Essequibo to brace for load shedding until Christmas

first_imgWhile power has been restored on the Essequibo Coast, residents will have to brace themselves for several months of load shedding, as the authorities accelerate the conversion from a 50 cycle to a 60 cycle, which new generating capacity should be installed by Christmas.The announcement was made on Thursday by Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson, responding to People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C) Member of Parliament Dharamkumar Seeraj, whose official queries on the state of the electricity system on the Essequibo Coast following several weeks of massive outages.Minister Patterson told Members of the National Assembly that the gasket of the 25-year-old Wartsila generating set at Anna Regina was the source of the problem. He said this has since been repaired by the genset, but continues to be besieged by age-related problems.According to the Minister, Government has ordered three 1.8MW plants and their components are currently en-route to Guyana.He explained that Government expects the new generating plants to be fully installed by Christmas, by which time the company would be looking to complete the conversion of the grid. This conversion activity, he told the House, will lead to load shedding up until its completion.Seeraj, who was at the time utilising the opening provisions for questions to a Minister, questioned what measures were being taken by Government to restore the electricity to the Essequibo Coast, while pointing out that residents of Region Two were “punishing for five weeks”, with little or no electricity.“How soon will residents see a return to stable and reliable electricity supply?” Seeraj questioned.Patterson quickly quipped that power had been restored, and pointed to what he called a matter of public record. “We have procured three brand new sets for Anna Regina,” he declared.The generating sets and their associated components for installation are due to arrive in Guyana in October, he said.Responding to supplementary queries by Seeraj, the Minister assured that the process was transparent and fully tendered publicly, with bids evaluated and an order placed.He reminded that the intention to have the generating sets purchased for Essequibo was announced during his Budget presentation for 2016.PPP/C Member of Parliament Cornel Damon attempted to query if any compensation would be given to those persons who had lost perishables as a result of the prolonged blackouts, but was quickly shut down by Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Barton Scotland.Dr Scotland insisted the substantive question did not centre on compensation.Damon also suggested to Minister Patterson that, according to information supplied to him, the blackouts could have been avoided. He questioned whether it was a case of sabotage – a notion quickly dismissed by Minister Patterson, who suggested that any such information in Damon’s possession should be turned over to the Minister of Public Security “forthwith”“As far as I am aware, there was no sabotage, the Wartsila set blew a gasket. We had to put in new bearings..all sorts of problem due to the age of the equipment.”last_img read more

Liverpool 3-1 Everton: Reds continue derby dominance to move third – REPORT

first_img3 Liverpool celebrate Philippe Coutinho’s goal against Everton Liverpool continued their Anfield dominance over Everton with a deserved victory which moves them up to third in the Premier League.The Reds, not beaten at home by their neighbours since 1999, were once again too good for the Toffees in the 228th instalment of the Merseyside derby.Jurgen Klopp’s side, as they so often do, made a storming start and were ahead inside seven minutes.Sadio Mane was the man to make the breakthrough, the Senegalese producing a brilliant driving run before firing the ball past a wrong-footed Joel Robles in the Everton goal. 3 The visitors drew level on 28 minutes – against the run of play – from an unlikely source. Matthew Pennington, making his first Premier League appearance of the season, turned the ball home from a corner to claim a debut senior goal.Everton were not level for long, however, as Philippe Coutinho put Liverpool back ahead just three minutes later with a stunning strike.The Brazilian bamboozled Pennington with a drop of the shoulder and curled the ball beyond the reach of Robles and inside the far post.A goal down, Everton could have found themselves a man down too just moments later. Ross Barkley produced a poor studs-up challenge on Dejan Lovren and was lucky to escape with a yellow card.Liverpool suffered a blow ten minutes into the second half when goalscorer Mane limped off with a serious looking injury.But it failed to unsettle the Reds and his replacement, Divock Origi, took just three minutes to add his name to the scoresheet.After more good work from Coutinho, the Belgian burst through the middle and fired high past Robles to put Liverpool 3-1 ahead. Everton struggled to produce a response, with Romelu Lukaku isolated up front, and Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s header over the bar was as close as they came to reducing the deficit.Content with their lead, Liverpool comfortably closed out the win to strengthen their grip on a Champions League position and damage Everton’s slim hopes of a top four spot.RELATED: Liverpool 3-1 Everton – Reds stars rated and slated 3last_img read more

Bat population is taking a dive

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECalifornia’s bungled $1 billion accounting system What people don’t realize is that bats are critical in controlling insects that are not only a nuisance, but carry diseases that can affect the human population, such as West Nile virus and encephalitis. “A single little brown bat can consume 6,000 mosquito-sized insects in a night,” said Patricia Brown, a biological consultant familiar with Southern California bat populations. “The most obvious negative impact of the loss of bats is the loss of their ability to control night-flying insects, many of which are detrimental to humans.” Swift said that a formal bat census hasn’t been taken in several years, but that several of the 14 species of bats found in the Santa Clarita Valley are on endangered lists. “The most common bat in the area is the free-tailed bat and the myotis bats, which are small, with wingspans between 4 to 6 inches,” he said. “We see them on moonlight hikes every month except maybe December and January, when they might be hibernating.” Bats are protected by state and federal laws; people may remove them if they are damaging property by simply waiting until the bats leave and closing off their access. And the rumor that all bats have rabies is not true – less than one-half of one percent of bats carry rabies (99 percent of human deaths due to rabies are due to contact with rabid dogs). A good rule to follow is if you come across a bat on the ground, don’t touch it. It’s probably sick and best handled by calling animal control. According to the California Department of Fish and Game, the seed production of agave plants, from which tequila is made, drops to 1/3,000th of normal without bat pollinators – so if your trick or treat includes a margarita, thank a bat. (661) 257-5252 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – You see them everywhere this time of year – bats in various forms, from perky Hallmark-style comical critters to blood-sucking vampires with glowing red eyes – and most will disappear before the last of the Halloween candy is consumed. The disappearance of real bats is a cause for concern, according to naturalists both locally and across the nation. Bat populations in urban areas have been dropping significantly, according to a recent study by a branch of the National Academy of Sciences. “We have fewer oak trees and a lot of habitat has been converted, not so much to housing, but to shopping centers where light attracts insects away from the natural areas where bats feed,” said Ian Swift, superintendent at the Placerita Canyon Nature Center. “We have a lot of bats that are hit by cars trying to go after insects in urban areas. They are one of the most important members of our ecosystem because of their consumption of night insects.” last_img read more


first_imgEndsDAD’S AGONY AFTER LOSING SON IN POOL TRAGEDY was last modified: December 5th, 2010 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) A HEARTBROKEN dad found his young son floating in a swimming pool after he left him for just two minutes.John Brady had been holidaying with his wife and four sons in France when the accident happened.Little Jack Brady, 8, had only arrived at the Holiday Green mobile home park in Frejus on the Cote D’Azur the day before the tragedy in May of this year.Jack, from Solomon’s Court in Letterkenny, was a keen young sportsman who played rugby, soccer and gaelic.He had also taken 30 swimming lessons at the Aura Leisure Centre.Letterkenny Coroner’s court was told that on the day of the accident the Brady family had been at the indoor swimming pool at the holiday park.Jack’s mother Dorothy had been with his three brothers Kyle, Ethan and Mark in a smaller play area while Jack had been with his dad John at the steps of the main swimming pool.Dr.Brady, a psychiatrist based in Derry, decided to visit the jacuzzi area of the pool but when he returned two minutes later he could not find his eldest son.He looked around and eventually went around the centre looking for Jack.A minute later mum Dorothy, a midwife at Letterkenny General Hospital, spotted something floating in the water and screamed out Jack’s name as dad John jumped into the swimming pool to try and save Jack.When he was taken out he was given CPR and other medical assitance before being rushed by air ambulance to a hospital in Marseille on May 5th.Doctors carried out various tests on Jack but after a few days it became known that he was not going to survive his ordeal.Doctors at the hospital also told the boy’s parents that very little water had been found in his lungs and they suspected he may have suffered a cardia arrhythmia or an undiagnosed heart condition.The doctors also advised Jack’s parents to have their other sons tested for possible cardiac arryhythmia.When it became clear that Jack, a pupil at Ballyraine National School, was not going to recover, his parents requested he be flown back to Ireland to die.Doctors at the Marseille hospital also suggested that the boy’s heart was not suitable for donation.Jack was flown by air ambulance to Derry and then transferred on to Letterkenny General Hospital exactly a week after being found in the swimming pool.The following day, after being visited by family and friends, little Jack passed away. His family also allowed for a number of his organs to be donated for transplant.His mum and dad described their blue-eyed child as just an ordinary boy who loved to play on the green outside his home with the other boys.The jury reached a unanimous verdict and found Jack Brady died as a result of cardiac arrhythmia.Coroner John Cannon said the death of an infant was always a very tragic one.But he said it was particularly trying for the Brady family to relive their son’s death coming up to Christmas.The jury also commended the Brady family for trying to save Jack’s life.last_img read more

Arsenal’s summer transfer budget revealed… and it’s not good reading for fans

first_img ADVICE Arsenal will have a transfer budget of just £40million this summer if they fail to qualify for the Champions League, according to reports.The Gunners have already missed out on a place in Europe’s premier competition through the Premier League, with a late-season collapse seeing them finish behind Chelsea and Tottenham in fifth. West Brom vs Aston Villa (Tuesday, 8pm) – talkSPORTLeeds vs Derby (Wednesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORTPortsmouth vs Sunderland (Thursday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Charlton vs Doncaster (Friday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Manchester City vs Watford (Saturday, 5pm) – talkSPORT Arsenal are already losing Petr Cech, Danny Welbeck and Aaron Ramsey at the end of the season as their contracts expire, with the latter agreeing a lucrative deal with Juventus.There have also been reports claiming Mesut Ozil, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Shkodran Mustafi will be sold this summer, with Unai Emery hoping to bring in five new players as part of a major rebuild of the Gunners’ first-team squad. However, they do have one more chance of qualifying for next season’s tournament, but Arsenal have to beat Chelsea in the Europa League final later this month to claim a place in the European Cup.If the north Londoners do qualify for the Champions League it promises to be an exciting summer at the Emirates, but another season of Europa League football will temper expectations. LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move And it won’t just be expectations that are reduced – it will be Arsenal’s transfer budget as well.According to BBC Sport, Arsenal will have a lowly £40million summer transfer budget if they are playing in the Europa League next season, whereas it will be ‘significantly’ higher should they qualify for the Champions League.This budget can of course increase through player sales, though it is almost impossible to sign an above-average player for under £50million – let alone any individual considered among the elite. huge blow 1 Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury talkSPORT is your home of live football! Here’s what’s coming up on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2… LATEST no dice REPLY shining Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT LIVE ON talkSPORT Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January deals Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card tense gameday cracker Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ REVEALED getty Unai Emery failed to guide Arsenal back into the Premier League’s top four last_img read more

Fiksu Launches New Tools for Tracking Industry-Wide App Downloads, User Acquisition Costs

first_imgMarketing firm Fiksu has launched two new mobile application indexes that will of interest to both app developers and marketers alike. The indexes provide insight into industry averages related to app downloads in top app stores as well as the costs associated with acquiring new users.App Store Competitive IndexInitially, the Fiksu App Store Competitive Index will focus on iPhones applications, but will be later expanded to Android, the company says. The data for the index comes from nearly 2 billion mobile app actions, including app launches, registrations and in-app purchases, all of which are recorded by apps marketed via Fiksu’s mobile app user acquisition platform. So while it’s a large data set, it’s also a data set that represents certain types of applications more heavily than others – that is, those engaged in and paying for user acquisitions.The current data, which tracks the months of March through June, shows that April was the top month for downloads during this time frame with 4.610 million downloads per day among the top 200 free iPhone apps. In May, this dropped to 3.78 million downloads per day. It then rose once again last month to 4.505 million. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Both tools could certainly function as worthy complements to whatever trend-tracking, analytical resources developers, publishers and brands already have at their disposal. However, as with anything, these indexes shouldn’t be used alone. Downloads and user acquisitions are fine indications of an app’s performance, but they’re not the only ones that matter. Other metrics like length of app use, how often an app is used/engagement, how many users are attained/lost (e.g. churn), app removals, revenue earned, number of upgrades, and more are also worth tracking just as often. Tags:#apps#marketing#mobile#news#Trends What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts center_img The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces By tracking these figures, publishers and brands can help better understand their own app’s ranking changes, in comparison with others on the charts. The indexes may also be a source of insight into how other industry moves could be impacting app sales, including things like iOS upgrades, device sales, ad inventory changes and more.Again, this data is most relevant to those closely tracking the effectiveness of their own marketing campaigns.User Acquisition CostsThe second new index, the Fiksu Cost per Loyal User Index, tracks the average cost of acquiring new application users for those brands that engage in app marketing techniques. It, too, is iPhone-only for now.At present, the average acquisition cost is $1.08, Fiksu found. This number represents a steady increase from $0.94 in March to $1.10 in June. sarah perezlast_img read more

Mobile Developers Get Their Very Own Professional Association

first_imgThe Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Tags:#apps#mobile#Trends What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts center_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces dan rowinski Mobile application developers unite! That is the theme for a new professional association that will launch at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next week. that intends to bring organizational support to mobile developers.According to InfoWorld, the association is to be led by Jon Potter, the former executive director of the Digital Media Association. It is intended to promote mobile developer interests, collaboration, education, cloud hosting and governmental lobbying. Do mobile developers need their own guild? The specific duties of the of the new industry association will be to offer a collaborative network based on an online database, offer product testing facilities with multiple platforms supported, offer discounted and free tutorials and certification programs as well as discounted cloud services through Rackspace.The Rackspace collaboration is the interesting part of the proposed association. The company is heavy into entrepreneurial evangelism (see: Robert Scoble) for all things innovation because the cloud provider believes that the more startups, app developers and entrepreneurs out there that are successful, the more of a chance they will end up using Rackspace for cloud hosting. We got in contact with Scoble and this was his reasoning for supporting startups:“Usually we support startups wherever they are. We do that for several reasons: 1. Hosting decisions are usually made early on in a company’s life and it’s hard to change those decisions once they are done. 2. Startups influence hosting decisions by other, more traditional, companies. Sort of like how Canon supports professional photographers so that the masses will buy Canons to be “like the pros,” Scoble said.“The growth in startups will come on mobile. That’s where more people will be, and more of those users will be looking for new applications and solutions. We’re investing in groups that help mobile startups so that we can be involved in the biggest growth area of startups.”It will be interesting to see how this mobile developer association differs from the services offered by CTIA – The Wireless Association. CTIA is the largest mobile industry group in the United States and has historically been focused on equipment manufacturers, broadband and spectrum issues, security, enterprises and development. CTIA has branched into more developer-related issues in the last several years, recognizing the rise of the application ecosystem by starting a second large conference apart from its main event in the spring. This last year it was CTIA Enterprise and Apps hosted in San Diego. According to InfoWorld, the association will generate revenue through sponsorships and membership fees. There are a variety of candidates that would be ripe for joining such an association. All the various gaming studious such as Glu, XMG and even Zynga would be ideal. The integrated development environment (IDE) providers along with framework creators like appMobi, Sencha, Appcelerator and others would be a great fit. Larger organizations, such as the aforementioned Rackspace, or a couple of the big tech companies like Apple, Google or Mozilla could be ripe for sponsorship opportunities. Developers: Are you likely to join this new association? What benefits can you see it bringing to your endeavors? Let us know in the comments. Top image: Jon Potterlast_img read more

Teen arrested in connection to northeast Columbia gunshots

first_imgA teenager is now connected to some northeast Columbia gunshots this week.Unless he posts bond, 18-year-old Tyjuan Robinson is in jail until his next court date on Feb. 27.Officers heard gunshots coming from near Rice Road and Boyd Lane on Wednesday evening. Witnesses said a man in a mask had just hopped in a car near Ballenger Liquor. Authorities pulled over a car, allegedly found Robinson in the front seat with a gun, and arrested him.last_img

US to Have Full Reciprocity With India on Tax Info

first_imgTerming the financial information exchange pact FATCA between India and USA as an ‘inequitable system’, the Finance Ministry today said it has received written commitment from the US that they will move towards full reciprocity Related Itemslast_img

Durban stripped of 2022 Commonwealth Games, Birmingham and Liverpool show interest

first_imgThe English cities of Birmingham and Liverpool have expressed interest in hosting the 2022 Commonwealth Games after Durban was stripped of the right on Monday.”Here in Birmingham we are already in the advanced stages of producing a detailed feasibility study on what would be needed for a truly memorable games in the city,” said Ian Ward, the deputy leader of Birmingham City Council in a statement.”That is due to be completed in the coming weeks and we are in close contact with the Government about the developing situation.”Birmingham had already expressed an interest in staging the 2026 Games, as had Liverpool.The BBC quoted a spokesperson for Liverpool City Council as saying they had “already indicated to the government that we are very willing to host them (the 2022 Games) instead.”The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) said Durban, which had hoped to be the first African city to host the Games, had failed to meet the promises contained in its bid and the search for a replacement host was now on.Anticipating trouble with Durban, the CGF recently acquired the power to choose a new host city without a formal bid process.Its executive vice president Kereyn Smith, also the head of the New Zealand Olympic Committee, confirmed the CGF would invite cities seen as willing and capable of holding the Games to step in, and said the next host needed to be settled quickly.”I think the time frame is a matter of months, certainly not longer than that,” she told New Zealand radio.advertisement”The President (of the CGF) Louise Martin is working with cities that have the ability and the facilities and they can quickly get the money together to make a commitment to do that.”Local media reported that New Zealand’s largest city Auckland, which hosted the Games in 1990, had no interest in hosting 2022, citing the city’s mayor Phillip Goff.Canadian media said Durban’s withdrawal might revive interest in Edmonton which pulled out of the 2022 bid in 2015, leaving the South African city the sole bidder.This raises the some interesting possibilities … but the city could not undertake this alone,?? the Edmonton Journal quoted the city’s mayor Don Iveson as saying.The 2018 Games will be held on Australia’s Gold Coast.Smith said it was a possible but “not preferable” that the Gold Coast could hold back-to-back Games and host 2022.The Australian Commonwealth Games Association was unable to provide immediate comment.last_img read more