Old cable, poor distribution system blamed for frequent blackouts

first_imgThe old submarine cable for the Vreed-en-Hoop Power Station is responsible for the recent blackouts, Public Infrastructure Minister, David Patterson has said.The minister said that the submarine cable for the Vreed-en-Hoop station in Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) is damaged, and that normally when the power outage occurs, it would be reconnected immediately since there is in excess of 16 megawatts of power.However, “If the light trips again, it blocks the entire area, so the lights would have to be reconnected in sections, which is the cause of the problem.“As we find them (problems) we reconnect, but unfortunately it disconnects before you can identify where to fix because it’s a very old system,” the minister told the Government Information Agency (GINA) on Monday.The minister explained that he recently met with the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) board to improve response time to at least 15 minutes.However efforts are underway to repair the cable, but the operation is specialised and so quotations are out and work would commence shortly.“In Demerara, it’s not a question of generators, since all the generators are working, but it is a question of the distribution system,” Minister Patterson pointed out.The aged system is ineffective and results in frequent blackouts in the East Bank, West Bank and East Coast Demerara areas.“The system trips, and when it trips we have to close the circuit immediately, and that is the primary cause of the blackouts,” the minister said.The Infrastructure Minister explained that efforts are being made to implement a programme to upgrade the distribution system, and the contract will be awarded shortly. Priority will be on fixing the old distribution system to make it more effective.On Sunday evening, sections of the East Bank Demerara were without electricity for more than nine hours.last_img read more

Trojans end home slate in style

first_imgLOS ANGELES – The Galen Center’s inaugural season could not have had a better ending. Senior Lodrick Stewart led the USC student section in displaying the university’s trademark victory sign as the school’s fight song played. This for a team that entered the season picked to finish sixth in the conference and starting freshmen at point guard and power forward. “We’re playing for seeding now,” Stewart said. “There’s not a doubt we’re going to the tournament. I think we’re going now, and the coaches feel the same way.” USC’s 15-3 record at Galen Center is its best home mark since going 16-3 in 1961. The Trojans’ three seniors – Stewart, Penrose and center Abdoulaye N’diaye – received framed jerseys before their final home game. N’diaye, making a rare start, came out and scored USC’s first four points. Stewart drained four 3-pointers to give him 220 for his career, breaking the all-time USC mark of 218 held by Brandon Granville (1999-2002). “It’s great to get the record on a day like this,” said Stewart, who came out to a large ovation with 55.8 seconds remaining. “It was so sad knowing it’s my last time playing here.” Stewart finished with 13 points, seven rebounds and two blocked shots. Taj Gibson led the Trojans with 18 points. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Then the players lifted senior walk-on Chris Penrose – who hit a 3-pointer in the final seconds – onto their shoulders and carried him off the court. USC’s 84-66 victory over California in its final home game displayed everything that has changed this year within the program – the attitude, the attendance and the atmosphere. “We said from day one, we’re not going to beg our people to come out,” said coach Tim Floyd after his team played in front of a sellout Galen Center-record crowd of 10,027. “You have to earn those things.” USC has done that with a team that has defied all expectations. The Trojans (21-8, 11-5) are guaranteed at least fourth place in the conference, will take second if they win both games in Washington this week and can wrap up third with any win or Stanford loss in the final two games. center_img Teammates surrounded Stewart, some going into the aisles, as the crowd paid tribute to one of the Trojans’ best seasons since the Pacific-10 Conference expanded to 10 teams in 1979. The players paid tribute back for the electric atmosphere that built all season and reached a crescendo Saturday. last_img read more

Oktay ready for the hot seat at Gor Mahia

first_img0Shares0000New Gor Mahia head coach Hassan Oktay gestures during a training session at the Camp Toyoyo Ground on December 11, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 11 – “I am happy to be here. Personally I am a winner and Gor Mahia also is a winner; we connect together. My target is high and Gor Mahia’s target is also high and now we have to start getting results.”Those are the words of new Gor Mahia head coach Hassan Oktay as he took charge of his first official training session at the club on Tuesday afternoon having penned a two-year deal to take over from Dylan Kerr on Monday. The Cypriot tactician says he is ready for the challenge at a club he has referred to as the biggest club in Kenya noting that his first immediate task is returning the winning mentality and hunger to succeed at the club.“When you win the league players are full; they are not hungry. But as a coach I have to change that mentality. We have to get back to the winning mentality again,” the tactician told Capital Sport.Oktay knows only too well that he has a huge task ahead of him especially with a demanding fan-base constantly on his neck for victories and he says as a coach who has amassed experience close to three decades, he is ready for such kind of pressure.New Gor Mahia head coach Hassan Oktay talks to his players before a training session at the Camp Toyoyo Ground on December 11, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluThe tactician obtained his badges at English Premier League side West Ham United and worked in the London club for a while before also working with another London-based club Watford FC.He also has experience working with Championship and Conference League sides before eventually moving to Thailand where his last assignment was with Police FC in Bangkok, leading them to back to back titles.“Before I came here, I knew what kind of a club Gor is and I am pleased to be with them. The Committee, the players and the fans are all great people and I look forward to working with them. I have seen the team in three games now and I am pleased with the quality we have. We just have to start winning soon,” further stated Oktay.Though he was on the touchline during the CAF Champions League preliminary round return tie away to Nyasa Big Bullets in Malawi and last weekend’s 2-1 loss away to Bandari, Oktay will be officially in charge of the team on Wednesday when they take on Zoo Kericho at Kasarani.New Gor Mahia head coach Hassan Oktay talks to members of his technical bench before a training session at the Camp Toyoyo Ground on December 11, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluThe coach hopes that this will offer his charges a platform to pick their first win of the season, saying their only problem in the three matches he has watched, all losses in regular time has been lack of scoring.“Every team when they play against a bigger team, they always come out to play like a final and we expect a tough game. My other technical bench members have helped me prepare for this game because they definitely know about the team, but we want to get the three points,” the tactician offered.Looking back at the last three games he has watched especially the Bandari game, Oktay sees some hope especially noting they dominated but failed to score.“In the Bandari game, I cannot take anything away from my players. If anything they worked hard and I noted they improved tempo-wise. We dominated the game and created chances, but we failed to score. That was the problem,” further stated the coach.Please stay! New Gor Mahia head coach Hassan Oktay chats with midfielder Francis Kahata before a training session at the Camp Toyoyo Ground on December 11, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluMeanwhile, he has not ruled out a possibility of making further additions to the squad, his particular worry being offensively as he looks to strengthen the side not only to conquer the local scene but the continent as well.The tactician says he is still learning his players to know their strengths and weaknesses with the help of the other members of the technical bench and should be in a position to make a more informed decision by the time the transfer window closes next month.After facing Zoo, Gor will shift their attention to a crucial CAF Champions League tie against Nigerian champions Lobi Stars with a possible place in the group stages awaiting them if they successfully wade through the two-legged tie.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgA man accused of taking part in a major drug-growing operation has been refused an application to get a new passport – after claiming he needs to go to Thailand to get a divorce.Neville Leech, is accused with two other men of cultivating more than €450,000 of cannabis in Carrigans, Co Donegal on January 13th, 2010.Leech was charged with the possession of cannabis and was released on bail of €5,000 as well as an independent surety of €10,000. He was also ordered to hand over his passport and sign on at his local Garda station once a week.He appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court to ask for permission to seek a new passport to travel to Thailand to finalise a divorce.Leech, 34, of Pearse Park, Drogheda, claimed because he was not married in Ireland, he could not get a divorce here. Barrister Patricia McLoughlin asked if Leech could simply not get the papers sent to Ireland which he could sign.Leech said he had to go to Thailand and turn up in person to get the divorce from his Thai wife. Garda Sgt Niall Boyle said he was opposing the application for a new passport as Leech was facing a very serious charge and had fears that he would not return for trial.Leech said he merely wanted to get on with his life and wanted to finalise his divorce saying he would try and put up more bail money if needed. Judge Rory McCabe said he did not think there was an extradition agreement between Thailand and Ireland. He eventually refused the application saying that unless Leech brought documentary evidence that he needed to travel to Thailand to get his divorce, he would not grant him permission to get a new passport.EndsCARRIGANS DRUGS HAUL MAN REFUSED PASSPORT TO GET DIVORCE IN THAILAND was last modified: May 4th, 2011 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:CarrigansdrugsNeville Leechlast_img read more


first_imgIt’s hard to know what was going through the minds of the Donegal Ice Road Trekkers when they made this video in the Arctic last year.The lads have shaken off the snow from their Donegal jerseys and uploaded the clip in honour of the brave lads of last weekend. Paul Doherty tells us it was warmer in the Davin Stand on Sunday afternoon last.Probably not that warm if your name was Pat Spillane sitting amongst a load of Donegal fans though!Click on the video to play.  DDTV: WHAT AN ICE TRIBUTE TO THE B-B-B-BRAVE DONEGAL TEAM was last modified: September 26th, 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) Tags:Croke ParkDDTVdonegalIce Road Trekkerslast_img read more

Drake Hosts Bradley Tuesday Night In First Of Two Games This Week

first_imgStory Links Prior to Saturday’s 4-0 loss at No. 14 Loyola, Drake had played close in all of its previous five games with all the losses coming by just a one goal difference. The Bulldogs are expected to get closer to full strength Tuesday as several players are due back from injury and junior Steven Enna (Overland Park, Kan.) returns from his one-game suspension. Enna, the team’s top goal scorer with four, had to sit out the road match with the Ramblers after being red-carded in the SIUE game on Oct. 1. Missouri State The Valley On ESPN3 Bradley is winless in its last four games with back-to-back draws to Western Michigan and SIUE, respectively and losses at Missouri State and Milwaukee. Richard Olson leads the Braves with three goals. Drake and Bradley played twice in 2015 with the teams battling to a draw in the regular season meeting and the Bulldogs edging the Braves, 1-0, in the semifinals of the MVC Tournament. The teams will have a fast turnaround this year with a rematch scheduled for Oct. 26 in Peoria, Ill. Senior goalkeeper Darrin MacLeod (Waterloo, Ontario), who last week was selected as a candidate for the 2016 Senior CLASS award and is the program’s all-time leader in career shutouts, is on the verge of moving up to number one in several additional categories. MacLeod with 68 career games is just two away from Zack Brennan who played in 70 from 2000-03. MacLeod needs one more victory to claim sole possession of all-time wins with 31 and move out of a tie with Brennan for that top mark. MacLeod with 292 saves needs 12 more to move past Brennan in all-time saves as Brennan tallied 303 in his stellar career. Following Tuesday’s home game, Drake (3-8, 0-3 MVC) travels to Missouri State on Saturday, Oct. 15 for a 7 p.m. game against the Bears. The road contest in Springfield, Mo. will be broadcast on The Valley On ESPN3. Missouri State Live Stats center_img Tuesday night against Bradley (2-7-3, 0-2-1 MVC), Drake is looking to stop a six-game losing streak. The Bulldogs have not won a game since Sept. 10 when they knocked off UMKC, 2-0. The losing streak is the longest for the program since the 2001 season when the Bulldogs dropped the final seven games of the season. DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University men’s soccer team returns from a four-game road trip when it hosts Bradley in Missouri Valley Conference action on Tuesday night. First kick is scheduled for 7 p.m. Bradley Live Stats Missouri State (7-3-1, 3-0-0 MVC) plays at SIUE Tuesday night. The Bears travel to Edwardsville, Ill. riding a three-game win streak and have lost just once since Sept. 9. Emmerich Hoegg leads MSU with three goals. Drake defeated Missouri State, 2-1, in 2015. Following their two games this week, the Bulldogs will have a break before returning to the field to host Evansville on Oct. 22 at 5 p.m. for Alumni Night. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Block Sites From Your Google Search Results (No Extension Required)

first_imgAfter a litany of complaints about the declining quality of its search, Google has made a number of changes over the last few weeks to combat the spam in search results. It tweaked its algorithm, for example, and it unveiled a Chrome extension that lets you manually block certain sites from showing up.That functionality will now be available without an extension (provided you’re using versions Chrome 9, IE8 or Firefox 3.5 or higher) as Google is adding a new option to its search that will give you the ability to block domains from appearing in your future search results.You won’t initially see the option to block domains until you’ve clicked through a link in your search results and then hit the “back” button in your browser. Then, right next to the link to “Cached” and “Similar,” you’ll find option to “Block all” results from a domain. Once you’ve blacklisted a domain, you won’t see it in search results, although if it would appear there, you’ll get a message telling you that some results have been blocked. audrey watters A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Google#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting These domains will be connected to your Google Account, so you’ll have the ability to see your list of blocked sites and manage them via your Search Settings.Google says it hopes this will improve search results, and it’s bound to if you’re irritated enough by certain domains to take the time to block them. Google also says that, at this time, it’s not using any information about which sites people choose to block as a signal for search ranking. However Google plans to keep an eye on this data as it looks to improve search results in the future. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Women Who Have Faced Abandonment Demand Transnational Laws For Extradition Of NRI Husbands

first_imgIndian women who have faced abandonment from their NRI husbands are demanding transnational laws for their extradition. Along with abandonment the women have been asked for dowry and suffered domestic as well as sexual abuse.Read it at Outlook India Related Itemslast_img

Afridi is Irresponsible

first_imgZaheer AbbasI don’t see Pakistan winning this World Cup. It’s not at all a strong team. Pakistan have only two good batsmen-Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq. If these two fail in a match, there is no one to navigate the team out of a crisis. Younis Khan is an experienced player and knows how to play according to the situation. Though he started playing cricket at the international level very late-at the age of 27-Misbah has been improving with every game. What has impressed me most is his effort to spend maximum time at the crease.Our bowling has obviously lost the sheen. The team can’t depend on Shoaib Akhtar as he is not 100 per cent fit. He is limping and can break down any moment. There is no immediate replacement for Akhtar. It’s heartening to see him taking wickets but the team clearly misses the services of Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir who have had to sit out of the tournament due to their involvement in the spot fixing scam. Umar Gul has to be consistent and Abdur Razzaq can be effective only on fast wickets. I would also want to see Razzaq bat ahead of captain Shahid Afridi. Razzaq has won us several matches coming at No.6.Misbah-ul-HaqThe team is winning under Afridi but only a crisis will expose how good he is as a captain. He should bat only during slog overs as he doesn’t take responsibility. He wants to hit every ball for a six and doesn’t play according to the situation. He is now too old to change his style, so he should come out to bat only in the last six or seven overs. He should learn from Indian captain M.S. Dhoni. Dhoni was a pinch-hitter earlier, but ever since he became captain, he doesn’t throw his wicket.The Pakistan team is also one of the worst fielding sides in the tournament. They have to improve in this department quickly. Only then can the team hope to reach, at least, the semi-finals.advertisementZaheer Abbas is a former batsman of Pakistan. He spoke to Kaushik Deka. PITCH REPORT”There is pressure if you win, pressure if you lose. I would have told you the exact figure if I had a machine to measure it.”M.S. Dhoni, Indian captainWords WorthJournalists have deleted Tony Greig ‘s number from their phonebooks. The 6´´6´- tall English commentator has sent a letter to ESPN Star Sports asking for more money if he has to express his “valuable” views on the World Cup. He has already been paid over Rs 20 lakh by the channel for his services as a commentator. “If I have to open my mouth except for eating, you will have to pay for it,” Greig wrote.The SoothsayerAhead of the India vs England match at Bangalore on February 27, Shane Warne predicted on Twitter that the game would be a tie. Since then bookies across the globe are trying to get his number on speed dial. “Before you think there was something untoward regarding the prediction of a tie, I thought it was going to be a cracker-it was tongue-in-cheek, but right,” he tweeted again. Warnie, you are the new Octopus.last_img read more

Tens of thousands welcome Real Madrid back home after Champions League title

first_imgTens of thousands of fans endured the rain to greet Real Madrid players as they returned home early Sunday from their triumph in the Champions League final. (Real Madrid beat Atletico on penalties to win Champions League)Many waited all night after celebrating the team’s win over crosstown rival Atletico Madrid in a penalty shootout on Saturday in Milan.The players arrived in Madrid at about 6 a.m. local time (0400 GMT) and traveled on an open bus to the club’s traditional celebration spot, the Plaza de Cibeles, where an estimated 30,000 supporters welcomed the team.Players carried the Champions League trophy atop the bus, constantly showing it to the cheering fans. The word “Campeones” and “11” were displayed prominently on the bus, in reference to the club’s 11th European title.Team captain Sergio Ramos, who scored Madrid’s goal in regulation time at the San Siro, took the walkway set up over the plaza’s fountain and draped the statue of the goddess Cybele with the club’s scarf and flag, then lifted the trophy high above the famous figure.A huge video screen was set up at the plaza to allow fans to watch the final, and the party began right after Cristiano Ronaldo converted the final penalty kick in the shootout to give the club its second European title in three seasons. Light shows and music entertained the fans through the night. (Diego Simeone says future uncertain at Atletico after painful final loss)Atletico Madrid supporters, who again were denied the opportunity to celebrate the title, had gathered at a different viewing spot to watch the final.advertisementThere were no reports of major incidents between fans of the rival clubs.Real Madrid said “almost 80,000” fans watched Saturday’s final at the team’s Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, where four huge screens were placed at midfield. The title celebration at the stadium included confetti thrown into the air as “We are the champions” played through loudspeakers.The team will meet with the mayor of Madrid later on Sunday and again will parade through city streets.The title celebrations will culminate at night at the Bernabeu.last_img read more