Botswana: Efficent Fighter of AIDs

Botswana has been offering free AIDs treatments to all those who need it in the country and as a result less people have died of AIDs. Botswana proves that even poor nations can provide universal treatment for those with AIDs and that it helps the country develop.

The results are visible. Patients who once arrived in wheelchairs and on stretchers now walk to clinics. Others believed to be on their deathbeds are back at work.”

Eliica: 8-Wheeled Electric Car

Eliica a good fast carEliica is short for Electric Lithium-Ion battery Car, it’s a eight-wheeled eletric car that can move fast. It’s even faster than a Porsche 911 Turbo. The inventor of the car wanted to prove that electric cars can be fast and slick. He notes that when dealing with a technology thought to be slow one has to make it really fast to make it even appear fast to others.

The Eliica can reach 370Km/h thanks to each of its eight 100bhp in-wheel motors.

Second Harvest

Second Harvest
In the spirit of the holiday season, it seemed appropriate to highlight a charitible organization that is making a difference to many in the Toronto area on a year-round basis. Second Harvest was founded in 1986, and is dedicated to ensuring that fresh food from GTA grocery stores and restaurants does not go to waste. Using six refrigerated trucks, the organization picks up high-quality fresh food and produce on a daily basis and delivers it within hours to over 230 community centres, shelters, breakfast programs, and drop-in centres across the city.

Second Harvest distinguishes itself from food banks in that it collects perishable foods, such as meat, milk, and vegetables. Its efforts help provide 13,000 meals each day to children, the elderly, women who are fleeing abuse, and the homeless.

In addition to its main program, Second Harvest undertook two other initiatives that are making a difference in Toronto. The Feeding Our Future program began in 1999, supplying lunches to inner-city children who were otherwise unable to attend free summer camps because their families could not afford to send a lunch along with them. Harvest Kitchens was launced in 2001 in four Toronto facilities, where unemployed individuals were trained in food preparation with the aim of giving them valuable skills to help them find jobs. The refrigerated trucks deliver raw food from donors to the kitchens, where folks are trained under the supervision of food service professionals.

Ramp up the Power

trafficHighway off ramps have started to generate power in England by using a speed hump in the road. Each time a car passes over the hump 10kw of energy is created by compression – so the heavier the vehicle the more energy generated.

Many local authorities in England have expressed interest in purchasing the £25,000 ramps to power street lights.

Congo Opts for Constitution

People in the Democratic Republic of Congo have voted for a new constitution in a recent referendum. The post-war constitution paves the way for national elections next year.

This is a big step for a nation that is plagued by violence and high in mineral resources. Next year’s elections would be the first free elections in forty years.

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