US Lawmaker Interested in Hydro Power

first_imgA member of the United States House of Representatives has expressed interest in developing small hydro electrical power generation in Gbarpolu County to help rural dwellers access cheaper electricity. Representative Dave Hagstrom from District #53 in the State of Montana said he has done some assessment of the county and found that power is a major problem there.The US lawmaker, who is in the country to discuss possible investment plans, especially in Gbarpolu County, made the statement recently when he met with Senate Pro Tempore, Armah Zolu Jallah at the Capitol Building in Monrovia.Representative Hagstrom informed Pro-Temp Jallah that back home in Montana electricity is cheaper because water resources have been developed to generate electricity. “Here in Liberia, I’m told you pay US$0.53 cents per kilowatt, but in Montana, a kilowatt costs US$0.9, Representative Hagstrom disclosed. In response, Pro-Temp Jallah, who hails from Gbarpolu County, welcomed the initiative and called for more international partnerships that will spur economic growth in the country.In a related development, Pro-Tempore Jallah has expressed the need for Liberia to identify its priorities in terms of adopting policies that will benefit its citizens, making specific reference to the indefinite cessation on logging activities by the government of Liberia saying, it is grossly undermining the economy of the country.Senator Jallah explained that because of the ban, rural roads previously built by logging companies are in deplorable conditions and employment opportunities for local dwellers are non-existent. He reckoned that government lacks the capacity to build rural roads and as such it relies on business institutions like the logging companies to assist.“Liberia does not export computers, cars, phones etc. The economy of the country is dependent on export of rubber, timber, cocoa etc. When you stop these, you create hardship for your people” Pro-Temp Jallah declared.The Pro-Temp cautioned that while international regulations help to minimize environmental risks, government should carefully study those protocols to ensure that the interest of its people are protected. “Environmentalists such as Global Witness will tell your country to stop mining and logging because of concerns over climate change issues. But it is left with you, as a government to know that the same logging companies build your roads and employ your people, thus reducing the economic pressure on you” Senator Jallah noted.He added, “These companies uphold our international treaty obligations in the International Tropical Timber Organization, ITTO and CBO etc.”The Pro-Tempore disagrees with widespread assertions that logging activities are responsible for deforestation leading to climate change. According to him, most climate change issues are triggered by unhealthy practices such as shifting cultivation and subsistence farming mostly done by locals in developing countries, while pollution in the atmosphere from industrial countries are the most destructive.The Gbarpolu lawmaker, whose county has some of the largest forest land in the country, then compared Liberia’s situation with that of Singapore, which years back, was just like Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

College cyclists stop in Fort St. John over weekend on journey to fight cancer

first_imgThe organization has a travel committee in charge of finding accommodations in every city they stop. In the United States they most often stay in individual host homes, community and recreation centres as well as high school gyms with some occasional camping. After the Fort St. John stay the Texas 4000 riders will spend most of their nights camping given how scarce hosting options are the rest of the way.Riders can only take part in the event once based on the 18 months of training required leading up to the ride. Riders are required to raise $4,500. The current batch of Texas 4000 riders just broke the fundraising record for the organization as they’ve raised over $589,000 and are hoping to reach $600,000 by the time the ride reaches its conclusion. For more information on Texas 4000 click here. There are three routes which make up the annual ride and Fort St. John is part of the Ozarks route which travels through places such as Illinois, Wisconsin, Manitoba, Alberta, and B.C. before travelling through the Yukon and reaching Alaska. The Ozarks route itself is relatively new as this is only the second year it’s been part of Texas 4000.Kevin Helgren is the media and public relations director for the Ozarks route. He says the ride is an annual event which intends to cover a number of aspects relating to cancer.“Texas 4000 is a 501C non profit organization that started back in 2004 at the University of Texas at Austin. Every summer we send a team of college students from Austin, Texas to Anchorage, Alaska on a 70 day, more than 4,500 mile charity bike ride in an effort to spread our three pillars, hope, knowledge, and charity by doing things like fundraising for cancer research and spreading awareness through programs we give in local communities,” Helgren said.- Advertisement -Those on the Ozarks route average 75-85 miles a day, though the longest stretch of the route is a ride from Champagne, Illinois to Chicago, Illinois which was 135 miles.He adds that the ride did get to be more of a challenge in B.C. considering the varying elevation and weather patterns.“Cooler weather we don’t typically have a problem with. Issues arise whenever you take lower temperatures and add water to it just because that’s not something we’re necessarily accustomed to. I will say things got rough when we entered British Columbia. The elevation coming into Fort St. John definitely presented some problems but weather wise whenever you start to add water, a lot of gravel on the road, they definitely present problems,” Helgren explained. Advertisementlast_img read more

Astros take offense in whipping Braves

first_imgATLANTA – The Houston Astros figured their pitching would have to carry them through the postseason. Instead, the offense came up big in the very first game. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Houston is trying to beat the Braves in the opening round for the second year in a row, but in a decidedly different manner than the power-hitting team that pulled off a five-game triumph last year. That team had Carlos Beltran, Jeff Kent and a healthy Jeff Bagwell. This team is built around the starting rotation: Pettitte, Clemens and 20-game winner Roy Oswalt. “Obviously, we had some pretty big bats last year,” Biggio said. “But this year’s lineup isn’t so bad, either.” The Astros, who led the National League in ERA but ranked 11th in runs, had no trouble scoring on Tim Hudson and the shaky Braves bullpen. Houston pecked away with eight singles, nine walks and two hit batters. Three doubles – one of them by Pettitte – were the only extra-base hits. The Braves went with Hudson for the opener instead of Smoltz, who’s been bothered by a stiff shoulder. Manager Bobby Cox figured Hudson was just as good a choice, a former 20-game winner who pitched in four postseasons with Oakland. But the right-hander was roughed up for five runs in 6 innings – the most he had allowed since a June 13 loss at Texas, which preceded a stint on the disabled list. “The first few innings, I just overthrew it,” said Hudson, who gave up seven hits, walked five and hit a batter. “I made an adjustment about the fourth and started feeling pretty good. But I took too long to make the adjustment.” Pettitte, improving to 14-8 in the postseason, pitched four-hit ball over seven innings – more than good enough the way the Astros were hitting Hudson. “I was surprised we put the runs on him,” Pettitte said. “I’m not going to lie to you. He’s tough.” Not on this day, and Houston turned a 5-3 game into a blowout with five runs in the eighth, sending 11 batters to the plate against relievers Chris Reitsma, John Foster and Jim Brower. Ensberg tied a Houston postseason record with his five RBIs. “There’s virtually no pressure on me,” Ensberg said. “The pitcher has got to throw it over the plate. I got some good pitches to hit in those situations.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Morgan Ensberg (USC) had five RBI and 39-year-old leadoff hitter Craig Biggio was in the middle of just about every rally, leading Houston past the Atlanta Braves 10-5 in Game 1 of their National League Division Series on Wednesday. Andy Pettitte overcame two homers to join Atlanta’s John Smoltz as the winningest pitcher in postseason history, a mark that Smoltz can reclaim for himself when he goes against Roger Clemens in Game 2 today. last_img read more