“Cross Eye” slapped with murder charge

first_imgLinden stabbingDead: Claude DeJongeThirty-two-year-old Corwyn Arthur, also known as “Cross Eye,” of Lot 1038 Cinderella City, Amelia’s Ward Linden, on Monday made his first court appearance before Linden Magistrate Clive Nurse, before whom he was not required to plead to the indictable charge of murder, committed on 40-year-old Linden taxi driver Claude DeJonge, also known as “Sonno”, of Lot 915 South Amelia’s Ward, Linden.The charge alleges that on May 10 last, at Lot 1074 Cinderella City, Amelia’s Ward Linden, Arthur inflicted on DeJonge injuries which resulted in his death.Unrepresented by legal counsel, Arthur was remanded to prison until July 21, 2018.RecapCorwyn Arthur, also known as “Cross Eye”, leaving court on MondayTaxi driver Claude De Jonge of Lot 915 South Amelia’s Ward, Linden was killed after an apparent triangular love affair had turned tragic. He was stabbed to death while at the home of his girlfriend at Cinderella City, Amelia’s Ward, Linden. His body was found at about 00:10h, lying motionless in a pool of blood next to the front door of the house. He was clad in trousers, but his body bore several stab wounds to the neck, shoulder and abdomen. A post-mortem examination (PME) performed on his body by Government Pathologist Dr Nehaul Singh gave the cause of his death as shock and haemorrhage due to multiple stab wounds. (Utamu Belle)last_img

31 prisoners granted early release

first_imgFollowing the initial release of 22 inmates who were being detained at the Lusignan Prison, another 33 were on Tuesday added to the list as the specially-convened National Security Committee (NSC) continues efforts to improveRanks gathered in front of the Cecil Kilkenny Prison Officers’ Training School in Lusignanconditions at the overcrowded East Coast Demerara penitentiary.According to reports reaching Guyana Times, Tuesday’s total comprised two prisoners who were granted bail during hearings at the institution whereas the remaining 31 were released on reduced sentences by the Magistrates sent to Lusignan.These releases were granted after assessment of the magnitude of offences as well as taking into consideration the length of sentences already served by those within the system.As such, inmates who were on remand or charged for petty, non-violent offences were placed under review and subsequently discharged on bail. At the same time, prisoners with only few months remaining of their sentences were also eligible for reduced sentences and were released.The release on Tuesday brings the total to 55 prisoners leaving the Lusignan facility after two days of hearings which were conducted at the Cecil Kilkenny Prison Officers’ Training School, a subsection of the Lusignan Prison.The release of yet another batch of prisoners reflected an announcement made by President David Granger on Monday that necessary measures would be taken to immediately reduce the prison population.The Head of State was at the time informing the public of a four-part emergency plan to be implemented to avert the nationwide crisis which accompanied the massive Camp Street Prison break and fire on Sunday.“The NSC has approved the immediate implementation of a four-part emergency plan, which includes the construction of temporary structures to safely and securely house prisoners in the short term and protect the population; the completion of recovery operations to account for and accommodate every single prisoner; the implementation of legal measures to immediately reduce prison population and importantly, the immediate recapture of those inmates who escaped custody,” the President told the nation.Furthermore, Granger pointed out that the Government would now move to ensure that recommendations made by the Commission of Inquiry into the previous prison riot were considered so as to prevent further reoccurrence of such tragedy. Among the suggestions was the need for action to reduce the overpopulation at the Georgetown Prison.Of the more than 1000 inmates transported from the now almost entirely razed Camp Street Prison, 300 were said to be relocated to the Mazaruni, New Amsterdam and Timehri penitentiaries.However, as tension persists at the Lusignan facility, Magistrates are expected to continue presiding over the temporary courts set up there, as the NSC embarks on several approaches to reduce overpopulation and improve the conditions of the East Coast institution.Moreover, the NSC is set for yet another meeting in an effort to further devise strategies aimed at improving stability and security while working to restore the nation back to a state of normalcy.last_img

Govt influencing GECOM to delay preparations for elections – Jagdeo

first_imgThe Opposition, People’s Progressive Party (PPP) believes that the Government is deliberately influencing the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) to delay preparations for the impending general and regional elections.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo“We believe what is taking place now in GECOM is that the Government is heavily influencing GECOM not to start the preparations for elections in 90 days … I know that they’ve had some discussions with GECOM on this matter [and] I have notified the international community to this possibility,” Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo said at his weekly press briefing on Thursday.According to Jagdeo, despite the two main stakeholders – Government and the Opposition – publicly saying that an agreement was made to meet GECOM on its readiness for the upcoming polls, there has not been any willingness on the part of the elections body.In fact, he specifically mentioned the behaviour of Chief Elections Officer (CEO) Keith Lowenfield in the absence of GECOM’s Chairman, Retired Justice James Patterson, who is currently out on extended sick leave and has been since November last year.Chief Elections Officer Keith Lowenfield“Imagine, there is a government and the Opposition – they’re the stakeholders – and Mr Lowenfield can’t meet with them, he needs to get the approval of the Chairman. But he had to wait until a GECOM statutory meeting is convened to get that approval. He cannot pick up the phone and call the Chairman and say ‘there has been a request, as part of a joint statement between the President and the Opposition Leader, they want to meet about GECOM’s readiness. Can I meet with them?’ That would have been the simplest thing to do, [but] we have a huge hurdle now,” the Opposition Leader posited.During last week’s high-level meeting between President David Granger and Jagdeo, the two leaders agreed for their respective Chief Whips – Amna Ally and Gail Teixeira, to meet with the elections body to determine its readiness for the upcoming polls.However, that meeting with GECOM is yet to be held and according to Jagdeo, the Opposition is getting impatient.GECOM Chairman James Patterson“… we have to, at some point in time, decide whether we want to pursue this charade or just withdraw from it totally because somehow, the Government is using all of these things – our willingness to engage and to be helpful and to reach out – to use it to maybe further delay these elections and the readiness of GECOM,” Jagdeo stated.While the Opposition has been pushing for Government to resign and call elections within 90 days in accordance with the Constitution following the successful passage of the no-confidence motion, Chairman of the Alliance For Change (AFC) – the minority party in the coalition Government – Khemraj Ramjattan on Wednesday insisted that house-to-house registration should be conducted using the budgeted $3 billion so as to sanitise the list of electors.However, Jagdeo posited that the Opposition had submitted a proposal to cleanse the list within the timeframe set by the Constitution.“We argued that one element of the list that you can clean up without a house-to-house registration is dead people on the list; simply by getting the records from GRO (General Registrar’s Office), sharing these records with the political parties, publishing the names in the newspapers and then after two weeks there is no objection, you remove those names from the list and remove all the dead people,” he stated.Previously, Jagdeo had noted that the $3 billion budgeted for the elections body to conduct fresh registration could be redirected towards the actual hosting of national elections and if more money was needed, then they could always go to the National Assembly for supplementary funds.Moreover, the Opposition Leader said on Thursday that he had pointed out to the Government during last week’s meeting that the timelines have “changed radically” since monies were approved for fresh registration to be held this year.“At that time in December last year when the Parliament passed the budget for the house-to-house registration, the no-confidence motion had not been passed and a deadline of 90 days imposed on us. So now, it is impossible to go back to a house-to-house registration which could take between six to nine months. Clearly, that is out of the window, absolutely out of the window,” Jagdeo asserted.Since the December 21, 2018 passage of the no-confidence motion, several political commentators and stakeholders, including the Opposition, have been calling on the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU)/AFC Government to resign and call elections, which according to Article 106 (7) should be held within three months.This means elections should be held by March 19 this year and according to the Opposition, the coalition Government will become unconstitutional after that time if elections are not held.Government has said it read more

Harambee Stars hit by CAR in Marrakech

first_imgCAR put the game to bed with what seemed to be a soft penalty in the 70th minute with Foxi Kethevoama and Eudes Dagoulou having scored in between Eric Johannah’s equalizer.Michael Olunga scored a late second for Kenya, but it was too little too late.Stars’ day went from bad to worse when right back Ismail Gonzalez was sent off for bad-mouthing the referee with 14 minutes left on the clock.Goalkeeper Patrick Matasi was the busiest of the 11 Kenyan players on the pitch, making three brilliant saves that ensured the two teams went to the break tied at 1-1. Save for collecting the ball in his own net after Johannah’s equalizer, the CAR keeper didn’t have much to do.Having drawn 2-2 against Comoros in their first friendly on Saturday, Okumbi’s men came into the tie eager for a win to bring their confidence floating again.He made four changes to his starting team. David Owino took up the captaincy with Victor Wanyama missing while Anthony Akumu took his place in midfield.Ayub Timbe who missed the 2-2 draw with Comoros last Friday started on the left side of midfield ahead of Francis Kahata while AFC Leopards captain Duncan Otieno went in ahead of Johannah Omollo.Paul Were who came on as a second half substitute has also earned the starting role ahead of namesake Jesse Were.Timbe had Kenya’s first chance of the game after six minutes when he drifted to the right to pull in a low shot, but the ball went wide. Three minutes later, Timbe was in the thick of things once again this time sliding in to an Olunga cross, but he mistimed his run.CAR broke the deadlock in the 14th minute, punishing a careless loss of possession by Kenya. Kethevoama volleyed the ball home from the right unmarked after David Manga had picked the ball off Akumu’s feet on the left and diced in a cross.Stars however responded immediately, Johannah finishing calmly inside the box. Olunga had raced onto a long ball, skipped past the keeper but his shot was blocked Nicaise Zimbori. The Girona forward picked the pieces again and squared it back into the area for Johannah to finish.But CAR continued to command possession, passing the ball well while Kenya relied on second balls, hitting most upfront to Olunga.Kethevoama almost made it 2-1 in the 21st minute but Matasi produced an excellent save to backtrack and tip the ball behind for a corner after the forward had lobbed the ball from the edge of the box.Dagoulou had a chance as well in the 26th minute when a quick exchange of passes at the edge of the box saw him break into the box, but his effort to bend the ball into the top corner was futile, the ball going wide.Harambee Stars players hurdle for a prayer after a training session in Marrakech. PHOTO/FKFMatasi made another great save nine minutes to the break when he went down low at his near post to give a strong palm to Dagoulou’s shot.The Posta Rangers custodian produced another stellar stop four minutes later when Kethevoama’s corner was brushed to Zimbori’s direction who headed it strongly on target, but an agile Matasi parried it away.In the second half, Okumbi started off by bringing in Clifton Miheso for the jaded Timbe who was playing his first competitive match since returning from a three-month injury lay-off. Were was also rested for Samuel Onyango.Stars almost took the lead early on but keeper Geoffrey Lembet made a great save to slap the ball against the crossbar after Saint Cyr Ngam-Ngam brushed it behind as he attempted to clear a cross.Substitute Onyango also came close in the 57th minute when Omar’s freekick from the left found him isolated at the back-post but his volley came off the woodwork.The CAR side however pounced on another chance and made it count, Dagoulou heading strongly unmarked inside the box from Manga’s cross.Immediately, Okumbi made his third change of the game, Patillah Omotto coming on for Johannah. Omotto almost made an immediate impact cutting back a cross for Olunga. But the latter’s connection on his weaker right foot was collected.Stars suffered with a soft penalty awarded to CAR when Momi Hilaire went down easily from a tussle for the ball with skipper Odhiambo inside the box and the ref pointed to the spot. Hilaire took matters into his own hands and scored.Six minutes later, Kenya’s day went from bad to worse when Gonzalez who had an equally long day at right back was sent off for bad-mouthing the ref.Olunga hit a low left footed shot in the 82nd minute, but Kenya could not amass energy for a winner.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Harambee Stars players line up before a past friendly match against Iraq in Basra. PHOTO/CourtesyNAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 27- Ten-man Harambee Stars suffered a 3-2 loss at the hands of 121st placed Central African Republic (CAR) in their second FIFA friendly match played in Marrakech, Morocco on Tuesday evening.This follows the 2-2 draw with Comoros on Saturday, two results that will definitely see the national football team read more

Early releases proposed for state inmates

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ SACRAMENTO – Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is proposing the early release of more than 20,000 low-risk prison inmates as a way to save money amid a worsening budget crisis. The Sacramento Bee reported on its Web site Thursday that the governor will ask California lawmakers to authorize the release of certain nonserious, nonviolent offenders. The prisoners would have less than 20 months to go on their terms. Sex offenders would not be eligible for release under the proposal. The plan would cut the prison population by 22,159 inmates and save the state $256 million in the fiscal year that begins July 1, the Bee reported. Savings could reach $780 million through 2010.last_img

When Arsenal’s new colossus left Lewandowski speechless

first_img Sokratis Papastathopoulos has joined Arsenal from Borussia Dortmund “He’s a little obsessed with defending. He wants to protect the goal-line no matter what and he’s hungry to face duels,” Thomas Tuchel, his former manager said.Mats Hummels, his former partner in the Dortmund back line said: “The defensive work that Sokratis puts in is just unbelievable.”Have a look at some of his best tackles, courtesy of the Bundesliga YouTube channel, including the one where he stops Robert Lewandowski in his tracks.In signing the Greece international, it appears Arsenal have a leader in the team and someone vocal enough to let people know if they aren’t pulling their weight.This is what he said about Ousmane Dembele when the young France international was desperately pushing for a move to Barcelona.“Ousmane has given us a lot, he can make the difference in games. We need players like that. But we also need players who don’t step over the line and want to be part of our family,” he said. “He must understand that no player is bigger than the team. Everyone has to understand that they work for the team and have to fit in with that.”It looks like the Gunners have what they have been missing for some time.Papastathopoulos is the club’s third summer signing. 1center_img Arsenal confirmed they have signed Greek colossus Sokratis Papastathopoulos from Borussia Dortmund.The centre-back has ended five years at the Bundesliga club where he very little gets past him.last_img

Uganda Cranes off to Lesotho

first_imgThe Cranes flew out on Sunday morning (file photo)2019 AFCON Qualifier-Group L Lesotho vs UgandaSetsoto stadium, MaseruTuesday, 16-10-2018ENTEBBE – The Uganda Cranes delegation to Lesotho for the return leg of the 2019 AFCON Group L qualifier has set off on Sunday morning.The 70 man delegation including 24 players, departed the country aboard a chartered flight facilitated by the head of state, President Yoweri Museveni Kaguta.Murushid Jjuuko who was suspended for Saturday’s 3-0 defeat of Lesotho has also travelled and is expected to start at centre half.FUFA Executive committee member Richard Ochom led the delegation that also has the FA boss Moses Magogo, technical staff, FUFA Executive Committee members, FUFA delegates, National Council of Sports officials, members of parliament, other Government officials and some fans.“We expect a good performance in the game because we had good preparations for this match. Said Ochom.“Let us pray for the best of expectations since our target is qualification to the AFCON tournament in Cameroon.The group is expected to arrive in Maseru at around noon (local time).Uganda Cranes faces Lesotho next Tuesday at the Setsoto stadium in the return tie of the double header.The defeated the Lesotho 3-0 on Saturday thanks to Emmanuel Okwi’s double and Farooq Miya’s penalty.Uganda leads the standing in Group L with seven points, Cape Verde are second on four will Lesotho and Tanzania each have two points.The other game in Group L will see Tanzania host Cape Verde on the same day.Players who travelled Sunday morning.Goalkeepers: Denis Onyango (Mamelodi Sundown, South Africa), Jamal Salim (El Meriekh, Sudan), Charles Lukwago (KCCA FC, Uganda)Defenders: Murushid Juuko (Simba SC, Tanzania), Nico Wakiro Wadada (Azam FC, Tanzania), Godfrey Walusimbi (Kaizer Chiefs, South Africa), Hassan Wasswa Mawanda (El Geish, Egypt), Dennis Iguma (Kazma FC, Kuwait), Isaac Isinde (Kirinya Jinja SS, Uganda), FC, Isaac Muleme (Haras El Hodood, Egypt), Timothy Denis Awanyi (KCCA FC, Uganda)Midfielders: Khalid Aucho (Church Hill Brothers, India), Moses Waiswa (Vipers Sc, Uganda), Joseph Benson Ochaya (TP Mazembe, DR Congo), Ibrahim Sadam Juma (KCCA FC, Uganda), Tadeo Lwanga (Vipers SC, Uganda), Allan Kateregga (Cape Town City, South Africa), Milton Karisa (MC Oujda, Morocco), Allan Kyambadde (KCCA, Uganda)Forwards: Edrisa Lubega (SV Ried, Austria), Patrick Kaddu (KCCA FC, Uganda), Faruku Miya (Gorica, Croatia), Edrisa Lubega (SV Ried, Austria), Derrick Nsibambi (Smouha, Egypt)Comments Tags: 2019 AFCON QualifierstopUganda Craneslast_img

The Creator Thought of Everything

first_imgSometimes little things make a big difference to a plant or animal. Evolutionists can always make up just-so stories, but creationists see God’s wisdom even in small things.by David Coppedge Why Roosters Aren’t DeafBoys trying to hypnotize a rooster. Photo by David Coppedge.Did you ever wonder why roosters don’t go deaf? The loud, constant crowing of male chickens should damage their own ears. To the rooster, it’s like hearing a chainsaw at an intensity of 100 decibels, says Phys.org. European scientists decided to figure out how they protect themselves from hearing loss. Evolutionists might speculate that deaf roosters are less likely to pass on their genes, but more is required than an after-the-fact story. What the researchers found is quite clever, involving multiple traits working together.People who regularly use chainsaws without ear protection, it should be noted, go deaf over time due to damage to the tiny hair cells in the inner ear. Chickens of both genders also have such hairs in their ears, and the team wondered why they weren’t damaged. To find out, they performed micro-computerized tomography scans on the skulls of the birds.They discovered that half of the birds’ eardrum was covered by a bit of soft tissue that dampened incoming noise. They also found that when the rooster tilted its head back to crow, another bit of material covered the ear canal completely, serving as a built-in ear-plug. Thus, for the rooster, it is as if someone were sticking their fingers in their ears while they are crowing. The researchers noted the birds also have another advantage—unlike humans, birds can regrow damaged hair cells. As for why the hens and chicks do not suffer hearing damage from the male crowing, though not mentioned in the research, it is well known that roosters tend to seek a vantage point offering maximum reach when they crow (away from the hens and chicks), making sure everyone within earshot knows that the hens that live there are his.How Venus Flytraps Love Their PollinatorsWouldn’t it be the ultimate insult to a beneficial insect for a Venus flytrap to accept the favor of pollination, then eat the pollinator? Scientists at North Carolina State University discovered that the carnivorous plants don’t eat the bugs that pollinate them. An evolutionist might speculate that nature selected the plants that treat their pollinators kindly, but how can a blind plant know the difference?Nobody knew which creature pollinated these curious plants that had attracted the admiration of Darwin, so the biologists went looking. They found 100 species of insects around the plants, then checked which ones carried Venus flytrap pollen. Only a few carried a lot of pollen, and all of them could fly. Answers to the puzzle presented themselves:The researchers also retrieved prey from more than 200 flytraps at the study sites. The three most important pollinator species — despite being found so often on the flowers — were never found in the traps.“One potential reason for this is the architecture of the plants themselves,” Youngsteadt says. “Venus flytrap flowers are elevated on stems that stand fairly high above the snap traps of the plant, and we found that 87 percent of the flower-visiting individuals we captured — including all three of the most important species — could fly. But only 20 percent of the prey could fly. The pollinator species may simply be staying above the danger zone as they go from flower to flower, making them less likely to be eaten.”While that may sound like a simple thing for natural selection to do, the scientists note that “other factors may also come into play.” For instance, the colors of the traps are different than the flowers. The chemical scents might be different, too (that’s something they have yet to prove). It appears that multiple factors work together to achieve this beneficial relationship. “There is still a lot to learn about these plants and their pollinators,” one of the team members said.Incidentally, Chinese scientists (far from the habitat of the Venus flytrap in North Carolina) have taken inspiration from the little bug catcher. They have designed a nano-claw, writes New Scientist, to trap bacteria in the bloodstream. It works just like the Venus flytrap.Why Deer Don’t FreezeEver see deer in deep snow? One would think they would be miserable with those skinny legs and short fur coats. At Phys.org, Chris Whittier from Tufts University lists the multiple adaptations that keep them hardy all winter long.White-tailed deer, the kind found in Massachusetts and across most of the United States, are the widest-ranging ungulate in the Americas, from as far south as Bolivia to as far north as southern Canada. To cover such diverse territory and climates, white-tailed deer have a variety of adaptations and behaviors, including those that allow them to survive harsh winter weather that is common in New England.Photo by David Coppedge.These read more

Report bearish for corn and soybeans

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The report was bearish for corn and soybeans with production and ending stocks higher than expected. Before the report corn was down 3 cents, soybeans up 2 cents, and wheat was unchanged. At 12:20 pm corn was down 11 cents, soybeans down 20 cents, while wheat was down 8 cents.Overall traders were expecting corn yields to be reduced ever so slightly and ending stocks to be unchanged due to feed usage being reduced. Corn fed to livestock was unchanged. High stocks of feed quality wheat continue to be in strong competition with corn in which ingredient gets fed to livestock in coming months. Many expected soybean production to increase as the U.S. yield climbed higher. Higher production without demand changes would increase ending stocks. Traders were expecting the soybean yield to increase at least one bushel per acre. In addition, soybean exports did increase 25 million bushels as expected.U.S. corn production was estimated at 15.226 billion bushels with a yield of 175.3 bushels per acre. Ending stocks were estimated at 2.403 billion bushels. All numbers were above trade expectations and also above last month.  Production last month was 15.057 billion bushels and ending stocks were 2.320 billion bushels.Corn has seen support this week due to Brazil buying at least two cargoes of US corn. Brazil has been buying corn in an effort to ease supply shortages. They are expected to plant more corn this year than last year. This month USDA pegged the U.S. soybean production at 4.361 billion bushels with an average yield of 52.5 bushels per acre. Ending stocks were estimated at 480 million bushels, considerably above trade expectations of 420 million bushels. Last month USDA estimated the U.S. soybean production at 4.269 billion bushels with a yield of 51.4 bushels per acre. Ending stocks were 395 million bushels.Today’s report will be the last corn and soybean production report for calendar 2016. There will be a monthly supply and demand report on Dec. 9 but that report will not see any changes to the 2016 corn and soybean production estimates. The final production report for 2016 corn and soybeans will be January 12, 2017. On that same day USDA will release its quarterly grain stocks report as of December 1, 2016.The grain markets have been in a huge tug of war since early October, swaying between demand and supply. The month of October seemed to focus on corn and soybean demand. Once the calendar clicked to November, supply and thoughts of record U.S. corn and soybean production once again moved to the head of the line. Obviously record corn and soybean production is not new news. However, renewed stories of new record production kept corn and soybeans defensive this past week. Keep in mind that October brought several new records of weekly soybean exports from the U.S. as they hit 100 million bushels in the past two weeks. That number is a big deal as in previous fall harvest seasons the U.S. has struggled to see that 100 million bushel mark exported when totaling corn, soybean, and wheat exports. Today’s USDA report pales in comparison to the news of the past twelve hours with the election of Donald Trump as the next president. It could be compared to standing at the summit of Mt. Everest and viewing the first of many base camps thousands of feet below it. You can barely see the details of the base camp from the summit. His election is being called, “historic,” and its huge surprise and awe are comparable to the British Brexit vote on June 24. Early and surprising hints last night of Donald Trump possibly winning the election did send the markets into a tailspin last evening as the Dow was down over 700 points before midnight.  Soybeans were down 17 cents last evening with corn down nearly seven cents. In trading this morning the Dow returned to the plus side while corn and soybeans were steady to higher. Why the downdraft on this kind of news? Anytime there is market uncertainty it is “risk off” and “getting out of the way.” “Getting out of the way,” brings selling into the picture. The markets like stability. When there are periods of uncertainty, it means the markets don’t know everything. The stock and grain markets know what they get if Hillary Clinton is president. But with Donald Trump as the new president, markets don’t know with great certainty what he brings to the table, at least not yet.Traders will continue to watch South America for their corn and soybean production in the next six months. Soybean production in Brazil is certain to pass last year’s 96.5 million tons. Argentina officials see their 2016-17 corn production at 44.5 million tons. Last year the Argentina corn production was just 28 million tons. That low production number helped push US corn exports higher the past six months.South America weather will also catch the attention of traders and producers in the months ahead. The Brazil weather read more

In Palestine, Renewables Transform Rural Living

first_imgIn the U.S., plenty of money, care, and calculation goes into the installation of photovoltaic systems, solar collectors, and wind turbines. People invest in these renewable-energy devices to trim the operating cost of a home or commercial building, draw less from the grid, and reduce their carbon footprint — all worthy goals.But for some people, reducing energy use doesn’t really factor into their interest in renewable-energy systems. The systems do, however, improve their lives in dramatic ways.Recent articles on renewable-energy installations in the West Bank region of Palestine have highlighted the transformational role such systems can play in the lives of its rural inhabitants. A project called Community, Energy and Technology in the Middle East (otherwise known as Comet ME), funded by Germany and run by two Israelis, installed wind and photovoltaic systems to supply electricity to about 500 people in Area C, a section of the West Bank largely under Israeli control but as yet without grid access in some locations, the Christian Science Monitor notes.A Catch-22The mother of one family in the area told the paper that she used to spend five hours a day manually churning butter, a chore that has been reduced to less than an hour with an electric churner powered by the community’s renewable-energy system. Her family’s clothes are washed in a washing machine rather than by hand, and her home now has its first television.The renewable-energy installation serving her community, however, is in danger of being dismantled by Israel’s Civil Administration because, agency officials say, it was installed without proper plans and permits. Palestinians counter that obtaining permits from the Israeli authorities is extremely difficult, even with backing from members of the European Union, which supports providing basic infrastructure services to Area C to help Palestinians in the region grow their economy.But the politics of the situation are difficult. “International aid is an important component in improving and promoting the quality of life of the Palestinian population but this does not grant immunity for illegal or uncoordinated activity,” Guy Inbar, a spokesperson for the Israeli authorities in the West Bank, told The Guardian.Civil Administration figures quoted by a group called Peace Now, which advocates providing basic infrastructure services to Area C’s rural communities, show 91 permits issued between 2001 and 2007. About 10,000 Israeli settlements have been built in Area C and nearly all are connected to Israel’s national water and electricity grids, the paper notes.The Guardian adds, however, that the PV and turbine installations so far aren’t adequate to serve an entire community. And at an average cost of $4,500 per family, they are expensive. The concern among groups such as Comet ME, Peace Now, and Rabbis for Human Rights is that demolition of the installations – which was on hold in March – would discourage donors from offering further assistance.last_img