Chambers Wants Passage of CLSG Financing Agreement

first_imgSpeaker Chambers (L) in handshake with Mr. Mohammed M. Sherif, head of the delegation of TRANSCO CLSGFor CLSG interconnection projectHouse Speaker Bhofal Chambers says the Legislature will ensure the passage of the additional financing agreement for La Côte d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea (CLSG) interconnection project, submitted for ratification on July 10, 2018, by President George Weah.The amount of the additional financing allotted to Liberia is US$45.3 million. The agreement was signed on December 11, 2017, and comprises a grant of US$22.6 million and a loan of US$22.7 million.Chambers said the Legislature is excited about the electricity project and will support its implementation in full.He said electricity supports education, health, industry, security and the comfort of life, adding, “Liberia needs this project. We will do our best to ratify the agreement.”It can be recalled that in February 2012, the Summit of ECOWAS Heads of States and Government approved the revised ECOWAS Master Plan for the Generation and Transmission of Electric Power, which identifies La Côte d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea (CLSG) Interconnection Project as one of the five priority projects of the West African Power Pool (WAPP) for the sub-region.The objective of the WAPP is to establish a regional electricity market in West Africa through the appropriate development and implementation of key infrastructure so that all ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States) member states are given access to economic energy resources.In order to accelerate the implementation of the CLSG interconnection project, WAPP uses a Special Purpose Company as a vehicle of achieving this objective.Accordingly, the four countries duly signed and ratified an International Treaty establishing a Regional Transmission Company (RTC) known as TRANSCO CLSG with the mandate to finance, construct, own, operate and further develop the CLSG transmission interconnection line. TRANSCO CLSG is fully established and has been operational since September 5, 2014, following the appointment of its General Manager and his subsequent assumption into office at its Headquarters in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.The Speaker’s remarks were prompted by a visit from Mr. Mohammed M. Sherif, head of the delegation of TRANSCO CLSG told Speaker Chambers Monday at his Capitol Building in Monrovia that his institution is implementing a contract with West African Power Pool which will bring to reality a true actualization of the availability of significant power supply affecting several counties in Liberia amounting to an additional 120- megawatts of electricity.The TRANSCO CLSG Manager furthered intoned that as the project implementation takes shape ,the first power substation with huge transmission cables running from the Ivory Cost is expected to be commissioned by mid next year in Botota Township Kokoya District, Bong County Central Liberia.Mr. Mohammed however,  inform Speaker Chambers that the success of the project is countenance on Liberia’s part of the bargaining to ratify a grant and credit facility instruments currently before the Legislature so as to acquire the needed funding for the smooth execution of the projects.When the CLSG Interconnection Project is realized, it will interlink the completed WAPP Coastal Transmission Backbone Interconnection Project and the proposed (on-going) OMVG/OMVS Power System Development Projects which are part of the WAPP Priority Projects. It is expected that the on-going Inter-zonal Transmission Hub and the North Core Transmission Projects when completed, will connect the existing robust 330kV transmission corridor in the sub-region to close the ring of the proposed WAPP High Voltage Grid mesh.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

WEF Africa 2016: How do we deliver shared prosperity across the continent?

first_imgImportant questions will be discussed in Kigali, Rwanda this week, as the World Economic Forum on Africa gathers under the theme “Connecting Africa’s Resources through Digital Transformation”. We take a look at the meeting’s main sub-themes.WEF Africa is taking place in Rwanda’s capital of Kigali. (Image: Government of Rwanda, Twitter)There is widespread agreement that Africa needs to craft new approaches to trigger structural transformation. According to the Africa Competitiveness Report 2015, services are playing an increasingly important role in African economies, yet the share and value of services in regional and global trade are very low.In today’s increasingly connected world, with internet penetration at 26%, an integrated digital transformation strategy for Africa is imperative.For these and other reasons, the 26th World Economic Forum on Africa will address the following main sub-themes.Governance and institutionsMany countries in Africa have fully liberalised their ICT markets and are reaping the benefits in increased investments and use.How will ICT drive Africa’s digital transformation? Informal employment forms the largest proportion of employment opportunities, about 77% in 2012, despite inadequate working conditions and social protection regimes.How is e-government transforming service delivery in the informal sector? Regional trade agreements are becoming more complex, particularly in light of negotiations of new mega-regional trade agreements that could lead to a $2.7-billion loss of Africa’s exports.What is the future of regional trade agreements in the world trading system? More than 500-million smallholder farmers in Africa are still dependent on rain-fed agriculture.How can climate-smart food systems transform their lives? In 2015 only 11 African countries offer liberal visa access to all African citizens.What visa innovations can facilitate the movement of people within the continent?Foreign direct investment flows into Africa have remained stable at $54-billion, while they fell 16% globally.How can Africa’s leaders reduce the risk perception and attract higher investment? Finance and growthAbout 20% of African households have access to formal or semi-formal finance.How is technology transforming Africa’s financial services industry? Africa is home to nine of the world’s 15 fastest growing economies and is an increasingly attractive environment for global business investments.How will the continent continue to grow in the face of a slowing global economy? By 2040, renewables could provide more than 40% of all power-generation capacity in the region.How can smart grid solutions enhance investments in renewable energy? External sources of financing have increased from $5-billion in 2003 to $30-billion a year in 2012, leaving a financing gap of $50-billion to fill.How can innovative partnerships bridge mega infrastructure financing gaps? Smart mining, the integration of ICT solutions in the entire supply chain of the mining industry, is projected to reach $13-billion by 2020, up from $5.12-billion in 2013.What technologies are transforming the mining industry in Africa? Factory activity accounted for 10% of Africa’s GDP over the past decade. Manufacturing is widely considered to be the ideal industry to drive Africa’s development due to the labour-intensive, export-focused nature of the business.How is distributed manufacturing transforming production and competitiveness? Human development and entrepreneurshipEducation policy can accelerate literacy and digital skills training in primary, secondary and tertiary education.What digital platforms are accelerating skills development? Africa has one of the highest mobile phone penetrations in the world.How are mobile health technologies transforming healthcare? According to United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, global creative services are growing significantly, yet Africa contributes only about 1%.How is the wireless revolution transforming Africa’s creative industries? The potential annual economic losses due to gender gaps in labour participation are estimated at $255-billion in sub-Saharan Africa.What innovations are bridging the science gender gap? Young consumers are driving offline sales through online traffic. This potential will increase as Africa’s middle-class consumers grow from about 355-million people to 1.1-billion over the next three decades.How is digital disruption changing the retail landscape in Africa? About 40% of Africans live in urban settlements, leading to increased traffic congestion and dwindling access to water and sanitation.How can smart cities improve water and transport management? South Africa will be sending a delegation to Kigali for the conference. Follow them on Twitter using #SAinKigali.last_img read more

One new cap for experienced Springboks

first_img5 June 2014 South Africa’s 2013 Sevens Player of the Year, Cornal Hendricks, will make his debut for South Africa in the 15-man code next to ten players who started in the Springboks’ final test of 2013 when they face a star-studded World XV at DHL Newlands in Cape Town on Saturday. The speedy Hendricks is the only newcomer in the team as Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer opted for continuity in his team’s first match of the year. The old firm of Bakkies Botha and interim captain Victor Matfield are re-united in the second row. JP Pietersen moves to outside centre. Schalk Burger makes a return to the side for the first time in two-and-a-half years while Frans Steyn, Schalk Brits, Lwazi Mvovo and Johan Goosen are also back after playing no test rugby last year. The five players who started in the 19-10 win over France in Paris last November but are not in the starting team this week, are the injured Jean de Villiers, Jaque Fourie and Eben Etzebeth, as well as Flip van der Merwe and Coenie Oosthuizen, who will both start on the bench.‘Continuity’ “It’s positive to have this kind of continuity in our first start of the year,” said Meyer on Wednesday. “Even though we’ll be starting with a new midfield combination, Frans and JP have both played more than 50 tests for the Boks and with Bryan Habana also in the backline, Cornal will start with a lot of experience around him. “We’re expecting a stern test on Saturday against the World XV and our mindset is to make our nation proud. It should never be anything else when the Springboks play. It will also be a good way to start the season before our first test next week against Wales, but for now we’re only focused on the World XV and playing well.‘Aim’ Looking at the bigger picture, Meyer added: “Our aim for the season is to accelerate and make a step up from 2013. To put ourselves in a position to do that, we simply have to start well.” Of the 23 in action on Saturday, 13 featured in the victory in Paris. One of the new faces is Matfield, who has been named captain with De Villiers out injured during the Castle Lager Incoming Series this month. It will be the 110-time capped lock’s first match in the green and gold since the Rugby World Cup in 2011. Meyer said it was pleasing to see Matfield and Botha re-united, while he was also very excited about the prospects of Hendricks on the wing, Pietersen at outside centre and the return of Burger, Brits and Steyn.‘I wouldn’t have believed it’ “If anyone told me two years ago that Victor and Bakkies would play together again for the Boks, I probably wouldn’t have believed it. They have been great servants of the game in South Africa and now have the opportunity to take it further. “We’re also keen to see what JP can offer at outside centre, where he’s played very well for the Cell C Sharks earlier in his career and for his club in Japan. “Cornal is a player I’ve been following for some time and I thought he made a very good transition from sevens to the 15-man code earlier this year. He’s big and very fast, and hopefully we’ll be able to provide him with some space to attack in. The Springbok Sevens can be very proud of the way in which they aided in his development to a top-class player.‘X-factor’ Meyer also welcomed back two players who he said brought something extra to the Springbok squad: “Frans [Steyn] and Schalk Brits are both special players with the X-factor and it’s wonderful to have them back. Their attitude has been superb and I know they can add a lot in the coming weeks,” he said. “Lwazi has been great for the Cell C Sharks this year and I believe he can make an impact later in the match, while I’ve always rated Johan and it’s good to see him getting back to his best. “This was a tough team selection to make and a couple of players were unlucky to miss out, but I know all of them will keep on pressing hard for selection in the weeks to come. I always like it if players in the team must make it easy for me to leave them in, and players outside the team must make it difficult to leave them out.”SPRINGBOK SQUAD 15 Willie le Roux, 14 Cornal Hendricks, 13 JP Pietersen, 12 Frans Steyn, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Morne Steyn, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Francois Louw, 6 Willem Alberts, 5 Victor Matfield (c), 4 Bakkies Botha, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Tendai Mtawarira 16 Schalk Brits, 17 Gurthro Steenkamp, 18 Coenie Oosthuizen, 19 Flip van der Merwe, 20 Schalk Burger, 21 Fourie du Preez, 22 Johan Goosen, 23 Lwazi Mvovo SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

7 Keys To Building a Winning Team

first_imgYou Recruit for Potential: A high performing team begins and ends with hiring people with high potential. It’s the potential that matters. The people you hire need to have the right mindset. They have to want something more. You can teach the skills and provide the tools.You Train and Develop: Professional sports, the military, and performing arts all provide great examples for building a high performing team that wins. They are all focused on training and development. Each of these human endeavors requires that the people engaged rehearse, often the same thing over and over again until it is rote.You Lead: The best performing teams are being intentionally led. Leadership sets a standard and holds everyone accountable to that standard. Leadership also defines the strategy and the tactics that will be used to achieve the team’s goals, their system.You Coach: Part mindset, part skill sets, and part inspiration. A good coach helps each individual on their team to grow and to turn in their best performance. Coaching is what helps high potential performers break through their own perceived barriers.You Make Big Plays: High-performing teams make big plays. They fight above their weight class. A well-trained, well led team is capable of making plays that no one expects of them.You Instill a Belief That the Team Can Win: High-performing teams believe that they can win. They believe that they are the best, that they deserve to win, and they can win. High-performing teams don’t discount their competitors; they respect them. But they still believe they can win.Playing for Each Other: There isn’t anything more powerful than a team that is playing for each other. When things get tough, the team supports each other and pushes through. When it looks like all is lost, the team bands together to try again or to try something new. A leader must build a winning team. Here are seven keys to doing so. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

10 months agoSouthampton pair Josh Sims and Alfie Jones return from loans

first_imgSouthampton pair Josh Sims and Alfie Jones return from loansby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton winger Josh Sims and defender Alfie Jones have both returned to the club from loan spells at Reading and St Mirren respectively.21-year-old Sims made 18 appearances for Reading during the opening half of the campaign, and now begins work at Staplewood Campus again under Ralph Hasenhüttl.North of the border, Jones gained valuable experience as he made 15 appearances in the Scottish Premiership for the Buddies, scoring two goals in the process.He too will have the chance to impress the new boss having returned to the south coast. TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

4-Star LB Has Miami, Michigan State, Missouri Hats On Table, Commits To Tennessee Anyway

first_imgA high end zone view of Neyland Stadium(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)For a few minutes, Tennessee Volunteers fans were a bit confused as to why four-star linebacker recruit Quart’e Sapp was no longer considering playing for their program. After all, it was just a few days ago that Sapp officially narrowed his decision down to four schools – Michigan State, Missouri, Miami (FL) and Tennessee. But the high school senior was actually pulling a fast one on Vols fans – while he only had three hats on the table in front of him, he pulled a fourth one out to commit to UT. Check it out, via 247 Sports’ Jake Rowe.Sapp is now the 15th Tennessee commit ranked four stars or better by 247 Sports. UT’s class is rated fourth overall.last_img

Small Businesses to Benefit From NDFJ/MSME Alliance Partnership

first_img Over the next three years, small business owners will benefit from training and other support services under a partnership between the National Development Foundation of Jamaica (NDFJ) and the Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSME) Alliance. Story Highlights Representatives from both entities formalised this partnership with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at the offices of the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, in New Kingston, on June 22. For his part, President of the MSME Alliance, Donovan Wignal, noted that with this training, the number of small businesses that fail, normally 80 per cent, will be reduced. Over the next three years, small business owners will benefit from training and other support services under a partnership between the National Development Foundation of Jamaica (NDFJ) and the Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSME) Alliance.Representatives from both entities formalised this partnership with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at the offices of the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, in New Kingston, on June 22.The NDFJ and MSME Alliance will, initially, offer training courses and workshops as well as back-office support to small businesses.Other business support services are expected to be offered over the life of the agreement.Director General of the Industry Ministry, Vivian Brown, welcomed the partnership as “extremely timely… and highly commendable”, which he noted is in line with the Government’s increased emphasis on the development of the MSME sector.He said that the assistance of private-sector entities, such as the NDFJ and MSME Alliance, is crucial to the Administration’s continued thrust to provide an enabling environment for the growth of small businesses.Mr. Brown said he is pleased that the capacity building that will be provided under the MOU will help businesses to better deal with some of the obstacles to doing business, such as access to capital.In the meantime, Chairman of the NDFJ, Dalma James, said he is confident that the expertise the Foundation will impart to small business owners will redound to the good of the sector.“We are hoping that at the end of the day, we will have business operators who are more educated, more focused, will be able to better manage their business and, by natural extension, they will be seen as less risky. If they are less risky, then the commercial banks and other financial institutions will be more inclined to lend money to these businesses,” he said.The NDFJ operates a Centre of Excellence which provides training, education and professional back-office support and consultancy for entrepreneurs.For his part, President of the MSME Alliance, Donovan Wignal, noted that with this training, the number of small businesses that fail, normally 80 per cent, will be reduced.“This is one more option added to the mix of available training for small businesses, one more avenue for small businesses to break that glass ceiling, to matriculate into major business going forward, and to make themselves more sustainable,” he said.The MSME Alliance is a small-business support organisation which lobbies on behalf of its members.last_img read more

Neil Youngs Honour The Treaties Tour

first_imgLast autumn, when rocker Neil Young was working on a film about CO2, he decided that he should make a trip to Canada’s Fort McMurray oilsands, in Alberta, to see firsthand what was really going on. What he found frightened him.“When I say Fort McMurray, I am referring to the oilsands, the tar sands and the industrial projects going on around there,” said Young in a CBC interview. “Every day those projects go on, they put out as much CO2 as all the automobiles in Canada on that day. So for every day that goes by it’s like there are twice as many cars on the road.”But what also worried him was the misinformation being spread about the environmental impact of the production.“On the way [to an oilsands site] I saw a reclamation site by the side of the road, which actually is not a reclamation site but it’s what they call a reclamation site for publicity. It’s the first of many mistruths that I encountered. It’s not a reclamation site. It’s not on a tar sands site. It’s a pile of dirt that was taken from another place, piled up, and trees grew out of it. But I hadn’t gotten to the site yet.“When I got to the site, it’s the best looking one of them all apparently, but it scared the hell out of me. I looked at it and I thought, as an environmentally concerned Canadian, I was shocked at what I saw. […] What is going on around [Fort McMurray]is the ugliest environmental disaster that I not only have ever seen but that I could even comprehend. It is huge.”Young decided to speak to the Athabasca Chipewyan Chief Allan Adam, a First Nation tribe directly affected by the oilsands upstream. In a press conference with Young, the chief said that his community has seen their fish become inedible, wildlife disappear and cancer rates skyrocket since the oilsands began production. The expansion of the oilsands production, they claim, violates their treaties.To help raise funds to support the First Nation’s legal defence fund to have their treaties honoured, Neil Young and Diana Krall, another Canadian singer, staged “Honour the Treaties” concerts in four Canadian cities (Toronto, Winnipeg, Regina and Calgary).“This concert series should have happened years ago,” says Young, “when all of the things that are happening now started. This is just to bring awareness to people who care in Canada, and people who may not be aware of what is going on in the west. I always felt that Canada was a different place, and where the values were different, and that we cherished the natural surroundings that we’re in, but my visit to Alberta changed a lot of that for me. This government has ignored science to the point where science is not even an issue. This is a tour of broken promises across Canada. This government is trading the integrity of Canada for money. Make no mistake about it.“I was sitting with the chief in the teepee on the reserve. I was hearing the stories. I saw that the cancer rate was up among all the tribes. This is not a myth. This is true. You can either believe me and the First Nations people, or you can believe the oil companies and the Canadian government. And you’ve got to look at the motivation. Why would anybody say anything, why would I say anything, and why would the First Nations people say anything if there wasn’t something wrong? And then look at the motivation of the Canadian government and the oil companies that they’re working with.”Hear the whole CBC interview here.Copyright ©2014Look to the Starslast_img read more

There Are Fewer Women Coaches In College Basketball Now Than There Were

Tennis37.0 Yet while women’s basketball succeeds relative to other major sports, the percentage of female head coaches in the sport has actually been declining over the last five seasons, both overall and most severely at the Division I level. In the 1996-97 school year — the first season in a streak of three consecutive national championships for Summitt and the Lady Vols — 62.3 percent of head coaches in women’s Division I basketball were female. That number rose to 66 percent in 2009-10 but has declined ever since. As the number of women’s programs increases, the number of female head coaches has decreased. In the 2007-08 school year there were a total of 329 women’s basketball programs in Division I and 209 female head coaches. Last school year, there were 343 programs but only 202 women in head coaching positions. Seven of those 14 new D-I programs had female coaches when they made the switch. Women’s D-I team sports* with the most female coaches (2015) On Jan. 19, 2006, Pat Summitt’s Tennessee Lady Volunteers defeated Vanderbilt 80-68, making Summitt the first woman in NCAA basketball history to win 900 career games.1All divisions. Ten years after that landmark win, women in coaching haven’t come quite as far as one might have imagined back in ’06. In fact, they’re even more underrepresented today than they were a decade ago. First, a moment to appreciate just how far ahead of the pack Summitt was: She needed just 1,072 games to reach the milestone, a mark that stood as the fastest in NCAA basketball history — all divisions, men’s and women’s — until it was broken by UConn’s Geno Auriemma last year. While Summitt retired in 2012 after being diagnosed with early-onset dementia, her 1,098 career wins still stand as the most by any coach, male or female, in college basketball. Even at Auriemma’s current rate of 31 wins per season, and with him having coached UConn since 1985, it would take him another five years to pass Summitt. In her 38 seasons, Summitt led the Lady Vols to eight NCAA Championships, trailing only Auriemma and John Wooden for the most in Division I basketball history; Summitt is one of just five female head coaches in any sport to win eight team titles at the Division I level.2Suzanne Yoculan (University of Georgia gymnastics – 10), Beth Anders (Old Dominion field hockey – 9), Marsha Beasley (West Virginia University rifle – 8), and Cindy Timchal (University of Maryland lacrosse – 8).That last number seems especially lofty, because there aren’t many women winning D-I titles as a coach these days: During the 2014-15 school year, only five of the 17 women’s Division I team championships were won by teams with female head coaches. Overall, 40.2 percent of head coaches in women’s NCAA athletics last school year were women, and that number falls to 38.9 percent at the Division I level.Women’s basketball has consistently been among the best sports when it comes to female representation in the coaching ranks. Last season 58.6 percent of Division I head coaches were female — no other sport with at least 300 Division I programs had a majority of female head coaches. *With minimum 300 programs in U.S.Source: NCAA Soccer26.5 TEAM SPORTPERCENTAGE FEMALE COACHES Basketball58.6% Volleyball43.5 There’s one line of argument that considers more male coaches of female teams as an endorsement of women’s athletics. After all, Geno Auriemma is widely considered as one of the best basketball coaches at any level, and he’s spent his entire career coaching the Connecticut women. Summitt’s own son — Tyler — is the head women’s basketball coach at Louisiana Tech. But that argument assumes a difference in coaching quality — a point that Auriemma, Auriemma’s female associate head coach, two female assistants and countless others refute. When asked if he would have won his national titles without longtime associate head coach Chris Dailey, Auriemma replied, “That’s like saying ‘would you have been able to win three national championships in a row without Diana Taurasi?’ I don’t think so.”Indeed, the difference appears to be in opportunity. Sixty percent of women’s Division I head coaches last season were men, while only 3 percent of all men’s coaches were women.And like most industries, the percentage of women in authority positions continues to fall the higher you move within an athletic department. Across all of Division I athletics last school year — men’s, women’s and coed sports alike — 37 percent of assistant coaches, 35 percent of head coaches, and just 9 percent of athletic directors were women. That figure is up from just 7 percent in 1995-96, but has remained around 9 percent over the last five seasons.When Title IX was enacted in 1972, more than 90 percent of women’s college teams were coached by women.3Study by Acosta and Carpenter’s Women in Intercollegiate Sports. Forty-three years later, that number has fallen to 40 percent. With the number of women’s athletic programs higher than it has ever been, progress on the sidelines has fallen well behind the standard set on the court. read more