Ghana Is Boosting Africa’s Ascent to Astronomical Heights

[The Conversation Africa] The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) is the world’s largest radio telescope project, which will collect data over one million square kilometres from radio astronomy telescopes on the African and Australian continents. In the long …

[The Conversation Africa] The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) is the world's largest radio telescope project, which will collect data over one million square kilometres from radio astronomy telescopes on the African and Australian continents. In the long run the two-phased SKA could possibly help scientists answer questions in astrophysics, cosmology and fundamental physics.

source: AllAfrica News: Ghana

PF Puts Up Defense Over $1 Million Fire Trucks

The Patriotic Front is fighting back allegations there was corruption in the procurement of fire trucks. About 42 fire trucks were early this week paraded at the Lusaka Showgrounds for distribution to various cities. PF critics have come out guns … Continued

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The Patriotic Front is fighting back allegations there was corruption in the procurement of fire trucks. About 42 fire trucks were early this week paraded at the Lusaka Showgrounds for distribution to various cities. PF critics have come out guns blazing accusing the ruling party of corruptly awarding the supply of the trucks to suspected party loyalists at an inflated price. Among the chief critics of the tender is former chief government spokesperson Chishimba Kambwili who allegedly said $1 millions for each truck was excessive. BELOW IS THE PF RESPONSE *So what’s the fuss about the fire Trucks? Let’s look at the facts* A public tender was brought out in 2015, business entities submitted, a selection was made and approved by Zambia Public Procurement Authority(ZPPA) It should be noted that over 18 business entities participated and submitted quotations from $32m-$56m for 42 fire tender specialized trucks Two years later what you saw on Friday is therefore a hand-over ceremony and not a procurement process. *How much is a fire-truck?* The short answer depends on the fire truck or fire tender. There are three most common fire trucks. 1. A pumper/engine truck, 2. A ladder truck, and 3. A wildland truck of some sort. Specialized and custom-made trucks like a heavy rescue or hazmat truck would be common also. *Why are Fire tenders so expensive?* There are two costs associated with fire tenders; a) the type of apparatus, b) the cost and type of vehicle and c) the cost of the equipment that the truck carries. So a fire engine, depending on the class and type of truck ranges from $1.5m whereas a ladder truck could cost up to $350,000 and that is with both trucks unequipped. Shipment of this trucks is also different from normal vehicles Adding equipment from basics like hoses to hydraulic extrication tools may add another $50,000 to $100,000 to the existing costs. It all comes down to the specifications of the department ordering a new (not used) truck (renowned brands like Scania, Renault, Mercedes and other technically excellent vehicle add costs to say Tata or Daihatsu). The costs also responds to the specifications that the source wants and what functions they want that piece of equipment to do and perform. The post PF Puts Up Defense Over $1 Million Fire Trucks appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Red Star Family Latest Causality in Gunjur Nawettan

[The Point] Red Star Family FC are the latest causality in the 2017 Green Vision International Real Estate Company Limited and Golden Leads Fish Progressing Company Limited-sponsored Gunjur nawettan season.

[The Point] Red Star Family FC are the latest causality in the 2017 Green Vision International Real Estate Company Limited and Golden Leads Fish Progressing Company Limited-sponsored Gunjur nawettan season.

source: AllAfrica News: Gambia

Court Acquits Nawec Official

[The Point] Principal Magistrate Hilary U. Abeke of the Kanifing Magistrates’ Court recently acquitted and discharged Omar Gaye, a revenue collector at NAWEC Branch London Corner after the court upheld the defence submission of no-case-to answer.

[The Point] Principal Magistrate Hilary U. Abeke of the Kanifing Magistrates' Court recently acquitted and discharged Omar Gaye, a revenue collector at NAWEC Branch London Corner after the court upheld the defence submission of no-case-to answer.

source: AllAfrica News: Gambia

Faala Kunku Utd Maintain Command Lead in Sanyang Nawettan

[The Point] Faala Kunku United FC on Wednesday thrashed Falcons FC 3-1 to maintain their command lead in the 2017 Darboe Jula Real Estate Agency-sponsored Sanyang nawettan played at the Sanyang football field.

[The Point] Faala Kunku United FC on Wednesday thrashed Falcons FC 3-1 to maintain their command lead in the 2017 Darboe Jula Real Estate Agency-sponsored Sanyang nawettan played at the Sanyang football field.

source: AllAfrica News: Gambia

Go-Wamer Boosts Parks and Wildlife With Equipment

[The Point] The Governance of Marine and Management of coastal resources dubbed Go-Wamer, yesterday gave out materials to the Department of Parks and Wildlife management at a ceremony held at the Nature Reserve in Abuko.

[The Point] The Governance of Marine and Management of coastal resources dubbed Go-Wamer, yesterday gave out materials to the Department of Parks and Wildlife management at a ceremony held at the Nature Reserve in Abuko.

source: AllAfrica News: Gambia

Polish University, Green World Convene Free Open Day for University Students

[The Point] Collegium Civitas, a Polish University based in Warsaw in partnership with Green World Natural Solution in The Gambia over the weekend convened a free open day for university students and media with the aim to start recruiting Gambian stude…

[The Point] Collegium Civitas, a Polish University based in Warsaw in partnership with Green World Natural Solution in The Gambia over the weekend convened a free open day for university students and media with the aim to start recruiting Gambian students with a possible European scholarship for the most outstanding students.

source: AllAfrica News: Gambia

GFF Prexy Inaugurates Super Nawettan Organising Committee

[The Point] Lamin Kabba Bajo, president of the Gambia Football Federation, recently presided over the inauguration of the FiBank-sponsored Super Nawettan 2017 Local Organizing Committee. The committee, chaired by Retired Lieutenant General Lang Tombong…

[The Point] Lamin Kabba Bajo, president of the Gambia Football Federation, recently presided over the inauguration of the FiBank-sponsored Super Nawettan 2017 Local Organizing Committee. The committee, chaired by Retired Lieutenant General Lang Tombong Tamba, also includes representatives from all the zones.

source: AllAfrica News: Gambia

Milan Share Boot With Farokono in East Nawettan

[The Point] The 2016 knockout cup champion Milan FC on 13 September 2017 drew 1-1 with Farokono FC in the ongoing Serrekunda East Sports Development organisation played at Serrekunda East Mini Stadium at 3pm.

[The Point] The 2016 knockout cup champion Milan FC on 13 September 2017 drew 1-1 with Farokono FC in the ongoing Serrekunda East Sports Development organisation played at Serrekunda East Mini Stadium at 3pm.

source: AllAfrica News: Gambia