Guiao admits he hasn’t fully gotten over departure from Rain or Shine

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNLEX guard Kevin Alas caromed into his coach Yeng Guiao after getting bumped by Rain or Shine swingman Gabe Norwood late in the third quarter.Norwood quickly apologized to his former coach, who nearly lost his balance after Alas crashed into him near the officials table, and the two had a good laugh.ADVERTISEMENT Nearly a year after parting ways with Rain or Shine, Guiao still feels strange being on the opposing bench and going against most of the players he shared a couple of championships and countless playoff games with.READ: NLEX coach Guiao: I won’t help dismantle Rain or ShineFEATURED 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’“To beat Rain or Shine is a testament to the progress that we’ve made,” said Guiao after the Road Warriors clipped the Elasto Painters, 122-114, in double overtime. “It’s also a weird and awkward feeling beating that team because sometimes I think I’m still the coach of that team. I haven’t really gotten over that 100%.”“I feel like that’s my team, they’re my boys but like I said, we’re on different sides now and I have to get used to that,” he added. MOST READ View comments End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend 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 McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Alas quick to atone for ‘stupid foul’ with crucial bucket ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Guiao was appointed as NLEX coach in October 2016 five months after steering Rain or Shine to its second title in the Commissioner’s Cup.READ: NLEX looking forward to Governor’s Cup, says GuiaoCaloy Garcia, who was Guiao’s deputy then, was promoted to head coach and up to now, he still tries to pick up a few things from the fiery mentor.“I miss coach Yeng. He was a good mentor. Until now, I still try to watch his games as much as possible and try to learn from him still,” said Garcia, who was 2-0 against Guiao coming into the game.After finishing dead last in the standings in the first two conferences, NLEX finds itself on top this time with a franchise-best start at 3-0.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson READ: NLEX hikes win run to 3 But Guiao opted to downplay his team’s undefeated run so far.“It feels good to win this time, it’s the opposite feeling of the losing streak, which we felt, experienced before. Now we have a winning streak,” said Guiao, whose squad has now won five in a row dating back to last conference.“But again, it doesn’t make us a contender this conference. We’re not yet a contender, we’re not yet at that level of the competing teams. Not Rain or Shine, not even Alaska, who we beat. We’re just having a good run.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

‘Imposter’ Magistrate Faces Imprisonment

first_imgA man who was posing as a Justice of the Peace (J.P./Magistrate) and successfully securing bonds and compelling courts throughout the country to free alleged criminals may likely go to prison this Friday, January 6.B.S. Tamba, who is famously known for presiding over ‘Tamba’s Court’ in the 1990s, sees himself as a Justice of the Peace, although that position was dissolved during the judicial reform exercise.He is expected to appear before Criminal Court ‘C’ to show sufficient reasons why his signature as J.P. was seen on a bond at the center of a controversy.Announcing Tamba’s appearance yesterday, Judge Yamie Quiqui Gbeisay said he expects Tamba to appear before him by Friday, January 6.On June 13 last year, Tamba filed a criminal appearance bond in favor of defendant Charles Coker, accused of robbing Counselor Musa F. Dean of over US$9,800 under the pretext that Coker would sell two and half lots of land in Monrovia to Dean. Coker failed to honor the arrangement and was arrested on May 12; he was subsequently indicted by the Grand Jury of Montserrado County in the crimes of theft of property and criminal conveyance of land.Since the charges qualified the accused for bail, Tamba with the intent of doing his normal bond business quickly met with Coker’s family and successfully raised over US$10,000 as bond for Coker’s immediate release.Moreover, Tamba managed to convince Judge Emery Paye of that same court to approve his bond, even though the bond was defective.Discovering that the bond was defective, the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) through the Dean and Associates Law Firm on June 16, 2016 challenged the bail, but Judge Paye did not get to hear that case as he was replaced with Gbeisay.Meanwhile, Judge Gbeisay in his decision yesterday said, “The bond clearly showed it is defective because it lacks affidavit of surety which is a mandatory requirement of the criminal appearance bond.” In addition, Judge Gbeisay said, “The said bond was verified by B.S. Tamba in 2016, when he knows that he is no longer Justice of the Peace for the Judiciary.”The Judge immediately set the bond aside and ordered the immediate arrest of defendant Charles Coker, who has failed to appear for trial on four occasions.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Who Are These Politicians with Guinean Connection That Want to Threaten Our Peace?

first_imgOne of the fundamental virtues taught both in the Holy Bible and in the Koran is HONESTY.But it seems that some of our politicians insist on throwing out of the window this principle of honesty. Their blinding and avaricious political ambition has led them to import into Liberia Guinean nationals in order to engage in the ongoing voter registration, in violation of Liberian law.Why? Because these politicians, with Guinean ancestry, know that their ethnic group is in the minority and there intend to force themselves on the Liberian electorate by importing “voters” passing as Liberians and attempting to register to vote.These politicians, many with distinct Guinean names and connections, know what they are doing. They are dangerously violating Liberian law by exposing innocent Guineans—and in some cases Ivorians—to the blatantly illegal act of attempting to register to vote in Liberia. This is not only dishonest but illegal, and must stop!It is also, for three reasons, a wicked act. It is wicked first, because it is patently wrong for a citizen of another country to pretend that he or she is a Liberian citizen. This is a threat to peace—peace not only in Liberia but peace between Liberia and the sisterly Republic of Guinea.Second, it is an open and calculated violation of Liberian law, which amounts to fraud, which leads to jail, but not jail only, but this practice could so enrage Liberians that some of them could treat these Guinean fraudsters as armed robbers, who are sometimes beaten up and even killed. That would be a threat to peace because it could lead to a rupture of the cordial relations between Guinea and Liberia.Thirdly, those unscrupulous politicians involved in “importing voters” from Guinea or the Ivory Coast must know they are wickedly exposing innocent people to Liberian justice for which they are totally unprepared. For when they are arrested for impersonating Liberians in the constitutional voter registration process, who will come forward and stand their bonds to assure them due process and keep them out of jail? Surely not the unscrupulous ones who “imported” them, lest they be exposed, prosecuted and disgraced. As it happened earlier this week, when several “imported voters” – including a nursing mother – were arrested, there was no one to come to their rescue with a bond. They were, therefore, remanded in jail. We commend Immigration Commissioner Lemuel Reeves and his staff for their vigilance and effectiveness, and urge them to continue and intensify the good work.We further call on the government of Liberia to equip the Immigration Bureau with beefed up logistical support, including motor vehicles, communication equipment and security protection to empower them to execute their critical responsibility to protect the integrity of the voter registration process. We close this Editorial with a call on the Ministry of Justice and the Joint Security to undertake critical surveillance to find out who those unscrupulous politicians are that are engaged in this nefarious (wicked, reprehensible) practice of importing non-Liberians into Liberia to undertake dastardly interference in our voter registration process. Such politicians must be found and brought to justice in order to stop, once and for all, this dangerous and unlawful practice. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

40% INSURANCE HIKE PRICING DONEGAL DRIVERS OFF ROAD – DOHERTY

first_imgCllr Gary DohertySinn Féin Councillor and General Election candidate Gary Doherty has strongly criticised both the insurance industry and the outgoing Government following reports that insurance premiums have risen by as much as 40 per cent in twelve months.Recent figures released from the CSO’s Consumer Price Index for the past twelve months show a 30.5% increase in the average cost of car insurance in 2015 over the previous year.Cllr Doherty says that constituents who are now renewing policies for 2016 are reporting increases of up to 40 per cent compared with prices quoted last year. Cllr Doherty said that it was unacceptable that companies are forcing such dramatic increases on consumers, and has criticised the outgoing Government for not having conduct a proper review into premium prices.Cllr Doherty said “Insurance companies have been increasing premium prices across the board over the last number of months and are actively refusing to insure older cars resulting in the cost of owning and driving a car to sky rocket.“If we look at the figures from the CSO for 2015, we’ve already witnessed proof that the average premium across the state has risen by 30.5% compared to 2014.“In recent days, I’ve been contacted by drivers from across the county who are very concerned at the hike in prices quoted to them by their insurer for cover for the next twelve months – some have seen a 40% jump in the cost of their premiums. “It is unacceptable for companies to boost the cost of car insurance to such a degree and it is particularly unfair for young drivers who face being priced off the road as a result of such shameful profiteering.“Motor insurance is mandatory and the Government therefore has a duty as a legislator to conduct a review of premium prices, but as yet they have done very little to remedy this problem.“My party colleague Deputy Pearse Doherty in fact has been raising this issue in the Dáil with Minister Noonan who simply claims that the issue is ‘complex’ and he continues to hide behind EU law in relation to the motor industry.“Measures such as enhancing existing legislation and improving Garda technology to help combat fraud could have been considered, but the action required has not happened and thus premiums have been steadily growing.“I acknowledge that an inter-departmental working group has been established to examine the cost of car insurance and to then make recommendations, however the group has only just begun its work so the chances of motorists in Donegal seeing any improvement in the near future is unlikely.” 40% INSURANCE HIKE PRICING DONEGAL DRIVERS OFF ROAD – DOHERTY was last modified: February 20th, 2016 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)last_img read more

SWIMMING: SWILLY SEALS MAKE A SPLASH IN BANGOR

first_imgSwilly Seals had nine swimmers compete in the Bangor Minors Meet on Saturday 12th December.The young swimmers braved the elements leaving Letterkenny at 6am to make the long trip to Bangor.This competition is open to swimmers of eleven years an younger and showcases the top young swimmers of Ulster.Young Brian Sukavics had a fine day out setting a new P.b in the 25m Freestyle placing 7th overall in a quality field of 24 swimmers.Noah du Plessis placed 5th in the 25m Butterfly final showing great technique. His older sister Isabel continues to impress picking up bronze in the 50m Freestyle and silver in the 4 x 25m Medley relay swimming the Freestyle leg.Peter Kelly picked up P.bs in the 50m Butterfly and 50m Backstroke and made the final in the 50m Freestyle but picked up an injury during the heats which prevented him from competing in the final.Oran Mulligan had an amazing day taking bronze in the 25m Breaststroke final. A great achievement for the newcomer.Johnny Lambe continues to show his class across all strokes placing 6th overall in the 50m Breaststroke, 5th in the 50m Backstroke and 4th overall in the 50m Freestyle. Johnny swam the Backstroke leg of the 4 x 25m Medley relay earnings a team silver for his efforts.Cody Dunnion showed his usual class taking bronze in the 50m Breaststroke and swimming the Butterfly leg of the 4 x 25m Medley relay he helped his team to silver medals.Chloe Shiels the all round athlete who recently won gold in the Ulster Schools Aquathon won silver in the 50m Breaststroke just behind teammate Molly Nulty.Molly Nulty had an exceptional day out. She won Gold in the 50m Breaststroke, 50m Backstroke, 50m Freestyle and 50m Butterfly finals. She added even further to her medal haul picking up silver in the 4 x 25 m Medley relay swimming the Breaststroke leg.Well done to all swimmers who took part. The Seals will take a well deserved short break of active rest over Christmas and will be hitting the water again early January as they train towards round four of the Provincial Towns League. The Seals will travel to Newry and Mourne for this clash on the 23rd of January.  SWIMMING: SWILLY SEALS MAKE A SPLASH IN BANGOR was last modified: December 15th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:NoticesSportlast_img read more

LOCAL NEWS: LIFFORD CLONLEIGH NOTES

first_imgLifford Clonleigh Resource CentreMonday 21st May 2012Silver Circle: We are running a silver circle draw in the centre and still have some cards and lines available if anyone is interested in taking part. There are only 40 cards in total with 5 lines on each card making the odds of winning 1st prize 20/1 and 7/1 of winning 2nd or 3rd. 1st Prize: €500, 2nd Prize: €300, 3rd Prize: €100, Collector’s Prize: €100For further information, please contact reception on 07491 41773Craft Fair: As part of the 20 year celebration taking place on Saturday 23rd June, We are holding a craft fair in the marquee. If you would be interested in taking a stall at this fair, please contact Anita/Marie on 07491 41773!Just for Me: Every Thursday from 11a.m. – 1p.m. in the Lifford Clonleigh Resource Centre. Card making, Flower arranging, Zumba, Cookery and information sessions. €3 per week. If you are a mother and have a few hours to spare every week feel free to pop in or phone 91 41773. Kids Klub: Friday 20th April @ 6p.m. is the official launch date for the new Kids Klub where children from the age of 5 – 12 years can take part in activities such as Football, Dancing, Photography, Cinema Nights, computers and much more. Entry is only €1 per week and if you have any queries, contact 91 41773.Walking Group: The Lifford Clonleigh Walking Group meet at the centre every Tuesday morning @ 10.15a.m for a quick warm up before heading out with trained leaders. If you are interested in taking part, please contact reception on 91 41773 for further details. LOCAL NEWS: LIFFORD CLONLEIGH NOTES was last modified: May 17th, 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:Lifford Clonleigh noteslast_img read more

McHUGH ANNOUNCES MAJOR FUNDING TO BOOST IRISH IN DONEGAL SCHOOLS

first_imgMinister of State for the Gaeltacht, Joe McHugh T.D has sanctioned a grant of €740,000 in total for Muintearas and Oidhreacht Chorca Dhuibhne for the 2014/2015 school year to run the Irish-Language Assistants Scheme.He said €243,000 of the money has been allocated to Co Donegal schools.“This is another significant step in the implementation of the Family Language Support Programme,” said the Minister of State. “When that Programme was launched in April 2012, reference was made to the importance of an amended approach to the practical support of Gaeltacht families who are raising their children through Irish or who wish to do so.“The grant announced today will enable the two organisations that administer the Irish-Language Assistants Scheme to continue to actively support the preservation and strengthening of the Irish language in the Gaeltacht.”The Minister of State said he was pleased that the Department has expanded this scheme in recent years. “When the scheme began, the assistants focussed on those who didn’t have any Irish but now, children who already speak the language are being helped to enhance it. The scheme influences the language habits of students and ensures that Irish is used as the main language of communication, not just in the classroom but in the schoolyard as well”, said the Minister of State.gaeilge €740,000 ceadaithe ag an Aire Stáit do Ghnóthaí Gaeltachta, Joe McHugh T.D., chun Scéim na gCúntóirí Teanga a reáchtáil in 2014/15.D’fhógair an tAire Stáit do Ghnóthaí Gaeltachta, Joe McHugh T.D., inniu go bhfuil deontas, ar fiú €740,000 in iomlán é, ceadaithe aige do Mhuintearas agus d’Oidhreacht Chorca Dhuibhne chun cur ar a gcumas Scéim na gCúntóirí Teanga a reáchtáil don scoilbhliain 2014/2015.“Is céim shuntasach eile é seo i bhfeidhmiú an Chláir Tacaíochta Teaghlaigh,” a dúirt an tAire Stáit.  “Nuair a seoladh an Clár sin i mí Aibreáin 2012, tagraíodh don tábhacht a bhí le cur chuige leasaithe chun tacú go praiticiúil le teaghlaigh Ghaeltachta a bhfuil a bpáistí á dtógáil acu le Gaeilge nó a dteastaíonn uathu a bpáistí a thógáil le Gaeilge. Mar gheall ar an gcúnamh atá á fhógairt inniu, beidh ar chumas an dá eagraíocht a riarann Scéim na gCúntóirí Teanga leanúint orthu ag tacú go gníomhach le caomhnú agus neartú na Gaeilge sa Ghaeltacht.”Dúirt an tAire Stáit gur cúis sásaimh dó é go bhfuil an Roinn tar éis cur leis an scéim seo le blianta beaga anuas.  “Nuair a cuireadh tús leis an scéim, bhí na cúntóirí ag díriú orthu siúd nach raibh an Ghaeilge ar a dtoil acu ach anois, cuidítear fosta le páistí a bhfuil an teanga acu cheana féin í a shaibhriú. Imríonn an scéim tionchar ar nósmhaireacht teanga na scoláirí agus cinntíonn sí go mbíonn an Ghaeilge in úsáid mar ghnáth-theanga chumarsáide, ní hamháin sa seomra ranga ach i gclós na scoile fosta,” a dúirt an tAire Stáit . McHUGH ANNOUNCES MAJOR FUNDING TO BOOST IRISH IN DONEGAL SCHOOLS was last modified: September 12th, 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

SCORING SCREAMERS FOR FUN-STON – HARPS WIN THANKS TO MICKEY!

first_imgFunston is surrounded by his team-mates after scoring his latest screamer! Pic by Northwest Newspix.Mickey Funston is making a habit of scoring screamers.His goal was the difference at Finn Park as Harps got back to winning ways after a three game losing streak.Funston has scored some vital and impressive goals this season, namely against Waterford and Cobh Ramblers. But his goal again the Dublin outfit tonight was perhaps his most important and best this season.Funston picked up possession from Gareth Harkin and cut inside. It appeared that Funston had little on but another pass. But when he let fly from 40 yards, not even Cabinteely goalkeeper Evan Whelan could have guessed he was having a pop.The Harps supporters erupted into a frenzy as the ball nestled in the back of the visitors net to make it 1-0.Harps were the better side but but Ger Pender could have drew things level on the half hour when h chipped Ciaran Gallagher only for his shot to come back off the crossbar. Damien McNulty had another chance for Harps while Cabinteely sub Karl Byrne should have scored for his team.Funston could’ve made it 2-0 with only 16 minutes left when he headed just over from a Tagbo cross.Harps held on but it was probably a deserved win – thanks in no small to that wonder goal from the boot of a man better known for his tremendous work-rate than sensational winning goals.Finn Harps: Ciaran Gallagher; Damien McNulty, Thomas McMonagle, Ciaran Coll; Josh Mailey, Michael Funston (Kieran McDaid 75), Tony McNamee, Raymond Foy, Gareth Harkin; Wilfried Tagbo (Nathan Boyle 82), Garbhan Friel (Kevin McHugh 67).Cabinteely FC: Evan Whelan; Daniel Campbell, Victor Ekanem, Josh Quinlivan, Jamie McGlynn; Darren Clarke (Karl Byrne 65), Aaron Brilly (Stephen Dunne 77), Sodiq O Guntola, John McKeown, Stephen Hanley (Jamie Broderick 67); Gerald Pender. SCORING SCREAMERS FOR FUN-STON – HARPS WIN THANKS TO MICKEY! was last modified: July 4th, 2015 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:Cabintelydonegalfinn harpsMickey Funstonlast_img read more

Red Bluff group hosts pickleball tourney at Almanor

first_imgChester >> Thirty-six local pickleball players traveled to Chester’s Lake Almanor West Courts to participate in the groups’ largest tournament to date. Most players were from Red Bluff, but 12 traveled from various locations including Mt. Shasta, Santa Rosa, Novato, Eureka, Chico and Bellingham, Washington.Participants’ love for the game was obvious, as player after player arrived for the 9 a.m. registration dressed in at least three layers of clothing. It didn’t take long for the layers to …last_img read more

Africa’s first foot-powered football field

first_img28 January 2016. @Akon, @Shell, and the football pitch where players running keeps the lights on https://t.co/nUHyZvkE0l @Pavegen pic.twitter.com/ifZjzYsTR7— Will Nichols (@WillNicholsRisk) January 18, 2016In 2014, Senegalese-American hip-hop star Akon started a solar power initiative called Akon Lighting Africa. It aimed to bring electricity to 600 million rural AfricansNow the star has continued his philanthropic work for the continent with a smaller, but more intriguing project – powering a soccer field, floodlights and all, using solar power and the kinetic energy generated by the players on the field.Partnering with the Shell oil company and British green technology company Pavegen, Akon opened the first of the innovative fields for Africa in Lagos, Nigeria in December 2015.Pavegen developed technology housed in floor tiles that can store energy from the pressure of weight exerted on the tiles. The company tested prototype tiles in high foot-traffic spots such as London’s Heathrow Airport and Harrods department store. The pedestrian traffic helped to power LED lights and USB charging stations. Over the past two years, Pavegen streamlined the technology to almost double the output.The company collaborated with Brazilian soccer legend Pele in 2014 on an installation on a rundown community athletic field in Morro da Mineira in Rio de Janeiro. Together, they transformed it into the world’s first player-powered soccer pitch.Akon Lighting Africa joined Pavegen with financing from Shell to bring the technology to Africa.The idea of people-generated power seemed to be a natural pairing with sport activity, and as Akon told the MMN sport blog, applying it to the humble football fields found almost everywhere across Africa, was a great opportunity to educate people about the possibilities of alternative and renewable energy.After the unveiling of the first of the power-pitches at a teachers’ training college in Lagos, Akon and Pavegen will present a full demonstration of the system at the 2016 Powering Africa Summit at the end of January in Washington, DC.Don’t miss @EnergyNet_Ltd‘s Powering Africa Summit on January 27-29! Register today: https://t.co/mP35MdHmxt #PAS16 pic.twitter.com/nN2RDkFjRh— ACORE (@ACORE) January 10, 2016Governments from, among others, South Africa, Mozambique and Nigeria, will attend the summit. They will meet green technology companies and other multinational organisations to find solutions to energy and environmental concerns within the African context.Have a read of @LaurenceKC blog about Lighting up #Lagos w/ @Shell & @AKON https://t.co/PoVgYxMJCw #makethefuture pic.twitter.com/Jcc9w5HR5y— Pavegen Systems (@Pavegen) December 17, 2015The Lagos pitch consists of 100 energy-harnessing tiles hidden beneath artificial turf. The energy generated powers the field’s floodlights and illuminates the grounds at night. Energy capacity is helped by an onsite solar array, but Pavegen believes that as the technology improves, the need for solar enhancement will eventually be minimal.The long-term goal of the tile technology will be to generate enough energy from activity on the pitch to power an entire village.According to Pavegen, each time a tile is stepped on it generates 7W of power. Combined with the solar array, the battery-based system can power the pitch’s floodlights for up to 24 hours.Working with @Akon and @Shell is going to be a key way to scale @Pavegen we just launched a soccer pitch in Africa pic.twitter.com/DSkuhvpe5a— Laurence KC (@LaurenceKC) December 12, 2015Laurence Kemball-Cook, the founder of Pavegen, says the solar-powered pitch symbolises possibilities. “(It) shows how the energy mix of the future will combine kinetic and solar power to improve communities.”Siji Olusanya, the principal of the college, called the idea inspiring: “(Our teachers can) use their first-hand experience of this pitch to inspire pupils. to work towards developing bright energy ideas that could make a real difference to their community, Nigeria or even the world.”Akon, who is taking a break from his music career to concentrate on his charity work, says that new, reliable and smarter energy solutions play a major role in driving human progress in Africa. “Projects like these draw attention to the major opportunity that Nigeria as well as the whole of Africa have if we look to better harness new technologies and the continent’s abundant renewable energy resources.”Source: AFKInsiderlast_img read more