GPL’s never-ending power outages

first_imgDear Editor,School has just reopened, and we are already having power outages (blackouts) around the clock, non-stop. I am very annoyed at this, and it does not make any sense why we are having a lot of power outages now, of all times. A lot of time was given to the Guyana Power & Light Inc to fix the issues of the numerous power outages. For the two-month break, we had less power outages that were bearable enough, given that the company fixes the problem. Now that school has reopened and power outages are on every day for long hours during the day and night, sometimes even continuing into the next day, it is very frustrating.Why is it that we have to have power outages, especially on the first day back at school? Businesses and schools are depending on the electricity to carry out their daily tasks. The students, most importantly, depend on the internet to get their research assignments and homework finished. The constant power outages are making our simple activities even more difficult, and are throwing more time off for us. We need to address this situation, and have it fixed for once and for all.I am very surprised that this isn’t a headline on the news and on the radio. We need to put more focus on this situation, and not let it slide away every time. It is time that we make a change in this regard. This is very sickening. Not every Guyanese can afford a generator, and it is very torturing at this point.From what I personally overheard on the radio, the announcer was saying so proudly that when we do have blackouts, the young generation should count themselves lucky and use it as a lesson for us to go to the library more and do research, and use candles to shed some light on our studies in the night. I am not nothing is wrong with that, but what message exactly are you trying to send to the young generation? We are not trying to head backwards, we should be progressing and have these major issues fixed. The younger generation is progressing, and technology plays a big role in our lives today. We cannot head back to those days; our elders certainly wouldn’t want it that way.Why hasn’t the Guyana Power & Light ever given a proper explanation to the public as to why we get power outages consistently? Is there a reason so major that it has to occur several times? There has to be a way for us to tackle this problem once and for all, and find a permanent solution that benefits all. We cannot let this matter be tucked away easily every time, and sit back and do nothing about it. We need to speak up, as Guyanese, and have this matter fixed. It is time enough that the Guyana Power & Light should stop playing these games with the citizens of this country, and get the problem resolved.Sincerely,Crystal-AnnRamrattanlast_img read more

Immigration officers benefit from customer service training

first_imgScores of officers attached to the Immigration Department of the Guyana Police Force benefitted from the first session of a five-month training entitled “Delivering Quality Service” organised by the Guyana Tourism Authority (GTA) in collaboration with The Caribbean Tourism Organisation.The training, held between April 2 and 4, focused on educating and empowering officers who interact with travellers and visitors in the areas of customer service, visitors’ welcome and hospitality techniques.The training was also organised with the aim of improving first impressions and the overall quality of a visitor’s experience at all of Guyana’s international ports of call.Officers from various ports of entry and departments within the Immigration Department, including Cheddi Jagan International Airport, Eugene F Correia International Airport, Moleson Creek, Criminal Investigation Department, Parika and Immigration Headquarters participated in the three-day course which was held at the Officers Training Centre at Eve Leary, Georgetown.Deputy Director of the GTA, Carla Chandra explained that the training was designed to raise awareness of the importance of customer service and hospitality in Guyana and the impact it has on incoming travellers and citizens returning home.“The training created an understanding of the role each individual play in delivering quality service, the importance of first impressions, and the value of each individual’s personal brand, impact and attitude. This initiative is helping to boost the quality of service at our various ports of entry, passport office and police clearance office and immigration staff as a whole,” She stated.Additionally, the training was facilitated by trainer and owner of Solution Pro Group Inc, Marlon George along with Deborah Clementson from the Travel Industry Development and Operations Division within the GTA.The GTA encourages those persons who are interested in an upcoming tourism-based training in May through August 2019 to contact Davina Layne at 219-0091 or davina@guyanatourism.com for more information as the agency stays committed to elevating Guyana’s tourism sector.last_img read more

Takeaways: A’s offense sputtering during winless road trip

first_imgIt looks as though turning the page on the A’s current slump will take more than a simple flip of the calendar.With the loss on Wednesday, the team dropped its season series against Boston, 4-3, after going 3-1 in the first series versus the World Series champs. It was the first time since 2016 that Oakland had dropped a season set to the Red Sox.The Athletics’ second consecutive sweep was the fifth series sweep they’ve suffered this season.“It’s frustrating to lose one game,” said starter …last_img read more

German firm wins major SA solar contract

first_img3 December 2013A German company has landed its biggest ever solar contract – thanks to South Africa’s renewable energy programme for independent power producers.Juwi AG, which has its headquarters in Worrstadt, will provide engineering, procurement and construction services for an 86-megawatt (MW) solar park in Prieska in South Africa’s sun-drenched Northern Cape province, the company said in a statement last week.Juwi will be working with Sonnedix, an independent solar power producer based in Amsterdam, which landed the contract as one of six solar projects awarded in the third round of South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme (REIPPP).Sonnedix’s South African partners include Mulilo Renewable Energy and Ixowave Women in Power.Known as the Mulilo Sonnedix Prieska PV solar park, it will be larger than any PV plant currently on line on the African continent, and will be Juwi’s fifth project in South Africa.“The project … represents an investment of more than R1.2-billion,” Olivier Renon, South Africa country manager of Sonnedix, told news website PV-Tech last month. He said construction was expected to begin in the second half of 2014, and the park should start generating electricity to the South African grid by the end of 2015.Under the government’s Integrated Resource Plan, a 20-year projection on electricity supply and demand, about 42% of electricity generated in South Africa will have to come from renewable resources. The Department of Energy’s REIPPP, introduced in August 2011, will help meet this target.The programme has helped investment grow from “a few hundred million dollars” to US$5.7-billion last year, according to the Renewables 2013 Global Status Report published in July by REN21, the global renewable energy policy network.SAinfo reporter, Juwi and PV-Techlast_img read more

6 X Clear Hair Combs, Cheap but brake fairly easily

first_imgHave not tried using these however but if just about anything like the earlier mentioned they ought to be good.Fantastic solution and worth. Just the position for my white hair carried out in a french roll.They were being okay but not all that strong i would have preferred them to have been more powerful i i i.Key specs for 6 X Clear Hair Combs, Side or Back. Good For Fascinator Making. Weddings, Occasions. Size 7cm x 5cm:6 X Clear Hair Combs, Side or Back. Good For Fascinator Making. Weddings, Occasions. Size 7cm x 5cmComments from buyers“Excellent Hair combs., they are great ty, Held in place well but doesn’t look that great, Cheap but brake fairly easily, Absolutely perfect, average product does the job”I purchased these to set on a fascinator and they are totally great for the work. I have obtained limited hair and the fascinator did not sit correctly just before.Terrific products, just what i have been looking for as i have blonde hair.They are just what i required, arrived immediately and packaging was good.Brittle plastic and broke easily sellers interaction was great and refunded. Brittle plastic and broke easilysellers communication was fantastic and refunded expense.Could not have asked for improved. Really good item & excellent support would advocate. I gained the hair combs to day, couldn’t have requested for greater. Genuinely good product & superb support would propose.Terrific for what i essential them for, arrived speedily and good value for income.Accurately as they are in the description. They are clear hair grips, basic, and definitely what you need to have to make your have fascinator – just the accurate size.Bought these 3inch combs to make a fascinator, i could not come across all the material to do the job, alternatively of obtaining them laying about the housei utilized two to make a four inch comb to make a marriage veil as a substitute. If you want to do the same, do not use glue to be a part of them, rather just wrap with ribbon.These arrived really promptly. They do particularly what it says on the tin. They are nonetheless not as strong as i recall these products to be from my youth. But that is almost certainly owing to the truth that they are intended for occasional use. I have been making use of these on a really common foundation and as my hair is now white (prematurely i might add) they entirely disappear in my hair and alls proper once more. I would propose these but just be well prepared for the odd tooth to break off with alot of use.Good for the rate but somewhat flimsier than i expected. Some tough edges essential submitting.Good shipping, combs not really sturdy manufactured from quite affordable plastic.Bought these to decorate with jewel beads etcetera, not dissatisfied incredibly good solution and fast shipping and delivery, will be applying once again.Just what i purchased quite pleased with them and the excellent was. Just what i ordered really delighted with them and the high quality was good.These are pretty flimsy and will split conveniently. I recommend spending a little bit more funds and having a greater good quality of hair comb.Typical solution does the task. Speedy shipping and delivery – product is average does the work, mild use only thick hair would battle can be included with similar hair color to disguise.Most slides do not continue to be place in lengthy hair but these do very well. Intereseted in buying additional quickly many thanks.Low-priced but brake pretty easily. Broke one receiving it out of the packet. They were being not costly so not surprised they are brittle. Nevertheless the full ones have been beneficial if handled very carefully.I make a whole lot of hair fascinators so thanks they are extremely durable and might order once more in the long term.Outstanding assistance from seller. Just what i would been seeking for.Identical once again perfect, and sent instantly thank you.Arrived before than expected. Excellent value and really good good quality. I would undoubtedly suggest.last_img read more

Cover crops increase destruction of weed seed in fields, shed light on predator interactions

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Cover crops have been promoted for their abilities to reduce erosion and retain or enhance soil nutrients. Now there is evidence that they can significantly reduce weed seeds from entering the soil seed bank.Crops such as red clover, planted after a main crop’s harvest, often are used to provide cover for insects such as ground beetles that feed on weed seed scattered along the soil surface. Beetles remove the seeds before they are tilled under and become part of the field’s long-term seed bank. Rodents are also important consumers of weed seeds and, like beetles, tend to prefer foraging under the shelter provided by cover.As a result, in fields planted with cover crops, three to four times more weed seed is eliminated from the combination of beetles and rodents, according to recent research.While that result wasn’t unexpected, Ian Kaplan, a Purdue University associate professor of entomology, and Carmen Blubaugh, who earned her doctorate at Purdue and is now a postdoctoral research associate at Washington State University, used field experiments to learn a little about how habitat and fear might cause ripples along the food chain and affect seed predation.Beyond eating weed seeds, rodents also attack seed-feeding beetles, making it a challenge to predict seed consumption rates where both mice and beetles coexist. Each face numerous threats that change their approaches to finding food. On dark nights, for example, rodents might roam open fields. But under a moonlit sky, they are vulnerable to nocturnal predators.“We know moonlight has this predictable effect on small mammal behavior,” said Blubaugh, whose findings were published in the journal Oecologia. “When the moon is full, small mammals hide under the protection of cover. It helps them avoid predators that fly at night.”Kaplan and Blubaugh assumed that increasing the amount of light would drive rodents to cover more often, increasing the number of beetles they ate. If that were the case, reducing the beetle population might increase the amount of weed seed left in a field.In field experiments, they artificially manipulated “moonlight” in fields using lanterns to simulate a full moon. They indeed found fewer beetles under the illuminated cover crops, but instead of reducing the rate of weed seed consumption, the light treatments had no effect.“This is particularly surprising and interesting since rodents had strong negative effects on beetle densities,” Kaplan said. “Theory predicts that this interaction — called intraguild predation — will disrupt biocontrol, especially when the weaker seed predator (rodents) attacks the more effective predator (beetles).”In lab tests, exposure to a rodent decreased the movement of beetles, likely their way of becoming less noticeable to the predators. But surprisingly, the beetles ate 50% more seeds, despite the risk of being eaten themselves.“Beetles reduce their movement, but it might just mean that they hunker down on a pile of seeds and use that as a resource instead of hunting around for higher quality food,” Blubaugh said.Blubaugh expects to continue studying the interactions among animals and insects to understand how they’re affected by fear and risk. She said a study of animal feces could inform how diets change in response to fluctuating risk.The National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture funded Kaplan and Blubaugh’s research.last_img read more

Maple syrup production season gives way to maple syrup eating season

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Shelly Detwiler, berry farmer and dieticianWhat’s up with all the buckets on the trees? It’s maple syrup time! According to the Ohio Maple Producers Association, maple syrup contributes $5 million to our state’s economy. Only 13 states produce maple syrup and Ohio ranks in the upper half, producing almost 100,000 gallons. The demand for maple syrup is bigger than is currently produced.The history behind maple syrup boils down to the Indians finding the sap oozing from broken branches. The story goes that the Indians hollowed out logs, filled it with the sap and then threw in hot coals to reduce the syrup.The Johnson Family in Cable has been making syrup since 1934. Eric Johnson said 2019 has been a good year for maple syrup for the operation. Their family produces, on average, 300 gallons of syrup a year that they market right on site as well as local farmers markets. Yo-yoing winter temperatures actually improve syrup production. Based largely on the temperature fluctuations, syrup season starts around Feb. 15 and goes until the buds and honeybees come (around April 1). It takes 45 to 50 gallons of sap to make one gallon of syrup. Eric uses wood fires to cook down his sweet syrup, which takes longer than other producers who use reverse osmosis.Pure maple syrup must be grade A and labeled as such to be sold in a retail establishment. All maple syrup is produced with reduction. The syrup recently took on a new grading system based on color.There are three grades of maple syrup. Grade A Golden Delicate Grade A Amber RichGrade A Dark RobustGolden maple syrup has a delicate taste. It is the most popular. Amber maple syrup has a slightly darker color and a richer taste. Consumers like this for its fuller bodied and medium taste. Dark maple syrup has a robust taste than amber and golden syrup. Very dark maple syrup has a very strong taste and is usually used for sugar.The difference in the colors? It sounds like a mystery to me, but Eric says that color can be affected by: the part of the season the sap is harvested, length of cooking and/or rainfall. Most of Eric’s 2019 syrup has been graded as amber rich. He said the industry encourages the golden delicate grade but customers seem to request darker syrup, whether this is due to comparison to commercial syrups on the market or some other reason is unknown.Nutritionally speaking maple syrup has a similar carbohydrate content as white/brown sugar with 13 grams of carbohydrates per tablespoon. Maple syrup has a few more minerals and antioxidants than other sugars such as manganese and zinc, however it’s still packs plenty of sugar and calories. Don’t get caught up in the latest food trends, enjoy maple syrup in moderation because of taste, flavor and likeability. Maple syrup is a great way to sweeten your waffles, salad dressings, or even cook a hot dog in (which I enjoyed at Johnsons!) Eat well and Healthy,Shelly Spaghetti Squash with Maple Syrup and Shallots pioneerwoman.com2 whole Medium Spaghetti Squash3 Tablespoons Butter2 whole Shallots, Finely Minced1/4 cup Maple SyrupDash of SaltDash of Nutmeg Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Pierce spaghetti squash a few times with a sharp knife. Place on a cookie sheet and bake for 1 hour. Cut squash in half. Scoop out and discard seeds and slimy pulp. Scrap out the rest of the squash with a fork. Place in a bowl. Keep warm. In a large skillet, melt butter. Cook shallots over medium heat for 2 minutes or until soft. Reduce heat and add maple syrup. Cook for a minute, then remove from heat. Stir in salt. Pour mixture over squash. Sprinkle on nutmeg and mix together gently. Sever warm. Serves 8.Maple-Bourbon Banana Pudding Cake foodandwine.com6 Tbsp. unsalted butter½ c sugar1 overripe banana, mashed1 large egg, room temp1 cup milk, room temp1 cup flour,1 Tbsp. baking powderPinch of salt¾ c pure maple syrup½ c light brown sugar2 Tbsp. bourbon¼ c finely chopped pecansVanilla ice cream Preheat the oven to 375°. In a deep, 2-quart baking or soufflé dish, melt the butter in the microwave. Whisk in the superfine sugar and banana, mashing until thoroughly combined. Whisk in the egg and milk.In a bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder and salt; whisk into the baking dish until combined (the batter will be pretty loose).In a microwave-safe cup, heat the maple syrup, light brown sugar and 1/2 cup of hot water at high power until hot, 1 minute. Add the bourbon. Drizzle the syrup mixture over the batter; it will seep to the bottom. Do not stir. Scatter the pecans on top.Set the dish on a rimmed baking sheet and bake for 40 minutes, until the cake is golden. Let cool for 5 minutes, then scoop into bowls and serve with ice cream. Serves 6  Smokey Maple-Mustard Salmon eatingwell.com 3 Tbsp. whole-grain or Dijon mustard1 Tbsp. pure maple syrup¼ teaspoon smoked paprika or ground chipotle pepper (see Notes)¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper⅛ teaspoon salt4 4-ounce skinless salmon fillets Preheat oven to 450°F. Line a baking sheet with foil and coat with cooking spray.Combine mustard, maple syrup, paprika (or chipotle), pepper and salt in a small bowl. Place salmon fillets on the prepared baking sheet. Spread the mustard mixture evenly on the salmon. Roast until just cooked through, 8 to 12 minutes.Notes: Smoked paprika is made from smoke-dried red peppers and adds earthy, smoky flavor. Chipotle peppers are dried, smoked jalapeño peppers. Look for different types of paprika and ground chipotle chile pepper in the spice aisle at some large supermarkets or at tienda.com or penzeys.com. Serves 4.   Roasted Root Vegetables With Balsamic-Maple Glaze cookinglight.com Cooking spray8 oz. red onions, each cut into 8 wedges with root intact8 oz. purple sweet potatoes, cut into 3/4-inch cubes8 oz. small multicolored carrots, (including purple), cut on an angle into 2-inch-long pieces, divided2 Tbsp. cup olive oil, divided8 oz. turnips, each cut into 8 wedges8 oz. parsnips, cut on an angle into 2-inch-long piecesdash salt1/2 teaspoon black pepper3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar2 Tbsp. pure maple syrup1 ½ tsp.chopped fresh thyme leavesPreheat oven to 450°F. Line 2 rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper, and lightly coat with cooking spray.Combine onions, purple sweet potatoes, purple carrots, and 1 tablespoons olive oil in a large bowl; toss to coat, and arrange in a single layer on a prepared baking sheet. In the same bowl, combine turnips, parsnips, remaining carrots, and remaining 1 tablespoons olive oil, and toss to coat; arrange in a single layer on the other prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle both baking sheets of vegetables evenly with salt and pepper. Bake purple vegetable mixture at 450°F, without stirring, until tender, about 25 minutes. Bake turnip mixture at 450°F, without stirring, until tender and lightly caramelized, 30 to 35 minutes.While vegetables bake, combine vinegar and syrup in a small saucepan over medium-high. Bring to a boil, without stirring, and cook until mixture is thickened, 6 to 8 minutes. (You should have about 1/2 cup of liquid.) Remove from heat, and cool to room temperature; sauce will thicken to syrupy consistency upon cooling.Arrange roasted vegetables on a platter, and drizzle with balsamic syrup. Sprinkle with fresh thyme, and serve immediately. Serves 5 (serving size: 1 1/4 c)last_img read more

Dry weather leads to drop in minimum temperature across Kashmir

first_imgLeh in Ladakh region was the coldest recorded place in the state at minus 10.4 degrees Celsius, as the minimum temperature across Kashmir division dropped by several degrees due to dry weather and clear sky.The night temperature in Leh dropped from the previous night’s low of minus 5.1 degrees Celsius to settle at minus 10.4 degrees Celsius, a spokesman of the Meteorological Department here said.Along with Leh, the temperature at other places across Kashmir division, including Ladakh region, went down last night due to dry weather and clear sky.Srinagar, the summer capital of the state, recorded minimum temperature of 0.9 degree Celsius down from the previous night’s 2.7 degrees Celsius, the spokesman said.He said Qazigund, the gateway town to Kashmir along Srinagar—Jammu national highway, registered a low of 0.4 degree Celsius, while the nearby Kokernag town recorded a low of minus 0.2 degree Celsius.Kupwara town of north Kashmir had registered a minimum of minus 2.5 degrees Celsius, a decrease of three degrees from 0.5 degree Celsius yesterday.The night temperature recorded at the famous hill resort of Pahalgam in south Kashmir was minus 6.6 degrees Celsius down about seven degrees from the previous night’s 0.2 degrees Celsius, the spokesman said.He said Gulmarg, in north Kashmir, registered a low of minus 9.5 degrees Celsius, adding the resort had yesterday recorded a low of minus 7.0 degrees Celsius.He said the resort was the coldest place in the Valley.The spokesman said the weather is likely to remain dry for a few days after which there is possibility of another wet spell from February 26.last_img read more