Ipatas Cup Simbu challenge ends in a glitch

first_imgThey beat the SSY Brother 11 –  nil to claim the Gold Pass, which was played last weekend at the Jiwaka Challenge in Baning during the Jiwaka Challenge.The match between Jaka Miners and Gumine Wisomo was called off due to technical Issues, with the CEO to receive a full report from his match officials and the Coordinator Michael Goima, where he will make a decision on the outcome of the matches.The local judiciary met and deliberated on the matter but could not come up with a conclusion.Therefore, the decision is now with the national judiciary chaired by Jiwaka PPC Superintendent Joseph Tondop who will deliberate and pass a resolution on the matches to see who will receive the Gold Pass.The Western Highlands Challenge will be played in Baning Jiwaka Province.Below are the remaining challenges before the knockout Stages:NCD & Central Port Moresby Feb 10, 2017Western Highlands Baning  Feb 10, 2017East Sepik Maprik Feb17, 2017Southern Highlands Minj Feb 17, 2017Morobe Madang Feb 24, 2017Coca Cola Ipatas Cup CEO, Timothy Lepa wishes the teams all the best in their respective challenges and call for rugby league to be played in its true spirit.last_img read more

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PSG hammer Bayern … Man U, Barca, Juve and Chelsea among winners

first_imgPARIS (AP): Paris Saint-Germain beat five-time champions Bayern Munich 3-0 in the Champions League yesterday with unstoppable football from their super-expensive attack. The French team tore the German visitors’ defence apart on the counterattack and took command of Group B with goals from Dani Alves, Edinson Cavani and Neymar. Kylian Mbappe, who was hired alongside Neymar this summer for a combined US$470 million, did not score but tormented the Bayern defence throughout with his dribbling ability and frenetic pace. He was decisive in setting up Neymar’s goal. Impressive start Manchester United continued their impressive start to the season with a 4-1 away victory at CSKA Moscow with Romelu Lukaku scoring a brace with Anthony Martial and Henrikh Mkhitaryan adding the other goals. Barcelona had to rely on an own goal to defeat Sporting on the road with Juventus saving their goals for the second half as substitute Gonzalo Higuain and Mario Mandzukic got on the scoresheet. Antoine Griezmann and Alvaro Morata found the back of the net as Atletico Madrid and Chelsea were heading towards a draw before Michy Batshuayi scored a tap in the last minute of the game to win the game for the Londoners. Roma beat Qarabag 2-1 while Cletic hammered Anderlecht 3-0, while Basel were rampant, winning 5-0 against Benfica.last_img read more

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Now, can the Colts repeat?

first_imgMIAMI – They wrung their jerseys, partied through the night, boarded their charter, headed back to drier climates and then prepared to answer the inevitable question: What have you done lately? The Indianapolis Colts rule the world of professional football after holding off the torrent and the Chicago Bears on Sunday in Super Bowl XLI, 29-17. The Colts thought winning their first Super Bowl since packing up the trucks and sneaking out of Baltimore on a snowy night in 1984 was tough, but now comes the really challenging part – repeating. That’s far from a lock, though hardly unprecedented. Eight different times a Super Bowl champion has returned the next season to reclaim the championship, most recently by New England (2004-05). “It’s difficult to repeat in this league,” Colts coach Tony Dungy said. “It’s so competitive that any little slippage is not going to allow you to get back to the top. “What New England did, we have a lot of respect for. We know how tough it is to get here, but to get here and continually get here, takes something special.” Which begs the question, how special are the Colts? “I think we have special guys” Dungy said. “We’re going to talk about the challenge of repeating and what it’s going to take, that we’re going to have to play better.” center_img Chances are, they will have to play better. Perhaps much better. No one was ready to rate the Colts’ squeaky performance over the Bears as one of the greatest in Super Bowl history. Probably not even in the Top 20. Indianapolis proved it is much more than just quarterback Peyton Manning, the offensive line controlling the Bears’ heralded defense, giving its running backs serious holes, and with a defense that continually stepped up in the poor weather. Yet the Indianapolis roster is hardly loaded with players who scream future Hall of Famers – outside of Manning, there are no locks – and the AFC is loaded with superior teams. New England, San Diego and Baltimore all probably could have beaten the Bears on Sunday. The Colts controlled the game, but hardly dominated it. Despite all their offensive struggles and defensive disappointments, the Bears were still in position to come back and win the game, trailing 22-17 early in the fourth quarter. Still, the Colts proved to be much more of a team than most had given them credit. Manning never did have that classic five-touchdown game in the postseason, and still the Colts won it all. Certainly, there will be changes. They are an inevitable part of modern professional sports. Indianapolis will have to make financial decisions about several free agents, including defensive end Dwight Freeney, linebacker Cato June and running back Dominic Rhodes. Dungy, too, had hinted this season he might head into the sunset with a victory, though at Monday’s Super Bowl press conference he sounded like a man intent on coaching for several more years. “I still have a lot of passion. I’m not burned out. I’m not tired,” Dungy said. “I’m very, very fired up. I’m looking forward to coming back.” Manning rid himself of that Dan Marino tag of great quarterback who never won the big one, and he hardly seems the type to ease up now that he has a ring. “I want to be accountable each and every year,” Manning said. “Next year, our goal is be a better quarterback.” In some ways, despite their disappointing performance, the mostly young Bears are almost in better position to return. Alas, one of their questions happens to be at the quarterback position, where Rex Grossman’s Super Bowl performance once again sent his skeptics screaming into the night demanding change. Backups Brian Griese and Kyle Orton could again get looks, though Chicago fans have already begun calling to acquire Jeff Garcia. Returning is never guaranteed, even if champion. One Las Vegas line already has San Diego as the 2008 Super Bowl favorite. steven.dilbeck@dailynews.com (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Bush: The vacation president

first_imgThere’s almost nobody here and nothing going on. We wouldn’t notice anything amiss until we returned, say around the 12th, and found the Washington Monument missing. Still, we were heartened by our leaders’ willingness to abandon us to our fate. Also leaving town was President Bush, but he is gone every August, sometimes longer. In 2005, he was gone for five weeks. The president doesn’t need Lott to remind him of the seductive joys of cutting brush that await him in Crawford, Texas. However you feel about George W. Bush, he is on track to go down in history as our most-well-rested president. According to CBS radio sage Mark Knoller, as of last week, Bush had tallied 418 days of vacation in his 61/2 years in office, and he is a cinch to overtake the record 436 days of downtime set by Ronald Reagan. There’s nothing wrong with this. The president should be an example to the rest of us because Americans don’t take enough vacation. It shouldn’t require the threat of being blown up by terrorists to make us take a little time off. By Dale McFeatters WASHINGTON – Recently Trent Lott, the Senate Republican whip, ominously advised his colleagues as they were debating terrorism issues that now was a good time to get out of Washington. “I think it would be good to leave town in August, and it would probably be good to stay out until September the 12th,” he said, and then quickly left on vacation. He didn’t say why the 12th particularly, but there’s nothing like an unspecified terrorist threat to make those of us who live here start thinking about our own vacations, even though August is an improbable time for a terrorist attack. Americans take less vacation than workers in any other industrial nation. The league-leading Italians take 43 days; the French, 37; the supposedly uptight Germans, 35. We take 13 lousy days. Even the workaholic Japanese knock off for 25. Thanks to the loonie’s appreciation against the dollar, the Canadians are taking some of their 26 days in U.S. resorts that should be filled by us. But, no, we’re too busy working. And the problem is getting worse. According to the sniper-eyed trend spotters at The Wall Street Journal, “The leisurely summer vacation – long considered a chance for employees to break away from work for at least a full week, if not two – has fallen out of favor.” People, one week, even two weeks is not “leisurely.” Getting out of town on Memorial Day and coming back on Labor Day is leisurely. The Journal cites travel-industry figures showing that 35 percent of employed U.S. adults are not taking all the vacation days they’re entitled to. Only 14 percent of employed adults plan to take off for a full two weeks. Nobody’s so important that he or she can’t take two weeks or more off, not when the Italians are racking up six weeks. If the leader of the free world can head off for just under a month in Crawford, so can we all. (Well, maybe not Crawford, but somewhere nice.) Bush has experimented with various roles by which he wants to be remembered: the war president, the education president, the reformer president. None has really fit – until now. He can lead us into leisure and go down in history as the vacation president. I think we’re talking legacy here. Contact Dale McFeatters at McFeattersD@SHNS.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Southampton should be happy with Van Dijk deal, says Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp

first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists they did not “steal” Virgil van Dijk from Southampton and the south-coast club should be happy with the world-record fee they received.The Holland international became the most expensive defender in history when he left the Saints in a £75million deal in January, becoming the sixth Saints player to move to Anfield since 2014.He can expect a hot reception when the Reds head to St Mary’s on Sunday and Klopp has admitted he could be in for a ‘not be the most friendly’ return.Van Dijk’s move came six months after the Reds were forced into an embarrassing public climbdown regarding their interest in the player after being threatened with a tapping-up charge.Van Dijk handed in a transfer request and played just 12 matches in the first half of the season but in the intervening period the acrimony between the two clubs subsided.And while Klopp still expects the Dutchman to be targeted by home fans on his return, he insists it should not be a big deal.“It will not be the most friendly but I’m not sure,” said Klopp.“I don’t think anyone at Southampton will say we’ve stolen him or something.“It was a very public deal and the numbers, even when they are not 100 per cent right, are I think OK so maybe they are really happy and they say ‘Thank you for all the money we have now’ – or it could be the other way around.“Since I’m in (at Liverpool) not only the players we have but half the Premier League if you ask ‘Where is he coming from….. Southampton’ so there are obviously a few more players.“Even with centre-halves (Van Dijk and Lovren) we have a problem if you say no Southampton players. We’d only have two (centre-backs) left – not too cool.“(There are) good players from this area – maybe we should have the scouting department directly in Southampton starting very early!”Despite playing down the Southampton reunion, which will also see Sadio Mane, Dejan Lovren and Adam Lallana head back to their old club – Nathaniel Clyne is injured – Klopp will speak to Van Dijk about his focus.But he is confident the 26-year-old is well equipped to deal with it.“Yes, for sure, I will talk to Virgil about it,” the Reds boss added.“With other players I didn’t talk about it because I didn’t know or look where they were coming from.“We are all human beings, we are influenced by circumstances. It will not be a normal game, how can it be?“I think how football fans are, they want to disturb everything we try to do to help their team and they will whistle.“Is it nice? I don’t think so. Will it have influence? I don’t think so but we will see but we cannot make it too big.“We have to accept it how it is: loud, not nice maybe, but still we have to play football.” 1 Jurgen Klopp says Southampton fans should be happy to receive £75m for Virgil van Dijk last_img read more

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‘I don’t want Liverpool to win title – but I want Everton to beat Man City’ – Osman

first_img Could Everton claim a surprise win over Man City – and help rivals Liverpool in the process? “I think most Evertonians want Everton to win the game,” said the former Toffees star on Wednesday’s Sports Breakfast.“I remember a couple of years back Man City had to come to Goodison and beat us to win the league, but Evertonians were saying they’d rather City take the points and stop Liverpool winning the title.“But the moment you get to Goodison Park, you become a supporter again and that’s what will end up happening to every one of them Everton fans.“You get to ground and you can’t help but support your side. The players will be professional and the fans will be right behind the team. 2 “Everton fans would probably boo the team if they win!”Tonight Everton take on Man City and a win or draw for The Toffees would give their arch-rivals #LFC a huge title boost.So we’re asking #EFC fans… would you be happy to lose tonight? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/odRLoGAY3b— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) February 6, 2019“I hope it’s a good game, a good performance and ultimately Everton get the three points because in the race for what is now seventh, Everton are desperate for the points.“I certainly don’t want Liverpool to win the title, but it’s not going to come down to this one game, that’s for sure.”The former midfielder accepts that in hindsight, though, a win over Man City may not be the most popular result in the blue half of Merseyside…“Marco Silva will be in more trouble if he wins the game from Evertonians,” he added.To which co-host David Seaman replied: “Exactly, he’ll get booed off for winning, haha!”Listen back to Leon Osman on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast IN FULL above! Manchester City are just three points behind Liverpool going into Wednesday’s game against Everton center_img Leon Osman has told talkSPORT he is backing Everton to beat Manchester City, despite what it means for rivals Liverpool’s Premier League title bid.Man City travel to Goodison Park on Wednesday night knowing a win would see them overtake Liverpool at the top of the table on goal difference – for the time being, at least. Many Everton fans have therefore suggested they would be happy to lose, as a win or draw against the defending champions would give Liverpool a huge boot in their title pursuit.For under-pressure manager Marco Silva and his players, though, victory will be the only thing on the mind.MORE: Marco Silva has no interest in affecting title race ahead Everton v Man CityYet, in the event of a result against City and Liverpool being crowned champions by a slim margin, Evertonians will be left with a sickly feeling of helping their rivals to the title.But Osman insists supporters will get right behind their team once they walk through the Goodison Park gates. 2last_img read more

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Oxlade-Chamberlain laughs off Man United fans who told him to ‘f*** off’

first_imgAlex Oxlade-Chamberlain had the last laugh over a group of Manchester United fans who appeared to goad the Liverpool star at Old Trafford.The England midfielder, who came off the bench to change the game, was clearly told by one fan to ‘f*** off’ at the end of the match when he went over to offer an olive branch. 4 Getty Images – Getty 4 The visitors were furious that the video assistant referee allowed the goal to stand despite Victor Lindelof’s challenge on Divock Origi in the build-up – frustration which only intensified when what would have been an equaliser by Sadio Mane was cancelled out for handball.Liverpool were missing injured Mohamed Salah but looked sharper after the break and salvaged a late point as Lallana ghosted in at the far post to turn home Andrew Robertson’s cross. The Liverpool midfielder then offered a fist bump However, despite the apparently hostile reaction, the Ox shrugged it off and walked away smiling Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could be seen having words with the Manchester United fans at the end of the game Preston vs Leeds (Tuesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Ajax vs Chelsea (Wednesday, 5:55pm) – talkSPORT 2Nottingham Forest vs Hull (Wednesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Genk vs Liverpool (Wednesday, 8pm) – talkSPORTPartizan Belgrade vs Manchester United (Thursday, 5:55pm) – talkSPORT 2Manchester City vs Aston Villa (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORTSheffield Wednesday vs Leeds (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2West Ham vs Sheffield United (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Burnley vs Chelsea (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORTcenter_img 4 Fellow substitute Adam Lallana saved Liverpool from a chastening loss at bitter rivals Manchester United in a pulsating Premier League clash which had its share of VAR drama.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side headed into this match as underdogs against Jurgen Klopp’s rampant side – little wonder given the visitors had won their last 17 league matches and the Red Devils were just a point off the relegation zone.It was the first time Klopp’s men had dropped points since March 3, but this game was shaping up to be a whole lot worse for the table-topping visitors.United dragged Liverpool into a scrap by playing with an intensity so often lacking this season, with their unusually resolute defence providing the platform for a break that saw Daniel James superbly cross for Rashford to turn home. Another then rejected his offer of a fist bump, although it is unclear why the Ox went over to the home supporters.Some fans on social media suggested he had received some stick from that section of fans whilst warming up, offering a handshake at full-time with a grin on his face as a way to say ‘no hard feelings’.United fans would have been understandably disappointed to see the 26-year-old looking so jovial at full-time having seen their side concede with just five minutes of normal time remaining.Instead of reacting, the former Arsenal star simply smiled before walking off with a shrug of his shoulders. LIVE on talkSPORT Check out all the live commentaries coming up across the talkSPORT network this week 4 The England international changed the game on Sunday last_img read more

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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Sneak Preview Now Taking Place

first_imgShare This!©DisneyIf you are a fan of the Pirates of the Caribbean movie franchise and you cannot wait to catch the newest upcoming release of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, then you need to make sure you head over to Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World, Disney California Adventure at the Disneyland Resort, or even catch the preview onboard the Disney Cruise Line.For Guests visiting Disney’s Hollywood Studios, stop by One Man’s Dream to catch the sneak peek. The preview is being shown in the theater at the end of the attraction.Over at Disney California Adventure, the preview is being shown in 3D and will include in-theater effects at the Sunset Showcase Theater in Hollywood Land.Finally, onboard all four Disney Cruise Line ships, Guests are able to enjoy a sneak peek too!Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales will be released in theaters on May 26.last_img read more

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July 19, 2019 Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development News

first_imgThanks to ManageWP for this in-depth explanation of what website blacklisting is and what to do if your website is blacklisted.CSS and HTMLIf you’ve been working on the web more than 10 years, your first introduction to CSS margins was probably the box model. In this week’s Smashing Magazine post, Rachel Andrew takes a deep dive into CSS margins, explaining how they interact with each other and how margins collapse. MDN is conducting their first annual Web Developer & Designer survey to help browser vendors learn what we need, and how vendors can prioritize feature development. Take the 20-minute survey and share your thoughts. Browser inconsistencies lead to a negative end user experience, says Greg Whitworth. I couldn’t agree more! The select element is one of several controls where developers and designers struggle with styling. Learn what Whitworth proposes in his initial thoughts on standardizing form controls.It’s been incredible to watch the advancements in browser dev tools for the past 10+ years, and they keep getting better. Chris Nwamba walks you though debugging CSS Grid with Firefox Dev tools, using Firefox Developer Edition. What I Found InterestingWith the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing this week, there were so many incredible stories and news about the event that I could barely keep up! Here are some of my favorites. Imagine you’re ten years old, watching the Apollo 11 moon landing. And then finding you have an unexpected role to play in the Apollo 11 mission [three-minute podcast].Technology, data visualization, and analytics helped Apollo 11 land on the moon. But centuries-old navigation charts were crucial for the mission, as Andy Cotgreave discovered.By mirroring the layout of stars and constellations in the night sky in a star chart, it was possible for astronauts to work out the correct course for a spacecraft during a space mission.Dozens of people were inside Kennedy Space Center Launch Control Center when the rocket took off. But there was only one woman in the room, JoAnn Morgan, the instrumentation controller. Learn about Morgan’s 45-year career at NASA and how she broke the glass ceiling for women.If you like what you’ve read today, share the post with your colleagues and friends.Want to make sure you don’t miss out on updates? Subscribe to get notified when new posts are published.Did I miss some resources you found this week? I’d love to see them! Post them in the comments below.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedMay 31, 2019 Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development NewsIn this week’s web design and development news roundup, you’ll learn 8 tips for conducting user interviews over the phone, find an updated guide for maintaining content in WordPress, discover a tool to generate CSS Grid markup, and more. If you’re new to my blog, each Friday I publish a…In “Web design & development links”November 8, 2019: My Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development NewsIn this week’s web design and development news roundup, you’ll learn how to create online experiences that work well for older people, find a recap of the annual WordPress State of the Word, discover new underline CSS properties, and more. If you’re new to my blog, each Friday I publish…In “Web design & development links”Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development News: June 15, 2018In this week’s web design and development news roundup, you’ll learn how to calculate the requirements for content staffing, find out how to meet web accessibility guidelines for authoring books, discover how the new Shape Path editor in Firefox works, and more. If you’re new to my blog, each Friday…In “Web design & development links” In this week’s web design and development news roundup, you’ll learn what to consider as you create voice user interfaces, find out how to make your online store accessible, discover how a ten-year-old played an unexpected role in the Apollo 11 moon landing mission, and more. If you’re new to my blog, each Friday I publish a post highlighting my favorite user experience, accessibility, WordPress, CSS, and HTML posts I’ve read in the past week.Hope you find the resources helpful in your work or projects!Want more resources like these on a daily basis? Follow me @redcrew on Twitter.Tweet of the Week”There are a lot of people who are doing the right thing already; they don’t know its called accessibility, they just think it’s called good web design”. Makoto Ueki @mak_en #A11y #Inclusion #DigitalAccessibility Experts pic.twitter.com/wPqDtwifRn— Hassell Inclusion (@HassellInc) July 19, 2019 User ExperienceAs more technology is being controlled by voice, how will designers adjust their thinking to create voice user interfaces for everyday products and services?The new Twitter design has everyone talking. Arielle Pardes gets the inside story of Twitter’s new redesign, talking with the three-member team who led the first redesign in seven years. Who reads messages about privacy policy updates? This week, I did. Don’t roll your eyes. Discover why I give Uptime Robot a UX win for their privacy policy message. (A model I wish other organizations would follow.) In their latest post of Cooper Professional Education’s Journal series, Teresa Brazen highlights the five essential principles of design-driven organizations and how to make them a part of your company’s culture. AccessibilityDoesn’t it make sense to use universal design to create a positive onboarding experience that is accessible to all employees, argues Nicholas Farman.Creating an accessible ecommerce website is a lot easier when you focus on it from the project start.When it comes down to making your online store accessible, the important thing is to take the time to understand how those with disabilities will use your site. If you missed Jeannette Washington’s Accessibility Talks presentation last month, check out my recap of What’s Dyslexia Got to Do With It. University of Minnesota researcher Chen-Fu Liao is developing an app that uses Bluetooth to help visually impaired pedestrians navigate city streets. Plans are to test the app in Stillwater, Minnesota in late 2019.WordPressWith multiple users, user management on your WordPress site is crucial. I once took on a new client site where every user, over nine people, was an administrator of the site. Including two people who left the organization a year earlier. I quickly updated roles and removed the two people as users. For everyone using the All-in-One WP Migration plugin, update immediately. The latest All-in-One WP Migration version updates a cross-site scripting vulnerability. Looking for tips for your WooCommerce store? Here you go.This coming Monday, July 22nd, we’ll be co-hosting a Twitter chat with our pals @bluehost.Join us from 2pm ET/1pm CT to get tips and resources for both new and existing online stores. ✍️Follow along with the hashtag #BHChat. pic.twitter.com/VKQci6HqRz— WooCommerce (@WooCommerce) July 19, 2019last_img read more

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South Africa demonstrates algae-to-energy technology

first_img30 January 2014 Innovative technology that uses algae to convert waste coal dust into a clean, high-quality coal which can readily be processed into biofuel was publicly demonstrated at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth on Monday. The pioneering technology has been developed by the university over the past three years with funding from the Department of Science and Technology, and plans are afoot for its products to be commercialised, the university said in a statement ahead of Monday’s showcasing event. One of the main areas of research at university’s institute of chemical technology, InnoVenton, has been the conversion of waste coal into a usable, high-quality clean coal using algal biomass. The institute’s researchers have found that the microalgae can be combined with coal and charcoal and acts as an excellent binder for fine coal. “If you mix coal dust and algae biomass, the algae adsorps [collects] onto the surface of the coal and binds the dust together,” InnoVenton’s Professor Ben Zeelie said. The result is a coal-algae composite [briquette or pellet], for which they’ve coined – and trademarked – the name “Coalgae”. “The Coalgae composites may be used as a substitute in applications that require coal, or may be further processed through a variety of additional technologies, such as pyrolysis (heating in the absence of oxygen),” the institute said. “The result of the additional processing is a bio-fossil crude oil blend that may be processed into a variety of fuels, including gasoline, diesel, kerosene, aviation fuel, and heavy fuel oil. “Carbon sequestration, the upgrading of low grade coal and the production of clean water (a spin-off of the process) are among the advantages of the production of Coalgae, which, along with the production of the bio-crude oil, have presented commercial opportunities.” According to the institute, consulting engineering firm Hatch-Goba recently completed a pre-feasibility engineering study on the microalgae technologies, resulting in a “robust and cost-effective” design for Coalgae production on a semi- and full commercial scale. A full feasibility study will be conducted in the first half of this year. The institute demonstrated various aspects of Coalgae technology on Monday, include the cultivation of microalgae in a closed photo-bioreactor system developed by the university, the use of coal-generated flue gas to meet the microalgae’s need for carbon dioxide and fixed nitrogen, the harvesting of the microalgae, the production of the coal-microalgae composites, and their conversion into raw bio-crude oil. Speaking at the event, the Department of Science and Technology’s deputy director-general for research, development and innovation, Mmboneni Muofhe, said the technology would help to separate South Africa’s biofuels sector from its food-producing sector, and bring the realisation of a full-fledged biofuels industry in the country one step closer. South African fuel producers will begin mandatory blending of petrol and diesel with biofuels from 1 October 2015 as the country moves to encourage investment in its biofuels sector and reduce its reliance on imported fuel. “By 2015, the government intends all transport fuels to be a blend, with biofuels making up at least two percent of the blend. Coalgae exceeds this target,” the department said in a statement last week. And there’s certainly no shortage of raw material at hand. Millions of tons of coal dust go to waste every year in South Africa and elsewhere. According the department, the country currently has over 1-billion tonnes of discarded coal or coal “fines” (fine coal particles), which constitute a serious environmental nuisance. In addition, Coalgae can be delivered using existing petroleum or petrochemical infrastructure. “The ability to combine the two feedstocks (coal fines and algae) means that only one process is necessary, instead of two,” the department said. “Another advantage is that the technology will reduce the logistical challenges of accessing blended biofuels, as well as the capital investments required for the blending and distribution infrastructure.” SAinfo reporter and Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Universitylast_img read more

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