11 October 2006The French Development Agency (AFD) is to contribute a loan of between R60- and R70-million to the eThekwini (Durban) Municipality for a project to generate electricity through the fermentation of household waste.The project is expected to generate up to 10 Megawatts of electricity – enough to illuminate about 9 000 homes – from landfill sites at the three Durban suburbs of Bisasar Road, Mariannhill and La Mercy.Gas recovery wells and generators are currently under construction at the three sites, where methane released by the waste will be converted into electric power by generators and fed directly into the city’s power grid.This will help cut back on the amount of coal burnt at the power stations that serve the city – and thus reduce South Africa’s production of greenhouse gases.“The project will enable South Africa to earn carbon credits through the Clean Development Mechanism,” the French Embassy said in a statement following the signing of the loan agreement with the AFD in Durban on Tuesday.“These carbon credits will be sold through the Prototype Carbon Fund managed by the World Bank.”The project is one of the first in South Africa to be eligible for carbon credit trading.The AFD, which supports development projects in the fields of energy efficiency, service delivery and job creation, plans to contribute over R3-billion to local projects as part of a recently signed Framework Charter for Partnership between France and South Africa.SouthAfrica.info reporter and BuaNews Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MANILA, Philippines–NLEX picked up its second straight victory after escaping Meralco, 87-83, Saturday in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup at Ynares Antipolo.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Marcio Lassiter rues San Miguel’s poor rebounding as losses pile up View comments The Road Warriors pulled ahead for good with five minutes to play, 77-76, in the back and forth contest before a power outage interrupted the action for more than 10 minutes.When the lights went back on, the Bolts managed to tie the game at 83 on a triple by Ranidel de Ocampo with under two minutes to play but NLEX, steady from the stripe, sealed the victory with four straight freethrows.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesJP Erram, the Road Warriors’ newest recruit, starred anew with 12 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and five blocks including a crucial rejection of De Ocampo with 10 seconds left.JR Quinahan paced NLEX with 16 points, going 3-of-3 from beyond the arc, while Kevin Alas chipped in 12 points and six boards. NLEX improved to 2-3, tied with Meralco and San Miguel and TNT in the middle of the pack.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war LATEST STORIES Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations
Krunal Pandya and Khaleel Ahmed were handed their T20I debuts in the first T20I for the three-match series versus West Indies in Kolkata on Sunday.Pandya Sr. became India’s 78th T20 player while Khaleel was handed the 77th cap before the start the of the match at the Eden Gardens.Both the players received their caps from stand-in captain Rohit Sharma.While the series against West Indies was Khaleel’s maiden call-up in T20 cricket, Krunal was already a part of the T20I squad in England, where he replaced the injured Axar Patel. However, he didn’t get a game.India vs West Indies 1st T20I: Live UpdatesIt’s a proud moment for @krunalpandya24 and Khaleel Ahmed as they are all set to make their T20I debut for #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/l4Ovn8u5eCBCCI (@BCCI) November 4, 2018The 27-year-old Pandya has been rewarded for his consistent show in the Indian Premier League for Mumbai Indians and then following it up with a good show under Rahul Dravid.What works in Pandya’s favour is his ability to chip in with both bat and ball ably in the shortest format of the game. With the absence of his brother Hardik, India have been looking sincerely to fill the void in the lower-middle order and the middle overs of a limited-overs game and with Pandya Sr., it works just fine.In ODIs, India seemed to be settled with Kedar Jadhav and Ravindra Jadeja plays the same role as Krunal in the side but with Jadeja not there in the side, Krunal seems to be the option in the shortest format of the game.advertisementSo far, Pandya has 62 T20 games and scored 967 runs at an average of 26.86 and picked up 51 wickets as well. Khaleel and Krunal will become India’s 77th and 78th player in T20I cricket (BCCI Photo)Khaleel on the other hand, has impressed in ODI colours for India. Since making his debut in the Asia Cup, Khaleel has gone on to play six ODIs for India and picked up 11 wickets with a best of 3/13.He impressed especially in the four ODIs he played against the Windies and drew high praise from both Rohit and Virat Kohli for his abilities.”Khaleel has been outstanding. God forbid anything happens to Bhuvi or Bumrah, good to have Khaleel who can come in and take wickets,” Kohli said after the fifth and final ODI against West Indies.”Khaleel is a promising prospect. With a left-arm seamer you always have that edge. And the way Khaleel swung the ball today, he would have troubled any batsmen. He is maturing pretty fast,” Rohit said after the fourth ODI.In T20 cricket so far, Khaleel has taken 17 wickets from 12 games.
Actress Geena Davis last week told a standing-room only event on gender and the media at the United Nations that the paucity of female characters in entertainment media for young children can be changed overnight.“We don’t have to fix the ‘unconscious bias’ they are raised with later on,” she said. “We can fix it from the very beginning.”The Academy Award-Winning Actor, who founded the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, said the data from her research shows “disturbing” results of how “profoundly fewer” female characters are in family movies and television programmes aimed at young children under the age of 11.Davis, known for her portrayals of strong female characters in films such as “Thelma and Louise,” went on to say the message the children were getting through entertainment media was of “hyper-sexualized” female characters judged by their appearance.“If we added female characters at the rate we have been over past 20 years, we will achieve parity in 700 years,” Davis said, adding that she believed gender parity in children’s entertainment media can be reached dramatically faster – possibly even seven years.She noted that the message kids are getting through entertainment media is that women and girls are second class citizens.“There is one sector where this gross imbalance can be changed overnight and that is on screen,” she said. “We don’t have to fix the unconscious bias they are raised with later on. We can fix it from the very beginning.”Davis was speaking at an event on the side lines of the 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women taking place at UN Headquarters to promote gender equality in and through the media, as central to the so-called post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals that will drive the global development agenda for years to come.Irina Bokova, Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), in remarks read by one of her deputies, said women represent “just third of reporters, and quarters of media decision makers.”“Only a quarter of people questioned, heard or seen or read about in the media are women,” according to Bokova. “How can we get the whole full story with only half of the world’s voices? We do need to redress this imbalance.”Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women, which co-hosted the event with UNESCO, and Bokova agreed on the imperative to change the underlying stereotypes of women.“Progress is not the same as success,” the UNESCO head said.Source:United Nations
Earlier this week, The Trevor Project hosted its 2017 TrevorLIVE New York gala at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square.Imagine Dragons lead singer Dan Reynolds was honored with The Trevor Project’s Hero Award, LGBTQ advocate and equality trailblazer Edie Windsor received the Icon Award, and Deloitte was honored with the 20/20 award. The star-studded event was led by Last Week Tonight host John Oliver, and featured special performances by Grammy Award-winning rock band Imagine Dragons and Broadway stars Shoshana Bean and Jeremy Jordan.Additional guests included BD Wong, Brendan Monaghan, Dana Goldberg, Denis O’Hare, EJ Johnson, Eli Tokash, Eric Rutherford, Freema Agyeman, Gideon Glick, Jackie Cruz, James Lecesne, Mark Herman, Mark Myars, Mark Woods, Max Emerson, Micah Jesse, Mila Jam, Omar Sharif Jr., Parker Hurley, Peggy Rajski, Randy Rainbow, Ryan Jordan Santana, Taye Diggs, Tim Davis, and Tyler Glenn.During the event, Imagine Dragons, who played stripped down versions of their hits including “Radioactive” and new singles “Believer” and “Whatever It Takes”, announced a new music festival called “Love Loud” that will take place August 26 in Provo, Utah to support LGBTQ charities including The Trevor Project.Additional highlights from the event included:Broadway star Shoshana Bean and Jeremy Jordan opened the show in true Broadway fashion with a choreographed original musical number “I Wish I Were Gay”.Host John Oliver led the evening by praising the LGBTQ community for standing up for each other saying, “What inspires me most about pride, is although the civil rights of the LGBTQ community are so consistently under siege, its members remain accepting, inclusive, and open-hearted. The Trevor Project represents the spirit of showing up for each other. It stands for love and trust and hope and support and honesty and belonging.”James Lecesne presented the Icon Award to LGBTQ activist Edie Windsor who took a stance for marriage equality during her acceptance speech. “There is talk in our current administration to end same-sex marriage, but there is no same-sex marriage in this country, there is no gay marriage in this country. There is only marriage,” stated Windsor. “So, if they want to get rid of same-sex marriage, they have to go to a different country that has it. I repeat it and ask you all to follow suit. There is only marriage in this country.”Neon Trees lead singer Tyler Glenn presented the Hero Award to Imagine Dragons lead singer and good friend Dan Reynolds, who gave a heartfelt acceptance speech giving insight into his upbringing and his internal fight with his Mormon religion. “I always had a hard time with faith,” said Reynolds. “As I got older it came time for Mormons to go on a mission. I decided for those two years I was going to 100% put my heart into it. I knocked on thousands of doors. For those 2 years when people asked me what the doctrine was and they said, ‘Hey I’m gay,” I thought that it was a sin because that’s what I had been raised to teach. I hold regret about that until this day. I wish I could re-knock on those doors and tell them I was wrong. I can’t do that. All I can do is come forward to you today and say I’m sincerely sorry.” Reynolds continued to talk about falling in love and finding truth. “I met this girl and I fell in love with her. When I met her, she was living with her two best friends who were lesbians. My wife was my missionary. She taught me what I already knew in my heart, which was that to be gay is beautiful.”For more information on TrevorLIVE New York here.
APTN National NewsPolice swooped in Wednesday morning on a protest outside of Hamilton at an Enbridge pumping terminal.The arrests followed an injunction issued Tuesday morning against the group which is fighting the energy firm’s plans to reverse the flow of their Line 9 pipeline to bring Alberta tar sands oil east.Police arrested about 20 people, including a Six Nations member and an Anishinabe protestor.APTN’s Donna Sound visited the site on Tuesday and filed this report.