Topics : “We will produce lithium batteries in the region with hydropower energy. At the moment [mining tycoon] Andrew Forrest from Australia is there to conduct [feasibility] studies to also look at hydro-green energy that will be produced after lithium batteries,” said the retired army general.The plan is in line with the government’s vision of promoting EVs, which are considered cleaner as they do not use fossil fuels, with a greater goal of reducing the country’s carbon emissions while promoting domestic battery production. Indonesia is rich in cobalt and manganese, the main components for EV batteries.Hayu Prasasati, secretary of the new capital city secretariat at the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas), said the new capital would also be developed using transit-oriented development (TOD) methods whereby every center of business and entertainment would be able to be accessed within walking distance.Read also: Technology, regulation key to driving xEV adoption in Indonesia: Seminar“This would be a compact city and will be developed into clusters. In every cluster there will be centers of activities,” she said. “So, it won’t be like Jakarta, where every time we want to go to work, we need to allocate two hours on the road in advance. With clusters, we can get to different destinations in just 10 minutes.”The government is also aiming for 80 percent of people’s movements in the city being by public transportation, walking or cycling. The public transportation system is expected to reduce people’s travel times. The new capital city will be developed on 256,000 hectares, with buildings and infrastructure occupying only a fifth at 56,000 ha and the rest green areas. The government will start developing road access to and from the new city this year. As the government brushes up on its plans to ensure transportation in the new capital city fully involves electric vehicles (EVs), it has come up with the idea of developing parking lots surrounding the area, a senior minister has said.Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Pandjaitan said on Wednesday that as all vehicles in North Penajam Paser and Kutai Kartanegara, both in East Kalimantan, must be EVs, non-EVs from surrounding cities such as Samarinda and Balikpapan would be prohibited from entering.“Non-electric vehicles cannot enter the new capital city. They must park and the passengers enter the city using public transportation. There will be parking lots for non-EVs” he told a discussion forum about the new capital city’s transportation system development in Jakarta. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has announced that the new capital city development will be focused on the basis of a technology-driven green city with an integrated transportation system. The new capital city development project is expected to cost Rp 466 trillion (US$33.7 billion).Read also: Jokowi wants all vehicles in new capital city to be autonomous, electricFor public transportation, the new capital city aims to fully use autonomous systems such as autonomous bus rapid transit and an autonomous railway.Luhut said there would be lithium battery-production facilities in the new capital city to ensure the availability of power for the EVs.
Hundreds arrested over xenophobic attacks in South Africa. Africa’s biggest film and TV market underway in Johannesburg Jason Stange was arrested after U.S. Marshals read film write-up Jason Stange was arrested after U.S. Marshals read film write-upA fugitive bank-robber-turned-actor has been arrested in Washington state after U.S. agents spotted his picture in a newspaper article about a low-budget horror film in which he plays an evil doctor, an official said on Monday.Officers on a U.S. Marshals Service fugitive task force saw Jason Stange’s picture in the Olympian newspaper’s feature last week on horror movie “Marla Mae,” said Jack Williams, chief deputy for the agency’s western district of Washington state.The officers, who had been tracking his disappearance for several months, identified him by the photo and a unique forearm tattoo, Williams said. Marshals tracked him from a filming location to a store in Olympia, where he was arrested without incident on Friday, he said.Stange was sentenced to nearly 10 years in prison and five years supervised release in 2006 after pleading guilty to armed bank robbery, Williams said. He was freed on supervised release in 2014, but had been sought since he walked away from a halfway house in Spokane.Brandon Roberts, the film’s producer, said he did not know Stange was a fugitive and that he would not have cast him if he had known about his past.“This is a small-budget movie,” he said. The filming process is “a short blast of work, 12 hours a day, every single day. You get to know people well in a professional sense – what is their work ethic, do they show up on time – but beyond that we didn’t know anything about his background.”“He did a good job. He was friendly. Well-liked. We didn’t know he was a criminal or anything like that,” Roberts added.Stange plays the role of Dr. Lourdes, an evil physician who targets the protagonist, in the film slated to be released in 2016, Roberts said.– REUTERS –Related Experience the horror of Ebola in this new virtual reality film
19 Feb 2014 Golf club research gets underway All golf clubs in the country have been invited to take part in biennial England Golf research which will help to grow the game.The 2014 Golf Club Membership Questionnaire has been sent to all clubs in England and the results will provide a picture of what is happening within the sport, as well as highlighting trends, key themes and examples of best practice.It will help support the forthcoming England Golf Strategic Plan, which sets out to inspire people of all ages to make golf a part of their life and aims to reverse the trend of declining club membership.The research is being carried out by SPORTS MARKETING SURVEYS INC on behalf of England Golf. The biennial questionnaire can be completed online, or returned by post, and all clubs which submit their response by 31 March 2014 will be entered into a prize draw to win one of three Apple iPad minis.A national results booklet, collating all the data, will be produced later in the year, together with individual county breakdowns.Richard Flint, England Golf’s Club Services and Development Director, commented: “The results of this survey will help us support golf clubs in the most effective way and to ensure that any future resources and programmes that are developed focus on creating a healthy and successful sport.”Since the first survey was distributed in 2002 the research has helped England Golf to identify significant changes and challenges facing clubs and to direct finances and resources.For example, the 2012 survey identified golf clubs which had experienced an increase in membership in the previous two years, despite an overall drop nationwide. As a result, England Golf commissioned SPORTS MARKETING SURVEYS INC to research the successful methods adopted by these clubs and to share best practice.The results showed that all the clubs placed emphasis on flexible membership packages, friendliness and low-cost opportunities to get into golf.