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Guyanese people given an opportunity to fix a mistake

first_imgDear Editor,History will confirm that team Granger acted and operated in a manner that was totally incompetent, lazy and corrupt over the last 4 years and 5 months. The evidence will confirm that when it came to making decisions for the Guyanese people, team Granger was an absolute clown show. Thus, this statement from Mr David Granger that if he is re-elected, he will launch a “decade of development” starting in 2020. This is nothing but a continuation of this circus. To bolster my conclusion, let us reflect on the last 4 years and 5 months under Mr Granger’s rule (almost half of a decade). What has he done with this valuable time to help the Guyanese people?In May 2015, if one is to read page 49 of the APNU/AFC Manifesto, it says clearly that the Prime Minister shall have responsibilities for “Domestic Affairs and Chairing the Cabinet”. Never done. How can you trust a man with such low integrity who even cons his own Prime Minister? What would such a man do to the ordinary Guyanese?In May 2015, Mr Granger promised on page 13 of the APNU/AFC Manifesto, that he will “create vocational and business schools which will directly reduce the unemployment rate, especially among youth”. Like so many other empty promises, again not done! And there are dozens more of such empty promises that border on outright untruths after half of the decade. So why does Mr Granger believe that the people will trust him with a new decade to inflict even more policy damage on their human development?The question that is on many people’s minds is this – is the Guyanese economy heading to the ICU over the next under 3 months under this clueless David Granger? The facts tell a story that even the best propagandist cannot wash away.The table below measures the GNI per person. By definition, the Gross National Income (GNI) measures income earned that flows into a local economy only. The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) on the other hand, measures the income earned within the country boundaries even if those funds are subsequently lifted out of the country to take overseas. So GDP includes all of Exxon spending on its Guyanese investments even if that cash ends up in Holland, USA, Singapore or Trinidad to develop those countries rather than Guyana. The facts will reveal that so far, less than 1.5 per cent of the spending on this Stabroek oil Block, actually landed in Guyana since 2015. So why all of this “hurrah” about “first oil”? There is nothing to celebrate for Guyana, cash-wise.The table below computes the actual growth in the wealth of the people during three periods that were dominated by Jagdeo, Ramotar, and Granger. You, the reader, be the judge.Any right-minded person will know that history shapes the future choices. After looking at the indicators of real growth in wealth for the average Guyanese, over the comparative 4-year periods under three different Presidents, why would anyone with an iota of sanity want to classify the Granger period as deserving four (4) more years? You have to be totally ridiculous to think this is what “backward never; forward ever” looks like?There are four (4) fundamental questions to consider when voting in 2020:1. Who has added more cash to the personal pocket of the average Guyanese?2. Who has a track record of making empty promises and not delivering on those promises?3. Who sat down and allowed the Guyanese economy to be taken into an economic ICU?4. Who is clueless about how to resuscitate this economy?History may suggest that team Granger was an electoral mistake, but what is clear is that March 2020 has given the Guyanese people an opportunity to fix this mistake. It is time to bring this parade of these policy lunatics to an end.With regardsSasenarine Singhlast_img read more

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Disco Hill Ebola Burial Site Running Out of Space?

first_imgThe Ebola burial site at Disco Hill Once a burial ground for Ebola victims, the cemetery is now receiving unclaimed bodies those dead from non-infectious causes The memorial burial site of victims of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), which is now also accommodating other dead bodies from Montserrado and Margibi counties, may soon degrade to the ranks of the Palm Grove Cemetery if caretakers and basic logistics are not given the needed attention.Unlike any other grave site in the country the Disco Hill burial site, situated along the Robert field highway, and which is now a national cemetery, was for a few years back graded by all of its visitors during the commemoration of national decoration day as the one of the best cemeteries in the country.Nowadays, the membership of the caretakers of the site has drastically declined due to lack of compensation from government in order to keep them at the site which is, unarguably a tourism site.In his narration of the challenges on the grounds of the cemetery, the head of the caretakers, Kortoson M. Pellewuwan said the site is growing short of space for burial.The tomb bearing some of the ashes of those who died as a result of contracting the EVD in 2014/2015“Out of the five acres received from the people of Margibi since 2014, only two acres are now available. And this is worrisome because lots of dead bodies are transported here frequently for burial,” Pellewuwan said.He said street bodies and those whose families or relatives do not have the means to give them befitting burials at other cemeteries due to lack of money are transported to the site for burial.“We do not refuse them. All we do is to verify that they are truly less fortunate people or are from charity organizations like Black Gate (HIV-AIDS compound), TB Annex as well as criminals who are murdered by mob justice,” he added.About the manpower catering to the site, he said they were twenty six between 2014 and 2015, but now they are only four actively involved with the care of the area.“We were twenty six but due to the lack of incentives from government, majority of the workers here have left. Our number reduced to eight but even at that, government has not been able to look after us,” he said, adding, “Even the four of us who are still keeping up this place are not well taken care of. I am the only one, in fact, on a regular stipend.”He said for seven months now the other three members of his team have not received any stipend and they may soon leave as others have done.“The thing that should be appreciated here is that, on Decoration Day, no one comes here to clean a grave but lays his or her flowers and wreaths on the grave of his or her loved one(s). We do everything. Is this not a good thing?” he rhetorically asked.Gaezohn Clarke, a resident of the ELWA community whose mother was buried at the site right after the EVD in 2015, said even though his mother did not die of Ebola, he saw it befitting to bury her at the Disco Hill EVD burial site.“Even though it is sad to lose loved ones, giving one’s loved one a befitting burial, particularly in a secure environment, is a very great achievement,” Clarke said.He said unlike other cemeteries which were encroached on over time by hard-core criminals, the Disco Hill burial site is secure and always clean.“Things are no longer as they used to be here. We are seeing lots of challenges such as lack of proper care of the site,” he said.Rep. Tilberosa Tarponweh pays his tribute to the deceased at the Disco Hill Ebola Virus Disease’s Victims’ burial siteMargibi Electoral District #1, Tilberosa Tarponweh said he is moved annually to visit only the Disco Hill burial site, not because of political reason, but for love of the people who became victims by the deadly EVD.“Whenever I come here I am overwhelmed by emotions from many people who visit this place on Decoration Day. I personal share tears imagining the way our people lost their lives in 2014 and 2015,” Tarponweh said.He said prior to the ashes and bones’ being taken to the Disco Hill burial site, the cremation of Ebola victims was done in his neighborhood of Boys Town.“I have a picture of the impact of the EVD in my mind, because I was here. I saw the many tears people shared for their loved ones, who lost their lives to the EVD. We all have to remember the effects of the EVD and learn never to fall prey to it anymore,” he admonished.Rep. Tarponweh said his office will work alongside all the relevant partners, including the National Public Health Heath Institute of Liberia (NPHIL), the ministries of Health and Internal Affairs to give the Disco Hill burial site a national memorial tourism status.“For the sanity of this place, it is my kind appeal that those taking care of this place be compensated. We should not afford to lose this place to bush and other harmful practices,” he concluded.NPHIL Executive, Tolbert Nyenswah said the caretaker of the site; Kortoson Pellewuwan is right for saying that there are challenges confronting the upkeep of the site.Nyenswah however pointed out that there is no need for the site to have too many staff, considering that there is no more national emergency.“That place is not intended for the burial of just any kind of dead bodies. After the EVD, the only bodies that should buried there are those from TB Annex, and other areas where contagious diseases have hit a population. Other than those, no one is allowed to take a dead body there for burial on the basis of poverty,” he said, adding that the NPHIL will investigate all burials done at the site in recent times.Dr. Nyenswah said the NPHIL is working out a project proposal in order to make the Disco Hill burial site a tourism site.“We need money to get that place up to a tourism standard,” he said.Nyenswah said the NPHIL is pleased that high profile individuals from Liberia and other parts of the world are now taking interest in visiting the Disco Hill burial site for research purposes, basically on the impact the EVD has created on the country and recommendations to the government for a prosperous future.On Wednesday, March 13 this year, Madam Ronke Olawale, a PhD candidate in social work and anthropology at the Michigan University (USA), paid a research visit to the burial site to study the impact of EVD on the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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SADNESS AS MAGICIAN PAUL DANIELS DIAGNOSED WITH BRAIN TUMOUR – DONEGAL SHOW CANCELLED

first_imgPaul and Debbie had been due to appear in Donegal on May 4Magician and entertainer Paul Daniels, 77, has been diagnosed with terminal cancer, his family has said.A statement from his publicist said the entertainer had been diagnosed with “an incurable brain tumour”, and thanked well-wishers for their support.He was due to appear in Letterkenny in May. The show has been cancelled. Middlesbrough-born Daniels, whose career has spanned nearly four decades, found fame in the 1980s with his TV series The Paul Daniels Magic Show.His wife, Debbie McGee, tweeted: “With great sadness.”Daniels, whose real name is Newton Edward Daniels, developed his magic skills in working men’s clubs.Daniels’ manager said all shows – including a planned gig at An Grianan in Letterkenny in May 4 – have been cancelled. A statement said: “We can confirm that one of our greatest magicians and entertainers of all times, Paul Daniels, has sadly been diagnosed with an incurable brain tumour.“On behalf of Paul, Debbie and their families, we thank you for your kind concerns and support at this sad time and ask that their privacy continues to be respected. There will be no further comments at this time.”SADNESS AS MAGICIAN PAUL DANIELS DIAGNOSED WITH BRAIN TUMOUR – DONEGAL SHOW CANCELLED was last modified: February 20th, 2016 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:donegalletterkennyPaul Danielslast_img read more

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INVESTIGATION AS TWO PEDESTRIANS HIT BY GARDA PATROL CAR

first_imgThe Garda Ombudsman is to carry out an investigation after two pedestrians were struck by a patrol car in Inishowen.The incident happened in Ballyliffin on Sunday night.The marked Garda car struck two young men at Annagh Crossroads on the R238 at round 10.30pm. The details surrounding the incident are still unclear.One of the young men was rushed to Letterkenny General Hospital but his injuries are not understood to be life-threatening.Garda forensic officers remained at the scene all day on Monday as a full investigation was launched into the circumstances surrounding the incident.A Garda spokesperson would not comment on the matter as it had been passed to the Police Ombudsman for further investigation.   INVESTIGATION AS TWO PEDESTRIANS HIT BY GARDA PATROL CAR was last modified: August 7th, 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:BallyliffinGarda OmbudsmanGarda patrol carlast_img read more

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4 LANTERNS ULSTER SENIOR LEAGUE REPORTS

first_img2014 USL Results & Reports 24.08.14 Results 4 Lanterns USLFinn Harps Res. 2-2 Fanad Utd.Swilly Rovers 2-3 Letterkenny Rovers Cockhill Celtic 1-1 Derry City Res.Bonagee Utd. 3-0 Drumkeen Utd.Div. 1 Cup Final Letterkenny Rovers Res. 1-0 Bonagee Utd. Res.ReportsBottom Two End Season in StalemateFinn Harps Res. 2Fanad Utd. 2Harps and Fanad ended their campaigns with an entertaining game at Finn Park. Harps started the brighter with Shane Graham in the away side’s goal denying Hanlon, McConnell & Eamon McHugh. Cathal McDaid then had a great run ghosting past two or three players before having a curling shot saved by Graham again. Fanad came in to the game at the end of the first half and created a number of chances from the impressive Jordan McBride and Conor Matthewson with Conor McBride denying them on both occasions. The second half started with Wilson in the Fanad midfield forcing a great save from McBride. That forced Harps to come out and play again and Hanlon somehow missed from a great McDaid cross when it seemed easier to score. He made up for it though as in the 65th minute he put the home side ahead after good play from Eamon McHugh, he finished well past Graham. Adam Serrinha then had an effort ruled out for offside for the away side. Eamon McHugh doubled the home side’s lead in the 80th minute tapping in after a Porter header came back off the crossbar. Fanad pushed in the last five minutes and were forcing McBride in the Harps goal in to several top class saves. Mark Wilson scored on 85mins to give Fanad hope and in the 90th minute they got an equaliser after good build up play from McBride, Conor Matthewson fired low in to the corner. Finn Harps: Conor McBride, Conor McGlynn, Hugh Moy, Shane Porter, Dylan Quinn, David Ward, Cathal McDaid, Jack Dean, Adrian Hanlon, Dean McConnell, Eamon McHugh.Fanad Utd: Shane Graham, Ronan Sweeney, Adam Salhi, Glen McNutly, Kevin Murray, Jordan McBride, Conor Matthewson, Mark Wilson, Adam Serrinha, Brian McVeigh, Paddy Carr. Subs used: Shay Durning, Odhran Hilley, Eoghan Rafferty.Top Two finish With Draw to Remain UnbeatenCockhill Celtic 1 Derry City Res. 1The top 2 teams played out an entertaining one all draw in the final league fixture. The young Derry side started excellently and were 1st to every ball and played some crisp smart football in the 1st half. They deservedly took a lead on the 25th minute when Ronan Curtis broke clear and smashed a low drive past Lee Mc Carron in the home goal. Derry with Conor Harkin dominating in midfield and the outstanding Georgie Kelly in defence were full value for their half time lead. Cockhill after a few stern words at half time started the 2nd half a lot brighter. The home side started to force the issue and began to dominate the ball. The breakthrough came when Malachy Mc Dermott sent Garbhain Friel clear only for Derry keeper Michael Lynch to upend the big forward. Referee Stephen Toner awarded the penalty & Friel sent Lynch the wrong way from 12 yards. Cockhill could have grabbed a late winner when Gerry Gill tested Lynch from 15 yards. Both teams had half chances towards the end. The game ended 1 all. Both teams ended the season undefeated, the first time two teams have gone undefeated through the season, with Derry’s draw a couple of weeks ago against Bonagee proving costly and denying them a chance of a play-off.Letterkenny Claim Victory in RameltonSwilly Rovers 2Letterkenny Rovers 3Ulster senior league Swilly Rovers 2 Letterkenny Rovers 3. A very entertaining 5 goal thriller at Swilly Park for the final league game of the season. Swilly were minus ten of their twenty man cup final squad due to players transferring to junior and under 19 football before the end of the transfer window, Letterkenny lost a couple of players also. Letterkenny went ahead when Aaron O’Hagan powerfully headed home following a Johnny Bonner corner, Michael McHugh equalised with an excellent finish from close range. Kenny Doran put Letterkenny ahead when Swilly defenders clearance hit of him and went in past a startled Gareth Wade. Johnny Bonner with a delightful twenty yard effort put Letterkenny further ahead. Michael McHugh produced another excellent finish for Swilly to make it 3-2. McHugh also had a goal disallowed shortly afterwards which mystified many in the ground and the game finished 3-2 to Letterkenny.DIV. 1 Cup FinalLetterkenny Claim DoubleLetterkenny Rovers Res. 1Bonagee Utd Res. 0Letterkenny Rovers left it very late to defeat Bonagee and claim the League and cup double with a 91st minute goal from Jason Doherty at Leckview Park on Saturday afternoon.After a very tame opening quarter the game came to life on 25 minutes and it was the visitors who produced the first chance. Kevin Doran skipped away down the left hand side after winning possession and he raced into the box where he played in Sam Murphy and his well struck effort brought a superb point blank reflex save from Christopher O’Donnell in the Rovers goal. This seemed to energise Letterkenny who dominated possession for the rest of the half and had numerous chances to take the lead. A diagonal ball from Kevin McGrath on 29 minutes sent the lively Adrian Delap through and his effort was well saved by Bonagee net minder Roy Duffy. Then a minute later a teasing cross from Gareth Doherty found Gavin McDaid at the far post and his mishit effort from 5 yards was somehow cleared. McDaid-who had scored against the same opposition with a thumping drive earlier in the week- had two more chances to open the scoring but he failed to hit the target. On 40 minutes McDaid turned provider and did well to slip BJ Banda in but his weak shot was saved easily by Duffy. Then the best chance of the opening half arrived on 45 minutes. Luke Nelis did well down the left hand side and he was fouled by Hugh McDaid just inside the box. Referee Paul Duddy had no hesitation in pointing to the spot. Jason Doherty took responsibility but his penalty was hit straight at Roy Duffy and was cleared by the Bonagee defence.The visitors may have been thinking their name was on the cup and they started the second half the brighter. They introduced Dylan McCrory on 57 minutes and he certainly made an impact down the Bonagee right hand side. On 61 minutes McCrory found Sam Murphy with a lovely through ball and Murphy tested O’Donnell who pulled off another super reaction save with his feet. Letterkenny did have chances through substitute Odhran McMacken on 63 minutes while Gareth Doherty should have scored when unmarked from an Anthony Gorman free just eight yards out but his effort went high over the bar on 82 minutes. Just as both sides were gearing up for extra time there was late drama.Firstly referee Paul Duddy gave substitute Anthony Gorman a straight red card for dissent after the midfielder questioned the non-award of a free kick on 88 minutes. This would have given Bonagee a massive advantage with the extra man going into overtime but Rovers had other ideas by providing their own late, late show. Some neat interplay between Odhran McMacken, Gareth Doherty and Kevin McGrath set Jason Doherty up and he lobbed Roy Duffy in the Bonagee goal. Duffy looked for a moment as if he would get back to gather the ball but he slipped and it somehow found the back of the net to hand Rovers victory.A very competitive decider and a cruel way for Bonagee to lose out but a fitting final with the two best teams in the division all season battling it out. Rovers manager Eamon McConigley was very pleased with his team’s commitment and application of his team throughout the season and adds yet another honour to what has been an illustrious career as player and manager.Bonagee Utd; Roy Duffy, Jack Lafferty, Evan McCrory, Paddy O’Loan, Hugh McDaid, Jake Whelan, Reece Shortt, Ciaran Gibson, Odhran Barron, Sm Murphy, Kevin Doran. Subs: Dylan McCrory for Shortt 57 minutesLetterkenny Rovers; Christopher O’Donnell, Kieran Doherty, Luke Nelis, Ryan Gildea, Noah Mailey, Kevin McGrath, Adrian Delap, Gareth Doherty, Jason Doherty, Gavin McDaid, BJ Banda. Subs: Odhran McMacken for McDaid 61 mins, Anthony Gorman for Banda 79 minsReferee; Paul DuddyAssistant Referees; Joe McHugh and Vincent McLaughlin.Final 4 Lanterns Ulster Senior League Table 24.08.14Team P W D L For Against + / – Pts.Cockhill Celtic* 14 12 2 0 48 11 37 38Derry City Res. 14 10 4 0 47 14 33 34Letterkenny Rovers 14 7 4 3 30 18 12 25Bonagee Utd. 14 6 2 6 23 18 5 20Swilly Rovers 14 5 2 6 28 34 -6 17Drumkeen Utd. 14 4 3 7 27 42 -15 15Finn Harps Res. 14 2 1 11 11 36 -25 7Fanad Utd. 14 0 2 12 11 52 -41 2*Cockhill Celtic are the 2014 4 Lanterns Ulster Senior League championsFinal DPD First Division 24.08.14Team P W D L F A +/- PtsLetterkenny Rovers 8 6 2 0 30 12 18 20Bonagee Utd Res. 8 4 2 2 18 16 2 14Drumkeen Utd. Res. 8 2 2 4 14 18 -4 8Fanad Utd. 8 1 4 3 12 19 -7 7Swilly Rovers Res. 8 1 2 5 14 22 -8 54 LANTERNS ULSTER SENIOR LEAGUE REPORTS was last modified: August 24th, 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:4 LANTERNS ULSTER SENIOR LEAGUE REPORTSlast_img read more

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BARRY MCNAMEE WINS SOCCER REPUBLIC’S GOAL OF THE MONTH FOR MARCH

first_imgDDTV: Derry City midfielder Barry McNamee has been awarded the Soccer Republic Goal of the Month competition for March.McNamee’s superb effort against Drogheda United was given the nod ahead of the other contenders which included some wonderful goals. McNamee has been one of the bright lights for Derry City in what has been a stuttering campaign so far.Derry were held at home in their last two matches at The Brandywell but earned a great away win against Limerick on Tuesday.McNamee was on the mark again this time from the penalty spot and Buncrana native Mark Timlin added a second for Peter Hutton’s side.To watch McNamee’s sensational goal simply click play on the video above. BARRY MCNAMEE WINS SOCCER REPUBLIC’S GOAL OF THE MONTH FOR MARCH was last modified: April 22nd, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Barry McNameeDDTVderry cityGoal of the MonthnewsSoccer RepublicSportlast_img read more

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News in brief: Fans back Smith, Waddock links up with Allen

first_imgSmith is seen as a great prospectBoxingMitchell Smith has sold almost a thousand tickets for his European title clash with Zoltan Kovacs. Harrow’s super-featherweight prospect faces the Hungarian at the Excel Arena on 29 November on the undercard of the heavyweight fight between Tyson Fury and Dereck Chisora.Gary WaddockThe former QPR man has joined the coaching staff at Barnet. The 52-year-old, from Kingsbury, was manager at Loftus Road in 2006. He has signed a month-to-month rolling contract at Barnet, who are managed by his former Rangers team-mate Martin Allen.FulhamDefender Nikolay Bodurov says he believes the Whites are heading in the right direction under new boss Kit Symons. In an interview for the match programme for tonight’s game against Blackpool, the Bulgarian said: “We’re now starting to get our season going. Under Kit, I feel I’ll get the success I desire.”BrentfordGoalkeeper Richard Lee, who has been suffering with a shoulder injury, started for Brentford’s development side in a friendly at Maidenhead on Tuesday night but was only able to get 54 minutes under his belt as the match was abandoned because  of a waterlogged pitch.HendonThe Ryman Premier Division high-flyers have signed AFC Hayes defender Charlie Goode.BadmintonHounslow’s Rajiv Ouseph has been drawn against Germany’s Marc Zwiebler in the first round of next week’s China Open. Ouseph, the world number 28, is ranked seven places below Zwiebler, but he beat him at the European Team Championships in February.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Maison Idekit: The Container Home Evolves

first_imgThe quest to transform shipping containers into inexpensive, serviceable housing has taken turns toward the starkly utilitarian (hurricane-resistant shelters, housing for homeless people) and the rambunctious (usually colorful, boxlike stacks). But architect Bernard Morin and his partner, Jocelyn Labelle, are trying to introduce enough ingenuity into container-based designs to make them palatable to a broad market.The couple’s firm, Maison Idekit, based in Quebec, has been working with clients in North America and Europe on commercial projects and now hopes to expand into the residential market. Their first container home, in St. Adele, Quebec, has turned out to be not only a decent demo but also a publicity magnet – a 3,000-sq.-ft. four-bedroom duplex constructed with seven recycled shipping containers.From the front, the building does indeed have an angular, modular look, but it also avoids shipping-container and trailer-home stereotypes. The exterior walls have been insulated with foam and covered with wood siding. It isn’t until you tour the interior and see the exposed corrugated walls that you’re reminded you’re surrounded by a lot of steel that probably has seen several distant ports (check out CTV news clips on the home here and here).Morin and Labelle say hard construction costs came to $175,000 and that little of the 8×40-foot containers went to waste. The containers’ heavy-gauge wooden decks are, in this setting, the ceiling, while architectural cement was use to create smooth, even floor surfaces. Build time was about 10 months.The firm says it has two more residential projects going in the ground over the next few months that will use a total of 12 containers.last_img read more

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Solar Blooms in the Rural U.S.

first_imgA report released this summer by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) documents the tremendous growth in solar energy driven by electric cooperatives. Electric cooperatives (co-ops) are utilities that are owned by their customers. They serve 56% of the land area of the U.S — mainly in rural regions — and are increasingly providing solar energy to their customers. In fact, by 2019, co-op solar capacity is expected to surpass 1 gigawatt (GW), enough to power more than 200,000 homes. The growth in co-op solar is exciting, and it’s part of a larger story of solar expansion throughout the rural U.S. The costs of solar energy are declining, more customers want their homes powered by solar panels, and the rural energy economy is transforming. NRECA’s recent report is the result of a multi-year project to identify and address the barriers and drivers of growth for co-op solar, a project funded by a $3.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). This good news story is in part a tribute to the value of the research, development, and deployment programs housed at DOE — and an important reminder that we need Congress to continue to fund the DOE programs that are building our clean energy future.RELATED ARTICLESWisconsin Sees a Boom in Community SolarSolar Energy Can Make the Grid More ResilientCost of Installed Solar Continues to FallSolar Power Alone Won’t Solve Energy or Climate NeedsA California Utility Looks for New Answers in Solar Integration Puzzle Bigger and broader: more solar for more people Co-ops are scaling up the solar projects they develop and more frequently buying power from large solar plants. Historically, the solar energy in cooperative service regions has come from small projects and distributed generation. In 2014, co-ops provided about 113 megawatts (MW) of solar capacity, and the average size of a co-op installation was 25 kilowatts (kW). By 2017, the total capacity grew to over 850 MW, and, now, the average installation provides 1 MW — 40 times the size just four years ago. This change stems in large part from partnerships between distribution co-ops and their generation and transmission counterparts to develop or buy energy from larger solar power plants and serve more members. Co-ops are not only investing in new large-scale solar, they also are expanding access through distributed, smaller projects. Community solar programs allow customers to buy a share of a solar project and then benefit from the electricity generated. These projects enable people to take advantage of solar energy even when they cannot install their own rooftop solar panels. They may not be able to afford the large up-front costs, don’t own their home and can’t alter the roof, or have rooftops that are shaded or inconveniently oriented. More and more rural communities are subscribing to community solar programs, thanks in large part to the more than 190 co-ops that have community solar projects or are currently planning them. These creative approaches can help co-ops bring new resources to their rural constituencies and transform solar energy into a more accessible resource. Accessibility is especially important for co-ops, which serve 93% of the nation’s “persistent poverty” counties — where the poverty rate has exceeded 20% of the population for the past 30 years. Rural households also spend much more of their income on energy bills than others, according to a report also released this summer. As the energy transition continues full swing, it’s important to work creatively to ensure that it happens equitably — and that all communities have access to clean, affordable energy (including energy efficiency) and the accompanying job opportunities. Co-ops are especially well-situated to do this work. The rapid expansion of solar in rural areas is not limited to co-ops. Investor-owned utilities also are pushing for more solar generation in rural communities. Late last year, American Electric Power, which serves 11 states, filed a request for proposals (RFP) for 400 MW of solar energy in Ohio, adding to an energy portfolio that already includes several wind and solar farms. The RFP will prioritize sites in Appalachian Ohio, create permanent manufacturing jobs, and hire Ohioan military veterans. Ohio’s announcement is part of promising growth throughout the rural Midwest, where clean energy jobs grew by 6% from 2015 to 2016, outpacing job growth in other sectors by a long shot. Together, cooperatives and other utilities are creating a new green economy throughout the rural U.S., creating jobs and expanding access to inexpensive, clean energy. Rural communities are demanding clean energy One of the remarkable features of this solar growth is that it’s driven by consumer demand. Co-ops, being member-owned, have a responsibility to meet the requests of their customers, and their customers are asking for solar energy. In a survey conducted by NRECA, 68% of co-ops were motivated to expand solar energy by a desire to increase consumer-member satisfaction, and 59% were motivated by consumer demand for solar offerings. These were the two greatest drivers identified in the survey, and they speak to the growing enthusiasm for clean energy in the rural U.S. This growth is made possible thanks to the extraordinary decline in the cost of solar energy. The installed cost of large-scale solar energy declined by 71% from 2008 to 2016 across the country, thanks in part to federal funding for innovation at the Department of Energy. However, we cannot take it for granted that costs will continue to decline on their own. Earlier this year, the Trump administration imposed tariffs on imports of solar tariffs, a shortsighted and counterproductive move that threatened to undermine the remarkable growth the solar industry has seen in recent years. Developers believe the tariffs have dampened growth this year — but not as significantly as initially expected. Increased funding for Department of Energy innovation programs, especially those focused on solar panel manufacturing, and continued action from policymakers at all levels will allow the remarkable growth to continue and bring clean and inexpensive power to more people. Despite uncertainty in federal energy policy, solar projects keep breaking records for the lowest price, with the latest record power-purchase agreement coming in around 2.4 cents/kilowatt-hour (¢/kWh). That’s cheaper than the average wholesale electricity price in the region, which was 3.4¢/kWh in 2017 — and far cheaper than average levelized cost of energy from a new gas plant, about 6¢/kWh. Costs are on the decline, demand is surging, and the future is bright for solar energy.   Arjun Krishnaswami is a policy analyst in the climate and clean energy program of the National Resource Defense Council. This post originally appeared at the NRDC’s Expert Blog.last_img read more

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Dear College Students: LinkedIn Is Not The Same As Facebook

first_imgbrian s hall Related Posts College students are understood to be incredibly savvy at social networking – 90% regularly use Facebook, for example. Yet too many students fail to leverage readily available professional social networking platforms, such as LinkedIn, to help launch or accelerate their careers. In my first post on this phenomenon, I was struck by two seemingly opposing facts:More than half of recent graduates are either unemployed or underemployed.Nearly half of current college students “have never used LinkedIn – typically thought of as the social network for job seekers.” Even among those that do, LinkedIn is not typically a priority in their job search. Are students blissfully naive? Certain that they will land that perfect job upon graduation based solely on personal relationships? Are colleges not doing enough to promote the value of professional networking? What about LinkedIn itself ? Could it do more to appeal to students?Turns out, there is plenty of blame to spread around.(See also Why Aren’t College Students Using LinkedIn To find Jobs?)Fear Uncertainty And DoubtA common theme across commenters and tweeters of my first post was that students need help in their employment search and aren’t sure how to get it despite the many online services available to them. Students aren’t convinced their schools are doing enough to guide them, and many simply do not believe LinkedIn, for example, offers much help for students just starting out in the professional world. A sampling of comments:LinkedIn contains useless job listings:Companies that rely on LinkedIn for recruiting are generally doing so because they don’t want to pay for any other means of finding good people—and that pretty much tells you all you need to know.Colleges are not helping:I just spent 2 hours with my Intern (who is a Senior at our local University) learning Linkedin. She said that her University “tells” the Seniors that they need and should have a profile on Linkedin but don’t tell them “how” to do it. That generation is very computer savvy, however, [they] don’t know what to put onto Linkedin.Students fail to understand LinkedIn’s potential:Several years ago I founded a LinkedIn discussion group, Girls Who Print, for women in the printing industry, which has grown into a worldwide “virtual” sorority. Each year, I find more college students join in order to begin making connections within the industry.  LinkedIn is of no use to a student:As a college student with little/no experience and one of millions looking for internships, do you think a ‘Connect With Me on LinkedIn’ will set a candidate apart? No. This will be made on campus, through networking events or through their specific on campus organizations. LinkedIn Needs To Do More For StudentsNicole Williams, a career expert who consults on behalf of LinkedIn, was surprised by students’ general lack of acceptance of LinkedIn, given how “social media savvy” they’re assumed to be. “There is a lag, and we’re working hard to rectify that lag,” Williams said.LinkedIn employs Williams, among others, to speak at schools and other events college-age students are likely to attend. Williams says she urges students to understand what LinkedIn can offer even students just beginning a career. “You have to be searchable. Students need a strategic professional brand online that they control.”  “LinkedIn is committed to helping college students utilize the platform,” Williams noted. That’s not only about finding connections or job listings, she added. “The power of LinkedIn is that you can find someone online, know where they graduated from, learn the trajectory of their career, track their experience and replicate that if you want your career to look like that.”Students Have Professional Networking ChoicesDespite LinkedIn’s outreach, the fact that many college students are not fully leveraging the site creates opportunities for competitors. Eyal Grayevsky, CEO of FirstJob, a service that specializes in entry level jobs for college students and recent grads, was well aware of the meager number of college students using LinkedIn. “From our point of view, LinkedIn has seen low engagement from the younger demographic because its core focus is professional networking, something that doesn’t appeal to someone who has little-to-no professional experience.”But Grayevsky added that college students typically underestimate the “wealth of company connections” available to them. These may be from alumni networks, volunteer work and other connections, for example.It’s easy to blame supposedly social-savvy students for not fully promoting their online “brand” and not availing themselves of all possible professional social networking opportunities.But maybe there’s also a big difference between the kinds of friends-and-family social networking skills possessed by many young adults and what they need to know to network for professional purposes. Being a whiz at creating interesting Facebook posts, sharing slick Instagram pictures and composing pithy tweets may not easily translate into job-search skills. Lead image courtesy of Shutterstock. The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationcenter_img A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Tags:#education#employment#LinkedIn#social networking last_img read more

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