UK signs off-grid solar agreements with Nigeria, Sierra Leone at launch of Energy Africa Campaign

first_imgUK signs off-grid solar agreements with Nigeria, Sierra Leone at launch of Energy Africa CampaignU.K.’s Department for International Development strikes fast-track agreement for delivery of off-grid solar projects in the two nations as part of the wider Energy Africa Campaign. October 23, 2015 Ian Clover Installations Manufacturing Markets Markets & Policy Share Luminaries from the world of music, politics and business have given their backing to a new global campaign launched this week designed to bring solar power to the 620 million people in Africa currently reliant on polluting forms of energy. The Energy Africa Campaign will deliver a leapfrog model energy push to 14 sub-Saharan African nations, bringing off-grid solar power to thousands of regions to usurp kerosene, wood and candles as the primary source of power for rural areas. The project was kickstarted by a development agreement signed between the U.K.’s Department for International Development and the governments of Nigeria and Sierra Leone for the supply of off-grid solar technology to those living in remote locations. Bob Geldof, Richard Branson and Kofi Annan – as well as a number of politicians and business leaders – attended the launch of the campaign, with former UN secretary general Annan calling the current energy imbalance – which sees some of the world’s poorest people pay the highest rates for power – “intolerable, avoidable and profoundly unfair”. “Lack of access to electricity is an injustice that robs millions of our fellow citizens of the dignity, opportunity and freedom that comes with access to modern energy,” Annan said. “At present rates of progress, 300 million people in Africa will still lack electricity by 2040.” Annan added that investors are losing out on a wealth of market opportunities in Africa, while the potential of many African nations’ most valuable natural resource – its people – remains untapped. Solar power, which is increasingly affordable and efficient, offers Africa the chance to avoid the carbon-intensive pathway set by its neighbors in the West, and can instead leapfrog directly into a cleaner energy mix. “The UN climate change conference in Paris must draw a line in the sand,” Annan said. “Major emitting countries should seize the opportunity to put in place credible carbon pricing and taxation systems and to stop wasting billions on fossil fuel subsidies.” Britain’s proactive involvement from the off is to be applauded, despite its pro-solar stance in Africa being rather at odds to the seemingly anti-solar position being adopted back home. Its involvement in Nigeria could help deliver off-grid solar capacity to the 96 million people in the country without access to electricity, said Nigerian vice-president Yemi Osinbajo. The U.K.’s involvement will not initially involve direct investment. Rather, its weighty presence across Africa will be leveraged to oversee a smoother introduction of solar technologies, including offering the use of its offices, financing partners and logistics, revealed international development minister Grant Shapps. “It is about using our influence, getting the commercial markets to work for some of the poorest people of the world,” Shapps said. “This is about more than switching on lights. It means that the day doesn’t end when the sun goes down.” Leading voices speak upPop star and founder of Live Aid, Bob Geldof, spoke at the event about the impact that mobile phones have played – and will continue to play – in Africa’s solar-powered future, while Branson revealed that his company Virgin plans to invest in a number of solar projects across the continent. “Energy poverty and economic poverty are two sides of the same coin,” Branson remarked. “Access to sustainable energy live solar can change all that. It fuels entrepreneurship, it boosts educational opportunities, and it’s an incredible source of women’s empowerment.” The tycoon also added that solar is good for business, and he views the transition to a cleaner, more distributed energy model “not as a burden, but as a historic opportunity”. 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Big container lines merger on ice

first_imgA statement issued yesterday by Hapag-Lloyd indicated the talks were suspended at the request of the Oetker family, which owns Hamburg Süd.Reports in the mainstream media suggest that the main reason for this decision is that both owners could not reach agreement on a fair structure for the transaction.The two container shipping companies said in December they were exploring a merger to create a global player better able to survive the sustained downturn in the container shipping sector.A tie-up would have allowed the two companies to better challenge larger rivals.www.hapag-lloyd.comwww.hamburgsud.comlast_img read more

Jigjiga for Ethiopian Shipping Lines

first_imgThe vessel will mostly carry breakbulk and general cargo. It measures 166.5 m long, has a beam of 27.4 m and a capacity of 1,735 teu. Jigjiga is the fifth vessel of its class to have been delivered by the Chinese Shandong Huanghai Shipyard. Jigjiga is named after a small city in Eastern Ethiopia. The four other ships delivered to Ethiopian Shipping Lines are named Finfine, Assosa, Gambella and Harar. The capacity is deployed on the company’s South East Asia – Red Sea service. Two further sisterships, Mekelle and Semera, are scheduled for delivery in August and October 2013. www.ethiopianshippinglines.comlast_img read more

Burns Howff Club Banish Ghosts and Vampires at Their Hallowe’en Supper

first_imgJim Brown in full flow AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInMembers and friends of the Burns Howff Club assembled in the Globe Inn for their traditional Hallowe’en Supper and were welcomed by President Colin Gibson whose first task was to firmly banish any ghosts or vampires thought to be abroad on that date.After dinner, guest speaker Jim Brown from New Cumnock, regaled the company with a witty and informative talk on the origins and customs of “All Hallow’s Eve”, the ancient Celtic Festival of Samhuinn” which had Pagan roots and featured the worship of the dead until it was Christianised by the early church which introduced the practice of lighting candles on the graves of the dead. A custom now died out.  Hallowe’en gave birth to the American custom of “Trick-or treat” by children on 31st October and the Scottish equivalent of “Guising” when youngsters would visit house in disguise and receive fruit or small gifts in return for a song or recitation, well described by Robert Burns in his epic poem, “Hallowe’en”. Contributing to a stellar entertainment programme was Leonard Brown on the accordion with an eclectic selection from “The Flying Scotsman”, traditional airs, a Ukrainian Polka and a snatch from “The Good Old Days” TV show.  Leonard brought the house down with his hitherto unsuspected humour and finished to thunderous applause. A comprehensive Vote of Thanks from junior vice president Rab Walker followed by a raucous rendition of “Auld Lang Synne” brought a particularly enjoyable evening to an end. Also appearing was past president David Miller with a droll recitation of “Holt Willie’s Prayer”, complete with candle and goonie,  past president John Caskie put his rich tenor voice to the test with a repertoire of songs, old and new.center_img Mr Brown, a former secretary of New Cumnock Burns Club and noted authority on the poet, was thanked by the President and accepted an inscribed tankard. Award winning Burns’ reciter Bobby Jess demonstrated his prowess with a performance of the “Address to the Deil”, the poets’ satirical farewell to “Auld Nick”.last_img read more

Rajeck guest house sponsors Minj Royals

first_imgBY MAL TAIME The Covid-19 pandemic has affected most of the business houses and major companies operations around the globe and PNG as a whole and most of them find it difficult to operate and lure sponsorship packages to support sports. Despite that a guest house at Minj in Jiwaka Province has taken the risk and threw its support behind a rugby league team with a set of uniforms and K500 club affiliation fee to take part in the season 2020. Rajeck Guesthouse this week came to an aid to claim the naming rights to sponsor the Minj Royals with a new set of uniforms with the affiliation fee. The presentation took place at Minj police station in the presence of station commander inspector Michael Kapal, former player Jepi Motikay, players and team officials including Minj league president Ezekiel Ben. The sets of uniforms were purchased in England at the cost of K8000 and arrived late because of the Covid-19 quarantine check it took a long process and finally arrived at Minj last week. Managing director Rupi Collin before handing over the sets of uniforms to the players and team officials said despite the hardship the guesthouse went through it made decision to give something back to benefit the community in sports. Collin said most of the business houses and companies were affected during the Covid-19 and Rajeck Guesthouse was no exception. He said despite the difficulties he had seen that there was a need to support the police team to participate at Minj rugby league because indirectly it would attract surrounding youths to involve in the team. Collin said many youths were involved in illegal activities and indirectly he took the initiative to sponsor the team to pave way for the youths to participate in sports if they feel that they were just aimlessly doing nothing. He said the team would accommodate the entire policemen while only few would play and there would be a lot of spaces available and urged the youths to register and join the club. Insp Kapal said times were difficult and commended Rajeck Guesthouse for the sponsorship package to the team saying that they had been struggling to secure a sponsorship package. Former Royals player Jepi Motikay said Royals was one of the pioneer team in Waghi league that produced handful of players to the representative side. He said the club still existed and with the support of the sponsorship package this will boost the morale of the team.last_img read more

Minnesota Wild Fall to Carolina Saturday in OT

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Zac Blair makes cut at U.S. Open, barely

first_imgZac Blair was through with his round by 2 p.m. in North Carolina Friday, but he had to wait an agonizing six hours to find out if he’d made the cut for the weekend at the U.S. Open Golf Tournament at Pinehurst Golf Resort.The former BYU golfer fired a 4-over-par 74, which put him at 5-over-par 145 for the tournament. When he completed his round, he was tied for 75th place overall. Not a good spot to make the cut, which includes the top 60 players and ties.As players ahead of him fell back in the pack, Blair moved up and finally got into the top 60 and finished in a tie for 60th with seven other golfers.After shooting a 71 in Thursday’s first round, Blair got off to a shaky start Friday with three bogeys on his first five holes along with a birdie at No. 4. On the back nine, he bogeyed 10 and 11 before making birdie at No. 13. When he bogeyed No. 16, it looked like he was going to miss the cut by one shot.Blair will tee off at 7:44 a.m. and be paired with Toru Taniguchi of Japan. By playing on the weekend, Blair should make a check of at least $15,000.last_img read more