…as UNDP project to improve GPL to commencelater this yearA United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) project aimed at, among other things, improving the Guyana Power and Light’s (GPL) performance is expected to get underway in a matter of months. However, some hurdles remain to integrating renewable energy into the national grid.This was ventilated when various Government agencies gave an account to the Parliamentary Sectoral Committee on Foreign Relations on Friday for Guyana’s policies aimed at producing a ‘green state’. Already, cold water has figuratively been thrown on expectations that Guyana can be 100 per cent renewable energy powered by 2025.One of the hurdles pointed out by Guyana Energy Agency (GEA) Economist Shevonne Wood, who was present, was the risk that the national grid could become unstable when renewable energy is integrated into it. However, Guyana has, for almost a decade, been successfully integrating renewable energy into the grid as a result of the Skeldon Co-generation plant, a brainchild of former President Bharrat Jagdeo.It is a fact that was highlighted by committee chairperson Gail Teixeira, who noted that there is a paucity of up-to-date information on the entity’s operations. With the closure of several estates and mass laying off of sugar workers, Teixeira questioned whether the facility has had a reduction in its supply of bagasse, a sugar cane derivative used as a renewable energy source.This publication has been reliably informed, however, that as a result of persisting factors which have led to repairs and upgrades being effected at the facility, there has been limited supply of energy from the entity. The co-generation plant, sources say, has had to scale back some of its operations.Wood also gave some details on how Government approaches the issue of integrating, including the approach towards connecting to the grid. She noted that a strict policy was recommended to ensure technical parameters are not breached.“That’s where one of the studies for renewable energy and power generation came into play… the recommendation was to have a grid code and then to set up to certain technical parameters. So what GPL did subsequent to that, they would have allowed persons to have applications with a (power) of 100 MW, to understand how reliable the grid is to accommodate that type of technology.“It is definitely a policy to have that type of application, but also to ensure that the grid is reliable and able to have that redundancy or stand by reserve, so that any injection of renewable energy wouldn’t cause a shut down,” she related.UNDPMeanwhile, Office of Climate Change (OCC) head, Janelle Christian, informed the committee that work has been ongoing to secure funding from international partners. In particular, she spoke of a United Nations Development Programme to mobilise climate change allocation resources,“So we’ve prepared what is called mainstreaming emissions technology. In this particular project, we’ll be looking to address institutional policy and capacity gaps that the Guyana Power and Light, the Guyana Energy Agency, the Hinterland Electrification Company are experiencing as we seek to advise on the 100 per cent renewable energy ambition by 2025.“This has been approved, and we expect to start implementation by October or November of this year. UNDP would have recently closed the Ad for Project Manager for this project,” Christian informed the committee.GPL was subject to another project, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) funded Power Utility Upgrade Programme (PUUP) that was initiated in 2014 at a cost of US$64 million. However, power outages still disrupt the lives of many Guyanese intermittently.At a Public Utilities Commission (PUC) hearing earlier this year, GPL had said that over the next three years, it would roll out about 80,000 smart meters, which would have radio transmitting capacity to send out data.It was pointed out that the smart meters would allow GPL to better monitor its feeder system, each of which was supposed to have only 4000 costumers. Other measures GPL announced to improve its services included splitting existing feeders, rehabilitation of its distribution networks, and additional power generation plants at Canefield, Anna Regina and Bartica.GPL was ultimately fined five per cent of its shareholders’ dividends a few months ago by the PUC over its poor service.
Later in the mission, Prime Minister Harper announced that Canada has regained full access for Canadian beef to the key export market of Hong Kong, following his meeting with Donald Tsang, Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. In 2008, Hong Kong was Canada’s fourth largest export market for beef.In all, the Hong Kong market is worth more than a half a billion dollars for Canada’s farmers and processors. Last month, Minister Ritz was also in Japan to seek greater access to the Japanese market for Canadian beef producers. While access for Canadian beef exports to Japan are currently restricted to products from animals under 21 months of age, the Minister was in Japan to emphasize to the newly elected government that Canadian beef is recognized as safe by international scientific organizations.Our Conservative Government has made securing existing markets and opening new markets a priority so that Canadian exporters can create new jobs here at home. Advertisement Prime Minister Stephen Harper wrapped up another successful international mission this week to Asia. While many Canadian industries saw doors opened wider and new opportunities arise, our farmers benefitted significantly from the results of that visit. In the lead-up to the mission China announced it had re-opened their lucrative markets to Canadian pork exporters.Earlier this year, China had banned imports of Canadian pork due to concerns about H1N1. Given that Canada’s pork exports to China were valued at $47-million in 2008, this was a significant victory for our pork producers. Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and International Trade Minister Stockwell Day were obviously successful in making the point to Chinese officials that bans on imports of pork and swine from countries with human or animal cases of H1N1 do not comply with international standards set by the World Health Organization (WHO), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). – Advertisement -This lifting of the ban by China acknowledges that influenza viruses do not affect the safety of properly cooked pork and influenza is not a food-borne disease.Our Government continues to work with China to remove its ban on live swine imports to ensure Canadian pork producers also regain that access to Chinese markets as soon as possible. The Prime Minister’s Asia trade mission also brought good news for Canadian Canola producers after Minister Ritz’s successful meeting with Chinese officials resulted in China slowly reopening its borders to Canadian canola imports. China says it will raise imports of Canadian canola by an additional 200,000 tonnes in 2010. That’s worth as much as $180-million to our canola farmers according to the Canola Council of Canada. The success didn’t end there.Advertisement In addition to re-opening and expanding our most lucrative markets, like those in Asia, we have already concluded new free trade agreements with the states of the European Free Trade Association (Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein), Colombia, Peru, Jordan and Panama.While we will continue with our important trade agenda and I will continue to remind Cabinet colleagues of the importance of agriculture, what happened half a world away this month has been like an early Christmas present for farmers in Prince George-Peace River.
Another official called down the hall: “Senator! Councilman? Senator? Councilman!” apparently forgetting Alarcón’s three-month tenure as a state assemblyman. Inside the chambers, council President Eric Garcetti stopped the council meeting to congratulate Alarcón. Councilman Tony Cardenas, who now sits in the favored first seat around the horseshoe – which is assigned alphabetically – said he would be happy to vacate the chair for Alarcón. “When you take this seat, the first seat on the council, I will not fight you. I will not give you a hard time, not that that’s ever happened in this chamber before.” Cardenas was alluding to Alarcón’s first day on the City Council in 1993 when then-Councilman Richard Alatorre initially refused to surrender his chair to Alarcón. kerry.cavanaugh@ dailynews.com (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Los Angeles City Councilman-elect Richard Alarcón was welcomed back to City Hall on Wednesday morning with open arms and a few jokes. Although he won’t be sworn in for three weeks – he must wait until the election is certified – Alarcón was eager to get started on his second stint in City Hall and stopped by to see how he could speed up his appointment. “I’m ready to serve as soon as they’ll have me,” he said. Alarcón will fill the 7th District seat vacated by Alex Padilla, who was elected to the state Senate last November. Alarcón won 55 percent of the vote, beating out three competitors for the northeast San Fernando Valley post. It’s a homecoming for Alarcón, who was the 7th District councilman from 1993 through 1998, when he left to serve in the state Senate. Termed out in the Senate, Alarcón won a seat in the state Assembly last November. But after voters approved Measure R to allow City Council members three terms instead of two, Alarcón announced he would run for his old job. Now he’ll resign from the Assembly and be sworn in at City Hall. As Alarcón waited outside council chambers Wednesday, city officials welcomed him back. “Good to see you again. We’ll talk soon,” a building and safety staffer said. An assistant general manager of the Housing Department greeted Alarcón with a hug.
Ronaldo, who cost Juventus about 110 million euros last summer, was at it again at the weekend, scoring twice before the Turin side were held 3-3 at home by Parma.Off the pitch, the Portuguese — who turned 34 on Tuesday — has made a similarly emphatic impact in China, the world’s second-biggest economy and home to a growing number of football supporters.In the week of Ronaldo’s transfer in July last year, Juventus added 308,000 followers across the Twitter-like Weibo, social media and messaging app WeChat, and video app Douyin (known elsewhere as TikTok), the Italian club said.That popularity has held, Juventus say, its number of followers on Weibo jumping 68.5 percent between July and December last year — a surge in interest that appears undiminished by a police investigation into the star launched last year.Juventus declined to comment on an allegation of rape levelled at Ronaldo, who vehemently denies the claim made by a woman in the United States.– ‘Icon market’ –More fans ultimately means more money, and suddenly Ronaldo’s transfer fee does not look so extortionate.Experts call China an “icon market” because its football fans tend to support an individual rather than a team.So when Ronaldo moved clubs, thousands of Chinese fans went with him in the digital world.“It’s beyond football,” Giorgio Ricci, chief revenue officer of Juventus, said in emailed comments to AFP, addressing Ronaldo’s immense pulling power.“Ronaldo’s success in China is not simply connected to his performance on the pitch and achievements over the years.“Players have a stronger influence on (Chinese) fans than teams.“As a matter of fact, fans online have become increasingly interested in individuals, as players have almost 30 percent more combined followers than their clubs.”Juventus’s gain was Real’s loss in China, which along with the United States is a key overseas market for European football clubs.Real may have won the Champions League again, but they suffered a net reduction of about 8,000 followers after Ronaldo’s departure, said a recent report by Shanghai-based digital marketing firm Mailman.That said, Real remain hugely popular in China and are still the number one club online in the country, according to Mailman’s 2019 “Red Card” report.Ronaldo, who along with Barcelona rival Lionel Messi has won the Ballon d’Or a record five times, has “actively worked towards building a strong image in China”, said Ricci.That includes an annual visit to the country and deploying his own Chinese social media channels “to establish a connection with China and shorten the gap with fans”.Last year the Portuguese superstar also became a brand ambassador for Chinese automaker Wey, strengthening his prominence in the country.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The Portuguese forward’s move from Real Madrid has seen Juventus’s popularity rocket in China, where football fans tend to support an individual rather than a team © AFP / Marco BERTORELLOSHANGHAI, China, Feb 5 – Cristiano Ronaldo’s move from Real Madrid has seen Juventus’s popularity rocket in China, up nearly 70 percent by one measure, as top European clubs vie for supremacy in the Asian country.The Portuguese forward has made his presence felt on the pitch, netting 17 goals in 22 Serie A games to put Juventus well on course to retain their Italian league title.
talkSPORT’s transfer guru, Warren Haughton, joins Hawksbee and Jacobs to round up all the very latest rumours and gossip.With news John Stones handing in a transfer request, talkSPORT hears why the Everton defender decided to force through a move to Chelsea.There is also news of a move by Arsenal for Aleksandr Kokorin, is there any truth behind the rumours or is Arsene Wenger happy with the squad he has?Aston Villa have brought in 10 players during this transfer window and Warren discusses whether Roma’s attacking midfielder Adem Ljajic will be the next.Also on the agenda is Tottenham’s pursuit of Son Heung-Min from Bayer Leverkusen.Here’s some of the top transfer rumours on talkSPORT.com:‘John Stones can force his way into Chelsea’s first team’, insists Everton legend Andy GrayExclusive: John Stones transfer request was inevitable claims Charlie Adam‘It’s just a poker game’ – Berahino will move to Tottenham despite two fail bids says Harry RedknappLiverpool and Southampton miss out as Asier Illarramendi arrives for Real Sociedad medicalLiverpool and Aston Villa lose race for Monaco defender Aymen Abdennour as Valencia close inEverton and West Ham blow! Forward target Juan Iturbe set for Benfica talks‘Chelsea target John Stones can be as good as Rio Ferdinand’, Dietmar Hamann tells talkSPORTTottenham transfer rumours: Spurs miss out on Bayern Munich starletQPR defender keen to stay despite strong links to exitCrystal Palace not finished in transfer market yet, reveals chairman Steve ParishNorwich transfer news: Wolves reject new £10m bid for Benik Afobe
Isco and James Rodriguez celebrate a Real Madrid goal 1 Real Madrid are apparently ready to listen to offers for James Rodriguez and Isco – putting Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United on red alert.Real are said to be disappointed with the pair’s form this season as Los Blancos have fallen 12 points behind Barcelona in La Liga.Isco has managed just three goals in 29 appearances this season, while James hasn’t fared much better, having found the target just twice since the turn of the year.According to AS, Real’s directors are now ready to put the pair up for sale this summer as Zinedine Zidane plans a revamp of his squad to try and close the gap on Barcelona.Arsenal and City have both tried to sign Isco in the past and would be interested in reigniting their pursuits in the summer.Meanwhile, United made attempts to land James before he signed for Real from Monaco in 2014 and are confident they can lure the Colombian star with a big-money offer at the end of the season.
Poland went into the tournament ranked eighth in the world.But they were knocked out after just two group games, losing 2-1 to Senegal and 3-0 to Colombia.A 1-0 victory against Japan in their final group match was not enough to prevent Poland from finishing bottom.The Polish FA announced Nawalka’s departure on Tuesday, saying in a statement they had decided to go in a “new” direction. 2 Robert Lewandowsk failed to score in his first World Cup finals appearance Adam Nawalka was unable to lead Poland beyond the group stage of the 2018 World Cup 2 Adam Nawalka is to leave his post as Poland manager.The 60-year-old will not have his contract renewed beyond the end of July after the country failed to reach the knockout stages of the 2018 World Cup. The statement read: “We have decided that Adam Nawalka will remain Poland’s team coach until July 30.“After that day we will be looking for a new coach. We will try to build a national team in a new way.”Nawalka said he was leaving “with dignity” and believed that Polish football “has taken a step forward” under his leadership.He has been in charge of the national side since 2013 and led them to the quarter-finals of Euro 2016.talkSPORT are with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network.
The price of the average three-bed semi in County Donegal rose by 7% to €95,000 in the last 12 months, according to a national survey carried out by Real Estate Alliance.Prices remained static in the first quarter of this year, with no change between March and June according to local agents. The REA Average House Price Survey concentrates on the actual sale price of Ireland’s typical stock home, the three-bed semi, giving an up-to-date picture of the second hand property market in towns and cities countrywide to the close of last week.“Brexit is having an effect due to the weakness of Sterling,” said Michael McElhinney of REA McElhinney in Bundoran.“The market improved in quarter two, although prices outside Letterkenny still remain below average,” said Paul McElhinney of REA McElhinney in Milford.The average semi-detached house nationally now costs €232,441, the Q2 REA Average House Price Survey has found – a rise of 1.5% on the Q1 2018 figure of €229,111.Overall, the average house price across the country rose by 8% over the past 12 months – indicating that the market is continuing to steady after an 11.3% overall rise in 2017. The rate of increase in second-hand three-bed semi-detached home prices in Dublin city and county was just 0.8% in the last three months, with prices falling slightly in one suburb.After rising by 12.5% in 2017, the average price of a second-hand semi-detached house in the capital has increased by just €5,000 so far this year and now stands at €443,000.Brexit has an impact as average Donegal house price rises by 7% was last modified: July 19th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:HOUSE PRICESpropertyReal Estate Alliance
Frustrated Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was critical of his team’s defending following their 3-3 draw at home to Fulham.The Gunners were two up before their defensive lapses helped the Whites storm back and take the lead.Olivier Giroud’s equaliser rescued a point for Arsenal and they would have had more had Mikel Arteta been able to convert a last-gasp penalty.But Wenger said: “You cannot blame Mikel for that. It is part of the game.“The positive is we can score goals but the negative is we have conceded three at home. Defensively, that wasn’t a historically good performance.“We were most guilty on the corner – 2-0 up and nobody to jump for the ball at all. That of course when you play at home doesn’t often happen.“It’s frustrating. We have to just keep working on it.”See also:Schwarzer’s save secures point for FulhamMixed feelings for Fulham boss 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
25 July 2014 Until recently, many children in Mvezo village in the Eastern Cape – the birthplace of Nelson Mandela – had to drop out of school after Grade 9. This is because the village did not have a high school, which meant that children wanting to enter Grade 10 had to travel far from their homes, to neighbouring towns such as Mthatha and Idutywa. The Mandela School of Science and Technology, which opened its doors in Mvezo earlier this year, is changing all that – and more. It’s the first comprehensive science high school in the entire rural Transkei to offer subjects like engineering and information technology. And the government believes that more such schools are needed in South Africa’s rural areas. President Jacob Zuma, who unveiled a statue of Mandela’s grandfather, Prince Mandela, at the school on Mandela Day last Friday, said the government was serious about ensuring that children in disadvantaged communities were exposed to science and technology. The idea for the school was born when Madiba said he wanted a high school built near his birthplace. In 2010, telecommunications giant Siemens pledged millions of rands towards the school’s construction. School Principal Pat Toni, in an interview with SAnews, said the school had brought about many changes for the rural community. The school has four laboratories and a fully-fledged library and IT department, as well as an agricultural science department. “We have very highly qualified teachers for science and mathematics. I think what the school has brought to this village is quality education – something unfortunately that children in rural areas are not used to,” Toni said. “The community has embraced the school. We are receiving hundreds of applications and we cannot cope with the demand. Whenever we have a meeting, we have a full hall, and the support is amazing.” The school has brought opportunities that did not exist in the village before. “Science has moved from very far to just around the corner,” Toni said. The Mandela school will introduce its first Grade 12 class in 2016, and Toni said several universities have committed to grant bursaries to deserving pupils from the school. One of the beneficiaries of the school is Nothobile Mapeyi. Her granddaughter, Zukuswa, was forced to leave home to stay with her aunt in Mthatha after she passed Grade 9 in 2012. Now Zukiswa will be able to do her matric at the Mandela school, and will be staying with the family in Mvezo. “I was not happy when my child had to leave, but we had no choice because I wanted her to continue with her studies,” Mapeyi told SAnews. “Now we have this good school at our doorstep. The future is looking bright for her.” There are also overseas universities that are lining up to take matriculants from the school after 2016. “For these reasons, our emphasis is on mathematics and technology because we know the expectation is very high and we are aware that these subjects will open many opportunities for our pupils,” Toni said. He has promised a 100 percent matric pass rate from his first group of Grade 12 learners in two years’ time. “I don’t see a reason why our pupils should not perform at that level; we have everything they need for them to excel. We expect the children not only to perform ordinarily, we expect them to be broader in their research and studies,” Toni said. “We tell them they are not in an ordinary school – they are in a school that requires them to work double.” Source: SAnews.gov.za