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Shell fuels and lubricants distributors Vivo Energy Uganda, clinic http://cdcsmiles.com/wp-content/plugins/contact-form-7/modules/response.php has partnered with Little Green Hands – My Kid is a Super Star to create a culture of environmental care among school children in the fight against climate change.

They conducted environmental symposiums in 30 schools that have come together on World Earth Day, story http://cinemalogue.com/wp-admin/includes/revision.php 22nd April 2015 at the Sheraton Hotel in Kampala to participate in a climate change conference.

The children presented messages on the theme of “The child citizen finding our own solutions to the climate change crisis”.

Speaking at the opening of the conference, Vivo Energy’s managing director, Mr. Hans Paulsen, said this was aimed at instilling in young people a sense of ownership and pride in their environment. He noted that children and are the future and that their involvement in conservation is a necessity for the survival of the planet earth.

Paulsen cautioned citizens to avoid illegal tree harvesting, one of the leading causes of environmental degradation.

“Uganda has already lost two-thirds of its forests in the last 20 years and if action is not taken could lose all of its forested land by 2050.  This would have severe repercussions for the country’s poorest people.  Issues surrounding deforestation have to be addressed.” said Paulsen.

He added that as a company that deals in fuel, Vivo Energy has both a direct responsibility for the impact it makes and a business, and also a responsibility to educate local communities to help them protect the environment.

“In all our operations our target is goal zero which means zero harm to people, assets and environment. We have prioritized environmental management in the design of all our structures and in our operations.”

This conference saw 250 children join together to develop solutions to the existing climate change crisis. The brilliant presentations by the schools challenged policy makers to address issues of environmental management with urgency
A new report from PwC and Strategy warns that the Power Sector is transforming fast and companies that don’t stay ahead of change are in danger, more about http://confusedcoconut.com/wp-includes/theme.php ChimpBusiness reports.

New market models and new business models will become established as a result of energy transformation and could quickly eclipse current company and country strategies.

The report, story The Road Ahead: gaining momentum from energy transformation, page http://cippico.com/wp/wp-includes/class-wp-term-query.php finds global megatrends such as technological breakthroughs, rapid urbanisation and resource shifts are creating new opportunities and challenges in customer behaviour, new forms of competition, different generation models and changes in regulation.

The report revealed that existing generation assets could be left stranded as local energy systems and self-generation by customers eat away at the traditional centralised grid and large-scale generation model.

It also pointed out that sector transformation could shrink the role of some power utility companies to providers of back-up power and that developing countries may ‘leapfrog’ conventional centralised system models in favour of local energy systems.

The PWC inquiry discovered that the existing grid and network systems may be unable to rapidly evolve to meet the needs of decentralised assets delaying the adoption of advanced technologies.

Angeli Hoekstra, Africa power and utilities leader, PwC, said: “The disruption taking hold in the power sector is just the start of a transformation in the energy industry.”

He added: “It’s not a question of whether new market models will be taken shape, as this is already happening around Africa and the world, but also which new business models will be pursued in the sector and what countries and regulators will do to increase access to reliable electricity supply and what existing power utilities will do to keep up with the change and alter their course.”

The report identifies a number of market models that could emerge such as Green Command and control – markets in which governments own and operate the energy sector and mandate the adoption of (renewable) or other forms of electricity generation.

The second model would be ultra-distributed generation – markets in which generators have invested in distributed (renewable) generation, with investment decisions based on policy incentives and/or economic business cases.

Local energy systems – markets in which there is significant fragmentation of existing  transmission and distribution grids and local communities demand greater control over their energy supply, or markets in which a local approach is adopted for serving remote communities is also likely to spring up.

Angeli further said: “We don’t believe there will be a single winning market or business model. We see a range of market and business models that build on existing models or fill new service or product needs. Incumbent companies may not be as nimble or focused as some new entrants.”

“But they have a number of potential advantages with regards to existing assets, relationships, pricing and partnering. New companies will mainly play in providing additional generation capacity, building self-sustainable local energy systems without grid connections or behind the meter solutions.”
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Photographs of a technician of the private company Kilembe Investments Ltd. Mr. Kisobuki is in charge of maintenance. Photographs are taken while he is working on a transformer and checking individual connections. People who want an individual connection have to pay a connection fee of 160, website like this http://codapostproduction.com/wp/wp-includes/locale.php 000 shillings. After that they buy power which is charged via a plastic charging card. Kilembe Investments is upgrading the line from a single phase to a three phase line (which is needed for small companies such as cereals mills). BTC will assist the company with the intention of extending the electricity network to remote areas. 
A new report from PwC and Strategy warns that the Power Sector is transforming fast and companies that don’t stay ahead of change are in danger, symptoms http://chaosoffroad.com/wp-admin/includes/noop.php ChimpBusiness reports.

New market models and new business models will become established as a result of energy transformation and could quickly eclipse current company and country strategies.

The report, ask The Road Ahead: gaining momentum from energy transformation, finds global megatrends such as technological breakthroughs, rapid urbanisation and resource shifts are creating new opportunities and challenges in customer behaviour, new forms of competition, different generation models and changes in regulation.

The report revealed that existing generation assets could be left stranded as local energy systems and self-generation by customers eat away at the traditional centralised grid and large-scale generation model.

It also pointed out that sector transformation could shrink the role of some power utility companies to providers of back-up power and that developing countries may ‘leapfrog’ conventional centralised system models in favour of local energy systems.

The PWC inquiry discovered that the existing grid and network systems may be unable to rapidly evolve to meet the needs of decentralised assets delaying the adoption of advanced technologies.

Angeli Hoekstra, Africa power and utilities leader, PwC, said: “The disruption taking hold in the power sector is just the start of a transformation in the energy industry.”

He added: “It’s not a question of whether new market models will be taken shape, as this is already happening around Africa and the world, but also which new business models will be pursued in the sector and what countries and regulators will do to increase access to reliable electricity supply and what existing power utilities will do to keep up with the change and alter their course.”

The report identifies a number of market models that could emerge such as Green Command and control – markets in which governments own and operate the energy sector and mandate the adoption of (renewable) or other forms of electricity generation.

The second model would be ultra-distributed generation – markets in which generators have invested in distributed (renewable) generation, with investment decisions based on policy incentives and/or economic business cases.

Local energy systems – markets in which there is significant fragmentation of existing  transmission and distribution grids and local communities demand greater control over their energy supply, or markets in which a local approach is adopted for serving remote communities is also likely to spring up.

Angeli further said: “We don’t believe there will be a single winning market or business model. We see a range of market and business models that build on existing models or fill new service or product needs. Incumbent companies may not be as nimble or focused as some new entrants.”

“But they have a number of potential advantages with regards to existing assets, relationships, pricing and partnering. New companies will mainly play in providing additional generation capacity, building self-sustainable local energy systems without grid connections or behind the meter solutions.”
President Museveni has urged Ugandans to learn from the Koreans about hard work, about it http://cidem.ec/components/com_kunena/template/ja_platon/html/user/default_social.php discipline and frugality saying these are some of the qualities that have pushed Korea to be the 10th richest country in the world.

“Korea is poor, adiposity http://consolibyte.com/wp-includes/js/tinymce/wp-tinymce.php not as rich as Uganda in terms of natural resources. It is half the size of Uganda but it is now the 10th richest country in the world because of their hard work, discipline, frugality and now compassion,” he said.

The President was this week performing twin ceremonies of ground breaking of Cardinal Kim Su-hwan Kkottongnae centre, a home for the HIV/AIDS orphans.

He also commissioned the Kkottongnae Rehabilitation and Training centre for the less privileged and vulnerable children in Nyabushozi county, Kiruhuura district.

The US$ 800,000 Kkottongnae complex currently accommodates 52 orphans and is targeting, after expansion, to accommodate 2,000 vulnerable children.

The President commended the missionaries of Kkottangnae from the Republic of Korea for spreading the spirit of love, honesty, discipline and hard work adding that these qualities will serve as an inspiration to the people of Uganda in the development and transformation of the country.

“You have come to the right place at the right time. What was lacking in the past was stability and direction. These are now there, we are struggling with discipline and hard work. So by your coming here you are going to be good examples to the people of Uganda,” he said.

The Koreans through the Korea International Cooperation Agency KOICA have also established the Kampiringisa leadership center to teach local leaders about agricultural technology and community organization through which villages can be transformed.

The President commended the Kkottangnae missionaries for their spirit of compassion and for doing charity work in Uganda, quoting Mathew 25:40.

Korean based Kkotongnae was founded by Fr. John Oh Woong Jim in September 1976 and is a religious congregation of Catholic brothers and sisters who have dedicated their lives to serving the less privileged, the poor, ill and the homeless among others.

The ceremony was graced by the Archbishop of Mbarara Catholic Diocese His Grace Paul Bakyenga, the Apostolic Nuncio of the Holy See Archbishop Micheal Blum and the Ambassador of the Republic of South Korea to Uganda Kim Jong Dae.

President Museveni who on arrival toured the complex and later pledged to support Kkattongnae project with a bull dozer for leveling the ground for expansion and also pledged government support of US$ 100,000 next financial year.

The South Korean Ambassador to Uganda Kim Jong Dae said the project will not only improve the livelihood of vulnerable children but will also promote the existing good bilateral relationship between the Republic of Korea and that of Uganda. He said Kkottongnae supported by KOICA, a development arm of the government of Korea will cooperate to ensure the success of the project.

The Korean envoy who praised the good weather of Uganda added that Kkottongnae which means ‘Flower village’ in Korean language, will prove that South Korea and Uganda are very good partners. He pledged the support of his country to Uganda to achieve its potential especially the 2040 vision.

The Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Michael Blum told the congregation of the statement made by His Holiness Pope Francis during his visit to South Korea in August 2014 where he stressed the work of God’s mercy. He said Kkottongnae is now doing exactly that in Uganda.

The ceremony was attended by MP’s from the region and Kiruhura district and religious leaders among others.
Tensions have started rising again between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo with Kinshasa accusing Kigali of an incursion, rx http://crewchiefpro.com/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-importer.php Chimp Corps report.

DRC Information Minister Lambert Mende told BCC on Thursday morning that Rwandan soldiers had been spotted crossing the border to Rutshuru in the Eastern part of the vast and mineral-rich country.

However, information pills http://dailycoffeenews.com/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-links-list-table.php Rwandan diplomat to United Nations Olivier Nduhungirehe quickly rubbished the allegations as nonsense.

“This is baloney, viagra 100mg http://cotro.com/wp-includes/class-wp-customize-widgets.php as usual,” the ambassador, using his Twitter handle, blasted DRC authorities.

“It seems that some in the DRC can’t live a single year without blaming Rwanda,” he added.

Rwanda’s Defence spokesperson, Brigadier General Joseph Nzabamwita was not readily available for comment when we called him.

However, intelligence reports indicate Rwanda has in recent months been strengthening its defence systems along her border with DRC after Congolese forces fell short of disarming the FDLR genocidal group.

The latest developments signal a possible resumption of clashes between forces of the two countries.

Rwanda president Paul Kagame recently stepped up rhetoric against FDLR, saying it will “never ever destabilize Rwanda” after trying for close to two decades.

According to reports from Congolese officials, Rwandan army personnel were cited in the towns of Kibumba and Kashizi.

Rwanda defence officials who preferred anonymity so as to speak freely dismissed the allegation as “totally unfounded. It’s the usual crap and baseless rumors spread by people in Kinshasa.”

Following FDLR refusal to demobilse and surrender by January 2015 as directed by the international community, DRC started bombing the outfit’s bases.

It was not until last week that the deadly Rwandan FDLR militia attacked the DRC forces’ positions in eastern Congo, killing three government soldiers and injuring several civilians.

Some of the attacks occurred in the town of Muvunga, west Rumangabo, North Kivu.

The UN Mission in DRC known by the French acronym MONUSCO said in a statement last Thursday that “FDLR ambushed a vehicle of FARDC between Mushake and Karinga, killed three FARDC officers and wounded 9 others.”

It further stated that “on 11 and 12 April 2015, five people were killed, and one FARDC soldier kidnapped. Five people were injured by elements of FDLR.”

The militia’s leadership, funders and ideology are blamed for the 1994 genocide in Rwanda and horrible atrocities in DRC.

The bandits fled to then Zaire under President Mobutu after the RPF guerilla group led by Paul Kagame toppled the genocidal regime and ended the ethnic cleansing that cost over one million precious lives of mainly Tutsi.

FDLR want talks with Kigali for power sharing, a proposal Kigali has roundly dismissed as “provocative” given the role of FDLR in the 1994 genocide.

Rwanda maintains FDLR must fully disarm and demobilise.

DRC and Rwanda nearly went to war in 2013 during the M23 conflict over repeated bombing of Rwanda’s territory.

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