TRANSCO CLSG to Host Stakeholders Commercial Framework Confab

first_imgThe Transmission Company of La Cote d’ Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea (TRANSCO CLSG) is expected to hold a commercial framework conference for the Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) and the Transmission Service Agreements (TSAs) in Liberia, with stakeholders to discuss, validate and adopt the draft bilateral agreement.The Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) is a contract between two parties, one generating electricity (La Cote d’Ivoire), and the one buying (the CLSG). In this case, TRANSCO CLSG, as the transmission company, is signing the agreement with the respective governments through their utilities. TRANSCO CLSG is responsible for building 1,439 km of transmission lines for sub-regional interconnection and is part of the West Africa Power Pool project.General Manager Mohammed M. Sherif will lead a high-level delegation to this conference, which will commence on May 2 in Monrovia.According to a statement released yesterday, the delegation will travel to Sierra Leone and Guinea to conduct similar activities, accompanied by his deputies including the Director of Finance and Administration Jigba Yilla and the Director of Project Implementation Unit, Etienne Baily.Mr. James Schmidt, a resource person and consultant supporting the preparation of the commercial framework of the project, will attend the workshops and is expected to give an overview on key issues related to the PPAs and TSAs. The regional transmission company is collaborating with the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy to ensure the successful outcome of the conference, and the conclusion of the agreements will be a condition precedent to the disbursement of funds by donors for the contracts. Meanwhile, draft bilateral agreements with each of the CLSG countries have been prepared and each country is expected to review and validate its agreement. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Spring league basketball results

first_imgIn the junior division green defeated black 44-29. Tyler McArthur was the player of the game for green and getting the same nod for black was Stephanie Gilbert.White beat purple 46-36. The player of the game for white was Keyana Donald and Ty West was the player of the game for purple.Yellow got past red 37-32. The top player for yellow was Kristy Letourneu and putting in a good effort for red was Martina Scheck.- Advertisement -In the senior girls division D. Bauer won over Motive 7 51-35. The player of the game for D. Bauer was Hailey Johnston and the player of the game for Motive 7 was Becky Bergen.Sunlife beat Jiffy Lube 33-25. The top player for Sunlife was Grace Feyissa and getting the same nod for Jiffy Lube was Stephanie Ross.Action in the senior boys division had Jiffy Lube just getting past D. Bauer 55-53. Connor Loades was recognized for his efforts for Jiffy Lube and Garet Whitford had a strong game for D. Bauer.Advertisement Sunlife beat Motive 7 61-49. Jordan Sandberg was the player of the game for Sunlife and the player of the game for Motive 7 was Steven Zhou.last_img read more

Alexis Sanchez signing: ‘Arsenal have sent out a statement of intent’

first_imgArsenal have splashed out more than £30million to sign Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona and, according to top journalist John Cross, it a massive statement of intent by the Gunners.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Cross said Sanchez’s arrival will pave the way for more world class players to join Arsene Wenger’s side.“What a fantastic marquee signing it is,” he said. “It sends out a statement from Arsenal’s perspective. It’s a world class signing.“It really sends out a message that Arsenal mean business. When you are signing players like Sanchez, when you go back in the market for other world class players then they are more likely to come.”last_img

Bandari leave it late to floor Ben Guerdane

first_imgBandari FC forward Yema Mwamba celebrates his goal against US Ben Guerdane during the first leg of the CAF Confederations Cup first round at the Kasarani Stadium on September 14 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluBoth Mwana and Hassan were doubtful for the tie having just recovered from injury but head coach Bernard Mwalala threw both of them into the deep end and they did not disappoint with Hassan scoring and assisting Mwamba’s goal.The game blew to life in the final 17 minutes after being off color for most of the opening 73. Mwamba broke the deadlock when he rose highest to thump home a header off Hassan’s well curled in corner from the right.US Ben Guedane’s player Sabri Ammeri in action against Bandari’s Collins Agade in the first leg of the CAF Confederation Cup played at Kasarani Stadium on 14th September, 2019. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAFive minutes later, the dockers were 2-0 up when Hassan comfortably panted a header into the bottom right of Ghaith Yeferni’s goal after being picked out by a beautiful William Wadri freekick from the right.It was a game of few chances and in the opening half , Cliff Kasuti had a glorious opportunity when off a quick counter, he was picked out by a Wadri pass alone on the right but blasted the effort wide.Bandari FC fan celebrating for his team that won 2-0 in the first round of the CAF Confederation Cup hosted at the Kasarani Stadium on 14th, September 2019. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYABen Guerdane’s opening chance of the game was in the eighth minute when after some good build up, Khalid Yahia shot straight to keeper Mike Wanyika.Bandari will now head to Tunis with a two goal advantage and will be looking not to concede but to take advantage of scoring an away goal to seal the win on aggregate.0Shares0000(Visited 42 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Abdalla Hassan celebrating his goal that handed Bandari the opener in the CAF Confederation Cup first round that ended 2-0 at Kaarani Stadium on 14th, September 2019. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 14 – Two late headed goals by Yema Mwamba and Abdallah Hassan saw Bandari eclipse Tunisia’s US Ben Guerdane 2-0 in the first leg of the CAF Confederation Cup first round tie at the Kasarani Stadium in Nairobi on Saturday.The result puts the dockers on the edge of a second round ticket and they will only need to pick any kind of a draw in the return leg in two weeks time in Tunis to progress.last_img read more

Louis van Gaal will toast Manchester United’s FA Cup win with a bottle of wine

first_imgLouis van Gaal said earlier in the week that FA Cup defeat at Derby could cost him his job – but a routine win over the Rams means the under-fire Manchester United boss will spend the weekend opening up a celebratory bottle of wine instead of packing away his desk.The 64-year-old admitted in the lead up to United’s fourth-round clash with the Championship promotion hopefuls that a loss to the Rams could spell the end of his Old Trafford tenure as supporters continue to grow weary of his perceived negative tactics.But he appears to have secured a stay of execution as goals from Wayne Rooney, Daley Blind and Juan Mata earned the Red Devils a fully-deserved 3-1 win over Derby – who had equalised in the first half through George Thorne.And the victory, which ensures 11-time winners United are the first name into the hat for the fifth-round draw, will now celebrate by opening an expensive bottle of wine with his wife – a gift from the Reds’ chief executive Ed Woodward after Van Gaal led United to a win over Liverpool earlier in the month.“I come back and my wife is at home because she was in the Netherlands, and the wine is already open,” he said.“We drink a nice bottle of wine, probably the most expensive wine, because I have received that from Ed Woodward.“Because I get always expensive wine when we beat an opponent of out the top six. I don’t want to mention the name (of the wine) because it is a little bit extravagant.”Despite the toasting of his side’s success, Van Gaal stopped short of heaping praise on his players, who had dominated for large swathes of their east midlands encounter. Anthony Martial enjoyed one of his best performances in recent weeks but even the France international was not immune to Van Gaal’s post-match analysis.“The first 20 minutes he was very bad,” he said of his summer signing from Monaco.“Maybe you have noticed that because everyone is saying how fantastic he played, (he should be) man of the match.“But you have to play 90 minutes good. I have said that already to him otherwise I could not say it to you. But after that first 20 minutes he was fantastic.”United scored three goals when in recent weeks they have largely been criticised for their lack of cutting edge in front of goal and the number of chances they have created.But Van Gaal insists there is no change in approach or philosophy and his players were simply allowed to play their game.“They didn’t have more freedom, they have always freedom from me,” he added when asked if his players were allowed to play with more freedom.“You want to write that but then don’t ask (a) rhetorical question. For you (it is) obvious (there is) more freedom? No. Same philosophy, same training session past three days. I give my players always freedom, building up attack is more freedom than defending.“Defending I have a game plan. I am not pleased with how you are twisting my words.”last_img read more

WATCH: Mark Noble scores West Ham’s first goal of the season as Hammers lose

first_img Mark Noble West Ham started the 2016/17 season proper on Thursday night, but got off to a poor start as they fell to defeat to Slovenian side NK Domzale in the Europa League.A fairly strong Hammers line-up were undone by two Matic Crnic strikes, either side of Mark Noble scoring from the penalty spot to record the first West Ham goal of the campaign.Despite the loss, Noble’s strike puts the East London side in a good position, seeing as they have an away goal to their name ahead of the return leg at the Olympic Stadium next week.Even if they are knocked out of Europe, West Ham fans will not be too disappointed, considering they crashed out of the Europa League last season early on, and went on to enjoy an excellent domestic campaign.You can watch Noble’s goal below… 1last_img

LETTERKENNY FIRE CAUSING TRAFFIC CHAOS

first_imgThe van on fire in Letterkenny today – DonegalDaily.ComTRAFFIC in the centre of Letterkenny has been severely disrupted due to a car fire. Motorists are being turned around and sent back down the Port Road – as our picture shows as a result of the incident.Letterkenny fire crews and Gardaí are at the scene of the incident where a van caught fire, not far from the court house.The blaze has now been extinguished and no-one was hurt.  LETTERKENNY FIRE CAUSING TRAFFIC CHAOS was last modified: October 13th, 2014 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:alertfireletterkennytrafficlast_img read more

Video: It starts with you

first_imgA television advert by the International Marketing Council of South Africa, a founding member of the Movement for Good, shows how change for a better South Africa starts with small, everyday actions – and starts with each of us. Click arrow to play video.The advert was first aired in February 2009.Related Videos:Vuvuzela, Africa’s callTeam South Africa’s championslast_img

Another look at 20 years of fertilizer recommendations

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest There are likely as many varied opinions on the validity and the accuracy of the Tri-State Fertilizer Recommendations as there are farms and soil types. No matter what that opinion may be from field to field, it is hard to deny that the document has had an incredible impact on crop production in Ohio.“The Tri-State Fertilizer Recommendations for corn, soybeans, wheat, and alfalfa were first published in 1995,” said Steve Culman, assistant professor of soil fertility at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center and state Extension specialist in soil fertility. “It was the culmination of 40 years of calibrated field studies. They calibrated fertilizer rates with agronomic response. The idea is that it is a self-contained document that looks at the three macronutrients in our agronomic crops. For phosphorus and potassium it looks at soil test levels and the probability of seeing a yield response. This is a precursor to the 4 Rs in many ways. There is also some discussion of some secondary macronutrients and micronutrients as well.”The information from the recommendations has undoubtedly saved millions of dollars in on-farm fertilizer expenditures, helped contribute to increased yields, and had tremendous environmental benefits, but Culman knows there is still plenty of room for improvement for the 20-year-old document.“Since then, many things have changed in agriculture. We grow crops very differently than we did 20 years ago. We grow soybeans differently and genetics are different,” he said. “This was before glyphosate resistance and there is a lot more no-till now which changes how nutrients are cycled in soils. With the backdrop of water quality issues in the state today there is a lot of justification in re-looking at this and a lot of interest in revising things a little. Certain soil types are going to require more or less fertility  — not two or three times more or less — but we are looking at this with an open mind. We are entertaining the possibility that these recommendations may have been too high or too low.”With funding from the Ohio Soybean Council and soybean checkoff, the massive undertaking really got started in 2014.“Checkoff funding is really important for these kinds of projects because federal dollars are not used for regional research like this,” Culman said. “Last year we started our first field season looking at phosphorus and potassium in soybeans and that is continuing this year. We are looking at nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium in corn and wheat too.”The research will result in a new updated document and recommendations within a few years.“We need good information and our process needs to be transparent. Several years from now we will have 50 and 100 site years per crop and nutrient to look at. That is the goal,” he said. “We are trying to collect as much data as we can in the next few years and see what it means and extract as much information from that as possible. My timeline for an official revision would be in three to five years. It may be broken down by state and even region, so it may not be tri-state any more. I am in contact with the state specialists at Michigan State and Purdue to see what we are going to do moving forward.” The success of the project is largely dependent on the cooperation from farmers and private agribusinesses.“The original was done primarily on OSU research farms over 30 or 40 years. We do not have that luxury now. The success of this project is incredibly reliant on farmers buying into this and wanting to be part of the solution for better nutrient management,” Culman said. “We are branching out to work with not only Extension researchers, but also people in the industry like crop consultants, ag retailers, co-op agronomists, and CCAs. The devil is in all the details of coordinating that. There are a lot of moving parts to this.”This year the field trial numbers will be increasing as the research continues.“We have more than 20 growers putting trials out. Last year we had 10. The majority of the folks we are working with will be putting in trials this fall when the majority of fertilizer is applied, though there are a few sites going in this summer,” Culman said. “We have around 30 different OSU sites going in this year as well. We are working with a dozen or so private consultants and if others are interested in working with us, we are more than happy to add more. We are getting the wrinkles ironed out, but we have money in the budget to put out a lot of different sites. We are trying to scale up and make farmers aware that we are running fertilizer trials. We are appreciative of the growers who are working with us now and hope to get more. We are very flexible about the size of the plots.”To get relevant results, Culman is looking for adequate representation of the soil types in the state.“We are working at getting a good representation of the variability that is out there in the state. There are sites on research farms and small plot work on private land. It is a mix of small and large plots but it is all replicated to get sound data,” Culman said. “We are especially interested in low testing soils. If you are just renting new ground where the fertility has been neglected — those sites are hard to come by. The research is really looking at low testing N, P and K fields. There are a lot of well-managed, productive fields already. We are looking for as diverse of a sample as we can get.“For a field plot, we look at a pre-season soil sample, then mid-season tissue test, yield, and nutrient content in the grain for an elemental analysis. You scale the test strips to the size of your equipment. The farmer can pick the nutrients they want to look at. So for soybeans and phosphorus, for example, where they use a spinner spreader, they would have a strip of phosphorus and an unfertilized strip. That will be replicated three times. Then we do a mid-season tissue sample at flowering and then look at yields and get some of the grain for analysis. A lot of the farmers want to do it themselves and we can work with them to do it as well.”The participants get to see all of the results for their plots and receive an honorarium for their participation and cooperation.“It is a commitment of time, but we are flexible and it is not a large time commitment. All the data is anonymous and all the data from the individual’s farm will be given to them. We are just trying to see what is out there,” he said. “It does cost a little bit of time but we hopefully pay for that. And really, the only way you are going to know what is happening with your fertility is if you conduct a trial.  In terms of smart economics, this can really help with one of the main things you are spending money on. You don’t want too much fertilizer out there but we don’t want too little either.”The individual results will be combined for the eventual recommendations.“We envision the next generation of recommendations to include digital media like apps or software to generate fertility recommendations based on your soil test values. We see this as a more fluid document that can be revised as we learn more. An electronic resource is more conducive to those kinds of changes,” Culman said. “The data will be published and available so farmers can have it to make their own decisions. Keeping this process open and transparent will help dispel some myths about nutrient management.”With the incredible focus on nutrient management and water quality issues in Ohio in recent years, the reassessment of fertility recommendations takes on even broader implications than 20 years ago, particularly for phosphorus.“We can either be proactive about this or sit on our hands and let this be regulated. Most people I have talked to are reserving judgment about whether the current phosphorus recommendations are too high or too low,” Culman said. “We know there are problem areas out there and that there are all kinds of approaches. This is primarily a document focused on rate, but maybe rate is not the most important part of improving water quality. We don’t know that yet.”In the end, no fertility recommendation is going to be perfect for every field every year, but Culman thinks that significant improvements can be made that will lead to improved nutrient management on farms in the future.“There are some people who say the Tri-State is too high, some say it is too low and some that think it is right on. We want to get growers the best possible information to manage their farms and give them the confidence that our information is reliable. That is what we want to do,” he said. “We want to keep folks that are selling fertilizer honest in terms of their recommendations. You need current information to make the best decisions and we are just hoping to make this a transparent process and provide the best possible recommendations. And, better nutrient management is ultimately going to reduce runoff and provide more nutrient use efficiency and better profitability.  There will never be 100% certainty, but we are hoping to get a lot better information to help growers make decisions.”For more information, contact Culman at culman.2@osu.edu or (330) 263-3787. For much more on the soybean checkoff, visit the Soybean Rewards web page at http://www.soyohio.org/council/for-ohio-farmers/soybean-rewards/. Also, see the related video at ocj.com by searching for keywords “Culman fertility.”last_img read more

Visualize Your Data with Google Public Data Explorer

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts mike melanson The Google Public Data Explorer takes large data sets and makes them palatable for public consumption, taking numbers, figures and other data and turning them into bar graphs, line graphs, maps and bubbles. When the explorer launched last year, it started out with 13 data sets. The number of data sets has more than doubled since then and it’s about to get a lot larger.Today, Google announced that it would be “opening the Public Data Explorer to your data,” which means you can upload data and use Google’s explorer tools to explore it visually.Omar Benjelloun, technical lead with the Google Public Data Team, writes that Google hopes “more datasets can come to life through Public Data Explorer visualisations and enable people to better understand the world around them and make more informed, data-driven decisions.”According to Benjelloun, the opening of Google Public Data Explorer comes with a new data format, called the Dataset Publishing Language (DSPL), an XML-based format, which data must be packaged in to use the explorer.“Once imported,” writes Benjelloun, “a dataset can be visualized, embedded in external websites, shared with others and published.”Google isn’t the only one in the big data game, of course, and it’s also not the only one attempting to make it simple for others to take part. There’s a growing competition from sites like Factual, CKAN, InfoChimps and Amazon’s Public Data Sets. Another thing to note with Google’s implementation is that it is not a two-way road. Although uploading data to it’s Public Data Explorer allows you to visualize that data, it isn’t a way to share data sets. Google says that downloading data is something it’s looking into, but that for now “you should be able to follow the links to data provider websites and download the data there.”If you’re curious what Google Public Data Explorer is capable of, take a look at the embedded graph below. It’s fully interactive and is created off of a public data set.center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Data Services#Google#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more