8 December 2011 The announcement was made on the sidelines of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 17) in Durban on Wednesday. Among the preferred bidders for photovoltaic provision is SlimSun Swartland Solar Park, with 5MW capacity, and De Aar Solar PV with 48.25 MW. A total of 18 preferred bidders for photovoltaic solar were selected, representing 631.53 MW of capacity. Source: BuaNews South Africa’s Department of Energy put out a request for proposals on new generation in August, asking independent power producers to submit their proposals for the first window, which closed on 4 November. There are five window phases in which potential bidders can submit their bids to provide power, with the second deadline in 2012. There were eight preferred bidders for wind energy, together making up 633.99 MW of capacity, while two concentrated solar power bidders were also selected, representing 150 MW of capacity. “The evaluation resulted in 28 bids with a total of 1 416 MW being selected as preferred bidders,” the department said in a statement. A full list of the preferred bidders is available on the department’s Independent Power Producer (IPP) Procurement Programme website www.ipp-renewables.co.za. According to the government’s Integrated Resource Plan, a 20-year projection on electricity supply and demand, about 42% of electricity generated in the country – about 3 725 megawatts (MW) – is required to come from renewable resources. The department said it was “confident that the preferred bidders will successfully conclude their project arrangements in order to meet the financial close deadline of 30 June 2012 and construction to commence shortly thereafter.” Preferred bidders South Africa has released its first list of preferred independent power producers, accepting 28 bids from companies to generate over 1 400 megawatts of electricity from solar and wind sources. Initially, the department received 53 bids from independent power producers. “From phase 1 of the large-scale renewable project, 53 bids amounting to 2 128 MW were received across wind, photovoltaic (PV) solar power power, concentrated solar power (CSP), and small hydro-electric projects,” the department said on Thursday.
The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification john paul titlow A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Related Posts Tags:#Instagram#mobile photography Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Instagram is slowly shedding the “mobile-only” label it gained when it launched almost exactly two years ago. Users of the wildly popular, Facebook-owned photo app are getting Web-based profiles, it was announced on Monday. This sensible, overdue move for Instagram stands to benefits its users, but it doesn’t quite go all the way.Instagram has been moving toward Web app territory for several months, but this is the service’s biggest step in that direction. In July, the Instagram added the ability to like and comment on photos from the Web version that gets pushed out via Twitter and Facebook. That update also included the ability to follow users when logged into your existing Instagram account in a Web browser. Creating such an account, however, remained a mobile-only feature. How Instagram Users Will Benefit Starting this week, users will start getting Facebook Timeline-style profiles that display their entire photo stream in the browser. This is a big deal. As popular as Instagram is on iOS and Android, it remains an island of content that exists largely outside of the open Web. Making these photos navigable from the Web gives a more complete identity to Instagram users whose photos are being encountered by browser-bound visitors. Previously, all they could see on the Web was one photo, feedback from other users and a tiny avatar identifying the user who took the photo. Now they can browse other photos, interact with them and get a clearer understanding of the photographer and whether or not they’d like to follow them. This important context was missing before. Active Instagrammers should expect to see more trickle-down engagement across their photo stream when they post photos to Web-based social networks. There’s Still A Wall Between Mobile And Web While this substantial Instragram update addresses a long-standing user demand, it’s still incremental. You can’t click through and view a user’s followers or see who they’re following, for instance. This limits Web-based Instagram users’ ability to discover new people to follow. That’s still that happens exclusively from the mobile app, and even there it’s still disappointingly limited. Photo Maps didn’t make their way into the new Instagram Web interface either. The new location-based layouts that launched in August turn out to be a very good thing for photo discovery on mobile devices, but curious Web users will have to wait to see them on bigger screens. That’s too bad.
Deepika Padukone and Ranveer SinghInstagramA photo has come up on social media that shows Ranveer carrying Deepika’s sandals in his hands when the two attended a recent wedding in Mumbai.In the already viral picture, Ranveer is seen standing behind Deepika carrying her heels in his hands while the actress was greeting an elderly person there. This gesture by the actor caught everyone’s attention, who cannot stop praising him.A lot of people commented on the photo saying that Deepika is lucky to have a husband like Ranveer. He is being called the “perfect husband”, and is being applauded for his gentleman’s act.Ranveer and the Chhappak actress are one of the most popular B-Town couples, as they hardly miss an opportunity to showcase love for each other even publicly.Meanwhile, lately there were rumours of Deepika’s pregnancy after she was spotted at an event with a slightly bulging belly. Many on social media had started speculating that the dusky beauty was expecting a child.However, Deepika had soon put the rumours to rest by clarifying that she was not pregnant, and had also expressed disappointment at such gossips being made soon after an actress ties the knot.”It will happen when it has to happen. Motherhood trumps being married. That’s what I hear from people who have had children,” she told a publication,” she had told a publication.”Of course, it will happen at some point but no, I think it is unfair to put women through that, to put a couple through that. I guess the day we stop asking the questions is when we will bring about change,” Deepika had added. Meanwhile, the actress has been busy shooting for her next film Chhappak that is based on the real-story of an acid-attack survivor.
Vijay Shekhar Sharma, the CEO of Paytm holds majority stake in the proposed payments bank.Wikimedia CommonsPaytm founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma is the youngest Indian to join the Forbes billionaire list.Sharma, 39, is the only Indian billionaire under the age of 40. He is ranked 1,394th on the list with a fortune of $1.7 billion.Son of a schoolteacher from a small city in north India, Sharma founded fast-rising mobile wallet Paytm in 2011. Paytm has notched up 250 million registered users and 7 million transactions daily, according to Forbes.Sharma owns 16 percent of Paytm, which is now valued at $9.4 billion. He has also created Paytm Mall, an e-commerce business business and the Paytm Payments Bank.Sharma, who couldn’t sit for the IIT entrance owing to his poor english proficiency, loved browsing the internet and dreamt about being in Silicon Valley, the mecca for worldwide innovation.He built his first company- ‘XS Communications’, a college-based startup that created Content Management Systems.While trying to set up One97 Communications, the parent company of Paytm, Sharma took a loan of Rs 8 lakhs, which got him into a vicious cycle of unpayable debt. This forced him to take up petty jobs to make ends meet, setting up LAN connections, delivering guest lectures and others.With a few initial hiccups, Sharma founded Paytm in 2011.Globally, the 63 youngest billionaires in the world are worth a collective $265 billion, up from $208 billion last year.
Vijay Varma is a name that needs no introduction. Delhi Belly, Dedh Ishqiya, Monsoon Wedding and the latest Gully Boy is a testimony to the powerhouse performer he is. Sinking into the skin of the character, Vijay Varma brings out any character with utmost authenticity and honesty. In continuation of the trend, Vijay Varma has transformed himself as a college student from the 90s for his film – Hurdang.Acing the part of a 90s college student from Allahabad, Vijay is doing his best to add his own nuances to the character. The actor who is currently working on Hurdang in Prayagraj. He is feeling the thrill of working on a period film and though the film isn’t a classic period film, the fact that it’s set in the 90s requires major prep from him, a challenge he has taken up well enough.From understanding the social scenario of the era to its very politics, the actor has undergone a makeover after a few rounds of changes. To be era authentic, Vijay has even grown a moustache. Depending on his character requirement and background, Vijay decided to have a cleaner look. Vijay went through a series of look tests, exchanged notes with the director on how to add to his look.The actor says, “We arrived at the final look after many trials. We wanted to get the milieu right and took references from many real-life personal pictures from the late 80s which the team had gathered for mood boarding.””Sheetal Sharma is the designer on this film and we worked closely over many trials to get the vibe of Loha Singh right. Power and leadership are his main trials and we made sure it reflects in the styling. The script has a lot of answers in explaining the political scenarios of the 1990 and what was the general sense of response by these characters to the times they were living in. Discussions and looking up on history helped in making it more nuanced instead of settling for a uni-dimensional approach to the period,” Varma added.
Alphabet Inc easily beat Wall Street’s quarterly profit forecasts on Monday, helped by strong mobile advertising sales, sending the shares of Google’s parent higher in after-hours trading to surpass Apple Inc as the most valuable U.S. company.For the first time, the company disclosed the profitability of Google’s search engine and its other online services, and how much it is spending on ambitious technology projects such as self-driving cars.The numbers were lapped up by investors, who saw room for growth in Google’s traditional business, and were relieved to see that spending on new projects it calls ‘Other Bets’ was not as lavish as some had feared.”It’s pretty interesting that 80 percent of YouTube views come from outside of the United States. I didn’t think it would be that high,” said Kevin Kelly, managing partner at Recon Capital. “It demonstrates that the value of YouTube can continue to be extracted,” he said.The operating profit margin for its Google unit was 31.9 percent in the most recent quarter, compared to 25 percent for Alphabet.Alphabet spent $869 million on capital expenditures for the Other Bets in 2015, up from $501 million in 2014. It has not made any projections about if or when those bets cumulatively would become profitable.”As long as the core business continues to operate well with accelerated revenue… investment in those businesses can continue,” said Ronald Josey of JMP Securities.The company said consolidated revenue jumped 17.8 percent to $21.33 billion in the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31, from $18.10 billion a year earlier. Analysts had expected $20.77 billion, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.Revenue for Other Bets was $151 million, up 29.8 percent from $106 million in the same quarter last year, primarily from its smart-home monitoring unit Nest, Google Fiber, which provides high-speed Internet access, and its life sciences business Verily.Adjusted earnings of $8.67 per share handily beat analysts’ average estimate of $8.10 per share.In a call with analysts, Chief Financial Officer Ruth Porat attributed the strong earnings to “increased use of mobile search by consumers,” as well as “ongoing momentum” in YouTube and programmatic advertising, referring to the automatic buying of ads.Kelly at Recon Capital said he would not be surprised if YouTube saw a surge in advertising revenues beyond the 17 percent increase it saw during the 2015 fiscal year.Total operating losses on the Other Bets – which include glucose-monitoring contact lenses and Internet balloons – increased to $3.57 billion in the 12 months ended Dec. 31, and $1.2 billion in the fourth quarter.The Google unit houses its Internet and related businesses such as search, ads, maps, YouTube and Android as well as hardware products such as its low-cost Chromebook laptops.Google Chief Executive Sundar Pichai said on the call that its Gmail service crossed one billion monthly active users last quarter, joining Search, Android, Maps, Chrome, YouTube and Google Play in topping that mark.He also touted the company’s performance during the holiday shopping season, saying that programmatic video impressions doubled this season compared to last, and that 60 percent of them came from mobile devices.But Porat, without providing figures, said the company planned to accelerate capital expenditures in 2016 compared to the previous year.Google’s shares rose almost 5 percent in after-hours trading. Alphabet’s combined share classes were worth $549 billion, compared with Apple, which had a value of about $534 billion.Alphabet will officially overtake Apple in market value if both companies’ shares open around current levels on Tuesday.Google’s advertising revenue increased nearly 17 percent to $19.08 billion, while the number of ads, or paid clicks, rose 31 percent, the company said. Analysts had expected paid clicks to increase 21.8 percent.Advertisers pay Google only if someone clicks on their ad.Net income in the fourth quarter rose to $4.92 billion, or $7.06 per Class A and B share and Class C capital stock, from $4.68 billion, or $6.79 per share. (bit.ly/1WY8V19)Adjusted earnings of $8.67 per share excluded certain one-time items.(Reporting by Anya George Tharakan in Bengaluru and Deborah M. Todd in San Francisco; Editing by Savio D’Souza, Stephen R. Trousdale and Bill Rigby) February 2, 2016 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 4 min read Register Now » This story originally appeared on Reuters Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global
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Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA major North Staffordshire road will continue to be closed overnight for the next two evenings as roadworks continue. The A34 Stone Road will be shut in both directions between the A5035 Longton Road (Trentham Roundabout/Trentham) and the A51 (Dalraston Island/Meaford). The road is shut between 9pm and 5am on Thursday night (May 31) and Friday night (June 1), according to traffic data company INRIX, having previously been closed on Wednesday night. Staffordshire County Council are carrying out the works on the road. A Stoke-on-Trent City Council spokesman said motorists should factor the closure into their travel plans. He said: “Work is ongoing on the A34, Stone Road, at Meaford & the roundabout at Strongford. The road will be closed in both directions between points A and B (Image: Inrix) “Although this is not city council work, it is having an impact on our roads & your journey may take longer. “The road will be closed overnight tonight and tomorrow from its junction with the A5035 (Longton Road) to Meaford to allow these works to take place safely. “Diversion routes will be signed.” Read MoreFirst class! Post Office will deliver a new branch in town centre after community has been left without a facility for months Want to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here.
Tuesday, July 11, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >> Hawaii looking to increase accommodation tax Tags: Hawaii Share WAILUKU, Hawaii — Hawaii Gov. David Ige expressed support for raising the state’s transient accommodations tax by 1 per cent while maintaining the counties’ share of hotel room taxes at $93 million.Ige said Friday he opposed a 2.75 percentage point increase in the transient accommodations tax, or hotel room tax, that had been proposed by House and Senate money committees in late April, shortly before the end of this year’s lawmaking session.The governor said a 2.75 percentage point increase – from 9.25 per cent to 12 per cent, bringing in another $1.3 billion over 10 years – would be “too big a burden to be borne by the visitor industry.”Instead, Ige said a 1 percentage point increase would “be a reasonable increase, especially if it’s for a specific period of time and would go toward helping to fund the transit project.”Ige’s comments came the same day lawmakers announced a special session to address rail funding would be held Aug. 28 to Sept. 1.More news: Windstar celebrates record-breaking bookings in JulySenate President Ronald Kouchi and House Speaker Scott Saiki have assured the Federal Transit Administration they intend to hold a special session to resolve the funding crisis for rail, which has had its cost estimate skyrocket from $5.2 billion a few years ago to the current estimate of $10 billion, the Maui News reported.Ige said something needs to be done for rail to move forward.“Ultimately, it is clear that additional funds are needed and so certainly a contribution from the transient accommodations tax for a period of time certainly is something that I would be open to consider,” he said.When asked what he believes would be an appropriate allocation of hotel room tax funds for the state’s four main counties, which saw their share fall from $103 million to $93 million this year, Ige said he believes the lower amount is “fair.”County officials have been adamant that the counties deserve a greater share of the hotel room tax revenue.More news: Rome enforces ban on sitting on Spanish StepsMaui County Council Chairman Mike White has argued from 2007 to 2015 counties have incurred more than $170 million in additional costs for parks and fire and police services. However, in that time period, the counties have received only another $2.2 million in room tax revenue, while the state has taken in an increased portion of $196.6 million. Source: The Associated Press