Chinese firm expects to complete power plant by 2020 in Zambia

first_imgChinese firm to build pharmaceutical plant in Ethiopia Powering Angola: Chinese firm contracted to build Angola’s largest power plant Chinese firm building new manufacturing plant in Durbancenter_img The Zambian Government says Chinese enterprise Sinohydro Corporation is expected to complete the construction of the 750-megawatt Kafue Gorge Lower Hydro-power Station next year, a senior Government official said on Sunday.Once the construction is completed, Zambia will have an increased power generation capacity of 3,750 from the current 2,900 megawatts.Minister of Energy Matthew Nkhuwa said Kafue Gorge Lower power plant works are on schedule and that the infrastructure is expected to be handed over by end of 2020.“We are happy with the on-going works by a Chinese enterprise, works done so far is at 67 percent,” Nkhuwa said.Nkhuwa said in an interview with Xinhua in Chingola that once the power plant is brought on board, Zambia is expected to be a net power exporter in the southern Africa region and beyond.According to Nkhuwa, over 3,000 jobs have been created during the construction period.He said state-of-the-art technology is being applied at the power plant by the Chinese enterprise.Meanwhile, Nkhuwa said the mapping of Zambia’s solar and wind power generation sites has been finalized.Relatedlast_img read more

City fan wins over £4000 with the Robins Lotto

first_imgThe jackpot prize, which stood at £4,300 when Mr Hill’s lucky numbers were drawn, is just one of seven cash prizes on offer in the weekly prize draw which all Robins Lotto members are automatically entered into.Mr Hill, told the Foundation, “I’m so shocked, I was really not expecting a phone call to tell me I’ve won such a significant amount of money. I’m speechless really.”Take a chance, make a change.Over the course of the season, Robins Lotto members are in with the chance of winning a share of £45,000 as well as a range of other unique Bristol City memorabilia and a host of other perks.All proceeds of the Robins Lotto go directly to the club’s official charity – Bristol City Robins Foundation – helping to support the organisation’s award-winning work carried out in the local community.To enquire about becoming a Robins Lotto member please click here, or phone 0117 963 0636.Become a member nowlast_img read more

Minister Creed launches report on “The Contribution of the Sport Horse Industry to the Irish Economy 2017”

first_imgHome  »  Breeding News  »  Minister Creed launches report on “The Contribution of the Sport Horse Industry to the Irish Economy 2017” Minister Creed launches report on “The Contribution of the Sport Horse Industry to the Irish Economy 2017” 20 October 2017, 23:39 Tags: (l-r) Ronan Murphy, Chief Executive Officer Horse Sport Ireland, Michael Creed, T.D., Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Alison Corbally, Horse Sport Ireland, and UCD Professor Alan Fahey, with the “The Contribution of the Sport Horse Industry to the Irish Economy” report at The Department of Agriculture, Kildare Street, Dublin. Photo by Cody Glenn/SportsfileThe Contribution of the Sport Horse Industry to the Irish Economy 2017,  Corbally and Fahey, 2017Michael Creed, T.D., Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, has launched an important report authored by Alison Corbally and Professor Alan G. Fahey entitled “The Contribution of the Sport Horse Industry to the Irish Economy 2017.” The report highlights the importance of the Sport Horse sector and the fact that it accounted for expenditure of €816 million and supported over 14,000 full time job equivalents in 2016. The Irish Sport Horse industry impacts the livelihoods of residents of every county in Ireland.This industry, uniquely provides significant employment and expenditure throughout the whole country.  This is evidenced by the fact that over 60% of breeders are located in the west and south-western counties, where significant employment is so important to the maintenance of rural communities. The breeding sector is of course the bedrock on which the production, competition and leisure sectors are based.Breeding accounted for €271 million of all expenditure, or 33% last year. In this report, the breeding sector accounts for expenditure from the point of covering the mare until the progeny are four years of age, when the animal will enter one of the other sectors of Competition, Leisure or be exported. There were 14,830 active sport horse breeders in Ireland in 2016 and 31% of them reported that they were aiming to breed a showjumper, with 29% aiming to breeder eventers followed by 16% and 13% indicating that they wished to breed leisure and show horses respectively. The use of artificial insemination has increased in the sector from 32% in 2012 to 42% last year, and there was also a small increase (3%) in the use of frozen semen imported from abroad.Ireland has a significant track record in breeding the world’s best event horses, we have won the World Breeding Federation’s studbook rankings for 22 of the past 24 years. Once again in 2017, The Irish Sport Horse studbook has retained this significant accolade.  This report highlights the importance of the competition sector which accounted €168million of expenditure. There are 10,000 registered horses competing in Show jumping, eventing and Dressage nationally which are produced by over 7,300 competition riders and their support staff.In the sport of show jumping, Ireland has produced two world, young horse champions recently. Killossery Kaiden (ISH), bred by Laura and Frank Glynn and Columbcille Gipsy (ISH) bred by Eamonn Murphy who each won the gold medal in the six-year-old World championship in Lanaken, Belgium in 2016 and 2017 respectively, against over 800 of the best, young horses in the world.The success of our young horses has driven an increase in external trade since 2012. Most sport horses are sold privately, unlike Thoroughbreds. This study estimated that 76%, of all sport horse are sold privately, which makes estimating the net export figure more difficult. However, the total value of sport horse transactions in 2016 was in the region of €106 million, of those the value of exports was 48 million last year.The sport horse sector also provides opportunities for the whole family to participate from Pony Club and Interschool competitions to the Riding clubs, showing and hunting activities. Expenditure in this leisure sector contributed over €100 million to the overall total, of which hunting and country shows were the most substantial contributors. These activities provide entertainment for participants and supporters alike, with the country shows alone attracted over 286,500 spectators last year with over 5% of those being overseas visitors. The visitors stayed in Ireland on average from 5 to 7 nights and, supported our hospitality sector during their stay.The Sport Horse industry, is already a significant contributor to the Irish Economy in terms of direct expenditure and employment. It is one of the main areas in the agricultural sector that has huge potential for growth into the future.The full report can be viewed on the link below.The Contribution of the Sport Horse Industry to the Irish Economy 2017, Corbally, Faheylast_img read more