New South Africa plan looks to cut coal reliance, expand renewables

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first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:South Africa has dropped proposals to boost supply from nuclear plants in its latest energy blueprint and will increasingly harness renewable sources as it trims a reliance on coal.“There will be a study to determine if more nuclear is needed after 2030,” Energy Minister Jeff Radebe told reporters in Pretoria on Monday. “But until then, there is no increase in nuclear generation envisaged.”The long-awaited update of the country’s Integrated Resource Plan for power sector spending, the first in eight years, calls for the biggest increase in capacity from wind and natural gas.Wind and natural gas are each projected to increase by 8,100 megawatts of capacity, while 5,670 megawatts will come from solar and 2,500 megawatts from hydropower, according to the plan. Coal, which currently makes up the bulk of the country’s energy source, will add 1,000 megawatts. The Department of Energy, the National Energy Regulator of South Africa and state-owned utility Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd. are tasked with carrying out the proposals.President Cyril Ramaphosa has this year overseen the replacement of Eskom’s leadership as he seeks to attract $100 billion of investment to the country. A program to add more renewable power from independent producers has been revived.“There is significant change in the energy mix post 2030, which is mainly driven by decommissioning of old coal power plants that reach their end of life,” Radebe said. Close to 30 gigawatts of Eskom’s coal fleet is to reach end-of-life by 2040, according to the draft document.More: South Africa drops nuclear, adds renewables in energy plan New South Africa plan looks to cut coal reliance, expand renewableslast_img read more

Kiplimo bags gold as Kenya dominates world cross-country

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first_imgCheptai, who was seventh at the world championships in Guiyang two years ago, clocked 31:57 around the 10km course. Silver went to Alice Nawowuna and bronze to Lilian Rengeruk.Defending champion Agnes Tirop placed fifth and Olympic 1,500m champion Faith Kipyegon was sixth in the biennial event, the first major sporting showpiece held in Uganda, only the fourth African country to host the worlds in its 44-year history.Morocco hosted twice in 1975 and 1998, South Africa in 1996 and Kenya in 2007. The competition was changed from an annual to a biennial event in 2011.There was joy for the home nation as Jacob Kiplimo won the under-20 men’s race, Letesenbet Gidey of Ethiopia claiming gold in the junior women’s race.Kiplimo, a 2015 World Junior athletics championship 10,000m bronze medalist, covered the 8km course in 22:40, ending the Kenyan and Ethiopian dominance in the event to win the first global title of his career. (click KIPLIMO WINS GOLD)Uganda finished third overall out of 59 countries with gold for Kiplimo, and two team bronze medals for the junior women and the senior men’s team.Junior Men’s Race result (click here)Race preview (click here)Kenya, powered by three-time world 1500m champion and 2008 Olympic gold medallist Asbel Kiprop, also took gold in the inaugural mixed relay.Beatrice Chepkoech held on to see off Genzebe Dibaba’s spirited last leg for Ethiopia to claim gold by eight seconds, a Turkish team made up of four former Kenyans taking bronze.More than 550 athletes from 59 countries took part at the worlds, but a refugee team from South Sudan had to drop out at the last minute due to what an IAAF official termed “administrative hurdles”.#IaafKampala2017 Tweets Share on: WhatsApp Kampala, Uganda | AFP | By Michael O’HAGANKenya dominated the World Cross-Country Championships on Sunday, Geoffrey Kamworor defending his men’s title, Irene Cheptai leading a historic cleansweep in the women’s race and Asbel Kiprop helping to secure a third gold in the mixed relay.Kamworor had to rely on a late break to win the men’s race in 28min 24sec, making him the first back-to-back winner since 2006.Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei had led for most of the race, to the delight of the home crowd, with dozens of Ugandans running alongside him.The start of the men’s senior race. Cheptegei (left) who set the pace but faded. AFP PHOTOBut there was drama as he collapsed in the final lap, eventually recovering to hobble over the line in 30th place. (Click HOW CHEPTEGEI COLLAPSED)Kamworor made no mistake with his perfectly-timed run, sprinting in ahead of Kenyan cross country champion Leonard Barsoton, with Ethiopia’s Abadi Hadis rounding out the podium.“I was confident of retaining my title,” said Kamworor.“When the Ugandan broke away, I kept my cool and ran my race. I knew he would get tired. His pace was so high and it would have been amazing if he had maintained to the end.”Kamworor added: “From the start of the race I was really focused. I knew there were a lot of Kenyans who travelled overnight and I didn’t want to disappoint them.”Kiplimo gave Uganda gold in the junior men’s event. PHOTOS KCCAMEDIA– Kenyan women shine –Kenya proved to be even more dominant in the women’s race, Cheptai leading home five of her teammates for a first-ever podium cleansweep for the east African running powerhouse.“The course was very tough,” Cheptai said. “We didn’t think it was possible to get one through six but we cooperate as Kenyans.”last_img read more

Media watchdog says Williams cartoon didn’t breach standards

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first_imgSerena Williams arrives at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP) SYDNEY (AP) — The Australian Press Council has ruled there was no breach of its standards of practice in a cartoon of tennis star Serena Williams which attracted global condemnation after being published by Melbourne’s Herald Sun newspaper last September. The depiction of Williams by cartoonist Mark Knight showed the 23-time major winner reacting angrily during her loss to Naomi Osaka in the final of the U.S. Open. Williams is depicted with her mouth open wide, hands in fists and jumping above a broken tennis racket and a baby’s pacifier. The umpire was shown telling a blond, slender woman — meant to be Osaka, who has a Japanese mother and a father from Haiti — “Can you just let her win?”In a ruling published Monday, the Australian Press Council said it “acknowledged that some readers found the cartoon offensive” but said there was sufficient public interest in commenting on the behavior of a player with a globally high profile.Critics of Knight’s cartoon described it as a clear example of a stereotype facing Black women, depicting Williams as an irate, hulking, big-mouthed Black woman jumping up and down.The press council said it had received complaints from people who believed the cartoon was racist and sexist.“Specifically, concern was expressed that the cartoon depicted Ms. Williams with large lips, a broad flat nose, a wild afro-styled ponytail hairstyle different to that worn by Ms. Williams during the match and positioned in an ape-like pose,” the council said in a statement. “The council considered that the cartoon uses exaggeration and absurdity to make its point but accepts the publisher’s claim that it does not depict Ms Williams as an ape, rather showing her as ‘spitting the dummy,’ a non-racist caricature familiar to most Australian readers.”Spitting the dummy is an Australian term for a tantrum.The Washington Post criticized the cartoon at the time of its publication as reflective of the “dehumanizing Jim Crow caricatures so common in the 19th and 20th centuries.”The Herald Sun said the cartoon used “satire, caricature, exaggeration, and humor” to depict an event of public interest.Knight told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation on Monday he was “very happy” with the council’s ruling.“I will not be changing the way I draw cartoons because I think I’m a very free and fair cartoonist and I accept issues on their merits and draw them as such,” he said.The press council said it accepted the newspaper’s contention the cartoon was in response to Williams’ behavior during the match.The newspaper “said that the cartoon was not intended to depict negatively any race or gender and was drawn in a style that the cartoonist has drawn over several decades and was only intended to be a ‘sporting cartoon’ for the publication’s local readership,” the press council said in its findings.During the final against Osaka, Williams got a warning from the chair umpire for receiving coaching from the sidelines. An indignant Williams emphatically defended herself, denying she had cheated. A short time later, she smashed her racket in frustration and was docked a point. She protested and demanded an apology from the umpire, who penalized her a game.Williams has won the Australian Open seven times and is a crowd favorite at Melbourne Park, where she has been playing at the season’s first tennis major since 1998. She returned for the tournament last month but lost in the quarterfinals.___More AP Tennis: https://www.apnews.com/apf-Tennis and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportslast_img read more