Weekend round-up: Remy injury concern, QPR boss backs Hall, Jokanovic warning

first_imgA recap of the action during a weekend when Chelsea, Brentford and Fulham all recorded wins. QPR, meanwhile, were beaten by Middlesbrough…Grant Hall, below par against Middlesbrough, was backed by his bossQPR 2 Middlesbrough 3Match report  Hasselbaink reaction  Player ratings  Action: In Friday’s game, Jamie Mackie and Tjaronn Chery scored fine goals but QPR’s defensive lapses were punished by Middlesbrough at Loftus Road.Reaction: Rangers manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink bemoaned his team’s poor defending from set-pieces, but insisted the spirit in the camp remained good.He also backed Grant Hall after the defender’s below-par performance, calling him “the future at QPR”.R’s man of the match: Jamie Mackie, scorer of a stunning goal, was back to his battling, hassling best. Click here to see how we think the QPR players fared.Alexandre Pato scored one of Chelsea’s goals at Villa ParkAston Villa 0 Chelsea 4 Match report  Hiddink reaction  Player ratings Action: Pedro scored twice and Alexandre Pato was also on target on his long-awaited Chelsea debut in a convincing win at Villa Park.Reaction: Afterwards, Blues boss Guus Hiddink said Pato had been “suffering” in the weeks leading up to his debut, and was pleased the Brazilian’s hard work had paid off.He also expressed concerns about an injury to Loic Remy, who may miss the rest of the season, and explained why John Terry and Gary Cahill were absent against Villa.Meanwhile, Aston Villa caretaker boss Eric Black said he wouldn’t protect under-performing players and insisted the fans were owed a performance.Blues man of the match: Pedro scored twice in the second half after being Chelsea’s primary threat – click here to see how we rated the players.Moussa Dembele was on target once again for FulhamFulham 2 MK Dons 1Match report  Jokanovic reaction  Action: Moussa Dembele’s goal gave Fulham a crucial victory against the team immediately below them in the Championship relegation battle.Reaction: Head coach Slavisa Jokanovic said Fulham were still far from safe despite the crucial win that gave them a four-point cushion above the drop zone.Dean Smith was all smiles as Brentford won at ForestNottingham Forest 0 Brentford 3 Match report  Action: Brentford ended their miserable run – and virtually ended their relegation fears – with a fabulous victory at the City Ground.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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

The keys to high yields in 2015

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Some corn and soybean yields in Ohio did well better than others, but what was the differentiating factors? Was it planting date? Tillage? Traits? DuPont Pioneer Field Agronomist Kyle Poling goes over corn and soybean performance for 2015 in this week’s DuPont Pioneer Field Report.last_img

Himachal Governor orders officials to act

first_imgHimachal Pradesh Governor Acharya Devvrat on Sunday directed officials to take necessary action after a Dalit family cremated an elderly woman in a jungle in Kullu after upper caste people allegedly did not let them use the village crematorium, a spokesperson said. The Governor took cognisance of the matter after a delegation of Sri Ravidas Dharma Sabha, led by its president Karam Chand Bhatia, brought the matter to his attention, he added. The alleged incident had taken place in Fozal valley of Kullu district. A elderly woman, a resident of Dhara village, died on Thursday after prolonged illness. Her grandson, Tape Ram, has alleged that when the funeral procession reached the public crematorium of the village, some upper caste men stopped them. A video is making the rounds on social media in which Tape Ram is seen recording his statement while his grandmother is being cremated in the backdrop. Mr. Ram can be heard saying, “They (upper caste men) said we shall be responsible if anything bad happens due to wrath of the deity. So we brought the body to nearby nullah and cremated it.”last_img read more

Held ‘positive interaction’ with villagers opposing Dantewada security camp, say police

first_imgA day after the police fired in the air to disperse 500 villagers descending on a security camp in Dantewada district in Chhattisgarh to oppose it, the police on Wednesday claimed they held a “positive interaction” with those residing within the camp’s security perimeter.“There is a remarkable change in the approach of the villagers of Potali. Women and children in particular turned up at the security camp and held a positive interaction with troops,” says Sundarraj P., Inspector General of Police (Bastar Range).Carrying bows, arrows and axes, residents of Potali, 56 km from Dantewada and neighbouring villages on Tuesday confronted security personnel head-on to oppose the permanent security camp that was set up there on November 11. As the situation seemed to have spiralled out of control during discussions between villagers and the District Collector and the Superintendent of Police, the police fired blank rounds in the air to disperse the crowd.  Mr. Sundarraj claimed villagers were under duress to launch an agitation. “Maoists mobilised villagers to protest against the camp. They didn’t have any other option but to take part. Otherwise, they would be killed,” he says.Strategic locationThe camp is of strategic importance for the forces as it falls in the volatile Aranpur region, which forms a connecting corridor between the Darbha division and South Bastar division for Maoists, explains Mr. Sundarraj.“That’s why Maoists are trying their best to derail our efforts in setting up a camp. It’ll be tough for their Malangir area committee to continue its activities once operations begin here,” he adds.“The area is considered a Maoist bastion,” says Devhans Rathore, Sub-Divisional Officer of Police, Kirandul. “When the situation got tense on Tuesday, we fired eight-ten blank rounds which made villagers run helter-skelter.” | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement Members of the District Reserve Guard interacting with villagers of Potali in Dantewada on November 13, 2019  According to the police, the development of the region is the “main antidote for the Maoist menace”. Therefore, under the Trust-Development-Security model, the police plans to win over locals through credible and transparent policing, speed up road construction and rehabilitate Maoists willing to surrender.However, Joga Poyam, vice-sarpanch of Potali, asserts the protest was independent and Maoists did not force them to take part. “Villagers are scared. They get caught in the crossfire between Maoists and security forces each time and bear the cost. Sometimes, when the police are unable to catch Maoists, they come for us.”Tribal women, who practise the age-old tradition of fetching wood and leaves from forests, do not want to be harassed by troops, he says. “Resentment is simmering in the village. We’ll continue our agitation.”On Wednesday, during discussions between neighbouring panchayats and security forces, villagers demanded they not be harassed or intimidated while going to fields, located as far as 5 km away in the hills, and markets.“They told us they had not set up the camp on our land but government’s, and that they won’t trouble us,” says Mr. Poyam. “They agreed with us and want to part of the development process,” says Mr. Rathore. “We told them we’re there for their own safety. If they don’t do anything anti-social, we won’t trouble them. If they need anything, they can come to us. Our doors are open.”’When will militarisation come to an end?’This being the fourth locals-led protest in a month against security camps in the Bastar region, Bela Bhatia, lawyer and social activist, believes that at the bottom of all of it lies the question: when will militarisation of the region come to an end?“Aranpur station area is already notorious for numerous fake encounters,” claims Ms. Bhatia. “Now they are moving even closer to locals, and they don’t want the camp there because they have been at the receiving end of fake encounters, sexual assault and arbitrary arrests for years.”Often, those living close to camps were arbitrarily stopped and questioned while going to fields and markets, she alleges.Ms. Bhatia believes the District Reserve Guard (DRG), composed mainly of surrendered Maoists, is now at the forefront of the anti-Maoist strategy of the police, while paramilitaries have faded in the backdrop.“Sometimes, they are deployed in areas where they were earlier active as Maoists. This helps them identify those who had attended meetings or given Maoists food back then. Meanwhile, it’s unclear whether these people still take part in such activities to the same extent or not,” she says.It is unclear whether their participation in such activities is voluntary or not in the first place as villagers are not in a position to say no to Maoists, she adds. “These protests, as I see it, is also due to the fear of an increased presence of the DRG in the area.”Mr. Sundarraj says typically a camp is set up by the DRG and the police. Later, if the situation warrants, paramilitaries can be moved in.last_img read more