The World Bank Group has declared in its latest report, the Africa’s Pulse, that Africa’s infrastructure deficit is and has been serving as an impediment to the growth and development of the continent, especially its business and trade sectors.The report says that roads, ports, power and other infrastructures that are to contribute to the development of the continent through trade and commerce are inadequate or lacking. The Africa’s Pulse is a twice-yearly analysis of the issues shaping Africa’s economic prospects.The new World Bank Group’s Africa Pulse report also says that the region’s infrastructure deficit is most acute in energy and roads and that across Africa, unreliable and expensive electricity supply and poor road conditions across the continent continue to impose high costs on business and intra-regional trade.World Bank Group’s chief economist for the African region, Francisco Ferreira, while providing analytical views on the report at a discussion on “Africa’s recent economic progress and future challenges in sustaining the continent’s economic growth in a changing global environment,” in Washington D.C, yesterday said though economic growth continues to rise, risks to fast growth remain major challenges.The discussion was a webcast live at the World Bank Group’s Country office in Monrovia. It was also viewed in several other African countries including Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Ethiopia, amongst others. Journalists from these African countries had the opportunity to interact with the two discussants, Mr. Ferreira and World Bank Lead Economist in the African region, Ms. Punam Chuhan-Pole.The global economic expansion is set to accelerate, but downside risks persist. Economic activity was robust in much of Sub-Sahara Africa in 2013, supported by strong investment demand and robust private consumption.Mr. Ferreira said while Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth in the region is expected to remain stronger than in many other developing countries worldwide, a number of important risks remain. He named some of the risks as: unpredictable commodity prices, locally volatile food prices and political uncertainty.The Africa’s Pulse reports indicates that weaker demand for metals and other key commodities, combined with increased supply, could lead to a sharper decline in commodity prices. In particular, if Chinese demand, which accounts for about 45 percent of total copper demand and a large share of global iron ore demand remains weaker than in recent years and supply continues to grow robustly, copper and iron ore prices could decline more sharply, with significant negative consequences for the metal-producing countries.“Within Sub-Sahara Africa, strong local prices pressure have emerged in a number of countries driven in part by large currency depreciations, as in Ghana and Zambia and also by unfavorable weather conditions,” the report said.It indicates that domestic risks associated with social and political unrest, and emerging security problems, remain a major threat to the economic prospects of a number of countries in the region.World Bank Lead Economist in the African region, Ms. Punam Chuhan-Pole also said the region growth prospects remain favorable despite emerging challenges, such as weaker commodity prices and tighter global financial conditions. During the period from 1995 to 2013, the region performed strongly with an average annual GDP growth rate of 4.5 percent.She said that growth was broad base, but the drivers of growth varied across countries. “Different growth patterns will determine the resilience of growth prospect to changing global conditions,” she said.However, it adds, economic growth in Sub-Sahara Africa continues to rise from 4.7 percent in 2013 to a forecast 5.2 percent in 2014. This performance, according to Africa’s Pulse, is boosted by rising investment in natural resources and infrastructure, and strong household spending.The report notes that growth was notably buoyant in resource-rich countries, including Sierra Leone and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR. Congo). It remained steady in Cote D’Ivoire, while rebounding in Mali supported by improved political stability and security. Non-resource rich country, particularly Ethiopia and Rwanda also experienced solid economic growth in 2013.Capital flows continues to rise, reaching an estimated 5.3 percent of regional GDP in 2013 significantly above the developing countries average of 3.9 percent. Net Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) inflows to the region grew by 16 percent to a near record US$43 billion last year, boosted by new oil and gas discoveries in many countries including Angola, Mozambique and Tanzania.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Dear Editor,GTUC General Secretary, Lincoln Lewis in his column on September 1, 2019, among other things, spoke about the sugar industry as he continued his public disagreement with Leader of the Opposition, Bharrat Jagdeo. While we are aware that Messrs Lewis and Jagdeo have for some weeks now been caught up in a war of words regarding opinion and approach, the GAWU, at the same time, finds it necessary to correct some of the inaccurate statements made in the GTUC General Secretary’s column.Mr Lewis charges that Mr Jagdeo, during his time as President, closed Diamond Estate. This, however, is not true. The Diamond factory was closed in 1985 and a significant section of the estate’s cultivation was retired. It was ironic that the factory was identified for closure in the first place having been upgraded just prior to its closure. In fact, the Diamond factory has the distinction of having the first punt dumper installed in the industry. It appears that the closure of Diamond, like the recent closure of sugar estates, was not thoroughly considered but premised on whims and fancies.The columnist also charged that the Diamond workers were represented by now Minister Khemraj Ramjattan in order to receive their severance. This too is not correct. It was the GAWU that approached the courts for its intervention after GuySuCo did not wish to respect the workers right to severance. In fact, Minister Ramjattan, at that time, indicated to a Union leader that he could not find in the law the relevant Section which supported the workers’ right to severance pay. Our Union later withdrew the court action, after the then Government intervened in 2011 and ensured that the relevant law was upheld. Moreover, many of the affected workers were offered employment at Wales Estate and continued to work there until that estate was closed at the end of 2016. Our Union has drawn attention to these facts on several occasions now.Of course, Mr Lewis would well know that the incumbent Administration ignored the very section and forced the Union and the workers of Wales to approach the courts for justice. As we well know, justice prevailed and the court ruled in the workers’ favour which saw them belatedly receiving their severance payments. Similarly, the workers of East Demerara, Rose Hall and Skeldon Estates had some of their severance entitlements wrongly withheld. It was judicial intervention initiated by GAWU that saw that wrong being righted.The GTUC General Secretary said too that Mr Jagdeo “…closed down LBI estate. Thousands of sugar workers were put on the breadline”. Again, this is not an accurate statement. In 2011, a decision was made to close the LBI factory. The decision was taken against the backdrop of the improvement of the Enmore factory and the construction of the packaging plant which yielded a higher price for the sugar produced. Of the workers affected by the closure, some were retained at LBI to work in the enlarged workshop that was created while the others were transferred to work in the Enmore factory and the newly constructed packaging plant. There was a small number that opted for early retirement instead.We hasten to point out that in April 2016, the Corporation actually closed the LBI Estate, under the guise of consolidation. In so doing, LBI Estate ceased to exist and a number of workers were shown the door. At that time, the Corporation contended that the decision was taken to safeguard the future operations of East Demerara Estate. As is now well-known, just mere weeks after that decision, the Corporation and the Government announced its intention to fully close East Demerara Estate and put thousands out of work.We hope that this serves to bring clarity to the reality of the situation at Diamond and LBI Estates and will assist fellow trade unionist Mr Lewis in his future writings on the matter.Yours faithfully,Seepaul NarineGeneral SecretaryGAWU
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Having been whitewashed by India 2-0 in the Test Series, the West Indies cricket team must now find a way to regain some momentum as they face India in a 5-match One Day International series (ODI) which starts on Sunday, October 21, at the Barsapara Cricket Stadium in Guwahati.With one day remaining before the series opener, West Indies must select the perfect 11 if they are to have any chance of beating India. The team will have the services of veteran player Marlon Samuels, who will be playing his 200th ODI. He has amassed 903 runs against India, and requires 97 more runs to reach a milestone of 1000 in India.The Windies will also have their most experienced pacer, Kemar Roach, back in the line-up, and there will also be skipper Jason Holder, who, with 64 scalps in the bag, has been the leading wicket-taker in ODIs since the 2015 Cricket World Cup.The Windies squad features three uncapped players in Guyanese opener Chandrapaul Hemraj, all-rounder Fabian Allen, and pacer Oshane Thomas, which does not change its status as an inexperienced side.In the last ODI series versus India, in 2017, the Windies lost 3-1. The last time the Windies sealed an ODI series win was against Bangladesh in 2014, when they won 3-0.Even though the Windies have experienced players, the team can still be considered a weak team with the absence of Gayle, Pollard, the Bravo brothers and Narine.Shai Hope and Shimron Hetmyer will definitely be looking to put their disappointing performances at rest and vindicate their endorsement as the future of Windies’ batting.But two players cannot make all the runs in the team. Windies cricket in general is seemingly in a downward spiral, with batting in the Tests not troubling the Indian bowlers, and WI bowling not troubling the hosts’ batting.Windies must work fast to rectify these flaws, or they will face another humiliating series’ loss. Each player on the team must know his role(s) in the team, and not depend on the big names alone to score, but the players must rather play as a unit if they want to have a fighting chance.Meanwhile, Indian captain Virat Kohli will be looking to score big, as he only needs 187 more runs to become India’s leading run scorer against the West Indies, and he needs only 221 more runs to become the fastest to 10,000 ODI runs.Openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan will each pose a threat, as these two dominators average close to 50 against the Windies. The pair requires only 39 more runs to pass the Tendulkar/Sehwag combination and become India’s second most successful opening pair. (Timothy Jaikarran)
It’s time to have some fun and celebrate the best in BEER with Oktoberfest. Moose FM & the Pomeroy Hotel, present Oktoberfest in Fort St. John on Friday, October 16, 2015. Join us for an evening of fun with traditional german food, beer, live music, beer, comedians and beer.Tickets are only $45 per person and include all the food you can eat and entertainment. Plus for the first 200 people to purchase tickets, you’ll also get an Oktoberfest Beer Stein provided by Complete Pumpjack Services and your first beer all on us. You can also reserve a seat with all your friends for only $50 each.Plus new this year we have a limited number of VIP tables available and include of course reserved seating, a beer stein and a VIP server for your table.- Advertisement -Now if you’d like to stay the night at the Pomeroy Hotel after you’ve had too much fun, you can book that now at a discounted rate. Call the hotel to book your room at (250) 262-3233.There will also be a free rides home provided by Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Fort St. John. There will be two comedians to get the night started and live music from 56th Collective to help you dance the night away.Join the fun at Oktoberfest in Fort St. John, sponsored by Complete Pumpjack Services, the Pomeroy Hotel and Moose FM. Get your tickets below online, in person at Moose FM or by calling 250-787-7100.
0Shares0000Barcelona’s forward Lionel Messi (L) challenges Las Palmas’ midfielder Ximo Navarro and defender Michel at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on October 1, 2017 © AFP / JOSE JORDANBarcelona, Spain, Oct 1 – Lionel Messi scored twice as Barcelona beat Las Palmas 3-0 in a match played behind closed doors after the Spanish league refused to postpone the game on the day of the highly-charged Catalonia referendum.At least 91 people were injured as Spanish riot police fired rubber bullets and forced their way into activist-held polling stations over the independence vote deemed illegal by the Spanish government on Sunday. Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu said the club made the decision to play behind closed doors at the 99,000-capacity Camp Nou as a protest against the violent clashes rather than security concerns.“FC Barcelona condemns the events which have taken place in many parts of Catalonia today in order to prevent its citizens exercising their democratic right to free expression,” Barcelona said in a statement.“We have done it behind closed doors so that everyone can see our opposition at what is happening,” added Bartomeu.In a statement, La Liga insisted “there was no motive for the game to be abandoned”.Football fans sit outside the Camp Nou after the decision to play behind closed doors on October 1, 2017 © AFP / CESAR MANSOHad Barca refused to play the game they could have faced a three-point deduction from La Liga on top of forfeiting the match against Las Palmas.“La Liga’s refusal to cancel the game and play it another day… would mean the loss of six points for the team,” said Bartomeu.Outspoken Barca defender Gerard Pique was in tears at the end of the match.“It was the worst professional experience I have had in my life,” he told reporters.A section of Barcelona fans’ groups had threatened a peaceful pitch invasion to show their disgust at events at the polling stations if the game was not suspended.“It was strange, I didn’t like it at all,” Barca midfielder Sergio Busquets, a Catalan and World Cup winner with Spain, told BeIN Sports Spain.“We were aware of what had happened. I think the club evaluated the possibility (of not playing) but on a sporting level that penalised us a lot.”Indeed, despite the closure of the stadium, one fan did make it onto the pitch after Barca’s second goal before being quickly hauled off by stewards.Huge queues of fans waited outside the 99,000 capacity Camp Nou for hours until a final decision was made less than 30 minutes before kick-off.A Barca spokesperson confirmed that all fans who bought tickets would be reimbursed.– Messi unmoved –The match itself was an understandably low key affair as Barca opened up a five-point lead at the top of La Liga and moved 10 points clear of Real Madrid, who host Espanyol later on Sunday.Barcelona’s midfielder Sergio Busquets celebrates after scoring a goal against Las Palmas at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on October 1, 2017 © AFP / JOSE JORDANBarca’s players entered the field wearing a training top in the colours of the Catalan Senyera flag over their traditional blue and red home kit.Meanwhile, Las Palmas wore a small Spanish flag on their shirts as a show of support for a united Spain.However, all the off-field distractions seemed to affect the hosts in the first-half as Jonathan Calleri came closest to opening the scoring when he hit the post for Las Palmas.Busquets settled Barca early in the second-half by heading home the opener from Messi’s corner.Messi then took over himself as he calmly rounded Leandro Chichizola from Denis Suarez’s excellent pass to make it 2-0.And the five-time World Player of the Year then smashed home Luis Suarez’s through ball for already his 14th goal of the season.– Pique votes –Barca have long supported Catalonia’s right for a vote on independence, without throwing their weight behind the yes or no camp.Barcelona’s defenders Gerard Pique (2L) and Jordi Alba (2R) warm up at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on October 1, 2017 © AFP / JOSE JORDANLast week the club released a strongly-worded statement condemning arrests of regional Catalan government figures in “the defence of the nation, to democracy, to freedom of speech, and to self-determination”.According to Spanish media reports, Barca vice-president Carles Vilarrubi has resigned over the club’s decision to play the game.Pique posted a picture of him casting his vote early on Sunday.“I have voted. Together we are unstoppable defending democracy,” said Pique.Legendary Barca midfielder Xavi Hernandez, who currently plays for Qatari side Al Sadd, also posted a video on social media describing the events as “shameful”.“It is unacceptable that in a democratic country people cannot vote,” added Xavi.And former Barca captain Carles Puyol added his support for the referendum by posting “To vote is democracy!” on his Twitter account.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)
There are reports Arsenal want Wolfsburg’s Julian Draxler but the Bundesliga club want around £55m for him. Earlier reports had suggested the Gunners would be prepared to pay around £40m, but they will have to stump up more it seems.The 22-year-old played as Germany were knocked out by France in the Euro 2016 semi-final and is now free to sit down and discuss his future.If signed, Draxler would add some serious firepower to the Arsenal attack and the strikers, whoever, they may be next season, will be delighted.Here, talkSPORT looks at a possible starting line up next season featuring Draxler. 11 Attacking midfield, right: Alexis Sanchez – Sanchez may be the subject of interest from Juventus, but the club will fight hard to keep him and maybe some big money signings can persuade him to stay? Failing that, theres always Theo Walcott Attacking midfield, centre: Mesut Ozil – Ozil was king of the assists last season. Right back: Hector Bellerin – Bellerin has been linked with a move to Barcelona after the Spanish champions sold Dani Alves, but it looks like he is staying put. Striker: Alexandre Lacazette/ Olivier Giroud – Giroud has been great for France, but Arsenal have still been linked with Lyons Alexandre Lacazette. However, the club will have to pay a reported fee of £42m, so if he is deemed too expensive, then don’t forget the Gunners also have Danny Welbeck (when fully fit)… 11 Centre back: Per Mertesacker – As well as Mertesacker, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger can also call upon Gabriel and Calum Chambers. Central midfield: Granit Xhaka – The club has just spent a huge £30m on the 23-year-old midfielder. 11 Left back: Nacho Monreal – Monreal’s consistency is something that pleases Wenger. “Hes 100 per cent committed and I think as well he has improved since arriving and has shown that in many big games as well,” the manager said. Goalkeeper: Petr Cech – click the arrow above, right, to see a possible Arsenal starting line up next season with Julian Draxler – There are reports Arsenal want Wolfsburg’s Julian Draxler but must pay £55m for him, according to reports. Here, talkSPORT looks at a possible starting line up next season featuring the 22-year-old beginning with Cech. The 34-year-old is certain to keep his place in the Arsenal goal next season. 11 11 Centre back: Laurent Koscielny – Koscielny is definitely the club’s best defender. 11 11 Central midfield: Aaron Ramsey – Midfield is an area the club are blessed, with Jack Wilshere (when fully fit), Santi Cazorla (when fully fit), Francis Coquelin (when fully fit), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (when fully fit) and Mohamed Elneny also available. 11 Attacking midfield, left: Julian Draxler – Apparently the club are chasing Draxler, who could cost £55m. At club level he has played as part of an attacking front three in both central and wide positions. 11 11 11
New Liverpool signing set to take legend’s shirt number at Anfield ‘I’m glad Egypt got knocked out’ – Liverpool fans happy Salah is leaving early Klopp ‘under pressure’ to end Liverpool’s six-year trophy drought Therefore, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Jurgen Klopp’s side have made a move for the Brazilian stopper.The Reds’ offer (£53m plus £5m add-ons) is believed to be enough to tempt the Italian side into selling, given their asking price is £62m.It is understood a five-year deal would deliver Alisson just over £100,000 a week, plus bonuses. Latest Liverpool News TIME RUNNING OUT Brazil were knocked out of the World Cup quarter-finals by Belgium GETTING RID Karius, Origi and Ings all set for Liverpool exit door in £100m clearout GOING HOME MARC-ED MAN 1 NAB-BED ARISE SIR KENNY Liverpool have reportedly bid £58m for Roma goalkeeper Alisson as they look to improve their options ahead of the 2018/19 season.Current first choice Loris Karius has major doubts hanging over his head following his Champions League final mistakes and subsequent pre-season howler. Liverpool’s Marco Asensio pursuit receives major boost Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish awarded knighthood
DES MOINES, Iowa — Several athletes and coaches present at the 2019 Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee were named NCAA Division I Regional Award Winners for the outdoor track and field season by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Friday. Drake Athletics is proud of their accomplishments and wish them continued success at the NCAA Outdoor Championship this week. Those honored included:Men’s Track Athlete of the YearSoutheast Region – Daniel Roberts – Kentucky A junior from Hampton, Virginia, Roberts tied the second fastest mark in collegiate history in the 110 Meter Hurdles at the SEC Championships when he went 13.07 to win the event title. He posted a victory in a stacked field at the Drake Relays that included reigning Olympic and world champion Omar McLeod.Men’s Field Athlete of the YearMidwest Region – Payton Otterdahl – North Dakota StateA senior from Rosemount, Minnesota, Otterdahl is ranked second nationally in the shot put at 21.37m (70-1½) and third nationally in the discus at 62.94m (206-6). He is the only male ranked in the top-10 nationally in both the shot put and discus. He placed second in the invitational shot put at the Drake Relays to Olympic champion, Ryan Crouser. Men’s Coach of the YearMidwest Region – Joey Woody – IowaIn his fifth year as Director of Track & Field at Iowa, Woody coached the Hawkeyes to the Big Ten Championship with a margin of victory of 13 points. The Hawkeyes qualified ten to the NCAA Championships and rank in the nation’s top 25. The Iowa men won the Hy-Vee Cup at the Drake Relays in 2017 and 2018. Men’s Assistant Coach of the YearGreat Lakes Region – Jim Garnham – PurdueGarnham coached three men to the national championships including triple jumpers Jah Strange (Jr.) and Tamar Greene (So.) who finished first and second, respectively, in that event at the Drake Relays. Midwest Region – Justin St. Clair – North Dakota StateSt. Clair coached six athletes to advance to the outdoor nationals including at least one in every throwing event and three overall in the shot put. NDSU male athletes were in the top three at the Drake Relays in the invitational shot put, collegiate shot put, javelin and hammer.Southeast Region – Tim Hall – KentuckyHall had five athletes advance to outdoor nationals which includes the work he did with Daniel Roberts, the SEC Runner of the Year and Tai Brown, the SEC Freshman of the Year. Both hurdlers won 110M hurdles titles at the Drake Relays with Roberts claiming the invitational crown and Brown, the collegiate title. Women’s Track Athlete of the YearMidwest Region – Sinclaire Johnson – Oklahoma StateJohnson, a junior from Longwood, Florida, is ranked first nationally in the 1500 at 4:09.50. Johnson was a member of the Cowgirls’ 4×800 and 4×1600 relay teams that won titles at the Drake Relays and split 2:02.79 on the anchor of the former to help break a school record.Women’s Field Athlete of the YearMidwest Region – Laulauga Tausauga – IowaTausaga, a junior from Spring Valley, California, is ranked second nationally in both the discus at 62.29m (205-8) and in the shot put at 18.02m (59-1½). At the Drake Relays, Tausauga won the discus, was second in the shot put and eighth in the hammer. For the complete listing of the award winners named by USTFCCCA, click HERE. Print Friendly Version
Turbines are a waste of money, says expertONE OF Europe’s leading energy specialists has told the MacGill Summer School in Glenties that building more wind turbines around Ireland is ‘madness’.Dr Tony White, who has 35 years experience in international power markets and the low carbon economy was in Glenties this afternoon.Ireland aims to generate 40pc of all its electricity by 2020 from renewable sources, and Dr White says we are going about this the wrong way by following an ‘all wind’ approach. He says: “Attainment of the 40pc target will require another 200 wind farms, 700km of new transmission line and hundreds of new towers to carry these lines. These transmission reinforcements alone will cost up to €3.9bn, according to Eirgrid.”Dr White argues the same targets could be reached for one tenth of the cost by converting Moneypoint power station in Co Clare to biomass.He says this option would not just save billions of euros but would not put at risk Ireland’s world famous tourism and bloodstock industries.“We wouldn’t need to pepper the countryside with industrial scale wind turbines and transmission towers,” he says. Some of these turbines are 169 metres in height – almost three times taller that the Liberty Hall building in Dublin. Or one sixth the height of Ireland’s tallest mountain, Carrantuohill.Dr White also says that replacing dirty coal at Moneypoint with sustainable biomass is far more effective at lowering emissions than building additional wind turbines.And biomass will impose lower costs on consumers, something to be welcomed in a country with very high electricity prices.He says: “Customers are already suffering from amongst the highest power prices in Europe and it is surely madness to carry on and build yet more wind when there is a cheaper alternative.”Dr Tony White is a director of BW Energy, was lead analyst for the top ranked energy team at investment bank, James Capel, which advised the UK Government on privatising the power sector. As Head of Citigroup’s pan-European power team, he oversaw market liberalisation in other European markets. He was the UK National Grid’s Group Head of Strategy in the 1990s.Sustainable biomass is made from branches, tops of trees and other low grade product that is often left to rot, as well as sawdust and chips.ENERGY EXPERT SAYS BUILDING MORE WIND FARMS IS ‘MADNESS’ was last modified: July 22nd, 2015 by John2Share 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:biomassdonegalGlentiesPowerSUMMER SCHOOLtony whiteTURBINESwind farms