SA kicks off 2011 election drive

first_imgSouth Africa is headed for local elections. (Image: Bongani Nkosi) South Africa’s Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has launched an ambitious drive to swell voter turnout at the 2011 local government elections – a poll that has, in the past, been under-supported, especially among young people. The government is yet to announce the exact date for citizens to vote in their new municipality council leaders, but it’s expected to be in either May or June. The current term for incumbent councillors ends on 2 March, and the next elections should be held within 90 days of that.The commission wants to register no less than 1.5-million new voters to ensure these are as well attended as national elections. More than 21-million voters registered for the 2006 local government elections.About 23-million voters are currently on the IEC’s roll, following registrations for the 2009 national elections.Registration for the 2011 poll will take place on 5 and 6 February in more than 20 000 voting stations across the country. The IEC said 60 000 officials have already been trained to handle the registrations, while about 196 000 officials will be deployed on the actual day of elections.The commission’s preparations got under way in September after it received clarity on the voting districts, also known as wards, from the Municipal Demarcation Board. A number of new wards were created as a result of demarcations.“As an election management body, we are always mindful of the huge responsibility that rests upon us,” said the IEC’s chief electoral officer Advocate Pansy Tlakula. “We have to implement election management processes that will produce an outcome that will be accepted by all contesting political parties and candidates.“We know that we can only do so if we are meticulous in our preparations for each election.”The IEC has an excess budget of about R1-billion (US$147-million) for the 2010/11 financial year, which should enable it to acquire sufficient equipment to ensure a smooth voting process.South Africans who are already on the voters’ roll, or those who registered for the previous elections, need not register again if they are going to vote at the same station. If they are not sure, they can ask the IEC to check if their details are still in order.New voters will include youngsters who were not yet 18 at the time of the 2009 national elections. “We encourage the youth to take a keen interest in the affairs of their local municipalities,” said Lusani Mulaudzi, chairperson of the ACDP Youth Foundation.‘Love your South Africa’The IEC’s registration campaign has a strong focus on young voters, as their support in municipal elections is usually low. The drive was launched at a glittering event in Midrand, outside Johannesburg, on 12 January.The campaign is called ‘Love your South Africa’. The commission said it hopes to inspire South Africans to vote in the elections out of a love for their country.All eligible South Africans have been called upon to register and take part in the upcoming elections. “The love for South Africa must stir each one of us to participate in these elections,” Tlakula said.Political parties will soon launch their campaigns to woo voters, and earnest preparations and canvassing will start thereafter.The parties have opportunities to increase representation in eight metropolitan councils, 44 district councils and 226 local councils.There are currently six metropolitan councils in the country, but this will increase to eight on the day of elections when Mangaung in the Free State and Buffalo City in the Eastern Cape join the ranks.The metros are nodes of economic growth and have more industries compared to their district council counterparts. They include the City of Johannesburg, City of Cape Town and eThekwini in KwaZulu-Natal.Election results are expected to attract much interest, especially in the Western Cape where the African National Congress will be hoping to make a mark in the province it lost to the Democratic Alliance in 2009.last_img read more

In Boston, Some Newer Buildings Are the Energy Hogs

first_imgOther resultsThe report breaks down the percentage of energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions in different types of buildings. Three types of buildings — offices, hospitals, and colleges and universities — accounted for two-thirds of all greenhouse gas emissions in the city. But even within certain building types there are wide swings in EUI — in some cases, the most energy-intensive buildings used 10 times as much energy per square foot as the least energy-intensive, the report said.Here are some other findings:Owners of some types of buildings had a high compliance rate for filing the required information while others didn’t seen to care as much. For example, buildings used for higher education showed a 94% compliance rate; laboratories were 100% compliant; health care buildings were 86% compliant. Retail buildings posted a 44% compliance rate, private schools only 41%.The bigger the building, the better chance the owner would report energy and water use. Buildings from 500,001 to 600,000 square feet were 100% compliant. Buildings from 50,000 to 100,000 square feet were 61% compliant.Laboratories reported the highest site EUI by building type, followed by offices, colleges/universities, and hospitals.Median Energy Star scores are well above the national median for certain types of buildings (offices, financial offices, and dorms) and lower than the national median for others (hospitals and medical offices). The reasons for differences across different building sectors isn’t understood.Offices and hospitals together use more water than any other building type — 23% and 22% respectively. Those two categories also accounted for the highest greenhouse gas emissions.The city hopes that sharing information about water and energy use will help building owners find ways to economize. In May, large residential building owners began reporting energy and water use as commercial, industrial and institutional buildings reported a second year of data. Reporting on energy and water use for buildings between 35,000 and 50,000 square feet begins next year.Because the information is public, residential and commercial tenants will be able to look up energy and water use and greenhouse gas emissions for the buildings they either live in or work in.“Increased awareness of energy use and costs will spur conversations between owners and tenants about reducing energy use and will enable stakeholders to consider this information in their decision making,” the report says.Boston is one of a number of cities around the country with energy reporting requirements, including New York; Philadelphia; Seattle; San Francisco; Washington, D.C.; Austin, Texas; and Minneapolis, Minnesota. Reports on energy use in large Boston office buildings show those built before 1950 used “significantly less” energy per square foot on average than buildings constructed after 1950. Offices buildings with the lowest energy use per square foot are a century old.That’s one finding in a report published in August by the city’s Environment Department and the Air Pollution Control Commission. It sums up energy and water use in 820 non-residential buildings of 50,000 square feet or more, part of an expanding city effort to trim greenhouse gas emissions.Boston used a number of metrics to compare energy use among different types of buildings. One is site energy use intensity (EUI), which is the sum of all energy used by the building divided by the gross floor area (reported as thousands of Btus per square foot per year). With that yardstick, office buildings constructed in the 1970s and 1980s showed the highest EUIs, hitting 95 kBtu/sq. ft./yr. in offices constructed during the ’70s and climbing to more than 100 in the following decade.Although the total square footage of office buildings built prior to 1950 is much lower than in later decades, so were the EUIs. For offices built in the 1930s and ’40s, for example, the EUI was roughly 45 kBtu/sq. ft.; in office buildings constructed in the 1910s, the median EUI was as low as about 40.By the 1990s, EUIs had dropped steeply, to about 50 kBtu/sq. ft. In the following decade and beyond, the median EUI was rising once again, to roughly 65 kBtu/sq. ft. But the energy use per floor area of the newest buildings is still much higher in buildings at least a century old.The reason? Glass curtain walls.“In analyzing their reported energy data, New York and Seattle found similar patterns of EUI by building age,” the report notes. “Much of this variation is due to changes over time in construction materials and building systems: pre-WWII buildings tended to use masonry construction, for example, compared to glass-curtain wall construction in the 1960s and 1970s.”last_img read more

RED Announces Helium — An 8K Super 35mm Sensor

first_imgRED builds a breathtaking custom camera for Michael Bay. The BAYHEM features the company’s all new 8K Super 35mm sensor.Top image via RED/Jarred LandLeave it to Michael Bay to get the latest custom RED camera, one that looks a bit like a Transformer itself. The BAYHEM camera features an eye-popping lime green paint job — but its most impressive feature is an all-new RED sensor.Image: Michael Bay’s custom 8K Super 35mm RED Camera via Jarred Land The 8K super 35mm sensor has been nicknamed Helium, which is the first of a new 3.65 micron sensor line of cameras. The 8K super 35mm Helium will soon be available for WEAPON sensor upgrades, with plans for a new Epic-W using the new tech. Image: Michael Bay’s custom 8K Super 35mm RED Camera via Jarred LandAs many of you might have noticed, our new Helium 3.65 micron pixel is complete and ahead of schedule… WAY ahead of schedule. Helium’s first sensor is the 8K s35 build on a completely new sensor line and will be available to WEAPON customers in the coming months. (Or the coming weeks for those that know where to look.) Helium will take pressure off our DRAGON sensor lines and allow those lines to completely focus on RAVON and SCARLET-W sensors. — Jarred Land, President RED Digital CinemaHere’s a great look at the sensor tech matched up to RED’s other sensors and other popular film formats from Phil Holland via the RedUser forum.Image via PHFXCompared to the new 8K Vista Vision sensor being tested on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, the Helium has much smaller and denser pixels. Guardians director James Gunn is on record expressing his excitement for the 8K Vista Vision because of the massive amount of data they could get for VFX heavy films.The large sensor size and super high resolution offered by the new WEAPON 8K, combined with its lightweight and compact size open up a whole range of new creative possibilities. — James GunnAs far as custom builds go, Bay isn’t the only one getting awesome cameras from RED. David Fincher recently scored the Alien-inspired RED Xenomorph for his Netflix original, Mindhunter.What are you thoughts on this new Michael Bay beast? Let us know in the comments below.last_img read more

Rondo reaches one-year deal with Pelicans – reports

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