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President Granger calls for greater transparency, says proposed rates too burdensome

first_imgParking meter project…Jagdeo calls for scrapping of initiativeA head of his address to the Councillors of the Georgetown Municipality next week, President David GrangerPresident David Grangerhas called for greater transparency to prevail in relation to the highly-controversial parking meter project which, according to City Councillors, is shrouded in secrecy.The President also expressed concerns of the proposed rates for parking being too burdensome on citizens.State Minister Joseph Harmon disclosed on Wednesday that in light of mounting concerns over the initiative, Cabinet ordered that the contract between the Town Council and National Parking Systems/Smart City Solutions (NPS/SCS) Inc be reviewed by the Finance Ministry and Attorney General’s Chambers.Harmon had cautioned that Central Government is limited in its intervention since it is undemocratic and outright unlawful to interfere in matters under the remit of the City Council.Prompted for his take on the situation, the President during the taping of his weekly telecast, the “PublicParking meterInterest” on Thursday, said he is deeply concerned about the issues being raised in relation to the project.“Obviously we want to protect the national interests…I am disappointed that there are members of the public who feel they were not consulted…The whole purpose of having democratic elections is to have democratically run councils,” Granger stated.He noted that his Government cannot do much but insisted that transparency and accountability prevail.“As far as the Government is concerned, we would insist that there is greater transparency…we cannot overrule the council which is a legal body but we can ask for transparent procedures to prevail,” he stated.In his address to City Council next week, the President plans to also urge the Council to continue in its efforts to foster urban renewal.These include the sanitation projects, cleaning of canals, solid waste management, the clearing of D’Urban Park, among others.Granger said he will also urge the Council to focus on developing housing programmes in a joint effort with the Housing Department.“I would also urge them to look at minimising slums and squatter settlements, together with Central Government to embark on a programme of housing which would help indigent families move out of theOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeoblighted areas of the town and go into decent housing,” he stated.Meanwhile, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has joined many in calling for the parking meter programme to be scrapped immediately.During a news conference on Thursday, Jagdeo explained that apart from the controversial nature of the project, the proposed fees are extremely exorbitant and will only add to the financial burdens of the people of the country.Since the signing of the contract for the Parking Meters Project, many persons, including councillors, over the past weeks have raised concerns about the lack of transparency in the deal, which they claim appears to be a shady one indeed aimed at exploiting the local populace.Reports indicate that some 300 parking meters will be installed across the city, charging $125 every 15 minutes for an expected yearly income of approximately $100 million to $200 million.Moreover, minibus and taxi operators will be expected to pay $100 every time they park in their respective parks.Those employees who park outside their offices for eight hours per day will end up paying roughly $80,000 every month.burdens of the people of the country.Since the signing of the contract for the Parking Meters Project, many persons, including councillors, over the past weeks have raised concerns about the lack of transparency in the deal, which they claim appears to be a shady one indeed aimed at exploiting the local populace.Reports indicate that some 300 parking meters will be installed across the city, charging $125 every 15 minutes for an expected yearly income of approximately $100 million to $200 million.Moreover, minibus and taxi operators will be expected to pay $100 every time they park in their respective parks.Those employees who park outside their offices for eight hours per day will end up paying roughly $80,000 every month.last_img read more

Dutch company to install, operate ExxonMobil floating base

first_imgExxonMobil, the US-based oil giant gearing for production offshore Guyana, has handed a major contract to a Dutch based company to install and operate its floating producing and storage base for its Liza oil field in Guyana.The company — SBM Offshore –made the official announcement on Monday saying under the contract it will construct, install, lease and operate a Floating Production, Storage and Offloading Vessel (FPSO).This follows completion of front-end engineering studies and the final investmentSBM’s Chief Executive Officer, Bruno Chabasdecision on the project by ExxonMobil, according to the company.The FPSO is said to be designed to produce up to 120,000 barrels of oil per day, will have associated gas treatment capacity of about 170 million cubic feet per day and water injection capacity of about 200,000 barrels per day.The floating base will be moored at a depth of 1525 meters and will be able to store 1.6 million barrels of crude oil at a given time.Making the announcement, SBM’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Bruno Chabas said, “We are proud that ExxonMobil awarded SBM Offshore the contracts for the Liza FPSO.”He observed that the ExxonMobil Liza Field offshore Guyana was one of the industry’s largest oil discoveries of the past decade, and “we look forward to cooperating closely with our client and partners to make this project a success”.According to Chabas, “this award underlines SBM Offshore’s continued focus on building on our experience, our long-term relationships and FPSO-led strategic vision.”The decision to award the contract by ExxonMobil comes on the heels of the company being awarded its Production Licence from the Guyana Government.The acceleration towards production offshore Guyana follows major discoveries in Guyana in May 2015 and June 2016 of “world-class resources”, possibly the largest over the last two years.“A small team worked more than a year designing and executing a plan that had now brought us to the brink of what could be a major discovery,” ExxonMobil’s Guyana Basin Project Manager said, at the time of the Liza-1 well discovery.SBM Offshore is a listed holding company headquartered in Amsterdam, Netherlands that provides floating production services to the offshore energy industry.The company is regarded as one of the leading firms in leased floating production systems with multiple units currently in operation.The company’s main activities are the design, supply, installation, operation and the life extension of FPSO vessels.These are either owned and operated by SBM Offshore and leased to its clients or supplied on a turnkey sale basis.Only recently, the Guyana Parliament was updated by Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman, who had said the Stabroek Basin offshore Guyana, where exploration activities are currently underway, holds potentially two billion barrels of recoverable oil.He said, too, Government has drafted an Upstream and Local Content Policy in anticipation of the start of production in 2020.Trotman was at the time piloting the Petroleum Bill 2017, which has since been sent to a Special Select Committee of the Guyana Parliament for further consultations.last_img read more

Champions Cameroon warn Group F rivals

first_img0Shares0000Cameroon coach Clarence Seedorf instructs goalkeeper Andre Onana during a 1-0 friendly loss to Brazil in England last November © AFP/File / Glyn KIRKJOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Jun 18 – Cameroon coach Clarence Seedorf has a message for Group F opponents at the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt this month: “no one is going to have an easy time against us.”He says the surprise winners of the last edition are “in good shape and positive” ahead of matches with Guinea-Bissau, four-time champions Ghana and Benin. “I believe we have regained international respect thanks to some great performances after missing out on the World Cup in Russia last year.”Here, AFP Sport highlights the teams in a section Cameroon and Ghana seem set to dominate against Benin and Guinea-Bissau sides seeking first wins in the competition.BeninAfter eight losses and a draw in three previous appearances, the west African nation are craving a maiden victory at the African football showpiece.“Above all else, we want to win a match at the Cup of Nations,” says Steve Mounie, who played for the Huddersfield Town team relegated from the English Premier League last season.The best chance the Squirrels have of achieving that ambition should come in Ismailia on June 29 when they face Guinea-Bissau, 30 places lower in the world rankings.For the opening match against Ghana, Benin will lack suspended captain and star Stephane Sessegnon, who needs one goal to become the leading all-time scorer for the national team.Verdict: best they can hope for is a last-16 placeCameroonThe Indomitable Lions hope to match the teams of 2000 and 2002 and win back-to-back African titles. Hard-to-please former superstar Roger Milla is supporting Seedorf.“He has played in many top competitions and knows what it takes to win big tournaments,” Milla said of the four-time Champions League winner with Ajax, Real Madrid and AC Milan.Seedorf has been less successful as a manager with short reigns at AC Milan, Shenzhen in China and Deportivo la Coruna after only 17 victories in 52 matches with the three clubs.Vincent Aboubakar, the 2017 final matchwinner against Egypt, misses out through injury but Karl Toko Ekambi has been netting regularly for Spanish La Liga outfit Villarreal.Verdict: can go far but unlikely to retain titleGhanaThomas Partey (L) playing for Ghana against Japan in a friendly international match © AFP/File / Martin BUREAUAtletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey says “unity holds the key to success for Ghana”, a country without a Cup of Nations title since winning their fourth in 1982.State President Nana Akufo-Addo had to intervene recently and persuade veteran Asamoah Gyan to return to the squad after the forward quit when stripped of the captaincy.Turkey-based midfielder Andre Ayew, one of two sons of Ghana legend Abedi ‘Pele’ Ayew in the squad, will lead the Black Stars in Egypt.Ghana have finished second, fourth twice, second and fourth in the last five Cups of Nations and coach Kwesi Appiah can call on many experienced international campaigners.Verdict: it will be difficult to achieve sixth straight top-four finishGuinea-BissauThe transformation of the national team representing the tiny west African state from perennial strugglers into two-time Cup of Nations qualifiers has been remarkable.They were competitive in Gabon two years ago before bowing out after the first round and will eye the match against Benin as an opportunity to record their first victory.However, the Djurtus (wild dogs) cannot realistically expect to beat Cameroon or Ghana, leaving hopes of a last-16 place hinging on being among the four best third-place finishers.The captain and star is Slovakia-based midfielder Jose Luis Mendes Lopes — known as Zezinho — and the defenders include Marcelo Djalo from relegated Premier League club Fulham.Verdict: squeezing into second round will be the goal0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Arsenal could lose out to Napoli on transfer target

first_imgNapoli are preparing to hijack Arsenal’s pursuit of Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot.Rabiot, 20, has been heavily linked with a move away from the French champions in January, having started just half of their Ligue 1 games so far.Arsenal, who are on the lookout for a defensive midfielder to replace the injured Francis Coquelin, have been tipped to launch a move for Rabiot in January.But now, according to Sky Sport Italia, Napoli have made contact with PSG to see if Rabiot is available next month.PSG are keen to keep hold of the Frenchman but the player is apparently becoming increasingly impatient with his lack of regular first-team football and would be open to a move away as he bids to get into France’s Euro 2016 squad. 1 Adrien Rabiot last_img read more

DDTV: DANIEL SENDS SPECIAL MESSAGE TO FORMER SCHOOL AHEAD OF STRICTLY COME DANCING EVENT

first_imgDDTV: Daniel O’Donnell has sent a special video message to all the participants in the Strictly Come Dancing event which is being hosted by his former school – Rosses Community School. Daniel is currently in Vietnam, enjoying a cruise around the world with his wife Majella.But he took time out from his holiday, to wish all those taking part in this Saturday’s event the very best.Daniel knows how difficult and challenging Strictly Come Dancing is, and has saluted all those brave enough to take on the challenge.He also warned the judges to go easy with their assessments of the dancers performance. Strictly Come Dancing 2016: (RCS)A new version of “Strictly Come Dancing” will hit the Rosses floors this Saturday the 12th of March at 8pm in the Rosses Community School where the students will perform head to head showcasing their dance talent in a bid to win the coveted title of the strictly King and Queen of the Rosses.The RCS students ranging from second year students to fifth year students are currently in their 9th week of training and are very excited about performing on the big night in the Rosses Sportshall.The school has raised a lot of money for Charity by hosting Strictly Come Dancing but this time we would like the money to go to the Arts so that all students in the school can benefit from the funds.We are delighted to invite back some of our past students who are mentoring our couples including Suzanne Gallagher, SNA who are working with the students on the group dances.The Strictly comperes for the evening will again be two past students, Bridgeen Doherty SNA and Gavin Boyle renowned singer from the Rosses.We have an exciting line up of judges for this year’s Strictly Come Dancing with three special guests which include Britain and Ireland’s Next Top Model contestant Sarah Kennedy, Derry Comedian Ruairi McSorley, better known as ‘Frostbit boy’ and local Irish Dancing World medallist Clare Gallagher. Tickets are now on sale in the school office so please hurry to purchase them in order to avoid disappointment.This will be a very entertaining night for all members of our community and we would like as many people as possible to support our young people in this endeavour.Doors open at 7.15pm. Adm is €15 Child/Student €10, Call the school office for more information on 074 95 21122.DDTV: DANIEL SENDS SPECIAL MESSAGE TO FORMER SCHOOL AHEAD OF STRICTLY COME DANCING EVENT was last modified: March 10th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:daniel o’donnellFeaturesnewsRCSStrictly Come DancingvideoYouTubelast_img read more

WOMEN SENT FOR TRIAL ON €120,000 ARSON CHARGES

first_imgTWO women have been sent for trial on arson charges.Stacey Doran, who is 29 and from Ballybegley, Newtowncunningham, faced two charges when she appeared before Letterkenny District Court.She was accused of arson at Main Street, Newtowncunningham on April 15, 2011. She faced a second charge of arson at Colehill Newtowncunningham on August 29, 2011.The second woman, Donna Kildea, who is 29 and from 483 Colehill, Newtowncunningham, is charged with arson at Colehill, Newtowncunningham on August 29, 2011.Judge Paul Kelly remanded both women on bail, and referred the case to the next sitting of the Circuit Court in Letterkenny on January 28.Ms Kildea’s solicitor Ciaran O’Gorman applied for legal aid for counsel, saying that “these offences can attract a term of imprisonment of up to 14 years and in this case we are talking about damage caused of between €120,000 and €150,000.”Judge Kelly granted a similar request made by Ms Doran’s solicitor Patsy Gallagher.Both women signed €1,000 euro bail bonds and were released to appear at the circuit court later this month.WOMEN SENT FOR TRIAL ON €120,000 ARSON CHARGES was last modified: January 20th, 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:arsoncourtDistrict CourtletterkennyNewtowncunninghamlast_img read more

CLICK GO THE SHEARS BOYS, CLICK, CLICK, CLICK

first_imgIt will be shear hard work at the 2015 All-Ireland and International Sheep Shearing Championships to be held in Inishowen next week.More than 200 competitors will shear 2,200 hundred sheep across 19 different categories in two days of intense, international competition.Held on An Grianan Estate, Burt, upwards of 15,000 spectators are expected to flock to the event over the Bank Holiday weekend. Kilmacrennan man Ivan Scott is a seven times All Ireland Winner and current World Record holder for shearing 744 lambs in 8 hours in January 2011.As well as the sheep shearing competitions, there will be a range of other attractions including nightly entertainment in a fully-licensed bar, children’s activities, arts and crafts, artisan food, heritage features, sheep shows, sheep dog trials, trade stands, cookery demonstrations, a food quarter and special appearance by renowned Star Wars costuming club Emerald Garrison.Shearing gets under way at 8am on Saturday morning, with the Irish Open Champion set to be crowned in the evening.A Six Nations Team competition featuring Ireland north and south, Scotland, England, Wales and France will take place on Sunday. The final event of the Lynch Brothers sponsored weekend is the International Open where some of the world’s top shearers will compete for the biggest purse of the weekend and the title of International Champion.Organisers described the event as a mini version of the All-Ireland ploughing championships and a great day out for all the family.All-Ireland and International Sheep Shearing Championships, May 30th and May 31st, An Grianan Estate, Burt. CLICK GO THE SHEARS BOYS, CLICK, CLICK, CLICK was last modified: May 16th, 2015 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:BURTChampionshipsIvan Scottsheep shearinglast_img read more

Man jailed after punching Garda in mouth during undercover operation

first_imgA man who punched a Garda in the face during an operation into thefts from cars has been jailed for nine months.Enda McGowan was approached by Gardai as he rummaged through cars in Letterkenny. As Garda Emmet Brady approached McGowan at Orchard Grove on April 16th last year, McGowan lashed out and struck the Garda as he was being pepper-sprayed.McGowan, of Dromore, Letterkenny, appeared at Letterkenny District Court.Garda Inspector Goretti Sheridan told the court that tempers frayed “He punched Garda Brady in the face and then fled.”He was apprehended nearby.He is already currently serving a prison sentence for previous burglary charges.As well as stealing property form a car at Orchard Grove, McGowan pleaded guilty to stealing two black puddings from the Dry Arch Service Station in Letterkenny on September 4th last year.Judge Paul Kelly sentenced McGowan to a total of nine months in prison on the two theft charges and the assault on Garda Brady.McGowan is currently serving 18 months in prison after repeatedly breaking into the home of a housewife and stealing sums of money from it.He was caught after the woman installed CCTV inside her home and caught McGowan in the act on camera.Man jailed after punching Garda in mouth during undercover operation was last modified: August 7th, 2017 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:burglarydonegalEnda McGowanGardailetterkennylast_img read more

Raiders to play 2019 season in Oakland — will fans turn out?

first_imgClick here if you are unable to view this gallery on a mobile device.OAKLAND — Raiders fans will get to root for their team in Oakland one more season — if they haven’t yet sworn off the Silver and Black.After months of searching for a temporary home, owner Mark Davis settled on the Oakland-Alameda Coliseum after reaching a lease deal with East Bay officials. The Coliseum Stadium Authority board at its Friday meeting voted unanimously to approve the lease extension.The Raiders will pay $7.5 …last_img read more

Using Server Farms to Heat Buildings

first_imgWhy not recycle the heat with air conditioning?Another way to do this is with variable refrigerant flow (VRF) heat pumps. These are the big brothers to minisplits that allow you to do simultaneous heating and cooling, bypassing the outdoor unit of the heat pump altogether. The refrigerant picks up heat in a room that needs to be cooled and sends it to another room that needs to be heated.Using waste heat from computers reminds me of Martin Holladay’s April Fool’s Day article a few years ago: Researchers Predict U.S. Furnace Industry Is Doomed. In it he wrote that plasma TVs would soon be labeled with their heat output in BTU/hr. Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, energy consultant, RESNET-certified trainer, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. Check out his in-depth course, Mastering Building Science at Heatspring Learning Institute, and follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard. Put a “data furnace” in your basementIt’s not a new idea. As long as people have been going into server rooms and feeling the heat, they’ve been talking about what a great idea it would be if you could use that heat. It’s fairly low-grade heat, though, so it wouldn’t be ideal for generating electricity, but is just right for heating buildings… if you can get the heat to where it needs to be. The Amazon plans aren’t out yet, at least not in what I’ve seen, but they’re going to capture the heat in water and move it to their office building.A few years ago, Microsoft published a paper called The Data Furnace: Heating Up with Cloud Computing, which looked at the possibility of heating homes with servers. They found that it would take 37 to 114 of those 350-watt servers to provide all the heat for homes in five different climates. The owner of the data furnace would net about $300 in savings for each server.It’s an interesting idea, but I just don’t see that one taking root. What Amazon is doing, though, should represent a new trend. And Seattle is the ideal place to do it because their design temperatures are moderate and they use heat throughout the year. I recall having the heat on and wearing my wool sweater even in July one year when I lived there. RELATED ARTICLES Capturing and Distributing Waste Heat From Power GenerationDistrict HeatingCombined Heat and Power in SwedenBringing Combined Heat and Power to BrattleboroResearchers Predict U.S. Furnace Industry Is DoomedWater Heat Exchangerscenter_img Last week in my ASHRAE newsletter, I saw an interesting story about a cool thing that Amazon.com is planning to do with heat. Amazon, in case you didn’t know, is a heavy user of computers. Not only do their run their online store but they also have a popular cloud computing service. Computers turn electricity into kitten videos, celebrity tweets, and waste heat. And despite what Facebook and Twitter may have led you to believe, that last one is the most important.A typical server uses about 350 watts of power and produces about 1,200 BTU/hr of waste heat. (These numbers are from a paper written in 2011, but more about that later.) With 50 servers, you could get as much heat as a 60,000 BTU/hr furnace, but most of the time that heat is not only not used, the owner of the server farm pays to have it removed from the server room with the use of air conditioning — even in cold climates. Amazon is building a new office center in Seattle, and they’re planning to heat it with waste heat from a nearby server farm. The project is going through the approval process with the local government now, but this would turn around the energy flows and make use of the heat given off instead of using more energy to get rid of it.last_img read more