Cavs’ Derrick Rose out with sprained ankle

first_imgCoco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? MOST READ Rose landed awkwardly, but stayed in the game to shoot two free throws before going to the bench. The play was originally called a common foul but was upgraded to a flagrant 1 Saturday by the NBA.Jose Calderon started at point guard Saturday for the Cavaliers, who have won their first two games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogRose signed a one-year contract with Cleveland in July. He became the team’s starter when Kyrie Irving was traded to Boston.Rose was named the league’s MVP in 2011 while with the Chicago Bulls, but has battled injuries since. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Two-day PBA Draft Combine starts Monday Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardcenter_img It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Milwaukee Bucks’ Thon Maker, right, defends against a driving Cleveland Cavaliers’ Derrick Rose during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Tom Lynn)CLEVELAND — Cavaliers point guard Derrick Rose was held out of Saturday night’s game against the Orlando Magic because of a sprained left ankle.Rose twisted his ankle after being fouled by Milwaukee’s Greg Monroe while driving to the basket in the fourth quarter on Friday. Monroe grabbed Rose by his neck and pulled him to the floor.ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene View commentslast_img read more

Thai ‘dwarf giant’ one win away from tying’s Mayweather 50-0 legacy

first_img(FILES) This file photo taken on January 31, 2018 shows the current World Boxing Council (WBC) mini-flyweight champion, Wanheng Menayothin, punching a bag during a training session in Bangkok.At 5ft 2in (1.57m) and weighing just 105lb (47.6kg), minimumweight Wanheng Menayothin is shorter, leaner and significantly less wealthy than boxing great Floyd Mayweather Jr, who retired undefeated over 50 fights. If Wanheng wins his next bout on May 2, 2018 he will equal Mayweather’s history-making feat of going unbeaten for 50 fights. / AFP PHOTO / LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA / TO GO WITH THA-boxing-sport-Mayweather by Joe FREEMANAfter a career laden with belts, cash and kudos, boxing great Floyd Mayweather Jr retired undefeated over 50 fights — but his flawless record faces an unlikely challenge from an obscure Thai fighter known as the “dwarf giant”.At 5’2″ and weighing just 105lbs, minimumweight Wanheng Menayothin is shorter, leaner and significantly less wealthy than Mayweather, who briefly emerged from retirement last year to fight MMA star Conor McGregor for a $100 million purse.ADVERTISEMENT Rozier takes over as Celtics down Sixers in second round opener If Wanheng triumphs on Wednesday afternoon he will equal Mayweather’s feat of winning 50 successive fights.His WBC minimumweight belt is on the line against Panamanian challenger Leroy Estrada.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe fight, to be held outside the town hall of second-tier Thai city Nakhon Ratchasima, has none of the glitz or pay-per-view pull of a Mayweather bout in Las Vegas.But still Wanheng will enter boxing lore with victory — and, at 32 years of age, has time to go one better and match the 51 wins, one draw and no losses set by Mexican flyweight Ricardo Lopez. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ LATEST STORIES Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement PLAY LIST 00:44Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement03:13SEA Games 2019: PH’s Carlo Paalam boxing light flyweight semi final (HIGHLIGHTS)01:49Pacquiao to Mayweather: Want fans to stop asking for rematch? Then fight me again02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames MOST READcenter_img Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Numbers gameIn addition to “Money”, the American fought under the moniker “Pretty Boy” and “The Best Ever”, tags he still rolls out on a Twitter profile boasting more than eight million followers.With Wanheng, it’s more complicated.Fighters in Thailand often compete under the label of their gym, which is where his second name Menayothin — the name of his Bangkok gym — comes from.His legal name is Chayaphon Moonsri, while his most widely used nickname is the “dwarf giant” because of his small stature and powerful punches. But the boxer also fights under the alias “Five-Star Grilled Chicken” as part of sponsorship deal with Thai food giant CP Chicken.Should Wanheng win on Wednesday his name will enter the record books, but with an asterisk of sorts. He has fought mostly low-profile Asian challengers on his home turf in Thailand. His rivals have been a mixed bag — one last year had 44 losses, while another in 2014 had 24. In December he tied Rocky Marciano’s 49-0 tally with a win over Japanese contender Tatsuya Fukuhara. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Mayweather, meanwhile, had a much tougher ride defeating some of the sport’s all-time greats, including Manny Pacquiao and Oscar De La Hoya. The welterweight has 27 KOs to Wanheng’s 17.“With respect to Wanheng he’s never beaten anyone of note. In the west this fight will be nothing more than a trivial pursuit question,” Anson Wainwright, a boxing correspondent for The Ring magazine, told AFP, adding that matching the record would nevertheless be a “good achievement.” Carlos Costa, a boxing reporter covering the fight, said the 23-year-old Estrada also poses a unique challenge to Wanheng, 32.“He’s younger and fresher,” Costa said of Estrada. “He’s hungry for glory, and that makes a boxer always dangerous.”And the Panamanian is in no mood to help Wanheng into the history books, telling AFP “this is my opportunity to be a champion”.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ It is not just the box office power that differentiates Mayweather from the Thai, who turned to the ring at the age of 12 as a path out of poverty. While the prelude to Mayweather fights was defined by hype and trash-talking, Wanheng has adopted a more karmic approach. “I’m not feeling pressured, you win and you lose, and that’s the nature of sports,” he said at his gym in Bangkok a few days before defending his title. But he said he had trained hard with the aim of “equalling Floyd”.Nicknames also capture the difference between the pair.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Debbah Gets Post as Maritime Board Member

first_imgAt long last, former Barrolle and Lone Star hitman James Salinsa Debbah, has surfaced in the Liberian government for the first time since his public pledge of support to President Ellen Johnson Sairleaf in 2005.In that same year, Debbah led the campaign among Liberian players against his cousin, George M. Weah, contending that he was not presidential material due to his lack of political experience.Debbah was appointed on Tuesday, July 15, 2014, as member of the Board of Directors of the Liberia Maritime Authority (LMA), replacing Mr. Debar Allen.The former international striker, a member of the Liberty Party (LP), was a cardinal member of George Weah’s XI, who qualified the country for the 1996 and 2002 African Cup of Nations.Debbah, 47, began his professional football career with Mighty Barrolle in 1984. In 1989, he left Liberia for Union Douala of Cameroon, for one season. In 1990, he moved to French team Olympique Ales, then to AS Monaco in 1991.In 1995, he played for Ligue 1 OGC Nice, until 1997 when he moved to Belgian side R.S.C. Anderlect for a season. The following year he returned to France and joined Ligue 1 Paris Saint Germain.After leaving Paris Saint Germain, Debbah moved to the Turkey Super League team Ankaragucu for the 1998 and 1999 seasons, then to Irakils of squad in Greece and later played for Al-Jazeera Club from 2001-2003 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, then Muharraq Club. Four years later after he joined Indonesian Super League side PKT Bontang.Meanwhile, two former players, who also pledged their support to President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Jonathan Boye Charles Sogbie and Dionysius Sebwe have also received public appointments.Mr. Sebwe served as Deputy Defense Minister for Operations and later as Deputy Minister for Sports, and is now awaiting reassignment.Mr. Jonathan Sogbie was appointed Public Affairs Manager at the National Oil Company of Liberia.Other former Lone Star players who have remained loyal to George Weah are Kervin Sebwe and Joe Nagbe who are both serving as Director and Deputy Director of the Technical Committee of Sports at the Ministry of Youth and Sports respectively.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Tottenham line-up v Arsenal: Boyhood Spurs fans to torment Gunners?

first_img Tottenham Hotspur will be looking to maintain their impressive start to 2015 when they take on Arsenal at White Hart Lane tomorrow. 1 Tottenham Hotspur will be looking to maintain their impressive start to 2015 when they take on Arsenal at White Hart Lane on Saturday.Mauricio’s Pochettino side head into the North London derby one place behind the Gunners in sixth and just two points outside the Champions League places.Spurs will fancy themselves to pick up all three points, having won four of their last five matches and securing a place in the Capital One Cup final.Pochettino will have a fully fit squad to choose from, with Nabil Bentaleb available once again after returning from the African Cup of Nations.Will Bentaleb start, and who will support free-scoring Harry Kane? talkSPORT takes a look…Possible Tottenham line-up against Arsenal:GoalkeeperHugo Lloris is one of the league’s best goalkeepers, and has played a huge role between the posts.The France captain was instrumental at West Brom last week, producing two stunning stops when the score was still 1-0, to help Spurs to all three points.POCHETTINO RUBBISHES LLORIS TRANSFER TALK DefenceSpurs have looked far more secure since Kyle Walker returned at right-back, winning six of the seven league games he’s played this season.Fazio is yet to convince he’s the real deal, but he’s established a solid partnership alongside Belgium international Jan Vertonghen, who as well as being defensively solid, helps to build attacks from the back.MidfieldRyan Mason was a surprise inclusion when Spurs visited the Emirates earlier this season, but the Englishman and lifelong Tottenham fan has been ever present since and his energy is integral to Pochettino’s pressing game.MASON BUILDING A BRIGHT FUTURE AT TOTTENHAMBentaleb formed a good understanding with Mason, but Benjamin Stambouli could just get the nod.Mousa Dembele has struggled at times this season, but having been moved further forward looks more assured and his power could unsettle the Arsenal midfield.AttackHarry Kane has scored 20 goals in all competitions so far this season and he was rewarded with a new five-and-a-half-year deal on transfer deadline day.The 21-year-old had a spell at Arsenal as a youngster, and Spurs’ other boyhood fan will want to show them what they missed out on.Christian Eriksen has scored nine Premier Goals this season, the most by a midfielder and he will provide Francis Coquelin with a real test cutting in from wide.Tottenham fans, how do you think you’ll line-up against Arsenal? Comment below…last_img read more

Trojans clamp down in second half

first_img Young said he was motivated by watching a tape of Kobe Bryant’s 62-point game against the Dallas Mavericks from last month. “I was trying to be more aggressive,” Young said. “I went to sleep watching my favorite player, Kobe Bryant, last night. So I guess it was him.” Gabe Pruitt kept the Trojans in the game in the first half with 15 of his 20 points. He made five of six 3-point attempts. Young had his mid-range and outside games working, and also drove to the basket to get to the free-throw line 12 times, making nine. He got USC (12-5, 3-3) a lead it would never relinquish early in the second half with a 3-pointer to make the score 45-43. Young reached his scoring record on a big 3-pointer from the corner as the shot clock was expiring to put USC ahead 61-56. The game got close at the end after Young missed a layup attempt driving baseline, and Akognon drilled a 3-pointer with 1:07 remaining to draw Washington State (9-5, 2-3) to within 68-66. Akognon led the Cougars with 19 points. Francis then went to the free-throw line and missed the front end of a one-and-one, but chased down his own rebound only to have Abdoulaye N’diaye miss a layup to give Washington State one last chance. But Francis atoned for that free-throw miss with the steal, helping USC to an important victory that maintains the momentum built with a nine-game winning streak early in the season. The Trojans currently are sixth in the conference, but just one game out of first place as each Pac-10 team has at least two losses. “I know where we were picked (to finish), but we’re not going to sell our team short,” Floyd said. “We’re going to try to go out and compete and play for first, as long as it’s available. But I know we would have had a long way to go if we lost another home game.” Matthew Kredell, (818)713-3607 matthew.kredell@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! For the first half against Washington State on Saturday, USC’s defense looked like it was still on winter vacation. The Trojans, who got off to a surprising start to the season in large part due to a stifling defense, were on their way to allowing an opponent to make better than 50 percent of its shots for a fourth consecutive game. Challenged by coach Tim Floyd at halftime, USC played its best defense since Pac-10 Conference play began in the second half to beat Washington State 71-66 in front of 3,540 fans at the Sports Arena. “Coach came out here and got on us real good,” Trojans guard Ryan Francis said. “He told us how can we beat a team shooting 55 to 60 percent, so we came out and had to pride ourselves on defense.” center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita USC held Washington State to 25 points on 30.8 percent shooting in the second half. The Cougars made 55.2 percent of their shots in the first half. Francis made the key defensive play, stripping Washington State guard Josh Akognon of the ball at midcourt when the Cougars, down by two, were trying to tie the score on what could have been the final possession of regulation. Francis passed out to a streaking Nick Young, who threw down an electric one-handed dunk over Aron Baynes and drew the foul with 15.5 seconds remaining. Young’s free throw produced the final margin. “He did this move like three times in a row on me,” Francis said of Akognon. “It worked like, two times. I seen him put it in front of me, and that’s when I got him. It was like a crossover. I knew it was coming.” Young scored 19 of his career-high 32 points in the second half to lead the Trojans back from a 41-37 halftime deficit. His previous best was 25 points against Eastern Washington earlier this season. last_img read more

Conte wants FIVE Chelsea signings, Sanchez urges Arsenal to sign Turan – GOSSIP

first_img Transfer Rumours and Paper Review 1 Here are the top transfer-related stories in Saturday’s newspapers…Manchester City are prepared to up their offer to secure the signing of Everton defender John Stones. Talks had collapsed with the Toffees after owner Farhad Moshiri told the Citizens he would not even consider a bid below the £50m mark. It appears Pep Guardiola is keen to get the 22-year-old to the Etihad early and positive talks have resumed in the last 48 hours. (Mirror)Antonio Conte warns Chelsea bosses he needs FIVE more signings – or they won’t be title challengers. (Mirror)Liverpool signed a midfielder in Georginio Wijnaldum this week and another could be on his way out. Lucas Leiva’s nine-year spell at Anfield could be over and Galatasaray are interested, according to club director Levent Nazifoglu. (Daily Mail)Manchester City have cooled their interest in Germany and Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos after baulking at his wages. The 26-year-old is said to be on £240,000-a-week at the Bernabeu – double what City chiefs had thought. (The Sun)Leicester City’s Claudio Ranieri says N’Golo Kante pushed hard for a transfer from to Chelsea this summer. (Metro)The Foxes boss says reports Leonardo Ulloa wants to leave the King Power are ‘not true’ and he expects Liverpool and Arsenal target Ben Chilwell to sign a new deal. (Leicester Mercury)Ronald Koeman’s Everton are preparing a £25million move for Swansea playmaker and Iceland international Gylfi Sigurdsson. The 26-year-old was a target for the Dutchman at Southampton and also for new director of football Steve Walsh at Leicester. (The Telegraph)Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez is urging manager Arsene Wenger to sign Arda Turan from Barcelona. The Turkey midfielder is down in the pecking order at the Nou Camp and could be allowed to leave following the club’s £41.7million signing of Andre Gomes from Valencia. (The Sun)Here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines:?CONFIRMED! Sunderland appoint ex-Everton and Manchester United boss David Moyes as manager, replacing Sam AllardyceHull City announce departure of Steve Bruce as managerLiverpool FC news: Six possible attacking formations for Jurgen Klopp next season including £25m signing Georginio WijnaldumI’d love to be involved with the England team, Sam Allardyce’s former assistant Neil McDonald tells talkSPORTManchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United in three-way battle for Kostas ManolasCrystal Palace transfer news: Eagles submit £20 million bid for West Brom striker Saido BerahinoChelsea transfer news: AC Milan planning move for Blues outcast Juan CuadradoLiverpool readying £28 million bid for German starlet Max MeyerArsenal striker search BOOST! Alexandre Lacazette asks Lyon for permission to leave if Gunners table bidChelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal ALERT! Agent of playmaker Ivan Rakitic hints at Barcelona exitlast_img read more

GARTH SAYS HE STILL WANTS TO PLAY GIGS

first_imgCOUNTRY singer Garth Brooks says he still wants to play all five concerts at Croke Park in Dublin at the end of this month.Garth still wants to play gigs.And in a letter to promoter Peter Aiken, Brooks asks if “there is any chance that the five planned concerts can be salvaged and nobody is being let down’ they can ‘proceed as planned’.And Broooks writes: “If you think of any reason that the powers that be in Ireland can fix this, then I will faithfully go to the last second.” He said that he was informed on Tuesday that the five shows were cancelled and that the ticket refunds will star on Monday.Brooks adds: “I cannot begin to tell you how badly my heart is breaking right now.“I hope you understand that to play for 400,000 people would be a dream, but to tell 160,000 of those people that they are not welcomed would be a nightmare.“To do what the city manager suggests (play three shows and not all five) means I agree that is how people should be treated and I just can’t agree to that. “Our guys are still on route and if there is any chance that the five planned concerts can be salvaged and nobody is being let down then we can proceed as planned until the refunds begin.“If you tell me, ‘Garth, thanks but it is over’, I will cease my efforts and bring our people and gear back to the States.“If you think that for any reason that the powers that be in Ireland can fix this, then I will faithfully go to the last second.”The letter has emerged as ticket outlets started the process of refunding for the tickets. GARTH SAYS HE STILL WANTS TO PLAY GIGS was last modified: July 9th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:Croke ParkDonegal fansdublinGarth Brookslast_img read more

Giants plan to discuss moving Oracle Park bullpen mounds this offseason

first_imgDENVER — Mac Williamson is back on the field for the San Francisco Giants, but the bullpen mounds he tumbled over in April, 2018 may soon be off the field at Oracle Park.Williamson suffered a devastating concussion chasing a Bryce Harper flyball in foul territory last season and spent the following five months dealing with symptoms that included blurred vision. After being designated for assignment by the Giants in March, Williamson earned his way back to the big league roster with a dominant …last_img

Khwezi Oils shakes up South Africa’s green fuel market

first_imgBrian Sibusiso Mpono is Playing his Part in ensuring that South Africa has a cleaner, greener future. His company, Khwezi Oils, is exploiting a new niche in the South African fuel market by making biofuel, refined from waste cooking oil, and it’s proving a hit with local trucking companies.Brian Sibusiso Mpono, founder of Khwezi Oils Biodiesel and Brand South Africa ambassador. (Image: Brian Sibusiso Mpono)Brand South Africa reporterThirty-year-old Mpono, from Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, recognised the knock-on effects of volatile crude oil prices on the South African market, and that fossil fuels are creating environmental problems.He says, “I came to learn that biodiesel was the next big thing in the fuel industry and understood the volatility of the crude oil price and its effects on the South African economy. Too, that it was the prime answer to global warming and climate change as an alternative environmentally friendly energy fuel; this I researched and got from the rest of the world.”In 2011, Mpono founded Khwezi Oils Biodiesel and Khwezi Biodiesel; “At this point I realised that my business was to pioneer an innovation that did not exist commercially, by a young black South African … in the history of ‘petro-fuels’ at a refinery level.“The scale and enormity of the industry of my business is a colossal; Brent crude supplies are dwindling, and South Africa relies heavily on Brent crude oil for its refineries, which is why the price of fuel is out of control in South Africa. However, bio-diesel on the other hand uses sunflower oil (waste), collected from hospitality industry hotels, restaurants, fast food franchises and the like so dependency shifts from Brent crude to oil that is always available and also environmentally friendly, saving the ozone from carbon emissions and ultimately global warming.”Mpono is turning “trash-into-cash” now, supplying mainly the construction and trucking and logistics industries for the past three years. In its first year of trade Khwezi Oils generated R1.2-million in turnover, of which 30% was gross profit.When speaking about his love for the environment and his green initiatives, Mpono said he simply looked at where the “world is going and where it will be over the next 50 years”, and his common denominator was “green energy”.“The sulphur content in fossil fuels was the main cause of global warming because of carbon emissions, and biofuels was the answer.”He said he had always had the ability to meet communities’ needs.“The Wright Brothers revolutionised aviation; they foresaw that soon air travel will be necessary, whether they would still be living in that century or not didn’t matter; Jimmy Dunlop saw it necessary that just like human beings vehicles need ‘shoes’ and invented the rubber tyre; William Burton, the father of petroleum fuel, burnt oil at extremely high temperatures to refine fuel; Karl Benz and his wife, [created] the first petroleum powered engine. Just like all these pioneers, I have always had a knack for providing solutions for what the market wants and needs and meeting that.”Khwezi Oils Biodiesel began after a conversation about eco-friendly biofuels. (Image: Brian Mpono)Kwezi Oils starts upInitially Mpono ran a communications company, Khwezi Communications. He’d studied in the field, but the company didn’t succeed and he found himself unemployed.Then in early 2011, Mpono says,”I met a gentleman who ran a business with a fleet of trucks; we were just having a casual chat and he said to me he makes his own diesel! I said ‘nonsense’, because only Sapref, Engen and Chevron have refineries making fuel from brent crude oil.”“He said he makes it from sunflower oil, ok! He said come see it; I went to see him and yes he was making biodiesel as a hobby. Then me and my media knowledge I start going on telling where what and how, then he turns around and says to me; ‘Brian, if you can commercialise this biodiesel plant and make a business concern out of it, I will assist you in making it happen. Put your ideas and plans on paper and come see me tomorrow; I will teach you everything there is to know about biofuels’.“The next day I was back at his office; we sat down and spent a couple of hours going through formalities. By the close of business that day I had a fully-fledged biofuel business… he backed me to the tune of R300 000.”Despite the company’s early success, biodiesel was still relatively unknown in South Africa; Mpono says, “Overseas it was as common as spring water; maverick approach; I took my product to where it was needed; taxi and bus ranks, trucking companies; my product was not tried and tested, but I did it anyway risking the impact it might have on the engines on my clients’ vehicles. I did it anyway because I rested on the vision that come 2013 it will become a hot topic… I pursued with trial and error with an existing business concern.“Others shunned it because they were surprised by a black South African involved in fuel production; unheard of between Cape Town and Limpopo; those who tried it, tried it and were happy; those who weren’t, well I just didn’t convince them so I soldiered on.”Khwezi Oils is a two-fold business; creating profits for Mpono and his suppliers, many of which are local households. Mpono pays R4 per litre for waste oil, which would usually be thrown away.“In effect, waste cooking for me is liquid oil, and these households are throwing away money they could get back passively but they don’t know. Through Play Your Part, I have always envisaged educating communities, schools, universities about the environmental impact of ‘waste oil’, and how trash can be turned into cash.“Using open areas within these townships, set up recycling stations for disposing of used cooking oil, I would then pay that community for … each litre they dispose of. Through this initiative I am empowering and developing that community through environmental education at the same time – awareness for the environment they live in; because the very same waste cooking oil they dispose of for me, is the same ‘waste’ that will contribute to developing their community through the money generated from the oil; essentially I am subsidising their spend on cooking oil.“I am conscientising these communities to contribute actively and positively to saving the country and world from global warming by being environmentally friendly. But it takes a game changer like me to make them aware.”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

The Andersons Ethanol bringing solutions to producers

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Andersons Ethanol of Greenville stays busy year round.Oho Ag Net’s Dale Minyo recently spoke with Janelle Brinksneader about the unique business, tools they’re offering to help producers, and the state of the ethanol industry.Learn more at www.andersonsgrain.com.last_img