‘Business unusual’ for a greener future

first_img5 December 2011New ways of producing goods, which will reduce both energy consumption and emissions from energy production, have to be found, South African President Jacob Zuma told the World Economic Forum Green Partnership Dialogue in Durban on Sunday.This, according to Zuma, would require profound and far-reaching changes in economies, and would affect how business is done.The potential benefits were huge, however, as transforming the means of production to make them more environmentally sustainable in the long term would open the door to new investment, production and employment prospects.‘We must work on this together’“It is not a job just for government or business or labour alone,” Zuma said. “It is something we must work on together.”South Africa is the largest producer of electricity in sub-Saharan Africa, generating 90% of its electricity from coal. The country has committed to securing 4 000 megawatts of renewable energy for the national grid by 2016. This is more than the City of Durban uses in a year.South Africa’s solar and wind energy industries have targeted the creation of at least 50 000 “green” jobs by 2020, with the government pledging its support for the installation of one-million solar water heating systems by 2014 to 2015.This will also provide the basis for expanding local production of components and heating systems.Business’ technological, managerial expertise neededZuma said that bringing in new sources of electricity required the government to regulate the national grid, and that it needed business to invest and bring its technological and managerial expertise to the table.“Above all, we must make sure that poor communities do not end up footing the bill, whether through job losses or high prices,” Zuma said.“We are encouraging more labour-intensive activities that can create employment opportunities on a mass scale.”Zuma added that the country’s electricity utility, Eskom, and business would continue to work on technologies to further reduce emissions from coal-fired plants.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Intel’s New Innovation Engine Enables Differentiated Firmware

first_imgHistorically, platform embedded firmware limits the ways system-builders can customize, innovate, and differentiate their offerings. Today, Intel is streamlining the route for implementing new features with the creation of an “open engine” for system-builders to run firmware of their own creation or choosing.This important advance in platform architecture is known as the Innovation Engine. It was introduced this week at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco.The Innovation Engine is a small Intel® architecture processor and I/O sub-system that will be embedded into future Intel data center platforms. The Innovation Engine enables system builders to create their own unique, differentiating firmware for server, storage, and networking markets.  Some possible uses include hosting lightweight manageability features in order to reduce overall system cost, improving server performance by offloading BIOS and BMC routines, or augmenting the Intel® Management Engine for such things as telemetry and trusted boot.These are just a few of the countless possibilities for the use of this new path into the heart of Intel processors. Truthfully, the uses for the Innovation Engine are limited only by the feature’s capability framework and the developer’s imagination.It’s worth noting that the Innovation Engine is reserved for system-builder’s code, and not Intel firmware. Intel supplies only the hardware, and the system builder can tailor things from there. And as for security, the Innovation Engine code is cryptographically bound to the system-builder. Code not authenticated by the system-builder will not load.As the name suggests, the Innovation Engine will drive a lot of great benefits for OEMs and, ultimately, end users. This embedded core in future Intel processors will foster creativity, innovation, and differentiation, while creating a simplified path for system-builders implementing new features and enabling full customer visibility into code and engine behavior.Ultimately, this upcoming enhancement in Intel data center platforms is all about using Intel technology advancements to drive widespread innovation in the data center ecosystem.Have thoughts you’d like to share? Pass them along on Twitter via @IntelITCenter, you can also take a listen to our IDF podcasts for more on the Innovation Engine.last_img read more

CBI chargesheet: Kunal Ghosh supported Saradha’s business

first_imgTrinamool leader Madan MitraIt has been known for long. And now the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) chargesheet in the Saradha scam has confirmed the nexus between the ruling Trinamool Congress in West Bengal and the chitfund group.The chargesheet has revealed how a media house, Pratidin Prakashani, was used to promote the deposit collection business of the Saradha Group. The media house, which had Trinamool leader Srinjoy Bose as one of its editors, managed the editorial content of a television channel. Through the television channel, Saradha Group showed that its deposit collection business had Pratidin’s backing. A prominent Trinamool leader appeared in a television programme to promote the Saradha Group as well.Loot businessThe chargesheet, a copy of which is in possession of MAIL TODAY, also revealed that Trinamool leader and West Bengal Sports Minister Madan Mitra, along with Bose and suspended Trinamool MP Kunal Ghosh, abetted the loot of investors’ money by Saradha Group. The second supplementary chargesheet, which was filed in February, said both Bose and Ghosh had clear knowledge about Saradha’s actual business.The probe revealed that in June 2010, when reports started emerging about illegal chitfund companies in the state, a meeting between Trinamool leaders Bose and Ghosh, and Saradha kingpin Sudipta Sen was held. Following the meeting, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed on September 8 of 2010 between Bengal Media Pvt Ltd and Pratidin Prakashani Private Ltd. Bose was the editor of the newspaper Sangbad Pratidin of the Pratidin Prakashani.As per the MoU, both the parties agreed to run Channel 10 jointly, wherein the editorial content of the television channel was the responsibility of Pratidin. “Thus the main source of funding in compliance to the conditions of the agreement with Pratidin House was from M/S Saradha Chargesheet reveals TMC-Saradha nexus SANDEEP ADHWARYU Realty India Ltd, which was raising deposits from public illegally through various investment schemes under the garb of selling products and services?” the chargesheet said.advertisement”Investigation further disclosed that Channel 10 used to provide support to the deposit collection business of the Saradha Group by creating an impression about the sound business of the group. The channel was also used to counterbalance any adverse publicity against illegal deposit collection business of Saradha Group,” it pointed out.The chargesheet added that in one such programme, aired on Channel 10, Kunal Ghosh had appeared and very strongly supported the business of Saradha Group. “It would be pertinent to mention here that Kunal Ghosh was appointed CEO by Channel 10 with manifold increase in his salary? The circumstances above support the contention that the whole arrangement between Pratidin and Saradha Group was ill-designed?” the chargesheet added.Referring to Madan Mitra, the chargesheet says: “During 2009 Madan Mitra was invited by Sudipta Sen to his Saradha Garden project where Mitra visited and addressed a gathering? in his speech Mitra praised Sudipta Sen for bringing employment opportunity for the youth. He praised expansion of business of the Saradha Group and assured his support.”last_img read more

Indian teams advance in Archery World Championships

first_imgIndia’s men’s and women’ s archery recurve teams finished 15th and 10th after the qualification rounds of the World Archery Championships.The men’s team of Jayanta Talukdar (628), Rahul Banerjee (641) and Mangal Singh Champia (636) cored a total of 1905 to make it to the knock out round here on Monday.The women’s team trio of Deepika Kumari (657), Laxmirani Majhi (629) and Rimil Buriuly (621) got a combined total of 1907 after 216 arrows.In the individual competition, former world No.1 Deepika finished eighth.The men’s compound team of Abhishek Verma (697), Rajat Chauhan (678) and Kawal Preet Singh (675) finished third in the qualification round. They shot a total of 2050.The women’s compound team of Purvasha Shende (678), V. Jyothi Surekha (663) and P. Lily Chanu (663) claimed sixth spot in the qualification round. They earned a total of 2004.last_img read more

10 months agoChelsea still keen on Borussia Dortmund midfielder Christian Pulisic

first_imgChelsea still keen on Borussia Dortmund midfielder Christian Pulisicby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea remain in the hunt for Borussia Dortmund midfielder Christian Pulisic.The Telegraph says the 20-year-old winger has been heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge during the mid-season sales.Chelsea are on the hunt for long-term replacements for Pedro and Willian – and Pulisic would fit the bill.He is under contract at Borussia Dortmund until 2020 so the Bundesliga giants are running out of time to cash in.And Chelsea are hopeful of securing Pulisic’s services.But it is claimed that BVB bosses will dig their heels in until the summer transfer window. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

$6 Million Set Aside for Crime Victimisation Survey

first_imgThe Jamaica National Crime Victimisation Survey has been given $6 million in the 2013/14 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives. With support funding from the United Kingdom Department of International Development (DFID), the project, which started in October 2012, is expected to end in July 2013. It seeks to contribute to the detailed and accurate analysis of major crime trends in Jamaica; and provide data on the types and incidence of crimes not reported to the police. It also aims to provide uniform data on specific types of crime, which will form the basis for future comparisons at the community, national and international levels; develop detailed information on criminal victimisation, including demographic data on victims; and generate important comparative data on the outcome of targeted social interventions in specific communities. The allocation for this fiscal year will go towards drafting the final report for submission; and delivery of PowerPoint presentations to officials in Jamaica, to enable them to present the data by July 2013. The project is being implemented by the Ministry of National Security.By Chris Patterson, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

Final Design of VOOPS System Goes to ItalianChinese Group

first_imgzoom The final design of the offshore-onshore port system of Venice (VOOPS) was part of an international solicitation which involved engineering firms from Italy, as well as France, Spain, Holland, Belgium, Great Britain, China and the United States. An Italian-Chinese group of companies, the 4C3, comprising of companies 3Ti Progetti Italia and E-Ambiente, led by the 5th-ranking general contractor worldwide, China Communication Constructions Company Group (CCCG), passed the selection requirements of the solicitation and aimed at obtaining a high design standard.Once the last administrative procedures are finalized, the group, which will be awarded the contract worth over EUR 4 million (USD 4.4 million), will be in charge of developing the final design of the dam and the container bay of the offshore terminal, to be connected to the onshore terminal of Marghera in the Montesyndial area with the shipping system of Mama Vessels, as well as to perform monitoring activities and environmental surveys for 180 days.The VOOPS includes the offshore platform off the Malamocco district and the first container terminal which will be established in the Montesyndial area at Porto Marghera.last_img read more

Exhibit of plastinated human corpses opens without controversy at Halifax museum

first_imgHALIFAX – An exhibition of plastinated human cadavers that has raised controversy elsewhere is being met with support, not protest, at its first stop east of Montreal, the Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History says.Jeff Gray, curator of visitor experiences and exhibits, said he expected some controversy over the Body Worlds RX exhibition, but has instead seen an overwhelming amount of support and interest.“When these shows first launched in the late 90s, there was a lot of controversy and people’s comfort level was lower,” he said in an interview. “But a lot of that controversy has abated over the years.”“The response has been overwhelmingly supportive. The interest in this exhibit is unprecedented,” Gray added. “We currently have more high school students booked to come visit the museum in this exhibit than we’ve had in the last 10 years.”The Roman Catholic Church, which has raised moral questions about Body Worlds exhibitions elsewhere, has chosen to stay silent about the Halifax exhibition.“At this point in time we have no specific thoughts or comments to share about the upcoming Body World RX exhibit,” Aurea Sadi, spokesperson for the Archdiocese of Halifax-Yarmouth, said in an email last month.The exhibition is dark and dramatic, with black walls, ceilings and floors. Behind glass displays are brightly lit plastinated corpses, a complex technique that removes fluids from bodies and replaces them with plastics that harden.The modern-day mummification takes thousands of hours to complete, beginning with a formaldehyde injection. Scientists at the Institute for Plastination in Heidelberg, Germany, then start the time-consuming anatomical dissection, unravelling a labyrinth of muscles, nerves and arteries that compose the human body. The plastination process then exchanges water for a polymer that is cured with a gas.The specimens on display in Halifax include the Standing Man, the Ligament Body, the Split Man, the X-Lady, the Javelin Thrower and the Arterial Bone Body, each poised in the black exhibit like an illuminated spectre offering a unique — if somewhat eerie — glimpse into the world of human biology and physiology, including organs, muscles, the nervous system and skeletal structures.“All specimens we process in our labs are donated. Without their donation, Body Worlds and all our work would never exist,” said Dr. Angelina Whalley, a physician, exhibit curator and director of the Institute for Plastination.She said the controversy surrounding the exhibition was strongest in Germany because of its history.“People are concerned about the use of human remains, which is understandable and acceptable,” said Whalley, whose husband, Dr. Gunther von Hagens, invented plastination. “But in other countries there was hardly any controversy.”“When we started exhibiting in North America, the first museums had initiated ethical committees with church members and bioethicists involved,” she said. “That really helped get rid of suspicion, particularly on the source of the specimens.”The first plastination display was in Japan in 1995, and there have been hundreds of exhibitions since. However, at roughly 10,000 square feet, they were too large for a museum in Atlantic Canada to host.The new scaled-down exhibition, the first of its kind in the region, is about 4,000 square feet. It focuses on healthy living and lifestyles and uses plastinated bodies as a way to educate people about human health, Gray said.“When you come and you see the javelin-throwing man, that was a person,” he said. “All of the organs — of which there are many — are all real, from real people.”The exhibition, which was scheduled to open Thursday night to members and which runs until April 22, is open to all ages. The museum has left it to parents’ discretion whether it’s appropriate for young children.“It’s full bodies and nothing is covered or shied away from,” Gray said. “The reproductive organs of both males and females are on view.”About 40 Dalhousie University medical students have volunteered to help educate museum visitors about the human body, he said. The volunteers will don white lab coats, and provide visitors with information based on their specialities.The museum sold an unprecedented number of passes in the runup to Christmas, and for the first time has sold advance tickets for the exhibition, Gray said.Admission to the museum — which includes entrance to the exhibit — is $6.30 for an adult, with discounted rates of $4.05 for children, $5.70 for seniors and $5.25 for students. Annual passes are $17.95 for an adult, or $42.50 for a family.last_img read more

KKR-Kings XI Punjab face each other in must-win match

first_imgMohali: Staring at elimination, two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders and Kings XI Punjab will lock horns in a battle of survival in Friday’s Indian Premier League (IPL) match, here. The two teams are languishing at the bottom half of the table and need to win on Friday to keep alive their remote Play-off chances. Both KKR and Kings XI have 10 points from 12 matches but the Kolkata outfit is placed a rung above Punjab at sixth in the eight-team competition by virtue of a better net run-rate. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: RijijuBoth KKR and Kings XI had a decent outing in the first half of the tournament before losing the plot in the all-important second phase. After registering four wins and one loss in the first five games, KKR suffered six defeats in a row that derailed their campaign. Although KKR return to winning ways against Mumbai Indians in their last game, the Dinesh Karthik-led side need to register victories in their final two games to have an outside chance of qualifying for the Play-offs. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai MastersThe KKR top-order — Shubman Gill (75), Chris Lynn (54) and Andre Russell (80 not out) fired in unison in their last match against Mumbai Indians to lift the side to a mammoth 232 for two, a total which the bowling unit defended to register a much-needed 34-run win. Russell has been in ominous form for KKR this season and is the third highest scorer so far with 486 runs from 12 games at a staggering strike rate of 207.69. And on Friday, KKR would look for yet another superb show from the top-order to negate the team’s frailties. But if batting is their strength, KKR’s weak link is the bowling department. Veteran campaigners like Sunil Narine (2/4) and Piyush Chawla (1/57) leaked runs against MI in their last match and if not for the cushion of 230 plus score, KKR could have lost the match. Russell though was brilliant with the ball too, registering figures of impressive figures of 2 for 25. Just like KKR, Kings XI too had an erratic campaign so far and are on a three-match losing streak, going into Friday’s game. Their situation is worse than KKR as they have a negative net run rate, which eventually can come into the picture.last_img read more

Technical snags hold up metro services on various lines

first_imgNew Delhi: Metro services were affected multiple times on sections of different corridors of the Delhi Metro since Wednesday morning, leaving hundred of passengers stranded at the stations. “Delay occurred due to the technical problems, but normal services have now been resumed,” said DMRC official. There was slow movement of trains between Tis Hazari and Shastri Park and later also on Pitampura-Keshav Puram section of the Red Line. On the Blue Line, delay in service took place between Dwarka and Kirti Nagar following a technical snag on the section.Commuters traveling from Yamuna Bank to Vaishali also faced problems as presence of a man on track at Kaushambi briefly disrupted the service on Wednesday morning. ” The passengers was rescued safely and the services were resumed immediately,” said DMRC official. He also added that rest of the section was running completely normal. On Green line, there was a delay in service from Ghevra to Inderlok and Kirti Nagar stations while the stretch between Ashok Park Main and Kirti Nagar developed another technical snag this morning. However, the normalcy was restored within a few minutes, DMRC tweeted. On Red line, the services between Shaheed Sthal and Rithala section also faced delays, and normal services were later resumed, DMRC tweeted. Minor delay was also reported in services between Inderlok and Brigadier Hoshiar Singh stretch of Green Line and later on Blue Line’s Dwarka Sector 21 and Noida Electronic City section. However, operations have been resumed now in both the sections. “Disruption of metro services have become a regular affair,” said Manoj Kumar, a daily commuters. He added that the train were runinng on snail pace and it was distressing moments as he was getting late for the office.last_img read more