Tough 2 years ahead for Guyana – Opposition Leader

first_img… says coalition Government’s legacy “shameful”By Michael YoungeGuyanese will have to prepare to face the hardships that lie ahead as the Government continues to make blunder after blunder as it seeks to implement a host of projects which may not have any immediate positive impact or the ability to remove the daunting socioeconomic challenges facing the ordinary man.In fact, they should be worried about the quality of life they are likely to have under the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change coalition Government which is squandering State resources and grinding Guyana’s once buoyant and promising economy into the ground.Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoThese were the sentiments expressed by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo as he gave his outlook on the country’s economy and the performance of the incumbent coalition Government which has wielded Executive power since May 2015 after winning the General and Regional Elections.Jagdeo said the coalition has not lived up to many of the important promises it made on the campaign trail and is still unable to familiarise its Cabinet Ministers with the concepts of good governance, accountability and transparency.He argued that when one looks at the rhetoric and statements attributed to several high-ranking figures in the David Granger Administration, one can easily understand the limitations of the Government, its inability to properly decode and read the mood of its citizenry, and the fact that no clear leadership is being provided with respect to how to achieve the targets set out in its manifesto in order for citizens to enjoy the “good life” in the shortest possible period.President David Granger along with several members of his CabinetThe Opposition Leader said he was happy that the Guyanese are themselves seeing with their own eyes, the chaos that is taking place in every sector of the country. He said the David Granger Administration was incompetent, corrupt and arrogant as he lambasted it for failing to attract and secure any meaningful foreign direct investment to the country’s ailing economy.Policy confusionJagdeo said the policy confusion and poor policy implementation and evaluation were also responsible for the Government’s overall poor performance and the magnitude of problems that are facing the population which is now struggling to cope in the turbulent conditions brought on by a disillusioned Government.Jagdeo, who is also the General Secretary of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) said the PPP still believes good governance is premised on Government’s ability to adopt a holistic and multiethnic approach whenever it is rolling out policies and making decisions that can prove racially, socially or politically sensitive, given Guyana’s unique dynamics.“They know we have the support to win the next elections… Our time is coming and we will work to ensure that we win handsomely because…We are a party for all of Guyana and not a single race… We still believe strongly that a country can only develop if all of its people move forward together,” the Opposition Leader said as he slammed the coalition’s piecemeal, divisive and irrational approach to handling the affairs of the country.He said that it was regrettable that close to 25,000 Guyanese have lost their jobs since the coalition came to power with more and more workers being placed on the breadline because of the inconsiderate and irrational policies of the Government which puts profits above the wellbeing of people.Corruption and incompetence“Every week is a new corruption scandal”, Jagdeo opined as he said the coalition can never lecture anybody in this country again on issues related to transparency and openness. He noted that despite claiming that there was massive corruption under the PPP, the Government has not charged high ranking officials which libelled and accused in spite of the multimillion-dollar Commission of Inquires established.“Why is the Integrity Commission being disbanded… Why you don’t want to trace people’s assets abroad….Government Ministers are collecting bribes… It’s almost impossible to win anything with public tendering now…”, he remarked as he gave examples of what obtains under the coalition’s stewardship of the economy.He insisted the current Government would be going to the next elections with a “ton of baggage” under its belt as the cracks are being exposed on the coalition’s repainted walls.Jagdeo heavily criticisd the Government’s disregard for the Constitution and Guyana’s financial laws as he equally expressed concern over the billions of dollars being wiped out from the public and paid as “settlement” in a number of judicial matters because of the incompetence of the Government’s Chief Legal Advisors.“They are squandering more…they are borrowing more…consuming more…and squandering our future…They believe they know everything”, he said.The Opposition insisted that the PPP will not drop its guard and remains dedicated towards fighting for workers’ rights and the rights of all law abiding citizens. He said too the party was more determined now than ever before to defend the gains made by Guyana and the right of its people to hold the Government accountable.last_img read more

Man dies while trying to kill girlfriend at rail crossing

first_imgSUN VALLEY – A man who was arguing with his girlfriend today drove through the guardrail of a railroad crossing and parked his car in the path of a speeding train, killing himself and critically injuring the woman, police said. The attempted murder-suicide occurred just after noon near Branford Street and San Fernando Road, where the couple was waiting behind two other cars for a northbound Metrolink train to pass, said LAPD Officer Mike Lopez. The man drove his 2005 Dodge Magnum around the two cars, through the guardrail and parked it on the tracks so that the passenger side was directly in the path of the approaching train, Lopez said. “He drove up on the tracks as the train was coming,” Lopez said. He added the train struck the rear end of the car, causing it to spin around and eject the man who was not wearing a seatbelt. “It’s amazing she survived,” said LAPD spokesman Kevin Maiberger. “You should see the car.” Police Detective Pat Barron said the car was on the tracks for about four to five seconds before the train plowed into it. “The train was honking its horn when it collided with the vehicle,” Barron said. Monday’s collision came more than two years after the disastrous Glendale Metrolink train wreck, which killed 11 people and injured 180 others. The crash occurred when Juan Manuel Alvarez, then 25, of Compton, parked his Jeep Cherokee on the tracks in a botched suicide attempt. Alvarez jumped out just before the train struck his car, setting off a spectacular three-train collision. Following the Glendale collision, Metrolink’s practice of using locomotives to both push and pull trains came under intense criticism. When locomotives are pulling the train – like in Monday’s collision – the engine is out in front, which offers more protection to passengers on the train. In the Glendale crash, the locomotive pushed the train, meaning the lighter, passenger cars collided directly with the car on the tracks. Staff Writer Susan Abram contributed to this story. rick.coca@dailynews.com (818)713-3329 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “What saved her was she was in her seatbelt,” Lopez said. The man, 21-year-old Brandon Funches of South Los Angeles, died at the scene. His 23-year-old girlfriend, whose name was not released, was taken to Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills where she was listed in critical condition, Lopez said. Metrolink spokeswoman Denise Tyrrell said none of the 132 people on the Antelope Valley-bound train was injured and that the train did not derail. They said passengers traveling on the line later in the day experienced five- to 10-minute delays. Metrolink officials said the train was pulling the passenger cars at the time, meaning the locomotive collided directly with the car. last_img read more

The Warm Up with Jon Richardson and Matt Forde – Saturday, February 6

first_imgA light-hearted look at the weekend’s action with comedy duo Jon Richardson and Matt Forde.last_img

Alvaro Morata set for AC Milan talks as striker looks to leave Real Madrid

first_img Alvaro Morata of Real Madrid Arsenal and Chelsea target Alvaro Morata is set for showdown talks with AC Milan ahead of a £52m move to the San Siro.The Spain international is ready to leave Real Madrid this summer after being restricted to just 14 starts this season.Both Arsenal and Chelsea have been tracking the striker for over a year now and were among the favourites to capture him when the transfer window opened.But, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Morata is set for showdown talks with Milan as he closes in on a move to the San Siro.The Italian giants will splash around £52m to land the 24-year-old, who has previously spent time in Serie A with Juventus.Milan are looking to sort out personal terms with Morata as well and it is reported that the upcoming meeting will be focused on that. 1last_img read more

GAA NEWS: ST MARY’S CONVOY CLUB NOTES

first_imgBingo Continues in Hall on Tues1st at 8.30 and this week’s lotto Jackpot is €2400 and lotto’s are available from committee members.Thanks to all who attended, helped out and sponsored prizes at the fundraising quiz in Mannies bar congrats to Padraig Porter and his team Top Ten Hopefuls on winning.The AGM will take place at 3pm on Jan 6th ALL are welcome to attend new faces are always welcome. The club Dinner Dance will be held in Jacksons Hotel on Sat 19th Jan meal at 8.30. Music by the Beefsteak Dancers and SAM will be attending. Tickets are €25Following the GAA’s Annual Congress in April 2012 a new rule was enacted that made it mandatory to use a mouth guard in all Gaelic football matches and training sessions from January 1st 2013 for all age grades up to Minor.GAA NEWS: ST MARY’S CONVOY CLUB NOTES was last modified: December 30th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:St Marys Convoy Club noteslast_img read more

Ladies tee off Tusker Malt Uganda Open

first_img Tags: top Comments Irene Nakalembe will hold Uganda’s hopes. Courtesy.By Raymond SsekandiGOLF–The eventual outcome was apparent for the last three years yet the Tusker Malt Lager Uganda Ladies Golf Open remains a spectacle capable of saving the women’s game in Uganda.One name has lingered in the ladies game for a while, but it won’t be the case when the 67th edition of the Ladies Golf Open tees off Thursday at Kitante golf course.Flavia Namakula (2010, 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2016 champion) has decided to pursue the game on the professional level. The UPDF Sergeant has been the better player locally and she has won virtually everything there is on the domestic calendar since her grand break-through in 2008.Now the question is – who fills the void? The ladies circuit has faced a criticism for not grooming enough youngsters to keep the game float.And with an experienced foreign cast expected from Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi; Irene Nakalembe and Eva Magala(both H/C 05), will be the face to lead to the home charge.Nakalembe, all eyes will be on the Entebbe Club lady golfer finished six strokes behind Namakula despite the former leading after day-one at Kitante golf course.But it’s her consistence that’s being questioned over stroke (54 Holes) format play, the hard and long hitter has always found it tough to march her day one score, last returned a 76 but a card of 80 on the last two days saw her finish tied for second with Tanzania’s Iddi Madina.In 2015, Magalaraced into day-one lead and a joint leader on the third day before tumbling on the final day, now Kampala club golfer has a chance to make some noise while the mouse is away.Foreign guns A strong field of foreign will for the now vacant title which has been shared by Namakula andTanzania’s golf icon Angel Eaton for last six years.Eaton(H/C 05), will be highly favoured to retrain a crown she last won two years (2012 and 2013) in row before Namakula laid down her metal to dominate the three years.Eaton, will travel will counterparts in Hussein Madina, Hawa Wanyeche, Ayne Magombe and Vicky Elias all H/C 04.Meanwhile, Kenyans Agnes Nyaiko (H/C 04), who finished 13 strokes behind Namakula in fourth place last year, will also feature alongside experienced Zimbabwean Loice Chingono(H/C 07).Eighteen year old and Muthaiga’s Gachaga is one to watch having won the Kenya Ladies Open last year in May.Uganda Ladies Golf Union president Maxi Byenkya says a field of 60 players both in the main and subsidiary events of the ladies annual event is expected.Tusker Malt Lager has injected over Sh500 million into this year’s tournament as assurance to show its support for the development of the game golf in Uganda. There has been an increase in the cash sponsorship from Sh230 million to Sh250 million.PREVIOUS UGANDA LADIES OPEN WINNERS:2003: Esther Okullo (Uganda)2004: Rose Naliaka (Kenya)2005: Sophie Viggo (Tanzania)2006: Mary Karano (Kenya)2007: Mary Karano (Kenya)2008: Melissa Nawa (Zambia)2009: Jasper Kamukama (Uganda)2010: Flavia Namakula (Uganda)2011: Flavia Namakula (Uganda)2012: Angel Eaton (Tanzania)2013: Angel Eaton (Tanzania)2014: Flavia Namakula (Uganda)2015: Flavia Namakula (Uganda)2016: Flavia  Namakula (Uganda)last_img read more

Want to honor Bill Buckner’s career? You may be focusing on the wrong World Series

first_imgClick here if you’re having trouble viewing these videos on a mobile device.In a just world, Bill Buckner would not be long remembered for the 1986 World Series.The 1974 World Series would’ve been more like it.Buckner, the pride of Napa who died on Memorial Day, was a superb baseball player. He played relentlessly with skill, spirit, attitude and heart. From the wonderful Jeff English profile penned for SABR: “Bill Buckner was a gamer. He played the game of baseball as hard as any …last_img

Classifying Eukaryotes Easier than Evolving Them

first_imgIf you like stories with surprise endings, check out an otherwise boring paper by two Canadian evolutionary biologists, Alistair G. B. Simpson and Andrew A. Roger, in the Sept. 7 issue of Current Biology.1  Their subject is the real “kingdoms” of eukaryotes (that’s all creatures with nuclei, including plants, animals, and a host of single-celled organisms).  Unhappy with previous artificial classifications, including the “grab-bag” grouping called Protista (common in most textbooks), they propose more biologically realistic groupings based on phylogeny and the findings of molecular genetics.  The assumption is that a natural group should include an ancestor and all its descendants.    The paper lumbers along through their new proposed groupings: Opisthokonta (animals, true fungi, and all You Karyotes out there), Amoebozoa, Plantae (you guessed it), Chromalveolata (try that on Jeopardy), Rhizaria, and Excavata (not backhoe drivers, but a group of heterotrophic flagellates).  Each of these are “well-known” groupings that could be called kingdoms; there might be a few others that cannot be fitted into these six.  So far so good.  This is a paper about ancestors and descendants, right?  So where is the ancestor of all these eukaryotes?  Surprise:Identifying six natural groups of eukaryotes raises the question: what are the relationships amongst them?  Molecular phylogenetics could provide the answer in principle, but there are tremendous practical difficulties.  As we look further back in time, most historical signal is lost from present day molecular sequences, so that non-historical (artefactual) signals in the same data can easily obscure the true relationships. (Emphasis added in all quotes.)Keep reading.  Although they suggest that Amoebozoa and us might be related (sorry to hurt your self-esteem), the deep level structure and timing of the divergence of these groups “remains contentious.”  There is “huge disparity” in timing of the split, from 1.2 to 2.8 billion years.  Without new and better fossils, “the precise age of eukaryotes and the tempo of their divergence are unlikely to be resolved in the near future.”  In fact, eukaryotes are so different, the authors leave it unsolved whether there is any reason to think there was a common ancestor at all:Eukaryotic cells are drastically different from their presumably prokaryotic ancestors.  With the limited fossil record, researchers have tried to understand the evolution of the eukaryotic cell by identifying living eukaryotes that are ‘primitive’ in some aspects.  The primitive status of a group is untenable, however, if phylogenetic studies indicate that it is closely related to ‘complete’ eukaryotic cells.  In fact, all the groups of eukaryotes seriously suggested to be primitive eukaryotes now seem to be related to ‘complete’ forms (most fall within Excavata).  The last common ancestor of living eukaryotes now appears to have been a ‘complete’ eukaryotic cell.  It had a nucleus, endoplasmic reticulum and Golgi apparatus, and underwent mitosis and meiosis.  It had mitochondria capable of oxidative phosphorylation, amongst other functions, and was presumably aerotolerant.  It had a complex eukaryotic cytoskeleton including eukaryotic flagella (most likely a pair of them), and was heterotrophic, consuming food particles by phagocytosis.  The only major eukaryotic features that seem to be of later origin are plastids.  We are now left with an intriguing and difficult question: did living eukaryotes diverge [shortly after the rapid and drastic evolution of the eukaryotic cell, or was this cell assembled gradually, but with modern eukaryotes then replacing all intermediate forms?To be or not to be an ancestor, that is the question, and that is where this “evolutionary” paper ends.1Simpson and Roger, “The real ‘kingdoms’ of eukaryotes,” Current Biology, Volume 14, Issue 17, 7 September 2004, Pages R693-R696, doi:10.1016/j.cub.2004.08.038.If you thought the missing link was somewhere between Java Man and us, behold The Missing Chain.  Either way, the Darwin Party is stuck in Story Book Land.  Either evolution was so rapid it happened without a trace, or it was slow and gradual, but the later organisms replaced the earlier ones, who disappeared without a trace.  This is reminiscent of another paper last month that left us readers staring at nothing with the advice, “watch this space” (see 08/19/2004 commentary).  Sometimes no comment is the best comment.  Let the Darwinists admit to themselves they have no evidence for their belief system.  We suggest that the phrase “watch this space” would be the perfect theme for the Darwin Party Curriculum.  It could be the title of their next textbook on evidence for evolution.  Every page could contain the caption, “This page unintentionally left blank.”(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Joburg awards broadband contract

first_imgThe broadband network also shows the municipality’s commitment to bringing it in line with international trends in municipal broadband deployment. The network will provide a minimum of 1.2 terabits a second of municipal core bandwidth and bring with it WiFi, or wireless technology; wimax, which provides wireless data over long distances in a variety of ways; FTTP (fibre to the premises) technology; and power line communications. “The benefits and possibilities of a digital city are numerous for not only the City and its entities but for residents, business, hospitals, educational institutions, tourism and entertainment,” he said. The municipality still needs to decide in which areas it will initiate the roll-out with the inner city, Orange Farm and Poortjie being possibilities. Costs Johannesburg residents will soon be “smart digital citizens”, with the first phase of the Johannesburg Broadband Network Project (JBNP) set to be rolled out in April. Ericsson South Africa MD Jan Embro said the prospect of transforming Johannesburg into a truly digital city was an exciting challenge. “We regard access to broadband as a key driver of economic growth and wealth generation. Through this initiative we will ensure that all the citizens of Joburg gain access to universally available, reliable and affordable broadband,” Tau said. “The awarding of this tender is confirmation of Ericsson’s proven ability to provide comprehensive end-to-end solutions that meet the needs of both telco and non-telco customers.” 3 March 2009 Ericsson has partnered with several very capable local black economic empowerment companies to operate and manage the multi-play communications infrastructure network over the next five years. City councillor in charge of finance and economic development, Parks Tau, said the broadband network would take the city well beyond its historical core business of service delivery. The company’s core network architecture was designed to integrate with current infrastructure, allowing the deployment of a full wireless network supported by power line communications and container kiosks to ensure that transmission could be directed to points that would otherwise be difficult and expensive to serve.center_img “This is as essential as the provision of water and electricity and will also help improve response times to crime and emergencies because the city’s closed circuit television network will be linked,” he said. Trial networks The metropolitan municipality announced this week that Ericsson had been chosen as the preferred service provider to partner with it. The roll-out of the network will take three years, after which Ericsson will operate it for five years. Ericsson was chosen as the preferred partner because it is able to supply an end-to-end solution, its extensive experience in delivering similar networks around the world, its strong local presence, and its commitment to empowerment and transferring skills. “From the outset, the city has focused its efforts in finding a partner who not only has the technical and commercial credentials to deliver on an initiative of this magnitude, but also supports the balanced and shared rollout the City of Joburg requires to increase and accelerate universal affordable broadband access,” said the municipality’s economic development executive director, Jason Ngobeni. Tele-networking, video conferencing and WiFi hotspots would alleviate traffic congestion and save costs, while video streaming, internet access and online applications would facilitate information sharing, stimulate socio economic development and improve health services and security. Over the last year, the municipality reviewed 11 mini trial networks to test the ability of interested parties to deliver on the ground. It will also be a first for the Gauteng province and will benefit surrounding municipalities like Ekurhuleni (Greater East Rand), Mogale City (Krugersdorp) and Tshwane (Greater Pretoria) with a wide area network providing bandwidth of up to six megabits per second. One of the benefits city residents can look forward to is an enabling environment in which they will have affordable access to the internet and e-services. The service will be offered to residents at a reasonable fee. The network, which comes at no additional cost to ratepayers as the JBNP is a self-funding model that will sell off spare capacity to operators, is valued at about R1-billion. Source: City of Johannesburglast_img read more

Make a pledge to save our seas

first_imgThrough the Sea Pledge programme, people are encouraged to preserve SouthAfrica’s coastline and the environment in general.(Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. Formore free photos, visit the image library) The hybrid cars that are carrying the SeaPledge message to towns and communitiesall along South Africa’s coast.(Image: SST) MEDIA CONTACTS • Alex Lenferna  South East African Climate Consortium,  Student Forum, Rhodes University  +27 72 372 4144 RELATED ARTICLES • South Africa protects its oceans • New drive for greener cars • Research centre for African oceans • SA maps its freshwater priority areas • SA consumers help rebuild fish stocksEmily van RijswijckA modern day crusade recently set off from Nelson Mandela Bay, Eastern Cape, to bring the status of the planet’s blue lungs – its oceans – to the attention of people living and working along South Africa’s coastline.The drive will also create awareness around the much-anticipated climate conference COP17 taking place over November and December in Durban.Driving under the banner of the Sustainable Seas Trust (SST) and the South East African Climate Consortium (SEACC), a group of students, scientists and environmental activists set off in two hybrid vehicles on 12 October to visit 25 towns along a 2 500km-plus stretch of coast.Their aim: to get people to sign a Sea Pledge to commit to treating seas, estuaries, coastlines and oceans better in years to come. The team has finished their KwaZulu-Natal leg of the trip and is now en route to the Garden Route and the Western Cape.Vehicle manufacturer Honda, a leader in hybrid technology, sponsored the two vehicles involved in the project. Each car has superb green credentials, can travel 100km more per tank than similar fuel-powered vehicles, and has a carbon dioxide output of less than 110 grams per kilometre.The industry norm for exemption from the South African government’s emissions tax on passenger vehicles is 120g/kms.Working together to save the seasSEACC is an Eastern Cape consortium between NGOs and the province’s four universities – Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth, Rhodes University in Grahamstown, Walter Sisulu University in Mthatha and Fort Hare in Bhisho.It has a student forum representing the consortium at each of these academic institutions.The organisation has earmarked 3 December for the culmination of its Sea Pledge drive – on this day the oceans will come under the spotlight at COP17.According to the SST website, at 11h00 on that day, around South Africa and elsewhere, yachts will depart to exchange pledges at sea, divers will exchange pledges underwater and try to break world records, surfers will exchange pledges on the waves, and kite boarders in the air.In addition, swimmers, beach walkers, anglers, commercial fisheries, shipping lines, schools, desalination plants, marine mining groups, retail outlets, hospitality establishments and the general public will also join in the pledge exchange festivities.SST has stated that it aims to have a million pledges by 3 December.To make a Sea Pledge, contact melanie@sst.org.za or visit the Sea Pledge Facebook or Twitter pages.  From Sodwana to SaldanaThe Sea Pledge drive will cover almost the entire coastline of South Africa, taking in Sodwana on the east coast all the way to Saldanha on the west coast.The event was launched at the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber, the departure venue. Speaking at the event, SST founding trustee Tony Ribbink, a specialist on the coelacanth, the ancient fish which until 1938 was thought to be extinct, said the business community has a major role to play in bringing about positive momentum in green economic growth. “Far too many companies and businesses are unaware of the significant difference they can make when it comes to climate issues,” he said. “We aim to show them that they too can play a positive role and benefit from these initiatives.”The Sea Pledge drive is a crusade for change, added Ribbink. “It is one pledge with two goals: to reduce our emissions footprint and to increase our handprint, which entails helping others.”Stopping the decline in fish populationsRibbink said it is time the world sat up and took note of the drastic decline in the health of the world’s oceans and the living creatures inhabiting it. Just in terms of fishing volumes, there should be a major cause for concern, he said.World fishing numbers have been in decline for a number of years and scientists are predicting the entire collapse of major fisheries by 2046.But it is the survival of subsistence communities, whose very lives depend on the daily catch of fish, which is of most concern to SEACC. These communities will be most affected by mass extinction of fish species. “By signing the Sea Pledge, your business will undertake to help save the seas, and more importantly, contribute to deal with issues of social justice and environmental conservation,” Ribbink told business representatives.Each commitment will be added to a petition calling on the UN to make 2012 the International Year of Coasts and Oceans.The Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber pledged its support during the event.“The chamber is joining forces with SEACC at this event to encourage businesses to become proactive in their response to climate change,” said chamber CEO Kevin Hustler.Impact of climate changeGuest speaker at the launch, air quality and climate change specialist and television presenter Simon Gear said the real impact of climate change has only been felt in the last decade. The increase in world temperatures is well recorded but is just a small part of this global phenomenon.“The world has not become massively warmer over the last decade,” he said, “but half a percent increase in temperatures indicates enormous changes in kinetic energy and resultant climatic systems.”It is for this reason that scientists prefer to talk about climate change rather than global warming nowadays, added Gear.Sketching a rather bleak picture, Gear said the harnessing of fossil fuels remains the single biggest threat to the environment and will remain so as the country lacks a political will to move away from it. He told the gathering that local power utility Eskom supplier burns up 14 kilograms of coal and uses 36 litres of water to give an average household a day’s supply of electricity.In summing up, Gear said that the Sea Pledge will make a valuable contribution towards protecting our fauna and flora and securing our water resources.last_img read more