Five alternative energy initiatives in Africa

first_img26 October 2016The renewable energy industry is a two-fold opportunity: it offers cost- effective, environmentally friendly energy to consumers in Africa and it provides a new avenue of business for entrepreneurs. Five companies are at the forefront of making alternative energy viable on the continent.Solynta EnergySolynta Engineering Team in action! #solar#nigeria#lagos# pic.twitter.com/vcoDDeKIpo— Solynta Energy (@SolyntaEnergy) October 6, 2015Founded by Lagos entrepreneur Uvie Ugono in Nigeria in 2013, Solynta provides solar panel installations to Nigeria, Ghana and South Africa. Operating with little corporate support, the company focuses on installing systems onto schools, healthcare facilities and small businesses. The company also operates a number of solar “filling stations” around Nigeria that offers consumer education, repairs and pre-loaded solar panels.Off Grid ElectricOur customers rely on their mobile devices to make payments https://t.co/3SxVFpiE6c pic.twitter.com/K8YcDs2j7t— Off Grid Electric (@OffGridE) August 18, 2016This Tanzanian small-scale power supplier uses the M-Pesa mobile money service to provide solar power systems, including LED lighting systems, to rural areas. The self-sustaining solar system complete with panels and lithium battery can be installed for as little as US$6 (about R82). It has installed over 10 000 systems in rural Tanzania and Rwanda. The company raised over $25-million (about R344-million) in 2015 that goes towards providing systems, maintenance support and technical training.Ugesi GoldUgesi Gold and EnergyNet’s off-grid energy solution starts generating power at SA school https://t.co/T4tJXNVYIA pic.twitter.com/QHrR3u8jKf— Damilola Ade (@aadedamilola) February 17, 2016A South African energy start-up, Ugesi Gold provides solar battery charging stations, called SolarTurtles, in rural areas where users can charge solar battery packs which are then carried home. In February 2014 the project was proclaimed as a Climate Solver by the World Wildlife Fund that highlights the best technologies in reducing carbon emissions and support energy access while creating awareness of the value of innovation as a tool to tackle climate change.JuabarAnother great concept for #solar mobile phone charging kiosks in rural areas – this one Juabar from Tanzania #tech4D pic.twitter.com/mpOc6zurpO— Anna Lowe (@annawillcreate) January 29, 2016Juabars, Swahili for ‘sun bar’, are becoming a common sight in Tanzania in small towns and urban areas alike. Started in 2013, Juabar travelling solar-powered phone charging kiosks use 50W solar-PV systems to charge up to 20 mobile phones or small electronic appliances at once. The company charges $600 (about R8 200) for start-up equipment and aftersales technical support to entrepreneurs who want to offer charging services to the approximately 30-million mobile users in the country. The stations are also used as mini-hubs for the community “to interact with, learn about, and create their own solar energy solutions.”SolarKiosk@solarkiosk empowers the sustainable economic development of BoP communities through clean energy services and products. #CleanSolcution pic.twitter.com/6D9AGbt4MF— GoodFestival 2016 (@GoodPowWow) October 22, 2016Operating in Kenya and Ethiopia, SolarKiosk converts traditional kiosk-stores with solar panels, enabling it to run on its own power and provide additional services to consumers, including battery charging, refrigeration and internet access. The converted kiosks provide a vital connection for rural communities to the rest of the world. The concept has been featured at the global ideas hub Tedx and won several international innovation awards.Source: AFKInsiderSouthAfrica.info reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SouthAfrica.info materiallast_img read more

Memeo Launches “GDrive” with Google’s Blessing

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Memeo, the company behind a host of backup, sharing and synchronization tools and mobile applications, has just launched Memeo Connect 2.0, an updated version of its earlier desktop-to-cloud synchronization service for Google Docs.Like its progenitor, Memeo Connect still offers drag-and-drop uploads, but in the latest release, the application’s operating system integration has been dramatically improved. Most notably, your Google Docs folder now appears as a virtual drive that Memeo labels “GDrive”, and, according to company representatives, the name is being used with Google’s blessing. But Is it Really a “GDrive”?To Internet early adopters, the name “GDrive” rings more than a few bells. It’s referring to the long-rumored cloud storage service that Google has yet to launch. In its imagined state, Google’s GDrive would have been a lot like Microsoft’s SkyDrive: several gigabytes of free storage available on the Web for all your files. On the theoretical GDrive, however, files could be in any format, of any size and there would be easy ways to sync them or move them back and forth between your computer and the cloud. Office files would open with Google’s Docs service, an online counterpart to desktop programs like Microsoft Office, and some even imagined that GDrive would further integrate with other Google properties, like Picasa for photos or YouTube for videos. Google never fully realized everyone’s GDrive dreams, but its Google Docs service is functional enough for most. It allows for the upload of any file type while multiple third-party services offer decent options for keeping files in sync between your computers and cloud. These include Memeo competitors like Box.net, Dropbox, Syncplicity, SugarSync, OfficeSync, Gladinet and more. There are few programs that actually offer the full virtual drive functionality that Memeo now does, though. The company worked closely with Google to build this latest version of its Connect software and when Google engineers found out Memeo was calling the virtual folder it creates “GDrive,” they had a good laugh. Sorry, Internet, Google isn’t designing its own GDrive service anytime soon, but it’s well aware of the rumors. Google actually prefers that, when it comes to GDrive-type offerings, third parties do it for them. The closest thing we’ll see to a Google-branded tool of any sort is a desktop uploader application now being built, sources tell us. But it’s no GDrive, based on what we’ve heard. Version 2.0: More OS Integration Blurs Line Between Desktop and CloudIn Memeo’s case, version 2.0 of its software continues to offer drag-and-drop uploads (even folders!) and automatic synchronization. But it goes further with a combination of features that make using its so-called GDrive a more viable option. For example, you can save files from your desktop-based applications like Microsoft Office directly to Google Docs via GDrive, and you can open GDrive-hosted files with its associated native desktop program. In other words, it blurs the line between the cloud and the desktop, just as Google’s mythical GDrive would have supposedly done. And for that reason, we don’t at all begrudge Memeo the name “theft.” Memeo Connect‘s other new features include the ability to select multiple files at once for deletion (from the cloud), filter files by type or category, download all Google Docs with a click, view folders shared with you via Google Docs and more. And let’s not forget one of the most exciting new features: full text search for documents, another benefit of the in-depth collaboration between Memeo and Google when building this new version of Connect. To truly transition to cloud-hosted files, this feature is considered a must-have for many users. Related Posts For Business Users Only?Memeo Connect is more business-focused than it is a consumer tool. It’s not available as a “freemium” offering, as some would expect. Surprisingly, that’s not Memeo’s decision, but rather Google’s. Google restricts its API usage for these types of synchronization services so that they only work with those who have business-level accounts. As far as pricing goes, for Google Premier users, it’s $9 a year per user and for non-Premier users, it’s $59 a year per user, which includes a new Google Apps Premier Account in addition to the sync service. Memeo Connect 2.0 is available for free evaluation from here. Both Mac and PC versions are available. center_img sarah perez Tags:#cloud computing#enterprise#Google#NYT#web#Web Office A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Quick Tip: Exporting Multiple Timelines in Adobe Premiere Pro

first_imgIt’s easy to export multiple videos simultaneously using this Adobe Premiere Pro quick tip.Exporting footage directly in Premiere Pro can be incredibly frustrating because it essentially locks up your entire program. This is especially annoying if you are working on a project with a quick turn-around.Thankfully, the good people at Adobe have made exporting multiple timelines in Adobe Premiere Pro super-easy. This feature can run in the background and allows you to run multiple timelines simultaneously without freezing up your entire workflow.It’s a pretty easy concept to understand. Simply follow these quick steps:1. Export MediaSelect your desired timeline and navigate to File>Export>Media, or use the keyboard and hit Command+M.2. Adjust Export Settings as NeededAdjust your export settings to your desired preferences. If you need help with this, you can learn more in our Everything You Need to Know About Exporting Video post.3. Click “Queue”After you hit the Queue button, Adobe Media Encoder will automatically open (if it’s not open already.) The video should pop up as an item in the list.4. Repeat as NeededContinue to add all of your desired files to the queue.5. Click the “Play” Button in Adobe Media EncoderHit the green “play” button in Adobe Media Encoder to begin exporting. You can also change your export settings by selecting the yellow text.There are two distinct advantages to using this method to export video files. The main reason is you can export multiple videos instead of just one. This allows you to finish editing all of your videos then export in one big batch.Another advantage is the fact that it uses Adobe Media Encoder instead of Premiere Pro. This is important because it means you can simultaneously edit video and export at the same time. This can definitely save a lot of time.Want to see more Premiere Pro quick tips? Check out the following posts here on PremiumBeat:Premiere Pro Quick Tip: Copying Multiple EffectsQuick Tip: Creating Extended Markers in Premiere ProPremiere Pro Quick Tip: Match FrameHave any other advice for exporting multiple timelines? Any Premiere Pro secrets you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments below.last_img read more

NAB 2018: Blackmagic Announces DaVinci Resolve 15

first_imgAt the 2018 NAB Show, Blackmagic Design announced the much-anticipated new version of their stellar NLE, DaVinci Resolve 15.All images via Blackmagic Design.What’s new to Resolve? Fusion visual effects, thats what! Resolve now offers Fusion visual effects and motion graphics directly in the program. The new software also includes a LUT browser, making it easier to see, preview, and color grade on the go. The new stacked timelines allow you to copy and paste between them, which means more freedom to build and erase sequences as you please. The biggest additions to the already-stellar new software are the Fusion and Fairlight updates. Let’s take a look at some of the key new features for each tab.Fusion EffectsThis could be a serious game changer for motion graphics or visual effects artists. Based on the demo during the press release, the beauty in Fusion lies in the compatibility of the VFX edit with your timeline — that is, it goes right to your timeline. This streamlined workflow will save time during a crunch or while cranking out last-minute revisions.Here are some of the features of the new program, straight from the product page:Vector Paint — resolution-independent paint tools with flexible brush styles, blend modes, and strokes for removing items or painting new elements.Rotoscoping — isolate objects from other elements in a scene using bezier and B-spline tools to quickly draw and animate custom shapes.3D Particle Systems — create swirling, sparkling fantastic effects in full 3D, complete with physics and behavioral forces like gravity, avoidance. and bounce.Powerful Keying — key any element using the new Delta keyer, Ultra, Chroma, Luma, and differential keyers to create the best composite.True 3D Compositing — combine live-action with 3D models, cameras, lights, and more in a true 3D workspace to create amazing photorealistic effects.Tracking and Stabilization — use 3D and planar trackers to track, match move, and stabilize anything! Match camera movement with the camera tracker.Fusion offers titles right from the get-go under Titles > Fusion Titles, which will give you access to Fusion compositions (which will open under the “Fusions” tab) that you can edit however you’d like.FairlightYou can import Fairlight and Fusion projects into your Resolve project. The audio editing program has been massively updated featuring ADR Tools, audio normalization, 3D panners, audio and video scrollers, and a sound library database.Here are some of the new Fairlight features:ADR Replacement — comprehensive professional ADR toolset for recording dialog replacement.Fixed Playhead — smooth scrolling timeline with fixed playhead in the center of the screen.Native Audio-Plugins — cross-platform reverb, de-esser, hum removal, chorus, stereo, and vocal plug‑ins.Normalization — apply a constant amount of gain to bring peak amplitude to a specific target level.Sound Library Database — scan and search 1000s of audio clips using the internal sound library database.You can now access subtitles more easily because they’ll be right on the Editing page. The ADR tools in the demo are pretty outstanding, offering you endless ways to customize and categorize which takes you liked best, as well as organize the audio waves for each take — and rate which takes you liked best.For all the details on the new update, check out Resolve’s website here.The Free Beta version of DaVinci Resolve 15 is available to download RIGHT NOW.The studio version is going to be $299.For more NAB coverage, check out our other articles:NAB 2018: SmallHD Unveils 5 New Focus MonitorsNAB 2018: Blackmagic is Releasing A New Pocket Cinema CameraNAB 2018: LaCie’s Rugged Hard Drive Gets TougherNAB 2018 Announcement: The Sony FS5 Gets an UpdateNAB 2018: What You Should Know Before You Golast_img read more

Stars Donate Items And Experiences To Rainforest Action Network Auction

first_imgHere is your chance to bid on celebrity experiences, autographed memorabilia and luxury items to benefit Rainforest Action Network!Auctions include: Dinner with Chris Noth, designer handbags signed by Sarah Jessica Parker, signed guitars from Sting and Tim McGraw, a Samsung Galaxy Note Tablet, Dragon’s Rest Cold Spring Getaway, jewelry, art, and much more.Rainforest Action Network (RAN) campaigns for the forests, their inhabitants and the natural systems that sustain life by transforming the global marketplace through education, grassroots organizing and non-violent direct action.Also going under the hammer is a guitar signed by Bonnie Raitt and a DVD collection signed by Robin Williams.To access the auction, which runs until February 27, click here.last_img read more

Getting Wired and Getting Funded

first_imgIf you’re a journalist who believes, as I do, that the best way to improve your skills is to teach yourself rather than wait for the boss to invest more money in you, there are a couple of interesting announcements today.First, check out Wired Journalists, a social-networking and information-sharing site born in the wake of Howard Owens’ call for non-wired journalists to learn the skills of new media.Wired Journalists has been in beta for a few weeks now. (I was the seventh person to join.) But now it’s open to the world.You can read Howard’s announcement here. Read Ryan Sholin’s take here. Check out Zac Echola’s thoughts here. I’m looking forward to seeing more folks from the world of B2B journalism on the site soon. So if you’re willing to share what you know, and willing to learn more, join Wired Journalists.Second, longtime readers of this blog know that I’m a big fan of WordPress, the content-management system popular with thousands of bloggers. I’ve long argued that WordPress and similar open-source systems are vastly superior to the systems used by most publishers.Now comes news that WordPress has landed $29 million in new financing … including an investment from the New York Times.Check out Matthew Ingram’s thoughts on the deal here. Read Wall Street Journal coverage here. For an earlier post of mine on WordPress, click here.last_img read more

Former McGrawHill CEO Dies

first_imgThe Aviation Week publisher and Standard & Poor’s owner serves the financial, education and business information sectors. The company sold BusinessWeek magazine late last year to Bloomberg LLC.McGraw is survived by three children, eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Harold W. McGraw Jr., chairman emeritus and former CEO of publishing giant McGraw-Hill, died Wednesday. He was 92.McGraw [pictured], grandson of company co-founder James H. McGraw, joined McGraw-Hill as president in 1975 and was later named CEO. He helped guard the company against a takeover attempt by American Express in 1979 and steered it to $1 billion in revenue for the first time in 1980. McGraw retired as president and CEO three years later, but stayed on as chairman until 1988 when he was named chairman emeritus.”My father was a passionate and principled leader, who led McGraw-Hill with an educator’s heart and an insistence that the underlying principles guiding the company since its founding in 1888—integrity, quality, value and excellence—would endure,” McGraw’s son and current chairman, president and CEO Harold McGraw III said in a statement. “He was an inspiration to us all and deeply loved McGraw-Hill and its many contributions to society. He had a special affection for all employees and their commitment to the future and well-being of the company.”last_img read more

Congressman Seth Moulton State Rep Dave Robertson Comment On EPA Prioritizing Wilmingtons

first_imgWASHINGTON, MA — Below is a press release from Congressman Seth Moulton’s Office:This week week, the US Environmental Protection Agency has placed the Olin Superfund site in Wilmington on the Administrator’s Emphasis List, meaning it is on the top of the EPA’s to-do list.In a press release announcing the news, the EPA cited the community’s coordinated effort to demonstrate the sites potential for economic development.Representative Seth Moulton (MA-06) has been working with state and local leaders and the community’s business owners to prime the area for redevelopment.“Cleaning up our environment creates jobs and improves our cities and towns–not to mention leaving a healthier planet for our kids. Wilmington will be safer and healthier, and its economy will be stronger, when the Olin Site is restored,” Moulton said. “We got this designation thanks to the strong cooperation between local businesses and leaders at every level–clearly the EPA saw the united front within our community to fix this problem.”“I am very pleased to hear about this great news that the EPA expedited the Olin Chemical Site,” added State Representative Dave Robertson. “This is the culmination of literally years of work, debate, and cooperation by the town, state and federal governments. I hope that the work proceeds quickly, and I will be sure to watch closely with Congressman Moulton to ensure the clean-up is not rushed, but rather to the standards that Wilmington residents deserve.”The EPA added the Olin Chemical Superfund site to its Administrator’s Emphasis on April 1, 2019, with “the goal of expediting the selection of a remedy to remediate soil, surface water, and areas of highest ground contamination”. Since the list’s inception, 15 cites across the country have been added and successfully removed from the list.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWASHINGTON TO WILMINGTON: Moulton, Stewart Introduce Bill To Designate “9-8-8” For Suicide Hotline Dialing CodeIn “Government”WASHINGTON TO WILMINGTON: Moulton Urges President Trump To Take Steps To Bring Afghan Allies, Translators To SafetyIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Congressman Seth Moulton Endorses Robertson, To Campaign With Him On Nov. 4In “Government”last_img read more

Bangladeshi convicted in India for selling wife

first_imgA Bangladeshi man was convicted for trafficking his wife in India, along with the owner of the hotel where she was used for prostitution, reports Times of India.The man allegedly had sold his wife to the hotel-owner, who himself raped her and later used her for sex trade, the English-language Indian daily adds.The four-year legal battle ended on Tuesday with the convictions of the Abdul Gaffar, a Bangladeshi national convicted of trafficking and illegal immigration of his Bangladeshi wife, and the hotel-owner, Bhagyadhar Dhibar, to whom he had sold his wife.Dhibar raped the victim and later exploited her in his hotel and elsewhere. He was convicted of inducing, trafficking and abetting illegal immigration of a woman. Both were sentenced to seven years’ imprisonment. The victim has been repatriated to Bangladesh.Chief judicial magistrate Kundan Kumar Kumai of the City Sessions Court passed the order, convicting Gaffar under Sections 366B and 370 of the IPC and Section 14C of Foreigners Act of India.The charges include punishment for “importation” of a woman from a foreign country and trafficking her for the purpose of prostitution. Dhibar was convicted under Sections 366, 366B, 370 and 120B of the IPC. The charges against him include luring into illicit sexual act.Police said the case dates back to 1 September 2013 when officials from Immoral trafficking section of the detective department were alerted by a member of NGO Durbar Mahila Samanyay Committee. The NGO had found the woman in the custody of a man in the red-light area of Sonagachi.Acting on the tip-off, police rescued the woman and arrested Gaffar. Dhibar was arrested two days later.Police found that Gaffar had wooed the woman and told her that he had a job in India. On reaching Kolkata, he sold her to Dhibar, who himself raped her and had eight or nine men rape her in his own hotel and in brothels of Sonagachi as well. Gaffar would also surface, and bring in “customers” for his wife.The woman was brought to International Justice Mission (IJM) and provided legal support and counselling. Saji Philip, director of operation, IJM, which is a global human rights organisation working for victims of violence, said, “This case is utterly inhuman because the culprit is her own husband.”Marie Riba, the woman’s advocate, said, “The victims of human trafficking are real, and like us they have every right to seek justice. The public need to know that those who rob them of those rights will be severely punished.” She said the victim has been sent to her Bangladesh home and efforts are on to reintegrate her in society.last_img read more