Jamaica Civil Service Association (JCSA) First Vice-President Robert Chung says it is moving for a dissolution of the board of directors at the Don Anderson-led Institute of Sports (INSPORTS).Chung says the INSPORTS board’s refusal to restore administrative director Ian Andrews’ signing power, despite instructions from the permanent secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister and the Ministry of Finance, plus continued breaches in the said matter, has forced its hand, and it has started putting its case together.He also said the board is yet to provide any evidence of wrongdoing by Andrews, whose authority was unconstitutionally downgraded.”We have started to put together our case that the Government dissolves the board. There is nothing else we can do as a union, but put forward our case to say these are the things that we are seeing and that they are in breach of the public-sector governance, so we are asking that the board be dissolved and a new board put in place because something has to give,” Chung informed The Gleaner.”There will be review of the material this Friday … . We have to cross the t’s and dot the i’s when it comes to the legal requirements,” he noted. “It takes a little time to do that, maybe another week, as we have to be sure of what we are doing, as we are not making any mistakes. We have solid grounds and the Jamaica Civil Service Association (JCSA) does not move until we have solid grounds,” he stated.INSPORTS is in a bind because of the impasse.Staff and creditors of the government-run agency are being significantly impacted as health benefits and personal deductions for staff, which have been signed by Andrews, are not being co-signed by Anderson or any other board member.Also, some creditors who have rendered services in various sports development programmes carried out by the government organisation cannot be paid, as Anderson refuses to co-sign the cheques with the administrative director.compensationOnly recently, one creditor, Edward Cooke, filed for compensation by the agency through his lawyer, for monies ($619,000) owed by INSPORTS.In separate interviews pertaining to both issues, Anderson declined to comment directly, noting that he would be careful in his assessment.In the meantime, Chung said the board has stepped out of bounds.”… We are seeing that the board is doing some things that are in breach of government policy in dealing with public entities and there is nothing before for us to represent him (Andrews) on. And a public entity (INSPORTS) is not able to function properly and give the Jamaican people what they are paying for,” he divulged.”Here is an organisation that is supposed to develop sports at the grassroots level … because Jamaica is doing very well in sports and we want to be able to continue that and the only way we can continue that is to have an organisation like this (INSPORTS) performing effectively and efficiently.”This (board’s action) is killing the tree from the root,” he said.
787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Grounded the last time, Air Force hopes to complete its flight to the semifinals against a struggling Adamson-Akari in the Premier Volleyball League Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube PH team asks injured Dolor to stay in camp After succumbing to the full force of defending champion Pocari Sweat last Wednesday, Air Force vies to cruise to the semifinals against an inexperienced Adamson at 6:30 p.m.Also-ran teams Power Smashers and University of the Philippines collide at 4 p.m. in a bid to close out the conference on a winning note.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’The Jet Spikers bowed to the Lady Warriors, 25-19, 25-20, 29-27, in a match that assured the latter a semifinal seat with unbeaten leader Creamline.Iari Yongco, Wendy Semana, Jocemer Tapic and May Ann Pantino banner the Jet Spikers’ bid. MOST READ Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur
Jeremiah Garwo Sokan, Sr. EPA’s National Coordinator for the National Climate Change Secretariat, will represent the LDCs on the board from 2018 to 2019.Liberia has been elected as a member on the Board of Directors of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) to help steer the world to a safer environment by appropriately helping to manage funds meant for vulnerable countries and other communities at the ongoing global climate change conference in Germany.Liberia replaces Malawi on the Board, and therefore has acquired a top seat at one of the high tables at the ongoing 23rd edition of the Conference of the Parties (COP23) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Bonn, Germany, from November 6 to 17.The conference is being jointly organized by Fiji, which is presiding, with the support of the German government.Liberia’s election to the GCF Board places her in the spotlight to help in combating the impacts of climate change globallyAccording to a dispatch from Germany, Liberia was elected on the board to represent 47 “Least Developed Countries (LDCs),” following an intensive and competitive electoral process.EPA Executive Director, Anyaa Vohiri, who is attending the conference, has nominated the EPA’s National Coordinator for the National Climate Change Secretariat, Jeremiah Garwo Sokan, Sr., to represent the LDCs on the board from 2018 to 2019.“LDCs are countries which are mainly vulnerable to climate change, but have done the least to cause the problem,” the dispatch said. It would work together at the intergovernmental negotiations under the United Nation Funds for Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to demand wealthier nations act in accordance with their responsibility for creating the problem and addressing it, and to as well play a leadership role in global efforts to prevent dangerous climate change,” it said.Liberia’s election on the LDCs Board will leverage her more latitude to negotiate additional funding to enhance the country’s efforts in mitigating and adapting to the threats of climate change.The GCF also pays particular attention to the needs of societies that are highly vulnerable to the effects of climate change, in particular the LDC, Small Island Developing States, and African States.The GCF launched its initial resource mobilization in 2014, and rapidly gathered pledges worth US$10.3 billion. These funds come mainly from developed countries and also from some developing countries, regions, and Paris, France.The conference of parties, through the UNFCCC, was adopted in 1992 at the Rio Earth Summit, which marked the beginning of the international community’s first concerted effort to confront the problem of climate change. Each year the parties to the agreement convene to assess progress in implementing the convention and, more broadly, dealing with climate change.However, at the 21st edition of the conference (COP21) held in Paris in November-December, 2015, the parties negotiated what is known as the Paris Agreement, which established specific actions and targets for reducing greenhouse gases emissions, mitigating and adapting to the effects of climate change, and financing mitigation and adaptation efforts in developing countries.The agreement took effect nearly a year later. Signatory countries agreed to work to limit global temperature rise to below 2 degrees Celsius and to make strong efforts to keep the rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius. The Paris Agreement is especially significant because it is a legally binding agreement.Governments, cities and regions from the 152 countries that have ratified the Paris Agreement, are meanwhile expected to by now meet their national climate change commitments looking for the clean energy, low carbon transport and finance solutions to make this a reality.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
By Althea Romeo-MarkFrancis Vessup, back from shopping in town, trudged uphill to his pink, concrete house. Reaching his front porch, he yanked the stiff iron-gate open and plopped himself onto a garden chair to catch his breath. He surveyed the island’s dry, hilly landscape. Trees were still leaning after the lashing winds of last year’s hurricane. Shriveled vines wound round drooping hibiscus and yellow bells. He rose after a few minutes and had barely unlocked the front door when he heard a scratching and thudding sound coming from the bathroom.“What the hell?” he gasped. Francis tip-toed to the kitchen and grabbed his sharpest cutlass. Francis raised it in readiness and wrenched open the bathroom door. A brown iguana was attempting to scale the enamel tub. It flipped its long, scruffy tail and thrust its rubbery head back and forth at him. Francis rested his cutlass against the bathroom wall, then gripped the iguana’s tail and head. It writhed about as he made his way to the porch and threw it into the parched garden. After that, he warmed goat soup for lunch, ate it and dozed off on a recliner on his veranda.Half an hour later, he wiped spittle from his dry mouth and rose to inspect his garden. He froze. The small fences he had constructed around seedlings lay on the ground, the young plants were stripped of leaves.“No! no! no!” screamed Francis. “Is them damned overgrown lizards. Is hard enough to get things to grow in this drought.” He pulled on his work shoes and covered his grey hair with a tattered straw hat. Armed with two large buckets, he tramped out of the house and down the short, rocky slope to his garden. As he trod, filled his buckets with stones, an iguana emerged from nearby brambles. Francis dropped the buckets, seized the iguana’s tail, swung it round and round, then struck it against a boulder where it twitched and fell still.“Serve it right,” he grumbled. Francis stamped his feet, shushed, yelled at and stoned other iguanas as they arrived in search of food. The remaining iguanas fled. Francis grasped the lifeless reptile and tossed it into the bush. “All that work for nothing.” He groaned and sucked his teeth as he straightened the fences, inspected chewed leaves, and gathered more stones. Francis trudged back up the slope to the house, full buckets in his hands.He piled his missiles on one of many concrete posts, which framed the veranda, ready to pelt iguanas on sound and sight.A gigantic iguana appeared late the following afternoon while Francis was pulling weeds. He had seen none larger. Others soon joined it. “God damn it,” he yelled, “so many breeding in the bush? Is a battalion, man! Dem spirits turn iguana?” He shouted and stomped and made the sign of the cross. Some reptiles retreated, but the giant iguana thrashed its tail about and rushed at him. Francis jumped back. “Well is you and me, devil!” He clasped its head, but the strong iguana wrestled itself out of his hand and dashed between his legs. Francis losing his balance, fell and struck his head on the craggy ground.“Help, help,” Francis moaned when he came to sometime later. A water truck and a smoke truck, fumigating mosquitoes, rumbled uphill, drowning out his voice. Francis coughed and wheezed. Pain peppered his eyes and he closed them tight to ease the burning sensation.Crunching sounds in the garden woke him. The sun had crept up into the sky, pointing its rays at Francis’ eyes and he shaded his face with his arms. Iguanas rustled about in search of food. A young one, hind legs tangled in a vine, fought to free itself. Another crawled along Francis’ arm and tugged at his shirt, but finding it tasteless, turned away. Raising himself up on his elbows, Francis saw that more plants had been stripped. Rage propelled him to his feet. The small plot of seedlings had vanished completely. Iguanas glared at him with a “So what you going do look?” on their faces. A staring match ensued. Francis backed away and hobbled up the slope to his house.Once inside, tears, which he had held at bay, streamed in full force. He seized the telephone and dialed.“Hello, Antillean Zoo. This is Francis Vessup. I understand you buy iguanas. …You have enough? …..Well, I going poison everyone in me yard. …What? I can’t do that? It’s against the law? …..Why? ….. Protected species?…..Well, you better come and protect them from me, ‘cause by tomorrow morning they going to be dead as door nails.…….What? My number and address? ….. “Mariendalh Estate 95B, phone number–775-5698.” Francis slammed the receiver down.Next morning, a vehicle thundered up the hill and turned into Francis Vessup’s yard. He peeped through louvers at four men carrying large cages. They mounted the steps and rapped at his door.“Morning, Mr. Vessup,” the head man said, “we come to collect the iguanas.”“Go down the slope in the back. That’s where they killing me plants. Be careful! It’s rocky.” He watched the men from the veranda as they combed the thicket and netted twenty iguanas.After they left, Francis tottered down to his garden. Only a few pigeon pea trees had survived the rapacious iguana attacks. “When the next rain comes, I going plant again,” said Francis, turning to leave. He paused, thinking he had heard rustling in the bush. “Me mind playing tricks on me,” he mumbled and looked back in search of movement. Then he saw them–three tiny, green iguanas, sticking their heads out of the thicket.© Althea Romeo-Mark© 1998 Althea Mark-Romeo, 4.06.10, 04.08.18,14.08.18, 08.09.18. Word Count 952Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
1 Crystal Palace midfielder Jonny Williams has been linked with a second loan switch to Ipswich.The 20-year-old was a near ever-present for the Eagles during their promotion campaign in 2012/13, but he struggled for game time last term and was shipped out on loan ton Portman Road in February.He impressed for the Suffolk side and now it has been reported manager Mick McCarthy wants to take him for the second season running.Williams, who scored once in 13 Championship games last term, has appeared just twice for Palace since the summer. Jonny Williams in action for Ipswich against Watford
*DISCLAIMER: Like paying £100 million for a player you owned a few years ago, this video is just a joke.Paul Pogba is on the brink of returning to his former club Manchester United in a deal close to £100m, smashing the world record transfer in the process.A move for the Juventus ace would smash the £85m Real Madrid paid Tottenham for Gareth Bale in 2013.But, as this video shows, the move isn’t as straightforward as it appears, with Pogba and Mourinho exhanging heated words in this bizarre press conference footage.All is not as it seems, as both men are speaking in foreign languages, and our translator on the scene doesn’t speak a word of either!For more of the best sports videos on YouTube, subscribe to talkSPORT here.
DDTV VIDEO WORLD EXCLUSIVE: IT’S not every day that the world’s most famous athlete takes time out of his busy schedule to pay tribute to a top club – but that’s what the world’s fastest man Usain Bolt did this weekend in honour of Finn Valley Athletics Club.Bolt filmed this special tribute (click to play) to help Finn Valley celebrate its 40th birthday at a very well attended Black Tie event in Jackson’s Hotel on Friday night. An attendance close to 350 included many current club members and indeed a number from abroad shared memories, acknowledged the many volunteers that had assisted since the initial meeting in 1971.The club also took the opportunity to honour local business man John Mc Elhinney and his family marking 40 years of his special contribution to the community.Former national senior champion Sean Carlin, in his address, remarked on the drive and leadership provided by John and by Patsy Mc Gonagle over four decades.Both received presentations as did Neil Martin, Patsy McGinley and PeaderMc Granaghan. MC for the occassion was international athlete Kieran Carlin. Organising committee was in addition to Kieran, Ann Marie McGeehin, Rosaleen Mc Gonagle, Bridgeen Doherty and Dermot Mc Granaghan.Sponsorship provided by Mc Elhinneys, Rite Financial Services, Kelly Scaffolding and Kavanaghs Supervalu.In a closing address Patsy, in dwelling on the past glories, looked ahead to the development of further facilities at Finn Valley most notably a swimming pool for the region.Celebrations went on into the early hours and links were provided with Usain Bolt who apologised for being unable to attend due to work committment in Miami and from Vivian Cheruiyot world 5000/10000m champion coached by Finn Valley’s Ricky Simms who like Usain is in Miami and was unable to be present.© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law. Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comDDTV VIDEO WORLD EXCLUSIVE: USAIN BOLT’S TRIBUTE TO FINN VALLEY AC was last modified: November 21st, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:DDTVdonegaldaily.com videoFinn Valley Athletics ClubUsain Bolt
FIANNA Fail tonight warned it will make the work of Donegal County Council “unworkable” by boycotting meetings where their councillors votes are needed to pass policy.Fianna Fail councillor Ciaran Brogan accused the other parties of being “opportunist” by excluding members of his party from senior positions in the council.In a speech to the chamber he said that Cllr McBrearty’s election as Mayor was wrong. “Some 32 per cent of the electorate has been excluded here today,” he claimed.He then called on Cllr McBrearty to publicly apologise for public outbursts in the chamber in the past.The new Mayor sat stoney-faced in the chamber as Cllr Brogan launched an attack on him. The atmosphere was tense throughout. A member of the public said “sit down” as Cllr Brogan spoke.Fine Gael’s Cllr Barry O’Neill however hit out at Cllr Brogan’s comments. He described Cllr McBrearty as “honest, decent and truthful.”“There were things said today which were totally out of place.” he said, hitting out at Fianna Fail.Sinn Fein councillor Mick Quinn also hit out at the complaints, pointing out that it was Labour’s turn for the top positions.“This is what power-sharing is all about,” he said, pointing out that independents would take the top posts next year.Speaking in the chamber, Labour Senator Jimmy Harte said: “This is an historic day for the Labour Party. In the context of the development of the party it is important. “I want to congratulate Cllr McBrearty who is a dedicated and hard-working councillor. He will represent all the people of Co Donegal very well.BOYCOTT THREAT: BROGAN ACCUSES COUNCIL OF EXCLUDING FIANNA FAIL was last modified: June 25th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:BOYCOTT THREAT: BROGAN ACCUSES COUNCIL OF EXCLUDING FIANNA FAIL
“The majority of the time when I find them, they’re angry. They’re not angry at me, they’re just angry,” he said. “Their anger is a mask for fear.” Children often run away believing it will help them gain more independence, or because they have problems at home, or are trying to avoid stress, or friends. Sometime, they run away to be with friends or a love interest, Reed said. No agency keeps track of the number of children who run away in Los Angeles County each year. But the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services says about 100 foster children run away each month in the county, spokesman Stu Riskin said. “The reason our kids run away is really no different than another kid. They have more emotional baggage than the average child. But running away is just a way of saying, ‘I hurt and I’m having trouble dealing with it,’ ” he said. While most runaways return home within a few days, some get lured into the streets and become habitual runaways, Reed said. Occasionally but rarely, runaways are lured into prostitution or other dangerous situations. “It’s rare that they turn into child prostitutes, but you never know,” Reed said. “Your ultimate question is: When does a voluntary runaway turn into an involuntary runaway?” Norwalk Station Detective Jack Smith is handling Jenelle’s case. “We’ve done everything possible to find this young lady,” Smith said. “Law enforcement officers saw her within the first week she went missing, and she ran away from them.” In California last year, 15,629 calls from children contemplating running away, or who had already run away and were living on the streets, were received by te National Runaway Switchboard. Of those calls, 554 came from telephones in the 562 area code, which includes Whittier, Norwalk, Pico Rivera and nearby areas. Smith encounters cases of runaway children often. “If you’re working the night shift, you have missing kids every weekend. Ninety percent of the time they come home or we track them down. For a first-time runaway girl like Jenelle, more than a week is a long time to be missing. Usually they’re only gone overnight,” he said. After Jenelle’s disappearance, Ebalo stayed home near the phone for a week, hoping for a call from her or detectives. Her husband and father drove the streets looking for her. “Jenelle knows that she’s loved,” Ebalo said. “I just want to know what made her run away. Was it something we did or didn’t do? “We can’t go back to normal when she comes back. I pray to God that He just point her in the right direction. This is not fun and games.” Sandy Mazza may be reached by calling (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.orgWant 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 MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Jenelle, who was recently voted as having the “Best Hair” in school, whose room looks like any other teenage girl’s room — with a giant SpongeBob SquarePants pillow and snapshots of her and friends adorning her dresser mirror — may have run away from home with a 14-year-old boy, Ebalo learned. The following week, Ebalo took time off her job as a dental assistant to help detectives hunt for Jenelle. But as of this weekend, the two youngsters were still missing. Authorities believe they might be staying in East Los Angeles. “We’re not a dysfunctional family. I don’t know what made her do this,” Ebalo said. Each year, thousands of parents ask themselves that same question. Across the country, more than 1,200 children run away from home each day, said Lee Reed of the National Association of Missing Children, who belongs to the association’s runaway child response team. “Two out of three runaways are located and returned within one to three days,” said Reed, who has worked with runaway children for 28 years and assists in tracking critical runaways all over the country. NORWALK — Every day after school, Jenelle Frances Andres would come home from La Mirada High School and play games with her 4-year-old brother. On Oct. 13, when the 14-year-old did not return home from school, her mother, Jennifer Ebalo, knew immediately there was a problem. “The first night was the most difficult, because I had no idea what happened to her,” Ebalo said. The next day, she learned that Jenelle had a boyfriend and that the two had been seen together not far from Jenelle’s home in Norwalk.
A rice farmer in his field near Lira, Uganda.(Image: Eyeing Africa, flickr) A representative of the AgriculturalProductivity Enhancement Program inUganda explains how to care for uplandrice.(Image: US Department of State)Janine ErasmusUganda is to open a world-class research centre for rice. The country received a R56-million ($6-million) grant from Japan, one of the world’s leading rice growers, to establish the facility, which will be based at the Namulonge Crops Research Institute in the southern district of Wakiso.Research will focus on the New Rice for Africa (Nerica) variety, a crop that showed much potential when it was first introduced in Guinea in 1997 and is increasingly being hailed as a miracle product.The deal was signed on 22 March 2009 in Kampala by Ugandan finance minister Syda Bbumba and Seki Tetsuo of the Japan International Co-operation Agency. Bbumba, who is also chair of the East African Development Bank‘s governing council, said that the Ugandan government is promoting rice as part of its Plan for Modernisation of Agriculture initiative.This programme is one of Uganda’s key strategies in the fight against poverty. “Uganda is centrally positioned to produce food for the region, and rice is one of the crops sorely needed,” said Bbumba, adding that agricultural produce as a driver of regional trade would stimulate economic growth.Africa’s staple cropRice is a staple crop in much of Africa, but embattled farmers on the continent struggle daily with challenges such as drought, competition with animals, and pests. Nerica has changed their fortunes – according to the United Nations, farmers in African countries where Nerica is currently grown are now achieving plentiful harvests.Not only are the farmers able to support their families, but there is enough left over to sell in the markets and earn a profit.The reason that Nerica grows well in the unforgiving African soil is because it is a hybrid, a cross between the hardy African variety Oryza glaberrima, and the high-yielding Asian variety O. sativa. It exhibits the best features of both – resistance to drought and pests, early maturing, higher yields even when irrigation or fertiliser are lacking, and more protein content than other types of rice.For his work in helping to develop the hardy strain, Sierra Leonian scientist Dr Monty Jones was a co-recipient of the prestigious World Food Prize in 2004. Jones was also named as one of the world’s 100 most influential people by Time magazine in 2007.Ugandans consume about 160 000 tons of rice per year. To address this need, the Ugandan government is vigorously promoting upland rice, which is grown in dry soil, as opposed to the traditional method of growing the crop in a flooded paddy field.The new research facility is expected to increase productivity and improve the quality of rice cultivated in East Africa. Japanese ambassador to Uganda Kato Keiichi said that research into rice was a key sector of co-operation between his country and Uganda.Japanese-African co-operationThe Far East country is also investing into areas such as infrastructure development in Uganda. Currently the Japanese government is carrying out a feasibility study on the construction of the Nile Bridge in Jinja and one on the proposed Ayago North hydropower dam.In 2008 Japan pledged to help Uganda financially to build a bridge over the Nile River at Jinja to replace the 54-year-old bridge at the Owen Falls dam, which has developed serious structural faults and is in imminent danger of collapsing.Uganda, a land-locked country, relies on the bridge as it connects the south-western part of the country with the eastern and central portions and is vital for trade. The White Nile flows out of Lake Victoria in the south-east and bisects the country as it heads northward to merge with the Blue Nile in Khartoum, Sudan, forming the Nile proper. Uganda’s land-locked neighbours Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo also need the bridge as it is the only link to the Kenyan port city of Mombasa.Japan is also assisting in preparations for the construction of the proposed 500 MW Ayago hydropower project. The development will be situated near Ayago village in the Murchison Falls National Park in the north-west, at the confluence of the Ayago and Victoria Nile Rivers. Installed electricity-generating capacity in Uganda is only 300 MW, and it is estimated that by 2025 the country will need 2 000 MW to run homes and industries.Other areas of co-operation include the extraction of phosphates fertilisers, the production of biofuel using oil from the Jatropha curcas plant, said to be one of the best candidates for biofuel manufacture, and further infrastructure development in northern Uganda.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at email@example.com.Related stories“Miracle” rice fights African hungerSurplus food for the starvingUseful linksAfrica Rice CentreNational Crops Resources Research Institute (Uganda)Africancrops.netPlan for Modernisation of AgricultureInternational Rice Research InstituteJapan International Co-operation Agency