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100% renewable energy by 2025 unlikely – Climate Change Head

first_img…says there is scope to revise targetOfficials are admitting that developments since Guyana embarked on the path of ‘greening the economy’ may make a revision of its 100 per cent renewable energy target by the year 2025 necessary.This came out of a meeting between the Office of Climate Change (OCC); Guyana Energy Agency (GEA); Guyana Forestry Commission (GFC) and the Parliamentary Sectoral Committee on Foreign Affairs. It will be a different view to that usually expressed by the politicians.Committee Chairperson Gail Teixeira noted that Guyana’s commitment of 100 per cent renewable energy by 2025 was a huge commitment even with the Amaila Falls Hydropower Project (AFHP) then on the cards, much less now considering that Government was no longer pushing the project but smaller hydropower facilities.While the Committee heard a number of initiatives aimed at reducing emissionsOCC Head Janelle Christianand switching to the green state, like outfitting Government departments and setting up small hydropower stations, Teixeira demanded to know what specific targets have been met and the impact these targets had on the overall goal.“I believe, given the extent of research done over the last three years, it is clear that we cannot reach to the goal of 100 per cent by 2025,” OCC Head Janelle Christian, who has a master’s degree in Natural Resource Management, told the Committee. In response to this admission, Teixeira urged her to inform the requisite policy-makers.“You should advise the advisers and politicians, because in Parliament, it is said (that the target is achievable). It’s only because we are asking you to come before us, we are hearing there is a consideration for a review,” she observed.When asked by Committee member Nigel Dharamlall whether there was an exit strategy for the agreement in light of this information, Christian ruled out an exit. According to the environment specialist, there is room for revision of targets.Renewable energyIt was only recently that Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson provided updates on a number of multimillion-dollar hydro and solar power projects that had seemingly been gathering dust…Patterson also spoke of a US$3.8 million solar farm, funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), which would be constructed at Bartica. According to the Minister, this will be completed by the end of 2018.Meanwhile, the update on the Tumatumari hydro project is that the privateMembers of the Committee on Fridaydeveloper has been given a deadline to reach financial closure with investors; that is, when all agreements have been signed and conditions met, in order to allow the dispensing of funds.Patterson noted that if the developer, in this case Tumatumari Hydro Inc, proved unable to meet the July month-end deadline set by the State for financial closure, Government would take over the project.The update on the Kato hydropower project is a more positive one. According to Patterson, funding has been secured for the US$2 million project and work will commence when the weather permits.He also spoke of securing funding from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) for solar – photovoltaic (PV) – farms at Port Kaituma (US$1.8 million); Kwakwani (US$2.6 million) and Matthews Ridge (US$2 million).Renewable energy targetsPatterson had also provided a breakdown of all the solar systems they have managed to install on Government buildings. He referenced President David Granger’s visit to India to attend the International Solar Alliance (ISA) Founding Conference and Solar Summit in March.He said now that Guyana was a member of this alliance, a line of credit of approximately US$15 million would be available to Guyana. While the funds have not been allocated as yet, Patterson noted that the idea was to provide funding towards utility-scale energy for Indigenous villages to the tune of four megawatts.He revealed that the Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Ministry and the Communities Ministry would identify these villages. All of this, according to Patterson, culminates in certain targets the Government is trying to meet in renewable energy installation.“So, by the end of 2018, we would have installed about five megawatts of renewable energy. And that’s a commendable feat coming from 2015, with zero,” Patterson boasted. “And then, by the end of 2020, when all these projects would have been completed, there would be 29 or 30 megawatts.”“So, we’re well on our way to achieving our target of trying to become as 100 per cent renewable energy (powered) as close as possible. So, we have made progress and we’re just about four or five per cent (completed) at the end of 2018 and we’ll triple that by the end of 2020,” Patterson had said.last_img read more

QPR eyeing another Spurs defender – report

first_imgQPR – already linked with a move for Tottenham defender William Gallas – are also interested in Michael Dawson, the Daily Mail report.Rangers are said to be monitoring developments amid reports Dawson’s Spurs future is in doubt.The Mail also say QPR expect Joey Barton to complete a loan move to Marseille this week.Meanwhile, Victor Moses remains determined to move to Chelsea, according to The Sun.The Wigan forward is said to be keen to join the likes of Eden Hazard and Oscar at Stamford Bridge despite Latics chairman Dave Whelan’s attempts to hang on to him.A Wigan insider is quoted as saying: “Victor would be happy to do battle with the youngsters who have given Chelsea an exciting new look.“If Chelsea match Dave Whelan’s valuation of £9m, Victor will be on his way.”Sunderland manager Martin O’Neill is keen to capture Clint Dempsey if Liverpool continue to hesitate over signing him, the Daily Mirror say.Fulham star Dempsey wants to move to Anfield, but Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is yet to follow up his apparent interest with a firm bid.It is claimed that O’Neill will try to persuade the American to move to the Stadium of Light and hopes to speak to him this week.The Mail also suggest Sunderland want Dempsey – and say Fulham are considering signing former Arsenal striker Eduardo from Shakhtar Donetsk as well as Brescia’s Omar El Kaddouri.This page is regularly updated.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Wolves v Fulham line-ups: Whites unchanged, defender on bench, debut for Wolves teenager

first_imgFulham named an unchanged line-up for their visit to Wolves.Slavisa Jokanovic has unsurprisingly stuck with the same team that thrashed Reading 5-0 last time out.It means Denis Odoi, back from suspension, has to make do with a place on the bench.Former Wolves midfielder Kevin McDonald starts on his return to Molineux.The hosts name 19-year-old Harry Burgoyne in goal for his full debut, with Carl Ikeme and former Whites keeper Andy Lonergan both injured.Defender Richard Stearman, who is on loan from Fulham, is ineligible to face his parent club so Kortney Hause returns.They are the only two changes from the side that beat QPR as Wolves look to complete a west London double.Wolves: Burgoyne; Iorfa, Baath, Hause, Doherty; Edwards, Saiss, Coady; Helder Costa, Dicko, Ivan Cavaleiro.Subs: Flatt, Borthwick-Jackson, Price, Saville, Teixeira, Enobakhare, Bodvarsson.Fulham: Button; Fredericks, Ream, Kalas, Malone; McDonald, Johansen; Aluko, Cairney, Ayite; Martin.Subs: Bettinelli, Odoi, Sigurdsson, Sessegnon, Parker, Kebano, Piazon.   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Drink This Before Bed, Watch Your Body Fat Melt Like Crazy x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Home United zaps Kaya-Iloilo hopes

first_imgEthel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport LATEST STORIES Kaya had high hopes of making the next round as the best second-placed team, but it needed maximum points against Home United.The result also meant that the only remaining Filipino club standing, Ceres-Negros, will face either Hanoi FC or Tampines Rovers of Singapore in the zonal semifinals. —CEDELF P. TUPASFEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Kaya-Iloilo conceded twice in the first 18 minutes as it fell to Home United of Singapore, 2-0, on Tuesday night that doomed its hopes of reaching the knockout phase of the AFC Cup at Jalan Besar Stadium.The Filipino club was caught napping early with Adam Swandi’s volley putting the home side within 30 seconds before Abdil Qaiyyim directed Izzdin Shafiq’s free kick into the back of the net for the second goal.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Not today View commentslast_img read more

Deanery Road Dust Bowl Transformed Into Sports Complex

first_imgStory Highlights The $46.4-million project comprises a football field, netball and basketball court, asphaltic concrete walking track, training room, spectator stands, upgraded bathrooms, perimeter fencing as well as a sprinkler system for watering the grounds. The dust bowl at 3 Deanery Road in St. Andrew, which has long been a nuisance to community members, has been transformed into a multipurpose sports complex.With the conversion of the area, residents of Franklyn Town and its environs now have a space for recreational and social activities, and to enhance their health and wellness.The $46.4-million project comprises a football field, netball and basketball court, asphaltic concrete walking track, training room, spectator stands, upgraded bathrooms, perimeter fencing as well as a sprinkler system for watering the grounds.The European Union (EU) and the Government of Jamaica provided $42 million for the project under the third phase of the Poverty Reduction Programme (PRP), which is being implemented by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF).An additional contribution of $4.4 million came from the Franklyn Town Community Development Committee.In expressing gratitude for the facility, Vice-President, Franklyn Town Community Development Committee, Donet Booth, said the transformed space will provide an area where persons can hone their sports skills and participate in social events.He informed that representatives from the public and private sectors have, so far, utilised the facility for sports activities.“This location has been around for many years. It has been a dust bowl, it has been an area where people just loiter and idle away… so this effort really did great for the community,” he said, during the official handover of the facility on July 7.He lauded the EU and JSIF for the valuable investment made in the community.Managing Director, JSIF, Omar Sweeney, urged the residents to treasure the facility. “You have an incredible asset that has been put here,” he said.He noted that there is scope for further development, and urged the executives of the Franklyn Town Community Development Committee to seek assistance from the private sector in this regard.“I think that what is here today is a commitment that the community has in developing this space, and I think you should take this commitment far and wide to corporate Jamaica and let (them) know that this is a space (which can be shared),” he said.As part of the project, several community groups benefited from training in disaster preparedness and emergency management, including fire-prevention techniques, facilities management and operational procedures, and budget and financial planning.The organisations involved in the training included Jamaica Fire Brigade (JFB), Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), Dispute Resolution Foundation and the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information.Head of the EU Delegation to Jamaica, Ambassador Malgorzata Wasilewska said the rehabilitated area must be used to engage community members in a positive way.“Continue to do what you are doing. You are reaping good success,” she said in a message delivered by Project Manager, Operations Section, European Union, Marlene Lamonth.Councillor for the Vineyard Town Division, Andrew Swaby, urged the community members to protect the facility and keep it in excellent condition.The project implementation period lasted for approximately six months.The Poverty Reduction Programme supports a variety of activities aimed at helping citizens to uplift themselves and their communities.These include investments in the rehabilitation of police stations, community health centres, schools, roads, community centres, and water and sanitation projects. It also offers vocational and tertiary scholarships.For the past 20 years, JSIF has made significant strides with the successful implementation of several projects geared towards community renewal. The dust bowl at 3 Deanery Road in St. Andrew, which has long been a nuisance to community members, has been transformed into a multipurpose sports complex. Managing Director, JSIF, Omar Sweeney, urged the residents to treasure the facility. “You have an incredible asset that has been put here,” he said.last_img read more