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Big Brad a gentle giant

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TRANSCO Aims to Cut Cost of Current to 15 cents per kwh

first_imgThe General Manager of the Transmission Company of La Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea (TRANSCO CLSG), Mohammed M. Sheriff, has outlined several potential economic benefits to achieve upon the completion of the project – among them, that with the CLSG electricity, the cost per kilowatt-hour (kwh) will be reduced by more than 50 percent to 15 or 20 cents. Currently, he said, the cost of electricity is very high in the three countries- (Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea) given that the main source of power is through diesel fuel. Instead of spending large sum of money for fuel to run generators, the money could be diverted for other infrastructures including building new roads.Mr. Sheriff made the assertion yesterday, December 7, at the beginning of a three-day session to launch activities of the national committee for the implementation of the environmental and social management plan and the resettlement action plan in Liberia.He said during the implementation of the integrated power connectivity, the project will impact the lives of its people and enhance basic social services which include education, health, water and sanitation, and security. “When you look at the social aspect of things, it reduces cost of production and cost of operation. It will also create incentives and opportunities to build more schools, create jobs in which government will be able to employ more health workers. The cost of running a hospital will be extremely low; the same with businesses, which could see their cost of production dropped and profit margin increased,’’ he added. According to the GM, the national committees in all four states comprised of all Ministries, Departments, and Agencies involved in the implementation of the CLSG project, including the lead ministries of Energy, Finance, Foreign Affairs and donor partners.He said as part of the implementation, and to effectively carry out the CLSG project, national committees are set up in each of the beneficiary countries to follow up on the implementation of the environmental and social management plan and the resettlement action plan of people affected by the project.He said there are four donors that are financing the project and among them are the World Bank, African Development Bank (AfDB), European Investment Bank (EIB), and KFW – a German Bank. He said World Bank is providing about US$176 million of which US$32m is for the West Africa Power Pool (WAPP) integration project; the African Development Bank, US$133 million; the European Investment Bank, US$105 million and the KFW, US$41 million. Meanwhile, the World Bank is financing the line in Liberia and the functioning of TRANSCO CLSG and WAPP integration project.AfDB is also financing the rural electrification component to be managed by utilities in the four countries and functioning of TRANSCO CLSG. The total cost of the project comes to US$476 million.The GM then assured the gathering of his organization’s total commitment to deliver not just electricity, but a service that will be accessible, cheap and reliable and will improve the socio-economic status of the four countries.In this regard, he noted that the CLSG project is very timely and that the process of implementation is on the right path.On the environmental and social safeguard aspects, studies revealed that over 500 people will be directly affected by the project in Liberia, he said.Some 2,120 crops are to be repossessed; 38 houses to be built, including 30 areas to protect birds.He assured that measures will also be implemented to minimise the impact on the soil, air, waters, fauna, as well as other disturbances.Representing the Government of Liberia, the Director of Energy at the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy, Sylvester Massaquoi, commended the World Bank, AfDB and other partners for their support to Liberia’s energy sector.He said the interconnection project called the CLSG is a sub-program of the West African Power Pool (WAPP) to eliminate power shortfalls in the four beneficiary countries, by building a 225 KV transmission power line of about 1,349 km connecting all four West African States.“TRANSCO CLSG line,’’ he said, will provide huge opportunities for the people of Liberia. “We are going to have four sub-stations in Liberia that are fully secured financially, and there is a possibility of securing the fifth sub-station from the same partner, the KFW which is undergoing approval process. The sub-stations will be constructed in four areas that will include Yekepa, Buchanan, and Mount Coffee.’’ He indicated that there is possibility for the fifth one which will be between Yekepa and Buchanan, adding that these connections government can build its national transmission and distribution network and tap on the opportunity that will exist from the CLSG line.He confirmed that the power project aims to integrate these countries in the regional electricity market created by WAPP and also strengthen electricity network in enabling people to have access to affordable energy of high quality, which will be sustainable.Mr. Massaquoi reassured the African Development Bank, which is a major partner in the CLSG project, with regard to the rural electrification component.He said as a ministry, both government and the people are eager to participate with renewed vigour for the success of the project.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Amerindians, Indians, others entitled to reparations

first_imgDear Editor,Descendants of slaves are seeking reparations (compensation) for the inhumane treatment meted out to their ancestors. Indians, Amerindians, Chinese and Portuguese also suffered inhumane conditions under indentured labour; their descendants are also entitled to reparations.As the world celebrates Emancipation Day on August 1, attention should also be focused on how to observe liberation from indenture and obtain compensation, especially with this year being the 100th anniversary since the abolition of that inhumane system of labour.It is indisputable that slavery and indentureship were among the most heinous and inhumane crimes committed on people in the New World in the name of colonialism and capitalism. The indignity the slaves and indentured suffered during the periods of slavery and indentureship is amply documented. African nationalists have justifiably led the battle for reparation for descendants of Blacks for African enslavement. And these nationalists have been given recognition and support by Caricom governments. Caricom established (in 2013) a reparation commission to pursue compensation to be doled out to descendants of the victims of slavery. For fairness, Caricom should do same for the victims of indenture.It would have been ideal for descendants of slaves to join with descendants of indentured servants and descendants of native genocide to pursue reparative justice from Europeans. But African nationalists and Caricom governments want to pursue their own struggle for compensation for Blacks in the Caribbean, to the exclusion of other groups. This leaves the victims of indentureship and native genocide to seek their own compensation, separately as distinct groups, or in unison. It is important to make people understand that indentureship was a form of slavery, and that it was wrong. Reparation is to make some meaningful compensation to assist those affected by the system of indentureship – especially those living in abject poverty and illiteracy since colonial days, etc.The precedence of granting compensation for victims of various crimes has been widely established. People or businesses were paid for broken contracts and injustice since the 1800s. The US set aside funds for the native Indians. France demanded reparations from Haiti for (Haiti) breaking away. Europe demanded and received reparations from Germany. Britain doled out funds to businesses for freeing the slaves in 1834. America paid the Japanese for putting the Japanese in a camp. The plantation owners received compensation for ending slavery and indentureship; the victims did not receive compensation for broken contracts. And there was no compensation for crimes related to indentureship, breaking of contracts, cheating of indentured servants, etc. Today, 100 years later, many of the descendants of indentured servants live in institutional poverty; they suffer from high unemployment, lack of skills, etc. Specific unjustified harms against them have been identified.The wrongs the ancestors of present day descendants of indentured servants suffered were/are largely the cause of their current condition. These wrongs must be corrected, and this can be done through a reparation programme, to help facilitate the development of the various groups that need to uplift themselves.And the European powers can afford to set up this small fund. The economies and wealth of the major European countries were built on the backs of the indentured labourers after the collapse of the sugar estates following the abolition of slavery in 1838. It was the Indian indentured servants who rebuilt the economies of the major European powers post slavery. Sugar and other agro products linked to the indentured servants became the dominant commodities during that period. The Indians and others were enslaved and robbed of their labour; the productivity of their labour was used to enrich Europe and the colonies themselves, as well as their companies that pursued wealth in the colonies.Funds can be used for training in various skills that can help with economic, social and political upliftment of the descendants of these countless victims of indentureship and native genocide. Funds can be used for developing institutions to advance education to eradicate illiteracy as well as to promote better health care. Youths can receive STEM and agricultural training for agro-industries.  Scholarships can be offered to youngsters to acquire skills in the European countries.It is indisputable that reparations are due the descendants of indentured servants and native genocide, to help these depressed communities to transform their lives and improve their standard of living.Yours truly,Vishnu Bisramlast_img read more

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Calgary resident starts fundraising campaign for Dawson Creek transition house to ‘out do EnCana’

first_imgIn the interest of full disclosure, Mile 0 City notes its reporter, Matthew Bains, is a board member for the South Peace Community Resources Society. Marcus Riedner, a website and content developer based in the same city the natural gas giant is headquartered in, said he was disturbed that such a large corporation would receive news coverage for such a relatively small donation. He was referring to an article that was posted to mile0city.ca on Nov. 25 describing a $400 donation EnCana made to the Mizpah Transition House, half of which was raised internally by local employees and then matched by the corporation itself.“It just kind of struck me as a little frustrating that this organization, which has ridiculous amounts of resources, would do this $400, tiny donation and there was an article going out about it,” said Riedner.He said what he finds particularly galling is that the company receives thousands of dollars in tax credits in Alberta alone for drilling wells a certain depth, for example, but would still receive favourable publicity for a small donation.- Advertisement -He said while he has never had personal dealings with EnCana, he knows several rural landowners in Alberta who have struggled with the company over issues. He said he also very concerned about the impacts of the industry on water and the environment in Alberta, and specifically as relates to the practice of hydraulic fracturing.He said instead of just writing a complaint about it, he decided to start up his own fundraising campaign as of a bit of a tongue-in-cheek way of making a broader point, while also helping out a good cause. His original goal was to double the EnCana contribution, but he has already nearly reached that goal as the total raised to date in nearly $700, and he said he will keep the campaign going for several more weeks and donate any and all money raised to the Mizpah Transition House.Riedner said he took to websites and social media to solicit donations, and while many of the donors have done so anonymously, others have shared with him their frustrations with the coverage of the EnCana donation.Advertisement He said he has no problem in principle with any corporation or its employees raising money for a good cause, but his point is that private individuals, including himself, give regularly to charities, and often in larger amounts, without receiving any kind of publicity or credit.“It’s not for me to rub their faces in anything. Where we are coming from is, if this billion dollar corporation can donate $200, big deal, let’s see what we can do.”Riedner’s fundraising page can be found at http://www.indiegogo.com/Out-Do-EnCana, and more information can also be found on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/OutDoEnCana/206561696087161?sk=wall.The Mizpah Transition House provides short-term supportive counselling, safety, and shelter to women and their children who are experiencing family violence and personal crisis, are transient and unable to find shelter, are traveling from other areas for medical treatment or to appear in court, and/or are in need of support and referral to other services. The facility is located in a community house and provides services 24 hours a day, seven days a week. More information on the service can be obtained by calling the South Peace Community Resources Society at 250-782-9174.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Sepp Blatter recommended for 90 day suspension from FIFA

first_img1 Sepp Blatter is facing the prospect of a humiliating end to his controversial reign as FIFA president after being told he has been recommended for a 90-day provisional suspension by FIFA’s ethics committee.Klaus Stohlker, a friend and adviser to Blatter, said ethics investigators had recommended a 90-day suspension for Blatter but that the head of the adjudicatory chamber, German judge Joachim Eckert, has yet to make a final decision.FIFA’s ethics committee has been meeting this week to discuss whether Blatter and Michel Platini should be provisionally suspended.Stohlker told Press Association Sport on Wednesday night: “I have spoken to Mr Blatter three minutes ago. He is still the president, he is going into his office in FIFA tomorrow. These are times of trouble for him of course but he is feeling strong and confident.“There is no suspension active. President Blatter was told he could be suspended for 90 days.“The first floor [investigatory chamber] has taken the decision today – they have taken the decision. That’s why the second [adjudicatory chamber] needs to take the decision. We do not know when that second decision will be taken.”Stohlker also told The Guardian: “President Blatter has not flown away from his throne but is still in power. It’s a very difficult situation. It’s not good for global football.”However, Blatter’s lawyers have refuted these reports regarding a 90 day suspension.They said: “We issue this statement in response to press reports about the FIFA Ethics Committee.“President Blatter has not been notified of any action taken by the FIFA Ethics Committee.“We would expect that the Ethics Committee would want to hear from the President and his council, and conduct a thorough review of the evidence, before making any recommendation to take disciplinary action.”Blatter and Platini are being investigated by Swiss prosecutors and the ethics committee over a 2million Swiss franc (£1.35million) payment signed off by FIFA president Blatter to UEFA president Platini.Blatter has had criminal proceedings opened against him by the Swiss attorney general over the case and for allegedly selling World Cup TV rights to former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner for 20 times below their true value.Platini’s status was described by attorney general Michael Lauber as being between “a witness and an accused person.” A provisional suspension of Platini by the ethics committee would throw the contest to succeed Blatter as FIFA president into chaos as the Frenchman was the favourite.The Platini payment being investigated was made in February 2011 for work he carried out as Blatter’s technical advisor more than nine years previously between 1999 and 2002.Senegal’s former sports minister Abdoulaye Diop, a member of the ethics committee, told the country’s state news agency APS that the cases of Blatter, Platini and FIFA presidential hopeful Chung Mong-Joon would be dealt with this week – the meetings are due to last until Friday. Sepp Blatter last_img read more

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10 truly amazing football stats to have emerged this week – impressive facts!

first_img 10 10 3. Bayern have now won 13 straight games at home in the Champions League – That’s a competition record, with the club beating Man United’s 12 straight wins. In addition Bayern have played five and won five under manager Carlo Ancelotti, scoring 20 goals without conceding any. 10 2. Kevin De Bruyne has been involved in 32 goals in 46 games in all competitions for Man City – That includes 17 goals and 15 assists. 9. Luis Suarez has scored 90 goals in 101 Barcelona games and has recorded 44 assists – The striker has won eight trophies since leaving Liverpool in 2014 including two Liga titles and one Champions League. His goal in the 7-0 thumping of Celtic was his 17th in 25 Champions League games. 1. In the space of just 10 days Joshua Kimmich scored his first Bundesliga and Champions League goals for Bayern as well as his first goal for Germany – have a look at more fantastic facts – The 21-year-old scored against Norway on 4 September, then struck against Schalke on 9 September and put two past Rostov on 13 September. 10 It has been a good week for some and a bloody awful one for others.But in the process, the football has thrown up some truly incredible stats and here, talkSPORT looks at the best.Scroll through the gallery to see the numbers that have blown our minds.LISTEN: CELTIC FAN ROD STEWART CALLS TALKSPORT AFTER 7-0 THRASHING BY BARCELONACHAMPIONS LEAGUE STADIUMS BY CAPACITY: SMALLEST TO BIGGESTTOP 10 BIGGEST ATTENDANCES IN EUROPEAN CUP HISTORY 10. Celtic recorded their heaviest defeat in Europe, while Barca enjoyed their biggest win in the Champions League by beating the Scottish champions 7-0 – Barca have won by bigger scorelines in Europe. They beat Puchov 8-0 in a 2003 UEFA Cup match and hammered Apollon Limassol by the same scoreline in 1982 in a Cup Winners Cup game. 8. Under Zinedine Zidane, Real Madrid have scored 54 goals in 15 games at the Bernabeu in all competitions – The manager only took over in January 2016. 4. Robert Lewandowski has scored nine goals in his last five games for Bayern and Poland – The striker has actually struck 12 times in Bayern’s last nine Champions League home games 10 10 7. Cristiano Ronaldo has now scored 150 Liga goals for Real Madrid at the Bernabeu – That’s more than any other player, with Alfredo Di Stefano on 145 and Raul on 141 goals at the club’s home. 10 10 10 6. Lionel Messi has now scored six hat-tricks in the Champions League – more than anyone else – He began in 2010 with four against Arsenal, then three in the win against Pilzen in 2011. Messi scored five against Bayer Leverkusen in 2012, three against Ajax in 2013, then APOEL felt his might in 2014 just as Celtic did in 2016. 5. Harry Kane scored his 50th Premier League goal for Tottenham in 90 games – It was a nice milestone to reach ahead of Kane’s first ever Champions League game. 10last_img read more

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Revealed: The 10 most searched for footballers on Google in 2016

first_img 10 6. Marcus Rashford: Teenage striker who broke into the Man United and England first team 2. Jamie Vardy: Leicester City striker who went from non-league to Premier League champion 10 10 9. Dimitri Payet: An excellent debut season for West Ham was capped with a string of impressive displays for France at Euro 2016 5. Alex Teixeira: Highly sought after attacker who moved from Shakhtar to the Chinese Super League for £38m despite interest from around Europe 10 10 10 3. Will Grigg: Northern Ireland and Wigan striker (the one with the song) 7. Shkodran Mustafi: Germany defender who moved to Arsenal in the summer 10 8. Nani: Forward who scored three goals for Portugal en route to winning Euro 2016 4. Antoine Griezmann: Atletico Madrid and France player who top scored at Euro 2016 Riyad Mahrez’s name has unsurprisingly been searched for a lot on Google this year.The Leicester man was key to the club’s Premier League success and also won a shedload of points for Fantasy Premier League players in the process.Mahrez was the tenth most Google searched for player in Britain in 2016, so scroll through the pictures to see who tops the list.This gallery first appeared as a video on the talkSPORT YouTube channel. For more great videos have a look and subscribe for FREE here. 10 10. Riyad Mahrez: He was one of Leicester’s star players in their Premier League title win – scroll through the gallery to see which footballer was Google searched most in Britain in 2016 10 10 1. Paul Pogba: Man United midfielder who signed for a world record fee – This gallery first appeared as a video on the talkSPORT YouTube channel. For more great videos have a look and subscribe for FREE here.last_img read more

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Harry Doherty ends his spell at Crusaders

first_imgGOALKEEPER HARRY Doherty has left Crusaders, the Irish League club has announced.The Inishowen man and midfielder Ryan Nimick were released from their respective contracts yesterday evening.Doherty, a former youth player at Charlton Athletic and Brighton, had signed a two-year contract at Seaview in June 2018. In May, Doherty played in Crusaders’ 3-0 win over Ballinamallard in the Irish Cup final at Windsor Park. Doherty deputised for injured number 1 Gerard Doherty and kept a clean sheet.Doherty was at Finn Harps and Carrick Rangers before joining Crusaders.“Thanks to Crusaders for my time there, wish the club all the best this season and in the future,” Doherty said on Twitter.Crusaders said in a statement: “Goalkeeper Harry Doherty and Midfielder Ryan Nimick have both been released from their contracts with immediate effect and can now seek other clubs. “Crusaders Football Club would like to put on record their appreciation and thanks to both Harry and Ryan for their time at the the Club and wish them the best in the future both personally and in their careers.”Thanks to Crusaders for my time there, wish the club all the best this season and in the future 👍🏻🔴⚫️ https://t.co/qjon0xfJLm— HarryDoherty (@Harry_Doherty_) August 16, 2019 Harry Doherty ends his spell at Crusaders was last modified: August 17th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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:crusadersfinn harpsHarry DohertySeaviewlast_img read more

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Everton and West Ham ‘express interest’ in £10m Olympiakos defender

first_img BEST OF ADVICE 1 huge blow Italian side Genoa saw a bid of £5million for him rejected in January.Newspaper Correio de Manha claim the two Premier League clubs have already shown an interest in the Brazilian-born defender.They also claim Porto have been watching Koutris and plan to sign him if Alex Telles leaves. Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury TEAMtalk previously reported that Olympiacos had put a £10million price tag on the defender.Four Premier League teams are understood to have sent scouts to watch him on international duty against Liechtenstein.The left-back has played for Greece three times, despite being born in Brazil, after being handed his debut in November 2018. Sheffield United vs Ipswich (Saturday, 5:15pm) – talkSPORT 2Brighton vs Newcastle (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORTNorwich vs Blackburn (Saturday, 7:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Leeds United vs Aston Villa (Sunday, 12pm) – talkSPORT 2Coventry vs Shrewsbury (Sunday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2 Getty Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? LIVE ON talkSPORT shining REVEALED talkSPORT is your home of live football! Here’s what’s coming up on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2… Leonardo Koutris in action for Olympiacos no dice Everton and West Ham have reportedly ‘expressed interest’ in Leonardo Koutris.The 23-year-old has impressed with Olympiakos this season and attracted interest from clubs around Europe. REVEALED REPLY Alex Telles looks destined to leave Porto in the summer with a number of top European clubs.Atletico Madrid are understood to be prepared to meet his £35million release clause and would leave the Portuguese club needing to find a replacement. Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won last_img read more

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23-Year-Old Evansville Woman Arrested for Dealing Meth

first_imgWhile talking to the driver an odor of marijuana was detected from inside the vehicle.A search of the vehicle was conducted and troopers found approximately 23 grams of methamphetamine, two THC gummies, and drug paraphernalia.Further investigation revealed Holtzclaw was dealing with the suspected methamphetamine.Holtzclaw was arrested and taken to the Vanderburgh County Jail where she is currently being held without bond. Last night at approximately 9:50, Trooper Widner was patrolling in the area of US 41near Lynch Road when he stopped the driver of a 2002 Lexus for making an unsafe lane change.The driver was identified as Destennie Holtzclaw, 23, of Evansville.She was arrested and charged with:Dealing Methamphetamine, Level 2 FelonyPossession of Methamphetamine, Level 3 FelonyPossession of a Look-a-Like Substance, Class A MisdemeanorPossession of Paraphernalia, Class C Misdemeanorlast_img read more