Power cut strikes east Donegal

first_imgA number of homes have been left without power this morning after a power outage in Newtoncunningham.Up to 108 properties have been affected by the outage which was caused by an electrical fault.ESB workers are working to restore electrical supplies which are expected to be repaired by 3:30pm this afternoon (Friday)   Power cut strikes east Donegal was last modified: July 26th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

SeaArk secures Saudi deal

first_img21 January 2008South African empowerment company SeaArk Africa has signed an agreement with the Al Faulk Group of Saudi Arabia, worth R70-million, to develop and remotely manage a commercial-scale pilot project to farm shrimp in that country.As part of the agreement, SeaArk will develop a commercial pilot plant at the existing open-pond prawn farming facility of the Al Faulk Group in the capital city of Jeddah, to establish the commercial viability of SeaArk’s advanced closed pond technology in farming a Mediterranean brown shrimp variety known as panaeus indicus.“In Coega in the Eastern Cape we are successfully growing a pacific white shrimp variety known as panaeus vannemai, while in Saudi Arabia we will be farming a species never before grown in a high-tech closed system,” SeaArk President Dave Wills said in a statement.“Together with our Saudi partners we aim to demonstrate that our innovative mix of science and technology has the ability to grow the Mediterranean prawns they are already farming faster, with a lower food consumption rate, with greater densities, and with higher barriers to infection and loss than in the open ponds they are currently using.”SeaArk’s patented technology, developed by local and international scientists over 15 years, combines closed specially designed ponds and computer driven control systems with advanced biological science, and is already dramatically changing the way prawn and shrimp are produced around the world.As with the company’s first international project in Zhanjiang, China, many of SeaArk’s patented processes in the Jeddah pilot project will be run remotely from their Coega research and development centre.The company’s patented biosecure indoor ponds and nutritional system allow producers to maximise size, growth, survivability and biomass – growing prawns two to three times faster than their competitors.“The agreement with the Al Faulk Group for the Saudi Arabian pilot plant is another huge vote of confidence in the technology we have brought to market maturity in our Coega plant,” said SeaArk CEO Gavin Watson.“For the second time following our partnership with the China Direct group, an international roll-out is making a huge contribution to the future of the Coega Industrial Development Zone and the Eastern Cape economy, with a very direct and positive effect on the lives of thousands of families in the surrounding communities, particularly Motherwell.”SAinfo reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Soybeans, China, and the rest of the world: Changing of the guard?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Strong import demand is largely credited with soybean’s relatively high current price, especially in the face of a U.S. soybean yield that currently is a record by 3.4 bushels per acre. China remains the largest source of growth in world soybean imports measured in bushels, but its projected growth rate for the 2016 crop year is smaller than the growth rate for the rest of the world. If this projection holds, it will be the first time China has not had a higher growth rate since it became a continuous soybean importer in the mid-1990s.This study begins with the 1995 crop year and ends with the current projections for the 2016 crop year. Since 1995, China has been a net importer of soybeans. PerspectiveOver the past 20 years, China’s annual imports of soybeans exploded from essentially zero to 3.2 billion bushels currently projected for the 2016 crop year. Its share of world soybean imports grew from 2% to 63%. In contrast, soybean imports by the rest of the world flat lined at 1.3 billion bushels between the 1997 and 2012 crop years. Since 2012, growth has reemerged, with new records set in each crop year starting with 2014. Soybean imports by the rest of the world are currently projected to be 39% higher during the 2016 versus 2012 crop year. Growth pathChina’s percent growth rate in soybean imports has consistently trended lower. Annual average change over five years is used to smooth individual year fluctuations. China’s downward trend in part reflects math. Because economic constraints exist, it is easier for measures of economic activity to have a higher percent change when the measure has a lower than a higher value. More interesting is that the 2016 crop year could be a pivot point. If current projections are realized, the percent growth rate in soybean imports will be smaller for China than the rest of the world for the first time since China emerged as a consistent importer of soybeans. For the world as a whole, the growth in soybeans import is now faster than at any time since the early 2000s.Notwithstanding the Importance of the preceding point, it is equally important to note that, because of its dominant size in the world soybean import market, China remains the dominant actor in terms of the growth in physical quantity of soybean imports. For example, since 2012, China’s imports of soybeans measured in million bushels have increased twice as much as imports by the rest of the world.In terms of countries besides China with the highest growth in soybean imports measured in million bushels since 2012, it is a diverse, worldwide collection of countries. About the only common denominator is that they are not among the countries with the highest per capita income.Summary observations are:China’s growth rate for soybean imports is slowing.The 2016 crop year could be a pivot year. If current projections hold, percent growth in soybean imports will be lower for China than the rest of world for the first time since China emerged as a consistent importer of soybeans in 1995.Although China remains dominant in terms of annual growth in physical quantity of soybean imports, the preceding point clearly implies that it is no longer sufficient to simply follow China to understand demand growth for soybeans. A worldwide perspective is needed.Growth in soybean imports by the rest of world since 2012 underscores the important role of price in demand growth, in this case the decline in prices since 2012.Moreover, the double digit growth in China’s demand for soybean imports until recent years was likely a factor in the non-growth in soybean imports by the rest of the world between 1997 and 2012 as China’s growth crowded out growth by other countries.Reemergence of growth in soybean imports by the world outside of China is a positive price factor going forward. However, price is a function of the growth in both supply and demand. Thus, as for the last half century, a key question for world grain and oilseed markets is whether demand for soybeans grows faster than the yield of soybeans? If the answer is yes, the price of soybeans must be high enough relative to other crops to pull more acres into soybean production.last_img read more

Crime Branch to probe elephants’ deaths

first_imgChief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Sunday ordered a Crime Branch probe into the electrocution of seven elephants in Dhenkanal district. Expressing concerns over the incident, Mr. Patnaik directed that appropriate action be taken in case of any criminal negligence.Subsequently, a team of the Crime Branch visited Kamalanga village in Dhenkanal where seven elephants had died after coming in contact with sagging live 11 kV electric wire on Saturday.“We have already constituted a probe team under the leadership of CID Superintendent of Police Madhkar Sandeep Sampat. He would personally supervise the case. The probe would detect lapses that led to such a tragic incident,” said Santosh Kumar Upadhyay, Additional Director General (Crime Branch).Meanwhile, the State Forest and Environment department on Sunday filed a complaint against five executives of CESU, the power distribution company, at the Kantabania police station under the Wildlife (Protection) Act 1972. Naresh Patnaik, the CESU’s circle manager of Dhenkanal, Nihar Panigrahi, executive engineer, and Artatran Nayak, assistant engineer, have been named in the complaint.CESU blamed State’s Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (Wildlife) Sandeep Tripathy had squarely blamed the CESU for the death of the elephants.“Due to non-rectification of sagging electric lines and non-cabling of transmission lines, the accident has occurred, claiming the lives of seven elephants in Meramundali section of the Dhenkanal forest division,” he said.The Divisional Forest Officer of Dhenkanal in November last year had written to the executive engineer of CESU to rectify sagging overhead transmission line of 11 kV from Kamalanga to Kalitalia of Meramundali section. But it was not rectified. As a result, the live wire were found sagging at a height of seven to eight feet.According to Ranjit Patnaik, a wildlife researcher, Indian Electricity Rules, 1955, mandates testing of all apparatus, cables and supply lines periodically. The same was decided at a number of coordination meetings between forest and energy departments. However, RTI information about inspection of power lines for the period from April 1, 2011 to December 15, 2016 (nearly six years) revealed no inspections, said Mr. Patnaik.last_img read more

Next set of hearing dates for mmiwg inquiry

first_imgAPTN NewsInformation is starting to trickle out about the next phase of the missing and murdered inquiry.Four hearings – two ‘expert’ and two ‘institutional’ – are scheduled for Quebec, Toronto and Saskatchewan in May and June.A fourth location has yet to be named, the inquiry said in a release Monday.Described as Parts II and III of the “truth-gathering process,” this is where commissioners will grill decision-makers, policy-setters and professionals in the world of politics, policing and child welfare.There was no response to APTN’s request for more information about who will be appearing.But commissioners have said they will subpoena top figures to help them understand the systems that contribute to ongoing violence against Indigenous women and girls.Their final report is due at the end of 2018 unless they get the two-year extension and budget boost they are seeking.A federal government spokesman said no decision has yet been made on an extension.Hearings into Part I and Part II for May and June:*First Expert Hearing – May 14-17, 2018 – Human Rights Framework, Quebec City*Second Expert Hearing – June 12-14, 2018 – Racism, Greater Toronto Area*First Institutional Hearing – May 28-June 1, 2018 – Government Services*Second Institutional Hearing – June 25-June 29, 2018 – Police policies and practices, Reginalast_img read more