City of Pasadena Introduces SmartBoot Technology to Recover Unpaid Parking Violations

first_img Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Make a comment Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Government City of Pasadena Introduces SmartBoot Technology to Recover Unpaid Parking Violations Published on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 | 1:58 pm Subscribe Community News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy First Heatwave Expected Next Week More Cool Stuff 5 recommendedShareShareTweetSharePin it Top of the News center_img Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS The City of Pasadena has entered into an agreement with PayLock, LLC to provide SmartBoot technology in an effort to recover unpaid parking violations throughout the city. The City’s scofflaw program enforces the State of California motor vehicle code, aimed at the most serious parking violators who have five or more unpaid parking tickets.While the California Vehicle Code allows us to impound vehicles with five or more unpaid parking citations, we wanted to find a way to collect these unpaid citations that was less punitive,” said Jon Hamblen, the City’s Parking Manager. “Instead of having to come to our office and then to a tow yard, motorists can now simply call Paylock, make a payment and have access to their vehicle in minutes.”When Parking Enforcement officers identify a vehicle eligible for impounding, a SmartBoot is placed on the vehicle. Once all fines and fees are paid, the registered owner of the vehicle is given a six-digit code to release the SmartBoot. Motorists may pay outstanding violations 24-hours a day, seven days a week by calling a multi-lingual, live-operator customer Help Center or on any mobile device. In most cases, the process takes less than 10 minutes. Cash payments are made at 221 E. Walnut Street, Suite 199, Pasadena.Under the current system, vehicles with five or more parking violations are towed to one of three impound lots. Going forward, an identified vehicle will have a SmartBoot immobilization device attached by a Pasadena Department of Transportation officer. The SmartBoot weighs approximately 16 pounds and has an electronic keypad that may be unlocked by the motorist after payment is made. Once removed, the motorist returns the boot to a specified return location. If a motorist chooses not to remove the boot on their own, an officer will be dispatched to assist.PayLock introduced self-release booting in 2004. Since then, the company has partnered with more than 20 municipalities on parking enforcement solutions. To date, the company has processed more than one million self-release booting transactions, helping cities recover badly-needed vehicle debt.Motorists with five or more parking violations are encouraged to pay outstanding tickets at the City of Pasadena Department of Transportation located at:City of Pasadena Parking Citation Section221 E Walnut St, #199Pasadena, CA 91101 (626) 744-4360 https://ww5.cityofpasadena.net/transportation/ Business News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Community News HerbeautyThis Trend Looks Kind Of Cool!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyTips From A Professional Stylist On How To Look Stunning In 2020HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Beauty Secrets Only Indian Women KnowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty12 Female Fashion Trends That Guys Can’t StandHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty11 Ayurveda Heath Secrets From Ancient IndiaHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThink The Lost Weight Won’t Be Regained If You Stop Eating A Lot?HerbeautyHerbeauty Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

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Oral arguments in CU’s ADA case conclude; NAFCU awaits decision

first_img continue reading » Oral arguments concluded Tuesday in the case against the Department of Labor Federal Credit Union (DOLFCU) regarding unclear website accessibility standards under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). NAFCU attended the arguments, held by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit; NAFCU has also filed an amicus brief in support of the credit union in this case, and also stood by DOLFCU during its first hearing earlier this year.“NAFCU and our member credit unions are awaiting a decision at the appellate level, which could set a heavier precedent than those we’ve already seen from lower court cases,” said Carrie Hunt, NAFCU’s executive vice president of government affairs and general counsel. “Credit unions strongly support ADA protections, but they have been targeted by meritless lawsuits because of unclear guidance on website applicability standards.”Hunt and Vice President of Regulatory Compliance Brandy Bruyere attended Tuesday’s arguments, in which the panel of judges was engaged and well versed on the issue. NAFCU expects a decision to be issued in the upcoming month; the association will keep credit unions updated. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Google shows how subsea cables can provide earthquake and tsunami warnings

first_imgFor several weeks the ocean floor was quiet, showing no SOP changes that would indicate an earthquake. Then, on January 28, 2020, it detected a magnitude 7.7  earthquake off of Jamaica. A plot of SOP over time showed a pronounced spike at a time stamp approximately five minutes after the earthquake occurred, correlating to the travel time of the seismic wave from Jamaica to the  cable, and the duration of the spike was about 10 minutes. Google’s global network of undersea cables makes it possible to share, search, send, and receive information around the world at the speed of light. These cables are built using optical fibers that carry data as pulses of light traveling at 204,190 kilometres per second. The pulsing light encounters distortions as it travels thousands of kilometres across the cable. Then, on March 28, a magnitude 4.5 earthquake occurred off the shore near Valparaiso, Chile, only 30 km away from one of Google cables at the closest point. The event produced a clear but short spike of SOP activity—the short duration was likely to due to a rapid decay in the vibration intensity along the cable for this relatively small event.  By analyzing the data, Dr. Zhan showed that not only can earthquakes be detected emanating from tectonic plates, but pressure changes in the ocean itself can also be detected, which could help predict tsunamis. Of course, this is just a first demonstration, not a working system, and much work remains to be done. First, scientists will need to better understand the deluge of complex data that will be generated by monitoring SOP. To create a robust earthquake monitoring system, researchers need advanced mathematics and data analytics, where advanced computing systems like Google Cloud can be instrumental. The technique relies on equipment that is present on the vast majority of the world’s existing fiber optic systems, so it is broadly applicable. There’s a long tradition of using optical fiber for sensing applications. But whereas most of these techniques are effective over distances of up to 100 km, Google has developed a technique that works over tens of thousands of kilometres. In the months following the Jamaica earthquake, the team also detected multiple moderate-size earthquakes, both at shorter and longer distances. center_img At the receiving end, the light pulses are detected, and the distortions are corrected by digital signal processing. One of the properties of light that is tracked as part of the optical transmission is the state of polarization (SOP). The SOP changes in response to mechanical disturbances along the cable and tracking these disturbances enables to detect seismic activity.    Google team shared the results with Dr. Zhongwen Zhan of the California Institute of Technology Seismological Laboratory, who confirmed the observations and provided additional insight into travel times of different types of seismic waves and the expected frequency ranges of SOP excursions.  In late 2019, Google began monitoring SOP on some of its global submarine cables. During the initial field trial, it observed that SOP was remarkably stable, even after the signal traversed 10,500 km. This approach is seen not as a replacement of dedicated seismic sensors but as a source of complementary information to enable early warnings for earthquakes and tsunamis. On March 22, 2020, there was a magnitude 6.1 earthquake on the East Pacific Rise. The team observed clear SOP activity with timing consistent with observations made at a seismic monitoring station in Tlapa, Mexico, which was located at a similar distance. “We’re excited by the early success of detecting seismic events with subsea cables, which can improve our ability to observe both the Earth’s structure and earthquake dynamics. But this is just the beginning,” Google team said. Google has shown how subsea fiber optic cables could be useful for earthquake and tsunami warning systems around the globe.  last_img read more

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Ajax ‘Confident, Fit and Eager’ for Spurs Match

first_imgAjax upset Real Madrid and Juventus on their way to the semifinal with a fast, attacking style of play, and initially dominated Tottenham in their 1-0 away win last week.But the Dutch team, which features several players polished in the club’s famed academy, struggled in the second half in London as Tottenham increased the pressure on their defence.“Our minds were a bit too much on defending the lead”, Ten Hag said. “But it was also a show of strength by Spurs. It showed we have to cross another frontier on Wednesday. But we are confident we can do it. We are fit and we are eager.”Ten Hag said his team had no injuries following Sunday’s Cup Final win against Willem II Tilburg, although it was not yet clear whether Brazilian forward David Neres could start the match.Ajax’s first domestic cup win since 2010 did not interfere with preparations for tonight’s match, the coach said.“The players were happy, but you could see they immediately turned their focus to Wednesday’s match. Everyone knows what this is about.”Four-time European champions Ajax are looking to reach their first Champions League final since 1996. Many pundits have suggested it has become impossible for Dutch teams to compete with their much wealthier English, Spanish and Italian peers, but Ten Hag is ignoring them.“A few people who knew this level of success said it would still be possible for a Dutch team to reach the Champions League final; people like Johan Cruijff, Louis van Gaal and (Ajax director) Marc Overmars”, Ten Hag said.“It’s up to us on Wednesday to prove them right.”Ajax defender Daley Blind said he had never expected his return to Ajax last summer, after four years at Manchester United, would turn out to be so exciting.“The team has grown tremendously in many aspects this year,” the 29-year old son of former European cup winner and Ajax Captain Danny Blind said.“This really is a team effort, and I am proud to be part of it.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram CHAMPIONS LEAGUEA fully fit Ajax Amsterdam will focus on its attacking strengths in their Champions League semifinal second leg against Tottenham Hotspur tonight despite a draw being enough to take them to the final, Coach Erik ten Hag announced yesterday.“We need to win this match tomorrow (Wednesday), that will be our mindset”, Ten Hag said a pre-match press conference. “We have to stick to our own strengths.”last_img read more

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Book review: ‘Smokin’ Joe: The Life of Joe Frazier’

first_imgNear the end of “Smokin’ Joe,” hedging on this acknowledgment, Kram writes, “People who knew him for years told me they were sure that Frazier carried his animus for Ali to the grave, that he had been wounded so deeply that he could never let it go. But others were certain that he had come to peace with Ali, particularly those who knew him from his boyhood days in South Carolina. Nearly all told me some variation of ‘Billy never hated a soul in his life.'”But those who knew Frazier “from his boyhood days in South Carolina” were wrong. It’s beyond question that, at times in his life, Frazier did hate Ali. Thus, Kram would have done better to end “Smokin’ Joe” with his own eloquently worded observation: “Any conclusion either way is perhaps clouded by your own thoughts of how forgiving you would be in the same circumstances. Perhaps some of it also has to do with your own belief in the power of reconciliation, how you define ‘unforgivable,’ and the enchantment of happy endings.”Thomas Hauser’s email address is [email protected] His most recent book – Protect Yourself at All Times  – was published by the University of Arkansas Press. In 2004, the Boxing Writers Association of America honored Hauser with the Nat Fleischer Award for career excellence in boxing journalism. Hundreds of books have been written about Muhammad Ali. As Ali biographer Wilfrid Sheed noted, “He’s one of those madonnas you want to paint at least once in your life.” But surprisingly few books — and fewer good ones — have been written about the men who, with Ali, defined “the golden age of heavyweight boxing.” Joe Frazier, George Foreman and Larry Holmes lent their names to autobiographies. But none of these efforts did justice to their subject.”Smokin’ Joe: The Life of Joe Frazier” by Mark Kram Jr. (published by HarperCollins) does justice to its subject. Frazier won a gold medal at the 1964 Olympics and engaged in memorable heavyweight championship fights against Jimmy Ellis and George Foreman. But he’s best remembered for three fights against Muhammad Ali, historic encounters that are the pyramids of boxing.MORE: Join DAZN and watch classic fights plus more than 100 fight nights a yearAt his best, Frazier fought with unrelenting savage fury. “His way was the hard way,” Kram writes. “In the ring, he lived and died by the simple yet daring principle of engagement that, in order to deliver one bone-crunching blow, it was frequently necessary to absorb three in exchange. No one would ever have cause to question his heart or his courage under fire.”After fighting Frazier, George Chuvalo declared, “He fights six minutes of every round.”Frazier was born in Beaufort County in South Carolina on Jan. 12, 1944. His parents, Rubin and Dolly Frazier, had 11 children (eight boys and three girls).A lot has been written about growing up in the midst of ignorance, poverty and disease in the poorest parts of rural America. Kram’s treatment of the subject is well-researched and evocatively written. He writes about Frazier’s early years in a way that brings “Billy Boy” (as Frazier was known then) and his surroundings to life.It was a world where, in Kram’s words, “Fifty percent of African American males [in Beaufort County] suffered from syphilis which rendered them ineligible for service in World War II. Whatever contrived harmony existed between the races hinged on the adherence by blacks to a wide range of humiliating inequities.”Frazier dropped out of school at an early age. His rural South Carolina vernacular left many with the false impression that he was “slow of mind” — an image that Ali later cruelly propagated. He took a bus north to New York where he stole cars and sold them to a junkyard no-questions-asked to make ends meet. Then he moved to Philadelphia, found work in a slaughterhouse, and took up boxing under the watchful eye of Yank Durham.Frazier was short for a heavyweight and had a limited reach. But as Kram notes, “Beyond the raw power he spotted in Frazier, Durham ascertained that there was a big engine inside him. To counterbalance Joe’s physical shortcomings, he was of the belief that Frazier only had one way to go and that was straight ahead into the chest of his opponent.”That was how Frazier fought.Kram explores the Philadelphia gym culture and the ring wars that came with it. He chronicles Frazier’s pro career from his first fight through the sad coda at the end of his fighting days, an undeserved draw against Floyd “Jumbo” Cummings. He details how, for much of his career, Frazier fought with eye damage that severely limited his vision (“I’d rather be rich and blind than poor and blind,” he said).Frazier, of course, will be remembered forever in tandem with Ali and measured forever against him.Muhammad Ali, who proclaimed, “I outshine the sun.””The rivalry between Frazier and Ali,” Kram writes, “was a cultural happening that exposed the deep fissures in American society. By an accident of circumstances, they ended up in the crosshairs of an argument far larger than themselves.”In this rivalry, Kram notes, Frazier “came face to face with black-on-black hate language in his exchanges with Ali. Whatever heights of athletic achievement they drove each other to inside the ring, they dragged each other down in a running feud outside of it.”Kram deftly chronicles the burgeoning war of words between Frazier and Ali; a war that verged on violence between the two men on several occasions during Ali’s exile from boxing. As the book evolves, all three Ali-Frazier fights are well told.In the dressing room before Ali-Frazier I, Durham told Frazier, “Win tonight and the road will be paved in gold.”Frazier won. But even then, his dreams weren’t fully realized. Ali had turned a substantial portion of the black community against him. The now-undisputed heavyweight champion of the world wasn’t able to fully enjoy his reign. He never received the respect he should have as a fighter or a man.”Smokin’ Joe” covers a wide range of subjects from the formation of Cloverlay (the Philadelphia syndicate that financially backed Frazier) to Frazier’s unfortunate relationship with Frank Rizzo (the Philadelphia cop who was elected mayor on a platform of not-so-subtle racism aimed at the black community).It’s infused with anecdotal material such as Frazier’s effort to launch a singing career (his most notable moment as a singer came in 1970 when he slipped onstage while performing and broke his ankle).One theme explored in depth is Frazier’s profligate womanizing.Frazier had four children by two different women (Florence Smith and Rosetta Green) before his 19th birthday. He and Florence married on June 25, 1963, while she was pregnant with their third child. They were so poor that Frazier borrowed his sister Mazie’s wedding ring to use in the ceremony.Kram describes Frazier as being “restless at home.” That’s an understatement. Over the years, he fathered 11 children (six sons and five daughters) by six different women. Florence was the mother of five of the children. In addition to Green, four other women — Joan Mahoney, Sharon Hatch, Janice Cotton and Sheri Gibson — carried a child of Frazier’s to term.”Frazier let the good times roll when it came to women,” Kram writes. “He was prolific in his sexual adventures. Although he loved his children and took seriously his obligation to see to their welfare, he felt hemmed in by the sameness of domestic life. Occasionally, as the four walls began closing in on him, he would engage in quarrels at home late at night as a pretext to storm out of the house in search of action. He looked upon his dalliances as a prerogative due him once the [household] bills were paid.”Some of Frazier’s children were raised in comfort. Others grew up in inner-city public housing. But he loved all of them. At one point, he took his 1964 Olympic gold medal to a jeweler with instructions to carve it into charms, one for each child.In 1985, Joe and Florence began litigating a divorce. The proceeding (like a Dickensian tale out of “Bleak House”) took 12 years to resolve.Kram also gives a detailed account of Frazier’s long (1968 through 2011) relationship with Denise Menz, the most consistent of his extra-marital lovers. Over the years, Menz became, in Kram’s words, Frazier’s “confidante, lover, business partner, and, occasionally, indentured servant. Wherever Joe appeared, it seemed that she was never far away. Charged by Frazier with running his office, she kept the books, lined up caterers, helped him choose his wardrobe, decorated the gym and the upstairs living quarters, and even did loads of laundry.”Menz (who was one of Kram’s sources in writing “Smokin’ Joe”) said of her lover, “He would kneel at his bedside and say his prayers the way a small child would. He believed in all of the Ten Commandments except the ones dealing with adultery. He told me, ‘The Lord don’t care about that.'”Menz also acknowledged what Kram calls “episodes of turbulence” between Frazier and herself with the emergence of other women in Frazier’s later years. “It was the only thing we ever fought about,” Menz said. “I knew I was the other woman but not that there were other women.”Frazier and Menz (who is white) also had to deal with the societal pressures of being in an interracial relationship.”Given how society frowned upon interracial affairs in the 1960s,” Kram states, “it would not have gone well for Joe if it became common knowledge that he was engaged in one. Beyond the certain havoc that it would have caused at home, it surely would have hurt his efforts to build a commercial brand.”The decades after Frazier retired as an active fighter are also well-told in “Smokin’ Joe.” He had always been a drinker. But he drank a lot more than he had before after his days in the ring came to an end.Eventually, Frazier tried his hand at training fighters. In the late-1970s and 1980s, he worked with his oldest child, Marvis, who’d been born in 1960 when Joe and Florence were 16. Marvis was taller and a much lighter puncher than his famous father. He also had a not-particularly-good chin. Referencing Joe’s deficiencies as a trainer, Kram observes, “When it came to passing down his know-how, he only knew the way he had done it. He was not adaptable to fighters’ individual skill sets. When he worked with young fighters, it was as if he saw within them the potential to re-create himself.”Commenting on Frazier’s my-way-or-the-highway approach to training, Eddie Futch declared, “You’ll never be able to convince Joe that he was wrong. Anyone who disagrees with him on anything becomes the enemy.”Marvis won 19 fights as a pro but suffered brutal knockout defeats when overmatched against Larry Holmes and Mike Tyson.One of Frazier’s children is now an attorney. Another died in prison. Nine of Joe’s 11 children are alive today. Kram interviewed four of them. Joseph Jordan Frazier (born to Sharon Hatch in the early 1980s) shared the thought, “My father loved the only way he knew how.”Late in life, his money gone, Frazier suffered from diabetes and hypertension. He underwent surgery for neck, back and shoulder problems. While mowing the lawn, he accidentally cut off one of his toes. Worse, he developed cognitive issues of his own, presumably from the many blows to the head he took in boxing. The final blow was liver cancer. He died on Nov. 7, 2011.There are some nagging factual errors in “Smokin’ Joe.” For example, Kram writes that Ali was allowed to fight Oscar Bonavena at Madison Square Garden (with Ali-Frazier I on the horizon) because “New York had relented and given him a license on the heels of his comeback in Atlanta.” But New York didn’t “relent.” A federal judge ruled that the New York State Athletic Commission had violated Ali’s constitutional rights and ordered the commission to give him a license.There’s also a questionable interpretation of events in the book’s final three pages when Kram recounts what some say was a reconciliation that took place at a private dinner between Frazier and Ali during NBA All-Star weekend in 2002. The dinner did happen. And as recounted by Kram, some kind words were spoken. But in truth, Frazier never let go of the bitterness and anger that he felt toward Ali.Kram acknowledges as much when he begins his book by stating in the prologue, “As the years unfolded and Ali grew infirm, as his speech became slurred and his hands increasingly quivered, Frazier appeared to take cruel pleasure in the adversity that had befallen ‘Clay.’ ‘Look at him, and now look at me.’ he told me [Kram] and others. ‘Who do you think came out the winner?’ He had convinced himself that his signature was embossed on the physical wreck Ali had become. Even as friends reminded him that Ali was a sick man and implored him to back off, Frazier could not help himself from battering his erstwhile rival with verbal haymakers.”last_img read more

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Saints gain split against UVic, Wong, Wood power the Selkirk engine to victory

first_imgThe Sekirk Saints split a pair of home game to the University of Victoria Vikings in B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League action during the weekend in Castlegar.The Saints, unveiling new jerseys during the opener of the two-game tilt, rode the outstanding netminder of Calgary native Andrew Wong to double the Vikes 4-2 during the opener Friday.Selkirk came close to completing the sweep before UVIC skated to a 6-3 victory Saturday.Andrew Green of Penticton snapped a 1-1 tie to power the Saints to the victory. Jordan Wood of Cloverdale scored three times in the win.Devon Nazaroff of Crescent Valley, Adam Makaroff of South Slocan, Green and Castlegar’s Scott Jago, with a pair, all registered assists.Wong was sensational in goal stopping 35 of 37 shots.Saturday, the Vikes, down 2-1, took advantage of Selkirk penalty troubles during the second period to score three quick goals.Facing a large deficit in the third the Saints had a power play chance of their own but failed to score during the man advantage.Jago did net a spectacular power play goal in the third to make the score respectable.Wood and Nick Cecconi of Powell River also scored for Selkirk.The weekend split leaves the Saints with a 1-2 record and tied for fourth in BCIHL standings with UVic and Okanagan College Coyotes.Simon Fraser tops the standings with a 3-0 mark. Eastern Washington near Spokane sits in a second-place tie with Thompson Rivers University of Kamloops.The Coyotes make a trek to Castlegar for the Saints next home game, Friday at 7:30 p.m. in the [email protected]last_img read more

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Barca link to Blues keeper played down

first_imgThibaut Courtois’ father has played down reports the goalkeeper has been targeted by Barcelona.Courtois has not played for Chelsea since signing from Genk in 2011.He has impressed while on loan at Atletico Madrid, prompting speculation that Barca want him as a replacement for Victor Valdes.But Courtois senior told Belgian newspaper La Derniere Heure: “At this moment there is no contact with Barcelona.“A few days ago Thibaut had contact with the goalkeeping coach of Chelsea, who will soon report on his progress at Atletico.“When this is done, we will work with Chelsea and talk about his future.”Click here for today’s Chelsea quiz 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Rwanda gas deal gets US$142m boost

first_imgRwandan capital Kigali will benefit from the country’s expanded power generation capacity. (Image: Yahoo Groups) The schematic demonstrates how gas will be extracted from Lake Kivu. (Image: Kivu Gas) MEDIA CONTACTS • Rwanda Ministry of Infrastructure + 250-585503  RELATED ARTICLES • Namibia ups power-supply capacity • Zambian hydro projects in full swing • Liquid fuel from coal • SA’s R80bn methane projectBongani NkosiRwanda’s bid to complete its first major gas-power generation project has been boosted by a recent investment guarantee from the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (Miga).Miga’s guarantee on the KivuWatt project will be handled by ContourGlobal, a New York-based company developing Rwanda’s largest methane-gas extraction and power-generation facilities. The group announced the assurance fund on 5 May 2011.“Miga’s issuance of this guarantee package is an important development milestone for the KivuWatt project and comes as the project is just one year away from full operations,” ContourGlobal CEO and President Joseph C Brandt said in a media statement.The US$142-million (R960-million) KivuWatt project, under way at Lake Kivu in Kibuye, will result in the generation of much-needed electricity for Rwanda. A 25 MW power plant to support the national grid will be created in the area after the completion of the project’s first phase.It’s expected that phase two of the project will expand power generation capacity to 100MW.ContourGlobal has applied for a $99-million (R669-million) guarantee from Miga, a World Bank member designed to stimulate investments in developing countries, for guarding against risks such as expropriation, transfer restriction, civil war and breach of contract. The guarantee is effective for 20 years.Methane gas from the waters of Lake Kivu will be processed to produce electricity. The gas was discovered in 1936, apparently after people realised the lake had fewer fish than other bodies of water in the region. Comprehensive studies on the lake’s potential to produce electricity started in earnest in 1976.Lake Kivu is one of Africa’s great lakes, bordering Rwanda on the one side and the Democratic Republic of Congo on the other.ContourGlobal said a lake barge, from where gas extraction will take place, is nearing completion and its launch is expected to take place in early June 2011. KivuWatt is scheduled to start production by 2012.Construction of the power-generating station was set to begin in May 2011. A Finnish electrical company Wartsila is currently manufacturing the electricity-generating engines and will also build the plant, said ContourGlobal. “We are grateful to Miga for their dedication, support and the leadership they have shown in committing to the project at this critical stage,” ContourGlobal’s Brandt said. ContourGlobal has announced that it will also bankroll a new financing scheme with a lending consortium that includes the African Development Bank, the Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund, and FMO – the Dutch development bank.Miga bought into KivuWatt after identifying it as an important project that would stimulate Rwanda’s economic growth, the agency said.“Rwanda has tremendous potential for economic growth, but the persistent challenge of a lack of power infrastructure has been a huge constraint,” says Izumi Kobayashi, Miga’s executive vice president.“We are pleased that we were able to facilitate this investment into a complex renewable project that will help Rwanda achieve one of its key development objectives.”Rwanda’s electricity driveThe Rwandan government has a steep challenge to improve the country’s electricity generation capacity. It’s set out to expand capacity to at least 130MW by 2012 through hydropower and methane gas power projects.The country’s total installed power generation capacity is currently under 100MW and less than 10% of the population is on the national power grid. Until now the country has had to rely on expensive diesel generators for power.Its electrified regions, mostly cities, were plunged into darkness in 2004 due to load shedding. The Ministry of Infrastructure said it was that year’s severe power shortages that “prompted the government to hire emergency power solutions and invest in increasing generation capacity”.The methane in Lake Kivu needs to be exploited for electricity as its abundance may be detrimental to the environment within 100 years, studies have found.last_img read more

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UN resolves to enhance ties with AU

first_img13 January 2012The United Nations Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution to enhance ties between the UN and regional organisations, particularly the African Union.Resolution 2033, adopted in New York on Thursday, urges the UN and the African Union (AU) to work closely together in the areas of prevention and resolution of conflicts in Africa.It was approved after an initiative by South Africa, led by President Jacob Zuma, who was in New York to oversee the country’s assumption of the rotating presidency of the Security Council for the month of January.Zuma said he was happy that other countries had heard the message and unanimously supported calls to strengthen the relations between the UN and regional bodies, particularly the AU.“While we are pleased with the current relations between the two bodies, we also feel that we can deepen them further for better co-ordination when it comes to dealing with issues affecting our continent,” Zuma said. “We want the views of the African Union to be respected by the UN.”Africa not a ‘playground’ for global interestsZuma chaired the Security Council summit debate on “Strengthening the relationship between the United Nations and regional organizations, in particular the African Union, in the maintenance of international peace and security.”During the debate, Zuma strongly urged the Security Council to avoid a situation such as the one which transpired during the conflict in Libya last year, in which the 1973 Resolution of the UN Security Council was largely abused in some specific respects.Zuma further warned that Africa should never again be a playground for furthering the interests of other regions, as had happened during the Cold War.“Conflicts in Africa will be manageable if they are not promoted or aided from outside the continent,” he said.Call for Security Council reformHe also repeated his call for the fundamental reform of the UN Security Council to become more representative and legitimate.Earlier, Zuma co-chaired the 6th Session of the Global Sustainability Panel with President Tarja Halonen of Finland.The panel dealt with issues of sustainable development, a sustainable economy and strengthening institutional governance, as well as strengthening the panel as a means of accelerating the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.Outcomes adopted by the Panel will be released to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon and also feed into preparations for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development taking place in Rio in June.Zuma also held bilateral meetings with the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon on the margins of these high-level meetings.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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De Beers invests $2bn in new SA mine

first_img23 October 2013De Beers, the world’s second-biggest diamond producer, began construction of a new underground mine beneath its open pit Venetia Mine in Limpopo province, South Africa on Tuesday.The Anglo-American owned miner said the US$2-billion (R20-billion) investment would extend the life of the mine beyond 2040 while replacing the open pit as South Africa’s largest diamond mine.The new mine is expected to start underground production in 2021, De Beers said, and to treat in the region of 130-million tonnes of ore containing an estimated 96-million carats of diamonds over its life span, in the process creating over 8 000 jobs directly and a further 5 000 jobs through the supply chain.President Jacob Zuma, speaking at the sod-turning ceremony in Musina on Tuesday, said De Beers’ investment, “the biggest single investment in the diamond industry in decades, signals that indeed our mining sector is poised for growth, and that it has a bright future”.Zuma said the government was investing time and effort in strengthening the mining sector so that it could contribute “to inclusive growth and jobs as envisaged in the National Development Plan”.Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu, also speaking at Tuesday’s ceremony, said the start of construction on the new mine showed that South Africa “remains an investment destination of choice,” adding that the government would continue, through legislation, to ensure that such investment “sustainably benefits mining communities and labour-sending areas”.Mark Cutifani, chief executive of Anglo American and chairman of De Beers, said Anglo American’s roots were firmly in South Africa.“Over the last 14 years alone, Anglo American has invested nearly R200-billion in South Africa, emphasising our commitment and making a real difference for South Africa and all South Africans.“The positive social impact of skills development, the acquisition of economically valuable experience, and the potential to uplift rural and sometimes poorer communities, is what exists here at the heart of Venetia.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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