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Uncertainty looms on future scrap metal legislation

first_imgAlthough the legislation to monitor the trade of scrap metal is said to be in its final stage before passage and implementation, Business Minister Dominic Gaskin, who holds responsibility for the sector, said he was still not sure when the bill would be presented to the National Assembly.Gaskin made the disclosure during an exclusive interview recently conducted on the sidelines of an event.According to the Business Minister, the legislation is still with Attorney GeneralBusiness Minister Dominic GaskinBasil Williams’ Chambers.“The legislation as I mentioned a few months ago has been approved by Cabinet (so) it’s with the Attorney General Chambers. It is a complete piece of legislation; it’s not just a few amendments so it does take a little more time than normal amendments,” Gaskin informed.He went on to explain that the document was supposed to be brought to the National Assembly last December, but was further postponed owing to other matters which took precedence.Gaskin said, “The Budget and all the enabling amendments that had to be passed around the same time, I think those took priority, so I can’t tell you exactly when it will be passed, but I do know it’s in the final stages of conclusion in the Ministry of Legal Affairs.”Although he said the document was in its final stage, the Minister was unable to say when it would be presented in the National Assembly.He would only say that limited resumption of the scrap metal trade continues to rid storehouses of the materials.Last December, during the second day of consideration of the 2019 Budget estimates when Gaskin was questioned about allocations to various agencies under the Ministry, he informed that the legislation to govern the scrap metal trade would be presented this year.In June 2018, he had said that the new legislation was taken to the Cabinet and approved at that level. The next step, he had noted, would have been to approach the National Assembly.Government had approved a restart of the scrap metal trade in Guyana during February 2017 after closing down the industry one year prior to that.In April 2018, after several months of delays, Government decided to reopen the trade to facilitate the clearance of some of the accumulated scrap metal across the country.While a date for the full resumption of the trade had not been announced, Gaskin had told Guyana Times that the date depended on several important factors.The Minister disclosed that a meeting was held with exporters and dealers to introduce them to a new system that the Business Ministry was trying to implement.According to him, it is a software-based system that was specially designed to help the Ministry to monitor and regulate the trade once it resumed, creating a level playing field for all.Gaskin said the resumption of the trade would give the Ministry the opportunity to test the system to ensure that it was working and would also help to clear some of the accumulated scrap metal that has been legitimately acquired by exporters and dealers’ yards.It was after a forensic audit conducted by the Scrap Metal Unit (SMU) that Government had moved responsibility for the scrap metal trade from the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA) to the Business Ministry.last_img read more

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Heartbreaking ordinariness in the face of war

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Milad Bassim Age: 10 Home: Kailani District, Baghdad, Iraq Religion: Christian Background: Milad’s father works at a camera repair shop. Hushan Imad Ismael Age: 9 Home: Ramadi, Iraq Religion: Muslim Background: Hushan, the son of a photographer, wants to be one, too, so he can chronicle what goes on in Ramadi.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Baghdad. Ramadi. They’re places that spend a lot of time in the news, and every view of them seems to have been captured by photojournalists covering the war in Iraq. But unexplored perspectives remain. With this in mind, asap – an operation of The Associated Press especially aimed at younger readers – gave cameras to a 10-year-old in Baghdad and a 9-year-old in Ramadi and asked them to share a peek at their world, as they see it every day. The images they captured are, at times, sweet and familiar – and at others, disturbing and anything but childlike. Because of safety concerns, asap is not publishing photos of the young photographers themselves. But if you look through this photo package, you’ll get a sense of what the world looks like through their eyes. THE PHOTOGRAPHERS: last_img read more

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Four Donegal places named among Ireland’s ‘most magical’

first_imgFEATURES: Four Donegal places have been named amongst a list of Ireland’s ‘most magical’ places to visit. Popular website, ‘Before You Die Ireland’ reviewed the 21 ‘most magical’ places to visit in the entire country.Donegal has consistently featured in the websites reviews of the best places to see, beaches to visit, pubs to drink and restaurants to eat in. The websites latest offering showcases what they describe as the ‘most magical’ places to visit, and no less than four Donegal places make the list.Below are the four places named among the most magical in Ireland:Glenevin Waterfall: The walk up Glenevein Valley to the Glenevin Waterfall in Clonmany, County Donegal, takes the rambler on a safe, well sign -posted route.Newly installed picnic areas blend easily into the natural landscape. Footbridges are dotted along the track as visitors criss cross the stream using the stepping stones. (Pic by Adam Rory Porter)Slieve League Cliffs:Ranked Number 1 attraction on tripadvisor for County Donegal. Climbing to this point on Slieve League Cliffs in County Donegal is a truly memorable experience.The views are fantastic! Highly recommended to add this place to the list of places to visit!Portsalon Beach: A very extensive sandy beach on the shores of Lough Swilly. It gently slopes towards the Atlantic ocean and is located in a Natural Heritage Area.The beach at Portsalon can be reached by travelling north east in the R246 from Carrowkeel to Portsalon.Glenveagh National Park:Glenveagh National Park is one of six national parks in Ireland. Situated in the Northwest of Co. Donegal, Glenveagh encompasses some 16,000 hectares in the heart of the Derryveagh Mountains. Such a great wilderness is the haunt of many interesting plants and animals. These lands were managed as a private deer forest before becoming a national park in 1975.With the completion of public facilities Glenveagh National Park was officially opened to the public in 1986.Four Donegal places named among Ireland’s ‘most magical’ was last modified: September 22nd, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BeautyBefore you DiedonegalFeaturesMost Magicalnewslast_img read more

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The most likely outcome in every Premier League match in gameweek 13

first_imgIt’s a huge one for the talkSPORT network too as, at 3pm on Saturday, we have Manchester United hosting Crystal Palace  live on talkSPORT 2 before talkSPORT brings you commentary of Tottenham’s huge clash with London rivals Chelsea at Wembley.Everyone has their own different ways of attempting to forecast the result and statistics are more often being used.One such producer of these is FiveThirtyEight but what outcomes do they think will happen? Find out below.*All figures are rounded and may not total 100 per cent Can Anthony Martial get on the scoresheet again for Manchester United. whoops latest predicted Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Tottenham Hotspur vs Chelsea (Saturday at 5:30pm) – live on talkSPORTTottenham win – 41 per cent chance of happeningChelsea win – 32 per cent chance of happeningDraw – 27 per cent chance of happeningBournemouth vs Arsenal – (Sunday at 1:30pm)Bournemouth win – 27 per cent chance of happeningArsenal win – 49 per cent chance of happeningDraw – 23 per cent chance of happening changes Will West Ham star Marko Arnautovic be able able to breach the Man City defence? The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion West Ham United vs Manchester City (Saturday at 3pm)West Ham win – Nine per cent chance of happeningMan City win – 76 per cent chance of happeningDraw – 16 per cent chance of happening 6 Most Popular Premier League News We cannot wait for the return of the Premier League – and it’s not just because talkSPORT have live commentary of Tottenham Hotspur vs Chelsea on Saturday evening.The title chasers  are all in action on Saturday, along with Manchester United, who will be desperate to keep their good form up as they attempt to climb the table. How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? Watford’s Miguel Britos scores against Liverpool last season in an epic 3-3 draw. Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? gameday cracker 6 6 revealed 6 Can the Arsenal defence stop the in-form Callum Wilson? tense Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Everton vs Cardiff City – (Saturday at 3pm)Everton win – 53 per cent chance of happeningCardiff win – 21 per cent chance of happeningDraw – 27 per cent chance of happeningFulham vs Southampton – (Saturday at 3pm)Fulham win – 37 per cent chance of happeningSouthampton win – 35 per cent chance of happeningDraw – 28 per cent chance of happeningManchester United vs Crystal Palace – (Saturday at 3pm) – live on talkSPORT 2Man United win – 61 per cent chance of happeningCrystal Palace win – 16 per cent chance of happeningDraw – 23 per cent chance of happening Jamie Vardy’s attempt for Leicester is cut out by Brighton’s Gaetan Bong last season. Brighton and Hove Albion vs Leicester City – (Saturday at 3pm)Brighton win – 34 per cent chance of happeningLeicester win – 37 per cent chance of happeningDraw – 28 per cent chance of happening Watford vs Liverpool – (Saturday at 3pm)Watford win – 16 per cent chance of happeningLiverpool win – 61 per cent chance of happeningDraw – 23 per cent chance of happening huge blow Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City TOP WORK SORRY Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Tottenham vs Chelsea can be heard live on talkSPORT. 6 6 Guardiola-inspired tactics: Is this how Arsenal will line up under Arteta? Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Huddersfield Town – (Sunday at 4pm)Wolves win – 51 per cent chance of happeningHuddersfield win – 19 per cent chance of happeningDraw – 30 per cent chance of happeningBurnley vs Newcastle United – (Monday at 8pm)Burnley win – 37 per cent chance of happeningNewcastle win – 33 per cent chance of happeningDraw – 30 per cent chance of happeninglast_img read more

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Prices, jobs tie at issue

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “Given our finding that the role of interstate business relocation in employment change is negligible, arguments about a hostile business climate based on anecdotal evidence of businesses leaving California should be treated with caution,” the researchers said. But some of those critics point out that the institute’s study doesn’t reflect what’s happened in the past three years, such as soaring housing costs here. Jack Kyser, chief economist at the nonprofit Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp., said that the institute’s findings don’t reflect the reality of the executive suite or shop floor. “This is the oldest of news, to be very blunt. And I say this as we are busy trying to retain the North American headquarters of Nissan,” he said. The company is considering relocating to Nashville or Dallas to trim costs and it will be a loss of 1,300 high quality jobs, he said. Two years ago Kyser began keeping a list of companies that fled Southern California because of high business costs and it now numbers 41. Probably double that number have left the state unnoticed. Especially hard hit are manufacturing and entertainment. For example, of major films currently in production, 17 are being shot in the Los Angeles area, nine elsewhere in California, 36 elsewhere in the United States and 32 in foreign countries. Kyser also notes that the institutes study is somewhat outdated because the time frame ended just as housing prices began spiking in most areas of the state. “When you are fighting for survival, in some cases it does make a difference,” he said of the high cost of doing business here. “As the saying goes, Houston, I think we have a problem.” Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s office and the California Chamber of Commerce both criticized the study, saying it was based on old data and didn’t track figures such as how many California businesses chose to expand in other states. Schwarzenegger campaigned during the 2003 recall partly based on criticism that the state’s policies were driving out businesses. David Crane, the governor’s special adviser on jobs and economic growth, said the state’s business climate reached its worst point after the study period. “That report goes to the end of 2002,” Crane said. “It doesn’t include 2003, which I think was the worst year for worker’s compensation costs. You clearly had employers deciding to add jobs outside the state that if everything else had been the way it was before, they would’ve added them inside the state.” He said the loss of jobs that should have been added is no different than losing jobs that were already in place. Those jobs were lost because workers’ compensation costs, among other problems, were making it too expensive here. Last year Schwarzenegger and the Legislature worked out a workers’ compensation reform package that has reduced those costs. Crane said by the end of 2003, workers’ compensation was costing businesses $30 billion a year, but the figure has been reduced to a projected $15 billion this year. The Associated Press contributed to this story. Greg Wilcox, (818) 713-3743 greg.wilcox@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Contrary to critics of state government, business costs in California are not driving out large numbers of companies and company relocations aren’t a major factor in job loss, according to a study to be released Wednesday. The Public Policy Institute of California analyzed statistics between 1992 and 2002, and found that out-of-state moves constituted less than 4 percent of business moves. And when businesses did move, most stayed within the state, the study found. The conclusions contradict claims by some politicians and business groups that California’s taxes and high costs are driving large numbers of companies to other states. last_img read more

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MAN CHARGED WITH ORANGE HALL ARSON ATTACK

first_imgEamonn McGill arriving in court. Pic copyright of Northwest News Pix.A MAN has appeared in court in Letterkenny today charged with two counts of criminal damage after an attack on an Orange Hall in Convoy last year.Eamonn McGill, from Macmeenstown, Convoy, faced charges of criminal damage causing €245,000 worth of damage to Convoy Orange Hall last October. He was also charged with causing €800 worth of damage to a church on the same day.He was arrested in Letterkenny this morning.The court heard he had replied ‘not true’ to each of the charges when they were put to him earlier today.Judge Paul Kelly refused bail.The 31-year-old accused was remanded in custody to appear again at Letterkenny court this Thursday.A second man has already been charged in connection with the arson attack.MAN CHARGED WITH ORANGE HALL ARSON ATTACK was last modified: May 25th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:arsonchargedEamonn McGillOrange Halllast_img read more

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Yeak Kabowa defeat Parakeets, edge closer to Futsal Super League title

first_imgYeak (Blue and White) are still six points clear at the top of the League. (File Photos)Futsal Super League 2018/19Thursday, 09-05-2019International Futsal Courts, Mengo -Typhoon 4-2 Mengo City-Aidenal 3-1 Elephants -Dream 5-1 Kabowa United -Park 3-2 Yap Stars -Crown 2-1 Equator-Yeak Kabowa 4-1 Parakeets-Nomad 1-2 BajimMENGO – Yeak Kabowa took a giant step towards securing the 2018/19 Futsal Super League League title as they defeated Parakeets 4-1 in one of the 7 matches played on Thursday.The Kabowa based side who have been impressive all season ensured they were in control of proceeding early, taking a 2-0 lead into halftime with John Musasizi and Swabul Mugenyi scoring for them.Parakeets looked a better side in the second half, halving the deficit thanks to Vincent Abigaba’s goal.However, Yeak responded with two more goals through now-top scorer Shaffic Avemah.The win take Yeak onto 57 points and ensures they maintain their 6 point caution atop the Futsal Super League standings with only three games to play.For second placed Park, they returned to winning ways, powering past Yap Stars 3-2.Having let a 3-1 lead slip in the 5-5 draw against Bajim last week, Park knew they could not afford anymore slip-ups in the title race and raced into a 3-0 lead at halftime.Mark Kisenyi, Shafick Mulangira and Joshua Asiku scored Park’s first half goals.In the second half, the second placed side were all over the place as Yap pushed them to the limits.Yap who are currently the bottom side on the log, scored two unanswered goals through Ouma Osborne to set-up a tense finale.In the end, Park held on to register a vital victory.The three points see the Iddi Babu captained side march onto 51 points for the season, six behind leaders Yeak with only three games to play.For Yap, they remain bottom of the standings having gathered only 9 points from their first 23 games.Elsewhere, defending champions Dream made it three victories in their last three games, defeating Kabowa United 5-1. Tags: DreamEnock SsebagalaFutsal Super LeagueJohn SsegawParakeetsParkShaffic AvemahtopYeak Kabowa Dream (In Blue) have now won all of their last three games.Swaibu Kazibwe and Moses Lubega struck early for the defending champions to ensure a 2-1 lead at halftime. Edward Kyagulanyi struck for Kabowa in the first period.In the second, it was all Dream, scoring three more goals in order to seal the victory.Kazibwe completed his day’s brace while John Ssegawa added two more in the rout.Victory for Dream now sees them maintain 4th spot with 41 points accumulated so far.For Kabowa United, they remain second from bottom with 12 points.In the most entertaining contest of the day, Crown edged Equator 2-1.Crown took a 1-0 lead at halftime thanks to Ismail Kaire’s goal but it was in the second half that the contest got to life.Just after the recess, Equator equalized through Daniel Sempa and with the contest heading for a stalemate, Salad Mahad took the matters into his own hand to strike the winner for Crown.Crown now maintain 3rd spot after gathering 42 points from 23 games while Equator slump into 9th on the standings with 32 points.In the other games played on the day, Typhoon took care of Mengo City 4-2, Aidenal defeated Elephants 3-1 while Bajim were 2-1 winners over Nomad.Yeak’s Shaffic Avemah now tops the scoring charts with 38 goals, two ahead of teammate Enock Ssebagala.The Futsal Super League action continues next Thursday with all 14 teams in action once again.Comments last_img read more

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Live updates: 49ers dominate Browns on Monday night, win 31-3

first_imgFollow along Monday at 5:15 p.m. for in-game insights and analysis when the 3-0 49ers take on the Cleveland Browns in a nationally televised showdown in Santa Clara. GAME ESSENTIALS: 49ers (3-0) vs. Cleveland (2-2) at Levi’s Stadium on Monday at 5:15 p.m. (PT)TV: ESPN, ABC-TV (Ch. 7), Joe Tessitore (play-by-play), Booger McFarland (analyst), Lisa Salters (reporter).ODDS: 49ers -5 (opened at 49ers -4). OVER/UNDER: 47.5 (opened at 47). SERIES: Browns lead 12-7. LAST …last_img

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How to Do Biology Without Evolution

first_imgEverything in biology can make perfect sense without the darkness of Darwinism. Take a look.PhysOrg wrote up a new video series by MIT scientist Lorna Gibson, a professor of materials science and engineering. An exceptional communicator, Gibson has produced a series of short video clips examining how woodpeckers avoid brain injury.  It’s a delightful set, taking the viewer out into the woods and through museum drawers, studying fossils and living specimens on a quest to figure out how all that hard pecking against hard wood doesn’t give the birds a severe headache (or concussion). After all, the birds experience a deceleration of 600 to 1,500 g’s – over 10 times more than what a human can endure (100 g).What’s notable about the article and the video clips is that “evolution” is nowhere mentioned. Apparently Gibson never heard, or doesn’t believe, that “nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution.” It’s not that she is a creationist or advocate of intelligent design. She never sings a hymn or prays. There’s no hint of religion at all. She just applies her scientific methods and reasoning to address an interesting question in science and gain understanding about it. Along the way, she conveys a great deal of information about birds, biology, ecology, physics, mathematics, engineering, history and conservation, keeping it fun. The entire 8-part series is on YouTube. Each episode ranges from 2 to 8 minutes.This is an excellent illustration of how to teach science that we recommend highly! You’ll enjoy watching and learning from Dr. Gibson. She’s not flashy or flamboyant; just factual and to the point. The films are nicely edited with good graphics and locations without being ostentatious. Great for home school parents, teachers and nature lovers of all ages.The birds themselves steal the show. What is most delightful is the complete absence of evolutionary storytelling – and that makes perfect sense. We can see kids gaining a real interest in science through this set.Another good science teacher on the internet is Destin of Smarter Every Day. His YouTube videos illustrate science principles in all kinds of fun situations, all Darwin-free. Subscribe and enjoy!(Visited 206 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Young energy champions lead the way

first_imgDaniel von Eschwege’s invention is cost effective and easy to assemble. Louise Williamson and her family have not looked back since turning their home green. South Africa’s first Six Star Green Star-accredited building is owned by Vodafone. A view of the entrance to the Vodafone building. The City of Cape Town is leading the way in energy efficiency. Here an employee is retrofitting a traffic light in the city with LEDs.(Images: www.eta-awards.co.za)MEDIA CONTACTS• Sandisiwe GugusheMedia Relations Manager: Ground Media+27 11 544 1900RELATED ARTICLES• South Africa becoming a renewable energy hub• First Cape Town homes to feed power to grid • Energy centres to power rural South Africa • Power from South Africa’s wind • Portable plant makes fuel from wasteValencia TalaneEvery year in November South Africa’s energy utility Eskom rewards citizens who apply their minds and skills to inventing energy efficiency tools that don’t only help to keep energy consumption down but, in many cases, also address sustainable community development needs.This year is no different, as the eta Awards 2012 ceremony in Kyalami, north of Johannesburg, proved. If anything, the judges had their hands full, according to the chairman of the judging panel, Prof Roy Marcus.“The plethora of good ideas that came through made the judging difficult,” said Marcus. “What’s more, 90% of them are in fact working in the environment that we are so encouraging.”He urged the audience to go out and believe in what South Africa can produce in terms of energy efficiency projects.Now in their 23rd year, the awards, named eta after the Greek symbol for efficiency, showcased projects in nine categories, namely industry, commercial, residential, innovation, energy efficiency awareness, community, young designers and energy savings in household. The last was added in 2011 to encourage ordinary South Africans to innovate sustainable methods of conserving energy.Seeking alternative energy sourcesDelivering the keynote address, Eskom chairman Zola Tsotsi cited the work that his organisation has done over the years to move towards more energy efficient solutions, not only within the company, but in encouraging South Africans to adopt a greener approach to their lifestyles.“The eta finalists have proven that it is possible to offset price increases through energy savings,” said Tsotsi. South Africa’s electricity pricing is rated among the world’s highest, and almost 90% of its electricity is generated in coal-fired power stations. Recent media reports have indicated generally negative response to a proposed 16% tariff hike every year for the next five years.Speaking of efforts to seek alternative energy sources, Tsotsi said since 2005, Eskom had rolled out energy efficiency projects that have brought environmental and economic benefits for the country.“Over 3 000MW has been taken off the national grid, mainly from the installation of compact fluorescent lamps around the country,” he said.The industrial sector, he added, had also been supportive, and through its intervention 600MW has been saved since the beginning of the initiative through the implementation of energy efficient technologies and energy management.“Turning ideas into action depends on us,” said Tsotsi. “There is no time like the present to power a brighter future.”Rewarding excellenceContinuing its effort to encourage energy saving among residents, Eskom introduced the Energy Saving in Households category to the etas in 2011. This year the award went to the City of Cape Town’s Public Lighting Retrofit Programme, which has seen the municipality retrofitting all its traffic lights from incandescent luminaries to LEDs in an effort to reduce carbon emissions.“Since 2009, 15 370MWh-a-day have been saved, which is almost the equivalent of 17-millionMWh a year,” explained Sumaya Mohamed from the City’s environmental resource management division.From the example of Cape Town to private companies in a range of industries, to community development initiatives and school groups, all nine categories of the awards were represented by innovative ideas that Tsotsi contended South Africans can learn a lot from.Young achieversThe Young Designers category’s repertoire of entries saw several young people show initiative and imaginative thinking in their approach. So popular was the category, receiving many entries from budding young scientists that the judging panel decided to split it in two, for individuals and groups.A group of pupils of Bracken Hill EK primary school in Knysna – who designed a hotbox and a clay oven that requires a few twigs and a small amount of coal to heat it up – helped their community reduce its wood consumption by at least half, from its average 900 pieces per week.To further their conservation efforts, the pupils also developed a system that allows them to make coal using recycled paper. This way the families in the Bracken Hill community would have a cost-effective alternative to regular coal.To the east of Knysna, four pupils from Bay College in Plettenberg Bay named their team Girls Looking Forward, and their research was meant to determine the most efficient option for cooking, using a microwave, a stove top and the slow-cooking process.The result was the invention of a hotbox that proved popular in their community’s crèches and soup kitchens, and had a wider social impact as these institutions expressed how the girls’ project had changed their perspective on energy consumption. They were winners in the Young Designers category: Group.The winner in the individual section was 12-year-old Daniel von Eschwege from Bloemfontein in the Free State, who has entered his design in the Eskom Expo for  Young Scientists for three years.Von Eschwege has created a solar geyser system that is affordable and will also benefit users by keeping its maintenance costs low.Using high-density polyethylene (HDPE), or the black plastic pipe – which upon testing was found to be as efficient as the copper pipe used in conventional geysers – he is able to keep installation, construction and labour costs down.The HDPE, which is coiled and fitted inside a solar panel and connected to a plumbing system, is mounted on the roof of a house to absorb as much solar energy from the sun as possible.A separate eta section, the Energy Efficient Lighting Design Awards, also proved popular, with the judges selecting 19 finalists. These too were put into different categories: professional, special/amateur, scholar and student.Nine-year-old Thomas Granig, a pupil at Johannesburg’s The Ridge Preparatory College, was the youngest winner of the night. His lighting design, in the scholar category, is named the LED Envirolight.The base of his light is constructed out of balsa wood that supports the paper light shade which is held in place with a Pringles chip lid. Granig made holes in the base to fit an old torch switch, LED globe and wires to a transformer that he recycled from an old telephone with wireless handsets.Innovative designIn the innovation category, victory went to the architectural team of Naina Sharad Marsai, Savier Huyberechts and Alison Grove from Grosskopff, Lombardt, Huyberechts and Associates, designers of the first Six Star Green Star-accredited building in the country. Mobile provider Vodafone now has an office block that is a prototype 350 square metre building for which all power is provided by solar panels, while the building generates its own electricity.The winners in the other categories were:Industrial – Magnet Electrical, an energy services company in KwaZulu-Natal that provided an ammonia heat pump for Rainbow Chicken’s plant in Hammersdale. The pump provides hot water as needed by the plant, but reduces the amount of power used to produce the hot water.Commercial – the operations department of the V&A Waterfront Holdings in Cape Town has managed to turn the 85-building precinct into an energy efficient zone. This was achieved by installing lighting controls, energy efficient lighting and upgrading their air conditioning BMS, among other efforts.Energy Efficiency Awareness – hosted by Gareth Burley, the Green Hour radio programme on community radio station Kingfisher FM in Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape, has been going for just over a year.The programme creates awareness around energy efficiency and showcases good news stories and ideas, among other things.Efficiency champion – Barry Bredenkamp, who worked for Eskom for 27 years before starting and committing in 2000 to a campaign to get South African households to turn to compact fluorescent lights. He now heads up the South African National Energy Development Institute.Community – Billy Hadlow and the Seven Schools Club are joint winners of this category. Hadlow invented the Khaya Power, a 5l plastic container converted into a solar energy power pack that can supply energy to a house for up to eight hours. It contains a 12-volt battery, a DC socket and is fitted with LED lights. It is charged during the day for use at night.The Seven Schools Club’s initiative is focused on a recycling campaign that sees pupils collecting recyclable waste to earn money for their schools .Energy Saving in Households – Louise Williamson’s family was motivated by an unanticipated move from their old house into a new one to commit to living off the grid. It took six weeks for her husband to build their green home, where they use solar panels for energy, borehole water and to cook, an effort that has saved them R20 000 (US$2 260) over 56 months.“The awards are a great platform to get people talking about becoming more energy conscious and also showcase the best South Africa has to offer in terms of energy saving innovations,” said Dr Steve Lennon, Eskom group executive of sustainability.All the winners of the receive cash prizes of R30 000 ($3 400) each, while the runners up get R5 000 ($564).last_img read more