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first_imgGesler E. Murray, Minister of Mines and EnergyBy David A. Yates and Alvin WorziThe Government of Liberia (GoL) through the Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME) in collaboration with other institutions are expected to commence a three-day international exhibition conference on mining, gas and oil sector of the country.The conference, which is expected to take place from Thursday, November 28 thru 30, 2019, is aimed at bringing together several government officials, investors, international industry experts, as well as mining, energy, petroleum and related technology providers and financiers to discuss challenges, highlight investment opportunities, as well as celebrate the successes of the country’s energy sector.The conference will be held under the theme, “Exploring Opportunities and Investing in Africa’s Mining, Energy and Petroleum Industries.”Mines and Energy Minister Gesler E. Murray told journalists at a press conference in Monrovia on Thursday, November 14, that the country is blessed with an impressive variety of mineral resources and has traditionally relied on mining, chiefly iron ore, gold, and diamonds, as a major source of income.Minister Murray, who quoted a report released by the World Bank’s chief for Africa, said it was stated that the mining sector in Liberia grew by 7%, as compared to the non-mining sectors such as agriculture and manufacturing, which declined by 3.5%.He said the recent growth in the mining sector signals a potential to contribute significantly to employment, income generation, and infrastructure development.Notwithstanding the foregoing, Murray said that the development of these mineral resources has significant environmental impacts that often go unnoticed.“This is why the Ministry of Mines and Energy works in collaboration with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other environmental-related institutions to ensure that operating companies uphold high environmental standards and best practices,” he added.He said that the mining and export of iron ore have been the mainstream of the Liberian economy for more than half a century now. The mining and export of gold and diamonds, he added, have also contributed importantly to the country’s revenue stream, noting that some other known mineral deposits that require further assessment to determine their economic viability are manganese, bauxite, kyanite, barite, and phosphate.Minister Murray added, “Our energy sector also offers enormous opportunities relating mainly to hydro and solar potentials. This is why our vision focuses on the country becoming a hub for renewable energy with the capacity to export excess generation.”This vision, he said, is based on the fact that Liberia falls within a solar-rich region, lying between the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn above the equator.“Overall, Liberia-based load projection of its entire energy mix is estimated at 4,000 MW. Our legal, fiscal, and regulatory framework already gives investors the clarity and transparency they need. And in the spirit of a win-win partnership, Liberia is committed to providing investors with the incentives and other benefits they need to grow successful businesses,” he added.Minister Murray said that energy access in Liberia represents a significant challenge, as the country has one of the lowest electrification rates in the world.According to research, in 2016, an estimated 88% of the population –over four million people– did not have access to electricity, with a significant disparity in rates of access between urban (16% access) and rural (3% access) areas. The Government has set a target of increasing electrification rates to 70% in Monrovia and 35% of rural areas by 2025, and universal electricity access nationwide by 2030.But Murray said that the country’s energy sector has huge demand for transmission and distribution of electricity to the growing population. This creates a market for any investor to meet these demands.To support and enhance private sector participation, the government passed the 2015 Electricity Law, which serves as a legal framework basis for unbending the sector, thus creating the Liberia Electricity Regulatory Commission, responsible for the issuance of a license to operators and investors in electricity.The government believes these challenges present clear investment opportunities for the private sector. One solution to stabilize the hydro dam at 88 megawatts throughout the year is to build a reservoir at the confluence of the Vai and St. Paul River, over which Mount Coffee sits.The reservoir and cascading dams along the St. Paul River can generate as much as 500 to 800 megawatts of power.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_img0Shares0000Mohamed Salah is a major doubt for Liverpool’s Champions League semi-final, second leg with Barcelona due to a head knock © AFP / Lindsey PARNABYLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, May 6 – Liverpool emerged victorious from a bruising battle against Newcastle to remain in the hunt for the Premier League title, but may have sustained too many wounds to summon a Champions League semi-final comeback against Barcelona on Tuesday.A late double from Lionel Messi in the Camp Nou on Wednesday has left Jurgen Klopp’s men with a mountain to climb to overturn a 3-0 first leg defeat if they are to reach a second consecutive Champions League final. Liverpool have overcome such deficits before in the Champions League, most famously in the 2005 final against AC Milan.But hopes of another famous European comeback at fortress Anfield were dealt a blow when Mohamed Salah was stretchered off with a head knock as Liverpool edged out Newcastle 3-2 on Saturday to move two points ahead of Manchester City at the top of the Premier League.Salah watched a thrilling end to the match at St. James’ Park in the dressing room as his replacement Divock Origi headed home fellow substitute Xherdan Shaqiri’s free-kick four minutes from time.Origi, who also scored a 96th-minute winner to beat Everton in the Merseyside derby in December, Shaqiri and Daniel Sturridge have made important contributions in a supporting role to a club record points tally for Liverpool this season.“We are always ready to get on the pitch and make a difference,” said Liverpool left-back Andy Robertson.Champions League semi-final leg: Liverpool vs Barcelona, May 7 © AFP“The lads who have been left at home and lads who are on the bench and haven’t come on, they are buzzing for us.“There’s no egos in this squad and that’s why we are where we are today and long may it continue.”However, with Roberto Firmino already ruled out due to a groin injury, few would give Liverpool any hope of overhauling a three-goal deficit without two of their prolific front three should Salah not start.Klopp therefore has a difficult balancing act deciding whether it is worth emptying the tank of his injury-hit squad once more on Tuesday or to save their legs for Wolves’ visit to Anfield on the final day of the Premier League season.“We are now qualified for the league final, which is brilliant,” said Klopp at taking the title race to the final game of the season.Despite a sensational season, Liverpool’s chances of winning either trophy are fading.To have any hope of a first league title in 29 years, Klopp’s men must hope that Manchester City’s relentless run of 12 straight league wins comes to an end either at home to Leicester in their game in hand on Monday, or at Brighton come Sunday.Barcelona will also not be complacent heading to Anfield a year on from letting a 4-1 first leg lead against Roma slip away in the quarter-finals.Messi made it clear from before the season began that the Champions League was his and Barca’s primary target in his first campaign as club captain.Lionel Messi (top) scored twice to give Barcelona a 3-0 first leg lead in their Champions League semi-final against Liverpool © AFP / LLUIS GENEMoreover, while Liverpool toiled on Tyneside on Saturday night, Barca coach Ernesto Valverde had the luxury of making 11 changes for an inconsequential 2-0 defeat to Celta Vigo having already wrapped up the Spanish title.Yet, Origi’s winner at Newcastle personified Liverpool’s persistence and refusal to give up.Four times in their last seven league outings Liverpool have won the game in the final 10 minutes.Now they must harness the same belief if Barca are to be given a fright at Anfield.“If we do fall short this season we will be back next season and we just need to keep going and keep going, and hopefully get what this club deserves,” added Robertson.“First of all Tuesday, a hell of a task, but if we can get a wee bit of luck then hopefully we will progress.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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first_img Next Game: Stone collected a pair of saves en route to a scoreless second half of regulation. She and Lopez combined for a shutout against Western Illinois in Drake’s previous match. The Bulldogs (3-6-1) open Missouri Valley Conference play by hosting Loyola on Saturday, Sept. 28 at 6 p.m. DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University women’s soccer team fell in overtime to Omaha, 1-0, on Tuesday night at Cownie Soccer Complex. Preview “I liked how we adapted to the wind and field to put ourselves in the best position to win,” said Drake head coach Lindsey Horner. “Tonight was similar to the South Dakota game in that we created plenty of chances to score goals and put the game away, specifically in the second half and overtime, but we couldn’t make good on our chances.” Freshman goalkeeper Vianey Lopez started in net for the Bulldogs for the second-consecutive match. She recorded two saves in the first half before being replaced by Kelsie Stone, the reigning MVC Defensive Player of the Week. The Bulldogs outshot the Mavericks, 14-8, but shots on goal were even at five for each side. Drake’s best chance came in the 76th minute when a header by Megan Valenzuela struck the right post and bounced out of play. “Saturday will come quickly, and it would be great if we again get 14 chances against the likes of a Loyola,” Horner said. “But the reality is we will have to be far more clinical in both boxes as MVC games are a lot tighter than tonight.” Print Friendly Version “We didn’t force their goalkeeper to make a good save to preserve their shutout,” Horner said. “Again we left the door open for a set piece to be the difference maker against the run of play.”center_img Box Score (PDF) Loyola 9/28/2019 – 6 PM Erika Townley and Hannah Bormann provided an offensive spark off the bench for Drake. They led the team with two shots and one shot on goal apiece. The goalie duo orchestrated an impressive performance by Drake’s backline. The Bulldogs recorded season-bests in limiting Omaha to eight shots and two corner kicks. Story Links Omaha’s Jaden Thiem found Tabitha Allberg on a corner kick in the 95th minute, and Allberg sent a header far post for the game-winner. Live Stats Full Schedule Roster last_img read more

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first_imgBallyshannon & Killybegs Credit Union are expanding their technology offerings for the south Donegal community with two major moves.BK Credit Union has launched a new website, www.bkcreditunion.ie offering a full suite of online services and recently launched an innovative mobile app for members to manage their money ‘on the go’.The App allows members access to the following features on  iPhone, iPad and Android devices: View Account BalancesView TransactionsTransfer between your accountsTransfer to External Bank AccountsPay a BillBallyshannon & Killybegs Credit Union AppBallyshannon & Killybegs Credit Union AppThe app contains a secure member login facility so members will have peace of mind knowing that their data is secure. The Ballyshannon & Killybegs Credit Union App is available on the iTunes App Store or Google Play Store.  For download links click here: http://www.bkcreditunion.ie/Mobile-AppThis facility is open to all members who have registered for Online Access. To register for Online Access click here: https://secure.bkcreditunion.ie/RegisterBallyshannon & Killybegs Credit Union AppSpecial Laptop and Tablet Bundle OffersAlso as part of their tech revolution, the BK Credit Union are now offering their members a Tech Loan .   This short term Loan is perfect for anyone going back to school or university or who wants to upgrade their laptop or tablet or mobile device for as little as €20 per week over 1 year. They have secured four exclusive Tech bundles with Compupac I.T solutions, offering high spec Laptops with one year Free Microsoft Office 365, Anti virus Software and 5 year warranty included OR an iPad bundle with Bluetooth Belkin lite keyboard and folio case with battery up to 10 hours.Compupac IT bundles with Ballyshannon & Killybegs Credit UnionCompupac IT bundles with Ballyshannon & Killybegs Credit UnionIt is easy to apply for in 3 clicks, go to https://www.compupacit.ie/bk-credit-union/ select your bundle and submit your query.BK Credit Union will then process the application and upon securing the finance Compupac will deliver direct to your door.Alternatively provide any branch with a quote of your Tech or Mobile Phone provider and they will process the application with a quick turnaround.For futher details or to try our free loan calculator go to: www.bkcreditunion.ie/loans Ballyshannon & Killybegs Credit Union, helping you, helping your communityTo find out more, visit your local branch or contact:Killybegs: 074 973 2158Ballyshannon: 071 985 2288 Email: marketing@bkcreditunion.ieWeb: www.bkcreditunion.ieBallyshannon & Killybegs Credit Union is regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland.  Ts and Cs apply. €20 per week calculation is based on €1,000 borrowed over 53 weeks, total cost of credit is 54.20Cyber boost brings new services to Ballyshannon & Killybegs Credit Union was last modified: October 6th, 2017 by Staff WriterShare 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:AppBallyshannonbankingcredit unionFinanceKillybegsTechnologylast_img read more

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