Wilder hits back at critics after Sheffield United victory

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesSheffield United boss Chris Wilder felt his side’s 2-1 victory at QPR was the perfect response to their doubters.They came from behind at Loftus Road, where David McGoldrick’s 65th-minute penalty gave them the points.Billy Sharp had equalised shortly before half-time to cancel out Ebere Eze’s opener.United lost the opening two matches of their Sky Bet Championship season, with their performances in defeats against Middlesbrough and Swansea attracting some criticism.“We’re really struggling with that character stuff, aren’t we?” Wilder said sarcastically after the Blades’ win.“Over the last two years we’ve not shown any bottle or character or spirit, no desire and we’re all over the place. People are having a fight in the changing room every day.”He added: “People will make assumptions, but I don’t sign players who don’t want to run about for this football club.“I said to the players the only way you’re going to show people if they’re questioning you is when you step out onto the pitch.“Noise and nonsense or whatever it is, we have to keep our cool and go through these periods – it happens to us all. The expectation levels have gone through the roof over the past two years.“We’ve done some things over the two years we like to think have been quite good.“When you fall a little bit, which we have done in certain periods of the two games, you have to take it on the chin what people say.“It wasn’t the most free-flowing performance. But it was a Sheffield United type of performance, with guts, determination, desire and a little bit of football played in there.” Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksRecommended for youAspireAbove.comRemember Pauley Perrette? Try Not To Smile When You See Her NowAspireAbove.comUndoLifestly.com25 Celebs You Didn’t Realize Are Gay – No. 8 Will Surprise WomenLifestly.comUndoUsed Cars | Search AdsUsed Cars in Tuen Mun Might Be Cheaper Than You ThinkUsed Cars | Search AdsUndoTopCars15 Ugliest Cars Ever MadeTopCarsUndoezzin.com20 Breathtaking Places to See Before You Dieezzin.comUndoFood World Magazine15 Fruits that Burn Fat Like CrazyFood World MagazineUndoDrhealth35 Foods That Should Never Be Placed in the RefrigeratorDrhealthUndoHappyTricks.comHer House Always Smells Amazing – Try her Unique Trick!HappyTricks.comUndolast_img read more

Power sector ripe for innovation

first_imgThe Bramhoek Dam and neighbouring Bedford Dam are part of the Ingula pumped storage scheme, taking shape in KwaZulu-Natal When complete, Medupi power station will be the largest dry-cooled coal-fired plant in the world.(Images: Eskom) MEDIA CONTACTS • Hilary Joffe  Eskom spokesperson  +27 79 697 9374 RELATED ARTICLES • Power from South Africa’s wind • First CT homes to feed power to grid • SA becoming a renewable energy hub • Portable plant makes fuel from waste • SA’s future renewable energy meccaJanine ErasmusThere are huge opportunities for investment and innovation in South Africa’s power sector – so says Dr Steve Lennon, power utility Eskom’s group executive for sustainability.Lennon was speaking at the fifth edition of the Innovation Summit in Johannesburg, a two-day annual event that seeks to bring together entrepreneurs and creative thinkers from academia, private companies and the government to network, share ideas, and pitch concepts to potential funders.“The power sector has been on a roller coaster for many decades,” said Lennon, “and there’s a big gap in access to advanced forms of energy across the African continent. So – do we accept or address the situation?”South Africa’s power sector presents a number of challenges and opportunities, he said. Since 1994 the economy has grown by 70% while the power supply has not kept pace, growing by just 17% in comparison.In addition, the world has to adapt to a changing climate, and companies, big and small, are under pressure to reduce their carbon footprint and impact on the environment.Then there is the challenge of bringing power to every citizen of South Africa. “There are 2.5-million people who have no access at all to any form of electricity – we need to bridge that gap, because poverty holds people back from success.”At the same time, that electricity supply has to be affordable and competitive, and accommodate power production off the grid.Using resources wiselyThis is where the integrated resource plan (IRP) comes in, said Lennon. This is a long-term strategy drawn up by the Department of Energy to manage South Africa’s energy resources in a sustainable way, and covers the period from 2010 to 2030. It may be downloaded from the department’s website (PDF, 3.7MB).“By 2030, we aim to have reduced our dependency on coal to 60%,” said Lennon, “while the rest of our power comes from low-emitting sources such as solar, hydro and nuclear.”If successfully implemented, the IRP will see South Africa diversify its mix of power sources away from coal, which is currently where the country gets 90% of its power, and at the same time double its energy output.Despite the increase in output, the decrease in coal burning will result in a net reduction of carbon dioxide emissions by 2030 to less than 275-million tons a year, and a 60% reduction in water usage.“Even our coal plants will use less water because of advanced technology such as dry cooling. It’s a big challenge, but a huge opportunity which calls for a lot of investment.”Lennon added that the Southern African region’s long-distance transmission capacity must also be increased, which is another investment opportunity.The progress so farIn terms of turning this ambitious plan into action, the country has already come a long way to boost its electricity output and implement new technology, said Lennon.Two new coal power stations are under construction – the 4 800MW Medupi near Lephalale in Limpopo province, and Kusile in Mpumalanga, which is also expected to have an output of 4 800MW. Medupi is scheduled for full commercial operation by 2015 and Kusile by 2018, although individual units will be brought online earlier as they are completed.When complete, Medupi will be the world’s largest dry-cooled coal-fired plant. It will incorporate super-critical machinery, which can operate at higher temperatures and pressures than older-generation equipment, and is also more efficient, resulting in better use of natural resources and lowered impact on the environment. The super-critical design is Eskom’s first.Kusile, on the other hand, will be the first power plant in South Africa to have cutting-edge flue gas desulphurisation technology installed. This means that its exhaust gases will be processed to remove all traces of sulphur oxides before being released into the atmosphere. Excess sulphur dioxide in the air is one of the causes of acid rain.Lennon also spoke about the 100MW Sere Wind Farm in the Western Cape, Eskom’s flagship renewable project, and the 1 333MW Ingula pumped storage scheme in KwaZulu-Natal. This plant comprises two dams which are connected via an underground powerhouse with four pump turbines. Water will flow from the upper dam to the lower in peak time, generating power as it passes through the turbines, and when the demand is low the turbines will pump the water back to the upper dam.The Bramhoek and Bedford dams are both complete and according to Eskom, Ingula will be commissioned during 2013/2014. Sere will go into commercial operation towards the end of 2013.“To date 2 400MW of capacity has been awarded to renewable projects,” said Lennon, “with more to come.”He enthusiastically mentioned Eskom’s underground coal gasification (UCG) project, which is in the pilot stage with a test plant next to Majuba power station in Mpumalanga. The gas produced is co-fired with coal in Majuba’s Unit Four, and contributes 3MW to the station’s output.When the pilot plant delivered its first batch of gas to Majuba in October 2010, Eskom made history because the event marked the first production of commercial electricity from UCG gas outside the former Soviet Union.“Eskom is the world leader in this technology,” Lennon said, “and we’ve been working on it for 10 years already.”With the region’s substantial coal reserves, there is “enormous potential” in this source of power, said Lennon. It uses coal seams that can’t be mined for various reasons – they may be too deep, or fractured, or of poor quality – and turns the coal into clean gas on site.“This project is going strong, and will play a role in our future plans. It’s a great technology.”However, it is one thing to plan for power generation, but another to get it to the customers, so Eskom has developed a 10-year transmission development plan which includes renewable energy integration.Opportunities in the regionThe Southern African region is energy-rich,” said Lennon, “but under-exploited.”There are massive coal resources in South Africa, Mozambique, Botswana and Zimbabwe, he said, and natural gas in Mozambique and the Mozambique/Tanzania border region, as well as off the region’s west coast, while there are opportunities for wind all along the coastline.“Central Southern Africa has the best hydro resources in the world,” said Lennon, “and this is another great opportunity for investment and innovation.”Finally, the Northern Cape province is one of the best areas on earth in terms of the intensity and consistency of solar radiation.“If we connect all of these areas with a super grid, we can make maximum use of our wealth of renewables.”The smart grid concept, which is gaining ground around the world, uses ICT to analyse supply and demand of power and adjust its operation accordingly. This will bring about an energy revolution across the entire value chain, said Lennon, from long transmission to end user management.“The smart grid is wide open for innovation,” he said, “but we need to create an enabling environment so that everybody from universities and science councils to small businesses can get involved.”last_img read more

Sachin’s feat, Ashes show Test cricket is on top: Lorgat

first_imgSachin Tendulkar’s historic 50th hundred, the fight for the number one spot between India and South Africa and the “enthralling” Ashes series show that Test cricket remains the pinnacle of the game, says ICC CEO Haroon Lorgat.”These are iconic series which clearly capture the imagination and interest of cricket lovers across the world.Everyone is talking Test cricket and the demand for tickets, particularly in Melbourne, it is very impressive,” Lorgat said of the ongoing Ashes series which is locked at 1-1 after three Tests.”I was fortunate to be in Adelaide a few weeks ago when they recorded their biggest attendance since the Bodyline series in 1932-33. Cricket Australia is now expecting crowds of more than 90,000 to watch the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne.In South Africa I am delighted to hear so many people excited and following the respective Test series.”It is pleasing to note the keen and growing interest at a time when we are formulating a Test League that will produce a Test champion every four years. Imagine the interest and contest that would unfold as teams vie for a top four place to qualify for the play-offs,” he added.Lorgat paid tribute to the cricketers who achieved personal milestones through the year, including Tendulkar.”Throughout the year we have seen some astonishing individual performances from players such as Muttiah Muralitharan claiming his 800th Test wicket, Chris Gayle’s triple-hundred and Jacques Kallis’s maiden double-century, and also some extremely thrilling Test matches.”Only Test cricket can produce a true test of courage, endurance and skill, the see-saw rivalry in the Ashes, Tendulkar’s personal milestones and legends of the game. Test match cricket will always remain the pinnacle of the international game,” he said.advertisement- With PTI inputslast_img read more

Leander Paes, Mahesh Bhupathi part ways again, another comeback looks bleak

first_imgMahesh Bhupathi and Leander PaesThousands of miles away, the tenor of both voices on the telephone is the same, so are the tone and the words they can bring themselves to speak, uniformly low and sad.To Indian tennis, it’s almost like a death in the family. Like death, it appears,Mahesh Bhupathi and Leander PaesThousands of miles away, the tenor of both voices on the telephone is the same, so are the tone and the words they can bring themselves to speak, uniformly low and sad.To Indian tennis, it’s almost like a death in the family. Like death, it appears now that the professional parting between Mahesh Bhupathi and Leander Paes turned out, unfortunately, to be inevitable.The two were living in the same hotel in Indian Wells, California, separated by one floor and hours and days of unspoken resentment, answering the same questions about the reasons why they will play with different partners on the professional tour-in all probability, for the rest of their working lives.As they discuss their futures, Paes says he is looking for commitment and communication, so does Bhupathi. But it is clear that they are not looking to each other any more.They will play with others because they can no longer play together. On the endless weeks of the professional tennis tour, Team Bhupathi-Paes has failed to make it beyond the second round in their last three events.In the last six Grand Slam events, stretching back to the US Open of 2000, they have won one, but lost in the first round four times and once in the second. Their troubles are more than six Grand Slams old.Their first acrimonious break-up-blamed on the interference from support teams who instigated a personal rivalry for a share of the limelight-did deeper damage than was feared. Everything that has happened since has stemmed and festered from there.advertisementIn the past two years they have hardly had much to say to each other off court and in their last match together in Delray Beach, Florida, they barely exchanged a word on court either. Outgoing coach Bob Carmichael was their medium, but following his departure in search of a younger replacement, everything has come unglued, including, most critically, the way their peers look at them. A friend says, “They had an aura on court. Now, it’s like someone has taken a pin and burst it-pop.”At their fiercest, they could be trailing 2-5 in a final set and the opponents would worry because man, those Indian guys could rise from the grave and send you there. Today, up 5-2, anything could give. “It has hurt us both,” Paes says.”Those guys we lost to in the US Open,” Bhupathi says, “we didn’t know who they were.” While they would not be mobbed walking down the street when compared to the 12th man of the cricket team (Paes was once asked if he played table tennis), to the average Indian Bhupathi-Paes were Indian tennis.To the global game, they were Indian tennis too. Beyond the immediacy of daily headlines and the seeming relevance of who started it and who finished it, former Davis Cup captain Naresh Kumar recognises the moment for what it is-the end of an era. “They are without doubt India’s greatest doubles team of all time. I don’t think we will get an Indian world No. 1 team again.”Bhupathi and Paes know that too, which is why turning their backs on the second wind will be doubly painful. Their partnership was founded on a mix that was more heart than head: two boys who knew each other from age 14, played complementary styles and liked corny Hindi songs (so much that they picked Alisha Chinai’s tinny Made In India as the ditty to introduce them by during their first appearance at the World Doubles Championships in 1997).Emotion melted their first freeze-out as the clamour for the boys to get back together “for the country’s sake” was overpowering. Paes saw the Sydney Olympics like a beacon that beckoned and Bhupathi, who had all but signed up to play with Australian Todd Woodbridge for two years at the time, also responded to the powerful pull of that light.Once the moment was gone, so was the emotion, but not the differences. This then is another way to handle the fact that the last few years of both men’s careers are too precious to be awash with bitterness and bad memories.They will not defend their French Open title, but will turn out for India in the Davis Cup, where they have won 10 out of 12 matches played together, last losing in 1996. It may seem all seething emotion today, but this parting is Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi’s age of reason.last_img read more