South Africa’s first green transport service

first_imgThe Green Cab is South Africa’s first carbon-neutral transport service.(Image: The Green Cab) MEDIA CONTACTS • Lynn Maggott  Green Cab MD  +27 84 596 9856 RELATED ARTICLES • Top green rating for SA building • SA’s auto industry to turn green • Rural community goes ‘green’ • IDC fund helps companies go green Wilma den HartighA group of forward-thinking entrepreneurs have established South Africa’s first carbon-neutral transport service.The Green Cab is the idea of a group of women who decided to pool their expertise to help lower vehicle emissions and make transport services more sustainable.The Cape Town-based initiative has attracted much attention from businesses looking to green their operations, eco-conscious individuals and the local tourism sector.“Looking after the environment is something everyone needs to do. We are destroying our planet and we all have a responsibility to do something. We owe it to future generations,” says Lynn Maggott, Green Cab MD.Environment-friendly fuelThe company’s fleet has been modified to run on liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and a biodiesel blend of diesel used cooking oil. A 20/80 ratio of biodiesel to diesel is used.LPG is a flammable mixture of hydrocarbon gases used as fuel in vehicles. It burns more cleanly than petrol.According to the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, LPG used in taxi, limousine or shuttle services can achieve carbon dioxide savings of up to 12%, compared to normal petrol-driven vehicles.Biodiesel is a vegetable oil or animal fat-based diesel fuel. Vehicles running on biodiesel can achieve carbon dioxide savings of between 15% and 90%, compared to standard diesel vehicles.Maggott explains that LPG’s percentage reduction in harmful emissions, as compared to petrol, is 75% less for carbon monoxide; 85% less for hydrocarbon; 40% less for oxide and nitrogen and about 10% less for carbon dioxide.Biodiesel reduces carbon dioxide emissions between 30% and 50%, depending on the percentage of used cooking oil in the blend.Most of The Green Cab’s vehicles are supplied by Hyundai South Africa. This is the only vehicle manufacturer in South Africa that will extend warranties on new vehicles once they have been converted to run on a dual fuel system.The Green Cab petrol vehicles are fitted with a gas tank to store LPG that connects to the fuel system. Diesel vehicles are fitted with diesel particulate filters.An accredited South African Bureau of Standards technician installed the LPG tanks. All Hyundai converted vehicles are signed off by the manufacturer’s technical director to ensure compliance with international standards.Verifying their claimsMaggot says that The Green Cab has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Chemical Engineering Department at the University of Johannesburg (UJ), its new technology partner.“Through the alliance our claims can be assessed, we can verify what we offer to corporate, and we ensure that the manufacturer’s claims are valid,” she says.The Green Cab’s collaboration with UJ will also make it possible to research new products.The company is also working with South African tour operator Springbok Atlas to convert their vehicles by fitting whale filters. These are secondary diesel particulate filters that remove particles larger than one micron. This limits harmful emissions and enhances fuel efficiency.The Green Cab’s partnership with Springbok Atlas means that they can expand their operations nationally by April next year.Guilt free travelling servicesThe transport company offers a variety of services under The Green Cab banner. “Our services are supplied to many corporates for their events as a way to reduce their carbon footprint,” says Maggott.This year, The Green Cab has a presence at the COP17 climate change conference in Durban.At a daily rate it provides delegates with a dedicated 12-hour chauffeur service in a Green Cab-branded climate change cab.Corporates can also arrange transfers in a customised company-branded cab.A green transport certificate is issued to clients to show that the transport of their company is carbon neutral. The certificate also quantifies the distance travelled and resultant emissions.The certificate is issued in partnership with the South African Carbon Protocol, which certifies that the emissions were sequestrated.As part of their regular services, companies can form an association with the low carbon shuttle service through the branding of vehicles at large events.“This allows companies or government departments to communicate their environmental messages to a large national and international audience,” Maggott says.Companies can also enroll their drivers in sustainable mobility driver training courses. The two-day course includes both a theoretical and practical component.“This course creates awareness among drivers about how their driving influences the volume of carbon emissions and teaches them how to drive to reduce emissions,” she explains.Recently, The Green Cab introduced a shuttle service for patrons attending the Old Mutual Summer Sunset Concerts at the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.“In doing this we hope to reduce congestion with parking, reduce the footprint of the event and encourage people to drive less,” Maggott says.Entrepreneurial awardsThe Green Cab sustainable transport movement is gaining momentum and the company is winning awards for its efforts.Green Cab claimed top honours in the 2010/2011 in the Emerging Tourism Entrepreneur Award competition by being named the provincial winners for the Western Cape.Western Cape MEC for Finance, Economic Development and Tourism, Alan Winde, congratulated the innovative “green ladies” for their novel business idea.“The Green Cab initiative speaks to growing tourism responsibly and on behalf of the Western Cape tourism industry, I would like to commend their efforts,” he said.last_img read more

How to Use Games, Hacking Contests To Find Workers

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#hacking#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts While college recruitment and job fairs still have a place in the employment world, a little bit of creativity and social media know-how is worth its weight in talent if done the right way. Bringing new and creative people into a business is a difficult task, so some agencies are using social media and games to draw in exactly what they need.What’s the best way to attract creative interns? A advertising firm in the Netherlands used the game “Draw Something” to bring in artistic interns by getting them to… draw something. Potential interns got onto Muse Amsterdam‘s radar by downloading the game and logging on to play with “Drawsome intern.” It played out like a regular game, but instead of earning points, players with the most interesting drawings got an opportunity to interview for an internship.Lourens Keers, Strategist at Muse Amsterdam explained the choice to use the game in an e-mail saying, “The people who use DrawSomething are not per se the talented people that we would like to work with, yet it is used by people that are into mobile applications. We’re looking for creatives with interest for innovative media, so that’s a match.” This brings to light different ways agencies are trying to find exactly the kind of talent they want in their business. And it’s not just ad agencies that are doing this, Keers pointed out that the British intelligence agency, GCHQ has also used technology recently to bring in new applicants. GCHQ made news last year by running an anonymous campaign that offered computer hackers the opportunity to get an interview by breaking a code. Typically, agencies like this get applicants straight from college, but with the increase in self-taught hackers, there was new a pool of talent to choose from. They used social media, Twitter and blogs to redirect potential hackers to a site and crack their code. Doing so (legally and ethically) redirected the user to a site with information on cybersecurity career opportunities within the agency. Closer to home, Mountain View programming startup Interviewstreet hosted a coding challenge called CodeSprint earlier this year. Participants were given the chance to solve real-world coding challenges over a two-day period to earn points and a possible interview with one of the 65 participating tech companies. Companies ranged from Facebook to Dropbox. The technological age is changing how a business finds new employees. As long as it looks like they’re thinking outside of the box and not like they are desperate for young blood, it could boost a company’s image.  It also doesn’t hurt if your method of finding new employees is different and interesting enough to get a couple of news outlets to cover it…Photo by allibean.center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… christina ortiz 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Meet Our Presenter for the February 14th Webinar “The Scoop on Gluten Free: Research and Practice Tips”

first_imgAmy Jones, M.S., R.D., L.DChief Clinical DietitianMary Rutan Hospital, Ohioby Krystle K. BinkowskiRegister for The Scoop on Gluten Free: Research and Practice Tips webinar Tuesday, February 14 at 11:00 am EST. RDN will earn 1.0 CPEUs.Amy Jones received her Master’s degree from Ball State in Nutrition after receiving her Bachelor’s degree from West Virginia Wesleyan College in Nutrition. She continued her education with training in Celiac Disease at the University of Chicago. Amy practices in community hospitals specializing in Celiac Disease. Currently she is on the chair for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics with dietitians in the Gluten Intolerance Disorders practice group. Amy founded Logan County Celiac Support group in 2010 and she enjoys speaking at regional and national celiac disease events. Some of these events include Nationwide Children’s Hospital Celiac Conference, ExpoWest, and the Gluten Free Allergen Free Fest.  Besides speaking at events, Amy Jones is also on the Gluten Free Living magazine’s dietetic advisory board. Through this role she continues to contribute her knowledge on this topic to the magazine. The Diabetes Spectrum has just recently accepted Amy’s Article on Celiac Disease for publication and she also was contributing author to another article published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition.Tune in to learn more about Amy Jones and Celiac Disease by joining us for her webinar titled The Scoop on Gluten Free: Research and Practice Tips on Tuesday, February 14th, at 11:00 am ET. This was posted by Robin Allen, a member of the Military Families Learning Network (MFLN) Nutrition and Wellness team that aims to support the development of professionals working with military families.  Find out more about the MFLN Nutrition and Wellness concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, and LinkedIn.last_img read more

Why You Should Master the Under-Appreciated Art of a Good Pre-Edit

first_imgLooking to streamline your workflow? Here’s everything you should do to prepare your footage before you edit.Cover image via Shutterstock.For those looking to improve their video production workflow, there are plenty of resources online with actual production tips for pragmatic filmmaking. There are also lots of resources for editing effectively, including plenty of tips, tricks, and pointers.However, what you do between the stages of a project can be just as important. Let’s explore the under-appreciated art of the pre-edit and how it can streamline your work across the board.Upload from FootageImage via Shutterstock.Once you’ve wrapped production, you stow your cards and head to your edit space. Your first step is going to be getting your footage off your cards and onto your computer. This process  is pretty straightforward, but it varies based on card (or drive) type.SD Cards: these are standard for most DSLR and prosumer cameras, and most Macs and PCs have SD card slots these days. If not, you’ll need to get a card reader that connects via USB.CF Cards: another industry standard for many cameras, CF card slots are not usually built in to most computers, so a card reader (preferably one with multiple and different ports) is a must.Solid State Drives: for many higher-end cameras that record RAW footage, SD and CF cards are simply not large or fast enough to write what you recorded. Solid state drives (which can be quite expensive) operate as independent hard drives.Create and Organize FoldersImage via Shutterstock.If you haven’t already, it’s important to establish a system for organizing your footage and assets. Besides, footage, you’ll often find yourself with a mix additional assets and files to organize. You should organize everything from audio tracks to GFX to important documents in the same master folder (especially for backing up — see below).Here are some resources to keep your projects and files organized.Keeping Your Video Editing Projects Organized5 Tips to Organize and Customize Premiere Pro6 Easy Steps for Logging FootageBack Up as Soon as PossibleImage via Shutterstock.After you upload your footage to your organized folders, you’ll need to back everything up as soon as possible — either on your computer or an external hard drive. (Here are some recommended external hard drives to store your backups.)Editing Software and SyncOnly after you have safely stored and organized your footage should you bring it into your NLE. Here are some tutorials for uploading footage to Adobe Premiere Pro or Final Cut X.Adobe Premiere ProFinal Cut Pro XOnce you have your footage in your editing software, you can start your review process. I’d personally recommend going through all your footage and either using a colored marking system or pulling clips into different timelines or bins.If you’re working with separate audio and video files, you can sync manually or use programs like Pluraleyes to create new timelines with your preferred audio.Save Your Pre-Edit and BeginOnly after you’ve successfully uploaded, organized, backed up, and synced would I consider a pre-edit finished. You can even save your pre-edit as its own project file so you have it to go back to or transfer over to someone else later.In some organizations, junior editors handle pre-edits before senior editors take over. If you’re working solo, it can be helpful to keep that mindset to get all everything perfectly lined up before you dive in.last_img read more

Being Responsive Versus Being Reactive

first_img Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Now If you are waiting for your clients to need something, you’re being reactive.If you can’t shut down your email and turn off your phone for a couple hours at a time, you’re completely reactive. If you can shut down distractions long enough to do big blocks of focused work, only calling or emailing your clients back when you’re finished, you are being responsive.If you help your clients solve their service issues when they call or email you, you are being reactive. When you help your clients get to the person that owns the transaction on their first call, only escalating calls to you when they need a new outcome, you are being responsive to their real needs. (Hint: You own the outcomes, not the transactions. You don’t often add value as an intermediary)If you wait until your client decides on their next big initiative and bring it to you, you are being reactive. It’s proactive when you respond to the changes you notice in their business and bring them the new big ideas.The problem with being reactive instead of being responsive is that you’re always waiting for something to happen. You’re waiting for the world to act on you before you respond. Something happens and you react. While it’s necessary for you take action when your clients have a need, this is the opposite of being proactive and taking initiative.How much better could you serve your clients if you were responsive instead of reactive? How much more value could you create if you found a way to limit what you have to react to so you can be more proactive?The more reactive you are, the less responsive you can be. You’re too busy reacting to what comes your way instead of doing your most important work.QuestionsHow much of your day is spent on outcomes you were determined to take, not a reaction to what someone else dropped in your lap?Can you be responsive without being reactive?Do you answer your email and your voicemail before you start working on your most important outcomes? How much of you inbox is made up of things that require you to react?What do you need to do to be more proactive and less reactive?last_img read more

One convicted for raping elderly nun in Bengal’s Ranaghat

first_imgNearly two-and-a-half years after the rape of an elderly nun at Ranaghat in Nadia district, a city court in Kolkata convicted all the six accused in the case on Tuesday. The 71-year-old nun was raped on March 14, 2015 when a group of bandits broke into the Convent of Jesus and Mary at Ranaghat, robbed the institution of cash and sexually assaulted her.“While all the six accused have been convicted under Section 120 B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC, five of them have also been convicted under Section 395 (dacoity) of the IPC,” one of the government counsel Anindya Raut told The Hindu.He also said that apart from Sections 120B and 395 of the IPC, the court has convicted one of the accused, Nazrul Islam, under Section 376 (rape) and 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) and 354 A (sexual harassment) of the IPC.“Another accused Gopal Sarkar, a resident of Bangaon in North 24 Paraganas, was convicted under Section 216 A (harbouring dacoits) for giving shelter to the accused.last_img read more

Panel seeks report on Alwar lynching

first_imgThe Rajasthan State Human Rights Commission (RSHRC) has sought a report from the State government over the death of a 28-year-old man in Alwar district who was allegedly thrashed by a mob on the suspicion of cow smuggling.On Thursday, the National Human Rights Commission sent a notice to the Rajasthan government over the death of Akbar alias Rakbar Khan. Taking cognisance of the alleged lynching case, the State human rights panel has sought a report from the Rajasthan Chief Secretary by August 8. RSHRC chairperson Justice Prakash Tantia has asked the State government to give its viewpoint on effective prevention of such similar incidents considering the Supreme Court guidelines.The Alwar District Collector and SP have also been asked to submit a factual report in the matter, the chairperson said, adding that the State government has been asked to send the report by August 8. The RSHRC had registered a case following a complaint lodged on July 24 by State secretary of Rajasthan Muslim Mahasabha N.D. Kadri and others in the alleged lynching case in Alwar. Meanwhile, the Rajasthan Minority Commission has said it will give its suggestions to the State government to curb lynching incidents.last_img read more

MPBL: Munti faces unbeaten QC at home

first_imgMuntinlupa has picked up victories on the road since losing to Navotas in its first game while Quezon City is undefeated in four games to share the lead with the Tanduay-backed Batangas City Athletics.“They’re starting to play better while gaining more confidence,” said Quezon City coach Vis Valencia, referring to the host team.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWinless Bataan and Imus collide at 7 p.m.STANDINGS: Batangas 4-0, QC 4-0, Muntinlupa 3-1, Valenzuela 3-1, Parañaque 2-2, Navotas 2-2, Caloocan 1-4, Imus 0-4, Bataan 0-4 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Denied of a home victory at the start of its campaign in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL)-Anta Rajah Cup, Muntinlupa faces another acid test when it battles unbeaten co-league leader Quezon City on Tuesday.Expect a full house crowd at Muntinlupa Sports Complex as the Angelis Resort-backed Cagers try to sustain the momentum of a three-game winning streak against the formidable Capitals supported by Royal Manila at 9 p.m.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11’Not just basketball’: Circumcisions, pageants at Philippine courts01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: 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 City Read Next LATEST STORIES 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding AFP official booed out of forum Regine Arocha named NCAA Finals MVP View commentslast_img read more

Former federal Liberal cabinet minister Allan MacEachen dies at age 96

first_imgOTTAWA – Allan MacEachen, a long-serving Liberal MP and senator from Nova Scotia who was a driving force behind many Canadian social programs, has died at the age of the 96.The news was announced on Twitter late Tuesday by former Ontario premier and federal MP Bob Rae.“Have just learned that my dear friend and mentor Allan J. MacEachen has passed away — he was a magnificent parliamentarian, scholar,” said Rae.MacEachen was one of Canada’s most powerful cabinet ministers of the postwar era and held a variety of posts, including a term as minister of national health and welfare from 1965-1968 during the creation of medicare.As labour minister, MacEachen was also instrumental in reforming the labour code and establishing a new standard for the minimum wage.His portfolios also included finance and he twice served as Secretary of State for External Affairs.Born in Inverness on Cape Breton Island in 1921, MacEachen was first elected in 1953 in Nova Scotia’s Inverness-Richmond riding under Liberal prime minister Louis St. Laurent.MacEachen won again in 1957, but lost his seat in 1958 before winning eight more elections, including the last five while representing Cape Breton-Highlands Canso.He also served as deputy prime minister and was appointed to the Senate in 1984 where he remained until 1996.MacEachen, who ran an unsuccessful campaign for the leadership of the Liberal Party in 1968, was named an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2008.last_img read more