GWI proposes countrywide replacement of distribution networks

first_imgGuyana Water Inc (GWI) Managing Director, Dr Richard Van West-Charles said that there was an urgent need for the replacement of all water distribution networks countrywide.The call comes on the heels of the two breakages on Thursday in the water distribution networks at Vlissengen Road, in the vicinity of the Popeyes fast food outlet. The repairs to this distribution network are scheduled to be completed by tomorrow.At a press conference on Friday, at GWI’s headquarters, Dr Van West-Charles said that within the past three months, there have been six breakages and 10 overall for the year. He disclosed that the last three breakages have cost the utility company $15 million. The breakages are a direct result of the aged pipe infrastructure that currently exists in Georgetown.He added that “as we improve the water production for Sophia and central Georgetown, once those systems are up and running, it means that central Georgetown will receive higher water pressure, which can rupture the system”. It was also disclosed that the Public Utility Commission (PUC) has approved a fixed charge of $250 for the maintenance of all distribution networks countrywide. This charge is expected to come into effect from October 1, 2018.“One of the things I would like to put to the (GWI) Board for approval is to have Central Government advance the cost for the replacement of these lines over a number of years, to be agreed upon. Also, that part of the fixed charge that comes to us is directed towards that cost,” Dr Van West-Charles stated. The Managing Director said the issue has engaged the attention of the GWI for the past two years, adding that it was imperative that the matter was addressed urgently.last_img read more

Accessibility Awareness Day on Friday

first_imgFort St. John City Councilors and members of the media will be hitting the pavement in wheelchairs this Friday. The Rick Hansen Foundation will be collaborating with SPARC BC and Measuring up the North, to host Access Awareness Day on May 29th. Spokersperson Lori Slater says the event will take participants through a planned route through the city. – Advertisement -She says it will give participants a chance to feel what it’s like to use a wheelchair in everyday activities. [asset|aid=1427|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=39c0c01f2483ce1f27c5cb512060a212-Slater 1_3_Pub.mp3] There will be around 12 participants attending the event. Wheelchairs are being donated by several organizations and individuals.Advertisement Slater says she hopes it doesn’t rain on Friday, but she might continue the event even if it does. [asset|aid=1428|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=39c0c01f2483ce1f27c5cb512060a212-Slater 2_3_Pub.mp3] Anyone interested in participating can call Lori Slater at 250-787-1912. Slater says if there are no wheelchairs available, those interested can walk the route.After the event, Slater says there will be an information session on accessibility at the North Peace Leasure Pool, around 5:30 pm.Advertisementlast_img read more

Stephen Curry scores 15,000th career point

first_imgSo, the Warriors’ star dribbled down the court. Then he hoisted a 31-foot 3-pointer. And like most of them that he has taken in his … CLICK HERE if you are unable to view this photo gallery or video on your mobile device* * *Subscribe to the Mercury News and East Bay Times for $40 a year and receive a free Warriors championship coffee table book* * *OAKLAND – With the ball in his hands and the open court in front of him, Stephen Curry did not see anything that could stop him.last_img

49ers’ Jordan Matthews heads to France to see wife in World Cup

first_imgSANTA CLARA – Wide receiver Jordan Matthews is heading for a storybook destination now that 49ers minicamp is complete. He’s off to France, where his wife, Cheyna, is playing for Jamaica in its first-ever Women’s World Cup.“We’re in this crazy phase right now,” Matthews said after Wednesday’s practice. “She’s watched me play on this (NFL) stage, and now she’s playing on the biggest soccer stage in the world.”It’s a fabulous phase that Matthews’ former Philadelphia Eagles teammate, Zach Ertz, …last_img

Football Fridays fever mounts

first_imgSouth Africa’s 2010 mascot Zakumiinteracted with government employees atthe Football Fridays launch. Diski Dancers teaching governmentofficials the dance. Deputy health minister Molefi Sefularoblows on his vuvuzela. (Images: BonganiNkosi)MEDIA CONTACTS• Terrence Manase The Presidency+12 300 5436 or +27 82 338 6707RELATED ARTICLES• Peace football tournament for SA • Stadiums ‘on track’ for 2010• Get kitted for Football FridaysBongani NkosiThe South African government has thrown its full weight behind Football Fridays – a campaign to drum up support for national football squad Bafana Bafana ahead of the 2010 Fifa World Cup.Football Fridays was officially launched at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on 30 October 2009 and Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe was there to give his seal of approval.“We would like to make the call to all South Africans, especially public servants, to wear football jerseys every Friday in anticipation of this great celebration coming our way next year … the Football Friday concept is one such initiative that government fully supports,” he said.The drive was introduced in September by the International Marketing Council (IMC) and has since been encouraging the public to don shirts of their favourite team, be it Kaizer Chiefs or Manchester United, at the end of every working week.As the custodian of Brand South Africa, the IMC’s primary task is to promote the country as a destination “Alive with Possibility”.“Fly the Flag for Football”, of which Football Fridays is a part, and “Feel the Diski Rhythm: it’s time to celebrate 2010!” are further IMC initiatives designed to ignite football spirit in South Africa before the World Cup kicks off here in June next year.At Friday’s launch government officials and Union Buildings employees turned out in their droves to be introduced to Football Fridays in style. “We must ensure that every public servant wears their jersey every Friday,” said the Presidency’s chief operations officer Jesse Duarte.The intention is to get every working South African in his or her football jersey every Friday, including those in the private sector, where the initiative is already taking shape, said Irvin Khoza, chairperson of the 2010 Local Organising Committee.Besides getting the nation in the desired mood for an exciting tournament, Football Fridays will also inspire national unity that is “required to host a successful World Cup”.“Football Fridays is a brilliant concept. We encourage everybody to support it,” Irvin said.“We believe that [Football Fridays] will help us define our South Africanness,” said IMC CEO Paul Bannister.Bafana Bafana gears upFootball Fridays, said Sports and Recreation Minister Makhenkesi Stofile, is all about “laying a solid foundation to build a movement around Bafana Bafana”.The minister added that the initiative will go a long way in reigniting the spirit shown to the national team during the Fifa Confederations Cup in June 2009.Bafana, which had struggled during the eight matches in the run-up to the tournament, put in a sterling performance at the Confed Cup. It collected four points in the group stages and went on to lose 1-0 to Brazil in the semi-finals. Many a local football critic commended the team for their accomplishment.Just recently the South African Football Association reinstated Bafana’s former coach, Carlos Alberto Parreira, which will undoubtedly boost the squad’s morale.The Brazilian coach, who is famed for bringing brought World Cup victory to his country, is replacing fellow Brazilian Joel Santana who had a difficult time during his South African tenure.At the launch world football icon and former Bafana captain Lucas Radebe said South Africa’s recent below-par performance is not likely to continue into 2010. “I believe that this is a blessing in disguise … the team will really perform well at the right time. The players must know that they have the support of the nation.”But Bafana Bafana isn’t the only team South Africans are expected to support during next year’s spectacle: all African teams participating need the backing of the nation.To date Ghana and Ivory Coast have secured their places, alongside South Africa, which qualified automatically as the host nation. The last African nation to be represented at the World Cup has yet to qualify.Motlanthe was quick to congratulate the placing of the two West African teams, which look set to deliver a promising performance.“Bafana will not lack support, but we must ensure that the other African teams are largely backed … we call on all South Africans and Africans to come together as a one team,” Khoza said.“[It is] an event that will send a message to the world that Africa’s time has come,” he added.Welcoming the worldFootball Fridays also aims to inspire South Africans to give a warm welcome to international football fans and become top-notch hosts during the World Cup.“We must also ensure that those who come to our shores want to come back again. We must make them love South Africa,” said Stofile.To ensure a smooth and safe World Cup, government has invested R1.3-billion (US$164.9-million) to boost security in the country. As part of this, 41 000 police officers, including 10 000 reservists, will be deployed to monitor the month-long event. The officers will be supported by 10 000 staffers from various government departments to form the Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure.During next year’s World Cup dedicated investigation teams and special courts will be set up to deal with all football-related crimes on a 24-hour, seven-days-a-week basis, Motlanthe pointed out.The special courts and police stations will be set up close to host venues, “making processing and prosecutions much quicker, especially if or when a foreigner is affected”.“We have every confidence in our security establishment to secure this event,” he said.World Cup visitors will also be treated to a much-improved public transport system, made possible by government’s R11.7-billion ($1.48-billion) investment.The world-class Rea Vaya bus rapid transit system, already operational in Johannesburg, will be extended to the host cities of Cape Town, Pretoria/Tshwane and Port Elizabeth, while other modes of public transport are also being beefed up around the country.“I have no doubt that when the last whistle blows, our country and continent will never be the same again,” Motlanthe said.Time to Diski!With South Africa being a country of rhythm, there has to be a dance style to rouse excitement ahead of the 2010 spectacle – and the Diski Dance is there just for that. It will be the official theme dance for the nation during the tournament.All South Africans are encouraged to learn the dance, created by choreographer Wendy Ramokgadi.“I urge all of you to learn the Diski Dance as part of being a good host and welcoming the world in a celebratory style,” said Motlanthe.Groups of young dancers have been deployed across the country to teach the public the moves, said senior dancer Cassius Tlhotlhalamaja. “People are interested in Diski Dance. It is becoming a trademark,” he added.The dance, which imitates “diski” moves, is easy to learn, with the full version just five steps long. The entire piece can be performed in less than three minutes, experts say. “Diski” is a South African township slang word for football.The dance is also being promoted through commercial media, with a Diski Dance advertisement having already hit local television stations.“It’s our South African Macarena and our R Kelly step in the name of love,” Tlhotlhalamaja said.last_img read more

5 days agoTottenham midfielder Dele Alli: Watford point a relief

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli: Watford point a reliefby Paul Vegas5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham midfielder Dele Alli admitted “relief” after their 1-1 draw with Watford.Abdoulaye Doucoure had given the Hornets the lead and they had a penalty appeal controversially turned down by the referee and VAR after Jan Vertonghen appeared to foul Gerard Deulofeu.Alli equalised after controlling the ball with his shoulder and the goal stood despite the wrong message being displayed on the big screen.The goalscorer said: “Of course it’s a relief. There were two times he [the referee] stopped it when he was making the decisions. We weren’t sure why.”I was sure it didn’t hit my hand but then you start thinking, ‘did it?’ I tried to make sure it didn’t touch it so I could get the strike away.”We know we have a world-class team so it’s about showing what we can do when things don’t go our way. It’s important we turn it around. We know how good we are, we just have to start showing it on the pitch.” last_img read more

Extreme Cold warning to continue through the weekend

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The cold weather the region experienced in February continues into March with another extreme cold warning.An arctic air mass has settled over the B.C. and Alberta Peace Region.  Light winds produced wind chill values near minus 40 overnight.  The high should be minus 24 on Saturday, and the temperature and wind chill will increase overnight into Sunday.The forecast calls for a high of minus 14. Wind chill minus 39 in the Sunday morning and minus 20 in the afternoon. Next week Fort St. John will see highs of minus 10 to minus 6.Warnings7:42 AM PST Saturday 02 March 2019Extreme Cold Warning in effect for:B.C. North Peace RiverB.C. South Peace RiverA period of very cold wind chills is expected.With arctic air now settled over the Peace Region, light northerly winds have produced wind chill values near minus 40 overnight. Temperatures will rise this morning but fall again tonight with wind chill values approaching minus 40.Extreme cold warnings are issued when very cold temperatures or wind chill creates an elevated risk to health such as frost bite and hypothermia.Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to BCstorm@canada.ca or tweet reports using #BCStorm.last_img read more

Womens volleyball tops Polish opponent Dabrowa 32

Shelby Lum / Photo editorSenior outside hitter Kaitlyn Leary (11) spikes the ball during a match against Dabrowa Sept. 4, at St. John Arena. OSU won, 3-2.The No. 23 Ohio State women’s volleyball team won a five set exhibition match against Polish professional team, Dabrowa.OSU looked like the stronger team in the first set, winning 25-22 Wednesday, but Dabrowa stormed back with a 25-6 statement in the second set before the Buckeyes dropped the third set and finished off the fourth and fifth.Senior defensive specialist Julianne Mandolfo said the Buckeyes were not playing like themselves throughout the second set.“We were playing way too intense and that’s not how we play at practice,” she said.The senior was took charge in the huddle after the set.“I was just saying ‘we need to all calm down,’” Mandolfo said. “I was just reiterating how, when we play at practice, how well we do with each other.”The Buckeye offense was inconsistent through the first two sets, finishing with 18 kills and 17 errors and Dabrowa, led by Natalia Brussa, pulled out the third set 25-18.Coach Geoff Carlston said his team was not playing their normal game to that point, especially during the second set.“I let them know how I felt,” Carlston said. “It was more about the effort, though.”The coach said he was happy with how his team responded as OSU looked like a new squad in the fourth set, led by freshman middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe.OSU never wavered throughout the set, getting consecutive Sandbothe service aces to stretch the lead to 17-9. The freshman, who moved to the right side for the match, said she wanted to attack from the service line, even though she also made a few mistakes.“Just keep serving aggressive,” Sandbothe said. “If you go back there and just lob it in, you’re not helping anybody.”A kill from sophomore middle blocker Andrea Kacsits finished out a 25-20 fourth set victory for OSU to even the match at two sets apiece.The Buckeyes were up early in the final set, with a Sandbothe block eventually making it 6-5.After trading blows with Dabrowa, consecutive kills from Kacsits gave OSU the lead at 13-10 before a kill from junior outside hitter Erin Sekinger sealed the victory, 15-13.Kacsits, with a huge smile on her face, said “it feels so good” to beat a professional team after the match.She said her teammates were not sure what to expect from the match and it was fun to see them pull out a victory, even though the play was ugly at times.“I think it says a lot about who we are as a team and a lot about our captains and our leadership,” Kacsits said.Kacsits led the Buckeyes with 12 kills on the night, as senior outside hitter Kaitlyn Leary added 10. Sandbothe finished with eight kills and two service aces. Junior setter Taylor Sherwin chipped in with 42 assists.The Buckeyes travel to Tallahassee, Fla., for the Four Points by Sheraton Seminole Invitational this weekend.Ohio State is scheduled for two matches Friday, first against No. 16 Western Kentucky at 11 a.m. and later, tournament host No. 15 Florida State at 7 p.m. The Buckeyes close out the tournament against Florida Gulf Coast at noon Saturday. read more

Barcelona staff give players guard of honour

first_imgAfter Real Madrid’s refusal to give Barcelona the traditional guard of honour in respect for their recent La Liga title victory, the technical staff at the club rose to the occasion and applauded the players as they entered the pitch at the Nou CampPrior to Sunday’s “El Clasico”, Zinedine Zidane had announced that Real would not be giving their arch-rivals the guard of honour, after sealing the league title last weekend, due to the fact that Barcelona had failed to do the gesture themselves when the sides met at the Santiago Bernabeu in December after his side had won the FIFA Club World Cup.Despite the protests of both Barcelona and the Spanish press, Real remained firm on their decision and carried on with their pre-match preparations as normal.In light of this, Gerard Pique asked the technical staff to do the honour in Real’s place and so they applauded the team as they entered their home ground for the first time in front of their fans as Copa del Rey and La Liga champions.The coaching staff perform a guard of honor for the team ???? ???? Força Barça! pic.twitter.com/ypHdltokGaSergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.— FC Barcelona ???? (@FCBarcelona) May 6, 2018“As they didn’t want to give us a guard of honour, I ask our staff to do it and we’ll do it like that,” said Pique, as reported on Sport.The match between the two La Liga giants ended 2-2.last_img read more

Wijnaldum Van Dijk has made a real difference at Liverpool

first_imgLiverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum hailed the impact Virgil van Dijk has made in the club’s defence upon his arrival in JanuaryThe Reds signed Van Dijk for a record £75m fee for a defender in the last winter transfer window from fellow Premier League side Southampton.Since then, Van Dijk has become a crucial member of the Liverpool defence with his solid displays helping the club concede just five times in 12 Premier League matches.And Wijnaldum believes a large part of the credit should go to his fellow Dutchman.“I think Virgil has made a difference in the last line because he is a good defender, a big defender,” Wijnaldum told the club website.“He is an extra man who can defend set-pieces as well.Daniel Fark, Norwich City, Premier LeagueDaniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.“He is a leader in the last line who not only helps himself with his quality but also the players next to him and so he really helps the team.“But it is not only Virgil, the team helps him also – the players who play next to him or in front of him and the goalkeeper too because we all have to communicate with each other and help each other.“It is good teamwork that makes us do things so well, but of course he has made a real difference since he came.”Van Dijk has made 16 appearances for Liverpool in all competitions this season.Jurgen Klopp’s side will travel to Watford for their next Premier League match on November 24.last_img read more