PBA: Meralco withstands NorthPort for thrilling 2 OT win

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Newsome converted an alley-oop off the pass from John Pinto to send the game to the first OT.🎥 Pinto alley oop to Newsome… WE ARE GOING TO OVERTIME! #PBALabanKungLaban pic.twitter.com/R0sTqPU7pwFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs— PBA (@pbaconnect) March 8, 2019 Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Baser Amer leads Bolts in overtime. PBA IMAGESMANILA, Philippines–Meralco outlasted NorthPort, 126-123, in a tightly-contested affair that needed two extra periods to settle Friday night in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup at Araneta Coliseum.Baser Amer emptied 11 of his total 23 points in the two overtime sessions to preserve Chris Newsome’s heroics in the final moments of regulation.ADVERTISEMENT Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history LATEST STORIES “I think there are a lot of heroes by our side tonight,” Black said.The Bolts halted a three-game slide and improved to 3-5 in the all-Filipino conference.“He hit some big shots to give us a chance win this game,” the Meralco mentor said of Amer.“This (victory) gives us a chance to stay alive and fight another day … The road is still going to be tough for us. But this is a start,” Black said, whose wards improved to 3-5 in the Philippine Cup.Meralco resumes its bid for a spot at the playoffs when it takes on No. 2 Rain or Shine at Cuneta Astrodome next Friday.NorthPort, which absorbed their fourth straight defeat, faces defending conference champion San Miguel Beer next. They tangle this Sunday at Big Dome.center_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next As the sport grows, Gina Iniong vows to carry the torch for women’s mixed martial arts MOST READ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Stanley Pringle and Mo Tautuaa came through late in the extension to keep Meralco within striking range, but their efforts weren’t enough to put the Batang Pier on the driver’s seat.The spitfire guard paced the NorthPort with 33 points, while Tautuaa pumped in 21 more.The Batang Pier drew a brilliant performance from Sean Anthony, who posted a double-double of 31 markers and 16 boards.“That was a hard-fought game between two teams fighting for their lives and trying to stay in the playoffs—especially us,” Bolts coach Norman Black said.“I’m just thankful that the players never gave up. There were moments in the fourth that looked pretty dim but we’re able to execute some plays down the stretch, send the game to overtime and give ourselves a chance to win in double overtime,” he added.ADVERTISEMENT Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebralast_img read more

Guyanese Diaspora in Canada donates ultrasound machines

first_imgThree ultrasound machines were donated on Friday to the Public Health Ministry from the Guyanese Diaspora in Canada.The donation was made through the Foreign Affairs Ministry on behalf of the Diaspora. This was made possible with contributions from North York General Hospital which donated the equipment to the Guyana Christian CharitiesThe three ultrasound machines that were donated on FridayConsulate in Toronto, Canada.During the handing over ceremony in the Ministry’s Brickdam compound, Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence said one of the donated machines will be given to the Diamond Diagnostic Centre, on the East Bank of Demerara; another to the CC Nicholson Hospital at Nabaclis, East Coast of Demerara; and the other machine to the Materials Management Unit of the Ministry.“The collaboration between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Public Health is in consonance with ongoing efforts which include the facilitating of the annual medical outreach by the Canada Guyana Outreach Mission (CANGO) who are members of the Diaspora in Canada,” Minister Greenidge is quoted by the Department of Public Information as saying.Meanwhile, Minister Lawrence emphasised that specialists who are assigned to these facilities would be most grateful because it means the turnaround time of them having information about their patients will be shorter with the improved capacity to administer treatment in a timely manner.The Guyana Christian Charity Canada Inc is a volunteer non-profit organisation that defines itself as dedicated to providing aid and assistance to Guyanese organisations, individuals and others in need.last_img read more

U.S. must be ready for second, worse attack

first_imgWITH the unhappy, upcoming anniversary of 9-11, despite the blessed lack of subsequent attacks on our homeland, it is not a question of if al-Qaida will strike us again, but when. Al-Qaida has warned us, sworn and promised, to hit our heartland. Osama bin Laden has issued calls to martyrdom to both his close and far-flung followers. Ayman al-Zawahri recently gave the legalistic three-fold warning of attack as mandated in the Quran. All these, along with the arrest this past week of eight suspected terrorists in Denmark and three in Germany posing threats that were both credible and imminent, augur events that call for preparation – both physical and, more importantly, emotional. While we cannot truly prepare for how we will feel, we will need to react with the maturity of a great nation. We know that no defense system is perfect. Our Secret Service admits that they cannot guarantee the life of the president from an assassin who is willing to trade his, or her, life for the president’s. Al-Qaida is filled with terrorists eager to trade their lives for our deaths. This makes the idea of perfect or near-perfect security an illusion. How we will feel and what we will do, we do not and cannot know. Will we act like Spain after the Madrid bombings and all but apologize to the terrorists for making them go to the trouble of building bombs? Will we react like Israel, long accustomed to domestic terror, and look to focus our retribution? Perhaps our model will be England, which after the Blitz in World War II and years of attacks from the Irish Republican Army has a tradition of emotionally proportionate responses. After the subway and bus bombings of July 2005, the British just went about their business without panic or rioting. They neither apologized nor raged. They stayed in character, which showed their great character. We, too, need to take measures for our emotional preparation for the inevitable. Some boxers who taste their own blood fall into despair and give up. I do not see this in us. Some go into a rage and lash out, forgetting all their discipline and training. This seldom helps them obtain their goals. This I do fear. We will need to focus our rage on those who have hurt us, and not simply people we see as members of their clans, tribes or co-religionists. We will need to focus on the nations that harbor, support, train and fund those who hurt us. The paranoids and conspiracy buffs will speculate that an attack will have been allowed by the White House because it helps Republicans. Other cynics will be equally certain that another outrage will inure to the benefit of the Democrats since it will prove that the Republicans were unable to protect us. Needless to say, some will see Israel and the Mossad behind it, while others will identify all evil as coming from Iran. The argument against such cynicism is simple: No one really knows how we will react, who will be blamed and who empowered. Only the terrorists themselves believe that they will benefit. There will be great clarion and contradictory calls for every kind of reaction – from sensible and prudent to outrageous and dangerous. Keeping our balance will be difficult. In an election year, it will be hard to keep politics, spin, partisan advantage and “gotchas” out of this. But for the sake of our precious democracy, we must try. The old Soviet Union, with its thousands of nuclear weapons and ICBMs, posed an existential threat to us, meaning they threatened our existence as a nation. The terrorists can hurt us and harm us. They may strike with planes, dirty bombs and, some day, nuclear devices. They may attack iconic structures or set off bombs in a dozen theaters or stadiums. But for all their potential for damaging us, they do not, in the foreseeable future, pose an existential threat. Our land can survive their attacks. Our national soul is more in the balance. These are indeed the times that try the soul. Jonathan Dobrer, a professor of comparative religion at the American Jewish University in Bel-Air, blogs at insidesocal.com/friendlyfire. Write to him by e-mail at jondobrer@mac.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! We do not know when or where the attacks will come. I use the plural “attacks” because multiple simultaneous strikes are the signature of al-Qaida. We do not know how destructive and deadly they will be. These are certainly important questions, but they are not, I think, the most important questions. Bad things happen to good people and to good nations. We do not and cannot live in a cocoon. The great question is one of character and how we, as a nation, will react when we are struck again. On 9-11, we were gut-punched. We had not been meaningfully assaulted on our mainland since the War of 1812. We were like a boxer who tastes his own blood for the first time. We reacted in shock and with understandable rage. We also reacted domestically with remarkable and admirable restraint. While some of us behaved badly, that number was incredibly small. Good people of all backgrounds worked actively to protect Muslims and people who seemed to be of Middle Eastern origins. I hope we will be able to be as disciplined the next time, but I have my doubts. The next time we should not be surprised. We know there are people bent on our destruction, and they will literally stop at nothing to hurt us. They will use planes, boats, trucks and trains. They have shown their willingness to use Red Cross-marked ambulances, to tie bombs to their own children and to co-opt doctors as agents of death instead of life. We may be hurt, but we mustn’t be surprised or shocked. last_img read more

FINN HARPS FANS TO BE ASKED TO ASSESS SEASON AHEAD

first_imgFinn Harps FC are inviting all supporters and members of the public to attend an open meeting at the Villa Rose Hotel next Sunday evening (December 14th) at 7pm.Manager Ollie Horgan and club staff including captain Kevin McHugh will be there to engage with supporters and assess next years SSE Airtricity First Division.Club volunteers will update supporters on recent club activity and present future plans on all aspects of Finn Harps FC. There will also will be a discussion on support for first team for the 2015 league campaign following last season’s qualification for the club’s first FAI Cup semi-final since 1999. FINN HARPS FANS TO BE ASKED TO ASSESS SEASON AHEAD was last modified: December 8th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:fansfinn harpslast_img read more

LaLiga agree deal to stage one game per season in USA and Canada

first_img“This extraordinary joint venture is the next giant leap in growing soccer’s popularity in North America,” said Ross in a statement.“This unique relationship will create new opportunities for millions of North American soccer fans to experience the most passionate, exciting, and highest level of soccer in the world.”LaLiga president Javier Tebas said: “We’re devoted to growing the passion for soccer around the world. This ground-breaking agreement is certain to give a major impulse to the popularity of the beautiful game in the US and Canada.“Relevent has filled stadiums across the U.S. with the International Champions Cup, we’re thrilled to partner with them on a joint mission to grow soccer in North America.” The likes of Lionel Messi, Gareth Bale and Antoine Griezmann will help promote LaLiga in North America A LaLiga statement read: “As part of the agreement, LaLiga plans to bring a regular season club match to the United States, the first to be played outside of Europe.”No mention was made of a possible date or location for the match, or of which teams it might involve.However, reports in the US said it could happen as early as this season, with Miami mentioned as a possible venue.Stephen Ross, who owns Relevent, also owns the Miami Dolphins NFL team. 2 2 Barcelona were crowned LaLiga champions last season LaLiga have announced they will start to hold one competitive match per season in the United States and Canada as part of a 15-year deal to promote Spanish football in North America.The Spanish top flight announced on Thursday that it had agreed a joint venture with Relevent – the company behind the annual pre-season International Champions Cup.last_img read more

Delays in West Donegal after truck falls off the road

first_imgTraffic delays and diversions are expected on the N56 this afternoon when efforts get underway to recover an articulated truck that has left the road.The accident happened in the Griall area on the N56 between Loughanure and Dungloe. It is understood the lorry was travelling via Dungloe at the time.The vehicle is badly off the road and it is expected a crane will be on site in the coming hours to recover it. The driver of the truck was not injured.Motorists are advised to exercise caution in the area.Delays in West Donegal after truck falls off the road was last modified: March 15th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegaldungloeLoughanureroadtrucklast_img read more

Pirates, Lions extend streaks

first_imgLyceum coach Topex Robinson, though, was dissatisfied with how his unbeaten squad played as the cellar-dwelling Cardinals gave the Pirates everything they could handle.“We didn’t honor the game and it almost backfired on us,” said Robinson. “Credit to coach Atoy (Co) for preparing his team well.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSan Beda also sustained its streak with a 72-58 rout of St. Benilde in the first game.The Lions’ eighth straight victory, however, was overshadowed by an endgame fracas where Carlo Young tackled a driving Robert Bolick down on a fastbreak with 2:28 left. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Quarters: 17-18, 41-28, 63-41, 72-58LYCEUM 96 – MAPUA 90LYCEUM 96—Perez 22, Jc. Marcelino 19, Ayaay 10, Tansingco 10, Caduyac 8, Pretta 8, Jv. Marcelino 6, Liwag 5, Nzeusseu 5, Marata 3, Baltazar 0, Cinco 0, Ibañez 0, Santos 0.MAPUA 90—Gabo 21, Buñag 18, Victoria 16, Aguirre 11, Nieles 9, Orquina 7, Pelayo 6, Raflores 2.Quarters: 20-21, 48-43, 73-58, 96-90 UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Read Next LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:12San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 9300:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ View comments Rio silver medalist Diaz back in action Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Things escalated quickly under the basket which led to a disqualifying foul on Young and the ejection of Bolick, who was seen retaliating by the referees during the replay, and Clint Doliguez, who entered the playing court.After the game, coach Boyet Fernandez expressed disgust on how officials handled the commotion and expects the commissioner to review the incident. —RANDOLPH B. LEONGSON, INQUIRER.NETSAN BEDA 72 – ST. BENILDE 58SAN BEDA 72—Bolick 14, Potts 12, Mocon 10, Soberano 8, Tankoua 7, Cabanag 5, Noah 5, Bahio 4, Carino 3, Adamos 2, Doliguez 2, Abuda 0, Oftana 0, Tongco 0.ST. BENILDE 58—Leutcheu 25, Domingo 8, Sta. Maria 8, Pili 5, Castor 4, Belgica 2, Dixon 2, Naboa 2, San Juan 2, Johnson 0, Young 0.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Lyceum didn’t look like it missed a beat as it sustained its hot streak in the second round of the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament with a 96-90 victory over Mapua Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.CJ Perez paced the Pirates with 22 points and nine rebounds, while Jaycee Marcelino got 19 points, six boards, and two assists in the Pirates’ 10th straight win.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesseslast_img read more

ICC World Twenty20: Lasith Malinga is irreplaceable, says Thisara Perera

first_imgPremier Sri Lankan all-rounder Thisara Perera on Friday said that it would be ‘impossible’ to get a substitute for speed merchant Lasith Malinga but able replacements for Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara may come through in the next 5-6 years.”It will take at least 5-6 years for the Sri Lankan team to replace Mahela and Sanga. At least when it comes to the two batting slots. Even Sanga initially needed some time to settle down. So, for a player to settle down, it may take another two to three years,” Perera said on Friday. (ICC World T20: Lasith Malinga ruled out due to knee injury) But what was more alarming was his assessment of Sri Lankan cricket post Malinga’s imminent international retirement.”We will never get another guy like Lasith. It is not possible. Also we have off spinners and leg-spinners but there are no quality left-arm spinner like Rangana Herath. We don’t have any,” Perera lamented.Asked if there is any batsman who has caught his attention, the allrounder named Roshan Silva. “It is my observation but there is Roshan Silva who can be a good prospect. He has been playing for Sri Lanka ‘A’ team.”last_img read more

How to build sexual confidence

first_imgHaving sex for the first time is nerve wracking but it isn’t the only time when the thought of sex can feel daunting. Many of us will go through periods of abstinence later in our lives and the thought of engaging in sexual activity again can spark feelings of insecurity.There are a variety of reasons why someone might have experienced an extended amount of time without having sex (divorce, a breakup, the loss of a loved one, or difficulty meeting the right person) and often by the time we get round to having sex again it feels as if we are back to square one with our sexual confidence.Here, we speak to Valeria Chuba, PhD, MS, ACS, a board certified clinical sexologist and a certified intimacy coach. She helps her clients overcome sexual shame and anxiety, achieve sexual confidence, and create pleasure-filled intimate relationships. She is the creator and host of the Get Sex-Smart podcast, which offers expert information and guidance to listeners around the world.‘Finding that special spark with a new partner can often take a long time,’ she explains. ‘Regardless of the reasons why we may find ourselves without a lover, when the time comes to get back into the groove, most of us experience feelings of fear, anxiety and low self-confidence.’So, to help anyone who is feeling less than empowered about the idea of a new sexual encounter, we asked Valeria to give us some practical advice on how to feel less nervous and more confident when starting a new sexual relationship…1. Learn from the pastEach new relationship offers a promising beginning, which means an opportunity to do things differently and better than before. ‘Now is the perfect time to look back at your past sexual experiences,’ Valeria advises.‘What were some of the things that worked well (or didn’t work) in your intimate relationships? What partners were the most memorable, and why? What would you like to do differently this time around? For example, would you speak up more about your need for sensual foreplay, or share more of your sexual imagination with your partner? Getting clarity around your needs and boundaries will help you start a new sexual relationship in a more proactive way, which in turn will help you feel more safe and grounded.’2. Know what gives you pleasure‘As a sexologist, I often tell my clients that masturbation is the foundation for partner sex,’ says Valeria.‘The more you know about what turns you on and helps you experience pleasure and orgasm, the better you’ll be able to share these things with your partner, leading to a more positive intimate experience.’Reacquainting yourself with your body in this way will help you to first accept and then to gain confidence when it comes to being with someone else. It’s easy to forget the positive things about our body when we are feeling insecure and focusing on the parts we don’t like as much.‘If you are new to self pleasure or just want to broaden your sexual repertoire, sex-positive books like Come As You Are or fun and instructional sex ed DVDs will both inform you and spark your sensuality.‘It’s important to note that you should always consider seeking professional help for specific sexual concerns, like trouble experiencing orgasm with a partner, early ejaculation, erectile difficulties, or performance anxiety. Working with a sex-positive, compassionate professional can be a huge boost to your sexual confidence.’3. Communication is key‘I often tell my clients that they should begin a new relationship as they mean to go on; and good communication is a big part of any successful sexual relationship,’ says Valeria.‘There are few things more attractive in a lover than the confidence to speak up about his or her needs and desires, and the ability to listen to his or her partner. Speaking up improves your chances of getting what you want from your sexual relationship; and being accepting of your partner will make him or her feel special and appreciated.‘Either way, you will come across as a generous and thoughtful lover, which is sure to boost your self-confidence.’4. Focus on pleasure and not performanceWhenever we begin a new relationship, especially after a long time without partner sex, we tend to feel anxious about things like our attractiveness; our size, shape and weight; and how well we will ‘perform’ during sex.‘This mindset keeps us caught up in our heads and disconnected both from our bodies and pleasure, and from our lovers and the process of lovemaking. Whenever you feel yourself getting caught up in performance pressure, focus instead on your body sensations. Breathe deeply and if need be, slow down. Pay attention to how things feel as opposed to how perfect you appear to be.‘As a bonus, a lover who is focused on pleasure and sensuality comes off as a lot more empowered and confident than someone who is insecure about their “performance”.’5. Have a sense of humourSex can be complicated and intimidating at the best of times, let alone when we’ve been celibate for an extended period. Because of this, we tend to forget that at its core, sex is about connection, pleasure and fun.And since partner sex happens between bodies, it can also be a messy, embarrassing and unintentionally hilarious experience.Using this as a point of connection with your lover, rather than something to be ashamed of, can help you lighten things up. Chances are your partner is also feeling nervous, so bonding lightheartedly over your shared anxiety and the absurdity of it all can be both relaxing and very, very sexy.Sourcelast_img read more

How Open Data Can Help Solve Kenya’s Energy Access Problems

first_imgName has been changed to protect identity. ↩︎ Musili1 has lived in Kibera in Kenya’s Nairobi County for several years, where he owns a small mobile phone repair shop. While the business is connected to the grid, electricity is unreliable. Musili has been forced to close his shop many times due to power interruptions.Experiences like Musili’s are typical in sub-Saharan Africa, where frequent power outages and voltage fluctuations harm businesses’ productivity and people’s livelihoods. Households and businesses alike often must invest in alternative electricity sources—such as expensive and polluting diesel generators—and voltage-stabilizing equipment, because grid-supplied power is so poor.Up until recently, the Kenyan government and others would have classified Musili as having access to electricity simply because his store is physically connected to the grid. But defining energy access in these either-or terms obscures a significant challenge to sustainable development. Electricity utilities in many developing countries are struggling to keep up with demand, leaving millions to contend with frequent outages and inadequate service. Without stronger, more reliable connections, small businesses’ productivity plummets, healthcare workers cannot administer refrigerated vaccines and children must study in the dark.Electricity utilities in many developing countries like Kenya are struggling to keep up with demand, leaving millions to contend with frequent outages and inadequate service. Photo by Hansueli Krapf/Wikimedia Commons 3. Unveiling inequalities in electricity service deliveryExperts know that disparities exist in the quality of electricity delivered to high-, middle- and low-income areas in both urban and rural regions. However, disparities in service delivery _within _these areas are far less understood. By collecting household-level supply quality and reliability data in urban Nairobi County, ESMI makes it possible to understand the differences among households in similar areas. For instance, data collected from two low-income areas, Kibera and Kawangare, between October and November 2017 revealed vast differences in the number of supply hours and voltage fluctuations of different households in the same community. While some of these differences resulted from illegal connections and subsequent sub-optimal power, some were related to households in the same community being served by different feeder lines. Equipped with this information, regulators, utilities and governments can take steps to improve access in both communities.Reliable Energy for AllMore than a billion people globally lack access to any electricity, while millions more grapple with poor and inadequate supply. At the same time, countries around the world have committed to providing sustainable electricity for all as part of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. As energy quality and reliability issues become more prominent on global agendas, the time is right to explore how innovative data projects can help.center_img Rethinking Electricity AccessGovernments, energy experts and the broader sustainable development community are beginning to adopt a more nuanced, comprehensive definition of energy access. Many now rely on the World Bank’s Multitier Framework (MTF), the first global framework to look beyond straightforward connections and measure electricity access across: peak capacity, number of day and night supply hours, reliability, quality, affordability, legality and health and safety.Yet a critical data gap limits decision-makers’ efforts to improve energy access. It’s fairly easy to identify which households and businesses are connected to the grid, but regulatory commissions, utility companies and civil society organizations don’t yet have reliable information on supply interruptions, voltage levels or blackouts. Without this information, it’s difficult to identify problems, target policies and investments, and monitor improvements.WRI, in partnership with the Prayas Energy Group in India and EED Advisory in Nairobi, is implementing the Electricity Supply Monitoring Initiative (ESMI) in Kenya’s Nairobi County to strengthen electricity supply and data collection. We installed plug-in electricity supply monitors in a cross-section of households representing various income levels. These devices record available power supply and  voltages by the minute at their location and transmit the data to a central server, where it’s analyzed and published on a website.This data can help improve energy access for people like Musili by:​​1. Validating other reliability and service quality dataOpen data techniques like ESMI in Kenya open opportunities to capture accurate, specific and objective information on electricity delivery. This information can validate or improve data collected by more traditional means, such as through household surveys.2. Providing an evidence base for actionAddressing supply issues will require both technical improvements in electricity systems as well as strong and effective systems for accountability. Dependable data can provide the evidence base needed to improve the overall quality of electricity services.For example, utilities may justify tariff increases with promises to invest the revenue into much-needed service improvements. Frustrated with the poor reliability and quality of electricity they currently experience, consumers may question a utility’s plan. By making it possible to independently validate service quality and reliability data, ESMI can build trust between utilities and consumers and encourage dialogue between the two.Both regulators and civil society groups can also use ESMI data to independently track utilities’ performance, make the case for better service delivery and hold electricity companies accountable. For example, ESMI in India has spurred journalists to start covering electricity quality issues. This media attention prompted some state-level energy regulatory commissions to use ESMI data to monitor the performance of utilities that fall under their jurisdictions.Kibera, in Kenya’s Nairobi County. Photo by Trocaire/Flickrlast_img read more