Featured image: Stock Personnel delivering the mobile transformer. Image provided by Eskom.The Loeriesfontein Wind Farm, located in the Northern Cape Province, has been making use of a mobile transformer to enable early connection to the grid for commissioning of the turbines.According to a company statement, this is prior to the energisation of the Helios substation, which is the permanent grid connection.Country construction manager for Mainstream Renewable Power, Kevin Foster, explained: “The mobile transformer will do two things; firstly, it will provide a temporary supply to the project, to mitigate the risk that Eskom transmission is delayed with energisation of Helios.“Secondly, it will allow for early grid code testing of Loeriesfontein Wind Farm, which will ultimately increase the chances of early operations, ahead of the Commercial Operations Date.”Operating the mobile transformer“We have worked very closely with Eskom to supply and operate the mobile transformer, which is typically used by the Utility to temporarily connect to substations during maintenance or unplanned shutdowns to allow continued use of substations. Mobile transformers are not normally used to connect Wind Farms to the distribution system,” Foster said.According to the company, the Helios substation energisation is on track for 15 August 2017, at which point the Loeriesfontein Wind Farm will be able to commence with final grid code testing prior to commercial operations. Read more…Step-up transformerEach wind turbine is connected to a step-up transformer which boosts the generating output of the wind turbine generator from 690 V to 33kV. These transformers are located at the base of the wind turbine.From here the cables throughout the wind farm bring the 33kV current from the step-up transformers to convene at the substation where the main transformer is situated.The main transformer at the substation increases the voltage further from 33kV to 132kV, which is the voltage required to transfer the power to Eskom.The Loeriesfontein Wind Farm forms part of the South African government’s Round 3 Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme and is expected to be operational by December 2017. Generation Previous articleECG commissions substation at HohoeNext articleGermany’s Energiewende similar to South African renewable industry Babalwa BunganeBabalwa Bungane is the content producer for ESI Africa – Clarion Events Africa. Babalwa has been writing for the publication for over five years. She also contributes to sister publications; Smart Energy International and Power Engineering International. Babalwa is a social media enthusiast. UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon development RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR BRICS Finance and Policy Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA Featured image source: 123rf AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector
After raising the benchmark interest rate just once in the last seven years (0.25 percent in December 2015), the Federal Reserve added another 0.25 percent in December 2016, and hinted three more increases may be coming in 2017.advertisementadvertisementWhy the increases? In short, the U.S. economy is improving.“The Federal Reserve has a dual mandate: Control inflation and keep employment in line,” said Sam Miller, managing director and head of agricultural banking with BMO Harris Bank. “The lengthy period of low interest rates in the U.S. has been because there has been limited inflation and the unemployment level had been high.”With an improving economy, unemployment has been declining. Workers and wages are a major factor driving inflation, and indexes measured by Federal Reserve banks show monthly inflation rates averaged about 1.7 percent through 2016, moving closer to the Fed’s cap target of about 2 percent.The relatively small interest rate increases reflect the fact the overall inflation “marketbasket” is still fairly stable. Besides wages, other factors driving inflation have been mixed. Petroleum prices, although still low, are higher than a year ago. Health care and housing costs have also been rising.At the same time, prices for electronics and other consumer items have been declining. In the agricultural sector, food prices are significantly lower than they were a couple of years ago.advertisement“If the Fed is saying they’re going to raise rates three times in 2017, they’re expecting inflation to increase a like amount,” Miller said. “They raise the rate so that the economy doesn’t overheat.”Basis points and interest ratesThe Fed changes interest rates in increments of “basis points,” with 100 basis points equal to a 1 percent change in the interest rate. So, the most recent increases of 25 basis points is equal to a 0.25 percent boost in the interest rate.How does that translate to what interest rate a dairy farmer pays?“For variable rate loans, for the most part it will be a 1-to-1 correlation,” Miller said. “Each 25 basis point increase announced by the Fed will boost interest rates on variable rate loans by about 0.25 percent.”The basis point/fixed rate loan correlation is less directly aligned, Miller said. For fixed-rate loans, interest rates are also impacted by longer-term expectations for economic growth, employment rates and inflation. At the local level, lenders set rates for individual customers as a hedge against their own costs, including how much interest they pay to depositors.While variable- and fixed-rate interest rates typically move in the same direction, fixed rates are typically higher than variable rates.advertisement“Long-term rates have moved higher since the November elections,” said Chris Laughton, director of Knowledge Exchange with Farm Credit East.On-farm factorsWhile the general U.S. population has seen little overall inflation, the impact on the farm has been more of a roller coaster.“When grain and milk prices were rising, that was very inflationary,” Miller said. “Farmers expanded significantly. Another inflationary pressure, land values, went up. At the same time, the increase on the expense side was masked by increasing crop and milk prices.”In the past couple of years, however, that’s changed. Prices received for commodities have come down, and while prices paid for many inputs – crop inputs and feed expenses – have also come down, they haven’t declined at the same rate as income.Looking into 2017, Miller said discussions with clients indicate inflationary pressures on farmers shouldn’t change drastically. Fertilizer prices will be lower, while fuel prices will be higher than last year. Seed and chemical prices are expected to remain stable, while feed prices for livestock producers, particularly dairy, are expected to be lower than a year ago.With a landscape of rising interest rates and stable on-farm inflationary pressures, how should dairy farmers manage finances in 2017? According to Miller, they’ve already been locking in rates.“Keeping interest rates variable or fixed is not necessarily an easy decision to make, since interest rates on fixed-rate loans are typically 1.5 percent higher than variable-rate loans,” Miller said. “Even with anticipated increases in 2017, interest rates remain at historically low levels. If you fix a rate for five years, that means the variable rates have to move up pretty substantially for the bet to pay off.”Amoritization – paying off debt on a fixed repayment schedule – also comes into play.“If it’s a longer amortization, you’re paying more interest in the front years than you are in the later years,” Miller said. “Fixing that rate may make more sense, because you’ll have more time to get the benefit out of it.”Risk managementPart of the objective is to take some of the risk of rising interest rates off the table.“The longer-term fixed rates usually cost more, but it’s a hedge against variable rates moving up,” Miler said. “Like in anything, you typically don’t just make one bet. You don’t take the entire pile of debt and fix it for ‘X’ number of years. The best managers look at their interest costs as a basket, keeping rates affordable while providing some good interest rate risk management. Some of the shorter-term assets will be fixed for 1 to 3 years; some of the longer-term assets should be fixed from 3 to 5 years; and real estate will be fixed at 5-plus years.”“Fixing the interest rate on a loan is essentially insurance against rising interest rates,” Laughton said. “With a variable rate, the borrower assumes the risk of rate increases, whereas with a fixed rate, the borrower has a measure of protection against that risk.”“There is no rule or magic to timing a fixed-rate decision, nor is there a guarantee as to whether it will save or cost you money,” Laughton said. “If your business would face challenges in covering debt service with rates higher than current fixed rates, it may make sense to fix some or all of your loans in order to mitigate the risk of unexpected rate increases. For other businesses, it may make sense to stay with lower variable rates for now if your business can withstand the impact of rates rising faster than expected. It all depends on your business’s financial condition and your appetite for risk.”For individual borrowers, BMO Harris Bank includes interest rates – along with income and expenses – in its “sensitivity analysis” when making lending decisions. The “shock test” forecasts expected impacts of lower income and higher expenses and interest rates on a farm’s cash flow and profitability.For a “steady-state” operation, the analysis looks at changes of 5 percent on income and expenses and 2 percent on interest rates. For an expanding operation, those “shocks” increase to 10 percent on both income and expenses and 3 percent on interest rates.Other impactsOther than higher interest rates as a cost of doing business, rising rates have a two-fold impact on pushing farmland prices lower, according to Gary Schnitkey, ag economist at the University of Illinois.First, higher interest rates increase the financing costs of land purchases, making it more expensive to debt finance farmland. Second, higher rates signal higher returns on alternative investments, thereby making alternative investments more attractive than farmland.Optimism in 2017Miller has an optimistic outlook for dairy in 2017.“Working capital eroded significantly in 2015-2016,” he said. “The good news was that 2014 had been so strong, they had some reserves built up. Credit had been paid down, and cash was on the balance sheet.”Even with lower milk prices in 2015-2016, some parts of the country faired better than others. In the Midwest, for example, feed piles entering 2017 are bigger and of higher quality.Regardless of how much interest rates move, the “old standards” apply to dairy business management.“Have the best cost controls that you can, manage your price risk, maintain your working capital position and have a strong equity position,” Miller said. “Now that we’ve seen some price improvement and expenses are marginally better, it’s time to rebuild reserves and work hard on getting the balance sheet in shape to handle the next period of adversity that is likely to happen. We have them every couple of years, and I wouldn’t expect that trend to change.” Along with the hope milk prices and income margins will increase in 2017, dairy farmers will likely encounter something else they haven’t seen in a while – rising interest rates. Dave NatzkeEditorProgressive DairymanEmail Dave [email protected] read more
Sistem ini mampu untuk memperingati terjadinya benturan ke depan saat pengereman darurat, kontrol kemudi adaptif dan mendukung pengemudi untuk waspada dengan bus Euro 6. Laurens Downs, Manajer umum Bus Volvo Australia mengatakan, sistem dukungan pengemudi Volvo ini menawakan pada para pelanggannya untuk menghadirkan keamanan tertinggi.“Ini adalah contoh yang sangat baik dari pendekatan proaktif kami yang terus berlanjut terhadap keselamatan di jalan dan dorongan kami untuk mencapai visi keselamatan kami dari kecelakaan nol di Kendaraan Volvo,” ujar Downs.Teknologi DSS terbaru ini menggunakan radar dan kamera depan untuk mendeteksi kendaraan di depan bus saat mengemudi. Sehingga jika kemungkinan kecelakaan ada, pengemudi akan mendapat peringatan baik secara visual maupun suara.Jika pengemudi tidak bisa melakukan apapun saat adanya peringatan, maka pra rem akan diaktifkan secara otomatis dan diikuti pengereman penuh. Sistem ini juga menangani pengeraman saat di tikungan untuk kenyamanan dan keamanan pengemudi serta penumpang.“Tersedia di pelatih Euro 6 Volvo, paket Sistem Dukungan Driver Volvo dirancang untuk membantu pengemudi menghindari situasi kritis dan kecelakaan. Bahkan dalam kasus-kasus ketika teknologi rem otomatis tidak dapat menghindari tabrakan, kecepatan benturan yang diturunkan membantu mengurangi konsekuensi untuk pengemudi dan penumpang yang memungkinkan operator untuk merasa percaya diri dengan Pelatih Volvo dalam armada mereka,” jelas Downs.Baca juga: Volvo 360c, Moda Otonom Bertenaga Listrik yang Punya Empat Desain InteriorPaket dukungan sistem pengemudi lengkap juga termasuk kontrol pelayaran adaptif, yang secara otomatis menyimpan jarak yang ditetapkan ke kendaraan di depan, dan sistem pendukung pemeliharaan jalur, yang memperingatkan pengemudi jika pelatih akan melintasi jalur yang menandai secara tidak sengaja. Selain itu, fungsionalitas dukungan pengemudi-peringatan sistem lebih mengurangi risiko kecelakaan yang disebabkan oleh driver lelah atau terganggu.Sistem ini mencatat perilaku pengemudi dan posisi bus di jalur. Jika pengemudi kehilangan konsentrasi, sistem akan menampilkan pesan pop-up dan memancarkan sinyal yang dapat didengar untuk mendorong mereka untuk memperhatikan jalan di depan, atau untuk beristirahat. Sistem Dukungan pengemudi Volvo tersedia untuk memesan sekarang di bus Volvo Euro 6 terbaru.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedVolvo Akan Luncurkan Electric Articulated Bus di Busworld Brussels Oktober 201925/06/2019In “Bus dalam kota”Volvo B8RLE, Bus Low-Deck yang Tawarkan Optimalisasi Biaya Operasional25/03/2019In “Bus AKAP”Volvo Rilis Dynamic Steering, Teknologi yang Ringankan Kinerja Pengemudi20/06/2019In “Bus AKAP” sensor kamera yang ada di depan bus (www.busnews.com.au) Alat keselamatan sangat penting pada moda transportasi, sebab dengan adanya ini, penumpnag bisa merasakan aman dan nyaman. Baru-baru ini Volvo Euro 6 menghadirkan paket sistem keselamatan untuk pengemudi bus.Baca juga: Volvo Rilis Dua Model Bus Terbaru Untuk Wisata dan Perjalanan Jarak JauhKabarPenumpang.com melansir dari laman busnews.com.au (12/10/2018), Driver Support System (DSS) atau sistem dukungan pengemudi Volvo baru ini memperkuat posisi keselamatan dan memperkenalkan sistem dukungan pengemudi baru yang canggih dan dilengkapi dengan berbagai kemampuan. read more
Share This!The Fourth of July holiday is this week and Disneyland is ready to celebrate.To kick off the day, Guests will be able to meet Mickey in his patriotic attire. He’ll be located in Town Square from 8:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. on July 4.Guests will also want to make sure they catch some of the patriotic shows and experiences that can be done throughout Disneyland, like the Disneyland Railroad, Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln, Frontierland and the Mark Twain Riverboat, and the flag retreat ceremony.In the evening, on July 4th, catch “Disney’s Celebrate America! – A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky” which will feature star-spangled spirit to the sounds of patriotic songs. The fireworks spectacular will take place at 9:30 p.m.©DisneyGuests looking to wear their red, white, and blue will be able to purchase Americana merchandise like Spirit Jerseys, t-shirts, dresses, Minnie Ears, light-up necklaces, place settings and more. These will only be available for a limited time at the Emporium and at Pioneer Mercantile in Disneyland, at Elias & Co. in Disney California Adventure, and at World of Disney in the Downtown Disney District.Moving over to the resorts, at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel, on July 4 only, from 3:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m., Guests will be able to take part in a Fourth of July family BBQ at the rooftop The Sand Bar. Live music will start at 6:00 p.m. A special a la carte menu will include short rib brisket burgers, all-beef hot dogs, street corn on the cob and specialty drinks. Complimentary family activities and face painting are also available. This offering is open to the public and does not require a hotel reservation.At Disneyland Hotel, on July 4 only, from 12:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m., hotel Guests participate in family activities, live music, complimentary face painting, caricatures and tasty delights on the hotel’s Magic Kingdom Lawn.©DisneyAt the Downtown Disney District, guests will discover an array of patriotic delights. Wetzel’s Pretzels will offer a Frozen Cherry Boba Lemonade, Splitsville Luxury Lanes will offer the Firecracker Cocktail, grab a Berry Ice Cream at Salt & Straw, a 4th of July Box or Americana Mini Sampler at Sprinkles and finally try the Red, White & Blue Cake Shake from Black Tap Craft Burgers & Shakes. read more
Compiled by Mary AlexanderFrom New York and Paris to Tamboerskloof in Cape Town, graffiti artists across the world have paid tribute to the legacy of Nelson Mandela on buildings, walls and bus stops. In celebration of Mandela Month, we bring you a selection. A mural by well-known artist David Flores in Venice Beach, Los Angeles, as part of the Branded Arts initiative. Image via Springleap. A psychedelic Mandela by Spanish muralist Eduardo Kobra, also in Los Angeles. Image via Global Street Art. A close-up of Eduardo Kobra’s Mandela in Los Angeles. The freedom mural by celebrated Cape Town graffiti artist Mak1one shows South Africa’s journey to democracy over the decades, from the 1960s to the 1990s. Mandela’s image on Jamaica Street in Bristol, England. Photo by Sam Saunders. Portrait of Mandela on the wall of a ruin in St Romain, Rhone-Alpes, France. Photo by Thierry Ehrmann. Artist Phil Akashi paid tribute to Mandela in Shanghai in 2013 by attaching a seal with the Chinese characters 自由 (meaning “freedom”) to a boxing glove, and punching out a monumental mural with 27 000 blows.Watch Akashi create the portrait: On a wall in Spuistraat in central Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Image via Global Graphica. A close-up of the Amsterdam portrait. Image via Global Graphica. A portrait by artist Peat Wollaeger at Welling Court in Astoria, Queens, New York. Photo by Lois Stavsky, via Street Art New York. On rue Denoyez in Paris. Photo by Kate Noakes, Boomslang Poetry. A tribute to Mandela by graffiti artist Pakone in Brest, France. Photo by Mathieu le Gall, via Street Art Utopia. Madiba on a bus stop in Tamboerskloof in Cape Town, by street artist Tennille Pillemer. Unfurling a massive Mandela on the Civic Centre building in the Cape Town CBD. Artwork by Linsey Levendall; photo by Lisa Burnell. In Stellenbosch, Western Cape. Photo by Mathieu Labaki via Street Art in Cape Town. read more
Area LP Manager, Goodwill Industries, (WA) The Area Loss Prevention Manager is primarily responsible for all Loss Prevention and Security related issues within an assigned geographic area of responsibility. The position seeks to prevent loss of organizational assets and to control shrinkage from both internal and external causes. The Area LP Manager detects, investigates, and apprehends individuals… Learn moreNational Mgr, Learning and Development, Sears, (IL) Collaborate cross-functionally (Sears/Kmart/Home Services/Logistics) and build strong relationships globally to identify gaps and deliver training. Works with Field and Corporate Leadership on Development, Operations and Asset and Profit Protection competencies in order to drive retention, stability and profit enhancement across SHC… Learn moreDistrict LP Manager, Kohl’s, (AL) The DLPM develops and implements the Loss Prevention program for 6 -15 selling locations. The DLPM is responsible for driving results through achievement of goals related to inventory shortage, budget lines, cash variance, and operational compliance. In addition, the DLPM is responsible for the selection and career development of all exempt and non-exempt Loss Prevention personnel within the assigned locations… Learn more- Sponsor – Regional AP Director, Rite Aid, (NY) The primary purpose of this position is to increase sales and improve EBITDA by reducing loss and maintaining investigative integrity. Frequent independent judgments are essential. The incumbent is also required to perform all tasks in a safe manner consistent with corporate policies and state and federal laws… Learn more Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now read more
A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… john paul titlow Tags:#international#news#web Everyone knows that the Iranian government is no champion of a free press. But exactly how far is the Islamic Republic willing to go to keep voices and viewpoints down to a minimum? It would appear that a full-blown cyber attack on the BBC is not out of the question, according to the news organization. Without divulging too many details about the incident, the BBC suggested that Iran may have been responsible for an attack that briefly hampered the news organization’s internal access to email and the Internet. The purported distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack happened to come at the same time that feeds being broadcast by the BBC into Iran were jammed, which is something the organization has experienced and complained about in the past. Reporters Without Borders put out an interactive tool recently titled Cyber Tag, which lets users virtually spray graffiti on the embassies of countries that the organization designates “enemies of the Internet.” Iran is, unsurprisingly, one of them. The country achieves this title not only because of its efforts to thwart free speech using DDoS attacks and by scrambling broadcast signals, but for its larger war on the Internet itself. While Web users in the United States were fretting about SOPA several weeks ago, Iranians were beginning to face a much more serious threat. After years of censoring and otherwise hampering the Web, it was reported that the Iranian government was in the early stages of creating a second, state-approved Internet designed to replace the World Wide Web we all know and love.As those plans are slowly executed, Iran is wasting no time ensuring that outside and alternative voices are not heard within the country, if its autocratic rulers can help it. The BCC has revealed very little about the cyber attack it faced, but says its confident that somebody within Iran is responsible. It wouldn’t be the first time they’ve interfered with the BBC’s operations. Last month, BBC Director General Mark Thompson outlined the ways in which Iranian authorities have attempted to intimidate people working for BBC Persian, including who work outside of Iran’s borders. Lead photo by Parmida Rahimi Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market read more
Peru beat Paraguay 2-0 at the Copa America on Friday to ensure they finished in third place for the second consecutive edition of the tournament. Midfielder Andre Carrillo gave them the lead three minutes into the second half, stabbing a shot into the bottom corner of the Paraguayan net after striker Paolo Guerrero had nodded down a Christian Cueva corner.Guerrero sealed a deserved victory with his fourth goal of the tournament in the 89th minute.At the last Copa America in 2011, Peru also finished third,beating Venezuela in the clash between the losing semi-finalists. Hosts Chile face Argentina in the final on Saturday.
Five-star defensive end CeCe Jefferson is one of the most coveted uncommitted prospects in the nation. Tomorrow, he will make his college choice, selecting from four finalists: Alabama, Auburn, Florida, and Ole Miss.Yesterday, Mississippi-based rap duo Rae Sremmurd tweeted at Jefferson, encouraging him to select the Rebels. Today, it was Dixie Carter, Ole Miss alum and president of Total Nonstop Action Wrestling piggybacking off Rae Sremmurd’s tweet and telling Jefferson to come to Oxford.I agree!! RT @RaeSremmurd: @cecejeferson7 pick Ole Miss bro #HottyToddy— Dixie Carter (@TNADixie) February 3, 2015Jefferson definitely appreciated the love, sharing it on his Instagram page.Just another day in the world of SEC recruiting.