Ghana’s bamboo bicycle revolution

first_img28 October 2016Bernice Dapaah is the chief executive of the Ghana Bamboo Bikes Initiative (GBBI), a project that farms bamboo plantations in her hometown of Kumasi, southern Ghana, to manufacture cost-effective, robust and environmentally friendly bicycles.Dapaah began the company in 2008 and manufactures bicycles for farm workers and schoolchildren. The company also exports more than 1,000 units to Europe and North America.Along the way, she is helping to empower Ghanaian youth by creating employment opportunities in farming bamboo and manufacturing the end product. The company currently employs 40 young people to construct its flagship product, the Eco Ride, a bicycle consisting of 75% bamboo.The Eco Ride is not only affordable to most Ghanaians, but Dapaah hopes that as bicycles become more popular, they will boost rural transport and help to cut the country’s carbon pollution. The company’s small-scale farming initiative also makes sure that 10 bamboos are planted to replace each one used for manufacture.Almost Done! #GhanaBambooBikes pic.twitter.com/W42qE6iRSk— Ghana Bamboo Bikes (@GhanaBambooBike) January 27, 2016According to Dapaah, the strength of bamboo, a grass that is five times stronger than steel, as well as its pliability, mean the bike can be made easily and that it is robust enough for all road conditions.The process #GhanaBambooBikes pic.twitter.com/M49O0swbjs— Ghana Bamboo Bikes (@GhanaBambooBike) January 27, 2016The Eco Ride is used by farm workers for their daily commute to work, and is especially useful for children to get to school. The company donates a number of bicycles to schools in the Kumasi area.Bamboo bikes, a sustainable solution to climate issues in Ghana: https://t.co/TZKDBrs8sD pic.twitter.com/6uhav2Wxlm— EcoNigeria (@EcoNigeria) August 26, 2016The bikes are also used to deliver medical supplies to hospitals and rural clinics.Happening Now:Prez Kufuor Launches Trade Mark for @GhanaBambooBike pic.twitter.com/b3X2ndiJap— Ghana Bamboo Bikes (@GhanaBambooBike) September 27, 2016The company’s trademark was officially launched in Accra, Ghana’s capital, in September. At the launch, Dapaah – with the help of former president JA Kufuor – asked the government to enact by-laws to help create a culture where those “who prefer to use these bicycles can ride them safely everywhere”.“Such by-laws will help promote the use of bicycles in our communities,” Kufuor said, “and also encourage those who sit in the comfort of four-wheel drives to exercise our muscles.”Kufuor, who is the UN Special Envoy for Climate Change, congratulated Dapaah on the success of her company and her efforts to transform rural transport.“Dapaah has shown initiative, innovation and leadership to transform our society. She is doing this not for the high end of the market but for a product that is affordable to our society, whether rich or poor,” he said.“The raw materials (have been here for thousands of years) and her persistence and perseverance have found a meaningful way to use it commercially and for the good of the people of Ghana.”As demand for the Eco Ride in Ghana and abroad increases, the company is expanding its bike manufacturing operations with the help of the country’s Newmont Development Foundation. It will open another factory at Ntotroso in Brong Ahafo in 2017. Dapaah also hopes to diversify into other bamboo products, including handicrafts and fuel/bio-energy generation.Together with American non-governmental organisation the African Bicycle Contribution Foundation, GBBI hopes to increase the number of bicycles for rural schoolchildren in Ghana and the rest of West Africa.“My favourite part of (this company),” Dapaah says, “is when I go to the workshop to see the youths and know they are able to earn a living. I feel so happy when I see we have been able to create a bit of laughter for them.”Source: Graphic Online (Ghana)SouthAfrica.info reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SouthAfrica.info materiallast_img read more

Drydown in corn: What to expect?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Peter Thomison, Ohio State University ExtensionMany corn growers may encounter slower than normal drydown this fall due to late crop development associated with June planting dates. Much of Ohio’s late-planted corn may not achieve black layer until mid-October or later when drying conditions are less favorable for drydown. Once corn achieves physiological maturity (when kernels have obtained maximum dry weight and black layer has formed), it will normally dry approximately 3/4% to 1% per day during favorable drying weather (sunny and breezy) during the early warmer part of the harvest season from mid‑September through late September. By early to mid‑October, dry-down rates will usually drop to ½% to 3/4% per day. By late October to early November, field dry‑down rates will usually drop to 1/4% to 1/2% per day and by mid-November, probably zero to 1/4% per day. By late November, drying rates will be negligible.Estimating dry‑down rates can also be considered in terms of Growing Degree Days (GDDs). Generally, it takes about 30 GDDs to lower grain moisture each point from 30% down to 25%. Drying from 25 to 20 percent requires about 45 GDDs per point of moisture. In October, we typically accumulate about 5 to 10 GDDs per day. However, note that the above estimates are based on generalizations, and it is likely that some hybrids may vary from this pattern of drydown. Some seed companies indicate considerably lower GDDs for grain moisture loss, i.e. 15 to 20 GDDs to lower grain moisture each point from 30% down to 25% and 20 to 30 GDDs per point from 25% to 20%.Past Ohio research evaluating corn drydown provides insight on effects of weather conditions on grain drying. During a warm, dry fall, grain moisture loss per day ranged from 0.76% to 0.92%. During a cool, wet fall, grain moisture loss per day ranged from 0.32% to 0.35%. Grain moisture losses based on GDDs ranged from 24 to 29 GDDs per percentage point of moisture (i.e., a loss of one percentage point of grain moisture per 24 to 29 GDDs) under warm dry fall conditions, whereas under cool wet fall conditions, moisture loss ranged from 20 to 22 GDDs. The number of GDDs associated with grain moisture loss was lower under cool, wet conditions than under warm, dry conditions.Weather related crop stress may affect drydown this year. Bob Nielsen at Purdue University notes, “When areas of fields die prematurely due to stresses like drought, spatial variability for grain moisture at harvest can be dramatic and often creates challenges with the management of the grain dryer operation. This is especially true early in the harvest season when grain moistures of healthier areas of the field are in the low 20s. The spatial variability for grain moisture decreases later in the harvest season as grain moistures throughout the field settle to an equilibrium level (15% or less).”Agronomists generally recommend that harvesting corn for dry grain storage should begin at about 24% to 25% grain moisture. Allowing corn to field dry below 20% risks yield losses from stalk lodging, ear drop, ear rots, insect feeding damage and wildlife damage.last_img read more

Pumaren on UE’s Final 4 bid: We’re still here

first_imgJapan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Read Next For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion That premise, however, doesn’t deter UE head coach Derrick Pumaren who still foresees a Red Warrior surprise in the semifinals.“We just have to remain positive, we still have a shot, we’re still here,” said Pumaren Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena. “But I think we have to do a better effort than what we did today.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutUE’s next games are against Final Four teams Ateneo and Far Eastern University with University of Santo Tomas being the lone reprieve.The Blue Eagles are atop the standings with a 10-0 card while the Tamaraws hold the fourth seed with a 5-5 record. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort MOST READ Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP The Growling Tigers’ 0-10 card had pushed them out of the Final Four picture.“We were walking today and we let La Salle run,” said Pumaren whose team lost control of the game as early as the second quarter when it fell to a 40-24 deficit. “We can’t have that kind of play against Ateneo because that team is more cohesive and passes a lot more compared to La Salle.”All of UE’s remaining games are all must-win contests and the Red Warriors will also rely on teams like FEU and NU to stumble if they hope to barge into the semifinals.And Pumaren knows the first step is scoring a vital victory, potentially, against the Blue Eagles.“We have to focus on Ateneo first,” said Pumaren. “We have to concentrate on Ateneo on Saturday, and hopefully we’ll be able to steal a game from them.”ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf PLAY LIST 01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police 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 Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of the East’s chances for a Final Four spot has slipped to dim levels that it can only be described as “mathematical.”The Red Warriors’ recent 99-78 loss to defending champion De La Salle saw them slip to 3-8 with three games remaining on their schedule.ADVERTISEMENT More than 50k fans attend Ginebra-Meralco Finals Game 6 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View commentslast_img read more

Perfect launchpad! A summer-ready Parineeti Chopra

first_imgSwedish fashion retail brand, H&M, opened its fifth store in the country at DLF Mall of India in Noida on Saturday morning. The launch also marked the international brand’s 4,000th store across 61 countries, and was attended by Bollywood actress Parineeti Chopra.Dressed in a bright pink tank top worn with denim shorts, a gold and tassel necklace, printed cotton jacket and nude strappy wedges, the 27-yearold looked summer-ready with tousled hair to go.However, the biggest talking-point was her newly acquired figure, as she looked drastically slimmer than how she did a year ago.Commenting on her weight loss, the actress revealed, “My failing health post Daawat-e-Ishq was a wake-up call. I was sick of being tired and unhealthy.” Her secret diet included, “No butter, no meetha.”As for the milestone store launch, Janne Einola, Country Manager, H&M said, “This is truly a landmark moment for H&M, to have the 4,000th store launch in India, the biggest flagship that the country has seen yet, at a fantastic location. We are determined to bring a unique fashion experience with every store opening and are confident that our customers will enjoy shopping at H&M in DLF Mall of India.”The store is spread over 4 floors with each floor dedicated to apparel and accessories for ladies, men, teenagers and children respectively, and covers 37,000 sq. ft. Other features at the flagship will include lingerie, H&M Sport, H&M Mama for expecting mothers and a plus size collection, H&M+.advertisementAlso read:Shraddha would love to holiday with Alia, Parineetilast_img read more

Kokkinakis, Kyrgios Aussie Hopes

first_imgDARWIN, Australia — Teenager Thanasi Kokkinakis will open the Davis Cup quarterfinal for a controversy-hit Australia team on July 17 against Kazakhstan No. 1 Mikhail Kukushkin.Following the July 16 draw, Australian No.1 Nick Kyrgios plays Aleksandr Nedovyesov in the second opening singles on outdoor grass courts.Sam Groth and veteran Lleyton Hewitt are scheduled to play doubles for Australia on July 18 against Nedovyesov and Andrey Gulubev.On July 19 in reverse singles, Krygios is set to play Kukushkin and Kokkinakis would play Nedovyesov.The Australian team has been affected by recent infighting between players and officials. Kyrgios was criticized for his on-court demeanor at Wimbledon, where he was fined for swearing and racket abuse, and Bernard Tomic was suspended from the team for making critical comments about Tennis Australia and its Performance Director, former Grand Slam winner Pat Rafter.The countries have never met in the Davis Cup. Players from Kazakhstan competed for the Soviet Union before 1995.If 28-time champion Australia wins, it will host France or travel to Britain for September’s semifinals.Britain is playing France on grass at London’s Queen’s Club, the 21st meeting between the countries but the first since 1992.In the other quarterfinals, Argentina hosts Serbia on indoor clay at Buenos Aires while Canada travels to Belgium to play on outdoor clay. The winners of those ties will play each other in the semifinals, with venues to be determined.Australia is bidding to reach the semifinals for the first time since 2006.Kazakhstan has reached the quarterfinals — but never beyond — four of the past five years despite having only one player inside the top 100: Kukushkin at No. 63. Nedovyesov (115th) and Golubev (155th) are the other main team members.“That is extraordinary,” Australia captain Wally Masur said of Kazakhstan’s record. “It just points to the focus they have, and intensity and passion.”Masur said the 20-year-old Kyrgios, who has won both his Davis Cup matches on grass, sustained a right thigh strain in training this week, but has recovered.“He’s fine,” Masur said. “He played over three hours of tennis yesterday. He played a bit of basketball this morning. He’s got an opportunity to get on that match court tomorrow. No dramas there.”None of Kazakhstan’s team has played a Davis Cup match on grass.Australia beat the Czech Republic and Kazakhstan defeated Italy in the first round, both by 3-2 scores.Kokkinakis came from two sets down to beat No.46-ranked Lukas Rosol in Australia’s win over the Czechs, and he said that experience has given him confidence ahead of the July 17 opener in Darwin.“Having that experience in Czech was really good for me — showing I can do it even when things aren’t going my way,” Kokkinakis said.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

10 months agoInter Milan coach Spalletti frustrated with Nainggolan

first_imgInter Milan coach Spalletti frustrated with Nainggolanby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan coach Luciano Spalletti is frustrated managing Radja Nainggolan.Spalletti has called on Nainggolan to stop being distracted by matters outside of football.”We love him, he is a sensitive boy and he has all the qualities of the person who behaves correctly. But sometimes even the father grumbles with his son,” Spalletti told reporters.”Radja is attracted to other things and if you put too many things in front of football you do not win.”He has three or four of things he puts in front of football and some of them have to be taken away.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

College Football’s 5 Most-Overhyped Teams In 2019

first_imgoklahoma head coach lincoln riley at the orange bowlMIAMI, FL – DECEMBER 29: Head coach Lincoln Riley of the Oklahoma Sooners reacts against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Capital One Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)The 2018 college football season has now been over for about a week and half and there’s already been a ton of movement for the 2019 campaign.We’ve had a ton of coaching movement, from Nick Saban’s staff at Alabama getting gutted to Ohio State’s Ryan Day raiding Jim Harbaugh’s staff at Michigan, and a bunch of high-profile quarterback transfers.Of course, there’s already been a lot of preseason talk, too.Everyone’s releasing their “way-too-early” preseason top 25 polls and College Football Playoff predictions are rolling out, too.Which teams are being overhyped heading into the 2019 season?Here are five.1. OklahomaJalen Hurts was great for two seasons at Alabama and his addition to the Oklahoma program is obviously going to make a lot of headlines. It seems unlikely, though, that Hurts will match the numbers put up by Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray in Lincoln Riley’s system.Oklahoma should be pretty dang good once again in 2019, but Texas will be the best team in the Big 12 next season.2. GeorgiaThe Bulldogs are coming off a disappointing Sugar Bowl loss to Texas, yet most preseason top 25 polls have Kirby Smart’s team ranked No. 3 in the country to start the 2019 season. This feels a couple of spots too high.One SEC expert seems to agree.”I think Georgia is beatable heading into next season. I don’t think they are going to be as good as they were this past season let alone two seasons ago when they were in the National Championship” – @bmarcello pic.twitter.com/bPgFPw0aaX— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) January 16, 20193. Texas A&MThe Aggies are getting preseason top 10 love heading into the 2019 season. Texas A&M, which went 9-4 in Jimbo Fisher’s first season, should be improved in Year 2.However, the Aggies’ schedule is just brutal, and we’ll be stunned if Texas A&M finishes the season ranked close to the top 10.Here are some of their games:at Clemsonvs. Auburnvs. Alabamaat Georgiaat LSUIt won’t be surprising if Texas A&M ends up losing four regular season games.4. NebraskaThe Huskers had a great second half to the 2018 season after starting off the Scott Frost era with a ton of losses.Nebraska is now getting some preseason top 25 love, with most outlets ranking the Huskers somewhere in the 20-25 range.This feels a little soon for a Nebraska team that still has a lot of work to do to get where Frost wants them to be.5. MichiganThe Wolverines are, once again, getting preseason Big Ten championship and College Football Playoff hype.Shea Patterson is back, which is nice, but the Wolverines could still lack what it takes on the offensive side of the ball to seriously contend at the top of the college football world.Jim Harbaugh has made a big addition to his staff, hiring Alabama’s Josh Gattis to run the offense, so maybe Michigan will look different in 2019.last_img read more

Drizzle in Delhi mercury to remain high

first_imgNew Delhi: Some parts of the national capital got a drizzle on Thursday morning but it did not bring the mercury level down. According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), rainfall of 2.4 mm was registered in the Ridge area. Thursday is expected to be cloudy and there are prediction of light rains across the city. The monsoon, already delayed, is expected to reach Delhi around Sunday. However, the maximum temperature on Thursday is expected to be 39.4 degrees Celsius, three notches above the season’s average. The minimum temperature is likely remain over 31.2 degrees Celsius, three notches higher. Relative humidity at 8.30 a.m. was 63 per cent. On Wednesday too, the mercury levels touched 39.4 degrees Celsius.last_img

Winnipeggers bite back at criticism from Sharks players

first_imgWINNIPEG – Some prominent Winnipeggers are biting back at criticism three San Jose Sharks players have levelled against the city.Mayor Brian Bowman, Premier Bill Pallister and singer Bif Naked are among those championing Winnipeg’s charms after several NHL players dismissed the Manitoba capital as the worst city to play in.Tomas Hertl, Justin Braun and Tim Heed all cited the cold, while Braun complained that the “Internet doesn’t work ever. I don’t know if they have Wi-Fi there yet.”Bowman countered that “it is a cold dark place — when you lose” while Pallister called the players’ comments “childish and immature.”Bif Naked said Winnipeggers are used to trash talk but also called the comments unfair, while Jets coach Paul Maurice said NHL players have a good life and should have nothing to complain about.The comments emerged in a video posted by the Sharks on NBC Sports California Twitter account, where the three players were asked for their thoughts about the worst city to play in. All said it was Winnipeg.“Winnipeg. Dark, cold, Internet is a little questionable,” Braun said.“Every time it’s so cold and dark there. I don’t like it there,” added forward Tomas Hertl, while Heed deemed it “a bit cold.”Bowman took the opportunity to boast about the Jets, who trounced the Sharks in the Prairie city on Sunday 4-1.“The Winnipeg Jets have one of the best home records in the NHL this year and I know that quite often other teams will feel like they are in a cold dark place when they lose, regardless of the weather outside,” Bowman said Tuesday.And Bif Naked, who spent her formative years in and around Winnipeg, boasted of the city’s tough winters: “It puts hair on your chest.”“Certainly it’s cold but it makes us tough and we love it.”Maurice admitted he hadn’t seen the full extent of the Sharks comments but said it’s cold and dark pretty regularly at night around the world.“I don’t think any coach, any player, any trainer, any referee should ever complain about a day in the NHL.”“We’ve got nothing to complain about,” he added. “It’s a pretty good life.”— With files from Cassandra Szklarski in Torontolast_img read more

Toronto hospital bolsters treatment services for Indigenous patients with sweat lodge

first_imgThe Canadian Press TORONTO – Canada’s largest mental health and addiction teaching hospital has added a unique service for its Indigenous clients – a sweat lodge to help promote spiritual, physical and emotional healing.The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto unveiled the sweat lodge on a tucked-away section of its sprawling campus, fulfilling a goal set years ago to augment its services for Indigenous clients by adding the ceremonial structure.“Having the sweat lodge on-site at CAMH is going to allow us to offer Indigenous healing ceremonies as part of the treatment plans,” Renee Linklater, director of Aboriginal engagement and outreach, said in an interview prior to Thursday’s official opening.“This is going to be really important in our efforts to address what is appropriate Aboriginal client care.”The round sweat lodge – 1.5 metres high and four metres in diameter – is constructed from 35 maple and poplar sapling poles, gathered from the Six Nations of the Grand River community. Heavy tarp overlays the frame, with an opening facing a fire pit, where stones for the purification ceremony are heated.Inside, a second pit has been dug to receive those stones, which will be washed with traditional medicines and the “sacred water” that will turn into a cleansing steam.Participants sit encircling the pit inside the lodge and engage in prayer, songs and other rituals of healing with the help of a ceremonial “conductor.” The process lasts about two hours.Diane Longboat, an elder with CAMH’s Indigenous services, said clients with mental health and/or addiction issues go through a number of individual healing ceremonies before being considered ready for the rituals of the sweat lodge.Taking part in the cleansing ceremony is meant to cast out negative thoughts and feelings, and to help heal “the wounds in their lives,” said Longboat, a Mohawk from the Six Nations of the Grand River territory in southwestern Ontario.The stones are called “grandmothers and grandfathers,” terms reflective of Indigenous peoples’ great reverence for their ancestors.“When sacred water is placed on them and steam occurs, that’s a release of the spirit inside those rocks we call the eggs of Mother Earth,” explained Longboat. “Not only is it a physical detoxification of your body, but it’s an emotional shift within you.“It is sometimes a miraculous adventure when you go in because there are profound and everlasting healings that occur inside the sweat lodge. And people will look back on life and say: ‘This was a spiritual milestone for me. It was an emotional, mental and physical milestone.”’Ed Bennett, an Inuk born in Happy Valley, N.L., who ended up homeless in Toronto, was a client at CAMH about five years ago and was enrolled in its 21-day in-house program to deal with psychological issues and substance abuse.The program helped Bennett learn to express suppressed feelings, to deal with family-related trauma and to accept his identity as a “two-spirit man and a gay man.”He was able to take part in sweat lodge ceremonies through the Native Men’s Residence, a shelter program in Toronto.“It allows me to cleanse myself, especially of those negative thoughts that keep coming back to me from time to time,” said the 56-year-old. “So the sweat lodge ceremony allows me to release those.“I’m really looking forward to my first sweat lodge ceremony at CAMH and to continue to use this important ceremony in my healing journey.”Linklater, an Anishinaabe from Rainy River First Nations in northwestern Ontario, said she believes Canadian society has become much more aware of the historical scars borne by First Nations, Metis and Inuit as a result of colonization, forced relocations of entire communities, the impact of residential schools and the mass apprehensions of Indigenous children in what’s known as the ’60s Scoop.“We know that this trauma does not resolve on its own, but rather intensifies and then becomes extended to the children and grandchildren,” she said.“And that’s why we feel that it’s really important that health services understand the impacts of multi-generational trauma and begin to offer services that are actually relevant and appropriate.”While the sweat lodge will initially be made available only to Indigenous clients, said Linklater, “we are certainly looking forward to a time when clients from other cultures can participate in our traditional healing processes.”last_img read more