Eskom deploys tech to boost revenue while reducing electricity theft

first_img Previous articleThe rise of renewable energy across AfricaNext articleSolar hybrid power plant moves ahead in Zambia Ashley TheronAshley Theron-Ord is based in Cape Town, South Africa at Clarion Events-Africa. She is the Senior Content Producer across media brands including ESI Africa, Smart Energy International, Power Engineering International and Mining Review Africa. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA Finance and Policy BRICS Meter. 123rf South African state-owned power utility Eskom is rolling out new smart meter technology to mitigate the soaring cases of electricity theft – a recorded R20 billion ($1.5 billion) loss per annum.Engineering News reported that Eskom anti-electricity-theft campaign manager Madeline Kazinga noted that the country was losing around R5.4 billion ($384 million) a year in non-technical revenue, while municipal loss was around R15.2 billion ($1 billion) a year.She said this while addressing a group of media at Eskom’s Research and Innovation Centre in Johannesburg on Tuesday.By deploying smart meters the utility can monitor and capture data reflecting consumption of electricity, which will be used to assist in revenue collection as well as pin point where suspect faults are occurring.Reducing electricity theft high on Eskom prioritiesEskom energy and revenue losses manager Dileep John told media that the key focus areas has been Sandton and Midrand, with a target range of 30,000 households to be installed with smart meters.[quote]John said that smart prepayment split metering solutions, comprising a meter and a customer interface unit, is also currently being rolled out in Soweto, Engineering news reported.John said: “The plan is to roll these units out over the next five years to cover Soweto, Midrand and Sandton.” Read more…Keeping abreast of advancementsKeeping abreast of smart meter technology advances, the Eskom research centre continues to test new equipment against existing technologies.Engineering News highlighted: “As smart meter technologies continue to evolve, the infrastructure which allows two-way communications between the central system and the meter may be linked to other in-house devices.“Eskom is also piloting the use of Remote Access Terminals(RATs) in a number of locations countrywide. The RATs enable Eskom technicians to remotely disconnect or reconnect power supply to any specific customer without physically going to the point of supply.”John  explained: “The RATs play an important role in ensuring the safety of our staff when they have to do disconnections in dangerous areas, because such operations can now be conducted from the safety of their office.“Once completed, the new programme, which uses visualisation technology, will enable technicians to compare electricity use among customers in any suburb or even in a townhouse complex to identify those whose use is unusually high.”“All these interventions will give Eskom an edge in its continued fight against electricity theft,” he said.center_img Generation AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector Featured image: 123rf UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon developmentlast_img read more

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North Bergen to offer rapid, antibody COVID-19 testing for their frontline…

first_img North Bergen to offer rapid, antibody COVID-19 testing for their frontline responders By John Heinis – April 24, 2020 2:58 pm 0 Bayonne Bayonne man pepper sprayed, arrested after punching cop in the face, authorities say CommunityNewsNorth Bergen/Guttenberg Bayonne RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleAfter just 37 new COVID-19 cases in 7 days, Hoboken says backlog will skew dataNext articleMurphy issues executive order allowing security deposits to be used for rent payments John Heinis Facebook Twitter Bayonne TAGScoronavirusCOVID-19first respondersnorth bergen emsnorth bergen police SHARE Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter CarePoint Health reaches deal for Cigna Health Insurance to join their network The Township of North Bergen is announcing that their police department, Emergency Medical Services, and frontline employees will receive rapid, antibody testing for COVID-19. The North Bergen Police Department. Photo via Facebook.By John Heinis/Hudson County View“The individuals dealing with the general public must be COVID-19 free to ensure the safety of our residents,” Mayor Nick Sacco said in a statement.“Knowing that our front line personnel are free of this deadly virus enables us to better allocate resources and personnel to maintain services and do so in a safe and responsible manner.”The 15-minute tests will be administered to police, EMS and other township frontline personnel at the North Bergen Recreation Center.All responders will be required to wear personal protective equipment and adhere to strict distancing guidelines.To date, 13 North Bergen police officers have tested positive since the onset of the pandemic, with eight officers already being cleared to return to work.Based on data compiled by the New Jersey Department of Health, there are 12,645 confirmed COVID-19 patients in Hudson County and 606 deaths as of Thursday, the second and third most in the state by county, respectively. Bayonne man busted with cocaine, heroin, semi-automatic handgun after fleeing from copslast_img read more

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Associate Director, Undergraduate Integrative Student Services and Business Major Academic Advisor,

first_imgTime Type RequirementFull time Note to Applicant:This position profile identifies the key responsibilities andexpectations for performance. It cannot encompass all specific jobtasks that an employee may be required to perform. Employees arerequired to follow any other job-related instructions and performjob-related duties as may be reasonably assigned by his/hersupervisor.In order to provide a safe and productive learningand living community, Wake Forest University conducts backgroundinvestigations and drug screens for all final staff candidatesbeing considered for employment.Wake Forest seeks to recruit andretain a diverse workforce while promoting an inclusive workenvironment committed to excellence in the spirit of ProHumanitate. In adherence with applicable laws and asprovided by University policies, the University prohibitsdiscrimination in its employment practices on the basis ofrace, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexualorientation, gender identity and expression, genetic information,disability and veteran status and encouragesqualified candidates across all group demographics toapply.  ​ Summary:As a part of a highly collaborative program team, this colleaguemanages the day-to-day academic services operations for asupportive, engaging, and inclusive student experience in theSchool of Business. Serving as an academic advisor and key primarypoint of contact for a population of students, this roleadministers a full suite of academic services and annual processesin support of holistic student success. Participates in thedevelopment of office and program policies, practices, and systems,in a world-class undergraduate business education setting. Thisrole enables a higher education professional to bridge the gapsbetween traditional academic and student services and to enablestudent development and success on a variety of levels.Job DescriptionEssential Functions:Works directly with students as a highly knowledgeable andavailable advising resource, while also supporting theirdevelopment as autonomous and responsible emergingprofessionals.Executes continuing student academic advising processes incoordination with other School of Business colleagues and keyUniversity partners (University Registrar’s Office, Office ofUndergraduate Academic Advising, etc.).Coordinates key aspects of the student academic lifecycle forundergraduate business students, to include major declaration,course registration, transfer credit review/approval, trackingacademic progress, and the certification of degree completion.Serving as the primary program lead for one or more key studentinformation software platforms, maintaining a current workingexpertise of such systems and associated student datamanagement/reporting tools.Effectively leverages technology to innovate and to add valueto the advising process and to the overall student experience.Serves as a primary point of contact for business programstudents regarding their holistic student needs, including workingdirectly with students in personal, social, or academic distress,and escalating or referring issues as appropriate.Collaborates with other program staff and the WFU Center forGlobal Programs and Studies to provide accurate academic advisingand guidance to business majors studying abroad.Collaborates with other School of Business administrators todesign and to build an efficient and effective academic courseschedule for undergraduate business majors, monitoring enrollmentdata/trends to identify course offering needs.Ensures a high-quality day-to-day student experience in thedegree program, communicating proactively about student successes,needs, and concerns – and liaising with centralized student supportand resource units as appropriate.Collaborates with other School of Business staff to supportstudents’ career preparation and employment success.May direct the work of other professional or student staffmembers.Other duties as assigned. Required Education, Knowledge,Skills, Abilities:Bachelor’s degree plus at least three yearsrelated experience in academic advising and registration, orequivalent combination of education and experience.Preferred Education, Knowledge, Skills,Abilities:Master’s degree in student affairs/personnel administration ora closely related field is preferred. Bachelor’s degree plus atleast three years of experience, or an equivalent combination ofeducation and experience is required.Working knowledge of Ellucian Banner, DegreeWorks, and similarstudent information software platforms, as well as an openness tolearning and to leveraging other systems as institutional needschange.Extensive knowledge of academic policies, cultures, andprocedures.Knowledge of applicable rules, regulations, and laws regardingstudent records.Commitment to the values of diversity and the ability to buildinclusive and respectful relationships in which differences areappreciated and engaged.Proficiency in use of personal computers and relevant softwareapplications.Strong interpersonal skills, including oral and writtencommunication, and listening capabilities.Skill in organizing resources and establishing/managingpriorities.Ability to analyze course prerequisites, certification, andcurriculum/graduation requirements.Accountabilities:Directly manages holistic academic advisingfunctions, and those identified to participate in the process.Assists the Associate Dean and other program staff in theformulation and administration of policies for the office.last_img read more

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Arriva London goes Platinum for Payroll Giving

first_imgArriva London has been awarded the Platinum Payroll Giving Quality Mark from the Charities Aid Foundation, as over 20% of its 5000 staff members are signed up to Payroll Giving.With such a diverse workforce it means that over 160 charities benefit, from well-known national or international ones to very local causes.The bus will also feature in this year’s Lord Mayor’s Show in NovemberPayroll Giving encourages employees to give to their chosen charity direct from their payroll which is tax efficient for both employee and charity.With many more staff signing up each week Arriva London is the only bus operator in London to have achieved the Platinum quality mark.To help celebrate the achievement it has painted one of its buses Platinum, and then decorated it with ‘Arriva London has painted this bus Platinum to celebrate our 1000 award winning staff who support 160 charities every pay day’.Arriva London’s Managing Director Bob Scowen says: “Being the first and only bus company to win the Platinum Payroll Giving award is something really special, and I am immensely proud of this fantastic achievement by our staff.”last_img read more

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Arriva flotation axed as German taxpayer stumps up extra cash

first_imgA €1bn bail out – in the form of a capital increase – by the German government, means that the planned part-flotation of Arriva on the London Stock Exchange has been cancelled.DB’s corporate HQ in BerlinDeutsche Bahn (DB) – Germany’s national rail operator, which bought Arriva out of private ownership in 2010 – is 100% owned by the German government.Arriva is headquartered in Sunderland and runs UK bus, UK Rail plus bus and rail franchises in 13 other European countries. It employs 55,000 people and in 2015 made a €525m profit on a €4.9bn turnover.Due to DB’s worsening finances in Germany, in May DB’s board proposed part-privatisation of its DB Cargo rail freight business and Arriva, to raise around €4bn.But the privatisation become politically unpopular and the run up to the 2017 German elections has seen the U-turn.The capital increase is funded by above-forecast government tax revenues. The government is also allowing DB to retain more of its profits, now paying a reduced annual dividend of €350m for 2017-2020, instead of €850m in 2017 and at least €500m a year afterwards.The two measures effectively give DB an extra €2.4bn of extra funds.last_img read more

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Dangermuffin Rocks Club Cafe, 8/19

first_imgAn unlikely trio of two guitars and drums, Dangermuffin from Folly Beach, SC is unquestionably one of the most unique sounding three-pieces touring today. Their ability to blend and bend musical genres together make them a bit of a chameleon, but make no doubt about it, they own whatever they do, whether it be playing a bluegrass number or pumping out heavy rock riffs with smashing drum explosions.On Tuesday night, a small but enthused crowd nestled into Club Cafe on the South Side of Pittsburgh, PA for a most memorable performance. Dan Lotti, the band’s chief vocalist and “bass” player (he plays bass on an acoustic guitar) warmly greeted the crowd with a “Happy Tuesday,” and after exchanging some pleasantries with the front row, Dangermuffin was off and running.The band’s southern rock sensibilites, spearheaded by guitar player Mike Sivilli, mixed with the complex textures of drummer Steven Sandifer make you feel as if you’re at the beach and digging your toes into the sand; as if you’re floating down the lazy river at your favorite waterpark. The music has a flow and sway to it that one can’t help but tap their toe or nod their head to the rhythm. Dangermuffin mixed in several new compositions, which will be featured on their forthcoming album, as well as a number of staples like “Sea Funk,” “Cradle Of The Beach,” “Homestead,” “Moonscapes,” and “Slumber.” Along with their great original compositions, what has always impressed me about Dangermuffin is their exceptional execution of cover songs. The band tackled David Essex‘s “Rock On,” and yes, it was as cool and smooth as when Essex sung it. Lotti was born to sing “Hey shout, summertime blues, jump up and down in my blue suede shoes.”It didn’t stop there, as the band would delight the crowd to (electric) covers of Pink Floyd‘s “Breathe” and the Grateful Dead‘s “Scarlet Begonias.” What I appreciate most about ‘Muffin’s repetoire of covers are their earnesty. They don’t try to be Floyd or the Dead or whomever else they decide to cover. They take those great compositions and make it work for them. They play those songs as if they were their own. It is extremely refreshing to hear those songs being played in a way that doesn’t try to 100% emulate those great bands.After appropriately wrapping up their electric set with “Lawman” with lyrics of “Don’t go and break the rules if you’re a lawman, Be sure to stop at each stop sign ‘Cause when you break the laws that you push, man, How can you go on, keep the time for us,” I could not help but think of the events going on in Ferguson, MO. It was a nice gesture by the band to show their support.The night wasn’t quite over yet, because the band strapped on their acoustic guitars, with Sandifer grabbing his upright bass, and came down in front of the stage to perform unplugged, literally. This essentially turned the last 10 minutes of the show into a sing-along, with band and crowd trading lyrics back and forth. It was quite special.The band played a sweet bluegrass diddy entitled “The Rising Souls,” a song that will be featured on their new album, and then the highlight of my night, a sensational cover of Old & In The Way‘s “Midnight Moonlight” (audio below). Just when I thought it couldn’t get any better, and after pleas from the crowd to play one more song, Dangermuffin indulged the pack of concertgoers to the Dead’s “Friend Of The Devil.” For those that were in attendance, the night certainly ended as a Happy Tuesday.last_img read more

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Alec Baldwin and Wife Hilaria Celebrate the Birth of Daughter Carmen

first_img Baldwin most recently starred in the Broadway revival of Orphans and has appeared on Broadway in Twentieth Century, A Streetcar Named Desire, Serious Money and Loot. His off-Broadway credits include Entertaining Mr. Sloane, Trumbo, Macbeth and Prelude to a Kiss. An Emmy winner for playing Jack Donaghy on 30 Rock, Baldwin can currently be seen on the big screen as Cate Blanchett’s ex-husband in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine. View Comments Star Files Stage and screen star Alec Baldwin and his yoga instructor wife, Hilaria, welcomed daughter Carmen Gabriela on August 23. Dubbing the baby “absolutely perfect” in a Twitter post shortly after giving birth, the 29-year-old new mom and her 55-year-old husband returned to their Manhattan home with their newborn daughter on August 25.center_img “Since giving birth, the word ‘love’ has taken on a whole new meaning,” Hilaria tweeted on August 26. “Its depth and intensity are overwhelming in the most welcome way.” The new dad is also the father of fledgling model Ireland, his 17-year-old daughter with ex-wife Kim Basinger. Alec Baldwinlast_img read more

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NAHBS 2016 – Caletti takes home Best Finish award for amazing Road Race Special…

first_imgThe shoes and helmet are from Giro, but the slingshot is all Caletti. After seeing some made by Hunter Cycles, he used spare titanium tubes to put a couple together. This one’s the last of them, and it’s yours for $250. He machined the ends to hold the sling, and the handle is a hollow chamber for storing ammo with a wine cork as a plug. John Caletti had a few new models on display, but the real showstopper was his Road Race Special steel road bike custom painted by Jeremiah Kille.The painstakingly detailed design covers everything and even extends to the helmet, shoes and another fun accessory. It’s a customer’s bike, like many of the frames at the show, so it’s not just an art piece. But it did send Caletti home with the Best Finish award. Check out all the angles, plus his new 29er, adventure and city bikes, below… Road Race Special, shown here with more traditional custom paint, is his version of a crit racer. It’s stiff thanks to oversized steel tubes that are a mix of Columbus Life and True Temper S3 top and down tubes.New Scrambler is a moto inspired town bike that’ll come in stock sizes and be more affordable than his custom bikes.It’s set up to run single speed, internally geared or a normal 1x drivetrain. Caletti said, where possible, there’s an emphasis on US made components with stem and post from Thomson, Chris King headset and Jones Precision Wheels. The complete bikes will sell for $5,150.His new adventure road bike in titanium fills in for a gravel bike, something almost every builder had in one incarnation or another.It gets flat mount brakes and the ENVE GRD fork. Kille did the graphics here, too.He’s also got a new 29er, also in ti. It’s got modern geometry with long top tube for a short stem to get proper cockpit length and a slacker head angle for 120mm fork 69°.last_img read more

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FreshTracks Capital taps DRINKmaple for new investment

first_imgVermont Business Magazine FreshTracks Capital announced Monday it has invested in a growing Vermont-based beverage brand, DRINKmaple. This is the second Vermont-based investment from FreshTracks Capital’s newly launched investment fund, FreshTracks IV. DRINKmaple, based in St Albans, is a rapidly-growing maple water brand that features only one ingredient, straight from the tree.  It’s refreshing, hydrating and naturally nutritious, with just a subtle hint of maple.  DRINKmaple is packed with 46 naturally-occurring nutrients including antioxidants, polyphenols, minerals and electrolytes, with more manganese than a cup of kale, and half the sugar of coconut water.  The company also makes DRINKmelon Organic Watermelon Water, also made from one ingredient, 100% organic watermelons. DRINKmaple is the brainchild of Ironman Triathlon training partners Kate Weiler and Jeff Rose, who found the beverage while competing in an Ironman in 2013.  At first sip and after experiencing the hydrating benefits firsthand, they set out to bottle maple sap as a natural hydration beverage to fuel their athletic performance.  The brand rapidly gained a cult following among competitive athletes, and is now expanding distribution to satisfy demand across the country. Investors quickly saw potential in this “better for you” beverage brand based on its broad consumer appeal and increasing sales velocity.  Where it is distributed, it already outsells national coconut water brands, attracting the attention of major beverage industry players.  As a result, Weiler and Rose decided to raise investment capital to help them scale quickly to meet the opportunity.  FreshTracks Capital, along with several other investors, participated in DRINKmaple’s Series A round of financing, with FreshTracks investing $250,000 of a total $4.35 million to help fuel the young company’s growth and gain national recognition. TJ Whalen, Managing Director for FreshTracks Capital, said, “I think DRINKmaple is poised to become a national player.  This product hits on all the right trends driving growth in the beverage industry.  The brand has tremendous potential, and I believe Kate and Jeff have exactly what it takes to turn this local Vermont business into a national success story.” Kate Weiler, CEO of DRINKmaple said of the company’s rapid growth, “It’s so exciting to have this opportunity to satisfy the nation’s thirst for healthful beverages.  As a nutritionist and athlete, I wanted to create something that offered the right balance of functional performance, hydration and great taste.  And I found the best all-natural ingredient for this right here in Vermont’s maple trees.  I love that it’s natural, plant-based hydration from a local, sustainable source.  And now I’m thrilled to work with FreshTracks Capital and our other investors to continue to expand our national footprint.” About FreshTracks Capital: Founded in 2001, FreshTracks Capital is a Vermont-focused investment fund that uses venture capital to create positive economic and community impacts.  Across its four funds, which total more than $45 million, FreshTracks has invested in over 20 Vermont-based companies. FreshTracks hosts a number of events for entrepreneurs and investors, including Peak Pitch and Road Pitch.  The firm’s General Partners and Managing Directors are Cairn Cross, Lee Bouyea and T.J. Whalen.  FreshTracks is actively investing out of its newly launched fund, FreshTracks Capital IV. About DRINKmaple: At DRINKmaple, we’re on a mission to innovate in the beverage space by creating healthful hydration for the broader consumer. We are makers of DRINKmaple Organic Maple Water, a premium plant-based hydration beverage consisting of the sap tapped directly from sugar maple trees in Vermont, and DRINKmelon Organic Watermelon Water, a plant-based, single-ingredient functional beverage made from 100% organic watermelons. Learn more at www.drinkmaple.com(link is external).Shelburne and St. Albans, VT (May 8, 2017) – FreshTracks Capitallast_img read more

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Fouls and low depth stop Gophers comeback attempt in NCAA tournament

first_imgThe Blue Raiders guard said after the game that his team was able to easily score on Minnesota.“I felt like this was the perfect time for me to step up,” Upshaw said. “Shoulder the offense and try to get everybody else going. Pitino admitted that depth was a significant problem for the team.The team was already low on depth after senior guard Akeem Springs suffered a torn Achilles in the Big Ten tournament.In the second half, the Gophers’ leading scorer, Nate Mason, suffered a hip injury but still played a majority of the second half.He was forced to leave Mason in even as the guard was injured and in the middle of one his worst offensive performances all season. Mason finished the game 2-10 on field goal attempts but played 38 of 40 minutes in Thursday’s loss.“We were not very deep late in the season and that caught up to us,” Pitino said. “When you can’t sub, [it’s] really, really hard because [Mason] needed a break.”Except for Michael Hurt, who played three minutes, every Gophers player finished with one or more foul.Lynch, Murhpy and Curry ended the game with four fouls each.After the game, Blue Raiders head coach Kermit Davis said getting Minnesota’s big men into foul trouble early was key.“Foul trouble affected us a lot,” Murphy said.“[It] may have made us a little bit less aggressive going down the stretch, soit really hurt us.” Fouls and low depth stop Gophers comeback attempt in NCAA tournamentMinnesota lost by 11 after bringing the game against Middle Tennessee State within fourChris DangSophomore forward Jordan Murphy looks to get around the Blue Raiders defense on Thursday, Mar. 16, 2017 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin at the Bradley Center. The Gophers played against Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders. Mike HendricksonMarch 17, 2017Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintMinnesota’s crowd at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee suddenly had life late in the game.The Gophers had shaved a late 17-point deficit to four in five minutes, and the Minnesota fan base was on its feet for the first time in a while.But just as the Gophers had life, Reggie Upshaw hit a 3-pointer to spark a Blue Raiders’ run, spelling an early exit for the Gophers in an 81-72 loss in the first round of the NCAA tournament. “[Upshaw’s 3-pointer] really hurt us,” said Gophers head coach Richard Pitino. “Give them credit, we couldn’t stop them.”While the Gophers were the higher seed in the game, national pundits overwhelmingly predicted that Minnesota would be upset by the 12th-seeded Blue Raiders.The game appeared over for Minnesota with 11 minutes left. The Blue Raiders were up by 16 but began to lose their lead.Amir Coffey made a 3-point shot for the Gophers and hit two free throw attempts. After back-to-back field goals by Coffey and Dupree McBrayer, plus a 3-point play from Eric Curry, it was a 4-point deficit for the first time since late in the first half.But that’s when Minnesota’s flaws leaked back into the game.Three key players for the Gophers — Reggie Lynch, Jordan Murphy and Curry — were in foul trouble and there was nothing the Gophers could do to stop Middle Tennessee State from closing out the game.“We were in that comeback, we were excited trying to get over the hump,” Coffey said. “[We were] trying to get it up and take the lead but just didn’t get there.”Upshaw — who finished the game with a game-high 19 points — scored seven straight points after Minnesota brought the game within four as he took advantage of a hobbled Mason.He extended his team’s lead to eight with 4:30 remaining, and later had three rebounds to help finish the Gophers off.last_img read more

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