14 June 2007The United Kingdom has became one of the first donors to get behind a new fund which will help businesses to encourage entrepreneurship in Africa.Speaking at the World Economic Forum on Africa in Cape Town on Wednesday, Leader of the House of Lords, Baroness Amos, announced that the UK would provide US$20-million over three years to the Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund (AECF).The AECF said in a statement on Wednesday that, from early 2008, it would provide grants of up to $1.5-million to businesses that provide “innovative proposals for improving people’s chances to take part in economic activity, particularly in the areas of finance and agriculture.”According to the AECF, 70% of Africa’s people work in agriculture.An example of the type of project that might receive funding from the AECF is a mobile phone system that is helping Kenyans without bank accounts to transfer money.“The M-Pesa system run by Safaricom, and partly funded by the UK’s Department for International Development, allows users to borrow, transfer and make payments using text messages,” the AECF said.“Customers visit one of a network of shops, pay a cash deposit, and then ‘text’ the sum to the recipient – who uses a secure pin number to pick up the funds at another shop.“The number of mobile phone users in Kenya – more than 6.5 million – is far greater than the number of people with bank accounts, so the system provides an affordable financial service to many who have no other way to access such services.”Speaking in Cape Town on Wednesday, Baroness Amos said that business development was essential in the fight against poverty. “Last week the G8 reaffirmed the importance of this in stimulating economic growth in developing countries and encouraged businesses to improve the level of sustainable investment in those countries.“The Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund will help to deliver this,” Amos said. “It encourages innovation in trade and commerce to help those who are most excluded enter the world of business.”Other donors who have already committed to support the fund include the African Development Bank, the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor, and the International Fund for Agricultural Development.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
It’s the stealthy hazard aloft, the one that goes bump in the night, the one that causes you to seize your seat’s armrest till the knuckles turn white.It’s turbulence—either the kind generated by storms or the less obvious, but rattling, Clear Air Turbulence (C.A.T). Either way, it costs airlines some US$100 million each year in injuries to passengers and crew as well as unscheduled maintenance, operational inefficiencies and money lost while aircraft are out of service.Recently, AirlineRatings.com revealed a breakthrough system that’s cut the toll exacted by turbulence in half among aircraft equipped with the system. Now we’ll tell you just how it works.At least five major international airlines—American, Alaska, United, Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon (formerly Dragonair)—have at least some of their jets fitted with the system developed by The Weather Company, an IBM Business. Partnering with Gogo Business Aviation, the set-up enables the delivery of real-time turbulence reports and alerts directly to pilots and airline dispatchers. The aim is to greatly improve an aircraft’s chances of avoiding moderate to severe turbulence.Traditionally, flight operations, pilots and aviation meteorologists have received coded verbal reports—reports containing limited information on actual, real-time flight conditions—via pilot reports, or PIREPS. Now, the Weather Company and Gogo contend their Turbulence Auto PIREP System (TAPS) can communicate critical en-route weather information far faster.To find out how TAPS fast tracks that information AirlineRatings.com talked to Mark D. Miller, senior vice president of aviation for The Weather Company. He says, so far, the system’s two launch customers, American and Alaska Airlines, have seen a “40 percent to 50 percent reductions in injuries and maintenance expenses” by better avoidance of bad air.Existing aircraft sensors that track angle of attack, altitude, airspeed, pitch, yaw, roll and other flight parameters feed that information into the ACMS—the Aircraft Condition Monitoring System. That’s where Miller says the data are encoded into his company’s proprietary algorithms.From there, the encoded data is –in most cases—sent to the aircraft’s ACARS system. The Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System is a digital datalink for transmitting messages between aircraft and ground stations, often via satellite. “We transform that [data] into very specific operational guidance,” he says. Sometimes that’s a Significant Meteorological Information or SIGMET.Regardless the raw data is processed and Flight Plan Guidance is the product. “Basically, for the next 24 hours the heads up “provides the pilot and the [airline dispatcher] a complete picture of where they can expect to find turbulence en-route,” says Miller. As for updates, “We have a very robust alerting back end” of the system, “that’s continually monitoring all these flights and your flight plan. If we see any new [turbulence] report or forecast that may affect the flight, we can alert that aircraft directly.”Flight Plans are important, but it’s immediacy that can often be the difference between broken bones and barely discernable light chop. Miller says the turn-time between the moment ACARS sends the turbulence message to the ground and the potentially-affected aircraft is warned ranges from ten seconds to a minute, “depending on the communications pathway. It happens very quickly,” asserts The Weather Company’s senior vice president for aviation—from initial turbulence detection, to report, to information received on the ground and distributed back out.In this case, speed saves—avoiding injuries and schedule-crippling unplanned maintenance. “In these situations, minutes can matter,” says Miller. Especially when a flying machine is moving along at four- to five-hundred miles per hour.It’s got to be noted that this is a private solution to a very public problem. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration is in talks says Miller about “getting this data into some of their systems, and I think—over time—that will come.” “But,” he cautions “FAA does not make these kind of changes quickly and readily.”In contrast, airlines can move with comparative speed on their own. Not only are at least five carriers already flying many of their aircraft with the system on-board, Miller says The Weather Company is “in the final stages” of talks with a major European carrier.All told, so far, some 700 aircraft worldwide are fitted with the system.The Total Turbulence system is no mere pipe dream, no futuristic prediction. It’s here right now, and already making a difference. It appears just how deep a dent it puts in turbulence injuries and damaged airplanes depends on how fast the airlines adopt it.
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(Protesters gather around a bonfire Thursday night where people from Cross Lake First Nation are occupying a generating station. Photo by Tim Fontaine/APTN)Tim FontaineAPTN National NewsCROSS LAKE, Man. – A provincial cabinet minister and the head of Manitoba’s power utility will meet with Cree people who have been occupying the grounds of a hydro dam for weeks, Pimicikamak Chief Catherine Merrick says.A small group has been occupying the grounds of the Jenpeg Generating Station since late September, but over the past two days hundreds have joined in. The station is located near the Cree community of Cross Lake, over 700 km north of Winnipeg.Thursday night, Merrick told the people gathered that a meeting will take place today at 1 p.m. between Pimicikamak leadership, Manitoba Hydro president Scott Thomson and the provincial minister responsible for the utility, Stan Struthers.No one from either of those offices was available to confirm the meeting.The occupation is the latest in a long history of disputes between Manitoba Hydro and the Pimicikamak Cree, who say the province has yet to implement the Northern Flood Agreement. The NFA is supposed to compensate northern First Nations effected by hydro development.The Jenpeg generating station, which cost $310 million to build in the 1970s, is a key element in Manitoba Hydro’s northern electricity generation. The dam is used to help regulate the level of Lake Winnipeg, which has become swollen in recent years due to flooding, and the site also acts as a reservoir for other northern generating stations.The Pimicikamak also say community members pay high electricity bills. An insult, they say, considering the power is generated on their own lands.Merrick issued an eviction notice to Manitoba Hydro on October 6, ordering staff to leave the Jenpeg station.See the eviction notice:http://www.pimicikamak.ca/eviction.pdfRCMP are at the station and reportedly escorted some staff members off the site Thursday.Pimicikamak Coun. Darwin Paupanekis told APTN that it’s time governments begin repairing and honouring treaty relations with the Cree, whatever the cost.Hydro spokesman Scott Powell said some employees were allowed to leave under police escort Thursday, but Manitoba Hydro personnel were not being allowed to enter, he said.“Our immediate concern is for the safety of our employees who are on site, members of the public and the protesters themselves, obviously because it’s an operating electrical facility,” Powell said. “Our staff are continuing to man both the generating station and staff house using supervisory and security staff.“We’ve taken measures to secure the physical plant and to maintain operations, not only of the generating plant itself, but also the Lake Winnipeg regulation control works.”The corporation has been reaching out to the band’s leadership since May for a meeting but to no avail, Powell said.“The factors underlying the protest are pretty complex and they’ve got a long history. In some cases they involve parties other than Manitoba Hydro and Cross Lake,” Powell said.“We continue to hope we can resolve the situation as soon as possible to protect the safety of all concerned and the ongoing reliability of Manitoba’s electrical supply.”– with files from the Canadian Press
CALGARY – The National Energy Board says crude-by-rail exports from Canada grew to a record 193,500 barrels per day in April, up 13 per cent from the previous month, as full pipelines forced more producers to use trains to get their products to market.The oil shipping tally beat the previous record of nearly 179,000 bpd in September 2014 and was well ahead of the 150,000 bpd moved in April 2017.Andrew Botterill, a partner with accounting firm Deloitte, says he expects rail shipments will continue to grow this year.He says the increased use of rail will allow prices for Western Canadian Select bitumen-blend crude oil to strengthen as compared with New York benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude.Botterill says demand for Canadian heavy oil is expected to increase as it will be needed in the U.S. Gulf Coast refining complex to replace shrinking volumes from Venezuela.Deloitte forecasts global oil prices will fall back from recent three-year highs in the coming months as OPEC countries increase output and international demand for oil declines.“Continuous decreases in Venezuelan production volumes, the possibility of sanctions enforced by the United States on Iran, and decreased oil stockpile volumes have escalated global oil prices,” the report says.“However, these are expected to recede in coming months as OPEC members increase rates to fill void agreement volumes resulting from Iranian and Venezuelan production cuts.”