AFD invests in Eskom clean power growth

first_imgFeatured image: Stock Last week, South African state-owned power utility Eskom and Agence Française de Développement (AFD), signed a R6 billion ($473 million) multi-tranche framework agreement to support Eskom investments in the extension and reinforcement of its power transmission grid.Commenting on the deal, Eskom’s chief financial officer, Anoj Singh, said: “This multi-tranche loan facility will contribute towards Eskom plans to strengthen and refurbish the transmission infrastructure while diversifying our funding structures.”AFD supports renewable developmentAccording to the utility, AFD’s funding will focus on transmission lines and substations that support grid strengthening in areas where the development of future renewable energy sources are envisaged as well as to support the facilitation of cross border transmission projects.As such, the funding will contribute to AFD’s global objective of dedicating 50% of its funding to development projects that have a climate change co-benefit. Read more…AFD’s chief executive officer, Rémy Rioux, said: “This new funding to Eskom reiterates the willingness of AFD to be a key financial partner of the South-African utility.“Since the beginning of our engagement with Eskom, almost 10 years ago, we have made the choice to focus our support on targeted areas where we believe a development finance institution like AFD can provide the most value-added, i.e. renewable energy production, renewable energy related grid reinforcement and expansion, as well as technical knowledge sharing.”Multi-tranche facility provides optimistic outlookAccording to Eskom, this funding represents the first multi-tranche facility approved by AFD in the African continent.“This new instrument recently developed by AFD opens a 3-year window during which the funding is made available to Eskom to finance projects that are compliant with eligibility criteria that have been agreed upon between AFD and Eskom, namely: be part of Eskom’s Transmission Development Plan, contribute to the evacuation of the renewable energy (existing or future) and/or facilitate the development of cross-border transmission networks,” the utility explained in a statement.This multi-tranche facility provides Eskom with mid-term visibility on the availability of funding for its Transmission Development Plan. It also reinforces AFD’s position as a long-term partner of the South-African power utility – since its first €100 million ($107 million) financing approved in 2007 for the Sere wind farm, and the recent signing a €150 million ($161 million) facility to support Eskom investments in the distribution network.The multi-tranche facility has been approved while the partnership between Eskom and Électricité de France (EDF) – that was entered into in November 2015, is completed.Partnership focusThe partnership grant provided by AFD and the French Ministry of Finance focused on knowledge, experience and expertise sharing between the two utilities, on various areas, including smart grids. Read more…Eskom noted that the partnership has produced recommendations that will improve performance in terms of system efficiency and reliability. The multi-tranche facility will build on the results of this partnership to develop projects.Eskom interim group chief executive, Matshela Koko, said: “We appreciate AFD’s long standing commitment and support and are pleased that we can continue the valuable partnership with this organisation whose mission is to improve and support Africa’s energy development goals and mobilise resources for the continent’s economic and social development.” Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA Generation BRICS RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector center_img UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon development Featured image: Shutterstock Finance and Policy Previous articleEskom drives electrification rolloutNext articleNigeria: gov reveals drop in LNG dividends Ashley TheronAshley Theron-Ord is based in Cape Town, South Africa at Clarion Events-Africa. She is the Senior Content Producer across media brands including ESI Africa, Smart Energy International, Power Engineering International and Mining Review Africa.last_img read more

Research on water security does not reflect water scarcity reality

first_img TAGSAfrican Utility Week and POWERGEN Africawater resourceswater scarcity Previous articleVideo: TID ROLLOVERNext articleSolar process heat plant to save energy costs for Wits University residences Annemarie RoodbolAnnemarie Roodbol is the Senior Communications Manager at Clarion Events Africa based in Cape Town and manages media coverage and PR campaigns for several energy and mining events on the continent and contributes to the content development and creation for the various Clarion Events Africa media titles. “We need to encourage collaboration. Government policy on water should be informed by research and development so that we do not end up doing what we have always done. We need creative solutions to translate research into usable information,” urged Makelane. Makelane said funding for water research declined over the last five years which is highly problematic. “The expenditure in water R&D declined by approximately 45% over the five years period (2009/10 – 2013/14). This is scary because as we speak the country has a water road map and I hope we will be putting up more money.” According to Makelane water security is integral to the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals). She said the SDGs cannot be achieved without water security. According to her research and development have a direct impact on water resource management and promotes training and capacity building in the sector, she said. “It can lead to creative solutions and help influence how people and society behave. BRICS Makelane also stressed the need for intersectoral funding between government and the private sector for more progress towards water security. Segame said what surprises him most about the water sector is the way governments tend to put it behind all other sectors like energy, roads, agriculture and health. “What they don’t realise, however, is that without water no sector can survive.” African Utility Week and POWERGENAfricaWebsite:  Twitter:    #AUW2019  #PGAF2019Linkedin: African Utility Week She told delegates there are initiatives underway for policy and science exchanges to help facilitate this. Contact:Senior communications manager:  Annemarie RoodbolTelephone:  +27 21 700 3558Mobile:  +27 82 562 7844Email:  [email protected] Makelane reminded delegates that South Africa is a water scarce country and to secure water it needs to improve demand management, storage and protect water sources more effectively to not lose the little resources that are available. “This all starts with investing in research because this is how we will know how to plan and decide what dams and reservoirs to build where.” Research fellow at the Nelson Mandela University Dr Hlamulo Makelane told delegates at the African Utility Week and POWERGEN Africa conference and exhibition that South Africa that is a water scarce country, yet expenditure on research and development for water security does not reflect this picture. Issued by: There are reportedly more than 2 billion people worldwide in countries with severe water constraints and the African continent is no exception. UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon development Intersectoral funding Chief executive officer of Malawi’s Central Region Water Board Gift Sageme in an earlier interview also underscored the importance of water security being integral to all facets of society. Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA In this regard scientific publications in water research should be translated into sector-wide innovation, covering both demand management and new approaches to the management of water resources,” she said. Written by Alicestine October AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector Generation Finance and Policy Researchers on Wednesday raised concerns over decreased expenditure on water security research amidst serious drought problems across southern Africa. The African Utility Week andPOWERGEN Africa conference and exhibition ends Thursday. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Observe your Monkey Mind and restart Happy life

first_imgPeople say that if a person is not capable of controlling his own mind he is not fit for any kind of work. And yes, that’s true, I often used to think why elderly people always say, mind as a monkey mind whenever we behave very rude to others (the thought process works in that way – Here I am not blaming the Monkey which has very good skills and thoughts). Yes, true the mind always wanders like the monkey between the thoughts of thought. No one thought in the hand has a full 100% concentration. The lack of concentration leads to a confused mind.Due to that random thinking, the mind just wanders as if it knows anything and everything in the world. So, I want to change that scenario to something different – so I can concentrate on learning new things. Some motivational videos and audio made my mind to re-think what I am thinking is the right thinking at that moment. So I started thinking about what I am thinking? And started recording all the thought process in the piece of paper to analyze what I am actually thinking the more.After a couple of weeks in that process – Yes, the sky opened, and the rain started pouring like a gift when I met my old school friend who had some simple tricks and tips to control the wandering mind. We are both are in the same age, but he is more into devotional path than me at the earlier stage itself. He shared certain devotional techniques of prayer through which I can control the wandering monkey mind by chanting a few words repeatedly for the following four weeks whenever I feel when the mind is wandering like a monkey.Initially, my thought went in this way that, why my old friend always looks so calm and energetic as if nothing bothers him much. Whatever comes to his life he remains calm and focused. And he used to take very correct and appropriate steps to handle that particular situation. But I was not that kind from a younger age.  My mind keeps wandering like a child in the flower market and even my mind started questioning his suggestion – whether it will work? How can words change our life? Is it true? Whether he is just kidding me?  Am I lost something?…But his suggestion works. Yes, it was 5 words which boosted energy to work more focused. Now I can able to concentrate and work on a particular area more efficiently than before. I wonder this is the turning point in life, where I stood with good directions and prosper. I practised it for four weeks and yes it worked.The 5 golden words are “I am good at many things”. Though it may sound like I know everything and others don’t know anything. But, these inspiring words, keeps me motivated in the early morning and I can run my show all day long meetings and office work with absolute joy and happiness.Tiredness is so bad, that too if in the mind means. I started saying that 5 words every morning as the first routine and whenever I felt disoriented. One work at a time and I started completing step by step, inch-by-inch in my career. My knowledge started spreading its wide wings.People who lost their mindfulness and remain restless starting approaching me for the resolution. And I am not a doctor to prescribe something that might cure their worries. But, I suggested and shared what I have learned from my friend and practised in life – Yes, those 5 words “I am good at many things”.Some people who I had given this secret started following the practice and soon they also saw some changes in the way of thinking and their mind just sat very calmly and silent. Lots of appreciation flooded to me for that suggestion, but to be true I haven’t done any changes in their life. They itself, changed their own set of thinking which in reward changed their entire thinking ladder and reached their wisdom.People often become jealous and started comparing with others living on their own. But, that thought process doesn’t work in a good way. Constructive thought process and self-discipline is the only way to lead a successful and very truthful life. Every day is a new life. Our thought process controls our body, so start practising as I did so that you can also lead a very successful life with harmony and peace.Happy mindfulness to all.last_img read more

In Memoriam: Count Dieter von Landsberg-Velen

first_imgFEI Honorary Vice President and Honorary President of the German Equestrian Federation Count Dieter von Landsberg-Velen has passed away at the age of 86. Horse Sport Enews Count Maximilian Dietrich von Landsberg-Velen was born on December 17, 1926 at Wocklum castle in North Rhine-Westphalia in western Germany. He took over his parents’ agricultural and forestry business when he was still at university. At the age of 23, he was elected Chairman of the Balve riding club which was the start of his illustrious career in equestrian sport. Count Landsberg received numerous awards in recognition of his work. He was decorated with the Grand Cross with Star of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany  and, in 1998, he was awarded the Olympic Order. In 1968, he united the various sports and breeding organisations which had emerged after World War II into a single German Equestrian Federation, which he chaired for almost three decades until 1997. From 1973, he served as Chairman of the German Olympic Committee for Equestrian Sports (DOKR). The same year he was elected as President of the German Olympic Committee. He was FEI Vice President and Bureau member from 1979 to 1997 and remained in the role of FEI Honorary Vice President until his death. Email* Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! SIGN UP We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. “Count Landsberg was one of the greatest men I have ever met in and outside of equestrian sport,” FEI President HRH Princess Haya said. “I admired and respected him immensely for his achievements in sport and the Olympic movement and for his numerous and far-reaching charitable activities. His strong character and warm and affectionate manner will be greatly missed.” Count Landsberg was also renowned for his dedication to charity work. In 1950, he joined the Order of Malta, the world’s oldest order of chivalry with the goal of assisting those in great need without distinction of race or religion. From 1957 to 1980 he was director of the Order’s German Association. From 1980 to 1992 he was the Association’s first elected president. During his tenure, membership increased from 1,800 to over 600,000 members and the Order developed from a first-aid service to a charity of international scope. The FEI expresses its sincere condolences to Count Landsberg’s family, to the German Equestrian Federation and to the German equestrian community. Tags: Count Dieter von Landsberg-Velen, More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business.last_img read more

Benefits of Equine Assisted Therapy in Doubt Due to Lack of Research

first_img We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Email* More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business. SIGN UP Tags: EAT, equine assisted therapy, HHRF, Horses and Humans Research Foundation, center_img Horse Sport Enews In response to a paper published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology, the Horses and Humans Research Foundation is seeking help to fund research into equine assisted therapy.The following is an excerpt from a recent Horses and Humans Research Foundation newsletter:The paper, titled Equine-related Treatments for Mental Disorders Lack Empirical Support: A Systematic Review of Empirical Investigations, concludes: “The current evidence base does not justify the marketing and utilization of ERT (EAP and THR) for mental disorders. Such services should not be offered to the public unless and until well – designed studies provide evidence that justify different conclusions”. The authors also recommend; “in view of the current evidence base, individuals in need of mental health services avoid seeking out ERT and treatment centers avoid practicing this approach. We further urge major organizations, such as the United States armed forces and United States department of Veterans Affairs, to hold off on the implementation of ERT (EAP and THR) programs on a wide scale basis unless and until a strong research foundation for this treatment emerges.”To have this published in a highly regarded peer reviewed journal challenges all of us. The article is clearly arguing that there is not sufficient research to support the endorsement of equine assisted programs for people with mental health disorders. While the shortage of research support for equine assisted interventions is not a surprise, we can no longer afford to stand on the sidelines simply giving voice to our understanding of this need. We must take action. We need research. We need it now.HHRF has worked diligently for close to a decade establishing a rigorous process for reviewing, selecting, and funding excellent research from an increasingly impressive array of applicants. We have a four-tier review process and a highly qualified group of scientific advisors and reviewers. We are limited only by funding. If you support the healing role of the horse in therapeutic settings then make an investment in research today by supporting HHRF. Change the outcome of the next research review of this kind. Click here to donate now. Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition!last_img read more

Coronavirus updates: CDC updates August death projections

first_imgnarvikk/iStockBy WILLIAM MANSELL and EMILY SHAPIRO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 715,000 people worldwide.More than 19.1 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some national governments are hiding or downplaying the scope of their outbreaks.The United States is the worst-affected country around the world, with more than 4.8 million diagnosed cases and at least 160,157 deaths.Here’s how the news is developing Friday. All times Eastern: 11:40 a.m.: All New York school districts can open, Cuomo saysIn New York state, which was once the U.S. epicenter of the pandemic, all school districts can open for the fall based on the infection rate, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on a conference call Friday.Each school district must have a reopening plan approved by the state’s Department of Health, the governor said.Each district should also post a remote learning plan and a plan for testing, he said.11:20 a.m.: Florida has 4 counties with no ICU bedsHard-hit Florida has 47 hospitals with no available intensive care unit beds, according to the state’s Agency for Healthcare Administration.Four counties — Bay, Monroe, Nassau and Putnam — had no open ICU beds as of Friday morning, the agency said.Thirty-one hospitals in the state had just one available ICU bed.These numbers are expected to fluctuate throughout the day as hospitals and medical centers provide updates.Florida has over 518,000 coronavirus cases, according to state Department of Health data. Florida has the second-highest number of cases in the country behind California.9 a.m.: Entire high school football team quarantined in Alabama The entire football team at Alabama’s Oneonta High School is under quarantine due to coronavirus cases, ABC Birmingham affiliate WBMA-TV reported.Practice will resume on Aug. 18 and the team’s first game is set for Aug. 21, WBMA reported. Oneonta High School’s school year has been delayed to start on Aug. 18 after an emergency school board meeting vote on Thursday, the school said.Classes will have a hybrid in-person/remote learning schedule. Some students have registered for full-time remote learning, the high school said.7:38 a.m.: CDC says up to 190,000 dead by end of AugustThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its COVID-19 death projections, saying the coronavirus death toll could reach 190,000 by the end of August. The government’s ensemble forecast predicts “deaths may decrease,” but another 15,000 to 30,000 more Americans may die from COVID-19 over the next 23 days.This week’s national ensemble forecast predicts that weekly reports of new COVID-19 deaths may decrease over the next four weeks, with 4,500 to 10,600 new deaths reported during the week ending Aug. 29. Its forecast predicts that 175,000 to 190,000 total COVID-19 deaths will be reported by that date.State-level forecasts, according to the CDC, predict that the number of reported new deaths per week may increase over the next four weeks in Hawaii and Puerto Rico and may decrease in Florida, Mississippi, New Mexico, the Northern Mariana Islands, Ohio, Texas, Vermont and the Virgin Islands.The COVID Tracking Project reported that for the first time since early March, the number of people tested for COVID-19 is down. This week’s tests were 9.1% lower than last week’s national peak of 5.7 million tests.New cases of COVID-19 were also down this week by 10.4% , according to the COVID Tracking Project.5:20 a.m.: US weekly COVID-19 cases, deaths downAnother day, another grim milestone for the U.S. as the coronavirus pandemic continues across the globe. Overnight, the U.S. surpassed 160,000 deaths, bringing its total to at least 160,104 as of 4:30 a.m., according to Johns Hopkins. The U.S. crossed 150,000 deaths last week.In good news, however, an internal Federal Emergency Management Agency memo obtained by ABC News shows that the U.S. is slightly coming down from its recent national surge. New cases and deaths in the last week have both decreased in week-over-week comparisons. At least 396,559 new cases were confirmed during the period of July 29 and Aug. 5, which is a 12.6% decrease from the previous seven-day period.There were 7,348 deaths recorded in the same time frame, marking a 2.4% decrease in new deaths compared with the previous week.The national test-positivity rate is also going down. In the last seven days, the rate was 7.5%, which is down from 8.6% from the previous week.Only two states and territories, according to the FEMA memo, are in an upward trajectory of new cases, while eight are at a plateau and 46 states and territories are going down.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Rasmus Lauge in THW Kiel until 2016 – Momir Ilic: I would like to stay!

first_imgShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsOne of the best younger players in Europe, Danish youngstar Rasmus Lauge (22) has signed three years contract with German and European champion – THW Kiel. As we wrote before, THW likes obviosly generation 1991 as we know that Wael Jallouz became already “Zebra”. Daniel Narcisse and Marcus Ahlm will leave the team next summer, but destiny of Serbian left back Momir Ilic is still unknown. Captain of the Serbian “Eagles” is at the end of the contract with Kiel, but still showing his willingness to stay on Baltic coast:– I would like to stay in Kiel, but we didn’t speak yet about that – said Ilic for German THW Kiel FB 1 Comment ShareTweetShareShareEmail THW Kiel with +5 from Szeged SG Flensburg beat THW Kiel in German derby Harald Reinkind to stay at THW Kiel 1 Comment Related Items:Momir Ilic, Rasmus Lauge, Rasmus Lauge Schimdt, THW Kiel Recommended for you Pingback: Momir Ilic about his future: Barca, RNL or Veszprem | Handball Planet Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Slovenia will be the first team to practice after corona-virus delay

first_imgLjubomir Vranjes dissapointed, but proud: Only one defeat and you can’t play 1/4 final… Recommended for you 1 Comment ShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsSlovenia will be the first team to practice after delay due corona-virus pandemic. Coach Ljubomir Vranjes and his players will gather in Ljubljana on May 26.Here are the players who will be on the training at Kodeljevo.Goalkeeper: Urban Lesjak, Klemen Ferlin, Urh Kastelic and Rok ZaponšekWings: Darko Cingesar, Blaž Janc, Tilen Kodrin and Mario ŠoštarićLine-players: Blaž Blagotinšek, Matej Gaber, Kristjan Horžen and Igor Žabić Back-line: Dean Bombač, Nejc Cehte, Jure Dolenec, Nik Henigman, Žiga Mlakar, Rok Ovniček and Miha Zarabec Egypt take place at 1/4 final after dramatic 60 minutes against Slovenia! Ljubomir Vranjes about experience in Veszprem: It was something out of handball what wasn’t OK Pingback: Vranjes och Slovenien först igång med träning efter uppehållet – Handbollskanalen 1 Comment ShareTweetShareShareEmail Related Items:Ljubomir Vranjes, Slovenian handball Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Sabena scarf takes off for good cause at Christmas

first_imgThe limited edition turquoise silk Sabena Scarf is emblazoned with the bankrupt airline’s logo and the legend ‘Olivier Strelli for Sabena’.Priced at a symbolic 2,001 Belgian francs (49.60 euro), the scarf can be worn in a variety of styles.Employment Commissioner Anna Diamantopoulou would no doubt drape it over her shoulders in an earnest show of solidarity, while transport chief and scourge of state aid Loyola de Palacio might sport the aux barricades look, tied around her forehead. It is said the scarf can also be worn to great effect in Belgium by anyone involved in wrangling with public officials over unpaid bills, parking fines etc.And it’s all for a good cause. The 54-year-old designer has pledged the expected 50,000 euro in proceeds to a fund set up to help the thousands Sabena staff who lost their jobs.You can order your Sabena Scarf by telephoning Strelli’s Brussels boutique on 32/2 512 5607.last_img read more

Miliband to the rescue!

first_imgDavid Miliband announces he is leaving British politics.David Miliband, sometime foreign minister of the United Kingdom, will go down in European Union history as someone who refused to relinquish that post to become the EU’s high representative for foreign policy. As a result, the EU was lumbered with Catherine Ashton, which did not turn out well for the EU. But things did not turn out well for Miliband either. Within a year, he was out of government and had lost the contest for leadership of the Labour Party to his younger brother. Now Miliband has announced that he is leaving British politics to head the International Rescue Committee, an emergency relief charity. While the IRC may not be as well known as Oxfam or World Vision, it is one of the best-connected relief agencies in the world. With a board of overseers including such luminaries as Kofi Annan, Madeleine Albright and Henry Kissinger, it is part of the close-knit world of New York’s old-money elite and Wall Street. Indeed, the IRC has more staff than the European External Action Service, has a bigger budget, and is in a nicer location. EU history may yet have to be re-written.last_img read more