We had to know this was coming.Monday afternoon, an arbiter ruled Raiders receiver Antonio Brown could not wear his Schutt Air Advantage helmet on the field because it was more than 10 years old and could not be certified safe.Tuesday morning, Brown posted on Twitter asking if any of his followers has the same model of helmet manufactured within the last 10 years (he wears an adult large, by the way).”I’m looking for a Schutt Air Advantage Adult Large Helmet that was manufactured in 2010 …
13 June 2012President Jacob Zuma announced several changes to his Cabinet on Tuesday, with a new minister and deputy for the transport portfolio underlining its importance in South Africa’s state-led infrastructure drive.Addressing journalists in Pretoria on Tuesday, Zuma said that Sbu Ndebele had been moved from transport to correctional services, while his deputy, Jeremy Cronin, had been moved to public works, also as deputy minister.Ben Martins, who was deputy minister of public enterprises, taking over as transport minister, with Sindisiwe Chikunga coming in as deputy transport minister.Correctional Services Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula moves over to defence, while Defence Minister Lindiwe Sisulu takes over the portfolio of public service and administration, following the recent death of Roy Padayachie.Zuma appointed three other new deputy ministers in Gratitude Magwanishe (public enterprises), Hlengiwe Mkhize (economic development), and Mduduzi Manana (higher education and training).The changes, Zuma said, come in the wake of three vacancies in the national executive, due to Padayachie’s death, the resignation of Economic Development Deputy Minister Enoch Godongwana, and the shifting of former Deputy Minister of Public Works Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu to the ministry of women, children and people with disabilities.The President welcomed the new Cabinet members and wished them well in their new positions.Source: BuaNews
Nedbank boasts the first-ever bank branch in Africa that entirely runs on renewable energy. Nedbank Western Cape regional manager, Pedro Rhode, said the new eco-friendly branch is a lesson in sustainability for the bank.(Images: Janine Erasmus)MEDIA CONTACTS • Mpho Sebelebele Nedbank communications team+27 11 294 4274+27 82 528 3432Janine ErasmusThe sleepy Cape Flats suburb of Lansdowne now boasts an African first – a bank branch entirely off the power grid. The new-look Nedbank branch, in Lansdowne Corner shopping centre, opened at the end of October and, said the banking group’s Western Cape regional manager Pedro Rhode, is an important lesson in greening and sustainability for the bank.“We are extremely proud that this is the first off-the-grid branch in Africa,” he said. “Two years ago we achieved a 30% saving; now we’ve taken it to 100%.”In 2011 the Nedbank branch in the small community of Du Noon in Milnerton, Cape Town, opened with one wind turbine supplying 30% of its power. The Lansdowne branch is powered by a hybrid system of three small turbines and an array of solar panels, making it entirely self-sufficient, although it can draw Eskom power in an emergency.In the months since it opened, Du Noon has prevented the release of 6.8 tons of greenhouse gas into the atmosphere, and the burning of almost seven tons of coal. The Lansdowne branch will top that – it’s expected to offset the country’s carbon dioxide emissions by 71 tons a year.There are no plans to convert Du Noon to complete dependence on renewable energy yet. The branch’s turbine was installed for a different reason – to lessen the disruptive effect of power outages in the area.But the Nedbank team hopes the Lansdowne model will serve as inspiration for other businesses around the country, especially in rural areas where access to power is erratic or nonexistent. Decreasing dependence on coalThe hybrid system is so efficient it will sometimes generate excess power, which will be either diverted to the shopping centre for parking lot lighting and security systems, or pumped into the power grid.The system is fitted with a two-way meter that monitors power coming in and going out, instead of a single meter measuring consumption. Since the system went live, Eskom power intake has been measured at exactly 0kWh. It is capable of supplying the branch’s entire annual requirement of 70 000kWh – power enough to sustain six middle-income homes.“We can’t carry on consuming coal,” said Nedbank’s Ciko Thomas, the managing executive for consumer banking. He added that South Africa has to change the “bad reputation” it has from its dependence on coal, and that a greater focus on renewable energy is the solution.“Nedbank is taking responsibility for its energy consumption, and although we are notching up a few firsts in these areas, it’s not so much about the firsts themselves, but rather about being a leader in sustainability.” Using natural energyThe turbines are manufactured by Kestrel Renewable Energy, located in Port Elizabeth.“They’re entirely locally produced,” said James Carpy, technical director at Kestrel.The original plan was for the system to have larger turbines and fewer solar panels. Logistic problems, such as having to install power cables running through the car park, prompted a rethink: there are now three small turbines and a bank of 168 solar panels.The turbines – model E160I, the smallest produced at the Port Elizabeth plant – each produce 600W of power, so 1 800W comes from wind. The solar panels produce 245W of power each, meaning that the total generating capacity of the hybrid system is around 42kW.“The wind is relatively consistent throughout the year, with a peak in July,” said Carpy. “It complements the solar perfectly, as this drops off during the winter months, so this is a very good site for a hybrid system.”There were some problems – ideally a solar system should face due north, to expose it to the maximum amount of sunshine during the day. The roof of the Lansdowne shopping centre is 10 degrees off due north, so in the morning the collection is a little less than ideal, but, said Carpy, in the afternoon the panels collect a little more energy so it evens out.The roof itself was a challenge. It was initially unable to support the weight of all the panels, so specialist structural engineers were brought in to give advice and design extra holding strength.Another snag came from street lights next to the centre, which cast a shadow over a few of the panels.“Because solar panels work in series,” said Carpy, “if a shadow is cast over even one of the panels you lose the whole bank, so the frame had to be moved back a bit.”The installation was planned to take eight to 10 weeks, but because of the unexpected delay with the roof, it took about four months altogether. The total investment into the system was R1.8-million, with an operational cost outlay of about R200 000. This should be recouped within two years, as the annual saving amounts to R121 000. The wind components of the system are designed to last for at least 20 years, and the solar components for 25 years.The launch of the Lansdowne Corner renewable energy system was accompanied by two community sustainability outreach projects involving Belmore Primary and York Primary schools in the surrounding area. They were given vegetable tunnels and rainwater harvesting tanks, as well as sustainability workshops, allowing them to grow their own food.
Google just announced the general launch of Google Wave at its annual developer conference in San Francisco. Until today, Wave was an invite-only service, but starting now, anybody with a Google account will be able to log into Wave and use it without any restrictions. Google will also enable Wave for Google Apps users today. In order to educate these new users, the Google Wave team has also created a number of new videos and case studies that highlight how organizations can use Wave to collaborate more effectively.Collaboration: The Sweet Spot for WaveWhen we talked to the Wave team yesterday, the project’s co-founder Lars Rasmussen noted that since the launch of the invite-only beta, group collaboration in businesses, education, news organizations and at conferences has emerged as the sweet spot for Wave. That will be the use-case that the Wave team plans to highlight during the general launch and in the next few weeks. Why did Google decide to open up Wave now? According to the Wave team, the service is now stable and fast enough for a mainstream audience (crashes were a very common sight in the early days). During the invite-only testing period, the team added numerous new features that its early users requested. These include email notifications of updated waves and access controls for waves, as well as making it easier for users to reply and edit waves and find unread material in a wave. The team also introduced templates that make getting started easier for new users.Updates for DevelopersBesides opening up sign-ups for Wave, the team announced a number of developer features at I/O today. The next version of the Robots API, for example, will not only untie Wave robots from Google’s App Engine, but also allow developers to create “active” robots that can generate waves and update them. Google is launching improvements to the Embed API, including the ability to give readers anonymous access to waves. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Google#news#Real-Time Web#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting frederic lardinois Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Maybe the most exciting update is that Google is releasing a new Data API that will allow developers to create lightweight Wave clients. For now, as Rasmussen noted in our interview, developers won’t be able to create full-fledged Wave clients yet, but the team has started to define a client and server protocol that will soon make it a possibility.In order to help developers create their own applications on top of the Wave APIs and bootstrap the Wave developer community, the team is open-sourcing the real-time Wave rich text editor. The Wave team has also made progress in getting companies like Novell and projects like PyGoWave, Ruby on Sails and QWave to support the wave federation protocol. The latest company to sign on to this project is SAP, which will use Wave in its StreamWork product.Join Our Discussion on Wave 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
Sonepat, Jul 24 (PTI) JSW Sports-owned Haryana Steelers today named local boy Surender Nada as captain for their maiden Pro Kabaddi League campaign that starts in Hyderabad on July 28. Nada will be assisted by another Haryana boy, Wazir Singh. The team has spent the last three weeks at a pre-season camp in Bellary, Karnataka and coach Ranbir Singh Khokhar said he was satisfied with the work his team has put in. “We have worked hard on technical, physical and tactical aspects as well as game situations and Im completely satisfied with the way things have turned out. “The coaching staff has spent time with every individual as well as the team on the whole and I can safely say that we are well prepared for this new season of the PKL,” said Khokhar. The PKL reaches Haryana on September 8 where the Rai School in Sonepat will turn into a fortress for the Steelers who take on reigning champions Patna Pirates in the first home game of the season. Nada said he was delighted at captaining the team. “Haryana has produced so many kabaddi players over the years and the sport has a fanatical following, which always left us wishing the state would have its own team in the PKL. It has finally happened this season and it is a great matter of pride that the coach and management have thought me worthy enough to lead the side,” said Nada. Arguably the best left corner defender in the country, Nada said he was confident that the Steelers home games would see good support. PTI SSC PDSadvertisement