NTC raises issue of cease work orders with Natural Resources Minister

first_imgThe Natural Resources Minister on Wednesday met with a delegation from the National Toshaos Council (NTC) which was headed by newly elected Chairman Toshao Nicholas Fredericks to address a number of issues that were related to both organisations.During the meeting, Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman renewed his commitment to a closer working relationship between the two bodies. He noted that there is need for open and frank discussions and for the two sides to engage more frequently. Among the issues raised by the NTC was the 2017 ruling of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) in the Wayne Vieira vs GGMC case that involved land situated in the Tassawini area of the Northwest Mining District.Trotman provided the delegation with copies of the CCJ ruling, and noted that while the ruling must be respected, this does not negate the enforceability of the Amerindian Act.The issuance of cease work orders by the GGMC was also questioned, and the NTC promised to provide the minister with a list of questions pertaining to cease work orders and the involvement of foreign partners in mining companies. The NTC also included other matters for which it requested documented responses. The issue of human trafficking was also raised.Both parties iterated their commitment to the finalisation of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which would address good governance, protection, conservation, sustainable management of indigenous community lands and natural resources, and communication between the ministry and the NTC.It was later agreed that the two parties would meet again on August 15 to continue the discussions.last_img read more

Residents slam Govt for slothfulness in dealing with BBP floods

first_imgAs the water continues to recede slowly in affected areas in Black Bush Polder, the Government has taken no additional measures to assist residents and farmers that are presently suffering as a result of the flooding.On May 19, a little over two hours of continuous rainfall left Johanna and Yakusari inundated.However, close to two weeks later, the water remains on land at Yakusari, thus threatening the lives of both residents and their crops. They are concerned with the health hazards that can emanate from the flood waters and are calling on the relevant authorities to look into the matter.From the inception of the flash floods, residents and regional officials had blamed the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA) claiming that the Yakusari Main Drainage Canal, which also drains Johanna, has not been cleaned for the year.The NDIA has the responsibility for the canal. In addition to the heavy overgrowth in the canal, the outfall channel is also blocked and worst of all, there is limited access at the sluice. It was reported that one day prior to the flooding, the channel was silted.According to residents, the NDIA also failed to award the cleaning of the mouth of the sluice and the cleaning of the outfall channel to a competent contractor.The residents went on to say that the one excavator that is being used is having more downtime rather than working to alleviate the flooding.In addition to that, the only firm with a dredge capable of clearing the outfall channels along the Corentyne is the Associated Construction Service but for some reason, they have not been considered for the job.Under the coalition Government, the three canals which drain the Black Bush Polder, Adventure, Eversham and Joppa at Number 43 Village now fall under the NDIA and not the Regional Administration.However, members of the health centre have been visiting homes and providing information to persons in the affected areas, advising children not to play in the water and persons not to use the pipe water to drink. However, the Health Department is monitoring the situation.Meanwhile, as the flood continues in its second week, health issues are rising and farmers continue to count their losses as their appeals for assistance seem to be falling on deaf ears. Only recently, two persons were suspected to have symptoms associated with leptospirosis.Attempts to contact the subject Minister on the matter proved futile.last_img read more

Datebook 1/22

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Whale Fiesta, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, 3720 Stephen M. White Drive, San Pedro. Free. Call (310) 548-7562 or see www.cabrilloaq.org. The Skirball Cultural Center docent-led tour of the history of the Near East, 12:30 p.m., 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. Free with admission. (310) 440-4500. Celebrating the Classics, a piano concert by Richard Rish, 2 p.m., Sepulveda Unitarian Universalist Society, 9550 Haskell Ave., North Hills. Tickets $15; $10 for students and seniors. Call (818) 894-9251. Comedy Improv for Kids, an ongoing interactive workshop for children, meets Sundays, 3:30 p.m., L.A. Connection Theatre, 13442 Ventura Blvd., Studio City. (818) 784-1868. Mail Datebook entries – including time, date, location and a phone number – to Daily News City Desk, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365; fax (818) 713-0058; e-mail dnmetro@dailynews.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! TODAY Beach and wetlands bird-watching for beginners, 8:30 a.m., Malibu Lagoon State Beach, Malibu. Park is 1 miles east of Malibu Canyon Road on Pacific Coast Highway and Serra Lane. (310) 393-6025. Trail maintenance and cleanup of hiking trails in Stough Canyon Nature Center, 9 a.m., 2300 Walnut Ave., Burbank. (818) 238-5440. The Jewish Federation hosts the Jewish Summer Camp and Israel Programs Expo, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Valley Beth Shalom, 15739 Ventura Blvd., Encino. Free. Call (323) 761-8343. “Rhythmtown,” a musical production for children, 11 a.m., Storyopolis, 12348 Ventura Blvd., Studio City. Free. (818) 509-5600. last_img read more

The week ahead

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card FRIDAY: Labor Department reports on employment for January. MONDAY: Trial begins for Enron Corp. executives, founder Kenneth Lay and former CEO Jeffrey Skilling; Eastman Kodak Co. reports fourth-quarter earnings; ExxonMobil Corp. releases fourth-quarter earnings; Kraft Foods releases fourth-quarter earnings; Mattel Inc. releases fourth-quarter earnings. TUESDAY: Labor Department reports on employment cost index, fourth quarter; Conference Board reports its monthly Consumer Confidence Index; Federal Open Market Committee meets to discuss interest rates. This is Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan’s last day at the central bank; Chiron Corp. releases fourth-quarter earnings; Google Inc. releases fourth-quarter earnings; Symantec Corp. releases third-quarter earnings. WEDNESDAY: Automakers release their sales figures for January; Anheuser-Busch Cos. releases fourth-quarter earnings; Boeing Co. releases fourth-quarter earnings; Starbucks Inc. releases fourth-quarter earnings; Time Warner Inc. releases fourth-quarter earnings. THURSDAY: The nation’s largest retailers announce their sales figures for January; Amazon.com Inc. releases fourth-quarter earnings. 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

MICKEY THE WEATHERMAN HAS BAD NEWS FOR FANS OF CHRISTMAS….!

first_imgA snowy Errigal Road by Brid Sweeney.Ireland’s most famous amateur weatherman has bad news for lovers of Christmas – we won’t have a white festive season.Michael Gallagher has predicted the seasons for decades using the behaviour of plants and animals and the folklore of older generations in the hills of Donegal.Postman Michael GallagherMichael, from Glenfin, has just retired from An Post after 48 years service as a postman. Unfortunately he says he has no good news for those hoping for a perfect white Christmas.He said “Of all the years I have said there is a chance of a white Christmas, I would certainly say that this is NOT one of them. I just can’t see it.”And Michael also rubbished recent claims that we are in for a very severe winter after such a mild autumn.“I would actually say we’re going to have a fairly normal winter with little storms and very little snow. A lot of rain I would think but nothing out of the ordinary. “There are very few series on the trees. If the trees and bushes are laden with berries then it is usually nature’s way of helping birds to stock of up for a harsh winter ahead.“We didn’t have a great summer and generally when we do not have a greats summer and that is followed by a mild autumn like the one we’ve had, we general escape with a mild enough winter,” he added.Michael said that following his retirement, he misses his postal rounds but is still visiting plenty of older people living in the hills of the Bluestack Mountains.“I started off on my ten toes and then came the bike and then the Honda. I upgraded to a Morris Minor and then to a van. It’s very different being retired after 48 years doing my rounds.“But I’ve plenty of time on my hands now and plenty more time to study nature and the weather,” he said. MICKEY THE WEATHERMAN HAS BAD NEWS FOR FANS OF CHRISTMAS….! was last modified: October 28th, 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)last_img read more

RALLY HOMECOMING PARTY FOR BRIAN BROGAN AND DAMIEN MCGETTIGAN – PIC SPECIAL

first_imgPICTURE SPECIAL: There was jubilant scenes at the Tír na nÓg bar for Cork Rally heroes Brian Brogan and Damien McGettigan.The pair performed superbly at the event in West Cork and drove brilliantly all weekend. It was a first win on the Tarmac Championship for McGettigan, while it was Brogan’s second success after his victory in Galway in 2007.The crew brought their Mk2 Escort home just 6.3 seconds ahead of Alan Ring in a Fiesta.A huge crowd turned out for their homecoming party at the Tír na nÓg bar last night.RALLY HOMECOMING PARTY FOR BRIAN BROGAN AND DAMIEN MCGETTIGAN – PIC SPECIAL was last modified: March 15th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:FeaturesSportTir na Noglast_img read more

KCCA FC out to put opening day poor show behind against UPDF

first_imgUPDF FC players share a moment during a recent friendly. Courtesy photo.FOOTBALL–Two-time defending league champions KCCA FC will hope to reignite their title defence away to UPDF FC at Bombo tomorrow.The Kasasiro boys played out a goaless draw at home to newly promoted Maroons FC on the opening day as many of their star players perfomed poorly.The Kasisiro boys are set to do without Ibrahim Saddam Juma, Jackson Nunda, Muhamed Abdallah and new signing Faizol Malangu for tomorrow’s encounter, all being injured.Benjamin Ochan will replace man of the match (against Maroons), Charles Lukwago and new signing Kaddu Patrick set to come in for Tito Okello in the starting line up.KCCA FC head coach Mike Mutebi said: “UPDF and us (KCCA) is traditionally a turf game although recent stats favour us.”“They have a good coach in Moses Basena who is currently with the National team so that says alot about them,” he added.John Kayanja, UPDF FC assistant coach, did not hide his admiration for the Kasasiro boys.“We respect them but after our first day loss, we very much want maximum points in our first game at home and hopfuly we can achieve that,” Kayanja said.UPDF FC have two injury concerns with defender Julius Malyangumu and Moses Lukwata still out nursing injuries they sustained during a motor vehical accident.KCCA drew their first game of the season at home to Maroons while the Bombo based side (UPDF) lost in the opener 2-1 against URA.Key statisticsLast season, KCCA won the reverse fixture 1-0 before winning again 1-0 at Lugogo. UPDF have won only two of the last 12 meetings with KCCA.UPDF have lost four of the last six games at home to KCCA.KCCA have not conceded more than twice in a single game in any of their last 14 league matches against UPDF.KCCA’s away form has not been good lately, winning only one in the last five games in all competitions.Commentslast_img read more

Shock as dead baby found on trawler which regularly lands at Donegal

first_imgPolice in France are investigating the discovery of a dead baby on board a fishing trawler that has links to Donegal.The boat on which the baby was found regularly lands catches at Killybegs, although this case is confirmed to have no connection to Ireland.The Le Télégramme newspaper reports the newborn’s remains were discovered by a crew member in a shocking incident at port in France on Tuesday, 11th July. Shortly after the baby was found in a freezer on the Scapêche freezer longliner, another two infants were found stored in freezers in an apartment in Lorient, north France.French police have charged the alleged mother who is an employee of Scapêche. It is thought the babies were born at home in Larmor-Plage, France between 1998 and 2003.The partner of the presumed mother, aged 50, is said to have not been aware of the pregnancies. Both parents of the babies are reportedly employees of Scapêche.Police report that the mother had kept the three infants in her apartment until March 2017 before moving them temporarily to the vessel to be stored in a new apartment. The accused mother is currently in custody as investigations continue. Shock as dead baby found on trawler which regularly lands at Donegal was last modified: July 15th, 2017 by Staff WriterShare 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:Killybegslast_img read more

Our blue flag beaches are vital for our tourism sector – Mayor

first_imgThe Mayor of Donegal has said that maintaining Donegal’s blue flag beaches is vital in developing the county’s ambitious tourism sector.Cllr Gerry Mc Monagle was speaking as 12 of Donegal’s beaches received a Blue Flag from An Taisce.In addition to this, Greencastle Marina retained its blue flag which was achieved for the first time last year. 12 Blue Flags were awarded to beaches at Bundoran, Rossnowlagh, Murvagh, Fintra, Narin (Portnoo), Carrickfinn, Killahoey (Dunfanaghy), Marblehill, Portsalon (Magherawarden), Shroove, Culdaff and Downings.Meanwhile, Ballyheirnan (Fanad), Drumnatinney (Falcarragh), Magheroarty, and Dooey each achieved the Green Coast award again this year.Speaking following the announcement Cathaoirleach Cllr. Gerry McMonagle said “this achievement represents our profound commitment to complying with the strict standards set by the Blue Flag Programme.“An important part of the programme is about connecting communities with their surroundings and encouraging them to learn more about their environment. “This commitment to an environmentally sustainable approach is also the cornerstone of our strategy for the development of the tourism sector in Donegal”.Seamus Neely, Chief Executive of Donegal County Council said “we are delighted to have received 13 Blue Flags and 4 Green Coast awards for Donegal and this includes a Blue Flag for Greencastle Marina. We all know that achieving Blue Flag status and indeed a Green Coast award is no easy task, it requires ongoing dedication and commitment from everyone involved and in this regard I would like to pay tribute to the work of my own staff and indeed to the support and commitment of the elected members as well as the co-operation that we get from local communities and voluntary organisations throughout the year.”The Blue Flag programme aims to raise environmental awareness and promote sound environmental management of beaches, marinas and inland bathing waters around the world.The 83 Irish beaches and 7 marinas that have achieved this accolade must adhere to specific criteria related to water quality, information provision, environmental education, safety and site management.Our blue flag beaches are vital for our tourism sector – Mayor was last modified: May 25th, 2018 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)last_img read more

Power Storage in Flywheels

first_img RELATED ARTICLES Beacon Power leading the way with flywheel storageThe energy storage company Beacon Power, located in Tyngsboro, Massachusetts (near Lowell), has been a technology leader with utility-scale flywheel power storage since its founding in 1997. In September 2013 the company put online the first 4 megawatts (MW) of a planned 20 MW flywheel energy storage facility in Hazle Township, Pennsylvania. The full system should be completed in the second quarter of 2014. How flywheel electricity storage worksThe idea with a flywheel for power storage is that a small amount of electricity is used to keep a heavy mass rotating at a very high speed — 10,000 revolutions per minute (rpm) or faster. Then when power interruptions happen or some extra power is needed to stabilize the grid, that flywheel generates power, gradually slowing down in the process.Those of us who read Popular Science have been hearing about the potential of flywheel energy storage for decades; for me, it has been one of those technologies that has been perpetually “just a few years away from commercialization.” Solar Energy Can Make the Grid More Resilient Getting Power From Solar Equipment When the Grid is DownMaking Houses Resilient to Power Outages The great thing about writing a regular blog is that reader feedback sometimes introduces me to new products and systems. So it was last week when I wrote about a company developing power grid electrical storage systems using lithium-ion battery technology.From a reader, I learned about another, very different approach for storing electricity to make the utility grid more stable and resilient: flywheels.Our company has written in the past about flywheel electrical storage for use in data centers to provide instantaneous back-up power that can last for a few minutes until back-up generators can be started up. But I had not been aware of utility-scale projects that were in operation. Beacon Power almost became another Solyndra story. (Solyndra was the solar panel manufacturer that went bankrupt after receiving a $535 million U.S. Department of Energy loan through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, giving the loan program a black eye and fanning the flames of right-wing opposition to renewable energy subsidies.) In 2010, Beacon Power received a $43 million loan from the same program, and then filed for bankruptcy in October 2011.Beacon Power’s bankruptcy was, in part, the result of a change in federal regulations that delayed the requirement for grid operators to pay more for electricity from sources that could feed additional power into the grid very quickly — this affected Beacon Power’s cash flow. Fortunately, the private equity firm Rockland Capital stepped in and acquired Beacon Power and has now paid back most of the DOE loan.The company is back on its feet and moving full-steam ahead. The power grid of the futureBeacon Power’s flywheel system is one example of a variety of new energy storage technologies that promise to make tomorrow’s electric grid quite different from what we have today. As a higher percentage of renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar, feed power into the grid, it will become more and more important to have systems like this that can store power when there is excess available and deliver that power when needed. Stabilizing the utility grid with flywheel storageThe Pennsylvania flywheel energy storage facility can almost instantly (in less than one second) begin injecting significant amounts of electricity into the grid. This will help to stabilize the utility grid — the operation of which is a constant balancing act between supply and demand. Adding this capability — whether with a flywheel or a more conventional chemical battery — makes the grid less prone to blackouts and, thus, more resilient.The flywheel system is modular, comprised of many of Beacon Power’s Smart Energy 25 flywheels, each of which can deliver up to 25 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity. When delivering power at a capacity of 100 kW, full discharge takes about 15 minutes. When providing 150 kW (heavier power draw), full discharge occurs in 5 minutes with only 12.5 kWh delivered.The flywheel itself, according to the Beacon Power website, has a rotating carbon-fiber composite rim, levitated on magnetic bearings so that it operates in a near-frictionless, vacuum-sealed environment. It rotates at 16,000 rpm and is designed for a 20-year life with 100,000 full-discharge cycles.According to Beacon Power, the company’s flywheel power storage system “corrects imbalances more than twice as efficiently as traditional generators while consuming no new fuel, producing no emissions, and using no hazardous materials or water.” Alex is founder of BuildingGreen, Inc. and executive editor of Environmental Building News. In 2012 he founded the Resilient Design Institute. To keep up with Alex’s latest articles and musings, you can sign up for his Twitter feed.last_img read more