Rehabilitation work at the Mount Coffee Hydro Dam, located in Harrisburg, Upper Montserrado County, has come to an immediate halt, and all expatriate staffs have reportedly packed bags and baggage and left the country.The LEC expatriate staff have left the country owing to fear of contracting the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), which has taken the lives of over 500 Liberians, including health workers.Rehabilitation work at the Mt. Coffee Hydro-electric Power Plant commenced in May 2013 with the establishment of the Project Implementation Unit (PIU), while actual construction started On January 2014.According to the project blue print, the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) aims to fully complete the project by the end of 2016 and the target date for first commercial power from the plant remains December 2015. But with the seeming abandonment of work at the dam by international firms contracted to carry out various portions of the project, for fear of contracting the EVD, there are apprehensions that all efforts aimed at rehabilitating that vital national power grid seem farfetched.In December 2006, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf disclosed that her government was considering other alternatives of power supply. She indicated then that refurbishing the Mt. Coffee Hydro Power Plant would cause government more than US$200 million.Following the provision of light in and around Monrovia under the theme ‘Small Light Today, Big Light Tomorrow’, Liberia still remains a country without the needed electricity necessary for the powering of mini and full scale factories, homes and offices.Currently, the running of Liberia’s only electric power generation company (LEC) now rests with a Canadian company called Monitaba Hydro International (MHI) and the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC).Owing to the agreement underpinning the Memorandum of Understanding concluded between the MHI and the LEC, the LEC is currently headed by a Canadian named Gregory J. Sylvester of the MHI, as Chief Executive Officer.But Greg, as he is commonly called, has also departed Liberia since about a month ago and left the running of the company in the hands of his Liberian counterparts.The Project Implementation Unit (PIU), which is the prime driver of the rehabilitation of the Mt. Coffee Dam, is also headed by one Randal Enns, another foreign national, who has reportedly left Liberia for fear of contracting the Ebola Disease.When contacted, Hassan Kiawu, communication consultant at the LEC, confirmed that almost all of the expatriate staffs working at the Hydro Dam have departed Liberia and gone to seek safe havens outside Liberia.Asked when the contractors, mainly foreigners, will return, Kiawu said he could not speak to that as the PIU was a project outside the ambit of his job description. He referred our reporter to Benedict Sarnor, Acting Chairman of the LEC Board of Directors and Patrick Sendolo, Minister of Lands Mines and Energy.However, according to the PIU website, the Mt. Coffee rehabilitation project is co-financed by the Government of Norway, Government of Germany (KWF), European International Bank and the Liberian Government, respectively.Interestingly, local contractors who have been hired to do bits and pieces in the Mt. Coffee Hydro Dam location have also complained that they have not been paid by the PIU. However, the LEC, through the PIU, has so far signed contracts with a number of international firms to help rehabilitate and reconstruct the Hydro Dam.According to the PIU website, to date four of the seven main project contracts have been awarded.On April 30, 2013, LEC signed Consulting Services Agreement with Norplan/Fichtner for Mt. Coffee Owner’s Engineer Services. The Owner’s Engineer is responsible for project design planning and procurement. On October 25, 2013, LEC signed a contract with Voith Hydro for Mt. Coffee Generating Equipment and on January 9, 2014 LEC signed another contract with Dawnus International Ltd. for Mount Coffee Enabling works.The latest contract signed with Andritz Hydro GMbH for Hydraulic Steelwork and Auxiliary Systems now puts the total sum of money so far bankrolled for the rehabilitation of the Mt. Coffee Dam in the Millions.The LEC communication boss could not give the exact amount so far utilized on the project. But it is believed that all of these projects, plus three more to be awarded, will effectively lead to full rehabilitation the dam.Recently, the World Health Organization spokesperson, Glenn Thomas, told the BBC in an interview that funds intended to be used to carry out development in the Ebola affected countries will be redirected to help fight the Ebola Virus in those countries.Just few weeks following the outbreak of the Ebola scourge in the Minor River Basin, the World Bank donated US$5 billion for the African electric power project. According to the World Bank, the money will be given to six African countries to be utilized in electric power project generation. The bank’s donation is mainly for countries incorporated under Barak Obama Power Africa Initiative. The benefitting countries include Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, Tanzania and Ethiopia.Dr. Jim Young Kim, World Bank President, announced the bank’s intervention at the African leaders’ summit held in America and said the donation will help address Africa’s electric power challenges.Development experts here believed that the money is coming at a time when the Mt. Coffee Hydro Dam is being placed on ice. It is also not clear whether Liberia’s share of that amount will be redirected towards the fight against the deadly Ebola Virus.The Liberia rural electrification project, initiated in collaboration with the West Africa Power Pool (WAPP), has also been seriously affected as most communities in the rural parts are being quarantined.Moreover, Ghanaian and Ivoirian electrical engineers working on the rural electrification project in the North Eastern part of Liberia have also reportedly left the country so as to avoid contracting the Ebola disease.Construction of the Mt. Coffee hydropower plant was first undertaken in 1964. The first phase, with an installed capacity of 34 MW from two turbines, was commissioned and put in production in 1967. The project was undertaken by the government of Liberia (GOL), with financing from the United States government.The installation of two additional turbines in 1973 increased the installed capacity to 64 MW. This second phase was financed by the World Bank.From 1973 until late 1989, Liberia’s electricity service was largely limited to the capital of Monrovia and environs; with around 35,000 customers—almost 13 percent of the population—served by 1989. LEC also handled the electricity supply of rural areas outside Monrovia through 10 small isolated power systems with a total installed capacity of 13 MW.During the period of civil unrest in Liberia, power generation at Mount Coffee had to be stopped and operation of the spillway gates was prevented by the hostilities. Rebel forces under the command of Charles Taylor seized the Mt. Coffee plant in July 1990, halting production and causing the dam to breach. Efforts have been underway since 2006 to restore the Monrovia grid and expand mini-grid and stand-alone power systems in the interior. Following the restoration of peace, rehabilitation of Mt. Coffee Hydropower Plant has been proposed as an important part of the reconstruction efforts led by H.E. President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf. Now with the intrusion of the Ebola Virus and the resulting immediate halting of the Mt. Coffee Hydro Dam reconstruction and rehabilitation, it could be long coming before light reaches many homes, offices and factories across Liberia.When completed, the dam, which had a capacity 64 mw is expected to have 80 mw. With all of these developments, analysts here think the PIU target date for supplying the first commercial current in December 2015 may not be on schedule.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
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17 September 2012 South African paper maker Mondi has expanded its presence in Europe with the acquisition of packaging company Duropack’s operations in Germany and the Czech Republic, the company announced last week. In a deal worth €125-million, which includes two corrugated box packaging plants and one recycled containerboard mill, Mondi aims to consolidate its European operations. “[It] is in line with Mondi Group’s strategy to strengthen its leading market position in corrugated packaging in central and eastern Europe,” the company said in a statement. It follows the organisation’s US$782-million purchase of German packaging company Nordenia in August. SAinfo reporter The deal is being funded from Mondi’s existing resources. It was also announced that all employees at Duropack will be taken on by Mondi. “Our strategy is consequently focused on east and southeast Europe,” said chief executive officer of Duropack, Peter Szivacsek. “The sale of our operations in Germany and the Czech Republic further strengthens our profile and allows us to focus entirely on our core markets and core business, packaging.” According to Mondi, the two corrugated box plants consume about 130 000 tonnes of containerboard annually, and the recycled containerboard mill has a production capacity of 105 000 tonnes per year. Mondi is an international paper and packaging company with operations in 28 countries around the world and over 23 000 employees; its key operations are in South Africa, central Europe and Russia.
A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… The news-reading app Flipboard announced a major update — one that, among other things, allows users to create their own personalized “magazines” for public viewing. Although “allow” might be too generous. “Imposes on users by default” might be closer to the truth.From Flipboard’s announcement:Using the new Plus “+” button found on items in Flipboard or by using the new Flipboard Bookmarket for the web, readers can fill their magazines with content that expresses a point of view, reflects personal tastes or shares ideas they find inspiring.In other words, Flipboard has introduced a poor man’s “Like” button. The service is now counting on its users to begin tagging the articles and other items they find most interesting, creating a trail of “plussed” items that Flipboard will publicly associate with their online identities by default. This might, of course, take any number of people by surprise.Flipboard also didn’t say what it hopes to gain from the new feature, although cataloguing what users like has certainly proven a financial and data-collection bonanza for the likes of Facebook. The new features aren’t intended for readers only. Flipboard hopes existing publishers will use its new functions to promote articles and other material from their archives:For publishers this is a new way to share archival content, publish great collections or package together stories in a totally new way on Flipboard. Aspects of the “Plus” feature, of course, are similar to various “Read Later” bookmarklet services such as Instapaper and Pocket. The unique thing here, though, is the way Flipboard effectively publishes its users’ preferences to the world as personalized “magazines” — by default, of course:Because magazines are public, they can grow an audience and others can like items, comment on posts, or even subscribe to other people’s magazines. When people interact with a magazine, the curator learns about it through new Flipboard Notifications.For each item that’s flipped into a magazine, attribution back to the source is preserved, and if the content is from a social network interactions such as commenting, retweeting or liking are reflected back to the originating social network.Flipboard also announced “Content Search,” a search box at the top of every page that “lets readers find anything being shared on Flipboard.” The twist here is that each set of search results effectively turns into its own Flipboard-style magazine. The company also announced a partnership with the “social commerce” site Etsy. Flipboard readers can review Etsy products and make purchases from within Flipboard. The company did not state if this would impact existing purchasing rules and fees in any way, such as the 30% fee that Apple charges for in-app purchases. Flipboard also did not announce any new services or metrics that would enable readers or publishers to gauge pageviews and engagement of their “magazine.” Flipboard has continued to garner interest from news media, the investment community and tablet users. Recently, Flipboard has been touted as a replacement for the deprecated Google Reader. Earlier this month, well-known venture capitalist John Doerr joined the board. The company calls this “the biggest release ever.” Flipboard is a free app that claims more than 50 million users across iPhone, iPad and Android. Though the Flipboard app is available on Android, the features announced today are currently available only on iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. Lead image screencapped from the Flipboard app brian s hall Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#news 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
Tags:#Bevy#Bevylabs Brad AndersonEditor In Chief at ReadWrite What Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star… Bevy, an enterprise community event platform, announced today it has raised $6.4 Million Dollars from investors: Upfront Ventures, renowned author and Stanford Professor Steve Blank, Ryan Smith and Jared Smith, co-founders of Qualtrics, and Aaron Skonnard, SEO of Pluralsight. Bevy raised funds to increase their growth rate and expand the team.The Bevy Platform was originally created by the founder and CEO of Startup Grind. Bevy gave birth as a separate entity as a result of the frustrations that were occurring in trying to carry out the Startup Grind community events.Startup Grind has been building its name and brand by helping to promote director’s who are running their own private businesses. Startup Grind is these directors’ side hustle. Operating in over 400 cities across 120 countries globally. The SG Director’s have to be able to plan and execute business events for Startup Grind. This process of holding events helps these startup owners build, learn and incorporate valuable insights into their own business ventures – while building a full community in their cities.These Startup Grind events occur each month in at least 250 locations. Logistics of these operations and the intense planning — dealing with the procurement of the site used, the provision of foods and services, and the stage set-ups for these events – needs a process and back-up from Startup Grind. Events like this don’t just happen by themselves. They require support.The details of the business and other operations, such as the speakers, ticketing and signage – all take a high level of implementation coordination. Hence the support from the HQ at Startup Grind. Every single detail creates an obstacle to be fixed. The ticketing isn’t working. Help! The speaker didn’t show up. Help! The food is awful – can I cancel on the fly? Help! Soon the full-time SG staff were working on the details.Support, support and more support. More people were hired at SG headquarters for support. Then it was devs, devs and more devs — trying to keep up with the never-ending needs of the director’s. Each director was thinking that their problems were unique. However, with the reports showed that many issues that come up are common — on a regular basis.Derek Andersen began keeping track of all the information and realized that no one anywhere in the world was taking care of these specific issues. Then, as a true entrepreneur, Andersen quickly saw that his work could build out another full company. Andersen and his cofounders in Startup Grind, Joel Fernandes (CTO) and Alex Bendig (CIO) began building a new company – Bevy.Building a Customer to Customer (C2C) marketing company is a whole new category of marketing that Bevy has developed and built with the goal to continue to iterate to perfection. The Bevy C2C Marketing will be a huge growth-hacking benefit for companies as they build their customers and their brand through scaling their own community events.Founders want to build solid, personal relationships with their own customers. As companies follow the guidance, service and support of Bevy — all events can be accomplished completely and powerfully through the Bevy platform.C2C marketing is most powerful through events on a massive scale that are run by customers but powered by the brand owner. The marketing team can’t be everywhere at once but customers actually are. The magic is around bringing people physically together where the brand is the glue that binds them,” said Kobie Fuller, General Partner, at Upfront Ventures. “It becomes electric when done correctly and helps bring more people outside of the customer base-in. Combine this with the fact that millennials and GenZ are prioritizing experiences more than anything else gives brands the opportunity to get ahead should they invest in these tactics. Related Posts Brad is the editor overseeing contributed content at ReadWrite.com. He previously worked as an editor at PayPal and Crunchbase. You can reach him at brad at readwrite.com. China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … How to Get Started in China and Have Success How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture
Ajax goalkeeper Onana: Replace Cillessen at Barcelona…?by Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAjax goalkeeper Andre Onana is calm over talk of a return to Barcelona.The former Barca junior is being linked with a return as a replacement for Jasper Cillessen, the ex-Ajax No1.Onana told Marca: “Do I know anything new about Barça’s interest in replacing Cillessen? I have no new information. “I spoke with Jasper a few times, but I do not know what decision he will make. It’s in his hands, in the Netherlands, he’s a real idol. “Time will tell what’s going on with everyone. For my part, I am quiet.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Mumbai: Actor Akshay Kumar is on a roll, and when is he ever not? After signing up for a web series, the superstar is now getting ready for his next release Kesari. Excerpts from the interview: Q. There is so much happening in your career. Your leap into the digital domain has created a nationwide stir. What made you take this plunge? Honestly, my son Aarav was one of the main driving factors for me to think in this direction and move into the digital space. It’s where the youth is hooked onto and it is here that I wish to create something extraordinary and connect with them. It’s going to be high octane action is all I can reveal as of now. Also Read – Hilarie Burton, Jeffery Dean Morgan tie the knot Q. Do you think the future of the movie-going experience lies in the digital space? Or do you believe, as I do, that the magic of the movie theatre can’t be eradicated? I’m of mixed opinion here. The actor in me would want and love to believe the magic of the movie theatres never fades away but having said that I’m also aware that a lot of content consumption is being done in the digital space and that is something that cannot be ignored. And if I can get a share of both the pies, then why not? Also Read – ‘Vaastav’ gave me the real sense of being an actor: Sanjay Dutt on film’s 20-year anniversaryQ. You had three major successes in 2018. Kesari is your first release for 2019, and it’s looking like a blockbuster. What are your expectations regarding Kesari? Kesari is an extremely special film for me, my first war drama. I am very emotional about it. The answer on why I picked this film is in your question itself. I was amazed that such a brilliant and brave story has such little recognition and it’s a story I’m really proud and excited about to share with the audiences. Q. In Mission Mangal, you play a real-life astronaut. And there are several interesting female actors sharing the limelight with you. Would it be correct to say this is your first film in recent times where the women have important roles to play? I would like to correct you here. In Mission Mangal, I do not play an astronaut but a scientist and yes, I worked with an interesting mix of female co-actors in it. Well, it’s actually very subjective and never been a conscious decision. I pick films which excite me. For instance, I was also a part of Naam Shabana, where I most certainly wasn’t the central character and my female co-actor Taapsee Pannu had a much more important role to play. So that’s how it is.
Raipur: Four Border Security Force (BSF) personnel were killed and two injured in an encounter with Naxals in Chhattisgarh Thursday, police said. The encounter comes a week before polling for the first phase of Lok Sabha elections is held in the state. The skirmish took place around noon in a dense forest near Mahla village in Kanker district when a joint team of BSF’s 114th battalion and the District Force was out on a search operation, police said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “Four BSF troopers were killed and two injured in the incident,” Deputy Inspector General (anti-Naxal operations) Sundarraj P told PTI. The patrolling team had launched the operation from the BSF’s Mahla camp, located around 250 from Raipur, he said. When the security men were advancing through a forest patch, a group of naxals fired at them, leading to a gun battle, he said. The deceased were identified as BSF’s assistant sub- inspector Boro, and constables Ramkrishnan, Someshwar and Ishrar Khan, he said. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Assistant commandant Gopu Ram and inspector Gopal Ram were injured in the exchange of fire, he said. Soon after being alerted, reinforcement was rushed to the spot, he said, adding that a search operation was underway in the area. The bodies and the injured personnel were brought to the BSF’s Mahla camp later, he said. Polling in the Kanker Lok Sabha constituency will be held along with two other seats – Mahasamund and Rajnandgaon – in the second phase of Lok Sabha elections in Chhattisgarh on April 18. Polling for other two phases in the state will be held on April 11 and 23.
2012Josh HamiltonRangersCF3151.246135+132.0 CAREER STATS THROUGH SEASON By practically all measures, Whiten, the former St. Louis Cardinal, had the most unimpressive track record of any player at the time of his four-homer game. But Gennett isn’t too far off — he has the second-fewest batting runs above average, the second-lowest isolated power and second-worst wRC+. By contrast, most of the four-HR club’s members were either superstars squarely in their primes (Gehrig, Mays), up-and-comers who already had great rate stats (Mike Schmidt, Rocky Colavito) or at least solid veterans (Carlos Delgado, Chuck Klein).Gennett is the baseball equivalent of Devin Booker scoring 70 points in an NBA game, or Nick Foles tossing seven touchdown passes in the NFL. Part of why we watch sports is that in any given game there’s the chance that a mediocre middle infielder might explode for one of the best offensive performances ever.And in a 2017 season that’s tracking for the most home runs ever, perhaps more of these types of games are to come. 2017Scooter GennettReds2B1759.15099-1.5 1993Mark WhitenCardinalsRF1756.13996-8.9 1961Willie MaysGiantsCF5957.269155+407.9 1976Mike SchmidtPhillies3B2548.248139+113.5 2002Shawn GreenDodgersRF4866.236124+154.3 1986Bob HornerBraves1B3966.229128+123.9 Includes career stats through the end of the season (or, for 2017, through June 6) in which the player hit 4 home runs in a game.Source: FanGraphs 1954Joe AdcockBraves1B2426.166106+18.2 1936Chuck KleinPhilliesOF5333.252147+328.4 2002Mike CameronMarinersCF3497.185105+20.6 1948Pat SeereyWhite SoxOF2087.188108+20.4 Before this week, Ryan “Scooter” Gennett was best known for being the first MLB player nicknamed after a “Muppet Babies” character. But that all changed Tuesday night, when the Cincinnati second baseman became just the 17th player in MLB history (and the 15th of the modern era) to crush four home runs in a game. If you were to draw up a list of players most likely to hit four homers last night, Gennett would have been near the bottom — probably somewhere between Cameron Rupp and Cory Spangenberg.Before his huge game, Gennett’s career was pretty nondescript. The second baseman had 38 career home runs to his name, and his lifetime weighted runs created plus (wRC+ estimates how many runs a player generates per plate appearance compared with the league average) is still just 99, slightly below league average.1wRC+ is scaled so that 100 is average each season. There was little to suggest he was about to become the first player in MLB history to record 5 hits, 4 HR and 10 RBI in a game, according to ESPN Stats & Information Group.Remarkably, Scooter is not the first lightweight to slug four homers in a game. Although the four-homer club contains such all-time greats as Willie Mays and Lou Gehrig, it also includes the likes of Mark Whiten and Pat Seerey. So where does Scooter rank among the club’s most unexpected members? Here are some pertinent career stats for each player through the end of the season that contained their big game: Scooter joins (mostly) elite company 1959Rocky ColavitoIndiansRF2175.262143+111.1 2003Carlos DelgadoBlue Jays1B5467.275140+283.7 1950Gil HodgesDodgers1B1944.172106+15.7 1932Lou GehrigYankees1B5470.297176+568.4 YEARPLAYERTEAMPOSPAISOWRC+BATTING RUNS
This season, the Ohio State softball team played without its three-time All-American catcher. Freshman Melissa Rennie and sophomore Cara Longworth had big shoes because the last person who held that spot was Sam Marder, OSU’s 2010 Female Athlete of the Year. Catcher is a unique position in that, no matter the player, leadership is a requirement. She has to guide the pitcher and communicate with the infield. It did not make it any easier that both Longworth and Rennie were new to the team. “She’s intimidating,” said Longworth, who transferred to OSU after playing her freshman season at Jacksonville State. “She’s hard to live up to.” Rennie was concerned with taking a large leadership role so quickly after following Buckeyes softball since she was 8 years old, during which time she followed Marder’s entire career. “It’s weird to think I have to lead Alicia Herron, because that’s someone I have always looked up to,” Rennie said. But Marder is not done wearing Scarlet and Gray. Although she is no longer behind the plate, this year Marder contributed as a coach, bringing success and experience to the team. As a coach, she hopes to provide insight into the gameday experience for the young catchers. “They’re so young, and it’s so hard to come in without any previous experience with this team and lead them out there,” Marder said. Marder said Rennie has refined her mechanical skills, and it has paid off. Rennie started in 42 of the team’s 51 games this season, and was batting .230. Her .333 on-base percentage ranked third on the team. Meanwhile, Longworth has played both catcher and third base, and started in 25 games. “Cara has one of the fastest pop times I have ever seen, way faster than I was,” Marder said. “She’s a fireball back there. She’s totally in the game, has great leadership skills on the field, is in the game the entire time and she’s almost a natural-born leader out there.” Marder admitted one of the weirdest parts of her new role is the dynamic of her relationships with former teammates. “I’m a coach. I’m staff, but I’m not a player anymore, so that was hard to make that transition,” Marder said. “It was a little bit strange almost to not go hang out with them afterwards.” Coach Linda Kalafatis gave Marder the opportunity to return as a coach, the career Marder wants to pursue. “It’s really a great transition for me into coaching because I’m able to focus just with them, and hopefully next year when I become a coach somewhere, I’ll have a little bit of experience doing it,” Marder said. “I have loved every second of it.” Since 2007, Marder has played an integral role in helping the Buckeyes consistently rank in the Top 25. She was named the team’s Most Valuable Player last season. In 2010, she led the Big Ten with an .817 slugging percentage and .569 on-base percentage while batting .359, and she scored 40 runs with 45 RBIs. She earned All-Big Ten and All-Region honors in all four years of her career, and is the record holder at OSU, with 61 home runs, 191 RBIs, 232 walks and 56 intentional walks. “I was glad to work with her coming in,” Longworth said. “That’s why I was excited to be a catcher.” OSU was swept by Penn State and Wisconsin in its last two series of the season. The Buckeyes’ record fell to 14-37 overall, 3-17 in the Big Ten. It was the worst record for the Scarlet and Gray in the past eight years.