Ellen: ‘Big Light Almost At Hand’

first_imgNothing could have brought more joy to the face of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf yesterday on her tour of major national development projects than the news that the Mt. Coffee Hydropower is at the completion stage of seventy percent.The president was also informed that the Mount Coffee Hydropower is a nationally cherished asset and has the potential to quadruple the current estimated output upon completion in 2017 if some necessary interventions are made. The President even wore broader smiles when the Director of the project, Bill Hakin, while making a presentation about the status of the project, maintained that December 16, 2016 still stands as the official date that the hydro will come online or actual electricity will be produced from that much anticipated project. After completing a tour of the project yesterday, President Sirleaf said, “The level of progress here is absolutely pleasing because we were here last December and something was going on but you can really see now when we say big light tomorrow is almost at hand.”The project, upon completion, will add considerable value to Liberia’s national welfare and will serve as Liberia’s backbone to supply electricity to citizens and contribute to the restoration of economic growth to pre-war levels.“We are very pleased with the level of work that is ongoing here and we want to thank all those who come from the four contracting companies from all over the world that brought their engineers and technical staff to assist us in this regard,” she said.The Mt. Coffee Hydropower Rehabilitation Project is being implemented in four phases, and according to MD Hakin Phase 1 – Project Planning and Investigations; and Phase 2 – Detailed Design, Preparation of Tender Documents, Prequalification, Bidding, and Award of Contract; have been completed while Phase 3 – Construction, Commissioning and Taking Over are at a very advanced level. Phase 4 – Defects Liability Period, will be done subsequently.He advised the President to address issues of environmental and social impacts and establish guidelines to put in place by LEC and the project contractors during the current construction and its future operations.The implementation of the project is assigned to the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) and is being implemented by the Project Implementation Unit (PIU) within the LEC, acting on behalf of its Board of Directors. LEC is currently administered by Manitoba Hydro International Ltd. (MHI) under a Management Contract (MC). This MC was originally scheduled to run for five years from July 1, 2010 until June 30, 2015, and is funded by the Government of Norway.In January 2013 an Amendment to the Management Contract was signed between government and Norway, which allows for the financing of the PIU and the implementation of the Mt. Coffee Project. Liberia is one of seven main partner countries under the Norwegian Clean Energy Initiative. MC comes to an end in 2017 and about 400 young Liberians are undergoing training in Zambia to take over the project when the PIU ends in 2017—a piece of news that was very pleasing to the President.The MCHPP Rehabilitation Project began in May 2012 with the establishment and development of the PIU at LEC. Construction began at the site in January 2014 but there was a break as a result of the Ebola outbreak, he said.Mr. Hakin said when completed, the plant will provide sustainable and cost-efficient supply of electrical energy, and will replace operations of emergency diesel engines and private aggregates that are presently used throughout the country.The economic costs of the project include the economic capital costs, operation and maintenance inputs, and the economic price of land (e.g. foregone agricultural output). The economic benefits are far greater than the costs, and include the gross electricity economic benefits, avoided fuel costs, avoided greenhouse gas emissions, and many other direct and indirect economic and social benefits.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Damaged submarine cable to be restored shortly – Patterson

first_imgPublic Infrastructure Minister David Patterson has assured that the second Guyana Power and Light (GPL) submarine cable which was damaged back in June is expected to be restored shortly.A section of the damaged cableThe barge involved in the incidentIn a brief telephone interview with Guyana Times on Friday, the Minister noted that the cable was still being repaired, but two replacement cables have been laid to provide power to the affected villages.The 13.8 kilovolt submarine cable, which rests along the Demerara River near Craig, East Bank Demerara, was dislodged by a barge sailing along the channel.As a result of this incident, West Demerara customers from Vriesland to La Retraite were without electricity while efforts were underway to alternatively power these customers from the Vreed-en-Hoop Substation.Patterson explained, “The cable being repaired carries more than just power. It also has data cables in it for our SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) system, so it’s quite an involved process. What we have done is ran two smaller cables to bring over the power.”The alternative cables, according to him, will provide about 12 megawatts of electricity, which means most of the power is being supplied as the damaged one provided about 14MW.“We are going to bury these new ones five metres or about 20 feet below the surface and leave them there as redundancy when the main cable is repaired,” he added.That cable was the second one which was damaged back in June. The first, which links the Vreed-en-Hoop and Kingston power plants, has already been repaired.The routing and laying of the new cable were done with the aid of the Maritime Administration Department (MARAD), Gaico Construction Services and staff from GPL’s Project Management Department, Engineering Services, System Planning and Designs, Network Operations and System Control and Engineering Services departments.MARAD has been given the responsibility of ensuring the safety of the cable from potential damage by oceangoing vessels.GPL deficitAccording to the Finance Ministry’s Mid-Year Report, the power company suffered a massive $4.2 billion deficit which was recorded at the end of June 2019.The report added that this was attributed to a decline in sales collection. It noted that there was a 61 per cent collection rate for Government accounts.Actual billed sales fell below budget by three per cent. “In addition, there was reduced income from investments in treasury bills as well as from services provided by the company. These services include new connections, reconnections, tampering charges and service investigation”.“Total current expenditure amounted to $16.4 billion, $925 million less than the same period in 2018. Fuel costs were $1.4 billion more than budgeted, due to payments made in January 2019 for a fuel shipment received in December 2018, as well as fuel purchased and supplied to Skeldon Energy Inc (SEI)”.last_img read more

Election Campaign gets under way

first_imgThe BC provincial election campaign officially opens today, against the backdrop of a flip-flop, in the traditional support of environmentalists. The David Suzuki Foundation, Pembina Institute and ForestEthics are attacking the New Democrats for thier campaign promise, to drop the controversial Liberal government carbon tax. The environmentalists say the N-D-P would be taking a backward step in killing the tax, something they argue would hurt the environmental effort and cost jobs. – Advertisement -However, party leader Carole James says the N-D-P disagrees and, she’d axe the tax and move toward a cap and trade system, to fight climate change. She opened her campaign office in Victoria-Beacon Hill yesterday repeating her criticism of the Campbell government, as arrogant and neglectful.last_img read more

Premier’s statement on Christmas Day

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. – Premier John Horgan has issued the following statement marking Christmas Day: For a French translation, CLICK HERE For a traditional Chinese translation, CLICK HERE Advertisement – Advertisement -“To all those celebrating, I wish you a safe and happy holiday. “On Dec. 25, Christians around the world gather together with family and friends to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. Many Christians will use this time to attend services and rejoice in Jesus’s message of peace, joy and love.center_img For a Tagalog translation, CLICK HERE “For others, Christmas is a chance to rest, recharge and reflect as we prepare for the new year ahead. It is a holiday that unites people across different countries and backgrounds all around the world. It reminds us that charity, generosity and kindness toward our fellow humans is something we can practise every day – not just during the Christmas season. “Merry Christmas!”last_img read more

Defending champions Portugal qualify for Euro 2020

first_imgPortugal became the 17th nation to qualify for next year’s multi-host tournament, which kicks off in Rome on June 12, joining the likes of world champions France, Spain, Italy and England.“We can’t give the match high marks for style,” said Portugal coach Fernando Santos, who admitted the heavy pitch made life challenging for his team.“I’m very happy for my players because the qualifying campaign has been more difficult than we expected.“We’re through to the finals of a major tournament for an 11th straight time. You’ve got to believe in these players.”Portugal knew they would book their place at Euro 2020 with a win or by matching Serbia’s result from their game in Belgrade.But they were made to work hard by a Luxembourg team ranked 96th in the world that notably held France to a 0-0 draw in 2018 World Cup qualifying.Sporting Lisbon midfielder Fernandes broke the deadlock before half-time, controlling Bernardo Silva’s pinpoint pass expertly before lashing in from 20 yards.Ronaldo, who smacked in a hat-trick in Thursday’s 6-0 thrashing of Lithuania, moved to the brink of his international century four minutes from time.Silva’s far-post cross was forced towards goal by Diogo Jota, with Luxembourg goalkeeper Anthony Moris getting a hand to the ball before Ronaldo turned in from the goalline.Iranian striker Ali Daei holds the world record with 109 international goals scored between 1993 and 2006.0Shares0000(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Cristiano Ronaldo is one goal away from an international century © AFP / JOHN THYSLUXEMBOURG, Luxembourg, Nov 17 – Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 99th international goal as reigning champions Portugal secured their place at the Euro 2020 finals on Sunday with a 2-0 victory away to Luxembourg.Bruno Fernandes struck the opening goal on 39 minutes before Ronaldo tapped in a scrappy second late on to clinch second place in Group B behind winners Ukraine, who drew 2-2 in Serbia.last_img read more


first_imgTHIS absolutely stunning picture of Fanad Lighthouse has helped win a photographer a top prize.Ronan Daly, from Derry, has been named UTV’s Lesser Spotted Snapper of the Year. His midnight image – taken in October – came out top of the pile. The competition, which was launched by Joe Mahon in September to celebrate his new series Lesser Spotted Journeys, saw almost 2,500 entries from budding photographers wanting to share their favourite local places.The judges included Lesser Spotted’s Joe Mahon, UTV’s Rita Fitzgerald and photographer Hugh Russell. Joe said: “There were literally hundreds of images we could have chosen as the twelve finalists, so whittling it down was an extremely difficult task. We received a real mix of urban and rural locations this time round – some well-known and others hidden gems.“I suppose what we were looking for was a level of skill coupled with imagination, but ultimately we chose images which made us think, “I wish I had captured that!“Although there could only be one overall winner, I would like to thank everyone who entered the Lesser Spotted Snapper competition.” STUNNING PICTURE OF FANAD HEAD WINS SNAPPER TOP UTV PRIZE was last modified: November 25th, 2015 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:FanadLesser Spotted UlsterphotographerUTVlast_img read more


first_imgEnyaDONEGAL singer Enya has spoken of how her native Gaoth Dobhair continues to inspire her music.The famous singer from the Brennan family was speaking in a rare interview – carried out this week with the prestigious American newspaper the Wall Street Journal.She told reporter Marc Myers: “The sea has been in my heart since I was a little girl. I grew up in Gaoth Dobhair, an Irish-speaking parish on the Atlantic coast of County Donegal, in the northwest corner of Ireland. The area is known for its rugged cliffs and windswept beaches, and the sea’s moods and spirit still find their way into my music. “When I was little, Gaoth Dobhair was a rural area and fairly secluded from the rest of Ireland. It’s still pretty much that way today….The parish of Gaoth Dobhair is still quite picturesque. The most recognizable feature is Mount Errigal, which is surrounded by deep glens and lakes. There are six small islands off the coastline, including Gola and Tory, and I’d often take mountain walks and look out at them. We had quite a bit of rain throughout the year, but the rain never bothered me.”Enya also spoke about her musical influences in her family.“Music was big in our household,” she said.“My father, Leo, was the leader of a dance band, and my mother, Maire, was a music teacher and a pianist in his band. They toured a great deal, mostly in Ireland and Scotland. When they did, my grandmother and my mother’s sister took care of us. Naturally, we were spoiled. “By the time I was 4, I was eager to learn to play the piano. I loved melody, and the piano fascinated me. As a child, music unlocked my imagination, and today I still find music very visual. When I write, it’s like a journey. I never know where I’m going to go. It’s only at the end that I become aware of the song’s main inspiration.“When I was 5, I began entering singing competitions. The first time I sang was at the local theater. You had to perform two songs, starting with a slow one and finishing with a fast one. They were songs we were taught in primary school. During the concert, my mother was seated at the piano in front of the stage and provided contestants with their starting notes. When it was my turn, I mistakenly began with the fast song. I didn’t realize my error until I saw my mother’s frown. I stopped singing and covered my mouth. There was silence, followed by laughter.“My mother quickly played the starting note again and I sang the right song. When I finished, there was a pause and I sang the fast song again. I won the contest. I was determined to get it right, and the audience’s laughter didn’t deter me.”She said going to boarding school at Loreto College in Milford helped her “to hear the sound of my voice and actually enjoyed it”.She told the newspaper: “Today I divide my time between two homes—one near Dublin overlooking the Irish Sea and the other on the Mediterranean Sea in the south of France. Near Dublin, I live in a Victorian castle that was built in 1840. When I bought it in 1997, there was a lot of work to be done. It took two years to restore it to its charming original state. I also put in large windows to view the sea. “At my castle, I take long walks. I have to say, one of my favorite views is the moon reflecting on the water at night. It’s spectacular. All that silent glittering on the water, it’s like looking at a secret.”ENYA: GAOTH DOBHAIR REMAINS AT HEART OF MY MUSIC was last modified: March 16th, 2016 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:BrennanEnyaGaoth Dobhairlast_img read more


first_imgA Judge has asked a solicitor to examine if family and friends can help a man pay back more than €3,600 which he obtained illegally from AIB bank in Letterkenny.Letterkenny court.Kieran Cunningham has already paid back more than €2,200 to the bank which he admitted obtaining cash from using a false instrument in 2008. In total Cunningham obtained more than €5,800 from the bank.The kitchen porter, with an address at 67 Meadowbank, Letterkenny paid another €100 to the bank at Letterkenny District Court yesterday.Solicitor Kieran Dillon said his client was trying his best as he was unemployed and of limited means.He added that Cunningham was on jobseeker’s allowance and was hoping something would come along on the job front.However Judge Paul Kelly said “This is going to go on forever unless something happens.”He adjourned the case until September 18th to allow further payments to be made.He also urged Mr Dillon to explore if family and friends could help with the repayments but was told that they were also of limited means.JUDGE ASKS IF FAMILY AND FRIENDS CAN HELP MAN PAY BACK €5K IN STOLEN CASH was last modified: June 20th, 2014 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:AIB bankcourtdonegalJudge Paul KellyKieran Cunninghamletterkennylast_img read more

Best Diego Maradona pictures as legend reacts during Argentina’s 4-3 World Cup loss

first_imgOnce again, his reactions did not disappoint.Scroll down to see the full gallery of Diego Maradona images from Argentina’s 4-3 defeat to France. 10 10 The President of Tatarstan presented a gift to Diego Maradona before the match 10 It was a moment worthy of extensive celebration The Argentinian puffed out his cheeks during one of the game’s many dramatic moments 10 10 Diego Maradona achieved a remarkable feat by becoming the star of two World Cups, despite them being three decades apart.The Argentinian legend almost single-handedly won the 1986 tournament for his country and, 32 years later, has stolen the show once again. 10 However, France then recovered to take a 4-2 lead He thoroughly enjoyed Argentina’s sensational equaliser from Angel Di Maria 10 At Russia 2018, Maradona’s animated reactions from the stands have been one of the World Cup’s major talking points.The 57-year-old watched on as his country were knocked out in a thrilling last 16 tie with France on Saturday. 10 He made Brazilian legend Ronaldo feel like an awkward third wheel at times 10 Maradona’s highlight of the game came when Gabriel Mercardo put Argentina 2-1 up The game was a tough watch for Argentina’s former talisman 10 The legend greeted fans with open arms 10 Maradona was in better spirits prior to kick off Maradona was ultimately left looking to the heavens as his side were beaten 4-3last_img read more


first_imgMembers of Letterkenny RFC have today recalled with fondness the time they met tragic former All-Black star Jerry Collins in 2005.The world of Rugby is in mourning today following the tragic news that Jerry Collins and his wife Alana were killed in a road traffic accident in France.  Their three month-old daughter Ayla is in a critical condition in hospital.Collins was part of the New Zealand squad that visited Donegal to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Ramelton native Dave Gallagher captaining New Zealand for the very first time in 1905.Gallagher was born in Ramelton in 1873, but is famously revered for becoming the first ever captain of New Zealand in 1905 during a tour of the British Isles.The All-Blacks squad visited Donegal to official unveil a plaque in Gallagher’s hometown of Ramelton in recognition of that momentous moment in New Zealand’s Rugby history. The New Zealand squad then officially opened the Dave Gallagher Park and Letterkenny RFC player Boyd Robinson fondly recalls that day.Boyd told Donegal Daily, “Jerry was a fantastic ambassador for the sport and he showed how great a character he was when he officially opened the Dave Gallagher Park here for us at Letterkenny RFC.“It was a big occasion for Donegal having these top-class athletes over here, but Jerry was just so down-to-earth and friendly.“He was so approachable to everyone and he was just an absolute gentleman of the highest order.“He was interacting with everyone of all ages and just completely immersed himself with everybody in attendance and he made it a great day for everybody.“He was a big character in that team, he was very funny and you could see how well respected he was by all his teammates. Boyd like everyone else this morning woke up to the sobering and shocking news of Jerry and his wife’s untimely death in a road traffic accident in France.“It’s absolutely dreadful news, we only met him for a short time but he made a big impression on everyone and I suppose that’s a testament to what kind of man he was.“He’s a huge loss to his family and friends and the world of Rugby has lost a great man.LETTERKENNY RFC RECALL FOND MEMORIES OF MEETING TRAGIC ALL-BLACK JERRY COLLINS was last modified: June 5th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:All BlacksHome-page SportNew ZealandnewsRUGBYlast_img read more