Joburg, Clinton climate initiatives

first_img4 January 2008A unique relationship is developing between the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) and the City of Johannesburg, with the former committing substantial funding and technical support to help Johannesburg to become an energy-efficient, environmentally friendly city.CCI is a partnership between the Clinton Foundation and the Large Cities Climate Leadership Group (known as the C40), which aims to take practical and measurable steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase energy efficiency in large cities across the world. Usually, the foundation prefers to provide non-financial assistance.In July, the City launched its energy efficiency programme, which includes the Rea Vaya Bus Rapid Transit system, the energy efficiency building retrofit programme, and the solar streetlight township electrification programme. The latter two are in pilot phase.Know-howIn all of these initiatives, the CCI is providing technical assistance to Johannesburg, especially as far as energy efficient procurement, information support on technology and products, and financial and cost analysis are concerned.But the City has also received grant assistance from the CCI. Firstly, the foundation provided a grant to hire the Institute for Transportation Development and Policy (ITDP), a leading international organisation promoting environmentally sustainable and equitable transportation worldwide, to develop the design and operational plan for Rea Vaya.The operational transport plan was submitted to the City in July. “According to the ITDP, Rea Vaya will reduce 311 586 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions from the current ‘do nothing’ scenario,” a progress report on the partnership confirmed.Secondly, a grant was provided to hire a climate change and cleaner production deputy director for the City. The chair was filled in November.At the same time, the environmental management department gained the technical assistance of an acting director for project support, appointed by the Clinton initiative to give support in the implementation of joint City-CCI projects.“The Clinton Foundation has established a unique relationship with Johannesburg due to the City’s aggressive 2010 climate change goals and the executive mayor’s leadership in the C40 and International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives,” the executive director for environmental management, Flora Mokgohloa, stated in the report.So far, Johannesburg has received technical assistance from the foundation for waste management, energy efficiency, performance-based procurement and its operational transportation plan.The relationship between the two has strengthened since the foundation approached the City to form a partnership to fight climate change.In May 2007, Executive Mayor Amos Masondo joined a group of some 30 business and local government leaders in New York to discuss the role cities can play in reducing climate change. Called the C40 Large Cities Climate Summit, it was only the second summit of this nature to be held. The first was held in London in 2005.At that time the summit group also entered into a partnership with the CCI, led by former United States president Bill Clinton. The CCI assists by pooling the buying power of cities, mobilising expert assistance and facilitating the sharing of information about successful and replicable programmes.Key initiativesThe CCI hopes to reduce energy use in buildings worldwide through a landmark new programme and the City of Johannesburg has come on board, signing agreements to join the fight against climate change.A new procurement and financial model for 12 council-owned buildings is now in pilot phase, in which energy use will be drastically reduced through a number of measures. The pilot buildings are in Dobsonville, Ennerdale, Jabulani, Lenasia, Meadowlands, Newtown, Sandton, the Metro Centre, Museum Africa, Putco, the Roodepoort City Hall and Roodepoort Civic Centre.“It is the City’s intention to expand the programme to retrofit as many public buildings as possible by 2010,” Mokgohloa said. She stressed that the programme went far above and beyond lighting retrofits; it included boiler and chiller plant optimisation; improvements to electrical systems; roof, window and building improvements; and indirectly through procurement savings, among other things.A second initiative will look at solar power, still underutilised in sunny South Africa. City Power is identifying areas where solar street lighting can be implemented and appropriate technologies used. A flexible photovoltaic system, which can be laminated to most structures, is being explored and City Power is working closely with the CCI to plan a possible roll out.Lessons learned and alternative approaches are being looked at together with Beka, the company that was responsible for the Zandspruit solar street lighting pilot project.Apart from assistance with the BRT operational plan, the CCI is working with the City’s transportation department to analyse various propulsion systems and fuel types. The CCI is also exploring price discounts for BRT buses for C40 cities. A traffic congestion workshop will be held in December where C40 cities will share experiences in hybrid diesel and ethanol buses, station design, fare collection and financing.Another energy efficiency possibility is a landfill gas-to-energy project, with a report recently completed in which the eight proposal bids for gas extraction were evaluated. The project entails the trapping of the methane gas, generated as a result of landfill decomposition, into gas wells and then flaring or using the gas to generate electricity.Four open landfill sites, at Goudkoppies, Robinson Deep, Marie Louise and Ennerdale, and six closed landfill sites, at Linbro Park, Kya Sands, Mapetla, Panorama, Waterval, Meredale, in Johannesburg were identified to have good potential for gas extraction.Cities consume three quarters of the world’s energy and account for 75 percent of global carbon emissions. Delegates at the 2007 C40 summit agreed that “the fight against climate change will therefore be won or lost in cities”.The C40 cities, of which Johannesburg is one, have publicly declared that “the world’s largest cities have a critical role to play in the reduction of carbon emissions and the reversal of dangerous climate change”.They are Addis Ababa, Athens, Bangkok, Beijing, Berlin, Bogota, Buenos Aires, Cairo, Caracas, Chicago, Delhi, Dhaka, Hanoi, Houston, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Jakarta, Johannesburg, Karachi, Lagos, Lima, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, Melbourne, Mexico City, Moscow, Mumbai, New York, Paris, Philadelphia, Rio de Janeiro, Rome, Sao Paulo, Seoul, Shanghai, Sydney, Tokyo, Toronto and Warsaw. There are also 12 affiliate cities.Source: City of Johannesburglast_img read more

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Gettin’ techie wit it

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#web#Web Development richard macmanus A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts center_img I’ve noticed some excellent techie posts lately, so I feel duty-bound to point them out.Phil Pearson, XML expert Kimbro Staken and Movable Type consultant Chad Everett have been working on a Structured Blogging plugin for WordPress and MT. This is to enable ordinary folks (like me) to publish “new microcontent types, support microformats and other standards like Media RSS”. Phil’s looking for feedback, so if you’re technically inclined jump over to his blog and add your 2 cents.Also I found a great resource via the 9rules homepage, an article at Fiftyfoureleven.com about how to use the Yahoo! API. As it states in the intro:“Looking at Yahoo!s APIs, you can see a little of that “openess” that Yahoo! CEO Terry Semel referred to at 2005’s Web 2.0 conference. From images to movies to maps and search, they offer a lot of data through their APIs.”Fiftyfoureleven.com also offers an ongoing API series. Great stuff and I’ll be reading this very closely and experimenting when I get some free time (in about a week!). Also check out ProgrammableWeb’s How to Make Your Own Web Mashup article. The beauty of mashups is that anyone can play, thanks to great resources like these and the backend work of folks like Phil Pearson. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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#unfollowedghonimbecause: Egyptians Use Twitter to Criticize Revolutionary Leader

first_imgThe Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Related Posts If the Egyptian revolution was inspired and organized on Facebook, maybe the post-revolution is destined to run its course on Twitter. Wael Ghonim, the former Google executive who launched We are all Khalid Said, the Facebook page that acted as a clearinghouse for the uprising, has fallen under opprobrium for recent comments and a lot of the criticism is being expressed via the Twitter hashtag #unfollowedghonimbecause. It wasn’t just Ghonim’s setting up the Facebook page that made him something of a hero to Egyptians. He was also seized by the security services of the country at the height of the protests and interrogated incommunicado for over a week before he was released. That experience rejuvenated protests in Cairo and other cities around the country. He has since assumed a high-profile in post-revolution Egypt. According to Foreign Policy’s Passport blog, Ghonim has recently encouraged his fellow citizens to ease off on political change in order to stabilize the country economically. “Economy should be the priority for the revolutionaries,” Ghonim said in a translation, “because it is the safety valve which will guarantee the continuation of the revolution and the cleansing of Egypt from corruption.” This incensed a number of Egyptians, including whoever is behind @ghonimwithballs, who tweeted, “How about this: Unfollow @Ghonim, then fire a tweet with #UnfollowedGhonimBecause. Let your voice be heard.”Many have, including @amirakhalil46, who tweeted, “i #UnfollowedGhonimBecause he’s a sell-out. Falling for the ‘economic stability’ manipulative tactic!! Forgetting what #Jan25 is all about.”Criticism seemed to center on prioritizing economics over political progress but he was also indicted for not speaking out strongly against the Army’s post-revolution abuses. Revolutions, when they are clear of their immediate goals of dismantling the existing power structure, have a great deal of settling out to do. You can see it in Tunisia as well, where censorship has returned. You already saw it in Egypt with the sentencing by the military of a blogger. The backlash against Ghonim may be another brick in the wall or it may merely be one of the post-revolutionary obstacles all revitalized states have to negotiate. As Passport noted, “Few of the big Egyptian Twitterati, however, joined in, and the hastag devolved into crude personal attacks and bad jokes.” Tags:#Facebook#international#politics#twitter#web Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationcenter_img curt hopkins Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

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Could autonomous cars destroy the auto insurance industry?

first_imgBreak the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… Tags: #autonomous cars#car insurance#GEICO#insurance#Self-Driving#transport#Warren Buffett Related Posts IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A…center_img Autonomous car adoption worldwide is going to have a major knock-on effect on most industries that rely on humans driving cars.One industry that may see a severe downturn in revenue is the auto insurance industry, according to Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett. The billionaire investor said to CNBC “anything that makes cars safer is very pro-social, and bad for the auto insurance industry.”See Also: Self-driving lobbying supergroup to play many dates in Washington D.C.Cars have been made way, way safer, but now when you start making the driver safer, that would be a big jump, and that will happen someday, and when it happens there will be a lot less auto insurance written.”Buffett’s holdings company manages Geico, one of the largest auto insurance companies in the United States. For the past 15 years, Geico has increased its revenue, but the onset of autonomous vehicles might see a downturn in the company’s success.Autonomous vehicle manufacturers might also take it upon themselves to self-insure, rather than have the customer spend thousands in insurance costs for a car controlled by the manufacturer’s software.Could insurance be split between car owners and car designers?We might even see a half-and-half solution, where automakers are willing to insure for accidents that happen due to a flaw in the software, but not if the customer takes control of the vehicle and has an accident.Either way, the likelihood of an accident on the road is bound to fall, which will make auto insurance less expensive; one would hope.Autonomous cars are also going to change how many miles cars rack up in a year, according to research from the University of Michigan. In the study, the team found that autonomous cars may allow families to downsize to one car and use the car for other purposes while they’re at work, like picking up the kids, shopping, or renting the car to a taxi service like Uber or Lyft for pick-ups.That might benefit auto repairs, since the car will spend more time on the road, causing issues with tires and the engine to arise quicker. Google has already made note of the potential uptake in repair shops, to reassure the industry that there’s still some future for them in the autonomous world. David Curry 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle…last_img read more

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Get Ready for Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare

first_imgThe topic of artificial intelligence (AI) is of great interest worldwide. As all industries undergo a digital transformation, they are finding that the ability to use data is both a competitive advantage and strategic imperative. Healthcare is certainly no exception. In this first part of a two-part blog series, I will discuss some of the technologies that make up artificial intelligence, and in the second post present five use cases for AI technology in healthcare.The StageWithin healthcare, as in many industries today, we are seeing a massive digital transformation taking place. A key driver for this is a need to manage costs and improve access against a backdrop of an aging population with increasing prevalence of chronic disease.Digital solutions like telemedicine, wearables, and remote sensors are opening the door to innovation around patient engagement and preventative care.And, we’re racing towards a world of precision medicine where genomics and other ‘omics become standard aspects of routine medical care.These transformations are leading to the creation of massive new data sets, which creates an opportunity for the use of artificial intelligence.The DefinitionBefore we go further, let me establish a working definition for artificial intelligence. At Intel, we have developed a taxonomy for artificial intelligence that includes both machine learning and reasoning technologies that enable machines to more closely mimic human capabilities like sensing, reasoning, and acting.Within the area of machine learning, there are two common approaches. The first is classic machine learning that uses statistical techniques like decision trees, random forests, and support vector machines. The second is deep learning, which uses neural networks. A common use for machine learning is classification, which is a common element in predictive models.Adjacent to machine learning are reasoning systems, both memory, and logic based, which are able to identify patterns across data sets using various techniques and build prescriptive solutions.These technologies are not mutually exclusive. They each have strengths and weaknesses. Think of them as various tools to solve specific problems. Increasingly we see solutions being developed that involve several of these technologies to solve specific aspects of a broader business need.The critical precursor for any of these technologies is data. This is why digital transformation in healthcare is so important. Adoption of digital technologies is creating massive new data sets, which presents an opportunity for AI.Moving ForwardA common question that is posed to me is, “how does an organization get started with AI?”To answer this question, it’s important to put AI in context with other analytics techniques.AI is an evolution from traditional analytics. Key capabilities like data governance and training on data-driven decision making set the stage for being able to deploy AI solutions. Critical to this evolution is a top-down commitment from management to use data in order to drive business and clinical processes.In the analytics maturity model shown above, you can see that artificial intelligence starts to come into play when organizations transition from using data to analyze what happened in the past, to using data to predict what will happen in the future. Often this transition occurs through the use of classic machine learning to build predictive models from structured data. Naturally, as organizations get more comfortable with this approach, they will look to utilize new, unstructured data sources that open the door for deep learning.The next step after building predictive models is prescriptive models using cognitive systems that combine the prediction with a business process to recommend a course or courses of action.In my next post, I’ll dive into use cases for AI in healthcare. In the meantime, what questions about AI in healthcare do you have? Send them my way on Twitter at @andybartleyOpens in a new window or @IntelHealthOpens in a new window.last_img read more

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Namajunas snatches 115-pound title at UFC 217

first_imgMRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 MOST READ After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Malditas save PH from shutout The referee stops the fight, after which Rose Namajunas celebrates a win over Joanna Jedrzejczyk, of Poland, at UFC 217. APNEW YORK — Rose Namajunas took the 115-pound championship away from undefeated Joanna Jedrejczyk with a dominant performance at UFC 217.Namajunas connected with a left in the first round and pounced once Jedrejczyk (14-1) hit the canvas on Saturday night. Namajunas pounded away at the fallen champ as the Madison Square Garden crowd went absolutely wild for a fighter that had been soundly booed during her entrance.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Palace: Robredo back to ‘groping with a blind vision’ Namajunas (17-3) ended Jedrejczyk’s bid at matching Ronda Rousey’s women’s record with six straight title defenses.Namajunas choked back tears as UFC President Dana White slapped the strawweight championship belt over her shoulder. She was drowned out by the roars as she spoke about what the championship meant to her inside the octagon.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“Just confidence, conditioning, composure, content that I’m the champion,” she said. The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay Wilder knocks out Stiverne in 1st round ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims View comments LATEST STORIES Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claimlast_img read more

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New Sony Xperia X smartphone appears in leaked images

first_imgSony may not be done with its Xperia X series just yet. Leaked online today is an image alleged to be Sony’s “New Xperia X” smartphone.Also Read: Sony Xperia XZ beats Google Pixel, OnePlus 3T to become most popular flagship in second half 2016 Appearing to the taken secretively (and in dim light), the image posted on Slashleaks reveals a new Sony Xperia X could be in the making. Though the image, apart from creating the phone’s online existence reveals little about the smartphone. The front of the smartphone is visible in the image though, sporting a black color body. It appears to have little bezels around the display, but its design appears largely the same, having defined corners and 5-5.5 inch form. A dedicated camera button is also visible at far end, on the bottom of the right edge of the phone in the photo.Beside the phone is the name New Xperia X written with some text below it.Sony could be planning to launch a 2017 variant of its Xperia X smartphone, but nothing definite can be said right now. The uploader itself can’t be identified, though the site gives its trust score at 57 per cent.Sony witnessed a hard time pulling off a stint in the Android market with its previous flagship, the Xperia X that appeared both under-powered and over priced when it was launched.The company later launched the Xperia Z5 with upgraded hardware under its Triluminos mobile display.Also Read: Top smartphones coming to India in early 2017 advertisementAs of now, Nokia, Xiaomi, Huawei and Blackberry are expected to launch their Android flagships in the first quarter among other companies, Samsung’s Galaxy S8 launch is reportedly pushed further to April.last_img read more

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ICC suspends Pandurang Salgaonkar for 6 months after India Today’s #OperationCricketGate

first_imgThe International Cricket Council has announced a six-month suspension of Maharashtra Cricket Association’s pitch curator Pandurang Salgaonkar following its investigations over alleged charges of corruption dating back to October 2017.Salgaonkar was caught on India Today’s camera agreeing to manipulate some bounce, some movement and some balance between bat and ball for the second ODI between India and New Zealand at the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) stadium. Following the sting operation, he was barred from entering the ground.WATCHIndia Today, at that point, also been able to confirm that preliminary action will be taken against Salgaoncar, who was a first-class cricketer.After the sting operation, the ICC’s Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) had taken cognizance of India Today’s sting operation on the then Pune pitch curator.”We have carried out an extensive investigation based on the allegations made by India Today and the material they shared with us,” Alex Marshall, the ICC’s general manager, anti-corruption, said in a statement.”I am satisfied that Mr. Salgaonkar has no case to answer on the broad allegations of corruption made by India Today.””However, as he is bound by the ICC Anti-Corruption Code as a participant of the sport, he has been charged with breaching section 2.4.4 of the Code for his failure to report an approach to engage in corrupt conduct. Mr Salgaonkar has accepted that he has committed the offence and has received a six-month suspension.”The expose was made public hours before the second ODI between India and New Zealand which was played in Pune.advertisementBhuvneshwar Kumar (3/45) and Jasprit Bumrah (2/38)restricted New Zealand to 230/9 off their 50 overs. India overhauled the target with six wickets and four overs to spare, thanks to half-centuries from Shikhar Dhawan and Dinesh Karthik.In November 2017, an ICC team visited the India Today office to collect raw footage of the sting operation. The ICC officials had also met with the two undercover reporters who had carried out the covert operation. The two reporters also explained when and why they became suspicious of Salgaonkar.Before that, Salgaonkar had been questioned by an ICC team at an undisclosed location.last_img read more

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Author John U. Bacon Says 3 NFL Head Coaches Expressed Interest In the Michigan Job

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