Upper Mazaruni Councillors propose hydropower plant for development

first_imgA hydropower project for Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) is one of the major proposals being made by the Upper-Mazaruni councillors for inclusion in the 2017 National Budget. The disclosure was made by Regional Chairman Gordon Bradford.The proposal being made by the councillors is in keeping with plans of creating a green economy. Bartica, located in the region, received township status earlier this year and is leading the way as a model green town.President David Granger in October 2015 announced a five-point plan towards creating the green economy. The plan includes the promotion of the sustainable exploitation of the country’s natural resources.Bradford, during an interview with the Government Information Agency (GINA), noted that the aim of the project is to improve the standard of living for residents in Upper-Mazaruni, as it will benefit several communities.“A hydro project, we feel, would supply Paruima and maybe even Kamarang and Waramadong with electricity and so once we get that on board, that is really going to boost development,” the chairman cited.Further, the chairman pointed out that once the hydropower project comes on stream, it would not only be beneficial in providing electricity, but also additional spin-off benefits. Bradford explained that one of the spinoffs include agro-processing.“In Paruima and other villages, the land is very fertile, and so the agricultural output is enormous and the potential is enormous,” the chairman stated.Additionally, 0 milloin has already been secured by government for the setting up a hydropower facility in Moco Moco, Region Nine, which will come on stream shortly.The facility will not only improve the living standards of the residents, but also provide hundreds of jobs.Construction of the hydropower project is expected to commence by the end of 2016.last_img read more

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Irvine edges LBSU in BWC showdown

first_imgLBCC 14, Pasadena 4 Chris Cordova launched a grand slam in the eighth inning to cap the Vikings’ South Coast Conference win over visiting Pasadena City College. The score was tied 3-3 after the Vikings rallied for a run in the bottom of the sixth. In the seventh inning, LBCC blew the game open with four runs. Curtis Thompson broke the tie with two-run single that brought home Daniel Prieto and Sean Beckley. Cerritos 11, Harbor 10 (ppd.) Cerritos was holding on to a close 11-10 lead over host Harbor College when the game was called due to darkness. According to the rules, the game will be resumed where it left off, at the start of the bottom of the eighth inning, when the two teams meet at Harbor on March 27. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! In a matchup of the top women’s teams in the Big West Conference, Long Beach State came up short in a 4-3 loss at UC Irvine on Thursday. The Anteaters (11-2, 5-0) won the doubles point by taking the No. 1 and No. 3 spots. LBSU fell to 5-5 overall and 3-1 in the Big West. Cerritos 8, Victor Valley 1 In a nonconference match, the Falcons routed Victor Valley to climb over the .500 mark. The Falcons (4-3) opened up the contest by sweeping the doubles matches, and dominated in singles. JC BASEBALL center_img At No. 1 doubles, Becky Bernhard and Claire Fermin won 9-7 over the 49ers duo of Stephanie Bengson and Katy Williams. At No. 3 doubles, LBSU’s Sandra Rocha and Emmanuelle couldn’t keep up with UCI’s TabatruongAli Borowicz and Jayme Hu, who won 8-5. last_img read more

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Retail slump season omen?

first_imgThe news rattled Wall Street. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 147.74, or 1.11 percent, to 13,215.13, giving back five sessions’ worth of gains. It was the biggest point drop in the blue-chip index since a 242-point plunge on March 13. Broader stock indicators also saw their largest one-day point declines since March 13. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index lost 21.11, or 1.40 percent, to 1,491.47, falling back below the 1,500 mark that it surpassed last week for the first time since September 2000. The Nasdaq composite index dipped 42.60, or 1.65 percent, to 2,533.74. Analysts had already expected last month to be weak after an early Easter motivated many consumers to do their holiday shopping in March, siphoning away part of April’s business. But sales were much softer than expected, raising concerns that retailers will also see disappointing results in the months ahead. The UBS-International Council of Shopping Centers sales tally of 53 stores posted a decline of 2.4 percent, the biggest drop since the index started tracking the data back in 1970. The tally is based on same-store sales, or sales at stores open at least a year, which are considered a key indicator of retailers’ health. Michael P. Niemira, chief economist at the ICSC, called the drop in same-store sales a rarity, noting it marked the third time since 1970 that the overall index declined. For the combined March and April period – which provides the best read on the spring selling season – the tally was up only 1.8 percent, below the 2.8 percent forecast. While analysts will be closely watching how May fares, since the month will provide a better indication of consumer outlook, concerns are rising that shoppers can no longer bear the weight of the economy’s woes. “The slowdown is at hand,” said Niemira. He noted that over the past three-month period, same-store sales have averaged a 2 percent growth, exactly half the pace the industry experienced in the same year-ago period. The housing market slump, which had already hurt sales of home-related goods over the past year, seems to be having a greater impact on retail sales. For years, shoppers had tapped into home equity as a source for cash, but rising interest rates have curbed that practice, and rising mortgage defaults may be spooking consumers. Even the job market, which has been a pillar of consumer spending, is showing some signs of strain as the government reported earlier this month that employers added the fewest positions last month in two and a half years. And while the market has hardly collapsed, it appears job seekers will have more difficulty in landing a position. The latest data on unemployment claims, however, was soothing since it showed that the number of laid-off workers filing claims fell for a fourth straight week. Janet Hoffman, managing partner of the North American retail division of the consulting firm Accenture, said stores also are to blame. “The retailers missed on some of the product choices,” said Hoffman noting that much of the fashions reminiscent of mod styles of the 1960s – mini dresses and big geometric patterns – turned off many customers. The good news, however, is that first-quarter profits seem to be intact, with only a handful of merchants, including Abercrombie & Fitch, reducing their profit outlooks Thursday, according to Morris. Most retailers report earnings this month. Wal-Mart reported a 3.5 percent decline in same-store sales. Analysts surveyed by Thomson Financial expected a 1.1 percent decrease.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEW YORK – What was once a dull pain behind the eyes is threatening to become a full-blown migraine for the nation’s retailers. On Thursday, they reported one of their worst monthly sales performances ever, raising concerns that higher gas prices and a weakening housing market are eating away at consumer spending. Given projections for more housing problems and higher fuel demand during the summer, prospects for retailers seem even dimmer. “Consumers are not feeling quite as healthy from an economic standpoint as they did last year at this time,” said John Morris, managing director at Wachovia Securities. As retailers released their April sales figures, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. recorded a rare drop – the weakest performance since the world’s largest retailer began publishing monthly sales in 1980, according to John Simley, a company spokesman. But April’s disappointments crossed all segments of the industry, striking stores as varied as apparel retailer Abercrombie & Fitch Co. and Macy’s operator Federated Department Stores Inc. last_img read more

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Arsenal rout Burnley in Wenger farewell

first_imgAll around a full house of 60,000 at the Emirates — in stark contrast to recent league games when fans have stayed away in protest at a poor season — fans sported red t-shirts emblazoned with “Merci Arsene” (Thank you Arsene).“I expect today will be dominated by sadness,” wrote Wenger in his final programme notes.“It’s the end of a long story for me at Arsenal. But I will also feel grateful for having led this club – that I cherish so much – for such a long time.”Wenger won three Premier Leagues and a record seven FA Cups. His crowning glory coming in the 2003/04 season when Arsenal won the league without losing a single game.That “Invincibles” season was his last as a Premier League winner, though, and fans became tired of Arsenal’s inability to compete for Premier League and Champions League titles.However, there was plenty for the supporters to shout about in a fitting farewell for Wenger as Arsenal displayed the attractive brand of attacking football that characterised his most successful sides over the past two decades.Defeat to Atletico Madrid in the Europa League semi-finals on Thursday means Arsenal missed out on Champions League qualification for the second consecutive season.But they bounced back in style to secure the small consolation of ensuring they will finish sixth in the Premier League ahead of Burnley.Arsenal fans pay tribute to Arsene Wenger ahead of his final home game as manager after 22 years in charge © IKIMAGES/AFP / Ian KINGTONWenger will wonder what might have been had Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang not been cup-tied for the latter stages of the Europa League as the Gabon striker took his tally to eight goals in 11 Premier League appearances since joining for a club record fee from Borussia Dortmund in January.Aubameyang opened the scoring when he slid in to meet Alexandre Lacazette’s cross to get a party atmosphere started after just 14 minutes.Burnley have qualified for Europe for the first time in 51 years thanks to finishing seventh.But it seemed incredible that only three points separated the sides before kick-off as Arsenal cut through the clarets at will going forward.Lacazette stroked home Arsenal’s second just before half-time before Jack Wilshere teed up Sead Kolasinac for a third nine minutes after the break.Aubameyang turned provider for Alex Iwobi to smash home the fourth after being given a huge amount of time inside the Burnley box to pick his spot.And Aubameyang finished as he started by steering home Hector Bellerin’s cross to round off a five-star performance by the Gunners to send-off Wenger in style.Wenger could even afford the luxury of also handing club captain Per Mertesacker an outing from the bench for the closing stages in his final home game before retiring at the end of the season.And the margin of victory could even have been greater as Aubameyang unselfishly offered up the chance of a hat-trick by trying to square for Danny Welbeck, who just couldn’t reach his pass, before Welbeck rattled the crossbar.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Arsene Wenger enjoyed a 5-0 thrashing of Burnley in his final home game as Arsenal manager © AFP / Adrian DENNISLONDON, United Kingdom, May 6 – Arsene Wenger enjoyed a 5-0 thrashing of Burnley in his final home game in charge of Arsenal after 22 years as manager on a day dominated by tributes to the Frenchman.Both teams formed a guard of honour for Wenger, 68, before kick-off to a chorus of “there’s only one Arsene Wenger.”last_img read more

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Ox Game rumbles into Industry

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! INDUSTRY – Eight men on horseback created a mosh pit of man and beast Saturday as several hundred people watched them compete for a 50-pound bag that closely resembled a burlap sack of potatoes. This was the scene at the Ox Game at the Industry Hills Expo Center in Industry, where the sport was played for the first time in the San Gabriel Valley. The L.A. Range Riders defeated Rough Stock 26-16. Wesley Devol, 74, of Encinitas brought members of his family the nearly 100-mile distance because they had heard so much about it. “It’s an interesting thing to watch,” said Devol, who is an experienced horseback rider. “I’ve been on a horse before but not like this. I don’t think I could now. I don’t think I could have years ago.” The object of the game is for oxboys – or horse riders – to pick up the ox bag from the center of the equestrian turf, carry it to one end of the arena and maneuver around a flag, worth one point, then travel to the opposite side of the playing field and drop it into a circle for a two-point touchdown. The game has four 12-minute quarters, with breaks between each quarter. During those breaks, with steam rising collectively from their horses like a row of automobiles with ruptured radiator hoses, the oxboys dust themselves off, retrieve their fallen baseball caps, readjust the tack on their steeds and ready for the next round. Jesse Gustelam, captain of the L.A. Range Riders who was named most valuable player of Saturday’s match, said he had never played anything like Ox Game before. “A lot of heart and a lot of power (are important). And not to be afraid,” he said. Ox Game, according to organizers, came from the sport Buzkashi, still played in Afghanistan, Mongolia and Asia 2,000 years after it was created. The ox bag was originally an animal carcass filled with rocks and sand. But in Buzkashi, there are no rules, and riders can introduce whips, chains, or use their horses to ram one another to win. This version is a bit tamer and safer, like arm wrestling compared to the WWE, but still a challenge. Riders still fall from their horses. “(In Afghanistan) they play with 40 to 50 horses,” said Sonny Amin, founder of Horse Ox USA Inc., who came to the United States from Afghanistan in 1979. “(Here) we have a system, referee, trainers. We want to make sure the horses are safe as well as the players.” He is hopeful that Ox Game will become the next hottest sport in America. “I would like to expose this scene all over California and all over the United States,” he said. lafayette.hight@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2764last_img read more

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Man who came out of 10-year coma dies

first_img 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 “Don fought very long and hard … right to the end. Last night he was breathing very hard, trying to keep going,” Fire Commissioner Michael Lombardo said. Herbert is survived by his wife, Linda, and four sons. His breakthrough came three months after his doctor began giving him drugs normally used to treat Parkinson’s disease, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and depression. Dr. Jamil Ahmed said at the time that the medications had shown promise with more recently brain-damaged patients. There have been a few other widely publicized examples of brain-damaged patients showing sudden improvement after a number of years, at least temporarily, but experts say they are rare. Ahmed has said that since Herbert’s story became public, families from around the world with loved ones in comas have called to inquire about the drug combination. Ahmed did not immediately return a call for comment Tuesday. BUFFALO, N.Y. – A brain-injured firefighter who suddenly spoke after nearly a decade in a stupor, giving hope to families of countless other patients, died Tuesday. He was 44. Donald Herbert was injured in December 1995, when the roof of a burning home collapsed on him. Deprived of oxygen for several minutes, he ended up blind, was largely mute and showed little awareness of his surroundings for years. But on April 30, 2005, he shocked his family with a 14-hour talking jag. Since then, he spoke only sporadically. Herbert was hospitalized again on Sunday with an infection. Until the weekend before his death, Herbert continued to interact and speak, but never to the extent of the initial burst, said Lombardo, a longtime friend of Herbert’s. As recently as last week, he had been playing catch with his sons in the nursing home where he lived, the commissioner said. “He was never as good as he was right after he woke up … but he was pretty good right up to the end,” Lombardo said. Herbert’s uncle, Simon Manka, said Herbert developed pneumonia over the weekend and did not improve with antibiotics. His wife and sons were with him when he died. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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SHAY ONLY TRAINS AT 70% CAPACITY ANYWAY – BRADY

first_imgLiam Brady has dismissed rumours that Shay Given is not fit for tomorrow’s opening Euro 2012 game against Croatia because he is not taking part in full training sessions. Brady knows the Lifford man personally having worked with as part of Trapatonni’s backroom staff.And he says that Given only ever trains at a bout 70% capacity.“Shay is like all goalkeepers – he isn’t big on training. He trains about 70% of the time because that’s all he needs to do as a ‘keeper,” he said.The former Arsenal and Ireland legend says too much is being made of Shay’s alleged struggle to get fit for tomorrow night’s game. “I really don’t think it’s an issue. I think Shay will play and even if he doesn’t, we have a very good number two in Kieran Westwood,” he said. SHAY ONLY TRAINS AT 70% CAPACITY ANYWAY – BRADY was last modified: June 8th, 2012 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:Liam BradyShay Givenlast_img read more

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PATRICK BRENNAN WINS THE TOMMY McBRIDE MEMORIAL 5K

first_imgCongratulations Patrick Brennan on winning the Tommy Mc Bride Memorial 5k with a time of 15.32 and setting a new course record for this race.1 181 Patrick Brennan 00:15:32 SM Individual2 161 Ivan Toner 00:15:49 SM Letterkenny A C 3 173 Ciaran McBride 00:17:17 SM Letterkenny A C4 163 James McFadden 00:17:21 SM Cranford A C5 164 John Sweeney 00:17:31 SM Cranford A C6 158 Michael McGee 00:17:46 M45+ Beechmount Harriers 7 172 Enda McBride 00:17:54 JM Letterkenny A C8 167 Damien McBride 00:17:57 SM Milford A C9 166 Gareth Kerrigan 00:17:58 SM Milford A C10 156 Edward Gallagher 00:18:00 M40+ Cranford A C11 177 PJ Boyce 00:18:44 M45+ Cranford A C 12 159 Christopher Murray 00:19:23 SM Cranford A C13 179 Denis Shiels 00:19:50 M45+ 24/7 Triathlon14 170 Cathal Morrison 00:19:52 M40+ Individual15 169 Lucy Backus 00:19:53 SW Cranford A C 16 162 Jane McGinley 00:20:16 SW Letterkenny A C17 160 Manus Peoples 00:20:40 M50+ Individual18 155 Patrick McGeever 00:20:41 SM Individual19 174 Brian McBride 00:21:05 M50+ Letterkenny A C20 175 Liam Marley 00:21:10 M50+ Cranford A C21 182 Shaun Logue 00:22:15 SM 24/7 Triathlon22 180 Liam Doherty 00:22:29 M40+ Lough Kee Tri23 153 Wes O’ Friel 00:22:40 SM Individual24 178 Michael Bradley 00:22:42 SM Individual25 176 Garry McMonagle 00:23:00 SM Individual26 150 Margaret O’ Friel 00:23:23 W50+ Individual27 165 Noel McBride 00:23:48 M50+ Individual28 171 Nancy McNamee 00:23:49 W50+ Finn Valley A C29 168 Jim Hynes 00:25:55 M60+ Finn Valley A C30 152 Aoife O’ Friel 00:26:15 SW Individual31 151 Niamh O’ Friel 00:26:57 SW Individual32 157 Syria McGeever 00:27:10 SW Individual33 154 Noreen Gilbert 00:33:44 W45+ IndividualPATRICK BRENNAN WINS THE TOMMY McBRIDE MEMORIAL 5K was last modified: August 5th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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OISIN’S FAMILY APPEAL: PLEASE PRAY FOR HIM

first_imgOisin pictured with his girlfriend JosephineTHE family of Oisin Merritt, the Donegal teenager in a coma in Spain after a fall, have asked people here to pray for him.The 19-year-old talented footballer, who plays with Finn Harps reserves, has been in a coma in hospital in Mallorca after a fall in the resort of Santa Ponsa two weeks ago.In a statement today his family said the Stranorlar youth had not been responding to treatment. “He is currently still in a critical condition and not responding to the treatment. We ask that we all stay positive and keep praying,” they said.“The family greatly appreciate all the prayers and support that they have received and want to thank everyone for all that they have done. Please continue to pray for Oisin.” OISIN’S FAMILY APPEAL: PLEASE PRAY FOR HIM was last modified: June 22nd, 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:donegalfamilyMallorcaOisin MerrittSanta PonsaStranorlarlast_img read more

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South African Airways makes progress

first_imgPassenger volumes are up at the national carrier, while output is down, according to the acting chief executive.The next step for SAA is to try to get a more rewards-driven performance system in place. (Image: Wikimedia Commons)Brand South Africa reporterThe implementation of the long-term turnaround strategy at South African Airways (SAA) had seen the airline make real progress, acting CEO Nico Bezuidenhout said today.“What we’ve seen in the April and May months, despite market demand being soft, was that SAA has grown its passenger volumes by 6%, with output reduced by 2%,” he said, although he was quick to add that “performance and consequence management has not been traditionally strong” at the airline.SAA is continuing to implement network changes, with the cancellation of direct flights to Mumbai and Beijing announced earlier this year having a positive effect on the company’s finances.“We are utilising the seats better and selling available seats. We’re seeing that across our network, including on the international side, where we are no longer suffering the losses we were [before].”New routesSAA has concluded a new code-share agreement with Africa World Airlines, in which four flights a week from Johannesburg will pass through Accra in Ghana and go on to Washington. Consequently, the Johannesburg-Dhaka-Washington route will be reduced to three times a week, with four direct flights a week from Johannesburg to Dhaka.The new Johannesburg-Accra-Washington route would create a R100-million benefit for SAA, Bezuidenhout said.The airline had made capacity adjustments in the domestic market, such as to the Durban-Johannesburg route. These adjustments had freed up capacity that could be used to grow SAA’s African capacity, he said.Destinations such as Harare, Kinshasa and Mauritius had benefited as a result, and the airline was focused on growing its network revenue into Africa. “On the African side, no other changes are expected in the short and medium term.”HeadcountThe airline continued to focus on cost reduction two months into the current fiscal year, he said.“Our costs declined by 14% [which is] in part driven by previous savings on fuel costs. Having said that, fuel costs savings. would have been negatively impacted by the weakening of the rand.“We’ve continued focusing on managing our headcount and we’ve made good progress on re-engineering [it] overall.” This process is about 50% complete, but Bezuidenhout hopes it will be concluded by September.The intention is to achieve this without retrenchments as much as possible, through mechanisms such as early retirement. He said SAA should be able to reduce the headcount by 8% to 10%. “What’s not easy is to tell somebody they no longer have a job. We’ve tried our utmost to not have a negative impact in that way,” he said.“We have continued employing a process of renegotiating existing supply contracts, that range from IT supply to costs of the snacks that you are may be having today [at the news briefing]. All of this is continuing to help us reduce our overall cost bill of 14% for the period.“Beyond that we continued to focus on the governance of the business, from procurement to policy requirements.”In some cases this resulted in disciplinary action but it was a means of getting the business “watertight”. “It’s tough enough to earn a cent in this business and I’m not going to lose it due to underhand practices,” Bezuidenhout said.Performance systemIn his opinion the reason SAA had failed to implement good plans was because “performance and consequence management has not been traditionally strong. From that stand point, personal performance contracts and robust consequence management becomes very important.”The next step for SAA was to try to get a more rewards-driven performance system in place.“At Mango, when I’m there, in a given year I earn more than any CEO in the [local] industry – provided that we reach our target. And if we double our target I will get well paid. However, if we don’t reach our target, I am the worst-paid CEO in the industry,” Bezuidenhout said.“If we can get something similar back into SAA, no matter how we look at things, human beings are motivated by reward systems.”Source: News24WireWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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