ Eskom executive Kannan Lakmeeheran said the signing ceremony was a significant milestone for South Africa, adding that the state power utility could not meet the country’s energy requirements on its own. “The electricity industry, as we increasingly see, will be one of a hybrid nature, with Eskom still retaining a significant position but a vibrant private sector developing too,” Lakmeeheran said. “The industry will be driven by the need for security of supply and climate change concerns, energy efficiency and technological advancements. It will look very different in 2030 to the way it looks now.” Lakmeeheran added that Eskom, which would be signing power purchase agreements with each of the bidders, looked forward to connecting the new power producers to the national grid and buying power from them. Source: read more

A 10th Anniversary for a New-Urbanism Project

first_imgWhen it convened in Denver last week, the Congress for the New Urbanism’s 17th Annual Congress had a couple of local, working examples of new urbanism to tout: downtown Denver’s trendily revitalized Larimer Square and the decade-old mixed-use community called Highlands’ Garden Village, about 10 minutes north of the city.Perry Rose LLC, the developer of Highlands’ Garden Village, echoed Congress for New Urbanism’s praise for the project, which embraced many New Urbanism principles such as neighborhood diversity, abundant use of open space, pedestrian-friendly design, context-appropriate architecture, and green construction.As the developer points out, because the 30-acre site had been rezoned as a planned unit development, its architects and planners were able to apply a fair amount of creativity in balancing open-space, residential, commercial, and other uses.A 20th-century entertainment centerThe site had a colorful evolution, though, well before it became Highlands’ Garden Village. In the 1890s, the property was owned by John and Mary Elitch, who opened a zoological and botanical garden. Amusement park rides were added in 1916, and the gardens’ other entertainment amenities, including a ballroom and the Elitch Theater, attracted a wide following and big-name performers. The amusement park’s owners requested redevelopment proposals for the 30-acre site after the park was closed in 1994.Garden Village now has 306 residential units (including single-family homes, townhouses, carriage houses, senior independent living, market rate and affordable apartments, and live-work lofts), 75,000 sq. ft. of commercial space (including a 28,000-sq.-ft. health food store, a green cleaner, and offices for doctors, dentists, chiropractors, and optometrists).Underpinning this construction, the developer says, was a commitment to green practices that included use of recycled materials, low-VOC products, and water-conserving native plants. Wind turbines generate power for all community buildings and site lighting. And the food store, Sunflower supermarket, is one of the first in the world to earn a LEED for Core & Shell Gold rating.last_img read more

Top Tech CEOs Speak Out Against DACA Repeal

first_imgGlobal tech giants, including Google, Apple and Microsoft, have spoken up against Donald Trump’s recent decision to rescind the DACA program, and pledged to stand by their employees.Trump’s recent decision to scrap the Deferred Action for Children Arrival (DACA) program initiated by Barack Obama-led government is likely to affect 8,00,000 migrant workers, including about 20,000 Indians. DACA granted work permits to immigrants who arrived illegally as children.Trump’s ruling has stirred up workers in the tech sector in the US, and has been criticized by some of the most influential tech brands.Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg went live with a 45-minute video, asking the government to revoke its decision on DACA. In the live video from his Palo Alto home, Zuckerberg also said that offering the American dream to people, and then taking it away and punishing them for trusting the government is one of the most troubling things he has seen in a long time in the country. He later joined Meg Whitman of HP, and Tim Cook and Jack Dorsey from Twitter, along with other tech leaders, and wrote an open letter to Trump.The other signatories of the letter included Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson, Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg, HP CEO Dion Weisler, LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner and PayPal CEO Dan Schulman.Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella also extended his support for the Dreamers. He tweeted: “Dreamers make our country & communities stronger. We stand for diversity and economic opportunity for everyone. Legislation to protect 800,000 #Dreamers is an economic & humanitarian imperative. Congress needs to act quickly.”Dreamers make our country & communities stronger. We stand for diversity and economic opportunity for everyone.— Satya Nadella (@satyanadella) September 5, 2017Brad Smith, the president and chief legal officer at Microsoft, said, “If Congress fails to act, our company will exercise its legal rights properly to help protect our employees.” He added that Microsoft is ready to provide all assistance and pay for the legal counselling expenses in case the government issues any deporting notice to Microsoft employees.The sentiment was shared by IBM, which said it stands by “our IBM Dreamers”, and Google CEO Sundar Pichai, who also tweeted in support of Dreamers, calling them US’ neighbors, friends and co-workers, and appealing to the Congress to defend the DACA program.Dreamers are our neighbors, our friends and our co-workers. This is their home. Congress needs to act now to #DefendDACA. #WithDreamers— Sundar Pichai (@sundarpichai) September 5, 2017Top honchos from Uber, Lyft and Tesla, as well as GM CEO Mary Barra joined the call against Trump’s move. Saying he was heart-broken over the issue, Thuan Pham, Uber’s chief technology officer, recalled how he had escaped from Vietnam on a boat. Pham said 11 people protected by DACA were working at Uber. The company’s new CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi, also tweeted:It’s against our values to turn our backs on #DREAMers. Everyone deserves a chance to work, study and contribute – the #AmericanDream!— dara khosrowshahi (@dkhos) September 5, 2017 Related ItemsDonald Trump DACADreamers Satya NadellaFacebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg DACAGoogle Sunder Pichai DACALittle IndiaMicrosoft CEO Satya Nadella DACATim Cook DACAlast_img read more