Ronaldo misses penalty, Madrid lose ground

first_imgBARCELONA, Spain (AP):Cristiano Ronaldo scored a goal, but missed a penalty as Real Madrid were held 1-1 at Malaga yesterday to drop nine points behind leaders Barcelona.Ronaldo put the visitors in front with a header in the 33rd minute, but missed a chance to increase the lead a couple of minutes later when his spot kick was saved by Malaga goalkeeper Carlos Kameni. The hosts equalised through defender Raul Albentosa in the 66th.Madrid needed a victory to stay nearer the lead after Barcelona won 2-1 at Las Palmas on Saturday.Real Madrid have 13 games left to try to stop Barcelona from successfully defending their title for a second consecutive year.”We are not done yet, we only lost two points,” Real Madrid; coach Zinedine Zidane said. “There are a lot of games left. The other teams can also lose points.”It will be difficult, though, as Barcelona haven’t lost in 32 games and have won eight in a row in the league. Real Madrid have been dominant at home since Zidane took over the squad, but they drew two of their three away league games. The only victory came with a late winner against Granada.NO GIVING UP”We never give up,” Real Madrid left back Marcelo said. “It’s a big difference, but we will fight until the end.”Some of Spain’s top sports newspapers ran headlines saying Madrid’s title run was over.”Real Madrid says goodbye to league title,” both Marca and AS said on their websites after the game.Madrid struggled from the start at La Rosaleda Stadium in Malaga, allowing the hosts to create several scoring chances. Goalkeeper Keylor Navas did well in keeping Malaga from scoring more goals.Replays showed Ronaldo was offside when he opened the scoring with a header after a cross by Toni Kroos. The ball appeared to bounce off Ronaldo’s back or shoulder before going in. It was Ronaldo’s 22nd league goal in 25 rounds. Luis Suarez, who scored on Saturday, leads the league with 25 goals.Both teams had opportunities to score towards the end of the match, but it was Malaga who got on the board with a close-range shot by Albentosa after a cross by Brazilian defender Weligton.The home draw left Malaga 11th in the 20-team standings with 31 points.last_img read more

Players turn up the heat on Australian Open weather policy

first_imgLATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew France’s Alize Cornet is attended to by a trainer and tournament staff after suffering from the heat during her third round match against Belgium’s Elise Mertens at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)MELBOURNE, Australia — French player Alize Cornet has called for the extreme heat policy at the Australian Open to be re-evaluated after she said she nearly fainted in the broiling temperatures during her third-round match Friday at Melbourne Park.Other players echoed her concerns, with Rafael Nadal saying playing in such extreme heat can be “a little bit dangerous for the health.”ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track “Have been very, very tough conditions yesterday and today,” said the top-ranked Nadal, who played at night on Friday after the temperatures had dropped. “It’s not nice to see players suffering that much on court.”The tournament’s extreme heat policy calls for the roofs to be closed on the main show courts and play to be suspended on outer courts when the temperature reaches 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) and the wet-bulb globe temperature (WBGT), which takes into account humidity and wind speed, reaches 32.5 Celsius (90.5 Fahrenheit).FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe high temperature Friday marginally topped 40 Celsius, but the WBGT remained below the threshold, so play was not halted.Cornet said she began feeling dizzy at the beginning of the second set against Belgium’s Elise Mertens and, at one point, fell to her back on the court in obvious distress. She received a medical timeout so a trainer could check her pulse and blood pressure and wrap her in an ice vest before she returned to the court. “It’s really tough on your feet to play in these conditions,” she said. “I was hoping they would close (the roof), but the temperature was not high enough. … So unfortunately it stayed this way.”French player Gael Monfils staggered through part of his second-round loss to Novak Djokovic on Thursday, saying he “had a small heat stroke for 40 minutes,” and likewise described the conditions as a risk to players.Roger Federer, who requested to play at night to avoid the blistering heat on Thursday, said he believed the officials were doing the best they could under the circumstances.“What do you do … stop all matches? The lucky guys on the big courts, they get to play under the roof. The other guys get postponed till the next day? Is that great?” he said. “Is everybody going to finish at 3 in the morning, like a rainy day in New York. I’ve had that, too. Is that better? I’m not sure, honestly.”Click here for more weather related news.” Defense wins games for GlobalPort in streak Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak MOST READ Cornet was able to finish the match, losing 7-5, 6-4. But she later said it was “dangerous” to play in that kind of heat.“The (official) limit of not playing the match is really high. I think this limit should be a little bit lower because playing in this condition is not nice for anyone,” she said. “I would never give up because of (the heat), that’s for sure. But you push your body so hard, you almost feel like you’re on the edge.”Tournament director Craig Tiley defended the response of officials to the extreme heat on both Thursday and Friday, saying “we start the event with this set of rules and policies in place, and in the interest of fairness, can’t change them halfway through.”“Protecting our players and the fairness of the competition is paramount in these conditions, which we acknowledge can be challenging,” he said, adding the extreme heat policy would be reviewed after the tournament to see if adjustments need to be made.Petra Martic, who won a two-hour, third-round match against Luksika Kumkhum during the hottest part of the day on Friday, said she got blisters on her feet from the sizzling court and had to take painkillers after the second set.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Yearlast_img read more

EPS Tussle With Protesters at Capitol Annexes’ Dedication

first_imgEPS used force to remove protesting students from Capitol groundsViolent clashes erupted on the grounds of the Capitol Building yesterday when President George Weah’s elite guards, the Executive Protective Service (EPS), forcefully removed a group of students who had gone to present a petition to members of the legislature.As invitees went to grace the dedicatory ceremony of the new Capitol annex awaited the arrival of the President, a group of students and youths under the banner, “Movement Against the Senatorial Election of Sitting Lawmakers (MASESL) in both Montserrado and Bong Counties,” quickly moved in to, according to them, present their petition to the Legislature but were prevented from doing so by riot police and EPS officers deployed on the grounds of the Capitol.The students had called on sitting lawmakers to refrain from contesting the July 31 Bong and Montserrado counties’ senatorial by-elections so as to help the pro-poor agenda of the CDC-led government succeed.Representative Saah H. Joseph of Montserrado district #13,  J. Marvin Cole of Bong electoral district #3 and Yekeh Kolubah of Montserrado district #10 are the lawmakers who have announced their intentions to contest for the county senatorial seat.The tussle between the Police and protesters erupted when EPS Director Trokon Roberts and Deputy Director Henry Wolo told a Police Support Unit (PSU) officer to have the protesters evacuate the grounds of the Capitol because he felt that their protest action would have created security risks for the President who was due to arrive in a short while.EPS deputy DirectorWhen the PSU officer tried to calmly usher the protesters away from the President’s expected arrival area, Wolo and Roberts ordered EPS personnel to use force to remove the protesters from the grounds of the Capitol. While pushing the protesters out, a full fledged tussle ensued as both Director Roberts and Deputy Director Wolo destroyed the placards as the students began to resist the police.The students fought back, reminding the EPS about President Weah’s days in opposition when his supporters were always parading the streets with coffins and were hardly ever beaten up by state security officers including the police.“It is our right to assemble and petition our lawmakers. Article 1 and 17 give us the right to seek redress from our lawmakers; security cannot make us afraid and no number of armed men can take us from here. When you were in opposition, you paraded the streets with caskets; Madam Sirleaf did not stop you or used EPS to put you out, so allow us to excise our constitutional rights,” the protesters declared.MASESL Secretary General Kaiballeh Conteh’s petition called on the chairman of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) legislative caucus to immediately withdraw two of its sitting lawmakers from the senatorial by-elections because, during the President’s state of the nation address, he openly acknowledged to the World that his administration inherited a broken economy, adding that the broken economy stands little chance of being fixed when there are repeated by-elections in the country.Conteh said the money that will be used to conduct recurring by-elections can be invested in  education, health, electricity and more roads that will benefit the common people.Charles Brown, former Representative Candidate of the just ended 2017 general and presidential elections, expressed disappointment in the CDC-led government for the violent action by the police on grounds that CDC loyalists went beyond the students’ actions when they were in opposition.Brown said it is not the function of EPS to beat on students simply because they choose to exercise their constitutional right in a democratic nation.He furthered that when CDC was in opposition they protested and took coffins around Monrovia but, the past government allowed them to exercise their rights. “Why is it now they are hassling students because they presented a petition to their direct representation?  It is their right, the reconstruction of Liberia calls for that! I will write the President officially to complain of the action of the EPS,” he said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Supply Health Centre construction halted

first_img– as concerns expressed over safety, structural integrity– contractor ignored previous cease work orderConcerns over the quality of the work and the actions of a contractor have brought the construction of the Supply Health Centre, East Bank Demerara to a screeching halt by Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica) authorities.Regional Executive Officer for Region Four, Pauline LucasThe issue came up at the Regional Democratic Council’s (RDC) monthly meeting earlier this week. At the meeting, Regional Executive Officer (REO) for Region Four, Pauline Lucas, revealed several unsavoury details about the project.According to the region’s Public Relations Department, one of the details she revealed is that the contractor, Navin and Sons, was ordered by the Clerk of Works to cease casting the foundation of the centre.“However, the contractor ignored the directive and proceeded to cast the foundation while erecting columns within a day of casting the foundation, thus further fuelling grave concerns. He indicated that he was given approval to proceed by the engineer,” an official from the department revealed.According to a report that was submitted by the Clerk of Works, the contractor failed to comply with a number of requirements for the project. Among the requirements ignored by the contractor was one for the complete removal of tree roots and debris from the site.But according to the REO, it was discovered that the casting of the flooring was done without the removal of a major tree stump. This, she noted, places the strength and quality of the building in serious question. Lucas has since summoned the engineer responsible for the project, to a meeting with regional officials.“I held a meeting with our Senior Engineer Elon Austin, the contractor in question and the engineer and no plausible answers can be provided for the contractor actions. So I have written the Ministry of Communities asking for advice because the public’s health is of grave and pivotal importance. We cannot construct a building and in a few years’ time; it’s falling to pieces because there were several defective and poor works done,” she said.“We as a region have a responsibility to the public because taxpayers’ money must and has to be spent properly, thus ensuring that they get value for money and under my watch I will continue to strive for that,” she declared, going on to express disappointment over the work she noted flouts basic construction related guidelines.It is understood that with the halt of construction, an independent firm will be contracted to conduct testing of the foundation’s strength after a minimum of 28 days post-casting. It is these tests, she noted, which will ultimately determine if works can continue.Meanwhile, Regional Chairman Geneviève Allen told the meeting that while she did not examine the report, she did realise that something was not right and therefore sought to have the REO explain in detail what transpired with regards to the Supply Health Centre.“I saw both letters but didn’t get to go through them in detail including the report, but I am glad that the Clerk (REO) sought to explain it to this meeting so that you Councillors can better understand what is happening within the region and some of the challenges that the region faces while executing projects and programmes for the public,” Allen said.Apart from having independent tests done, the REO also said she is awaiting instruction from the Communities Ministry, before proceeding on any particular course of action. She also lauded the vigilance of the Clerk of Works and credited their impromptu visits to ongoing projects in an impromptu manner with flagging the errors in the construction.last_img read more

Van Gaal has ‘unfinished business’ with Man Utd

first_img“But if I do, it has to be a large English club, because I have unfinished business with Manchester United.”The Red Devils unceremoniously sacked Van Gaal last year after an uninspiring stint at Old Trafford despite winning the FA Cup — United’s first major silverware since the retirement of legendary boss Sir Alex Ferguson.De Telegraaf said Van Gaal in particular expressed “rancour” at United’s top boss Ed Woodward.This despite the fact that, the paper pointed out, that Woodward allowed Van Gaal “to spend 350 million euros to handpick his team, as well as a paying him a handsome salary and release fee”.Dutch media reports said earlier this year that Van Gaal had received several lucrative offers after leaving United, including a three-year, multi-million-euro contract in the Far East, most likely China.Flamboyant and outspoken, Van Gaal said in mid-January that he was quitting, but changed his tune just two days later, saying instead that he was taking a year-long sabbatical.“Then I will decide. It depends also on the offers I get,” Van Gaal said at the time.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Louis van Gaal coached Manchester United from 2014-2016 © AFP/File / Oli SCARFFTHE HAGUE, Netherlands, Dec 18 – Firebrand football manager Louis van Gaal says he is “most likely done as a coach” but would step back into the ring for one exception: a chance to get back at Manchester United.“I most likely won’t coach any club again,” Van Gaal, nicknamed the “Iron Tulip”, told popular daily tabloid De Telegraaf.last_img read more

Germany legend tears into Mesut Ozil after Germany’s defeat to Mexico

first_imgGermany legend Lothar Matthaus accused Mesut Ozil of having no passion during the reigning World Cup champions’ surprise defeat to Mexico at the weekend.Hirving Lozano’s goal was all that separated the two sides in a game where Germany struggled to find their usual flow. Ozil struggled to get into the game against Mexico “I often have the feeling that on the pitch Ozil doesn’t feel comfortable in the DFB jersey, is not free – almost as if he does not want to play.“There is no heart, no joy, no passion. After the latest impression, it is not excluded for me that he withdraws from the national team after the World Cup.“For a year or two, Ozil has played at a level that does not justify the free ticket of Jogi Low.“If things go well then Ozil plays well too. If things are going badly, he won’t perform well.”Ozil and Germany have the opportunity to get their title defence back on track when they face Sweden in Sochi on Saturday evening – a game you can listen to live on talkSPORT.talkSPORT will be with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network. 2 The German press laid into Joachim Low’s side after the game – branding them “wimps”.Winger Julian Brandt echoed these views after the game, telling talkSPORT Germany “defended like kids”.But Matthaus, who won the World Cup with West Germany in 1990, singled out Ozil for having “no joy and no passion” – a trait that critics have claimed Ozil sometimes has for his club Arsenal as well.In his column for German daily BILD, Matthaus said: “What displeases me is his [Ozil’s] body language is negative. 2 Germany have had a dreadful World Cup campaign so far last_img read more

GAIA: ‘DONEGAL IS HEAVEN FOR ME’

first_imgTHE Polish woman at the centre of a media storm is in Morocco today on holidays after her ‘week from hell’.Gaia Kowalik, 38, who lives in Dunfanaghy, is making headlines again today.The woman identified as ‘Magda’ in a mistranslated article last week has flown to the north African country to get away from the media frenzy. But not before telling the Irish Mail on Sunday about how much she loves Donegal.“Donegal is my home and this is the place I want to be forever, it is heaven,” she told the newspaper while walking on a local beach before her trip.“This place makes me so happy. I go for a walk every morning at 6am on the beach to keep fit and keep my weight down. I surf too. I learned at 36 how to surf, so there is plenty of time for people who think it’s too late to learn.“It is a great way to start the day, I bring my dog here and we walk for as long as I want to, some days I walk for three of four hours, other days I’ll finish up earlier depending on the weather. “I’m so amazed at the amount of people who are interested in my story; my phone has not stopped ringing. I knew people would find me though, because everyone knows me here.”You can read more below:Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2096671/Magda–truth-life-dole-Polish-woman-speaks-welfare-tourist-row.html#ixzz1lVW1CAul   GAIA: ‘DONEGAL IS HEAVEN FOR ME’ was last modified: February 5th, 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:GAIA: ‘DONEGAL IS HEAVEN FOR ME’last_img read more

REOPENING OF DONEGAL LIGHTHOUSE CAN ATTRACT 60,000 VISITORS

first_imgFanad Lighthouse in all its splendor!The development of Fanad Head Lighthouse as part of an all-island tourism trail has the potential to attract 60,000 visitors per year, claim the Commissioners of Irish Lights.It is expected that half a million Euro will be invested in developing amenities there over the next two years.Irish Lighthouses are to become the focus of a new all-island, European Union INTERREG IVA funded €2.5million tourism and job creation project. The All Island Lighthouse Trail project, led by the Commissioners of Irish Lights (CIL), will see key operational lighthouse facilities also made available for specialist tourism accommodation and attractions.Phase 1 of project involves five sites, three in Northern Ireland and two in Donegal. These will be added to the six sites already operating in the Republic with the eventual plan being to have between 15-20 lighthouses operating as part of a tourist trail all around the Irish coast.Fanad Head and St. John’s Point Dunkineely have been selected from Donegal’s eleven lighthouses to be part of the project.Fanad Head was built in 1817 and St. John’s Point in 1844 and both are among Donegal’s most spectacular locations. Phase 1 of the project involves five sites, three in Northern Ireland and two in Donegal.These will be added to the six sites already operating in the Republic with the eventual plan being to have between 15-20 lighthouses operating as part of a tourist trail all around the Irish coast.In Fanad the local lighthouse committee has made significant progress in the proposed development of the Lighthouse as a visitor facility.According to today’s Tirconail Tribune, the steering committee has drawn up a proposal with assistance from the Council, which was submitted to the Commissioners of Irish Lights.This proposal envisages the provision of a coffee shop, a gift shop, exhibition area and tourism information. Mr. O Connor has met with the Fanad Lighthouse Committee and informed them that the CIL is very happy to facilitate their proposal and is hopeful that design teams will meet with the Fanad group in the very near future.There are decisions yet to be made on the provision of accommodation facilities but negotiations are ongoing at this point.Mr. O Connor outlined that the Commissioners of Irish Lights envisage that the Fanad development has massive potential and they are confident that it can become a major tourism attraction for the county.Comparing it to the Visitor Facility in Mizen Head which attracts in the region of 60,000 visitors per year, the Commissioners of Irish Lights are optimistic that the Fanad project can be of this scale. The Lighthouse has been to the fore in local and international media recently when it was voted as one of the top 10 most beautiful lighthouses in the world in the online magazine Mental Floss.On the national tourism front Fanad Head has been identified as an ‘iconic viewing area’ along the Wild Atlantic way, one of only 15 in the country and one of only three in Donegal along with Sliabh Liag and Malin Head.Failte Ireland has already recorded film footage abseiling from the lighthouse tower and this will be part of its promotional material.To make the peninsula viable as a tourism destination the Fanad Head Lighthouse committee will be seeking the communities support in facilitating a community employment scheme to help improve our lay-bys, beach access points etc.This scheme will be reliant on the support of local volunteers to assist in whatever way possible and further information will be provided in the next few months.REOPENING OF DONEGAL LIGHTHOUSE CAN ATTRACT 60,000 VISITORS was last modified: October 24th, 2013 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:fanad lighthouselast_img read more

Recruitment slowdown restricting replacement of maternity leave cover at LUH

first_imgThe slowdown in recruitment is restricting services at Letterkenny University Hospital.That’s according to Fianna Fáil TD for Donegal, Charlie McConalogue, who confirmed on Monday that a replacement diabetes podiatrist is currently on hold due a recruitment slowdown within the HSE.“The replacement Diabetes Podiatrist post for the maternity leave cover in Letterkenny University Hospital is one of a number of posts on hold during the current slowdown in recruitment,” McConalogue said. “I understand this post is currently with HBS recruitment and that Letterkenny University Hospital local management in conjunction with Saolta Management are working to get approval for this post to be released as a matter of urgency.“The replacement Diabetes Podiatrist post for the maternity leave cover was applied for in December 2018, and the position offered to a candidate on the 21st February 2019. However, they have yet to commence the position,” he added.“This is a ridiculous situation for a person to have been offered the post without a start date. Podiatry is a vital service within Letterkenny University Hospital.“Our diabetes patients rely on it, their health is being compromised without this vital service. “The Minister needs to step in and make sure that this maternity cover post commences immediately.”Recruitment slowdown restricting replacement of maternity leave cover at LUH was last modified: July 15th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)last_img read more

Maasai women lead solar revolution in Kenya

first_imgRural communities in Kenya are benefitting from a solar power drive by Green Energy Africa. Maasai women buy the equipment from the organisation, sell it for a small profit, and are empowered to install it themselves. Maasai women are changing their communities for the better by installing solar powered lights in villages. (Image: Green Energy Africa) • DNA detective work could end poaching • Local researchers honoured at their ‘Oscars’ • Royal boost for conservation in Africa • Solar car races around southern Africa • South African and Indian scientists team up Priya PitamberWhen night falls in Kenya’s Kajiado County villages, such as Magadi, residents face danger that is relatively unknown in big, bright cities. Their cattle becomes prey for hyenas and big cats; and they breathe in smoke from the fires and lamps as children try to complete their school work and people try to keep warm and cook their food.Things are slowly changing, though. An initiative is helping entire villages by providing solar powered lights and empowering women, by teaching them to install these lights themselves.Jackline Naiputa told news agency Reuters that the impact of solar technology was unparalleled. She heads up the Osopuko-Edonyinap group, one of five taking the lead in spreading alternative energy in the area. “The light scares the hyenas away, so we don’t have to worry about losing our animals at night,” she explained.In 2014, she lost 10 goats to big cats. Before she got solar lamps installed in her homestead, her son used to brave cold nights in the cattle enclosure to guard her livestock. But now, she and all her children sleep in the warmth of indoors.The processThe initiative, by Green Energy Africa (GEA), is called Women and Entrepreneurship in Renewable Energy Project (Werep). The goal is to convert the whole of Kajiado County to solar power.The organisation trains women to install solar devices themselves on to homes. The women buy the energy-efficient lights, solar panels, and rechargeable batteries from GEA at a discounted rate. They use donkeys to transport them across various villages, and sell them for a small profit. Donkeys are used to transport solar panels across Kajiado County in Kenya. (Image: Green Energy Africa)“The solar energy drive began around September 2014,” the organisation said. “And so far about 2 000 households in the country have adopted solar technology.” There have been 200 women participating in the Werep initiative.According to GEA, only 23% of Kenyans have access to the national electricity grid and only 5% of rural communities are connected.Benefits all aroundBesides being able to protect their cattle, and their children being able to study at night, there are other perks to using solar energy. It is much cheaper than both kerosene and firewood.“The nearest market where one can charge a cellphone or buy kerosene is 15 kilometres away, and it is only held one day a week,” Naiputa explained.Before the installation of the solar panels, she would spend 40 Kenyan shillings (about R5) a day on kerosene and 100 shillings a week to charge the family’s two mobile phones.Fewer trees are also being cut for firewood. The National Environmental Management Authority has said that chopping down trees means they now cover just 1% of the land area.There will also be overall improved health benefits as less fire smoke is inhaled. “According to a 2014 World Health Organization report, household smoke was responsible for 1.6 million deaths worldwide,” noted Reuters.“Our community customs do not allow women to own any property,” Naiputa said. “But now women here own the solar technology, and it is something we are very happy about.”last_img read more