Kwakwani Utilities Inc commissions new engines

first_imgResidents of Kwakwani are now benefiting from improved electricity supply thanks to the commissioning of two new engines by the Kwakwani Utilities Inc (KUI).A simple ceremony commissioning the two new 260-kilowatt engines was held at the power station. The new sets more than meet the demands of the community.This is according to KUI’s General Manager, Fitzhubert McPherson, who said that the new sets would allow for much improvement within Kwakwani. McPherson has been General Manager since January 2017.“When I took over, there were a lot of complaints and people were dissatisfied with the power they were having ‘cause it was on and off…and the thing is, you weren’t notified about the power outage. With that, I sat with the technical guy and I said we have to get this thing right and we started doing checks and tests,” he said.He foresees the new sets allowing residents to enjoy 24 hours of electricity, a marked difference from the irregular access they previously had. The old engine, he added, was in dire need of overhauling.“We had two CAT sets before; one engine was costing us a lot of money due to a leak it had that was throwing away most of the oil,” McPherson explained. He further said that the decision to purchase the new engines was taken following a July 2017 study by the Public Infrastructure Ministry.Meanwhile, McPherson emphasised that KUI was serious about ensuring the longevity of the new sets and, as a result, staff members have already been exposed to training in the use of the new engines.“We had a transition to get people knowledgeable of the new sets because we don’t want any mishaps. The representatives from Doosan [the engines reseller] are here doing on-the-job training, getting the guys them sensitised on how to put the engines on and off. There’s a special way to do it and deviating from that would cause a lot of problems,” McPherson further explained. He hopes to have at least two members of staff exposed to more training.Furthermore, McPherson anticipates a massive expansion project to get underway thanks to the new engines.While KUI currently serves approximately 1200 households, this number is expected to grow as the company turns its sights to lighting other areas such as West Bank Kwakwani, Jonestown, New Scheme, and Staff Hill.last_img read more

Cash stolen from cafe in overnight burglary

first_imgAn investigation is underway after money was stolen from a cafe in St Johnston last Saturday night/Sunday morning.A burglar entered the cafe at Dundee through the toilet window.A small sum of money was stolen from the premises. Gardaí are calling on the public to come forward if they were in the area on Saturday night and saw anyone hanging around the area or any cars/vans parked up in that area. The burglary is thought to have taken place between 7pm on Saturday evening (20th July) and 9.20am on Sunday morning (21st July).Anyone with information can call Letterkenny Garda Station on 074-9167100 or the Garda Confidential line on 1800 666 111Cash stolen from cafe in overnight burglary was last modified: August 1st, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

A toast to software freedom

first_img11 October 2005Getting your hands on free – and legal – software is now as easy as toast.Thanks to the Shuttleworth Foundation, free software is available at centres throughout South Africa via a remarkable device known as the Freedom Toaster. An innovative self-contained “bring ‘n burn” facility, the Toaster allows people to bring their own blank CDs and DVDs to make copies of the software they want. The programmes available on the Toaster are all open source – software that has been built by a global community of volunteers who make the source code freely available. This is in contrast to proprietary software, which is owned by a single company and requires users to pay license fees.Through most of the history of computing, software was developed and freely passed around as source code – open source. But the last two decades have seen the rise of closed source software, which is owned and sold like a commodity, and cannot be altered by the user.This has been compared to welding the bonnets of cars shut so people can’t perform their own car maintenance.Open source software can perform any imaginable computing task and is widely available on the internet, mostly free of any cost. And with open source, piracy is not a problem. In fact, people are encouraged to share and spread the software as much as they like.The open source licence states that you may copy and redistribute the software even after modifying it. This gives users a freedom they can’t get from proprietary software, and allows businesses and entrepreneurs around the world – particularly those in developing countries – to take advantage of the digital revolution. Enter the ToasterThe Freedom Toaster project began as a means of overcoming the difficulty in obtaining Linux and open source software in South Africa, where the easy downloading of large pieces of software is just not possible.It’s also designed to make open source less scary and more accessible to all. Before, people were nervous to use the software because it seemed too complicated, obscure and confusing. It was also notoriously difficult to get reliable and complete distributions that were easy to install and upgrade.The Freedom Toaster does away with all these problems.And it’s easy to use. Using a touch screen, users choose what software they want from the Toaster. The screen displays more information on the specific programme, including how many CDs will be needed to copy it. The Freedom Toaster also provides a host of on-screen information to teach people a little more about the world of free and open software.The softwareSoftware available on the Freedom Toaster includes numerous Linux and FreeBSD operating systems for Intel-based computers, which include large selections of open source programmes.For those with a Windows operating system there are three great CDs: Open Office version 1.1.4, an alternative to MS Office; the Open CD, which has a number of Windows programmes; and the Fire Monger CD, with the Firefox web browser and Thunderbird e-mail client.Freedom Toasters can be found in Grahamstown, East London and Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape; Bloemfontein in the Free State; Johannesburg, Kempton Park, Diepkloof and Pretoria in Gauteng; Durban, Pietermaritzburg and Port Shepstone in KwaZulu-Natal; Potchefstroom in North West; Knysna, Cape Town and Stellenbosch in the Western Cape; as well as in Namibia.For more information, visit the Freedom Toaster website.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Mobile driving ‘huge growth’ in Africa

first_img13 November 2012 Sub-Saharan Africa is the fastest-growing mobile market in the world, and with transparent regulation and the necessary spectrum allocations, the mobile industry could fuel the growth of 14.9-million new jobs in the region between 2015 and 2020, according to a GSMA report. The GSMA, which represents mobile operators worldwide, on Tuesday released its “Sub-Saharan Africa Mobile Observatory” report, based on research from Deloitte and offering a comprehensive evaluation of the region’s mobile industry and its socio-economic impact.44 percent annual growth since 2000 According to the report, sub-Saharan Africa’s mobile market has enjoyed a prodigious average annual growth rate of 44 percent since 2000, which has seen mobile connections surging to 475-million, compared to just 12.3-million fixed line connections, representing the highest proportion of mobile versus fixed line connections in the world. “The region has some of the highest levels of mobile internet usage globally,” the GSMA said in a statement on Tuesday. “In Zimbabwe and Nigeria, mobile accounts for over half of all web traffic at 58.1 percent and 57.9 percent respectively, compared to a 10 percent global average. 3G penetration levels are forecast to grow by 46 percent through 2016 as the use of mobile-specific services develops.”Huge economic impact This growth has delivered huge economic benefits, the report states, directly contributing US$32-billion, or 4.4 percent of gross domestic product (GDP), to the sub-Saharan African economy. Approximately 3.5-million full-time jobs are attributed to the region’s mobile industry, which has also spurred a wave of technology and content innovation, according to the report. “More than 50 ‘innovation hubs’, which develop local skills and content in the field of ICT services, have been created, including the Hive Colab in Uganda, the iHub in Kenya, and Limbe Labs in Cameroon.” There are more than 80 mobile money operations for the “unbanked” across Africa, compared to 36 in Asia, the second most popular region for these services, the report notes, adding: “Safaricom’s M-PESA mobile money transfer service in Kenya has achieved greater scale than any other service in the world.”‘Governments must enable the industry’ “Mobile has already revolutionised African society ,and yet demand still continues to grow by almost 50 percent a year,” Tom Phillips, the GSMA’s chief government and regulatory affairs officer, said in the statement. “To create an environment that supports and encourages this immense growth, it is imperative that governments work in partnership with mobile operators to enable the industry to thrive throughout the region, ultimately providing affordable options to connect its citizens.” Despite investments of US$16.5-billion over the past five years aimed mainly at expanding network capacity, sub-Saharan Africa faces a looming “capacity and coverage crunch” in terms of available mobile spectrum, the GSMA warns.Spectrum ‘crunch’ threatens growth The current amount of spectrum allocated to mobile services in sub-Saharan Africa is amongst the lowest worldwide, with some countries allocating as little as 80MHz, compared to developed markets where allocation for mobile exceeds 500MHz. “With mobile internet traffic forecast to grow 25-fold over the next four years, there will be a considerable increase in network congestion unless governments across the region take urgent steps to release new spectrum, in line with the recommendations of the ITU’s World Radiocommunication Conference,” the GSMA said. “This includes capacity in the ‘digital dividend’ (700-800 MHz) band and the 2.6 GHz band, and also liberalising existing licence agreements to allow the deployment of high-speed UMTS and LTE networks in the 900 and 1800MHz bands.” The effect of such a spectrum release would be dramatic, the GSMA predicts, contributing to the creation of 14.9-million new jobs between 2015 and 2020 and adding up to $40-billion, or 0.54 percent, to the region’s GDP by 2016. “In many sub-Saharan African countries, mobile broadband is the only possible route to deliver the internet to consumers,” said Deloitte telecommunications partner Chris Williams. “However, to maximise the potential gains, governments need to continue to support the development of mobile broadband, notably through the provision of appropriate spectrum. The current spectrum allocations across the region lag behind those of developed countries and, unless increased, seem likely to raise costs of provision, challenge investment decisions and increase network congestion.”High taxation, over-regulation High levels of government taxation and new regulation also threaten to limit the growth of mobile services across the region, according to the report. Africa has the highest taxation, as a proportion of the cost of mobile ownership, among developing regions worldwide, with taxes on handset and mobile devices much higher than elsewhere. “There is also a worrying trend of new taxes being introduced on essential mobile services,” the GSMA said. “For instance, the Kenyan government recently announced a new 10 percent tax on money transfer services, threatening the economic viability of the service in the future.” The report also identifies approvals for tower and fibre deployment as the single biggest obstacle to investment by the mobile community in sub-Saharan Africa. New tower and fibre deployment is urgently needed to cope with the region’s traffic growth, the report argues, and could be aided by simplifying national and local regulations and approval processes, especially with regards to rights of way. “Tackling stifling regulation, addressing high taxation and implementing a harmonised approach to future spectrum allocation will further boost the success story of mobile across the continent,” Phillips said. “There is not only the potential to lift millions out of poverty, but also the opportunity to ensure that Africa benefits from global economies of scale in terms of both network technology and mobile devices.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Stevenson stops Fonfara in 2nd round

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Usain Bolt skips training to mourn friend Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Fonfara’s trainer Virgil Hunter stepped in and stopped the fight saying his boxer was taking too much punishment.It was a rematch of their action-packed meeting in 2014, when Fonfara sent Stevenson to the canvas but was knocked down twice himself as Stevenson won by scores of 115-110, 115-110 and 116-109.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutOn Saturday Fonfara was the first to hit the canvas in the opening round.Stevenson hurt him with a hard left to the temple which was followed quickly by the knockdown. Later in the round, a helpless Fonfara had to be saved by the bell after Stevenson trapped him in the corner and was landing punches at will.  View comments MOST READ LATEST STORIEScenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR The 39-year-old champion now boasts a record of 29-1.Fonfara, 29, who falls to 29-5 with 17 knockouts, was seeking a first world title.Stevenson is now thinking about unifying the division, saying he wants the winner of the upcoming bout between Sergey Kovalev and Andre Ward.ADVERTISEMENT MONTREAL, QC – JUNE 03: Adonis Stevenson (left) lands a punch against Andrzej Fonfara during the WBC light heavyweight world championship match at the Bell Centre on June 3, 2017 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Adonis Stevenson defeated Andrzej Fonfara in the second round by way of technical knockout. Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images/AFPCanadian champion Adonis Stevenson stopped challenger Andrzej Fonfara 28 seconds into the second round to retain his World Boxing Council title on Saturday.The 39-year-old easily won the rematch between the two light heavyweights as the Polish-born Fonfara barely survived the opening round at the Bell Centre Arena in Montreal.ADVERTISEMENT Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIVlast_img read more

India to take on England in hockey semi-final

first_imgAfter the euphoria of the win over arch-rivals Pakistan, the Indians are getting their feet back on the ground to take on England in the men’s hockey semi-finals at the Commonwealth Games.India has never won a men’s hockey medal in the three editions in which the sport has featured. A win over England on Tuesday will ensure the hosts of at least the silver. Australia will take on New Zealand in the other semi-final.In the World Cup in February-March, India had a brilliant start beating Pakistan, but everything went downhill from there. The team management needs to guard against complacency.The Indians fed off the passion of a capacity crowd at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium as they thrashed their neighbours 7-4 on Sunday. It was a very open game which the home team thoroughly dominated, but they can expect a very different match against England. The Englishmen are unlikely to offer much space in the field and the hosts cannot afford to leave any room in their defence. The two teams played three practice games of different durations against each other before the competition started, with the Indians winning two and drawing one.But India coach Jose Brasa stressed those matches will not count for anything when the teams take the field on Tuesday. England, the European champions, reached the semi-finals of the World Cup at the same venue earlier this year. As far as the rankings are concerned England are placed five spots above India at fourth. England had beaten India 3-2 at the World Cup and it would be an ideal stage for the hosts to extract revenge.advertisementThe team remains more or less the same for both sides. England has the deadly drag-flicker Ashley Jackson in their line-up and the Indians will hope he does not get many chances to score.Sandeep Singh scored two goals through penalty corners against Pakistan but his overall strike rate still leaves room for improvement. Brasa will hope he is at his best in the semi-final. The forward line of skipper Rajpal Singh, Shivendra Singh, Dharamvir Singh and Tushar Khandker excelled in the last game and will need to continue their good performance. Midfielders Arjun Halappa, Bharat Chikara, Vikram Pillay, Danish Mujtaba and Sarvanjit Singh will have to be on their toes as the linkmen between defence and attack.However, custodian Bharat Chetri, who has let in 11 goals in four matches at the tournament, needs to pull up his socks. A prominent feature of India’s performance against Pakistan was the effective runs on the wings which stretched the rival defence. This tactic must continue against England.It would be dangerous to assume that the English threat would come only through penalty corners. Captain Barry Middleton is a very accomplished player, as was evident at the World Cup. Nick Catlin, Richard Alexander, James Tindall and Alastair Brogdon have the experience to get it across the Indians at this venue and will call upon that experience.The Mantell siblings – Simon and Richard – will add a bit more steel to the outfit. Simon had to withdraw from the squad just days before the team left for the World Cup while his brother joined him midway through the tournament after breaking his ankle in the match against Pakistan. They would not be lacking motivation.last_img read more