Toilet extraction system is a world first

first_imgSparking a new wave of innovation in sanitation, Hygizone is an invisible relief to bathroom odours. This toilet extraction system is the first of its kind in South Africa, and a similar extraction system invented for urinals, which has been patented globally, is the first of its kind in the world. (Image: Hygizone)• Dylan Ross-KempFounder and chief executiveHygizone+27 82 888 [email protected]• Power sector ripe for innovation • Cape Town: city of innovation• Smart cities need innovative citizens • International win for South African innovation • South African housing innovation on show in USMelissa Jane CookSparking a new wave of innovation in sanitation, Hygizone is an invisible relief to bathroom odours. This toilet extraction system is the first of its kind in South Africa, and a similar extraction system invented for urinals, which has been patented globally, is the first of its kind in the world.Dylan Ross-Kent, the founder and chief executive of Hygizone, is very excited about these firsts. “I recognised the opportunity to change bathroom experiences by fitting an extraction system into the toilet bowl as opposed to the roof of the toilet stall. Hygizone eliminates odours and bacteria from urinals, so you never have to worry about air fresheners and sprays,” he explains.“What this means is that instead of extracting the air from an extractor situated in the roof of individual stalls, Hygizone has invented an extraction system that fits on to the bowl of the toilet and extracts ‘dirty air’ directly from the source.”About 10 years ago, Ross-Kent, originally a plumber and electrician by trade, was working as a handyman in the United Kingdom. “I was working in state-of-the-art buildings, but the toilets stank. The idea to extract smells from the toilet bowl came to me; we worked on various ideas, and then refined the prototype.”Bacteria eradicationAccording to Ross-Kent, biofilm, which is the bacteria found just below water level in all toilets, is known to be very difficult to remove with ordinary cleaners. Worse still, when flushing a toilet, dirty air is forced out of the bowl – and it can reach up to five metres from the toilet. The bacteria can and does land on everything in its path, from drinking cups to toothbrushes. These pathogens can live for a week on surfaces.“In a study it was found that closing the toilet lid had little effect in reducing the number of bacteria released into the air due to gaps between the top of the porcelain rim and the seat,” he adds. “The reality of a home that poses a risk to your family places an even greater burden on consumers to clean their homes more regularly and with a variety of cleaning agents.”Cutting down on air fresheners“As a commonly used bathroom product, air fresheners and aerosol sprays pose an equally great danger to the family unit.” According to the National Resources Defence Council, 12 of 14 fresheners tested contained chemicals known as phthalates that can cause hormonal abnormalities, birth defects and reproductive problems. Even air fresheners marketed as “all-natural” or “unscented” contained the hazardous chemicals.In addition, air fresheners may contain allergens and volatile organic compounds as well as cancer-causing chemicals such as benzene and formaldehyde. Through its uniquely designed ventilation system, Hygizone drastically reduces a family’s reliance on aerosol sprays.Watch the video hereMore sustainable livingRoss-Kent says that testing done by WSP UK Limited proved that conventional extraction systems produced carbon emissions amounting to 367kg a year. “The associated energy cost [totalled] R7 500 per year. This compared to the Hygizone system, that produced annual carbon emissions of 274kg, while reducing the total energy cost to R5 600 per year.”As simple as his invention may seem, it has led to the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health recognising the toilet as an essential element in their upgrade of Addington Hospital, the public hospital in Durban. This comes as the department is looking into new infection control mechanisms for patients and staff.“There has been a great response but it is difficult as it is an invisible thing. If, for example, there was an air conditioner then you could feel hot or cold air. This you can only say, ‘It smells’, and then you don’t really comment when there is no smell in the bathroom. The product goes unnoticed.”Developers have included Hygizone in their property projects across the country, including Atterbury Properties, Growthpoint Properties and Redefine Property. It is also being used in the 90 Grayston Drive upgrade, in the upmarket Joburg suburb of Sandton.The company recently entered a deal with retail chain Bathroom Bizarre to store its extraction system nationally. “Currently we have awareness campaigns about the product in the UK. Ideally, we would like to take it worldwide,” says Ross-Kemp.last_img read more

A quarter of all U.S. travel could be electric and driverless by 2030

first_imgDavid Curry Related Posts Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… Tags:#automotive#Autonomous#Boston Consulting Group#cars#driverless#electric#featured#ride-hailing#ride-sharing#Self-Driving#top For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In…center_img In less than 15 years, one quarter of all U.S. travel could be in shared, electric self-driving vehicles, according to a new study by the Boston Consulting Group.The impact will be felt most in cities where over one million people live, as these will be the launch locations for driverless ride-sharing services. Ford CEO Mark Fields has already said the company will launch a ride-sharing platform in cities by 2021.See Also: SoftBank wants autonomous shuttle on public roads by 2020Initial public backlash to driverless cars will subside, according to BCG, once the economic argument becomes clear to U.S. commuters. In the study, the researchers said the everyday commuter in Chicago may be able to save $7,000 per year by moving to a self-driving, ride-sharing platform in the future.“The automotive industry is on the brink of a major transformation, and it’ll be here faster than people realize,” Justin Rose, a BCG partner leading its digital efforts for industrial companies, said in a statement. “For millions of Americans living in large cities, the next vehicle they purchase may be the last car they ever own.”BCG expects automakers and tech firms to revoke control and ownership of the vehicle in the future, moving instead to a more elongated profit model, ride-sharing. Instead of a one-time, large payment for the car, consumers would pay each time they use the vehicle.Differing business modelsThere are different economic models for automakers to choose from. One could be a lease model where the consumer pays to use the car for a certain amount of time; an alternative could see consumers pay for every ride and change cars each time.BCG has high expectations for the self-driving industry. It expects 4.7 million autonomous cars to replace five million conventional vehicles on the road today, and believes the new driverless vehicles to travel 1.5 trillion kilometers.It is hard to judge the exact time self-driving cars will become the vehicle of choice for commuters. Infrastructure and regulations could hold automakers back a few years, although the U.S. government and telecommunication providers have both shown interest in expediting the deployment of autonomous vehicles. Most estimates are between 2025 – 2035. IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle…last_img read more

Refusing to dwell on La Salle loss, Ateneo gets back on track

first_imgLATEST STORIES Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss The Lady Eagles were able to bounce back from their horrible loss to defending champion De La Salle right before the Holy Week break as they blanked Adamson University, 25-16, 28-26, 25-17, in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament.While it redemption game for the Lady Eagles,  the loss to the Lady Spikers is not something they want to focus on.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“That game was over, we don’t dwell on the past,” said Maddie Madayag Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Center. “We’re practicing a lot of things, it’s just that the players get confused and their presence of mind isn’t there during games.”Ateneo is best blocking team in the league, averaging 2.62 kill blocks per set prior to its game against the Lady Spikers on April 13. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Jerwin Ancajas arrives in California ahead of world title defense View comments MANILA, Philippines—Ateneo doesn’t like dwelling in the past that much.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READcenter_img Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles The Lady Spikers, however, were able to neutralize that advantage with Ateneo finishing with a zero on the kill blocks column after La Salle’s 25-17, 25-13, 25-23 win.Ateneo, though, turned things around against the Lady Falcons finishing with 11 kill blocks with Kat Tolentino leading the way with 17 points, five of which were kill blocks.“We always move forward, we’re practicing so many things and most of the time there are risks, so I think this is one of those risks,” said Ateneo head coach Oliver Almadro in Filipino. “We have to execute properly and we should be mentally tough.”Ateneo retained the top spot in the Best Blockers with an average of 2.37 kill blocks per set.ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertelast_img read more


first_imgMany federal workers and others are highly concerned we’ll face another government shutdown when the current extension expires on February 15th.Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley says he’s hopeful “we’ve learned a lesson” and that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat, can reach a compromise with President Trump to solve the standoff.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………..”he would show”:12A possible fix has emerged, what’s being called an automatic continuing resolution, which Grassley says could “end government shutdowns forever.”Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..”get passed” :13The amendment is being offered by Senator Rob Portman, a Republican from Ohio, and Grassley remains optimistic it will gain bipartisan traction and pass.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..”shutdown again” :14Governing is often about the art of compromise, Grassley says, and that’s the only way to get out of this situation.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…….”three-and-a-half” :17Most of the 800-thousand federal workers who were furloughed or forced to work without pay were able to return to work yesterday (Monday).The 35-day partial federal government shutdown began on December 22nd and was the longest in U-S history.Radio Iowa—————————-last_img read more

2013 Defence Nationals Results

first_imgIt was a sunny day for the finals of the Australian Defence Force Touch Association (ADFTA) Nationals held in Newcastle.The 21 teams competing in the 2013 instalment of the ADFTA Nationals can now enjoy a well-deserved rest, after four days of competition between the seven Constituent Bodies.In the Men’s 40’s division, ACT Country, led by their captain and Australian representative John Samin, took out the trophy in the final, 7 – 3, against South Queensland.The Men’s 30’s division saw ACT Country winning again, 6 – 2, against North Queensland.The South Queensland Women’s Open won with class, 8 – 2, against their neighbours from North Queensland.The Men’s Open was again an all-Queensland affair, with South Queensland taking the Grand Final Trophy for the third year in a row, despite a great opposition from a strong North Queensland side, 10 – 7.The referees of the Men’s Open Grand Final were Brenton Turner, Craig McKee and Paul Edmonton.South Queensland was awarded the Champions Shield, and ACT Country most improved Constituent Body. Full results are available on the ADFTA website – to all participants. The ADFTA is now looking forward to the 2014 X-Blades National Touch League to compete against the best teams across the country.Related LinksDefence Nationalslast_img read more

a month agoLiverpool boss Klopp: We don’t have fringe players here

first_imgLiverpool boss Klopp: We don’t have fringe players hereby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says he has no fringe players in his squad.It’s a busy period for the European champions who will have played seven times between September 14 and October 5 before breaking off an international round of fixtures. Klopp, though, isn’t bemoaning a hectic fixture list.He told the Liverpool Echo: “We don’t have fringe players here, we only have first team players and a few young guns. We now play a lot Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday, so we will have to see about [changes].”We don’t just play a lot of football we travel a lot, but you know that. Every team has to do that, we don’t go for excuses. Other teams have difficult situations, as well, it is like that.”You want to play Champions League, desperately and then it starts, you don’t say ‘oh my God, look at all these games’ that makes no sense. It is good.”The cup competitions are really nice and I am sure it will be a tough game against MK Dons because they are obviously pretty good as well. It will be interesting. We live for that so we should use these opportunities.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Heres a quick glance at unemployment rates for November by province

first_imgOTTAWA — Canada’s national unemployment rate was 5.6 per cent in November. Here are the jobless rates last month by province (numbers from the previous month in brackets):— Newfoundland and Labrador 12.2 per cent (12.7)— Prince Edward Island 8.5 (7.2)— Nova Scotia 7.0 (7.7)— New Brunswick 7.9 (7.2)— Quebec 5.4 (5.2)— Ontario 5.6 (5.6)— Manitoba 5.7 (6.1)— Saskatchewan 5.5 (6.2)— Alberta 6.3 (7.3)— British Columbia 4.4 (4.1)The Canadian Presslast_img

Heavy rains, flooding in western Afghanistan kill 7 people

first_imgKabul: An Afghan official says at least seven people have been killed as heavy rains and flooding swept through the country’s western Herat province. Heavy snowfall across Afghanistan this winter had cut off many areas, raising fears of severe floods in the spring. So far this year, 63 people have died as heavy rains and flooding swept away their homes. Said Hamid Mubarez, the federal disaster and humanitarian director in Herat, says the flash floods on Thursday evening swept away eight people riding in two cars in the district of Karukh. Seven died while one survivor was injured. In March, seven people, including five children, died elsewhere in Herat as a result of flooding. Hundreds of homes have been damaged and hundreds of cattle killed.last_img read more

DK’s career-best 97* propels KKR to 175/6

first_imgKolkata: Under-fire skipper Dinesh Karthik silenced his critics with a career-best 97 not out as Kolkata Knight Riders recovered from an atrocious start to post a competitive 175 for six against Rajasthan Royals in their must-win IPL fixture here on Thursday. Under pressure to perform after a string of five straight defeats, the World Cup-bound Karthik promoted himself to No. 4, shrugging off criticism, and smashed nine sixes and seven fours in his 50-ball unbeaten knock, as KKR hit top gear in the back end of the innings, scoring 126 from the last 10 overs and 75 off the last five overs. On a day their impact player Andre Russell looked lacklustre in his run-a-ball 14, in which he was dropped twice, it was a one-man show from Karthik who went berserk against the likes of Jaydev Unadkat and Shreyas Gopal. Karthik seized the momentum in the 11th over when he hit Shreyas Gopal for a six followed by three boundaries in an over that yielded 25 runs and KKR did not look back since then. Karthik completed his fifty from 35 balls and smashed Jofra Archer for successive sixes in the penultimate over before bettering his previous best of 86 when he went berserk against Unadkat by hitting him for two sixes and one four in the final over. Unadkat conceded 50 runs for his one wicket and was the most expensive of the lot as he undid all the good work done by Varun Aaron (2/20) who had a fine new ball spell of 3-1-10-2. Put in to bat, KKR got off to an atrocious start to be 32/2 in powerplay overs against an all out pace attack from Rajasthan Royals. Playing his only second match this season, Aaron extracted pace and swing from the fast-paced Eden track and removed both the openers Chris Lynn (0) and Shubman Gill (14) cheaply. Aaron set up Lynn brilliantly with his first two balls before bowling a delivery that sharply came back as the Australian played it on to his stumps in a wicket-maiden first over. Then the talented Gill had no answer to negotiate an inswinger as he was completely beaten by pace to see the ball clip his bails. Archer capped a superb powerplay for Royals with another maiden as the dispirited KKR found themselves going nowhere and seemed to be losing the plot before skipper Karthik revived them at the back end of the innings. Brief scores: Kolkata Knight Riders 175/6 in 20 overs (Dinesh Karthik 97, Varun Aaron 2/20) vs Rajasthan Royals.last_img read more

Air India earmarks Rs 500 cr to get grounded aircraft operational

first_imgMumbai: To meet high demand and raise its market, national carrier Air India has earmarked Rs 500 crore to get 19 of its grounded passenger jets back into operations. Currently, the national passenger carrier has 19 aircraft grounded due to various reasons most prominent amongst them being expensive spare parts and engine overhauls. However, an increase in demand due to the peak travel season along with industry’s capacity constraint has led the airline to earmark at least Rs 500 crore for the grounded fleet. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: Icra”This is an opportune time to raise our market share and meet the healthy demand. All our assets (aircraft) have been deployed strategically. But we still have more aircraft which are grounded,” a senior Air India official told IANS from Mumbai. “We expect at least two aircraft to join the fleet within days. Addition of other aircraft will aide us to augment our market share.” Notwithstanding the fresh funds, the official said that all grounded aircraft are unlikely to become operational before August. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysOver 10 Airbus A320s and the rest Boeing 787-800s Dreamliner and a few Boeing 777s have been grounded. Air India’s fleet augmentation is also in line with the government’s request to airlines to advance their aircraft induction plans. As of 2019, Air India Group — Air India, Air India Express, Alliance Air — have a combined fleet of over 160 aircraft which fly to 122 destinations, including 78 domestic and 44 international destinations. Additionally, the airline plans to hire more cabin crew and pilots. The plan envisages the airline to hire over 200 cabin crew from the now grounded Jet Airways. “We have already finalised 150 crew from Jet Airways,” the official added.last_img read more