The project still needs to go through regulatory approval, with construction slated to finish in 2010.Source – the Canadian Press Environmental groups say federal dollars should not be going to the Mackenzie Gas Project. Environment Minister Jim Prentice announced Monday, the government has offered an undisclosed amount for infrastructure and pre-construction costs for the consortium hoping to build the project, as well as a sharing of risks and returns. The pipeline would carry natural gas from the coast of the Beaufort Sea, at the northwestern tip of the Northwest Territories, more than 12 hundred kilometers south, to Northwestern Alberta, where it would connect with TransCanada’s existing network. – Advertisement -Prentice called the undertaking, now estimated to cost 16.2 billion dollars, “a very important project to our country”, because it offers a secure source of energy for Canada, and would spur economic development in northern communities, and make the arctic region more accessible. But Stephen Hazell, executive director of Sierra Club Canada, says the move is “staggering in its irresponsibility.” Hazell says there is concern large quantities of the fuel would be used in oilsands extraction – “the world’s dirtiest oil in terms of greenhouse gas emissions.” Lindsay Telfer, director of the Sierra Club’s Prairie division agrees, saying she’d rather see government money spent on renewable energy sources. Advertisement
In episode 2 of HBO’s “Hard Knocks,” the producers kept calling the one sure-fire winning play in their playbook: Spider 2 Y Banana, better known as “keep the focus on Jon Gruden.”With controversial receiver Antonio Brown absent from camp for nearly all of the episode, the Raiders’ gregarious coach was the fail-safe focal point Tuesday night. And Gruden delivered another award-worthy effort for the cameras.Gruden’s sometimes caustic, oftentimes condescending, but all the time entertaining …
Johannesburg, Saturday 5 October 2013 – As the 2013 One Young World Summit draws to a close, Brand South Africa wishes all delegates to the Summit 2013 well, they travel to their respective countries. Around 1,500 young people from over 180 countries participated in this year’s Summit.Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola said, “As the delegates travel home, we wish them all the success in their efforts to make their countries better. We also thank them for the energy and enthusiasm they have brought to the conference and we look forward to welcoming these young leaders back to South Africa in the near future. We will be watching with interest, as so many of them make a positive impact on our world”Brand South Africa on Friday hosted a One Young World breakout session at Maboneng Precinct in Johannesburg. As the country gears up to implement the National Development Plan, the session was held under the banner of Youth’s Role in Long-Term Planning.The panel that interacted with approximately 35 youth at the session was made up of Brand South Africa’s Head of Research Dr Petrus de Kock, the Police Ministry’s Head of Communication Zweli Mnisi, the National Planning Commission’s Zama Ndlovu, the head of NGO 35 Maveris, Bokang Seritsane, and Tebogo Ditshego from Read A Book SA.“This is a platform that brings young people from around the world together, to share ideas, perspectives and projects. Our role as Brand South Africa, at this breakaway session, is to focus on long-term planning, in the context of South Africa’s National Development Plan, and to deepen the discussion about youth’s involvement in that process,” said Dr de Kock.Brand South Africa ambassador to the Summit, Aslam Levy said, “One of the quotes that has stuck with me from this conference, is that we have an opportunity to think globally and act locally. This was something that Kofi Annan left with us on day one, and that really struck a chord with me.”The discussions focused on issues that affect competitiveness in South Africa and other nations and is critical since young people in all countries of the world will drive their nations’ developmental agendas that will impact on the lives of all citizens.On Thursday evening, Mr Matola participated in a panel discussion on Sustainable Development at the One Young World Summit, at the Sandton Convention Centre, during which young people from Croatia, Uzbekistan, Australia, New Zealand, the United States and South Africa shared success stories related to their work in the fields of sustainable water management, farming, literacy, medicine and energy efficiency in the corporate world.“Hearing about the work these young people are doing in their various countries, gives us hope and inspiration. They are truly playing their part – they’re not waiting for their governments to do things for them, they’re using their initiative and in so doing, they are making positive changes in their communities and beyond. It is exactly this type of initiative that will see us, here in South Africa, reach the goals outlined in our National Development Plan. As a nation we must harness the energy of these young leaders, to implement Vision 2030,” said Mr Matola, following his interaction with the youth.Brand South Africa has sponsored five young people to attend the Summit, namely, Zanele Mabaso, Luvuyo Mandela, Raelene Rorke, Thembi Graham and Aslam Levy.The One Young World 2013 summit closing ceremony will take place at the Sandton Convention Centre at 19h30 on Saturday.About Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness abroad. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship.Further resources from Brand South AfricaMedia are invited to visit www.southafrica.info for further resources which can be reproduced without any copyright infringement. Kindly attribute to Brand South Africa.For more information or to set up interviews, please contact:Nadia Samie-JacobsPublic Relations DomesticTel: +27 11 712 5007 Mobile: +27 (0)72 777 9399Email: email@example.comVisit www.brandsouthafrica.comEnds
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Two weeks ago Wednesday we got 85 acres of beans in. They are not sprayed yet but they are in. The weekend of May 18 we were able to pick away a little on some dry corn fields and we got maybe 60 acres of corn in but that’s about it. We got another 1.1 inches on that next Tuesday into Wednesday. It has been cool but now they are talking about 80 degrees for the next few days. I just checked the ground temperature and it was 60. There is a chance of rain in the next few days then more rain after that. It depends on how much we get if we can keep going or not. It seems like there are pockets where some guys have quite a bit done and there are some places where they haven’t even gotten started. The wheat looks pretty good. It is heading out. The cool, wet temperatures have kept it going. We usually don’t spray fungicide on the wheat but there are a few guys starting to spray. This week a lot of guys laid down their first cutting triticale and it got rained on. They are going to try to get it chopped before it rains again. I don’t think there has been any attempt at dry hay around here. The triticale has been short this year. I talked to a lot of guys and they haven’t gotten the tonnage out of it that they wanted to get. The grass hay is finally growing now that it has gotten warmer but up until now it hasn’t grown like we thought it would. It hasn’t warmed up enough for it to really take off. I don’t know if we have had any days in the 80s yet, maybe one or two. We had a few days last week that were pretty warm during the day and then in the 60s at night, but today might be the first day in the 80s we’ve had. We plant quite a bit around Memorial Day and the week after but if we get washed out again we’ll be getting behind. We are going to mow some triticale down today and then once the dew dries we’ll try to put some more corn in.
Solar and Energy Efficiency Need to Work TogetherEnergy Efficiency Costs Less Than New GenerationLocation Efficiency Trumps Home Energy EfficiencyUtilities Should Stop Driving With the Brakes OnNYC Mayor Wants a Smaller Carbon FootprintEncouraging Progress on Carbon Reduction RELATED ARTICLES An award-winning programAPPA represents more than 2,000 community-owned electric utilities, serving more than 49 million people or about 15% of the nation’s electricity consumers. Each year the organization grants awards to utilities that embody the spirit of APPA’s DEED program — a research and demonstration program that supports innovative energy and efficiency activities. The DEED program’s Energy Innovator Award recognizes utility programs that apply creative, energy-efficient techniques or technologies, provide better service to electric customers, or increase the efficiency of utility operations or resource efficiency. “We look at utilities that are going above and beyond to power their communities in efficient and responsible ways,” says Tobias Sellier, director of media relations and communications at APPA. “Fort Collins definitely fit the bill.”This is actually the fourth APPA award for Fort Collins, which has been involved in the association’s DEED program since it began in the early 1980s. The judges for the award are experts from government, academia, and the energy industry, and in the past have included folks such as Michael Dukakis, Amory Lovins, and Buckminster Fuller. One important criterion for the judges is that the program has to be transferable to other utilities.Lessons learned from Fort Collins’ Efficiency Works Neighborhood program are applicable both to utilities that have efficiency programs and want to take the next step, as well as to utilities that are starting from scratch. “What Fort Collins is doing may not seem trailblazing or cutting edge, but it really is,” says Hyland. “The breadth of utilities that can learn from this project is large; it will transfer to hundreds of utilities around the country.” Pushing the envelopeUtilities around the country have efficiency programs; however, Fort Collins wanted to take its project to the next level. “Utilities started doing efficiency programs by implementing the low-hanging fruit. Now that they already have early adopters doing the easy projects, the question is how to take the next step, getting more people involved and getting to deeper savings,” says RMI manager Jacob Corvidae. “Fort Collins is doing that by taking the best practices from efficiency projects around the country and putting them in one streamlined process for their customers. It’s like having all the best flavors of ice cream in one bowl.”Mike Hyland, senior vice president of engineering services at APPA adds, “Utilities around the country have found that energy efficiency programs stall after enrolling the first tier of interested consumers. What Fort Collins did was take a step back to figure out how to remove the barriers keeping the rest of the consumers from joining.”To increase participation in energy efficiency and renewable energy programs, the model includes an audit by a third-party home performance expert that results in three package options that are presented in the same site visit: good, better, and best. Utilities selects a qualified contractor to complete the upgrades, which during the pilot could be financed up to 100% on the customer’s monthly bill without increasing the customer’s monthly costs. Successes and lessons learnedThe pilot program ran for a year and half, and was extremely successful, more than tripling the number of customers proceeding with energy efficiency and renewable energy projects, with 60% greater carbon savings. Kevin Gertig, Fort Collins Utilities executive director, notes, “The Efficiency Works-Neighborhood pilot represents the culture of results and innovation that we are fostering in Fort Collins to support our community’s energy and climate goals.”The utility learned some valuable lessons from the pilot project; lessons that APPA feels are applicable to other utilities.(1) Simplify the process. Bundling and packaging the information and letting customers know which package option makes the most sense for them were critical to increasing participation. “Just providing rebates and a list of contractors is not going to achieve the kind of results that we as a community have as our goals,” says Phelan. “A more engaged approach is a benefit to us and to the customers. The customers need and want the help.” Corvidae adds, “At RMI we have found that one of the biggest barriers to efficiency upgrades is the very complicated process, which loses people along the way. Fort Collins Utilities streamlined that process for consumers, making it much closer to a one-step process.”(2) Remove the financial barrier. Fort Collins made the efficiency projects economical by financing them up to 100%, and allowing consumers to pay back the money on their electric bills over 20 years. “We are always trying to find innovative ways to get folks involved in energy efficiency,” says Hyland. “When we send out polls, 90% of people respond that they are interested, but when you put a price tag on it, it quickly drops down under a few percent. That’s one of the things this program really did: remove the financial barrier.”(3) Do targeted marketing. Using readily available information, utilities started targeting homes and neighborhoods that had the most potential to participate and to save energy. Starting with that group helped the program gain traction.(4) Work with contractors. Providing a steady stream of work for contractors provided stability, standardized pricing allowed package pricing, and vetting the contractors beforehand and conducting quality assurance provided confidence to the consumers. This helped the program work for everyone simultaneously. Setting ambitious goalsFort Collins Utilities (Utilities) is a municipal utility serving about 63,000 residential customers. In 2009, Utilities set out to improve the quality of home efficiency services available in the community. Through its Efficiency Works-Home program, Utilities created installation standards, a contractor network, and training programs so that homeowners could have confidence in the quality of work being done on their homes. However, Utilities realized that its Ã la carte approach didn’t work for all customers. Like other forward-thinking cities, Fort Collins — a city of 167,500 located in northern Colorado — had a goal to cut greenhouse gas emissions 80% by 2050. However, following a Rocky Mountain Institute e–Lab design charrette, the city decided to see if it could push that goal up by 20 years.Rocky Mountain Institute’s Stepping Up: Benefits and Cost of Accelerating Fort Collins’ Energy and Climate Goals report showed it was possible, and now the city is on its way to eliminating 80% of its greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and eliminating them entirely by 2050. This impressive target is partly due to a pilot program born from a year-long RMI engagement with the city’s utility to design a new integrated utility services model to get more homes implementing energy efficiency and renewable energy. The successful project is now receiving the Energy Innovator Award from the American Public Power Association (APPA). “Continuing with the same results will not reach Fort Collins’ energy and climate goals; we need to make it vastly simpler for customers to participate,” says John Phelan, resource conservation manager at Fort Collins Utilities. “We had to scale the results and participation in the program without compromising quality.” So with RMI’s help, Utilities set out to increase the number of customers in its renewable energy and efficiency programs, and to create a program that would be a win-win-win for customers, Fort Collins Utilities, and contractors. This led to the Efficiency Works-Neighborhood Pilot. Laurie Guevara-Stone is a writer and editor at the Rocky Mountain Institute. © 2017 Rocky Mountain Institute. Published with permission. Originally posted on RMI Outlet.
Eden Gardens, 1996. A warm afternoon in Kolkata. India were favourites to go the distance in the World Cup, the second ever being played in the sub-continent. To spice things up further, India snuffed out to leave Sri Lanka reeling. The Kolkata crowd was in high spirits, celebrating with the players, cheering every dot ball. India was one: fan and player in unison as a historic spot in the final beckoned.Hours later, as India’s chase of 252 lay in tatters, Vinod Kambli walked out in tears. The same crowd which had reached a frenzied state of joy in the afternoon, ran riot at the iconic venue, throwing projectiles and creating mayhem. India were hurtling towards an embarrassing defeat in their own bastion. Sri Lanka were awarded the match and a few days later, stunned Australia in the final to lift the World Cup. India’s pain lingered for decades.Pallekele 2017. Another Indian middle-order jitters could not prevent Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni from essaying classy knocks as the tourists continued their domination over Sri Lanka . Three Test wins, three ODI victories. Sri Lanka’s mediocrity had upset the Kandy fans and they sprayed their players with bottles . On this occasion though, play was suspended for 35 minutes before the Indian duo got back to the field to complete the formalities.The two incidents occurred 21 years apart and plenty of water had flowed under the bridge in all that time. AP PhotoAfter the humiliation in the summer of 1996, India stuttered and struggled but they were up on their feet in a few years, building a formidable team. There were some more hiccups along the way. The 2007 World Cup was a nightmare but the triumph at home four years later against Sri Lanka eased the pain of ’96.advertisementSachin Tendulkar and Muttiah Muralitharan were the only common factors between 1996 and 2011 and it was ultimately the Little Master, who walked out the happier man. Murali would never play ODIs for Sri Lanka again.Sri Lanka, in the aftermath of their 1996 triumph, were world beaters. They showed everyone it was no fluke and they were a force to reckon with. With time, emerged the likes of Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara, Tillekaratne Dilshan and Lasith Malinga. The Sri Lankans were, in the course of time, one of the most feared teams in the world.Sri Lanka’s slide came with the imminent exodus of their new-age stars. In-fighting, corruption and a muddled up domestic system. As many as 24 teams play first-class cricket in Sri Lanka. Ten teams who played in the second division were accorded first-class status over the last one year alone. The standard of cricket was obviously compromised, possibly to appease the various factions of Sri Lankan cricket. Sri Lanka’s domestic players hardly play enough cricket and even when they do, the quality is nowhere close to the kind of domestic cricket their peers in India, England, Australia and South Africa are accustomed to.The response of the Kandy crowd to an abysmal Sri Lankan defeat was sad. It was appalling. But what was sadder was that it reminded observers of one of the darkest phases of cricket in the sub-continent. Will the response spur Sri Lankan cricket on from hereon?