There was a double cause for celebration in the Bonner household in Madavagh, Lettermacaward this week.Fresh from Donegal’s big win over Tyrone in Saturday’s Ulster semi-final, the Donegal manager Declan Bonner was in Galway on Tuesday as his daughter, Amara, graduated as a doctor from NUI Galway.After six years of study at NUI Galway’s School of Medicine, Amara graduated with degrees of Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery and Bachelor of Obstetrics (M.B., B.Ch., B.A.O). Next month, she starts her first job in University Hospital Galway.Amara, a former student at St Columba’s Comprehensive in Glenties, is pictured with her proud parents, Catherine and Declan.Daughter’s graduation is just what the doctor ordered for Donegal boss! was last modified: June 13th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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) Tags:Amara BonnerDeclan BonnerdoctorLettermacawardMedicineNUI Galway
Charlie Austin’s 17th-minute strike – his third Premier League goal – put QPR ahead at Loftus Road. Austin fired home on the half-volley from near the edge of the box after Bobby Zamora had laid the ball into his path.The opener came after Rangers keeper Rob Green had been called into action twice early on.Green, back in the side because Alex McCarthy was ruled out with a thigh problem, gathered Ashley Westwood’s effort and a thumping long-range volley from Carlos Sanchez.And after Austin’s goal, Christian Benteke headed wide from Westwood’s cross.QPR: Green; Isla, Dunne, Caulker, Yun; Vargas, Henry; Sandro, Fer; Austin, Zamora.Subs: Murphy, Traore, Ferdinand, Kranjcar, Phillips, Hill, Hoilett.Aston Villa: Guzan, Lowton, Vlaar, Clark, Cissokho, Westwood, Cleverley, Sanchez, Weimann, Agbonlahor, Benteke.Subs: Given, Okore, Cole, Bent, Bacuna, Richardson, N’Zogbia.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
The island, situated 12km north ofCape Town, is poised to become a leaderin green self-sustainability.(Image: South African Tourism)MEDIA CONTACTS • Derek BatteWorking for Energy+27 10 201 4714 or +27 741 012 938RELATED ARTICLES• Powering towards a green economy• Mandela: a remarkable 92 years• From Liliesleaf to Robben Island• World Heritage in South Africa• SA to produce more solar energyApril McAlisterThe South African National Energy Research Institute (Saneri) and the Department of Energy (DoE) have launched a pilot project aimed at turning Robben Island into a self-sufficient community that runs on green energy.By using a hybrid approach to power generation, the Greening of Robben Island project will reduce the demand on the island’s infrastructures and its dependence on fossil fuels.In 1999 Robben Island was inscribed on Unesco’s list of world heritage sites. As such it holds distinct historical meaning for South Africa and is a popular tourist destination.Initially it served as a training and defence station during the Second World War. Later it was a place of quarantine for those suffering from leprosy, and in 1961 it became a penal colony for political prisoners.Now it is to become the model for self-sustaining communities in South Africa and the Southern African region.In Saneri’s 2009/10 annual report, the organisation’s CEO Kadri Nassiep described the Greening of Robben Island as a flagship project for Saneri, and one that is expected to thrust the island into a position of energy leadership for other South African communities, especially those which have limited or no access to the national grid.Nassiep hopes to be able to reveal some of the technology in time for the 2013 meeting of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Cape Town.Renewable energy sourcesThe Robben Island team is investigating the development of micro-hydroelectric, biomass, wind, solar and possibly wave technologies, with a view to rolling them out in other parts of the country where appropriate. The team hopes to begin infrastructure installation during 2011, although the time frame is dependent on funding.Despite an earlier political hiccup which resulted in temporary suspension of the project, it is now going ahead, according to senior manager Derek Batte of the DoE.The project is expected to produce about 600KW from its various energy sources, which will replace the two diesel generators that currently power the island, resulting in an expected monthly saving of around R450 000 (US$64 500).A smart grid, currently in development at the University of Cape Town, will coordinate energy generation from the various sources and manage its distribution. All houses and buildings are to be fitted with energy efficiency technology, including solar water heating.The notorious Western Cape wind will be harnessed not by conventional wind turbines, but by vortex turbines, which, according to an October 2010 Financial Mail report, are smaller, less intrusive and operate without masts and rotors.Hydropower is used for desalination and for the production of energy. Micro-hydropower installations are capable of providing power to a small community and are found around the world. They provide an economical resource without the need to buy fuel and in many instances, complement photovoltaic systems when solar energy is diminished.The clearing of alien vegetation, bush encroachment and certain grasses, as well as household waste, will provide the biomass which in turn will power biogas generation. This takes place in an anaerobic digester and produces a combination of methane and carbon dioxide, which can then be used for heating and cooking, as a fuel source, or to drive an energy-generating turbine.Projects such as these are undertaken in many parts of the world and on different scales. According to Batte, South Africa can play a major role in this development space.A virtual model of the island is available on the Robben Island Museum website and those interested will be able to follow the project’s progress online from April 2011. The website will also provide real-time energy generation figures.Optimal energy consumptionThe Robben Island project falls under the Working for Energy programme, presented by former finance minister Trevor Manuel in his 2008/9 budget vote.This is a joint project involving the DoE and Saneri, a body established in 2004 under the guidance of the Department of Science and Technology and the Department of Energy. Saneri is a subsidiary of the parastatal Central Energy Fund.Starting with a modest budget of R5-million ($717 000) in 2009/10, Working for Energy was developed to use and distribute potential hybrid, renewable and alternative energy technologies in an effort to cut down on fossil fuels, generate more power for South African communities, and reduce associated costs.The project’s budget for 2011/12 is a more substantial R25-million ($3.6-million) and signifies the government’s commitment to developing South Africa’s clean energy industry.It mirrors the successful job creation concept of other environmental initiatives such as Working for Water, Working for Wetlands and Working for Fire. Job creation is sustained through use of labour-intensive practices, helping to boost skills transfer and develop local economies and capacity.
20 November 2012 South Africa’s Energy Department and state oil company PetroSA have launched an Integrated Energy Centre (IeC) in Mbizana in the Eastern Cape province, PetroSA announced in a statement on Monday. The centre is a one-stop shop offering services of energy goods. It will house an information centre, a convenience store, car wash, an energy shop, ablution facilities and a fuels forecourt. Petrol, diesel, paraffin and LPG gas will also be sold at the centre. “For years Mbizana residents have had to travel minimum distances of 15 kilometres to nearby towns to purchase everyday commodities like electricity, petrol and other energy necessities,” PetroSA said. The centre, which cost R10.8-million to construct, will be owned by a registered co-operative made up of members of the local community and will plough back part of the profit from the centre towards growing the business and job creation. Once fully operational, 15 people will be employed. “IeCs are not just about the integration of energy services. Rather they are primarily about integration and co-operation among the three tiers and structures of government, for improved delivery of energy services to the poorest of the poor,” said Energy Minister Dipuo Peters. The opening of the IeC was a significant milestone for PetroSA. “The centre is a showcase of our commitment to corporate social responsibility. I am sure that there are important lessons that PetroSA will take from this experience that will stand us in good stead for similar ventures,” PetroSA group chief executive officer Nosizwe Nokwe-Macamo said. The community is committed to ensuring that the venture is a success, said chairperson of the Mbizana IeC Co-operative, Zwelihle Moya. Source: SANews.gov.za
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