Technical Breakdown at LWSC’s White Plains Plant not Sabotage

first_imgThe Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC) has disclosed that the recent technical breakdown at its White Plains water treatment plant in Careysburg was not due to sabotage in any form, shape and manner.Deputy Managing Director for Technical Services Frankie Cassell told the Daily Observer Monday that the problem that generated at the LWSC’s water treatment plant three days ago was purely technical in nature.Shedding light on the recent water shortage that hit Monrovia, Mr. Cassell and Public Relations Manager Wilmot Dweh disclosed that swift pipe-borne water had  been restored to greater Monrovia.The two LWSC officials also intimated that during the three-day water shortage that hit Monrovia and its environs,  there were alternative mechanisms that helped pump pipe-borne water to its many customers.Consequently, very often the LWSC management has  sounded a passionate plea  that the water agency is facing some serious challenges and other constraints that need  swift intervention.In a radio announcement issued on August 5, 2014, the LWSC said the system was experiencing technical problems that continue to affect the regular pumping schedule through its 16 inch and 36 inch lines.As a result, water supply was being rationed on alternate days in greater Monrovia and its immediate environs.The statement also explained that residents and customers along the 16 inch line,  specifically in Louisiana, Caldwell, Tweh Farm, Duala, Club Beer Factory, Freeport, New Kru Town and West Point,  would receive LWSC’s services on day one of the rationing exercise.The statement further added  that residents and customers along the 36” line on Pipeline Road, Paynesville and Congo Town would receive water services on Wednesday on day two (2) of the rationing exercise.The LWSC management wishes to reassure the general public and valued customers that its water is safe to drink and would continue to protect the source and distribution of water to the public.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

GFC restructuring will be a national embarrassment to Govt

first_imgDear Editor,The recent announcement through the media of the imminent restructuring of the Forestry Commission has left the Commission bitterly disappointed and divided. Staff have complained and as expressed in a Guyana Times article on Friday, April 12, the staff body had no idea this was in the making. Staff are feeling a sense of disrespect and betrayal by the Government and Natural Resources Ministry which seem to be behind this ordeal. Some questions that staff require answers to are: Why was there no communication to the staff of this? Who selected the person named in the release (Mr Hall) to lead this process? What are the terms of reference for this exercise? Why were the staff union and workers representative not involved and who are the committee members? Additionally, the staff wants to know the reason behind this and if on all accounts, the Ministry, Government and Board have been praising the work of the GFC; how is a restructuring suddenly needed.Many staff feel they will be victimised and discriminated in this exercise as already there is talk of organisational cleanup. Most of the staff have no confidence in the convener, Mr Hall. He is a former Commissioner of the Forestry Commission and persons have indicated that he is very bitter and wants to settle the score. More alarming, he has publicly stated that time is short so he has to do what he has to do. His tenure at the GFC is marked with many incidences of glaring acts of corruption and mismanagement. This is the state that he wants to take the Commission into again. During his tenure, the Commission was in a state of disrepair with dilapidated office buildings, corrupt staff, broken vehicles, high incidences of illegal logging, low levels of production and exports and generally a broken sector.The restructuring seems to be an AFC thing as through the grapevine we understand that most of the committee members being selected are AFC persons (at least three other AFC officials) from the Ministry. We understand the Board has been shut out from this process as our workers representative, Mr Kevin Periera cannot provide any answers to us and seems to be at a loss. He said this was never brought to the Board’s attention and he first heard of it like everybody else through the media.Staff are calling on the President to intervene and put a stop to this exercise. We are not opposed to restructuring but let us have a voice. Let us have an independent body or company come in and do a general assessment of the state of affairs and then make recommendations. Mr Hall’s intention is not right, he seems to want to get his close associate into positions like what he did for the head of the main division forest monitoring. He wants to remove the head of the forest resource and land allocation division and insert someone he can control. Overall, we think his intention is to come back as Commissioner. Is this what the APNU Government wants, an AFC Commissioner?Mr President, the Green State will lose all credibility if this exercise is allowed to proceed in this manner and with the current convener.Respectfully,Richard Smithlast_img read more

Guyana gets US$4M from CDB to enhance transportation sector

first_img… Parika Stelling, Wismar Bridge up for rehabGuyana’s vision to bridge the disparity between its hinterland and coastal regions was given a significant boost from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), which has injected some US$4.4 million into enhancing the local transportation sector and supporting the development of interior communities.According to a release from the Bank on Tuesday, its Board of Directors approved the funding, which will be used to finance feasibility studies and designs for the upgrade of the Lethem aerodrome (Region Nine); and the construction of a new bridge at Wismar (Region 10) and a new riverine transport terminal at Parika (Region Three).CDB’s Division Chief of the Economic Infrastructure Division, O’Reilly Lewis, underscored the importance of transportation infrastructure to a country’sParika Stelling is among the facilities to be upgradeddevelopment.“An effective transportation sector is essential for sustainable growth and development, as it connects people to the supply and distribution of goods. The proposed enhancements to the transportation sector in Guyana will cover road, air, and river transport, providing opportunities for business development and enhanced employment,” he posited.The selected sites are all considered to be priority areas for improvement by the Government of Guyana.The Mackenzie-Wismar Bridge was constructed 51 years ago, and comprises just one lane. On average, approximately 3000 vehicles cross the bridge daily, which results in traffic congestion. It is a major connection point between Georgetown and Upper Demerara, as well as to several interior locations and Brazil.Meanwhile, the Parika Stelling is the main hub for riverine transportation services between Parika and the neighbouring communities separated by the Essequibo River. It has deteriorated over time and is becoming a threat to public safety.Back in May, Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson had said that the intention was to completely rehabilitate the Parika Stelling with similar features to those of the Bartica Stelling. “It will have commercial space, a shed so that persons can go there and sell their produce; persons can also open a restaurant or two. It just wouldn’t have the opening that the Bartica Stelling has,” the Minister had explained.On the other hand, upgrading the Lethem aerodrome is expected to capitalise on current and future demand for travel between Northern Brazil, the Caribbean, Latin/South America and North America. It is also expected to facilitate the development and expansion of businesses and other economic activities in Region 10 (Upper Takutu-Essequibo).The project, to be implemented through the Public Infrastructure Ministry, will complement other CDB interventions, including ongoing work to improve sections of the road link from Linden to Lethem.In February of 2017, the Public Infrastructure Ministry had said it was gearing to commence construction of the first phase of the Linden-Lethem Road project, which will be funded with a $150 million grant from the United Kingdom Government through its £300 million Caribbean Infrastructure Partnership Fund (UKCIF) programme that was announced by former British Prime Minister David Cameron back in 2015. Guyana was named among nine Caribbean countries to benefit from the grant, and identified the Linden-Lethem Road project as the beneficiary.The first phase of the project spans from Linden to Mabura, and covers approximately 122.5 kilometres of road and the construction of the bridge across the Essequibo River at Kurupukari ferry crossing.Meanwhile, the remaining 331.5km of the laterite road will fall under other phases and work will be undertaken through funding from other sources. Government is currently working with its Brazilian counterparts to source funding for the second phase.This US$4.4 million project is consistent with the CDB’s strategic objective of supporting inclusive and sustainable growth and development within its Borrowing Member Countries, as well as its corporate priorities of strengthening and modernising social and economic infrastructure, and promoting environmental sustainability.last_img read more

Horst ends Crashed Ice season in top ten

first_imgUnable to finish within the top two in his semi-final heat, Horst finished in sixth place in Quebec City, earning 400 more points.Those 400 points brings his season total to 1,218, finishing the 2012-2013 season as the tenth ranked Red Bull Crashed Ice ice cross racer in the world.Horst also raced in the team event, where he had another semi-final finish, after Horst’s Team Living the Dream was defeated in the semis by Team Finland for a third place finish in the team races.- Advertisement -With his top ten ranking, Fort St. John will have the privilege of watching Horst race in another Red Bull Crashed Ice season next year, as he has earned a spot to compete in the upcoming series.last_img

Denny Morrison to go into B.C. Sports Hall of Fame

first_imgMorrison’s impressive career includes highlights such as being a four time medallist at the Olympics, the most recent of which came at the 2014 Sochi games where he brought home a silver medal in the 1,000 metre, and a bronze medal in the 1,500 metre.Currently Morrison is taking part in the World Cup speed skating circuit. He’s in the Netherlands for the fourth event of the season.- Advertisement –last_img

Spurs boss Pochettino charged by FA with improper conduct

first_img0Shares0000Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino © AFP/File / Lindsey PARNABYLONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 25 – Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino was Monday charged with improper conduct by the Football Association following his side’s defeat to Burnley.The Spurs boss became engaged in a lengthy and heated exchange with referee Mike Dean after the full-time whistle at Turf Moor on Saturday. Pochettino had watched his men slip to a 2-1 defeat, which damaged their Premier League title aspirations.A statement from the FA read: “Mauricio Pochettino has been charged with two breaches of FA Rule E3 following the game against Burnley on Saturday (February 23, 2019).“It is alleged the Tottenham manager’s language and/or behaviour at the end of the fixture — both on the pitch and in or around the tunnel area — amounted to improper conduct.“He has until 6:00 pm (1800 GMT) on (Thursday) February 28, 2019 to respond to the charge.”Pochettino did not reveal what was said or the reason for the strength of his feelings, with the only contentious decision appearing to be the awarding of a corner that led to Chris Wood’s opening goal.The outburst was out of character for Pochettino, who said before the charge was announced he would not contest any disciplinary action, admitting he may have “crossed the line”.Third-placed Spurs are on 60 points, five points behind Manchester City and six adrift of leaders Liverpool. All three sides have played 27 games.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgThat’s a lot of Swilly Seals!The Swilly Seals Swimming Club hosted Armagh City Swimming Club in the fifth and final PTL gala of the season. Having already defeated Ballymoney, Leander, Limavady and Lecale the Seals made it five from five with a comfortable victory over Armagh.The Seals dominated this meet from the outset with superb swimming right through all the age groups. There was some close races and the atmosphere was great with a huge turn out for the home side.Great performances were given by a lot of new talent on the scene showing great promise for the future. At the end of the two and a half hours the Seals had notched up 649 points and Armagh 492. A big thank you to Armagh who travelled to Letterkenny for this fixture. This win will now seal promotion for the club to division two for next season. A massive well done to all the swimmers who took part in this league throughout the season. A huge thanks also to the coaches, committee and parents who gave their time and effort throughout the season.Training continues with twenty swimmers travelling to Ballymena on the 25th of April to compete with North Ulster V South Ulster. And with the Community Games County Finals in Ballyshannon on the 2nd May there is still much to train for.The Swilly Seals will host a 5k road race on Wednesday 15th April starting at 7.30pm. Registration will be open from 5pm at the Aura Leisure Centre. The race is open to all abilities and there are great prizes to be won in a variety of classes. It is hoped there will be a great turnout to raise much needed funds for the club.  SWILLY SEALS PULL OFF PERFECT END TO SEASON was last modified: April 12th, 2015 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:donegalSwilly Sealslast_img read more

Man United reveal their fastest player, and it’s someone you wouldn’t expect

first_imgManchester United have revealed which of their players was the fastest during the 2017/18 season.And it is a player you wouldn’t expect. 2 2 .@RomeluLukaku9 got wheels ⚡— Manchester United (@ManUtd) June 13, 2018For such a powerful and strongly-built play, it is a surprise Lukaku can reach such speeds, and his run against Chelsea recalled memories of Adriano. Despite the Red Devils having the likes of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Alexis Sanchez on their books, Romelu Lukaky was clocked at an impressive 34.84km per hour to make him United’s fastest player throughout the campaign.This leg-stretching sprint came in February’s defeat of Chelsea at Old Trafford, when Lukaku wowed the crowds with a run in the dying stages that saw the Belgium international outpace THREE Blues defenders.center_img Adriano looked to have the potential to become an all-time great before his career faltered Lukaku has been clocked as United’s fastest player in 2017/18 The former Brazil striker was the perfect combination of pace and power before his career went off the rails, and it is no surprise that Lukaku has previously revealed that the ex-Parma and Inter Milan striker was a childhood idol of his.last_img read more

Relax, the season is young

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Rip up those worthless cheat sheets. The first week of the NFL season often grabs fantasy football owners with a passion and leaves them in a panic. That roster you were so happy about a handful of days ago is filled with question marks. Many owners have the urge to dismantle their teams before the players have settled into their fantasy lockers. However, Week 2 is no time to make rash decisions. Last season, such an overreaction might have led to trading Peyton Manning for Tom Brady after Week 1. Other top contributors such as Tony Gonzalez, Javon Walker, Reggie Wayne and Brett Favre would have been kicked to the curb. Every player has a bad game in the course of a season, and some just happen to come up front. Here’s a look at some of the players who struggled in the opening week of the 2005 season, and whether or not there is need to worry. NO NEED TO PANIC Ashley Lelie, WR, Broncos: The whole Denver team seemed out of sorts. The Broncos will bounce back, and Lelie will lead the team in receiving. The good news is that if the defense continues to play terribly, Jake Plummer will be passing a lot. Curtis Martin, RB, Jets: Martin has been the most consistent running back in football for a decade. Don’t bail on him after one bad game. Brett Favre, QB, Packers: Even with his best wide receiver out for the season, you know Favre is going to sling the rock. Downgrade slightly. Daunte Culpepper, QB, Vikings: Culpepper puts up some awful games every once in a while, then comes back with a brilliant performance. Sunday’s game was not because of the absence of Randy Moss. Shaun Alexander, RB, Seahawks: When you invest the second pick in the draft on a player, you expect more than seven fantasy points. However, Alexander delivered at least one touchdown in 10 of 16 games last year and will continue at about that ratio. This was just one of those six. CAUSE FOR CONCERN Andre Johnson, WR, Texans: David Carr just isn’t a good quarterback. Johnson will be inconsistent all season, sometimes putting up 90 yards and a TD and other times having three catches for 18 yards like he did Sunday. Priest Holmes, RB, Chiefs: Holmes didn’t have a bad game, with 14 fantasy points. But that’s eight less than another running back on his own team. It’s clear after Week 1 that Holmes will share the running duties with Larry Johnson even when healthy. The days of Holmes carrying teams to the fantasy title are over. J.J. Arrington, RB, Cardinals: Arizona’s struggles at running back over the years were as much due to an inability to run the ball through a shoddy offensive line as the talent of the runner. The first game was no different, and the former College of the Canyons running back has competition for carries from Marcel Shipp. With the Giants, a team that was 22nd in the league in scoring last year, posting 42 points, the Cardinals are in for a long season. Roy Williams, WR, Lions: Joey Harrington spread the ball around to eight different receivers, with only the tight end getting more than two catches. Williams was fourth on the team in receiving, and that doesn’t bode well for his featured status. Expect inconsistency throughout the season. Ronnie Brown, RB, Dolphins: Even on a day where everything else was going well for Miami, Brown did not get rolling with the rest of the team. He had 22 carries for 57 yards, an average of 2.6 yards per carry. The good news is he should continue to get a lot of carries for the next three games. If he doesn’t prove himself in those games, things will change when Ricky Williams comes off suspension. FANTASY ISLAND A look at the week ahead for fantasy football owners: Player to start: Antonio Bryant had a quiet first week as the previously unknown Frisman Jackson exploded for the Browns. That will lead to an already weak Packers secondary paying extra attention to Jackson this week, leaving more opportunities for Cleveland’s true No. 1 receiver to shine. Player to sit: Domanick Davis had a rough game last week against the Bills, rushing for 48 yards on 14 carries. It isn’t going to get much easier this week against Pittsburgh. Expect another slow game. Player to pick up: Javon Walker’s injury isn’t going to stop Brett Favre from throwing the ball. Robert Ferguson, a player Favre has always liked, will start in Walker’s place and could see the bulk of the balls that would have went Walker’s way. 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

PLDT storms past Sta. Lucia; Wilson shines as Cignal survives major challenge from Foton

first_imgCourtney Felinski led Foton with 23 points, while Elaine Kasilag added 14.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Earlier, Cignal survived a major fight from Foton to score a thrilling 15-25, 25-22, 21-25, 25-13, 21-19 victory.Erica Wilson scored 29 points for the HD Spikers, who scored their fourth win in six matches and handed the Tornadoes their fourth straight defeat.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“We fought together as a team. This is a big victory for us,” Wilson said. “I guess everyone really wanted this win. And hopefully we pick up more wins like this is the coming days.”Ana Artemeva chipped in 16 points, while Rachel Anne Daquis had nine for Cignal. Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Ceres leads PPL field; Global inclusion draws protest from ex-stars Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem LATEST STORIES Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PLDT Home Fibr and Cignal HD took different routes to victory on Saturday night in the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix at Malolos Sports and Convention Center in Bulacan.PLDT stormed to its third victory after dismantling Sta. Lucia Realty, 25-17, 25-23, 25-18. The Power Hitters improved to 3-2, while inflicting on the Lady Realtors their fifth defeat in six games.ADVERTISEMENT P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View commentslast_img read more