Humanitarian Mission trains 98 Berbicians to become entrepreneurs

first_imgNinety-eight persons are now equipped with the necessary skills to earn additional income and for those who are not working – the skills to be able to set up their own businesses.Some of the persons who were trained by the Humanitarian Mission of Guyana (HMG) in BerbiceThe 98 persons successfully completed six months’ training in information technology, cake decoration, garment construction and cosmetology.The programme was held by the Humanitarian Mission of Guyana (HMG) and classes were held in Port Mourant, Babu Jaan, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne).The Mission continues to put methods in place to enhance and empower the lives of Berbicians. The organisation’s aim is to break the cycle of poverty through education and skills training.The programme seeks to create a level of entrepreneurship for the students.Those who graduated are now eligible for a grant from the HMG to launch their own business.Founder of the Mission, Suresh Sugrim told this publication that the goal of the programme is to enable persons to make a change in life since education is the key to unlock the door to success.“A lot of individual who have been a part of this programme are now going well in life… Sitting down and now willing to make the change.”He added that some of those who participated are persons with careers who just want to enhance themselves while others have already started their own businesses.The Mission will fund equipment which might be needed if those who have completed the programme want to venture off into business.In addition to that, arrangements will also be put in place for persons to receive grants to start up their own business.last_img read more

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GPL slapped with fines by PUC over poor service

first_img– service efficiency to remain under evaluationThe Guyana Power and Light’s (GPL) inefficiency in service delivery has earned it a fine from the Public Utilities Commission (PUC), with a threat of more evaluations hanging over the company’s head like a proverbial sword of Damocles.According to the order, dated April 25, 2018, GPL will have to forfeit five per cent of its total dividend payments for 2017. It noted that despite cautioning the power company in a previous order, certain expectations for service quality were not met.It was found that one area GPL underperformed was in reaching its service interruption target. While they were supposed to limit their system Average Interruption Frequency during the year to 75, their average was actually 128. They also performed below par in the System Average Interruption Duration Index (SAIDI).“The intent of this standard is to limit the duration of outages that a consumer would have experienced during the year to no more than 85 hours. The average duration experienced by consumers during the year 2017 was 133.18 hours,” the Commission stated.“The company’s explanation in not meeting this target was similar to that for not attaining SAIDI; namely that the shortfall in generation together with the instability of the transmissions system resulted in longer than intended outages.”While GPL’s explanations for not measuring its voltage regulation were accepted, the PUC did not buy its explanation for customer interruptions. Therefore, the Commission noted, adequate measures to mitigate their generation shortfall should have been taken.The Commission also issued a warning to the company; that its performance would continue to be monitored. It therefore urged GPL to implement incremental changes that the customers would actually feel.“The Commission recognises that the operating standards are set within the framework of the company’s existing infrastructure and cash flow limitations. However, some of the standards fall far short of what constitutes an efficient utility.”It noted that in fulfilment of its obligations and having considered the extent to which GPL has failed to meet the Operating Standards and Performance Targets (OSPT), “together with the impact on the Licensees’ consumers, hereby fines the company in the amount of five per cent of the total value of the dividend payable to the company’s shareholder. It is the Commission’s fervent hope that there will be incremental improvement in the quality of service to consumers in 2018 and beyond.”In a bid to revamp its operations, GPL recently appointed Albert Gordon, a Jamaican, as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). The appointment of this former Vice President of the Jamaican Water Commission took effect on February 1.Gordon has replaced the former GPL acting CEO Renford Homer. His appointment came at a time when GPL is touting the use of renewable energy, such as wind, to power its national grid. For his part, he has said that GPL would need US$110 million to fix its cascade of problems.Back in March, GPL had attributed persistent service interruptions experienced in the Demerara-Berbice Interconnected System (DBIS) to a short circuit within a 13.8 kV breaker at Sophia, Greater Georgetown.According to GPL, service restoration efforts began immediately and all the areas were subsequently re-powered, with the exception of Kitty, Subryanville, Alberttown, Newtown, Queenstown and Bel Air. These areas were repowered following the completion of remedial work to resolve a localised fault on Vlissengen Road.Additionally, customers from Number 54 Village to Skeldon, Berbice who experienced similar outages as a result of burst conductors on the L23 transmission line were re-powered, said GPL.GPL has traditionally been the source of multiple complaints before the PUC. Just three months into last year, there was already over a hundred complaints to the Public Utilities Commission for at least two utility companies; Guyana Telephone and Telegraph (GT&T) Company and Guyana Power and Light (GPL). According to the PUC, as of March 2017, there were 29 complaints from GPL customers, while for GT&T that number was 94.last_img read more

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Reports: Man United agree £59.7million Di Maria fee

first_img1 Real Madrid winger Angel di Maria Manchester United are set to break the British transfer record after agreeing a fee of £59.7million to sign Real Madrid winger Angel di Maria, according to reports.It is understood the Argentine forward has flown to Manchester after bidding farewell to his team-mates in Spain and will undergo a medical with the club on Tuesday before completing his long-awaiting Old Trafford switch.Di Maria, a key member of Madrid’s team last season, was absent from the Los Blancos squad that beat Cordoba 2-0 at the Bernabeu on Monday evening.United’s pursuit of the winger has been met by a mixed reaction, with ex-forward Federico Macheda praising the move, former star Ray Wilkins questioning his price tag and former top flight midfielder Stewart Robson wondering where his arrival leaves Juan Mata, who United broke their transfer record to sign from Chelsea in January.United have made no official comment on the supposedly impending transfer, but it is understood the agreed fee between the Red Devils and Real will eclipse the £50million Chelsea paid to Liverpool for Fernando Torres in 2011.Should he sign, the 26-year-old cannot be involved in United’s Capital One Cup tie at MK Dons on Tuesday night, but could be set for a debut in Saturday’s trip to Burnley in the Premier League.United appear in desperate need of a lift after a loss and a draw from their opening two league games and the man who was named man of the match in May’s Champions League final would certainly give them that.United boss Louis van Gaal would neither confirm nor deny anything with regard to the Di Maria situation after his side’s 1-1 draw at Sunderland on Sunday.Van Gaal said: ”I cannot say anything about transfers, you have to understand that. When a transfer has been finished, then we can say something. But now you have to wait and see.”When the moment is there, Manchester United shall announce it.”The Dutchman added with a smile: ”It is not only Di Maria – maybe [Arturo] Vidal or [Lionel] Messi! We are a big club.”last_img read more

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‘Madrid done deal means Liverpool will sign £14.2m La Liga ace and sell Anfield outcast!’

first_imgLiverpool were dealt a transfer blow on Sunday with the news long-term target Mateo Kovacic was set to join Real Madrid instead.But the Anfield faithful have seen the bright side of the story and believe a transfer triangle is set to be completed.With Inter Milan midfielder Kovacic signing for Real, Reds fans believe the Italians will move to sign their Brazilian star Lucas and – in turn – Liverpool can now move to secure the signature of Asier Illarramendi from the Spanish side.And who do they have to thank for this marvellous business? It’s Rafael Benitez – what a man!See how Liverpool fans reacted below… 1 Rafael Benitez last_img

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Kevin Modesti: Angels sitting curiously silent

first_imgI called the Angels and – this is absolutely true – somebody answered the phone. Honest to Gene Autry. There are people there actually breathing. Capable of verbal communication. Presumably, capable of action. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa AnitaAnd then the off-season came and they lost two starting pitchers, their starting catcher and their mostly starting center fielder. Fear not; they added some journeyman relievers and a backup third baseman. Kinda gets you all tingling for the start of the baseball season, eh? It’s about as easy to understand as Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger with a fat lip. While the Dodgers have been in the news almost daily – what with hiring and firing of managers and general managers, acquiring former Giants and Red Sox and trying to acquire an NFL team – the Angels have gone the church-mouse routine. The only time they’ve been in the news is to fight for calling their Anaheim team a Los Angeles team. What if they lifted the Orange Curtain and nobody was there? Angels general manager Bill Stoneman said it is not inertia at work, but simple, practical logic. You’d never know it by the Angels’ exciting off-season. Guess it’s tough to make winter moves while hibernating. When we last saw the Angels, they were getting schooled by the Chicago White Sox. Their lack of offense and lack of depth became striking. center_img The free-agent class is already spent, but it’s not like it was ever all that exciting. Actually, it was about as stirring as Phyllis Diller in a thong. “What we determined at the end of the season was we’d go after an impact free agent, and there weren’t really that many there,” Stoneman said. “We did go after one guy and didn’t get him. “We decided at that point that rather than to get somebody that had a name but who wouldn’t necessarily impact the club the way we wanted, that we had some very young talented players … we wanted to give a full opportunity to win a spot and be productive here.” The Angels went after free agent Paul Konerko, reportedly offering the White Sox first baseman $60 million. He remained in Chicago and the Angels went to Plan B. Are you ready for starters Casey Kotchman, Dallas McPherson and Jeff Mathis? The Angels have one of the most highly regarded farm systems in baseball, but it’s one thing to have outstanding potential and another to be a proven major-league star. “Every veteran player whose name is known all over North America at some point was given an opportunity to play in the major leagues,” Stoneman said. “Nobody knew them before they got their opportunity.” Considering previous off-seasons were spent signing veterans Vladimir Guerrero, Bartolo Colon and Orlando Cabrera, making way for a bunch of kids sounds like a dramatic change in philosophy. “The fact that we had so many young, very talented players who are now ready to emerge to the major leagues really led us to the decision that we shouldn’t block their way,” he said. Mathis, who will either share time with Jose Molina or win the starting catching position outright, and McPherson showed power in the minors. Kotchman has been a big-time prospect for years. Playing Kotchman means moving Darin Erstad back to center. Playing McPherson means the leadoff sensation has to become a DH, or the two could switch. Jarrod Washburn and Paul Byrd signed for riches elsewhere, but the emergence of Ervin Santana to complement John Lackey, Kelvim Escobar and Colon leaves the Angels with a strong starting five. The bullpen remains outstanding, and there is actually a left-hander sighting (J.C. Romero). Spring training is just more than a month away and a trade could still happen to bring in a major bat, but right now the 2006 Angels look complete. Anybody locate a No. 5 hitter in there? By the team’s standards, it has been one quiet off-season. By any team’s standards, it’s been quiet. “I don’t make moves for marketing reasons,” Stoneman said. “A winning club on the field and a winning organization is really what we want.” The Angels will certainly be competitive. They were last year when they advanced to the American League Championship Series. But that only proved to reveal their shortcomings. That’s led to a surprising off-season focused on the promise of youth, not proven commodities. steve.dilbeck@dailynews.com (818) 713-3607 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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ONE PERSON TAKEN TO HOSPITAL AFTER THREE CAR SMASH

first_imgGARDAI and ambulance personnel have been attending the scene of a three car crash in Co Donegal today.The incident happened this morning at Drumoghill.Two ambulances attended the scene but no-one was seriously hurt. One motorist was taken to Letterkenny General Hospital with a hand injury.Conditions in the area were wet at the time.A full Garda investigation into the cause of the crash is now underway.   ONE PERSON TAKEN TO HOSPITAL AFTER THREE CAR SMASH was last modified: September 20th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:drumoghillONE PERSON TAKEN TO HOSPITAL AFTER THREE CAR SMASHlast_img read more

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JAIL FOR THUG WHO ATTACKED INNOCENT COUPLE IN TAKEAWAY

first_imgJailed: McMenaminA DRUGS-crazed thug has been sent to jail after a judge heard how he launched a vicious attack on an innocent couple who stopped off at a takeaway after a night out.Cillian McMenamin, 24, from Chapel Road in Dungloe, launched an attack which left his victims with multiple injuries.McMenamin’s case was heard at Letterkenny District Court as he was already serving a jail sentence for driving offences. Inspector David Kelly told the court that in the early hours of April 14 last year a woman and her husband had stopped off for a takeaway on their way home.Sharon McKelvey had been working as a singer and karaoke operator at premises in Dungloe earlier.She and gone into the Midnight Express takeaway with her husband Patrick.“She spotted a man standing by a poker machine wearing a hoodie. He was very drunk. He  began to shout abusive comments towards the non-nationals working at the takeaway. He was shouting that he wanted free burgers and made several other comments,” Insp Kelly told the court. At that point Patrick McKelvey objected to the abuse being given out by McMenamin.The accused man, who had taken a cocktail of prescription drugs and drink, called Mr McKelvey “a pile of sh***” and began to throw punches at him.Mrs McKelvey stepped in at that stage.“I put up my hands and pleaded with him to stop. He grabbed me by my jacket and threw me out of the way to get at Patrick. I lost my footing because of the force and hit my head on a window and I realised I was bleeding from my head and mouth,” she said in a statement read to the court by the inspector.She then saw Patrick being dragged outside the takeaway where McMenamin repeatedly kicked his victim on the ground, including in the face, said Inspector Kelly. “Do you want to hit me now?” McMenamin had shouted.He tried to kick the couple’s car and then shouted at them: “I’m going to find out who your family is and they’re all dead.”Gardaí arrived at the scene a short time later and arrested McMenamin.Inspector Kelly said McMenamin had 27 previous convictions including for assault, car theft and possession of drugs and a flick knife. Defence solicitor Frank Dorrian said his client had a “vague and patchy memory” of the events because of his drugs and drink addiction.Judge Paul Kelly said McMenamim had launched “a random act of violence against a couple on their 50s who were causing no offence whatsoever.”Reading from medical reports before the court, the judge said Patrick McKelvey had been attacked in the takeaway before being dragged outside and attacked again.Mr McKelvey had suffered multiple bruises, a fractured rib, a collapsed lung and was in pain for six weeks afterwards.He had been forced to turn a job offer due to the pain he suffered in the attack and went on to suffer anxiety as a result.“He punched Mrs McKelvey in the face and left her with a fractured finger, bruising to her arms and pelvis and cuts to her head and mouth,” said the judge.“These are dreadful injuries. The fact that Mr McMenamin had taken a cocktail of alcohol and drugs is not an excuse. This was a random act of violence which had appalling consequences for this totally innocent couple.”The court heard McMenamin had been given community service for previous offences.“This was a middle aged couple finishing a night’s work and getting food on their way home,” said the judge.He then turned to McMenamin and asked him: “Do you realise what you have done to the victims in this case?”The 24-year-old nodded and said: “Yes.”Judge Kelly imposed two one-year sentences to run concurrently.JAIL FOR THUG WHO ATTACKED INNOCENT COUPLE IN TAKEAWAY was last modified: June 18th, 2014 by John2Share 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:assaultattackCiarandungloeMcMenaminMidnight expresslast_img read more

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Rolle Named Bulldog Student-Athlete of the Week

first_imgTaryn Rolle, a junior from Nassau, Bahamas, has been named this week’s Bulldog Student-Athlete of the Week, presented by Drake Graduate and Professional Programs for the second time. Academically, Rolle holds a 3.79 and is majoring in entrepreneurship. Rolle, a member of the Drake women’s track and field team, recorded the team’s only title at the Arkansas Spring Invitational March 24-25 by winning the triple jump with a leap of 39-5.75. Earlier that day, she finished sixth in the long jump with a mark of 18-3, which is a new outdoor personal best. About Drake Graduate & Professional ProgramsDrake University offers graduate and professional programs in business, law, health care, leadership, education, public administration, counseling, executive education, and communication. At Drake, students discover proven outcomes, flexible scheduling for working professionals, and career advancement. Learn more about how Drake’s graduate and professional programs can take your career to the next level at www.drake.edu/graduate Print Friendly Version Rolle and the Drake track and field team travel to Austin, Texas to participate in the Texas Relays on March 29 through April 1 where they will face some of the nation’s top teams.last_img read more

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Parrikar writes to Siddaramaiah, says Karnataka’s lamanis are safe in Goa

first_imgPANAJI: Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar in a letter written to his Karnataka counterpart Siddaramaiah on Wednesday assured that lamanis in Goa, many of whom originate from Karnataka, are safe and living with dignity and pride. Mr. Parrikar suggested that media reports quoting the Goa Tourism Minister over the eviction of lamanis the State as not entirely adequate to draw a conclusion.Mr. Parrikar said in the letter, “You would agree based on your past experience that newspaper reports are not always entirely adequate and they ought to be supplemented by detailed due diligence. And I assure you that I have an uncompromising sense of moral and administrative responsibility towards ensuring peaceful co-existence and prosperity of every Goan, which invariably includes every member of the lamani community.” Minister Ajgaonkar drew controversy and flak on April 3 when he was quoted by some media saying lamanis should be banned from Goa as they bring a bad name to the State. He said lamani hawkers pester tourists on Goan beaches. The comment caused an association of lamanis to demand an apology from the Minister. Mr. Ajgaonkar later clarified that he was misquoted and said he meant that the police have been empowered to act firmly against those indulging in illegal activities on beaches and spoiling Goa’s culture and name. Lamanis are part of a nomadic community of migrants from Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh who have settled in Goa’s coastal belt. They engaged in a variety of businesses and often happen to be among those booked by Goa police for illegal hawking and selling wares and balloons on beaches. On April 19, the Karnataka Chief Minister wrote to Mr. Parrikar expressing concern over the well-being and safety of lamanis living in Goa. Mr. Parrikar said Goa was a “vibrant melting pot of various national and international cultures where people belonging to various backgrounds have a long history of living together in harmony and peace without losing their native identities”.Mr. Parrikar said, “Members of the lamani community have been living in Goa with dignity and pride for many generations, which makes them Indians first and Goans next.” He further wrote to Mr. Siddaramaiah that he had an “uncompromising sense of moral and administrative responsibility towards ensuring peaceful co-existence and prosperity of every Goan, which invariably includes every member of the lamani community.”last_img read more

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At 50th anniversary event, CPI(ML) calls for opposition unity

first_imgPratima Engheepi, a middle-aged Karbi woman, is on the run as police of two districts in Assam are looking for her. She attended the 50th year celebrations of the Communist Party of India (Marxist Leninist) in Kolkata on Tuesday. She said she had to attend the event at any cost. “It was difficult to come here but I had to. I dismantled my phone so that they [the police] could not follow me. The country is in trouble so I had to come,” said Ms. Engheepi, a central committee member of the CPI(ML), the first of the Naxalite parties in the country, formed in 1969. Ms. Engheepi had led a day-long strike demanding a separate State uniting two Karbi Anglong districts in central Assam and the police went after her.‘Unite and Resist’ She believes the entire Opposition should unite – “irrespective of multiple differences” – as there is very little that any one party can do against the BJP. This was also the theme of the CPI(ML)’s 50th year public convention: ‘Unite and Resist’.Party’s general secretary Dipankar Bhattacharya argued that while the Opposition “may be weak”, it was not the end of history as far as resistance was concerned. “The government is bulldozing its way to pass new legislations without any parliamentary scrutiny, but we will make sure that out on the streets there will never be any dearth of opposition,” he told the party supporters at the packed Netaji Stadium. Interestingly, ever since the Trinamool Congress came to power in 2011, this is the first time a Leftist party has held its convention in the largest indoor stadium in Kolkata. Activist Teesta Setalvad spoke on the National Register of Citizens. “The NRC process arose out of a historical context, a hard-won consensus born of the Assam accord. We respect that, as do all right-thinking people in Assam who want a fair and just NRC. The integrity of the process has been affected by political interference post 2014. So much so that original standard operating procedures and modalities are being thwarted. To threaten an NRC-like process in other States is unconstitutional as it seriously affects the legal basis of Indian citizenship,” she said.last_img read more

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