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Publics Help Sought After HitandRun Injures Mission Cyclist

first_img 0% SF!!! Help me catch the hit & run BASTARD that seriously injured @Danes7387! DM ME with ANY information. pic.twitter.com/HYqWl20sIX— AnnaGrace Arnold (@AnnaGrace_A) December 1, 2016 Anna Grace Arnold, a friend of 29-year-old cyclist Dana Cray Fernie – who was treated at San Francisco General hospital for a major concussion, a laceration to the head, road rash and bruising – turned to Twitter to describe Tuesday night’s incident in the hopes of alerting the public.Fernie was reportedly riding along Potrero Avenue between 22nd and 23rd streets – directly in front of General Hospital – sometime between 10:15 p.m. and 10:27 p.m. when she was hit by a dark blue, late model Mini Cooper. The vehicle’s side mirror broke off in the collision, according Arnold.Fernie was released from the hospital on Wednesday and is recovering from her injuries, but the driver remains at large. Community members are asked to report sightings of the vehicle to the police or to contact Arnold directly on Twitter.Crime is trauma and the county offers different services. Here is a link to a page of services.Victims of violent crime can also contact the Trauma Recovery Center at UCSF A cyclist suffered critical injuries after she was hit by a Mini Cooper near 23rd Street and Potrero Avenue on November 29 – the driver fled the scene, according to friends and family, who have turned to the public for help in locating the vehicle and its occupants. Tags: crimes • hit and run Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more


IF its at all possible this was a match of three

first_imgIF it’s at all possible this was a match of three halves and the Saints only won one of them.All of which makes it all the more frustrating to see that they still managed to draw with Castleford 30-30, writes Graham Henthorne.The Saints started well defensively restricting the Tigers attack and were denied two tries one for a forward pass from Jack White to Connor Dwyer and the second due to a knock on after a break by Lewis Galbraith.But they fell behind to a Tigers try on the quarter hour.A good drive from sub Brad Ashurst led to Matty Fozzard darting out of dummy half and stretching over the line to even things up.However, hero turned villain when Ashurst tried an ambitious round the man pass in his own half which was intercepted. Although the Tigers man was hauled down by Lewis Charnock, three tackles later they went in at the right corner.Despite this setback the Saints were finally hitting some form, completing sets and putting the hosts under pressure. From which they wilted.Drives from England tourist Luke Thompson and Chris Webster put the Saints on the attack and it was Thompson who was on hand to score at the posts.Jack White then produced a piece of individual brilliance which led to the Saints third try. On the last he jinked inside the defence putting in a grubber which rebounded onto an off side Tigers player giving the Saints a repeat set. From the tap James Tilley literally bounced his would be defender out of the way to score.The eight point interval lead quickly became 20 points as the Saints scored two converted tries in the opening five minutes of the second period.Charnock put Webster into a massive hole at the posts and when the Tigers hooker was penalised in possession Matt Wood went over in the right corner after quick hands saw the ball his way.There were chances for the Saints to put the game to bed with another try but then the wheels came off.Three tries in a ten minute spell put the hosts back to within four due to some poor tackling and a succession of penalties marching the opposition down field.The Saints again should have calmed nerves when Matty Fozzard did really well to regain the kick off on the Tigers line but Ashurst knocked on over the line from the play the ball.The hosts drew level with another try from a high kick to the corner and proceeded to throw everything at the Saints.Tempers frayed as Alex Clare was sent off for a foul challenge with two minutes to go and the remaining 12 men charged down two attempted drop goals in the dying seconds to avoid a similar fate to the first team last Sunday.For a 30 minute period the Saints were in total control, racked up 30 points and never looked like losing. The pack led by Chris Webster and Luke Thompson had the measure of their opposite numbers and Lewis Charnock was leading his charges around the park with ease.But, as it became only too obvious later on, games are played over 80 minutes. If the Saints had performed for even half of those 80 minutes this would have been a cake walk.Match Summary:Castleford:Tries: Jamie Graves 3, Jordan Anderson, Lewis Farr, Kane RileyGoals: Connor Land 3Saints:Tries: Matt Wood, Matty Fozzard, James Tilley, Chris Webster, Luke ThompsonGoals: Lewis Charnock 5Half Time: 10-18 Full Time: 30-30Teams:Castleford:4. Curtis MacDonald; 2. Jamie Graves, 3. Jordan Gill, 15. Tommy Newbould, 18. Billy Nodder; 6. Connor Land, 7. Jordan Anderson; 8. Liam Lunn, 9. Casey Canterbury, 10. Nathan Hammond, 11. Jack Walton, 12. Luke Day, 13. Brad Foster. Subs: 5. Kane Riley, 15. Nathan Darby, 16. Joe Buggle, 17. Lewis Farr.Saints:1. Corey Lee; 2. Ben Parry, 3. Matt Wood, 18. Lewis Galbraith, 19. Ben Roberts; 6. Lewis Charnock, 7. Jack White; 8. Greg Richards, 9. Matty Fozzard, 10. Matt Cooke, 11. Alex Clare, 13. Connor Dwyer, 12. James Tilley. Subs: 14. Tom Roughley, 15. Luke Thompson, 17. Chris Webster, 20. Brad Ashurst.last_img read more


NATHAN Brown was pleased with the contribution fro

first_imgNATHAN Brown was pleased with the contribution from all of his side in their 26-0 friendly win over Huddersfield Giants on Friday night.Saints scored five tries in a dominant performance that was built on strong defence.“To keep them to nil was pleasing,” he said. “They have three or four international forwards missing and you know that will be a strength to their game this season. In the first half they had Danny Brough and Luke Robinson on the field and that gave them experience. I thought we defended well against that.“Both sides started well with some reasonable contact and you can see there is a lot of competition in both clubs and depth in the forwards. For a first hit out we can be reasonably happy but if we want to catch up to Warrington and Leeds we have some work to do.”He continued: “I was happy with Jonny Lomax, he did some really nice stuff and got the team going forward. Most players contributed in some way; Joe Greenwood had a nice start after a good pre-season and the young front rowers contributed too.“Mark Percival on the wing came under pressure and came up well.“The key will be keeping players fit. It you look at Leeds when they have won the comp they have had their players fit and playing well at the same time.”last_img read more


TICKETS are now on sale for all Saints home fixtur

first_imgTICKETS are now on sale for all Saints home fixtures this season.You can secure your ‘spec’ for the remaining 12 Super League matches at Langtree Park including the always in demand Wigan, Leeds and Warrington clashes.Saints away games against Widnes, Bradford and Warrington are also on sale.You can find out more here, or to buy log on to the Saints Superstore.last_img


KYLE Amor knows Saints will have to raise their ga

first_imgKYLE Amor knows Saints will have to raise their game if they want to repeat the success of 2014.The big prop’s first season in the Red V saw the First Utility Super League trophy and League Leaders’ Shield make their way to Langtree Park.That means pre-season is all the more important as the lads prepare for 2015… and it’s already reached a crucial stage.“Once you get past Christmas it hits you that the new season is fast approaching,” he said. “The new structure this year means every minute matters; we know we have to accumulate as many points as we can to go forward after 23 rounds.“It will be tough on players but exciting.“Towards the end of last season it could have been anyone who took home the League Leaders’ Shield and this season it will be tougher and more intense.”He continued: “We have a tough start to the season and as we are Champions we know everyone will be looking to knock us off.“We will have to raise our game once again and step up to that challenge.“The boys are looking fit at the moment and we are doing all the right things to prepare ourselves for 2015.”Season Tickets for 2015 are on sale – with the Early Bird offers ending on Christmas Eve.Click here to find out more and join us in 2015.last_img read more


Our Water Bottle Bag and Wallet Set is a superb c

first_imgOur Water Bottle, Bag and Wallet Set is a superb combination pack for Saints fans of all ages.It features a Saints 500 ml Water Bottle with a Saints Drawstring bag and a Velcro wallet.An ideal stocking filler!To buy call into the Superstore at the Totally Wicked Stadium or click here.last_img


Whats OnRed Vee Cafe Bar – Opens around 430pmA

first_imgWhat’s On:Red Vee Cafe Bar – Opens around 4.30pm.Academy Championship Fixture – Saints take on their Catalans counterparts at 5:15pm.Turnstiles – Open at 5.15pm.Club Face Painters – These will once again be operating in the Hattons Solicitors Family Stand and the Totally Wicked North Stand from 6.30pm … come along and get your face painted in Saints colours for free!Bouncy Castles – We have rugby themed inflatables in the North and South West Stands.Member Offers – We have two great offers for you – any pie & alcoholic beverage is just £6, whilst a pie or hotdog & hot drink is just £4.Soft Drinks – Fruit shoots are now available for just £1.50 each.Carling Bar – Following feedback, fans in the West Stand can now get their hands on 500ml Carling PETs from our new bottle bar in the concourse. Price is £4.Contactless Payment – Will be available in the Karalius, Popular Side, Marching Inn, Eddington Arms and Voll’s bars to speed up your service.Brass Band – A military band will play a selection of tunes pre-game.The A Star Saints Angels – Will be performing several new performances before the game and there will be a Big Dance Programme performance and parade at half time.Bucket Collection – There will be a collection for No More Knives. There will also be a petition for fans to sign if they wish.Half Time – See the new Simply Doughnuts Kicking Challenge! Contestants have three attempts to kick a ball into a large replica Simply Doughnuts pot in front of the West Stand. There’s a whole host of prizes to win and if you kick it in from the 40m line, you return at the final game of the season to kick again for the chance to win a car for the year from Chorley Nissan!Kit! – We will be wearing our ‘alternative’ kit for this fixture as Crabbies are match sponsors!Sponsors:The Match is sponsored by Crabbie’s with the Matchball sponsored by Cheshire Taxation. The corporate sponsor is Joan Gwilliam and David Lloyd Knowsley will select the Man of the Match.Team News:Both sides have named their 19-man squad for the match. You can find out more here.Tickets:Tickets for the game are available from the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium or by calling 01744 455 052. There will be cash turnstiles on the Hattons Solicitors West and Totally Wicked North Stands. If you require a South Stand ticket then you need to head to the Ticket Office. The East Stand is closed for this fixture.Tickets are available online until 5pm.Saints Superstore:The Saints Superstore will be open from 9am right up until kick-off.Spotify Playlist:Many thanks to all those who have suggested songs for our Spotify playlist for this evenings’s game. We will continue to update it throughout the day. Check it out here: spoti.fi/2BJfn6QProgramme:The programme is sponsored by Warrington Audi and is priced at £3. This issue features an exclusive interview with Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook!last_img read more


The Festive season is approaching Its all about

first_imgThe Festive season is approaching! It’s all about spending time with family and friends … and also getting that perfect gift for your loved one.For anyone with a Saints fan to buy for, we have everything they could want with ideal gift ideas for all the Family … His, Hers and Kids all sorted!One of our most popular gift ideas is our 2019 Home Shirt. The minimal, sleek design sports a shorter red vee for the up and coming season and a newly shaped collar.We also have what could prove to be our most popular festive gift for this year … the 2019 Away Shirt which has so far been really well received with fans. The sky blue and navy look adds to a striking design and like the Home shirt, it’s available in a range of Mens, Ladies and Kids sizes online and instore.Don’t forget, 2019 Members get 10% off the Home & Away shirts in November & December (only available in-store).For those fans who prefer a more casual way to show their colours, we have our brand new 2019 Trainingwear range also available in store and online.Produced in association with O’Neills Sportswear, it includes a great selection of t-shirts, polo shirts, hooded tops, Zip-up squad tops and Retro style jackets all in the new colourways for the 2019 season.The popular sky blue look from the new Away shirt features heavily in the designs, alongside the traditional colours of red and white and the casual favourites, navy and marl.In addition to clothing, Saints Superstore also has a wide range of souvenirs, gifts and rugby related products to cater for any price range from keyrings to badges, caps and hats to stationery and confectionery! Browse our Christmas gifts section here.Look out for our Festive Player Appearances on Thursdays and Saturdays in the run up to Christmas throughout December, with more details to follow soon. Come down and meet your favourite player while browsing for your gifts!Plus, we have extended opening hours with the Superstore open until 7pm for Thursday late night shopping and also open 9am-5pm on Saturdays and 10am-4pm on Sundays throughout December, in addtion to normal opening hours.last_img read more


Crews respond to fire on Piner Road Friday night

first_imgNEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Crews responded to the scene of a fire in New Hanover County Friday night.The Wilmington Fire Department posted updates to Twitter, saying a mobile home at 1022 Piner Road was on fire when they got there.- Advertisement – They said crews got the fire under control, but Piner Road was closed while they worked the scene.The New Hanover County Fire Department also responded. Crews were working on salvage and overhaul at last check.Wilmington fire crews said the fire is under investigation.last_img


Police Wilmington man late for work wanted for hitandrun

first_img The victim began to move his bike out of the road when the suspect verbally assaulted him, police say. The suspect then swerved around the victim, who was still in the road with his damaged bike, and reportedly drove away.WPD says two witnesses then got into their car and followed the suspect until they were able to obtain Emerson’s registration number. The witnesses then returned to the scene and gave the victim a ride to a bicycle shop to get it repaired.Emerson, 28, is charged with hit and run leaving the scene with property damage.Related Article: Two wanted for allegedly stealing from Lowe’s in WilmingtonAlthough bicyclists are required to obey the same traffic laws as vehicles, WPD will not charge the victim for failing to stop at the red light. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police is searching for Robert Patrick Emerson after he allegedly hit a bicyclist with his car, drove away, and then told officers it was because he was “late for work.”According to a news release, a bicyclist was crossing the intersection of Wrightsville Avenue and Country Club, despite having a red light, around noon Thursday. According to witnesses, as Emerson approached the intersection, he sped through his yellow light. Police say the front bumper of Emerson’s car struck the victim’s front tire, launching the victim into the air. The victim reportedly landed on the windshield of the car and rolled off the hood into traffic.- Advertisement – last_img read more


Students walk out to raise awareness about climate change

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – Students all over the world went on strike to support climate change action and awareness this afternoon.350 Wilmington, the local action climate group participated in front of Thalian Arts Center.- Advertisement – High school students like Lillian Doll were fully aware of the consequences that the schools might enforce, but walked out anyway.“I plan to have a long future of lobbying for environmental issues and speaking where necessary because this is something I feel very strongly about,” said Doll.Doll said that raising awareness is equally important as going to school.last_img


Watch Democracy is weak in Malta – Farrugia

first_img SharePrint Partit Demokratiku’s leader Dr Godfrey Farrugia has said in a Facebook video that the decision by the government to adjourn the Parliamentary session was not done ‘without a reason,’Farrugia says that the move by the government to suspend the parliament during the European and Local Council elections, demonstrates that, ‘democracy in Malta is very weak.’‘Parliamentary sittings just resumed after a three week break for Easter and out of the blue, it was adjourned again by the government’s whip, obviously on the instructions of the Office of the Prime Minister,’ Farrugia said.His sentiment is shared by the Nationalist Party. Deputy Head of the PN Parliamentary David Agius Affairs, said that the decision was a sign of the government pressing a panic button, trying to escape the debate on abortion and dropping everything until after the election period.Joined during a PN press conference with Party Whip Robert Cutajar and Opposition spokesman on Reforms, Citizenship and Simplification Karol Aquilina, the MPs explained that the government had effectively got rid of six sittings and parliamentary questions. They also stated that one of the debates due to be had would’ve been on abortion.  Agius called the move to cancel the sessions and debates as “unacceptable in a democracy.”Responding to the comments from the PN and PD, the PL’s whip Byron Camilleri explained that there had been too many MP missing from parliamentary sessions making it difficult for the Parliament to function.When asked about the Opposition’s concerns, Camilleri said that the PN had been informed that extra sessions would be organised to make up for those lost during the election period.WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more


West Ham fall to first defeat despite summer investments

first_img SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=a7617b59&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=128&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool were ruthless in their first game of the new Premier League season and scored 4 goals past West Ham. The latter made numerous signings in an attempt to improve on last season but failed to win at least a point from this encounter.Mohamed Salah scored Liverpool’s first goal after just 19 minutes with a close-range tap-in. Sadio Mane added another two before Daniel Sturridge scored the fourth with his first touch after replacing Salah in the 87th minute.West Ham could not cope with Liverpool’s pace and creativity even though they lined up with five of their latest signings, including Brazilian Felipe Anderson and Jack Wilshere.WhatsApplast_img read more


I will vote against Fortinas change in use despite my brotherinlaw being

first_imgPN MP Robert Arrigo said that the developers have already found someone whom to sell the land for which they seek to change its use. The land in question was given to Fortina Hotel to be used for touristic purposes. The government has presented a motion in parliament on the issue, after the Opposition voted against it during a National Audit Accounts Office meeting.Speaking the parliamentary debate on the motion, Arrigo argued that the developers have already found the sale for the land which will be given cheaply to them.READ: Fortina: Agreement to be reviewed in Parliament after PN rejectionNationalist deputy leader Arrigo declared a conflict of interest in the case, saying that his sister is married to one of the businessman. However, Arrigo argued, this will not stop him from voting down the government’s motion.According to Arrigo the €8 million evaluation is low, arguing that without the said land, the project cannot be developed. Arrigo added that for this reason, the land’s value is somewhere between €25-30 million, and an additional €2 million in interest.Arrigo argued that the government’s plea that this is being done in order to improve the quality of the touristic product does not hold. Citing statistics he added that despite the 1.2% increase in tourists, there was a decrease in hotel overnight stays and in the number of tourists if one had to omit the foreign workers travelling to and from the island.Online gambling company BET365 has already bought the land which it intends to use as its office. The company is already established in Malta and has its office in Sliema. He urged the auditor general to re-evaluate the site.Opposition MP Godfrey Farrugia claimed that the contract by which the land transfer will happen has been in the pipeline from the previous legislature. Farrugia said that those behind this contract are members of the Prime Minister’s kitchen cabinet.No sale of public land; worse has happened in the case of Lowenbrau and Spinola land transfer – AgiusParliamentary Secretary Chris Agius said that the operators of Fortina Hotel will not be buying land as this was already bought through three previous contracts which were signed in 1991, 1996 and 2000. Agius clarified that the owners are asking for a change in use on one of its sites so that the iGaming company could build its headquarters.The Lands Authority has tasked three architects to evaluate the land.Agius added that the contract ended in parliament after the Opposition voted against it in the Committee.The parliamentary secretary referred to instances in the past for example in the case of the sale in Spinola, St Julian’s and a piece of land known as Lowenbrau in Qormi.WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more


Nigeria Ministry to Establish Digital Economy

first_imgAdvertisement According to her, “making Nigeria a digital economy will lead to the creation of a knowledge economy and information society that ensures we better leverage a major competitive advantage that we have as a country , a youthful population and a large domestic market for ICT – as evidenced in the success of the telecoms industry in the last 10 years”Johnson assured that the ministry would promote the utilisation of ICT in all spheres of life to optimize the communications infrastructure, digital content creation, domestic software applications, the delivery of private and public services over the internet.The desire of President Goodluck Jonathan as encapsulated in the creation of the ministry, she explained, was to see Nigeria become knowledge based networked society where ICT is deployed to not only enhance the national and economic development but also to create an ecosystem where ICT is used to drive how Nigerians live, work and play. – Advertisement – The minister added that the ministry was committed to providing the right policy environment where this desire can be achieved.“We have defined a desired new market structure for the ICT industry that reflects a better balance between Information Technology and Communication Technologies and also recognizes the convergences of these technologies.“Today the ICT industry is dominated by the GSM companies/mobile network operators particularly voice communication. Creating a digital economy requires the accelerated migration to a data communication market and the development of a robust ecosystem that feeds off this.“The Ministry and the implementing agencies of the Ministry will work in close collaboration with the ICT industry to improve penetration of voice and data services across the country and on the back of this penetration, grow value added services (such as ICT training and education, digital content creation), call centre operations , domestic business process outsourcing, software development and maintenance, device assembly, sales, distribution, maintenance and repairs, equipment assembly, sales, distribution, maintenance and repairs” she explained.A committee chaired by Professor Akwule of the Digital Bridge Institute, according to her had been constituted and charged with the responsibility of harmonizing the various policies that govern the ICT sector to develop a National ICT Policy. She was of the view that this will drive and facilitate the achievement of the market structure .Johnson stated that prior to the completion of the draft National ICT Policy, plans and preparations were underway to present the ministry’s vision and the desired market structure to industry stakeholders by end of this month at the first in a series of stakeholder forums to receive their input, buy in and support and commence the process of a much more productive engagement with the private sector.“We have also commenced the process of re-aligning roles and responsibilities of our implementing agencies to eliminate duplication and overlap, reviewing ongoing and future projects and initiatives and streamlining their activities to ensure that they focus on their core mandates of either policy development, access and infrastructure provision, industry regulation or industry support as the case may be.“Today the truth is that most of the agencies focus on all of these things leading to market confusion, valuable resource dissipation and poor project prioritization and project execution.“Internally we are harvesting all ongoing and proposed ICT projects of Ministries(including the departments and agencies that they supervise) with a view to ensuring that FGN is firstly receiving value for money for ICT projects and that there is a clear alignment between these projects and the transformation agenda objectives,” she also said.Source: allafrica newslast_img read more


Facebook Google And Other Tech Companies Show Off Their Gay Pride Pics

first_imgAdvertisement  policy, putting programs in place that support Gayglers (Gay Googlers) and their families, and hosting and sponsoring events and programs around the world to continue the discussion on equality.” Over 400 Facebook employees marched down Market Street in San Francisco for Pride yesterday. I wondered if Facebook feared any backlash from conservative countries where it’s popular but tolerance is not. Slater Tow, a member of the Gay @ Facebook employees group assured me “Facebook very much supports diversity” but that its presence at Pride is “not a company led initiative. Its 100% employee driven.” – Advertisement – Both companies have been showing their support online too. Last year Facebook added civil unions and domestic partnerships as relationship status options, and the company won a GLAAD award this month. And just last week, Google added a Prideeaster egg to search, displaying a rainbow banner on results when you search for Gay, Lesbian, LGBT, NYC Gay Pride, or SF Gay Pride, or Gay Pride.So now let’s check out the awesome photos. If your tech company has pics from Pride too, post them as Imgur links in the comments and I’ll add them in.You didn’t have to search hard to find Google at Pride. It had almost 700 marchers in New York City and over 1000 in San Franciscolast_img read more


Facebook adds save for later

first_imgAdvertisement Website iMore reports that users will see a notification informing them that they can “press and hold on a story to save it for later”. The function will work similarly to the way that many other websites use “favourites”, making a status update or status update available in a private folder called “Saved”.The new option raises the possibility of Facebook beginning to challenge services such as Flipboard and Instapaper, which allow users to aggregate a number of stories to read them later. Although Facebook’s current update is not on the same scale, it is moving in a similar direction. The social network recently added the option for users to subscribe to brands or their favourite friends.Facebook also earlier announced that it was updating how users see photographs and offering them the chance to “Favorite” photographs so that users see the images users like most more prominently. – Advertisement – Both the photos update and the ‘Save for later’ option appears not to be available outside America yet, but are likely to roll-out internationally shortly.Source: Telegraphlast_img read more


South Africa Becomes Global Leader In Solar Power Generation

first_imgAdvertisement South Africa, Africa largest economy, has become the world leader in solar power generation following Queensland’s withdrawal of a $75 million funding from Australia’s Western Downs facility.Australia has been crowing about becoming the global leader after a promise was made to disburse $1.2 billion on the Western Downs facility but the deal did not come through after Queensland withdrew the money promised by the state government under the administration of Labor Queensland leader Anna Bligh. However, with Bligh electoral defeat, the Newman government took over and backed out of the deal.Inspite of this, the Solar Dawn Consortium insisted it is committed to the country’s large-scale concentrated solar power industry. – Advertisement – According to International Business Times, the project was supposed to build a 250-megawatt solar thermal power plant near Chinchilla in the southwest part of the state. It was calendared to begin construction in 2013.“The process of developing major power projects remains complex and time-consuming, particularly given we are competing in a dynamic energy market,” a Queensland spokesman explained.Meanwhile, a Spanish multinational corporation, Abengoa started the construction of two solar thermal projects (the 50-megawatt Khi Solar One and the 100-megawatt KaXu Solar One CSP) in South Africa last week. The two projects combine the use of a solar tower and parabolic trough technologies.The two project has attracted power purchase agreements from  South Africa government-owned power utility company, ESKOM while finance for the venture would come from South African and international financial institutions.South Africa is succeeding in spite of Australia’s predicament by using stand alone systems while introducing a market-focused system that has caught the interest of the world’s biggest solar and other alternative energy developers using an auction-based system. That system has so far attracted over $5 billion worth of solar energy projects during its first two auctions.Last week, global engineering solutions provider, Kentz Corporation Limited, announced that it has secured a $45 million Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract for the 75MWp Kalkbult Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Project in the Northern Cape area of South Africa. The project,scheduled to be completed by January 2014, is a key component of Phase 1 of the South African Department of Energy’s 3,725MW Renewable Energy IPP Procurement Program.Source: Ventures-Africalast_img read more


Google Glass to have spatial gestures like twofinger browser zoom and winking

first_imgAdvertisement Google is planning an interesting set of gestures for its Glass project, letting you use your fingers, head, and eyes to perform certain functions. Two examples include being able to use two fingers to zoom in and out of the browser, apparently just like on a touch device, as well as winking to take a photo.This information comes to us courtesy of Reddit user fodawim, who found the new gestures “buried deep” in MyGlass, the Google Glass companion app that launched last week.The most interesting mentions in our opinion include HEAD_GESTURES, EYE_GESTURES (including WINK_TAKE_PHOTO), BROWSER_TWO_FINGER_ZOOM, GUEST_MODE, and COMPANION_SCREENCAST. Given that the first two are categories, one could assume that there will be multiple types of each, even though there is only one of each listed right now. – Advertisement – From the last two, it suggests that Glass users will have the option to share the device with others without fear of giving away access to their personal stuff (we’ve heard about this before) as well as send over a stream to their friends showing off what they’re currently up to. These features could of course never see the light of day, but the fact Google already seems to have code for them seems to suggest they are at the very least being tested by the company.The head gesture name seems to imply putting Glass to sleep and waking it up. The eye gestures meanwhile can apparently be calibrated or even completely disabled (in fact, they will probably be off by default), which makes sense as you don’t want to be taking a succession of photos just by blinking.Glass will be made by a third party but feature support from Google as well as have a dedicated website for purchasing the device and accessories.Multiple interesting leaks have surfaced as of late in code Google has released to the public. Some speculate these are controlled to build up hype. If not, it’s simply a wonder the company can’t keep all these tidbits on lock down.Credit: TNWlast_img read more


BlackBerry lays out new security strategy

first_imgBlackBerry will turn it’s focus to mobile security now. Photo Credit PC Mag Advertisement BlackBerry Ltd has showcased a suite of security products that safeguard everything from medical devices to Hollywood movie scripts, though its CEO acknowledged that his effort to transform the company remains a work in progress.The Waterloo, Ontario-based company, whose smartphone market share has dwindled, is attempting to morph into a more software-focused entity.“I’m pretty satisfied with the progress on the turnaround so far,” BlackBerry’s CEO John Chen said in an interview just before an event in New York. “I laid out the $500 million software revenue target and I’m still comfortable with that commitment for this fiscal year, it looks good.” – Advertisement – He indicated however that the full turnaround he has been promising could take longer than initially promised. Going by his initial timetable, BlackBerry would now be about six months away from seeing real traction from its overhaul. But Chen said he now sees it taking about 12 to 18 months for investors to reap rewards.“We’re patiently building the product pipeline and the sales channel,” he said. “There is still a lot of work to do, I’d love for everything to move faster, but I caution people to be a bit patient because we can’t rebound in a very short period of time, no company can. We are doing all the right things for the long term and the company is definitely out of financial trouble.”Despite Chen’s success in shoring up BlackBerry’s balance sheet, and halting its cash bleed, its shares are still trading at levels they were at 15 months ago, as investors look for proof that it can get back on a growth trajectory.The company, which has acquired a string of niche software-focused companies in the last 18 months, is now set on building out a bigger sales team, while also tapping the sales staff of telecom carriers and other partners to market its array of security-focused products.last_img read more