GEA hosts consultation on Region 9 hydropower project

first_imgA section of the gathering at a consultation session hosted by GEA in Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo)The Guyana Energy Agency (GEA) hosted a public consultation with stakeholders and residents of the villages of St Ignatius, Kumu and Quarrie in preparation for its proposed 1.5-megawatt Kumu Hydropower Project.The consultation, which was recently held at St Ignatius at the community’s benab, was conducted as part of the process to ensure that both residents and other stakeholders were aware of what the project entails, its benefits to the community and to address any concerns they may have regarding the project.The GEA on Tuesday said that the session saw over 140 participants which included representatives from the Regional Democratic Council (RDC), Mayor and Town Council, Rupununi Chambers of Commerce (RCCI), Lethem Power Company (LPC) along with residents of Kumu, St Ignatius and Quarrie. The Kumu Hydropower Project, located on the Kumu River in Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo), is a diversion type run of the river plant that is located 15 km southeast of the town of Lethem. The project aims to utilise water from the Kumu River which will facilitate the installation of a 1.5 MW plant. It will be connected to the Lethem electrical grid to serve Lethem and nearby villages with electricity.The 1.5-megawatt plant will be connected to the Lethem power grid, which is operated by the Lethem Power Company Inc (LPCI) a subsidiary of the State-owned Hinterland Electrification Company Inc (HECI) that oversees the generation, transmission, distribution and sales of electric energy to customers in the hinterland region.Other benefits of the project include the supply of electricity from a renewable indigenous energy source to the town of Lethem and its environs of St Ignatius and Kumu to promote and increase the use of renewable energy in Guyana, to support the social and economic development of the town of Lethem and its surrounding communities and to reduce the dependence on fossil-based fuels for electricity generation in Lethem.Meanwhile, Hydropower Support Engineer, Dolwin Khan, who facilitated the presentation, assured stakeholders that the project will be designed to minimise environmental impacts during construction and operation.In response to questions related to possible flooding due to the breaking of the hydropower weir/dam, Khan affirmed that this was not a concern given the anticipated design and location of the dam. He further explained that a significant reduction in the production cost of electricity generated in Lethem is one of the main benefits of the construction of the hydropower station while the need for annual Government subventions, which amounts to about US$500,000 per year, would be eliminated after commissioning.The project is expected to be funded by the Islamic Development Bank and is expected to become operational by 2025.last_img read more

Cabinet took decision to deliberately excluded NEW GPC

first_imgPharmagate… Minister Norton to offer public apology for “blatant lies”The Government of Guyana deliberately opted to exclude the New Guyana Pharmaceutical Corporation (NEW GPC INC), when it beganThe Sussex Street bondexploring available options for the storage of drugs and medical supplies for the Public Health Ministry in July of this year.Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman made the startling revelation on Thursday when he presented a report of the findings of a Cabinet sub-committee that had been established to investigate a contract entered into between the Public Health Ministry and Linden Holding Inc.Questioned about the reasons for not utilising a public competitive bidding process to secure the services of a storage bond, Trotman, who chaired that Cabinet Sub-Committee said Government needed to find space immediately and that was the “mood” of Cabinet, and the invoices totalling US$137,000 received from the NEW GPC pushed it to move in that direction.Sole sourcingNEW GPC opted to submit an invoice for use of its facility – which was provided free of cost over the past decade – since Government had terminated the arrangement which saw the company providing its facility free to the Public Health Ministry.“Cabinet felt that with the NEW GPC being a supplier and now a competitor and open bidder, since Government was moving away from the sole sourcing, that it would have been unfair for other bidders to compete in a process where NEW GPC was also conveniently providing warehouse space for Government.”According to Minister Trotman, it would have been highly unfair for other persons to know that Government continued in a relationship with one of the competitors… So with that in mind, the Minister was told to make the issue a priority and he knew very well that time was of the essence.”He suggested too that Government felt that the immediate demand for payment of US$137,000 from NEW GPC seemed ‘beyond coincidental.’ Minister Trotman disclosed however that Government did in fact owe NEW GPC for the use of its facilities and a decision has been taken to make the necessary payments.NEW GPC submitted invoices to Government for use of its facilities from March 1, 2016.Meanwhile, Trotman said that among the recommendations coming out of the Cabinet Sub Committee’s investigation, is that there be an urgent review of the contract between the Public Health Ministry and Linden Holding Inc.Public apologyHe said too that it was also recommended that in light of the statements made by Minister Norton and based on his explanation, which Government said it has accepted, that the Health Minister makes a public apology for the statements he made in the National Assembly, and explain that those statements were made in light of the advice he had received.He said members of the Committee were satisfied with the answers provided by Minister Norton and understood better the context in which he made his comments.Norton came under fire earlier this week, when he revealed in the National Assembly that some $25 million out of a $930 million Contingency Fund advance was paid to Larry Singh for the use of his building – Linden Holding Inc – for the storage of Government medicines. This is in addition to another $12.5 million paid as the first month’s rent.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo on Wednesday had accused the Public Health Minister of telling “blatant lies” to the Members of the National Assembly when he was grilled on the contract on Monday last.TourTrotman nonetheless defended the use of the storage bond owned by Linden Holding Inc, saying the facility is on par with international standards, in terms of temperature, cold storage, security etc.“It was found that the building had been prepared and was about to receive the first shipment of drugs when the proposal was made that a central air conditioning be installed”, Trotman told journalists on Thursday.On Wednesday, Minister Trotman along with the Health Minister and other officials toured the Sussex Street bond, where everything, according to Trotman, seemed to be in order. He did point out however, that there has not yet been any storage of drugs at the facility, as was indicated by Dr Norton.ConcernsBut concerns still lingered over the procurement of the bond since the building was reportedly bought in March this year for $25 million.Minister Trotman said he sees the situation as nothing more than a coincidence, since there is no way Government could have paid for the building in March when approval for the payment of $25 million to Singh’s Linden Holding Inc, was only made in July.Trotman told media operatives that the Public Health Minister is not in the business of procuring buildings, since that is not within his remit as Minister. He explained that Norton was asked by Cabinet in July to find a building.“We were informed in July that there is a possibility of this building. I see it as nothing more than a coincidence that the price paid and the price of the security deposit and the first month rental are the same. Because there is no way Government could have paid for the building in March because Cabinet did not approve any payment until July,” he said.He said after Cabinet informed the Minister about the urgency to find a building, it would be the task of his officials of the Ministry, to get around to doing such.last_img read more

Councillor Laurie Dolan seeks re-election in Fort Nelson

first_imgThis again leaves four seats that have yet to be called, with a need for six in total, and one mayor, to have a legitimate municipal assembly in the eyes of the province.Meanwhile in Fort Nelson, Mayor Bill Streeper is being challenged for his seat by Councillor Kimberly Eglinski.There are five more days to submit a nomination to the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality, while official voting goes down on November 15.- Advertisement will be there for all your election coverage.last_img read more

L.A. worst in nation for homelessness

first_img To that end, Villaraigosa has supported a $1 billion housing bond and added $50 million to the city’s Affordable Housing Trust Fund by redirecting money from other city departments. The mayor will announce the first 14 projects to receive money from the fund, expected to create a total of 686 new affordable housing units, at an event Monday. Dan Laidman, (213) 978-0390 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Los Angeles has the worst homeless problem in the country, the nation’s homelessness czar declared Friday, citing the dense squalor of Skid Row and sheer number of people living on local streets. In an appearance at City Hall after meeting with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, White House official Phil Mangano said the magnitude of the city’s woes means any positive change will have national reverberations. “Los Angeles can be a tipping point in our country in terms of this issue,” said Mangano, the executive director of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness. While no specific proposals or funding announcements emerged from the pair’s meeting, Villaraigosa said they had a productive discussion that generated valuable ideas. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Among other topics, the officials contemplated how to streamline and improve the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, the joint city-county agency that distributes funds to service providers and has had serious financial problems. “It’s broken and we need to fix it,” Villaraigosa said. The mayor said one potential remedy is creating a single accountable “czar” to oversee the problem on a regional basis. Although Los Angeles officials have decried certain federal funding reductions that will likely lead to local cutbacks this year, Villaraigosa said the city did manage to get a grant that will create additional shelter beds. Mangano said he has hope for Los Angeles because it has embraced his favored approach of programs that provide long-term housing and social services aimed at ending rather than prolonging a person’s homelessness. last_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL LADIES U-12 DEVELOPMENT SQUADThe U12 Divisional Development Squads concluded today in O’ Donnell Park, Letterkenny with a series of blitz games.  195 twelve year old girls from around the county have been working very hard over the past 8 weeks on the basics skills of football and today they showcased some excellent games. In front of a large number of parents / guardians and family, the girls showed that the future is bright for Donegal Ladies Football but the key to success will be the continuation of such programmes and to help our club players and coaches on an ongoing capacity.Thank you to the County Board for their support and assistance in providing the necessary funding to run the programme.Thank you to all the Clubs around the county who so generously gave us the use of their pitches and facilities – Letterkenny Gaels,Milford, Fanad Gaels, Termon, St. Eunans, St. Nauls, Four Masters, Bundoran, Kilcar, Aodh Ruadh, Killybegs, Red Hughs, Robert Emmets, Glenswilly, Naomh Conaill, Naomh Mhuire, Gaoth Dobhair, Urris, Buncrana, Moville, Carndonagh, Malin and Glenties Comprehensive School. Thank you to all the coaches who helped throughout the programme – Kelly Wilson, Aoife Mc Donnell, Orlagh Carr, John Farren, Caroline Gallagher, Jamie-Leigh Murray, Jim Farrell, Alma Kavanagh, Marty Mc Carron, Paul Dolan, Paul Hume, Greg Harkin, Mark Ferry, Martin Barrett, Siobhan Coyle, John Cushnan, Paddy Martin, Aine Reilly, Maura Mc Crudden, Hazel Whyte, Janice Rushe, Susan Mc Carron, Brendan Gillespie, Joanne Mc Kinney, Denise Mc Carron, Margaret Mulhall, Matthew Shovlin, Pauline Brogan, Treasa Norrby, Hannah Doherty, Arlene Gallagher and Donal Sharkey.Thank you to guest coaches Frank Mc Glynn, Eamonn Mc Gee and Joe Mc Brearty.Thank you to the referees who officiated the blitz games today – Erica Wilson, Dermott Foy, Emer Gallagher, Ciara Foy and Jim Farrell.  Thank you to pitch coordinator Karen Houston and to Gabrielle Gallagher and Sabrina Barnett, who took photos.Finally, THANK YOU to all the parents / guardians who have travelled to and from training and for allowing their daughter to participate in training each week.  Thank you to all the players – we hope you all enjoyed the programme and that the new skills which you have learned will help you in your football careers. No doubt we will see many of these young players represent their county on the big stages so well done and keep up the great work. SINEAD LADIES GAA: SUCCESSFUL END TO U12 DEVELOPMENT SQUADS was last modified: September 1st, 2012 by BrendaShare 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)last_img read more


first_imgGAA Bingo- Every Thursday Evening In St Marys Hall Clonmany at 9.00pm Everyone Welcome.Club Meeting: The next meeting is Wednesday 15th May at 8.30pm all members welcome.Club Iorras April: €50 – Bernard Friel Dunaff/Boston, €30 – Paul Friel Dunaff/Boston, €20 – John Farren Ballyliffen. Match & Win for 25/04/2013 No’s Drawn 6,8,22,23 No Jackpot Winner, Next Weeks Jackpot Is €1,500.00, €15 Consolation Winners Were Stephen Kearney Urris, Conor McDonagh Carndonagh, P.Moran Malin Road Carndonagh, Patricia Doherty Meenavenghan Quigleys Point, Sean Doherty Annagh.FOUNDATION COURSE: Coming soon if you are interested contact Adrian 0879810304 for further information.UNDERAGE FIXTURES: – U12’s Malin v Urris at 6.30pm & U16’s Urris v Malin 6.30pm on Tuesday 30th April. Northern Board U14’s Malin v Urris 7pm Wednesday 1st May. Inishowen League U8’s Urris v Carn Saturday 4th May 11am.RESULTS: U16’s Moville 2-16 Urris 1-8. SENIORS & RESERVES: Seniors & Reserves Home Saturday 4th May Urris v Na Rossa TTBC.RESULTS:Fridays Game Seniors Muff 1-6 Urris 6-14. Sundays Game Seniors Urris 3-15 Robert Emmets 1-3.SENIOR LADIES: Urris 4-6 v Carn 3-22.UNDER 16 GIRLS: The draw has been made for the second round of the Donegal U16A championships – Urris have been drawn in a group with MacCumhaill’s and Fanad Gaels. The girls will be at home to MacCumhaill’s and will have to travel to Portsalon to play Fanad. John will give the girls details of the fixtures at training this week.TRAINING: Under 12 & 14 Girls training on Saturday’s 12.30pm – 1.30pm In Straid. Under 10’s on Fridays 4.30pm -5.45pm in Straid. Contact Susan for more infomation 0863945954.Club Merchandise – Club Merchandise to buy all year round hats, gear bags, hoodies and jackets something for everyone Contact Donal Kelly 0876461707.Club Website items for the notes please send to or text to Liz O’Neill on 0863858629 before 9pm on Sunday evening. GAA NEWS: URRIS CLUB NOTES was last modified: April 29th, 2013 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:URRIS GAA noteslast_img read more

Aston Villa should appoint Sam Allardyce as their new manager, says Simon Jordan

first_img 4 😠 “Aston Villa do not need a stellar name, they need to get out of the Championship!”😮 “They need serious people to get back into the Premier League this season or they will VANISH!”🗣️ @Sjopinion10 explains why #AVFC must appoint Sam Allardyce as their next manager…— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) October 10, 2018 Sam Allardyce has said he would be ‘open’ to speaking with Aston Villa over the manager role 4 “I’ve heard people say Aston Villa need a stellar name – no! Aston Villa needs to get out of the bleeding Championship and get back to the Premier League!“I know the style of football was an issue, but the style of football is almost academic at this moment in time. The job in hand is to get Villa out of the Championship and back in the Premier League, then you can worry about the style of football.“They need serious people to get this football club back in the Premier League, or they are in real dangers of disappearing into the ether.“They can’t just rely on their owner’s money to plug the gap, because they will get sanctioned by financial fair play eventually.” Bruce was sacked as Villa boss last week after a poor start to the season – winning just three of their opening 12 games Jordan has warned Villa to stay away from inexperienced big-name managers “If I was in charge of Aston Villa, I would get Sam Allardyce in”, Jordan told talkSPORT host Max Rushden.“I would get him in to get the job done to get the club back in the Premier League, then I would pay him a great big bonus and then might change the direction of the football club.“If I was in charge, my focus would not be to get celebrity names in, not to be an autograph hunter, but simply to understand how difficult it is to get out of the Championship and get the right people in to do it.“The idea that Thierry Henry or John Terry could provide a solution to some of Aston Villa’s ails…“If the Aston Villa board think appointing Henry or Terry is a good idea, they should sleep on it. If they wake up in the morning and still think it’s a good idea, they should go back to bed.center_img 4 A host of coaches have been linked with the Villa Park role since the sacking of Steve Bruce last week.Arsenal legend Henry was an early favourite but is now said to be closer to the job at Monaco, while Terry’s name has been mentioned alongside the likes of Brendan Rodgers and Rui Faria – Jose Mourinho’s number two.But former Crystal Palace owner Jordan believes a more experienced boss is needed to tackle the huge hurdle of getting the club out of the Championship and back to the top flight.With talk of so-called ‘celebrity names’ being linked with the role, Jordan has urged the Villa hierarchy to think long and hard about who they employ as their next boss – saying the wrong appointment could prove devastating to the club’s future.And he has backed Big Sam – who told talkSPORT on Wednesday he would be open to talks with Aston Villa – for the role. 4 “This is the big, big football club which is on the brink of falling away from parachute payments. If they don’t get up this season they will, in my view, fall foul of financial fair play.“The idea that Aston Villa can go to an inexperienced set of managers… and I personally like John Terry a lot, I tried to sign him in 2001 and as a leader and an inspirational character in a dressing room he doesn’t have many peers.“But when you are managing a club of with the stature, the significance and the size of Aston Villa, you need experienced guys.“The idea that these owners have taken out Steve Bruce… Villa were all over the place when Bruce came in, but he stabilised it and they got to the play off final. Simon Jordan has told Aston Villa to forget about Thierry Henry and John Terry, and appoint Sam Allardyce as their new manager.The former Crystal Palace owner has warned the club not to chase a ‘celebrity name’, saying they need ‘serious people’ to achieve their goal of promotion back to the Premier League THIS SEASON. Big Sam would be the perfect man for Aston Villa, says Simon Jordan last_img read more


first_imgPicture Special: The selection of fantastic images above capture the power of the Atlantic as it bares down in all its glory on the Donegal coastline.Coastal towns and villages have been hit by strong winds in recent days and these images were taken earlier today in Fanad. The images show both the beauty and ferocity of the sea during strong gales.The pictures were sent into us by Gary Loveridge. (Donegal Kayaking)Donegal Daily believes Gary opted to leave the Kayak in storage today.     STUNNING PICTURE SPECIAL OF DONEGAL COASTLINE BEING BATTERED BY HUGE WAVES was last modified: February 25th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Fanadhigh windsnewspicture specialSeaslast_img read more

Jacks to rumble in the Redwood Bowl for final time today

first_imgThe Humboldt State football team will recognize the outstanding careers of its senior class Saturday afternoon in Redwood Bowl. The game against Azusa Pacific will also be the program’s final home contest and the penultimate game in program history. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.“We’ve been through this already last season,” HSU head coach Damaro Wheeler said. “We use it as motivation, of course, but our main focus is trying to get this win. I am very appreciative of the fans, students, …last_img read more

VWSA wins huge Polo export order

first_img20 November 2009Volkswagen South Africa is set to double the number of cars it exports from its plant in the Eastern Cape, after the company won an order to export 55 000 new-generation Polos to countries including the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia and Singapore in 2010.The contract, which follows from a multi-billion rand investment programme by the automaker and its component suppliers, will also see the export of 19 000 of the cars to right-hand-drive country destinations around the world by the end of 2009.This will double Volkswagen SA’s total exports from approximately 28 500 in 2009 to 55 000 in 2010. Production of the new Polo hatch began at the Uitenhage plant in July, and the vehicle is due to go on sale in South Africa from early 2010.“By the end of 2009, Volkswagen South Africa will have invested R3.5-billion in new plant, local content development and new product,” VW South Africa MD David Powels said at the opening of the Nelson Mandela Bay Logistics Park in Uitenhage this week.“A further R500-million will be invested in 2010 to complete the process and ensure that the company is well placed to capture future opportunities both in the South African and global markets.”Supplier investmentAccording to the company, one of the key factors enabling it to secure the contract was the investment of approximately R600-million by suppliers, including Rehau, Bentler, Flextech, Faurecia and Grupo Antolin, in the Nelson Mandela Bay Logistics Park (NMBLP).“The investment on the part of these five suppliers into the NMBLP has resulted in the creation of 685 highly skilled, new jobs in the Metro with upside potential in coming months,” Powels said.This has enabled the company to increase local content of the new-generation Polos from below 40% to in excess of 70%.“The establishment of the NMBLP has been a crucial step in the process to enable Volkswagen to become a globally competitive manufacturer of vehicles in the Eastern Cape,” he said.As a result of the suppliers’ investment in the park, 77% of suppliers to Volkswagen of South Africa are now based in Nelson Mandela Bay – a factor Powels described as critically important in Volkswagen’s globalisation strategy.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more