GPL promises reliable electricity supply for Christmas

first_imgThe Guyana Power and Light (GPL) is assuring its consumers that it remains committed to providing reliable electricity supply during the holiday season. According to the power company on Monday, efforts are being made to ensure the availability of its generating units, however, the inadequacies in the aged Transmission and Distribution (T&D) network continue to pose problems. The company further stated that it concluded pre-planned maintenance activities on the T&D network and prudent operational practices.“GPL concluded pre-planned maintenance activities on the T&D network on December 8. The team, however, continues to ensure that issues that could cause potential widespread outages during the holidays are addressed. In some instances, this may mean having localised outages for shorter periods of time. We apologise for these situations, but they are necessary, given the vulnerabilities of the T&D network,” GPL stated.Moreover, it should be noted that the distribution network is circular and failure of any one component may result in service interruption to customers. The company noted that every effort will be made to avert these failures and to act promptly if they transpire. For this year, thousands of Guyanese were inconvenienced by the constant power outages due to, in one instance, the late delivery of fuel from the regular overseas supplier. Other issues with the T&D system has also left persons without electricity for prolonged periods in 2019.last_img read more


first_imgGAA RESULTS – COUNTY DONEGALRadio na Gaeltachta Senior ChampionshipDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment 06-Oct-2013 Killybegs 0 – 11 1 – 7 Malin Mac Cumhaill ParkCentra Supermarket U21 A Football ChampionshipDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment 06-Oct-2013 Kilcar 5 – 15 2 – 9 An Clochán Liath ArdaraKerr Signs U/13 Hurling Section ADate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment06-Oct-2013 C.L.G. Bun Cranncha 1 – 4 2 – 7 Swatragh Na MaghaKerr Signs U/13 Hurling Section BDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment 06-Oct-2013 Naomh Colmcille 0 – 1 1 – 1 Na Seamróga BanagherRadio na Gaeltachta Senior ChampionshipDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment05-Oct-2013 Ardara 0 – 16 1 – 14 Glenswilly Mac Cumhaill Park Centra Supermarkets, Co Donegal Division 3Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment05-Oct-2013 Naomh Columba 1 – 18 1 – 6 Naomh Pádraig Leifear Arús Seán Ó hÉinneMarley Coaches Division 4Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment05-Oct-2013 Milford 1 – 15 1 – 11 Moville Moyle Park05-Oct-2013 Naomh Ultan 3 – 8 1 – 11 Na Rossa Naomh UltanMcGlynns Restaurant, Castlefin Division 2 LeagueDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment05-Oct-2013 Termon 1 – 5 1 – 9 Naomh Muire TermonBrian McCormick Sports Division 1 ReserveDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment05-Oct-2013 Four Masters 3 – 5 0 – 12 St Eunans Four MastersCentra Supermarkets, Co Donegal Division 3Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment05-Oct-2013 St Naul’s 2 – 13 0 – 4 Gaeil Fhánada Páirc Gearóid O’GallachóirMarley Coaches Division 4Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment05-Oct-2013 Convoy 1 – 8 1 – 21 Urris ConvoyMarley Coaches Division 4 ReserveDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment05-Oct-2013 Milford 0 – 11 1 – 9 Moville Moyle Park05-Oct-2013 Convoy 1 – 11 1 – 8 Urris TBCCentra Supermarkets, Co Donegal Division 3 ReserveDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment05-Oct-2013 St Nauls 1 – 7 0 – 10 Fanad Gaels Páirc Gearóid O’GallachóirMcGlynns Restaurant, Castlefin Division 2 ReserveDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment05-Oct-2013 Termon 1 – 6 0 – 13 Naomh Muire TermonCentra Supermarkets, Co Donegal Division 3 ReserveDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment05-Oct-2013 Downings 2 – 6 0 – 7 Naomh Brid Pairc Na nDunaibhCentra Supermarket U21 A Football ChampionshipDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment04-Oct-2013 Gaoth Dobhair 1 – 10 2 – 8 Sean MacCumhaills Naomh Mhuire – ConvoyDONEGAL NORTHU13 League Division 2 Section 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment06-Oct-2013 Naomh Colmcille Newtown 7 – 19 4 – 7 Cloughaneely Pairc Colmcille Newton Shield semi finalU13 League Division 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment04-Oct-2013 Termon 3 – 10 2 – 5 Buncrana Mac Cumhaill Park play-off30-Sep-2013 Letterkenny Gaels 3 – 5 6 – 13 St Eunans Pairc Na nGael-LetterkennyDONEGAL SOUTHCounty U16s Division 2 League Semi FinalsDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment05-Oct-2013 Naomh Naille 4 – 6 2 – 10 McCumhaills Four Masters Extra Time If RequiredUnder 16 Championship Division 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment04-Oct-2013 Ardara 1 – 9 3 – 10 Dungloe CLG Naomh Muire Preliminary Play Off Michael Gallagher & Patrick CaulfieldALL YOUR WEEKEND GAA RESULTS was last modified: October 7th, 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:Donegal GAA resultslast_img read more

County Council urge motorists to drive with caution as temperatures drop

first_imgDonegal County Council have today announced that gritters will not be on the roads tonight, however this may change if temperatures fall even more.They urge motorists to drive with care and assume that “no road is ice-free”.Donegal County Council have created an interactive map for motorists to see which roads may be icy. You can view this map by clicking here.To keep up to date with Donegal County Council’s road news you can follow them on Twitter.County Council urge motorists to drive with caution as temperatures drop was last modified: November 12th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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

Three contesting councillors received almost €100K after losing their seats

first_imgThree former Donegal county councillors running for re-election to Donegal County Council received almost €100,000 between them when they lost their seats the last time, Donegal Daily can reveal.And any current sitting councillors who fail to get re-elected can also expect pay-outs after polling day on Friday May 24th.Three former councillors – all members of Fine Gael – collected €97,811 after the last election in 2014. John Boyle, who is running again in the Donegal electoral area in the south of the county, picked up a payment of €47,694 when he lost his seat.Noel McBride, who is running in the Milford Electoral Area, got a pay-out for his two 5-year terms in office and picked up €33,512.Mickey Doherty in Inishowen got payment for his one term in office and was given €16,605. He has been co-opted back onto the council last year but is not expected to run again.Under the councillors’ ‘redundancy scheme’ politicians who lose their seats get one year’s money – or €16,605 – for every five years they serve on the council. A four-term councillor losing a seat – or retiring – can pocket €64,299.However, if they get re-elected five years later, they don’t have to pay the cash back.Three contesting councillors received almost €100K after losing their seats was last modified: April 29th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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

Health hero on a mission to fight TB

first_imgPhumeza Tisile knows the struggles of being infected with XDR-TB and wants to make sure no other suffers from it. (Image: Doctors Without Borders)Proper diagnosis of disease is critical as this gives the framework for the treatment and medication needed. A wrong diagnosis can be fatal; thankfully for Phumeza Tisile, it was not.Tisile was only 19 years old in 2010 when she was diagnosed with tuberculosis (TB). She was, however, misdiagnosed: in reality, she was ill with extensively drug-resistant TB (XDR-TB), the deadliest form of the disease.Sufferers of XDR-TB go through an excruciating two-year journey during which time they must swallow up to 20 pills a day. They must also receive a painful injection every day for the first eight months, making it hard to sit or even lie down. For many, the treatment makes them feel sicker than the disease itself, as side effects cause nausea, body aches and rashes.Because of her misdiagnosis, Tisile reacted badly to the drugs she was prescribed. She lost her hearing and had to have surgery on her lungs.Her lifeline came in the form of Jennifer Hughes, a TB doctor from Doctors Without Borders, at the Cape Town clinic where she was being treated. Following their chance encounter, Hughes drew up an individualised treatment regimen for the young woman.Linezolid was part of her treatment. Linezolid was not developed to treat TB specifically; rather it is an antibiotic used for the treatment of serious infections caused by Gram-positive bacteria that are resistant to other antibiotics. The main uses are to fight infections of the skin and pneumonia, and because of patent issues it is very expensive.Tisile was cured in 2013, but she began her fight against disease by writing a manifesto – with the support of Hughes – to get support from doctors and patients in overcoming XDR-TB.THE MANIFESTOTest Me Treat Me, Tisile’s manifesto, calls for three things in particular:Everyone must have access to testing and treatment for XDR-TB;There needs to be better treatment and higher cure rates; and,The international community must fund the fight against XDR-TB.Tisile told Redbull Amaphiko, a collaborative platform for social entrepreneurs who want to bring change to the world: “The reason we wrote the manifesto was to let the world health leaders know that XDR-TB was an emergency.”After presenting it to the World Health Assembly in Geneva in May 2014, she described it as a “20-year strategy”. “Besides handing over the manifesto, I did interviews with health journalists from Germany and wrote a blog on The Guardian. There were workshops organised by Doctors Without Borders where I spoke about my experience with TB,” said Tisile of her experience in Switzerland.CHEAPER DRUGS THE SOLUTIONDuring her three years of treatment, Tisile was part of a privileged 20 out of 300 suffering from XDR-TB to be treated with Linezolid.“It’s because of the patent laws,” she explained. “The drug is too expensive and people who need it the most can’t get it. I’ve met people who I called friends who have now died.”Linezolid is sold at R700 a tablet, but Tisile says there is a cheaper version from India that costs R20 a tablet.PREACHING THE CURETisile, who is now 24 years old, lost her hearing as a result of the misdiagnosis, but since then has had two cochlear implants and has regained her hearing. Her journey to recovery has given her the opportunity to speak about her story to medical students and ordinary people as part of TB Proof.TB Proof is a grassroots health care and TB survivor initiative founded in 2012 by South African Health Care Workers and Students after multiple personal experiences with occupational tuberculosis, particularly multidrug-resistant TB.Since working with TB Proof, Tisile said, she had learnt that medical students, professional nurses and doctors did not wear TB masks when attending to patients because they feared their colleagues would see them as weak.last_img read more

War on plastic: SA seafood restaurant chain bans straws

first_imgPlastics are the scourge of the ocean, with millions of tons annually finding their way into the world’s open waters and then into the stomachs of marine life.In an effort to help save the oceans from plastic pollution, the Ocean Basket restaurant chain is no longer offering customers straws with drinks and bags for takeaway meals. (Image: Pixabay)CD AndersonOne of the most notorious plastic products, doing the most harm, is the ordinary drinking straw. Popular seafood franchise Ocean Basket has banned the use of straws in all its restaurants.Each day, around the world, more than 500 million drinking straws are used and discarded. While some are recycled, most are dumped in landfills and find their way into the ocean, where plastic pollution is taking its toll on wildlife.One million seabirds die from ingesting plastic every year, in addition to more than 100,000 other marine animals. In one example, inspecting the stomach contents of a sea turtle that died from ingesting plastic refuse, Marine Conservation Institute scientists found more than a hundred drinking straws, alongside plastic bags, cigarette butts and plastic bottle tops.Ocean Basket has now officially implemented a ban on the use of straws – and plastic bags – in all 168 of its restaurants nationwide, rolling out during 2018. The ban is the first step the brand is taking in raising awareness of the effects of plastic pollution on the planet and its oceans. The company will also push for the ban in its restaurants around the rest of Africa, of which there are more than 20 – including in Nigeria and Zimbabwe – during the course of the year.(Image: Ocean Basket)The move follows a global trend by the food and hospitality industry to reduce its plastic use. The US city of Seattle has banned straws and plastic packaging outright, including large fast food franchises; internationally, these large brands have yet to implement a full plastic ban. In 2017, Kenya banned the use of plastic bags completely.Ocean Basket understands the ban is as much a moral decision as it is an economic one, stating in the official announcement of the straw ban on 10 January 2018: “The ocean sustains us with the basic elements of life; it produces half the oxygen we breathe, helps to provide the water we drink and delivers [to] us the very core of our business success – seafood.”The company is the first large food franchise in South Africa to implement the ban, and it hopes the other big names in the industry will take note and follow suit.“Ocean Basket is building a movement… [that] inspires all of us to prevent plastic pollution, reduce waste, improve recycling and live cleaner, healthier lives. Watch this space as we begin the rollout of projects over the next 18 months,” the company said.Smaller independent food outlets around the country, many in the Western Cape, have also effected a ban on straws and plastics in their day-to-day operations.Ocean Basket says the ban has been largely supported by its customers, and has encouraged consumers to take the message to social media, using the hashtag #refusethestraw to spread the word.The company is well known for its corporate responsibility, particularly when it comes to its primary product, seafood. Ocean Basket, as per the guidelines of the Southern African Sustainable Seafood Initiative (Sassi) only uses seafood that has been harvested in a responsible, ethical manner.Greenpeace Africa has applauded Ocean Basket for the ban, welcoming more corporate involvement and responsibility in tackling environmental challenges. It hopes that more South African companies take note of the example set by Ocean Basket and are inspired to meet the same challenge and even take it further towards the ultimate goal: the complete eradication of processed industrial plastics across the board.(Infographic: Two Ocean Aquarium, Cape Town / Marine Conservation Institute)Source: News24, Good Things Guy website, Greenpeace Africa, Marine Conservation Institute Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Battle of the Smiths

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest It was a battle of the Smiths for the highest Ohio yield in the National Corn Growers Association 2015 Corn Yield Contest.Fresh off his trip to Commodity Classic where he was recognized for his corn yield success, Adam Smith had several tales of what turned out to be a pretty great 2015 for him and his family.It was late 2015 and Adam just found out that he had the highest yielding Ohio entry of any category in the National Corn Growers Association 2015 National Corn Yield Contest. The final contest results had been released the December day he was driving south from his Huron County farm to pick up parts for his fertilizer spreader.As he drove, Adam passed a farm in Marion County with a tower drier exactly like the one he’d just ordered. Though he’d never been to the farm before, and didn’t even know who lived there, he thought he would stop in to see if anyone was in the shop to ask about the tower drier.“I knocked on the door of the shop because I saw them in there. They were looking at my license plate and asking what county I was from. I said, ‘Oh, I am from Huron County,’” Adam said.The young farmer then approached Adam and the following exchange took place between Adam and the farmer he was visiting.“You don’t happen to know an Adam Smith from Huron County do you?”“I said, ‘Yeah I know him, why?’”“I just found out he beat me in the yield contest. I got second by a half bushel.”“Oh yeah, that is me.”As it turns out, Adam Smith’s top Ohio yield was 289.5824 bushels with DEKALB DKC64-89RIB in the Non-Irrigated Category. Ohio’s second highest yield in the national contest was from Nathan Smith from Marion with 289.1934 bushels with Channel 213-59STXRIB. The two young Smith farmers met for the first time on the day the contest results were announced when one stopped to ask the other about a drier.“We looked at the drier and talked about the corn yield contest,” Adam said.last_img read more

Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Ep. 114 | Soaking up the sun with solar panels and ice cold milk

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The 114th episode of the Ohio Ag Net Podcast, sponsored by AgriGold, includes hosts Joel Penhorwood, Dale Minyo, and Kolt Buchenroth. On today’s podcast, Joel and Dale discuss the growing interest of solar technology with Eli Mast of Mast Farm Service and Sheldon Stutzman of Paradise Energy Solutions. Joel talks with Kelsey Turner from the Ohio Farm Bureau about the Young Ag Professionals Event and how to participate. The podcast has interviews from Kyle Vantillburg and Jetse Boersma on MVP Dairy where they talk with Matt Reese about the farm and the dairy industry. Matt gets an update from the Between the Rows farmers Dylan Baer and Nathan Brown and the boys guess this year’s Ohio State Fair butter sculpture.last_img

NAHB Annual Conference Wraps Up 2011 Event in Orlando

first_imgIt seems to me that most trade conferences have settled into a consistent rhythm—pre-conference classes and committee meetings, a trade show that lasts several days with a show floor and short seminars that attendees move between, and one or two big speeches that resemble tent revivals. I recently attended the International Builders Show, AKA IBS (which Leah Thayer pointed out also stands for irritable bowel syndrome), in Orlando, Florida. IBS used to be enormous—you could spend days walking the show floor and not see everything. Unfortunately for NAHB—but fortunately for attendees—the housing industry downturn has led to a much smaller and more manageable show.The good, the bad, the ugly, and a few just plain silly productsI spent a good portion of my three days in Orlando on the show floor, checking out both new and old products, and ran across a few that I think deserve mention. Just for fun, I’ll start with the silly stuff, some of which falls into the bad and ugly categories. Among the usual collection of windows, insulation, and other building products, I ran across a couple of very strange booths. My favorite goofy item was the plastic Tiki Hut structure on display. Close behind that was the booth full of enormous bronze sculptures. Other choice items were two different vinyl siding companies with “log” patterns, and plantation shutters with tiny little solar panels on each louver.On the good side, I ran across a product from Tech-Wood—a wood-polypropylene composite, available in lap siding and railing patterns, that looks promising. I was also impressed by the dedication to healthy housing shown by Push Design, a North Carolina company that specializes in natural building materials and techniques, including hemp insulation imported from England. I liked the Huber Engineered Woods booth, full of cool demonstrations of Zip System products’ performance. Zip System is apparently very well tested, although I still have some concerns about quality control in the field, as I do with most moisture management products. Ultra-Aire exhibited a line of whole house dehumidifiers with outside air intakes and MERV 8 filters. All units are ENERGY STAR rated and look promising, particularly for high-performance homes in humid climates. Cosella-Dorken continues to expand its Delta line of moisture management products, including new weather barriers and flashing tapes.Lightly attended seminarsI sat in on several seminars, most of which were sparsely attended. It may have been wishful thinking, but most of the sessions were held in rooms that were often more than 75% empty. Peter Pfeiffer and John Freer gave a solid talk on Effective Green Building and Design, providing both the architect’s and the contractor’s views on how to accomplish high-performance homes. Another presentation by Steve Bertasso about cost-effective green practices in affordable housing was basic, but mostly accurate. I appreciated the fact that he gave a pretty reasonable estimate of the cost of certification rather than throw out a lowball figure like many people do. Another good presentation about green scopes of work by Foster Lyons was eerily familiar to one I give about trade contractor management, but I guess great minds just think alike.The best presentations had the fewest presenters. One of the big problems I have with most conferences is the inconsistent quality of the seminars. There is too much beginner-level information, too much repetition, and—since few speakers are paid for their time, let alone their expenses—the quality is inconsistent.The verdictAs much as NAHB doesn’t like it, I think a smaller show is a better one. The show floor, while large, was still manageable, and people who came for a day had enough time to see just about everything. I think the seminar structure needs a major reworking to include fewer concurrent sessions and eliminate duplication. I would like to see more advanced sessions, and sets of sessions that combine into specific subject tracks that build on each other to provide a solid block of information. If I was in charge (and let’s be thankful I’m not), I would have fewer live seminars, have them all streaming live on the web as well as available for later viewing, keep the show floor size down, and move it to a better city—one that doesn’t require taxis and buses to get everywhere. It’s time for trade shows to rethink their structure and look for alternative ways to deliver their message, provide benefit for attendees, and make money.last_img read more

CWG: Stakes high for hosts as India take on Pak in hockey match

first_imgIndia will have to play much better than what they did against Australia to beat Pakistan for a place in the semi-finals.When India and Pakistan clash in the men’s hockey competition of the Commonwealth Games on Sunday, there will be more at stake than just a spot in the semi-finals of the event. The erstwhile powerhouses of the game are pale shadows of their illustrious past and Australia and various European teams seemed to have left them far behind.The eight Olympic gold medals and a World Cup title India has won seem fables as do the three Olympic and four world titles of Pakistan.Never was this more evident than at the World Cup at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium earlier this year. The conditions were said to favour the Asian teams but India finished eighth while Pakistan finished 12th, at the bottom. ‘India, however, had the consolation of beating Pakistan 4-1 on the opening night of the tournament. Sandeep Singh converted two penalty corners while Shivendra Singh and Prabhjot Singh added to the score in that match.The result was hailed as revenge for the 7-1 drubbing Pakistan had given India in the final of the 1982 Asian Games at the same stadium. Pakistan, too, would not have forgotten that result. They will be out to seek redemption. After the World Cup debacle, the Pakistan team had retired en masse, but most are back in India. Famous players such as drag-flicker Sohail Abbas and goalkeeper Salman Akbar, though, are absent. The team also has a new coach in Dutchman Michel van den Heuvel.advertisementIndia, too, has a new coach, but its coaching staff and the playing squad, barring a few changes, are the same. Neither team figures at the top of world hockey anymore, but that does not affect the passion and enthusiasm of the supporters. Tickets for the match are already sold out.Pakistan has an edge over India in terms of statistics but India will bank on crowd support to beat them again.There is not much that either team management can do to catch the other off guard. While India seem to have made little improvement since the World Cup, Pakistan may have left the fiasco behind.After struggling to beat Malaysia in the opener, India were shown their place by a 2-5 defeat against Australia. A 4-0 win over Scotland on Saturday put the Indians in the right frame of mind ahead of the match against Pakistan, who notched up two comprehensive wins over Scotland and Malaysia and went down by only one goal to the Aussies.Pakistan will be wary of Sandeep’s drag-flicks and Shivendra’s runs. India, in turn, will have to watch out for Rehan Butt, Shakeel Abbasi.In the end, India will have to beat Pakistan if they have to reach the semi-finals on home soil. The India women’s team meanwhile beat South Africa 3-1 but crashed out of the tournament on goal difference.last_img read more