Africa’s first biofuel flights take off in South Africa

first_imgHistory was made in mid-July. Africa’s first sustainable biofuel powered flights successfully flew between Johannesburg and Cape Town.The South African Airways (SAA) and Mango Boeing 737-800s used biofuel to power their engines on 15 July 2016. The fuel is made from a tobacco plant cultivated in Limpopo. Under Project Solaris, the plant, also named Solaris, produces small leaves, flowers and seeds which are crushed to extract a vegetable crude oil. It is a nicotine-free, hybridised tobacco plant.Growing the crops locally had contributed to the country’s National Development Plan of economic and rural development, said Musa Zwane, SAA’s acting CEO. He also noted that the project had established a regional bio jet fuel supply chain, something of which we could be proud.Nico Bezuidenhout, Mango CEO, echoed Zwane’s pride. “The project also shows how, when various role players come together and collaborate, success is imminent,” he said.Environmental impactThe World Wildlife Fund South Africa (WWF-SA) said the aviation industry was one of the fastest growing sectors but it was also responsible for much of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions.Biofuels could play a key role in the move of the aviation industry from using hydrocarbon fuels.“These are fuels manufactured from oils, sugars and biomass from plants, rather than from fossil fuels,” the organisation said of biofuels. “Because plants remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere biofuels typically can reduce the emissions from flights by between 25% and 75%.”It noted a study from the Stockholm Environmental Institute which estimated that “biofuels could feasibly reduce aviation’s emissions by as much as 9% between 2020 and 2035, while still being produced in a responsible manner”.While the biofuel industry is tiny at present, concerns have been raised about the land used to harvest these plants, water consumption and other agricultural impacts. WWF-SA and the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) are studying the sustainability of biofuel crops.“This means factoring in the population growth and agricultural demand within the region [since the displacement of food crops has been a key concern of first-generation biofuels], the protection of endangered species and critical ecosystems, and the securing of essential water resources as the climate changes.”Project Solaris has RSB certification.WWF-SA’s James Reeler said: “By using RSB-certified feedstock, SAA has demonstrated its concern with not only reducing its carbon footprint, but also ensuring that the biofuel supply chain reduces other social and environmental risks.”Project Solaris received RSB certification in September 2015 for producing the crop in line with the RSBs global standard. It is a GMO-free plant that yields significant amounts of sustainable oil.RSB is an independent global multi-stakeholder coalition that works to promote the sustainability of biomaterials. Its certification scheme verifies that biomaterials are ethical, sustainable and credibly sourced.South Africa.info reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using SouthAfrica.info materiallast_img read more

Limitless VC Contest Merges App Revenue with Venture Funding

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img chris cameron Tags:#start#startups We have all been to an event where a 50/50 raffle was taking place to raise money for a particular organization or cause, but what if this same style of fund raising was applied to funding startups? Under30CEO, an online resource for young entrepreneurs, has teamed up with the developers of the BizBreak iPhone app to host the Limitless VC Contest. The winner will receive a cash prize including 50% of the app’s revenue during the period of the contest, along with mentoring from five notable entrepreneurs.Startups can enter by submitting a short video to YouTube describing their company and their plans for spending the possible winnings. Applicants (who must be at least 18) are also required to provide feedback on the BizBreak app (boosting both sales of the app and the contest pot size), which is a gimmicky game that pokes fun at corporate bosses by pitting them in a boxing match against the user. The contest will last 60 days at which point the 8 most viewed video entries and 2 wild card entries will be placed on the contest site for a week of final round voting.The contest pot starts at $3,000 and will increase with each app sale during the 60 days. After Apple’s 30% cut, 50% of each app sale will generate just below $0.35 for pot, so entrants are encouraged to spread the word about the app. On top of cash prize, winners will receive consulting from five entrepreneurs including Andrew Warner of Mixergy.com, and crowdSPRING co-founder Ross Kimbarovsky. The other mentors include author/entrepreneurs Cameron Johnson and Mike Michalowicz, as well as Yanik Silver, founder of Maverick Business Adventures and the UG6 seminar.In the true spirit of Under30CEO, at just 19-years-old, the founder of BizBreak, Marshall Haas, barely qualifies for his own contest. BizBreak is actually Haas’ third company in the last two years, having previously founded online automotive parts retailer Velocity Source (a venture he was able to sell) and inVision Projects, an architectural design rendering company.Unlike the South by Southwest Interactive competition whose finalists we mentioned earlier this morning, this contest just got underway yesterday and applications will be accepted until midnight the night of April 16th. This is an interesting approach to both small business fund raising and to spreading the awareness of the BizBreak app. If the winnings pot is going to grow, however, its going to take a lot of endorsement from the applicants since every thousand downloads will only add roughly $350 to the pot.last_img read more

Digital You

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now Your identity is online now. Forever. There is, right now, a Digital You.People who want to know who you are and what you do are going to easily find you, on the social channels right now. In the near future who knows where and how. The information you publish is being seen by other people, and they are forming opinions about who you are. People in the future are going to go back and view the present Digital You.Digital You is your first impression. It’s also your last impression. For better or worse, your first impression is what you are projecting to the world, literally. The entire world. People who search for you are getting a sense of who you are and what you are like. Digital You is telling people what you value. It’s telling people what you believe. Digital You explains exactly how you create value for other people and what you are known for. Or it could, anyway.Right now, it is still early days for Digital You. Many people aren’t doing a very good job taking care of their Digital You. They don’t yet recognize that what they write, what they post, as well as the comments they leave, are producing an overall image of who they are. They may not be as snarky in real life as their digital presence. Nor as angry. Nor as crude. Nor as insensitive. Digital You might say things you would never say.If there is no real Digital You, you are still projecting who you are. You are suggesting that you are sitting out this massive socio-cultural-economic change. Some will believe that you are uninteresting when there isn’t much Digital You. Others may believe you are hiding or that you are afraid of being transparent. You have every right to your privacy, even if it means obscurity, and even if costs you opportunities.The majority of the people that encounter Digital You don’t know the actual you. Digital You is all they have to go on. Your Digital You should be the best representation of who you really are. What you are doing here matters.last_img read more

Curtly Ambrose ‘shocked’ after being sacked as West Indies bowling consultant

first_imgWest Indies pace legend Curtly Ambrose said he was in a “shock” after being sacked as the national team’s bowling consultant. Ambrose was replaced with former first-class cricketer Roddy Estwick over the weekend. Estwick has also coached the West Indies Under-19 team in the past. He has now been assigned bowling coach of the West Indies team.Ambrose, who served as the bowling consultant for the last three years, said he was “very disappointed” with the decision.”I only learnt about it from head coach Phil Simmons on Wednesday [last week], and when he told me I said to him that I am very disappointed, because I never expected it, and I never saw it coming because he never gave me any indication he was going to let me go,” Ambrose was quoted as saying in the Antigua Observer.Ambrose, under whose guidance West Indies lifted their second World Twenty20 title, is yet to take a call on his future.”So, it came as a bit of a shock basically, but I haven’t decided which direction I am going to take just yet. I’ll just pause and give it a little time to think about it and decide where I want to go after,” he said.The 52-year-old former pacer also said that coach Phil Simmons wanted someone more technical as the bowling coach.”I spoke to head coach Phil Simmons, and he told me that he wanted someone who is more technical to work with the fast bowlers,” Ambrose said.advertisementEstwick, who has played 37 first-class matches between 1982-83 and 1989-90, taking 141 wickets at an average of 21.9, will join the team’s preparatory camp from May 19 for home tri-series against Australia and South Africa from June 3.last_img read more

Antetokounmpo Reveals Ambitious Dream: To Beat the USA Wearing Greece’s Colors

first_imgATHENS (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo is dreaming big. He wants to beat the United States wearing Greek team colors.“I’ll be the next one to beat them. I’ll be waiting for them somewhere,” the Milwaukee Bucks star said before leading a team in an exhibition game involving Greek and foreign players before 15,000 fans at the Athens Olympic Arena on Sunday.Antetokounmpo made his boast in front of three retired veterans of the Greek national team that was the last to beat the U.S., in a 101-95 upset in the semifinals of the 2006 World Championships.On Sunday, the 2005-06 Greece team — European champions in 2005 and runners-up to Spain at the 2006 Worlds — played a side which included brothers Giannis and Thanassis Antetokounmpo, and American Euroleague star Kyle Hines. The Greek veterans, mostly in their late 30s and early 40s, prevailed 92-91 thanks to better shooting and plenty more steals, with the crowd rewarded with some spectacular dunks from the Antetokounmpo brothers.The New York Knicks’ Kristaps Porzingis took part in the event last year, which was held in an open-air court in Athens’ biggest high school. This is the fourth year the brothers are holding this event.DEMETRIS NELLAS, Associated PressTweetPinShare22 Shareslast_img read more

Baichung Bhutia: The former football captain who chose India U-16 over his board exams

first_imgBhaichung Bhutia was born on December 15, 1976. A retired Indian footballer of Sikkimese-Bhutia descent, it is said that, what Sachin is to Indian cricket, Baichung Bhutia is to Indian football.He has twice been the Indian Player of the Year and has been called ‘God’s gift to Indian football’.Awards received by Baichung Bhutia:Arjuna Award for football in 1998Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award in India, in 2008Banga Bhushan award in 2014Asian Football Hall of Fame inductee in 2014IFFHS 48 Football Legend Players, Phase One inductee in 2016On Bhutia’s birthday, here are some facts you should definitely know about the former Indian football captain:Bhutia had always been interested in football but apart from this sport, he also represented his school in badminton, basketball and athleticsBhutia’s parents never wanted him to go for a career in sportsAt a very young age of nine, he won a football scholarship to attend the Tashi Namgyal Academy in GangtokHe won the Best Player award at the 1992 Subroto Cup. This achievement brought him to the notice of the football establishmentIn 1992, he choose India U-16 instead of ICSE examsAt the age of 16, he left school to join the professional East Bengal F.C. in KolkataTwo years later, he went on to win the India National Football League in the 1996-97 seasonHe has been two-time Indian Player of the Year (1995 and 2008)He was honoured with the Arjuna Award in 1999 for his contribution to the game of footballIn 1999, he became the second player to play professionally in Europe and the first Indian footballer to sign for a European clubBaichung made his international debut in the Nehru Cup against Thailand at the age of 19In the 1995 Nehru Cup, he became India’s youngest ever goal scorer, at the age of 19, in his international debutHe also owns the record for most goals in a single match in the National Football leagueBhutia participated in the reality show, Jhalak Diklaaja, which he wonBhaichung is one of five footballers to be awarded with the prestigious ‘Padma Shree’ and the only player to win it during his playing career.advertisementInterested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to education.intoday@gmail.comlast_img read more

Pulwama terror attack: India urged to boycott Pakistan in 2019 ICC World Cup

first_imgSeveral fans and a Mumbai cricket official have asked India to boycott their World Cup match against Pakistan in June this year after a suicide bomber killed 40 members of the Indian paramilitary police in Kashmir last week.On Thursday, a convoy of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) was targeted by the bomber in an attack where Pakistan-based Islamist militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) claimed responsibility.India and Pakistan have not played a bilateral series since 2013 but they have faced each other in tournaments such as the 2017 Champions Trophy and 2018 Asia Cup, both at neutral venues. They are scheduled to play in Manchester on June 16.”We condemn the terror activities carried out against our army and CRPF personnel,” Cricket Club of India (CCI) secretary Suresh Bafna told Reuters partner ANI.”Though CCI is a sporting association but nation comesfirst, even before sports,” Bafna added, asking for a boycottwhich got the support of several fans on social media.Acting secretary of the Indian cricket board (BCCI) Amitabh Choudhary could not be reached for comments but a boycott appears unlikely.The CCI, an affiliated BCCI unit, has covered a portrait of former Pakistan captain and the country’s current Prime Minister Imran Khan in its Mumbai office.The Punjab Cricket Association has removed photographs of Pakistani cricketers inside Mohali stadium to “show solidarity with the nation”, according to local media.Indian event management company IMG Reliance has pulled out of producing the ongoing Pakistan Super League (PSL) and television channel D-Sport has suspended the Twenty20 league’s coverage in India.advertisementThe Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on its website expressed “extreme disappointment” with the outcome.”Denying India cricket fans the right to follow PSL…as well as covering or removing portrait of former Pakistan cricket captain and Prime Minister Imran Khan and other legendary cricketers from one of the most historic cricket clubs and venues are highly regrettable actions,” PCB managing director Wasim Khan said.”The PCB intends to take up these incidents with the BCCIand the ICC (International Cricket Council) at the upcoming ICC committee meeting in Dubai later this month.”India captain Virat Kohli sent his “heartfelt condolences tothe martyred soldiers” on Twitter.Also Read | Photos of Pakistan cricketers removed from Jaipur stadium after Pulwama terror attackAlso Read | PCB reacts after CCI removes Imran Khan posters: Will take this up with ICC and BCCIlast_img read more

IPL 2019: Kagiso Rabada, Shreyas Iyer condemn RCB to 6th successive defeat

first_imgKagiso Rabada destroyed Royal Challengers Bangalore with his blistering pace before Shreyas Iyer hit his maiden fifty of the 2019 Indian Premier League as Delhi Capitals stormed to a 4-wicket win on Sunday. RCB have now lost all their 6 matches in IPL 2019.Royal Challengers Bangalore were in all sorts of trouble early on after being asked to bat by Shreyas Iyer Sunday afternoon. Parthiv Patel, AB de Villiers and Marcus Stoinis were back in the hut by the 11th over as Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada and Axar Patel struck crucial blows for Delhi Capitals.Moeen Ali and Virat Kohli added 37 in a fourth wicket stand but Sandeep Lamichhane ended the partnership when he snared Moeen with a stunning googly.With Virat Kohli still in the middle, RCB still hoped of a more competitive total but Rabada dashed all their hopes when he dismissed Kohli, a well-settled Akshdeep Nath and Pawan Negi in the same over to record his career-best bowling figures in T20 cricket.Rabada’s strikes had left RCB reeling at 138 for 7 by the end of the 18th over and they managed to add only another 11 runs from the final 2 overs.Delhi Capitals, chasing 150 for their 3rd win of the season, did not get off to a bright start. Tim Southee dismissed Shikhar Dhawan for a duck in the third ball of the innings but Prithvi Shaw added 68 quick runs for the second wicket with skipper Shreyas Iyer as Delhi stayed on course for a comfortable win.Colin Ingram walked up the order at No.4 and made 22 off 21 before Rishabh Pant joined Iyer to put the finishing touches.advertisementRoyal Challengers Bangalore have now lost 7 straight matches (6 this season). This is their worst losing streak in the Indian Premier League.Also Read | DC vs SRH, IPL 2019: Shreyas Iyer disappointed as Delhi lose heavily againAlso Read | Shreyas Iyer breaks Rishabh Pant’s record in T20s with 55-ball 147last_img read more

Premier League Team of the Season so far

first_imgPremier League Man City dominate Premier League Team of the Season so far Harry Sherlock Last updated 1 year ago 15:00 12/25/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(56) Kevin De Bruyne Manchester City Spurs Getty Images Premier League Manchester City Manchester United Burnley Liverpool The runaway league leaders unsurprisingly feature heavily in Goal’s picks for the best players of the season thus farlast_img

Manchester United manager Ole Solskjaer hopeful of Pogba return for Tottenham clash

first_imgManchester United manager Ole Solskjaer hopeful of Pogba return for Tottenham clashPaul Pogba was injured in a challenge by Newcastle United midfielder Jonjo Shelvey in the 2-0 away win on January 2 and has been battling to recover.advertisement Reuters ManchesterJanuary 11, 2019UPDATED: January 11, 2019 14:16 IST Paul Pogba is likely to be fit for this weekend’s Premier League visit to Tottenham Hotspur (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPaul Pogba was injured during the Newcastle United match last weekPogba did not play in last weekend’s FA Cup third-round win over ReadingManchester United have a perfect record since Solskjaer took over from Jose Mourinho in DecemberManchester United midfielder Paul Pogba is likely to be fit for this weekend’s Premier League visit to high-flying Tottenham Hotspur with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer promising on Thursday that his side would continue with their attacking approach.France international Pogba was injured in a challenge by Newcastle United midfielder Jonjo Shelvey in the 2-0 away win on January 2 and has been battling to recover.The 25-year-old did not play in last weekend’s FA Cup third-round win over Reading and travelled separately from the squad to a warm-weather training camp in Dubai after staying back for treatment.”He looked okay towards the end (of the training camp), so he’ll be fit,” caretaker manager Solskjaer told a news conference on their return, which was carried on the United website.”He did have some problems but he came through the last couple of sessions well, so he should be okay.”United are in sixth place on 38 points, six points behind Chelsea who occupy the final Champions league qualifying spot. Third-placed Spurs are 10 points clear of the Reds, having beaten Jose Mourinho’s side 3-0 at Old Trafford this season.United have a perfect record since Solskjaer took over from the sacked Portuguese in December, however, and are back to their free-flowing best with 16 goals against Cardiff City, Huddersfield Town, Bournemouth, Newcastle United and Reading.POCHETTINO LINKTottenham have won seven of their last eight games, including the previous three without conceding a goal, and manager Mauricio Pochettino has been linked with United.”It’s not my job to rate different managers but he (Pochettino) has done a very good job,” said Solskjaer. “The speculation is there for a reason.”advertisementThe former striker also praised Tottenham’s Harry Kane, saying: “He’s not bad is he? He is a fantastic goalscorer, one of the best in the world.”From the outside it looks like he never misses chances really. We have to make sure he doesn’t get any against us.”Despite the challenge posed by Tottenham, Solskjaer did not see the game as United’s first true test since he became caretaker manager and said his attacking approach would not change at Wembley.”No – we’ve had tests,” he said. “Newcastle away is also a test. The first game and how everyone reacted away to Cardiff is also a test. The first home game (against Huddersfield) – how would the crowd affect it? That’s also a test.”You get tested in every single game in the Premier League, no doubt about it. But of course, this is against a top, top side and, of course, if we want to get closer to them and get past them, we need a good performance and a good result.”While mindful of the challenge Tottenham pose, the Norwegian said his side would approach the game on the front foot.”…I’ve been brought up in a way that we need to attack teams… that’s our strength as well, going forward and attacking, as a team when you look at us now the way we’ve played.”Solskjaer added that defender Marcos Rojo had returned to his native Argentina for treatment on a long-standing injury and said he was unable to put a timeframe on his return to action.Also Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Manchester UnitedFollow Tottenham HotspurFollow Ole Gunnar SolskjaerFollow Paul PogbaFollow Premier leaguelast_img read more