NAWEC signs power supply contract with Karpower

first_img UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon development Previous articlePerceived complexity gives nuclear a bad wrapNext articleMorocco approves two hydropower plants Babalwa BunganeBabalwa Bungane is the content producer for ESI Africa – Clarion Events Africa. Babalwa has been writing for the publication for over five years. She also contributes to sister publications; Smart Energy International and Power Engineering International. Babalwa is a social media enthusiast. Finance and Policy Featured image: Stock AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA center_img Generation BRICS Featured image: Stock The National Water and Electricity Company (NAWEC) has signed a 30MW power supply contract with Turkish Company, Karpower. The contract according to the authorities is a mutual agreement that will last for two years, reports Foroyaa.The Minister of Energy, Fafa Sanyang, said the agreement is a milestone drive for government to provide reliable, sustainable and affordable energy supply to the people of the Gambia for sustainable economic growth and development.The minister noted that for over 52 years since the Gambia gained independence, the energy sector continues to be a major challenge prompting the government to recognise the urgency to transform and modernise the energy sector.Sanyang said the signing of the contract is a short-term plan to improve capacity on the energy sector roadmap.The objective, he said is for NAWEC to rehabilitate, repair and maintain the implementation of on-going projects that will eliminate the energy constraints.NAWEC lack adequate resourcesThe Managing Director of NAWEC Baba Fatajo, said the contract with Karpower will formalise the commencement of work for the installation of the 30MW rental plan for injection into the power grid as a short term measure. Read more…Fatajo said the challenge that NAWEC faces include lack of adequate resources for the required investment in the energy sector, generating huge losses as a result; that such contracts will help the utility to improve in service delivery.Mehmet Katmer from Karpower said the navigable energy supply will be used for the energy supply and this will arrive Banjul in three weeks.Katmer stated that together with their local partner, NAWEC should start to supply power in seven weeks, adding that Karpower is confident to fulfil by supplying as agreed and provide a successful energy supply. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

MAM Expands Sales and Professional Services Staff

first_imgALLENTOWN, Pa. – MAM Software Inc. has announced the expansion of its Sales and Professional Services departments with the addition of experienced aftermarket professionals John Nehez and Rick Woolsey.   In his new role as National Account Manager, Nehez will be tasked with developing strong long-term relationships with key national accounts. He will be responsible for developing new sales opportunities and promoting MAM’s Autopart management software as the solution of choice to program groups and their members.   Nehez has extensive experience in software account management, from prospecting through product representation, closing and maintenance. Prior to joining MAM, he served as key new account executive at Epicor, major account representative at Ceridian Corp. and technical sales representative at Telecomp Computer Systems.   Woolsey has joined MAM’s Professional Services team and will provide implementation and support to the growing number of Autopart users. He will help deliver tailored configuration and comprehensive tuition to ensure that customers maximize productivity and take full advantage of their new software.   Woolsey has many years of experience implementing computer systems in the automotive aftermarket. Working at companies including Loadstar, Triad, Arkona and Epicor, Woolsey has gained extensive knowledge of installing, implementing and supporting business management software. During his time with Epicor, he received awards for customer service, field service and Top Representative for Computer Implementations.   “In our search for a new national account manager, we were looking for someone with extensive business software experience who could accelerate the growth of our Autopart solution,” said Brian Allibon, president of MAM Software Inc. “We are confident that John’s past success in software sales and development will provide us with significant results. We’re pleased to have him join our group.   “Rick will strengthen our steadily growing number of quality technicians. His recruitment is further proof of MAM’s commitment to continue to add the best resources as our partner base grows in North America,” Allibon added.       AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementlast_img read more

Lanka ‘reassessing’ Pakistan tour after security threat

first_img(Reuters) – The Sri Lankan cricket association (SLC) said yesterday it was reassessing the security situation in Pakistan after receiving a warning “of a possible terrorist threat” to its team. Sri Lanka is scheduled to play three one-day internationals and three Twenty20 international matches in Pakistan between Sept. 27 and Oct. 9 and 10 key Lankan players have already opted out of the series citing security concerns.SLC, which named weakened ODI and T20I squads for the tour earlier yesterday, said in a statement that it had received the warning from the Prime Minister’s Office.“Sri Lanka Cricket today sought the assistance of the Sri Lankan Government to conduct a ‘Reassessment’ of the security situation in Pakistan ahead of the National Team’s planned tour to Pakistan,” SLC said. “The warning highlights that the Prime Minister’s Office has received reliable information of a possible terrorist threat on the Sri Lankan team while touring Pakistan.“Hence, SLC has been advised to take extreme care, and ‘reassess’ the situation, before embarking on the said tour.”Sri Lanka named Lahiru Thirimanne and Dasun Shanaka its ODI and T20I captains for the tour after incumbents Dimuth Karunaratne and Lasith Malinga decided not to travel. The other players who chose not to play were Angelo Mathews, Niroshan Dickwella, Kusal Perera, Dhananjaya De Silva, Thisara Perera, Akila Dhananjaya, Suranga Lakmal and Dinesh Chandimal. Kusal Mendis was unavailable for selection due to an injury.Pakistan are looking to host their first test on home soil — as part of the World Test Championship in December — since a 2009 militant attack on Sri Lanka’s team bus in Lahore left six security personnel and two civilians dead while six players were injured.Pakistan did not host international cricket for six years following the 2009 attack, with the team playing their home matches in the United Arab Emirates, but have hosted teams such as Zimbabwe and West Indies in recent years.last_img read more

Therapy dogs could assist paramedics

first_imgGiven the physical rigours and emotional stresses of the job, plans are in the works to consider bringing therapy dogs to paramedics in Chatham-Kent.Several of the dogs were on hand Wednesday at the Medavie EMS headquarters in Chatham, with representatives from various community groups also visiting.Donald MacLellan, general manager for Medavie EMS Chatham-Kent, said discussions are ongoing with St. John Ambulance concerning the therapy dog program.“We are still in early talks to sort of see what they can do to help support us with any type of mental-health initiative with the therapy dog program,” he said.If paramedics have a highly stressful day, he said it would be ideal if a dog could be brought in to offer support and “bring some kind of joy and positivity to the workplace.”Therapy dogs are often provided in such places as hospitals and long-term care homes.Allison Fellner, co-ordinator for the St. John Ambulance Chatham-Kent therapy dog unit, was on hand with nine-year-old Teddy.She called the open house a valuable experience to raise awareness in the community.“If you have a dog with a good temperament, it’s nice to be able to reach out to the community and community members that might not otherwise get out,” she said, “or to help the paramedics in situations where they might have (post-traumatic stress disorder).”Fellner said any program with Medavie will likely be on an as-needed basis with volunteers who are available at different times of the day.She believes they could be of big benefit to those in the EMS profession.“The dogs just intuitively know,” she said. “They provide comfort and they’re unconditional. If somebody’s upset and they’re crying … the dog just wants to be there with them.”The organization has approximately 45 volunteers locally, with 38 therapy dogs.For more information on the therapy dog program, visit https://[email protected] read more

Back to basics for a unified SA

first_imgMiller Matola, CEO of Brand South Africa, said faith-based organisations have a significant role in creating caring and cohesive communities.Brand South Africa hosted an interfaith dialogue on Wednesday 26 September that discussed the role of faith-based organisations (FBOs) in promoting greater social cohesion, active citizenship and patriotism in the country.Representatives from various FBOs came together in Johannesburg for a day filled with conversation, to debate the role of religion in creating a society that celebrates diversity and supports ethical living.The objective of the dialogue was to mobilise the sector to identify and participate in initiatives that promote the country’s constitutional mandate of building a just society grounded in positive values.Miller Matola, CEO of Brand South Africa, said FBOs have a significant role in creating caring and cohesive communities as they complement the work of the government and agencies already involved in social cohesion efforts.“The biggest challenge is the belief that faith-based solutions to our problems are outdated,” Matola said.Bishop Paul Verryn heads up the Central Methodist Mission Church in Johannesburg. He added that every South African has a role in ensuring active citizenship.“We can play a part in shaping the future we would like to see for our country,” he said. “We need to ensure that we speak out, guide, redirect and shape the future we envision.”Taking up an active roleBishop Paul Verryn, head of the Central Methodist Mission Church in Johannesburg, delivered a thought-provoking speech about the urgency of the faith-based community’s involvement in bringing about social cohesion.Explaining that South Africa’s challenges are part of a bigger universal context – with many of the world’s countries experiencing similar problems – he noted that, however, what counts in the country’s favour is that its Constitution outlines the critical role of FBOs.“We’ve been relegated to a space of irrelevance at times. I think we hold a key that has to be exercised vigorously,” Verryn said.He challenged the faith community to take up a more active role in communities, particularly in the area of healing.“Get involved, do the dealing work, celebrate diversity,” he said, adding that FBOs are in a unique position to do this.Discussion and debateDelegates used the breakaway sessions to discuss the role of FBOs in dealing with racism, xenophobia, promoting ethical living and dealing with materialism. They were also tasked with developing strategies that are practical and can be implemented.Representatives in attendance agreed that the country needs a multi-faceted approach at individual, family and community levels to deal with complex social issues.FBOs are ideally placed to identify problems and solutions to some of South Africa’s biggest challenges as they work at grassroots level and understand what communities need, but they can also play a leading role in promoting common human values and encouraging a culture of togetherness.Seth Naicker, an activist for justice and reconciliation, said FBOs should be at the forefront of bringing about reconciliation and building understanding among the country’s diverse groups.Religious leaders identified interventions such as the need for educational programmes aimed at children of school-going age that teach good values, speaking out against unethical behaviour and modelling good ethics.Others suggested that actions could be as simple as women’s groups reaching out to expectant mothers, or families inviting each other for meals.A vision for South AfricaMatola said he was encouraged by the quality of the discussions. “What I found encouraging about the dialogue is that people are open and willing to give of themselves,” he said.He added that it is possible to find solutions to some of South Africa’s toughest challenges.“This is an inspiring country. We have done things people said could never be done,” he said.He added that the outcomes of the dialogue can be used to build South Africa’s reputation. “A nation’s brand is national identity made tangible,” he said.Source: MediaClublast_img read more

South Africa welcomes Iran nuclear deal

first_img27 November 2013 South Africa has welcomed the agreement on a temporary curtailment of Iran’s nuclear programme that was reached with world leaders in Geneva, Switzerland on the weekend. According to the six-month agreement with the US, China, Russia, the UK, France and Germany, Iran will curb some of its nuclear activities and in return will receive US$7-billion in sanctions relief. Iran has agreed to halt its nuclear activities by 20% and gave UN inspectors access to its facilities. It is the most significant agreement between Tehran and international negotiators in more than three decades of estrangement. “South Africa believes that this agreement demonstrates the scope of creative solutions that are possible when the choice is made to follow a constructive and pragmatic approach based on negotiations and dialogue,” the Department of International relations and Cooperation said on Tuesday. Spokesperson Clayson Moneyla said this was a period of confidence-building, which was a prelude to the ultimate goal of a mutually agreed, long-term comprehensive agreement on Iran’s nuclear programme. He said this would enable Iran to fully enjoy its inalienable right to nuclear energy for peaceful purposes in line with the provisions of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. “We note with appreciation that the framework for cooperation is aimed at improving cooperation between the two parties concerned and that the government of Iran has committed to resolving all past and present outstanding issues.” In South Africa’s view, Monyela said, the International Atomic Energy Agency remained the only internationally recognised competent authority responsible for verifying and assuring compliance with the nuclear non-proliferation treaty. “The objective of the international community should therefore remain to ensure that the agency is able to undertake its verification activities in Iran.” South Africa was confident that the successful implementation of both the joint plan of action and the framework for cooperation would contribute the necessary confidence between the respective parties to pave the way towards sustainable solutions in line with the provisions of the non-proliferation treaty, Monyela said. This would allow Iran to take its rightful place in the international fold and play its historic role in ensuring stability in its region. Source: read more

Working Through Retirement

first_img“Retirement is for sissies” reads the tagline on former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s new movie. In the “Governator’s” latest go-round as an action hero—“The Last Stand”—he plays a long-in-the-tooth sheriff charged with stopping a drug kingpin from reaching the Mexican border. The premise is pure Hollywood, but the message—staying on the job despite advancing in age—is quite appropriate for those making up today’s labor force. The Baby Boom generation will move entirely into the 55-and-older age group by 2020, increasing to 25.2 percent of the country’s total workforce, up from 19.5 percent in 2010, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Whether it’s due to better health and a desire to keep working, or financial difficulties that have necessitated a longer stay on the job, more people are putting off retirement. At the same time, this segment of the population will need additional care. Tim Driver, CEO of, says he has a solution for both. It’s called Mature Caregivers, and Driver says the venture is positioned to improve quality care for seniors and provide career opportunities for people 50 and older. The Boston-based website operation, launched in 2005, matches 50-somethings and their elders with job openings nationwide and currently has 1 million members. “Our goal all along has been to find work for mature workers,” Driver said in an interview. “Very often, age biases become a problem. We think this is one of the few areas where it’s just the opposite. The caregivers are close [in age] to the people they’re taking care of.” Demographic trends certainly bear out Driver’s assessment. The health care and social assistance sector will gain the most jobs (5.6 million) during the 2010-20 timeframe, according to BLS data. In particular, two of the biggest increases in job classifications will come from home health aides (adding 706,000 jobs) and personal care aides (adding 607,000 jobs) during that period of time. Driver expects all types of job applicants to join the Mature Caregivers network, whether they’re seeking a second career or coming out of retirement to try something new. There will be a detailed vetting process for each job candidate that includes background checks and training in a variety of care methods, including treatment for Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Successful applicants also will get lessons on cooking healthy meals for their clients, Driver says. Mature Caregivers workers will be supported in several regions of the country by geriatric care managers who work for the network. Once formally certified for work, they will be matched with clients in their communities. Driver admits that his organization is “flipping the stereotype” of young workers who tend to occupy home health care positions. He believes the system will provide “mature workers” with career opportunities while increasing the options for elder health care at the same time. “Very often, and I don’t mean this as a criticism of the work, but too many people view this career as a go-nowhere job,” Driver says. “We think this can be personally rewarding for a lot of mature workers, many of [whom] have experience taking care of their own parents. We think it will attract people who traditionally have a low turnover rate in their jobs and who love being caregivers.” For more employment information, please visit SHRM’s Labor Market and Economic Data page. Joseph Coombs is a workplace trends and forecasting specialist at SHRM. To read the original article, please click here.last_img read more

Chivas, Cruz Azul need to reclaim ‘grande’ status

first_imgLiga MX Chivas, Cruz Azul seeking to re-establish place among Mexico’s ‘grandes’ Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon Last updated 1 year ago 10:40 1/13/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Rodolfo Cota Chivas Rocio Vazquez Liga MX Guadalajara Guadalajara v Cruz Azul Cruz Azul Opinion Both clubs are among Mexico’s four traditional greats, and Saturday’s meeting will be key to getting back on track December’s Liga MX final between Monterrey and Tigres once again sparked a conversation about which Liga MX teams are truly “grandes.” There are four: Club America, Chivas, Cruz Azul and Pumas. Only one, America, made the semifinals.When Chivas host Cruz Azul on Saturday night in the Clausura’s first meeting between grandes, we’ll see two clubs desperately seeking to get back to the consistent success that made them part of the group in the first place.Chivas at least have a title in recent memory, winning the league in last year’s Clausura and adding that season’s Copa MX title for good measure. Between injuries and struggles at home, Matias Almeyda’s men fell off a cliff in the recently concluded Apertura and failed to make the postseason. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Cruz Azul hasn’t won the league in more than two decades. La Maquina snapped their long playoff drought by making the Liguilla in the Apertura but are again in a state of transition after parting ways with manager Paco Jemez and luring former Santos Laguna and Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha to Mexico City.Fans of the club are quick to point out the history they boast, and that’s fair. The “nouveau riche” in Monterrey aren’t even approaching Chivas’ 12 titles. Even Cruz Azul’s eight may be safe from Tigres’ six or Monterrey’s four. But how much does that matter if the clubs can’t even get a playoff win in the current tournament? The fact is that both are in need of a not just one good tournament but several to get back to the level that’s acceptable to their supporters.Pedro Caixinha Cruz AzulSaturday’s contest comes early. It’s only Week 2 and Cruz Azul is still adjusting to what Caixinha is looking for, not to mention waiting on Walter Montoya and Carlos “Gullit” Pena to debut (both new additions are eligible for selection Saturday). Yet in the sprint that is a short season in Mexico, getting the first win out of the way and moving on to adding more points is a top order of business. After a listless draw to open the season and a Copa MX defeat to Oaxaca with a starting XI embarrassingly close to full strength, Cruz Azul already is close to a nightmare start.Typically going on the road to face Chivas would be the kind of game La Maquina didn’t want to see on the schedule, but there’s hope they can get Caixinha’s first victory Saturday. Chivas were horrendous at home last tournament, winning once, drawing four times and losing the other four.There already is hope in Guadalajara that this tournament will be different. Even an off-field saga that saw the team start a contract dispute with center back Oswaldo Alanis, who is a free agent after this tournament, now looks to be resolved. He may not be ready for this week’s match but is in the squad, as are Carlos Salcido, who missed the draw with Toluca because of a personal issue, and Jair Pereira, who was out with an injury.The additions at the back are helpful, but a Man of the Match showing from Javier “La Chofis” Lopez in Week 1 also has Chivas fans hoping that the malaise that took hold of the club at the start of last tournament and never let go has lifted.”Of course it always motivates you when you score, I was able to do it in the first game, but I’ve always said the most important thing is that the team plays well and wins — that’s what every one of my teammates and I work for,” Lopez said in a pre-match news conference. “The priority is to do things as well as possible to get the three points, which we’re looking for against Cruz Azul with the support of our fans.”Those fans can be forgiven for thinking their contributions have been undervalued, but if Chivas can again start winning in Jalisco, they would find themselves back in the postseason. If not, it may be a chance for Caixinha and Cruz Azul to step toward another Liguilla berth. It’s only Round 2, but Saturday’s match looms large if these teams want the grande label to mean not just an illustrious past but also a gleaming present.last_img read more