Queenstown, Essequibo residents calling for Police outpost

first_imgResidents of the Region Two community of Queenstown, Essequibo Coast are calling on the Public Security Ministry to establish a Police outpost there.During a Police outreach held in the village, Deputy Commander of ‘G’ Division, Marlon Taylor, was present, and he reminded residents about their legal rights and explained the procedures in reporting and observing illegal activities within their area.Deputy Commander of ‘G’ Division, Marlon Taylor, speaking with residents during the outreachExtending a hand of friendship to the residents, Taylor added that the Guyana Police Force is seeking to build partnerships in all communities throughout Guyana.Residents thus used the opportunity to request the establishment of a Police outpost in the community.Many persons declared at the outreach that there has been an increase in drug trafficking in the community, and they claim this development is a direct result of unemployment.Residents also requested increased Police patrols and truancy campaigns in the area.Head of the Region Two Traffic Department, Sergeant Alfred Parks, spoke to residents about road safety. He reminded residents about safe road usage, and their rights as passengers when travelling in hire cars.The outreach was one of several planned by ‘G’ Division Police to connect with residents in Region Two.last_img read more

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GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO CUT OUT NONSENSE FOR STRUGGLING FAMILIES – HARVEY

first_imgSinn Fein county councillor Cora Harvey has told the Government to “cut out the nonsense” when it comes to struggling families.The Ballybofey-based councillor was commenting on the decision to cut Exceptional Needs Payments for struggling families.She criticised the decision to abolish the provision of exceptional needs payments on the eve of children making communion and confirmation and states there could have been another way. “Again this is another example of the Government saving a quick buck at the expense of our children and an example of budget cuts coming in through the back door 5 months after the budget was announced.“Whilst I don’t condone lavish expenditure for these celebrations I feel there needs to more of a societal change in the interest of equality and for the Sacraments themselves prior to decisions such as this. Religious Sacraments and how we celebrate them are not knew, and they are important, the Government had plenty of time to plan for saving the approx 1.5 million. (which this grant cost last year)“For families the reality will be a case of “all dressed up and no were to go” as many children return to cold houses and beans on toast, because there is such pressure to keep up appearances and parents don’t want their children stigmatised,” she said.She said she accepted children want to be the same as their peers and parents will do everything to ensure their child does not look out of place. But the reality is that families cannot afford these lavish celebrations whether one was entitled to the grant or not because even those who are not entitled to the grant are struggling when you look at the mortgage arrears and rate of unemployment there are a lot more families out there who find this time of year a burden than those 12,500 who availed last year of the grant, she said.“I feel schools should be recommended from the Department to encourage children to receive the sacrament in their School Uniforms and then what they do after that is up to the individual families. Or if tradition is important and the white dress ritual is desired then simplicity and creativity should be encouraged – schools / communities could be helped to supply dresses and returned each year and a minimal laundry fee.“What I am saying is, things are changing, our economy has changed and so to should our practice and traditions. According to a survey carried out by EBS parents expect to spend an average of €573.00 on First Communions this year, that is ridiculous and we cant afford that, the nonsence needs to be cut before the Grant.“This cut will make a difference in children and that is not fair – more engagement with schools and parishes around the planning of the religious ceremonies should have been encouraged and a lead in time allowed then abolish the grant if need be, but in the meantime if the Government are hell bent on saving the 1.5 million then take a proposal from the Sinn Fein Budget Measures – which will not target the poor.” GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO CUT OUT NONSENSE FOR STRUGGLING FAMILIES – HARVEY was last modified: April 12th, 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:Cora HarveySinn Feinlast_img read more

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Women’s Soccer Clipped in Overtime, 1-0, by Omaha

first_img Next Game: Stone collected a pair of saves en route to a scoreless second half of regulation. She and Lopez combined for a shutout against Western Illinois in Drake’s previous match. The Bulldogs (3-6-1) open Missouri Valley Conference play by hosting Loyola on Saturday, Sept. 28 at 6 p.m. DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University women’s soccer team fell in overtime to Omaha, 1-0, on Tuesday night at Cownie Soccer Complex. Preview “I liked how we adapted to the wind and field to put ourselves in the best position to win,” said Drake head coach Lindsey Horner. “Tonight was similar to the South Dakota game in that we created plenty of chances to score goals and put the game away, specifically in the second half and overtime, but we couldn’t make good on our chances.” Freshman goalkeeper Vianey Lopez started in net for the Bulldogs for the second-consecutive match. She recorded two saves in the first half before being replaced by Kelsie Stone, the reigning MVC Defensive Player of the Week. The Bulldogs outshot the Mavericks, 14-8, but shots on goal were even at five for each side. Drake’s best chance came in the 76th minute when a header by Megan Valenzuela struck the right post and bounced out of play. “Saturday will come quickly, and it would be great if we again get 14 chances against the likes of a Loyola,” Horner said. “But the reality is we will have to be far more clinical in both boxes as MVC games are a lot tighter than tonight.” Print Friendly Version “We didn’t force their goalkeeper to make a good save to preserve their shutout,” Horner said. “Again we left the door open for a set piece to be the difference maker against the run of play.”center_img Box Score (PDF) Loyola 9/28/2019 – 6 PM Erika Townley and Hannah Bormann provided an offensive spark off the bench for Drake. They led the team with two shots and one shot on goal apiece. The goalie duo orchestrated an impressive performance by Drake’s backline. The Bulldogs recorded season-bests in limiting Omaha to eight shots and two corner kicks. Story Links Omaha’s Jaden Thiem found Tabitha Allberg on a corner kick in the 95th minute, and Allberg sent a header far post for the game-winner. Live Stats Full Schedule Roster last_img read more

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US funding for SA solar project secured

first_img7 November 2013US firm SunEdison has secured R1.8-billion (US$185-million) in development finance for for the 60 megawatt (MW)Boshof Solar Park project in South Africa’s Free State province.The loan secured from the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, the development finance institution of the US government, will cover 75% of the R2.4-billion cost of the project, SunEdison said in a statement on Wednesday.The project falls under the South African government’s renewable energy programme for independent power producers, which aims to add 17 800 MW from renewable sources to the country’s energy mix by 2030.Last week, the government announced a third round of preferred bidders for the programme, adding 17 new projects to the 47 renewable energy projects already approved in the first and second rounds of bidding. Together, the 64 projects will bring around R180-billion in investment into South Africa, and add in the region of 3 800 MW to the country’s national electricity grid.Significant South African shareholdingThe Boshof Solar Park project, which was approved in the second round of bidding, stands out as the first project in programme that will be supplied by a South African majority-owned photovoltaic (PV) module manufacturer.SunEdison owns 51% of the project, with the remainder owned by South Africa’s Public Investment Corporation (19%), Nehawu Investment Holdings (20%), and a community trust administered by Kurisani, the investment arm of loveLife (10%).According to SunEdison, about 50% of the project’s total value will go to South African service providers and manufacturers supplying local components, including the SunEdison AP90 Single Axis trackers that will be locally manufactured for the project. Total procurement from black economic empowered entities is estimated at R685-million ($67.9-million).The company said the project was expected to create around 280 jobs during its construction and operational phases, while supporting over 1 000 additional jobs through the use of local sub-contractors.In addition, the company said, over R200-million ($19.7-million) had been set aside for projects “that will transform the community by improving access to education and healthcare, supporting enterprise development and other projects to improve the quality of life for residents throughout the Free State and Northern Cape”.SunEdison vice-president Pashupathy Gopalan said Boshof was “a landmark project which will benefit the entire South African economy as it contributes to energy security and creates green jobs throughout the value chain”.The Boshof project is SunEdison’s third in South Africa’s renewable energy programme for independent power producers. SunEdison said on Wednesday that construction was under way the other two projects, the 28 MW Soutpan plant and the 30 MW Witkop plant, both located in Limpopo province.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Upgraded Fire Station Opens in Freeport

first_img Upgraded station in Freeport, Montego Bay, constructed at a cost of just under $5 million Story Highlights Mayor of Montego Bay, Councilor Glendon Harris, called for good maintenance of the facility Fire fighters in St. James now have an upgraded station in Freeport, Montego Bay, constructed at a cost of just under $5 million.Speaking at a dedication ceremony on August 28, Deputy Superintendent of the Jamaica Fire Brigade, Andrew Russell, said members of the service gave their time and skills during the construction of the station, and ensured value for money.“Skilled firefighters from St. Elizabeth and St. James contributed valuable time and effort and installed the roof canopy, ceiling bed, kitchen cupboard and all other concrete and painting works,” he said.“As a cost saving initiative, firefighters with the requisite competencies were identified by the Project Manager and their skills utilized on the project. With their intervention and endowment from stakeholders, the project cost $4.7 million, about $1 million less than what was budgeted,” the Deputy Superintendent told the audience.Funding and material support for the facility came from the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development, the Jamaica Fire Brigade, Premix Jamaica, ZIM Integrated Shipping Services, and Quality Dealers.The work included construction of over 1,000 square feet of living space, bathroom facilities, and other sections.Meanwhile, Mayor of Montego Bay, Councilor Glendon Harris, called for good maintenance of the facility and for all to have pride in the upkeep of the City of Montego Bay.“All of our officers will have to play their part in the maintenance of this facility. It is the duty of all of us to ensure that everything in this facility is at its best. Let us all take pride in the city, let us all take pride in this parish,” he said.For her part, Member of Parliament for West Central St. James, Mrs. Sharon Ffolkes-Abrahams, said all should be done to make firefighters comfortable, because they endanger themselves to save lives and property.“It is very important that we take care of our firemen and fire women. We are in the city of Montego Bay, and we have to protect its residents, and we have to protect the tourism industry. We also have here in Freeport, a very important industry, the information and communication technology industry. We have the important business of protecting the residents and our industries from destructive fires,” she said. The work included construction of over 1,000 square feet of living space, bathroom facilities, and other sectionslast_img read more

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No traces of formalin found in fish samples collected from city markets

first_imgKolkata: The fish loving Kolkatans have reasons to rejoice after the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) found no trace of formalin in the fish samples collected from nine fish markets in the city after a three-day drive.”We have collected as many as 18 samples of fish from nine markets in the city that includes Entally Market, New Market, Manicktala Market, Poura Parna Bithika Market in Behala, Taltala Market, Orphangunge Market in Kidderpore, Taltala Market etc. All the samples have been tested in our laboratory and we have found no trace of formalin,” Member Mayor-in-Council (Health) Atin Ghosh said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe drive that was held on July 16, 17 and 18 covered the wholesale fish sellers and samples were picked up from Rohu, Katla and a few Bhetki variety.Ghosh, however, added that the civic body will keep an eye on the markets to ensure quality of fish varieties.”We are planning to conduct surprise drives in the wee hours and collect samples when truck loads of fish reach the markets through import,” he maintained.The drive was conducted after there were allegations of presence of formalin in the fish imported from Andhra Pradesh. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIt may be mentioned that more than half the fish consumed in the city is procured from Andhra Pradesh.Formalin is a preservative that can lead to cancer if consumed over a period of time. The chemical can also cause nausea and other ailments in the short term.Officials of the state Fisheries department have been asked to visit wholesale markets across the city from Saturday to collect samples that will be checked.According to the state Fisheries department stats, the city alone consumes around 235 tonne of fish every day. Fish from Andhra Pradesh – mostly Rohu and Katla – accounts for around 135 tonne of the total consumption.Of around 1.73 lakh tonne of fish that Bengal imports from other states annually, Andhra accounts for around 1 lakh tonne. The Assam government had already banned sale of fish from Andhra Pradesh after lab tests detected formalin in some samples.”Banning of fish from Andhra will be difficult for Bengal. If we stop import, the deficit cannot be met by local production,” an official in the state Fisheries department said.last_img read more

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MIT Researchers Built a Chip That Could Bring Night Vision to Cars

first_img This story originally appeared on Engadget This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now 2 min read Thermal imaging devices like night-vision goggles can help police, search-and-rescue teams and soldiers to pick out bad guys or victims through walls or in complete darkness. However, the best devices require cryogenic cooling, making them heavy, expensive and slow.Enter graphene, the semi-conducting material that’s 100 times stronger than steel — researchers from MIT have built a chip out of the material that may solve the problem. The resulting infrared sensors were small enough that they could be “integrated in every cellphone and every laptop,” according to the study’s co-author, Tomas Palacios.Graphene is one of the best-known infrared sensing materials, so the team built a microscopic sensor chip out of the material. Further graphene was then used to carry the signals and suspend the chip over an air pocket. That eliminated the need for external cooling, normally required by such devices to separate internal heat from the target’s infrared signature.As shown above, the compact sensor was able to detect the shape of a human hand, a promising first result. The goal is to further improve the resolution, so the tech can be used in everyday devices. For example, Palacios told LiveScience that the sensors could one day be integrated into car windshields, giving you “night-vision systems in real time without blocking a driver’s regular view of the road.” That said, we’re still waiting for a host of “promising” graphene-based technology to actually become usable products. Enroll Now for Free November 16, 2015last_img read more

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Canada Jetlines picks Halifax Stanfield to be its Eastern base

first_img Posted by Travelweek Group Canada Jetlines picks Halifax Stanfield to be its Eastern base VANCOUVER — Canada Jetlines has set its sights on Canada’s east coast by selecting Halifax Stanfield International Airport (YHZ) as its eastern operational base.As such, the ultra-low cost carrier (ULCC) will offer ultra-low fare service from the airport when it begins flight operations next summer.“We are pleased to announce the selection of Halifax Stanfield International Airport as our eastern operations base. Halifax is the leading airport of the Atlantic provinces and we look forward to lowering the cost of air travel to and from Atlantic Canada with our ultra-low fares,” said Stan Gadek, CEO of Jetlines stated.This announcement marks the third airport that Jetlines has agreed to terms with, in addition to Hamilton, ON and Abbotsford, B.C.Bert van der Stege, Chief Commercial Officer at YHZ added: “We’re delighted that Canada Jetlines has selected Halifax Stanfield as one of their first airports in the country. Experience has shown that the model of low-cost and low-fare travel stimulates demand and we look forward to offering passengers more travel options between Atlantic Canada, Hamilton and Abbostford.”More news:  Carnival Cruise Line enhances HUB app for families and youthCanada Jetlines is set to become Canada’s first ULCC airline, with plans to operate flights across Canada as well as nonstop service from Canada to the United States, Mexico and the Caribbean. During a teleconference in September, Gadek said fares would be “about the same price as a pair of jeans” and announced a “low-fare guarantee” that promises Canadians the lowest fares in the market.Ticket sales will begin through its website at jetlines.ca in Spring 2018. Wednesday, December 6, 2017 last_img read more

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