Kepco reported to be backing away from 630MW coal project in South Africa

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Mining Weekly:South Korea’s state-owned power utility Kepco will either cancel its investment in coal-driven South African independent power producer Thabametsi, or transition the project to gas.A statement issued on Friday by Seoul-based nongovernmental organisation Solutions for Our Climate said Kepco announced on Thursday night it would no longer invest in overseas coal projects, a move which would also impact the Sual 2 venture in the Philippines.The move comes 10 days after Kepco approved the acquisition of a stake in the controversial Vung Ang 2 coal power project in Vietnam.Friday’s Solutions for Our Climate statement said Kepco chief executive officer Kim Jong-gap stated in an annual governmental audit hearing by the Korean national assembly that the utility planned to cancel or convert to liquefied natural gas, two remaining overseas coal power projects in its pipeline, namely Sual 2 and the 630 MW Thabametsi plant.Environmentalists in South Africa have been working for several years to discourage the development of new coal-fired power stations, which they say would have a high pollution impact, be economically costly and raise greenhouse gas emissions.In a victory for the environmental groups, a landmark decision by South Africa’s Water Tribunal in August confirmed that water licensing authorities must consider the impacts of climate change when deciding whether or not to grant water use licences to coal-fired power stations.More: Kepco cancels investment in South African coal energy plant Kepco reported to be backing away from 630MW coal project in South Africalast_img read more

Aphibarnrat hopes to match McIlroy

first_imgThailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat will look to take a leaf out of Rory McIlroy’s book by claiming his second European Tour title in succession in the Volvo China Open this week. Press Association Aphibarnrat won the inaugural Shenzhen International in dramatic fashion on Sunday, making an eagle on the 17th in the final round to force a play-off with home favourite Li Hao-tong, before producing a winning birdie on the first extra hole. And the 25-year-old would love nothing more than to taste further success at Tomson Shanghai Pudong Golf Club to become the first player to win back-to-back events since McIlroy’s victories in the Bridgestone Invitational and US PGA Championship last year. “I’m looking forward to going back to Thailand next week and seeing all my friends and family, especially my dad and my fiancee,” Aphibarnrat said. “It’s been great, the last few days. I’ve had a few days to celebrate my win. “But it’s back to business again this week and hopefully I can make it back-to-back wins in China. I’m obviously swinging it well so I won’t be changing anything. I’ll try to remember the good feeling I had when I made the winning putt on Sunday and try to carry that through with me this week.” Li looked certain to claim his first European Tour title on Sunday when he carded a closing 67 to set the clubhouse target, only to be denied by overnight leader Aphibarnrat’s brilliant finish. The 20-year-old at least had the consolation of climbing from 194th in the world rankings to a career-high 125 and expects to shake off a back injury which kept him out of the pre-tournament pro-am on Wednesday. ” I didn’t feel well this morning, my back felt a little bit tight when I got up,” he said. “So I went to the physios after a little practice when I arrived at the club. Now I am feeling much better, hopefully it won’t affect me tomorrow. “Looking back to last week, I think I still need more experience in this kind of situation because I have never been in such a winning position before. “However, it was good experience, maybe it’s the price I have to pay for my age. I still have a long way to go and I still have many tournaments ahead.” France’s Alexander Levy is the defending champion, although his victory 12 months ago came at Genzon Golf Club, which was the venue for last week’s tournament. Levy, who is aiming to become the first player to win the tournament twice, said: ” I’m not thinking about winning again at the moment, my first aim is just to play well and to enjoy this week. “I really like the course, I’ve never been here before but my first impressions are very good. It’s tough and the greens are very firm, which we don’t get very often on the European Tour. So it will be very interesting and I’m looking forward to the experience. “Last week I struck the ball very well, but struggled a little with my short game. So if I can hit the ball as well as I did last week and hole a few more putts, I should hopefully be in for a good week.” last_img read more

A Practical Approach to Passive House

first_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Members I began my career in architecture nearly 17 years ago after spending many years as a contractor. My background has given me a strong appreciation for and understanding of people who design and build homes. I’ve designed more than 30 zero-energy homes, six deep-energy retrofits, and numerous high-performance houses. In truth, the path to optimum performance and durability hasn’t always been easy.In many ways, the knowledge that I’ve gained over the years has culminated in the design and building of this home — my first certified Passive House, in the coastal community of Falmouth, Mass. — which I confidently consider my best work to date. Not only am I proud of what we accomplished in this project, but I’m also proud of how we did it. My informed, organized team and I were able to build a comfortable and exceptionally durable Passive House with standard building materials and practical construction techniques — an approach that’s replicable for any homeowner, builder, or architect looking to build a cutting-edge house of comparable performance. Chasing the plaque Passive House standards are the strictest residential-building parameters we have in this country, and hitting their performance target is a challenge.Passive House isn’t for everyone, and there are some caveats worth considering. Passive House standards are performance-based, with no relevance to cost or aesthetics. Because of this, material and product options can be limited when compared to, say, an Energy Star home. For example, we wanted to use insulated, triple-glazed wood windows on this house because of the way they looked, but when we modeled them with the Passive House software, we realized that they wouldn’t perform well enough. We opted instead for fiberglass Thermotech windows that met Passive House standard but were different from what… Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.center_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log inlast_img read more

Wolfe Island Passive: Ready for Roofing

first_imgAdding the Insulation Building With Cross-Laminated TimberWindows, Doors, and UtilitiesThe EnvelopeWolfe Island Passive House — An Introduction As I write these words, it’s the middle of March, and we are just about where we had originally hoped to be by Christmas. I guess three months behind schedule is not actually that bad, and now the snow has suddenly all melted and spring is in the air. It feels like things are much better. If only we weren’t reaching the limit of our funds…This week the crew has been getting everything on the south side of the house finished so the scaffolding can be shifted to the north side next week. The insulation had all been finished, and the window trim completed. We then spent a weekend staining spruce sheathing with Sansin SDF.Why would we bother staining sheathing? Well, the sheathing is only being installed on the overhangs where there is no insulation, and our overhang design will leave the rafters and the sheathing on top of them open. There will be no fascia or soffit because we want the lovely engineered rafters to be seen. Someone said it looked “very European” this week. We’ll take some more detailed pictures once the scaffolding has been moved.On top of the insulation and sheathing we are fitting a Pro-Clima Solitex Plus membrane, which is high-performance and expensive and was luckily bought back when we still had some money. On top of this are going double-width battens, which are secured right through the entire assembly into the cross-laminated timber (CLT) roof structure with very long (and difficult to source) screws. The battens are double-width because eventually they will have to take screws for solar panels too. The metal roof will be installed by Prestige Roofing of Kingston. We can’t afford anything fancy, and luckily we didn’t want anything other than basic galvanized steel, anyway. Building a porch roof to lastDespite the warm winter we’ve been having, Ontario is still a place that often gets plenty of snow. And you have to account for snow load on a house in all kinds of ways. With porches or any lower roof, you have to plan for the sudden shear forces from snow falling from the a higher main roof. A lot of, let’s call them “country porches,” the kind of self-built, not-really-to-code constructions you see all over rural Ontario, look cute, but often aren’t built with shear forces in mind.There are basically two ways of building a porch that is strong enough to resist these shear forces. One is to have the porch as a structurally independent construction, with two sets of posts — one on the outside, as all porches will have, and another on the inside next to the external wall of the house. The other option is to have the porch connected strongly to the structural elements of the house walls.In our case, because the house has solid CLT walls, it is relatively easy to do the latter. This means that connections and the main beams for the porch roof have to be installed now, while we are wrapping the house in insulation.Our porch components, like the main house assembly and the roof rafters, were also designed by Tomaz Stich and prefabricated by Merk in Germany, along with the rest of the house structure. The connections to the house were modeled after another CLT construction that Tomaz is involved in, located in Calgary, and manufactured by Chris of New Leaf Custom Homes, our builder. The engineer who reviewed the design insisted on extra steel brackets, so the connections will be somewhat over-engineered, but they will definitely be strong enough to resist any sudden dump of snow, and probably could be hit by a meteorite from space.Of course, the porch itself will have to wait until the rest of the house is finished and we are able to pour its separate foundation. Winter seems to be coming to an end, so maybe that won’t be so long after all! BLOGS BY DAVID MURAKAMI WOOD RELATED ARTICLES Guide to Roofs and RoofingSynthetic Roofing UnderlaymentsHow to Install Rigid Foam On Top of Roof SheathingRoofing Material Choices Editor’s note: David and Kayo Murakami Wood are building what they hope will be Ontario’s first certified Passive House on Wolfe Island, the largest of the Thousand Islands on the St. Lawrence River. They are documenting their work at their blog, Wolfe Island Passive House. For a list of earlier posts in this series, see the sidebar below. A minor snag with the insulationWe did run into a few minor problems when the crew turned to the north side of the house and the roof. The Schneider-Holz 110 base layer wood-fiber insulation remains messy to cut to size, and we didn’t have enough of the long fasteners we’ve been using to screw the battens and top layer of insulation into the CLT.However, we managed to source another load more from the marvelous Canadian Log Home Supply, and apparently they are already on their way. That’s what I call service!We also don’t have enough of the Schneider-Holz Top 220 waterproof wood fiber insulation top layer, and aren’t going to be able to get any more. We will have to improvise with some 1 1/2-inch Roxul Comfortboard and more housewrap, which at least have the virtue of being relatively cheap and easy to source. The snow and rain that is forecast means the crew won’t be on site for a couple of days.We barely had time to notice that the roofers from Prestige Roofing had arrived before they had finished. We were all away for the time it took them, so we have no pictures of the roofing in progress, just the results! They did a great job.We have arrived at the point where we have very little money, so we have had to go for the most basic choices, without compromising on the quality of the basic materials or the installation. So this is simple galvanized steel with no hidden fasteners or fancy designs. Environmentally, steel might have a fairly high embodied energy, but a steel roof has a long lifespan and it is entirely recyclable at the end of its useful life.last_img read more

Sandeep Jajodia elected as president of Boxing India

first_imgElected Boxing India officials and other members of boxing fraternity in Mumbai on Thursday.Delhi-based Sandeep Jajodia was elected president unopposed at the much-awaited Boxing India (BI) election in Mumbai on Thursday. Jay Kowli, president of the Maharashtra Boxing Association, upset Rohit Jinendra Jain of New Delhi to be elected secretary general of the new federation.In a three-way contest, Assam’s Hemanta Kumar Kalita eased past Manipur’s Khoibi Salam and Tripura’s Rupak Debroy to become treasurer. A total of 10 vice-presidents and seven executive members were elected in the polls, held under the supervision of International Boxing Association (AIBA) observers – Cliodhna Guy and Kishen Narsi. The sports ministry and the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) didn’t send their observers.The election proceedings were videorecorded. The observers will now submit a report to AIBA, which will continue BI’s provisional membership, providing it the right to run the sport in India. A decision to this effect will likely be taken this week itself or by the beginning of the next. The continuation of provisional membership will also pave the way for Indian boxers to compete under the national flag at the Asian Games and other competitions.AIBA can grant BI full membership only during its general council meeting in mid-November in South Korea.The onus now lies with the sports ministry and the IOA as BI needs their recognition too. Since the new body is using the word ‘India’, it needs various government agencies’ nod. In the process, it also needs to register itself as a society under the Societies Registration Act 1860. Once these formalities are completed, the sports ministry can also recognise BI. The IOA can only recognise the new federation after the sports ministry does so.advertisementBut the IOA still recognises the nowdisbanded Indian Amateur Boxing Federation (IABF), the former body running the sport in the country, as its affiliate member. The IOA has to first disaffiliate IABF before recognising BI. However, it cannot be done before the IOA general council meeting, which will be held in November or December.The elected committee: with number of votes in brackets President: Sandeep Jajodia (Elected unopposed); secretary general: Jay Kowli (32); treasurer: Hemanta Kumar Kalita (41); vice-presidents (10): Jaipal Singh (49), Nirwan Mukerjee (46), G.V. Ravi Raju (46), C.K. Jerath (45), C.B. Raje (43), Kalikanta Boro (42), T. Meren Paul (38), Anil Kumar Bohidar (37), Dalpat Singh Arya (34), Rohan Khuante (34); members of the executive council (seven): Jas Lal Pradhan (58), R. Gopu (49), Rajeev Kumar Singh (40), Nirmolak Singh (39), Anil Mishra (38), D.P. Bhatt (32), Amarjit Singh (29).last_img read more

Last years loss against Purdue a distant memory

What a difference a year makes. The last meeting between Ohio State and Purdue left the Buckeyes stunned and the Boilermakers euphoric. Upset 26-18 by underdog Purdue, OSU left West Lafayette, Ind., a year ago shocked and embarrassed. At the time, the loss was devastating. One year later, it was motivating. The OSU coaching staff hung reminders of last season’s uninspiring effort this week to ensure its team didn’t forget the debacle. “You walk in the building, the hallway, locker room, weight room, anywhere you can think of it was there,” senior offensive lineman Justin Boren said. … “After we lost I think the headline was ‘Train Wreck’ or something and it just reminded us that we have to take care of business.” On Saturday, it appeared as though the coaches’ ploy worked. This year’s Buckeye squad refused to fall victim to Purdue. They were ready. Dominating their opponent in every facet of the game, the Buckeyes thrashed Purdue 49-0. “I’ve never been a part of this team where we had to come off a loss straight into a team that beat us last year,” senior captain Dane Sanzenbacher said. “We all had a lot of emotions coming into the game. Not a lot needed to be said. Everyone was ready.” Looking to avoid a repeat performance, the Buckeyes sprinted to a 42-0 halftime advantage. “It was definitely something that we remembered, and we definitely didn’t want to let that happen to us again,” safety Orhian Johnson said of last year’s loss. “We felt like we needed to go out there and just play our game and just get after them early.” OSU’s 76 yards on the ground in the first stanza alone were 10 more than the Buckeyes had in all of last year’s contest combined. Compiling almost triple the rushing yards from a year ago and outgaining the Boilermakers 489-118, the Buckeyes did everything they could to erase the unpleasant memories from a year ago. And recording nine tackles for losses while pitching its first shutout of the year, the silver bullet defense avenged its subpar performance at Purdue a year ago as well.   “We try to make every game a statement game,” safety Jermale Hines said. “When you’re a Buckeye, you tend to have a lot of pressure on you because people expect you to win every game. We didn’t get it done last year but we came together as a team, as a coaching staff and fought hard.” Although the Buckeyes had extra motivation suffering their first loss of the year a week ago, quarterback Terrelle Pryor said it was the previous Purdue game that had him fired up. “I think Purdue last year was a lot more motivation than last week,” Pryor said. “I think Purdue last year really motivated us because they really kicked our butts up and down the field the whole game.” Fortunately for the Bucks, it was them doing the butt-kicking this time around. read more

Ohio State mens lacrosse set to take on No 7 Notre Dame

Senior defenseman Joe Meurer (11) tracks an opposing player during a game against Marquette Feb. 22 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. OSU won, 11-7.Credit: Brett Amadon / Lantern photographerAfter picking up its first win in almost a month, the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team (2-5, 1-0) welcomes No. 7 Notre Dame (3-2, 2-0) to town, a team the Buckeyes haven’t beaten since 2004.Junior defenseman Evan Mulchrone said this game provides a big opportunity for OSU to earn a quality victory as well as getting a chance to take down a team no current Buckeye has done in his career.“Right now at this point in the season we are just taking it one game at a time,” Mulchrone said. “This is a big one on our schedule. They’re not in our conference but they are a team that we haven’t beaten in years so we are trying to get the opportunity to get back at them for once in my career.”Playing without its leading scorer in junior midfielder Jesse King as well as starting goaltender Greg Dutton, OSU was able to snap a three-game skid Friday with a 10-7 win against ECAC opponent Bellarmine.Never trailing throughout the contest, the Buckeyes got big performances from sophomore attackman Carter Brown, who had five points, as well as freshman goaltender Nick Doyle, who made nine saves in his first collegiate game.OSU coach Nick Myers said the Buckeyes will need more of the same on the offensive end Tuesday if they are going to score on a Notre Dame defense yielding only 8.80 goals per game.“It’s important that we run our offenses, that we turn scoring opportunities into shots on cage, and make sure that we generate quality opportunities,” Myers said. “They’re defense is excellent. They have great goalie play, they are very well schooled, very well prepared … but I think for us, it’s executing our schemes, focusing on taking care of the ball and making sure we end up with shots not turnovers, and then doing a great job on the defensive end of making our stops.”Playing in the ACC, arguably the toughest conference in college lacrosse, Notre Dame has played four teams currently ranked in the top 20 in its first five games.However, after splitting their first four contests of the season, the Fighting Irish picked up a convincing win over No. 8 Virginia, 18-9, March 16.Leading the way for Notre Dame was sophomore attackman Matt Kavanagh with four goals and six points. Only once this season has the Rockville Centre, N.Y., native been held to fewer than five points in a game.Senior defenseman Joe Meurer said OSU cannot expect to stop Kavanagh every time, but his coaches have a gameplan in place which Meurer expects will limit his chances.“We’re going to stick to our scheme,” Meurer said. “We have a really good game plan going into the game. Matt’s a great player, he’s very dynamic, but we are going to play with seven like we do every week and try to limit him as much as possible. He might get a play or two here and there, but we are going to do everything we can to limit him.”This is the first meeting between the two teams since March 2013, a 9-4 victory for Notre Dame.Game time is set for 4 p.m. Tuesday inside Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. read more

Football Gene Smith Urban Meyer back Ryan Day as acting head coach

Ohio State said offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Ryan Day was named the acting head coach for the duration of the investigation. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Managing Editor for DesignAs the Board of Trustees decided on the future of head coach Urban Meyer at the Longaberger Alumni Center on Wednesday, the Ohio State football team practiced. The sound of strength coach Mickey Marotti’s voice echoed across Olentangy River Road, encouraging individual players as the team warmed up at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center during its 4 p.m. practice prior to the season opener against Oregon State on Sept. 1. As day turned to night and the voice of Marotti faded, the deliberation ended, deciding Meyer would be suspended without pay through Sept. 2 and for the games on Sept. 1, 8 and 15. In Meyer’s absence, offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Ryan Day will continue as the acting head coach, a role he has held since Aug. 1 when Meyer was placed on paid administrative leave when the Board of Trustees began its investigation into his knowledge of domestic violence allegations made against former assistant coach Zach Smith. In the opening statement of his press conference, Athletic Director Gene Smith thanked Day for taking on the role of acting head coach, calling him and the assistant coaches strong leaders throughout the investigation. The main message from Gene Smith ahead of his suspension was simple: provide the necessary support for Day through the first three games of the 2018 season. “Our top priority over the next few days is to make sure that we do everything that we can to reaffirm Coach Day’s commitment to being our interim coach during this timeframe,” Gene Smith said. “I will also working to ensure our student-athletes have every resource they need to maintain their focus on academics and competition.”Even though Meyer will not be on the sideline for the first three games of the season, the Ohio State head coach will be able to coach during the weeks leading up to games after Sept. 2. However, for a coach that said he had “worked diligently to build a program that would make the great state of Ohio and Ohio State very proud,” Meyer said his absence from the program has been extremely difficult. “It’s been very tough, one of the toughest things I’ve experienced,” Meyer said. “I have very good players and a very good staff. My message when i get to speak to the team is that I love them dearly, I appreciate all they’ve done for this incredible university.”While he is away from the team for the first three weeks of the season, Meyer was very complimentary towards his current coaching staff, including two former head coaches in defensive coordinator Greg Schiano and offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson. “It’s also one of the best coaching staffs I’ve had,” Meyer said. “I look forward to watching them continue to grow and getting updates as we move forward.”When it is all said and done, the Board of Trustees decided, with the decision to reinstate the head coach after a three-game suspension, that Ohio State was still Meyer’s team. This is the mindset Meyer looks to take as his return to the Buckeyes comes closer. “I’ve been a Buckeye my entire life,” Meyer said. “I appreciate the opportunity to learn from the mistake and work as hard as I ever have to make our strong program even stronger.” read more

Romagnoli Higuain is the best striker in the world

first_imgGonzalo Higuain is the world’s greatest striker, claims his former AC Milan team-mate Alessio Romagnoli.The Argentine striker ended a disappointing five-month loan spell in January after managing just six goals in 15 Serie A games.Higuain then opted to leave Juventus once more in another loan move to Chelsea in the Premier League, where he has reunited with his old Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri.After a subdued first two games in England, Higuain netted a brace in Chelsea’s 5-0 win over Huddersfield Town in the Premier League.And now Romagnoli has announced that he rates Higuain as the world’s best striker.“No problem,” said Romagnoli via Calcio Mercato, when asked about Higuain’s departure from the San Siro in an event in Milan.“I still think he is the best striker in the world. I am sorry he decided to leave but we respect his decision.“He is a friend of mine and if he is happy I am ok with it. Now we have other players that won’t make us regret his departure”.Although Milan made sure they signed up a replacement in Polish striker Krzysztof Piatek from Genoa for a €35m fee.The 23-year-old has embarked on a stunning start at Milan with three goals in as many games.Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“We enjoy having him [Piatek] here and we hope he can keep scoring at least one goal per game,” said Romagnoli.“We hope to win many more games so we can reach the Champions League.“Piatek’s impressed me with his desire and hunger. You can see he wants to show what he’s all about and that’s important. He’s young and on the right path.”Next up for Gennaro Gattuso’s side will a home game against Cagliari, where three points is a must if they are to remain in the top-four of the Serie A and qualify for Champions League football next season.But Romagnoli is refusing to get too carried away at this stage of the campaign.“There are still many games left and we have plenty of things to improve. There will be many direct clashes and many games that seem easy but are not,” added the Milan captain.🔵⚪️😀🥅⚽️🏃🏽‍♂️👌@ChelseaFC pic.twitter.com/aRIu1bGSsc— Gonzalo Higuaín (@G_Higuain) January 25, 2019last_img read more