Senegal starts work on 138MW wind farm, largest in West Africa

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Senegal started importing turbines for its first large-scale wind farm on Thursday, the biggest such project in West Africa that will supply nearly a sixth of the country’s power. Privately-owned British renewable power company Lekela expects the wind farm, located in Taiba Ndiaye, about 100 km from the capital Dakar, to reach 158.7 megawatts (MW) by 2020.President Macky Sall is keen to make Senegal a leader in renewables in Africa, with a 30 percent target for clean energy in the coming years, of which this project will provide half. A smaller solar project underway aims to produce 30 megawatts.“On the environmental level, Senegal has never had a project on this scale,” said Massaer Cisse, Lekela’s Senegal head. “This farm will avoid…300,000 tonnes of carbon emissions.”The 200 billion CFA franc ($342 million) farm will be roughly half financed by Lekela, and the other half split between U.S.-based Overseas Private Investment Corp and Danish export credit company EKF.Renewables currently make up a tiny portion of Africa’s power generation, but several projects aim to increase that share. South Africa, Morocco and Tunisia are all developing industrial-scale wind farms.More: Senegal imports turbines for West Africa’s first big wind farm project Senegal starts work on 138MW wind farm, largest in West Africalast_img read more

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One goal every 70 minutes? Why Man United transfer target should be snapped up

first_img1 Zlatan Ibrahimovic: Man United-bound? Football statistics experts WhoScored.com assess the merits of Manchester United making a move for Zlatan Ibrahimovic. For more Man United stats, check out WhoScored’s Red Devils page.PSG’s disappointing Champions League exit at the hands of Manchester City means the French giants have only domestic duties to focus on between now and the end of the season. More a procession to trophies rather than a real challenge, Laurent Blanc’s side are expected to win both the Coupe de France and the Coupe de la Ligue this term as they look to end the campaign with another domestic quadruple under their belt.PSG will be forced to make do without a Champions League trophy for another year at least, and chances are it was also striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s last shot at European glory with the Parisian giants. The Sweden international is out of contract with PSG in the summer and is widely expected to depart for the Premier League. The lengthy list of potential suitors comes as little shock, with Ibrahimovic’s WhoScored.com rating (8.16) the third best in Europe’s top five leagues this season.Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United have all been strongly linked with a move for Ibrahimovic, though it’s the latter who appear to be in pole position to lure the frontman to England. However, a move will only be possible if United rid themselves of Louis van Gaal first, with the Dutchman reportedly against any move for the 34-year-old. Given Van Gaal’s preference to maximise youth, one understands why the United boss would veto any deal for Ibrahimovic, but the PSG star’s record this season speaks for itself.No player has scored more goals in Europe’s top five leagues this season than Ibrahimovic, with his tally of 30 just nine fewer than United have netted in the Premier League (39) in total. Having made just 26 appearances in Ligue 1 this season, Ibrahimovic’s minutes per goal return (one goal every 70.7 minutes) is the best return across the top five divisions of European football of those to score 10 or more league goals this term.Indeed, his influence in the attacking third would come as a benefit to any team. It’s for this reason why there is a lengthy list of admirers in the hunt to secure his services. Despite his age, Ibrahimovic would instantly improve most sides and with the Swede supposedly open to a move to Old Trafford, should Van Gaal’s time at United be cut short this summer, it’s possible that the Manchester side will welcome Ibrahimovic this summer.With Jose Mourinho the frontrunner to succeed Van Gaal should he be sacked, it will come as a boost to the club in their pursuit of Ibrahimovic, with the pair enjoying a fine working relationship following their time together at Inter. If Mourinho, as rumoured, takes over the United reins, he could comfortably build his attack around the powerful striker.Given the rapid offensive performers for United – including Anthony Martial, Memphis Depay and Jesse Lingard – Ibrahimovic would be the ideal frontman to help bring out the best in the trio, among others. 11 league assists and an average of 1.4 key passes per league game this season is a very commendable return. One of Ibrahimovic’s statistically calculated WhoScored.com strengths is ‘holding on to the ball’, highlighting his ability to comfortably hold off opposition defenders and bring others into play, allowing him to exert his creative qualities.If United are presented with the chance to secure Ibrahimovic’s services, then they would be foolish to turn down the opportunity to do so. While he is in the twilight years of his career, his good form has proven he is still capable of plying his trade in the big leagues and he could easily spearhead United’s attempts for domestic dominance once more.For more stats on Zlatan Ibrahimovic, click here to view his WhoScored.com player pagelast_img read more

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Fisheries aid package ‘welcomed but not wanted’ insists KFO Chief Executive

first_imgThe Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation has welcomed a €14million fisheries aid package to be distributed in the event of a ‘No-deal’ Brexit but insisted it’s ‘not what’s wanted’. Speaking after the announcement yesterday (Tues), KFO CEO, Seán O’Donoghue, said he believed it was ‘a glorified redundancy payment’.“While any funding directed into fisheries would typically be welcomed, this is a horse of a different colour,” said Mr O’Donoghue. “In essence, this is effectively a glorified redundancy payment for many of our members who have put their hearts and souls into developing businesses in the most hazardous and challenging work environment on earth.“Moreover, it would be available for a very limited time only thereby ignoring the long-term, grim, commercial ramifications on our industry, of Britain exiting the EU without a deal,” he added.“State aid rules would also have to be amended in order for the package to be drawn down. We implore an orderly transition on November 1st in the event that a deal cannot be agreed between Britain and the EU.“Should Irish and other EU fleets be denied access to UK waters after midnight on October 31st next, there will be flashpoints all across Europe in scenes potentially reminiscent of the cod wars of the 1940s, ‘50s and ‘70s,” concluded Mr O’Donoghue. Fisheries aid package ‘welcomed but not wanted’ insists KFO Chief Executive was last modified: October 9th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)last_img read more

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First House farm bill language released

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest On April 12, the House Committee on Agriculture released its language for its version of the 2018 Farm Bill.“I applaud Chairman Conaway and the House Agriculture Committee for their diligence and hard work in crafting the 2018 Farm Bill. The trend of low commodity prices over recent years and headlines about trade disputes have caused anxiety among agricultural producers these days, so this legislation is critically important to give them some much-needed reassurance,” said Sonny Perdue, USDA Secretary. “While there is still much work to be done, I am pleased that this Farm Bill aligns with many of the principles USDA released in January. I look forward to working with the Agriculture Committees and members of Congress from both sides to pass a comprehensive Farm Bill in a timely fashion to provide the needed support and certainty to our farmers.”last_img read more

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Everything You Need to Create a Rad 80s Logo Reveal in After Effects

first_imgDOWNLOAD FREE 80s LOGO REVEAL PROJECT FILEHave any tips for creating an 80s-inspired logo reveal? Share in the comments below. Learn how to create an 80s-inspired logo reveal in this After Effects video tutorial. Plus, download the free project file!It’s impossible to deny the beauty of 1980s motion design. The crude animation and over-the-top neon colors all contribute to what can only be described as the golden age of logo reveals. However, creating a vintage logo reveal is no easy task; it takes creativity and patience.This tutorial will show you everything you need to know to create an 80s-inspired logo reveal in After Effects. This tutorial uses 100% native plugins and effects. That’s right — no third-party plugins required!Download the Free Project FileIf you want to create this logo reveal at home, you can download the free project file by clicking the button below. The download will work in any version of After Effects CS6 and above. After you download the project file, be sure to download the accompanying fonts found in the included PDF.Also, need some sweet 80’s inspired synth music for your project? Check out our Eighties Synth mixtape.last_img read more

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Doping: Doctor blows lid off SAI’s role

first_imgThe doping menace in the country continues to get murkier with a junior scientific officer claiming that the malaise is widespread inside the National Institute of Sports (NIS), Patiala.Sajib Kumar Nandi, who was appointed as a scientific officer (sports medicine) at the National Institute of Sports (NIS), Patiala, has come out with startling revelations about the Sports Authority of India (SAI) ganging up against him when he tried to raise his voice against the corrupt activities at the country’s premier sports institute.Nandi said he has seen banned drugs lying inside the NIS, Patiala premises and alleged that top SAI officials were involved in corrupt activities which facilitated doping among athletes.Before the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) came into existence in 2009, the National Dope-Testing Laboratory (NDTL) was under government jurisdiction and the dope tests were conducted under SAI’s nose.For decades, Indian athletes have been using banned performance – enhancing drugs and all that happened under the nose of SAI. Nandi has now blown the lid off SAI’s corrupt activities and said the system was corrupt from top to bottom.”For long, Indian athletes have been failing dope tests and I used to notice all that during my tenure at the NIS Patiala. In 1999, I was asked to collect dope samples without any documentation and when I protested, the then chief executive director of NIS, Patiala, BS Ahlluwalia forced me to go ahead without following the proper procedures,” Nandi told MAIL TODAY from Patiala.He said in 2002, a huge stock of banned supplements was found in the hostel at NIS Patiala and he went up to the higher authorities in SAI so that it could be used as evidence in court to prove that there was organised doping going on inside the institute.advertisement”But all those medicines were destroyed and there was no chance those drugs could be used as evidence,” said Nandi.”All my efforts to check the doping menace at the institute were resisted by the SAI officials.Since I was against the malpractices of the SAI, they harassed me in whatever way they could.”I was accused of theft and sexual harassment against a lady doctor and was transferred twice – to Gandhinagar and Bangalore. In 2009, I was assaulted.”But I fought against the system and took legal recourse. A Chandigarh bench of the Central Administrative Tribunal quashed my transfer orders to Gandhinagar as all allegations were found false,” added Nandi.He pointed that the samples of athletes were collected without keeping any records and it was all because of the involvement of the SAI officials, national federations and the Indian Olympic Association ( IOA).”All this cannot be done within the premises of the institute without the knowledge and encouragement of the administration.” He further revealed that there were times when the dope samples were collected but never reached New Delhi for testing.”Through an RTI petition, I asked for the travel and daily allowances of the driver and attendants who took the samples to New Delhi. But SAI did not furnish any such information as the samples were never transported to the capital for testing in the first place,” Nandi alleged.The junior scientific officer is not the only one who has charged SAI and federations of malpractice. As many as 558 positive cases between 1991 and 2009 are set to be revisited by the anti- doping disciplinary panel.The names of all those erring athletes are in two sealed documents which are currently with the NADA panel and reopening those cases may have serious implications.last_img read more

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Government Lobbying Diaspora’s Support for National School Bus Service

first_img He said the Ministry is looking to acquire 100 school buses over the next five years, and encouraged the Diaspora to match this target. Education, Youth and Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, has called on the Jamaican Diaspora in the United States to partner with Government in establishing a national school bus service. Story Highlights Senator Reid assured that the initiative will be rolled out in the rural parishes where students “will benefit from the same level of subsidies enjoyed by (their colleagues) who use the Jamaica Urban Transit Company buses.” Education, Youth and Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, has called on the Jamaican Diaspora in the United States to partner with Government in establishing a national school bus service.He said the Ministry is looking to acquire 100 school buses over the next five years, and encouraged the Diaspora to match this target.The Minister was addressing members at a reception hosted in his honor by Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States, Her Excellency Audrey Marks, at the Jamaican Embassy in Washington, D.C. on November 10.Noting that he envisioned a transportation system “that will take our students from home to school and back”, Senator Reid said the input of stakeholders, like the Diaspora, is pivotal to achieving this.He argued that the service will go a far way in reducing student absenteeism and lateness which he attributed to the lack of a reliable school bus service and parents’ inability to afford public transportation costs.Senator Reid assured that the initiative will be rolled out in the rural parishes where students “will benefit from the same level of subsidies enjoyed by (their colleagues) who use the Jamaica Urban Transit Company buses.”While lauding members of the Diaspora and alumni associations for their ongoing contributions to the education sector through scholarships and other assistance to their alma maters, Senator Reid said it was also an opportune time for them to give consideration to other aspects of the sector such the construction of schools.He indicated that although the education system requires 100 new schools over the medium term to long term, there is an immediate need to build 17 new institutions at a cost of $13 billion dollars.Senator Reid advised that the Government has a four-year education budget from which five new schools will be built next year, and invited the Diaspora to, as best as possible, assist with the construction of the others.last_img read more

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World Travel Awards arrives in Bogotá ahead of Latin America Gala Ceremony

first_img Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort to host World Travel Awards Grand Final 2015 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:san bartolome, teatro colon, world travel awards Diamonds La Gemma dell’Est to host World Travel Awards Africa & Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony 2016 Sandals Resorts International Honored At Annual World Travel Awards Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBogotá, October 6th, 2015 – World Travel Awards has arrived in Colombian capital Bogotá as final preparations begin for the Latin America Gala Ceremony 2015.Hundreds of industry leaders from across the region are expected to attend the red carpet ceremony on Saturday, October 10th, with presentations taking place in Teatro Colón.The ceremony will be followed by a sumptuous banquet of traditional cuisine with a modern twist in Colegio Mayor de San Bartolomé.Speaking ahead of the event, World Travel Awards President Graham Cooke said: “It is an honour to be welcomed to Colombia for the first time and a privilege to host our annual Latin America Gala Ceremony 2015 here in Bogotá.“The Latin America Gala Ceremony has grown tremendously in recent years, and I look forward to welcoming the elite of both Central and South America tourism to the event on Saturday.”A full list of nominees can be seen here.World Travel Awards Gala Ceremonies are widely regarded as the best networking opportunities in the travel industry, attended by government and industry leaders, luminaries, and international print and broadcast media.There is more information on the official website. Recommended for youlast_img read more

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Celtic would struggle in the Championship McNamara

first_imgAccording to former Scottish Premier League footballer Jackie McNamara, the Scottish giants would have a hard time in the second level of English football.Scottish Premier League club Celtic is currently all over the news.The team lost manager Brendan Rodgers to English Premier League side Leicester City.And for many in Scotland, Celtic is bigger than the Foxes, but not so much for a former footballer.“The fallout of Rodgers’ departure has been quite severe with the fans. It’s quite raw at the moment. There’s a lot to play for with the Treble-Treble,” former midfielder Jackie McNamara told Sky Sports.“I think Celtic fans are aware of that [not competing with the Premier League]. It’s difficult with Celtic to compete with clubs from the English Championship. Never mind the Premier League.”“It’s been like that for a while. Martin [O’Neill] came from Leicester in 2000. And now they have taken a manager back this time with the lure of the Premier League,” he added.Mikey Johnston, CelticJohnston is disappointed after being injured Manuel R. Medina – September 11, 2019 Celtic winger Mikey Johnston was disappointed to miss Scotland Under 21 national team’s victories over San Marino and Croatia, and he hopes he can return to play soon.“He loves the club. He enjoys the pressures that go with it. Like anyone else, he’d love to still be playing but managing is the next best thing.”“In the circumstances of Brendan’s departure, it’s a great fit with Lennon coming back in to steady things until the end of the season and then see what happens,” he commented.“He’s got experience. He [Lennon] did well in Europe too. Something Brendan didn’t quite do. Long-term the board will look at it but I think it’s just about the short-term to make sure they cover for Brendan’s departure.”Celtic is currently in first place of the Scottish Premier League with 63 points. The team has won 20 matches, drawn three and only lost four.🤝 The new #CelticFC management team 🍀⚪️ pic.twitter.com/OuhFKczLuF— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) February 27, 2019last_img read more

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