A NUMBER of businesses in the county are in severe financial trouble as the recession begins to bite.These include:* McNamee Construction Limited, Castlefin. A creditors meeting takes place this Friday, August 5th, at the Silver Tassie Hotel in Letterkenny at 11am. * Breslins Londis supermarket in Bundoran. A creditors meeting takes place at 9am tomorrow, Tuesday August 2nd at 9am at the Great Northern Hotel.* Greencastle Plumbing Limited. A meeting is scheduled at Gallaghers Hotel in Letterkenny at 9am this Wednesday, August 3.MORE BUSINESSES IN TROUBLE AS RECESSION BITES was last modified: August 1st, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegal businesses in trouble read more
Kevin Durant will be on hand in March when the Oklahoma City Thunder retire the No. 4 jersey of his former teammate, Nick Collison, the Golden State star confirmed to ESPN.“That group was so special, that whole group from 2010 until I left there, it was special,” Durant said. “It’s about time for us to let go of all that extra stuff, and just come together – especially around this time, because it’s Nick.”Durant was with the franchise from 2007 until the end of the 2016 season, when he joined …
Pay-as-you-go solar technology is making it possible for remote and off-grid communities in Africa to generate their own electricity. (Image: Eight19) The IndiGo solar lighting system bypasses the need for a grid connection and works just like a prepaid cellular phone. (Image: Eight19) MEDIA CONTACTS • Simon Bransfield-Garth Eight19 +44 (0) 1223 437 437RELATED ARTICLES • Africa leads solar laptop revolution • SA becoming a renewable energy hub • African sun could light world’s cities • Mega development for Central AfricaWilma den HartighPay-as-you-go solar technology is making it possible for remote and off-grid communities in Africa to generate their own electricity, reducing the need for environmentally harmful and dangerous lighting practices such as burning kerosene oil.Pay-as-you-go products have become synonymous with mobile phones, but now developers of a new solar energy service are using the same business model to bring clean, affordable and renewable electricity to remote communities in Africa.In South Africa, similar upfront payment products such as prepaid electricity are available, but this only applies to users connected to the national grid.According to Eight19, developers of the IndiGo solar electricity system, 1.6-billion people (more than one fifth of the world’s population), lack access to electricity via a grid and pay high prices for kerosene to serve basic needs such as lighting.Prepaid technology for electricityThe IndiGo solar lighting system, developed by the UK-based solar technology company, consists of a battery pack, a photovoltaic solar panel, lights and a phone charging device.The system, which bypasses the need for a grid connection, can light two small rooms for seven hours at a time and charge small portable devices such as mobile phones.The device is affordable and users can generate electricity for less than their current spend on kerosene. Users can purchase the energy the device produces for as little as US$1(R8) a week.Nyungura James Ode, a rural farmer in the Nimule region in the new nation of South Sudan, explains how his life has changed since he started using an IndiGo device.“I save about half of the money I would spend on batteries and kerosene,” Ode says.Before, he often had to travel to a market three kilometres away from his home to buy batteries for his family’s battery-powered lanterns. He also had to charge mobile phones at charging stations in town twice a week.“I can spend more time at home now that I don’t have to walk to the village and wait for phones to charge,” he says.As easy as buying airtimeThe IndiGo device works just like a prepaid cellular phone. When users want to purchase electricity, they buy a scratch card from a local vendor and load credit onto their solar cell.Power from the cell then charges the battery in the IndiGo box, making electricity available.According to Eight19, the pay-as-you-go model is an affordable way to provide power for low-energy lighting and battery charging in homes, schools and workplaces in emerging markets.IndiGo can be used to provide light for children to do their homework, it enables stallholders to work when it is dark, and supplies the energy to power internet connections.The risk of fraud is also very low as the units operate using top-up codes that are securely sent to owners’ mobile phones in the form of text messages. Without the codes, the system can’t generate electricity.A need for electricityThe IndiGo devices are already improving the quality of life of people living in Africa.Eight19 first launched in Kenya in September last year, and now the company has plans to distribute IndiGo in South Sudan.Eight19 has partnered with WorldVenture, an international charitable organisation, to install the systems in rural villages in Nimule in South Sudan. The developer intends to distribute 1 000 units in the first half of 2012 to the region.South Sudan is the fourth African country to receive IndiGo devices. So far, remote towns in Kenya, Malawi, South Sudan and Zambia have adopted the IndiGo electrification scheme.According to Thomas Bell, South Sudan director of projects at WorldVenture, there is a great need for off-grid power in South Sudan.“Sometimes the poorest even burn grass despite the smoke health hazard and fire risk,” Bell says.Eight19’s pay-as-you-go solar device is the ideal solution to give people access to electricity in a country that lacks infrastructure.“IndiGo has the potential to transform the energy market by enabling local energy production. People can access power without having to wait for the grid,” says Bell.Simon Bransfield-Garth, CEO of Eight19, says that the response to the product has been very positive since it launched in Kenya.A new way to access electricityAccording to Steve Andrews, CEO of UK-based charity SolarAid, pay-as-you-go solar power could play a major role in rural African development.Andrews says that just as mobile phones have made it possible for people to access telephone technology without a landline system, Eight19’s approach could do the same for electricity provision to the world’s poorest people.Bransfield-Garth hopes that his company can also help to reduce global carbon emissions by eliminating the use of kerosene for lighting in Africa.In the future, Eight19 wants to develop larger solar systems with greater capacities to power televisions, radios and fridges.He says that this means that people living in remote communities could have access to similar levels of electricity available in big cities. read more
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Today’s average yield for the I-71 leg was 191.9 bushels as yields improved as we moved into southern Ohio. Here is more from the I-71 crew after the second day.
Swiss couple assaulted in Agra; Sushma seeks information Senior Agra police officials told The Hindu that “loot was the motive for the attack on the Swiss couple”. Quentin Jeremy Clerc and his partner Marie Droz, both in their twenties, were first stalked and harassed, and later brutally assaulted with sticks and stones, by a group of five persons in Fatehpur Sikri near Agra on October 22.“The culprits have told us that they wanted to rob valuable stuff like camera from the Swiss couple. Section 326 of the IPC (Indian Penal Code), which is related to voluntarily causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapons or means, has been added to the FIR (First Information Report),” said a senior official supervising the probe.The accused were earlier booked under Section 323 (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt) and Section 325 (punishment for voluntarily causing grievous hurt).One abscondingTwo of the five accused arrested on Thursday were presented in the court on Friday and sent to jail. The remaining three under-age boys have been sent to a rehabilitation centre in Agra.Also Read A sixth accused, who is also possibly a minor, is still absconding, said the police.In its first official statement, the Uttar Pradesh police had suggested that “public display of affection” (PDA) had provoked local youths to attack the couple with stones on Sunday afternoon in Fatehpur Sikri.The FIR registered by the Fatehpur Sikri police suo motu after the tourists refused to file one, claims that the couple was indulging in “alingan sparsh” (PDA) in the bushes near the railway track. However, police statements made thereafter omitted this aspect of the incident and only say the couple became engaged in “a dispute” with some local youths.Embassy concernedA statement by the Embassy of Switzerland in New Delhi said that it was “deeply concerned about the health” of the Swiss couple. “The Embassy will continue to provide all possible support to them and their families and trusts that the Indian law enforcement agencies and judicial system will deliver justice,” the statement said.The condition of the Swiss couple who had suffered severe injuries in the attack is said to be stable. Mr. Clerc suffered a fractured skull, while Ms. Droz had a broken arm and many bruises. read more