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AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector BRICS UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon development Featured image: Stock It is estimated that in 2018 there will be over 31 billion connected ‘edge’ devices globally, making this year the one where the Internet of Things (IoT) truly begins to dominate, according to M2M connectivity provider Eseye.The proliferation of connected devices and the evolution of ‘dumb’ devices to smart devices has seen IoT becoming vertically focused, coining on several focused terms.These include Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT); Internet of Robotic Things (IORT); Internet of Automotive things (IoAT); Consumer Internet of Things (CIoT) and Internet of Everything (IoE).Eseye’s SADC regional head Jeremy Potgieter, notes that the growth is indicative of the ever-changing landscape and transformation of the way industries are doing business.He says: “Industry has identified that there are efficiencies to be gained from gathering and utilising data that devices and services are sharing as part of their normal way of work. This also extends to devices, which were intended for personal communication.”Benefits of IoTMobile networks are reaping the benefits of this evolution according to Potgieter.He says that it’s primarily as a result of an intense focus by mobile network operators (MNOs) to increase data speeds and analytic components: “The opportunity opens up new avenues for creativity to flourish and for MNOs to further benefit by becoming integral to the ecosystem of devices sharing and delivering the information.”Further impacting the industry is the fact that more devices are crossing the line between personal and business, while users and companies alike have realised the benefits of this flexibility.Both, as a result, are capitalising on the capabilities it affords them and people are doing more by doing the same, but with an aspect of a connected device in the equation.Potgieter states that the spinoff is greater amounts of data and statistics: “This feeds analytics at an organisational level, and in so doing, creates new, versatile and informed environments with a caveat to innovative product and service creation.”Furthermore, consumer applications in the Internet of Things already (CIoT) offer several benefits globally such as “more responsive services; shorter feedback loops; remote fixes; greater convenience; better decision making support; improved allocation of resources and verification of behaviour,” Potgieter alluded. TAGSEseyeIoTM2M connectivity Previous articleCan Kenya lead Africa’s green revolution?Next articleSA energy firm launches education initiative Babalwa BunganeBabalwa Bungane is the content producer for ESI Africa – Clarion Events Africa. Babalwa has been writing for the publication for over five years. She also contributes to sister publications; Smart Energy International and Power Engineering International. Babalwa is a social media enthusiast. Generation Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Finance and Policy
Equestrian Canada (EC) is pleased to announce that the 2018 Dressage Levy Performance Advantage Symposium, offered at no cost to 2018 Dressage Levy contributors, will take place Nov. 17-18, 2018, at the High Point Equestrian Centre in Langley, BC.Register Today!The Dressage Levy Performance Advantage Symposium is back by popular demand to provide a free, two-day learning experience with dressage experts after a successful inaugural year in 2017.“It was an incredible opportunity to get coaching and feedback from two of Canada’s top judges and one of Canada’s top trainers, all at the same time,” said Laurel Adams, a demo rider at the 2017 Symposium. “It was wonderful to work with and watch so much talent in one day.”The 2018 Symposium will provide the same exclusive access to top dressage athletes, coaches and officials at no cost to participants who contributed to the 2018 Dressage Levy. The event will focus on improving performance and addressing common mistakes at all levels, with emphasis on perfecting the second- and fourth-level tests. Attendance hours will also count towards EC coaching certification maintenance.2017 Symposium participant, Daisy Kosa, commented, “The symposium offered an opportunity to update knowledge, skills, and attitudes that are important to coaches, riders, trainers, judges, sponsors, and supporters.”The 2018 Symposium features two full days of educational opportunities with an exciting lineup of workshops:Rising Stars Equitation PilotMassage Therapy (Human and Equine)Perfecting Test RidingPerformance AnalysisWalk-a-Test WorkshopYouth DevelopmentYoung Horse DevelopmentThe lineup of world-class symposium speakers will include:Cara Whitham – EC Senior Dressage/Eventing/Jumper Judge, retired FEI 5* Dressage Judge and Eventing JudgeLeslie Reid – 2004 Athens and 2008 Beijing Olympic athlete, EC certified High Performance 1 CoachLorraine MacDonald – EC & USEF Senior Dressage Judge, retired FEI 4* Dressage JudgeJaimey Irwin – 2013 Gothenburg FEI World Cup Dressage competitor, EC certified High Performance 1 CoachTina Irwin – 2011 Guadalajara Pan American Games dressage silver medallist, EC certified High Performance 1 CoachLiz Steacie – High Performance Dressage Athlete & Member of the EC Dressage CommitteeCaroline Archambault – Canadian Equestrian Team Massage TherapistA Town Hall discussion with the EC Dressage Committee will also be held. A full symposium schedule and details will be released shortly.Symposium Pricing & RegistrationDressage competitors who contribute to the Dressage Levy program in 2018 will receive a full access weekend pass for the Symposium at no cost. Non-competitors who purchase 2018 EC Dressage Affiliate status will receive a discount of $25 in recognition of their support. Education Weekend Pass (2018 Dressage Levy Contributors) – FREEEducation Weekend Pass (Dressage Affiliates) – $75Education Weekend Pass (General Public) – $100Education One-Day Pass (Dressage Affiliates) – $40Education One-Day Pass (General Public) – $50Lunch is provided daily with registration.Pre-Registration is required for the Dressage Levy Performance Advantage Symposium. To register, please visit the online Symposium registration portal. Please note that space is limited and this event will fill up quickly! Tags: Dressage Levy Performance Advantage Symposium, Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! Email* SIGN UP We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business. Horse Sport Enews
Twitter Rod Roberson elected Mayor of Elkhart WhatsApp Pinterest Google+ Previous articleJames Mueller elected Mayor of South BendNext articleElection 2019 Results Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. Facebook WhatsApp IndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Twitter By Jon Zimney – November 5, 2019 1 574 Google+ Facebook Pinterest (Photo supplied/Rod Roberson for Mayor) Rod Roberson (D) was elected Mayor of Elkhart, defeating his Republican challenger and former Elkhart Mayor Dave Miller with 56 percent of the vote, according to the unofficially tally.Roberson is an Elkhart native and spent 16 years on the Elkhart City Council.As a newly-elected Mayor, Roberson promised to build on the city’s foundation of partnerships to foster economic growth and make sure all residents have access to democratic processes, according to his campaign website.Complete Election 2019 ResultsThe following statement was released by the Dave Miller campaign:My good friends, I am sorry to have to deliver this message. Believe me when I say I am much more sorry for those of you who labored on our behalf, those of you who contributed time and money, and those of you who voted for me. I can’t express enough my appreciation to all of you. In a contest like this, there is a winner and loser. I don’t like losing any more than anybody else.Those who cared to vote have spoken.Elections are better if there is a spirited campaign that provides the voters with useful information, contrast, and a choice.I am grateful God chose me to offer that choice. I am grateful to all of you who believed enough in me to enable us to run a strong, positive, visionary, professional campaign. I am proud of our effort, and proud of all of you who gave so much to bring us so close.Though it didn’t turn out as we hoped, I know it will have lasting positive effect on my family and me and hopefully on all of you and our beloved city.The best part about running for office has been making new friends and getting reacquainted with so many old friends. I have had the time of my life. It has re-energized me in a way that I don’t know what else could have.This journey has been wonderfully fun!
The all-star ensemble of Jazz Is Phish is returning to the road next month! With instrumental takes of Phish classics, the group never fails to keep people dancing with their unique interpretations.The band will tout a top-notch rotating cast of musicians, including Michael Ray (Sun Ra, Giant Country Horns), Chris Bullock (Snarky Puppy), Kevin Moehringer (TV On The Radio/High & Mighty Brass Band), Todd Stoops (RAQ), Anthony Wellington (Victor Wooten Band), Jonathan Scales, Derrick Lee, Kofi Burbridge (Tedeschi Trucks Band), Grant Green Jr. (Masters of Groove), James Casey (Trey Anastasio Band/Animus Rexx), Adam Chase (Strange Design), Matt Chase (Strange Design) and Josh Thomas (With Lions). The band also promises special guests throughout the run, so be sure to check out the band on tour.The full schedule runs from February 10th through the 18th, and features a handful of shows in the Southeast. After stops in Greensboro, Raleigh and Asheville, the group finishes off a four night run with a throwdown in Atlanta. They pick things up just a few days later, returning to Brooklyn at The Hall At MP for some jazzy Phish madness.The band made their Brooklyn Bowl debut back in December. Check out videos and highlights from that show here. Be sure to check out the full tour schedule below:Jazz Is Phish Tour Schedule2/10: The Blind Tiger – Greensboro, NC (tickets)2/11: Southland Ballroom – Raleigh, NC (tickets)2/12: Asheville Music Hall – Asheville, NC (tickets)2/13: Smith’s Olde Bar – Atlanta, GA (tickets)2/18: The Hall At MP – Brooklyn, NY (tickets)Greensboro – Raleigh – AshevilleMichael RayChris BullockAnthony WellingtonJonathan ScalesDerrick LeeAdam ChaseMatthew ChaseJosh ThomasAtlantaMichael RayKofi BurbridgeGrant Green Jr.Chris BullockAnthony WellingtonJonathan ScalesDerrick LeeAdam ChaseMatthew ChaseJosh ThomasNew YorkMichael RayJames CaseyChris BullockKevin Moehringer Todd StoopsAnthony WellingtonAdam ChaseMatthew ChaseJosh Thomas
Kyle Busch didn’t waste any time winning in the NASCAR Cup Series. In his first full-time season, Busch took the checkered flag at Auto Club Speedway in September 2005 at the age of 20. He was the youngest winner at that point in series history.RELATED: Kyle Busch through the years Although no one knew it then, Auto Club would come full circle for Busch some 14 years later. In 2019, Fontana delivered yet another milestone for Busch as he took home his 200th national series win after winning the 2019 Auto Club 400.Since that September day in 2005, Busch has added another 55 Cup wins, 200 top fives, 32 poles and two premier series championships to his resume.Relive the race that started it all for Busch at NASCAR’s highest level in this Full Race Replay of the 2005 Sony HD 500 from Auto Club.MORE: NASCAR’s YouTube page
Dead & Company, the Grateful Dead spinoff band consisting of rhythm guitarist/vocalist Bob Weir, drummers Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart, keyboardist Jeff Chimenti, bassist/vocalist Oteil Burbridge, and lead guitarist/vocalist John Mayer resumed their summer tour at the venue known and loved by Deadheads since 1989 as Deer Creek Music Center, but whose current corporate sponsor has deemed it the “Ruoff Home Mortgage Center.” This was the first show after an initial run of six performances on the west coast as part of their ongoing summer trek that contained a few new songs and some nice peaks, and Midwestern fans were excited for their first in-person taste of this tour.While the traditional Appalachian murder ballad “Cold Rain & Snow” was not an accurate reflection of the 70-degrees-and-humid weather at showtime, the Mayer-sung tune was nonetheless a well-received start to the show, and his mid-song guitar solo hit several satisfying notes to get things off to a solid start. Weir quickly followed with, the New Orleans classic “Iko Iko”, giving the Indiana crowd an early treat by moving this one forward to the first set after last week’s prominent second-set appearance at the Hollywood Bowl.The party continued with the tour debut of Weir’s “Minglewood Blues”, one of the oldest and trustiest first-set numbers in the repertoire, and a song that was born in the 1920s as a Memphis jug band tune. The first Grateful Dead original came next in the firm of the “Tennessee Jed”, and this Jerry Garcia/Robert Hunter classic fit the varied, but very American run of songs.Then came a detour into back-to-back love songs, always a rarity in the live catalog used by the Dead and its various spinoffs. Mayer got the first shot at it with “Sugaree”, a timeless ode to a woman who has to remain secret, and an ode with three opportunities for Mayer to churn out bubbling guitar solos as the band swayed behind him. Not to be outdone, Weir responded with the tour debut of his classic “Looks Like Rain”, which was co-written with the late, great John Barlow and remains Weir’s most emotional lyric.The American vibe soon returned with the mysterious world of “Row Jimmy”, which seems to be back in the band’s favor this summer. For the second time this show, a song whose tour debut was in the second set (this time at Saturday Shoreline), John Mayer’s vocals give Dead & Company versions and earthier, woodier flavor and he also played a beautiful solo, but by its end the band had aired four consecutive slower songs and a tempo change was needed.Some familiar-sounding chords soon ushered in the first “Let It Grow” of the tour, and the first performance of the song since Shoreline last year. It was played at a slightly slower pace to start, but that didn’t affect Mayer’s ability to scatter beautiful, delicate leads throughout the verses and bridge. When it came time for the song’s larger jam that’s split into three distinct sections, Mayer’s smooth and subtle leads continued through the first section and maintained the slower pace, but as Weir led the band into the “quieter” second section, the band picked up the pace with Mayer’s leads growing more authoritative as Chimenti added thick piano chords behind him. The third and final section reverted back to a slightly slower tempo once again. The music quickly started to bounce thanks to Oteil’s heard-and-felt bass line. The jam soon regained full momentum when Chimenti was given an extended piano solo that he made the most of, only to hear Mayer returned the favor from a few minutes earlier by strumming some subtle power chords in support. All in all, a welcome closer to a generous and thematically consistent first set.Watch the opening performance from set one below.Dead & Company – “Cold, Rain & Snow” [Pro-Shot] – 6/12/2019[Video: Dead & Company]The second set started with a bit of a surprise in “Fire On The Mountain”, which for the second straight appearance was disconnected from its traditional partner “Scarlet Begonias”. The song got off to a quick, upbeat start as Oteil quickly dove into his first lead vocal of the evening, to a loud cheer from the crowd. Mayer’s solo after the final verse soon hit a nice groove as he stared into space and bobbed back and forth, allowing himself to just get lost in the music for a couple of minutes before circling back to the famous descending guitar solo line made famous by Jerry Garcia.After “Fire” came to a full stop after 10 minutes, the mood changed dramatically with Weir’s opening chords to “Lost Sailor”, and a languorous vibe quickly washed over the crowd. It was a beautiful version of a song where Dead & Company’s style is perfectly suited to its every hook and melody. After the nice, expected crescendo, Weir led the band into “Sailor’s” longtime companion song “Saint Of Circumstance”, which was well-played but suffered from a slower tempo that affected the waves of momentum that this song can generate on its best nights.The relaxed vibe continued with “He’s Gone” as Weir and Mayer traded vocals on the Garcia/Hunter classic that debuted way back on the incomparable Europe ’72 Tour. Chimenti’s piano added some bluesy flavor in between the vocal lines as the crowd sang along with all the big verse and chorus parts. During the vocal outro, Mayer’s bluesy solos slowly increased in intensity and prompted a gathering of band momentum, and after a minute or so it quickly became obvious that the band was heading right for one of the most tried-and-true options to flow from “He’s Gone”: the Grateful Dead’s signature song, “Truckin’”. After a spirited romp through the song, which started unusually by using its outro jam as the intro, the band served up another familiar and welcome progression, drifting into the Howlin’ Wolf classic “Smokestack Lightning” in a surely unintentional repeat of this pairing that occurred at the Dead’s first show at Deer Creek in 1989. There was further toying with the “Truckin’” riff during an outro jam that lasted several minutes before yielding the stage to the two drummers after almost an hour of music.The “Drums” segment got off to a quieter start as Kreutzmann played syncopated beats on his kit while Hart gently pawed at the beam, and within a couple of minutes, Burbridge was out there using a pair of mallets to make it a trio. The relative lack of electronics gave the drums an “80s Dead” feel at times, but the closing salvo of the trio pounding away on drums with phased effects and an electronic sequence under it was very much a reflection of the drums segment as it exists in 2019. After Hart made a short return to the beam the frontline musicians returned for a brief “Space” segment, highlighted by Mayer’s use of a thick, dirty tone while playing short, sharp bursts of notes.Soon the drummers returned and laid down a gentle beat while Mayer noodled for a couple of minutes, backed by Chimenti’s chords and giving no clear hint as to what was coming next. Eventually Weir sprung the three-chord progression that comprises Bob Dylan’s “All Along The Watchtower”, but this version opened at a slower tempo until Mayer’s quick solo after the first verse prompted a welcome increase in velocity. Mayer’s final solo hit a nice peak before a reggae-style vocal outro led by Weir slowed the tempo to allow “Stella Blue” to make its drifting entrance. This is one of the Garcia ballads where Weir’s vocal phrasing really works effectively, and rather incredibly. Back out in the real world, the NHL’s St. Louis Blues won their first Stanley Cup since their inception in 1967 during the song’s final minutes.The set came to a more upbeat close by circling back to the show’s opening Americana themes via a spirited “Goin’ Down The Road Feelin’ Bad”, Woody Guthrie’s Great Depression-era lament that was somehow recast as an optimistic song once the Grateful Dead got hold of it. Weir, Mayer, and Burbridge each sang a verse and both Chimenti and Mayer delivered hot solos before the final choruses brought the set to a close. All things considered, while “Fire On The Mountain” served as a fun opener to the set, it was an outlier as it was a stand-alone version that didn’t feel connected to the at-times slower but certainly cohesive run of music that followed.Watch the second set-opening performance of “Fire on the Mountain” below.Dead & Company – “Fire on the Mountain” [Pro-Shot] – 6/12/2019[Video: Dead & Company]For the encore, the band made a wise choice with the tour debut of “Black Muddy River”, which fit the overall vibe of the evening perfectly and allowed the crowd to gently drift back to earth. This was Dead & Company’s first performance of the song since last year’s experimental version at Alpine Valley which featured guest artist Justin Vernon’s falsetto vocals, but this time Mayer was on his own. And just like with “Row Jimmy”, Mayer’s rough-but-somehow-polished vocals give this one a different, welcome flavor that the crowd could savor on the walk back to the parking lot after the band took their bows.Dead and Company’s summer tour continues this weekend with performances scheduled for Friday and Saturday at Chicago’s Wrigley Field.Setlist: Dead & Company | Ruoff Home Mortgage Center | Noblesville, IN | 6/12/2019Set 1: Cold Rain & Snow, Iko Iko, Minglewood Blues, Tennessee Jed, Sugaree, Looks Like Rain, Row Jimmy, Let It GrowSet 2: Fire On The Mountain, Lost Sailor > Saint of Circumstance, He’s Gone > Truckin’ > Smokestack Lightning > Drums > Space > All Along the Watchtower (Bob Dylan cover) > Stella Blue > Goin’ Down The Road Feelin’ Bad (Woody Guthrie cover)Encore: Black Muddy River
Some Gopher football players remain undecided about 2020 returnHead coach P.J. Fleck has not said who is still contemplating whether to return to the team.Daily File PhotoGophers football players sit on the sidelines during a game at TCF Bank Stadium on Oct. 3, 2015. Brendan O’Brien, Sports ReporterOctober 7, 2020Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintAs the Big Ten football season approaches, Minnesota is still waiting for some players to decide whether they will play in 2020.Gophers head coach P.J. Fleck recently has been asked about the status of some offensive and defensive players. Fleck has said he will not discuss the topic or name players until the players decide what their individual plans are for the upcoming season.“I’m going to wait to be specific on who we talk about — whether opt in or opt out — to give people the proper time and not having names out there for people who have or haven’t so they can make the decision for themselves and not have the added pressure from their name being out there,” Fleck said.Despite the remaining uncertainty, Fleck has voiced his support of each player no matter the decision. Fleck said the team is always excited to have players return to the program but added that the team’s culture encourages players to make the best decisions for themselves — even if that does not involve football.“Just like any of our student-athletes, whatever dreams, hopes [and] aspirations they all have, we support them in that,” Fleck said. “And if football is not a part of that, we support them 100% in that too.” Players deciding whether to return to the Gophers this fall has been a common theme throughout the past few months, including for wide receivers Rashod Bateman and Demetrius Douglas.In early August, Bateman announced his decision to leave the program due to health concerns with COVID-19. But once the Big Ten announced a new schedule beginning in October with expanded testing, Bateman felt comfortable and was excited to return. Last week, the NCAA restored Bateman’s eligibility allowing him to play.Douglas, on the other hand, announced earlier this week that he will not play this season and is ending his collegiate career. Douglas is set to graduate this December after going through school in three and a half years. When the Big Ten originally canceled its season in August, Douglas reflected on whether he would play or transition into his next phase of life. He was projected to be in the mix for the third wide receiver position on the team, behind Bateman and Chris Autman-Bell, as well as a returner on special teams.“Demetrius did a lot for our program, did a lot for our student-athletes here,” Fleck said. “He’s an unbelievable advocate of the University of Minnesota, a wonderful human being.”Bateman and Douglas are the only Gophers who have made their decisions publicly thus far. If undecided, other players will most likely need to make their decisions soon, as the Gophers are set to kick off the season on Oct. 24 at home against No. 20 Michigan.
LiveScience: If you want to see which kids will grow up to be the most successful adults, visit their second-grade classroom, new research suggests.A study by researchers at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland discovered that math and reading ability at age 7 are linked with socioeconomic status several decades later. The researchers found that such childhood abilities predict socioeconomic status in adulthood over and above associations with intelligence, education and socioeconomic status in childhood.…The study, which was supported by an Economic and Social Research Council scholarship, was recently published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.Read the whole story: LiveScience More of our Members in the Media >
DALA Director Jonathan Guise Monday evening teaching his ballet students via internet. Courtesy photoDALA News:Dance Arts Los Alamos (DALA) Director Jonathan Guise has found a way to reach out to ballet dancers, promote community within the DALA family and keep everyone safe and happy while complying with social distancing during the public health emergency. DALA will be closed until April 6 but but Monday evening Director Jonathan Guise began teaching a live ballet class and also a modern dance class via the internet. His students can see him and he can see them so he is able to give corrections and, most importantly, encouragement. DALA will be exploring ways to expand this new way of teaching over the next three weeks. Guise can be reached by email at [email protected] DALA dancer Elise Chávez joins her ballet class taught by Director Jonathan Guise Monday evening via internet. Courtesy photo