Stable Notes By Ed Golden – Monday, May 25, 2020

first_imgCEDILLO RIDES A NATURAL TRIPLE ON SUNDAY HOROLOGIST ‘COMING TO HAND’ FOR SANTA MARIARichard Baltas hopes the fifth time’s the charm when he runs Horologist in Sunday’s Grade II, $200,000 Santa Maria Stakes for fillies and mares, three and up, at 1 1/16 miles.A rarity in that she is a New Jersey-bred racing in California, the four-year-old daughter by the Tiznow sire Gemologist lost all chance last out in the Grade I Apple Blossom Handicap at Oaklawn Park April 18 when she was blocked through most of the stretch run.At 28-1 she still was beaten only five lengths, finishing sixth behind Ce Ce, who won by a dramatic head over Ollie’s Candy.“She had a really nightmarish trip,” Baltas said. “She got completely shut off, but ran well. She’s a nice filly and seems to be coming to hand.”Horologist was a distant ninth in the Grade II Raven Run at Keeneland last Oct. 19 in her first start for Baltas, improved to fifth when wide as the 3-2 favorite in the Grade II La Canada at Santa Anita Jan. 11 and missed by a nose going three wide in the restricted Nellie Morse at Laurel on March 14 before her Apple Blossom debacle.“The first time I ran her, I didn’t have her figured out,” Baltas said. “I think we’ve got her figured out now, and she’s going to be a very nice filly.”SANTA MARIA AN OPTION FOR GRADE I WINNER CE CECe Ce, determined winner of the Grade I Apple Blossom at Oaklawn Park by a head over Ollie’s Candy on April 18, is nominated to next Sunday’s Grade II Santa Maria but trainer Michael McCarthy and owner/breeder Bo Hirsch were mulling their options Monday morning.A four-year-old daughter of Quality Road, Ce Ce (pronounced see see) captured the Grade I Beholder Mile before the Apple Blossom and has won four of six career starts with one second, earning a hefty $726,600.“The filly worked over the weekend but I haven’t spoken with the owner yet so we haven’t made up our minds,” McCarthy said. “I was pleased with the way she worked.“I’ve got a couple options including the Santa Maria and the Ogden Phipps in New York. I’ll talk with Mr. Hirsch a bit later and go from there.”The Grade I Ogden Phipps will be decided at 1 1/16 miles June 13 at Belmont Park.Ce Ce breezed five furlongs Sunday in 1:01, while another Santa Maria probable, Hard Not to Love, went the same distance in a bullet 58.80 for John Shirreffs. It was the fastest of 48 drills at the distance, the average time of which was 1:01.52.Meanwhile City of Light, earner of $5,662,600, is relishing life as a stallion at Lane’s End Farm in Versailles, Ky., where he stands for $40,000.Thanks to McCarthy’s dexterous display of horsemanship, the son of Quality Road captured the 2019 Pegasus World Cup Invitational by 5 ¾ dominating lengths on Gulfstream Park’s sloppy track before going to stud.“He’s doing a helluva lot of servicing,” McCarthy said, “and it sounds like he’s enjoying himself.”     FINISH LINES: John Sadler scratched Ollie’s Candy from today’s Gamely Stakes at 1 1/8 miles on turf and plans to enter the versatile Candy Ride mare in Sunday’s Santa Maria Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on the main track. Towards that goal, Ollie’s Candy worked five furlongs this morning in a minute flat . . . Sadler will run heralded Stela Star in Saturday’s Grade III Honeymoon Stakes at 1 1/8 miles on turf. The Irish-bred filly, who likely would have won her U.S. debut in the restricted China Doll at a mile on turf March 7 but for a slow start and a six-wide trip through the lane, will be ridden by runaway Santa Anita jockey leader Flavien Prat. The 27-year-old Frenchman leads runner-up Abel Cedillo 62-47 and is first in purse earnings with $3,209,546…Congrats to Cedillo and his agent Tom Knust, on a natural triple yesterday, with wins aboard Zest ($5.60) in race four, Camby ($8.80) in the fifth and Red King ($11.00) in the sixth…Belated happy birthday wishes to Dearborn, MI native Doug O’Neill who turned FIVE-TWO yesterday…Two-time Eclipse Award winning jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr., was interviewed by XBTV’s Millie Ball following his victory aboard Unbridled Ethos in yesterday’s first race.  The interview is listed below….Santa Anita will be dark for live racing until an eight-race card on Friday, May 29, when action resumes at 12:30 p.m.LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:FEATURES:Irad Ortiz, Jr. following his victory aboard Unbridled EthosWORKOUTS:Authentic (Baffert) 5-24-20Midcourt (Shirreffs) 5-24-20McKale (Baffert) 5-24-20Ce Ce (McCarthy) 5-24-20Storm the Court (inside) and Absolute Unit (Eurton) 5-23-20Thousand Words (Baffert) 5-23-20Higher Power (Outside) (Sadler) 5-22-20Toinette (Drysdale) 5-22-20Honor A. P. (Outside) and Mobou (Shirreffs) 5-22-20War of Will (Casse) 5-21-20March to the Arch (Casse) 5-21-20Raging Bull (Brown) 5-21-20 OLLIE’S CANDY IS SWEET ON SANTA MARIA McCARTHY MULLS SANTA MARIA FOR CE CE TRAINER FINALLY HAS FILLY FIGURED OUTlast_img read more

“Maradona is the best ever, without a doubt”

first_imgDiego Fernando Maradona Ojeda son of Diego Maradona went through the microphones of “El Larguero” of the BE before Messi Play in the stadium where your father played. Messi in Naples? “Messi was signing him for Naples right now. That tonight he was going to concentrate with Naples. Messi is a phenomenon … If Messi is a player who chooses to score five goals in a match he puts them in. There is no drama , he plays with peace of mind and incredible quality. I adore Messi. Those who criticize him don’t understand anything about football. “Criticisms of Messi in Argentina. “I always say the same thing. The only player who won a World Cup was only my father, the rest were helped. In recent years, Messi was not helped.”Maradona-Messi. “He never spoke badly to me about Messi, on the contrary, he always spoke to me well. My father loves Messi very much. It’s fair that my father loves him because they always had a good relationship.”Both together. “Together we could close everything and give the cups to the team that had them.”Messi better than Maradona in something? “In the countryside I think not and it was not either. I love my father for what he is, I would not change him for anyone. Good things and bad things. But I make it clear that I like Messi a lot and hopefully one day I will raise my cup of the world”.Messi-Christian. “I get up from the table and leave because I can’t be comparing Messi with Cristiano. With Cristiano I take my hat off because he is a great striker but he has no comparison with Messi. Messi has no comparison with anyone today.”Coach title. “I have already started training, I hope I can fulfill my dream of training in Primera or in a big club.”Coronavirus. “In Naples for now the issue is calm and under control. To the north we have more problems. Here for now we are quite good. They are still inflating the issue a lot, in the south for now we had few cases and most were saved.” Maradona the best in history?. “But without any doubt. Whoever says otherwise has no idea of ​​football.”Messi, the one who comes closest. “Messi is obviously approaching him, I always said that Messi is much better than Cristiano and is close to him, but they cannot be compared to terrestrial with extraterrestrials.”Welcome to Messi. “We are going to receive Messi well because he is obviously a crack, today he is the best in the world. Hopefully he will return the good reception with goals but that does not happen for us anymore.”The figure of Maradona in Naples. “Here my old man is God without any doubts. In Naples my father loves everyone. You know what he left in the countryside for Naples. He fills me with pride because they spent many years and still worship him. Everyone’s dream the ones we love is that he trains in Naples. He would like it but for now it didn’t happen and we have to have respect for Gattuso and Gymnastics. “Did something hit your father? “Tell me who was hit half of what he had on his left leg? I had bad luck in this being his son. I played football was a good player. I give you an example: the son, had comparison, but of course with Maldini. Most of the time I don’t want to say it, but apart from that I am proud to be Maradona’s son for everything he gave to football. I was a good player but the expectations were too many, they didn’t let me grow Quiet. There were too many reasons. “center_img 10last_img read more

“Let’s trust Zidane”

first_imgTrue to your appointment every year, the Nacex Challenge brought together ex-Madrid and Barcelona for a combined morning of paddle and talk about the impending Bernabéu Classic, with the defeat of Madrid before him City in Champions still fresh The exmadridistas, good connoisseurs of the history of the white club, refuse to give the tie for loss, despite the stick that the two goals of Gabriel Jesus Y From Bruyne. “Touch a manor, I trust Zidane. You have to play it, “he explained. José Antonio Camacho. “You have to believe, although apparently in the first leg does not seem easy,” he said Ramón Calderón, former president of Madrid. “If someone can lift this, it’s Madrid,” he said. Ramis.As expected, the arbitration controversy also monopolized the statements, especially with the focus on the City’s draw, in which Madrid claimed Gabriel Jesús’s lack of Ramos. Alfonso Pérez, formerly of both Madrid and Barcelona, ​​was especially blunt: “I am very surprised by the VAR, I understand that those who are behind do not have great knowledge of football. The referees should have played minimally, I understand that there is no bad faith. You can put there to people who have played, to consult. I see errors so clamorous that I do not know what to think, if they are on purpose or have no idea. ” “Nothing would have happened to review it and decide more calmly,” according to Ramis; “The VAR is beneficial, but you have to clarify the concepts; in football there will always be controversy,” he said Santillana; Y Forest, always cautious, he barely showed his thinking about video arbitration: “It doesn’t seem bad at all, it has good things and others to improve. I think it helps a little …”. Already thinking of the Classic, the common denominator seems to be the instability in which both teams arrive. “I have never seen a Classic in which the two stagger, it will be a match to reaffirm the identity. Whoever gets better in the Champions League can take the cat to the water,” he said Sergi Barjuan, lateral culé for nine years. “Whoever wins will look like a champion, will hit the table,” he explained. Victor Muñoz, which also made a clear defense of Ernesto Valverde: “Of course he went unfair to him, he had the team first. But that is not the fault of Setién, now he has to leave his mark on the team. Barcelona still lacks intensity …”In the Classic’s club, almost everyone gave a winner (although many, without entering markers; victory is enough and plenty); alone Schuster, who played in Madrid, Barcelona and Atleti, he bet on the tie: “I am politically correct …”. The German was critical of the role of the Spanish in Europe and bet fully on the Bayern. “Look at him, he has recovered players, he is a very good team.” On the track, the win was white: De la Red and Javi Guerrero were imposed in the final to Óscar Arpón and José Manuel Yanguasex Osasuna invited to the event; He wasn’t the only one: they were also Pantic and Roberto Fresnedoso.last_img read more

Africa Needs Sound Economic Policies

first_imgAfrican leaders have been implored to adopt good economic policies in order to improve the continent’s infrastructure and reduce poverty. The call was made by participants of the just-ended week-long regional course on economic and financial analyses for analysts in the Sierra Leonean capital, Freetown. The one-week seminar was jointly organized by the West African Institute for Financial and Economic Management (WAIFEM) and the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACDF). Thirty-two executive, senior and middle-level officials drawn from ministries of finance, central banks, print and electronic media institutions and networks from Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia and The Gambia participated in the seminar. In their communiqué, the participants highlighted how Africa’s poverty level is on the rise, a situation, they blamed on bad governance by African leaders.They stressed the importance of increased awareness on regional integration by member countries of the sub-region and underlined sovereignty protection and corruption as some of the reasons for the slow pace of attaining regional economic integration.The workshop was declared open on June 23, by the Governor of the Central Bank of Sierra Leone, Mr. Sheku Sambadeen Sesay, who was represented by Mr. I. K. Lamin, Director of the Financial Markets Department of the Bank of Sierra Leone. In his opening address, the Governor commended the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) for collaborating with WAIFEM to build capacity of participants in the Sub- region.While expressing his views on the importance of the course, he observed that in economic analysis the strengths and weaknesses of an economy are analyzed while financial analysis aims at assessing profitability, solvency, liquidity and stability of public and private entities.He therefore noted that, economic and financial analysts must have adequate knowledge on issues like cost-benefit analysis, economic impact analysis, trade policy analysis, economic development and growth analysis as well as basic macroeconomics and interpretation of financial indicators.Mr. Lamin highlighted some of the challenges in economic and financial analysis which include the lack of many knowledgeable professionals especially in the sub-region and the need for timely, accessible and quality data dissemination. Finally, the Governor encouraged participants to take advantage of the workshop and learn more about domestic and international economic and financial issues in the interest of the sub-region. In his welcoming remarks, the Director General of WAIFEM, Prof. Akpan H. Ekpo, who was also represented by Mr. Ousman Sowe, Director of Financial Sector Management Department, expressed his appreciation to the President, government and people of Sierra Leone for providing the opportunity to conduct the training workshop in Freetown.He commended the management and staff of the Central Bank of Sierra Leone for their excellent logistic support to WAIFEM and also, to ACBF for joining them in building the capacity of financial analysts in the sub-region.He used the occasion to enjoin participants to take maximum advantage of the opportunity afforded by the workshop and to derive maximum benefits from the vast and valuable wealth of knowledge and experience of the experts drawn from the academia, practitioners and WAIFEM faculty to facilitate the course. The main objective of workshop was to equip participants with an excellent practical overview and insight into economic and financial markets. It was also intended to update the knowledge and upgrade the skills of financial analysts in economic and financial policies with a strong emphasis on economic and financial analysis and performance monitoring.The seminar covered broad themes such as Review of Basic Macroeconomic Model; Design and Tools of Monetary Policy; Coordination of Monetary and Fiscal Policy; Interrelationships among the Macroeconomic Sectors; Regional Economic Integration: Rationale, Challenges & Prospects; Role of Financial Markets; Fiscal Policy Management; Role of Statistics in Economic Management and Money Laundering and Financial Crimes.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Murdered US-Liberian Child’s Last Gift to His Mother

first_imgA majority of African teenagers who are lucky to make it to the US never bother to call back home and greet parents left behind after the first few months. Kids as young as 5 years old are just too young to remember close relatives, including their biological parents.But for Barway Collins who at age five, had to leave his biological mother Louise and travel to the US to live with his dad, Pierre Collins, that motherly touch was always present.  It never left him up to the day he was reported missing followed by the discovery of his body in the Mississippi River, near Minneapolis, Minnesota. Unlike typical American children of Barway’s age who run to the toy store whenever they have some money, Barway Collins remembered his mom each time he raised a considerable amount of money in his piggy-bank. It is said the last amount he sent to Louise prior to his tragic death was US$50.  This information was revealed by Liberian immigrant pastor, Alexander Collins, during a news conference Thursday, at the offices of the Organization of Liberians in Minnesota (OLM), located in Brooklyn Park.The act of remembering and reaching out to his mother no doubt confirms the African adage that a child destined to do great things in life will exhibit the signs at an early age and such was the nature of 10 year-old Barway. Alas, his life was brought to an early, tragic end.Barway’s mother Louise is being escorted to a waiting carThe Barway’s father, Pierre Collins, has been charged in connection to his son’s murder and is currently awaiting trial in the state of Minnesota.  At the press conference, the boy’s mother Louise spoke briefly to US media for the first time since she arrived from Liberia Wednesday, in preparation for her son’s funeral, which was held on Saturday, May 2. She thanked the American people and Liberian women for their continued support to the grieving family, including finding the remains of Barway so he would be given a decent burial.  Overcome by grief, Louise appeared agitated, unable to answer questions from the media. She didn’t acknowledge a female reporter that tried to persuade her to narrate the story of Barway’s childhood in Liberia. She stayed silent during much of the conference, and often stared at news reporters and TV cameramen who scrambled to get their best out of the event.  At Louise’s request, the committee for the Barway Search Team made a special appeal to sympathizers to wear white attires for the funeral rites to honor Barway who, according to the master of ceremonies, was dressed in white.Louise tries to get into a carLouise was later escorted to the Estes Funeral Chapel in Minneapolis to get her first glimpse of her son’s remains but she immediately broke down while viewing the body and was led away. She sobbed endlessly in the chapel hallways and it was a devastating scene that even family, friends and religious leaders who tried to comfort her ended up in tears. As she screamed in her native language and English, Louise kept asking why her son was murdered. It is a question that perhaps no one will ever find a straight answer for.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Electricity in the Liberian Context

first_imgEditor’s note: The following is the first installment of a 4-part article on the business of providing electricity in Liberia. The author, William Thomas Bernard King, is writing from a unique vantage point having worked at one of the leading electricity utility providers in the United States, as well as from his own research of relevant literature and first-hand experiences with the electricity issue in Liberia. ObjectiveThe intent of this correspondence is to provide a common context in which we will be able to comprehend all of the facets or variables in play relating to bringing a safe, reliable, affordable (cheap) electricity to every home, industry or business in Liberia. At the conclusion of this article my hope is that we will be able to not only comprehend all of the key players in the electricity utility industry but also be able to hold an informed conversation with those in charge of the herculean task of bringing electricity to Liberia. There is an opportunity for a paradigm shift on how we see the electricity business which will no doubt impact our views and insights into conversations or policies concerning electricity in Liberia. Our views and inputs do matter as it will determine whether or not we “Liberians” truly achieve a grid of the future where we can all benefit. To those who understand the electricity business, this information will be nothing new. This article simply attempts to increase and broaden the awareness of the business of electricity for all citizens of Liberia, in the hope that this will in turn make the conversation flow much better and remove the proverbial sense of distrust and paranoia that we can at times harbor due to unmet expectations of past promises. Liberians are eagerly anticipating an additional supply of safe, reliable, and affordable electricity when Mt. Coffee Hydro comes on line at the end of 2016, this much needed electricity supply will complement what is already being provided by the Heavy Fuel Oil Generating facilities, and the diesel generators. These combined generating facilities will provide an estimated 32MW in dry season or 76MW in the wet season. In addition, the Electricity Law that recently passed, providing a mandate for the formation of a regulatory entity that will set the rules, processes, and guidelines that encompasses tariffs, generations, transmissions and distributions, customer services, independent power producers and licensing, will begin to make the pot boil in the electricity sector. In the past, electricity – as a product — was left to governments or large industries to provide for the customer and electricity companies was oligopolies, working as the sole license provider within a defined territory without the threat of outside competition. In today’s environment small scale commercial power generation, environmental regulations, and improvement in technologies have changed the playing field. It appears that all pieces of the electricity supply chain have the ability to run independently of each other. While this may be true, the question is “Is this model applicable and beneficial for Liberia?”The above question can be best answered by identifying the stakeholders in the electricity business arena and what drives them to deliver safe, reliable and affordable electricity. Each stakeholder uses a different rationale within the same electricity business context in looking to deliver safe, reliable, and affordable electricity. Their unique rationale will impact the journey to electrifying Liberia. Whether or not Liberia truly achieves a grid of the future that we can all benefit from will be left up to how quickly we can identify and contextualize our current position with regard to electricity in the West African region and globally. Key Stakeholders:Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC): Currently LEC is authorized to perform: generation, transmission and distribution, customer service, and management of electricity, they are the producers and sellers. The regulation and governance is under the Ministry of Lands, Mines & Energy, within the office of the Deputy Minister for Energy. LEC has a clear mission, “To increase reliable access to affordable electricity throughout LEC’s service areas, in the quickest, most prudent and sustainable manner possible.’’ A private generation company that wants to produce and sell electricity at a commercial level in Liberia will have to coordinate and communicate their intent to LEC if they are looking to provide power through the national grid and to recoup their cost with some profit. To be sure, before LEC looks to purchase privately generated electricity, there must be a need for more electricity consumption than LEC can provide at a reasonable rate. At the moment LEC generates more than it can transmit and a portion of their cost is subsidized by donors. West African Power Pool (WAPP):The West African Power Pool (WAPP) is a specialized institution of ECOWAS, covering 14 of the 15 countries of the regional economic community (Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo). International organization of public interest, the WAPP is to ensure Regional Power System integration and realization of a Regional Electricity Market. WAPP is made up of Public and Private Generation, Transmission and Distribution companies involved in the operation of electricity in West Africa. It has, to date, 26 member companies, including LEC. Liberia is part of the Cote D’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea line, which will span approximately 1,200 kilometers throughout these four countries. The construction has already begun and there are designated connection points in Liberia with one being Mt. Coffee Hydro. This will allow for Liberia to potentially sell power not being consumed to the other countries and vice versa. This will be helpful for Liberia because the lines will run through areas that LEC cannot service at the moment. Another benefit with having the WAPP is that private generation companies may sell directly into this market via a Power Purchase Agreement. International Donor Organization (IDO): International Monetary Fund, USAID, World Bank, African Development Bank, United Nations, etc… Although not impossible, it would have been an even more difficult task for Liberia to begin to establish the hydro facility such as Mt. Coffee, the Transmission & Distribution, the Liberian Electricity Law, a regulatory body, and any elements of electricity as listed without the financial and human capital resources of the IDO’s. By the end of either 2016 or mid 2017 depending on when Mt. Coffee Hydro comes on line, and LEC reaches its 2016 or 2017 T&D connection goals, at least $400 million would have been spent on the Liberia electricity sector of which over 70% to 80% is from the international community, and 30% to 20% from the Government of Liberia. These IDO’s play a vital and decisive role in the firm establishments of all of the elements for the safe, reliable, and affordable delivery of electricity. The magnitude of investments by the IDO’s may potentially dictate the terms at which privatization occurs in the generation and T&D electricity element. In the early years of deployment the electricity sector could very well be an oligopoly by design until a substantial amount of cost is recuperated to satisfy debt obligations. It will be a bit naïve on our part to think that the privatization of the electricity sector will happen quickly. At the present moment the private sector has yet to at least come up with an affordable pricing generation model that can complement or compete with Liberia’s current electricity schedule long term. By providing grant funding and low cost capital, the IDO’s have made sure that generation (Mt. Coffee), T&D and the other components of the electricity sector are competitively priced, creating an incentive for major power consumers to temporarily endure the high cost of self-generation knowing that down the line the competitive price from LEC will beat out a long term commitment from a direct purchase from an independent power producer (IPP). One can drive down the cost to consumer in two ways: 1) Enormous capital (cash) infusion in electricity infrastructure or 2) government subsidizes the cost to consumer on a monthly basis. With our limited capital resource option 1 or 2 presents many challenges. Nigeria has experience how expensive it is to subsidize the cost of electricity and it does not promote economic growth as some were led to believe. A recent report from Global Subsidies Initiative, “A Citizen’s Guide to Energy Subsidies In Nigeria;” produced by the Center for Public Policy Alternative (CPPA) and the international Institute for Sustainable Development’s Global Subsidies Initiative states:“The cost of underpricing electricity has been in the range of NGN 232.5─356.5 billion (US$1.5–2.3 billion) between 2005–2009. This has caused insufficient maintenance and reinvestment in Nigeria’s electricity supply, causing serious problems with access and reliability, at high cost to businesses and the broader economy. Plans are now underway to gradually increase tariffs to cover costs in full, while maintaining a cheaper tariff for low-income consumers.” Nigeria is moving away from such a taxing model on its economy; we should be weary of any IPP that makes this recommendation — this should raise the red flag for our regulators. Option 1 may be feasible depending on Government of Liberia’s (GoL) cash availability. Government of Liberia (GoL – Executive, Legislature, and Judiciary): Establishes the Electricity Law, the master plan for electricity, the formulation and development of national energy policies, and appoints the electricity commission that will be responsible for implementing the policies and procedures as mandated by the electricity laws and governing policies. The Minister of Lands, Mines & Energy, or the Deputy Minister for Energy are not able to set the price of electricity. They may have an opinion but cannot dictate or influence what the tariff will be.Commission / Regulator: Implements the mandate of the Electricity Law, regulates the industry, and sets the tariff for electricity. Ensures electricity companies are in line with country’s objectives. Responsible for making sure that all government mandates are carried out and that all players in the electricity sector are in compliance, establishes and updates construction and material standards to ensure the safety of all personnel and consumers, ensure national security is not compromised, issue licenses, provide a space for consumer advocate group voice to be heard. The issuance of licenses is not an automatic commitment from the GoL, nor the regulator or LEC to purchase power.Investors: Private entities who engage in the electricity sector for profit. They see that there is a need and look to provide a solution that is sustainable for the going concern of the entity and its shareholders. Private investors will look to provide a solution in any area of the electricity sector that they are licensed for and that is profitable per their business model. When the regulatory framework is established independent power producers (IPP) may be licensed to generate power and provide it into the grid, whether or not they can do so at a competitive price will be key.Consumer: Those who purchase electricity. Normally electricity is charged at a different tariff rate depending on the intended use. The regulatory arm sets the tariff price for each tier. Based on multiple constraints and their complexities and financial implications, tier pricing may not be available at early stages of deployment in Liberia. Below are a few examples of some categories of tier pricing:1. Residential – Customers who use their premises exclusively for residential purposes.2. Commercial – Customers who use their premises for any other purposes other than residential or as factories.3. Manufacturing – Customers who use their premises for manufacturing goods.4. Street Lights – Lights managed by national or municipal government.With so many pivotal stakeholders involved, adapting a decentralized modern micro grid business model in Liberia could possibly work but a lot of work and resources would be required. In the next few parts that will be published, we will explore our current electricity situation and the way forward. Work Cited and Research Articles1. West African Power Pool: Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA)2. Ministry of Lands, Mines & Energy: Energy Briefing for Partners (Power Point Presentation for Partners)3. Energypedia: Electric Reliability Council of Texas: Electricity Local: Global Subsidies Initiative:“A Citizen’s Guide to Energy Subsidies In Nigeria;” produced by Center for Public Policy Alternative (CPPA) and the international Institute for Sustainable Development’s Global Subsidies Initiative. the Author: William Thomas Bernard King works for Southern California Edison (SCE), one of the largest private electricity utility companies in the United States and the company with the biggest renewable energy portfolio. In 2014 SCE delivered 17.7 billion kWh of renewable, roughly 24% of all the electricity delivered. William’s 10 years at SCE has afforded him the opportunity to comprehend the business of electricity and the constraints of providing safe, reliable, and affordable electricity. He frequently visits Liberia to see his family and in 2012 spent 3 months visiting and exploring the country. If you would like to share a comment with William, his email is: William.TB.King@gmail.comShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Schwarzenegger rejects liquefied natural gas plan

first_img“For the many communities facing these types of projects being foisted onto them, it’s a very, very tough battle,” said Susan Jordan, who heads the California Coastal Protection Network, a nonprofit that led the opposition. Jordan and Linda Krop, chief counsel for the Environmental Defense Center, said they would not necessarily oppose all LNG projects. “We would certainly look at it on its own merits,” Krop said of future proposals.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The terminal was to be built about 14 miles off Malibu and 20 miles off Oxnard. Residents, including a number of celebrities, said it would be an eyesore and pollute the air. The plan involved bringing chilled gas overseas to be heated and then piped ashore. From there, Southern California Gas Co. would deliver it to consumers. BHP spokesman Patrick Cassidy said the company was disappointed with Schwarzenegger’s decision. “For now, we’re considering the comments made about Cabrillo Port to determine what our next steps will be,” he said. Conservationists, meanwhile, agreed with the governor’s decision. SACRAMENTO – Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger rejected an application Friday by an Australian energy company to build an $800 million floating liquefied natural gas terminal off the Southern California coast. BHP Billiton’s proposal previously was rejected by the State Lands Commission and the California Coastal Commission. The company needed permission from both bodies and the governor to build the terminal. Schwarzenegger said he was open to the idea of building a terminal off the coast as a means of diversifying the state’s fuel supply. But he said the current proposal did not pass muster. “Liquefied natural gas can and must be an important addition to California’s energy portfolio,” the governor said in a statement. “However, any LNG import facility must meet the strict environmental standards California demands to continue to improve our air quality, protect our coast and preserve our marine environment. The Cabrillo Port LNG project, as designed, fails to meet that test.” last_img read more

FIFA says it trusts Russia to ensure safe World Cup despite clashes

first_imgThe local security department said the death was not “directly” linked to an injury he received in street battles with scores of Russians wearing black hoodies.He “suddenly felt ill during the serious incidents…Despite being taken quickly to hospital, he suffered cardiac arrest,” the Basque security department said.Police said they had detained nine people — including three Russians and a Pole — whom Moscow’s Sport Express daily identified as right-wing Spartak hooligans and left-wing Basques.FIFA said it “deeply regrets” the incident but did not assign any blame.“As far as security for the 2018 FIFA World Cup is concerned, FIFA has complete trust in the security arrangements and comprehensive security concept developed by the Russian authorities and the Local Organising Committee,” a FIFA spokesperson told AFP.“As demonstrated during the FIFA Confederations Cup last year, Russia’s already high security standards have been adapted to meet the specific needs of such major sporting events.”Russia will be hosting its first World Cup from June 14 to July 15 after securing its rights in a ugly battle with England in 2010 that included unproven bribery allegations.But preparations have been shadowed by fears of a repeat of the June 2016 rampage by Russian hooligans that erupted in the French port city of Marseille during the Euro tournament.The clashes left 35 people injured and shocked the world.Russian President Vladimir Putin only wondered dismissively at the time “how 200 of our fans could beat up several thousand English”.German police Thursday announced the arrest of one Russian hooligan wanted for the “attempted homicide” of an England supporter in the violence.– Right-wing ultras –Scenes of helmeted Spanish police armed with metal shields fighting Russians hurling stones and flammable objects flashed across Russian TV screens and prompted government media to rally to the supporters’ defence.“Local ultras provoked Russians,” Vesti state television said in a news bulletin. “Our fans were heading to the stadium when they were attacked with firecracker bombs, which resulted in a fight.”A column on the website of Russia’s main sport channel Match TV accused the police of “having insufficient experience” in dealing with converging groups of fans.But Moscow’s authoritative Sport Express daily said it was clair that “the Spartak fans are no saints”.“They really did include people with right-wing views — including ultra-right-wings ones,” Sport Express said. “And they were ready to square off against the ultra-left-wing Basques.”Hooliganism experts say Russia’s powerful FSB security service has cracked down hard on football gangs and blacklisted many of their leaders in the run-up.The Russian government’s official plan is to force both foreign and domestic supporters to undergo background checks before receiving a special Fan ID card required to enter the country.A security source said Russian law enforcement agents were also working with their counterparts from England and other countries to determine which fans were safe.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Some Spartak fans were friendly, but others battled police in Bilbao © AFP / ANDER GILLENEAMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Feb 23 – The world football governing body FIFA expressed “complete trust” Friday in Russia’s ability to ensure a safe World Cup despite fan violence in Spain during which a policeman died.The Basque officer suffered a heart attack Thursday as hundreds of security forces clashed with supporters of Russian club Spartak Moscow in Bilbao before the start of a Europa League match.last_img read more


first_imgMajella O’Donnell yesterday surprised husband Daniel with a special wedding anniversary video at an American gig.Daniel and MajellaMajella, 53, who is battling cancer, was thousands of miles away from the country star as they celebrated being married for 11 years.She decided to shock the singer on stage in Branson, Missouri, with a sweet video as she couldn’t travel to be there in person. Fans watched as Majella – who wore a scarf over her shaved head – told how she “can’t wait for him to get home” and that she needs her “wonderful husband” back with her in Ireland.She said: “Please excuse this interruption into your afternoon’s entertainment. For those of you who don’t know, I am Majella O’Donnell, and I am Daniel’s wife. Today is our 11th anniversary. I can’t be with him and I normally am. I normally go to Branson every year.“I look forward to seeing all the regulars and I’m missing all of that this year.“I wanted to say hi to all, but particularly to send my love to Daniel today, and to tell him I don’t know what I’d do without him.” Daniel later revealed the video was a complete surprise.He said: “This is the first year we haven’t been together. During the show I sang the song Wherever You Are and dedicated it to her.“Little did I know she had a video message made as a surprise to be played during the show.”MAJELLA SHOCKS DANIEL WITH SURPRISE WEDDING ANNIVERSARY VIDEO was last modified: November 6th, 2013 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:daniel o’donnellMajella O’Donnellwedding anniversarylast_img read more

Forget about Big Sam! Ex-England star urges FA to look abroad for next boss

first_imgDavid James has urged the Football Association to look abroad for the next England boss.Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce is the frontrunner for the job having been given permission to hold talks over succeeding Roy Hodgson, who quit following the disastrous showing at Euro 2016.But James believes an experienced foreign candidate would be a better bet to lead the Three Lions and has called on the FA not to be rushed into a quick decision.In an exclusive interview with talkSPORT, the former England goalkeeper said: “I think England should be looking abroad for a new manager.“I look at the England players and 99 per cent of the players had foreign managers at club level going into the tournament. “Sam is one of the rare English managers in the Premier League. Increasingly it seems you have foreign managers managing English players and if there is such a thing as foreign identity that becomes compromised when you have an English manager with an English identity for the national side, because you are asking the players to be completely different.”Former Germany boss Jurgen Klinsmann, currently managing the US national side, is one foreign candidate who has been talked about as a potential successor to Hodgson.And James believes he would be far more suitable for the Three Lions role than Allardyce.He added: “If it was Klinsman, then you have got someone who has played in England, who was liked tremendously by Tottenham fans and generally in the Premier League.  He had a very good air about him.“He has done very well with the US national side, he has been a winner himself, so when it comes to ticking boxes then Jurgen Klinsmann would tick far more than most other candidates at the moment.”last_img read more