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Mahdia Access Road temporarily fixed – Patterson

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first_imgFlash floods…body found floating still unidentifiedSections of Region Eight’s (Potaro-Siparuni’s) Mahdia Access Road which were damaged during a recent episode of flooding have been temporarily fixed, allowing for the movement of vehicular traffic in both directions.Mahdia was inundated on Friday after an episode of intense rainfallPublic Infrastructure Minister David Patterson told Guyana Times on Monday that he had visited the area on Saturday and contractors were mobilised to provide a temporary fix. He said they are seeking to construct a bridge at Red and White to replace the one that was washed away by floodwaters. This measure is expected to serve as a long-term solution.Presently, both motor vehicles and trucks are traversing the area, which is also accessible by air.“We did emergency works on Saturday. I think it is open back for vehicular traffic, and there will be some works to put in a bridge at the open section as soon as possible. It’s open for traffic now, both vehicle and trucks; but for the long term, we need to put a bridge, and we’re doing that now,” the minister stated.Reports have suggested that the Natural Resources Ministry would also be undertaking the task of desalinating the creek’s water to provide for easy drainage during heavy rainfall. Desalination is a process that takes away mineral components from saline water.The recently formed Mahdia township came under water on Friday following heavy rainfall. While the Civil Defence Commission (CDC) was planning to set up shelters for some persons, everyone was allowed to return to their homes.An assessment of the extent of the flooding indicated that some 25 homes were flooded, prompting the Civil Defence Commission to deploy officials to the area. Supplies were provided to the affected families while, on Saturday, the water receded slowly.Other regions were warned that rainfall was expected until Monday, and residents were urged to take precautions.While the area is prone to flooding during the rainy season, Friday’s flooding is the largest to have been experienced there in years.On Sunday morning, the body of an unidentified man was discovered several miles from Mahdia. Based on reports received, passersby saw the body floating in a river and immediately alerted the police.The body, according to information gathered, did not have any marks of violence, and it is believed that the man had drowned. The body was taken to the Mahdia Hospital Mortuary, where a post-mortem examination is expected to be conducted.On Monday, ‘F’ Division (Interior Locations) Commander Kevin Adonis told this publication that the body is yet to be identified.last_img read more

EBD carpenter electrocuted while on fishing trip with family

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first_img– wife calls for public assistance to maintain familyPolice are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 34-year-old carpenter, who died almost instantly on Monday last after being electrocuted whilst on a fishing trip with his family at Coverden, East Bank Demerara (EBD).Dead: Orlando RamnarineDead is 34-year-old Orlando Ramnarine also called “Lando” of Sarah Johanna, EBD.Initial reports surrounding the man’s death indicate that on the day in question, the father of three, his wife, Aronva Parmanand, and his brother-in-law were out on a fishing trip at El Sol Farm, commonly called the “cherry farm” on the East Bank of Demerara.At about 13:30h on the said day, Ramnarine was in the process of casting his fishing net when it came into contact with a live exposed electrical wire, which subsequently caused the now dead man to instantly collapse.Police ranks who later arrived at the scene examined Ramnarine’s body and confirmed his death. The dead man’s body was later removed by undertakers and is currently at the Lyken Funeral Home awaiting a post-mortem.However, Ramnarine’s widowed wife still remains in a state of shock since she was the only person who witnessed her husband’s unexpected death.In an effort to utter a few words, the visibly frustrated woman appealed for justice on her husband’s behalf, as she explained that he was the sole provider of the family.“He was the only one who use to provide for me, I don’t have a house on my own, I only get my three children. I have these three children to take care of now and I don’t know how I will do that…I need justice for my husband” the grieving woman cried.Meanwhile, this publication understands that the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) disconnected the exposed wire moments after Ramnarine’s death.The single mother is asking for the public’s support, to take care of her now fatherless children. Those who wish to assist the family can contact +592 682 6868.last_img read more

Zell wins race for Tribune

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first_imgMonday’s announcement closes a contentious 10-month chapter for the Tribune Co., which occupies the landmark Tribune Tower in downtown Chicago. And it could end the financial stake in Tribune of one of America’s great newspaper dynasties, the Chandlers, whose patriarch, General Harrison Gray Otis, founded Times Mirror in 1884. It also ends a labored auction in which little interest in the company materialized. Wall Street appeared to approve of the move, sending Tribune stock up 70 cents to close at $32.81. Fearless investor Zell, 65, the son of refugees who fled Poland on the eve of Hitler’s invasion, is a self-made billionaire who has thrived on buying distressed businesses, turning them around and selling them at a profit. Newspapers, which face declining revenues and dropping circulations, might fit that description. Like other newspaper owners, Tribune has been hammered on Wall Street in the past few years as advertisers and readers left newspapers for the Web. Seemingly fearless in the face of risk, Zell once acknowledged riding his motorcycle as fast as 145 mph on a trip across the South American pampas. Bearded and blunt-spoken, Zell has long shown a fiery entrepreneurial passion for what he does. He grew up in Chicago and nearby Highland Park, Ill., where his father was a wholesale jeweler who dabbled successfully in real-estate investment and the stock market. He took pictures at his eighth-grade prom and sold them, and later took to buying Playboy magazines in downtown Chicago and reselling them to his classmates in Hebrew school in the suburbs for a 200 percent markup. His first successes in real estate, the foundation of a fortune estimated by Forbes magazine recently at $5 billion, came while he was a student at the University of Michigan. After managing the building where he lived in exchange for free rent, he moved on to managing other properties, ultimately incorporating an apartment-management business and then selling it. After working briefly at a Chicago law firm, he teamed with his Ann Arbor fraternity brother Robert Lurie and they began acquiring distressed properties from developers who were bogged down by high interest rates. That practice continued through the recession of the mid-1970s, with great success. Zell’s reputation grew, and in 1976 the contrarian investor talked about his penchant for spotting and pursuing opportunities in an article titled “The Grave Dancer” – a nickname that stuck. Zell wanted So far, Zell has not presented a plan for how he might turn Tribune around. Nonetheless, he was not only the favored bidder, but Tribune executives actively encouraged him over the weekend to match a higher bid from Burkle and Broad, who were offering $34 per share to Zell’s $33. Only after raising his bid three times did Zell match the Burkle-Broad bid, and each time, Tribune executives had pushed him to do so. They wanted Zell for many reasons. Dennis FitzSimons, the company’s current president, chief executive and chairman – who will cede the title of chairman to Zell when the transaction is complete at the end of the year – said in an interview that Zell had offered the certainty of closing a deal. The company had been working with him for several weeks when a revised Burkle-Broad offer came in. His offer delayed the company’s self-imposed deadline of the end of March by only one day. “The biggest thing we wanted to do was end this process, have a good outcome for shareholders and get focused on the future as opposed to the process,” FitzSimons said, weary of the long public deconstruction of Tribune’s management. Others said Zell’s legendary success in turning around distressed companies helped get him in the door. As James O’Shea, the editor of the Los Angeles Times, put it in a note to his staff Monday: “Sam Zell is a creative thinker and an inventive entrepreneur. A fresh shot of new thinking is not going to hurt us.” O’Shea added: “Mr. Zell also says he believes in the future of the news business. That is certainly good to hear.” FitzSimons said geography did not play a role in the selection of Zell, and that he had met the maverick real-estate mogul only in the past two months when Zell presented himself as a potential buyer. But others close to the talks said Zell’s Chicago roots gave him an advantage, particularly since the Burkle-Broad team was from Los Angeles. Tribune has been in an open feud with the Los Angeles Times, where the publisher and editor were forced out last year for taking public stands against cost cuts and where the newsroom, which could still see more job cuts, feels under siege. As a matter of pride, Tribune did not want to be seen as bowing to California, these people said. Another related factor in Zell’s favor, they said, was that he was explicit about wanting to buy out the Chandler family, who had long been a thorn in Tribune’s side.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! No editorial interest And Zell is a hometown player, not an inconsequential advantage when negotiating with a company characterized by a strong antipathy between the head office in Chicago and its biggest single asset, the Los Angeles Times. The deal will effectively buy out the members of the Chandler family, who became the biggest shareholders in Tribune when it bought the Times-Mirror Co. in 2000 and whose loud complaints last June about the company’s sagging stock price set the auction in motion. Zell, who has never owned a newspaper before, insists that his interest in Tribune is not editorial but economic. As part of Monday’s announcement, the company said it would sell the Cubs at the end of the season. But otherwise Zell has said he does not want to break up the company by selling off its individual properties or spinning off the television stations. In a statement Monday, he called himself “a long-term investor,” and added, “I look forward to partnering with the management and employees as we build on the great heritage of Tribune Co.” Still, David Geffen, the Los Angeles media mogul who made an early bid for the Los Angeles Times, made it clear he would still like to acquire the newspaper. “I remain interested and open to talking,” Geffen said. Others have expressed interest in Tribune papers, including Newsday, The Hartford Courant and The Baltimore Sun. Even Broad and Burkle might not be completely out of the picture. They were originally interested in buying the Los Angeles Times and they still could make a higher bid for the company. Tribune set a relatively low breakup fee of $25 million so that if it wanted to take a higher bid – and avoid a possible lawsuit – it could dismiss its deal with Zell and pay him only $25 million. How did a Chicago real-estate tycoon win one of the country’s premier media companies – a chain of big-city papers, two dozen television stations and the Chicago Cubs – in a deal valued at $8.2 billion with an investment of only $315 million of his own money? The Tribune Co., which owns the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, The Baltimore Sun and other papers, announced Monday that it had joined forces with Sam Zell to take the company private and pay shareholders $34 a share. Despite being a late entrant, Zell managed to win the auction for Tribune over a rival team of Los Angeles billionaires, Eli Broad and Ronald W. Burkle, through a combination of savvy dealing and creative financial engineering. It was Zell who first proposed financing the transaction through an employee stock ownership plan, an arrangement that is typically used by much smaller companies. Most of the company’s stock will be owned by the employees through the plan, but Zell, who becomes the Tribune chairman, will be the largest individual shareholder, leaving him with a major interest for his relatively small investment. last_img read more

GAA: NOTAÍ CLG GHAOTH DOBHAIR

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first_imgComhghairdeas.Ba mhaith le C.L.G. Ghaoth Dobhair comhghairdeas a dhéanamh le Jim Mc Guinness agus foireann Dhún na nGall as an eacht a rinne siad Dé Domhnaigh seo caite ann Pairc an Chrocaigh agus an Corán Sam a thabhairt na bhaile go Tír Chonaill Abú.  Fosta comhaigheas speisialta le Clann Mhic Aoidh as Dobhar Eamonn, Neil agus Peadar.  Bhí sár chluiche ag na gasuiri ar an Domhnach.Beidh leath den airgead a thogas ag na geatai ann Machaire Gathlan ag an chluichí craoibhe, De Domnach seo chugainn ar an 3 i.n.,. dul chun sochar do iar-imreoir Tony Mc Gairbheith as Baile an Droichead a gortú go dona ann timpiste bothar san Astail ar na mallaibh. Ba maith  le CLG Ghaoth Dobhair tacaiocht a thabhairt don teaghlach. Bigí linn agus beidh fáilte romhat. GAA: NOTAÍ CLG GHAOTH DOBHAIR was last modified: September 25th, 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) Tags:GAA: NOTAÍ CLG GHAOTH DOBHAIRlast_img read more

CAN TOWNS IN DONEGAL FOLLOW IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF WESTPORT AS A TOURIST DESTINATION?

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first_imgEVERYONE loves Westport.The west Mayo town pulls in hundreds of thousands of tourists every year. The man responsible for its development over the past two decades will be in Letterkenny next week to talk about how Westport ticks.The Architectural Technology and the Dept. of Civil Engineering & Construction will host an open lecture at LYIT on Monday 6th October in room 1452 from 1.30PM-2.30PM by Simon Walls, Town Architect of Westport.Walls will talk on how Westport was transformed over the last 2 decades to become the beautiful, thriving and destination town it is.All are welcome  CAN TOWNS IN DONEGAL FOLLOW IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF WESTPORT AS A TOURIST DESTINATION? was last modified: October 3rd, 2014 by John2Share 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:donegalLectureletterkennyLYITWestportlast_img read more

Power from South Africa’s wind

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first_imgThe four turbines of the Darling Wind Farm produce 7 GHW per year ofclean, green energy.(Image: Wikipedia)  MEDIA CONTACTS • Bheki Khumalo  Dept of Energy, communications  +27 12 444 4256 or +27 82 773 2388 RELATED ARTICLES • SA’s future renewable energy mecca • IDC fund helps companies go green • SA becoming a renewable energy hub • First CT homes to feed power to grid • Nedbank branch runs on wind powerSource: Africa Renewal OnlineThree blades — each the length of a tennis court — revolve atop a wind energy tower reaching 50 metres into the sky, equal in height to a 17-storey building.There are four such turbines whirling in the hot, dry and windy landscape near the town of Darling on South Africa’s west coast, generating 7 gigawatt hours per year of green energy.This first commercial wind farm in South Africa, reflecting the collaborative efforts of international donors, government agencies and the private sector, shows that wind energy is feasible.The development of the Darling Wind Farm, which was established in 2008, was fraught with obstacles. This was mainly because large-scale wind generation was new to South Africa and institutional arrangements were not yet in place to allow independent power producers to feed energy into the national grid.What made the difference was that Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, then minister of mineral and energy affairs, proposed the Darling Wind Farm as a national demonstration project in 2000. She also requested international assistance in developing wind energy from the UN Global Environment Facility, UN Development Programme (UNDP) and Danish International Development Agency.That assistance led to the South African Wind Energy Programme (Sawep), a project to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through the promotion of wind power. It facilitated the creation of the Darling Wind Farm.Speaking at the 2003 World Wind Energy Conference in Cape Town, Mlambo-Ncguka said that wind energy had been one of the world’s success stories, and that it should play an important role in South Africa’s energy economy.Energy generated by the private sector “The significant thing to remember about the Darling Wind Farm is that it shows that wind energy can be done by the private sector,” says Andre Otto, Sawep’s project manager.“It was never intended to be a fully economical business,” he adds.It also served to demonstrate how to develop power purchase agreements with Eskom, South Africa’s public electricity utility.Such an agreement was signed with the City of Cape Town to buy energy from the Darling Wind Farm. The city then sells the electricity through so-called green energy certificates to buyers prepared to pay a higher price for green energy.For example, when the African Wind Energy Association decided to hold a conference in Cape Town in May 2010, the organisers purchased certificates for 9 900 kilowatt hours to ensure that the conference used only green energy throughout.Galvanising the industrySawep was one of several initiatives contributing to South Africa’s adoption of a target of reaching 10 000 gigawatt hours of renewable energy in its Integrated Resource Plan, an energy blueprint for the period from 2010 to 2030.The government is now soliciting bids from independent power producers to generate an initial 1 850 megawatts of wind energy within the next few years.“The establishment of Darling had an important catalytic effect in promoting wind energy in South Africa, as it showed that on-grid wind could be a reality,” says Lucas Black of the UNDP’s Global Environment Facility unit.As the Darling wind turbines revolve at a constant speed of 32 revolutions per minute, they represent the baby steps of an industry whose time has come.last_img read more

CM Parrikar to return to Goa on June 15

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first_imgGoa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who is currently undergoing medical treatment in the U.S., is expected to return to Goa on June 15, senior BJP MLA Nilesh Cabral said on Tuesday. “Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar is returning to Goa on June 15,” Mr. Cabral told the media on the sidelines of a State Tourism Ministry press conference in Panaji. Upendra Joshi, an official on special duty at the Chief Minister’s office also confirmed to The Hindu the news of Mr. Parrikar’s return after more than three months.However, a senior party official said he was still unsure. “As a party we do not know the exact date of arrival. He is likely to come to Goa in June, but the tickets as far as we know haven’t been booked yet,” the official said, requesting anonymity.An office memo, issued by the Home Ministry mentioning Mr. Parrikar’s presence at the State-organised Revolution Day event on June 18, went viral on social media. The memo states that he is expected to arrive at 8:50 a.m. for the event at the Martyr’s Memorial in Panaji. “Arrival of honourable Chief Minister. He will be received by Chief Secretary and Director General of Police,” the memorandum states, further listing the Chief Minister’s speech at 9:25 a.m.A BJP functionary, when contacted on Monday in this regard, had ruled out Mr. Parrikar’s return by June 18. “We are not aware of his return to Goa. As far as we know, there are some tests which are expected to be conducted later this month, after which his return dates will be confirmed. But as far as the party is concerned, as of now, he will not be in Goa to attend the June 18 function,” the official said requesting anonymity.last_img read more

CWG 2014: Indian shooter Prakash Nanjappa wins silver in 10m air pistol

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first_imgStar marksman Prakash Nanjappa secured a silver medal to extend India’s tally of medals at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games on Saturday.The Indian shooter scored 198.2 points finishing at the second point behind Australia’s Daniel Repacholli who clinched the top spot with a score of 199.5 points.Nanjappa shot a series of 97, 96, 95, 99, 97, 96 to top the qualification round with 580 points.However, Om Prakash missed out by a point after shooting series of 93, 97, 92, 95, 95, 96 to total 568.England’s Stewart Nangle (578) came second while Daniel Repacholi (574) of Australia took the third spot in the qualification round.last_img

Australia beat West Indies to claim tri-nation series

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first_imgA match-winning three-wicket bowling stint by Mitchell Marsh lifted Australia to a convincing victory by 58 runs against West Indies in the final of the triangular one-day international (ODI) series in Barbados on Sunday.Australia, who batted first after winning the toss, seemed destined to post a middling target until wicketkeeper Matthew Wade, batting at number seven, rattled off an unbeaten 57 off 52 balls.He finished his stint at the crease in style with a towering six over mid wicket off the final ball as the visitors scored 270 for nine from their allotted 50 overs.The Windies made a breezy start in reply as openers Johnson Charles and Andre Fletcher put on a quick 49, with Charles scoring the lion’s share of the runs at Kensington Oval in Bridgetown.But the floodgates opened after Fletcher (9) was caught at slip off paceman Josh Hazlewood, as medium-pacer Marsh collected three quick wickets to turn the match decisively and inexorably in Australia’s direction.Marsh dismissed Darren Bravo (6) and Marlon Samuels (6) cheaply, before trapping Charles (45) plum leg-before-wicket to leave the Windies staggering at 72 for four.Marsh finished with 3-32 off 10 miserly overs, while Hazlewood (5-50) mopped up the tail as the home team were all out for 212 after 48.4 overs.AUSSIES CONSOLIDATE NO. 1 RANKING”I haven’t really taken a wicket all series, so it was nice to get a few tonight,” all-rounder Marsh, who also made 32 with the bat, said in an on-field interview.The result cements Australia’s number one ODI ranking, while eighth-ranked West Indies might take some consolation from reaching the final ahead of South Africa, the other team in the 10-match series.advertisement”We scrapped incredibly well today,” said Australian captain Steve Smith.”We were in a bit of trouble at one point and I thought Matthew Wade and the tail did an incredible job to get to 270.”MAN OF THE SERIES – HAZLEWOODHazlewood, meanwhile, was named man of the series for his 11-wicket haul, and he said there was no secret to his success.”I keep it pretty simple. Run in and hit a length and get a little bit of movement each way. I don’t try to complicate it too much.”Next up for West Indies is a four-test home series against India starting on July 21, while Australia start a three-test series in Sri Lanka on July 26.Said victorious skipper Smith: “I don’t think we’ve played our best cricket throughout this tournament. We’ve still got a lot of work to do to get where we want to get.”last_img read more