Would it be wise to use the US$900M to construct Amaila Falls hydropower?

first_imgDear Editor,It was hard to miss from the bold headlines splashed across several newspapers on April 6, 2018, that our Government has, from all appearances, borrowed US$900 million from the Islamic Development Bank. This, as far as I can recollect, is the largest loan ever contracted by any Government in our country’s history. What’s even worst is that the Administration hadn’t any moral decency to inform the Guyanese people, who are responsible for repaying the borrowed sum with interest, that it was contracting such a large loan. It is the latest in the borrowing spree that the Government has been engaged in and one cannot help but wonder if we have now eclipsed our foreign debt ceiling. Even more obnoxious, for me, is the scant, almost absent, details provided in what the monies secured will be spent on. Wouldn’t it have been wise to use the sum borrowed to construct the Amaila Falls hydropower plant which, from its income, could have re-paid the loan? Nevertheless, every Guyanese man, woman and child has another burden to fetch on their already overburdened backs. Welcome to the ‘Good Life’!Yours sincerely,Patricia Persaudlast_img read more

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BLUES END REGULAR SEASON WITH LOSS AT YORK

first_imgStory Links The Lions opened the scoring late in the first period with a goal off the stick of Christina Chin and held that one-goal advantage at the first intermission. The Blues finish the regular season with a 13-0-9-2 record in sixth place in the OUA standings. Toronto awaits the results of tomorrow’s games to determine their first-round playoff opponent.   The Blues finally got on the board 3:27 into the third period as Jessica Robichaud netted her fifth goal of the season on the powerplay. The Lions responded though as Erran Lee scored less than two minutes later to restore the two-goal advantage.center_img Third-year Blues netminder Valencia Yordanov posted 11 saves in the loss.For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics.  Print Friendly Version Box Score The University of Toronto Varsity Blues women’s hockey team dropped a 3-1 decision to the York Lions on Friday, February 16 at Canlan Ice Sports. York extended their lead to two as Chelsea Tucker found the back of the net with less than five minutes remaining in the second frame.last_img read more

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No Cabinet decision on probe into Dataram’s allegations – Granger

first_imgThe report into the damning allegations made against several officers of the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) by self-proclaimed drug lord Barry Dataram was tabled before Cabinet on Tuesday, however, no in-depth discussions were held.Barry DataramThis is according to President David Granger, who told reporters on Wednesday that the report of the inquest has been handed in.President David Granger“I cannot say specifically what was discussed. The matter was laid before Cabinet and we have not come to any conclusions about the matter… but it was not a significant matter (that) was discussed (Tuesday) with any depth,” he noted.Nevertheless, the Head of State noted that he personally had a look at the report but will not comment on it without Cabinet first discussing the findings.However, Minister of State Joseph Harmon had stated last week that after Cabinet is done reviewing the report, it will be made public.In February, Dataram, during an interview with HGPTV Nightly News, alleged that senior CANU officials are involved in illegal drug trafficking activities and had even alleged that one of the agents bagged some $10 million in exchange for allowing cocaine to leave the country.He also made allegations against the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU). A week after the interview was broadcast; President Granger ordered that an inquest be established into the allegations.The probe went on for some two months and following its completion, the report was handed over to Minister Harmon on behalf of the Head of State last Friday. Brigadier Bruce Lovell was appointed by the Head of State to probe the allegations made against ranks of the country’s premier drug enforcement unit.During the handing over of the report, Brigadier Lovell noted that the allegations made by Dataram are serious, especially since State officials were named. As such, it was necessary that Government carry out an investigation.He expressed his confidence that Government will consider his conclusion and recommendations, and take appropriate actions. Upon receiving the report, Minister Harmon highlighted the importance of having the inquiry done. He noted that this way, they will determine what the facts of any situation are.Moreover, the Minister of State added that Government will take the appropriate actions after reviewing the report.A copy of the document was handed over to the President and Ministry of Public Security for further review.last_img read more

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Government of Canada approves Towerbirch Pipeline Expansion Project which will go through northeast B.C.

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Government of Canada has announced that they have given approval to the Towerbirch Pipeline Expansion Project that will run through the Peace River Regional District.Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, the Honourable Jim Carr, announced the Government of Canada’s decision to approve NOVA Gas Transmission Ltd.’s (NGTL) Towerbirch Expansion Project today. The project will be bound to 24 conditions.The $439-million project will involve the construction of two new pipeline sections totalling approximately 87 kilometres along with associated facilities in northwest Alberta and northeast British Columbia. The Towerbirch Expansion Project will create up to 750 jobs during construction.- Advertisement -Minister of Natural Resources, Jim Carr, says this project will help create jobs while also protecting the environment.“Approving the Towerbirch Expansion Project subject to binding conditions reflects the Government’s principled approach to developing and transporting Canada’snatural resources in a way that creates jobs and protects the environment.”The B.C. government issued environmental approval for the project on February 27, 2017 which includes 17 binding conditions.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Scientist made aviation history

first_imgPIONEER: Designer of first man-powered plane said aircraft showed “we can do more with less.” By John Antczak THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Paul MacCready, pioneering designer of the first fully capable human-powered flying machine, has died, a spokesman said Wednesday. He was 81. “Of all his accomplishments, Paul’s greatest contribution may have been his remarkable ability to demonstrate that `impossible’ is no match for human imagination and perseverance,” Tim Conver, chairman, chief executive and president of AeroVironment, said in a statement. In 1979, MacCready had another first when his Gossamer Albatross, also 70 pounds and sporting a 96-foot wingspan, made the first human-powered flight across the English Channel. Allen was also the human engine for that flight, which lasted nearly three hours and covered 22 miles. MacCready was awarded a new Kremer prize of $213,000. During a 10th-anniversary reunion of participants in the Albatross’ flight, MacCready said it was a symbolic achievement. “It helped change people’s perceptions about how we can do more with less,” he said. “We’ve reached an era of limits on Earth, so it is really important.” Born in New Haven, Conn., in 1925, MacCready was a model-plane enthusiast during childhood, soloed as a pilot at age 16 and flew in a Navy flight training program during World War II, according to Aerovironment. He received a bachelor of science degree from Yale University in 1947. He then earned a master’s degree in physics from the California Institute of Technology, followed by a Ph.D. in aeronautics in 1952. In the meantime, through the late 1940s and into the 1950s, he became a national soaring champion and then an international champion while working on sailplane development. He founded an atmospheric science research firm that used small aircraft with instrumentation to study the insides of storms, and then founded AeroVironment, which is involved in unmanned aircraft systems and efficient electric energy systems. In the 1980s, AeroVironment flew human-piloted, solar-powered aircraft, first the Gossamer Penguin, and then the Solar Challenger, which made a 163-mile flight from France to England at an altitude of 11,000 feet. AeroVironment then turned to unmanned, solar-powered, high-altitude aircraft in projects supported by the U.S. Defense Department and then NASA. An aircraft named Pathfinder with a 100-foot wingspan flew to an altitude of 71,400 feet in 1997. The following year, the 120-foot-wingspan Pathfinder Plus topped 80,000 feet. In 2001, a craft named Helios, with a 247-foot wingspan, climbed to an altitude of 96,863 feet. AeroVironment also worked on the GM Sunraycer, a solar-powered car that won a race across Australia in 1987, and proposed to General Motors the concept for the battery-powered GM Impact, which led to the carmaker’s EV-1. MacCready is survived by his wife, Judy; three sons; and two grandchildren.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MacCready was recently diagnosed with a serious ailment and died in his sleep Tuesday, said Steve Gitlin, a spokesman for AeroVironment Inc. of Monrovia, which MacCready founded in 1971. The family did not wish to disclose details, he said. On Aug. 23, 1977, the MacCready-designed, lightweight Gossamer Condor made the first sustained, controlled flight powered solely by a human. The flight, pedal-powered by pilot Bryan Allen, lasted just 7 minutes but covered a figure-eight course with pylons a half-mile apart at the airport in Shafter The plane, made of aluminum, foam, piano wires and Mylar – a lightweight but strong polyester material – weighed just 70 pounds. The flight won MacCready the $95,000 Henry Kremer Prize, which had been established in 1959, and earned him the title “father of human-powered flight.” MacCready’s retirement as chairman of AeroVironment due to illness was announced Aug. 20 and his death came less than a week after the 30th anniversary of the historic flight. last_img
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Penny at forefront of a push

first_imgBASEBALL: Staff ace the clear leader of the Dodgers’ recent surge. By Tony Jackson STAFF WRITER CHICAGO – This time last year, as the Dodgers were making a furious, late-season push toward an eventual playoff berth, everyone kept trying to ignore the fact their staff seemed to be in free-fall. This is still Penny’s rotation. The other four guys are just pitching in it. “He is giving us quality starts, and that’s all you can ask him to do,” Dodgers pitching coach Rick Honeycutt said. “You still have to look at (the season) as a whole. I think there is a microscope where everybody wants to point to first half/second half, but if you give your team a quality start and lose, 3-1, 3-2, or maybe the pen comes in and gives it up, that doesn’t mean you didn’t do your job. A starter’s job is to … give you a chance to win.” With the exception of one start against the Angels way back in May, Penny has done that every time he has taken the mound this year. Even in his previous outing, when he got torched for six runs in five innings a week ago against Washington, the Dodgers came back from a five-run deficit to win in the 12th. The Cy Young Award, for which Penny once seemed destined, now seems farfetched. But that has more to do with the late-season dominance of San Diego’s Jake Peavy than with any second-half drop-off, real or perceived, on the part of Penny. And if Penny hasn’t been as airtight since the break, that also has a lot to do with the abdominal injury he suffered running to first base on July 26 at Colorado, after which he went almost three weeks without a win. What he also didn’t do in those three weeks was miss a start. “(The injury) hasn’t disappeared,” Dodgers manager Grady Little said. “But this guy is still throwing the ball well.” Honeycutt said the injury never affected Penny’s pitching, at least not directly. What it did affect was his ability to stick to his normal, between-starts workout routine. That in turn might have prevented him from maintaining his peak condition, which in turn might have led to some mild fatigue, which in turn might have led to the 5-3 record and 3.56 ERA he now sports for the second half after he went 10-1 with a 2.41 ERA before the break. The Dodgers (73-65) were off Thursday, and Little opted not to skip anyone in the rotation, giving every pitcher a fifth day between starts. The result for Penny (15-4), as it always seems to be, was that he was fresh, strong and, if not unhittable, certainly unbeatable. The Dodgers pounded out 14 hits off Steve Trachsel (0-1) and three Cubs relievers. Trachsel was making his Cubs debut after being acquired from Boston on Friday. tony.jackson@dailynews.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Brad Penny had been the National League’s All-Star Game starter earlier that summer, and even if he hadn’t been the same since, even if his second-half numbers had been grossly inflated, well, the rest of the team was too busy trying to save the season to worry much about it. Right now, as the Dodgers are making a furious, late-season push toward what they hope will be an eventual playoff berth – and they took another step on Tuesday night, beating the Chicago Cubs, 6-2, before 37,834 at Wrigley Field for their seventh victory in their last nine games – Penny is giving them no such cause for concern. It’s true that he had another stellar first half, and that he made another All-Star team. It’s true that he has fallen off slightly since then, quadrupling his loss total from one to four, and his second-half ERA is more than a run higher. It’s true that he is walking more batters now, 31 of them in 681/3 innings since the All-Star break after he issued just 34 in 1152/3 before. But it’s also true that Penny was, is and apparently will remain for the rest of this season the unquestioned ace of a rejuvenated starting rotation that is responsible for six of those aforementioned seven wins. And it’s also true that Penny, despite perhaps not having his best stuff and giving up seven hits in seven innings, held the free-swinging Cubs to just two runs (one earned) in a win that further legitimized the Dodgers’ once-laughable belief that they are really, truly still in this thing. last_img read more

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DONEGAL IMMIGRANTS FINALLY LAID TO REST AFTER TOUCHING CEREMONY

first_imgA group of Donegal immigrants, who died in suspicious circumstances in America, have finally been laid to rest.The men and women, known as Duffy’s Cut, all died while working on the American railways in the 1800s.The 57 men and women, all immigrants from Donegal as well as some from Derry and Tyrone, were found buried in a mass grave near Philadelphia. The group were believed to have died from disease including cholera but it later transpired that many of them died violent deaths.Their bodies (as well as artifacts including coffins nails pictured right) were discovered during a dig 30ft below railway lines but most could not be reached because of fears of the ground collapsing.University of Pennsylvania anthropologist Janet Monge found proof of violence in all the remains, including one skull injury that appears to be a bullet wound.All had been working for contractor Philip Duffy who ordered the bodies dumped en masse in the railroad fill. Immaculata University, in collaboration with West Laurel Hill Cemetery, yesterday (FRI) held a memorial for the workers as well as burying the remains of those which have been located.The memorial and burial at the cemetery in Lower Merion included a viewing of the five caskets containing the unearthed bodies from the excavation site.The burial service was attended by Immaculata President Sister R. Patricia Fadden, Irish Ambassador to the United States Michael Collins.It included bagpipers and the erection of a 10ft Celtic Cross.Immaculata History Department Chairman William Watson, who has led efforts to study the site with his brother Frank and others over the past 10 years, maintains some, if not all, of the workers were killed by vigilanties because they were sick. “We hope this ceremony will bring peace to the souls of the men and woman of Duffy’s Cut after almost 180 years of ignominious repose,” said Watson.EndsDONEGAL IMMIGRANTS FINALLY LAID TO REST AFTER TOUCHING CEREMONY was last modified: March 9th, 2012 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:Americaduffy’s cutimmigrantslast_img read more

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LATE LATE SHOW TO GET BEHIND DONEGAL’S WORLD RECORD ‘PADDY’ ATTEMPT

first_imgDonegal’s attempts to break the world record for the most number of Paddys in one place is to feature on Tonight’s Late Late Show.Organisers are to reveal details of the novel plan to RTE host Ryan Tubridy on the show.And Donegal Daily can reveal that there is to be a real Donegal treat for everyone in the audience. In keeping with the surprise element of the show, we’re sworn to secrecy about the giveaway.All we can say is that the local tourist body will be delighted with the Late Late Show surprise!The Twin Towns of Ballybofey and Stranorlar is the setting for the record attempt for the most number of people called Paddy.Other versions of the name including Pauric, Pat and Patricia will be accepted for the record attempt for St Patrick’s Day. Organisers say they need a total of 1,070 Paddys or Patricias to beat the current record which was set in Dubai in 2005 when 1,096 Muhammads gathered.The Guinness Book of World Records has set down strict guidelines to make sure it is a genuine world record attempt.Entrants must bring a copy of their birth certificate to prove their name and variations of the name Paddy must be agreed beforehand by organisers.The event, which is called “We’re Counting On You Paddy”, is part of the Twin Towns Gathering Project.One of the organisers, Kathy Taaffe, said the record attempt will be hosted at the Finn Valley Athletics Centre by Irish Olympic Team manager Patsy McGonagle. “It’s going to be a great day but we need to get the message out there to all those Paddys, Pats and Patricias that we need their support.“It’s just a bit of fun but it’s on St.Patrick’s Day and there will be a real party atmosphere.“We’ll try and get a few famous Paddys but a thousand plus people with the same name or close to it, is no easy task,” she said.Any Paddys, Pats, Padraigs, Patricias or Tricias interested in a great day out can go to the Facebook Page ‘We’re Counting On You Paddy.’ LATE LATE SHOW TO GET BEHIND DONEGAL’S WORLD RECORD ‘PADDY’ ATTEMPT was last modified: March 16th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BallybofeyLate Late ShowPaddyStranorlarlast_img read more

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Rising prices putting squeeze on drivers

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventRose Nunnelly remembered when she’d pulled into any type of station without looking at the price of a gallon of gas. Recently retired, the 63-year-old has been reduced to surviving on a Social Security check. The Irwindale resident just moved from Rosemead and said she can’t go back to pick up belongings she left behind until next month. “That’s when my Social Security check arrives,” Nunnelly said. The Energy Department estimates that, on average, gas use will increase 1.5 percent during the April-to-September driving season. Setting the scene for another expensive summer driving season, officials on Tuesday warned gas prices could hit record highs, leaving Southern California drivers shelling out more than $3 a gallon.Prices in the area already have soared an average of 28 cents during the past month to $2.90, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California. And U.S. Department of Energy officials said Tuesday that national prices are expected to average 25 cents more than last summer, when, at its peak, the average gallon of unleaded cost $2.77. Drivers in the area on Tuesday already were finding ways to cope with the rising prices. “Consumers are notoriously flexible,” said Auto Club spokesman Jeffrey Spring. “Last year at this point we saw prices climbing and we thought that might affect summer travel, but we had the busiest Memorial Day ever last year.” “People will adapt somehow,” Spring added. “They’ll eat at a less expensive restaurant, they’ll stay one less night or they’ll stay closer to home. That’s one of the nice things about Southern California: There is so much within four hours.” That squeeze is expected to continue as price hikes are fueled by higher crude costs, increasing fuel usage, requirements for low-sulfur gas and growing demand for the additive ethanol. Azusa resident Geovanny Rojas was feeling the squeeze on his way to Los Angeles and filled up for $2.81 a gallon at an Arco station in Irwindale. Rojas, 34, said he saw cheaper gas elsewhere, but with all of the traffic and negotiating to get into those stations he decided against it. “It’s keeping me from going out and other things because I don’t want to waste the gas. I need the gas to go to work,” he said. Only a year ago, analysts were predicting the price per barrel would break the $60 threshold. It’s now looking to hit $70. Some have decided to grin and bear it. Samantha Wilson, 18, was driving through the San Gabriel Valley recently on her way to her mother’s home in Baldwin Park. She stopped for gas and acknowledged there was nothing she could do about the higher prices. “It’s ridiculous,” the Apple Valley resident said. brad.greenberg@dailynews.com marianne.love@sgvn.com (818) 713-3634 (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2108 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

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Officials seek rape witnesses

first_imgPALMDALE – Detectives investigating the Aug. 29 rape of a 10-year-old girl who was dragged by a middle-aged man into an empty theater at the Antelope Valley Mall want to talk to every person who was inside the mall in the hours before and after the crime was committed. Detectives asked anyone who was in the mall between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Aug. 29 to call them. “They may not know that they saw something. That’s up to our investigators to get that information out,” Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Sgt. Daniel Scott said. People who were in the mall at that time are asked to call the Special Victims Bureau tip line at (866) 247-5877 and leave information on how detectives can contact them. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsDetectives have been following more than 100 solid leads provided by citizens but have not arrested a suspect, Scott said. The Palmdale City Council last week authorized a $10,000 reward, suggested by Councilman Steve Hofbauer. Los Angeles County supervisors also authorized a $10,000 reward. At the mall, Hofbauer and other community members passed out Sheriff’s Department fliers bearing an artist’s sketch of the rapist. The girl was in a Cinemark Movies 10 hallway about 1:30 p.m. Aug. 29 when a man accosted her, forcing her into an empty theater and verbally threatening her, deputies said. The rapist assaulted the girl behind the movie screen, then fled out a back door and left her in the theater. The artist’s sketch depicts a middle-age African-American man with short black hair and a graying mustache. Detectives described the assailant as 35 to 45 years old, about 5 feet, 9 inches tall and weighing about 180 pounds. They said he wore a white T-shirt with an unknown logo and dark blue warm-up pants with white stripes down the legs.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

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