AfDB, CIF Provide US$ 23m to Renewable Energy Sector

first_img– Advertisement – The African Development Bank (AfDB) and the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) yesterday awarded a grant of US$ 23.25 million to the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy and the Rural Renewable Agency of Liberia to transform Liberia’s renewable energy sector.The funds will be used to develop a 9.8 MW hydropower plant at Gbedin Falls on the Mano River in Nimba County and provide a low-cost, sustainable and reliable source of electricity to citizens in that part of the country.According to an AfDB statement, the plant will be funded by the Scaling-up Renewable Energy Program (SREP), a program under the CIF with the objective to empower transformation in developing countries by demonstrating the economic, social and environmental viability of renewable energy.“Liberia has one of the lowest electricity access rates in the world with less than 2 percent of households having access to electricity services nationwide and therefore expanding access to electricity is not only vital but should be one of the country’s topmost priorities,” said Leandro Azevedo, AfDB’s CIF coordinator and senior climate change officer. “We will work intensively with our energy experts to ensure that the project’s implementation begins as quickly as possible,” the statement said.AfDB expects the project to mark a reduction in the use of highly polluting stand-alone diesel generators that are critical in powering not only Liberian businesses and households but also in improving the conditions of the health and education infrastructure.“As Liberia continues recovering from the 2014 Ebola crisis, these financial resources will help the government of Liberia to prioritize their own scarce resources into those sectors of the economy and society that have suffered greatly with the depression caused by this terrible disease,” said Anthony Nyong, director, Climate Finance and Climate Change Department at the AfDB. “AfDB is strongly committed to support Liberia in transforming its energy sector following this approval from the CIF,” added the statement.The electricity to be generated by the Gbedin Falls HPP will be transmitted via the existing Liberia-Cote d’Ivoire cross-border transmission line. Based on the annual average households’ electricity consumption that currently stands at 510 kWh for an average family of 5 persons, it is estimated that the project would supply electricity to about 500,000 people.Established in 2008 as one of the largest fast-tracked climate financing instruments in the world, the US $8.3-billion CIF provides developing countries with grants, concessional loans, risk mitigation instruments, and equity that leverage significant financing from the private sector, MDBs and other sources. Five MDBs–the African Development Bank (AfDB), Asian Development Bank (ADB), European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), and World Bank Group (WBG) – implement CIF-funded projects and programs.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

AFCON final coaches both locals for first time since 1998

first_imgBelmadi was loaned to Manchester City from Marseille in 2003 and later had two seasons with Southampton.While Cisse spent most of his career at French clubs, he also lined up for Birmingham City and Portsmouth.Cisse is particularly desperate to win in Cairo as his missed shootout penalty in the 2002 final against Cameroon condemned Senegal to defeat in their only previous final appearance.The last final featuring two African coaches was in 1998 when Egypt, coached by Mahmoud el Gohary, defeated Ephraim ‘Jomo’ Sono-coached South Africa 2-0 in Ouagadougou.An endless debate among African football followers is the merits of local and foreign coaches and the Cup of Nations offers no help because foreigners have won 16 titles and locals 15.Egyptian Hassan Shehata holds the record for consecutive triumphs with three and Ghanaian Charles Gyamfi has also won three, but not in a row.France-born Herve Renard is the only coach to win with two countries, guiding outsiders Zambia to success in 2012 and repeating the feat with the Ivory Coast three years later.Cup of Nations-winning coaches1957  Egypt      Mourad Fahmy1959  Egypt      Pal Titkos (HUN)1962  Ethiopia   Ydnekatchew Tessema1963  Ghana      Charles Gyamfi1965  Ghana      Charles Gyamfi1968  Zaire      Ferenc Csanadi (HUN)1970  Sudan      Jirí Starosta (CZE)1972  Congo      Adolphe Bibanzoulou1974  Zaire      Blagoje Vidinic (SRB)1976  Morocco    Gheorghe Mardarescu (ROM)1978  Ghana      Fred Osam-Duodu1980  Nigeria    Otto Gloria (BRA)1982  Ghana      Charles Gyamfi1984  Cameroon   Radivoje Ognjanovic (SRB)1986  Egypt      Mike Smith (WAL)1988  Cameroon   Claude le Roy (FRA)1990  Algeria    Abdelhamid Kermali1992  I. Coast   Yeo Martial1994  Nigeria    Clemens Westerhof (NED)1996  S. Africa  Clive Barker1998  Egypt      Mahmoud el-Gohary2000  Cameroon   Pierre Lechantre (FRA)2002  Cameroon   Winfried Schaefer (GER)2004  Tunisia    Roger Lemerre (FRA)2006  Egypt      Hassan Shehata2008  Egypt      Hassan Shehata2010  Egypt      Hassan Shehata2012  Zambia     Herve Renard (FRA)2013  Nigeria    Stephen Keshi2015  I. Coast   Herve Renard (FRA)2017  Cameroon   Hugo Broos (BEL)Winning coaches by nationality5: Egypt, France4: Ghana2: Hungary, Serbia1: Algeria, Belgium, Brazil, Congo Brazzaville, Czech Republic, Ethiopia, Germany, Ivory Coast, Netherlands, Nigeria, Romania, South Africa, Wales0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Algeria coach Djamel Belmadi gives an instruction during an Africa Cup of Nations group match against Kenya in CairoCAIRO, Egypt, July 18 – The Africa Cup of Nations final between Algeria and Senegal in Cairo Friday will pit local coaches against each other in a title decider for the first time in 21 years.Algerian Djamel Belmadi and Senegalese Aliou Cisse are both former national team midfielders whose playing careers included spells with English clubs.last_img read more

Job Vacancies: Donaghey Motor Homes require mechanic/technician and valet

first_imgDue to the ongoing expansion of their motorhome and van centre, Donaghey MotorHomes have vacancies for new staff.The vacancies include a mechanic/technician and a valet.Candidates must be able to work as part of a team and also to work on their own initiative. If you think either of these vacancies is for you, apply with your CV by emailing info@irishmotorhomes.comThe closing date for applications is November 30th, 2017.Job Vacancies: Donaghey Motor Homes require mechanic/technician and valet was last modified: November 16th, 2017 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:Donaghey Motor Homesjoblast_img read more


first_imgSHAY Given got a warm reception from Middlesbrough fans as he made his debut – and celebrated his 600th club appearance with a clean sheet.Boro held on for a 1-0 victory over Bolton Wanderers on Saturday and Given hailed it as a “perfect day.”Writing on his Twitter account, the 37-year-old said: “Great to be back in action today… [and] also to make my 600th club [appearance]. A clean sheet but more importantly the three points made a perfect day.” Given joined Championship side Middlesbrough on a month-long loan deal from Aston Villa, prior to the deadline for emergency loans.He was quick off his line to deny Beckford a chance after ex-Sunderland midfielder Leadbitter had played a dangerous back-pass after the interval.Boro took the lead in the 82nd minute through a penalty.But then Bolton earned their own penalty and with Given doing his best to put Jermaine Beckford off, the Bolton man blasted the shot high over the bar.  IT’S GOOD TO BE BACK! SHAY CELEBRATES 600TH CLUB APPEARANCE WITH CLEAN-SHEET DEBUT was last modified: December 1st, 2013 by John2Share 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:IT’S GOOD TO BE BACK! SHAY CELEBRATES 600TH CLUB APPEARANCE WITH CLEAN-SHEET DEBUTlast_img read more

CAF Confederations Cup: Proline hope to continue dream debut, host Al Nasr

first_img Tags: Al NasrBright AnukaniCAF Confederations CupIvan Bogerematia luleMustafa Mujuziproline fc Proline are yet to lose a game in the CAF Confederations Cup. (PHOTO/Proline)CAF Confederations Cup-Playoff Round Proline FC vs Al NasrStarTimes Stadium, LugogoSunday, 03-11-2019 @4pmLUGOGO – Proline FC will be hoping to continue their decent run on the continent when they take on Al Nasr in the second leg of their playoff round clash in the CAF Confederations Cup.After drawing 2-2 away from home in the first leg, Proline are slight favourites to make it to group stages of this year’s competition.Matia Lule’s side have so far enjoyed a good debut season on the continent and who can blame them for not wanting to wake up from the dream.They eliminated Masters Security in the preliminary round 3-0 on aggregate.Proline then went on to defy odds and progress past Rwandese side AS Kigali 3-2 on aggregate in the first round of qualification.After the draw in Egypt last week, confidence must be sky high in the camp as they bid to reach the groups at the first time of asking.However, they form leading upto the contest has not been good as they lost all their last four league games before Sunday’s draw in Egypt.What they are saying ahead of the gameMatia Lule, Proline FC head coach“We got a good result and two away goals in the first leg but we should not get carried away as everything can change in an instant.“Our task is to ensure we see out the advantage and progress to the group stages.“However we expect a tough match but i am confident my team will get the job done in the end.”Mustapha Mujuzi, Proline defender“We the players are ready for the challenge ahead.“We know it is going to be tough but we are in good condition to overcome the opposition and progress to the groups.“We pray that God is on our side and we achieve the desired target.”Proline have been boosted by the return to form of talented midfielder Bright Anukani. Anukani has been one of their outstanding performers in the competition and the 19 year old has already scored three goals in the competition.However, Lule’s side will be without top scorer Ivan Bogeere who went AWOL. Bogere who has scored five goals so far is believed to have departed for the UAE where he hopes to complete a big money move.For Al Nasr, they must be disappointed with them selves after failing to utilize home advantage in the first leg.Playing the second leg away from home is always a tuff task and them being poor travellers, they must be worried already.Match Facts This is only the second meeting between the two sides with the first ending 2-2 last Sunday.Proline will be playing their sixth match in the CAF Confederations Cup.Lule’s side are full of confidence heading into the encounter as they are yet to lose a game in the competition (W2 D3).At home, Proline are currently enjoying a 100% record having won all their previous two encounters.For Al Nasr, they come into the game having won just two of their last 7 CAF Confederations Cup games (D3 L2).Away from home, the Libyans have lost all of their last two, scoring just once and conceding four.Comments last_img read more

Warriors-Magic cheatsheet: Is Durant primed for a repeat performance?

first_imgTwo days after a monster performance from Kevin Durant lifted the Warriors (14-7) past the Kings, the champs will take on a young Orlando Magic (10-10) squad.About the matchup…Where/when: Oracle Arena, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSBA)Projected Magic starters: Aaron Gordon, Wesley Iwundu, D.J. Augustin, Evan Fournier, Nikola Vucevic How the Magic are doing: Through 20 games, Orlando sits tied for sixth in the Eastern Conference in a season in which the primary goal is to develop young talent.T …last_img

BMX glory for Khayelitsha teen

first_imgWorld number six Anita Zenani hopes toimprove her ranking and bring home amedal at the World BMX Championshipsin Denmark.(Image: BMX South Africa)Brightly painted containers at theVelokhaya Oval provide comfortablefacilities for the BMX club.(Image: Safmarine)MEDIA CONTACTS • Debbie OwenLCA media manager+27 21 788 9962Janine ErasmusAnita Zenani, 13, from Khayelitsha township in the Western Cape, will represent South Africa at the World BMX Championships in Denmark from 27 to 31 July 2011.The petite teenager has been cycling for just over two years, but has already made her mark in the sport.At the 2010 world championships, held in Pietermaritzburg in KwaZulu-Natal, she came sixth in her age group. This was Zenani’s first competition outside her club, Velokhaya in Khayelitsha. She was also the top-placed female South African competitor in this event.While her world number-six ranking has been the highlight of her career so far, Zenani sees it as a challenge to improve her standing.She is excited about her first overseas trip, which she views as a great learning opportunity.Zenani and Velokhaya’s operations manager Sipho Mona will fly to Copenhagen thanks to sponsorship from the Sun International hospitality group and shipping company Safmarine, as well as community support.“She impressed us so much we wanted to help her,” said Christelle Horne, HR manager for Sun International. “We wish her every success and we know that she will make South Africa proud in Denmark.”In an interview with Velokhaya, Zenani said: “The Danish cycling community has supported Velokhaya in the past, donating funds to our project, so I am looking forward to meeting these people who, I am told, love cycling just like me!”Zenani added that she practises for two hours every weekday, and that her training for the big event has focused on getting out of tight corners without losing time or falling over.With better equipment, the youngster is optimistic about her chances: “I feel I have a good chance of improving my ranking because, unlike last year, I will be riding with cleats.”She also hopes that her new Salvo First Fire bicycle frame will take her to victory in Denmark.As a girl competing in a male-dominated sport, she doesn’t believe she has any disadvantages as long as she has confidence in herself and puts in her best effort. Her hero is multiple South African and All African BMX champion Sifiso Nhlapo, and her ambition is to become a professional BMX rider, or a lawyer.Zenani took part in the main Cape Argus cycle tour for the first time in 2011 – previously she had competed in the junior tour.Discipline and hard work Velokhaya arose out of the Life Cycling Academy (LCA), an organisation founded in 2003 by former postman Amos Ziqubu and gym owner Glyn Broomberg.Through the LCA, the pair planned to motivate children living in disadvantaged communities and help them acquire respect and status, craved by many young people, through healthy means rather than crime.As a South African Post Office employee in Khayelitsha, Ziqubu did his rounds every day on a bicycle. It wasn’t long before he developed a love for cycling, and was inspired to cycle competitively. He also decided to promote the sport in his community and play a part in transforming cycling in South Africa.Today, with activities such as the BMX team riding and cycling safety programmes for schools, the LCA has given hundreds of children a new outlook on life, and shown them that discipline and hard work really does pay off.Although the LCA works in poor communities, often in schools, it also has a top-notch competitive cycling team whose members all come from the communities it serves. Their success is an inspiration to their peers.At the Velokhaya BMX Oval, opened in the township in 2008, over 60 youngsters have a safe environment in which to practise their moves. The oval’s buildings, which include a club house, office and commentary box, were constructed from recycled shipping containers donated by Safmarine as part of its Containers in the Community project.By giving the children the facilities to keep busy after school, instead of lingering on the streets, the LCA teaches values of teamwork, a healthy lifestyle and respect for themselves and their fellows. The youngsters also learn leadership skills.last_img read more

Safety tips for travellers in South Africa

first_imgCrime in South Africa, like many other places in today’s world, can be a problem, but all you need to do is take the usual sensible precautions and follow some basic safety rules.South Africa has many unique attractions for global visitors. As with most destinations, there are dangers to be aware of, but with the right precautions taken, tourists can avoid these and enjoy their visit. (Image: Wikipedia)Know where you’re going before you set off, particularly at night, watch your possessions, don’t walk alone in dodgy areas, lock your doors at night.And, like anywhere else, there are some areas of the major cities that are known to be more risky than others. It is easy to avoid these and still have a good time.If you cannot avoid such areas, then don’t wear visible jewellery or carry cameras and bags over your shoulder. Limit the amount of money you carry on you and keep mobile phones and wallets tucked away where no one can see them.Check beforehand that the areas you plan to visit are safe by asking hotel staff or police.Other sensible advice is not to hitchhike, or don’t accept or carry items for strangers.Make sure when leaving South Africa or travelling within the country that you wrap your luggage in plastic wrap. There are wrapping stations at most international airports.Important South African safety advice includes avoiding deserted areas at night; securing valuables such as photographic equipment and wallets on your person; and leaving expensive, flashy jewellery locked in your hotel safe while out and about.If you intend travelling to malaria areas, take the necessary prophylaxis before you leave home.Watch videos by South African Tourism on highlights, attractions and travel advice.  Vehicle safetyWhen driving a private vehicle, either borrowed or hired, take some simple precautions to avoid car hijackings or “smash-and-grabs”.As a driver, be on the alert when coming to a halt at traffic lights or stop streets, as well as when arriving at or leaving any premises. Car doors should always be locked, and valuables are better kept in the boot or under the seats.Plan your route beforehand. Make sure the map you consult is a current one.When parking at night, choose well-lit or security-patrolled parking areas. Street security guards will usually ask whether they can watch over your car, and in return should be paid a small fee – anything from R5 upwards.In rural areas, watch out for wild or farm animals – road signage will warn you when you need to take care.Only use reputable tour operators and travel and transport services. If you’re not sure, ask your hotel to recommend a service provider for you or contact the National Tourism Information and Safety Line on 083 123 2345.ATM safetyWhen using automatic teller machines (ATMs) in South Africa, practise the generally accepted safety precautions you would employ when at home.Never accept an offer from a stranger to help you with your transaction. Be alert and watch that no one steals your card when you turn your back.If your ATM card is withheld by the machine, approach the bank to release it, or call the helpline number that can be found at the ATM.When using a credit card in restaurants, ask the waiter to bring a portable credit card machine to your table. If your card is declined, check with restaurant management that the second machine used belongs to the establishment. Report stolen or lost cards immediately.Hotel safetyNever leave your luggage and other possessions unattended. Know where your things are.Remember to store valuables in the safety deposit box and keep your room locked at all times.Don’t leave your room keys lying around; rather hand the key in at the desk when you leave.EmergenciesDial 10111 from a landline for the police and briefly explain what happened. This call is free from any phone box or landline. If you are using a cellular phone dial 112 and your call will be transferred to the appropriate emergency service.If you’re in your hotel room, contact the emergency number provided or the front desk.For further assistance, contact the National Tourism Information and Safety Line on 083 123 2345.Lost passportsIt’s a good idea to travel with certified photocopies of your valuable documents, keeping the originals in a safe place.If you lose your passport, report the loss as soon as possible to the South African Police Service, as well as to your country’s embassy or consulate in South Africa. For a full list of embassies and consulates, visit the Department of International Relations and Cooperation. Source: Dirco, South African Police Service, South African TourismWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Innovation: Decline in Startups Threaten US Economy

first_imgStartups and small businesses in the US have a history of driving innovation. But they are in trouble. Economist Tyler Cowen said that “these days Americans are less likely to switch jobs, less likely to move around the country, and, on a given day, less likely to go outside the house at all the economy is more ossified, more controlled, and growing at lower rates.” Small businesses and startups in the US are struggling. Studies by the Kauffman Foundation and Brookings Institution have found that the number of new businesses declined in the US 44 percent since 1978. More businesses are shutting down rather than starting up. John Dearie, executive vice president for policy at the Financial Services Forum, said that “new businesses are disproportionately responsible for the innovation that drives productivity and economic growth, and they account for virtually all net new job creation. I would say, as a policy person, this is nothing short of a national emergency.”center_img Patrick Barnhill, President of Specialist ID, said that “small businesses are more innovative because of their company structure. The small structure allows for quick decision-making without the hassle of going through layers of approval, which can slow down company processes. Small businesses also have to be more creative than their larger counterparts due to a much smaller budget. This forces out-of-the-box thinking and innovation.” But starting a company is risky and takes some amount of funding which is often difficult to get. Americans are becoming more complacent.last_img read more

Musings on Lawsuits, Spiritual Energy, and Metal Roofs

first_imgAs most people in the green building world have recently learned, Henry Gifford has filed a class action suit against the USGBC and several executives of the organization. His claims include fraud and monopolistic practices. He claims that the USGBC is attempting to monopolize the building industry at the expense of anyone who doesn’t have a LEED AP credential. He does have a point that being a LEED AP has no direct correlation to whether or not you know anything about how buildings work or perform. It mainly means that you passed a test, although the newer iteration of the accreditation does require some experience with green building.Regardless of the merits of his suit, I feel humbled by the curmudgeonliness of his lawsuit. I do plenty of complaining, both verbally and in writing, about the USGBC and LEED, as well as the NAHB and any other group I happen to have in my sights. But filing a class action suit—now that is being a world-class curmudgeon. Although I don’t know Henry very well, I have met him and heard him speak. I’m very impressed with his wealth of knowledge, particularly about how boilers and heating systems work in mid- and high-rise buildings, two subjects I know very little about.The real costs of lawsuitsAccording to a crisp analysis of the suit by BuildingGreen, his chances of success are not clear, but that is pretty much the case with most lawsuits. I have always been of the opinion that in business you may have to sue someone for one reason or another, but if you actually go to court, the chances of winning anything are pretty slim. And beyond the lawyers’ fees, your time, and having to absorb all those costs—and maybe more if you lose—there is the spiritual energy loss. When you run a business or a practice, you need to focus on your core work and your clients. The time you spend with lawyers takes away from that work on your business. Even if you win the lawsuit, your business probably suffers in the interim. Through most of my 25-year career as a contractor, I worked hard to avoid prolonged legal fights, and many times either walked away from unpaid bills or even paid people to go away, just to get back to the business of my business: making very objective, financially based decisions that ultimately worked out better than fighting extended legal battles.Enough of this, now back to my problemsThis all leads me to my pending new home project. As I mentioned in my last post on it, the powers-that-be have decided that a standing seam metal roof is not appropriate in my historic district. While this happens to be a complete pile of irrational crap, I am stuck with this decision, unless I either continue to appeal at another hearing or choose to sue them. I probably have a good case for a lawsuit, as they have already set a precedent by recently allowing a corrugated metal roof. But I have to decide if it is worth my spiritual energy to go through a fight with my neighbors. I haven’t made a final decision yet, but I will keep you posted. RELATED ARTICLES Green From the Start – Home EditionGreen From the Start: Home Edition Volume 2What We Have Here Is a Failure to Communicate Green From the Start Redux, or Trying to Build Green in a Historic DistrictGreen From the Start: Small Victory DepartmentFinally! Starting Construction At My Houselast_img read more