Africa needs 12 Billion dollars needed annually to harness renewable energy

first_imgThe World Bank has challenged Africa to do more to harness its renewable energy potential and help connect more communities to electricity. Africa needs an estimated 10 to 12 Billion dollars worth of investment annually to achieve renewable energy targets over the next 15 years.Over the last ten years Africa has generated 10,000 MW of renewable energy at a cost of 21.7 billion dollars. Solar,wind,hydro power and geothermal energy sources in countries like Morocco,South Africa,Ethiopia and Kenya are providing the much needed power to the nations.Investment in the energy sector in Africa in 2014 accounted for 39 percent of the total 326 billion dollars that was invested in infrastructure and energy in that year. The investment on clean energy is 6 billion dollars.The world bank says Africa still needs to do more to utilise its potential.Studies suggest a targeted increase of 100 GW of renewable energy in Africa over the next 15 years will require 10-12 billion dollars per annum. A clear indication that huge financial resources are required to implement national or continental plans.Africa highly aspires to industrialize as soon as possible but power supply can stand on its way.That is why efforts of aggressively investing in energy ,especially renewable energy sector remains to be priority number one for.last_img read more

Are local gov’ts equipped to take on nCoV?

first_imgThe teams maybe made up of barangay officials and volunteers such as Barangay HealthWorkers, said Iglesia. The virus outbreak in China, withcases spreading in over 20 other countries, prompted the World HealthOrganization to declare a global health emergency. “According to DILG secretary Eduardo Año, LGUs must implementDepartment of Health (DOH) protocols and guidelines and extend full cooperationto DOH and other government agencies to meet the global health emergency,” saidIglesia. ILOILO City – The Department ofInterior and Local Government (DILG) has ordered local government units (LGUs)in Western Visayas to create coronavirus task forces. The Philippines now has threeconfirmed cases of infection – a Chinese man and woman visiting the country;the man died on Saturday; and a 60-year-old Chinese woman. The virus causes severe acute respiratory infection and symptomsusually start with a fever, followed by a dry cough. Aside from forming the task forces,Iglesia said LGUs must also create “barangay health emergency response teams” invillages. Another job of the task force is tohold coronavirus prevention, containment and control information campaign toeducate the public. For this, local chief executives musttrain their respective health workers on nCoV prevention, containment, andcontrol, in coordination with the DOH, said Iglesia.center_img Iglesia said the task force shouldalso cause the referral and transport of a suspected nCov case toDOH-designated coronavirus-referral center or hospital, in coordination withDOH and police authorities. He suggested that the task force becomposed of healthworkers and persons and groups with adequate knowhow on crisis management. According to Regional Director ArielIglesia, LGUs must be “on a state of preparedness” and take proactive steps toprotect their constituents from the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV). Iglesia said the local task forcesunder the direct supervision of governors and mayors should ensure that localhealth authorities have the necessary equipment and protective gadgets such asmasks, goggles, gowns, gloves, among others. LGUs should post public advisoriesabout the coronavirus as well as precautionary measures that the public cantake such as maintaining proper hygiene and regular hand-washing, said Iglesia. FILE PHOTO BY IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN The primaryjob of barangay health emergency response teams is to monitor the entry ofpeople in the villages, most especially tourists from areas with nCoV cases,and coordinate with the DOH and the LGUs’ task forces./PNlast_img read more

Siow brings to international success to UW

first_imgDEREK MONTGOMERY/Herald PhotoGoing down in the record books as the first international student on the University of Wisconsin swimming team, Yi Ting Siow is certainly no stranger to setting records, making waves both in the pool and in the news along the way.Siow’s grit and determination were on display at last Thursday’s dual meet with Northwestern. Despite feeling under the weather, Siow contributed valuable points to the team in the 400-yard individual medley and the 200-yard medley relay, which led the Badgers in cruising to a comfortable 148-75 finish over the Wildcats.The Sembilan, Malaysia, native currently holds the top times for the women’s team this year in four events — the 100- and 200-yard breaststrokes and 200- and 400-yard IM — all posted at the Southern Methodist University Classic in Dallas, Texas, last month.With this sterling performance, Siow earned her first career Big Ten Swimmer of the Week honor, helping the Badgers to a fourth-place meet finish.Siow’s first-place finish in the 200-yard breaststroke made the NCAA “A” Standard qualifying mark, setting a UW school record with her time of 02:11.59. Siow’s wins in the 100-yard breaststroke and 200- and 400-yard IM events also made the NCAA “B” Standard qualifying times, finishing in impressive times of 01:03.13, 02:01.51 and 04:16.34, respectively.The freshman’s accomplishments in her first semester as a Badger are, without a doubt, something else, especially considering she is more acclimatized to Malaysia’s hot and humid weather (with an annual average temperature ranging from the upper-70s to mid-80s). Having spent some years competing at her high school — The Bolles School — in Florida, Wisconsin’s unpredictable weather is indeed a new experience for Siow.”I wasn’t used to the cold when I first came to the States,” Siow said. “But, well, (even though) it doesn’t snow in Florida … it still gets cold in the winter. Besides that, we trained outdoors. I hate training outdoors during the winter. At UW, we have an indoor pool and it’s so much better.”Fortunately for Siow, Bolles has served as a stepping stone through which she was able to quickly adapt to a different culture and educational system altogether.”Bolles has one of the best swimming programs in the country for high schools,” Siow said. “It has really helped me (in my transition).”Even as a rookie on the team, Siow is no less a familiar face in the swimming circuit. Having represented Malaysia at such prestigious meets as the 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games and the 2005 FINA World Championships on top of winning countless medals at consecutive South East Asian (SEA) Games, Siow’s talent in the water certainly shines through.Siow currently holds the SEA Games’ 200-meter LC breaststroke record of 02:31.90 (set in 2001), making her Malaysia’s top female swimmer and the fastest woman in South East Asia in that event.In fact, Malaysian newspaper The Star has predicted that “Malaysia has already lost a gold and a silver medal in swimming before the contingent sets foot in [Manila, Philippines] for the 23rd SEA Games [to be held Nov. 29 to Dec. 4].” This comes in response to Siow’s decision to forego the games in order to focus on her studies, as she feels her academics hold more precedence, especially since she is on a scholarship program with the university.With a passion for fashion and design, Siow intends to major in textile and apparel design.”I have always wanted to [become] a fashion designer and get to design my own clothes since I was young,” Siow said. “UW also has the best swimming and academic programs compared to other schools that I visited.”With years of competitive swimming experience under her belt, Siow is nevertheless modest about her achievements.”I’ve learned that in spite of being one of the [few] Olympic swimmers on the team, I still need to work really hard to achieve my best times,” Siow said.Head coach Eric Hansen has certainly noticed Siow’s talent and potential, describing Siow as a “great swimmer, a very self-motivated individual who takes practice very seriously and makes full use of the great opportunity she has.”last_img read more

Staats looks to bounce back from 1-point game as Syracuse takes on Hobart

first_imgJust four days after what some called his breakthrough game, Randy Staats’ next act was a disappearing one.Staats’ nine-point show at Cornell led Syracuse to an upset on April 8, but also warned North Carolina who it had to target on the SU attack.“I think they just noticed that he’s a threat to score, he’s a threat to feed and they didn’t want the ball in his stick very long,” SU head coach John Desko said.Although the Tar Heels clamped down on Staats — who was coming off the best individual performance Syracuse had seen thus far this year — and held him to a season-low one point all game, the Orange offense was able to overcome his ineffectiveness and still prevail. The junior college transfer hopes to bounce back when No. 4 Syracuse (8-3, 2-3 Atlantic Coast) battles Hobart (4-7, 3-2 Northeast) at Boswell Field in Geneva, N.Y., on Saturday at 3 p.m.“This was the first game I couldn’t really move or do too much and (the defender) was all over me,” Staats said. “That’s a challenge I like to accept. I failed, I think.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textUp until the matchup with UNC, SU’s third-leading scorer had logged at least two points in each of the eight games he played.But no game matched his outing in Ithaca, N.Y., and no goal matched his third one of the night.Early in the fourth quarter, Cornell’s Tom Freshour picked off Syracuse attack Kevin Rice’s pass to Staats from behind the cage. Quickly, Staats dislodged both the stick and the ball from Freshour’s grasp and scooped up the loose ball.Staats spun through a converging defender and ducked away from another, elevating his stick with one hand and pulling it back down to protect the ball, before stepping twice to the side and ripping a shot inside the left pipe for a score.“I just shrugged my shoulders and started laughing on the sideline when I saw that,” faceoff specialist Chris Daddio said. “That’s just the kind of plays that he makes. It’s fun watching him.”It highlighted Staats’ takeover of the game and reaffirmed his ability to score with creativity inside the box, a flair he had boasted in spurts previously.But when the Tar Heels visited the Carrier Dome, their defense gave Staats more attention than an opponent had given him all year. Only one turnover hung over Staats’ head in the box score, but it was a tougher struggle for the SU attack than the stat line indicates.Junior Jake Bailey often drew him one-on-one, and the physical 6-foot-5 defender had help coming each time Staats got a touch. UNC didn’t slide off Staats and double-teamed him quickly — and sometimes threw a third player Staats’ way.“I’ve got to do a better job of trying to shake them off of me,” Staats said. “I think I’ve got to work a little harder myself to get the ball. It’s on me more than anybody else.”More than once, Staats ended up on the Carrier Dome turf after another unfruitful possession. Even when he was matched with a short-stick midfielder, he couldn’t capitalize.But when Syracuse needed a goal most, Staats made the right move with the ball.“I think it shows that he’s an unselfish player, that he was willing to give up the ball and let the other guys do the work,” Rice said.In the second overtime, he dodged from behind the cage to the left doorstep. When a Tar Heel came down to double-team him at the goal line, Staats fed an open Billy Ward at the left wing.And when Ward’s shot made ripples in the back of the net, Staats was the first to rush the game-winning goal scorer, whose goal negated Staats’ scoreless outing.But if Staats is paired with a bigger shadow come postseason time, he now knows what it’ll take to get the job done.Said Staats: “I tried to get open and I wasn’t finding open areas like I was against Cornell. I think I’ve got to work a little harder and be a little smarter with the ball and try to regroup and focus up again.” Comments Published on April 17, 2014 at 2:00 am Contact Phil: [email protected] | @PhilDAbb Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Knicks say owner James Dolan isolated after positive coronavirus test

first_imgJames Dolan has become the latest sports figure known to have tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19).The Knicks, whom Dolan owns along with the NHL’s New York Rangers, announced Saturday night that he is in self-isolation after receiving the test results. It did not say when he tested positive. The Madison Square Garden Company Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jim Dolan has tested positive for coronavirus. He has been in self-isolation and is experiencing little to no symptoms. He continues to oversee business operations.— NY_KnicksPR (@NY_KnicksPR) March 29, 2020More than a dozen NBA players, staff and broadcasters are known to have contracted the disease. Four members of the Nets, who play in Brooklyn, tested positive early in the outbreak. Kevin Durant was one of the four.CORONAVIRUS: NBA players, other figures who have tested positiveNew York has been one of the areas most affected by the coronavirus in the U.S. The city has recorded 672 deaths related to COVID-19 since the disease’s outbreak earlier this year, according to statistics from Johns Hopkins University & Medicine. Dolan reportedly was resistant to the NBA staging games in empty arenas as a response to the coronavirus outbreak in early March. Sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski that the Knicks were one of three NBA teams (the Rockets and Pacers) that wanted “a formal governmental mandate” to close games to the public. The league suspended the season on March 11 after Jazz player Rudy Gobert tested positive.Dolan’s Rangers share Madison Square Garden with the Knicks.last_img read more

Cocopa Workers Block Nimba Highway

first_imgWorkers at the Cocopa Plantation in Nimba County have once again blocked the main highway linking Ganta and Saclepea with the southeastern region, in demand of four months of salary arrears.The action, which began early Monday, September 12, has brought the movement of vehicles to a standstill as angry workers threatened severe repercussions if anyone tried to force their way through.Health worker Sam Dahn was caught between Saclepea and Cocopa on his way to work in Ganta early Monday morning.He told Radio Saclepea via mobile phone that the workers placed “sticks, old motorbikes and anything they could lay their hands on” on the highway to prevent vehicles and pedestrians from traversing it.He quoted some of the plantation workers as saying that their children are not in school; that the schools at the plantation are still closed; and that workers have not been paid for four months.“I tried to appeal to them to allow me to pass, but they vehemently refused and threatened to damage my motorbike if I forced my way through,” he said. Senior staff members at the plantation are reported to have fled to Ganta for their safety. Meanwhile, a Cocopa administrative assistant, while confirming the workers’ action, said “the workers have long threatened to take action in demand of their salary.” The wages and benefits fiasco at Cocopa turned sour early March when workers staged a go-slow action, forcing every institution and department, including schools and the clinic on the plantation, to close down. On Friday April 1, a go-slow action turned violent when aggrieved workers blocked the same highway, forcefully preventing all vehicles from using it.That action turned violent when officers of the Liberia National Police’s Emergency Response Unit (ERU) arrived on the scene and attempted to disperse the crowd. The angry crowd reacted by looting the main warehouse and disturbing activities at the plantation clinic.After the protest the Liberian government paid the workers – about 400 of them – their salary arrears.The current protest is about unpaid salary covering the months of May thru August.Recently, Senator Prince Y. Johnson was on a Ganta radio station appealing to the workers to remain calm as the government was making efforts to pay them.Last week, officers of the Liberia National Police, who were ready to squash the planned demonstration, left the scene after the protest action died down.Meanwhile, there have been no reports of any destruction during the recent protest, and Superintendent Fong Zuagele and other government officials have gone to the camp to negotiate for the reopening of the highway.The government of Liberia took over the plantation from the previous owner, LIBCO, for what was considered bad labor practice in 2013 and since then the workers continue to experience delays in their salaries, as well as their monthly rice supply.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more