GPL now blames weather, localised faults for recent power outages

first_imgAssistant Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Guyana Power and Light Incorporated (GPL), Natalie Yearwood-Pindar, has said “localised faults” are why many areas across the country have been experiencing power outages over the past 48 hours.GPL’s Assistant Public Relations Officer, Natalie Yearwood-PindarLocalised faults are basically issues which affect a small group of persons within a community, the Assistant PRO explained. “The faults that occurred would have been for a number of reasons, including loose connections, problems with transformers, and fallen poles, all due to inclement weather within the past week,” Yearwood-Pindar is quoted by the Department of Public Information as saying.She added that once a report is received, a team is dispatched immediately to address the problem. Questioned as to whether these areas would have undergone maintenance, Pindar said maintenance is ongoing, and the weather was the main cause of the blackouts.The following areas are scheduled for maintenance between April 17 and 22, 2018: Unity Village, East Coast Demerara; Norton Street, Lodge and its environs; Shiv Chanderpaul Drive in Georgetown; the wards of Kitty, Campbellville, Newton, Subryanville, Prashad Nagar and Bel Air Park; and also Vlissengen Road.Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the power utility company, Albert Gordon, announced earlier this month that US$110 million was needed to address the issue of ‘blackouts’. He explained that the existing infrastructure in the country is the main reason for the constant power outages.Though an official request has not been made to Cabinet, Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, has said the Government would provide some necessary funds to ensure an improved supply of electricity to citizens. However, the request for US$110 million has already brought up discussions about Government’s decision to scrap the Amaila Falls project.Amaila Falls could have been almost operational by now, and consumers could have been close to seeing an end to expensive and unreliable electricity. Guyana would, moreover, have been entering into the ranks of the top 10 users of clean energy worldwide.The project, which would have represented the largest foreign direct investment (FDI) in the country’s history, had the potential to reintegrate Guyana with the global capital markets for the first time in over 40 years.last_img read more

Family of dead mechanic accuses Police of pussyfooting around on investigations

first_imgSoesdyke-Linden Highway hit-and-run It has been more than three weeks since the death of an auto body technician, Brian Basdeo, who lost his life on the Soesdyke-Linden Highway on January 19 and his family members are not pleased with the progress of the police investigations.Sister of the now dead man, Sherry Basdeo told Guyana Times that she still mourns the death of her young brother whose life was literally dragged from him on that fateful night.Although she has been making constant contact with the police on the matter, all she is being told is that investigations are ongoing.The distraught and unsatisfied woman said she has been told by the police that they do not have enough evidence to pursue the main suspect in the case, although his car was found in his Grove, East Bank Demerara, home with changed car parts, coincidentally, the part of the car that matched the one they found on the highway which was believed to have fallen off after hitting the now dead man and friend.An officer, she said, related to her that the suspect’s brother was “earlier” involved in an accident which resulted in the damages to the car.Basdeo said she has become very frustrated and would like to know what it takes for poor people to get justice in Guyana.Last week, when this newspaper spoke with the Traffic Chief, Linden Isles, he explained that the matter remains under investigation and will be sent for advice from the Department of Public Prosecution (DPP).Isles, who confirmed that the main suspect has fled the country, was unable to say whether or not a wanted bulletin would be issued or what turn the investigation would take. He would only say that the policing team is continuing their investigation.Twenty-one-year-old Brian Basdeo was killed in the accident on January 19, while another was injured.A source close to the investigation told this publication that the suspect’s father and brother were questioned by the police while a white Toyota RunX, suspected to be the car involved in the accident, was impounded.It was reported that the suspect left Guyana the Monday after the accident.Basdeo, an auto body technician of Grass Field, Lusignan, East Coast Demerara, had travelled to the Linden-Soesdyke Highway to tow another car to his home to have it repaired.The car with the mechanical issue was being towed by another car driven by a friend of the now deceased man. As they moved off, the car that was being towed and steered by Basdeo started to make a loud noise.At that time, Basdeo shouted to his friend, ordering him to stop. They both exited their vehicles to make checks.Another car then pulled up to render assistance and in doing so, they saw the white Toyota RunX approaching at a fast rate.Guyana Times understands that the man who stopped to help shouted for Basdeo and the other man to move out of the way as he ran to safety.Basdeo was reportedly stooping down to conduct checks on the vehicle when he was struck and tossed by the speeding car. He landed onto the roadway and died almost immediately.His friend, who attempted to run, was also struck by the speeding car, the driver of which did not stop to render assistance. He was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital where he was examined and it was discovered that his left leg was broken in several places. He was treated while Basdeo was pronounced dead on arrival at the Diamond Hospital.last_img read more

Missing teen says went to visit father

first_imgReports surrounding the missing Waiakabra, Linden- Soesdyke Highway teenager Jessica Fidel who has since been found and reunited with her grandparents have been the source of much controversy.Information reaching Guyana Times reveal that Bibi Nizam, the stepmother of the teen, told Police that the child called her father, Dennis Fidel and told him that she was on her way to spend the holiday with him. She said that she and the father met the teenager at Parika and took her to their Vilvoorden, Essequibo Coast home.The family of the teen is, however, disputing this information, since according to them, both her father and stepmother are unknown to her. The family stated that the child’s father left her mother when she was just two years old and has never been a part of her life.It is their belief that the father’s family and other known individuals who live in the same neighbourhood as the child influenced and assisted her in running away from her grandparents’ home and going to her father.According to the child’s grandparents, she could not have made the trip to her father without financial backing and information since she has never visited Essequibo.They do not believe that the father will add any positive values to her life based on his lifestyle and behaviours, which resulted in him leaving for the interior and never returning. As such, the grandparents called on the Police to investigate who aided the teen in making the trip.The teen, who disappeared without a trace on July 7, 2019, was found at Aurora Village, Essequibo Coast, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam).Reports are that Police located the teen on Monday after acting on a tip-off. The teen was found in the company of two women, who operate a bar at Aurora Village.The teen, who was reunited with her family, was questioned at Timehri Police Station and released into her family’s care. She will also be interviewed by the Welfare Department of the Child Care and Protection Agency.“We are happy that she was found safe. How she got to Essequibo remains a mystery. She isn’t saying much, but we believe that she was aided by someone and the Police are investigating the matter,” a relative said.The Police will be questioning a few persons after welfare officers conclude their report.The family expressed appreciation to the ranks of the Timehri Police Station and the Policing Group, who exercised patience and assisted them in locating the teen.last_img read more

Severe thunderstorm watch issued for North Peace and Fort Nelson

first_imgB.C. North Peace River & Fort Nelson4:35 AM PDT Thursday 18 July 2013Severe thunderstorm watch for B.C. North Peace River & Fort Nelson issuedRisk of severe thunderstorms this afternoon.This is an alert to the potential development of severe thunderstorms with large hail and damaging winds.- Advertisement -Monitor weather conditions..listen for updated statements. If threatening weather approaches take immediate safety precautions.An upper trough will create favourable conditions for thunderstorms this afternoon. The potential exists that some of the thunderstorms may become severe. The main threat from these storms are heavy downpours, damaging wind gusts, intense lightning, and possible hail. Advertisementlast_img

Association for Community Living honours achievements of people with disabilities

first_imgThe titles are determined based around their achievements and unique qualities – every year, they are different.The Fort St. John Association for Community Living provided a full list of recipients, which is available here. The Fort St. John Association for Community Living hosted their Community Living Awards at the Lido last night.FSJACL is an organization that helps ensure that people with developmental disabilities are able to ‘lead active and productive lives in their communities.’The theatre was packed with people receiving awards and watching their peers get special recognition for their personal successes.- Advertisement -“I think a lot of people are labelled because of their disability, and tonight’s a night about celebrating their successes and their abilities and just the great people they are,” said Executive Director Cindy Mohr. “Hopefully they’ll walk away feeling great about themselves.”This event is in it’s 10th year, and Mohr says it has grown in terms of anticipation and excitement – Mohr says people look forward to the awards, and it has become Oscar-like.Some of the awards include Technology Whiz, Integrity Award, Most Infectious Belly Laugh Award, and Helping Hand Award, among others.Advertisementlast_img read more

DD Technology: Guide to buying a new laptop

first_imgIt’s back to school time and for students a laptop is now as important as a pencil or a pen, but with so many different models and specifications on the market it can be difficult to know which laptop best suits your specific requirements. Adverts and offers from retailers are packed with jargon than can make it impossible to know exactly if the laptop on offer is actually going to do what you need it to do.Our friends at Alphatronics have put together a list of key considerations to help you make the right choice when choosing your new laptop. StorageThe size of the hard drive is going to be very important. Photos, videos, music, movies and games all require storage so try to get as much capacity as you can. Solid State Drives (SSD) are significantly quicker than a traditional hard drive but are much more expensive. For student use we would recommend a minimum hard drive size of 1TB.MemoryWhen we talk about memory we refer to it as RAM (Random Access Memory). Put simply this is the memory the laptop uses to store running programs and their data. Therefore the more RAM you have to more programs you can run at the same time without affecting the speed or performance of your laptop. Most laptops will come now with a minimum of 4GB of RAM and this will be adequate for most users. For music, photo or video editing 8GB or even 16GB of RAM would be recommended. ProcessorThe CPU (Central Processing Unit) is the brains of your laptop and the most important component in a laptop. If you want a fast laptop that starts programs immediately and doesn’t keep you waiting then you want the strongest processor available. This will also mean the most expensive laptop as these more powerful processors are found in high spec laptops. The good news is most users don’t need a top end processor for daily laptop use. Here’s a quick guide to current processors on the market.Intel Core i3 / i5 or AMD A series: If you’re looking for a standard laptop with the best combination of price and performance get a Core i5. The Core i3 processor is a small step down. AMD A series CPUs are less common, but promise similar performance.Intel Core i7: High-end performance for your laptop, perfect performance for gaming, graphics, photo and video editing. Models with numbers that end in HQ or K have four cores, allowing for even more productivity.AMD E Series or Intel Pentium/Celeron: These processors are found on low-cost laptops. They provides just enough performance to enable basic tasks such as video viewing, document editing and Web surfing.Intel Atom: This processor is also found on low cost laptops. It offers basic performance but more battery life than Celeron/Pentium.Screen SizeLaptop screen sizes vary from around 11 to 17 inches. A large screen is ideal for gaming, watching movies, photo and video editing, and viewing documents. The down side of a large screen is however the increase of weight and portability of the laptop and the impact on battery life. The most common size is currently 15.6” but you also need to think about resolution. Here’s the quick guide to different resolutions.HD: 1366 x 768 resolution is standard on mainstream laptops. Good for Web-surfing, e-mail and basic computing tasks.HD+: 1600 x 900 resolution is great for casual gaming and watching DVD movies.Full HD: 1920 x 1080 resolution allows you to watch Blu-ray movies and play video games without losing any level of detail.SoftwareLaptop manufacturers are paid to install software from third parties, this pre-installed software can include anything from free trials of anti-malware applications to web browser toolbars that serve no useful purpose. For a student laptop Microsoft Office is a must have piece of software including Word, Excel and PowerPoint. We would also recommend a good Anti-Virus software, many laptops will come with a trial version but purchasing a full version product is essential when downloading music and movies. Makes and Models While we can’t recommend a specific manufacturer over another one it’s fair to say the mainstream brands like Dell, HP, Lenovo and Sony offer laptops for most types of users and budgets. Pay attention to the warranty being offered with your new laptop and what it covers.Some manufacturers will allow for upgrades to the RAM and Hard Drive without affecting your warranty but others won’t. Also if something does go wrong some laptop manufacturers will cover the cost of shipping the laptop for repair and with others the shipping costs are the responsibility of the end user. Check the warranty details carefully to avoid nasty surprises later on if something goes wrong.With so many laptop options available it’s always best to start by thinking what you actually want to use the laptop for. There is no point paying for features you will never need or use.Alphatronic can provide helpful service and advice on choosing the right laptop for you, just drop into us at 38 Port Road Letterkenny or give us a call on 074 91 13445 for a chat about your requirements. DD Technology: Guide to buying a new laptop was last modified: August 25th, 2016 by AlphatronicsShare 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:Alphatronicbuying a new laptopCollegeletterkennyWorklast_img read more

DD Motoring: Motoring Review 2016 – Part 2

first_imgOne of the greatest Donegal Rallies in years is will be how fans will remember the 2016 event; a great win for local man Manus Kelly in his first attempt behind the wheel of a WRC Subaru. This was the way Donegal Daily watched and reported on Donegal’s Manus and Donall great win.So it’s the second stage on Saturday morning of the 2016 Donegal International Rally. Two local men with the most hope of winning their home rally for the first time have went off the road and ended up in a field.Manus Kelly and Donall Barrett put so much into this Donegal Rally and were in pouncing distance in third place overall and now their Subaru is sitting in the field. The only thing moving when they were sitting there stopped in the field was their time clock. Advertisement One minute and forty seconds past which must have seemed like one hour and forty minutes to the two boys.Winding the clock back to the first stage, Trentagh on Friday and the crowds were gathering for hours before it started. Last year’s winner, Gary Jennings and his navigator, Letterkenny man, Rory Kennedy blasted through the stage. We didn’t really notice at the time. But the Subaru was putting out a trail of smoke, Gary and Rory were to retire before they made it to the finish of the stage with a blown engine and were out of the rally.Losing a multi winner like Gary Jennings so early changed the game plan for everyone else.For the first time in the history of the Donegal International Rally at the end of day one, the first three positions were in the hands of Donegal drivers. Former winner of the event in 2015, Declan Boyle from Glenties was leading the rally followed by the reigning Tarmac Champion, Donagh Kelly from Frosses. And in third place was last years winner of the national rally, Manus Kelly. And there was more… Advertisement Lining up as possible outright winners, 2013 winner Sam Moffett, the ’04, ’05 and ’08 winner Eugene Donnelly was back in his WRC Mini. Allister Fisher and in particular the Bantry man, Keith Cronin were all very impressive.Men from BoysSaturday sorts the men from the boys and with stages like Knockalla, Garrygort and Carnhill the battle royal had begun. Manus missed his first ever fastest time of the rally by less than a second on the opening stage on Saturday morning.The “meet and greet” of measuring up the opposition on Friday was over. Once Saturday morning arrived the gloves were off and the real fight began. Three Donegal men were in the mix, Declan Boyle was in the lead from his efforts on Friday, now it was Donagh Kelly who was punching in the fastest stage times on the fastest stages. The first Donegal man to get a standing count on Saturday morning was Manus Kelly and he wasn’t even in the ring when it happened, he was out sitting in a green field.The crowd seen the Subaru ending up in the field and thought the show was over for the boys. Manus sat in his car and gestured to the crowd looking on.. “wee push boys”. The car could well have had a wheel missing for all Manus and Donall knew following their off, but they were not about to give up with out a fight.Supporters and marshals replaced horsepower with manpower, to get Manus untangled from fencing that he carried into the field.If this Donegal crew’s effort to win their first outright win was to end on Saturday morning, huge respect was still there for them. It’s times like this that you think of past Donegal drivers over the years, Derek McMahon, Robert Ward, James McDaid, John Connors, Joe McHugh, Paul Harris, to name but a few all were knocking on the door for victory on their home event.Back in Manus’ Café, “Uptown” in Letterkenny, Manus has big pictures of Donegal competitors on the wall, one is of Vincent Bonnar and Seamus Mc Gettigan on their way to victory as the first ever all Donegal crew to win their home event, another one has James McDaid and Rory Kennedy in a Opel Ascona high above the road on a Fanad stage just before their massive crash out of the Donegal Rally.Re-groupIn the service area in Milford it turned out that the Subaru had little or no damage from its trip into the field, the question was how much damage was done to the morale of the boys.Falling is not where the damage is done, it’s how you get back on to your feet and accept what has just happened. What you can do is get on with it. And this possibly is where Manus Kelly and Donall Barrett believed they could still win their first Donegal Rally. The crew went from 3rd to 10th at the half way point and now they were about to step back in the ring. Gartan stage on Saturday evening is where Manus made his intentions a strong possibility, as he posted his first ever overall fastest time on a stage of a Donegal International Rally as Boyle and Kelly were to suffer mechanical failure.Winner of the Donegal International Rally Manus Kelly and Donall Barett in their Subaru. Photo Brian McDaidAt the end of the day, Seamus Lenord was now leading the Donegal on the road but on paper it was the 2013 winner Sam Moffett who was the man who started first on the road on Sunday morning. By now the British Tarmac Champion, Keith Cronin had recovered from his puncture and other bother and was in the mix for an outright win as well, Manus rattle the ropes big time through High Glen and Fanad Head stages with fastest times.Seamus Leonard was possibly in the best position to lead the rally, but that Fanad Head stage can make you or break you, and break Seamus Lenord it did, he was to crash out on the 1st run through, Eugene Donnelly was lucky to get out of Fanad in one piece following a big spin as he pushed for the podium.Time was ticking away for Manus Kelly and Donall Barrett with the news that High Glen was cancelled second time through, because of electric cables down.In the national section, the final results on the 2016 Donegal rally will not just show up this great drive but Damien Tourish is the one that got away.This driver put in the drive of drives on the Donegal Rally this year. On the Friday in an underpowered 2 litre Ford Escort Mk2 he led all the cars that should have been in front of him.Up onto stage 10 on Saturday morning Damien Tourish and his navigator Domhnall McAleany were leading the National Rally in the modified class, where the sky is the limit for car specification. It was the talent of this Donegal driver that was stealing the show on till the longer faster stages reeled him in.I would love to see Damien Tourish in the R5 class, but probably never will because of his lack of a decent rallying budget. Well done lad.I am celebrating watching my 40th Donegal Rally this year and what a celebration it has been.Donegal Number Ones: History makers of the Donegal International Rally (left-right): the first Donegal man to win the Donegal Rally, Vincent Bonnar. The first secretary of the Donegal Motor Club and Founder Member of the the Club, Phonsie McElwee. The first ever winner of the Donegal Rally Cathal Curley. The first Donegal Navigator to win the Rally Seamus Mc Gettigan. These Donegal great were in Milford on Friday night to celebrate the next gereraltion, Manus Kelly and Donal Barrett celebrate their 2016 win. Photo Brian McDaidIn 1976 at twelve years of age I wasn’t allowed to even go out to the old Ballyraine Hotel to have a look at the cars, but I did.An Old 28” gents Raleigh bike was my means of escape which I abandoned at the back of the Ballyraine Hotel. The cars were just coming in to Parc Ferme on the Saturday evening after a full days rallying and were parking up in the field at the back of the hotel. Brian Nelson won the rally that year in his Tuca Tile Porsche.Forty years on and these childhood memories were sparked to life over the weekend by a cracker of a Donegal Rally and the icing on the cake was a great home win by Manus Kelly and Donall Barrett.Well done lads.DD Motoring: Motoring Review 2016 – Part 2 was last modified: January 4th, 2017 by Brian McDaidShare 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:2016brian mc daiddonegal rallyhighlightsmotoringreviewlast_img read more

GARDAI ASK FOR MORE TIME TO DISCOVER VALUE OF LETTERKENNY DRUGS HAUL

first_imgGardai today asked for more time to discover the exact quantity of drugs uncovered in a raid in Letterkenny last month.Garda Inspector Michael Harrison told Letterkenny District Court he was still awaiting confirmation on the overall quantity of the haul which was found at a house in Letterkenny on November 6th last.Simon Crawford, 28, appeared in connection with the discovery of the drugs, 4- Methylethcathinone (synethetic cocaine) at Gleann Tain Close. Crawford was charged with possession and intent to supply the drugs.Gardai had estimated the haul to be worth more than €200,000.It was revealed how Gardai allowed a “controlled delivery’ of the substance by courier to the address at which Crawford was arrested.The parcel, allegedly containing the drugs, had been shipped through China and Germany before arriving in Ireland.Crawford, of 11 York Avenue, Portstewart, Co Derry, did not speak during today’s hearing.The case was adjourned until January 14th for a full of evidence to be heard.GARDAI ASK FOR MORE TIME TO DISCOVER VALUE OF LETTERKENNY DRUGS HAUL was last modified: December 10th, 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:drugsletterkennySimon Crawfordlast_img read more

DONEGAL MAN COMMITTED SEX ACT ON BUS

first_imgA Country Donegal has admitted committing a sex act on a bus.Gavin Porter, 38, from Grange on Inch Island, also pleaded guilty to intentionally exposing himself.The sex act was carried out in view of a female passenger and was recorded over a 40 minute period on an internal CCTV camera. The BBC reports that Porter was arrested at the Foyle Street bus depot on 22 June following a complaint from the passenger.Derry Magistrates Court was told that Porter received a five month suspended jail sentence in August 2011 for committing similar offences, in a car, in the grounds of Magee College.Following his convictions he was placed on the sex offenders register for seven years.The judge described his behaviour on the bus as absolutely outrageous and said it was clearly distressing for the female passenger.The defendant was refused bail and will appear in court again on 25 September.DONEGAL MAN COMMITTED SEX ACT ON BUS was last modified: September 3rd, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:busDerrydonegalGAVIN PORTSEX ACTlast_img read more

International Pan Celtic Festival seeks artists for 2018 Donegal event

first_imgThe Irish Pan Celtic committee is seeking Irish traditional artists to represent Ireland during The International Pan Celtic Festival which will be held in Letterkenny, Co. Donegal from 3-8 April 2018. A wide range of competitions were announced recently including fiddle, harp, duet, choral and dance.“The Pan Celtic competitions give a great insight into the culture of the other Celtic Nations, as well as providing a new creative platform for Irish traditional performing artists”, said Máirín Nic Dhonnchadha, CEO of the International Pan Celtic Council.“Irish artists have performed well in the competitions over the years, particularly in the singing competitions. This year we would like to see similar success in the dancing, instrumental and choral competitions and promote the wonderful rich heritage and culture of Ireland amongst our Celtic friends,” she said. The festival programme will provide an array of events for musicians, singers, composers, dancers, choirs, poets and storytellers.Closing date for entries is the 1 March 2018. Entry forms are available at www.panceltic.ieand can be sent via email to competitions@panceltic.ie or by post to: Comórtais Pan Cheilteach, Oireachtas na Gaeilge, 6 Sráid Fhearchair, Baile Átha Cliath 2.International Pan Celtic Festival seeks artists for 2018 Donegal event was last modified: February 12th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Comórtais Pan Cheilteachtraditional musiclast_img read more