‘Going Beyond the Grid’

first_imgAs Liberians await the first 22-megawatts turbine at the Mt. Coffee Hydro Power Plant to go online on December 15, the ‘Liberia Energy Access Practitioner’ (LEAP) group has been launched to help government decentralize energy to rural areas in the country.The program was organized by Mercy Corps, an international non-governmental organization, through its ‘Light Up Liberia’ project with funding from the European Union.The launch, which was held over the weekend, brought together representatives from Total Liberia, Plan Liberia, Alternative Energy, We4Self, GIZ-Endev, among others.The network is particularly intended to bring together diverse energy service providers and stakeholders to support the delivery of clean, reliable, and affordable decentralized energy as a way of contributing to Liberia’s electrification projects.LEAP will also concentrate on the promotion of solar technology and clean cooking stoves, with its members’ operations (mostly small and medium enterprises) expected to range from Pico solution to larger, decentralized solar systems.“We recognize that off-grid energy solutions move beyond bridging the energy gap by addressing lighting, cooking, pumping needs to positively affect outcomes in education, health and agriculture and enhance livelihood opportunities,” a representative of Mercy Corps said.According to him, there is currently no formal network or trade association for retailers as well as distributors of off-grid renewable energy products in Liberia. As a result, there is little to no collaboration between players in the rural energy market. In her keynote address on behalf of the management of the Rural Renewable Energy Agency (RREA), Mrs. Mardia Potter Warner said the government of Liberia through RREA will continue to support and promote the platform for the growth of the sector.“We fully endorse the outcome of the LEAP Network, considering it a good basis for furthering our cooperation and intend to go beyond the agreement reached in the area of renewable energy,” she said.“We commit ourselves to working with others to achieve the goals of the LEAP network especially through the partnership initiatives that could contribute to expanding the use of renewable energy,” she added.In remarks, Mercy Corps Deputy Country Director Douglas Cooper lauded the government through the RREA and other partners for the progress made in Liberia. “Mercy Corps has been in operation in Liberia since 2002 implementing programs in food security, peace-building and youth empowerment.” Over the last year, he said, Mercy Corps has also been engaging in social mobilization and economic development in response to the impacts of the Ebola outbreak.Mercy Corp Liberia currently has funding from the European Commission (EC) through a 36-month program entitled “Light Up Liberia” in Bong, Margibi, Grand Bassa, Lofa, Gbarpolu, Nimba and rural Montserrado counties.According to Cooper, with support from the EC, Mercy Corps Liberia will improve access to affordable and sustainable energy for rural families.The Liberia Energy Access Practitioner group will operate from 2016-19. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Fire guts vendors arcade in Bartica

first_imgA fire of unknown origin completely destroyed three stalls in an unregulated vendors arcade next to Cool Breeze mall in Bartica, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni).The fire as it raged through the stallsThe incident occurred on Saturday at about 09:00h.Bartica’s Deputy Mayor, Kamal Persaud, told Guyana Times that despite the shortage of water and strong winds, fire fighters managed to control the fire from destroying surrounding structures, including the KW Shopping Mall.However, the fire destroyed three water tanks and the drainage pipes of the shopping centre. Some windows were also shattered as a result of the heat.No one was injured in the ordeal.Ironically, the fire did not originate from the cook-shop, but rather from one of the clothing stores.Persaud explained that when the owner of the cook-shop realised that there was a fire, she immediately moved her gas bottles so as to avoid major explosions.On the bright side, the Deputy Mayor noted that this disaster could serve as an impetus for the Bartica Town Council to bring some order to the area which is currently in a deplorable state and is a haven for criminal activities, including use of narcotics.She noted too that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had visited the arcade and expressed grave concerns about the impractical solid waste management practices there.In fact, she observed that the vendors are engaged in unethical practices within that commercial district, including sleeping in the stalls.“Sometimes when you walk pass there you can see people brushing their teeth. Some people sleep in the stalls, they live there,” she reported.Additionally, she noted that the land on which the vending takes place is a private-owned property currently involved in a court dispute.The Deputy Mayor is hoping that some action can be taken to regularise vending in that location.last_img read more

Flyers wrap up first team Movember campaign

first_imgWednesday’s gate brought in an additional $432.50, in addition to the players efforts, who combined, fundraised $1,495.In total, the Senior Flyers hockey team raised $1,927.50, which will go towards prostate cancer research and awareness.The Senior Flyers, fresh off a 5-3 victory over the Rangers, will next hit the ice Thursday, December 13, when they travel to Grande Prairie to take on the Athletics.- Advertisement –last_img

World Record set on Literacy Day

first_imgCanada did break the American participation record, on Family Literacy Day last January but, so did the Americans, leaving the Canadians in a runner-up position.The previous 2006 record was, 78,791 and, this year more than 119,000 Canadians were documented as participants, in over a thousand libraries, schools and literacy organizations including groups in Northeastern BC.Guinness World Records receives approximately 60,000 applications every year and, during Canada’s documentation process, it was verified that the U.S. organization, had set a new record, with more than 238,000 participants.” The annual event features children reading with an adult at multiple locations for 30 minutes, over a 24-hour period and it was held this year on January 23rd and 24th.- Advertisement -In Canada, three $1,000 awards were offered for non-profit community groups, with the highest number of participants…and three more for the schools with the highest percentage of participation, based on their student population.The Fort Nelson Community Literacy Society, topped the list of non-profit group winners in the 11th annual event with 570 participants.last_img read more