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Dumsor hits Texas (USA) as community lined up to fetch water from a borehole – ghanapublisher.com

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A winter storm in Texas brought record low temperatures, snow and rolling blackouts across the state. Millions of Texans are still without power, and some people have questioned why a state that produces the most power in the US is unable to keep the lights on. Misinformation about the blackout has also started to spread online, falsely putting the blame on wind and solar energy.

Roughly 3 million people in Texas have had to deal with outages since Monday as power generators and natural gas pipes froze, crippling the state’s production capabilities. This led the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), which manages the state’s power grid, to administer rolling blackouts to avoid a grid failure.

This past weekend, a winter storm made its way into Texas, bringing freezing cold to the state. As temperatures began to dip into the teens Monday morning, power plant generators across the state started to freeze and went offline, leading to a significant decrease in energy production. At the same time, demand for power increased as people turned up the thermostat.

Almost 50% of power generated by Texas comes from natural gas, with the other half divided among coal, wind, nuclear and solar. Because of the cold, however, gas can’t even make its way from the ground through the pipes. ERCOT says 46,000 megawatts were offline as of Wednesday. One megawatt is enough to power roughly 200 homes a year. There are 70 to 80 power plants offline as of Wednesday, out of 680 across the state. Thermal energy — natural gas, coal and nuclear — made up 28,000 of those megawatts while wind and solar made up the other 16,000.

“The ability for gas generators to produce, particularly at full output, was affected by the freezing impact on the natural gas supply,” Bill Magness, ERCOT president and CEO, said during a livestream Wednesday.  “So getting those resources back is the central solution to getting people their power back.”

The significant drop in power generated led to rolling blackouts across the state as ERCOT tried to keep a balance between the supply and demand in order to prevent a “catastrophic” blackout. This made the outage last much longer than ERCOT anticipated.

Texas has its own independent power grid and isn’t connected to the Eastern Interconnection and the Western Interconnection grids covering the rest of the country. The state is unable to have power diverted to maintain its supply.

Some people are blaming wind and solar. What’s the deal?

Confusion over the cause of the blackouts began spreading on social media Tuesday, especially from state government officials.

“The reason for blackouts is complex, but in summary: Texas took too many lessons from Cali, over-subsidized renewables, & pushed out baseload energy like natural gas,” Rep. Dan Crenshaw, a Republican from Texas, tweeted Tuesday.

A similar sentiment came from fellow GOP Texas Rep. Ronny Jackson who said on Facebook on Tuesday, “Our reliance on renewable energy needs to be revisited IMMEDIATELY.”

But on Tuesday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, also a Republican, pointed to freezing natural gas as part of the problem.

“The reason why power is not available for your viewers is because the power generators froze up and their equipment was incapable of generating power. Then on top of that, the natural gas that flows into those power generators, that is frozen up also,” Abbott told Houston’s ABC-13.

On Tuesday night, though, Abbott went on Sean Hannity’s program on Fox News and gave a different explanation of what happened.

“Our wind and solar got shut down, and they are collectively 10% of our power grid, and that thrust Texas into a situation where it was lacking power in a statewide basis,” he told Hannity. “As a result, it shows fossil fuel is necessary for the state of Texas.”

According to ERCOT officials, however, the majority of power lost came from thermal energy, which is primarily made up of natural gas, and not wind or solar energy.

“As of 9 a.m.,” ERCOT said in a press release Wednesday, “approximately 46,000 MW of generation has been forced off the system during this extreme winter weather event. Of that, 28,000 MW is thermal and 18,000 MW is wind and solar.”

When will power come back on?

ERCOT doesn’t have a specific time when it will be operating at full power, but it’s working on restoring power. However, there’s more to it than just flicking a switch on.

“Now the challenge has been, we get service restored, and then if the grid gets unstable again because of the issues with the weather and keeping the supply and demand imbalance, we’ve had to pull those back, unfortunately,” Magness said Wednesday.

As more electricity returns to homes, there could be continued rolling blackouts for days until expected warmer weather arrives this weekend.

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New 25 Constituencies in the offing, NDC must kill to win 2024 elections – Kwabena Bobie Ansah – ghanapublisher.com

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A renowned Ghanaian Journalist with Accra based radio Accra FM 100.5 mhz, Kwabena Bobie Ansah has hint of a possible New Constituency creation by the electoral commission in November 2023 before the 2024 General Elections.

According to the broadcaster, the Electoral Commission in close door meeting has resulted to creation of additional 25 new constituencies to the existing 275 Constituencies.

He said the Electoral Commission has included the people of SALL constituency in the Oti region to neutralize their plan and any other arguments that may come after rolling out their intentions.

He furthered that, the Electoral commission has planned to create 14 Constituencies out of the 25 new Constituencies in the Ashanti Regiona and share the remaining 11 among the other 15 regions.

The NDC needs to play it hard and prepare to use violence to win 2024.
After all Akufo Addo killed 10 Ghanaians to win election 2020, he said in a post on his Facebook page.

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I wish you well, Kuffour to Musah Superior on his General Secretary bid – ghanapublisher.com

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The Former President of the Republic of Ghana, His Excellency John Agyekum Kuffour has wished Hon. Iddrisu Musah affectionately called Musah Superior well on his bid to become the next National General Secretary of the ruling party, New Patriotic Party (NPP).

The former Tamale Mayor who is currently the Deputy C.E.O of Ghana Forestry Commission paid a courtesy call on the former president at his Peduase Residence to officially inform him about his bid to contest for the NPP’s National General Secretary Position in the upcoming elections.

Musah Superior explained and detailed to the Ex- President the nature of his campaign themed “The Peoples’s Campaign”.

Ex – President Kuffour was delighted and fascinated about the nature and content of the Peoples’s Campaign.

He wished him well and blessed him.

Below are the 10 points plan of the Peoples’s campaign.

1. As GS, l will operate meaningfully at the Party HQ. The Party will no longer be managed from the private offices and homes of some persons. I will lead in running an active, professional and hugely political HQ. I will not run the Party in absentia.

2. I will mange the Party from bottom to top. This means l will pay serious attention to the local structures of the party. I believe that if we pay attention to the polling stations and resource the Constituency Executives, we will enhance our strength.

3. I will formulate and publish a six monthly ACTIVITY PLAN. This means that l will be busy in the country side on a formal work schedule. Regional and Constituency ACTIVITY PLAN will fit into the plan of the HQ.

4. I will ensure that officers, communicators, etc are REWARDED. It is absurd that we do not have an award scheme for people who have worked so hard for our victory. I ll ensure that we add value to our officers and volunteers. This is not rocket science!

5. Establish a WORKING welfare scheme for all officers of the Party.

6. Revive the demotivated Communications Directorate of the Party. All communicators at all levels must have a reason to continue to advocate for the Party. I ll put a plan in place to “look” after them. I will also support the Directorate to recruit brilliant communicators from the Regions and constituencies and offer them opportunities to feature on programmes “reserved” for certain class of persons. We must find innoviative ways of making our communication effective, convincing and pointful. This mean we must consult widely and use the wealthy brains of the Party people.

7. I will lead in constantly articulating the excellent work the NPP government is doing. We must articulate loudly our achievements and challenge any propaganda intended to undermine out grear efforts. Winning elections 2024 will depend largely on the achievements of our government.

8. As GS, l will ensure that ALL internal elections are free, fair, transparent and credible. ALL parliamentary primaries shall be OPENED to all. No needless disqualifications.

9. Our Party is run by Committees. (Steering Committee, National Executive Committee, National Council and the National Delegates Conference/Congress). As GS, l will become the most functional officer of the Party and shall work to the directions of the Committees.

10. Discipline brings stability and meaning into a person or institution. It teaches us to be responsible and respectful.The observance of well-defined rules in any organisation is critically important for the growth and development of the organisation. Discipline promotes good human behavior, stronger and focussed regime. We need to instil this important virtue into our Party. l will supervise a disciplined Party.

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Female JHS student who was reported missing found hiding in her boyfriend’s room

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Female JHS student who was reported missing found hiding in her boyfriend’s room

A schoolgirl who went missing for weeks has been found but there’s a lot of drama trailing her discovery. 

According to a report, the girl never got lost but hid in her boyfriend’s place all this while.

The report further adds that the girl only returned after a non-governmental organization, Youth Harvest Foundation discovered her hideout and literally smoked her out.

Khadija Hamidu, the NGO’s project officer, urged parents to pay attention to their children while speaking on Dreamz FM about the topic.

Meanwhile, the girl’s boyfriend is alleged to be one who deals in galamsey.

In other news, MTN Ghana has announced that its Service Centres across the country will be closed for the Holiday Season from December 29, 2021, to January 3, 2022.

The closure of the Service Centres is part of broader measures taken by the business to stem the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic especially in the wake of the new Omicron variant, which has been proven to have a higher transmissibility rate.

Speaking on the development, Jemima Kotei Walsh, Chief Customer Care Officer, said, “The business will use this opportunity to encourage customers to use our digital channels during the period of the closure of the shops.

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