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Electricity distribution in Mahdia to be expanded

first_imgAn increased number of residents in Mahdia, Region Eight, will soon have electricity in their homes, according to General Manager of the Mahdia Power and Light Incorporated (MPL Inc), Courtney Handy.Mahdia Power and Light IncorporatedHandy said plans are underway to extend services to new communities, including a new developing housing scheme in Mahdia, and Upper and Lower Campbelltown.Services will also be augmented with establishment of the Tumatumari Hydro Plant, Handy noted.MPL Inc currently has two generators, a 400 and a 625, which operate on 46 or 56 litres an hour, respectively. Twenty hours of electricity are provided daily on a weekly basis, and 24 hours on weekends. However, according to Handy, one of the major challenges is the timely receipt of fuel.“We mainly get our supply from GUYOIL, and that is all the way in Georgetown. So it will take an entire day to come to Mahdia. You have to come through Linden, then through Mabura, then here. But once we can get that on time, everything is fine,” Handy is quoted by the Department of Public Information as saying.The utility company is mainly sustained through government subvention and rates accrued from the current 6,116 customers. Handy related to DPI that from May 1, the collection rate was increased from 70 to approximately 90 per cent.He said, “Based on the amount of money we bill, we collect 70 per cent from our customers, and we’re trying to increase it to somewhere to 90, so that we can improve our efficiency and achieve our goal of expanding services.”According to the GM, operations are running smoothly with the two engines. Total capacity is 1.2 megawatts, and approximately 368 kilowatts during peak hours.MPL Inc is governed by the Public Infrastructure Ministry’s Hinterland Electrification Company Incorporated.last_img read more

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While rivals chase £100m Pogba, have Leicester just found themselves Kante MkII?

first_img1 Leicester City have signed midfielder Nampalys Mendy from Nice for an undisclosed fee on a four-year contract, making him the Premier League champions’ third acquisition of the summer.The 24-year-old Frenchman played for Foxes manager Claudio Ranieri when the Italian led Monaco to promotion in 2013, and joins goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zielerand defender Luis Hernandez in signing for Leicester.“I know the coach, I know his mentality and I know his philosophy,” said Mendy. “When he speaks it’s direct and clear and for me I like this.”Mendy was an ever present for Nice in Ligue 1 and played five times for France Under-21s, but is yet to make an appearance for the senior French team.last_img read more

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Have Hummba, will see the world

first_imgHummba, a homegrown mobile applicationfor travellers, is available for Cape Town and many other locations around the world. (Image: Janine Erasmus)MEDIA CONTACTS • Mark Allewell  Hummba CEO  +27 21 448 8411 RELATED ARTICLES • Local music festivals rock in SA • Stellenbosch on a bicycle • More to SA than Nelson Mandela • Take a diamond tour in Cape Town • Hermanus wine route re-launchedLorraine KearneyThe idea is so simple, but genius – audio travel guides. Most everyone has a mobile phone these days, and most everyone won’t leave home without their trusty device.Hummba feels this love, and runs with it. You can download its audio travel guides to your cellphone – for free – and then plug in and play when you’re in a foreign city, or even taking a sho’t left (South African slang, meaning “the next left turn”) around your home town.There are many benefits – turfing bulky guidebooks out of your luggage makes for a much lighter backpack or more space for souvenirs in your suitcase.And you never have to find a place to sit down to thumb through a well-worn or torn printed tome to get information. It’s all on your phone, all the time, exactly where you are.From its home base in the trendy Cape Town suburb of Woodstock, this South African innovation is making waves around the world, and already has offices in Spain and New Zealand.It went live in 2011 and featured as number 18 on the list of top 20 startups in Africa in the February 2012 issue of Forbes Africa magazine.Hummba is in good company: the list includes MXit, the globally popular South African instant messaging service, and the website building and hosting service Yola.The name Hummba is derived from the isiZulu word “hamba”, meaning “to go”, but, says founder Mark Allewell, that url was already taken.Tourism Radio rootsTourism Radio, Hummba’s parent, was started by Allewell in 2005. A journalist, qualified tour guide and diehard traveller, Allewell combined all his passions and – with some help from engineering students at the University of Cape Town – came up with the concept of the radio travel guide.The daddy of the pack is a black tourism radio device placed in a hired car. Using GPS technology, the device guides you round the city you’re visiting, talking to you about the places you are seeing, building the information as you drive.It’s hugely popular in New Zealand and among older, less tech-savvy travellers. Tourism Radio was picked up as an innovation on the Discovery Channel. The show was seen by a German family, which promptly boarded a plane for the Mother City to talk business. They bought the company in 2006 and are taking it global.“We realised the cost implications of trying to take these devices to new countries and decided it would be cheaper and more effective to combine mobile technology with our product,” explains Allewell, now Hummba CEO.“Tourism Radio’s holding company is in Switzerland, but, using our offices and recording studios in Cape Town, New Zealand and Spain we brought out Hummba in beta in 2011.”Using GPS technologyThe Hummba guides combine GPS and mobile technology, with Hummba-created content recorded in the company’s three studios, using local guides and fact checking with local tourism authorities. What you get, simply by listening to your mobile phone, is a personal tour guide giving you first-hand information.The programme creates the personal guide as you walk or drive, so it is always specific to your exact location. It is also always current.Already there are 400 hours of recorded guides for hundreds of popular tourist destinations in 100 countries.More is to follow, with some top-notch quality: Hummba has signed a global agreement with Frommers, the world-renowned travel guide publishers. It will use Frommers’s content, adding it to what it already offers, says Allewell. The launch is planned for 4 April.While the Hummba application is still being developed, there are working versions for Android and the iPhone. Users can download the free app on their smartphone before they leave and, once at their destination, they just open it and they’re off. There is no need for wi-fi access, or Bluetooth or any internet connectivity.“Digital travel is really big,” says Allewell. “About 800 000 text travel guides are downloaded each month. I predict that in about two years travel books will be phased out.“With Hummba on your phone, you can track your route in the city you’re visiting, add your journey to Twitter or Facebook, upload pictures and keep your friends and relatives up to date on where you are and what you’re doing.”White labelling dealsHummba will launch its guide shop on March 26 and is in the process of setting up white-labelling deals, through which it will sell its certified content, unlabelled, to organisations such as Cape Town Tourism.“It is our app, with no names on it. Then the other organisation can put their branding on it. We’ve also signed a deal with Renault so the app will come pre-installed in its cars. White-labelling will help to spread our technology.”At present most of the audio guides are only available in English, though there are some Spanish ones, distributed by the Spanish office. By the end of 2012 they will all be available in Spanish, as well as in German, Italian and French.There are other ideas in the pipeline for the technology, to be made public as the year unfolds.“This technology can do a lot,” says Allewell.Despite the global nature of the company, Allewell says it has stayed true to its relaxed, extrovert roots. “We dress down; sometimes come to work barefoot. And we still travel as much as possible.”last_img read more

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Tripura Chief Secy., 15 others transferred

first_imgIn a major administrative reshuffle a day after the Lok Sabha election results were announced, the BJP government in Tripura has transferred the Chief Secretary, 11 IAS officers, two IPS officers and two Tripura Civil Service officers, officials said on Saturday.“While campaigning for the elections, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb had openly expressed anger about the functioning of some senior officials. The administrative reshuffle might be in line with his discontent,” said a senior official on condition of anonymity.‘An upright officer’ “The government has transferred Chief Secretary Lalit Kumar Gupta, an upright 1987 batch IAS officer, and posted him as Director General of SIPARD (State Institute of Public Administration and Rural Development). Principal Secretary Manoj Kumar would hold the interim charge of the Chief Secretary,” the official added.The official said that the EC had transferred some IPS and IAS officers during the election. “Some of those officers were either reinstated or posted elsewhere in the Friday night reshuffle,” he said. In the administrative shake-up, senior IPS officer Rajiv Singh has been reinstated as Additional DGP (Law Order), while IGP (Crime) Puneet Rastogi has been relieved from the charge of IGP (Law and Order).last_img read more

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SIXTY SECONDS IN TOUCH

first_imgInside Sport will be doing a story on the Australian teams heading to South Africa for the World Cup in January 2007. A journalist from Inside Sport will be present at the TFA Open Team Camp which is happening in Cronulla from Friday 22nd September to Sunday 24th September. Congratulations to the Queensland Secondary Schools Women’s teams and the Sydney Mets Men’s team who took out their respective titles. Both teams fought extremely hard to take home the titles with competition very tight in both divisions. NATIONAL 18 YEARS AND UNDER CHAMPIONSHIPS DRAW AND RESULTS  Welcome to the post-National 18 Years and under Championships edition of Sixty Seconds in Touch……..What a week it has been…..the National 18 Years and under Championships in Coffs Harbour was a huge success last week, with spectacular displays of Touch by the best young players in the country. There were a variety of interesting feature articles as well as match reports written at the event, all stories can be accessed from the homepage.center_img The Sporting Pulse website has results from all rounds of the National 18 Years and under Championships. Visit the Sporting Pulse website for details of all matches. To celebrate the release of ESUS’s new Touch shoes TFA and Esus are pleased to offer TFA members a significant discount on shoes. For a strictly limited time, members can purchase either a pair of the Toro or Matador shoes for only $30, plus postage and handling. This represents a saving of $49 on the normal price of the Toro and of $69 on the Matador.  Members can also purchase both styles for a single payment of $55*!!!  That’s two pairs of ESUS shoes for less than the price of one average pair. For more information on the shoes, and how to order please visit the homepage. The photographs taken by Sporting Images at the National 18’s are now available on their website SPORTING IMAGES. We thank Sporting Images for their continued support and service and also for providing all the photographs for our website.last_img read more

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South African pay TV service DStv is to launch a r

first_imgSouth African pay TV service DStv is to launch a raft of new channels and reorder its existing services at the beginning of October. The MultiChoice-owned pay TV service will also migrate its services to the recently launched Intelsat-20 satellite, replacing Intelsat 7 and Intelsat 10 at 68.5° East, to give it more capacity to launch the new channels.DStv will change the location on the EPG of its general entertainment channels, with international and local channels in occupying consecutive ranges of channel numbers, followed by documentary and lifestyle channels, South African free-to-air channels and its SuperSport offering.The broadcaster is also giving SD and HD versions of the same channel the same channel number, with HD customers getting access to the HD version by default. Premium service M-Net will replace its MM1 and MM2 movie channels with six new channels comprising one premiere and five themed channels: M-Net Movies Premiere, M-Net Movies Action Plus, M-Net Movies Family, M-Net Movies Comedy, M-Net Movies Drama and Romance, and M-Net Movies Showcase. These channels will all be available in HD. DSTv will also add Africa Magic Entertainment and Africa Magic Movies 1 at the beginning of October. DStv customers with HD DVRs will also get Studio Universal and Universal channels in HD from 1 October, in addition to the M-Net Movies channels which they will also get in HD.“Whilst it may take some getting used to, we trust that the new channel numbering will make for an overall better navigation and viewing experience on DStv. We want to assure our customers that we have taken every care to ensure there is as little disruption and change to their viewing routine as possible,” said Collins Khumalo, CEO of MultiChoice South Africa.last_img read more

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By WVUA Student Reporter Ensley Nichols This Satur

first_imgBy WVUA Student Reporter Ensley NicholsThis Saturday during Alabama’s home game against Mercer, Dwight Wood suddenly passed away just feet away from the “Crimson Tide Kickoff” show.Dwight was known as Alabama baseball’s biggest fan. He was at every game in the front cheering the Tide on.He was known for his charge cheer in the stands, and always gave positive feedback to the players after games.As baseball season approaches, friends and players are feeling a void in the upcoming season.UA baseball player, Davis Vainer says, “Personally I took it really hard. I was crying a bunch and I had my buddies, and we all kind of gathered around and said a quick prayer and it’s so sad especially loosing someone who is so positive, always in good spirits.”Vainer also said, “I’m going to have a lot more to play for now.”The players were thankful for all the encouraging words Dwight would give to them and their teammates.The cause of death has not yet been released, and funeral arrangements have not yet been made.The Alabama baseball community plans to honor Dwight in the upcoming season, and possibly even before.last_img read more