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November 18, 2019

FIFA World Cup: Injured Salah hopeful of playing opener vs Uruguay

first_imgMohamed Salah is hopeful of getting fit in time to face Uruguay in Egypt’s FIFA World Cup 2018 opener on June 15.The Liverpool forward is currently recovering from a shoulder injury he suffered during the Champions League final against Real Madrid on May 27.The 25-year-old went off with a shoulder problem in the first half of Liverpool’s 3-1 defeat but the speedy forward expects to play some part in Egypt’s first Group A fixture in Russia.”Now I’m feeling better,” Salah told the Spanish daily. “I’m hopeful of being able to play in our first game, but this will depend on how I feel when the day comes around.”He grabbed my arm first, says Ramos after being blamed for Salah’s injurySalah, who laughed off Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos’s claim that he would have been able to continue in Kiev had he taken a pain-killing injection, scored the penalty that sealed Egypt’s place at a first World Cup in 28 years and insists they are not in Russia to make up the numbers.”We’ve got a great team and a great coach. We want to get into the next round and do things well there,” he added.Mohamed Salah hits the gym to recover from injury”We’re strong as a group, we all have the same objective, which is to win and that’s the most important thing. We don’t just have one strong point, but the main thing is we play together as a group.”The pressure was to qualify for the World Cup. Of course, you can then say ‘right, we’ve got there, that’s that’, but for me it’s not like that. We want to make history and achieve something different.advertisement”It’s not a simple case of going, playing three games and thank you very much. That’s not going through my head.”Saudi Arabia and hosts Russia are the other teams in Egypt’s group.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

October 24, 2019

Govt Committed to Electricity Generation and Competition

first_imgMinister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Phillip Paulwell, says the Government is intent on transforming the way electricity is distributed island wide with a view to ensuring competition in the generation and distribution of the utility. “We are intent on transforming the way electricity is distributed and that will resolve in a win-win for all because the fact of the matter is that we are seeing scores of people looking for opportunities outside of Jamaica Public Service Company (JPSCo),” he said. This was disclosed by Minister Paulwell recently during an interview on the Jamaica Information Service’s (JIS) Issues and Answers programme with Mr. Ian Boyne. Mr. Paulwell said the Government is exploring efforts towards greater competition to ensure that consumers can be beneficial in the long run. “There is an overriding feature of our energy system that we are focused on and that has to do with the distribution of energy because having achieved competition on the generation side, we recognise that that competition has been rather limited because of how the rest of the system is structured so we are pursuing an effort now towards greater competition and we are quite aware that those are delicate negotiations that will have to be pursued but we believe that we have a win-win scenario recognising the government has a vested interest in the JPS as well,” he said. The Government last year, signalled its intention to break up the Jamaica Public Service’s (JPS) monopoly on the transmission and distribution of electricity. The JPSCo has a customer base of nearly 600,000, and a generation capacity that exceeds 620 Megawatts. It operates 27 generating plants, 54 sub-stations, and owns approximately 14,000 kilometres of distribution and transmission lines. In the meantime he said, newer energy sources are also being pursued, adding that the Government has begun to incentivize on areas to facilitate greater use. “The Ministry of Finance, recently announced the removal import duties (and) GCT on solar. We see this as a major opportunity for Jamaicans especially residents because coupled with that, we have the facility for net billing which will allow you now to having generated enough for your home during the daytime, you can now sell your excess capacity up to 100 kilowatt hours to the grid,” he said, adding that this will allow individuals to generate additional revenue.last_img read more