From 20 games played, the Hunters are on 32 competition points (14 wins, 6 losses and 2 byes) and a points for and against of 118.The Hunters 30-20 over the Burleigh Bears yesterday saw the Bears slip down to second place. The Redcliffe Dolphins are now first on the ladder.The Hunters will fly off to Australia this week to take on the Townsville Blackhawks at Jack Manski Oval this Saturday. Kick-off is at 4.05pm.The top 6:Redcliffe Dolphins (34), Burleigh Bears (33), SP Hunters (32), Townsville Blackhawks (31), Easts Tigers (26) and Sunshine Coast Falcons (25).
Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Demchenko won silver in men’s luge and as part of the team relay. Also banned was Tatiana Ivanova, who was also part of the team relay.They were among the last 11 rulings on the 46 current doping cases reviewed by the IOC. Lugers from Italy, Germany, Latvia and Canada are set to be upgraded in the medals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe International Luge Federation had no immediate comment about the IOC decisions. FIL President Josef Fendt said in recent weeks that he believes the Russians sliding now are clean — a comment that was appreciated by Demchenko, who is now a coach within the Russian federation.“On one page, it makes you question everything that their entire program has done,” said 2014 Olympic women’s bronze medalist Erin Hamlin of the U.S., whose medal placing will not be affected by Friday’s decisions. “At the same time, I beat a lot of them. So you know what? It didn’t work. And in that sense it’s extra-satisfying. But questions it all, not just the Olympics, and that stinks.” Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Bolts turn back Elite In this file photo Alexander Zubkov of Russia carries the national flag as he leads the team during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. APLAUSANNE, Switzerland — Russia has lost two more Olympic medals from Sochi because of doping, and luge has now been touched by the scandal for the first time.Albert Demchenko, a luger who won two silver medals at the Sochi Games, was among 11 athletes disqualified by the International Olympic Committee on Friday (Saturday Manila time) and banned from the games for life.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Luge officials have maintained that their sport is clean, even while bobsled and skeleton — the other Olympic sliding sports — have been dealing with the aftereffects of the state-sponsored Sochi doping program for some time. Russia has lost two bobsled gold medals from Sochi in the IOC decisions on doping, a gold medal in skeleton, a bronze in women’s skeleton and now two silvers from luge.“We’ve heard for so long that luge doesn’t have a problem and everything’s fine and blah blah blah,” Hamlin said. “And now everything’s going to be questioned.”Two cross-country skiers disqualified Friday, Nikita Kryukov and Alexander Bessmertnykh, already lost team event medals in recent weeks when other Russians were disqualified.Of the 46 hearings, three athletes were cleared.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Denver Nuggets forward Paul Millsap shoots against the Los Angeles Clippers during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, April 7, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)LOS ANGELES — After four games with their defense leading the way, the Denver Nuggets turned to their offense Saturday and regained control of their playoff destiny.The Nuggets made 10 of their first 12 shots and they ran off to a 134-115 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Batang Gilas bows out with loss to China They will reach the postseason if they win their last two games.“At this time of the year, it’s all about finding a way to get wins,” Nuggets coach Mike Malone said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“We’re playing ‘Get-It-Done’ basketball. We’re getting it done. Going into tonight, we’d been playing good defense. We controlled the game, won all four quarters, another big step in the right direction.”Will Barton scored 31 points and Nikola Jokic added 23 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists as the Nuggets posted their fifth straight win to pull into a tie with the Minnesota Timberwolves for eighth place in the Western Conference with two games to play. Both teams are 45-35. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nuggets: Opened the game making 10 of 12 shots for a 21-13 lead with 4:41 left in the first quarter, finishing the quarter 15 of 21 for a 33-26 advantage.Clippers: Lou Williams, the team’s leading scorer, was 0 for 7 in the first half, scoring eight points on free throws. His first basket, a 3-pointer, came with 7:04 left in the third with the Clippers down 80-66.WEARY CLIPSAfter the Clippers were badly beaten 117-95 by the Jazz in Utah on Thursday night, Doc Rivers gave his team the day off before playing the Nuggets.“Watched film, watched the Masters, went out and played nine,” Rivers said. “What can you do? We don’t have enough bodies in practice. You’ve got to get your mind ready.”UP NEXTNuggets: Host the Portland Trailblazers on Monday night.Clippers: Host the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday night. The Nuggets finish the regular season at home against Portland on Monday night.“I think overall — offensively, defensively, controlling our turnovers, I think we’re playing overall our best basketball,” Paul Millsap said. “Not our best offense we’ve played all year, not necessarily our best defense, but to be a good team you have to have balance.”It all sets up for the Nuggets’ season-ending game against the Timberwolves in Minneapolis on Wednesday night. Minnesota, which holds the tiebreaker over the Nuggets, hosts Memphis on Monday night.“Our guys have really taken that to heart,” Malone said. “There’s a belief in that locker room, a lot of positivity. I think we’re all in, 100 percent, believing in each other.”Meanwhile, the injury-riddled Clippers were eliminated from the playoff race. The Clippers suffered their fourth loss in five games, falling to 42-38, 2½ games out of eighth place with two to play. The elimination ends a run of six consecutive postseason appearances for the Clippers, who previously missed the playoffs in 2010-11.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC “I don’t think I have been more proud of a group, maybe ever, than I have been of this group,” said Clippers coach Doc Rivers, who has been forced by injuries to field 35 starting lineups. “We have asked a lot of guys to do a lot of stuff they should not have had to do and yet they did it.”On Saturday, the Clippers simply could not keep up with the Nuggets as they had 36 assists on 53 field goals.“The stat that jumps out at me was the fact that we had 36 assists, and eight turnovers,” Malone said. “We actually had more assists than rebounds. I’ve never seen that before.”Jamal Murray added 19 points and Wilson Chandler 13 for the Nuggets, who shot their second-best shooting percent (62.4) of the season.“When the ball is moving around like it was tonight, and you’re able to shoot 62 percent, guys definitely made shots, but we passed up good shots to get great shots,” Malone said. “The offense was obviously firing on all cylinders tonight.”Lou Williams scored 24 points to lead the Clippers. DeAndre Jordan added 16 points and 17 rebounds, with Tyrone Wallace added 18 points and Tobias Harris had 16 for Los Angeles.Leading 81-71, Barton hit a 3-pointer after the Nuggets grabbed a pair of offensive rebounds to ignite a 12-3 run that finished with Harris making the score 93-74 with 3:09 to play.The Clippers never got closer than 12 points after that.The victory was Denver’s first this season over the Clippers, who won the first two meetings, 109-104 at Staples Center on Jan. 17, and 122-120 in Denver on Feb. 27.TIP-INS Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments
Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial He was “staying out” though of helping a fly-on-the-wall documentary film crew that is following the team’s progress in Russia.A side-effect of Iceland’s first appearance at football’s biggest tournament has been that Halldorsson has not watched every game on TV as he did at previous World Cups.“Now I almost don’t know who is playing or what is going on except for our games,” he said.“We are very focused only on our plans, so while the games are rolling in the video room it’s not like watching a World Cup thoroughly as usual”. NVGRELATED STORIES:ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Filmmaking must be up there as one of the strangest jobs in the team,” Halldorsson told reporters at the team’s training base on Russia’s Black Sea coast Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 WORLD CUP: Tiny Iceland continues to live the dreamArgentine fans weep as World Cup dream fades MOST READ Iceland’s goalkeeper Hannes Halldorsson gives a press conference at Olimp stadium in Kabardinka. Image: Jonathan NACKSTRAND / AFPWhile Iceland’s World Cup coach is famously a dentist, and its squad has a boardgame publisher and a wine importer in its ranks, goalkeeper-filmmaker Hannes Halldorsson says his job on the side sets him apart. Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Sweden has a lot to be upset about after last-minute loss “It’s not the usual combination, to be a footballer and filmmaker,” said the 34-year-old who saved a penalty from Lionel Messi during the Nordic minnows’ 1-1 draw with Argentina Saturday.Cultivating an interesting sideline of work is common in Iceland’s semi-professional league, said Halldorsson, who now plays for Randers in Denmark.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“I always had a passion for it when I was young, that’s what I got sucked into after high school,” he said.Highlights in his filmmaking CV include the video clip for Iceland’s 2012 Eurovision song contest entry, a rousing World Cup promotional film for the team, and a commercial for a World Cup corporate sponsor. Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments
More than 68 per cent of the serious crimes that occurred this year were recorded in Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica) with 2235 cases being reported throughout the country between January 1 and October 31, 2019. This figure represents a decrease with 2292 cases recorded last year for the corresponding period. This is according to acting Crime Chief, Senior Superintendent Michael Kingston, who stated that a whopping 41.3 per cent of the total serious crimes took place in the Georgetown Sub-Division of Region Four alone. He noted that Region Four Sub-Division (C) East Coast Demerara has recorded 14.6 per cent of serious crimes followed closely by Region Four Sub-Division (B) East Bank Demerara with 12.8 per cent. “Followed by the other Divisions, Region Five (5.7 per cent), Region Two (3.1 per cent), Region Six with 6.4 per cent and we are very minimal in Regions One, Seven, Eight and Nine.” Kingston elaborated that as it relates to the total serious crimes as per month for the year 2019 from January 1, the GPF recorded 254 crimes of this nature in the first month of the year but saw a reduction to 240 in February. The figures fluctuated for the following months. “March we were able to reduce serious crimes to 213. In April and May we went up by 230 and then within the June-July period we were able to come down to 199, in August we went up by 204 and in September we made a huge jump to 257. In that jump, we recognised that there was a balloon effect in some areas and as result we went back to the drawing board almost immediately through our intelligence apparatus. And we were able to reduce it to 208 in the month of October,” the acting Crime Chief said. Spike in murders and larceny However, despite the overall figure for 2019 displaying a reduction in serious crimes in comparison to statistics from last year, there was a notable spike in murders and larceny from the person categories. This year saw a 35.7 per cent increase with 114 murder cases in comparison to 2018’s 84 cases. Meanwhile, with 159 cases of larceny from the person in 2019, there was a 31.4 per cent increase when compared to last year’s record of 121 cases of this nature countrywide. As it relates to robbery under arms where instruments were used instead of firearms, in 2018 there were 202 reports. This year, to date, there have been 257 occurrences, a 27.2 per cent spike. Additionally, burglary crimes have risen by 7.9 per cent with 164 cases reported for 2019 thus far when compared to the 152 cases last year.
0Shares0000Brazil’s striker Neymar (R) high-fives Willian (L) as they take part in a training session at Tottenham Hotspur’s Enfield Training Centre, north-east of London ahead of their friendly with Croatia. © AFP / Ben STANSALLLONDON, United Kingdom, May 30 – Brazil star Neymar is getting fitter every day as the striker recovers from a broken foot, Brazil teammate Danilo said from their pre-World Cup training camp in London on Wednesday.The Paris Saint Germain forward was injured in February and is yet to play a match since then, with two weeks to go before the World Cup kicks off in Russia. “He’s getting better every day, getting faster, more agile and more difficult to defend against,” said Manchester City’s Danilo, who knows Neymar from his Santos days.“He’s so fast you wouldn’t know whether to go, left, right, forwards or backwards,” Danilo said of Neymar’s trickery.“We hope he’ll be 100% ready or as ready as is possible.”Brazil play Croatia at Liverpool June 3 and against Austria in Vienna on June 10 before their opening World Cup game with Switzerland June 17.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Karl Griffin smashes Irish Youth 800m record -1min 49.63secsThe 2012 track season has not yet got out of the blocks and we find club and county athletes making the headlines across a range of events. Last Saturday, Karl Griffin travelled all the way to Greystones, Wicklow for an Irish Milers club sponsored meet. The Ballydevitt man in the process smashed, Mark English’s Irish U18 -800m record and won the race impressively. The Tir Chonaill/Abbey Voc School athlete, not 17 until early June, went through the bell -400m- in 55.4secs, was placed 5th and blocked in with 250m to go and with a devastating final 200m came through the field to win in a new Irish U18 Youths record time of 1min 49.63secs. This PB time, a B standard for the upcoming World Junior-U20-c/ships in Barcelona, will give Karl great confidence, as he tackles the Irish schools Senior 800m final on Saturday in Tullamore, the 400m at the Ulster/ANI c/ships in Antrim on Bank holiday Monday and the remainder of an exciting and challenging season. Mark English.In a week when two more Donegal athletes qualified and were nominated for the London Olympics i.e. Brendan Boyce, Milford/Letterkenny AC, 50k walk and Catriona Jennings,Letterkenny/Rathfarnham AC, Marathon, we find, Mark English, Letterkenny AC, one of the most exciting talents to emerge in the county in recent times running a phenominally fast time of 1min 45.77secs/800m at an International meet in Belguim on Saturday evening. The D.C.U. 1st Yr student, placed 3rd at the bell, reached in 52.1secs, took over the lead with 170m to go and was most impressive in defeating a high class International field. Nineteen year old Mark, becomes the 5th fastest Irishman over 800m, qualifies with an A standard for the World Juniors,- qualifies for the European Seniors in Finland and gets a B standard for the London Olympics -in fact he was within 0.17secs of automatic Olympic qualification….Paul McGuckin At a time when the clubs road and distance athletes are breaking new ground and records, it is great to report yet another success story from one of our distance group. Paul McGuckin, as the Ras cyclists assembled at the St John Bosco centre on Saturday morning, modestly recapped his recent trip to the Limerick Marathon where he recorded a new PB of 3hrs 50mins45secs. The modest, MV45, indicated – ‘ah I’m happy alright -it was my first time under 4 hours.’ Paul is a member of the clubs fit4life group in Donegal Town where Kevin McGlynn will have some comical praise when next they meet.Donegal Town 5kThe upcoming weekend will be very busy for club athletes and officials. On Friday evening -7.30start – the annual Donegal Grand Prix 5k run /walk takes place. The event sponsored by All Sports Donegal Town, has an attractive prize list for all categories plus over 20 spot prizes , drawn randomly for non category winners. Registration commences at 6pm at the Abbey Voc School and a large turnout is anticipated. To speed up the registration process the organisers are encouraging participants to forward their details i.e. Name/male or female/club/no club/age category to firstname.lastname@example.org and collect number on the nightTullamore and AntrimOn Saturday next there will be a large exodus from the county of young athletes, coaches, teachers and supporters when the ‘blue ribbon’ of Irish underage track and field athletics -the Irish Schools finals-takes place in Tullamore. Donegal school athletes performed as never before when the Ulster finals were held two weeks ago at the Antrim Forum and unprecedented numbers qualified for Saturday’s finals. Individuals to look out for include the following Ulster champions,Royal and Prior duo -John Kelly, Intermediate Shot Putt and Sean Woods, Senior 400m, Scoil Colmcille’s Sarah Timoney, Junior Walk, Scoil na Carraige’s Christopher Doherty, Senior Pole Vault, and Abbey Vocational Kate McGowan, Intermediate 80m hurdles/Long Jump, Kelly McGrory, 300m Hurdles/80m hurdles, Karl Griffin Senior 800m and the Intermadiate 4 x 100m relay team of Niamh McGrory, Kelly McGrory, Emma Brady and Kate McGowan.Tir Chonaill wish all the above every success plus the following who train regularly with the club/school coaches in Donegal Town- Conal Mahon, St Michaels Enniskillen, Senior Triple Jump, Jordan Hilton, Protora Enniskillen, Inter 100m, Molly Donovan, Scoil na Carraige, Inter Shot Putt, Mark mcGuinness, St Catherines, Killybegs, 1,500m/3,000m Inter, Hannah Campbell, St Catherines, Killybegs, Inter Pole Vault, Eva McMullan, Scoil Colmcille, 100m Junior,Clara Herron, Ursuline Sligo, Junior Shot Putt, and the following -all from the Abbey Voc – Mark Boyle Junior 800m,Ciara Crawford, Inter walk, Katie Hoad, Inter Pole Vault, Clare Brady, Senior Pole Vault, Enmma Brady, Inter Triple Jump, Chloe Masterson, Junior Hammer and Jessica Quinn, Junior walkThe Antrim Forum on Bank holiday Monday is the venue for the Ulster/Athletics Northern Ireland Senior championships. The club wish our National Senior Triple and Long Jump champion Mary McLoone, Karl Griffin, 400m, Louise Harvey 400m Hurdles and Geraldine Stewart, Shot Putt all the best in what promises to be another exciting and competitive days athletics TIR CHONAILL ATHLETIC CLUB NOTES was last modified: May 29th, 2012 by StephenShare 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:Tir Chonaill Athletic Club notes
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Tooro United players celebrate John Ssemazzi’s opener against Busoga United on Saturday. (PHOTO/Tooro United)StarTimes Uganda Premier league Tooro United 2-1 Busoga United Muteesa II Stadium, Wankulukuku Saturday, 31-08-2019WANKULUKUKU – Tooro United defeated Busoga United 2-1 in the Uganda Premier League game played at Wankulukuku on Saturday afternoon.Goals by John Ssemazzi and substitute Fredrick Kigozi did the trick for Wasswa Bbosa’s side on a cold and wet afternoon.Gorge Kasonko had initially equalized for Busoga United but his goal turned out to be a mere consolation in the end.The game which was delayed before kick-off was played for 80 minutes instead of the usual 90.Heavy and continuous down pour coupled with Busoga United’s license issues meant that the match started 44 minutes past the scheduled kick-off time.From the on-set, it was apparent that both side were in for one hell of an afternoon as the wet and slippery playing surface made it extremely difficult to play on.On 19 minutes, Ssemazzi connected neatly with Arthur Kiggundu’s corner-kick, directing the ball into the back of the net to hand Tooro the lead.Ten minutes later, Busoga found an equalizer from similar fashion as Kasonko headed in an Ivan Wani corner.Joel Madondo could have turned the game on it’s head but he was smartly denied by Chrispas Tusime in the Tooro goal, ensuring the scores are level at the break.At the hour mark, Kigozi lobbed Benson Wagima to score Tooro’s second.With the game nearing it end, Paul Ssekulime shot wide from a glorious position in what was Busoga’s best chance to find an equalizer, prompting Tooro to ho home with all three points.The win sees Tooro move level on points with 6 other sides that registered victories in their respective opening games.Tooro United returns to action away Vipers at St Mary’s Stadium, Kitende on Tuesday while Busoga United will host KCCA FC at Njeru on the same day.Starting teamsTooro United Chrispas Tusime (GK), Mukasa Musa, Isaac Lumu, Muhumuza Paddy, Steven Luswata, Charles Musige, Arthur Kiggundu, Omvia Steven, Mike Kawooya, John Ssemazi, Davis Ssali, Yafesi MubiruBusoga UnitedWagima Benson (GK), Muganga Douglas, Kawawulo Isma, Kakeeto Shafik, Isinde Isaac, Mandela Nelson, Kasonko George, Wani Ivan,Sewava Dan, Madondo Joel, Kirya JeromeThe other Uganda Premier league Match-Day one results-Kyetume FC 1-0 SC Villa-Bright Stars 1-3 Vipers SC-Bul FC 1-0 Express FC-URA FC 3-0 Maroons FC-KCCA FC 1-0 Wakiso Giants-Mbarara City 3-0 Proline FCComments Tags: Busoga UnitedFredrick KigoziGorge KasonkoJohn SsemazziStarTimes Uganda Premeir LeagueTooro united
10 April 2015Kathu solar thermal plant, the latest solar plant to be constructed in sunny Northern Cape, will be built by engineering and construction group Sener and the infrastructure, renewable energy and services corporation Acciona.Together the two international companies form the consortium chosen to develop the Kathu turnkey project. The complex is led by GDF Suez, with South African partners comprising Sishen Iron Ore Company Community Development Trust, Investec Bank, Lereko Metier and Public Investment Corporation.It has been selected by the South African Department of Energy to form part of the country’s renewable energy development programme (REIPPP), with a forecast investment of more than €500-million (R6.4-billion).Kathu Solar Park, along with Redstone Solar Thermal Power, which will both build 100MW capacity, were the preferred bidders in the third round of the government’s REIPPPP, the department said.Concentrated solar thermal power is able to store solar power generated during daylight hours.Storage capacityKathu is a 100MW plant with parabolic troughs – specifically, the SenerTrough-2 system, designed and patented by Sener, and a thermal energy storage capacity of 4.5 hours, thanks to the use of molten salts. Located in the town of Kathu, near Upington, in Northern Cape Province, the plant will begin operations in 2018 and will be able to supply electricity to 80 000 homes.Because of the nature of the contract, Sener and Acciona will carry out the engineering, construction and commissioning of the entire facility. The building consortium will also use local suppliers, as the project is fully committed to contributing to the local community.It is the companies’ second solar thermal project in South Africa, the first being the Bokpoort plant in Upington, in which they also form part of the building consortium. It will be operational later this year. It is also a turnkey project that uses SenerTrough technology and a molten salt storage system.Kathu is near KaXu Solar One, the first solar thermal electricity plant in South Africa, which was formally opened by Ebrahim Patel, the economic development minister, on 2 March. KaXu, which means “open skies” in the loca Nama language, is outside Pofadder.Total investment in KaXu, the largest parabolic trough project in the southern hemisphere, was $891-million (R10.7-billion).International experienceThe international partners bring with them a wealth of experience. Sener has been involved in 29 solar plants, most of them turnkey projects, in Spain, the USA, South Africa, and Morocco. Together these represent an installed capacity of more than 2 000MW and carbon dioxide savings of more than one million tons annually.Some of its projects are technological milestones, such as Gemasolar and Valle 1 and Valle 2, in Spain, and the Noor complex in Morocco, where Sener also forms parts of the building consortium for Noor 1 and for the second phase (Noor 2 and Noor 3).Acciona is one of the world’s biggest renewable energy operators, and owns an installed capacity of 8 500MW. It is a turnkey provider of electricity generating facilities using wind, solar and photovoltaic technology. In solar thermal energy, it operates 315MW in the USA and Spain, and has built more than 12 plants. It is currently working on projects such as Noor 1 in Morocco and Bokpoort in South Africa.It has had a presence in South Africa since September 2012 through its energy and infrastructures divisions, working on three renewable energy projects:Sishen Solar Photovoltaic Plant: Acciona owns and operates the plant, which has the largest output of any plant of its type in Africa (214 gigawatt hours per year). The project is a joint venture with Aveng, Soul City and Dibeng Community Trust. It became operational in December 2014.Gouda Wind Farm: Acciona Energy, in partnership with Aveng, Soul City and Local Community Trust, is building the Gouda wind farm (138MW), its first wind farm in South Africa.Bokpoort Thermosolar Power Plant: Awarded to Acciona and its partners in June 2012, construction is expected to finish this year. The 50MW facility will use parabolic troughs and will have a molten salt energy storage system.Sener is a private engineering and technology group founded in Bilbao, Spain, in 1956. It was the first Spanish engineering company. Acciona is one of Spain’s largest corporations, operating in the fields of infrastructure, energy, water, and services in more than 30 countries.SAinfo reporter