British wastewater firm enters SA

first_img29 October 2009British wastewater treatment company Bluewater Bio has entered the South African market through the signing of an exclusive representation agreement with local firm Headstream Water Holdings.The market opportunity in South Africa is significant, with over 1 600 wastewater treatment plants registered with the Department of Environment and Water Affairs, Bluewater Bio said a statement this week.South African baseOfficial estimates suggest that approximately 60% of the plants, predominantly those in rural areas, are dysfunctional to a greater or lesser degree, as capable technical staff are usually employed by the country’s larger municipalities.“South Africa is a priority region for Bluewater Bio because many plants in the country are dysfunctional,” said Bluewater Bio CEO Daniel Ishag. “This is down to poor maintenance, lack of capital expenditure and, most importantly, overloading because of population growth.“There is no doubt that the remainder of the sub-Saharan African countries are in a far worse predicament, and South Africa will be our central base as we enter this market.”Restoring performance, upgradesHeadstream Water, which will officially open its Johannesburg and Cape Town offices in January 2010, is looking at projects nationally in South Africa.Its initial focus will be on restoring performance and upgrading plants in particularly stressed areas and on private sector operated plants serving mining communities.There are three projects under consideration in North West province and one in Mpumalanga. Headstream is also currently negotiating a cooperation agreement with the largest independent operator of wastewater treatment plants in South Africa.Attractive solutionAccording to Bluewater Bio, its HYBACS propriety wastewater treatment process is particularly attractive in these regions because it avoids large civil works and can provide up to 50% energy savings, which is a major issue in South Africa.Bluewater Bio and Headstream expect to expand into other sub-Saharan African countries approximately 12 to 18 months after the South African launch.While the cooperation agreement is for an initial three-year period, the licence can be extended for further two-year periods in perpetuity if Headstream achieves its sales targets.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Device Simplifies Building Rehabs

first_imgA device worn like a backpack automatically records room dimensions, the location of HVAC equipment, and electrical sources as it’s carried through a building by a technician, greatly simplifying planning for energy upgrades, the website VPA reports.The Rapid Building Energy Modeler, or RAPMOD, was created by scientists at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and its partners and is being developed by Baumann Consulting.The device needs a single pass through the building to create a three-dimensional model, giving engineers and architects information that ordinarily would take much longer to collect. The Berkeley Lab said that in field tests conducted at two West Coast hotels, a technician with a RAPMOD completed indoor mapping in two days, rather than the three months it had previously taken with manual scanning.In a video posted with the VPA report, Baumann engineer Annie Marston explains that the device records not only the geometry of the building, but the location of lights and electrical outlets and other features that architects would need to pay attention to before planning renovations and upgrades. A 3-D image produced from the recorded data includes an infrared image of each of the rooms and other information that can be transferred into an energy modeling program used to calculate where energy savings can be made.Developers say it also will be helpful for architectural design.Among the instruments in the RAPMOD are cameras, laser scanners, a barometer which measures height, and magnetometers that sense the location of metallic structures, the report says. The virtual map of the structure is accurate to within 10 centimeters (about 4 inches).The device now weighs about 33 lb., but developers are trying to reduce that to 22 lb. It costs $20,000.last_img read more

Euro 2020 qualifiers: France bounce back, Belgium and Germany win big

first_imgBelgium, Germany, Italy and Northern Ireland all won their respective matches to stay perfect in the Euro 2020 qualifiers, while World Cup champions France regained their form after an unexpected loss to Turkey.In Mainz, Marco Reus and Serge Gnabry each had a brace as Germany romped 8-0 against Estonia on Tuesday. Leon Goretzka, Ilkay Gundogan, Timo Werner and Leroy Sane scored the other goals for Die Mannschaft, reports Efe news.Their third victory in as many matches lifted Germany to nine points, three behind Northern Ireland, who won 1-0 away to Belarus on Tuesday to retain the top spot in Group C thanks to a goal in the 86th minute by Patrick McNair.Romelu Lukaku scored twice and Kevin de Bruyne added a third goal to power Belgium over Scotland 3-0 in Brussels, leaving the Red Devils atop Group I with 12 points.Second place belongs to Russia, who defeated Cyprus 1-0 on a goal by Aleksey Ionov, while Kazakhstan routed San Marino 4-0 to climb into the third spot with 6 points and a better goal difference than Scotland.France, getting goals from Kylian Mbappe, Wissam Ben Yedder, Florian Thauvin and Kurt Zouma, cruised 4-0 against Andorra and reclaimed first place in Group H.Les Bleus have nine points, the same as second-place Turkey and Iceland in third, but enjoy an edge on goals.The Turks, meanwhile, missed a chance to surge ahead of France, losing 2-1 to the Icelanders. Albania blanked Moldova 2-0 in the other Group H contest.Italy conceded a goal to Edin Dzeko in the 30th minute to fall behind 1-0 against Bosnia and Herzegovina in Turin, but Lorenzo Insigne equalized for the hosts at the start of the second half and Marco Verratti got the winner with four minutes left in regulation.advertisementWith 12 points, Italy lead Group J by three points over Finland, who bested Liechtenstein 2-0 on Tuesday.Armenia is third in the group after beating Greece 3-2 in Athens.In Group E, Hungary held Wales 1-0 to move into first place with 9 points, though Slovakia and Croatia – both with 6 points – each have a game in hand.The Welsh, who have only three points from three matches, face an uphill battle to qualify.Marek Hamsik had two goals for the Slovaks in a 5-1 away triumph over Azerbaijan. Stanislav Lobotka, Juraj Kucka, and David Hancko also scored for the visitors.Also Read | Filipe Luis to decide future after Copa AmericaAlso Read | Copa America: Neymar’s absence could be blessing in disguise for hosts BrazilAlso Seelast_img read more

Ben Arfa rep: PSG violating rules

first_imgPSG PSG in violation of player rights, Ben Arfa’s lawyer claims Matt Dorman Last updated 2 years ago 06:10 7/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(5) Hatem Ben Arfa PSG Getty Images PSG Metz v PSG Metz Ligue 1 The club’s exiling of the player is a breach of league rules, according to the former France international’s lawyer Hatem Ben-Arfa’s lawyer has accused Paris Saint-Germain of violating France’s professional football charter in its treatment of the 30-year-old outcast.The former Les Bleus star rejected the chance to leave during the transfer window and was subsequently demoted to PSG’s reserve side, which competes in the fourth-tier Championnat National 2.PSG 13/2 to beat Metz 2-0 Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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 Jean-Jacques Bertrand, Ben Arfa’s lawyer, labelled the move a contravention of Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) rules which prevent clubs from denying professionally-contracted players access to certain training standards.Bertrand intends to appeal to the LFP’s legal commission if the former Newcastle United and Nice playmaker is not restored to first-team training by Friday.”Legally, I think the club is violating the Professional Football Charter,” Bertrand told AFP .”I informed the club by e-mail and advised that we do not accept the situation.”Depending on the response, we will seek action from the league’s disciplinary committee.”@KMbappe : “I want to play and progress at the highest level, and PSG meets all my expectations.” #BienvenueKylian — PSG English (@PSG_English) September 6, 2017 Speaking on the day of Kylian Mbappe’s unveiling, PSG boss Unai Emery responded by saying the club had informed Ben Arfa of the situation at the beginning of pre-season and that he may still be recalled to first-team training.However, Bertrand labelled the comments “comical”.”Half of the team are with their national teams and [other] players have been called up from the reserves to complete the group. Obviously it is not a problem of overstaffing,” Ben Arfa’s representative said.The 15-time France international has less than 12 months remaining on his contract and was left out of PSG’s squad for the Champions League group stage.last_img read more

PM Holness urges Jamaicans to take responsibility for the country

first_img “We are a self-respecting nation – proud, free and quite capable to be masters of our own destiny. We have many things to give the world. We see no special favours. There is no reason for us to be poor. With our creative human capital and fortitude in tackling our economic challenges, there is no problem we can’t defeat,” said prime minister Holness. Story Highlights The prime minister noted that the country achieved a primary surplus balance of $135.9 Billion in the 2016/2017 fiscal year which was $12.9 billion above the minimum 7% target. Prime Minister Andrew Holness says Jamaica has come a far way in its 55 years of political Independence.In his message to mark, Independence Day 2017, prime minister Holness said Jamaica has overcome several challenges despite the odds.“We are a tough, courageous, purposeful and determined people. We have proven over and over again in our 55 years that we are equal to any task, once we put our collective minds to it. There are some challenges but I have absolutely no doubt that we can successfully defeat them,“ said prime minister Holness.Mr. Holness pointed to the country’s macroeconomic reforms. He noted the hard decisions made and the sacrifices of Jamaicans to strengthen economic independence.The prime minister noted that the country achieved a primary surplus balance of $135.9 Billion in the 2016/2017 fiscal year which was $12.9 billion above the minimum 7% target.In addition, Mr. Holness pointed to the $1.46 Billion dollars earned from the tourism sector for the first six months of the year which translates to a 7.5% growth in the sector.The prime minister was also upbeat about the country’s prospects in the manufacturing, small business and Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) sectors.“We are a self-respecting nation – proud, free and quite capable to be masters of our own destiny. We have many things to give the world. We see no special favours. There is no reason for us to be poor. With our creative human capital and fortitude in tackling our economic challenges, there is no problem we can’t defeat,” said prime minister Holness.The prime minister paid tribute to the many Jamaicans who have done pioneering work at home and across the world and the country’s athletes. Prime Minister Andrew Holness says Jamaica has come a far way in its 55 years of political Independence.last_img read more