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Phantom ends Cats season by sweeping Kootenay out of the playoffs

first_imgThe playoff run of the Kootenay Wildcats came to an end Saturday as Fraser Valley Phantom completed a two-game sweep in B.C. Hockey Female Midget AAA Hockey semi final series.The Phantom, regular season champs, finished off the Cats with a 4-3 win at the Langley Sportsplex.Fraser Valley won the opener of the best-of-three series 2-0.Two third-period goals by Madison Sands and Simran Sidhu late in the game allowed the Phantom to escape with the narrow win.Sarah Doll of Cranbrook was in goal for Kootenay.Kootenay, finishing fourth in regular season standings, qualified for the semis with a 2-1 series win over Prince George Cougars. The Wildcats had affiliate and West Kootenay Bantam player Merissa Dawson in the lineup for the weekend.Fraser Valley now advances to the Female Final against the Okanagan Rockets.The Rockets ousted Vancouver Fusion in straight games in the other league semi final series.This is the first time in four years Kootenay Wildcats have not played in the championship final.The Female Midget AAA League was established in the 2007-2008 season to provide an opportunity for elite female hockey players to play against elite Female players in the province.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

Atlético descended 20 years ago into Hell of Segunda

first_imgThe Athletic starred make 20 years one of the saddest episodes of its history. The May 7, 2000 Atlético, trained by Antic, descended to Second Division. The silence in the stadium Carlos Tartiere from Oviedo it was sepulchral when the meeting ended. The 14,200 followers, many of them from Atlético, did not believe what was happening. The Madrid team had not beaten Oviedo and the final tie to two goals sent Atlético to Second. It was the chronicle of an announced death, but the decline was consummated in Oviedo, on matchday 36, and in front of an Atlético legend, Luis Aragones, who trained the Asturian team. There were images for the story, with players and fans crying to tears after the tragedy was consummated.Atlético also fell in the most cruel way. Equalized 2-0 with which Oviedo got ahead and Hasselbaink was 2-3 on a penalty kick. In the 84th minute he had victory in his boots but Esteban guessed the shot and avoided the goal that would have given Atlético the victory. A team that formed in Oviedo with an eleven full of important players, top-level footballers who always they will remember that encounter. Molina; Gaspar, Ayala (Valerón, 27 ‘), Gamarra, Capdevila; Aguilera, Bejbl (Baraja, 61 ‘), Hugo Leal, Solari (Luque, 45’); Kiko and Hasselbaink. Those were the footballers who played that day for Atlético. Oviedo scored 1-0 in the 25th minute thanks to Losada. Paulo Bento, from a penalty, made it 2-0 in 65 and in a final arreón Atlético equalized the game. Capdevila made it 2-1 in 72 and Hasselbaink equaled in 77. But he couldn’t win and the rest is already history.The Athletic equaled in the following match against Sevilla at home, in a match where the hobby showed gracefully your discomfort. And the championship ended winning in Mallorca. The Madrid club spent two years in hell and lived one of the great crises in its history. He had a hard time getting up and had to spend many seasons to to be among the greats of Spanish football again.last_img read more

The Premier League values ​​”for the first time” a possible “reduction” of the season

first_imgPremier League Chief Govt Richard Masters has confirmed that there’s a “very sturdy collective will” on the half of the golf equipment to “full the season”, though a possible “discount” just isn’t dominated out, and has assured that the groups They’ve proven their “desire” for taking part in their video games at dwelling reasonably than on impartial fields. “We now have a very sturdy collective will to finish the season,” he confirmed after the telematic assembly with all the prime golf equipment in English soccer, though he admitted that, “for the first time,” a possible “discount” of the season was mentioned. . This Monday, the Authorities of the United Kingdom spoke of the risk of resuming sports activities competitions from June 1. “We welcome these first steps and are able to play our half. We’re working straight with golf equipment and stakeholders: the Authorities, our tv companions, the English Federation (FA), the Championship, the skilled footballers union in England (PFA) and the coaches union (LMA), to create a accountable and secure mannequin to finish the season, “he stated. “After all, security comes first. We should take heed to the authorities, authorities and medical consultants and comply with their recommendation. That’s precisely what we’re doing. We’re placing ourselves in the finest place to renew the season, however solely when the circumstances are right, “he added. On this sense, Masters reiterated that the “precedence” is “the security of the gamers, coaches and coaches, workers, followers and society typically.” “Nothing can be agreed till now we have spoken with the leaders and the gamers,” he stated, confirming that serological assessments will start in the golf equipment’ coaching fields. Lastly, he acknowledged that the remaining matches of the Premier League had been mentioned, with the risk of taking part in them on impartial fields. “Clearly, the desire of all our golf equipment is to play at dwelling if possible. We’re in an ongoing dialogue, now we have spoken with the authorities about the circumstances below which we might restart the Premier League and we’re taking all these under consideration recommendation, “he careworn.last_img read more

Let’s Get On With It (Part 1)

first_imgDear Editor,As we unveil this Gallery of Photographs of Our Presidents, let us strengthen our commitment to Get On With It: Get on with us growing and developing ourselves and our country, aware of but not incarcerated in our history of the arrival of Europeans in the land, and subsequently the times of slavery and of indentureship.People from six different parts of the world thrown together here like press-ganged sailors of old on a ship setting out into the then not well known oceans, must survive together or succumb together: thrown together for the setting up and manning of colonial plantations –cocoa, coffee, cotton, sugar, rum – we must now together find our own way in a changed and ever changing world.Fellow Citizens, during the childhood of any of us Presidents, I suspect that there would have been little to foretell that we would have attained the highest office in our Country: and I am inclined to believe, reflecting on the circumstances of and the late age at which I came to the politics of our country, my becoming President might have been the most unlikely, accidental, even an interloper into politics: someone who had strayed far from his chosen, safe, solid working career of chemical engineering. But such is life.Friends, particularly our younger fellow citizens, we have progressed much less than was expected at our Independence, but naught but little crying over spilt milk – would we not have done better if we knew better? It has been fashionable in our country to blame and disavow politics and politicians, but once we live in groups – living in ever larger groups, our productivities and possible standards of living go up a thousand fold compared with what we could do if we each lived in isolation – once we live in social and economic intercourse with others we are into politics and we are to some degree politicians.Early in our PPP/C being in Office, I took the visiting Prime Minister of Zambia to see the bauxite operations in Linden. Reflecting on my assertion that I was new to politics he responded – “When someone speaks with himself, we already have the germ of politics and when two people speak the politics is already very rich”. Politics and politicians may be to the north or south or east or west side of where the people are but they cannot be too far away from where the people are.Each of us should strive to make ourselves the best person we could be: capable in a number of areas; kind, helpful to others and contributing to society; expecting and satisfied with receiving some fair share of what we have produced together – you would be noticed, a call to step on our political stage may never be far away.Growing through my childhood years of the 1940s and 1950s, I was among the 70% of our people who would have been assessed at that time to be below the poverty line. Not knowing it, without chips on our shoulders we were not restrained by that material fact: all were striving to do better.I lived for periods of time here and there in the city, returning often to the Eastern Mahaicony countryside; coming into contact for periods of time with our various peoples in our various worlds of overlapping differences of race, religion, rural-urban, richer and poorer, traditional and modern. Growing cognizant of the different views and imaginations in different groups of our people, my own country and world view was not fully in accord with that of any group and to many, I would have seemed quite contrary, not fitting in with the beliefs, attitudes, behavior which prevailing convention expected of me.As I came to this building again today, after a number of years, my mind went back to the first time I entered this building, in August 1955, to receive my first County Scholarship, living expenses, term allowance of $15:00 (fifteen dollars) then, about G$30,000 in today’s money, from our country’s Treasury which was then on the ground floor of the east block where there are now Committee rooms. This building constructed over 1829 to 1834, at the ending of slavery and the beginning of indentured immigration, known earlier as the Public Buildings, housed the total Government of those colonial days up to about the 1950s. I came here regularly unto early 1962 to draw that scholarship allowance.I came again to this building about October/November 1970, on the request of then Prime Minister Burnham to meet him in the Prime Minister’s Office, in the upper flat of the western block, now the Office of the Clerk of our National Assembly. Mr. Burnham had passing acquaintance with me as a nephew of one of his friends, Mr. Frank Denbow.Earlier, in about July, 1962 I was called to my first one on one with him, then as Opposition Leader, at his lawyer’s office in the Clarke and Martin building. Mr. Burnham, recently back from a trip to the USA, had been offered some six University Scholarships by President Kennedy’s Office and I had been recommended to him, most likely by QC Chemistry teacher “Bup” Barker. No doubt on checking with his people, Mr. Burnham greeted me with the probing question, “How is Cheddi’s boy this morning?’ I responded, “I didn’t tell you so: Is that what you have been told.”To set the record straight and to express my appreciation all around, a little over a year later the US Embassy sent a letter inviting me to receive the grant of a University Scholarship but by then I was in Canada on a DEMBA Scholarship. Also, for the record, before mid- 1990 on the way to becoming his running mate, I had not met Dr. Jagan except for a passing handshake in our city streets during the Christmas/New Year season of perhaps 1962.On this second meeting (October/November 1970) Prime Minister Burnham greeted me saying that in speaking with people in Linden/McKenzie, he discerned that they were favourably impressed by three Guyanese members of the Staff of DEMBA (about 40 Guyanese then in a total of about 200) – I was one, the youngest not yet 27 years old. He was about to call ALCAN for talks about participation in DEMBA but was concerned about a hinted response of “take all or nothing at all”.At the end of the discussions Mr. Burnham asked what I thought was the greatest need for Guyana. “Better understanding between our two major ethnic-racial groups”, I replied. He responded that it was the same answer I had given him years ago in 1962, “but lots of water have passed under the bridge since then.”It so happened that that very day was the Nomination Day for the Local Government Elections of 1970 and telephone calls kept coming updating a chuckling Mr. Burnham on all the shenanigans that had seen off all other contestants, except in a very few places. I kept saying to myself, I don’t want to overhear and know these things – these are things for our country’s elders, for our politicians. You can imagine therefore how I felt in 1994 – 24 years later, a little like Jonah when it fell to me as Prime Minister heading that large Ministry that included then, Local Government and Regional Development, to lay the Bill for the Local Government Elections 1994, the very next one following the one I didn’t want to know about in 1970.The third occasion on which I came to this building would have been about October 10, 1992 to see again and bring an end to having the Prime Minister Office in this building, Dr. Jagan had taken the position that all Executive Government Offices would be relocated away from this Building and this Building would thenceforth be for the exclusive use of the Parliament. And I have been here for many Parliament sittings and Committee meetings over the following twenty-three years until our change of Government in 2015. (To be continued)Mr Samuel A A HindsFormer President andFormer PrimeMinisterlast_img read more

‘Poor Economic Policy’

first_imgThe political leader of the Movement for Progress Change (MPC), Simeon Freeman, has again criticized President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for the poor economic governance of the state.Addressing hundreds of workers at a May Day rally Thursday, May 1, the MPC stalwart blamed Madam Sirleaf and the Unity Party for presiding over a nation with growth but no development.Sadly, Freeman termed Liberia, the nation of his birth, “a Wild-Wild West, a gangster’s paradise and a looter’s haven.”He noted that the society has shifted from a state of equal opportunity for all to a state where only those with access to state resources benefit.Freeman: “Those that don’t have access to the existing power are damned. When it is your time, get, grab, hire your family or children; attract international attention, mortgage national resources, pay lip service to press freedom, economically suppress and deprive your people, expose them to limited education, provide poor health facilities, spend more on security and dare people to revolt against your style of governance.“Those who have studied history or have been avid observers of the events of history know all too well that man will always dare to dominate man. It is not the domination of one man by another that is the issue; but the refusal of one man to be dominated by another; the unwillingness of one man or a group of persons to be subjected to slavery and economic deprivation and the reluctance of a people to live in hopelessness, want and poor sanitary conditions.“Man and his beliefs are inseparable. A man would rather sacrifice his life for the things he believes. It is for this cause that people sacrificed their lives for some of the very things we enjoy today. It does appear to me, though, that Liberians love hopelessness, poverty and depravation. We cannot live in so grave a time and period, when hopelessness abound and remain silent. It appears to me, we prefer to die with hopelessness but live in silence. If we truly believe in the economic liberation of our people, the redemption of all Liberians from hopelessness and depravation, the right of our people to have access to employment opportunities and the right to raise their children in the way they please, then I share with you the need for the – struggle to continue – in the face of the same challenges that compelled some of us belong to progressive movements in Liberia’s recent past.”Freeman, who contested last Presidential Elections and lost to Madam Johnson Sirleaf, said he shares the anger of many young Liberians, who are always denied state resources.No Liberian is better than the other, the MPC political leader said. He continued “Yesterday, we stood against nepotism, rampant corruption, lack of access to opportunities, domination of one group of Liberians over the other group of Liberians. We stood against those vices yesterday as we do today. Our values have not changed, though some of the leaders of the progressive movement misunderstood our support for the movement to mean support for the opportunity to collect global awards and replacing previous acts of nepotism with their own interpretation of nepotism.“We stand against rampant corruption today as we did yesterday. Acts of rampant corruption deprive thousands of Liberians access to electricity, water, quality education, good health facilities, road networks and life’s basic necessities,” Freeman asserted.He made the statement yesterday in Monrovia when delivering the keynote address at the celebration of World Labour Day.Organized by Liberia Labour Congress (LLC), the event brought together scores of workers from across the country, including members of the United Nations.With a single message to employers in Liberia, LLC said: “Making Liberian workers decent people” is the way for improving the livelihood of workers within the 73 districts of our country. The formal and informal sectors grow the country’s economy.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

“National Honour System is part of our culture” – President Granger

first_imgInvestiture 2018President David Granger on Saturday bestowed the insignias of Guyana’s National Awards to 97 persons in recognition of their sterling contribution to the development of Guyana. This year, 49 women from various fields were among those conferred with national awards, making it the first time so many women were honoured.The Investiture Ceremony was held at the National Cultural Centre and in delivering his remarks, the President sought to remind of the importance of national awards. He noted that the National Honour System on which national awards are conferred is not a ceremonial or cosmetic ritual, but rather an essential cultural convention in any civilised society. He added that it is used to express appreciation to those who serves the nation selflessly.Presidential Photographer Sandra Prince receives her Medal of Service“The National Honour System is part of our culture. National awards should never again be disregarded, disparaged or debased through capricious conferment. Today’s investiture ceremony is a public manifestation of appreciation for those rendered exemplary service to the nation. National awards are conferred to express the esteem in which the recipients are held by a grateful nation; to recognise their exemplary service and success and to encourage others, especially younger persons, to emulate their achievements,” the President said.Granger further explained that the National Honour System seeks to recognise and reward citizens along with servicemen and women who displayed values of selfless service and social responsibility. He reminded that Guyana was built by the collective contribution of ordinary citizens in their various organisations and that the nation has an obligation to pay homage to those distinguished sons and daughters who provided outstanding service to their communities.“Our nation honours them out of respect for the values which they exemplify and the contributions which they have made and continues to make. Our nation relies on voluntary work of men and women who prepared to render selfless service without though of reward. The National Honour System is ordained by the Constitution of Guyana. It is a supreme symbol of statehood reserved for those who have distinguished themselves in service to the nation,” he added.Meanwhile, acting Chancellor of the Judiciary Justice Yonette Cummings said that the Investiture Ceremony is held to recognise and honour the immense contribution of the ordinary citizens. She added that the national award is a badge of honour and distinction which carries with it the price of a nation’s appreciation for exceptional and dedicated service.The recipients of this year’s Cacique’s Crown of Honour are Komal Samaroo, Justice Oslen Ainsworth Fitzgerald Small and Professor Alvin Oliver Thompson. The Golden Arrow of Achievement recipients are Karen Abrams, Arnon Adriel Cornelius Adams, Holly Patricia Alexander, Valeska Austin, Robert Jiteshvar Badal, Claude Holmon Blackmore, Jerome Bulkan, John Goodridge Carpenter, Donna Ann Chapman, Eton McDonald Chester, Michael Orlando Correia, Pravinchandra Dave, Rovin Deodat, Denise Dawn DeSouza, Maurice Rudranauth Gajadhar, Sarah Julia Gordon, Everett Nathaniel Harewood, Noel Gordon Holder, Alim Azad Hosein, Mohamed Shabir Hussain, Salmaa Naseebah Khan, Monica Elizabeth La Bennett, Geraldine Maison Halls, Yvette Anita Martin, Michelle Ming, Hakeem Mohamed, Haji Shaheed Mohamed, Mohamod Zabeer Mujay, Aleema Nasir, Brian John O’Toole, Kent Brentnol Phillips, Berneita Louretta Primo, Canon Thurston Riehl, Viola Rowe, Lennox Oliver Shuffler, David Jaikarran Singh, Angold Thompson, Aiesha Unickie Williams, Mathilda Saigo-Williams, Bertram Wilkinson, Norris Witter.Medal of Service awards were awarded to Loretta Brotherson-Alexander, Morgan Allicock, Baidwantie Balgobin, Denise Yvonne Belgrave, Clonel Wendella Samuels-Boston, Basil Selwyn Bradshaw, Hazel Halley-Burnett, Yvonette Rhonda Chichester, Renata Chuck-A-Sang, Henry Clenkian, Kawalpattie Dayaram, Carlotta DeJesus, Desiree Adele Edghill, Trenetta Hollis Elliot, Cleveland Leon Forde, Deon Cherryl Gould, Elaine Eugenie Grannum, Laurie Rufus Greenidge, Dhanrajie Haimraj, Paul Harris, Brenda Hastings, Casey Hastings, Wendy Ann Cleopatra Hermonstine, Yvette Herod, Ishwardai, Leontina Maria Jose, Darul Hakim Khan, Vernon Eustace Lambert, Barbara Angela Lawrence, Julie Lewis, Erol Kemal Makzume, Syeada Manbodh, Paula Erlena McAdam, Stanley Ignatius McGarrell, Pearl Gladys McLean, Shirley Melville, Barbara Pilgrim-Roberts, Gail Primo, Sandra Helouise Prince, Paulette Elene Ragoobeer, Nadia Ramdin, Sharifah Razack, Amanda Richards, Gaitree Singh-Henry, Ignatius Wilson and Nicholas Andre Young.Military Service Medal recipients are Lieutenant Colonel Lester Sherwin Anderson, Lieutenant Colonel Godfrey Bess, and Lieutenant Colonel Julius Randolph Skeete.Disciplined Services Medal recipients are Police Commissioner Leslie Albert James, Deputy Commissioner Paul Andrew Williams and Divisional Fire Officer (Retired) Paul Egerton Carmichael.last_img read more

Wanyama’s rocket voted goal of the season

first_imgWanyama’s goal also earned him the February goal of the month award from the English Premier League.Harambee Stars skipper Victor Wanyama vies for the ball with Leicester City’s Nigerian forward Kelechi Iheanacho during a league match at the Wembley Stadium on May 13, 2018. PHOTO/SpursOfficial“That was one of the best goals I’ve ever scored. I just reacted before the Liverpool players. I thought I’d just let it go because the ball was bouncing and I didn’t want to think too much. And I just let it fly,” Wanyama said after receiving the award.The midfield enforcer has had a season of mixed fortunes with Spurs having missed almost four months of action after picking up a serious knee injury last August.Spurs wound up their season coming from 3-1 down to beat Leicester City 5-4 in a thrilling match at Wembley.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Victor Wanyama’s rocket of a goal against Liverpool on February 4 at Anfield has been voted goal of the season. PHOTO/SpursOfficialNAIROBI, Kenya, May 13- The official Tottenham Hotspur supporters’ club members have voted Harambee Stars captain Victor Wanyama’s rocket of a goal against Liverpool on February 4 at Anfield as the club’s goal of the season.In that match, Wanyama came off the bench with Spurs trailing Liverpool by a goal scored by Mo Salah in the third minute, but the Stars skipper rocketed a shot from 20 yards out to tie the scores at 1-1. Liverpool went again through Salah, but Spurs drew level with a late Harry Kane penalty.last_img read more

Nothing ain’t cheap

first_imgAnd that’s for just 50,001 square feet of hypothetical space. City officials say there’s 9 million square feet of such unused space above the Convention Center just waiting to, um, not be used. So the CRA should be able to make millions more selling nothing. What a city! SO, how much is a legal fiction worth these days? That depends on how much fiction you want to buy. Today, the Community Redevelopment Agency will consider selling “air rights” above the Los Angeles Convention Center to Amacon. Amacon will buy some of the air above the Convention Center, but never build anything there – thus enabling it to build a 28-story project near the Staples Center. That legal fiction will go for just under $1 million. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Arsenal v Man City: Ramsey starts, confirmed line-ups, plus more

first_img smart causal Team newsPetr Cech starts in goal for the Gunners, with new signings Bernd Leno and Lucas Torreira on the bench.Aaron Ramsey has recovered from a minor injury to start, but there is no place in the starting XI for Alexandre Lacazette.For City, Raheem Sterling is thrown straight into action after returning to pre-season training earlier this week, but Kevin De Bruyne is only fit enough for a place on the bench.Leroy Sane does not start and Riyad Mahrez makes his Premier League debut for the Champions.Full teams below: Pep Guardiola’s side begin the defence of their title at Arsenal REVEALED gameday Mahrez played in City’s 2-0 win over Chelsea in the Community Shield How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Latest Premier League News What the managers are sayingUnai Emery (Arsenal): “It’s more easy to speak here than to do it on the pitch. City, I think, after two years of working with Guardiola they have more stability, more security and when you watch City’s matches, they are playing with a very, very great confidence in themselves.”Pep Guardiola (Manchester City): “(Emery) is an excellent manager. What he achieved with Sevilla, winning three Europa Leagues in a row – it’s good for the Premier League.” possible standings silverware Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? The final match of gameweek one of the Premier League sees Arsenal host Manchester City in what is also the 2018/19 season’s first blockbuster.City won last season’s title at a canter, while the Gunners begin life without Arsene Wenger, who served as manager for 22 years. 3 3 Arsenal XI: Cech, Bellerin, Papastathopoulos, Mustafi, Maitland-Niles, Guendouzi, Xhaka, Mkhitaryan, Ramsey, Ozil, Aubameyang.Subs: Elneny, Lacazette, Torreira, Lichtsteiner, Holding, Iwobi, Leno.Man City XI: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Laporte, Mendy, Bernardo Silva, Fernandinho, Gundogan, Mahrez, Aguero, Sterling.Subs: Bravo, Kompany, De Bruyne, Sane, Otamendi, Gabriel Jesus, Foden.How can I listen?Click here to listen to reports on the game as it happens on talkSPORT. Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener 3 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes This is Unai Emery’s first competitive game in charge of Arsenal possible xi ALTERED REVEALED Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury huge blow NEW ERA last_img read more

Can Africa lead the way to a sustainable future?

first_imgGuinness Nigeria’s state-of-the-art brewing plant uses sorghum grown locally by small-scale farmers, instead of unsustainable barley imported from outside Africa, to brew its beer. (Image: Guinness Nigeria)• Matthew McGuinnessAccenture Media Relations – Sustainability+44 77 400 38921matthew.mcguinness@accenture.comJustin KeebleAfrica is on a remarkable growth trajectory, with many analysts predicting economic growth to remain above 5% for the foreseeable future. This is to some extent underpinned by a strong rate of demographic expansion. Indeed Nigeria, the host of last week’s World Economic Forum on Africa, is expected to surpass the USA in population size by 2050.But all this growth is set in a rather different ecological context to that of the 19th and 20th century economic growth spurts of Europe, the Americas, Japan and China. Resource-rich Africa’s growing economies are facing expansion after the global commodity price spikes of the last decade wiped out the price falls of the whole of last century. Meanwhile, the world is now trying to wean itself off fossil fuels, while many economies in Africa still rely heavily on coal. So to anyone interested in sustainable development, Africa’s next steps are fascinating.Perhaps it isn’t surprising, in this context, that African CEOs overwhelmingly outnumber their peers from other regions in seeing global sustainability challenges as “very important” to the immediate success of their companies. According to last year’s UN Global Compact and Accenture CEO study on sustainability, in which 1 000 global CEOs took part, nearly three quarters of African CEOs cited sustainability as a major factor – as opposed to under a third from Europe.Innovation on the groundIt is easy to assume that this commitment to sustainable business is more rhetorical than real. But if we look at the situation on the ground in Africa we can actually see where innovative companies are adapting their business models to cater for and even benefit from adaptation to sustainability challenges.A good example is Guinness Nigeria, owned by UK brewer Diageo. The 2007 hike in malting barley prices hit Guinness Nigeria’s business hard. Barley generally has to be imported to Africa as it doesn’t survive well in the harsher climatic conditions. However, the long-term response was to build an Africa-specific business model around sorghum, a much hardier grain which needs much less water to thrive. The company has invested US$250 000 (R2.6-million), working with local governments to train smallholder farmers and secure a sustainable local supply. By 2012 sorghum accounted for 70% of Guinness Nigeria’s grain volume, cutting costs and reducing the risks of poor harvests. This model has since been adopted in all Diageo’s African operations and is playing a central role in securing the sustainability of the company’s operations across the continent.Cellphones for solar powerAnother good example is Kenya based M-Kopa Solar which brings together innovative finance, mobile technology and renewable energy to provide low-income homes with electric lighting. Underlying this innovation is the rapidly growing Kenyan economy, which despite strong growth still lacks investment in energy infrastructure, leading to frequent power shortages. As a result, an estimated 3-million Kenyan homes – or 80% of the population – live off-grid and spend an average of KSh70 (US$0.80) daily on kerosene to light their homes. Kerosene burned in houses for illumination is a major contributor to air pollution and is harmful to health.M-Kopa Solar’s customers buy a solar home system on a mobile payment plan, with an initial deposit, followed by 360 small daily payments. M-Kopa teamed up with Safaricom, operators of the hugely successful M-Pesa mobile money programme, to deliver a technology mix which enables the same cellphones charged by the panels to be used to pay for the electricity generated. Consumers benefit not just from cheaper and cleaner lighting, but have also reported an increase in monthly incomes by as much as 50% from the extended workday.Measuring the full impact of sustainable modelsA final example might be Actis Capital, the former investment wing of the UK’s Commonwealth Development Corporation with US$4.6-billion (R46.6-billion) in funds under management, exclusively for investment in emerging markets like Africa. Actis has developed an Energy Impact Model and a measurement tool with the aim of measuring the impact of an energy project well beyond just its financial return. Actis systematically measures its investment’s impact on people, wider communities, infrastructure, environment and governance. The model pinpoints where action is required and then tracks performance over the whole life of the investment. This means that environmental, social and governance issues are fully integrated into all of Actis’s investment decisions in Africa.The key to these success stories is that they have responded to specific sustainability challenges by adapting their businesses models. My question is how we administer the same shove to organisations with fewer immediate challenges, such as those in more developed economies. In the end, supply chain risk will be a global problem so the faster all businesses can lock in resilience the better for global as well as African prosperity.Justin Keeble is the managing director of Europe, Africa and Latin America at Accenture Sustainability Services. This article was originally published on the World Economic Forum blog.last_img read more