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first_imgTell me,My heart is so openMy love is so real for youMy feelings are so strongEspecially when I am aloneBut no, I cannot be aloneBecause your presence never leaves meFor though you may not be around me in personYou are always here with me.Tell me…Say it…I am listening…Tell me.My heart is like a fertile groundMy love is rich in many colors for youMy feelings are like the rush of a waterfallCreating visions of the rainbow.Yes, the presence of loveWill never fade from the heart of the one who loves.Tell me,How much do you love me?Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

The Warriors sent an unmistakable message — but here comes the tricky part

first_imgThe Warriors promised that they would come correct to Friday night’s game against the Denver Nuggets — after a 33-point home blowout loss to the Celtics on Tuesday, pride had kicked in for the defending champions.And without fail, the Warriors followed through on that threat, eschewing their recent nasty habit of falling behind early by jumping out to a 19-point lead in the first quarter, en route to a comfortable 122-105 win.It was championship-level play, both engaged and kinetic — a …last_img read more

South Africa’s future renewable energy mecca

first_imgEmily van Rijswijck South Africa will soon be leading the continent in green energy, with 28 independent wind farms and solar power projects now on the drawing board and national electricity supplier Eskom coming to the party. (Image: Flickr) MEDIA CONTACTS • Thandiwe Maimane  Department of Energy  +27 12 444 4256 / +27 83 645 7837 RELATED ARTICLES • Call to action for a green economy • Dube solar project in time for COP17 • Kyoto Protocol extended at COP17 • New wind farm for SA • More wind power for SAThe majority of South Africa’s new renewable energy projects will be located in the greater Cape area with its abundant potential to tap into sun and wind energy.Of the 28 independent power producers of wind and solar energy who were successful in the first bidding process of the Department of Energy, 24 will be located in South Africa’s Northern, Eastern and Western Cape. The other four projects are earmarked for the Free State (1), the North-West (1) and two in Limpopo.The first preferred bidders for the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers programme (IPP) were announced by the Minister of Energy, Dipuo Peters, on 7 December.The announcement was made during COP17, the 17th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) held in Durban over November and December. COP 17 was hailed as successful after developed and developing countries committed to a new legally binding deal to reduce emissions, with a date set for 2015.With the new green projects a total of 1415 MW clean energy could become available for South Africa’s growing energy demands by no later than 2016.The IPP programme has a further 2 209MW in renewable projects available in the second window of allocations which will be concluded in March 2012. The South African government has set itself an overall target of 3725 MW of energy generated from large-scale green technology by 2025.First phase onlyChosen out of a total group of 53 applicants, the successful bidders were evaluated on six factors and had to pass all six to go onto the next phase. Environmental, land, commercial legal, economic development, financial and technical factors were considered by a panel of international and local experts.But the process is by no means over and these 28 preferred bidders could still fall by the wayside with the next deadline looming. It is now up to them to successfully conclude their project arrangements, which include submitting completed environmental impact assessments for the financial close deadline of 30 June 2012.Construction of the actual projects will only commence thereafter but all projects have to be operational by 2016, at the latest.The department also plans to launch another programme for smaller projects of less than 5 MW. “This programme will benefit mainly small projects requiring limited capital and the qualification requirements will be less demanding on the developers,” the department has confirmed. An allocation of 100 MW has been set aside for the small-scale projects with the allocations process starting early in 2012.Sun and wind energyThe majority of the projects in the first batch of allocations aim to tap into the abundant sun energy available in South Africa with 18 photo-voltaic solar projects and two concentrating solar power projects scheduled to commence during the latter part of next year. This will bring in a total of 781 MW of solar energy to the power grid.The bid process also awarded eight new wind energy projects for South Africa. Not surprisingly, the Eastern Cape, notorious for its extremely windy conditions, will see the erection of five new wind farms in the very near future: this at Oyster Bay, Van Stadens and Jeffreysbay on the coast and two inland at Cookhouse and Molteno.Another two wind farms will be located in the Western Cape – at Dassiesklip and Hopefield and one will be erected at Noblesfontein in the Northern Cape.The first phase wind projects will on completion add a combined total of 634 MW of wind energy, with the 135 MW Cookhouse farm and the 133 MW Jeffreysbay farm the two biggest.Outside of the bidding process, national power supplier Eskom has confirmed that it is going ahead with the construction of the Sere wind farm in Vredendal, set for completion by the end of 2013 with a 1.5 MW capacity.South Africa’s first successful wind farm, located at Darling, started operating in 2008 and produces about 5.2 MW. Peters recently launched the South African wind energy awareness campaign, “Powered by Wind”, with Danish Minister for Climate, Energy and Building Martin Lidegaard. The campaign is focussing on creating awareness around wind energy and will be rolled out in 2012. As part of the project the International Energy Agency will assist in drawing up a resource map and establishing a wind atlas for Africa.Opening up the energy mixFor its part, the IPP programme stems from government’s desire to broaden the energy mix of the country. In May this year the Department of Energy promulgated the 2010 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), the country’s blueprint on the energy mix for the power sector in the period running up to 2030.A critical part of the IRP is to bring private green energy producers into the fold, with the IPP programme aimed at doing just that and the bidding process forming part of this.At the moment state-owned Eskom is South Africa’s dominant supplier of coal-based energy, providing over 90% of the country’s energy needs. South Africa has just one nuclear plant, at Koeberg.With global sentiment moving ever more strongly towards renewable energy, the South African government has set out its green technology interventions through the New Growth Path framework. At the same time its Response on Climate Change white paper sets out its vision for an effective climate change response going into the future. The white paper has a long-term plan to change the reliance of the country’s economy from coal-based energy to more renewable energy sources.The white paper confirms that South Africa is a significant contributor to greenhouse gas emissions as a result of its coal-based economy, as compared to that of other developing countries in Africa. The latest Greenhouse Gas Inventory (base year 2000) found that electricity generation contributed just under 40% of total emissions, while industrial process emissions constituted around 14% of total emissions in the country.At the recent COP17, President Jacob Zuma also spelled out South Africa’s mitigation approach:“At COP15 in Copenhagen, we announced our commitment to reduce carbon emissions by 34% in 2020 and by 42% in 2025, with support from developed countries with regards to finance, technology and capacity-building,” he confirmed to delegates at the opening.Leading up to COP17, a landmark Green Economy Accord was signed between government, trade unions, the community constituency and the business community in which everyone committed to a greener economy for South Africa. In the process, the partners envisage creating 300 000 green jobs by 2020 and promoting conditions for the poor in particular.last_img read more

Yolink Brings Full-Featured Search to WordPress

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts mike melanson Tags:#news#web There are very few, if any, content management systems and blogging platforms with a praised, out-of-the-box search solution and WordPress is no exception. Just look on Google – there are about 10 million results for “WordPress search sucks” and nearly as many for “WordPress search plugin.”Today, there’s one more addition to the search results for “WordPress search plugin,” as customizable WordPress hosting service WP Engine and search-within-a-search engine yolink team together to provide aYolink Search for WordPress “searches behind the links of search results pages and web pages, extracts and displays information in context, and highlights all the keyword search terms found in the extracted content,” according to the company.“Native search on WordPress is not intuitive and is rarely helpful,” said Joe Pagliocco, Business Development Manager at TigerLogic, the company behind the plugin’s release. “Even Google Custom search – the next best thing – doesn’t integrate well with your website’s design, and it forcibly includes ads that don’t make money for publishers. yolink Search for WordPress is our solution to these problems, finally providing an advanced, relevance-based search plugin that just plain works.” Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Yolink for WordPress is available in the WordPress plugin directory. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Brita And Stephen Curry Announce Effort To Help Water Steal The Show

first_imgFlip on the television and no matter the daypart or demographic, it’s nearly impossible to avoid beverage commercials. And just how many of those ads are for water, the beverage health experts agree people should drink the most? Pretty close to zero.Now, reigning MVP Stephen Curry and the Brita water filtration brand are teaming up to change that.Today, Curry and Brita launched Splash Studio, a campaign to get fans, health advocates, schools, film makers and more to make water a star, creating original commercials for the beverage that can go toe-to-toe with the best that beer or soda can offer. The maker of the winning spot will receive $25,000 and the chance to recreate the advertisement with a cameo from Curry himself. Brita will then take the winning commercial to air on TV at the start of the 2016-2017 basketball season.And while the contest is being funded and sponsored by Brita, the commercials should just be about drinking water. References to filtering water or Brita products won’t get a leg up. The winner will have simply created the kind of compelling, exciting story about water that, with an appearance from Stephen Curry, will help get people drinking the original beverage, H20.The contest will run from March 8 to May 31. Each submission will be judged on a combination of creativity, impact and originality. While the creative approach is up to the participant, entrants should avoid using trademarked music, brand names or logos, or celebrity likenesses. Submissions will be narrowed down to four finalists, to be announced July 1, 2016. From there, the public will get to vote to pick the ultimate winner. Final winner will be announced August 30, 2016.“One of the things that makes Stephen Curry so inspiring is his absolute commitment to being at his best, both on and off the court, which is supported by his choice of water,” said Ed Huber, general manager of the Brita brand. “Through this effort, we are giving people a platform to join Stephen by using their talents to encourage others to make healthy lifestyle choices.”The Splash Studio program and contest with Stephen Curry is just one part of Brita’s ongoing efforts to get people to choose water. In addition to working with the reigning MVP, Brita is a founding supporter of Drink Up, an effort from the Partnership for a Healthier America and its honorary chairwoman First Lady Michelle Obama to encourage people to drink more water more often.“This is important to me. Water is my drink of choice because I know it is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle,” said Stephen Curry. “Partnering with Brita and a campaign like this is one way I can personally help educate families about the benefits of water. I want to encourage people to have fun while they think of ways to inspire America to drink up.”Click here for more info.last_img read more