ISG gives away second bike in ‘Oil and Go’ Promotion

first_imgStaffers celebrate as the name of the winner of ISG’s ‘Oil and Go’ Promotion is announcedAnother lucky Guyanese on Friday rode away with a Honda motorcycle as Industrial Supply of Guyana Incorporated’s “Oil and Go” promotion intensifies.The grand draw was done on Friday by one of ISG’s authorised resellers, Parts Plus, on Alberttown and Light Streets, Georgetown, as the company celebrates its 16 years of service to the Guyanese populace.Raymond James would have purchased fuel just in time to cop one of the six motorcycles that were given away by the company during its grand promotion.The promotion did not exclude authorised resellers from participating in the promotion as they were eligible to win one of two all-expenses-paid trips to Barbados for a weekend. This drawing will be done at the end of the promotion.However, drawings for the motorcycles will be done monthly but customers can also double their chances of winning by shopping Ultra Powermax 10W 40 Motorcycle Oil.One person already won a motorcycle by simply purchasing oil that just cost him $4500.To win, users must fill out the coupon with all the required fields, especially tax invoice numbers so that the purchase can be verified at resellers across Guyana.Vouchers without the invoice number will automatically be disqualified. Another criterion is that no customer can win twice and finally, no staff or family member from ISG or MACORP can participate.For resellers with 30 days credit, the account must be in good standing and the coupon filled out accurately.During the draw, it was pointed out that these vendors and users had to purchase MP Ultra Lubricant which boasts of over 50 years in experience of blending lubricants in Trinidad.Furthermore, all lubricants adhere to strict quality standards stipulated by international rating bodies, including the American Petroleum Institute (API), American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) and the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE).By being compliant to these standards, MP ensures its products rank in performance with any established international brand.last_img read more

South Africa’s first hydrogen bike rolled out

first_imgThe frame of the A hi fambeni is made from light and strong advanced materials, and was built by students from the Tshwane University of Technology in Pretoria. (Image: Tshwane University of Technology) MEDIA CONTACTS • Tshwane University of Technology +27 12 382 5542 • Hydrogen South Africa +27 12 392 9357 • Department of Science and Technology +27 12 843 6300RELATED ARTICLES • World’s first hybrid sports car in SA • New satellite gateway for SA • Research centre for African oceans • Mobile internet booms in SANicky RehbockSouth Africa’s rural communities may soon have access to a new, greener form of transport, following the recent launch of the country’s first hydrogen-powered bicycle.Minister of Science and Technology Naledi Pandor unveiled the vehicle at a technology conference earlier in August 2010 at the Kwa-Maritane Bush Lodge in the North West province.The name of the bicycle is A hi fambeni, which is Xitsonga for “let’s go”.“A hi fambeni offers a practical way to promote public awareness of hydrogen as a clean energy alternative,” Pandor said at the launch.Team effortThe bicycle was developed by students of the Tshwane University of Technology in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology and Hydrogen SA, which was set up by the South African government in 2008 to investigate the use of hydrogen as a sustainable and clean source of energy.The team mentor was internationally renowned motorcycle designer Pierre Terblanche, who was sponsored by the department to work at the university for a month during the design process.The South African-born Terblanche has been based in Italy for the past 20 years as a designer and consultant for prominent bike manufacturers Ducati and Piaggio, among others, and has scooped three prizes over the years at the Milan Motorcycle Show.Terblanche became involved in A hi fambeni through the Resource Driven Technology Concept Centre (RETECZA), which is a non-profit initiative between the department, the Tshwane university, the Georgia Institute for Technology in the US, a consortium of the world’s leading motor manufacturers and a group of South African companies.RETECZA – set up to develop technology for cleaner, more sustainable energy and poverty alleviation – hosted the conference at which the hydrogen bicycle was launched.Top local and international researchers delivered papers at the conference, which focused on how technology can improve the standard of living in rural communities. There were contributions from a variety of overseas experts, including individuals from Sweden, Germany and Italy.‘E-bikes huge part of the future’A hi fambeni is not a conventional bicycle that needs vast amounts of pedalling: it’s powered by electricity that comes from hydrogen fuel cells, which are generally quiet and reliable units as they have no moving parts. Although there are other types of electric bicycles in South Africa, these are powered by lead batteries, not fuel cells.Electric bikes, or e-bikes for short, are a huge part of the future of the green transport sector, Pandor said at the launch, adding that she was pleased the innovation was based on the bicycle, which is an affordable mode of transport.“In many ways, the future of e-bikes can be seen in what has happened over the last decade in China, where the growth in the number of electric bikes has been spectacular. In 1998 there were a mere 400 000 there, but in 2008 there were 21-million,” the minister said.In 2007 the science and technology department launched Shova Kalula, which means “push easily” in isiZulu. This is a partnership with the private sector and civil society that plans to give 1-million bicycles to school children by 2015 and to build dedicated bicycle paths across the country.Pandor said she hopes there will be some synergy between Shova Kalula and the A hi fambeni prototype.She added that the plan is to start with an environment-friendly bike, a trike and then a car.last_img read more

Township swop shop recycles waste into daily necessities

first_imgA group of volunteers working with some of the children at Dimphonyana Tsa Lapeng (image: Dimphonyana Tsa Lapeng Facebook)A little gift can go a long way to changing someone’s life, as has been demonstrated time and again by Mama Asnath Teffo, the founder of Dimphonyana Tsa Lapeng in the township of Olievenhoutbosch.Meaning “little gifts of home” in Setswana, Dimphonyana Tsa Lapeng has helped hundreds of children and their families in the township, just outside of Midrand in Gauteng, by giving them the care and support they needed after the loss of their parents, or because of poverty.Fourteen years ago Asnath, or Mama-Assie as she is affectionately known by the community, moved from nearby Noordwyk to Olievenhoutbosch with her family, bringing her passion for improving the lives of others closely in tow.When she arrived in Olievenhoutbosch the area was dominated by shacks and other informal housing, before the RDP houses that dominate the landscape today were built. Here she became aware of the need to intervene and help those around her who were struggling because of the circumstances they found themselves in.Knowing she couldn’t battle all of life’s misfortunes she prioritised the care of destitute women and children, taking orphaned or abandoned youngsters into her home to raise among her own children.Mama-Assie has invested countless hours of her time and a huge amount of her resources in the improvement of the lives of those around her. She has put a particular focus on the young people having to grow up facing challenging situations such as child-headed homes.THE RECYCLING SWOP SHOPAs part of Diphonyana’s attempts to provide for the basic needs of the Olievenhoutbosch community, they are currently setting up a recycle swop shop which, as the name suggests, will combine recycling with helping people get their day-to-day necessities.The project is planned as a three-pronged tool to fight poverty and help the community. It will help clear litter and waste from the environment while providing people with their daily needs, all the time fostering self-help, independence and dignity.The idea is for people to collect recyclable waste such as tins, bottles and plastic products, and bring it to the swop shop. In exchange they will be given a ticket valued according to the amount of sorted materials they have collected.The tickets would then be redeemed at the organisation’s shop for essential products such as toiletries, food and clothing, depending on what has been donated to Dimphonyana by members of the public sympathetic to the cause.An example of the valuation system is as follows: 5 points for a loaf of bread, or 35 points for a standard food parcel containing mealie meal, bread, tea bags, cooking oil, soya mince and other basic cooking necessities.If all goes to plan, this innovative approach to tackling poverty while cleaning up the township will kick off on 1 June this year.OTHER PROJECTSAnother smart environment-friendly idea is the Dimphonyana Tsa Lapeng Greenery Project, which hopes to turn the many informal dump sites in the township into mini eco-parks.The greening project is planned to work alongside the recycling swop shop. Volunteers and members of the community will clean up the dump sites and then plant them with indigenous trees and other greenery, to create the mini parks. The swop shop would be an incentive, encouraging people to remove recyclable material from the dump sites and take it to the swop shop.The project will begin with a pilot phase involving two identified sites: one near the centre of Olievenhoutbosch and the other at Kings Hope.Once the recycling project is under way, a longer-term goal is to sell the collected waste to recycling companies, and use the income to pay the people working on Dimphonyana Tsa Lapeng projects.People are welcomed to visit the centre and see for themselves how Mama-Assie and her colleagues are making a difference on a daily basisPARTNERSHIPSDimphonyana hopes to partner with other organisations and corporations to get these projects off the ground.Organisations can help in a number of ways, such as adopting one of the dump sites to be  made transformed into mini eco-parks, donating food products, toiletries and clothing for the swop shop or, as running the projects is likely to be labour-intensive, by offering their time as volunteers.The project is also open to receiving help from individuals in their own capacity who would like to donate their time and money or clothing and products.People are welcomed to visit the centre and see for themselves how Mama-Assie and her colleagues are making a difference on a daily basis.For more information on Dimphonyana Tsa Lapeng or if you’re looking to offer your help in the running of the organisation in whatever way you can, contact Shalate Teffo on 071 027 3060 or Asnath Teffo (Mama-Assie) on 082 503 3648.You can also visit their Facebook page at Dimphonyana Tsa Lapeng (Little Gifts of Home), their Twitter feed @dimphonyana_sa or their Instagram page via @dimphonyana_sa.last_img read more

Apple Farm Service of Covington to host Kubota Field Event

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Have you ever wanted to try out a new tractor, a new zero turn mower, or a new rtv? Apple Farm Service of Covington is giving you that chance with their second annual Kubota Field Event.They will have over a dozen new Kubota machines to try. Join them at the Miami County Farigrounds from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 27 to test drive a new tractor, zero turn mower, or rtv.“We had such a fun time last year. We can’t wait to host the second annual Kubota Field Event this April,” said Kent Holmes, marketing manager for Apple Farm Service. “We’ll be bringing our full line-up of Kubota tractors, zero turn mowers, rtvs, and plenty of attachments for anyone to play with! Mow some grass, scoop with a front loader, dig a hole with the backhoe, use a pto tiller, and speed down the road with a rtv!”Along with test drives, Apple Farm Service will be providing breakfast and lunch. They will be giving away coolers, hats, and toys throughout the day. Apple Farm Service will have Kubota specialists on site to answer questions and provide assistance if you need help running any of the machines.This entire event is free and open to the public. They have plenty of room to run machines inside if it rains. Apple Farm Service hopes to see you at the Kubota Field Event, Saturday, April 27, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Miami County Fairgrounds in Troy. You can learn more about this fun free event at AppleFarmService.com/FieldEvent .last_img read more

Insigne & Zielinski goals sink AC Milan

first_imgNapoli 2 AC Milan 1: Insigne stars after Italy snub as leaders move four points clear Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 05:44 11/19/17 Lorenzo Insigne Getty Images Napoli beat AC Milan 2-1 on Saturday to move four points clear of Serie A champions Juventus, Italy star Lorenzo Insigne scoring the opener. Lorenzo Insigne and Piotr Zielinski scored as Napoli beat AC Milan 2-1 at the San Paolo on Saturday to move four points clear at the top of the Serie A table.Insigne was an unused substitute as Italy were beaten by Sweden in their World Cup play-off during the international break and he was on a mission to prove Gian Piero Ventura wrong.Ventura was berated by Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi for not turning to Insigne during the Azzurri’s 1-0 aggregate loss, the coach paying for the defeat by losing his job. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player And Insigne was on target as Napoli took the lead after 33 minutes thanks to a video assistant referee referral showing the forward was just onside when he ran on to Jorginho’s terrific pass to score.While Milan put the hosts under pressure in the second half, Napoli wrapped up the points when a sublime Dries Mertens pass sent Zielinski clear to nutmeg Gianluigi Donnarumma, with Alessio Romagnoli’s injury-time effort a mere consolation.Though the win sees unbeaten Napoli stretch their advantage over champions Juventus – who are in action at Sampdoria on Sunday – Milan stay four points adrift of the European places in seventh after suffering a sixth league defeat of the campaign.#Insigne #NapoliMilan 1-0 #SerieATIM  pic.twitter.com/JAKPnKanQl— Official SSC Napoli (@en_sscnapoli) November 18, 2017Jorginho smashed an early effort over the crossbar for the hosts before Donnarumma made a smart near-post save after 13 minutes when Insigne floated a cross on to the head of Jose Callejon as the league leaders dominated the early exchanges. Suso lashed Milan’s first effort wildly off target before a more accurate strike from the playmaker called Pepe Reina into action for the first time.Allan and Marek Hamsik both hit decent openings straight at Donnarumma, but Napoli’s profligacy did not stop them breaking the deadlock, Insigne scoring his fifth goal in as many appearances against Milan.6 – Lorenzo Insigne has netted 6 goals in 10 Serie A matches against AC Milan – at least two more than against any other side. Inspired. #NapoliMilan— OptaPaolo (@OptaPaolo) November 18, 2017Jorginho sent his fellow Italy international through on goal to beat Donnarumma with a smart lofted finish, the officials initially disallowing Insigne’s strike before a video replay showed Romagnoli was playing him marginally onside.Insigne went close to adding a second on the brink of half-time, but Donnarumma sprang high to his left to parry the shot away.And the same pattern of play continued after the interval, the teenager denying Mertens and Hamsik in quick succession as Napoli sought a second goal.A bright spell of Milan pressure yielded no clear chances, Leonardo Bonucci showing his frustration by shooting off target from the halfway line.Perhaps inevitably, Napoli put the game to bed with a trademark counter-attack after 72 minutes.Mertens sent Zielinski clear with a superb turn and pass, the Poland international rifling a first-time left-footed strike through the legs of an exposed Donnarumma.Giacomo Bonaventura and Nikola Kalinic forced saves from Reina as a desperate Milan rallied and the visitors scored a consolation in stoppage time.For once Napoli switched off at the back and Romagnoli smashed in a superb strike, but Maurizio Sarri’s side held on to extend their unbeaten run to 25 Serie A games. Key Opta stats:- Lorenzo Insigne has netted 6 goals in 10 Serie A matches against AC Milan – at least two more than against any other side.- Napoli have won five of their last six league matches against AC Milan (D1 L0).- AC Milan are only the second team to have had no touches in the opposition box in the first half of a Serie A game this season (after Benevento, who failed to do so against Napoli and Juventus).- Gianluigi Donnarumma had eight saves tonight, his best tally in a competitive game for AC Milan this season.- Zielinski’s goal was the 100th conceded by Donnarumma in 92 appearances for AC Milan in all competitions. read morelast_img read more