first_imgBY TIM MORRISStaff Writer BY TIM MORRIS Staff Writer PRINCETON — Jamie Liberti decided that six was company. With Sunday’s NJSIAA Group III 1,600-meter run shaping up as a tactical, last-lap sprint at Princeton University, the Middletown South senior decided it was time to make a move. There were too many runners in contention for her taste, so with three laps, or 600 meters, remaining, she took off. “Everyone was so close,” she pointed out. “I wanted to go early while I had the chance. I wanted to get away from the field.” Liberti’s timing proved perfect as she opened up enough daylight on the field to withstand any last-lap kick from her competitors. “I was a little nervous, but I felt confident,” she pointed out. “When I saw that no one could catch me it was incredible. This race was the focus of the season.” Liberti’s 5:11.95 held back the challenge of the Group’s talented underclassmen. All of the place winners behind Liberti, who won the 3,200 meters at the Monmouth County championships, were underclassmen, including her Shore-area rivals Christina Nelson, a sophomore from Red Bank Regional (5:14.61), and Ashley Higginson, a freshman from Colts Neck (5:18.37), who were third and fourth. Liberti said she went into the race looking for a top-six finish, but emerged as a state champion. The Eagle distance runner wasn’t the only area athlete to collect state gold at Princeton. Raritan’s Amanda Harmata won the Group II shot put. In winning the Monmouth County and Shore Conference titles earlier in the season, the Rocket senior had crushed the competition. Sunday, Roselle Catholic’s Carrieann Zielinski provided a sterner test for her. Harmata finally won out, 39-11-38-04. Also striking gold was Matawan’s Chris Keller, who won the boys Group II shot put at 53-8 1/4. He was more than a foot ahead of Tavaris Wright from Bridgeton (52-4 1/4). Earlier this year Keller came out of nowhere to win the county title. Anyone finishing in the top six Sunday at the Groups II and III meets had reason to feel they were a winner as they qualified for the Feb. 29 NJSIAA Indoor Meet of Champions, also to be held at Princeton University. Along with the six automatic qualifiers there were six wild card qualifiers from among the two groups. Qualifying for the girls from Group II was Jennifer Therkorn of St. John Vianney, third in the 1,600 (5:23.81). Middletown South’s Chris Sole was a runner-up in Group III in the boys high jump. The county champion jumped 6-2 in Princeton. In Group II, those also qualifying automatically for the MOC were: Matawan’s Tom Walsh, fifth in the 1,600 (4:33.94); John Smith, fifth in the 3,200 (9:44.10); and Raritan’s Ed Skowronski, third in the shot put (51-4 1/4). The Monmouth County Relays are next up on the schedule Saturday at Red Bank Regional. On Tuesday, the Eastern States will be held at the Armory, New York City.last_img read more

first_img0Shares0000Jaspreet Singh Chatthe drives his Mitsubish EVO X through a water hole during the KCB Safari Rally. PHOTO/FileNAIROBI, Kenya, June 5 – Foreign competitors are in town well in time for the 64th KCB Safari Rally to be flagged off on Friday at Nairobi’s Kenyatta International Conference Center.The ‘Flying Finn’ Tapio Kaukkanen and Canada based Moez Malik were among the foreign drivers who recced the route alongside locals at the weekend. 0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) Toronto based Moez lived and competed in Kenya in the 80s and 90s before migrating to Canada.Tapio, a former Finland and British rally champion has been competing in Kenya since 2012 and tackled the last two seasons of KNRC sweeping the grounds with all his opponents whenever he had a clean run.The Flying Finn has literally swept the ground with all and sundry this season but lost his lead on the KNRC log after suffering double punctures on the initial and repeat run of Kobonyo stage in Kisumu.Tapio who has also mentored several locals led the Safari last year in Mount Kenya region by a massive 5 minutes on penultimate day only to bow out when his service crew failed to reach the remote service in the required time.Tapio will be navigated by compatriot Passi Torma in a Subaru Imprrza GVB 13 which is an R4 car.Other drivers using R4 contraptions are Isaa Amwari (EVOX), Kabras Sugar Racing team of Baldev Chager, Onkar Rai and Tejveer Rai all in EVOX, and Team Kibos ace Jassi Chatthe also in a similar make.This year’s Safari will see quite a number of drivers making a comeback. These are Quentin Mitchell and Kioni brothers David and Mwangi.Quentin was all smiles after reconnaissance.“We are going to approach it like any other rally. We will take it as it comes and try to enjoy it as much as we can as it’s our first rally back this year and we have been out the car for 7months.”“The Safari is always a highlight owing to several days of competition and the reputation the safari carries with it,” said Quentin.Kioni brothers who are sons of Kenya Volleyball Federation Chairman Waithaka Kioni will pilot their Group S Subaru Impeza GC8 when the iconic event traverses private farm stages in Nairobi and Nakuru counties from Friday to Sunday.The last time Kionis sat together was during the 62nd edition of the Safari Rally in 2014.“It’s fantastic to be back in the GC8 and to sit with my brother again after two years,” said David.David, who last competed in 2015 with James Mwangi Harrison hopes to shake off some cobwebs on his GC8.David and Mwangi made their KNRC debut in Eldotet 2010 and have since competed in several KNRC events with other teams. Mwangi did the whole season with Kalulu last year and finished 2nd on the KNRC Division Two log.“Our first rally in Eldoret is nevertheless something we would want to forget in a hurry as we kissed the Western Kenya Motor Club- organised rally upon crashing into a swamp. I am a bit rusty at the moment after skipping quite a number of rallies, but we just want to bring the GC8 back in one piece at KICC,” David Said.“We are hoping to have a steady run and remain consistent and just finish. I have been really itching to get back in the rally car. But due to lack of sponsorship we have been forced out of KNRC events so we are glad to take part in this Rally thanks to my family and friends and I am looking forward to having some great fun.”KCB SAFARI RALLY 2016-SEEDED ENTRY LISTJaspreet Chatthe/ Gurdeep Panesar -Mitsubishi Evo10Ian Duncan/Amaar Slatch -Mitsubishi Evo 10Carl Tundo /Tim Jessop -Mitsubishi Evo 10Rajbir Rai /Greg Stead- Ford FiestaQuentin Mitchell /Steven Cook –Skoda FabiaTapio Laukkanen /Pasi Torma –Subaru ImpreezaBaldev Chager /Ravi Soni -Mitsubishi Evol 10Karan Patel /Tauseef Khan- Mitsubishi Evol 10Onkar Rai /Gareth Dawe -Mitsubishi Evo 10Tejveer Rai /Zahir Shah -Mitsubishi Evo 1011.Pietro Cannobio /Silvia Frigo- Mitsubishi Evo 1018. Izhar Mirza /Kavit Dave -Mitsubishi Evo 9Jasmeet Chana /Ravinder Chana -Mitsubishi Evo 9Farhaaz Khan /Keith Henrie -Mitsubishi Evo 9Imran Mogul /Adnan Din -Subaru N12Jansher Sandhu /Feisal Khan- Mitsubishi Evo 9Issa Amwari /Edward Njoroge -Mitsubishi Evo 10Stephen Mwangi/ Jonathan Kosgei –Subaru ImprezaAsad Khan /Harshil Limbani –Subaru Impreza GC8Mahesh Halai /Ketan Halai –Subaru Impreza N1221.John Ng’ang’a /Anthony Njenga – Subaru Impreza N1222.Eric Bengi /Tuta Mionki –Toyota RunxJonathan Somen /Richard Hechle –Ford EscortEric Njogu /Tony Kimondo –Subaru Impreza N10Adil Mirza /Kashif Shaikh –Mitsubishi Evo9Chandrakant Devji /Julius Mwachuya – Subaru Impreza GC8Rehan Shah /George Kiama –Mitsubishi Evo9Sammy Nyorri /James Mwangi –Totota RunxLeonardo Varese /Kigondu Kareithi –Toyota CorollaRamesh Vishram /Riyaz Ismail –Ford EscortNatasha Tundo /Chantal Young-Subaru ImprezaAlex Lairang’i /Anthony Gichohi –Toyota CorollaAndrew Muchemi /Kimaru Boit –Mitsubishi Evo8Edward Maina /Steve Mbuthia –Subaru IMpreza GC8David Kioni /Mwangi Kioni –Subaru ImprezaMcRae Kimathi /Stephen Njenga – Subaru Impreza GC8Osman Abdullahi /Evans Mwenda – Subaru Impreza N10Josiah Kariuki /John Ngugi – Subaru Impreza N11Nikhil Sachania /Salim Khan –Fiat AbarthGeoff Mayes /Jamie Mactavish –Range RoverMoez Malik /Absolom Aswani –Mitsubishi Evo642. 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first_img0Shares0000Manchester United’s Ashley Young (L) is a former England international and has made just 13 starts for his club this season © AFP/File / Oli SCARFFLONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 18 – Manchester United’s Ashley Young insisted he still had “fire in my belly” after getting back into the first team at Old Trafford.The 31-year-old former England international has made just 13 starts for Jose Mourinho’s men so far this season and was linked with a lucrative move to the Chinese Super League during the January transfer window. But eight of those starts have come in the last 13 games, suggesting Young, whose contract is up at the end of next year, could have a future under Portuguese manager Mourinho at United.“There was of course, and there is always, speculation and especially when there is a transfer window and you are not playing,” Young said on Tuesday.“But I have always said that I want to play as much as possible. What the future holds I am not too sure. I am just concentrating on each game and when the manager calls on me I will give 100 percent and look to play as well as I can.“I am looking to play as many games as I can between now and the end of the season. That is what I am concentrating on now. That is the main focus for me and then we will see what happens.”He added: “I have fire and hunger in my belly. I want to succeed. I work hard. When you have such competition in a fantastic squad it pushes you on every day.“If you watched training there are no challenges that are not like in a game. Everybody wants to pull on the shirt and I am no different.”Aa for his Old Trafford future, Young — who joined United from Aston Villa in 2011 — said that was as much a matter for Mourinho as it was for him.“I have another year left on my contract and an option after that so if there is anything there to be discussed you would have to ask the manager,” he explained.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_imgThierry Henry could be in line for a return to Arsenal after confirming he has played his last game for New York Red Bulls.The former France international, a member of the 1998 World Cup-winning squad, has spent the past four years with the Major League Soccer side.But he will not be extending his stay into next year, announcing his departure a few days after the Red Bulls’ MLS Cup campaign ended with a 4-3 aggregate defeat to rivals New England Revolution in the Eastern Conference Championship play-off.“I am taking this opportunity to announce that unfortunately Saturday was my last game for the New York Red Bulls,” said the 37-year-old.“The decision has always been that I would leave after the duration of my contract and although that was never going to change, I didn’t want it to distract from the progress of the team.“I have immensely enjoyed my four-and-a-half years here and would like to thank everyone involved with this club who has made my time here so enjoyable.”Henry has not ruled out playing on, adding he will “take the next few weeks to reflect” before deciding on his next career move.But it appears more than likely that the former Arsenal and Barcelona forward will hang up his boots and begin a coaching career.He admitted last week his interest in heading back to Arsenal in a backroom role, and that may now become a reality.Henry enjoys legendary status at the club having helped them win a host of major honours during his time in north London.He scored 226 goals for the Gunners between 1999 and 2007 before returning for a brief spell in 2012 and netting twice in seven appearances, and has been tipped as a future manager of the club. 1 Thierry Henry last_img read more

first_img 13th. Burnley (44 days) – Despite failing to win a single game away from home this season, the Clarets have never been worried about relegation. Bournemouth (29 days) and Watford (26 days) have spent the second and third longest amount of time in 13th. 1st. Chelsea (109 days) – The Blues have spent the longest at the top of the table, with 107 of their 109 days since beating Middlesbrough 1-0 on November 20. Manchester City are second with 75 days, and Liverpool have been top for 14. Few would bet against Chelsea staying there until the end of the campaign. See where Chelsea’s run in first puts them in the list of most dominant Premier League clubs ever. 8th. West Bromwich Albion (79 days) – The Baggies have impressed this season, having spent most of the season in eighth place. Watford have managed 27 days, and Crystal Palace are third with 21 days. 5th. Tottenham Hotspur (75 days) – Despite currently sitting second, Spurs have actually spent most of the season outside the top four. They were last in fifth place on January 3. Manchester City have spent 30 days in fifth, and Liverpool 29. 9th. Stoke City (44 days) – Mid-table residents Stoke have spent 44 days in ninth place, just four days more than they have spent in 11th. West Brom (38 days), and Southampton (20 days) have also found ninth to their liking. 2nd. Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur (50 days) – Tottenham will move one day ahead of Jurgen Klopp’s side tomorrow as they currently sit in second place. Liverpool had previously spent most the season just off top spot, although they have not been there since drawing 1-1 with Manchester United on January 15. Arsenal are third with 39 days in second place. 20 18th. Hull City (70 days) – Marco Silva’s side are hoping to fight off relegation this season, although they currently sit in 19th – one place lower than the position they have occupied for most time this season. Sunderland (42 days in 18th) and West Ham (29 days) have also spent a fair amount of time in 18th position. 20 Manchester United are still in sixth place, after their failure to beat Bournemouth on Saturday afternoon.The Red Devils have not moved in the Premier League table since November 6, when they rose up to sixth following a 3-1 win over Swansea City.This means they have spent an incredible 141 days in the same position in the table, more days than any club has spent in any one position during this campaign.But, which clubs have spent the highest number of days in every other position in the table? talkSPORT have dug through the data, and you can see the results by clicking the right arrow, above.Stats from The Sun Goals supplement 16th. Middlesbrough (71 days) – Despite dropping into the bottom three over the weekend, Boro have actually spent much of the season two places above the relegation spots. Rival relegation contenders Leicester and Crystal Palace come in second and third, with 29 and 24 days respectively. 20 20 19th. Swansea City (66 days) – The Swans are on a good run of form and currently sit in 16th place. However, they are the team to have spent the most time this season in 19th place, ahead of Hull (41 days) and Crystal Palace (33 days). 20 6th. Manchester United (141 days) – The Red Devils are the club to have spent the longest amount of time in any one position this season. They missed the chance to move into the top four this weekend, being held to a 1-1 draw at home to Bournemouth. Everton (22 days) and Middlesbrough (20 days) have briefly muscled in on United’s spot. 20th. Sunderland (112 days) – The Black Cats have incredibly spent over 100 days in last place this season, with their current run extending since the 0-0 draw with Spurs on January 31. Stoke (29 days) and Hull (25 days) have spent the second and third longest time in 20th respectively. Click the right arrow to see which clubs have spent the longest in each position this season… 20 20 20 11th. Stoke City (44 days) – After a poor start to the season, the Potters have found their usual level of performance to sit mid-table. Southampton have managed 32 days in 11th, and Watford round out the top three after 29 days in 11th. 20 10th. Southampton (57 days) – Currently in 10th, the Saints have spent the longest time in the middle position of the Premier League. Bournemouth (40 days) and West Ham (30 days) have also spent plenty of time in the middle ground. 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 12th. Burnley (41 days) – Sean Dyche’s side have alternated between 12th and 13th this term, and are currently extending the run of days spent in this position, staying 12th despite losing to Swansea on Saturday. Leicester have had the second longest spell in 12th, at 26 days, just ahead of Bournemouth’s 25 days. 20 14th. Bournemouth (42 days) – The Cherries are struggling for form at the moment, and have been in 14th place since a 2-0 home loss to Crystal Palace on January 31. Burnley have been in 14th for 41 days, and Leicester have seen out 35 days in this position. 4th. Arsenal (82 days) – Unsurprisingly, the Gunners have spent most of the season in fourth place, although they were knocked down to fifth after losing to Liverpool on Saturday. It is the Reds who have spent the next longest amount of time in this spot (45 days), with Manchester City chalking up 28 days in fourth. 7th. Everton (100 days) – As the ‘best of the rest’, Everton have spent the longest amount of time in the first position outside the top six; they have been unmoved in the table since the Boxing Day win over Leicester. Manchester United have been there for 22 days, and Spurs 20. 17th. Crystal Palace (60 days) – The Eagles moved out the bottom three by beating West Brom on Saturday, to claim their regular position of 17th. They have spent 11 more days in the position than West Ham (49), and 18 more than Swansea (42). 3rd. Manchester City (53 days) – Pep Guardiola’s side are currently extending this run, having ended the weekend in third place following the 2-0 win over Sunderland. Tottenham are second and Liverpool are third, with 46 and 35 days in third respectively. 15th. Leicester City (61 days) – Leicester have been fighting relegation this season, and have spent most of the campaign in 15th – the position they currently occupy. Middlesbrough (51 days) and Swansea (21 days) have also spent a number of days in 15th. 20 20 20last_img read more

first_imgLetterkenny Gaels got their championship campaign off to a winning start against a hard-working Naomh Padraig team at Páirc na nGael, Letterkenny on Saturday evening.Letterkenny Gaels 2-12  Naomh Padraig, Uisce Chaoin 0-10Ciaran Kilfeather opened the Gaels account in the first minute, Odhran McMacken converted a 45 in the 2nd minute and Shay Doherty tapped over in the third minute to get the home side off to a flyer. Johnathon Toye and Aidan Lynch responded for the Muff men before full-forward Conor McBrearty kicked over two frees. The visitors levelled up matters by the 20-minute mark with scores from Toye (2) and Eunan Keaveny.Anthony Diver and Kilfeather responded with two scores for the home side but a probing run from Kevin Doherty and another bursting run from Aidan Lynch levelled matters once more.McBrearty gave the Gaels a narrow lead on the half time whistle to leave the score Gaels 0-8 Naomh Padraig 0-7.Gaels won the throw-in at the start of the second half as Paddy Doherty fed McBrearty who obliged with another fine point. Toye pointed for the Muff men on the 33rd minute and a quick move up the field in the tenth minute resulted in the ref awarding a penalty after Darren Hunter was hauled down.McBrearty converted to give the Gaels a four-point cushion. Toye kicked two more points for the visitors but Gaels finished the last quarter strongly with points from McMacken, Shay Doherty and Kilfeather and McBrearty found the net again in injury time to cap off a very entertaining game.Letterkenny Gaels: S Graham, C Lynch, C Browne, D Hunter, S McDonagh, C Cannon, B Diver, L Doherty, P Doherty, O McMacken(0-2),C Cannon, A Diver(0-1), C Kilfeather(0-3), C McBrearty,(2-4) S Doherty(0-2)Naomh Pádraig: J McCauley, S McColgan, C McColgan, J Gallagher, C O Donnell,(0-1) D Keaveney, S Grant , E Keaveney,(0-1) B McColgan, R Hirrell, K Doherty,(0-1) J Toye,(0-5) A Clarke, M Duffy, A Lynch(0-2).Referee: Joe O’ Donnell. Letterkenny Gaels emphatic as they enjoy winning start was last modified: September 8th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)last_img read more

first_imgA bear named by a little Donegal boy is aiming to reach over €4 million raised in 4 years for the little heroes of Temple Street Children’s Hospital.Due ,to popular demand Cedric teddy bears will be available in Tesco stores nationwide from today (Sat) for €5 in aid of Temple Street Children’s University Hospital.Inspired by a true story, the tale of Cedric being lost in a Tesco store and becoming a Service Superstar, has captured the hearts and minds of the nation, with customers and colleagues seeking a Cedric of their own. The good news is that Tesco customers and colleagues can now get their very own Cedric from Saturday 1st December, while stocks last.Each Cedric purchased will help Tesco reach their target of raising €4million in 4 years for the children’s hospital.Pictured alongside colleagues from Tesco Letterkeny is Temple Street patient Lewis Evans (5) from Letterkenny with the Cedric teddy bear that he named following a Tesco colouring competition during a visit to the hospital. Cedric teddy bears will be sale in Tesco stores for €5 in aid of Temple Street from Saturday 1st December. Front from left Nuala McIntyre, Gavin McMonigle, Lewis Evans and Jessica Harkin.Back from left Angela Hanrihan, Shane McGrory, Sabrina McNulty, Gavin McLaughlin, Aidan Bonar, Charlotte Gallagher, Seamus Crossan, Emma Ne, Cora Hunter and Karen BurkePhoto Clive WassonCedric was brought to life with the help of five-year-old Temple Street patient Lewis Evans from Co. Donegal, who participated in a Tesco colouring competition during a visit to the hospital and won the honour of naming this very special bear.To celebrate the launch of the Cedric teddy bears, a special team of Tesco elves made a surprise visit to Temple Street this week to make sure that every little Temple Street hero was given their very own Cedric teddy bear. Speaking on behalf of Tesco Ireland, Marketing Director, Ruairí Twomey said “At Tesco, we receive thousands of amazing comments from customers about the everyday little helps and great service they receive from our colleagues.‘It was one of these fantastic stories about a colleague who went above and beyond to ensure a teddy bear was returned home safely that inspired our latest TV advert and the creation of Cedric.‘We are so proud to have raised €3.9 million and counting for our Charity Partner, Temple Street. We hope that our national Cedric fundraiser will help us achieve €4million raised in 4 years, which is a fantastic achievement for everyone involved.”Pictured alongside his brother Alec and Mum Deborah in Tesco Letterkeny is Temple patient Lewis Evans (5) from Letterkenny with the Cedric teddy bear that he named following a Tesco colouring competition during a visit to the hospital. Cedric teddy bears will be sale in Tesco stores for €5 in aid of Temple Street from Saturday 1st December. Photo Clive WassonThis weekend, Tesco stores across the country will be hosting Festive Fun Days over the weekend of Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd December, selling Cedric teddy bears, hosting cake sales, offering face painting and much more all in aid of Temple Street.Speaking on behalf of Temple Street Foundation, Chief Executive, Denise Fitzgerald, added: “The festive season has now well and truly arrived at the hospital thanks to the team of Tesco elves who delivered the wonderful Cedric this week. Our partnership with Tesco continues to have a transformative impact on sick children and their families every minute of every day. “Thank you so much to Tesco staff and customers for their on-going support of our hospital and to those who are pulling out all the stops this weekend to celebrate Cedric. It couldn’t be easier to get involved this festive season and help Temple Street by supporting by picking up a Cedric teddy bear in a Tesco store this weekend.”Since 2014, with the support of its colleagues and customers Tesco Ireland has raised €3.9 million for Temple Street. By selling Cedric in stores and hosting these Festive Fun Days, Tesco is aiming to reach over €4 million raised in 4 years for the little heroes of Temple Street.Each year Temple Street Children’s University Hospital treats over 145,000 children from across the country and operates the busiest A&E department in Europe. For thousands of children, Temple Street is the only hospital in Ireland in which they can be treated. Through the charity partner programme, Tesco colleagues and customers can help little people from all over Ireland get better and be real life heroes to children attending the hospital.Bear inspired by little Donegal boy aims to raise €4M for sick kids was last modified: December 1st, 2018 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:bearCerdiccharitydonegalLewis Evanstescolast_img read more

first_imgThe waste recycling plant fits into a standardcontainer and is completely portable. Entirely locally designed and developed, theBeauTi-Fuel project looks set to empowersmall communities to become more self-suffucient in terms of energy production. (Images: Comps) MEDIA CONTACTS • Prof Diane Hildebrandt  Director, Comps  +27 11 717 7557 RELATED ARTICLES • Waste drive reaps rewards • Plastic recycling major job spinner • Makana: a beeline for success • IDC fund helps companies go green • SA becoming a renewable energy hubWilma den HartighScientists from Wits University’s Centre of Materials and Process Synthesis (Comps) and the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa), have developed new technology that can produce liquid fuel, electricity, waxes and paraffin from agricultural and solid municipal waste.The modular unit, known as the BeauTi-FueL project, was developed by an all-South African team and has a negative carbon footprint.The R5-million (US$590 000) pilot plant will be showcased at the COP17 climate change conference in Durban next week.How it works Dr Michaela Vrey from Comps explains that the development team modified existing technology to process a solid waste feedstock. The unit was designed with a focus on smaller communities with lower energy and fuel consumption requirements. The process allows solid material with a carbon content to be converted using plasma gasification technology, supplied by Necsa. Plasma technology is used in the treatment of nuclear waste. According to how stuff works, a plasma waste converter applies a plasma torch to waste. A plasma torch uses gas and powerful electrodes to create plasma (ionised gas).When molecules are exposed to intense energy, such as the heat generated by a plasma torch, the molecular bonds holding them together break down in a process called molecular dissociation.Dr Jaco van der Walt, a plasma scientist from Necsa, explains that the plasma gasifier provides superior conversion efficiency.“The ease with which the process gas could be manipulated to optimise fuel production, combined with the resultant fuel gas generating electricity, renders this a sought-after system for anyone who generates waste,” van der Walt said in a statement.According to Prof Diane Hildebrandt, co-director of Comps, the plant can turn one ton of biomass into one barrel of diesel and 0.5 megawatt hours of electricity per day.A full-scale plant can treat 91 000 tons of municipal waste per annum. This can produce enough electricity for 10 000 homes and enough heat for about 700 homes.Self-sufficient communities The main goal of the plant is to empower small communities to become more self-sufficient in terms of energy, without compromising potential food sources.Hildebrandt says that the project has the potential to create jobs when implemented.Readily available waste products, previously of no value to local communities, can now be used to earn an income.People will be needed to grow the agricultural material, collect and sort municipal solid waste and supply fuel and electricity to small municipalities, rural areas and small farming areas.Vrey says one of the plant’s most useful applications would be in the farming industry. “Farmers produce a lot of waste in their operations and they also need a lot of electricity and fuel to sustain their operations,” she says.The other major benefit of the unit is its portability. The plant is small enough to fit into a standard 40 ft (approximately 12 metres) container, on the back of a truck.It can easily be transported to different sites in rural and agricultural communities, thereby reducing transport costs and the logistical hassle of transporting waste to a central processing site.The plant is also easy to operate. Vrey says that one of the main considerations was to develop a user-friendly plant that requires limited technical knowledge to operate.“We didn’t want a high-tech product that can only be operated by an engineer,” she says. Hildebrandt says in the long term, they hope to use the clean carbon dioxide produced by the process to grow algae that could be harvested and fed back to the plant, or used to feed fish. She says that this would be labour intensive and could create more employment.A solution for waste Vrey says the new technology can make a major contribution to reducing waste in South Africa.“South Africa has a huge waste problem and landfills are filling up. Such technology presents a solution,” she says.Recycling waste relieves pressure on over-stretched landfill sites, but recycling alone is not a solution to the challenge.Finding a commercial partner Vrey says that the next step is to find a commercial partner for the project.“We are also looking for orders from people who want to use the technology,” she says.A functional prototype will be built by mid-2012 and will be showcased at different public events around the country. During this period, the technology will be refined and the facility will be demonstrated to potential clients.last_img read more

first_imgBasetsana Kumalo is one of remarkably few successful women in business – making her a strong role model for young girls.. (Image: Basetsana Kumalo)Top Billing+27 11 274-2650info@topbilling.comRomaana NaidooBassie, as she is affectionately called by her friends and legions of fans, is a vivacious beauty queen who exudes more than just good looks; she is also a savvy businesswoman.“Being a Miss South Africa had pros and cons and one of the challenges was overcoming people’s perceptions that I was nothing more than a beauty queen and had nothing to offer,” she said. “I realised that I could either allow people’s perceptions about what a Miss South Africa can and cannot do to determine my destiny, or I could use the opportunity to show that I had something real to offer.“I worked really hard to prove myself and made sure that everything I did was done to the highest standard of excellence. My attitude was that, although I knew that I didn’t know much, I was willing to learn, so over time I did business courses and learned from others in business,” she said.Being a responsible individual was a lesson Kumalo learned from her parents. They did a lot of smaller scale things to make extra money, such as making and selling curtains at the end of each month, as well as selling sandwiches and ice cream, among others.Born Basetsana Julia Makgalemele on 29 March 1974 in Soweto, she has two sisters and a brother. Her bus driver father, Philip Makgalemele, died in 2003 and her school teacher mother, Beatrice Makgalemele, died in 2006. Though she started school at Thabisang Primary School, she was later transferred to a school in Lenasia when schooling became untenable in 1986.She describes herself as being an introvert at school, but soon blossomed into a confident young woman. And at the age of 16, she was crowned Miss Soweto and Miss Black South Africa in 1990. Just four years later, she was crowned Miss South Africa. That led to the Miss World pageant, in which she was named First Princess.During her reign, Kumalo was the beauty editor of Drum magazine and she began her career as a television presenter on Top Billing, the popular lifestyle show. Her career catapulted and she was soon a household name and the face of Revlon’s Realistic Hair Care range internationally. Since then, Kumalo has racked up an impressive list of achievements, including an honorary scholarship for overseas study in 1994 from then-president Nelson Mandela.By 1995, she became a 50% partner in the company that produces Top Billing, Tswelopele Productions. Four years later, Tswelopele merged with Union Alliance Media and was listed on the JSE. This merger made Kumalo one of the youngest black women directors in South Africa.Television careerThe production company then branched off into other television shows, such as the Afrikaans magazine programme Pasella, and a youth TV show in SiSwati called Ses’kona. In 2000, Kumalo branched out, launching her own clothing range. This led to other ventures, including her eyewear range and her brand of cosmetics.In 2001, Kumalo joined Travel with Flair as a director. The company was named the top travel agency in 2007, and at the World Travel Awards in 2009, it won Africa’s Leading Business Travel Agency, Africa’s Leading Travel Management Company and South Africa’s Leading Travel Management Company.In 2004, Kumalo contributed to the book Inspirational Women at Work, which focuses on the new face of leadership in South Africa. She also features in Recipes from the Heart, with 36 of South Africa’s most-loved celebrities. She is also the editor-at-large of Top Billing magazine, the print edition of the television show.Kumalo is the president of the Business Women’s Association of South Africa. In 2008, she became a new Tawana shareholder through a transaction with her investment company Pro Direct 189. She also sits on the boards of Unipalm Investment Holdings, Vhangana Energy Resources, Tactic Group Limited, SME Financial Holdings Limited, Morongwa Investment Holdings, Seven Falls, Q2 Petroleum and PHAB Holdings.When asked how she manages so many projects, she says: “My biggest gripe is that there are not enough hours in the day. I prioritise things according to their level of urgency and plan at the beginning of the year, so I have diarised all the important meetings and events well in advance. I have cut down on the international travel as well and I lean on people to help me.”Playing her partAlong with her husband, the actor Romeo Kumalo, she has established the Romeo & Basetsana Kumalo Family Foundation, which supports children’s development, especially those who have been orphaned by Aids or related diseases. She also joined Unicef in its attempts to eradicate neonatal and maternal tetanus. She was nominated by former first lady Graça Machel in 2007 to be one of five celebrities to take a public HIV test, and she helped to raise money for the Chris Hani Baragwanath Children’s Hospital.As part of her philanthropic work, Kumalo is a volunteer for Agang Sechaba, a project started in 2007 that helps female professionals to give back to the communities into which they were born. She has received several awards, including from Operation Hunger, the Cancer Association of South Africa and the RDP (Reconstruction and Development Programme), in which she played a key role. Childline, Take a Girl Child to Work, and Reach for a Dream are some of the charities in which she is involved.Kumalo holds a diploma in marketing from Damelin College and is currently studying towards a degree in international relations and political science.She is one of remarkably few successful women in business – making her a strong role model for young girls. In the 2013 World Economic Forum’s Gender Equity report, women earned up to 33% less than their male peers. The current international pay gap average is 13%.And while more than half of university graduates are women, only 44% are employed in corporate South Africa. When it comes to top management, just 19% of the country’s top managers are women and just 17.1% of board seats are held by women; in the United Kingdom this is at 17.3%, in the United States it is 16.6%.However, women make up 5.5% of board chair roles in South Africa – double the 2% in Europe.last_img read more

first_imgMilestone Systems, the open platform company in networked video management software (VMS), recently announced the general availability of the Milestone Husky M500 Advanced NVR hardware platform with scalable VMS. The NVR is immediately available for ordering by Milestone Channel partners.Milestone partners and customers gain the benefit of the industry’s highest-performing video management software in a versatile hardware solution. The M500 Advanced NVR has been performance-tested to support 512 HD cameras with a guaranteed recording performance of 600 Mb/s. The NVR has a versatile design to be a recording server, failover server, management server or can also be used as all-in-one video solution.The development of the M500 Advanced NVR was initiated by the growing need for a versatile, high-performance hardware platform, either stand-alone or in a networked infrastructure. The Milestone partner community is seeing a rising demand for large video business systems.- Sponsor – These systems often have to be implemented rapidly and provide capacity for future expansion and high reliability at the same time. This led Milestone to build an NVR hardware platform designing and optimizing the network, the computer, the video management and the storage systems to work together.A key contribution of the high performance of Husky M500 Advanced is the storage system’s use of Western Digital Purple hard drives. These drives are specially designed for video surveillance and use write-optimized hard disk drive technology and frame loss protection.The M500 Advanced NVR supports up to 48 TB of internal raw storage and has the ability to archive to network-attached storage appliances when additional storage is required.Both Milestone XProtect Expert and XProtect Corporate software come preloaded on the Husky M500 Advanced NVR, enabling a number of advantages for Milestone partners. These include already being trained and certified on the system software and being able to easily upgrade customers from previous Milestone XProtect products, like XProtect Enterprise.Milestone Husky M500 Advanced will be sold in a base configuration only. Partners add camera licenses as needed. Three years of Milestone Care Plus plan and hardware warranty are included in all units, enabling both free software upgrades, device license portability and software trade-in credit. This guarantees that customers get the industry’s lowest possible total cost of ownership for an NVR.“The response to the pre-announcement of the Milestone Husky M500 Advanced has been fantastic. It shows our agile development process is enabling Milestone to be able to respond to the needs of our partner community with a short lead time,” says Bjørn Skou Eilertsen, vice president of corporate products business unit at Milestone Systems. “The Milestone Husky M500 Advanced is yet another proof point of our commitment to delivering the most valuable solutions for our partners and customers using open-platform technology.”The Milestone Husky M500 Advanced proof-of-performance will be showcased at the IFSEC International trade show in London, June 21-23, at the Milestone booth E750, where you can see the live performance test of 512 HD cameras being recorded on the new Husky M500 Advanced NVR. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more