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first_imgCarpio 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 Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Cagulangan and the Greenies are the reigning NCAA champions while the Bullpups settled for the bridesmaid finish to Ateneo Blue Eaglets, who incidentally were booted out by SHS-Ateneo de Cebu in the Elite 8, in the UAAP juniors.Abadiano, who is a transferee from Adamson and has yet to play for NU in the UAAP, said he’s excited to help his team in title round.“I’m really excited because I still have my teammates that will play with me next season in the UAAP,” said Abadiano who had 23 points and five boards against the Magis Eagles. “This tournament will also serve as our preparation heading into next season.Cagulangan, for his part, said he cant’ wait to add the NBTC title to the Greenies’ haul this season.“It would be great if we can win the NBTC title while also being the NCAA champion,” said Cagulangan, who finished with 25 points and six assists against the Blue Dragons.ADVERTISEMENT Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters With the honor of being called the “national champions” on the line, De La Salle-Greenhills and National University are going all out in their trip to the knockout finals of the 11th National Basketball Training Center on Friday.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery The Greenies’ Joel Cagulangan and the Bullpups’ Gerry Abadiano are hellbent on leading their teams to the championship in the tournament that featured the country’s top highschool basketball teams.“Of course, we’re very happy and we’re also really hungry to get that title because this is this is the first time we’ve reached the NBTC finals,” said Cagulangan in Filipino after leading the Greenies to their 81-64  win over Chiang Kai Shek College in the Final 4.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“Whatever happens, whatever situation I’m in, I’m ready to give it my all,” said Abadiano after NU’s 71-47 win over Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu.Both De La Salle-Greenhills and National University are top caliber teams in their respective leagues, but they had vastly different endings to their seasons before the NBTC. LATEST STORIES Former world champ Ana Julaton retires from combat sports For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. View commentslast_img read more

first_imgPresident George Weah (left) aims to remove the constitutional clause that reserves Liberian citizenship and land ownership for only people of negro descent, while Dr. Carl Patrick Burrowes (right) aims to help Liberians understand their true identity through restorative history With khutzpah (impudence, and gall) to spare…Yes! Oppong will make us citizens. The land for allor we. A review of Carl Patrick Burrowes’ Between The Gola Forest And The Salty Sea By Keith Neville Asumuyaya Best What, in the world is going on with today’s children of 15th century European ancestry (parentage, living around that time)? Their forebears (great, great, great) grandparents disembarked (got off) Pedro de Cintra’s ship, along the West Coast of Africa those many centuries ago, to explore what would come to be called the interior of Africa.Those early European forebears arrived here with the hope of finding gold… and find it they would; eventually, that is, but much later than expected…or hoped. When that time finally arrived, and the gold was found, the western world, (Europe and America) began transforming (making over) their cities (highways, freeways, bridges, etc.,) with West African ‘gold!’ It was too good to be true; so, the centuries spent waiting for that auspicious (wonderful) day — while doing a brisk part-time trade in salt, kola, spice, ivory, iron-ore and other minerals, between the West African Coast and Europe — slipped into oblivion, (forgetfulness, nothingness) after the first consignment of the cargo was shipped and delivery was made and recorded.Today, centuries later, a much younger age-group — that dates back to some of those older members of that gold-seeking group — seems trapped in a time-warp; and having lost track of time, have been reported gallivanting around the globe, with their heads in the sky, acting “enlightened.” They claim that their pioneering fore-fathers, and the colonialists who followed in their tracks, left Africa in a better situation than they (Europeans invaders) found it, after ravaging the Continent for centuries, beginning in the 15th century for starters, and later.But before going beyond this point of our review of Dr. Carl Burrowes’ book, we take the liberty — with the approval of our readers, of course — to place a little ‘aside,’ (getting off the main topic for a minute or two) between these paragraphs. Our ‘aside’ has to do with the Liberian Constitution; and, as Liberia’s Standard-Bearer, the Constitution rests on President Oppong Weah’s shoulders.Here is the question we find it necessary to ask: what’s going on with President Oppong Weah? Oppong lost no time cutting his political teeth after he became president, by proposing that certain words in the Liberian Constitution were racist, and should be removed. That meant, that it was wrong to include in Liberia’s Constitution, a caveat, (warning, demand) that he and others found odious (repulsive, bordering on hate): words that discriminate and deny non-negroes the right to either own land or become Liberian citizens, or both.President Weah steps inSo the question that is begged becomes: “why, decide to undo something that — up to this point — has withstood the test of time, given the stark realities as to why that momentous (historic, earth-shattering) step, was taken in the first place?” There is a reason for this question, as we will find out later in this article. For now, however we will just stick with President Weah visiting a few countries recently. What he said to the leaders he visited in private, we could not guess and would not bother to ask. Our question about the visits was simply rhetorical (a question that neither needs nor takes an answer).On the other hand, there are developments taking place that affect this country and people — that almost everyone is asking about; yet, no one, including the president, has said anything, no matter how much asking the electorate has done. So why anyone would want to ask another question — knowing that no answer will be forthcoming, is again, the sixty-four dollar question.Begging these Europeans to come back… to “discover” Africa all over againBut, to get back to the topic above, someone did ask: “whether the president was trying to get our Europeans to come and “discover” Africa all over again? …To that, we have to say an emphatic, “no.” What would be the point? The Europeans are here already — ‘back to the Madison,’ as the songwriter puts it — trying to steal — and, if not, claim whatever they can get their hands on. You name it and they are coming after it. Any and every time History positions Africa ahead of Europe and the rest of the world, when it comes to originality (uniqueness, creativeness, unusualness) as relates to culture: learning, music, art, dance) — when no skill, style or flair is copied or modernized, but is authentic, actual and true — that would be Africa — and it enrages the competition!It is only fair to point out that Oppong was born only the other day and did not get the chance to be taught civics, and learn as much about his country and people as he otherwise would have! The school system neither bothered to insist, nor allow the teaching of civics beyond a certain point, as we recently learned from the Daily Observer newspaper. By then, most Liberians had turned against different divisions of their people and their history, no thanks to a needless and unexplained civil war. Providentially, Oppong, had found his niche, (position, slot) and his mission: serious football, and became a superstar. (Thank God for football — and Thank God for Oppong).But, he is not experienced in legal matters, and his perspective, for some time, will be shaped by those around him most. An order, restricting a certain class of people from repeating an evil they did in the past, is what the constitutional clause tries to do. Intolerance, bigotry, sound bad — and must operate hatefully, as well. Those are what people have been practicing all over the world, since the beginning of time! And that is what the people of Liberia and West Africa had to go through over the last few centuries. That’s what the rest of the Continent had to go through with colonialism, as well.Searching for answersOppong — should have been wondering — more importantly, he should have been asking, whether there hadn’t been something compelling, that caused those all-Caucasian (white) American Colonization Society (ACS) members to place a “racist” caveat (warning, demand) in the Liberian Constitution, that was necessary for that time? And now it is especially necessary for this time, now that George Weah nah kahn — the man that weah peopoh, and the European peopoh, been waiting for? It was exactly for this time and purpose, that the caveat was applied. But does the story end there? Do you change the Constitution without finding out if it worked at all, as the American Colonization Society hoped? Take a look: Today, the Lebanese, the Indians, and now, the Chinese, the Fulanese and the Americans are all right back here, in one form or the other without becoming citizens or owning any land; and are calling the shots as they always did. So where are we, today? And the Europeans are here too –already — ‘back but to playing a different game; one that we will come to later, when the review resumes in earnest. Now what does President George Oppong Weah have to say?RacismIn hindsight it was a small gang of  white men who—for the first time in the history of man’s existence—decided to call something wicked and evil by name — and used themselves as an example  (case in point) to make it eternal, (forever, till the end of man’s existence) preventing the same type of people (and others like them) with guns, money and power — in command of these and other material and psychological advantages, to return in one form or the other, to again visit the worst forms of inhumanity upon another group much weaker than these predators. The aim was to try to keep from committing, the same crime against humanity, with such predominance, (controlling power) and impunity (no way to punish) that people like these — who carry out such heinous (gruesome, monstrous) crimes, commit.It turned out to be the very same U.S. gentlemen — whose nation is said to have received the larger portion of the Western World’s so-called “slave-trade,” benefits “(global imprisonment) that went ahead and brought back to the Liberian shores, those that had survived that captivity and wanted to return to the place they knew as home! And it would take the same bunch of old men to order in words that sounded like: “never again will people from anywhere in the world, hold so much financial, political or social power, over Liberians, by becoming citizens or owners of land on Liberian soil; no white people, including ourselves, nor our children’s children, for generations yet unborn…Here is how struggle to denigrate Africa and Africans it was going down some time ago: according to an article that appeared in the Thurs. Sept. 21, 2017, edition of the New Democrat.“Racism Is Behind Outlandish Theories About Africa’s Ancient Architecture.”“Some of the most impressive buildings and cities ever made by humans can be found in Africa: the ruined city of Great Zimbabwe, Mapungubwe in South Africa, Kenya’s Gedi Ruins, and Meroe in The Sudan. Perhaps the most awe-inspiring of these are the last remaining of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Great Pyramid of Giza, in Egypt.This should come as no surprise. Africa has an extensive archaeological record, extending as far back as 3.3 million years ago, when the first-ever stone tool was made in what is today, Kenya. The Continent’s cultural complexity and diversity is well established; it is home to the world’s oldest known pieces of art. And, of course, it is the birthplace of modern human’s ancient ancestors, Homo Sapiens.Despite all this evidence, some people still refuse to believe that anyone from Africa (or anywhere in what is today considered the developing world could possibly have created or constructed the Giza Pyramids or other ancient masterpieces. Instead, they credit ancient astronauts, extraterrestrials, or time travelers, as the real builders. One of the reasons for this favorite pastime is that it perpetuates and gives air to the racist notion that only Europeans (white people) ever were and ever will be capable of such architectural feats.”So, for them, it pays to continue feeding their ignorance and stupidity, fueled by hubris, (over-bearing pride and insolence).” But, instead of burying Africa’s noble past, it would be “the dead corpse of colonialism” that would be interred (buried) in Colonialism’s hole it had built during its ignominious (humiliating, shameful) 400-year run, kidnapping humans, or pretending to buy them, secreting them away as animals, packing and caging them over seemingly, interminable (never-ending) humiliation and misery — and,  ironically, almost grateful to the Creator for reaching their destinations safely — since many would be kept and would die captive — and better yet, The Almighty be praised, for a soothing breath of fresh and sweet, God-given air, that it took no one to give, and no man could take away!     (Part11 continues next Wednesday)Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgSeveral schools in Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) have been disconnected for nonpayment of water bills.Among the schools disconnected is the region’s premier secondary institution, New Amsterdam Multilateral School.Guyana Times was told on Tuesday that the move by the Guyana Water Inc (GWI) was taken in an effort to collect in excess of $61 million owed to the water company.This publication understands that the regional administration has failed to pay water bills for all Government buildings in the region for three years. These buildings include schools, hospitals, health centres and all other Government buildings which fall under the remit of the regional administration.This newspaper understands that GWI contacted regional officials on Tuesday and informed them of the bill and plans to disconnect the water supply to buildings.However, Regional Executive Officer (REO) Kim Stephens is quoted as saying, “They cannot do that.”Several schools in the region had their water supply disconnected after the administration was at the time not forthcoming with any favourable resolution.The regional office in New Amsterdam owes GWI in excess of $3 million for water supplied over the past three years. Efforts to contact GWI for a comment on the issue proved futile. (Andrew Carmichael)last_img read more

first_imgTUMBLER RIDGE, B.C. – For the second year in a row, registration for the Emperor’s Challenge registration has been postponed.Registration opened at 7 a.m. Tuesday and almost immediately the registration website hosted by Stride and Glide out of Prince George crashed.At this time organizers have not provided a time when registration will open again, but said on their Facebook page they would provide an update at 10 a.m. on April 3.- Advertisement -This is the second year in a row that registration has been postponed due to registration issues.  In 2018 registration was delayed by a week due to website issues.  Stride and Glide have had problems handling the number of people trying to register for the event for the last five years.last_img read more

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! POLICE officers are supposed to be the guardians of law and order in our society, so what does it say when Los Angeles Police Department officers are urged by their union to brazenly defy a federal court order? Cops on the LAPD’s anti-gang and narcotics units are bristling over a condition in the department’s federal consent decree that makes them fill out financial disclosures. Some are so angry that they’re threatening to refuse to complete the disclosures at all – an obvious snubbing of the law. The purpose of the requirements is to ensure that these officers – who, by the nature of their work, are likely to face all sorts of bribe offers and other temptations – stay honest. They’re a direct result of the Rampart corruption scandal, which brought about the consent decree in the first place. And while it’s understandable why cops would resent this invasion of privacy, they have no more right to ignore the law when they don’t like it than do any of the perps they bust on any given day. The arguments the officers’ union, the Police Protective League, puts up against mandatory financial disclosures – warning that gangbangers will somehow gain access to officers’ personal financial information – seem spurious. They’re also irrelevant to the cops’ obligation to comply with what the court has decreed. Besides, if the PPL wants to take issue with the consent decree – and it should – there are plenty of better reasons to object than this single provision. Start with the fact that the decree, a politicized overreaction to an overblown problem, ties officers’ hands with impossible amounts of red tape. It also consumes $50 million of the city budget every year, money that could be used to beef up a Police Department that’s undermanned and overstretched. Instead of railing against a single provision that affects only a small group of cops, it would be nice to see the PPL direct its efforts against the decree itself, which affects all officers as well as all residents of L.A. Still, we have full confidence in Chief William Bratton’s ability to make the disclosure form as reasonable as possible in the coming weeks. In the meantime, the 600 or so officers required to disclose their finances should honor the law of the land just as they expect everyone else to do.last_img read more

first_imgBAGHDAD – A car bomb exploded Saturday in the Shiite holy city of Karbala as the streets were packed with people heading for evening prayers, killing at least 58 and wounding scores near some of the country’s most sacred shrines. Separately, the U.S. military announced the deaths of nine American troops, including three killed Saturday in a single roadside bombing outside Baghdad. With black smoke clogging the skies above Karbala, angry crowds hurled stones at police and later stormed the provincial governor’s house, accusing authorities of failing to protect them from the unrelenting bombings usually blamed on Sunni insurgents. It was the second car bomb to strike the city’s central area in two weeks. Near the blast site, survivors frantically searched for missing relatives. Iraqi television showed one man carrying the charred body of a small girl above his head as he ran down the street while ambulances rushed to retrieve the wounded and firefighters sprayed water at fires in the wreckage, leaving pools of bloody water. The Americans killed in Iraq included five who died in fighting Friday in Anbar province, three killed when a roadside bomb struck their patrol southeast of Baghdad and one killed in a separate roadside bombing south of the capital. The deaths raised to 99 the number of members of the U.S. military who have died this month and at least 3,346 who have died since the Iraq war started in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count. The blast took place about 7 p.m. in a crowded commercial area near the shrines of Imam Abbas and Imam Hussein, major Shiite saints. Security officials said the car packed with explosives was parked near a cement barrier intended to keep traffic away from the shrines, which draw thousands of Shiite pilgrims from Iran and other countries. That suggested the attack, which occurred two weeks after 47 people were killed and 224 were wounded in a car bombing in the same area on April 14, was aimed at killing as many Shiite worshippers as possible. Salim Kazim, the head of the health department in Karbala, 50 miles south of Baghdad, said 58 people were killed and 168 were wounded. The figures were confirmed by Abdul-Al al-Yassiri, the head of Karbala’s provincial council. “I did not expect this explosion because I thought the place was well protected by the police,” said Qassim Hassan, a clothing merchant who was injured by the blast. “I demand a trial for the people in charge of the security in Karbala.” Hassan, who spoke to a reporter from his hospital bed, said his brother and a cousin were still missing. “I regret that I voted for those traitors who only care about their posts, not the people who voted for them,” he said. The U.S. military has warned that such bombings were intended to provoke retaliatory violence by Shiite militias, whose members have largely complied with political pressure to avoid confrontations with Americans during the U.S. troop buildup. The radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr launched a strong attack earlier Saturday on President George W. Bush, calling him the “greatest evil” for refusing to withdraw American troops from Iraq. Al-Sadr’s statement was read during a parliament session by his cousin, Liqaa al-Yassin, after Congress ordered U.S. troops to begin leaving Iraq by Oct. 1. Bush pledged to veto the measure and neither the House nor the Senate had enough votes to override him. “Here are the Democrats calling you to withdraw or even set a timetable and you are not responding,” al-Sadr’s statement said. “It is not only them who are calling for this but also Republicans, to whom you belong.” “If you are ignoring your friends and partners, then it is no wonder that you ignore the international and Iraqi points of view,” he added. Al-Sadr led two armed uprisings against U.S. forces in 2004, and his Mahdi militia is believed responsible for much of Iraq’s sectarian killing. The U.S. military says he has fled to Iran, although his followers insist he is hiding in Iraq. Abdul-Al al-Yassiri, the head of the Karbala provincial council, said local authorities had raised fears that militants fleeing the Baghdad security crackdown were infiltrating their area. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_img0Shares0000AFC Leopards celebrating. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 14 – Zoo Kericho struck a late goal through captain Johnson Ligare to deny AFC Leopards victory as the two sides played to a 2-2 draw in a Kenyan Premier League match played on Saturday at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos.Departing AFC Leopards head coach Dennis Kitambi thought he had won the match when they were leading 2-0 but a dying minute goal thwarted his ambitions of collecting maximum points. On-form Ezekiel Odera sent AFC Leopards ahead through the penalty spot in the 27th minute after Brian Marita was fouled in the by Vincent Misikhu.Zoo were back in the game thanks to a Nicholas Kipkirui powerful low shot to restore parity in the 32nd minute before Ingwe reclaimed the lead in the 76th minute from Whyvonne Isuza.However, Ligare showed a character of a leader when he rose high to nod home the crucial equaliser from a well taken free-kick.In the earlier kick-off, Nakumatt FC who have a new owner held Kariobangi Sharks to a goalless draw.The win saw Leopards remain third on 18 points, four behind their bitter rivals Gor Mahia who are placed second and five points adrift of leaders Mathare United.Despite bagging the point, Zoo are placed at the relegation zone at second from bottom on eight points.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_imgA canny Donegal businessman has launched a ‘Willy Wonka’-style competition by putting a golden ticket for the All-Ireland Final inside a lucky bag for his sweet shop.Enda Heneghan, who owns Auntie Nellie’s traditional sweet shop in Letterkenny, says the reaction to the idea has been amazing.Enda has hidden a voucher for the ticket for the Hogan Stand inside a €2 lucky bag at his shop on Main Street. Now people are coming in off the street in the hope of snapping up one of the hugely-sought after golden tickets.“We thought that if we put the actual ticket in then people would be able to feel it on the outside of the bag.“It’s just a small piece of paper telling the lucky winner they will be going to Croke Park to watch Donegal play Mayo in the final.“The reaction has been great already. “It’s hard to believe how sought-after the tickets are. I know how Willy Wonka felt now,” he laughed.And Enda won’t say how many lucky bags there are in the golden ticket hunt in case some wealthy fan decides to snap up the lot and be guaranteed a ticket.And with just more than 14,000 tickets being officially allocated to Donegal fans, the hunt is on by more than 40,000 fans looking to go to the big game.Although now happily married and living in Co Donegal, businessman Enda is actually from Ballinrobe, Co Mayo.“Just please don’t ask me who I will be supporting on the day,” he laughed before even being quizzed about his county loyalty. SHOP-OWNER LAUNCHES WILLY WONKA-STYLE HUNT FOR ALL IRELAND TICKET was last modified: September 14th, 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:Auntie Nellie’s Sweet ShopEnda HeneghanletterkennyWilly Wonkalast_img read more

first_imgMarie Fleming and husband Tom. Marie passed away in DecemberRIGHT to die campaigner Marie Fleming has left behind a remarkable book about her early life in Donegal – and how her mother left her family for a Fianna Fail Senator.Ms Fleming, originally from Lifford, passed away in December. She had been suffering from MS.She penned an incredible biography in her final years, which is being serialised in the Irish Independent and the Sunday Independent. In the first extracts from An Act of Love published on Saturday Ms Fleming had written about how her mother left her, her four siblings and her dad Danny Brolly in 1969 to have an affair with Donegal Senator Patrick McGowan.The affair became a national scandal in 1970 when Mr Brolly took a civil case against father of eight and hotelier Senator McGowan.Ms Fleming recounts the court case and how her father won IR£3,800 in damages when the case was settled out of court.Her father had accused McGowan of “debaucing and carnally knowing” his wife, “unlawfully procuring” Mrs Brolly in Lifford, Dungloe, Bundoran, Rossnowlagh, Sligo and Dublin. The story was front page news at the time.Ms Fleming recounts how their mother left her five children on several occasions, the last time whilst pregnant with Senator McGowan’s baby.The series continues in today’s Sunday Independent. MARIE FLEMING’S ASTONISHING BOOK: HOW MY MUM LEFT US FOR A FIANNA FAIL SENATOR was last modified: February 16th, 2014 by John2Share 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

first_imgProduction will start at South Africa’s first fuel cell component plant by December, it was announced at the Investing in African Mining Indaba. Fuel cells use platinum, and the country is the world’s leading platinum producer.Production will start at South Africa’s first fuel cell component plant by December 2017. The plant will have a role to play in making clean energy vehicles. (Image: Brand South Africa)Brand South Africa reporterFuel cell components and using platinum as a catalyst was one of the hot topics at the Investing in African Mining Indaba this week. The annual conference took place from 6-9 February 2017 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.The indaba is dedicated to the capitalisation and development of mining interests in Africa. It was announced during the conference that production would begin at Africa’s first fuel cell component plant by December.What are fuel cells?Fuel cells are eco-friendly; use hydrogen or hydrogen-rich fuel, such as natural gas, biogas, and methanol, and oxygen; and they reduce harmful emissions.Fuel cells also generate electricity and heat from the electrochemical reaction between hydrogen, platinum and oxygen.The fuel cell component plantAfrica’s first fuel cell component plant using platinum as a catalyst would start production by December this year, Reuters reported.The announcement comes after Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies launched a R15-million feasibility study a year ago. The Isondo Precious Minerals study is to identify particular components that can be manufactured for fuel cell units.It was intended to accelerate mineral beneficiation and localisation of fuel cell manufacturing in South Africa.The fuel cell component plant – a first in Africa – aimed to take advantage of rising demand for clean energy cars, said officials from Isondo Precious Metals.The group has secured a licence from the American company Chemours Technology to gather components for fuel cells using platinum, which has mainly been used in catalysts to clean up car emissions.The new plant will be located in a special economic zone either in Johannesburg or Durban.Fuel cell activity in South Africa:A hydrogen economyThe organisations partnering in fuel cell technology are HySA Catalysis, HySA Systems and HySA Infrastructure. They all fall under HySA (Hydrogen South Africa). HySA was initiated by the Department of Science and Technology, in its research, development and innovation strategy. It was launched in 2008.HySA Catalysis is co-hosted by the University of Cape Town and Mintek; HySA Systems is hosted by the University of the Western Cape; and HySA Infrastructure is hosted by North West University and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research.The parent company’s focus areas include the use and displacement of strategic minerals, and ways of harnessing South Africa’s mineral endowments to promote the hydrogen economy and renewable energy use.HyPlat is a spinoff company of HySA Catalysis. “Essentially HyPlat is a success story of HySA Catalysis. The technologies developed by HySA Catalysis have been licensed to HyPlat making HyPlat the commercialisation arm of HySA Catalysis,” said HyPlat’s chief executive officer, Dr. Sharon Blair.“HyPlat sells customised platinum-based fuel cell components in South Africa. These products are sold to foreign customers and exported globally. South Africa has very little fuel cell activity; that’s why most of the customers are companies from abroad.”Structures that use fuel cellsIn the Chamber of Mines building, a 100kW fuel cell produces 70% of the organisation’s electricity. The fuel cell runs on platinum and natural gas.Explaining the use of South African platinum in the fuel cell, Chamber of Mines spokesperson Charmane Russel said: “The platinum used is the catalyst in an electrochemical process. The platinum is a once-off amount that is never used up.“However, after about 10 years, the platinum membrane becomes warped and it is then smelted and reapplied in the same fuel cell,” she said. “The platinum reacts with hydrogen to produce electricity – 35kW of heat and 5l of water per hour as a by-product.”The source of the hydrogen in the chamber’s fuel cell was low pressure natural gas, and it used 420GJ of gas a month, said Russel.Watch South Africa’s first hydrogen fuel cell forklift and refuelling station at work at Implats:The fuel cell forklift prototype and its refuelling station had been running since November 2015, said Fahmida Smith, the fuel cell co-ordinator at platinum group metals mining house Impala Platinum (Implats). “It’s operating very well.”South Africa’s first prototype hydrogen fuel cell forklift and refuelling station, it is installed at Impala Refining Services in Springs, Gauteng. Over the past three years, Implats has spent R6-million with HySA Systems in developing the prototype. The miner plans to use hydrogen fuel cell technology as its main source of energy for material handling and underground mining equipment.“We are looking at a wider industry collaboration on commercialisation of this. This is a very early stage and we still need to develop a formal commercialisation strategy,” said Smith.The fuel cell forklift was refuelled once a week, she explained. “Where this unit is different from a normal battery forklift is in its availability. A pure battery system can operate between four to six hours pending battery size and load.“It takes at least eight hours to recharge before it can be used again. The fuel cell forklift has a higher availability rate and takes less than 10 minutes to refuel.”Investments in fuel cell vehiclesAnglo American Platinum was investing $4-million (R53.764m) to help reduce the delivered costs of hydrogen, the mining company said on its website. The investment promised to support the development of hydrogen refuelling stations for fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) in the north-east corridor of the United States.FCEVs are powered by hydrogen and have the potential to revolutionise transport. FCEVs are fuelled with pure hydrogen gas stored directly on the vehicle. They will only produce water and heat.Furthermore, the mining house’s investment in United Hydrogen Group, a hydrogen production and distribution business in the United States, was aimed at bolstering the demand for platinum, it said.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more