Listen to Hughes insist QPR are ‘very close’ to turning things around

first_imgQPR manager Mark Hughes gives his thoughts ahead of Saturday’s vital home match against fellow strugglers Southampton, insisting his team are about to turn the corner after their winless start to the season.Click here for the QPR v Southampton quiz Should Hughes keep his job as QPR manager? Click here to voteSee also:Hughes still eyeing top-10 finish for QPRFrancis: Hughes’ results mean he should expect to be under 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Safer stoves for all township homes

first_imgThe creators of a clean cookstove urge businesses to step in and help out families that have no electricity, as part of their social responsibility. And they promise their appliances are safer than paraffin stoves. Families who have used the clean cookstove say unlike paraffin stoves, this product gives off no smell. (Images: Supplied) • Africa urged to invest in artists as visionaries • Mentors dared to be different • Drones used to fight crime in South Africa • What African universities can do to attract academics back from the diaspora • Drones used to fight crime in South Africa Melissa JavanThe Protostar clean cookstove was created to replace paraffin stoves, the cause of so many devastating shack fires. Burning paraffin is also a major cause of respiratory illness.The team that produced the Protostar stove is now exploring sponsorship options to get one of these stoves into each household in South Africa.Danie Crowther, the chief executive of Proto-Energy, manufacturer of Protostar, says the company wants businesses to help them. “We give an opportunity for businesses to be part of this initiative, depending on their corporate social investment. We want to give stoves to every household that are currently using paraffin stoves.”The clean cookstove uses methanol fuel instead of paraffin. And not only are there health and safety benefits, there are financial benefits too. It costs between R8.50 and R10 for a 500ml bottle, which lasts for four hours of cooking. Paraffin may be cheaper at R7 for a bottle, but this only lasts for an hour and a half of cooking, Crowther explains.Where it startedIn 2009, Rudolph de Bruin, an industrialist, the chairman of Amed Private Equity Fund and the co-founder of Sephaku Holdings, approached the industrial designer, Ken Hall, with a request to design a low-cost, clean cooking stove – referred to as a cookstove by the Global Alliance for Cleancook Stoves, the site reads.“This stove needed to be durable, robust, safe to use and had to use clean cooking fuel (methanol) instead of noxious and dangerous paraffin. In South Africa, 25 million people cook their food on unstable paraffin stoves, breathing the toxic fumes that result in much more lung damage and disease than that caused by smoking.”Proto-Energy’s appliance passed the tests set by Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves and the company is now working in partnership with the initiative, which is led by the United Nations Foundation. It says nearly 3 billion people in the developing world cook food and heat their homes with traditional cooking stoves or open fires.Business Day Live, an online financial news portal, says the alliance has set a target to introduce clean cookstoves in 100 million households by 2020. “Several African countries have joined the alliance and launched ambitious projects to address the problem. South Africa’s government has to date not expressed any interest in joining this programme.”Doing their homeworkCrowther says his company started its research in KwaNdebele, outside Pretoria. “We first gave away a stove each to 10 households to test the product. We came back, did some modifications and a survey. That was just for experimental use.“We then gave [a stove] to 100 families and did the same. We had to test it before selling it.”Sales began in Diepsloot only. “We started in August 2013. We had promotions and took the customers’ numbers. Our team then called the customers to find out how the product was doing.“The sales went slowly. We picked up a few mistakes with the product,” Crowther admits.About 5 000 stoves were sold in Diepsloot. “We invested about R15-million for research and development,” he says.“We worked in Diepsloot for a year. In August 2014, we then said that the product was now ready to be sold everywhere. Then we began to start rolling the product out to wholesalers. The wholesalers sell it to spaza shop owners.” Danie Crowther says they invested about R15million for research and development of this product.The first big client was Africa Cash & Carry. “We are starting to distribute the product all over the country now. Within the last month (June), our sales have grown up to 60%. From August 2014, we have sold between 10 000 and 12 000. We have a big footprint in Johannesburg – areas like Tembisa, Soweto and Alexandra. We are selling the products as far as Limpopo.”Proto-Energy has 21 direct employees. “We have about 100 self-employed people who sell the fuel and stoves.”Other productsProto-Energy also sells heaters separately that can work together with the stoves, says Crowther. Other accessories sold separately include a braaier, oven and a night light. The night light replaces a candle.He says it is very exciting to be part of this initiative. “I recently spoke to five families in Alexandra, which was inspiring. The learners used to be called ‘smokas’ because the paraffin smell stayed on their clothes. Now they no longer smell like paraffin nor fuel.”For more information, visit Proto-Energy.last_img read more

Bali Pure blanks Creamline to reach PVL Finals

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games View comments What ‘missteps’? Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BaliPure players celebrate after booking a Finals berth and eliminating Creamline. —AUGUSTDELA CRUZ through the defense of the Cool Smashers.Bali Pure head coach Roger Gorayeb said he never predicted that their last semifinal match would turn out to be such a cakewalk, and all he did was give a little motivational speech to his players minutes before the game.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide LATEST STORIES Cignal, Air Force set up men’s finals duel in PVL “Actually I never expected this sweep, and I didn’t talk much during before the game,” said Gorayeb. “I just told them to treat this game as one in the championship round and that they should work as a team and not as individuals.”The Water Defenders enjoyed a well laid-out offense with skipper Grethcel Soltones and guest player Jennifer Keddy scoring 13 points apiece while Risa Sato and Jeng Bualee adding a combined 20.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBali Pure also scored on a combined 41 spikes while limiting the Cool Smashers to just 30.Kaewpin Kuttika had 14 points to lead Creamline while skipper Alyssa Valdez added 13.last_img read more

Sachin back for warm-up but Zaheer skips again

first_imgIndia will be looking to keep up the momentum they gained in the warm-up win over Australia when they take on New Zealand in their second and final warm-up match in Chennai on Wednesday.The match will provide India, who defeated Australia by 38 runs in their first practice match in Bangalore on Sunday, one last chance to assess the fitness of players and tweak the combination before the mega-event commences with the India-Bangladesh tie in Dhaka on Saturday.The return of Sachin Tendulkar , who is certain to play on Wednesday, would also boost India and allow the iconic batsman a chance to test his own form.”Sachin will be playing tomorrow but we will preserve Zaheer (Khan) for the tournament. There are no worries about Zaheer’s mild groin injury as he is fit to play,” skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni said.On the other hand, New Zealand, who have had a poor run in the recent past, got a boost to their morale when they overcame a fighting Ireland by 32 runs in their high-scoring warm-up tie in Nagpur, thanks to a solid 130 by Martin Guptill.Looking to put behind their dismal performance of losing 14 of their last 17 ODIs, the Kiwis would be banking on the experience and expertise of their new coach John Wright in sub-continent conditions to keep alive their hopes of making it to the knock-out stage.As for the wicket, which was termed ‘under-prepared’ by captains of both South Africa and Zimbabwe after their warm-up match on Saturday, Dhoni said: “The wicket on which we are to play tomorrow is damp now and I cannot say as to how it will behave.”WRIGHT’S TAKEWright is not yet ready to label India as the firm favourites to win the Cup and said coping with the huge pressure of playing at home would be crucial.”The pressure of playing at home is certainly something that India will have to deal with. There can be a huge advantage when things are going well. But if they are not, it could be a factor. As for the maturity in them, let us see. They are playing very good cricket. We will know in two months,” said Wright.advertisementlast_img read more

8 days agoArsenal utility ​Maitland-Niles: How I get Aubameyang the ball…

first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Arsenal utility ​Maitland-Niles: How I get Aubameyang the ball…by Ansser Sadiq8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal youngster Ainsley Maitland-Niles has spoken about his form this season, and the connection he shares with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.The England U21 star has already set up Aubameyang for two goals in the Premier League this season.And he mentioned how working on the timing of his runs have allowed him space to deliver quality crosses.”I only got two assists last season and I’ve got two already this season, which is a good start,” he told the club website.”Hopefully I continue with my assists and maybe create more opportunities to get my stats higher this season.”I worked on it a lot when I was younger because I used to play on the wing, so the timing of my runs is everything to me. “That’s what’s going to get me in on goal, that’s what’s going to get me behind the defence to either pass to someone else or to shoot on goal myself. It was very important for me to learn how to time my runs and create opportunities for others.” last_img read more

Dorian LPG Hires ABS to Study the Use of LPG as Marine

first_imgzoom US-based ship owner and operator Dorian LPG has engaged the classification society ABS to evaluate the use of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) as a marine fuel, among other options.ABS will provide an in-depth engineering and economic analysis to assess the costs and benefits for Dorian LPG’s fleet of very large gas carriers (VLGCs) of using LPG to meet the new global emissions standards.If the economic viability of LPG as a bunker fuel is established, the company believes that “it could represent a significantly more attractive and cost effective alternative to the current methods available to comply with the coming emissions regime for environmental control areas.”The move was made ahead of the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) mandate to reduce sulfur emissions by some 85%.ABS’ work will consider the environmental, operational and financial impact of LPG as a marine fuel and deliver its findings in the coming months.As part of its newbuilding program, Dorian LPG proactively made certain enhancements to its VLGC design to allow it to have the option to use LPG as a marine fuel in the future.“We believe that the relevant technologies are sufficiently advanced to allow a meaningful analysis of this environmentally friendly and cost effective fuel. If the study proves the commercial viability of LPG for marine fuel use, the company will be at the forefront of this innovation,” John Hadjipateras, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Dorian LPG, said.last_img read more