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first_imgThe Guyana Police Force, throughout this week, executed its “Operation Safe Road” exercise in several high traffic areas, where a number of violations were recorded.Vehicles at the Brickdam Police Station which were taken off the road for various violationsRanks of the Bartica Police Station in Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) would have carried out the exercise on Thursday where there were cases of failure to conform sign, failure to wear seatbelt, failure to wear safety helmet, unlighted motor vehicle, obscured identification mark, breach of fitness, tinted glass, failure to stop as directed by Police, unlicensed driver and breach of insurance.Meanwhile, on Friday morning, a similar operation followed at Grove on the East Bank of Demerara, where five minibus drivers were found guilty of overloading along with 11 tinted vehicles.At the Stabroek Market area, officers of the Brickdam Police Station found three untidy drivers, three persons who failed to comply with Police direction, four who failed to conform to signs, three breaches of road service license, one person culpable of dangerous driving, four cases of obstruction caused by motor vehicles among other infringements.In Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice), persons were found driving under the influence of alcohol. There were also instances of unlighted vehicles, tinted vehicles and failure to wear seat belts.Owing to the rate at which persons were losing their lives, Police Commissioner Leslie James on Tuesday announced that this exercise would be carried out across the country.Since last Sunday, the Force employed the new operation to decrease these numbers and make the roads safer, especially during the holiday season. James said more human resources would be put aside for this until there is a positive change.“We are out there in numbers…We sat and strategised after which we commenced an operation referred to as ‘Operation Safe Roads’…We’ve been doing what we have to do. We’ll continue to do what we have to do. We have increased numbers now following this operation that commenced on Sunday and this will continue until we see a change in the attitude of those using the road,” the Top Cop had stressed.But one day after he made this announcement, five persons lost their lives and four were seriously injured following a collision between a minibus and a lorry on the Fairfield Public Road, Mahaicony, East Coast Demerara, on Wednesday morning.Those confirmed dead were minibus driver Seechan Chandilall, 48, of Lot 102 Bath, West Coast Berbice; Keon Sealey, 33, of Farm, Mahaicony; Alana Vaughn, 31, of Farm, Mahaicony, Ewart Reynolds, 64, of Calcutta Mahaicony, and Maxwell Disreali Thom, 76.Several passengers who were also in the minibus, BRR 5478, were taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation and are in a serious condition. They are Cecil Gordon, 46, of Farm, Mahaicony; David Jacobs, 60, and Angela Jacobs, 15, both of Moraikobai, Mahaicony, and lorry driver Sherlon Wills, 46, of Helena, Mahaica. They were all initially taken to the Mahaicony Cottage Hospital where they were treated and then transferred to GPHC.last_img read more

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first_imgNeymar’s broken foot boneThe absence of Neymar, PSG’s main potential matchwinner, weighed heavily on a team that looked short on attacking ideas without the Brazilian magician waving his wand. When PSG needed him most, and in exactly the match he was bought to win, the 222-million-euro man was in Brazil recovering from a foot operation.Cavani shoots blanksEdinson Cavani became PSG’s all-time top scorer this season, but against Real Madrid the Uruguayan was toothless, with just a lucky bounce off his knee earning him a place on the scoresheet at the Parc des Princes. When his personal goal tally is measured against Cristiano Ronaldo, the score over the two legs was 3-1 to the Portuguese World Player of the Year.Lack of experienceIn 2017, PSG blew a 4-0 lead from the first leg against Barcelona as they capitulated spectacularly in the Camp Nou, losing 6-1. This year they conceded two goals in Madrid when they had seemingly been heading for a 1-1 draw that would have given them a springboard for a second-leg victory. The man who will inevitably wield the axe after the latest failure, club president Nasser Al-Khelaifi, did not mince his words: “We know that Real have a lot of experience. We didn’t do what we needed to do to win.” Real have won 12 European crowns, Barcelona five, while PSG have never reached the final — and it shows.Seeing redThe tie was probably getting away from PSG anyway, but Marco Verratti’s disastrous sending-off sealed their fate. The Italian midfielder’s talent has never been in question, but his temperament is seriously suspect. After already earning a first yellow card earlier in the match, he felt he was fouled and charged at German referee Felix Brych to protest. The red card was produced without hesitation, summing up a PSG performance that was at times ragged and ill-disciplined.That man RonaldoCristiano Ronaldo was showing signs of age earlier in the season. Was the glorious reign finally over? He made nonsense of that question with two strikes in the Bernabeu to earn Real a 3-1 first-leg win. The header to open the scores in Paris was his 117th Champions League goal, extending a remarkable record. Any of Real’s quarter-final opponents who write off the 33-year-old will do so at their peril.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Edinson Cavani’s failure to fire PSG to victory over Real Madrid cost the Qatari-owned club dear © AFP / FRANCK FIFEPARIS, France, Mar 7 – Paris Saint-Germain invested Sh50bn ($496 million) this summer to try to buy European supremacy, only to crash out of the Champions League at the same last-16 stage as last season.AFP Sport looks at where it went wrong for the Qatari-owned club as they were eliminated 5-2 on aggregate by defending champions Real Madrid on Tuesday:last_img read more

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first_img1 Roberto Martinez has told Gerard Deulofeu he can be as good as he wants to be after seeing him steer Everton into the Capital One Cup semi-finals.The Toffees boss looked on as the Spain international fired the Barclays Premier League side into a 20th-minute lead at Middlesbrough with a superb solo effort, and then set up Romelu Lukaku to seal a 2-0 victory eight minutes later with another delicious piece of skill.Asked how good the 21-year-old can be, Martinez replied: “As good as he wants – that’s a big part.“As you know, football is not an individual game, football is a team game and as a player, you are never too old or too young to learn and you need to get things that help you to become effective for the team.“Gerard is a young man in terms of the amount of games that he’s played at this level, so he needs a lot of games. But as a natural talent, he’s as good as it gets.“He’s got that talent that you dream to have, he’s got the talent that anyone would pay for a ticket to watch him.”Deulofeu lit up the Riverside Stadium with his individual contribution, but Martinez, who had him on loan from Barcelona two seasons ago and sees him every day in training, was not unduly surprised.He said: “Unfortunately – or fortunately – I don’t get impressed because I see that every day. What I am impressed with is his maturity.“Two years ago when we had him we knew he was a young man with an incredible natural talent. Now he’s not a young man anymore. He’s young in age, but very mature.“He’s got a big role for us and he has been very consistent, which is very difficult for a wide player with that goalscoring threat, with that natural ability.“It’s very difficult to find that consistency, and that’s probably the aspect that impressed me the most in Gerard Deulofeu’s performance.”Sadly for Sky Bet Championship Boro, Deulofeu’s match-winning display did not come as a bolt from the blue to them either with head coach Aitor Karanka having worked with him during his time in the Spanish youth set-up.Karanka said: “Gerard, I have known him since he was 13-14 years old, and he plays in the same way that he played when he was 13-14. He plays with his spirit, with his character and he’s really good.“When it’s his day, it’s difficult to stop him. We knew and even knowing before the game and showing the players images of him, he can surprise you.“For that reason, he is at Everton playing in one of the top Premier League teams.” Everton boss Roberto Martinez: Gerard Deulofeu is a natural talent and has huge potential last_img read more

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first_imgA new Donegal Co-working project, CoWork plus- Connected Donegal Communities, was officially launched on Friday last by Minister for Education Joe Mc Hugh TD in the Base Centre, Stranorlar. The exciting new European project, which also has a Cooperation Transnational Theme, CoLabora, was recently funded under LEADER to the tune of €160,340 and will see four local community organisations in Donegal participate in a training programme in cooperation with five other European partners including from France, Spain, Germany, Wales and Latvia. The four Donegal participants include:  An Craoibhín, Termon www.craoibhintermon.ie The Base, Stranorlar, www.thebaseenterprise.ie  Bundoran Community Centre, Bundoran,Spraoi agus Spórt, Carndonagh www.spraoiagussport.ieThree new coworking spaces will open in Termon, Bundoran and Carndonagh over the next six months under this project.Speaking at the launch, Minister Mc Hugh in his address, emphasised the importance of cooperation and collaboration in helping to sustain local rural communities. He said: “Initiatives like co-working are essential to help sustain and grow rural communities. More and more we are hearing about companies offering remote and flexible working and these practices will soon become the norm as companies see the benefit in having staff in the regions, close to their customers and importantly close to their families and cutting down commute and journey times; time that can be better spent getting the job done. I wish all those involved in the project the very best of luck and I hope that it will provide a really beneficial experience for other co-working units and hubs to be developed.”CoWork plus launch in the Base Centre: Back row: Fred Gallagher Craoibhín Ionad Pobail & Fiontar, Termon, Michael Travers, Bundoran Community CentreFront Row: Helen Nolan, Spraoi agus Spórt, Carndonagh, Minister Joe Mc Hugh T.D., Leah Fairman, The BASE Enterprise Centre.The launch also had a national flavour with guest speakers Julianne O’Leary, Guinness Enterprise Centre, Tomás Ó Síocháin, Western Development Commission, Tracey Keogh, Founder, Grow Remote, all contributing to the event. Other local speakers included Kieran Doherty, BASICC, Padraic Fingleton, Donegal Local Development Clg, Brenda Hegarty, Local Enterprise Office, with the four local community organisations represented by Leah Fairman and Maria Gallo, The BASE,  Michael Travers, Bundoran Community Centre, Helen Nolan, Spraoi agus Spórt, Carndonagh and Noleen Treaty, Craoibhín Ionad Pobail & Fiontar, TermonCoWork plus launch in the Base Centre: Back Row: Sean O Gallachoir, Udaras Na Gaeltachta, Andrew Ward, CEO IDP., Fred Gallagher – Craoibhin Centre, Termon, Michael Travers, Bundoran Community Centre, Seamus Canning, Donegal County Council – LAG.Front Row: Frank Kelly – DLDC /LEADER, Helen Nolan, Spraoi agus Spórt, Carndonagh, Minister Joe Mc Hugh T.D., Leah Fairman, The BASE Enterprise Centre, and Padraic Fingleton, CEO Donegal Local Development CLG.The overall project will set out to develop Co-working spaces while also promoting the economic benefits of creating such spaces in rural areas.  In so doing, a greater understanding of best practice, both in terms of both setting up and running co-working spaces, will be reached. The project objectives are:Stimulation of economic development and innovation in the rural region of Donegal.Retention of the existing rural population.To attract new people from urban areas to the county.To attract new co-workers into existing co-working spacesOverall improvement of quality of life for inhabitants: a better professional/personal life balance. Immediate outcomes include the provision of three new coworking spaces in Termon, Bundoran and Carndonagh over the next six months with the hope that enough space can be provided for about 45 people.The units will operate in partnership with the established BASE Centre in Stranorlar along with the establishment of a Donegal-branded Coworking Network.  There are many advantages to being a member of the network.  For example, one such partner, The Guinness Enterprise Centre, Dublin, – will provide space to Donegal members for meetings they may be attending in Dublin. But there are many more including enhanced networking and collaborative opportunities between spaces both nationally and internationally.This project is supported by: Donegal LCDC, Donegal County Council, LEADER, DLDC and the Department of Rural & Community Development through grant aid received under The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development in Ireland 2014- 2020 “Europe investing in rural areas.CoWork plus- Connected Donegal Communities project officially launched was last modified: June 26th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:colaboracowork pluslast_img read more

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first_imgArsenal have confirmed defender Sead Kolasinac will join the club from Schalke on a free transfer this summer.According to a club statement, the 23-year-old Bosnia-Herzegovina international will sign a ‘long-term’ deal with the Gunners when his contract in Germany expires.However, Schalke’s own statement wishing the player well claimed he has signed with the Gunners until 2022.“Sead Kolasinac will complete a move to Arsenal FC upon the expiry of his contract with Schalke 04 on 30th June 2017,” it read.“The reigning FA Cup winners, who finished fifth in the 2016/17 Premier League campaign, have agreed a deal with the 23-year-old left back which runs until 2022.” Announce Kolasinac ✅Pronounce Kolasinac❓#WelcomeKolasinac pic.twitter.com/ek7KQyVmVK— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) June 6, 2017//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js 1 🔴 #WelcomeKolasinac pic.twitter.com/NfkhxkP9Ur— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) June 6, 2017//platform.twitter.com/widgets.jscenter_img Kolasinac came through the ranks at Schalke and made over 100 appearances for the Bundelsiga outfit.The German-born defender operates at left-back and his arrival will throw into doubt the future of Kieran Gibbs, who has yet to negotiate fresh terms at the Emirates Stadium.Kolasinac had reportedly been attracting the interest of Premier League rivals Chelsea and Everton but it has been understood for some time that a move to Arsenal was on the cards.The announcement, made with a short statement on the club’s official website, makes Kolasinac the first new recruit for Wenger after he signed a new, two-year deal to continue as Arsenal boss.Wenger, as well as chief executive Ivan Gazidis and majority shareholder Stan Kroenke, has targeted a run at the Premier League crown next season.Arsenal will also participate in the Europa League having missed out on Champions League qualification for the first time in 19 years.Kolasinac has experience of the Europa League and is likely to be competing against Nacho Monreal for a place in Wenger’s side.And, just in case you were wondering… Sead Kolasinac last_img read more

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first_imgHANKS FOR MEETING ME! SHAY WITH ACTOR TOMYOU just know he was awestruck – you can see it in this picture.For most people meeting Shay Given is a star-studded experience.But when Shay met Tom Hanks in America, you could see the Donegal man was blown away. In fact Shay described this moment thus: “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re going to get.”Actor Hanks attended a match between Aston Villa and US team Portland Timbers at their home stadium in Portland, Oregon.We’re not sure if Shay is a heavy metal fan – but he also got to meet legendary Black Sabbath guitarist Geezer Butler.But he does know Hanks is a Villa fan and was even given the chance to give Shay and his fellow players a team talk before kick-off! Said the double Oscar winner: “I don’t know what to say to guys before they go out and play a match! I know it’s a friendly match, but I think all those guys were thinking, ‘Man, I better play good today otherwise I’m not going to get much playing time later on in this season.’ So they’re all under a lot of pressure – I don’t know what they need a chucklehead like me down there for! But (they’re) nice guys… anytime they’ll put up with me, I appreciate their patience.”The game ended at 2-2, but Aston Villa went on to win 5-4 in a penalty shoot-out.Lifford man Shay is looking forward to Premiership season which kicks off in just three weeks. HANKS FOR THE MEMORIES – SHAY GETS TO MEET ACTOR TOM was last modified: August 1st, 2012 by BrendaShare 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)last_img read more

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first_imgA total of ten parties today gave evidence outlining reasons why they objected to the development of a wind farm by Straboy wind energy on the outskirts of Glenties.A specialist on peat bogland , Dr Olivia Bragg, stated she was concerned that there were gaps in the EIS carried out for Straboy Wind Energy.There was a risk of peat slippage or a bog slide on the site and that could have implications for the freshwater pearl mussel colony in a nearby river, she said. Cheryl Quinn, a mother of three living in Straboy became emotional as she spoke of how the development would affect her and her family.Her home is 600 metres from the site, and she became the fourth person at the hearing to state that they would leave the area, should the turbines be built.“I am concerned for our health and safety. If we are forced to leave our home , the devastation thsi will wreak on our family will be horrendous,” she said.She said at least one house in the vicinity of Straboy was on the market, due to fears the project will go ahead, and she expressed concern that her own home would be unsellable now. “Wherever my children are in Glenties, they will see the turbines,” Cheryl Quinn told the Board. “From the GAA pitch at Carrickbrack to outside the Highlands Hotel, they will surround the town.”Dr BraggSlides were shown by Ernan O’Donnell and Joe Brennan to the Board, illustrating the many viewpoints from which the turbines will be seen, from the edge of Glenveagh National Park, Dooey Strand and Gweebarra.Ralph Shephard, an ecologist gave evidence of the existence of birds of prey like the merlin and red eagle within the site.He said there was also a bat population nearby, and that such wildlife would avoid the area if there were 100 metre turbines, which would spoil their natural habitat.Denise Boyle, a daughter of the artist and hotel owner Johnny Boyle, said the cultural heritage of the area had been largely ignored by the windfarm company when they prepared their report, and that this natural beauty, which inspired Patrick McGill, Brian Friel and musicians like John Doherty, was a valuable asset to the area and its people. The Inspector of the Bord Pleanala apologised to an appellant, Peadar Ó Baoill from Baile na Finne, who had submitted his objection to the windfarm in Irish. The County Council replied to him in English, which Mr Ó Baoill said violated his language rights.Val Martin, President of the Irish Platform against Wind Energy gave a presentation on behalf of the Gweebarra Conservation Group.The hearing is expected to finish by Thursday evening.TEN PARTIES GIVE EVIDENCE AGAINST STRABOY WIND FARM was last modified: October 24th, 2012 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:Glentiesoral hearingSTraboy wind farmlast_img read more

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first_imgLOCAL campaigners have welcomed the consultation process taking place ahead of the building of the new radiotherapy unit in Derry which will serve people in Donegal when completed.Co-operating for Cancer Care NorthWest, CCC(NW), says members were very pleased to attend focus group meetings in Derry and Donegal Town last week, organized by members of the Radiotherapy Unit Project Team at Altnagelvin.Spokeswoman Noelle Duddy said: “The focus groups afforded patients and families with experience of radiotherapy treatments the opportunity to contribute in a meaningful way to the design and development of the Unit. Having listened to an overview on how the project is advancing we were invited to offer our contributions. Everyone’s suggestions, observations and/or questions were noted. “It was a very useful and welcomed exercise that will ensure that the Unit will reflect actual patient’s thoughts on how to enhance future cancer patient’s care. Along with the other contributors, CCC(NW) applauded the sterling work of the Western Health & Social Care Trust, (WH&SCT), the Project Team and Sub-Committees.“We encourage members of the public with experience of radiotherapy, if they can, to attend these meetings. The next meeting in Donegal is in the Clanree Hotel, Letterkenny at 7.00pm on Tuesday 12 March 2013. Some other venues include: Fir Trees Hotel, Strabane, Wednesday 6 March at 7.00pm and the Waterfoot Hotel, Derry, Thursday 14 March at 7.00pm. Further information can be accessed at www.westerntrust.hscni.net”Said Noelle Duddy, “The hard work is over for CCC(NW), we have been lobbying for this unit for nearly 8 years. Our goal was to help turn the possibility of a cross border radiotherapy unit in the North West into a reality. We lobbied the length and breadth of this island, we lobbied in Leinster House and Stormont Castle, in Council Chambers, on the streets of Dublin, Derry and Letterkenny, we lobbied politicians and health officials from both sides of the border and we brought our campaign into the homes of every town and townland in Donegal. Our message was simple and easy to understand – the people of Donegal and the North West Region needed a radiotherapy unit in either Letterkenny General or Altnagelvin Hospital to treat cancer patients locally and we needed to work together, speaking with one united voice to achieve this goal.” “It has often been a journey of highs and lows, steep learning curves and periods of disappointments and frustrations but we have always remained optimistic and confident that this cross border project would be approved because with our help it became a ‘top priority’ not just for both Departments of Health but also for politicians and political parties on either side of the border. CCC(NW) has been impressed by the ‘good will’ of the decision makers to make this project happen. We were therefore also delighted to learn on Friday the speed in which planning for the Unit has been approved. In just 11 weeks approval has been granted. This is testament to the sincerity of the Northern Assembly in ensuring that this facility is being given priority to ensure that it will be operational by mid 2016. CCC(NW) is in no doubt that if it is at all humanly possible to complete this project before the above mentioned date, it will be done, such is the level of commitment.”“Over the years we have developed very good working relationships with management from Letterkenny General Hospital (LGH) and the WHSCT at Altnagelvin. We believe that the central ethos for this unit must be one of social inclusion, equal access according to clinical need and true cross border collaboration based on LGH, Altnagelvin and both Health Boards working to develop each other’s strengths. Both Hospitals and Health Boards must have ownership of these co-funded services so that a comprehensive, fluent, seamless cancer/radiotherapy service is provided for all cancer patients in the North West Region. CCC(NW) remains confident that staff from both Letterkenny and Altnagelvin Hospitals continues to work together, in collaboration to develop a world class radiotherapy service in the NW for cancer patients.”“Let us remind ourselves why we need a Radiotherapy Unit in the North West Region. One in three people are expected to receive a cancer diagnosis in their lifetime one in four will die from cancer. 50 – 60% of cancer treatments involve radiotherapy. Treatment requires the patient to attend a radiotherapy unit, usually daily, Monday – Friday for several weeks, often travelling distressing hundreds of miles for treatment, and coping with an added financial burden. Depending on treatment prescription, treatment varies from days to weeks. Breast and prostate cancer treatments may last between 4 and 7 weeks. Each actual treatment session lasts for several minutes.”“As it stands, Donegal and its environs do not have a large enough population to safely sustain a radiotherapy unit and neither do the WHSCT. However, as a region, the North West’s population exceeds 500,000 and by joining together the populations on either side of the Border, the ‘critical mass’ required to safely provide a cross border radiotherapy service can be achieved. As a region, the North West is co-dependent on both jurisdictions accepting responsibility to provide its people with a Radiotherapy Unit. The NW is currently the only region on this island without reasonable access to radiotherapy services.”“This Unit will make a big difference to cancer patients lives. When it is operational the majority of cancer patients in Donegal/NW requiring radiotherapy will be able to receive their treatment near to home, families and friends. We believe this Unit will save and/or extend more patients lives. Patients who currently have to refuse treatment because they are unable to travel to Dublin, Galway or Belfast, will be able to accept and avail of treatment, thus improving their prognosis. Patients requiring palliative radiotherapy, to ease their pain, increase mobility and enhance their quality of lives in their final weeks/months will be able to access treatment more easily. Donegal patients will continue to receive their chemotherapy treatments in Letterkenny’s excellent Oncology Unit. The NWRU is a very successful good news story for this region and the services it will provide will do nothing short of strengthening and enhancing cancer services for patients in Donegal/NW.”“The North West Radiotherapy Unit may well prove to be one of the most important healthcare developments in this Region not just for cancer patients but it may serve as a template for future cooperation in cross border healthcare projects. CCC(NW) very much welcomed in Minister Poots May 2011 statement recognition that ‘the location of the new centre in the Northwest also provides the opportunity for genuine, sustainable and meaningful cross-border co-operation and that it has the potential to deliver real mutual benefits to both jurisdictions’. We also welcomed the approval of the ‘North – South Feasibility Study’ by both Departments of Health and we welcomed the Joint Committee on Health and Children and the NI Assembly’s Health Committee meeting in Leinster House to discuss ‘Cross Border Co-operation on Healthcare’ in March last year. CCC(NW) believe increased North-South co-operation in healthcare is a win, win situation for everyone: for the patient, healthcare provider and tax payer on either side of the border.” DONEGAL FAMILIES WELCOME RADIOTHERAPY UNIT CONSULTATION was last modified: March 2nd, 2013 by BrendaShare 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)last_img read more

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first_img29 February 2016Over 1 gigawatt (GW) of power from wind energy is already feeding much-needed electricity into the country’s grid, according to the South African Wind Energy Association (Sawea). This figure equates to the supply of 511 000 household’s average energy consumption, it says.This calculation is based on household consumption of 6.000 kiloWatt hours per year, supplied by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research and an average capacity factor of 35% from the wind turbines. Sawea points out that this is a conservative figure as many turbines are performing closer to 40% plus.There is much more to come, promises Johan van den Berg, Sawea’s chief executive. “Wind energy is still a relatively new industry in South Africa and what we have achieved in such a short time is a sure indication of how much more we can do,” he says.“In 2011, there were just 10 turbines in the country; now we have 13 large wind farms in operation, consisting of over 495 turbines, with many more under construction. More than 3GW of wind energy has already been allocated through the government’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Programme (REIPPPP) – and more is due to be announced shortly.”As well as supplying non-polluting sustainable energy to the country, the REIPPPP criteria ensure that developers of renewable energy projects allocate funds to the sustainable development of nearby communities, according to the association. So far, R91.1-billion (about $6-billion) has been committed to development initiatives through the programme. This number will increase as more projects are procured. Dates and allocations for bid Window 5 of the REIPPPP are due to be announced by the government imminently.Sawea adds that as water shortages continue to plague the country, it’s important to know that renewable energy saves water: for each kilowatt hour of renewable energy that displaces fossil fuels in the national grid, 1.2 litres of water will be saved. At full operation of the entire portfolio, the programme will save 52 million litres of water each year, equal to 371 428 standard sized bathtubs.This year’s theme for Sawea’s annual conference, Windaba, is “Towards 100% Renewables” and Van den Berg believes this is a realistic 2050 ambition. “In South Africa we have abundant natural resources – sun and wind – for renewables to thrive. Wind power is now about 40% cheaper than new coal power produced by Eskom,” he says.“The extraordinary growth in procured capacity from 10MW to 3300MW has taken place in just four years. The rapid increase in (the) government’s renewables ambitions reflects not just the proven success of the programme but the economic reality that wind has become a no-brainer. It is four to six times quicker to construct than conventional energy and infinitely safer. It’s modular and can better use existing grid capacity. It’s all built with private money and saves (the) government billions for the new build programme.”According to the association, one gigawatt of operational wind energy can be broken down as follows:649.25MW procured under REIPPPP Round 1329.68MW procured under Round 2 (further round 2 projects are still under construction)100MW Eskom’s Sere Wind Farm1.3MW Darling1.8MW Coega Industrial Development ZoneIn its November 2015 fact sheet, the association says there are 13 fully operational windfarm developments feeding 953MW into the national grid. There are now more than 400 wind turbines creating electricity throughout South Africa.The price of wind energy in Round 4(a) of the REIPPPP was R619/MWh, almost 40% cheaper than forecast prices for Eskom’s new build coal plants, Medupi and Kusile.The Department of Energy has committed to 13 225MW of renewable energy generation by 2025. This will be secured under the REIPPPP, which has been running since 2011 and has already completed four successful bidding rounds.Sawea is gearing up for Windaba, the official wind industry event it hosts in partnership with the Global Wind Energy Council. The annual conference and exhibition will take place in November 2016, at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.Source: South African Wind Energy Associationlast_img read more

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