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By Samuel SukhnandanIn an effort to boost local capacity in the oil and gas sector, the Governments of Guyana and Canada’s Newfoundland will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) this month.Canadian High Commissioner to Guyana, Lillian Chatterjee in an exclusive interview with Guyana Times said the Natural Resources Minister from the Canadian Province of Newfoundland will be visiting Guyana on October 15 to ink the agreement.“What we’re hoping to be able to do in our relationship with Guyana is to share our expertise to help you build up your own capacity; both in Government and in the Private Sector so that you can realise the economic benefits in your own country,” she told this publication.The Canadian envoy said the MoU will last for three years and will allow Guyana the opportunity of learning how Newfoundland managed to utilise that sector to improve its economy.Canada has the third largest oil reserves, is the fifth largest oil producer and fourth largest oil exporter in the world.“They want to share their Public Sector expertise with the new Department of Energy, to help them prepare in terms of regulation, governance, and public accountability in the oil and gas sector,” Chatterjee said of Newfoundland’s decision to partner with Guyana through an MoU.The Canadian High Commissioner explained that the experience in Newfoundland is unique and will fit into Guyana’s new discovery. Chatterjee said there are many things that Guyana could learn from that province.According to her, Newfoundland discovered oil offshore Canada 30 years ago, just like the case of Guyana.“It was the poorest province in Canada. Its entire resource was based on fishing and then there was a moratorium on fish. And that meant high unemployment, people lost work, people left in droves.”Chatterjee recalled that when Newfoundland discovered offshore oil, the first thing they did was to build capacity to deal with the oil boom. Assistance was sought from within Canada, the United States, Scotland and Norway.“And now if you go to Newfoundland you won’t recognise that it is the same province 30 years back because it’s got the oil industry, and other revenues streams coming in,” she explained.In addition to that, Newfoundland was able to build its infrastructure, not only around the oil sector, but to aid support services. The province which once depended on the contribution of other provinces to fund their work programme now gives back.“So, some money from the richer provinces go to the poorer provinces, Newfoundland was a receiver. But now they are very proud to say that they are a giver. They are very proud of that,” she added.The Canadian envoy said the exploitation of Guyana’s energy reserves will generate increases in revenue that will provide funding for capital works, while the energy sector itself will create a broad spectrum of jobs.With several Canadian companies already involved in oil and natural gas exploration activities in Guyana, the visit by the Natural Resources Minister of Newfoundland provides yet another indication of Canada’s interest in playing a pivotal role in the economic exploitation of the local energy sector.Only recently, Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) signed a MoU on Energy Sector Cooperation, which saw T&T Prime Minister, Dr Keith Rowley visiting Guyana for the first time with a delegation of Cabinet Ministers.President David Granger and Dr Rowley assured that there is was no ‘takeover or sell-out’ of any sector by either side, but rather a sharing of information and ideas in the sector. This was a major concern for many local Private Sector companies.Dr Rowley speaking to the Guyanese press following the signing at State House, said the document contains bilateral arrangements for the cooperation on energy issues such as possible financing and providing entrepreneurial skills as a “good neighbour.”The Trinidadian Prime Minister expressed disappointed over concerns raised by Guyana’s Private Sector that the MoU allows for a takeover by T&T businesses.“We are working towards ensuring that we, as a people not just the people of Trinidad and Tobago but the people of Caricom – Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago – do better for all ourselves and to come up against that is disappointing and to the extent that there is any potential takeover which I don’t think is happening or is going to happen,” Rowley said.President Granger also debunked claims that the signing of the MoU lends to a sell-out of Guyana’s patrimony or natural resources. The Guyanese Head of State said Guyana stands to benefit from Trinidad and Tobago’s decades of experience in the oil and gas sector in areas of production, marketing, dealing with oil spills and international corporations.Guyana is now home to the world’s biggest new deepwater oil discovery. US oil giant ExxonMobil has been keen to push development of the oil reserves. Production could begin in 2020 with production of some 500,000 barrels of oil a day.
Taking influences like The Eagles, Steve Earle, and Lyle Lovette, the band literally moved into a Log Cabin on guitar player, Randy Gee’s farm and began the collaborative process of writing a great country album. With four singer /song writers in the group, the songs grew with surprising speed and quality. There is a distinct “No Boundaries” attitude towards country music in this release, and the members of DEERE JOHN realized that to effectively showcase their diverse styles of music, a truly talented producer was essential. And as fate would have it that person came to them once again at a chance meeting on the road touring with country recording artist and 2006 CCMA’s producer of the year, Gil Grand. Gil brought a time honed industry savvy to the music that took the raw energy and excitement of the DEERE JOHN sound to an international level. His attention to detail and his ear for radio friendly lyrics and melody clearly shines through on this generous, sixteen track, offering. With the help of a state of the art studio in Nashville and the engineering talents of Bill Warner (Lonestar, Garth Brooks, Dolly Parton, Rickie Skaggs) DEERE JOHN has spent a lion’s share of 2008-2009 on the Canadian Country Music top 100 with their three singles Another Day, She Likes Me But She Loves My Money, and Come My Way. They are now preparing to release their fourth single, If I Were You And You Were Me this spring, and have penned dozens of new songs in preparation for their return to Nashville to record their sophomore CD in the fall of 2009. The wheels on this tractor are moving faster every day.Another Canadian joins the stage at the EnCana Events Centre VICTORA BANKS – Victoria’s performances at the 2008 CCMAs in Winnipeg generated a huge buzz, inspiring praise from the toughest critics in the business and establishing her as one of the top new Canadian female artists to watch. She was labeled a “new sensation”, “Canada’s secret weapon”, and an “overnight success”. But tell that to Victoria, and she throws back her head and laughs. “Wow, ‘overnight success’? I feel more like a survivor!”Victoria’s much anticipated debut CD (scheduled for release on On Ramp Records in early 2009) is sure to be everything that the CCMA buzz predicted it would be – a masterpiece of songwriting from an exceptionally talented voice which will secure Victoria’s place as one of the most respected artists in the Canadian music industry. Tickets available at Tiger Box Office Plus, Dawson Co-op High Performance Ticket Outlet, or call 877-339-TIXX to charge by phone or online at www.dawsonco-optickets.comTickets (incl. GST) $50.00 / $45.00 (additional charges may apply) – reserved seating(Dawson Creek BC) Local favorites Deere John will be joining Lonestar and Canadian singer Victoria Banks at the EnCana Events Centre for a triple bill on October 2, 2009. Tickets on sale now for what will be a crowd pleasing country show.DEERE JOHN’s Craig Brooks, Randy Gee, Ken Kirshner, and James Webster had individually worked at their song writing skills for decades in separate projects that saw their travels take them Across Canada and literally across the globe playing with musical icons from Bryan Adams to Jethro Tull and releasing both independent and international record company releases in Canada, Europe, and Japan. But it was when they turned their collective attention to Country Music that something synergistic occurred. During Their live performances it became apparent that their original music was thrilling their fans, and it was time to try and capture the energy and excitement of their live show on to disc.Advertisement LOCAL COUNTRY MUSIC ACT DEERE JOHN JUST ADDED TO THE LINEUP FOR THE UPCOMING LONESTAR CONCERT AT THE ENCANA EVENTS CENTRELONESTAR WITH SPECIAL GUESTS VICTORIA BANKS AND DEERE JOHNFRIDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2009- Advertisement -ENCANA EVENTS CENTRE – DAWSON CREEKDoors 6:00pm Show 7:00pmTICKETS ON SALE NOWAdvertisement
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PHILADELPHIA – This was hardly the homecoming Kobe Bryant envisioned this season, returning to the city that launched him to the NBA while having to defend himself in the wake of a play that wasn’t exactly full of brotherly love. After serving his second one-game suspension of the season, Bryant specifically wanted Thursday to address the perception – fueled by so many replays of him striking Manu Ginobili and Marko Jaric in the head – that he is in some way a dirty player. “The reputation that I want to have is that of being a physical basketball player that plays hard,” Bryant said. “Not one that goes out and tries to intentionally hurt people. That’s something that I guard against. I respect the game too much.” The suspension could not have come at a worse time for the “fragile” Lakers, as Bryant put it. The Lakers have dropped four consecutive games after Wednesday’s loss in Milwaukee and are down to just 10 available players due to injury. There also is the matter of how Bryant will avoid a third strike, both literally and figuratively, with the league office. He has been suspended for two nearly identical plays in which he flailed his arm trying to draw a foul after having his shot blocked. “When you play, you try not to think about that type of stuff because it winds up affecting your game,” Bryant said. “You go out there and just play basketball. That’s what I try to do. I just have to be a little bit more mindful, I guess.” Lakers coach Phil Jackson said he had “umpteen” video examples of Bryant flailing his arms after shots with nobody around. He said Bryant would have to be on guard to avoid a third offense but also called on the league not to be punitive. “There are people that pile on and we know there are NBA people that like to pile on and add to that,” Jackson said. “We know that he’s a competitor and he’s a performer and we trust the league’s got a fair analysis of that.” Bryant described having a “helpless” feeling watching in two different restaurants as the Lakers never led against Milwaukee. He also made clear that he felt he had been singled out not once but twice with the suspensions. “I can’t go through a process of just feeling bad for myself,” Bryant said. “Obviously, I believe I got a raw deal on both of them. I’ve seen a lot worse go down. But there’s nothing you can do about it.” The last time Bryant was suspended, from a Jan. 30 game against New York, he returned the next night and scored 43 points in a victory over Boston. Jackson guessed things would be different tonight against Philadelphia, if only because the 76ers have a capable player in Andre Iguodala to defend Bryant. The Celtics threw second-year guard Gerald Green to the wolves against Bryant. “You’ve got a guy that’s a quality defender here that’s going to make it tough for him,” Jackson said. “It’s going to be a tight battle.” The Lakers have lost 10 of 13 games, with Jackson describing them as “free-falling for three weeks.” Bryant, meanwhile, spoke of trying to shield his young teammates from the burden of performing in these final 20 games of the regular season. “Let me handle the pressure in terms of media, in terms of expectations,” Bryant said. “You guys just go out there and play. Because when you have young players, that’ll tend to bog them down a little bit. I just want them to relax and play.” Jackson said: “I think he looks forward to this. I think this is a part of the season, taking over a ballgame, knowing he’s got to get 35 or 40 points, I think he looks forward to something like that.” Also: Jackson said he didn’t expect forward Ronny Turiaf to play tonight and compared Turiaf’s back spasms to those that sidelined Phoenix’s Boris Diaw for nine games. … Jaric was asked Thursday about Bryant being a dirty player and told the St. Paul Pioneer Press: “First of all, to be a dirty player, you need to be dirty on defense. I never heard somebody’s offensively a dirty player. On defense, he’s pretty legit. He’s a good defender. I don’t consider him a dirty player.” firstname.lastname@example.org (818) 713-3610
In a release Corporal James Rutledge says, “During this operation, we were able to purchase cocaine and or heroin twenty four times from fourteen separate individuals.”Crown Counsel has approved charges against 21 year old Kyle Hambler, with two counts of trafficking cocaine, and one count of possession for the purpose of trafficking cocaine. 25 year old Quenton Meck faces one count of possession for the purpose of trafficking cocaine. 57 year old Jerry Seyker faces two counts of trafficking cocaine. 54 year old John Henney is facing one count of trafficking cocaine. 43 year old Wendy Sinclair faces two counts of trafficking cocaine. 22 year old Roy Supernant is charged with two counts of trafficking cocaine. 49 year old Karen Ghostkeeper was charged with one count of trafficking cocaine, and 21 year old Jesse Freeman was charged with one count of trafficking cocaine.All individuals have been released on their own recognizance and are under strict bail conditions. – Advertisement -Six more arrests are coming in the investigation and will be made public when charges are approved by Crown Counsel.
Manchester United’s final match of the season at home to Bournemouth was abandoned “due to the discovery of a suspect package in the north west quadrant” at Old Trafford, and a controlled explosion was carried out by a bomb disposal team.On police advice the match was called off before kick off, with thousands of fans already seated in the stands ready for what was potentially a crucial fixture for the home side.Two stands at the stadium were evacuated shortly before the match was due to kick off.At around 2.40pm an announcement was made for security personnel to invoke “operation red code” and it soon became evident fans were leaving the South Stand and Stretford End.The West Stand and the East Stand, where the Bournemouth supporters were seated, did not appear to be affected.The remaining fans at Old Trafford were soon cleared from the area as the fixture was officially abandoned.An army bomb disposal unit was dispatched to the stadium to investigate exactly what the package is and whether it posed a public risk, and a controlled explosion was performed.According to an official statement from the Premier League, the game will be played Tuesday 17 May, with kickoff scheduled for 20:00BST. A sniffer dog at Old Trafford before the match was officially called off 1
Embed from Getty ImagesLondon is the capital city of the United Kingdom which is one of the leading sporting nations in the world. So, it’s not unusual that London is offering access to a wide range of top-level sporting events all year round. This gives many bettors a chance to place bets on exciting events. When it comes to London sports betting, every passionate bettor can choose dozens of events in different sports.From football to rowing – London is sports bettors’ delightOf course, most people in London are betting on football. As a matter of fact, many people from the UK and foreign countries are placing bets on football events that take place in this city. For instance, the Premier League is the most popular football league on the planet and every year, a few football teams from London are part of this league. Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham, West Ham and other less popular teams like Queens Park Rangers and Fulham are based in London. Of course, you can’t go wrong by placing bets on Chelsea because this team is one of the favorites for this year’s title. They are especially strong in their stadium – Stamford Bridge.While we are talking about London we should mention Wembley Stadium where the English national football team and the FA Cup Final are played. The national football team of England is getting stronger in the last couple of years, so you should definitely consider it as your betting option. The FA Cup Final, on the other hand, can be quite unpredictable. Even though most of the finalists are well-known football teams, it’s not unusual for a smaller team to rich the final and even won the trophy. That’s what makes this competition interesting.This year’s Wimbledon Grand Slam Championship is over, but there’s always the next year when you can place bets. The most popular tennis event in the UK is hosted in London and most bettors are placing bets on outright winners. Of course, you can try some less predictable bets like who will win the next set or how many points will a tennis player score to make things more interesting. The next Wimbledon competition will take place from 2 July to 15 July in London.There’s no doubt that it’s difficult to predict who will win this tournament a few months before the event, but according to many bookmakers, Novak Djokovic is the favorite. If you want to bet on other popular tennis players you should try Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray or Alexander Zverev.Embed from Getty ImagesObviously, the list of sporting events doesn’t end here. The London betting scene is famous for the cricket events too. Cricket is a very popular sport in England and there are a few events on The Oval and Lord’s (two cricket grounds in London) that are worth considering whenever you are looking for a sport to place your bets on.We should also mention rugby. London is one of the capitals of this sport too. Both Rugby Union and Rugby League are played in London. The majority of events are taking part in the southwest part of the capital. It’s interesting that the rugby seasons last almost all year round. Besides English teams, it’s not unusual to find European teams on these grounds.If you are interested in simpler bets on less known sports, you can try rowing. The River Thames is the river where the most famous rowing event in London and in the world takes place every year. Basically, bettors have two options – to pick Oxford or Cambridge University as the winner of this exciting competition. Some other popular sports in London include baseball, field hockey, snooker, bowling, swimming, darts, boxing, and golf.Residents of London are known as passionate bettors which is why you can find many land-based betting shops. However, in the recent period, more and more people are using online betting sites to place their bets on sporting events. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksRecommended for youAspireAbove.comRemember Pauley Perrette? Try Not To Smile When You See Her NowAspireAbove.comUndoLifestly.com25 Celebs You Didn’t Realize Are Gay – No. 8 Will Surprise WomenLifestly.comUndoUsed Cars | Search AdsUsed Cars in Tuen Mun Might Be Cheaper Than You ThinkUsed Cars | Search AdsUndoTopCars15 Ugliest Cars Ever MadeTopCarsUndoezzin.com20 Breathtaking Places to See Before You Dieezzin.comUndoFood World Magazine15 Fruits that Burn Fat Like CrazyFood World MagazineUndoDrhealth35 Foods That Should Never Be Placed in the RefrigeratorDrhealthUndoHappyTricks.comHer House Always Smells Amazing – Try her Unique Trick!HappyTricks.comUndo
DENVER – Did you know more 49ers than just Jimmy Garoppolo played in Monday night’s 24-15 exhibition win over the Denver Broncos? Let’s see who stood out, one way or the dreaded other:THREE STUDSDENVER, CO – AUGUST 19: Running back Raheem Mostert #31 of the San Francisco 49ers runs for a touchdown as defensive back Trey Marshall #36 of the Denver Broncos gives chase during the third quarter of a preseason game at Broncos Stadium at Mile High on August 19, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by …
The development of the Bloodhound supersonic car, seen here in model form, is expected to attract youngsters to careers in maths, science and engineering. Andy Green, who will steer the Bloodhound SSC to a new land speed record, is passionate about the educational aspects of the project.(Images: Janine Erasmus) A workforce from the Mier community has been working on clearing the surface of Hakskeen Pan for about three years now.(Image: Bloodhound SSC)MEDIA CONTACTS • Marina JoubertPR, Bloodhound SSC+27 83 409 4254RELATED ARTICLES• Northern Cape ideal for extreme sports• Telecoms boom for South Africa• Nougat becomes race food• Midmar Mile’s 89-year-old finisher• SKA: who gets what Janine ErasmusThere’s more to the Bloodhound SSC than just mind-boggling speed – the project is aimed at inspiring a new generation of scientists and engineers, and a Northern Cape community is benefiting through job creation, better communications infrastructure, and tourism.The Bloodhound SSC (supersonic car) land speed record attempt will take place in 2015 in the Northern Cape at Hakskeen Pan, a dry lake bed about 200km north of Upington.“The car is being built in the UK, but this is a South African event,” says Wing Commander Andy Green of the Royal Air Force.He’s the world’s fastest man, and driver of the Bloodhound SSC. Oxford mathematics graduate Green was the first and so far, the only person to break the sound barrier on land – in 1997 in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert, driving the Thrust SSC, he set a speed of 1 228 km/h (763 mph).The record still stands today – but not for long. If anyone can break Andy Green’s record, it’s Green himself.The daredevil is visiting South Africa as a guest at the 2013 Scifest Africa, taking place in Grahamstown from 13 to 19 March under the theme Science on the Move. He’ll be introducing Bloodhound SSC as “An Engineering Adventure in South Africa” and talking about the technology, the preparation of the track, and the educational component of the project.Designed by project director Richard Noble, the Bloodhound SSC will reach a top speed of 1 610 km/h or 1 000 mph. The speed of sound on land is generally taken to be around 340 m/s or 1 236 km/h. This does vary with temperature.“This is faster than any fighter jet can travel at ground level,” says Green.Getting the kids interestedOne of Bloodhound SSC’s main goals is to inspire a new generation of scientists, mathematicians and engineers.“We need skilled people to solve the world’s problems,” says Green. “The solutions are there but do we have enough scientists to look after our future? We want to get kids interested in science, and excited about the fact that they’re getting science lessons in school.”The car is scheduled to arrive in South Africa for test runs in April 2014, which is later than previously announced but, says Dave Rowley, the project’s education director, it will give the team time to reach more schools.“We have 200 local schools signed up for our education programme,” Rowley says, “and 49 ambassadors who reach out to children from Grade One right up to university level.”The ambassadors visit these primary, secondary and tertiary educational institutions and promote not only the project, but also engineering, technology, maths and science.“They are crucial to our project,” Rowley says. “If we can make science more exciting in the classroom, it will change the face of education.”All data generated by the project, including research, design, manufacture and testing stages, are available to teachers and students of registered schools around the world.Advanced, unique technologyThe core development team is the same as that which worked on Thrust SSC, says Green, but they have more powerful computers this time around. Safety is foremost in the minds of everyone involved.The propulsion system and body are being built separately.Bloodhound SSC is powered by a borrowed Eurojet EJ200 aircraft engine and a Falcon hybrid rocket engine, with a Cosworth CA2010 Formula One engine as the auxiliary power supply. The engines together produce around 135 000 horsepower and will allow the car to cover the 20 km distance in two minutes.The EJ200 is taken from a Eurofighter Typhoon fighter plane and works on the same principle as an internal combustion engine. It will be the first engine fired up and will get Bloodhound SSC to an initial speed of about 563 km/h.The Falcon, which was originally planned to be the only power source, will kick in at this time, and the two together will boost the car up to 1 689 km/h in a mere 55 seconds, subjecting the driver to about 2g of force. This engine is a hybrid because it uses a solid synthetic rubber, Hydroxyl-Terminated Polybutadiene (HTPB), as its primary fuel, with a liquid oxidiser and a catalyst to ignite it.The Cosworth engine drives the rocket motor’s fuel pump, which can deliver 800 litres of hydrogen peroxide – the oxidiser for the HTPB in the rocket – to the engine in just 20 seconds.This hybrid approach will allow Green to shut off the oxidiser if necessary, extinguishing the rocket engine. Although the system is still in an early stage of development, in October 2012 the team ran a successful test-firing event. The Cosworth engine reached 16 600 rpm during the test, producing enough pressure to fill a bath in five seconds.To withstand the forces produced by these powerhouses, Bloodhound SSC’s body has to be extraordinarily robust.The front part of the 14-metre body is constructed from carbon fibre in the manner of a racing car, while the back is made of a titanium skin over a titanium frame in the upper section and a steel skin over aluminium frame in the lower section.The driver sits within the carbon fibre part, which provides a rigid reinforced structure for added safety. His seat is fireproof.The four wheels are made from solid aluminium, each weighing 95 kg and measuring 910 mm in diameter. Two are housed internally in the front and the two rear wheels are mounted outside the body.It will take a three-step braking system to safely stop this speeding projectile. The airbrakes deploy at 1 287 km/h, followed by the release of a parachute at 965 km/h and finally the rear wheel brakes can be used at 322 km/h. Green will experience about 3g of force during deceleration.When fully fuelled the car weighs about 7 800 kg. The total development costs are estimated at around R320-million (US$35-million), all of which is funded by sponsors.Green is confident and enthusiastic about the run. “It’s actually quite safe,” he says. “If all the factors are in place, nothing bad will happen. The car is built to be super-strong with the same safety margins as an aircraft. The aerodynamics are also key – we don’t want the car to lift off and that’s why it’s great that we have the experience of the people who worked on Thrust.”The youngsters will only be impressed with success, he says – “so we have to do it right.”Green anticipates some 30 test runs at Hakskeen during 2014, followed by the record attempt in 2015. “After testing we’ll take it back and make whatever modifications are necessary, then return in 2015 – so the kids will get two seasons of Bloodhound.”Communicating with the worldAnother essential component of the project is communications. To allow the control team to accurately monitor the conditions in the car in real time, the speed of data transmission must be as fast as possible.Local mobile provider MTN is the official telecoms partner. The company will be using long-term evolution (LTE) technology to transmit video, audio and data from the car to Upington and then the world, and will install R30-million ($3.3-million) worth of new infrastructure at the pan.Krishna Chetty, the GM for radio optimisation and planning at MTN, says: “Our LTE network for on-car video and diagnostics will upload data at about 600 km/h.”MTN will also provide 3G/HSPA 900 Mhz coverage for visitors and media at the pan.Community involvementThe nearby indigenous community of Mier is responsible for preparing the surface over which Bloodhound SSC will hurtle. The team has nothing but praise for their efforts.“The Northern Cape government has employed a workforce over the last three or four years to clear the surface of the pan. Their work has been outstanding,” says Green. “They’ve prepared the world’s best race track for the world’s fastest car with an attitude of excellence, to show the world that they can do this thing, and do it well.”The 300-strong team has cleared six tons of stone from more than 20-million square metres of the pan’s surface, producing a track that’s 20 kilometres long and 1.1 kilometres wide.Using a programme designed by Swansea University to sift through satellite imagery, and after numerous visits to survey potential sites, the pan was selected as the best site out of about 20 000 possibilities around the world.“The community has completely embraced the Bloodhound,” Green says. “When team members visit the site they ask us ‘Where’s our car?’ They’re very proud to be involved.”Unemployment in the community stands at about 96%, but with increasing interest in the Bloodhound project, it is hoped that tourism in the area will grow, with a knock-on benefit for the people. Already the first Kalahari Speedweek in 2012 brought hundreds of speed freaks to Hakskeen to test their vehicles on a five-kilometre track near to the Bloodhound site. The presence of the Bloodhound during the next two visits will swell the numbers of visitors significantly, but anyone can visit the pan in the meantime.The community will also benefit from the cutting-edge communications infrastructure.There are other South African contributions, and Green commends those too. “A company here built a bespoke trailer with aluminium wheels that we can use to test the interaction of the wheels on the track.”Once the track has been cleared it will be scanned with a laser to check for bumps and inconsistencies, and graded to be utterly smooth and level.“These contributions will allow us to correctly set the suspension up ahead of time.”
19 January 2016Nicknamed “Africa’s Avengers”, the African superheroes created by Nigeria’s Comic Republic, range from Guardian Prime, a 25-year-old fashion-designer-by-day who uses his extraordinary strength to fight for a better Nigeria, to Hilda Avonomemi Moses, a woman from a remote village in Edo state who can see spirits, to Marcus Chigozie, a privileged but angry teenager who can move at supersonic speeds.“I thought about when I was young and what I used to make my decisions on: What would Superman do, what would Batman do? I thought, why not African superheroes?” explains Comic Republic’s founder, Jide Martin, who started publishing comic books in 2013. The company’s tagline is: “We can all be heroes.”Burning the Midnight oil for the love of the dream. Growing the comic industry in Africa. Let’s do this! pic.twitter.com/40OvAqAGHk— Comic republic (@comicrepublicng) January 11, 2016The company is leading the way in developing unique, Afrocentric stories and characters for markets long believed to lack interest in African-inspired characters. The publisher has a team of artists and writers that create the stories, which are published online and are available for free. Downloads of the issues have grown from a couple of hundred in 2013 to 25 000 of the latest release in December 2015, as the series has become more popular..@comicrepublicng Comic Republic’s comcs are also up. Check them out. https://t.co/RF3dqc4ycT pic.twitter.com/qWCwtUdAyu— MediBang Paint_e (@MediBangPaint_e) January 15, 2016As well as creating new worlds and amazing characters, Comic Republic also publishes comics for companies and NGOs that are focused on delivering positive messages to children, including in the public health services sector such as malaria prevention and HIV/Aids education.These kids in an orphanage home dressed as Superheroes after reading our Nigerian Superhero story #GuardianPrime . pic.twitter.com/5VADFbZfys— Comic republic (@comicrepublicng) January 13, 2016The start-up is part of a growth of made-in-Africa music, literature and art that is beginning to resonate beyond the continent. Over half of Comic Republic’s downloads are by readers in the United States and United Kingdom; there are also readers in countries as far as Brazil and the Philippines. But it is in Nigeria that the stories are finding the most extensive market, so much so that, according to Martin, Lagos even hosts an annual comic convention for the comic and entertainment industry.Guardian Prime, “a black Superman” as Martin calls him, is, in particular, finding popularity across Africa, as a home-grown Man of Steel.@inpoco here it is! Our #StarWarsTheForceAwakens tribute. Awesome movie! pic.twitter.com/hbyZDliHRj— Comic republic (@comicrepublicng) December 21, 2015The trend is expanding across the continent and other African publishers and artists are creating their own take on the idea of the superhero.Popular South African graphic novel Kwezi was created by designer and artist Loyiso Mkize, for example. Its superhero is a teenager in Gold City, a metropolis imagined along the lines of Johannesburg. The story, which features plenty of local slang and cultural references, also has a strong moral centre and an emphasis on education, according to Mkize. He refers to his story as “a coming of age story about finding one’s heritage”.Another Nigerian animator is Roye Okupe, whose graphic novel, E.X.O: The Legend of Wale Williams, was published in August 2015. In the same vein as Superman and the Marvel universe, Williams has found a huge international audience, “putting Africa on the map when it comes to telling superhero stories”, says Okupe. There is even talk of a live action feature film for the character.Much like its Western influences, diversity and inclusiveness are hallmarks of the African comic book. Of the nine characters created by Comic Republic, four are women, which Martin believes is a reflection of the fact that women are active in Nigeria’s social politics. “[In] today’s Nigeria, we’re very indifferent to whether someone is a man or woman. I wouldn’t say there was any strategic decision. It’s just a way of life for us,” he said.Beyond battling evil and saving the day, the comics are also meant to show how individuals can come together to provide for a “better, safer Africa”, says Martin. It’s a message that appears to be getting across to some readers.One fan wrote on Comic Republic’s Facebook wall about the character of Guardian Prime: “My favourite quote [by him]: All it takes for evil to succeed is for good men to stand by and do nothing. I won’t stand by. I am Nigerian.” I’m not Nigerian, but heroes are going to help the youth and stimulate patriotism.”Source: Quartz