Nigerian Entrepreneur Invents Giant Solar-Powered Refrigerators That Cut Spoilage to Help Farmers Earn 25% More

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreOne of the great inventions in human history, refrigeration is being brought to rural fish and produce markets in Nigeria through an entrepreneur’s invention of 100% solar-powered walk-in cold storage rooms.ColdHubsNnaemeka C. Ikegwuonu has been showered with awards for his pioneering ColdHubs, which use transformative technology that, like all great innovations, tackles several problems at once.Around 6,000 tons of fish are harvested every day on the rural Nigeria side of the Niger Delta, but due to the tropical climate only 2,000 tons of fish are sold fresh. The story is the same for fruits and vegetables, which on average can survive a maximum of only two days in the West African nation’s heat and humidity. Ikegwuonu told Global Citizen., “Tackling food spoilage is important because, according to the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), it is estimated that a 10% reduction in global food loss will result in an 11% decrease in hunger, and a 4% decrease in child malnutrition worldwide.”“In Nigeria, a 35% reduction in post-harvest tomato loss alone would [impact] vitamin A deficiency for up to 1.1 million children per day,” he added.It’s a classic economic case of ‘what is seen and what is unseen.’ And Ikegwuonu, Nigeria, and even the world, might never understand how much entrepreneurial, educational, or economic advances could arise from ColdHubs’ presence in the country.SHARE the Inspiring Ingenuity on Social Media…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore Designed specifically for off-grid areas, ColdHubs employ rooftop solar panels to generate enough electricity to power the units in all weather conditions, while providing reliable 24/7 autonomous refrigeration. This cuts down on spoilage, but also leads to much higher profits.A bag of fresh bonga fish should in theory fetch between $20 and $40, but without storage facilities, fishermen either sell the same bag for much less to avoid spoilage, or they smoke or dry the fish and sell it days later—while accepting much less due to the higher value and demand that fresh fish commands.RELATED: This New German Car is Covered With Solar Panels and Charges As It DrivesColdHubs currently serves 3,517 farmers and fishermen. The company has so far installed 24 Hubs, saving over 20,000 tons of food from spoilage, and employing 48 women to service the refrigerators. At a rental cost of $1 a day on a pay-as-you-go subscription model, users can increase their income by being able to sell more fresh food.An entrepreneur for the momentOnce an agricultural radio host, Ikegwuonu grew up on a farm and understood that food spoilage was a major impediment to farmers’ livelihoods.ColdHub fridges can extend the life of fruits and vegetables from two to 21 days. This increases vendor and farmer profits by 25% on average, says the company. It also increases entrepreneurial energy among the users, as literal days of their life are freed up from having to spend time buying, sourcing, shipping, or throwing away extra produce.ColdHubsIkegwuonu won the 2020 Waislitz Global Citizen Disruptor Award and its $50,000 cash prize, which he says he will use “to build two ColdHubs in two fruit and vegetable markets, saving 3,285 tons of food from spoilage yearly, increase the income of 200 users, and create four new jobs for women.”MORE LIKE THIS: Ghanaian Shoemaker Invents Solar-Powered Hand-washing Basin During Lockdown to Encourage Sanitary HabitsAnd there’s more than money to the equation.last_img read more

Mike Ashley: Terps need to toughen up, play meaner

first_imgMike Ashley of the Terrapin Times joined Nestor to discuss the Terps loss to Wisconsin over the weekend.While Ashley admits that “the student flash mob was executing better than the Terps” at one point in the first half, he believes that Terrapins fans need to tip their hat to the Badgers in this case..“I think you have to give Wisconsin a lot of credit,” Ashley said. “That’s a team that’s won seven games in a row, have overcome losing Bo Ryan early in the year as their coach. I think they’ve really adapted.”“I think it’s more a situation where you have to give Wisconsin credit than talk bad about the Terps at this point.”As for the rest of the season as we inch closer to March, Ashley does believe that the Terrapins need to toughen up a bit if they’re going to reach all of their goals.“One thing that I took away was the Diamond Stone incident before the half,” Ashley said. “There was a little bit of badass that this team might need to get to the next level. They have got to play with more of a chip on their shoulder when things get rough with them.”“Sometimes they have to be able to flip that switch and play a little bit madder, a little bit meaner, and that to me is the missing component to these guys,” Ashley said. “They’ve got Final Four talent but we’ve seen them out-toughed in some key games this year.”Hear Mike Ashley’s full chat with Nestor Aparicio right here:Audio Playerhttp://c631904.r4.cf2.rackcdn.com/Mike%20Ashley%20Terrapin%20Times%20021616.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more

Jacobs vs. Derevyanchenko results: Danny Jacobs edges Derevyanchenko to claim vacant title, calls out Canelo

first_imgSergiy Derevyanchenko put Danny Jacobs on his heels for most of Saturday night.But Jacobs managed to remain in charge, responding under fire with the cleaner, harder hits. And the judges saw it that way, too, giving Jacobs the split-decision victory (115-112, 115-112 & 113-114). With the win, Jacobs walked out of the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden as the new IBF middleweight champion. Showing true grit in the rousing victory, Jacobs didn’t hesitate telling HBO’s Max Kellerman that he wants a piece of unified middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez next. Jacobs vs. Derevyanchenko fight cardSergiy Derevyanchenko vs. Daniel Jacobs for vacant IBF middleweight titleAlberto Machado vs. Yuandale Evans for Machado’s WBA “regular” junior lightweight titleHeather Hardy vs. Shelly Vincent rematch for vacant WBO women’s featherweight titlePatrick Day vs. Elvin Ayala; junior middleweightsReshat Mati vs. Keasen Freeman; welterweightsRadzhab Butaev vs. Azael Cosio; welterweightsBakhodir Jalolov vs. Tyrell Wright; heavyweightsSteven Donnelly vs. Antonio Hernandez; junior middleweightsDavid Oliver Joyce vs. Jorge Rojas Zacazontetl; lightweightsJacobs vs. Derevyanchenko latest news—  Danny Jacobs patiently waits for the spotlight, vows that “it’s going to be my time.”—  Danny Jacobs’ story is more than being “The Miracle Man.”—  Derevyanchenko stands in Jacobs’ way of opening path to Canelo or “GGG.” MORE: Join DAZN and watch more than 80 fight nights a year”Yeah, absolutely,” Jacobs said in the ring. “That’s the fight fans want.”Whether they get it, remains to be seen. Alvarez is moving up to super middleweight to face Rocky Fielding on Dec. 15. A win and an Alvarez-Jacobs fight during the spring could be a strong possibility. Jacobs made himself a top candidate to face Canelo by digging deep against Derevyanchenko on Saturday night. The savvy vet negated Derevyanchenko’s ferocious, nonstop motor with pinpointed, thudding counter punches that paved the way for his victory. “I’m glad I got hit and was able to get it back,” Jacobs told reporters during his post-fight press conference.Much of the talk entering the fight swirled around Jacobs and Derevyanchenko being former sparring partners with 300-plus rounds of familiarity. Well, that chatter ended abruptly Saturday night via two key moments in the first round. Coming out of a clinch, Derevyanchenko blasted Jacobs with a huge right hook. Stunned and noticeably irked, Jacobs looked over to the ref, as if to complain and got tagged by his rugged Ukranian opponent yet again. That must have infuriated Jacobs, as the 31-year-old responded moments later with an overhand, chopping right, dropping Derevyanchenko to his knee.In many ways, that knockdown served as an overriding theme to the fight because it was Jacobs’s way of warning Derevyanchenko that regardless of how much he’s the aggressor, “The Miracle Man” was going to make him pay every single time.And that’s exactly what Jacobs did with ring generalship, weathering Derevyanchenko’s onslaughts and countering with razor-sharp retorts.”Even in sparring, once I caught Sergiy with a couple of good shots, he would always back up,” Jacobs said. “That’s why I said a professional match is totally different. Once you put those 10-ounce gloves on, the headgear comes off. Those little things you used to do before — triple jabs or coming in without that worry — he got much more to worry about now. He showed that.”Here’s how the fight went.(All times Eastern.)Danny Jacobs gets split decision victory over Sergiy Derevyanchenko12:05 p.m.: Jacobs def. Derevyanchenko by split decision (115-112, 115-112, 113-114).Round 12: These two left everything at the Hulu Theater inside of Madison Square Garden, slugging it out for the final 90 seconds of the bout, with Jacobs pinpointing the cleaner, harder punches in the exchange. The two embrace after one hell of a fight. SN has Jacobs winning this fight, but will the judges credit Derevyanchenko for being the aggressor? (115-112 Jacobs)Round 11: A left-right combo from Jacobs staggered Derevyanchenko by the corner post. Derevyanchenko stormed back, mauling Jacobs up against the ropes, but the Brooklyn native hung tough and backed Derevyanchenko off of him with a couple of punishing overhand rights. That was Jacobs’s round, as he walked Derevyanchenko down during several moments. What a 12th round this should be! (105-103 Jacobs)Round 10: This time it was Derevyanchenko giving Jacobs a taste of that left hook, setting off an explosive exchange between the two. No matter how this fight ends, Derevyanchenko is going to walk away from this bout with plenty of new fans. His style is hungry, rabid and ferocious. He landed a thud of a body shot to end the 10th round. Will it slow Jacobs down in the 11th? (95-94 Jacobs)Round 9: A left hook from Jacobs knocked the saliva out of Derevyanchenko’s mouth around the two-minute mark, but “The Miracle Man” was right back on his heels around the ring due to his Ukranian opponent’s constant forward motion. Yet, Jacobs ended the round walking Derevyanchenko down, so let’s see if that will continue for the duration of this fight. (86-84 Jacobs)Round 8: Derevyanchenko is not giving Jacobs much real estate to work with, cutting off the ring with his footwork. That being said, Jacobs still managed to sneak in two sharp uppercuts as counter punches in the eighth round. Derevyanchenko is the fighter moving forward, but when Jacobs gets enough space, he’s landing some solid shots. (76-75 Jacobs)Round 7: The most clinching this fight has seen thus far. While Derevyanchenko was in hot pursuit, tagging Jacobs with shots, “The Miracle Man” is effectively rolling his shoulders and slipping punches, while landing shots to close the round. Still, Derevyanchenko took that round. (66-66)Round 6: The best round of the bout thus far, with both fighters exchanging shots in a firefight. Jacobs ducked under a Derevyanchenko right hook to land a punishing left. Derevyanchenko is the aggressor, but Jacobs is making him pay for his miscues. (57-56 Jacobs)Round 5: Both fighters are throwing and landing heavy, heavy shots. Every time Derevyanchenko seems to land a heavy blow, Jacobs responds with something harder. Derevyanchenko did effectively attack Jacobs’s body in the fifth round. Derevyanchenko remains the busier fighter, with Jacobs seemingly waiting to land a lights-out shot. (47-47).Round 4: Derevyanchenko landed a sweeping left hook that had him leaving his feet to make up for his reach disadvantage. He seems to be the busier fighter thus far. But Jacobs’ savvy and mettle are on clear display, as he’s slipping Derevyanchenko’s heavier shots and making him pay. Jacobs rocked Derevyanchenko with a punishing right hook. That sparked a flurry in the middle of the ring with Jacobs peppering Derevyanchenko, before closing out the round with a crunching left hook. That left hook seems to be landing at will for Jacobs. (38-37 Jacobs)Round 3: You see why Jacobs’s trainer Andre Rozier nicknamed Derevyanchenko “The Technician.” He picks his shots methodically, as evidenced by a strong third round that had him landing a solid right hook, to which Jacobs responded with a left hook. Derevyanchenko caught Jacobs with a flurry later in the round, but Jacobs ended the third with another left hook. Derevyanchenko better watch out for that left hand, which seems to have found its mark. (28-28)Round 2: Derevyanchenko put Jacobs on his bicycle during the second round with a sweeping left hook, followed by a solid combination behind it. That was the highlight of that second frame. (19-18 Jacobs)Round 1: After feeling each other out for the opening minute, Sergiy Derevyanchenko caught Danny Jacobs with a big right hook out of the clinch. Jacobs looked to the ref, as if to complain and Derevyanchenko popped him again. That immediately let Jacobs know he was in a fight with his former sparring partner. And “The Miracle Man” responded accordingly, dropping Derevyanchenko with an overhand chopping right by the ropes. That was a filthy shot that found Derevyanchenko’s head. (10-8 Jacobs)11:07 p.m.: And here comes Danny Jacobs to the sounds of LL Cool J’s classic “Mama Said Knock You Out!” Main event time! This is for the vacant IBF middleweight title.11:06 p.m.: HBO is definitely not wasting time with this broadcast. Sergiy Derevyanchenko is already in the ring.11:03 p.m.: The crowd here at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden is still reeling from Machado’s scintillating first-round KO of Yuandale Evans. Golden Boy seems to have a star on its hands with the 28-year-old champ, who improves to 21-0. Roy Jones Jr. said it best: “His nickname is “Money Shot” for a reason.” — Roy Jones Jr. on @xplosivomachado pic.twitter.com/dbQuTOpkgm— HBOboxing (@HBOboxing) October 28, 2018 Alberto Machado punishes Yuandale Evans with first-round KO10:51 p.m.: Alberto Machado dropped Yuandale Evans with a left hook early into the first round. Moments after Evans got up, he was staggered by a right hook and a flurry from Machado had the ref registering a standing eight-count. From there, a vicious right hook ended things as Evans head bounced off the canvas. Pulverizing KO from Machado, your winner and still champion. What a knockout!10:46 p.m.: Alberto Machado and Yuandale Evans are already in the ring for their 12-round clash for Machado’s WBA “regular” junior lightweight title. Who’s taking this bout?Heather Hardy gets the unanimous decision victory over Shelly Vincent10:42 p.m.: Hardy def. Vincent by unanimous decision (97-93, 97-93, 99-91). This was the kind of fight — emphasis on fight — that could have gone the other way in the favor of Vincent. Regardless, that 99-91 score was too generous. With the win, Heather Hardy becomes the new WBO women’s featherweight champ. What a magical moment for the Brooklyn native, who pushed for women’s boxing to be televised on HBO for years. Now, she’s crowned champion on HBO. It’s bittersweet because of the network’s swan song from boxing, but still a memorable moment for sure.10:38 p.m.: Once again, Hardy caught Vincent with that uppercut, doing enough to take the round. SN has this one as a draw, but Vincent was the aggressor for a majority of the rounds and we’ll see if the judges side with the Providence, Rhode Island native because of that. [email protected] lands a strong uppercut in the last round of the fight. pic.twitter.com/WuaX0EPrlN— HBOboxing (@HBOboxing) October 28, 2018 10:35 p.m.: “The Heat” landed a crunching right uppercut square on Vincent’s chin in the ninth round. Here comes the 10th and final round.10:28 p.m.: This is a pure firefight. Both Hardy and Vincent are hitting each other with hard leather. During the seventh round, Vincent hit her rival with an inadvertent headbutt, which opened a gash over Hardy’s left eye. Vincent seems to have gotten the better of the exchanges over the past four rounds to own the edge after seven rounds.10:22 p.m.: Vincent caught Hardy with a clean left hook out of the clinch in the fifth round and landed the same punch later in the frame. Hardy has to look out for it as this match continues. SN has Vincent winning the fourth and fifth rounds.10:17 p.m.: Vincent mauled Hardy to start the third round, adding intensity to an already-heated fight. But Hardy weathered the opening flurry and caught Vincent with some vicious left and right hooks toward the middle of the round. We have Hardy up 30-27 through three.10:11 p.m.: This rematch picked up from where the original bout ended — with fireworks. That first round more than showed that Heather Hardy and Shelly Vincent are willing to stand and have heavy exchanges.10:02 p.m.: The bright lights are on and HBO’s main card is underway with Shelly Vincent and Heather Hardy making their entrances to the ring. Their original bout was an absolute war. What will the rematch present? This one is for the vacant WBO women’s featherweight title.9:54 p.m.: Prelims are in the books. The main card is about to begin.Prelim resultsDavid Joyce def. Jorge Zacazontetl via unanimous decision; lightweightsSteven Donnelly def. Antonio Hernandez by unanimous decision; junior middleweightsBakhodir Jalolov def. Tyrell Wright by corner stoppage after fourth-round; heavyweightsPatrick Day def. Elvin Ayala via unanimous decision; junior middleweightsRadzhab Butaev def. Azael Cosio via corner stoppage after third round; welterweightsReshat Mati def. Keasen Freeman by unanimous decision; welterweights8:10 p.m.: Here live at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden, where preliminary action for the Danny Jacobs-Sergiy Derevyanchenko is currently taking place. Before any boxing began, Matchroom Boxing held a press conference announcing Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller vs. Bogdan Dinu as the headliner for a Nov. 17 show in Mulvane, Kansas, live on DAZN. The card will also feature Brandon Rios vs. Roman Alvarez, Claressa Shields vs. Hannah Rankin and Gabe Rosado against Luis Arias. We are LIVE for the @MatchroomBoxing November 17th Kansas Show Press Conference 🎥 https://t.co/VnTQTDLuYH— DAZN USA (@DAZN_USA) October 27, 2018 last_img read more