7 May 2008Toyota has become the latest company to answer power utility Eskom’s call for companies to reduce electricity consumption and to find alternative energy sources, by installing over 200 solar panels at its Prospecton plant in Durban.With the country’s growing at some 15% per year and putting strain on existing infrastructure, Eskom had asked businesses to cut power usage by 10% in order to reduce demand by 3 000 megawatts.“We would like to work together with Eskom’s new task team to aid in load reduction,” said Toyota South Africa spokesperson Ferdi de Vos in a statement this week.“This will ensure that our economy does not suffer loss from unnecessary load-shedding.”By the end of 2008, Toyota will have installed 270 solar panels into its Durban plant, which will enable them to operate at full capacity while also reducing demand on Eskom.Where the plant previously used electricity and gas to heat water, it will now use energy converted from the sun as a source of heat. Solar panels collect and convert energy from the sun into energy and heat that is then used by nearby buildings.Toyota’s renewable energy project began in 2006 with the installation of 44 panels, and the second phase was completed in June 2007 when 150 panels were installed. In the third phase of the project, Toyota will install a further 120 panels.While the project has cost Toyota R3.5-million, the company expects to save R95 000 per month on energy costs when the project is completed in the next few months.“Not only is this a significant financial saving, but it shows that Toyota is supportive of Eskom’s energy saving initiative,” said De Vos.The environmental impact of electricity use in South Africa is also a concern that big electricity users like Toyota needed to help address, and the manufacturer pointed out that the change would reduce its carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere by approximately 1 350 tons per year.“Our solar power initiative is done with the environment in mind,” said De Vos.According to the company, over 18% of global final energy came from renewables in 2006.SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Chris ClaytonDTN Ag Policy EditorOMAHA (DTN) — With a little more than two weeks left before Congress adjourns for the holidays, supporters of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement know time is slipping away fast, and the trade deal could land right in the middle of presidential politics.Talks continue in Washington over what it will take for House Democratic leaders to sign off on a deal, but appeasing Democrats is now causing pushback from Mexico.As Politico reported Tuesday, Mexican officials are now resisting U.S. proposals for supervisors who would ensure Mexico upholds its labor reforms under the trade deal. The Mexican Business Coordinating Council, a major business lobby, is criticizing new labor demands as “extreme in nature and completely unacceptable.” The Business Coordinating Council includes banking, agricultural and other business groups.SUPPORTERS OF AGREEMENTSupporters in agriculture, such as the group Farmers for Free Trade, keep putting rural Democrats front and center to call for passage of the trade agreement. On Tuesday, former U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and former Sen. Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas, each reiterated the need to move quickly on USMCA rather than allowing the trade deal to carry into 2020.“There should be nothing stopping this and working across the aisle to get this done quickly,” Lincoln said.Lincoln pointed out U.S. agricultural exports account for about $20.5 billion in sales to Canada and $18.5 billion to Mexico. USMCA can be a big victory for ag that farmers and ranchers deserve and need, Lincoln said.“USMCA is a top priority for American agriculture,” Lincoln said. “This kind of certainty puts us in the driver’s seat to go back and do what they do best. Farmers are watching this debate very closely.”According to an International Trade Commission report last spring, USMCA would add about $68 billion in overall U.S. exports when implemented, including about $2.2 billion in additional agricultural exports.RISKS OF DRAGGING ONLincoln talked about the risks of USMCA talks dragging on. “That would just be devastating, as it would just languish or linger on into this unknown about what was going to happen,” she said.That is essentially what happened with the Trans Pacific Partnership, as resistance built up among presidential candidates as 2016 moved forward. One of President Donald Trump’s first actions when he took office in 2017 was to pull the U.S. out of TPP.On a weekly press call with agriculture reporters, Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, said “things are very unpredictable” in a presidential year. “But I think you have got to realize what Americans don’t want — Congress playing political games with real-world issues — and I hope that would encourage the Democratic House to move this as quickly as we can.”Grassley indicated if the House were to get its work done before the end of the year, he was confident the Senate could take up USMCA shortly after Congress returns on Jan. 6 next year.“If it moved through the House and didn’t get through the Senate, next year it’s going to be a lot easier for us to get it up in the Senate than what (House Speaker Nancy) Pelosi is going through in the House,” Grassley said.Grassley said that, on the Senate floor, an agreement needed to be reached this week or there wasn’t much chance of the trade deal being done this year. “So I stick with that.”Reflecting some of the complexity and uncertainty currently facing trade, in his weekly call with reporters, Grassley took questions about USCMA, the state of trade talks with China, steel and aluminum tariffs against Argentina and Brazil, and tariffs against French goods over France’s digital services tax.TALKS CONTINUEGrassley said he was optimistic on USMCA largely because talks continue between U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and House Democrats. Further, negotiators from Canada and Mexico continue to be engaged as well.“I want it because Iowans are asking for it,” Grassley said of the USMCA. “They need the certainty it would bring, particularly to agriculture,” Grassley said.“It would also be confidence-building for what we are doing in China,” and also in England and other trade talks, Grassley added.Vilsack, on a later call, defended Pelosi’s efforts to satisfy labor demands for more enforcement oversight in Mexico.“In fairness to the speaker, an agreement is only as good as the enforceability, and it appears they are making efforts and making improvements to the enforceability of the agreement,” Vilsack said.FUTURE OPPORTUNITIESLooking at opportunities going forward, Michelle Jones, a fourth-generation wheat and barley farmer in Montana, joined the call with Lincoln and Vilsack. Jones said the North American Free Trade Agreement has been a major success story for U.S. crops such as barley. Jones highlighted that almost 80% of U.S. barley is malted, then shipped to Mexico to make beer, which is then frequently exported back to the U.S.“It just highlights how important those integrated supply chains are,” Jones said. She added, “Not having a set trade agreement, a long-term trade agreement like NAFTA, or improving it with USMCA, puts a lot of our markets at risk.”Vilsack stressed the trade deal is an improvement over NAFTA, partially because of provisions to periodically review it and change terms of the deal. There are also specific provisions that trigger open access for dairy products to Canada that are restricted now under Canada’s supply management program. Canada’s class 7 dairy pricing system also has distorted markets, Vilsack said, “And it needs to be changed and eliminated.”Citing USDA figures released last week, Vilsack also pointed out 31% of farm income came from federal payments this year. Farmers want markets, not federal payment, he said, but they also have faced significant market challenges in recent years.“Farmers are now trying to deal with a challenging economy,” Vilsack said. He said dairy prices have increased because of a number of factors, including exports. “But there has still been a lot of pain out there in the countryside, a lot of bankruptcy, a lot of folks making decisions to leave a farming operation that has been in the family for generations. They are looking for a ray of hope. They are looking for a light at the end of the tunnel, and they have placed a lot of faith and a lot of interest and a lot of passion and a lot of hope into passage of USMCA as a signal they are going to have opportunities in these important markets.”Chris Clayton can be reached at Chris.Clayton@dtn.comFollow him on Twitter @ChrisClaytonDTN(AG/ES)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.
Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netLUCENA — Despite Meralco’s eight-day layoff, coach Norman Black refused to blame rust for his side’s lackluster showing in the PBA Governors’ Cup Finals Game 1 on Friday.“We got outplayed tonight. It didn’t have to do anything with rust. I think we had three more days of rest than they had so I don’t see a big deal as far as that’s concerned,” said Black after the 102-87 loss to Ginebra in the series opener.ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients “Going into Game 2, we have to make sure we get good looks with the basket.”Game 2 is on Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’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 Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH But Black knows exactly where things went downhill for the Bolts.READ: Keys to Victory: Ginebra-Meralco Finals seriesFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We shot poorly from the perimeter today,” he said. “Uncharacteristically, we took so many three-point shots. I think we took about 35 and we only average 21 a game. We give them credit for the defense at the same time, it was bad shot selections on our part.”What caused Meralco’s first quarter downfall was its measly 2-of-17 shooting from three as Ginebra established control early and took a 49-35 halftime lead. View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Read Next One final huddle: Beth Celis, 73 LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Though the Bolts were able to hit those three-pointers in their third quarter rally, their 8-of-24 sniping, which translates to 24-percent, was still way below their average of 37 percent, a league-best.READ: Ginebra ousts TNT, faces Meralco in PBA Finals rematchBlack reminded his wards to be more intelligent in their shot selections, saying that just because the Gin Kings’ defense are giving them space to shoot a three, it doesn’t mean that they should always go for it.“They’re sagging, but you don’t have to take three-point shots because they’re sagging. Ginebra continues to make the extra pass and get a little bit closer to the basket. We can actually do the same thing. We’ve been doing that the entire conference long and I have no idea why we mixed it up into shooting a lot of threes,” he said.READ: ‘No favorite, no underdog’ in Ginebra-Meralco series, says Tenorio ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight
Restaurant review: TapBe A SportTap is modelled as a sports bar, but if you’re heading over to watch an important game, know that after it’s over, the screen will be rolled away, the projector turned off, and the space will transform into another city rarity – a bar that plays,Restaurant review: TapBe A SportTap is modelled as a sports bar, but if you’re heading over to watch an important game, know that after it’s over, the screen will be rolled away, the projector turned off, and the space will transform into another city rarity – a bar that plays Bollywood tunes.To extend the vibe of the former avatar, there are football-team pennants hanging from the ceiling and a token arcade dart game for patrons to enjoy in the al fresco area. That it’s simulated makes it a safe bet-darts and drinks aren’t exactly the best combination.Said drinks are aren’t inventive, but the staples are satisfactory. The red wine sangria is fruity but not too sweet; the LIIT needed a splash of alcohol, but once the friendly waitstaff obliged, it was potent and perfect. To keep up with stereotypes, enjoy the game with a chilled Tuborg, and if you want to mix things up a little, you can rarely go wrong with classics such as the mojito and cospmopolitan.To cushion the considerable punch of these concoctions, start with a plate of Tap’s Macho Nachos. They live up to their name in both effect and flavour, accompanied by a variety of dips and toppings.In true bar fashion, the establishment’s grub doesn’t quite match the quality of drinks, but makes for a satisfactory meal if you’re trying to sober up before the second innings of your night, and game.From an exhaustive multi-cuisine menu that has Mexican, Indian, Italian and Chinese food on offer, we recommend their Mexican fare, but suggest you steer clear of the Italian dishes.Meal for two Rs 2,500 At Royal Plaza, New Link Road, Andheri Lokhandwala, Andheri WestTel 42634002Timings Noon to 1.30 a.m.By Asmita BakshiadvertisementListingsEvam Standup Tamasha: August 27Lungis are not great for dancing. Everything above Bangalore is North India. Modi is not a wave. And Rajni is the true king. Catch Karthik Kumar, Aravind Subramanian, Naveen Richard, Aswin Rao and Bala Kumaran, who call themselves loudmouths from down South, offer such pearls of wisdom and more.At Experimental Theatre, National Centre for the Performing Arts, Nariman PointTel 22824567Timings 7 p.m.Tickets Rs 300, Rs 250 and Rs 200; available at the box office and bookmyshow.com.Mix BagAugust 21 and 22Fashion, jewellery, beauty and wellness products from rising entrepreneurs and stalls showcasing arts and crafts of weavers and artisans from across India are the highlights of Indian Merchants’ Chamber Women Entrepreneurs exhibition.At World Trade Centre, Cuffe ParadeTimings 11 a.m. to p.m.Tel 66387272Jules et JimAugust 20Director Francois Truffaut’s landmark film, Jules et Jim, follows the story of Jules (Oskar Werner) and Jim (Henri Serre) whose friendship faces its toughest test when they both fall for the same girl, Catherine (Jeanne Moreau).At Alliance Francaise de Bombay, Theosophy Hall, 40 New Marine LinesTel 22035993Timings 6.30 p.m.Entry FreeChar… The No-Man’s IslandAugust 29Sourav Sarangi’s documentary follows the fraught life of teenager Rubel, who smuggles rice from India to Bangladesh by crossing the river Ganga. It’s the same river which eroded his home in India when he was just four.At Prithvi House, 20, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, JuhuTel 26149546Timings 7 p.m.Trivial DisastersSeptember 6A man is unable to complete his sentences just when he wants to propose to his girlfriend. A talk show host interviews a serial killer. A man insists his broken kettle is under the warranty period. A son wants to reveal something important to his parents. A wife negotiates with the kidnappers of her husband. These are some of sketches enacted by Kalki Koechlin, Richa Chadda, Purab Kohli and Cyrus Sahukar in this play directed by Atul Kumar and written by Ajay Krishnan.At Sophia Bhabha Auditorium, Sophia College, Bhulabhai Desai Road, Breach CandyTickets From Rs 500Email email@example.comShakkar Ke Paanch DaaneAugust 26In an hour long monologue, Rajkumar (Kumud Mishra) talks about his unremarkable life in a nondescript village and the five people who have stood out his drab life.At Prithvi Theatre, Juhu Church Road, JuhuTel 26149546Timings 9 p.m.Tickets Rs 150All Things Nice Wine WeekFrom August 25 to 31Oenophiles can avail a flat 30 per cent discount on any bottle of wine from all over the world or indulge in set course menus paired with wine at any of these restaurants: Four Season-Cafe Prato and San Qui, Sofitel Hotel ‘Jyran and Pondicherry Cafe, Trident BKC ‘ Maya and Botticino, Intercontinental Marine Drive-Long & Short and Kabab Corner, Novotel’s Olio, Out of the Blue, Serafina, Pizza Metro Pizza, O-Cha, Le Mangii, Cafe Mangi, Woodside Inn + All Day Bar & Eater, Viccinia, Di Napoli, Busaba in Colaba, The Tasting Room, Bungalow 9, Nico Bombay, Two One Two, Le Pain Quotidien, Olive Bandra, Smoke House Deli, Salt Water Caf, Cheval, Taj President, Grand Hyatt and Taj Land’s End.advertisementSoulmateAugust 20One of India’s leading blues bands, Shillong-based Soulmate return to the city. Rudy Wallang and Tipriti Kharbangar present a sonorous blend of blues-rock, soul, rock ‘n’ roll, funk and R&B.At Blue Frog, Mathuradas Mills Compound, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower ParelTel 61586158Anish SoodSeptember 5Catch one of India’s busiest and biggest dance music artist Anish Sood, who has performed alongside giants such as David Guetta and Steve Aoki. Expect big room bass lines and trademark bootlegs.At Blue Frog, Mathuradas Mills Compound, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel Tel 61586158War HeroesAugust 19 to 22See photographs depicting life and involvement of Indian Soldiers during World War I.At Galerie Max Mueller, Goethe Institut-Max Mueller Bhavan, K Dubash Marg, Kala GhodaTel 22027710Timings 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.Entry FreeLife Of A PhilosopherAugust 22 to September 15On the occasion of Albert Camus’ birth centenary, the Institut Franais and Gallimard edition offer a peek into the writer’s life through exclusive documents, pictures and videos related to his works.At Alliance Francaise de Bombay, Theosophy Hall, 40 New Marine Lines Tel 22035993 Entry Free
Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDefending champion La Salle made quick work of Adamson, 25-16, 25-21, 25-20, in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Rookie Jolina dela Cruz led all scorers with 10 points while Michelle Cobb dished out 25 excellent sets for the Lady Spikers, who rolled to 2-0 to start the season after beating fierce rival Ateneo in their first game last Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT View comments LATEST STORIES Ivy Lacsina fired a game-high 18 points to lead the way for the Lady Bulldogs, who played their first game minus lone setter Joyme Cagande, who sat out the match due to a left knee injury.“We’re happy but I can’t really express how happy we are because everyone knows the team’s struggles,” said Norman Miguel, who is in his first year as NU’s head coach.Without Cagande, who could miss the rest of the season after suffering what is feared to be an ACL injury in NU’s loss to FEU last week, the Lady Bulldogs found an able replacement in Joni Chavez, who was converted from libero to setter.Chavez did not disappoint with 14 excellent sets in her first stint as a setter.“It’s tough at first but I’m just taking it as a challenge,” Chavez said in Filipino.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Urgent reply from Philippine football chief Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations “There are still situations where they fail to adjust and commit errors and perhaps it’s because of their lack of communication inside the court,” said de Jesus, whose squad blew a 17-11 lead in the second set as Adamson pulled within a point, 22-21.Des Cheng and Aduke Ogunsanya added nine points each for La Salle while May Luna chipped in eight.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesBernadette Flora and Mary Joy Dacoron scored nine points apiece for the Lady Falcons, who fell to 0-2.Facing early adversity, National University rose to the occasion after beating University of the East, 25-19, 25-23, 25-19, in the earlier game to log its first win of the season. PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Former US team standout shines for HD Spikers SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting 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 Roselyn Doria added 12 points for NU.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
The NSWTA have released the Finalists for the NSWTA Awards. The winners will be announced and presented at the Blues Dinner held in conjuction with the NSWTA State Conference on Saturday July 26. The nominees are:- Affiliate of the Year Six regional winners and one State winner.Suns Wagga TA Kiama Juniors TA (Stingrays) Albion Park TARebelsEast’s TAUNSW TABankstown Juniors TA MetsPenrith TALower Blue Mountains TABlacktown TA ScorpionsManly TARyde Eastwood TANorth’s TA HornetsPeninsula TAParkes TAWallsend TA EaglesGlen Innes TATamworth TAInverell Juniors TA Administrator of the YearJohn Ryan East’s TAJulie Andrews Wallsend TAElijah Van Der Kwast UNSW TALinda Bruce Glen Innes TA Region of the YearSunsHornetsMets Rod Wise Medal- Volunteer of the YearKellie Johnston Wallsend TAChris Dollahenty Wagga TAGary Brickell Wollongong TA Coach of the YearAndrew Hawkins Wallsend TAPeter Forrester Canterbury TAMick McDonald Wests TAAnnette Mounsey Wollongong TA Selector of the YearCraig May Taren Point TABob Monkley Yass TAMel McMah Easts TATim Kitchingham Penrith TA Male Player of the YearJoel Willoughby Canterbury TAGary Sonda Canterbury TAJason Stanton Wests TASteve Roberts Canterbury TA Female Player of the YearKristy Judd Easts TAClare Winchester Canterbury TANola Campbell Wests TALouise Winchester Canterbury TA Junior Male Player of the YearBen Moylan Penrith TAMichael Singh Wests TANick Good Penrith TA Junior Female Player of the YearNicky Albury Wests TAAmy Regal Wollongong TAStephanie Halpin Tamworth TA Also presented on the evening will be the prestigious BLUES AWARDS for individual volunteer recognition from their peers. Tickets for the gala evening, the Blues Dinner, celebrating 40 years of Touch will be available from the office of the NSW Touch Association. Further information and updates will be posted on the NSWTA website.