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first_imgThe Board Chairman of the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC), Ian Yhap, has disclosed that the turbine at Mt. Coffee Hydropower Plant, which has the capacity of 22 megawatts, will finally come on line on Thursday, December 15.Announcing the development yesterday at the Information Ministry’s regular Thursday press briefing on Capitol Hill in Monrovia, Yhap said testing of the first generating unit of the Mount Coffee Hydropower Plant in Harrisburg is ongoing in Caldwell to ensure that the inauguration of the 22-megawatt turbine on December 15 is successful. According to him, engineers from Mount Coffee Hydropower Plant and LEC are working now to have electricity on Bushrod Island from the hydro.When distribution on Bushrod Island is completed, he said, “We will now start to distribute power to other parts of Monrovia. As we speak today, serious work is ongoing and things remain in control.” Chairman Yhap said the second turbine, also with a capacity of 22 megawatts, will come on by February 15, 2017, with the remaining two turbines coming on after four months. “We want to thank the government and partners for the support. We want to also thank all the engineers for working tirelessly to ensure that we have power as scheduled,” Chairman Yhap said.Meanwhile, he said the board of LEC has appointed a new management team that is energetic, hardworking and motivated to steer the affairs of the corporation from January 2017.“We need to develop the capacity, because Liberians have not been managing such a system for many years. We have also called on our international partners to help in building our capacity. We have some new things now in LEC and everyone is going through the learning process,” he said. The first phase of the reservoir impoundment (filling the reservoir with water) of the Dam Project was successfully completed on October 19 this year. On October 15, the spillway gates were gradually closed in order to increase the water level in the reservoir, he said.Currently, the water level has increased to 28.5 meters above sea level, which is just 0.5 meters below the maximum operating level. During the testing exercise, he said customers may experience brief and periodic interruptions in power supply. The testing will continue up to December 15, when the first operations of the hydropower plant are officially inaugurated by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.Meanwhile, the LEC management has issued an apology for any inconvenience as a result of this exercise and has asked for the support of the Liberian people leading up to this very important milestone for the nation. 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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first_img0Shares0000The Champions League trophy stands on display during the group stage draw ceremony © AFP/File / Valery HACHELjubljana, Slovenia, Sep 24 – The 2021 UEFA Champions League final will be played in Saint Petersburg, European football’s governing body announced on Tuesday.The venues for the next three finals were revealed at UEFA’s Executive Committee meeting in the Slovenian capital Ljubljana, with Munich being awarded the 2022 showpiece and the 2023 final being given to Wembley. In awarding the venues for the next three years, UEFA have had to take into account not just the likely demand for match tickets but also the importance of hotel rooms and transport infrastructure.That means there are a limited number of cities around Europe capable of successfully staging a match of such magnitude.“The chosen venues have proper mobility, hotels and everything else. Where we have a problem, and probably will have a problem anywhere, is that sometimes hotels take advantage of the fact the Champions League final is in a certain city,” admitted UEFA president Aleksandar Ceferin.“I am sure that if you check those three cities in half an hour you will see that hotel prices have already started to rise.“This is a problem but it is hard for us to influence. That is why we want to go to such big cities with so many hotels that in the end you can choose.”“Those venues are big cities, interesting cities, accessible for the fans and with very nice stadiums,” he added, although he said he “cannot do any promises for now” in terms of increasing ticket allocations for supporters.– Return to Russia –This season’s final will be played in Istanbul, before hosting is given to the 68,000-capacity Gazprom Arena in Saint Petersburg.The venue, complete with a retractable roof, was built ahead of the 2018 World Cup held in Russia. It hosted seven matches at that tournament, including France’s semi-final win over Belgium and will also host four games at Euro 2020.It will be the second Champions League final to be played in Russia after Manchester United beat Chelsea in Moscow to win the trophy in 2008.The 70,000-seat Allianz Arena in Munich is also a host venue for Euro 2020 and staged the 2012 Champions League final when Bayern Munich lost on penalties to Chelsea.The 2023 final will be the eighth to be held at Wembley, with the iconic 90,000-seat London venue also hosting the semi-finals and final of next year’s European Championship.Meanwhile, European football’s governing body also revealed that the 2021 Europa League final will be played in Seville, at Sevilla’s Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium.The Spanish city was chosen ahead of Georgian capital Tbilisi as the game returns to western Europe — after being staged in Baku last season, next year’s final will go to the Polish city of Gdansk.The 2021 UEFA Super Cup match — between the winners of the Champions League and Europa League — will be played in Belfast.UEFA said VAR, which made its Champions League debut in the last 16 last season, will be introduced to the Europa League for the knockout rounds this term.A third European club competition that is set to start in 2021 will be known as the UEFA Europa Conference League.0Shares0000(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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first_imgTHE OWNER of one of Donegal’s best-loved hotels has opened his heart after he was forced to shut the premises.Paul Kelly, the owner of Gleneany House Hotel in Letterkenny, said he had no choice but to close the 25 bedroom family-run business.“Today is a very sad day for the entire Kelly family and for me personally, as Gleneany House has been a major part of my life for almost 20 years, but due to very tough trading times, it is no longer economically possible to remain open. “I would like to thank everyone for supporting us down through the years, our customers, suppliers and most importantly, our loyal committed and hard working staff past and present,” he said.Gleneany House Hotel in Letterkenny has been open for the past 20 years and had enjoyed a solid reputation in hotel circles.The 25 bedroom  hotel and restaurant was located at the Port Roundabout at the entrance to the town.President of the Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce Patrick McGinley said it was a sad day when another business had gone tot he wall in the Cathedral Town. “I am very sad to hear the news because the Kelly family ran a fine hotel and were very well- respected as hard working and decent people.“But it goes to show that businesses, especially many in the service industry including hotels, restaurants and bars, are finding things very difficult at the moment,” he said.The closure of the budget hotel comes hot on the heels of another closure in the town – the Bastille Bistro on the town’s High Road which closed last week with the loss of 15 jobs.EndsOWNER OF LANDMARK LETTERKENNY HOTEL SPEAKS ABOUT ITS SAD CLOSURE was last modified: December 30th, 2010 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)last_img read more

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