AECI eyes power generation

first_img5 March 2008South African chemicals, explosives and property company AECI has proposed a number of ways to tackle the country’s electricity shortage, including the possibility of generating power from coal or gas at its Modderfontein site outside Johannesburg.“A feasibility study for a co-generation plant, based on use of natural gas from Mozambique and located at Modderfontein in Gauteng, indicated that such a plant, producing about 25 megawatts of electricity and simultaneously producing enough process steam to meet the requirements of the Modderfontein operations, could be economically viable,” AECI spokesperson Fulvia Putero told SAinfo this week.“The capital investment required was estimated at about R200-million and the project would take about two years to implement.”Apart from securing the group’s own energy supply by generating electricity at the power station, fuelled by natural gas supplied by Sasol Gas, the company would be able to sell surplus electricity back to the national grid.However, Putero pointed that despite initial plans, Sasol Gas had informed them that sufficient natural gas might not be available for the project, meaning that AECI could not currently proceed with the planned tender to Eskom.The tender submission deadline for state company Eskom’s call for co-generation projects by leading industry players has since been extended to end-May 2008. Other companies that have recently expressed an interest in co-generation projects include agri-processing company Tongaat Hulett.“Alternative options, such as use of coal-based co-generation, are currently being assessed,” Putero pointed out.AECI chief executive Graham Edwards told Engineering News last week that the company was looking at a number of alternative options for fuel, including methane gas from a nearby landfill, which could also earn the company carbon creditsAnother option was to enter into an agreement with a coal mining company to secure coal supplies over the long term. The viability of such a plant required security of fuel supply over the long term, and at economical prices, Edwards told Engineering News.SAinfo reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

South Africa’s 4+1 plan to boost maths teachers

first_img25 March 2015The implementation of the 1+4 teacher development plan, aimed at boosting performance in the senior phase, will go ahead after teacher unions expressed support for the initiative, the Department of Basic Education (DBE) said on Tuesday.The Education Labour Relations Council (ELRC), a body comprising all teacher unions, had agreed to the 1+4 programme for maths teachers, the department said.The 1+4 teacher development plan has been developed to address the poor performance of learners in mathematics as well as levels of competency of mathematics teachers in South African primary schools.A recent investigation initiated by Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga into the challenges around mathematics and science and technology (MST) revealed that educator capacity was wanting at all levels.The DBE said the 1+4 model was based on and supported the concept of professional learning communities (PLCs), which Motshekga launched in August 2014.The 4+1 model works on the assumption that teachers need assistance with the entire curriculum and not just certain sections of the curriculum, which they presumably have difficulties teaching.“We need to be extremely radical and do the ‘out of the normal’ in our determination to save our children,” the department said.While training had already begun in Mpumalanga, North West and the Eastern Cape, the project gets officially under way on 1 April.The department said the model involved breaking each week into two parts, with one day dedicated to thoroughly preparing teachers for the content to be delivered in that particular week.AssessmentTeachers would be expected to obtain 80% and above in the post-test. Those who obtain less than that will be supported by subject advisors and classroom visits.“Heads of departments, deputy principals and principals in the schools will also have to play a critical role in supporting these teachers,” said the department.This model involves 23 teacher training days a year, up from the previous 10.“The training sessions that we have had up to now, which have yielded unsatisfactory results normally run for 10 days in a year. This radical approach will expose teachers to 30 days of training, development and support on a weekly basis. It turns teachers into learners, promoting the principle of a teacher as a lifelong learner,” the department said.The department said school management teams (SMTs) would have to adapt their timetables to support the model, ensuring the instruction time allocated for the senior phase is covered.SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

JackBe Bringing Internal App Stores to Enterprises

first_imgCognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Tags:#enterprise#news#Products#Real-Time Web IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… klint finleycenter_img Related Posts 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now JackBe is releasing technology to allow enterprises to to create their own internal “app stores” on June 30. Complementing JackBe’s existing line of mashup and app making tools, the JackBe App Store will enable users to share the AJAX apps they’ve created with other uses within the enterprise. The apps are portable and can run as standalone apps, on dashboards, in Sharepoint, on mobile devices, and pipe data into Excel.JackBe’s tools, such as Presto Wires and Mashboard, enable the creation of mashups and simple custom apps by end-users without the need for the IT department to get involved, thus speeding up development and deployment. The tools are designed with security and compliance in mind and run inside the firewall, so enterprise-ready applications can be created on the fly.The company says a major publishing house uses JackBe products to map items from their inventory to current trending search terms from Yahoo! and other sources of real-time data. The publishing house’s marketing team uses this information to create timely web marketing campaigns by on current events.The JackBe App Store aims to improve the sharing of these sorts of custom apps within the enterprise by allowing app creators to share their creations across silos or within departments. End-users can then easily modify the apps – by adding or removing data or changing the way it’s visualized.In 2008 Forrester estimated the market for enterprise mashups would reach $700 million by 2013. Other companies competing for a chunk of this market include Dapper, Kapow, Kivati and Mindtouch.last_img read more

You Can Succeed In Sales

first_imgYou can succeed in sales. You can acquire new clients.You can create value for people who have challenges and problems. You know what they need to do. You know how they should do it. You can help them get where they need to go.You can make more calls than you believe you can make. And a lot of success in sales comes from taking more action than you believe should be necessary. You can push back when you get a “no” to a meeting request, knowing that your dream client reflexively says “no” to everyone, being unable to tell who is worth meeting.You can help your prospective clients become unhappy with the status quo. And you can help them to understand the root causes of their problems and challenges. You can help them understand the forces at work that require that they change. And you can help them build consensus within their own company.You can ask for the commitments you need. You can explain why you need what you need, what you intend to do when you have it, and how it will benefit for your prospective client. You can ask for the things you need to better serve your clients, and you can push for these commitments when not gaining them would hurt your dream client.You can negotiate to keep some of the value you create. You can help your prospect to make the investment that will ensure the results that they need. You can also make sure that your company is profitable enough to create even greater value in the future.You can go from quarter to quarter, always creating new value for your existing clients. You can discover ways to improve what you are doing together, and you can have quarterly meetings to make those improvements. You can increase your wallet share.You can do these things. Succeeding in sales requires that you be willing to do these things and take action even when you don’t want to.You can do this!What is really preventing you from succeeding in sales?What are the two or three changes you need to make to massively improve your results?What fears stop you from acting? What should you fear instead?last_img read more

In a playful moment for Globalport, Jarencio lets Araña be coach

first_imgNabong guarantees GlobalPort will make playoffs LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers “They’re play around and the way they treat each other is like they’re still college players. But when it’s time to work, they do their jobs,” he said in Filipino. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises MOST READ Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 City Late in the game between the Batang Pier and Kia on Wednesday was another testament to Jarencio’s beaming demeanor that radiates to his players and creates a buddy-buddy kind of relationship with them.At the 1:37 mark of the fourth quarter and GlobalPort was on its way to victory, Jarencio let one of his veterans Ryan Araña call the shots during a timeout.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We all know that coach is a very cool coach. He’s like your buddy on the court and even in practice. So during our huddle, I sat on the bench, gave me the board and told me to draw the last play for Stanley (Pringle),” Araña recalled in Filipino.“So I drew up a play and everyone was listening and that’s the good thing about this team. We can poke fun at coach Pido but at the same time, we respect him a lot so that’s our advantage over other teams because we have that kind of relationship with our coach.” Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netEven in his time at the helm of University of Santo Tomas, every post-game press conference with Pido Jarencio is something reporters look forward to because of his comedic persona.And it’s no surprise that the GlobalPort coach Jarencio also brings that same jovial vibe of his in practices and games.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding AFP official booed out of forum Pringle went on to score on a free throw off the play that Araña mapped out en route to the Batang Pier taking a 108-91 victory, their fifth in 10 games as they enhanced their bid to clinch a playoff spot.“We were able to score but it wasn’t exactly the play that I drew up and Stanley was subbed out after so I got mad a little bit in the corner and I saw coach Pido and he was just laughing at me,” Araña said smiling.Araña also described Jarencio as always optimistic and isn’t fond of dwelling on the past.“He always gives us long breaks. Not actually long breaks but like two days off. And we don’t want to abuse that and instead, we want to repay that gesture by playing our best and so far, the result has been good,” he said.Jarencio is far removed from his coaching days in college, but it doesn’t seem like it.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

ST and Jorjin introduce ultra-low-power Sigfox IoT modules with dual RF connectivity

first_img Continue Reading Previous Arrow: kick-start development with SmartEverything Tiger boardNext RTI: AUTOSAR releases latest adaptive platform adopting the DDS standard STMicroelectronics and Jorjin Technologies announced the certification of the dual-radio modules that combine Sigfox wireless-network technology with Bluetooth low energy (BLE). Jorjin’s WS211x Sigfox/BLE modules benefit from the market-leading performance and energy efficiency of ST’s BlueNRG-1 BLE SoC and the S2-LP sub-1GHz RF transceiver. These advantages have enabled Jorjin’s modules to deliver cutting-edge connectivity and great battery lifetime, targeting coin-cell -operated or energy-harvesting IoT applications.Fully programmable devices, Jorjin’s new Sigfox modules exploit the ultra-low power Arm Cortex-M0 technology embedded in ST’s BLE SoC to act as independent IoT connectivity nodes. The combination of BLE with Sigfox’ low-power wide-area network provides key benefits to IoT systems, such as firmware update over-the-air, which is not possible with conventional ‘Sigfox-only’ modules. Other benefits of having an IoT device connected both remotely through the Sigfox network and locally through BLE include the possibility to modify device settings during installation or maintenance, or to trace assets, which often change their position inside an area covered with BLE beacon stations. The evaluation board for the WS211x modules uses the Arduino interface to ease customer development and is compatible with ST’s Arduino shield boards featuring MEMS motion sensors, environmental sensors, or Time-of-Flight ranging sensors. An SDK is available from Jorjin enabling customers to develop applications using WS211x modules with ST’s sensor shield boards, as well as an AT command list facilitating customers test of the modules’ BLE and Sigfox functions.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components last_img read more