SAN JOSE — Brent Burns has the flu and could miss his first game in over five seasons Sunday when the Sharks host the Chicago Blackhawks, potentially leaving the team without another one of its Norris Trophy winning defensemen.For complete Sharks coveragefollow us on Flipboard.Erik Karlsson, the Sharks’ two-time Norris winner, will miss his second game in a row — and 11th of the last 16 — because of a groin injury.Burns stayed home Saturday as Sharks coach Pete DeBoer said there’s a …
CFLs have saved South Africa 1800 MW of electricity. (Image: Red, green and blue) The largest rollout of energy-saving fluorescent light bulbs in the world has saved Eskom, South Africa’s power utility, 1 800MW of electricity over the last six years – a massive boost to the country’s power-saving drive. Between 2004 and 2010 more than 43.5-million compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) were distributed throughout South Africa, with Eskom installing them in households free of charge as part of the National Efficient Lighting Programme.“The electricity saved as a result of the marked reduction in consumption by lighting in homes and buildings across the country brings us closer to achieving our energy-saving targets,” Andrew Etzinger, a senior manager at Eskom, said in a statement on 17 January.In the programme, Eskom replaced power-hungry incandescent light bulbs with CFLs, which consume 80% less electricity and are more environment-friendly.“Eskom leveraged the programme to raise awareness of the importance to save electricity through converting to energy efficient lighting alternatives,” the utility said.CFLs have become an international trend, with government bodies promoting their use and even distributing them to households in programmes similar to those of Eskom. The utility said South Africa has rolled out the highest number of CFLs to date; Mexico is set to follow when its programme of rolling out 30-million CFLs is complete.The US federal government has urged citizens to opt for the energy-saving bulbs, pointing out that if every home replaced traditional lights with CFLs the country would save enough energy to light more than 2.5-million homes for a year, the US National Public Radio website reported in 2007. The government also said that using energy-saving bulbs in every home would save greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to that of 800 000 cars.Demand up, prices downAccording to Eskom there is now a growing demand for CFLs, which since 2004 has driven the price down significantly. Eskom said the current price of R15 (US$2.20) per bulb was more acceptable compared to the initial cost of between R60 and R80 ($8.75 and $11.65).The light’s design has also become more suitable for local use. “Over the past six years, we seem to have overcome all of the barriers that once discouraged the widespread use of CFLs,” Etzinger said.“Now that they are more affordable, easily accessible and can be used in almost any setting that we’d use a normal light bulb, the adoption of CFLs is really starting to gather momentum in this country, as it is elsewhere in the world.”Power crisis remainsBut South Africa is not yet off the hook when it comes to power supply. The 1 800MW saved with the CFL programme does not mean South Africans can slack off on energy saving. Eskom’s call to consumers to use electricity sparingly remains loud.Power supply will stay tight until the first unit of Medupi Power Station comes online in 2012, Eskom said. The coal-fired station is one of South Africa’s biggest power-generating infrastructure initiatives. Currently under construction in Limpopo province, Medupi’s six units will generate 4 788 MW when complete by 2015. Its first unit is scheduled to be commissioned in 2012.Kusile power station in Mpumalanga, another major project currently underway, will start generating power in 2014 when its first unit is commissioned. The two stations are part of Eskom’s build programme, through which the state-owned enterprise has also revived formerly mothballed stations.
Van der Linde showed great maturity during the hotly contested 11-lap (50- kilometre) race, which saw the top eight on the starting grid covered by less than a second. He avoided trouble as the field bunched up going into the first corner of the opening lap and was fourth by the end of it. He is also the latest member of a distinguished motor racing family to have claimed an international championship. His uncle Etienne won the German and European Formula Opel championships in 1998, while his father, Shaun, and grandfather, Hennie, won multiple South African circuit racing championships. The teenager from Johannesburg did it in convincing fashion by recording his fifth victory of the nine-round international series after starting from fifth on the grid. “This is a very important victory for me and will hopefully open up doors to my career. I am very grateful to Volkswagen for making it possible for me to compete in this important championship. And I am especially grateful to my family for their support and encouragement.” Volkswagen Cup champion Van der Linde won the prestigious gas-powered one-make series in his rookie year after earning the drive by becoming the youngest person ever to win the the South African Volkswagen Cup in 2012. 21 October 2013 As the race progressed, he picked off the cars ahead of him, moving up to third on lap two, second on lap seven and, finally, into the lead on lap nine. At the chequered flag, he had opened up a gap of a second on Jensen and won going away. Jensen was second after starting from fourth place and Matthias Bauerle of Germany, who started from pole position, was third. Pepper finished ninth after making up three places from his starting position of 12th. FINAL CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGSKelvin van der Linde (South Africa) 348Kasper Jensen (Denmark) 295Jordan Pepper (South Africa) 256Dennis Trebbing (USA) 225Michele Gatting (Denmark) 214Nicolai Madsen (Denmark) 210Manuel Fahnauer (Germany) 198Mikaela Ahlin-Kottulinsky (Sweden) 185Ross Wylie (Great Britain) 175Victor Bouveng ((Sweden) 160 It was a giant leap for the 17-year-old’s dream of making an international career in motor sport and he notched up several milestones in the process. Kelvin van der Linde made South African motor racing history when he won the 2013 Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup Championship at the Hockenheimring circuit in Germany on Saturday. He was the only driver to win more than one race during the year and is the youngest-ever winner of the German championship. “I was careful at the start to avoid any contact with other cars and was aiming to just maintain my position and make whatever safe passes I could during the race. When I found myself in third, I thought I might as well try and win the race and I was able to do so without taking any big risks. ‘I knew what I had to do’“I knew what I had to do today and fortunately it all turned out alright,” Van der Linde said afterwards. 43-point advantageWith a 43-point advantage over his nearest rival, Kasper Jensen of Denmark, and a 40-point lead over fellow South African Jordan Pepper – the only other drivers who could have won the championship on the weekend – Van der Linde had only to finish 12th to secure the title.
The Brand SA Sowetan Dialogues aim to provide a platform for communities to engage with key opinion leaders on key issues, outlined in the National Development Plan (NDP), that affect South Africa. The over-arching message of the dialogues is to encourage community members to Play Their Part in driving the social, developmental and economic change of their communities through active citizenship.Panelists include Mzwakhe Ndlela, a former MK Soldier and author of “For the Fallen: Honouring the Unsung Heroes and Heroines of the Liberation Struggle”; Stanley Rwandarugali, a former MK soldier and programme manager of the Rwandan Genocide Dialogues in Durban; and Musa Mdluli, chairman of Khuphuka Investment Holdings and a PhD student at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.The facilitator for the dialogues is Alex Mthiyane from Gagasi FM, while Play Your Part ambassador Brian Mpono, director of biofuels company Khwezi Oils, will also be present.Entrance is free.
Back in the day, it was assumed that heavy Internet geeks were a bunch of basement-dwelling, trenchcoat-wearing, socially maladjusted introverts.However, a new study from the Pew Internet Project shows that geeks, including IM users and bloggers, are more likely to help neighbors, get out of the house, volunteer, and behave as upstanding members of their IRL communities.One of the most interesting findings of the study completely neutralizes the stereotype of the antisocial tech geek. “Mobile phone use, internet use, frequency of use, or participating in social networking services, blogging, photo sharing, or instant messaging, was found to have no relationship with the likelihood of face-to-face contact with neighbors.” That is, Internet geeks are as likely to know and speak to their neighbors as are non-geeks. Factors such as age, marital/cohabitation status, and gender have a much greater impact on local social activity, actually.And although the study found that Internet users were less likely to rely on neighbors for help, its findings also tell us that frequent or dedicated Internet users are a mighty friendly and helpful bunch when it comes to giving support to neighbors. Bloggers are almost 80 percent more likely to do small favors for their neighbors than other groups, and they’re 84 percent more likely to help a neighbor care for a family member, e.g., offer babysitting help. And while Internet users, including photo-sharing folks and IM fans, are more likely across the board to help and hang out with people in their neighborhood, the study also showed that Internet users are almost 50 less likely to lend neighbors money. Insert a pun about teaching a man to phish here.Folks who use sites such as BuildingBulletins or NeighborGoods to connect with people who live near them are also more likely to engage with their community, especially in terms of actively discussing community issues, listening to a neighbor’s problems, or helping a neighbor with chores or errands. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting The study concludes, “As with other local community activities, the relationship between Internet use and participation in public and semi-public spaces is likely a combination of self-selection and an outcome of internet use… The Internet may also enable visits to public spaces through opportunities to coordinate rendezvous and search for new places to visit.” jolie odell Tags:#Digital Lifestyle#web Bloggers and mobile phone users are also 72 percent more likely to belong to a local group or organization such as a charitable organization, a youth sports league, or a religious group. For example, an average single, white person with no children has a 40 percent chance of belonging to at least one local voluntary group. However, that chance increases to 54 percent if that person users a mobile device and 72 percent if that person is also a blogger and frequent Internet user.Another fascinating set of findings completely negate the stereotypical image of Internet geeks as agoraphobic recluses. Internet and mobile users are far more likely than non-users to hit up coffee shops, parks, and restaurants in their communities. Internet users in general are around 50 percent more likely to find themselves in public places than non-users, and bloggers specifically are 60 percent more likely than non-bloggers to spend time in a public park. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts
If Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has his way, he’ll soon be on a non-stop flight to Ecuador. Let’s assume that Assange is truthful when he says he wants to see all information freed, and that Ecuador diplomats are sincere when they say they are just big-hearted humanitarians who also love free speech.Upon arrival, Assange will probably want to get right back to work publishing unsavory secret government information. And Ecuadorian officials will want to help him set up shop again. But what muck to rake first?We’ve got some ideas.For now, Assange remains at the center of a standoff between Ecuador and the UK. England wants Assange extradited to Sweden, where he stands accused of sexual violence.Assange fears he could ultimately wind up in the hands of the U.S. government, which is still pretty mad about Cablegate, the Iraq War Logs and other sensitive data his organization has published over the last few years. The standoff continues, but the work of an international free speech renegade never stops. Should Assange end up landing safely in the capital city of Quito, there will undoubtedly be more than a few government and corporate secrets just waiting to be uncovered. The world already caught a glimpse of a few thanks to diplomatic cables released by Wikileaks, but the surface has merely been scratched. It’s hard to know where to start digging, so we compiled a list of some Ecuador-based entities that Assange might want to look into once he gets settled in. State-Run Oil Firm PetroecuadorPetroecuador is Ecuador’s state-controlled oil company. Aside from banks, there are few corporate entities more reviled and nefarious than oil companies. Petroecuador, which the Latin Business Chronicle called “one of the most mismanaged and inefficient oil companies in Latin America,” is accused of environmental damage and causing harm to the country’s indigenous population. Petroecuador is said to be responsible for more than 1,000 oil spills, which it has been slow to clean up. They’re also accused of improperly dumping crude oil and sometimes burning it. Both activities have a negative impact on the environment and on the health of the Amazon’s indigenous peoples, who are said to have seen rising rates of cancer. That’s just the stuff that’s publicly known. What other shenanigans could Petroecuador be up to? Only one way to find out: Surely, the firm has a disgruntled employee or a security loophole in its internal email system. Hop to it, Julian. President Rafael CorreaWe know the guy just granted you political asylum, which was really nice, but President Correa doesn’t exactly have a shining record when it comes to freedom of the press. In fact, that record is “among the very worst in the Americas,” according to the Committee to Project Journalists. It includes shutting down radio stations, suing critics and newspapers for libel and building up a powerful state media apparatus via which government critics can be even more forcefully attacked. So what’s he hiding? It’s gotta be something juicy. There has to be a way you can get into his government email account. Next time you guys are hanging out, try peaking over his shoulder when he’s checking his email. Better yet, offer to fix whatever weird computer problem he’s having and sneakily install a keylogger on his machine. If that’s too risky, there’s bound to be some spare digital surveillance equipment lying around the presidential palace. You know the kind of stuff we’re talking about. Telecommunications Companies As the national telecommunications company in Ecuador, Corporación Nacional de Telecomunicaciones (CNT) is bound to have some secrets. The firm oversees telephony, satellite TV, mobile connectivity and Internet access throughout the country. It’s sitting on data about a lot of people and if Correa’s press freedom record is any indication, he likely doesn’t hesitate to take a peek at that data when it suits him. Earlier this year, CNT partnered with Alcatel-Lucent to deploy a 3G mobile network in Ecuador. As Wikileaks is well aware, Alcatel-Lucent markets its own line of mobile surveillance technology to governments for what its brochures call “lawful interception” of mobile communications. Of course, what’s legal in a country like Ecuador may be totally different than what’s allowed in, say, the United States. Although it’s worth noting that even U.S. authorities haven’t exactly been shy about poking around in people’s private mobile data. So how much do mobile operators and ISPs in Ecuador know about the country’s citizens? How freely do they share information with the government? We have no idea, but we’re willing to bet there’s some insight on a server somewhere, just waiting to be found. Assange photo by acidpolly. 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Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew 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 “I feel amazing right now,” said Zubiri in a television interview.Meanwhile, defending champion University of the Philippines barged into the final four after blanking also-ran University of the East, 3-0, in the morning’s match.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe Fighting Maroons finished second in the table with 26 points and set up a showdown with no. 3 Archers in the knockout semifinals next week at Rizal Memorial Stadium.The loss dropped the Tamaraws to fourth spot at 24 points. FEU will take on elimination round topnotcher Ateneo in the other Final Four pairing. Eyes on the prize: Final Four return just first step to ultimate goal for Tigresses Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess MANILA, Philipines–Rookie Xavi Zubiri’s late goal carried De La Salle to a thrilling 1-0 win over Far Eastern University that clinched the last Final Four spot in the UAAP Season 81 men’s football tournament Thursrday.Coming off the bench, Zubiri scored his first-ever UAAP goal—and De La Salle’s biggest of the season—from close range in stoppage time, giving the Green Archers 25 points and eliminating University of Santo Tomas from the Final Four race.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated View comments MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting
TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say DONE! Hudson-Odoi delighted to sign £180k-a-week Chelsea extensionby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveCallum Hudson-Odoi has officially signed a new five-year contract with Chelsea.After year-long negotiations, the 18-year-old winger has signed a £150k-per-week, but with performance add-ons could end up totalling £180k-per-week.”It’s an amazing feeling,’ Hudson-Odoi said. “It’s been a long wait but it’s done now and I’m really happy about that. I’ve been a Chelsea player since I was eight and this is the right club for me to be at.”I want to lift as many trophies as possible, win as many games as possible and contribute to as many goals as I can as well.”As a team, we just want to work hard to achieve the best results we can. I’m delighted everything has been agreed and now I’m just looking forward to properly getting back.”Hudson-Odoi handed in a transfer request in January and was the subject of four rejected bids from Bayern Munich.