Zambian hydro projects in full swing

first_imgZambia’s Kariba North Bank hydropower station is being upgraded.(Image: Travel Pod)MEDIA CONTACTS• DBSADr Bane MalekeDivisional Executive+27 11 313 3911• Zambia Development AgencyFlorence MumbaDirector: Investment Promotionand Privatisation+260 211 220177RELATED ARTICLES• Deal to boost Africa’s power• Camden power station working again• SA to produce more solar energy• Grand Inga Dam to light up AfricaBongani NkosiAll required funds for the US$430-million expansion of Zambia’s Kariba North Bank hydro power station have been secured, and the project is steaming ahead.The scheme got going in 2008 with $325-million provided by Exim Bank, owned by the Chinese government. The outstanding amount of US$105-million has recently been sourced through a loan from the Development Bank of Southern African (DBSA).The granting of the loan was announced on 26 October 2010 in Zambia.Dr Bane Maleke, a divisional executive at DBSA, confirmed the following day that all funding is now in place. The hydro plant is owned by Zesco, Zambia’s state-owned power utility.Maleke said the funding from China is based on an Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) agreement.Sino Hydro Corporation, also of China, is the sole project contractor, and the EPC contract means they have taken full responsibility for construction – including the supply of material and labour. The project is due to be completed by December 2012, and it’s hoped that the plant will be operational by early 2013.The expansion plans revolve around the installation of two units with a power-generating capacity of 180MW each. “Through the additional 360MW, this loan facility will ensure that the capacity of the power station is increased from 720MW to 1 080MW,” said Maleke.Kariba North Bank’s capacity was recently increased from 540MW, after four existing generators were upgraded.Delivering Zambia’s 2011 budget speech on 8 October, the country’s Minister of Finance Dr Situmbeko Musokotwane said “impressive progress is being made on the Kariba North Bank Extension Project”.Power supply is expected to improve in local communities in the Siavonga district when the project is complete, DBSA said.More new hydro power projectsThe revamp of the Kariba North Bank hydro plant, located more than 130km south of the capital city Lusaka, forms part of the Zambian government’s efforts to meet growing demand for electricity in the country.There are advanced plans for the construction of a $1.5-billion new project, the 600MW Kafue Gorge Lower hydro station. Work will begin there by mid-2011.Sino Hydro Corporation will also work with Zesco on this project, which Musokotwane said will be “one of Africa’s largest public-private partnerships in the energy sector”. It’s set for completion in 2016.Kabompo Gorge and Kalungwishi hydro electric projects are due to start in 2011. “When completed over the medium-term, these projects will add about 258MW in generation capacity,” the minister added.Zambia has potential to produce over 6 000MW of hydro electric power, but is currently exploiting less than 2 000MW, Maleke said.Improving power access in rural ZambiaThe Zambian government is also planning to develop mini-hydro power stations to improve access to electricity in rural areas as part of its Rural Electrification Programme, Musokotwane said.He added that the about of $6.4-million allocated for the programme in 2011 is the “first step in attaining the government’s target of increasing rural access to electricity from 3% to 15% by 2015”.“The demand for hydropower – which is considered a clean, renewable and environmentally friendly source of energy – has increased tremendously in Southern African, alongside a need to increase the generation capacity of the region,” Maleke said.• At the time of being published, the exchange rate was R7.24 to US Dollarlast_img read more

The Tail-Wagging Labradors of RESNET

first_imgA few highlightsGary Nelson. I already wrote about the news that Gary Nelson gave me about The Energy Conservatory’s new wifi device. (Retrotec has one available already, which I found out from Colin Genge this week. I haven’t found it on their website yet, though.) I also had a nice chat with Gary about how he got into the world of building science and blower doors. Like me, he’s got a physics background, but he’s been in this field since the ’70s. He’s one of the heroes of our industry, and I’ll write more about him and his work in a future article. Labradors? James Brown? What do either of those have to do with the RESNET conference?! Be patient, my friend. All will be revealed shortly. The 2013 conference sponsored by the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) in Orlando a few weeks ago was fantastic. It and Building Science Summer Camp are my two favorite events of the year, and this year RESNET was better than ever.First, let’s get right to James Brown. Evidently, there’s a video of him talking about blower door tests back in the mid-1980s. (The lead photo here is a screen shot from it, sent to me by an an anonymous source.)I heard about the video from Gary Nelson and Dennis Creech at the conference. The “hardest working man in show business” was evidently the “Godfather of blower doors” for a brief period as part of some community service he was required to do. It seems that legal restrictions have kept the video under wraps all these years, but apparently one person out West has been showing it publicly. I hope we get to see it soon. The tail-wagging labradorsKristof Irwin is a great friend of mine who owns Positive Energy, a rating, building science, and HVAC design business in Austin, Texas. He was one of the people I shared a condo with in Orlando, and he described the RESNET conference perfectly. He said that he could hardly take in the trade show because he spent so much time talking to friends, old and new. “We’re like a bunch of labradors wagging our tails,” he said. I felt the same way.Later I mentioned that to another RESNETer, and he said, “Yeah, but we have a few pitbulls, too.” Touché. Still, it’s a wonderful conference. RESNET, ACCA, and IAQA. One thing that was new this year was that the RESNET conference was combined with the conferences of the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) and the Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA). It was great! The early numbers I heard indicated that RESNET had about 1000 attendees, and the other two totaled about 800. The trade show seemed to be about twice as big, and the combination worked very well. Let’s do it again!John Krigger. Earlier this year I wrote about the debate between John Krigger and Paul Raymer over mechanical ventilation for homes (ASHRAE 62.2). I got a chance to talk with John at the conference — where were you, Paul? — and he’s got some interesting ideas to help the home performance industry. In short, he thinks we need to use actuarial data as a guide to setting priorities, especially when it comes to the health and safety issues.BPI getting kicked to the curb. I found out at the very end of the conference that ACCA and 12 other organizations have written a letter to the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) requesting that they revoke BPI’s status as a Standards Development Organization. Whoa! This is big news. Could it be that HVAC contractors, who have ignored building science and home performance for a long time, are envious that another organization has the chutzpah to do what they haven’t? There’s a lot to this, so I’ve been doing some investigating and will write more later. What I’ve turned up so far is pretty interesting.A cooling dehumidifier. At the trade show I found that there’s finally a dehumidifier that dumps the heat outside the house instead of inside. Designed for hot-humid climates, the Ultra-Aire SD12 from Therma-Stor is basically a split system air conditioner with a lot of latent capacity. It’s about time!
Barometric Zone Damper. Another cool product I saw at the trade show was a zone damper that makes it easier to get rid of what is one of the stupidest ideas in HVAC: the bypass duct. Instead of sending excess air back to the return side, it allows the higher static pressure that occurs when not all zones are calling for air to bleed through into the other zones.Energy Avenger vs. Batman. Yes, this really happened! The Energy Avenger won. (Some other character calling himself the Cannibal is making noise out in the bushes but hasn’t shown his face publicly yet, preferring to post on RESNET’s Facebook page videos of the people he’s kidnapped. Maybe next year he’ll join the fun, too.)center_img Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, energy consultant, RESNET-certified trainer, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. You can follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard. RELATED ARTICLES RESNET RamblingsVentilation Requirements for Weatherized HomesBlower Door BasicsThe Pros and Cons of Running a DehumidifierDehumidifierslast_img read more

Unique Typography in After Effects with Type-O-Matic

first_imgMaking typography videos in After Effects is easier than ever with the FREE Type-O-Matic tool from motion design firm Hamo Studio.We love quality typography.  Just check out past posts, including this roundup of impressive typography videos and a tutorial on creating kinetic type in After Effects.  Typography videos can be crazy-effective at delivering your message, but they can also be really time intensive – keyframing, keyframing, keyframing.This new Type-O-Matic tool from Barcelona’s Hamo Studios (free!) attempts to speed up the process of creating creating quality typography videos in After Effects.  Type-O-Matic is actually an AE project that’s already setup for animating text.A controller lets you modify the opacity, position, rotation and scale of your text.  Additional tools create text masks and unfold (giving the appearance that the text is actually ‘unfolding’).  Whether you’re a video editor or motion designer, Type-O-Matic is a quick way to make your typography more dynamic and engaging.Head over to Hamo Studio to download the FREE Type-O-Matic typography tool.Have a look at this After Effects typography tool in action:Learn how to use the Type-O-Matic in your existing AE projects:last_img read more

Ambedkar statue found damaged in Saharanpur

first_imgA part of the western district of Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh was tense on Tuesday after a statue of Bhimrao Ambedkar was found damaged in a village, following which locals staged a protest on the road.The incident was reported from Ghunna village in the Kotwali Dehat area of Saharanpur, which has been sensitive over the last few years due to clashes between the Dalits and the dominant upper castes.SSP Saharanpur Dinesh Kumar Prabhu said the statue was damaged on Monday night by some “anti-social elements.”Locals blocked traffic which was restored after discussions between the administration and the protesters.Members of Dalit-Ambedkarite outfit Bhim Army were reportedly leading the protest.Mr. Prabhu said the administration had replaced the damaged statue. Police had been deployed in the area and the situation was peacefullast_img read more

Pacquiao perfecting a surprise package?

first_imgPacquiao readily re-linked with Hall-of-Fame trainer Freddie Roach at the famed Wild Card Boxing gym in Hollywood.Pacquiao was also photographed doing a morning run around the Griffith Park.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefTo top it all, he did gym work with his son on Christmas Eve.Naturally, there were those who started to suspect Pacquiao could be cramming, rushing to hit peak form. Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue LATEST STORIES TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Truth is there’s neither rust nor evident rush, only renewed intensity.One reason behind this could be the fact that Pacquiao will be fighting a younger, talented and very hungry challenger in Adrien Broner, 29, listed as a four-division world champ who has never suffered a stoppage.But if the fight were held tomorrow, Broner would be at a terrible disadvantage. Unlike Pacquiao, he was still terribly over the limit as bared in the latest video from his training camp in Florida.During his last birthday celebration, Pacquiao, 40, declared he has been feeling young and vigorous as 25.He also vowed to show against Broner the unseen best in his arsenal.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Before taking the evening flight to Los Angeles on Saturday, Manny Pacquiao did a four-mile jog in the morning then sparred for eight rounds later, veteran sports scribe Eddie Alinea reported.In California, his camp said there would be no holiday break for Pacquiao. It will be work, work, work all the way to the Jan. 19 defense of his WBA welterweight crown in Las Vegas.ADVERTISEMENT INQUIRER SPORTS Top 7 Stories of the Year: SMC sweepcenter_img SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion MOST READ He did not mention specifics, although there were strict orders during earlier training at the Elorde Gym for guests and media to refrain from recording the proceedings.The order, it would be noted, came at a point when his handlers were working to perfect sharp, snappy blows clearly intended for the opponent’s body.Meanwhile, Broner’s chief handler, Kevin Cunningham, said they plan to jam Pacquiao’s fighting rhythm and zero in on his predictable adjustments.It goes without saying that Pacquiao, with that declaration from the opposing camp, can only be expected to come up with a full-proof weaponry, something like a bag of explosives, killer blasts to the body.These new killer blows could only be expected to flash and dig like phantom daggers, thrown from incredible points and angles.Broner better be ready with iron-clad defense of his body.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid View commentslast_img read more

Linda Perry Fred Armisen Weird Al More Attend LA GRAMMY Nominee Reception

first_imgNews 61st GRAMMY Nominees Celebrate Pre-GRAMMYs In L.A. linda-perry-fred-armisen-weird-al-more-attend-la-grammy-nominee-reception Facebook Out of the roughly 800 GRAMMY nominees, 221 come from Los AngelesJennifer VelezGRAMMYs Feb 2, 2019 – 5:15 pm The pouring rain did not keep Los Angeles-based GRAMMY nominees from attending the L.A. Chapter Nominee Celebration Saturday morning, just a week before the 61st GRAMMY Awards on Feb. 10.Out of the roughly 800 GRAMMY nominees, 221 come from Los Angeles, said L.A. Chapter Executive Director Qiana Conley during the brunch event. Held at the 1920s classic-themed Delilah restaurant in West Hollywood, the weather did not affect the excitement going around the room one bit.For multi-GRAMMY nominated Linda Perry, her nomination for Producer Of The Year, Non-clasical at the 61st  GRAMMY Awards could result in a historic win. “My particular nomination is a little bit different than the rest because a female hasn’t been represented in this category for over 14, 15 years,” she said. “If I win, I will be the first woman to have ever won Producer Of The Year, so it feels pretty special and I am extremely honored to be in this position, but I hope that we can move forward and we don’t have to wait another 14 years to have a woman represent.”Beyond Perry’s potentially historic nomination, there was a special excitement among first-time nominees, including comedian Fred  Armisen, whose Standup For Drummers is nominated for Best Comedy Album.”It is the best feeling [to be nominated] not just cause it was a surprise, but because I just love the GRAMMYs,” said  Armisen. “I really grew up, like everyone, obviously, on music, but I saw a picture of David Bowie  with John Lennon and Paul Simon sort of backstage at the GRAMMYs in 1975, [and] I think and it just always looked really cool like the perfect hangout.” Golden gramophone winners, meanwhile, also milled around and enjoyed the perks of the pre-GRAMMYs festivities: For GRAMMY winner  Weird Al Yankovic, who is a Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package nominee for Squeeze Box: The Complete Works Of “Weird Al” Yankovic this year, loves the “free food before the show and [the] free food after … that’s always my favorite part,” he said.  Yankovic, who has won four GRAMMYs and been nominated a whopping 16 times, also said that he never, ever tires of being a nominee: “It’s happened to me before, but it never gets old. I never get jaded about it. I get very excited every time I get to be a part of the GRAMMY festivities and it’s always nice to have validation from your peers and its a great hang, it’s a wonderful party.”Tune in to CBS on Feb. 10 to see who wins a golden gramophone at the 61st GRAMMY Awards. 2019 GRAMMY Awards: Complete Nominations List Twitter Email Linda Perry, Fred Armisen, Weird Al, & More Attend L.A. GRAMMY Nominee Reception last_img read more

Charles Barkleys bond with cat litter scientist warms us all

first_img Oh my God, this is the most beautiful story about friendship, and it made me cry this morning. Starring Charles Barkley and the author’s dad.— Soledad O’Brien (@soledadobrien) December 15, 2018 Online Post a comment It’s impossible to absorb Shirley Wang’s story or hear Barkley’s eulogy without feeling your heart stirring. Some people are taking a moment away from politics and the holiday hustle to reflect on the bond between a basketball star and a scientist. Even chimed in, tweeting, “Humanity. Noun. The quality of being humane; kindness; benevolence. See also: Charles Barkley and Lin Wang.” “Oh my God, this is the most beautiful story about friendship, and it made me cry this morning,” tweeted broadcaster Soledad O’Brien.Though Barkley had an intimidating reputation on the basketball court, those who know him say the friendship was totally in character. “This is really such a lovely story but the best thing about it is that it won’t surprise anyone who knows Chuck,” tweeted ESPN host Rachel Nichols. 0 Shirley Wang created the story for NPR’s Only A Game series, which you can listen to online. “The story of Barkley and my dad was written for the ear. I *truly* couldn’t have imagined a better way to convey my feelings about this friendship,” she tweeted. So if you need a break from the noise of the world, spend a few moments sharing in the light of a improbable relationship that actually made perfect sense.CNET’s Holiday Gift Guide: The place to find the best tech gifts for 2018.Tech Enabled: CNET chronicles tech’s role in providing new kinds of accessibility.  Tags This is really such a lovely story but the best thing about it is that it won’t surprise anyone who knows Chuck.— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) December 15, 2018 Share your voice Enlarge ImageCharles Barkley speaks at Lin Wang’s funeral. Video screenshot by Amanda Kooser/CNET Charles Barkley is a towering former NBA star, and now a noted basketball analyst. Lin Wang was a cat litter chemist in Iowa. Their story together is a poignant reminder of the light that can spark when strangers become friends.Lin Wang’s daughter Shirley Wang told the tale of how her suburban dad and Barkley came to know each other. She shared it in recognition of her father’s life. Lin Wang was born in China and moved to the US in ’90s. He died from cancer in June and Barkley came to the memorial service.During a eulogy at Wang’s funeral,  Barkley recounted how the unlikely friendship was kindled. It started as a random meeting in a Sacramento hotel, followed by hours of conversation. The two got together to hang out whenever Lin Wang was in the same town as Barkley.”He was a selfless man. He really cared about other people. And the world is going to be a little less happier because he’s not here,” Barkley said during his speech.  Humanity. Noun. The quality of being humane; kindness; benevolence.See also: Charles Barkley and Lin Wang— (@Dictionarycom) December 15, 2018last_img read more

Activist Earl Fowlkes Fights for DCs Black LGBT Community

first_imgEarl D. Fowlkes Jr. grew up in a close-knit family that continued to accept him when he brought his boyfriend home decades ago. As president and chief executive officer of the Center for Black Equity in Washington, D.C., Fowlkes aims to replicate that same welcoming feeling with Blacks in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.Earl D. Fowlkes, a 50-year-old gay rights activist, is trying to create a safe haven for members of D.C.’s Black LGBT community. (Courtesy photo)The 18-year-old organization, which was previously called the International Federation of Black Pride, promotes policies that boost the social and economic vitality of LGBT Blacks. It also offers resources to support them and arranges Black pride events all over the world – the center has 50 affiliates. Fowlkes says the Black pride events in the U.S. draw 300,000 people.“For us, celebrating Black pride is different from celebrating community pride as we call it – community pride is a celebration of the Stonewall riots of 1969,” Fowlkes told the AFRO. “Black pride is an opportunity to give 300,000 people information on HIV/AIDS, 300,000 people information about women’s health, [for] 300,000 people to get information on youth issues [and] what’s going on in the political landscape.”Blacks identifying as LGBT face a unique set of challenges, according to the Human Rights Campaign. Black transgender women face the highest level of fatal violence within the LGBT community and are less likely to contact police, out of fear that officers will hurt them, according a joint report between the coalition and Trans People of Color Coalition.Black people in the LGBTQ community continue to face economic hurdles due to housing insecurity, a lack of quality and affordable healthcare and fewer educational opportunities, the campaign said. In addition, a report from the National Black Justice Coalition found that nearly a third of the children raised in Black same-sex couples live in poverty.Meanwhile, young, Black gay and bisexual men are among the groups most heavily impacted by HIV, according to the Centers for Disease Control. “We have higher rates,” Fowlkes said. “We just don’t have the community support, the family support when people come out in our communities.”Fowlkes, who says he’s in his late 50s, grew up in suburban Philadelphia as the eldest of five children and comes from four generations of ministers from the Holiness and Baptist denominations. He says he was never teased or bullied in school, but he knew from a young age that he was attracted men.“My family and my father, in particular from the pulpit, never said that I was a bad person (or that) I was going to hell,” Fowlkes said. “He never injected the issue of sexuality at all – I never heard it from him.”When Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated and the riots followed, Fowlkes remembers his parents, Earl Sr. and Elsie Fowlkes, explained the Civil Rights Movement and its connection to what he was witnessing on television. Fowlkes credits that experience with making him socially conscious.That his late sister Sharon Fowlkes took several HIV positive men into her home and nursed them also impacted him and helped set the course for the work he does today. Besides running the center, Fowlkes chairs the D.C. Commission on Human Rights and is chairman of the Democratic National Committee’s LGBT Caucus.The Anacostia-based center operates with a staff of three and has to be judicious about how it spends its time. To that end, Fowlkes will focus on four initiatives in the next four months: leadership development, youth initiatives, securing funding to address health issues for biological and transgender women and ensuring people are aware of HIV/AIDS treatment options.The center has also set aside some space in its building for Check It, a group of gay and transgender youth who have been sexually assaulted, shot, stabbed and beaten up. The group was formed in a Trinidad neighborhood in Northeast D.C. to protect each other. Today, they operate a retail store that sells a Check It clothing line from the center’s Anacostia office – about a dozen people work at Check It.The center, which pays Check It $500 a month, represents a safe haven for Black youth facing transphobia and homophobia east of the Anacostia River who don’t quite fit into the predominantly White gay and transgender scene west of the river, he added.Fowlkes welcomed Check It to the center so he can show the youth how activism works. They, in turn, tell him what’s going on in their community so he can respond accordingly by searching for funding opportunities and existing policy. “They’re trying, and most people don’t get enough credit for trying,” Fowlkes said.last_img read more