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‘Poor Bomi Needs Savior of Experience’

first_imgLiberia’s former Chief Justice, Cllr. Frances Johnson Morris-Allison, has declared that she has ample experience to liberate and serve the people of Bomi and take the county to a better and more acceptable level.The Bomi County Senatorial aspirant said the county needs a change of leadership engendered by the election of its brightest daughter to develop the county and champion the welfare of the youths, women and men who are aggrieved in the various concession areas.Cllr. Morris-Allison, who spoke with the Daily Observer in an exclusive interview Wednesday, won the senatorial space unopposed on the ticket of the Alternative National Congress (ANC) for Bomi County on June 30, 2014.The daughter of a former Bomi County Clan Chief, Cllr. Morris-Allison outlined the 7-pillars of her campaign, with transparency and accountability at the top, followed by education, youth unemployment, women empowerment, restoring the dignity of the county’s traditions and protecting the rights of Bomi workers.Cllr. Morris-Allison has held the positions of justice advocate, National Director for the Catholic Justice for Peace Commission (JPC); Chief Justice during the Transitional era and Justice Minister as well as Chairperson of the National Elections Commission (NEC), Commerce Minister and Executive Director for the Liberia Anti- Corruption Commission (LACC).Candidate Morris-Allison, who is joining party politics for the first time, said, “I’m so pleased and excited that I have reached this stage in my political sojourn and have gone through the primary and come out successfully in my first political move.”She says she decided to go into party politics because she believes that the governance of Liberia needs the best skills and talents, the best qualities and best characters that are available.  “I think I have something to contribute to the governance of my county,” she averred.“The people of Bomi can be assured that when elected, I  will not  compromise their interests or that of the Liberian people by taking ‘brown envelopes’, she vowed.Cllr. Morris-Allison asserts that in terms of good leadership she is the best alternative for the people of Bomi.  “I’m saying to the people of Bomi that they should give me the chance because I represent the best alternative for them in terms of good leadership; I’m the best option and I’m telling them to put their trust in me because I am their rescuer,” petitioned Cllr. Allison.There are ten candidates aspiring for the senatorial seat in Bomi County—three females and seven males. Senator Lahai Lassanna currently occupies the position.  He is seeking reelection.Counselor Allison is one of the two main challengers whom Senator Lassanna faces.  The other is Attorney Morris Saytoma, former Deputy Minister of State for Presidential Affairs.The Senatorial aspirant vowed to use the “Jehovah’s Witness” campaign style to win the election although other aspirants (who she did not name) would use money or rice.  But the people of Bomi County will vote her into the Senate, she said with confidence.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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Rams take control, 64-46

first_imgCarrillo, on the other hand, finished far below his 21.1-point average with a season-low four points for the Oilers (12-16). “It’s turning out that the box-and-one is our best defense,” said. Chen and Do turned out to be the Rams’ best offense in the first half. Do single-handedly gave the Rams (14-13) the momentum and control of the game late in the second quarter. His first 3-pointer snapped a 20-20 tie with 3:02 to play in the first half. His third trey of the quarter capped a 12-4 run that gave Temple City a 32-24 advantage. TEMPLE CITY – When it came to devising a game plan for Montebello High School’s leading scorer Michael Carrillo, the Temple City boys basketball team thought inside the box. As in box-and-one. Temple City’s concerted effort to contain Carrillo slowed down the Oilers. The Rams’ trio of David Chen, Will Do and Tommy Sunarto provided the knockout punch. Montebello pulled within four, 36-32, midway through the third quarter, but Temple City used a 16-4 outburst to put the game away. The Rams will face Savanna on Tuesday at a site to be determined by coin flip today. Temple City coach Rich Hollinger scott.galetti@sgvn.com (626) 962-6611, Ext. 4456 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Chen scored 28 points to lead the Rams to a 64-46 victory in the opening round of the CIF-Southern Section Division III-AA playoffs on Friday at Temple City High. Do knocked down three 3-pointers, all in the second quarter, and finished with 16 points and nine rebounds for the Rams (14-13), and Sunarto had 12 points and 10 rebounds. last_img read more

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Arsenal predicted starting XI to face Southampton in the Premier League

first_imgArsene Wenger will be having nightmares thinking back to the last time his Arsenal side faced Southampton.The Saints cruised to a 4-0 victory on Boxing Day, embarrassing the Gunners, who looked crushed, especially since just a few days earlier they had beat Manchester City.Revenge is the dish the Frenchman is looking to serve up at the Emirates and he is likely to be welcome back a key player into his starting line up in the Premier League.After appearing off the substitutes bench against Chelsea, Alexis Sanchez had a run out in the Gunners’ FA Cup victory over Burnley, and he should be in Wenger’s XI against Southampton.He will, though, have to do without Tomas Rosicky who is set for another spell out with a thigh problem, while Danny Welbeck, Santi Cazorla and Jack Wilshere also miss out.Click the right arrow above to see our predicted Arsenal XI to face Southampton… 11 4. Per Mertesacker (centre back) – see the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above 12. Olivier Giroud (striker) 17. Alexis Sanchez (left wing) 6. Laurent Koscielny (centre back) 20. Mathieu Flamini (central midfield) 11 18. Nacho Monreal (left back) 11 16. Aaron Ramsey (central midfield) 11. Mesut Ozil (attacking midfield) 33. Petr Cech (goalkeeper) 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 14. Theo Walcott (right wing) 11 24. Hector Bellerin (right back) last_img read more

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NEW DONEGAL-PRODUCED APP TO HELP REDUCE RISK OF CANCER

first_imgTwo Donegal-based nurses are behind an APP which it is hoped will reduce cancer.HSE Cancer App- Janet Richmond, Mary Grace Kelly and Barry Murphy, Sendmode. Photo- Clive WassonStopcancer.support is a new interactive web based application full of information, video clips, quizzes and links to organisations on how to help reduce your risk of developing cancer by modifying some lifestyle factors such as diet, exercise, weight, smoking, alcohol, and sun exposure.It includes results of a survey carried out in Donegal and Dublin last year asking people what they knew about their lifestyle risk factors for developing cancer. By following the advice in this online app you can reduce your risk of developing cancer by around 30%.The web based app was developed by two experienced Cancer Care & Research Nurses in Letterkenny General Hospital (LGH) – Janice Richmond and Mary Grace Kelly following a year of intensive research and aided by Sendmode who designed the software around this application who are based in Co-Lab in Letterkenny IT.This app is the first of its kind and also reaches out also to the many people who have suffered from cancer in the past in terms of reducing risk of cancer reoccurrence.This very valuable and informative research project was been funded by the Health Research Board (€20,000) to raise awareness about lifestyle modifications to assist to inform us and thus reduce the incidence of cancer. To access this site, go to http://stopcancer.supportNEW DONEGAL-PRODUCED APP TO HELP REDUCE RISK OF CANCER was last modified: May 28th, 2015 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:AppcancerdonegalletterkennyNURSESSendmodelast_img read more

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Tut lights up art scene

first_imgThe museum scene remained vibrant in Southern California with a number of exciting exhibitions, “Cezanne & Pissarro: Pioneering Modern Painting 1865-1885” at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Skirball’s “Einstein”; “Ecstasy: In and About Altered States” at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA; and the Hammer’s “Masters of American Comics.” This was augmented by the glittering success of “Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs” at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. All that was overshadowed by the controversy that swirled around the Getty Museum and Getty Trust President and CEO Barry Munitz. Late in 2004, Deborah Gribbon, the director of the museum – the most visible part of the trust – resigned amid rumors of conflict with Munitz. Michael Brand, the director of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, was named in August to replace Gribbon, but his appointment was met with criticism over whether he had the right credentials for the job. After years of renovation, the Getty is scheduled to reopen its renovated villa in Malibu, the new home of its collection of Greek, Roman and Etruscan antiquities, in late January. The first stop on the farewell tour of Egypt’s royal relics closed Nov. 20 with more than 937,600 admissions sold, well short of the 1.25 million for the 1978 blockbuster “Treasures of Tutankhamun” and the 1.2 million that organizers anticipated when the exhibit opened in June. Tut: The Sequel received mixed reviews, with detractors pointing to the absence of the boy king’s most famous relics, the steep ticket prices ($25 to $30, compared with $9 for the regular museum fare), and the commercialization of the whole affair with the heavy involvement of concert promoter Anschutz Entertainment Group. For its part, LACMA, which sold out round-the-clock admissions on the final weekend, touted the show’s success in attracting first-time visitors and adding more than 20,000 new museum memberships. It was good news for the institution in an otherwise uneasy year. Director Andrea Rich retired last month because of tension in her dealings with the board. Melody Kanschat, a 16-year LACMA veteran, was promoted to president in June, but a new director had yet to be named. LACMA mega-patron Broad, who has pledged $60 million to the museum’s new building project, failed to get significant public financing for a promotional campaign aimed at developing Los Angeles’ image as an arts tourism destination. The proposal met with resistance at the local, state and federal levels because of budget crunches. The campaign could have attracted previously under-tapped donors for the museum’s expansion, designed by Enzo Piano with a first phase expected to open in 2007. Last month, LACMA put up for auction nearly 50 pieces from its permanent collection by such artists as Modigliani, Pissarro, Degas, Picasso and Matisse, raising more than $10 million for future acquisitions. The wisdom of selling those assets, LACMA’s first significant de-accession in more than 20 years, was questioned by many art critics. — Valerie Kuklenski, (818) 713-3750 valerie.kuklenski@dailynews.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Then an investigation by Italian officials resulted in the curator of antiquities, Marion True, being charged with conspiring to traffic in looted antiquities. She is on trial. True resigned in the fall, not as a result of the charges but over a loan arranged in 1995 by one of the museum’s main suppliers of antiquities so she could buy a vacation home in Greece. The Getty’s problems were compounded in late November by legal action from Greece seeking the recovery of four artifacts it says were looted. In June, a lengthy article in the Los Angeles Times raised questions about the way Munitz runs the nonprofit organization that is worth around $9 billion. Munitz, who has an annual compensation package worth about $1.2 million, was accused of lavish spending of trust money on first-class travel and extravagant dining. He was also accused of approving a real-estate deal with Eli Broad that gave the billionaire businessman a $700,000 break. The portrait was one of a man with “grand appetites” – unrestrained by a board of trustees friendly to him – who prospered while the museum was experiencing cutbacks. In early December, to counteract criticism, the Getty Trust expanded its board from 12 trustees to 16. In late October, Munitz sat down with reporters from the Daily News to address the controversies. While there have been fewer front-page stories about the museum and trust since, the museum’s problem won’t go away soon. But despite the turmoil, the museum continued to put on a number of excellent exhibitions – among them “Scene of the Crime: Photo by Weegee” – and remained a destination point for visitors – both in and out of Southern California. A slightly milder strain of 1978’s Tut fever swept Southern California in 2005 with the five-month visit of “Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs” at LACMA.last_img read more

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Women’s Basketball Tops Winona State, 74-63, In First Exhibition

first_imgMVC Preseason Player of the Year Lizzy Wendell (Blue Springs, Mo.) scored a game high 22-points going 9-for-18 while also nabbing seven rebounds. Coming off a breakout freshman season, sophomore Sara Rhine (Eldon, Mo.) recorded a double-double, scoring 15 points and grabbing a game-best 11 rebounds. Caitlin Ingle (Runnells, Iowa) dished out a game-high eight assists to go along with eight points of her own. Photo Gallery The Warriors came out hot by making four of their first six shots to take a 11-4 lead and managed to hold on to a 20-19 lead at the end of the first-quarter. Story Links “I think it was really good to get out there see our fans again and play at home and hopefully get all the rust off,” said Drake head coach Jennie Baranczyk. “I think there are a lot of takeaways for us. We got exactly what we needed out of tonight.” Drake will host its final exhibition game against MidAmerica Nazrene on Nov. 5 at 2 p.m. before opening the regular season at North Dakota on Nov. 11. Print Friendly Version DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University women’s basketball team defeated Winona State, 74-63 in the first of its two exhibition games, Tuesday, Nov. 1 at the Knapp Center. The Bulldogs finally found their rhythm in the second-quarter as they started the period on a 13-2 run, taking a 32-22 lead with 5:22 left in the opening half.center_img MidAmerica Nazarene (Exhibition) 11/5/2016 – 2 PM After taking a 43-32 lead into the locker room, Drake opened the second-half with a 9-2 run, 51-34 and held on to the double-digit lead throughout the rest of the third-quarter. Next Game: Preview Buy Tickets Live Stats Praise 940 The Bulldogs wouldn’t allow the Warriors to get any closer than seven points in the final quarter to take home the 74-63 victory. Full Schedule Roster last_img read more

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Profiling the AFCON teams: Madagascar

first_img Tags: AFCON 2019Feneva Ima AndriatsimaMadagascarNicholas Dupuis Madagascar are set to feature in their maiden AFCON finals. (PHOTOS/AGENCIES)Madagascar will be featuring in their first Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament.  They are one of three nations that will be making their debut at this year’s tournament.In the 2019 edition, Madagascar is in Group B alongside Nigeria, Guinea and Burundi.Madagascar made its debut in 1947 in a home match against Mauritius which was lost 2–1. The game was part of a Triangulaire tournament between Madagascar, Mauritius and Reunion. Madagascar’s second match was at home to Reunion and saw their first ever win, 4–2. The triangular tournament was staged every year until 1958, and Madagascar’s highest-scoring game was on 13 July 1953 when they beat Reunion 6–4 at home. Their worst loss was on 31 July 1952 when they lost 7–0 to Mauritius in Reunion.Madagascar played against opposition different from Mauritius or Reunion for the first time in 1960, as part of a tournament between French-speaking nations held on the island. In their first match on 15 April 1960 they beat the Upper Volta (now Burkina Faso) 6–1. The second game was a quarter-final against France’s amateur side on 17 April and was lost 2–1. On 19 April Madagascar beat the Congo 8–1 in the third-place play-off.In April 1963, Madagascar entered another competition for French-speaking countries, this time in Senegal, and was placed in a group with Dahomey (now Benin), Liberia and Chad. They opened with a 1–0 win over Dahomey on 11 April, and then beat Chad 2–1 on 13 April and Liberia 3–1 on 15 April. In the semi-finals, Madagascar were beaten 2–1 by Tunisia on 19 April, and then lost 4–1 to France’s amateur team in the third-place play-off on 21 April.In September 1963 the Triangulaire between Madagascar, Reunion and Mauritius was reinstated for the first time since 1958. On 15 September they beat Reunion 6–1 at home, and on 18 September drew 1–1 to Mauritius in a home game which was abandoned.For AFCON, Madagascar did not enter into qualification for the first 7 editions (1957-1970).They went on to try their luck in both 1792 and 74 but fell short at the first attempt, hence not reaching the finals. For the 76 edition, the Barea decided to withdraw from the qualifiers.From 1980 to 88, Madagascar once again tried but failed to make it to the 5 tournaments before withdrawing from qualification in 1990.The trend continued until 1998 when they were banned from the qualifiers for withdrawing in 1996.The Barea were banned from qualification in 1998.From the qualifiers of the 2000 edition, Madagascar have always fallen short until those of Egypt 2019.The Barea started them qualification process in the preliminary round where they defeated Sao Tome and Principe 4-2 on aggregate, winning the first leg 1-0 and then taking the second 2-3.In the groups, they were placed in Group A alongside Senegal, Equatorial Guinea and Sudan.In their first game away to Sudan, they ran out 3-1 winners before drawing 2-2 with Senegal in the second. At this point, the Barea sat second on the table, only a goal behind leaders Senegal.Two consecutive victories over Equatorial Guinea meant that Madagascar went into the last two games knowing that if results elsewhere go their way, they would seal a first-ever appearance at the finals’ tournament.The achievement would then go on to be sealed on the final day despite losing both of the last two games. First, they lost 1-3 at home to Sudan and then lost 2-0 in Dakar.The 10 points accumulated throughout the group stages, meant that Madagascar qualified for the finals as group runners ups.CoachNicholas DupuisDupuis is a 51-year-old former French footballer who has been the head coach of Madagascar since 2017.Dupuis has been head coach of Madagascar since 2017.In August 1996, Dupuis was appointed manager of AS Yzeure. During Dupuis’ time at the club, Yzeure reached the Championnat National in 2006 as well as beating Ligue 1 club Lorient 1–0 in the 2013-14 Coupe de France on 4 January 2014, before losing to Lyon 3–1 on 22 January 2014 in the round of 32.In March 2017, Dupuis was appointed manager of Madagascar. On 16 October 2018, Madagascar qualified for the AFCON finals as Dupuis made history for being the first coach to lead the Barea to Africa’s football showpiece.In January 2019 it was announced that he would combine his role as Madagascar manager with that as technical director of French club FC Fleury 91. In March 2019 Madagascar extended his contract until after the AFCON tournament.Star PlayerFeneva Ima AndriatsimaAndriatsima, 35, is a striker who plays as a forward for French side Clermont Foot.Andriatsima plays for French club Clermont.Andriatsima was born in the Malagasy capital, Antananarivo and began his football career at homeland club AS St-Michel. In 2004, he joined USCA Foot and scored 45 goals in 60 appearances for his new side.In 2007, he made the switch to French Ligue 2, where he joined FC Nantes. On 7 January 2008, he joined Championnat National side AS Cannes on loan, for the remainder of the season, here played 16 games and scores 4 goals.In June 2008 Andriatsima joined side US Boulogne in the French second tier, again on loan, for the 2008–09 season. He was given the number nine shirt. On 11 July 2009, he left Nantes and signed for Amiens SC.In 2016, he moved to Sochaux, then Le Havre and then Clermont since 2018.Andriatsima has scored over 120 club goals and 12 in 33 games for Madagascar.Projection: Second RoundGuinea Fixtures at AFCON 2019-Guinea vs Madagascar, 22nd June-Madagascar vs Burundi, 27th June-Madagascar vs Nigeria, 30th JuneComments last_img read more

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Councillor McBrearty officially applies to join Fine Gael

first_imgIndependent county councillor Frank McBrearty has officially applied to join the Fine Gael party.The Raphoe politician is now set to run for the party in the upcoming local elections in May.A Fine Gael spokesperson confirmed to Donegal Daily “We can confirm that an application by Councillor Frank McBrearty to join Fine Gael has been accepted by the National Executive of the party tonight.” It is understood the party will meet again next week to discuss adding candidates in a number of areas.Councillor McBrearty is among those who will be discussed.When contacted by Donegal Daily, Cllr McBrearty declined to comment.The arrival of Cllr McBrearty into the Fine Gael party has been broadly welcomed by grassroots members. Cllr McBreaerty is considered a very hard-working and straight-talking local public representative for his constituents.However, standing Fine Gael councillor Martin Harley has already indicated he will consider his position within the party if Cllr McBrearty is chosen to run for Fine Gael.Councillor McBrearty officially applies to join Fine Gael was last modified: April 12th, 2019 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:ElectionsFine GaelFrank McBreartyjonRaphoelast_img read more

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Gorilla or Hominid?  Toumaï Controversy Continues

first_imgMichel Brunet’s controversial Toumaï skull (Sahelanthropus tchadensis) made the cover of Nature last week,1,2 but rivals contend it was not part of the human line.  The skull he found in Chad in 2002 (see 07/11/2002 and 10/09/2002 entries) was badly disfigured and needed reconstructive surgery, leading to criticisms that any interpretations were subjective.    News sources like MSNBC, BBC News and National Geographic immediately pounced on the clay reconstruction featured on the cover of Nature, a gorilla-shaped face with a smooth head and thoughtful-looking eyes.  National Geographic printed a large image of the reconstruction but made no mention of the controversy surrounding its classification.  It stated, “Now new fossil finds and a high-tech skull reconstruction (not shown) strongly suggest the species was human, after all.  This would make it the oldest known human ancestor.”    The BBC News article, by contrast, included statements by other anthropologists who disagreed.  It quoted Mary Pickford (National History Museum, Paris), for instance, who said that it is an ape-like animal and is unconvinced that Toumaï was a hominid at all.  The BBC also pointed out the ramifications of Brunet’s claim that this was in the human line:If Toumaï really does belong on the human branch of the evolutionary tree, its discovery calls into question certain assumptions about our prehistory.    The fossils were found some 2,500km (1,500 miles) west of the African Great Rift Valley – traditionally seen as humankind’s ancestral home due to the wealth of hominid fossils that have been discovered there.    The discovery of S. tchadensis implies early hominids ranged far wider from East Africa, and far earlier, than previously thought.    It also suggests that hominids evolved quickly when they set off on their own evolutionary path.   (Emphasis added in all quotes.)1Michel Brunet et al., “New material of the earliest hominid from the Upper Miocene of Chad,” Nature 434, 752 – 755 (07 April 2005); doi:10.1038/nature03392.2Zollikoffer, Brunet et al., “Virtual cranial reconstruction of Sahelanthropus tchadensis,”Have we forgotten?  Brunet wants to be top dog in the paleoanthropology olympics, so he found his own contestant in his own turf.  He dug up a gorilla skull that was badly deformed, gave it a mythical date, and fashioned it according to his own beliefs (see 03/28/2003 caution by Tim White).  So Brunet got his prize – the cover of Nature – which says absolutely nothing about the validity of his claim that his specimen lived millions of years ago, but more about the gullibility of Darwinist-controlled journals.  Now the other teams are angry that he scored and are out to topple him in this king of the hill game by disqualifying his contestant.    This is all so silly.  Evolutionists want us to be surprised at the suggestion that Chad Gorilla could have wandered so far from the Great Rift Valley in millions of years.  Have we forgotten them telling us a few weeks ago that a chipmunk-size armadillo made it from Africa to North America? (see 04/01/2005).  They talk about adaptive radiations and migrations all the time, but need to keep their hominids imprisoned in isolated areas for millions of years to keep their tall tale from falling apart.  Evolutionists toss these millions of years around like flippant remarks, seemingly oblivious to how long even ten thousand years represents.  All of known human history, including all the plant and animal breeding humans have done, fits into a span that is one one-hundredth of just one million years.  They want us to refrain from laughing when they spout absurdities like “It also suggests that hominids evolved quickly when they set off on their own evolutionary path.”    Once you understand the inherent foolishness of these long timelines and the stretch-and-squish manner in which they treat rates of evolution (see 12/14/2004 entry), you will not be swayed by these occasional announcements.  Once you understand that the facts are not the issue, but rather the obsessive-compulsive Darwinian need to force human ancestry into an evolutionary timeline, you will instead find these announcements quite amusing.(Visited 49 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Medupi helping build economy: Zuma

first_img11 June 2012 South Africa is on the rise and it is projects such as the Medupi power station that are creating growth in the economy, says President Jacob Zuma. He was speaking at the completion of the hydrostatic pressure test for unit 6 at the power station in Lephalale, Limpopo province last week. The test was undertaken to ensure that the boiler was fully functional and ready to start generating electricity for South Africa’s national grid. Medupi is due to make its first contribution to the grid at the end of 2013.A ‘mega project’ Eskom board chairperson Zola Tsotsi, describing Medupi as a “mega project”, said it was the first new coal-fired power station Eskom had built in more than 20 years. “Medupi will operate with greater efficiency – this means it will use less coal and less water for every unit of electricity it generates than all the coal-fired power stations,” Tsotsi said. The boiler and turbine contracts for Medupi are the largest contracts that Eskom has signed in its 87-year history. The planned operational life of the station is 50 years. Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba said Medupi was one of the largest construction sites in the Southern Hemisphere, employing about 17 000 people who would otherwise be without work. In total, about 40 000 job opportunities are expected to be created by the new power station.Job creation Zuma was impressed with the progress of the project. “We might not satisfy every need on the same day, but we are getting there,” he said. “We are doing the right thing with regards to infrastructure that will create enough jobs. “Electricity sounds like a simple, basic service, but it is actually the lifeblood of the economy, of any economy.” South Africa’s energy demand is expected to be twice the current levels by 2030. “Government took the bold decision to build Medupi and other big new power stations … Eskom is spending R340-billion on the projects, making it the largest infrastructure development investment programme South Africa has ever undertaken,” Zuma said. “Once all six units are completed, Medupi will be able to produce enough electricity to power almost all of Gauteng,” he added. Zuma also noted the major impact Medupi was having in Lephalale, including job creation, skills development, upgrading of houses and development of social infrastructure. “Lephalale will certainly never be the same again because of the Medupi Power Station.” Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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