Ugandan manufacturers strained under privatised sector

first_img Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA Finance and Policy In East Africa, the Ugandan trade minister, Amelia Kyambadde says the unbundling of the electricity sector was a bad call. According to the Monitor, the minister’s view corresponds with the high power rates that now face large manufacturers in the country.Before the government liberalised the sector in the early 2000s, large manufacturers paid about Shs100 ($0.027) per unit compared to the Shs370.2 ($0.102) per unit they pay now, media reported. Read more…“We have made mistakes. Number one, over-liberalisation or privatisation of our utilities, for example, energy and telecoms,” Kyambadde said.She added: “[Now] you find the industries cannot afford to pay for the energy. I think we need to have a PPP [Public Private Partnership].”Kyambadde was speaking on Tuesday during a United Nations Development Programme Uganda dialogue about promoting Sustainable Industrialisation in the country.Government ownershipAlso speaking at the event was the special adviser to the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Dr Arkebe Equbay, who attributed Ethiopia’s very end-user power tariff to the government’s ownership of the generation, transmission and distribution utilities.“Transmission and distribution is 100% state-owned. It has to be because we cannot subsidise priority sectors if transmission and distribution is not under the government,” Dr Equbay said. Read more…Power tariffs for manufacturersThis week, the national Electricity Regulatory Authority announced that power tariffs for all end-users will be going down in this quarter as part of the quarterly adjustment.ERA’s new chief executive officer, Ziria Tibalwa Waako, said: “The resultant effect is a positive inflation adjustment factor of Shs1.5 (0.00041) per kilowatt hour (kWh) for domestic consumers, Shs1.2 ($0.00033)/kWh for commercial consumers, Shs1.3 ($0.00036) /kwh for medium industrial consumers and Shs0.6 ($0.00017) /kwh for large industrial consumers…”However, media reported that the new charge for large industries is still two times higher than the $0.05, which President Yoweri Museveni has been promising industrial users.In the arriving at the end-user tariff for the next quarter, it was also noted that the Uganda Shilling appreciated against the US dollar. AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector BRICS RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Generation Featured image: Chamber of Commerce Hawaii UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon development Previous articleNigeria to ramp up power generationNext articleGhana: ECG seeks to construct switching station Babalwa BunganeBabalwa Bungane is the content producer for ESI Africa – Clarion Events Africa. Babalwa has been writing for the publication for over five years. She also contributes to sister publications; Smart Energy International and Power Engineering International. Babalwa is a social media enthusiast.last_img read more

Camaraderie between grandchildren and grandparents

first_imgI am not a parent but still when I saw my sister-in-law delivering my niece, it engendered more love and respect for my mother.Recently, I met someone running an old age foundation (NGO) and came to my workplace asking for sponsorship/donation. But this write-up is not about that NGO or the donation.While he was sharing all the concerns and issues of people living in the old age home and how they follow a routine by involving/engaging them in different kind of activities so that they do not feel left out or lonely, an instant thought came in my mind. I told the NGO person to engage the people in the old age home with kids.I have seen and felt this in my own home that there is no bigger happiness for grandparents than to be around children and spread happiness. The point is our grandparents or so-called senior citizens have all the time in this world to be with their grandchildren or play and spend time with the kids. Read to them or make them listen to their treasured stories and share their experience of life. Kids just love the attention. Even to play a small game like “jumping” gives immense pleasure to both sides of people.Then I look at my parents, the kind of happiness and feeling of contentment I see in their eyes when they are with their granddaughter is immense and beautiful; it’s like they do not wish for anything else in the world.The kind of happiness it gives them cannot match anything in this world and is worth more than millions.last_img read more

Pia Fortmuller Competes at CDI-W Wroclaw

first_imgPia Fortmuller (of Vancouver, BC, but currently residing in Germany) recently represented Canada at the CDI-W Wroclaw, held September 14-16 in Poland. She earned great results aboard Orion, her 16-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding.Grand Prix3- Pia Fortmuller / Orion / 68.681%Grand Prix Kur to Music2- Pia Fortmuller / Orion / 73.375%For complete results, click here. Tags: Pia Fortmuller, Orion, Email* We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Horse Sport Enews Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! SIGN UP More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business.last_img read more

Penthouse at 111 West 57th Street fetches over $50M

first_img111 West 57th Street and JDS Development’s Michael Stern (Photos via JDS)A penthouse apartment at 111 West 57th Street has gone into contract for more than $50 million.The deal in the under-construction ultra-skinny tower on Billionaires’ Row, reported by the Wall Street Journal, is one of the priciest since the pandemic started.Offering plans list the unit at $57 million. JDS Development’s Michael Stern did not reveal the price or buyer.Read more$58M penthouse at 111 West 57th goes into contract111 West 57th sees two $30M+ sales in midst of shutdownHow the supertall at 111 West 57th St. became a labyrinth of offshore wealthIn 2019, a penthouse in the building fetched $58 million.ADVERTISEMENTEarlier this year, a few months into the pandemic, two other apartments at the property sold for over $30 million apiece.There are several penthouses in the building. Located at an elevation of about 1,000 feet, the latest one to find a buyer is 7,103 square feet and has four bedrooms and five and a half bathrooms, according to the offering plan.The deal is notable during a period that has seen Manhattanites flee and affluent buyers focus on homes outside the borough. In the third quarter, luxury home sales in Manhattan were down 46.7 percent from the same period in 2019.[WSJ] — Sasha Jones  This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Nowlast_img read more

Tide’s Stewart has size, speed to fill receiving spot

first_imgAlabama wide receiver ArDarius Stewart (13) hauls in a touchdown against Alabama defensive back Maurice Smith (21) in first half action of the A-Day Spring Game at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala. on Saturday April 18, 2015.Alabama wide receiver ArDarius Stewart (13) hauls in a touchdown against Alabama defensive back Maurice Smith (21) in first half action of the A-Day Spring Game at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala. on Saturday April 18, 2015.Alabama enters this season having lost its top-three receiving options from a year ago as Amari Cooper, Christion Jones and DeAndrew White have all moved on. That’s a lot of production gone at once. Here’s a look at who projects to line up at the Z-receiver spot (flanker).The Two-DeepArDarius Stewart (6-foot-1, 204 pounds)Parker Barrineau (6-foot, 194 pounds) OR Cam Sims (6-foot-5, 209 pounds)StarterBefore a knee injury sidelined him down the stretch of last season, Stewart was finding a role in Lane Kiffin’s offense. Stewart was White’s backup, and with White battling injuries, Stewart saw an increase in reps. The injury came against Western Carolina as he was on the verge of having his breakout performance. He finished the contest with five catches for 51 yards. On the year, he had 12 catches for 149 yards. Stewart lined up in the backfield and split out wide. He ran plenty of go routes to stretch the defense.With White gone, Stewart seems like an easy choice to replace him. Stewart has the size, speed and hands to be a star receiver for the Tide. He’s also physical enough to block on the edge in the running game, something Tide coach Nick Saban expects all of his receivers to do. Stewart has two years of experience in the system, so there should be nothing holding him back at this point. If he is able to remain healthy for the duration of the season, look for Stewart to put up big numbers.BackupFor his career, Barrineau has seen time in 17 games including 10 last season. Whether or not he plays much, Barrineau is still a valuable asset to the Crimson Tide’s offense on game days. Along with quarterback Alec Morris, Barrineau can be seen on the sideline signaling in the plays for the offense. That level of trust isn’t given to players who don’t have a complete grasp on the entire playbook. Heading into his senior season, Barrineau’s knowledge of the system will be important as he’ll be able to help some of the younger players get up to speed when the coaches aren’t around.Sims would have been competing for a starting spot, but a knee injury this spring will likely sideline him until at least midseason.Summer arrivals2015 signees Calvin Ridley and Daylon Charlot will join the team this summer. Both have an opportunity to earn early playing time. Some recruiting websites ranked Ridley as the top receiver prospect in this class.Quotable“He’s definitely playing faster. It was mental with him. But now he’s got everything down pat, and he can go out there and play fast. He’s a fast guy, he’s physical. I know he really goes up and high points the ball each and every time he needs to.” — Alabama wide receiver Chris Black on ArDarius StewartGo Mobile, Montgomery! Download our apps herelast_img read more