In Your Neighbourhood

first_img Mandeville to host Street Gun championship Red Blazer Charity Golf St Elizabeth have changed the pattern of results in recent years in the contest for the South Central Confed Juici Patties Youth league by a resounding display this year. After running last for the past five years, St Elizabeth currently lead the challenge for the Under 15 title on goal difference from defending champions St Catherine. They are on nine points with a plus two goal advantage after blanking Clarendon 3-0 earlier this week. With just two rounds to go, they will travel to Manchester today at Brooks Park and only need to avoid defeat to achieve at least the runners-up spot. Manchester who are third on six points, can, however, improve, but they must beat or avoid a loss against St Elizabeth and hope St Catherine defeat St Elizabeth in the final round next week. Clarendon have been unusually dismal this season losing all their Under-15 matches. Generations rebound in Top Notch Summer league St Elizabeth surprise in Juici Patties Confed league St Catherine are firm favourites to dethrone Manchester and become champions of the 2017 Juici Patties-sponsored South Central Confed Under 13 league. They stayed on course after drawing 1-1 with the champions at Brooks Park earlier this week. With two rounds to go, St Catherine lead on ten points, three ahead of Clarendon whom they meet today at 1 p.m. at the Spanish Town Prison Oval. A draw will be enough for them to claim the championship. Clarendon would be keen to achieve a positive result and salvage something from what has been a dismal challenge in the Under-15s, where they have failed to earn a single point. They have also scored only three goals in four matches while conceding ten. Manchester, who have three points, still have a mathematical chance of finishing runners-up, but they must beat St Elizabeth at Brooks Park today and hope Clarendon falter badly against St Catherine. Portsmouth to launch youth club tomorrow Links United crowned champions Mandeville walkers top Grace 5K walk Jamaica’s T20 player Rovman Powell hit a 100 as his team Old Harbour crushed Melrose by 106 runs at Port Esquivel to reach the quarter-finals of the Social Development Commission community T20 cricket competition recently. Scores: Old Harbour 219-4, from 20 overs (Powell 100, Erron Downer, 51; Devon Smith 38); Melrose 113-9 in 20 overs (Krischon Givans 4-9). Heartease of St Thomas also joined Old Harbour into the last eight from Group A after beating St Andrew parish winners Richmond by five wickets in the early game at the same venue. The other teams through to the quarter-finals are defending champions Junction of St Elizabeth, Clarendon’s Racecourse; Greater Portmore and St Ann champions Summer Hill.center_img Powell’s ton puts Old Harbour into SDC T20 quarter-finals The 2016-17 road race and walk season ended recently in downtown Kingston with the ninth GraceKennedy 5K Education Road Race. Mandeville-based circuit walkers, Jon Oliphant and Natasha McKenzie, were the respective male and female champions. In absence of Northern Caribbean University representative Duwell Allen, who is the fastest over a 5K walk this year, Oliphant topped a good field in landing the event in 29 minutes flat ahead of Damion Henry and Lenworth Hunter. McKenzie, a physical education teacher at Holmwood Technical, walked home in fifth place overall in 32 minutes and first among females. In the second place was Sandra Aiken in 32:07. She edged Paula Sinclair at the finish line by a second. This was McKenzie’s fourth win in major walk events across the island this year. She won both the Kingston and Montego Bay legs of the Guardian Life Keep It Alive 5K series and also topped the field again in the Father’s Day Everyone’s a winner/Best Dressed Chicken 5K walk at Hope Gardens in Kingston. Generation have rebounded to win their second match and revive hopes of making it to the quarter-finals of the Top Notch Blocks Summer Football league. Matches are played each Sunday at the Sunset playfield in Knock Patrick, Mandeville. Generation won 2-0 against Albion courtesy of goals from Tevin Wright and Ivanhoe Smith, to move to six points from three games. In other results from last week’s round, Madrid won 2-1 against Central United, Old England edged Epping Forrest 1-0 and Belair Boys and United All stars drew 0-0. The Pro Hardware line-up as well as Belair are the early zone leaders of the competition. Pro Hardware have nine points and are unbeaten after three games, while Belair have seven points from three games. St Catherine poised to win Confed U-13 Links United recently copped the Jamaica Domino Federation-City of Kingston Cooperative Portmore St Catherine title 300-242 over first-time finalists Spring Village in a lopsided final. Portsmouth, a community in Portmore, will launch their youth club tomorrow. The launch will be held at the Portsmouth community centre and starts at 6 p.m. Apart from sports, the clubbites will be engaged in arts and culture, education and security. “Our main focus will be on sports, recreation, education, arts and culture and security,” said Kevin Reid a member of the club’s executive body. He added that the club’s launch is a big buzz in the community and all stakeholders gave given their blessings to the initiative. He said that the club will have a solid base as the executive is made up of a number of skilled individuals. The club is targeting two age groups from six to 12, and 13 to 45 years. He continued: “We don’t want to leave everybody out, the core will be teenagers and early 20s. Pistol competition fans will turn their attention to the second leg of the National Street Gun championship series to be hosted at the Manchester Rifle and Pistol Club. The range is located in Lincoln, five miles south-west of Mandeville and overlooking Spur Tree. The competition seeks to target regular firearm holders as it focuses on mounting stages which mimic typical Jamaican shooting scenarios. Stages likely to be featured are domino table, inside a car, bedroom, washing area. They are also spectator friendly, safe and exciting. Only regular carry-on weapons are allowed, and no additional rigs can be worn. Hence, both the professional and regular licensed firearm holder are paired into competition. The competition starts at 10:30 a.m but the range will be opened from 8:30 a.m. to facilitate practice. There is an admission fee for patrons. The Liguanea Lodge 1479, in association with the University Hospital of the West Indies’ Tony Thwaites Wing will host the Red Blazer Charity Golf Classic at the Constant Spring Gold Club on July 29. Start time is 7 a.m. The tournament is open to men, women and juniors. Entrance fees are $4,000 for adults and $2,000 for Constant Spring Golf Club members and juniors. Main sponsors for the Jamaica Golf Association endorsed tournament are JN Bank and Knutsford Express.last_img read more

U.S. to Invest U$33b in Africa

first_imgUnited States Secretary of State, John Kerry says President Barack Obama is committed to the outcome of the 2014 US-Africa Leaders’ Summit to invest US$33 billion in Africa.In a recent statement highlighting national security strategy for advancing U.S. interest, Mr. Kerry said the government seriously keeps and is prepared to act positively to the plan of investing in the economic, health, agriculture, governance and security sectors of the African continent.It may be recalled that in early August of 2014 President Obama held a summit with African leaders in Washington, D.C. disclosing America’s interest in investing in the economy of Africa, cooperating with leaders to restore security, helping to power Africa, improve  agriculture and promote  good governance.Expanding further, the U.S. statesman stressed that United States, under the current leadership, would  advance a strong, innovative, and growing U.S. economy in an open international economic system that promotes opportunity and prosperity by strengthening American energy security and increasing global access to reliable and affordable energy to bolster economic growth and development worldwide.He added, “We will open markets for U.S. goods, services and investment and level the playing field for American workers and businesses to boost our economic competitiveness, advance a trade agenda, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership and Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership that creates good American jobs and shared prosperity.”Leading efforts to reduce extreme poverty, food insecurity, and preventable deaths with initiatives such as Feed the Future and the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, and proving new sustainable development models like the President’s Power Africa Initiative, are some activities Secretary of State Kerry mentioned among his government’s 2015 strategy.Regarding health, Mr. Kerry talked about developing a global capacity to prevent, detect, and rapidly respond to biological threats like Ebola through the Global Health Security Agenda.He also underscored the need to confront the urgent crisis of climate change through national emissions reductions, international diplomacy, and commitment to the Green Climate Fund as additional activities the U.S. Government has on its agenda.The confidence building statement by the U.S. Secretary of State is coming in the midst of security threats to Africa, where the United States has planned to make one big economic investment after Brazil.Nigeria, Cameroon, Niger and Chad are now under attack by the Islamist group, Boko Haram.  Al-Shaba in Somalia has not relented from attacking neighboring Kenya while South Sudan’s internal crisis remains unresolved.The religious conflict in the Central African Republic is still unresolved and hostilities in Libya, Egypt and northern Mali remain barriers to peace in that region.In reaction to recent attacks, the United States condemned Boko Haram and pledged to support a Multi-National Joint Task Force and the affected countries in fighting the Islamic terrorists.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Former AG maintains Land CoI another waste of tax payers’ dollars

first_img– willleave trail of controversies, strife and animositiesAlthough the Opposition has repeatedly urged Government against establishing a Land Commission of Inquiry (CoI), this process has commenced and has begun to create quite a stir in the public, with several debates about whether there was a need for such a CoI, and how complex these matters could get.Members of the Land Commission of Inquiry at Monday’s hearing. From left is Berlinda Persaud, Professor Rudolph James, Attorney–at-law David James, Reverend George Chuck-a-Sang, Paulette Henry, Lennox Caleb and Carol Khan-JamesFormer Attorney General (AG) and Legal Affairs Minister, Anil Nandlall, recalled that, during a debate in the National Assembly, he had expressed his objection to such a mechanism. He maintains that the facility of the CoI is absolutely abused by the President, and is a total waste of tax payers’ money.“It continues to be misused to address issues that state/Government agencies and public officers are paid millions of dollars to focus on,” he asserted, noting that there is no doubt that those who are part of the CoI team are benefiting tremendously based on the huge salaries they are receiving.Former Attorney General Minister Anil NandallNandlall said that while he is not opposed to a mechanism established to address the claims relating to ‘ancestral lands’, once properly defined, he believes that a CoI is not the fittest mechanism. “Moreover, to merge ancestral land issues with issues relating to Amerindian lands is conceptually wrong and hopelessly inconvenient,” he noted, while explaining that the two issues are not common.Further, the former minister is still of the opinion that such a CoI would be divisive and would aggravate tensions among different segments of the local populace. He believes that excluding other ethnic groups is tantamount to ethnic discrimination, which is outlawed by the Constitution.Nandall used a recent example to point at the controversies and divisions that have already begun to emerge. He spoke about a matter pertaining to a village on the West Coast of Berbice, where the testimony of one individual has precipitated quite a reaction.The individual said his ancestors purchased a village on the West Coast of Berbice and acquired transport. Over 100 families are now claiming to have been in occupation of lands in that village, by themselves and through their ancestors, for over a century.“I met with over 100 of these persons last Tuesday in the village. They were very agitated and genuinely concerned about the future of their properties. They informed me that persons have been going around in the village informing them that they will soon have to pay rent for the lands which they occupy,” Nandlall disclosed.The former Attorney General said some of these residents showed him transports which they have acquired over the years: some through inheritance, some through title by prescription, and some by sale. He said that, having put together the evidence, those persons have been occupying these lands for decades.In the circumstances, Nandlall said, in the absence of fraud, it is legally impossible to successfully challenge their legal title to these lands — whether these titles are formal paper titles, or possessory titles acquired through the nature, quality and longevity of their occupation.“No fraud is apparent in these circumstances,” he asserted, while explaining that a transport is a formal title to land issued under the Deeds Registry Act.There are a variety of ways by which a person can lawfully lose their legal title (transport) to land. A transported owner can lose his title voluntarily or involuntarily. He can lose his title voluntarily by selling or gifting, or by bequeathing to another by will the land to which the transport relates, or a part thereof.CoIs no legal substituteIn the circumstances, Nandlall said, the assertion that one may have held a transport in respect of a piece of land a century and a half ago is merely of historical and academic importance, and really lacks any true practical value. He said that, over the passage of time, there are many ways through which that person could, or may, have lost legal title to that land.“I mean no disrespect when I assert that the current CoI has neither the technical competence nor the legal authority or jurisdiction to efficaciously and conclusively address these complex legal issues. What the CoI will end up doing is raise a series of hornets’ nests which it cannot quell; create expectations which it cannot satisfy; raise legal issues which it cannot conclusively determine; and excite tensions among people that it cannot subside,” he opined.Nandlall said that, in a constitutional construct like Guyana’s, legal disputes can be resolved only in and by a court which has the competent jurisdiction to do so; one hundred CoIs can never be a legal substitute.“It will be observed that this Commission is only in its early stages. It has not touched the Amerindian issues as yet. Based on what I have read in the press so far, it can resolve none of the legal issues raised before it. Its recommendations to the President (David Granger) will be of no different effect. As all-powerful as some may feel the Executive President is, one power which he does not possess is the power to resolve legal disputes in respect of lands.”Nandlall is of the opinion that, in the end, the country would have another CoI that would’ve devoured millions of taxpayers’ dollars to no avail; but, in its wake, would leave a trail of controversies, strife, animosities and unresolved legal issues.last_img read more

Bale names Giggs as best teammate

first_img“For me, the greatest player is Ryan Giggs. He was my hero growing up and is a legend in world football. It also helps he’s a fellow Welshman,” Bale said.The sentiment seems to have been the same in the other direction, with Giggs in 2007 saying Bale “has the physical attributes to be a top player.”“What he has to do is keep progressing like he is. He has a talent and what I have seen of him, I have been impressed,” Giggs said at the time.Bale, 27, made his international debut when Wales played Trinidad and Tobago in May 2006 and played in his first game with Giggs in their 2-0 defeat to Brazil later that year.Bale’s view of Ronaldo seems to have diminished since the Welshman joined Real Madrid, although he has said that Ronaldo is better than Lionel Messi.The former Tottenham Hotspur winger, who started as a leftback, has already played 137 games for Real Madrid.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester United’s Welsh assistant manager Ryan Giggs is the most decorated player in United’s illustrious history (AFP Photo/Carl Court)MADRID, United Kingdom, Nov 18 – Gareth Bale says Ryan Giggs tops his list at the world’s greatest player, and not current Real Madrid teammate Cristiano Ronaldo.Bale only played in the same team as the Welsh legend on two occassions but was naturally a massive fan of the former Manchester United winger as a young boy.last_img read more

Celtic and Liverpool lose ground in race to sign Nigerian starlet

first_imgBorussia Monchengladbach and Club Brugge have moved ahead of Celtic and Liverpool in the race for Henry Onyekuru.The 19-year-old has struck 12 times for Eupen in Belgium this season, despite the side languishing near the bottom of the league.The forward’s form caught the eye of Celtic and Liverpool back in January, but he failed to secure a move even though he threatened to go on strike.It had been reported that Celtic and Liverpool would come back for Onyekuru this summer but, according to Belgian newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws, Borussia Monchengladbach and Club Brugge are the favourites to sign him.The Nigerian has already spoken about his intentions to leave Eupen at the end of the season after holding talks with the club.For now, Onyekuru looks set to join either Borussia Monchengladbach and Club Brugge but there has even been talk of interest from CSKA Moscow. 1 The 19-year-old has struck 12 times for Eupen last_img read more

‘Danny Rose will be jealous!’ Fans on Chelsea inquiring over key Spurs player

first_img1 Just hours before Chelsea and Tottenham kick off at Wembley Stadium, the Blues have been linked with a move for their rivals’ star centre-back.A report in The Sunday Times claims the defending Premier League champions have inquired over the availability of Toby Alderweireld, who’s said to be unhappy with his current wages and willing to listen to offers.The news has unsurprisingly caused quite a stir on social media and has picked out the best comments.So, see below what a selection of fans think of Alderweireld’s reported discontent and Chelsea’s move for his signature… Toby Alderweireld, the Tottenham centre-back last_img

Santa Susana meltdown released massive radiation

first_imgThe 1959 nuclear reactor meltdown at the Santa Susana Field Lab released as much as 300 times more radiation than the infamous Three Mile Island accident, possibly causing some 260 cancer cases in an area near the hilltop lab, according to studies presented Thursday. The estimates – released by an independent advisory panel – contradict years of assertions by the federal government that no radioactive material was released during the meltdown and that there was therefore never any public health threat to the surrounding community. Taking seven years to complete, the new estimates rely on technical modeling to fill in missing details from the accident. The Boeing Co., the lab’s owner, immediately dismissed the research as completely wrong, and based on faulty assumptions. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Researchers conceded that their work is based on some assumptions and data from other meltdowns, but said they were forced to fill in the gaps when Boeing and the Department of Energy refused to provide key information on the accident needed to calculate exposure and cancer risk. “What’s critical here is that people have been exposed here unwillingly and without their knowledge,” said Steven Wing, University of North Carolina associate professor of epidemiology and co-chairman of the Santa Susana Field Lab Advisory Panel, which commissioned the studies. “To reduce people’s anxiety, we need more information. We need more forthcomingness.” Spurring change Researchers also hope the new studies will spur tighter regulations on the cleanup of the field lab and its future use. The new findings are part of several long-awaited studies looking at the impact of the field lab on nearby residents. The Santa Susana Field Lab Advisory Panel is made up of activists, residents and researchers. The work was paid for with $150,000 set aside by the state Legislature and $50,000 from a DOE citizens testing fund. Earlier studies have found that lab workers exposed to radiation and certain rocket engine test chemicals had higher cancer death rates. Situated on 2,900 acres in the Simi Hills above Chatsworth, West Hills and Simi Valley, the field lab was established in the 1940s to develop rocket engines and nuclear reactors for electricity. The lab owner, then Rocketdyne, conducted work for the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission, which became part of the Department of Energy. The site ultimately had several facilities that handled radioactive materials and 10 reactors, including the Sodium Reactor Experiment, which was highlighted on the Edward R. Murrow TV show “See It Now” as it delivered electricity to the then-tiny town of Moorpark. In July 1959, the Sodium Reactor Experiment suffered a partial meltdown. The severity of the incident was covered up at the time, but the Daily News revealed a government report in 1989 that documented extensive contamination at the lab. DOE and Boeing officials have always said that almost all the radiation was contained inside the reactor and that the only radioactive material to escape was inert gases that posed no threat. In his study released Thursday, scientist David Lochbaum contends that two dangerous radioactive materials – iodine-131 and cesium-137 – were released in the accident. Lochbaum, the director of the Union of Concerned Scientists Nuclear Safety Project, based his conclusions on reports prepared after the meltdown that showed very high levels of radiation in the reactor, and that radioactive gas was released into the atmosphere. But lacking data on those two materials from the meltdown, Lochbaum referred to experiments and accidents at similar reactors to gauge how much radiation may have been released in the Santa Susana meltdown. He estimated that 6,500 curies of iodine-137 and 1,300 curies of cesium-137 were released. For comparison, the 1979 Three Mile Island meltdown in Pennsylvania is considered the worst commercial nuclear reactor meltdown in the U.S. That released 17 curies of iodine-131 and no cesium. An estimate In his final paragraph, Lochbaum acknowledges his conclusion is an estimate. “It is both unsatisfying and frustrating not to be able to develop a more definitive basis for the estimated release fraction, but the scant and disconnected data prevent such analysis.” Likewise, physicist Jan Beyea said he was denied records on which way the wind was blowing on the day of the SSFL meltdown. So he used data from the 1959 Windscale accident in England, transposed it onto the Santa Susana Field Lab and ran 20,000 simulations to estimate how much radiation residents may have been exposed to. Based on estimates of how much iodine-131 and cesium-137 were released, Beyea figured 260 cancers would have been caused by the exposure – although that number could be a lot less or a lot more, up to 1,800 cancer cases. Data withheld Those estimates infuriated Boeing Manager of Health, Safety and Radiation Services Phil Rutherford. Rutherford also disputed complaints that crucial data on the meltdown was withheld, and he produced two thick binders of expert analysis that was prepared for Boeing’s defense during a class-action lawsuit. That case, which charged that the lab made neighbors sick, was settled for $30 million last year. Rutherford said there’s no way iodine-131 was released into the atmosphere, saying the iodine would have reacted with the sodium in the reactor to form a solid that would have stayed put. Based on old records, Rutherford said the company calculated that 28 curies of radiation was released and that the nearest resident in Simi Valley would have been exposed to .018 millirem, far less than the 300 millirem the average person is exposed to in a year. “This is what the real exposure was,” he said. “This is what we stand by and this is what happened.” Longtime field lab watchdog Mary Weisbrock said she hoped the study would educate the public about misconceptions about the field lab. “The public has been led to believe the contamination stayed on-site,” she said at a public meeting Thursday night in Simi Valley at which about 150 area residents listened attentively to the scientists. “I’m surprised that 15 years have gone by and the public has been kept in the dark this long.” (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Why Sheffield United and West Ham share unlikely rivalry after Tevez saga

first_imgSheffield United have enjoyed a brilliant start to the season and a win over bitter rivals West Ham this weekend – live on talkSPORT 2 – will make their Premier League return all the more sweet.Rivals, you say? Yes. The two clubs share an unlikely detest for each other for a special reason and is here to remind you why… Sean Bean got involved in trying to get Sheffield United reinstated to the Premier League 2 LIVE on talkSPORT Getty Images Check out all the live commentaries coming up across the talkSPORT network this week West Ham and Sheffield United share an unlikely rivalry Nottingham Forest vs Hull (Wednesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Genk vs Liverpool (Wednesday, 8pm) – talkSPORTPartizan Belgrade vs Manchester United (Thursday, 5:55pm) – talkSPORT 2Manchester City vs Aston Villa (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORTSheffield Wednesday vs Leeds (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2West Ham vs Sheffield United (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Burnley vs Chelsea (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORT AFP The brilliant forward popped up to score the winner against Manchester United at Old Trafford on the final day of the season – which followed a period where he had scored crucial goals against Blackburn and Bolton.Tevez had sent Sheffield United down to the Championship, remarkably playing a part in 55 per cent of the Hammers’ goals in the final five games.A legal battle followed and financial compensation between the two clubs was eventually agreed out of court – and a march involving Game of Thrones star Sean Bean. 2 The last time the Blades were in the Premier League, Argentine duo Javier Mascherano and Carlos Tevez helped keep the Hammers in the English top flight at the Yorkshire club’s expense – and this sparked outrage amongst the Bramall Lane faithful.West Ham were found guilty of infringing Premier League rules B13 and U18, the latter applying to the action of third party ownership following the sensational and unlikely arrivals of the two players.The recruitment of Tevez, in particular, single handedly saved the Hammers from relegation. By no means has this controversy been forgotten – and by all accounts we look set for a tasty encounter on Saturday afternoon – live on talkSPORT 2.Saturday is GameDay on talkSPORT as we bring you THREE live Premier League commentaries across our network, including West Ham vs Sheffield United on talkSPORT 2 at 3pmlast_img read more

Donegal-Cork ladies semi-final pushed back a week

first_imgDonegal’s first ever All-Ireland senior championship semi-final against Cork has been pushed back a week and will now take place on Saturday, August 25.The change is to avoid a clash with the All-Ireland senior camogie semi-final also featuring a number of Cork dual players on Saturday week, August 18.The game was due to form part of a double-header with the All-Ireland intermediate semi-final involving Sligo and Tyrone on Saturday week.That game will still go ahead on that date, but a venue has yet to be confirmed.last_img

Philips to build CFL plant in Lesotho

first_img28 March 2008Dutch electronics company Philips has entered into a partnership with the state-owned CEF Group and privately owned Karebo Systems to set up a manufacturing facility as well as a recycling plant for energy-saving Compact Fluorescent Lamp integrated (CFLi) light bulbs in Lesotho.In a statement this week, Royal Philips Electronics said that it would hold a 40% stake, with CEF and Karebo Systems each holding a 30% stake in the venture, which is a result of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development’s mission to seek new business activities that will fuel economic growth in this region.“With this joint venture Philips will be able to help stimulate economic growth while accelerating the uptake of energy-efficient light bulbs in general,” Philips said.The market for energy-saving bulbs is growing rapidly globally and is expected to accelerate in the South African region through the efforts of the national government to significantly reduce energy consumption, with an intention to replace 80% of incandescent bulbs with energy-saving bulbs within the next four to six years.However, Philips expects to reduce this timeframe to approximately three years with the establishment of the Lesotho production facility. As CFLi bulbs save 80% energy compared to incandescent bulbs, the company believes it will help overcome energy shortages now being experienced in the country.Quadruple win situationThe production facility in Lesotho will be run by local management, produce up to 15-million CFLi bulbs per year and is planned to be officially open for business in September 2008.The joint venture will initially start with the assembly of CFLi lamps, followed by the production of burners for CFLi lamps and with the establishment of a recycling plant, and potentially, to gradually include the production of components.“With this joint venture we create a quadruple win situation,” said Philips SA general manager Luc Escoute.He explained that the new facility would enable the company to meet the growing demand in energy efficient lighting solutions, stimulate economic development and help reduce electricity costs and cut carbon emissions.“We are happy that this new facility will enable our region to manufacture energy saving bulbs that will help to overcome energy shortages and combat global warming,” said CEF Group chief executive Mputumi Damane. “This [joint venture] will help us securing sufficient supply of CFLi to meet the country’s ambitious targets in electricity reduction, especially in the residential sector.”Karebo Systems MD Peter Kgame echoed those words, stating that switching to energy efficient lighting was the quickest and easiest way to make a significant contribution to reducing demand, and that Philips’ involvement in the project would bring high-quality energy-saving bulbs to the local market.Huge potential savingsAccording to Philips, lighting accounts for around 19% of worldwide electricity consumption, and if all inefficient conventional lighting were switched to energy-efficient technologies, the potential worldwide saving would be about 40%.“In South Africa only, we estimate that lighting represents 15 to 17% of the overall electricity consumption,” said Escoute.He said that if the country aimed for a 40% reduction through energy efficient technologies, it could cut electricity consumption by 14 800 gigawatt-hours, reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 13.3-million tons and save the economy up to R5.3-billion.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more