MTN goes green with co-generation

first_imgThis chilled water is then supplied to the air-handling units that supply the cooled air for the electronic equipment housed in the new building – the test switch centre on the ground floor and the data centre on the first floor. In an effort to increase savings through the development of a self-sustaining power supply initiative, telecoms company MTN has installed a two megawatt, methane-driven tri-generation plant – the first of its kind in Africa – at its offices in Fairlands, Johannesburg. “And, what better way to do this than by creating our own source of sustainable energy.” Methane gas is a clean-burning, sustainable gas that is reliable and offers a consistent supply. The gas will be sourced from the Mozambique, and is transported to MTN’s Fairland offices via Sasol in Secunda and Johannesburg’s Egoli Gas. “This tri-generator plant electricity plant by MTN is evidence that you are an environmentally-friendly and good corporate citizen,” Pule said. “The idea of using methane gas to generate energy got us all thinking and the tri-generation power plant is the end result.” Shift to low-carbon economy All the plant’s processes have been designed to result in savings in the water and electricity costs. And, once it is running at 100% capacity, the plant’s load excess will power and cool the campus. “Today, we are about to witness what was just a plan in October 2008, becoming a reality, in enabling us to manage potential energy shortages and reduce power consumption, increase savings, and initiate a sustainability model to reduce our carbon footprint. “This plant will also assist us in reducing the greenhouse gas emissions associated with the electricity consumption here at our headquarters, resulting in a reduction of coal-based electricity generation and its associated environmental consequences,” said Pienaar. Using the tri-generation plant, methane gas is burned in the machines and the energy created by the gas-fired engines generates heat and electricity. The waste heat from the engines will be used in the absorption chiller to cool the water. Cooling by-product “Therefore, I am elated to witness that your growing corporate footprint is consistent with your thrust to reduce your carbon footprint. In fact, it is comforting to see that you are going the extra mile to make our sector even greener and safer for future generations.center_img 16 August 2010 The water from the six huge cooling towers is used to cool down the heat from the engines. As it is not used in the absorption cycle, this “grey water” is then recycled through the Phase 1 and Phase 2 buildings on the MTN campus to flush the toilets. Reduce consumption, increase saving “The tri-generation plant is the result of a unique solution to meet our strategic objectives – it will generate electricity and, through a second re-absorption chiller cycle using the waste heat, will generate water for the air-conditioning systems in our buildings,” Pienaar said in a statement. As a spin-off, the plant will produce an estimated 800kW of cooling for free, resulting in further savings in the building’s air conditioning processes. Speaking at the launch of the plant earlier this month, MTN South Africa MD Karel Pienaar said that given the current climate, there was greater pressure on companies to do more with less in a responsible and sustainable way, and also reduce their carbon footprint. Additionally, the project would also ensure that the company’s expansion plans were not hampered due to a lack of power supply needed. Also speaking at the function at MTN, Deputy Communications Minister Dina Pule commented: “Nothing less than a shift from a high to a low carbon global economy is required and in many cases, ICTs appear to offer the best way to accelerate this. When the plant is fully operational and producing two megawatt of power, MTN expects a return on its investment of R22-million within a five-year period. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material “Through our efforts to reduce our carbon footprint and increase our focus on sustainability and our ‘Greening 14th Avenue’ initiative, MTN Group is showing its commitment to lead by example,” said MTN Group CEO Phuthuma Nhleko.last_img read more

Top Picks: 15 Must-Hit Concerts In Philadelphia Through The End Of Summer

first_img Yes, the summer season seems to be flying by. But, don’t fret — there’s still no shortage of dope live entertainment rocking Philadelphia stages over the next few weeks. From heavyweight music veterans like Jay Z, Beyonce, Chris Brown, Diana Ross and Beanie Sigel, to emerging Philly-based acts like Laurin Talese and Chill Moody — we’ve pulled together a list of all of the can’t-miss shows that are going down in Philadelphia through late summer. You can find all of the details on these shows below, and be sure to keep an eye on the Philly 360° events page for all of the city’s hottest live music concerts, fashion events and creative happenings. Let’s go! Jay-Z at Made In America Music Festival(Photo by: Michael Falco) Diana Ross Sunday, September 20 | The Mann Center, 5201 Parkside Avenue | $49.50-$110 Due to demand, R&B/soul legend Diana Ross returns to The Mann with her In The Name of Love Tour in September. Ross’ remarkable career spans almost five decades, making the classic soul diva one of the most iconic female singers of all time. MORE INFO Lianne La Havas Sunday, September 20 | The TLA, 334 South Street | $28.50 Since the 2012 US release of her debut album Is Your Love Big Enough?, UK singer/songerwriter Lianne La Havas has been living a charmed life. Recently, the singer dropped a new project, Blood, which includes her highly-praised first single, “Unstoppable.” On September 20, La Havas hits Union Transfer in Spring Garden for an incredibly beautiful, intimate night of music. Grab your tickets and don’t miss her Philadelphia return. MORE INFO Wale Thursday, September, 24 | Electric Factory, 421 N 7th Street | $37.50-$40 Hailed as one of the hottest talents in hip-hop, GRAMMY-nominated rapper Wale performs at the Electric Factory on September 24. Earlier this year, Wale released his highly anticipated fourth studio album, which is widely looked at as his most eclectic, entertaining and personal album to date. MORE INFO Earl Sweatshirt Saturday, September 5 | The TLA, 334 South Street | $27 Born Thebe Kgositsile, Earl Sweatshirt is a West Coast rapper and member of the Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All crew. Following in the footsteps of Eminem, Natas, and Esham, Earl would ultimately signed a deal with Columbia Records —enabling him to issue material on the major label through his own Tan Cressida imprint. Catch Earl on Saturday, September 25 at South Street music hub, The TLA. Tickets on sale now. MORE INFO Made In America September 5 & 6 | Benjamin Franklin Parkway | $150 For the fourth consecutive year, Jay Z’s Budweiser Made in America Festival will land in Philly with two days of nonstop musical performances by an epic lineup of artists, each handpicked by Jay. The big news? Bey’s back.You can check out the full lineup, festival details and the official flyer here. MORE INFO Beanie Sigel Wednesday, September 9 | The TLA, 334 South Street | $35 Buzz-worthy Philadelphia-bred rap veteran Beanie Sigel lands at The TLA on South Street in September for a rare performance in his hometown. Known for his effortless and flawless executive and lyrical prowess, this performance is not to be missed. MORE INFO Lady B. Basement Party Sunday, August 23 | Dell Music Center, 2400 Strawberry Mansion Drive | $25-$55 Legendary Philadelphia MC-turned-radio personality, Lady B returns with her classic old school jam, Lady B Basement Party. The jam hits The Dell on Sunday, August 23 with performances by Naughty By Nature, 112, Biz Markie, Kool Moe D, Force MDS, Stetsasonic, and Tuff Crew. MORE INFO Alice Smith Tuesday, August 25 | World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street | $23-$33 When Alice Smith steps on stage, fans — new and old — pay attention, because they know a dope show is about to go down. Fresh off the release of her latest album She, Smith is hitting the road again, and her first stop is World Cafe Live in University City. MORE INFO Chris Brown Friday, August 21 | Susquehanna Bank Center, 1 Harbour Boulevard, Camden, NJ | $25-$270 Set to be an epic night, “Loyal” singer Chris Brown is bringing his One Hell of a Nite Tour just across the bridge to the Susquehanna Bank Center on Friday, August 21. The 25-city tour, which is making its way to town just as concert-goers are getting all their last shows in for late summer, features a lively lineup of acts including Fetty Wap, Kid Ink, Omarion and Teyana Taylor. MORE INFO Peedi Crakk Friday, August 21 | Pub Webb, 1527 Cecil B. Moore Avenue | $25 Peedi Crakk rose to fame during the State Property take over when a few dope emcees from Philadelphia found themselves signed to one of the hottest labels of the late 90s and 2000s–Roc-A-Fella Records under the guise of Jay-Z and Dame Dash. Crakk’s melodic flow and playful banter quickly put a spotlight on the North Philadelphia native as a standout star. Catch him at a special edition of the “I Heart the Arts” Variety Show at Pub Webb. MORE INFO Divas Simply Singing Saturday, August 22 |  Dell Music Center, 2400 Strawberry Mansion Drive | $25-$55 The city’s own celebrated actress and author, Sheryl Lee Ralph’s brings her annual hit “Diva’s Simply Singing” to The Dell on August 22. This year’s program includes a phenomenal lineup of powerhouse diva-worthy vocalists, including Faith Evans, Meli’sa Morgan, Carol Riddick, Urban Guerilla Orchestra, Angela Winbush, Monifah, Matthew Schuler and Candace Benson. MORE INFO Laurin Talese Tuesday, 6 p.m. | Stratus Rooftop Lounge, 433 Chestnut Street | Free Philly-based singer/songwriter Laurin Talese headlines a weekly night of jazz and cocktails at the Stratus Rooftop Lounge in Old City. So, if you’re looking for your next favorite weekly jam with a great cocktails, a stellar view of the city and one of the best jazz artists that Philly has to offer — then this event is for you. MORE INFO PHL Live 2015 Kick Off with Chill Moody & Kid Felix Tuesday, August 18 | The TLA, 334 South Street | $10 The cutting-edge musical initiative PHL Live Center Stage is back for the second year and they are kicking it off big at The TLA on South Street on Tuesday, August 18. Now partnering with Philly Fashion Week, this kick-off will feature fun, fashion and music by Philly’s own Chill Moody and Kid Felix. MORE INFO Heineken Green Room: Maseo From De La Soul Wednesday, August 19 | Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill Street This special edition of the Heineken Green Room includes a creative fusion of music and art featuring Maseo, an anchoring member of the legendary hip-hop group De La Soul, and  international graffiti master, Tim Diet. MORE INFO Red Bull Sound Select Featuring Bilal Thursday, August 20 | Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill Street | $3 with RSVP Joining Bilal on August 20 for the next edition of Red Bull Sound Select will be Son Little, a former collaborator of The Legendary Roots Crew and RJD2 and newcomer Kate Faust — a soulful singer/songwriter that has been making plenty of noise on the local music scene. MORE INFOlast_img read more

Rodwell has competition for Roma

first_imgJack Rodwell isn’t the only free agent undergoing medical tests with Roma, as Marcel Buchel is also ‘auditioning’ for a contract. The Giallorossi are in the middle of an injury crisis, with long-term problems for Lorenzo Pellegrini, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Amadou Diawara, Bryan Cristante and Davide Zappacosta. There is above all a lack of midfielders, so the club is going back on the market for free agents who can sign immediately rather than wait for the January transfer window. It has already been reported that English player Rodwell is in Rome for medical tests, but it seems he is not the only one. According to Il Messaggero newspaper, Liechtenstein international Buchel is also in the Italian Capital for a series of medicals. Coach Paulo Fonseca will decide over the next few days whether to sign one or both of these midfielders. Unlike Rodwell, Buchel spent practically his entire career in Italy with Siena, Cremonese, Juventus, Lanciano, Bologna, Verona and Empoli. He has 66 Serie A appearances under his belt, plus 80 in Serie B and 24 at Serie C level. Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/last_img read more

Is Rihanna Ozil’s lucky charm?

first_imgArsenal Is Rihanna Ozil’s lucky charm? The Arsenal and Germany star thinks so! Jamie Smith 19:06 2/4/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Mesut Ozil Getty Images Arsenal Mesut Özil Arsenal v Everton Everton Premier League Germany v Mexico Germany World Cup The pop star was present as the Gunners hammered Everton at the weekend, and the Germany ace think she brings him fortune Pop star Rihanna was in attendance at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday, watching Arsenal thump Everton 5-1 in the Premier League.Rihanna is a huge football fan, making headlines throughout the 2014 World Cup for her excited commentary on Twitter, and there were reports that she once had a brief relationship with Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema.But now Mesut Ozil thinks she might well be Arsenal’s lucky charm. 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 Still unbeaten with Riri @rihanna #WorldCupFinal2014 #AFC #Emirates #luckycharm @Arsenal @DFB_Team pic.twitter.com/kJT12cpevz— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) February 3, 2018After full debutants Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ran riot and Aaron Ramsey netted a hat-trick against the hapless Toffees, Ozil posted a selfie with Rihanna to his Twitter followers.”Still unbeaten with Riri,” Ozil wrote on Twitter, noting Rihanna had been present for Germany’s win in the 2014 World Cup final.Perhaps Arsenal should give her a season ticket.The Gunners lie sixth in the Premier League table, four points from fourth place, which represents Champions League football next term.last_img read more

10 months agoReal Madrid coach Solari: January signings? C’mon guys…

first_imgReal Madrid coach Solari: January signings? C’mon guys…by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid coach Santiago Solari has pleaded with the media to allow his players to celebrate their Club World Cup triumph.After their 4-1 final win over Al Ain, Solari was immediately asked about his transfer plans for January.”Recruits this winter? What I’m saying is that we deserve to breathe a bit, we have earned this title with a lot of merit and we must enjoy it,” said the Argentine.”The only thing I’m sure of is that this team deserves this trophy. “For now, the sequel is a deserved holiday.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

21 days ago​Liverpool boss Klopp lauds Leicester counterpart Rodgers

first_imgTagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say ​Liverpool boss Klopp lauds Leicester counterpart Rodgersby Ian Ferris21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has been speaking of the return to Anfield of former Reds boss Brendan Rodgers with Leicester.”He is doing really well – and to be honest, I am not surprised about that. I knew when I came here that he was not the reason that things did not work out. Since then he has done an incredible job at Celtic and now at Leicester.”A lot of players were in before him and are still there, but [he has made] good signings as well, really good signings, and a brilliant team. What they do is really good.”I don’t have to say that because I think everybody knows it in the moment when you watch the Leicester games, it is just exciting, they are fresh, they are good. Just good.”They defend well, play football and especially [their] counter-attacks are pretty threatening. The reception will be good, from my side and from the supporters as well, but still it is not a friendly game and that’s what we want to make sure. We are there to perform as well and hopefully that’s what we will do.” last_img read more

Georgian Ports Should Improve to Remain Key Transit Corridor

first_imgzoom Since 2014, Georgia has been experiencing a decline in container throughput due to economic weakness and the re-emergence of Iran. In order to maintain the country’s position as a key transit corridor for the Caucasus, Georgian ports would have to improve their services and connectivity to the hinterland.This was the message of Jacob Gulmann, Middle East and Africa Business Development Director of International Container Terminal Services (ICTSI) Europe, during his presentation at the 6th Black Sea Ports and Shipping held from May 18 to 19 in Adjara, Georgia. The annual transport event was co-hosted by Batumi International Container Terminal (BICT) and the Batumi Sea Port Ltd. (BSPL).According to Gulmann, Georgia’s role as a logistics corridor to the Caucasus and Central Asia region is facing a growing threat from the ports in Iran and West Asia.“The emergence of Iran and other West Asian ports prompted (BICT) to take action and expand for us to be able to compete and be at par with the best ports in the world,” Gulmann said.“We fully support the Georgian government’s initiatives to ensure that the country’s ports remain globally competitive,” he pointed out.Part of ICTSI, BICT has a current annual capacity of 150,000 TEUs. To expand, BICT looks to increase its annual capacity to 200,000 TEUs by adding another 100 metric-ton capacity mobile harbor crane, doubling the number of reach stackers to eight, increasing its empty handlers to four and deepening its controlling depth to 12 meters.last_img read more

Urwashi enters quarters Baitha upsets Ranjit

first_imgMumbai: Top seed Urwashi Joshi of Maharashtra overcame a shaky start to defeat unseeded Amita Gondi of Telangana and advance to the quarterfinals of the 44th Maharashtra State Senior Open Squash Tournament being played here on Sunday. Joshi won 9-11, 11-8, 11-8, 11-4. Second seed Tanvi Khanna of Delhi outplayed unseeded Subhadra Sony 11-1, 11-0, 11-0 to advance to the quarterfinals. Meanwhile, Nikita Agarwal of Maharashtra, who is seeded in the [5/8] bracket was made to work hard for her win against unseeded state-mate Aakanksha Yadav. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh After losing the first two games tamely, Aakanksha raised her game to take the next two games and level the scores. Nikita managed to pull herself back to take the last game 11-5 and the match 11-7, 11-4, 5-11, 8-11, 11-5 to advance to the quarter-finals. In the Men’s Open, junior Yash Fadte and Rahul Baitha soldiered on to make it to the quarterfinals. While Yash Fadte made short work of an unseeded Parth Bhatia, Rahul Baitha upset an higher-ranked Ranjit Singh of Services defeating 11-1, 11-7, 8-11, 11-9 to advance to the quarters. Top seeds Mahesh Mangaonkar and Abhishek Pradhan remain strong contenders for the title as they notched straight games wins to blaze into the quarters.last_img read more