Kofi Woods to Deliver Armed Forces Day Address

first_imgHuman rights activist and former Minister of Public Works and Labor, Attorney Samuel Kofi Woods, will tomorrow deliver the 2015 Armed Forces Day keynote address at the Barclay Training Center (BTC), where the official celebration commemorating the day will be held. Up to press time last night it was not clear as to what topic the former Minister, now a critic of the Johnson Sirleaf administration, would  address, but the Ministry of National Defense (MOD) says Wednesday’s celebration of the 58th Armed Forces Day will be hosted under the theme, ““Enhancing the Capability of the Armed Forces of Liberia to Conduct Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief Operations.”Woods was born in Monrovia on May 1, 1964. He was one of 20 children and has worked tirelessly in the field of human rights, exposing child labor practices and injustices throughout Liberia.Mr. Woods, who began his activism as a student, was first arrested in 1981, during the early days of the Samuel K. Doe regime. During the Liberian civil war in 1989 Woods escaped to Ghana, but returned to Liberia in 1991 and founded a human rights organization, the Catholic Justice and Peace Commission (JPC). He operated a radio program aimed at exposing improper arrests, unlawful executions and informing citizens of their civil rights. In 1994 Woods created the Forefront Organization in order to shed light on human rights abuses during the second Liberian civil war.In 2006, Woods became the Minister of Labor under President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, only to be later appointed Minister of Public Works in 2009 following a cabinet shake-up.As part of this year’s celebration, the soldiers on Friday, February 6, observed the “Jummat Service” at the Gurley Street Mosque in Monrovia. This part of the program formed the religious activity of the Armed Forces Day. On Saturday, February 7, they carried out a clean-up campaign exercise at five different communities in the Port City of Buchanan, Grand Bassa County. The clean-up campaign was followed by a “Thanksgiving Service” on Sunday at Tubman Memorial United Methodist Church on Duport Road, Paynseville. After the Thanksgiving Service, the MOD authorities, yesterday hosted a one-day symposium at the Monrovia City Hall, under the theme, “Military Support to Civil Authorities: The Way Forward.” The entire Armed Forces Day activities will be climaxed on Wednesday, February 11, with a military parade commencing from the Barclay Training Center (BTC) through the principal streets of Monrovia by way of Lynch Street. Wednesday’s anniversary is expected to bring together members of the diplomatic corps and the general public, as well as an array of government officials from the three branches and members of the business community, among others.Presidential ProclamationPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has issued a proclamation declaring Armed Forces Day 2015 to be observed throughout the Republic as a National Holiday.Yesterday’s Proclamation is in consonance with an Act of the National Legislature of Liberia which declared the 11th day of February of each year as Armed Forces Day to be observed as a National Holiday in recognition of the vital role of the AFL in defending and protecting the country’s territorial integrity. The Proclamation directs and orders all military and paramilitary organizations within the Republic to organize and execute appropriate programs, parades and ceremonies in recognition of the day.   According to the Proclamation, special attention and honor are to be given to the “veterans” of the Army and the Coastguard, who have seen active and experienced actual service therein.The Proclamation further directed and ordered all government offices, public and business houses closed during the observance of the day.A statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs also stated that Liberia has found it necessary to recognize the talents, services, patriotism, loyalty and gallantry for the upkeep of country’s noble heritage by those men and women who are now memorialized through the establishment of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs as ordered by the Act Of The National Legislature Of Liberia on  July 22, 2008.“With the passage of the National Defense Act Of 2008, the AFL remains steadfast in supporting the foundation for long-term security and economic development in Liberia as well as fostering regional peace for the consolidation of our emerging democracy”, the presidential  proclamation further declared.The proclamation also asserted that with the professional development of its men and women, the AFL has been reinvigorated to discharge its constitutional responsibilities of safeguarding the Liberian borders including remaining vigilant for possible foreign aggression, against the state and throughout the fight in containing the Ebola epidemic  outbreak in the country.The proclamation further noted that the observance of the event will inculcate the sense of loyalty and patriotism in the citizens of the nation and recognize the immense and sacrificial services rendered by the gallant men and women of the Armed Forces of Liberia for the protection of the free and democratic state of Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

GCCI Vice Chairman decries sloth in Local Content Policy

first_imgOil and gas sectorVice Chairman of the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Nicholas Boyer on Friday said that while monies are being spent on the Local Content Policy, Guyanese are anxiously awaiting the legislation that will entitle them to benefit from the oil sector.Boyer was at the time addressing the media at the Chamber’s Waterloo, Georgetown office during a press conference.“The Chamber would like to finally see that Local Content Policy move from draft, I mean we have spent consulting dollars on it and had a revised draft I mean for goodness sakes everybody at the table would like to see it finally move to a complete policy,” he said.GCCI Vice Chairman Nicholas BoyerBoyer noted that the Department of Energy recently engaged the Chamber in a meeting where officials of the GCCI were comforted that the Department intends to move to the legislation process soon.“I am more concerned about getting the policy done and seeing what’s in the policy regardless of who is getting it done because at some point we got to get the language done and right now I am not sure what the contract (is) and how much was paid,” Boyer said.The Government’s Energy Department has assured that the document will be ready before first oil which is expected in 2020. However, this commitment was given more than three years after oil was first discovered offshore Guyana by oil giant ExxonMobil.The Local Content Policy will guard against local companies being bypassed for contracts and services with foreign companies and workers being favoured.Business Minister Dominic Gaskin had said the second review of the Local Content Policy is expected to be completed by the first quarter of 2019 as Government wants the new legislation to be “balanced”.According to the draft Local Content Framework document, the policy seeks to address the suite of opportunities that may arise and the approaches to be taken in selecting and developing opportunities related to enhancing the capabilities of Guyanese nationals and businesses through training and well-tailored social contributions for greater impact and benefits among others.The draft Local Content Policy has been criticised for lacking provisions which would safeguard against exploitation by companies. It had been reported that the document does not cater for issues such as how to avoid procurement fraud, conflict of interest and favouritism, among others.last_img read more

‘Don’t blame Messi’, pleads Argentina boss Sampaoli

first_img0Shares0000Lionel Messi threw away the chance to give Argentina an opening win © AFP / Mladen ANTONOVNIZHNIY Novgorod, Russian Federation, Jun 20 – Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli again defended star player Lionel Messi on Wednesday and said his side’s World Cup match against Croatia was effectively a must-win.The beaten 2014 finalists go into Thursday’s crucial Group D clash desperate for three points after a disappointing 1-1 draw with minnows Iceland in their first outing in Russia. The South Americans have been criticised both for their performance and the result. They took the lead through Sergio Aguero but conceded a goal to Alfred Finnbogason before Messi missed a second-half penalty.Sampaoli admitted Argentina’s “window of opportunity” was narrowing after the draw but said he was confident his team could put things right.“We need to move on to the next phase, that’s what we came here for,” he said. “We don’t want to go to the last match not having resolved that.”Asked repeatedly about Messi, Sampaoli said the disappointing start against Iceland was not the fault of his star player, despite the penalty miss.“We were quite upset about not having won the match but I think… Leo should not shoulder all the responsibility.”He added: “When we succeed with Argentina, everyone takes credit for it but when Argentina loses, it’s always Leo’s fault. I think that’s quite unfair.”Sampaoli is expected to make several changes to his team for the Croatia match, but would not be drawn on his selection as he said he had not yet spoken to his players.Croatia are the group leaders after a 2-0 victory against Nigeria in their first match.Anything but a win on Thursday would leave Argentina needing a positive result in their final group game against the Africans in Saint Petersburg on June 26.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Mount Waterman ski resort faces uncertain future

first_imgThere are no long lines at the lift ticket office, no vehicles parked bumper-to-bumper on Highway 2, no parka-clad skiers and snowboarders hopping onto the chairlift for the ride to the top of the mountain. The only signs of life at Mount Waterman this ski season are hawks circling above the tall pines, squirrels running across the highway, and a white-haired man who stands at the base of the lifts looking up at the steep snow-covered mountain face. But just wait until next season, says 85-year-old Lynn Newcomb, the former owner of the long-closed ski resort. Newcomb and Rick Metcalf, a Southern California real estate developer and former Waterman skier, are negotiating to buy back the ski resort, which Newcomb sold in 1999 to a group of Southern California businessmen. “I’m older and shorter now, but I still want to keep a hand in it,” Newcomb said Thursday as he walked across the icy base area. If his plans work out, he and Metcalf hope to improve the facilities, including renovating the resort’s small restaurant, located within the warming hut and the ticket office. They also plan to bring up to standard the three chairlifts, which must pass state inspection. But running Mount Waterman again could be as challenging as skiing down the area’s steep front face. Newcomb decided to get back into the ski resort business after he heard that the U.S. Forest Service had revoked the operating permits for Mount Waterman and neighboring Snowcrest, formerly Kratka Ridge. Under orders from the Forest Service, the current owners must vacate the premises by June or the whole resort could be demolished. Alarmed by that news, Newcomb contacted Metcalf, a Del Mar real estate developer and longtime skier, who had expressed an interest in purchasing the ski area. Newcomb told him there were plans to wipe Waterman out and that something needed to be done, said Metcalf. “I felt like I wanted to save it because it’s such an unbelievable hill and I wanted future generations to enjoy it,” Metcalf said. Jody Noiron, forest supervisor for the Angeles National Forest, confirmed that the Mount Waterman permits were revoked for non-compliance reasons, including a lack of operating permits from the state to operate the chairlifts. The current owners have until the summer to remove all facilities, including the chairlifts, she said. If the facilities are not removed by the deadline, they become the property of the U.S. government. But the owners are still responsible for all the costs involved in their removal, she said. If the owners choose to sell the resort before that time, it will be a private transaction, she added. The Forest Service would get involved again if new owners apply to the agency for special-use permits, she said. Chuck Ojala, one of the current owners, said there have been negotiations with Metcalf, but no deal has been struck. “It’s in a state of flux with nothing decided on,” he said. “All I know is everyone wants to save it because it is a historic Southern California ski site.” The resort dates back to 1939, when Newcomb and his father built the first rope tow at the area, about 34 miles north of La Ca ada Flintridge in the San Gabriel Mountains. They began operating the first chairlift in Southern California on New Year’s Day 1942. Newcomb remained at the helm of the resort for all but a two-year period in the early 1990s, when he sold it to two San Gabriel Valley businessmen. When their ambitious plans for snowmaking and other improvements fell through, the businessmen returned it to Newcomb. He continued running it until 1999, when a new group of about 11 Southern California businessman purchased it and neighboring Snowcrest. The new owners formed a company, Angeles Crest Resorts, and also announced big plans to bring change to the resort, including adding 16 to 17 chairlifts, building up the acreage between Waterman and Snowcrest, installing extensive snowmaking and improving the parking areas. Instead, the resort has not operated since July 2001, mostly because of low snowfall seasons but also because the group did not have operating permits from the state for the chairlifts. Then in January 2005, Barry Stubblefield, a part owner who was digging out Waterman after a snow storm, died in an accident on the hill. Stubblefield and two ski patrol members were skiing when he fell and tumbled out of control, hitting a tree. The loss was devastating to the owners, Ojala said, but they still continued their efforts to get the resort running by this winter. Although they worked last summer to bring the chairlifts into compliance, the effort was not enough to satisfy the Forest Service, he said. “It’s been hard,” said Ojala. “We wanted to bring snow play to Snowcrest and snowmaking to Waterman, but it always seemed like the Forest Service was changing the rules and couldn’t make up their minds.” debbie.pfeiffer@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want 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

JAIL FOR THUG WHO BATTERED INNOCENT MAN

first_imgA CRAZED thug who attacked another man without provocation, leaving him with possible life-long injuries, has been jailed for 18 months.Michael McMenamin, 22, from Millfield in Buncrana, “should have known better” as he had been a victim of an attack himself.Yet on February 16th 2009 he carried out a nauseating and unrelenting attack on a Co Derry man on the Cockhill Road in Buncrana, Letterkenny Circuit Court heard. A stomach-turning account of the injuries suffered by John McCormick, from Dungiven, was given to the court.The 23-year-old suffered a broken nose, a smashed cheekbone and a broken eye-socket.He continued to receive treatment for his injuries 18 months later, suffering from severe headaches, his girlfriend told Gardai in a victim impact statement.Judge John O’Hagan praised McMenamin’s barrister, noting that he had “left no page unturned” in telling the court that his client had deeply regretted the incident and had tried to move on in his life.Mr McMenamin had been for counselling and had also gone on to study at LYIT and in Derry. He had also been the victim of an assault.However Judge O’Hagan said it must be accepted that anyone is entitled to walk down a main street in Buncrana at 2.30am in the morning or at anytime.Mr McCormick’s life, said the judge, had been “torn apart” by the attack.McMenamin, said Judge O’Hagan, had been to see counsellors but he told him: “There is nothing psychiatrically wrong with you. You are perfectly sane.”He added: “You actually know what it’s like to be on the other end (of an attack).”In a lengthy and considered summing up, Judge O’Hagan said he had considered imposing the maximum five year prison sentence for such crimes, but had to consider all the evidence and mitigation before him.A guilty plea, he said, had saved the State considerable expense and the presence of the accused’s father in court was welcome. “It doesn’t always happen,” said the judge.Taking all the evidence into consideration, it would be wholly inappropriate to deal with the case by way of community service.Judge O’Hagan sentenced McMenamin – who had a lengthy previous record for assault – to two years in prison, suspending the last six months.McMenamin was handcuffed in the court and led away to begin his sentence, a female friend crying loudly as he was taken into custody.The thug’s dad hugged him and said ‘good luck son’ as he was taken away.At hearing. Copyright donegaldaily.comJAIL FOR THUG WHO BATTERED INNOCENT MAN was last modified: November 3rd, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:buncranaCockhillDungivenLetterkenny Circuit Courtthug jailedlast_img read more

DONEGAL’S SPECTACULAR NORTHERN LIGHTS DRAWS WORLDWIDE ADMIRATION

first_imgDonegal is the centre of worldwide attention following last night’s spectacular display by the Aurora Borealis, better known as the Northern Lights.Images of the spectacular night time show have been attracting admiration from a global audience after local photographers lucky enough to capture the stunning display put them up social media networks such as Twitter and Facebook.One of those who got a front row seat was Donegal photographer David Porter who was in the vicinity of Greenhill Church and graveyard at Old Mountain, Buncrana, for the amazing show. These are just a few of his photographs which have had Tweeters and Facebookers in awe since they were posted. DONEGAL’S SPECTACULAR NORTHERN LIGHTS DRAWS WORLDWIDE ADMIRATION was last modified: February 28th, 2014 by johngerardShare 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:donegalLIGHTSnorthernworldwidelast_img read more

Senator tells Drumboe commemoration that ‘a new Ireland is possible’

first_imgMayo Sinn Féin Senator, Rose Conway Walsh, has told those gathered at the annual Easter Commemoration in Stranorlar that “a new Ireland is possible.”Ms Walsh was speaking at the main Easter Commemoration in the county; the Drumboe Commemoraiton.She told the hundreds who had gathered: “We have an opportunity to end the union, to end partition and build a new and united Ireland. “A new and united Ireland, must be about more than adding the north to the south. It is not a 32 county free state. It is a new republic. The republic of Tone and Connolly, Markievicz and Farrell, Sands and McGuinness.“The challenge for us, for this generation of republicans is how we shape that change, how we build a new and united Ireland.“An Ireland of prosperity and opportunity. An Ireland of equal rights in which everyone has a place. An Ireland that provides jobs, homes and health care for its citizens.“An Ireland that promises security of a roof over your head and fair pay for a fair day’s work. “An Ireland were no family lives in fear of the knock on door from a landlord, an unexpected car breakdown or illness, Where no one has to choose between heating a home or feeding a family.“An Ireland of reconciliation and peace.“An Ireland where everyone has a place in society and a chance to succeed.“An Ireland where the politics of the past, the nod and wink politics and the sliveen politicians of the past remains in the past.“Delivering Irish Unity is the key to building a new Ireland. The opportunity to build anew.” Senator tells Drumboe commemoration that ‘a new Ireland is possible’ was last modified: April 1st, 2018 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:drumboe martyrsEaster Sundayrose conway walshlast_img read more

Newcastle v QPR line-ups: Rangers changes, new signings on bench, Magpies star out

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesNew signings Sean Goss and Luke Freeman are among the QPR substitutes at St James’ Park, where Jamie Mackie, Ryan Manning, Conor Washington and former Newcastle man James Perch are restored to the starting line-up.Rangers are without Grant Hall – replaced by Perch in midfield – and Idrissa Sylla, who both picked up injuries at the weekend, but Jordan Cousins is back in the squad after a thigh problem and is on the bench.Deadline-day signings Matt Smith and Ravel Morrison will be eligible to play in Saturday’s game against Blackburn.Newcastle are without the Championship’s top scorer, Dwight Gayle, who has a hamstring problem.Newcastle: Darlow, Yedlin, Lascelles, Clark, Dummett, Ritchie, Shalvey, Hayden, Gouffran, Perez, Murphy.Subs: Sels, Hanley, Gamez, Lazaar, Ameobi, Diame, Mitrovic. QPR: Smithies, Furlong, Onuoha, Lynch, Bidwell, Wszolek, Perch, Luongo, Manning, Mackie, Washington.Subs: Ingram, Freeman, Cousins, Goss, Doughty, Petrasso, LuaLua.   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch) x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Airlines crowing as strong demand kicks off Year of the Rooster.

first_imgGlobal air travel has had a rip-roaring start to the Year of the Rooster with passenger demand growth in January hitting a five-year high and pushing aircraft load factors above 80 per cent.A boost from Lunar New Year celebrations saw January demand 9.6 per cent higher than a year ago with Asia Pacific carriers recording an increase of 10.9 per cent on January, 2016.The International Air Transport Association estimated that holiday traffic contributed up to 0.5 per percentage points to a result that still signalled a robust start to the year. January global capacity growth of 8 per cent lagged demand growth to see load factors climb 1.2 points to 80.2 per cent.“2017 is off to a very strong start, with demand at levels not seen since 2011,’’ said IATA director general Alexandre de Juniac. “This is supported by the upturn in the global economic cycle and a return to a more normal environment after the terrorism and political ‘shock’ events seen in early 2016.” International passenger traffic surged 9.3 per cent in January compared to a year ago, while capacity rose 7.5 per cent to see the average load factor hit 80.3 per cent.Planes were even fuller in the Asia-Pacific, where the load factor rose 1.5 percentage points to 81.4 per cent, but carriers in the region are still reporting intense competition that is keeping a lid on ticket prices.Strong growth of 8.3 per cent was also reported in Europe against “a backdrop of moderate momentum in the Eurozone community”.Middle East carriers reported the strongest growth of 14.4  per cent with load factors rising against the year-ago period for the third consecutive month to hit 79.8 per cent.Latin American passenger demand rose 8.2 per cent with carriers in the region recording the highest load factor 83.7 per cent, while  Africa was up 5.6 per cent.North American airlines experienced the slowest demand growth of 3.2 per cent and the load factor for the region was flat at 80.3 per cent. “Traffic on the transpacific market has continued to trend upwards but North Atlantic traffic growth has weakened since the middle of 2016, reflecting softer demand on UK-US routes,’’ IATA said,Global domestic air travel climbed 9.9 per cent in January with India and China both posting huge increases.India posted its 15th consecutive month of growth above 20 per cent to lead the field with a 26.6 per cent increase on the back of strong flight frequency.China’s domestic traffic growth of 23.2 per cent was its strongest monthly figure since June, 2010.“The timing of the Lunar New year affected the results but ongoing robust expansion in the services sector as well as increasing flight frequency are boosting demand,’’ the report said.Countries with low or negative domestic growth included Brazil (-2 per cent) and Australia (1.1 per cent).last_img read more

The 10 Most Important Water Stories in 2014

first_img2. Tigris and Euphrates dams influence Islamic State expansionConflicts over water have a long history. In 2014, a new analysis described the links between drought, climate change, water management, and the Syrian civil war. By the end of the year, the region’s major dams were targeted for control by the Islamic State (IS) and used as weapons to flood parts of Iraq and to divert water away from some communities for political purposes. IS forces near these dams were also targets of allied air strikes because of the dams’ strategic importance. 3. U.S.-China climate agreement includes water-energy provisionsOn Nov. 12, 2014, the president of the United States reached a momentous accord with the president of China to cap greenhouse gas emissions and do a whole lot more for Mother Earth and its human inhabitants.The agreement encourages collaboration between the world’s two largest economies to much more quickly put into place new tools, practices, and especially markets to contend with radically different ecological and economic conditions.The agreement includes two provisions to secure freshwater supplies in energy production. The two nations are 1) investing in research to improve efficiency and conservation in water supply for energy generation and 2) developing a carbon-sequestration demonstration project in China to put to good use the water that is displaced from deep beneath the surface during CO2 storage. 4. The U.S. Safe Drinking Water Act turns 40 amid mounting safety lapsesIn the year that the U.S. Safe Drinking Water Act turned 40, Toledo, Ohio, Charleston, West Virginia, and towns along North Carolina’s Dan River were the victims of pollution incidents that highlighted the continued challenges in safeguarding water supplies and protecting public health.Toledo shut down its water supply after poisonous algae toxins developed in Lake Erie. Charleston’s water supply was fouled by a chemical spill that prompted the Justice Department to indict the plant’s owners for water-quality violations and obstruction of justice. In North Carolina, a storage basin failure at a Duke Energy power plant sent more than 35,000 metric tons of coal ash, a noxious waste product, flowing into the Dan River, a drinking water source. 6. America becomes more water-efficient as U.S. water use drops dramaticallyThe United States is using less water nationally, according to the U.S. Geological Survey in a report issued in November. The federal science agency found that water use dropped to 355 billion gallons a day in 2010, the lowest level since 1970.California continues to be a leader in efficiency and conservation. It withdrew 38 billion gallons of water per day in 2010, a 17 percent decrease from 2005, and the lowest tally since 1965. The USGS report updates the last national water supply and use survey, which collected data from 2005, when national water use was 410 billion gallons per day. In effect, a nation of 309 million people in 2010 used as much water as 205 million Americans did 45 years ago. 9. Water-saving renewable energy technologies become mainstream`The Energy Information Administration reported that for the first time solar, wind, and geothermal power sources overtook hydropower in 2014 as the largest sources of renewable electricity in the United States.Wind and solar, which typically require little or no water per unit energy produced, also competed with natural gas as the largest new sources of electrical generating capacity in the United States. Through November, half the new generating capacity came from natural gas while solar and wind accounted for 44 percent, according to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.The transition to water-saving renewable energy is accelerating. Less than a decade ago, U.S. hydropower plants accounted for three times as much generation as non-hydro sources. In 2014, said the EIA, wind, solar, and geothermal energy accounted for just over 6.6 percent of U.S. electricity generation and hydropower accounted for just under 6.6 percent. “By 2040,” said the EIA, “non-hydro renewables are projected to provide more than twice as much generation as hydropower.” RELATED ARTICLES The Uncertain Future of Phoenix and Las VegasDrought Forces Tough Choices in the WestWhat Is “Xeriscape” and Why is it Important?In the West, Drought Ends ‘Era of the Lawn’Water in a Drought-Prone Era 1. The California drought becomes an emergencyCalifornia’s multi-year drought grew dire enough in 2014 to prompt Governor Jerry Brown to declare a drought emergency in January. By the end of the year, California had experienced the driest and hottest 36 months in its 119-year instrumental record. Some researchers described the drought as 1) the worst in over 1200 years and 2) evidence of rising temperatures globally as climate changes accelerate. As of mid-January, the drought is continuing.As the California and western drought continued in 2014, storage reservoirs in the region were drawn down to record lows. In July 2014, Lake Mead reached the lowest levels since the lake was filled in the 1930s.center_img 7. China’s south-north water transport canal opensChina turned the spigot on the central line of its South-North Water Transfer Project, sending the first gush of water from Danjiangkou Reservoir along the 1,432-kilometer route to Beijing and other cities in the country’s dry North.Together with the transfer project’s eastern line, which began operating in December 2013, and a planned western line, the massive diversion will siphon as much as 44.8 billion cubic meters (11.8 trillion gallons) of water each year from the Yangtze River Basin, according to the state-run news agency Xinhua. It is the largest project of its kind in the world, with a price tag upwards of $81 billion. 8. Algal blooms foul water worldwideDecades of research and billions of dollars spent to understand the causes of toxic algae blooms and oxygen-starved aquatic dead zones around the world have produced more scientific knowledge but achieved few results to solve two of the most dangerous threats to the world’s oceans and fresh water reserves. In fact, according to a growing body of scientific evidence, algae blooms and near-shore ocean dead zones are growing larger and more numerous while endangering important fisheries and drinking water consumed by millions of people. 10. Water shutoffs in Detroit are factor in largest U.S. municipal bankruptcyThousands of residents of Detroit — a city under emergency management that is reeling from decades of deindustrialization and neighborhood decay — were cut off from drinking water supplies last year. Roughly 17,000 residences were shut off between March and August because of overdue bills. Residents pushed back, taking water from fire hydrants to drink, cook, bathe, and flush their toilets, and community leaders organized emergency water deliveries.Meanwhile, the accountants, lawyers, and traders collected tens of millions of dollars in fees to complete the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history. The problem in Detroit raised questions about whether the shutoff of water violates the UN-declared human right to water, which requires delivery of a basic amount of water independent of ability to pay. 5. Evidence of the link between climate change and extreme hydrologic events grows strongerThe evidence of the links between climate change and extreme hydrologic events grew more powerful in 2014. A series of scientific reports addressed heat waves in Europe, coastal damages in the Eastern United States during extreme tides and storms, flooding in the UK from more intense rain storms, drastic loss of Arctic ice, and droughts in Australia and the Southwestern United States.Lloyd’s of London concluded in May that the influence of rising sea levels increased the damages from Hurricane Sandy by $US 8 billion in New York alone. Sao Paulo, Brazil’s largest city and located close to the water-rich Amazon Basin, suffered its worst drought. Peter Gleick is president of the Pacific Institute. J. Carl Ganter is co-founder and director of Circle of Blue. This post originally appeared at Huffington Post and is reprinted here with the permission of the Pacific Institute.last_img