US$3.5M to rehabilitate Shelterbelt water treatment plant

first_imgGuyana Water Incorporated (GWI) has signed a US$3.5 million agreement with Mexican company, Hi-Pro Ecologicos for commencement of the rehabilitation and expansion of the Water Treatment Plant at Shelterbelt in Georgetown.The project is one component under GWI’s Water Supply and Sanitation Infrastructure Improvement Programme. The entire project, which includes three water treatment plants at Utivlugt, West Coast Demerara; Diamond, East Bank Demerara; and Sheet Anchor, Berbice; is being funded with a US$16.8 million loan from the Inter-American Development Bank and a 10.6 million Euro grant from theGWI’s Board members looks on as Managing Director, Dr Richard Van West-Charles presents the project agreement to Hi-Pro Ecologicos Luis FabelaCaribbean Investment Facility (CIF) of the European Union.Hi-Pro Ecologicos representative, Luis Fabela, signed the agreement at Shelterbelt on Friday.GWI’s Managing Director, Dr Richard Van West-Charles said the project is aimed at improving the water quality and making the system more efficient, while reducing operating costs. He noted that the current network in the City is over a century old and requires rehabilitation until a complete overhaul can be done.“It (the project) will overhaul the entire chemical mixing and dosing systems for alum lime and chlorine and this is because 60 per cent of the water to the citizens of Georgetown comes from surface water. It comes from the Lamaha Canal; it comes from the (East Demerara Water) Conservancy. It is going to be looking at the insulation of sludge extractors for the flocculators, valves for the better treatment of the surface water,” he said.Additionally, Dr Van West-Charles said the filter systems were neglected for a very long time thus reducing the quality of water. He further explained that now the water quality is on par with the World Health Organisation’s requirements, adding that he drinks tap water “all the time.”“The other issue is installation of water quality monitoring system. Presently we didn’t wait for the project, now the water is monitored on an hourly basis 24/7 and that is why we can boast on the quality of water coming here. We know water is life but it requires a sound infrastructure in the lines, the distribution network we have to be looking at that. We want to get to the point where the black tanks that dots the landscape would be reduced significantly and at the same time ensure that citizens have got the requisite information for them to be able to maintain their black tanks,” he said.“This project will support and bolster the strategies that we have embarked on and we can definitely witness the completion of the project with a significant impact for the citizens of Georgetown,” Dr Van West-Charles added.He further stated that for the utility company to overhaul the main distribution network in the city, it would cost US$60 million but guaranteed that the current distribution network provides safe drinking water.Representing the Mexico-based company Hi-Pro Ecologicos was Luis Fabela who expressed his gratitude and promised to deliver before the deadline. The project commences immediately with a deadline of October 2019.last_img read more

“Is frustration mek I choke the woman and take she things” – man tells…

first_imgA well-known character to the Police found himself back in the court of law on Tuesday after being slapped with three counts of robbery that he committed on a family while they were relaxing on the Georgetown Seawall.Christopher Niles, of Fourth Street, Alberttown, Georgetown, admitted to one of the three charges that were read to him in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Tuesday.The first charge stated that Niles robbed Bibi Mangru of a purse valued $20,000, which also contained $20,000, and a Samsung Galaxy cellular phone valued $35,000 while she was at the Kingston, Georgetown Seawall on October 20, 2018. Niles admitted to the offence after it was read to him by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan.The two other charges stated that on the same day and said location, the 24-year-old man also robbed the Virtual Complainant’s daughter, Mahoni Mangru, also of her purse, $50,000 along with her cellphone.Mahoni’s husband, Tekchan Balgobin, also fell victim when the unemployed defendant took his valuables worth $90,000 while using personal violence while committing the robberies. He denied these charges.However, the prosecution is contending that on October 20, 2018, the family was on the seawall when the elder Mangru saw the defendant riding past her on a bicycle and he then stopped a short distance away from where she was sitting and started to assault her daughter. Upon seeing that, the woman allegedly went to her daughter’s rescue only to be assaulted too, by the man who has had previous brushes with the law. They were subsequently relieved of their valuables by Niles, who later made good his escape on his bicycle.Niles, after admitting to taking the woman’s purse, told the court that the family drove behind him, hit him off his bicycle and took the purse he had stolen. Further, he told the court, “Is frustrated, I frustrated mek I jump off my bike and choke that woman and take away she things and ride away.”For the charge to which he admitted, Magistrate McLennan jailed him for 18 months.The trial for the other two charges will begin on October 31, 2018.last_img read more

NPSS senior boys basketball team takes first, girls take sixth at weekend tournaments

first_imgThe boys had a difficult draw to get through during the duration of the tournament. In the semi finals the boys went to overtime against Peace Wapiti and came out on top with the win.They advanced to take on the host Glenmary in the finals and won the game 75-65. Garet Whitford was named the tournament MVP.As for the girls, they faced Lacrete in the first game and lost 60-46. In their second game of the tournament they met up with the Glenmary junior varsity squad and won 56-23. – Advertisement -The next found themselves in the consolation final against Peace Wapiti. The girls started off slow in the game before attempting to come back but they fell short in the end 54-48.Both teams will next take part in the SCONA invitational in Edmonton to take on some of Alberta’s best teams over the weekend.last_img read more

All of it’s true

first_imgRe “Walter Reed scandal may shine spotlight on local VA” (March 10): I am a 100 percent disabled Vietnam veteran, who both gets his medical care at Sepulveda, and works there part time as a volunteer. Reading that article, I felt like I was standing beside Dennis McCarthy. Everything he said about Sepulveda is the absolute truth. Barbara Boxer sent me an e-mail response to my inquiry about what the Democrats were going to do about this now that they control Congress. Well, she’s sponsoring a bill requiring it to be fixed, and blaming the Bush administration. Believe me, these problems are older than both Bush administrations, with a couple of Clinton terms thrown into the middle. We need to keep the pressure on all of our federal representatives to make sure it doesn’t fade away before all of us old vets are gone. – Jerry Schwartz Granada Hills Read their lips Re “Ethics panel combs laws on lobbyists” (March 10): Measure R, the “ethics” measure with term limits that supposedly restricts lobbyists’ campaign contributions, has been debunked. The L.A. City Council duped the voters with this measure that has loopholes encouraging lobbyists to give council members even more money than before. It gives council members the ability to serve three terms instead of the two terms the previous measure allowed, and should have been correctly touted as a term-increase measure. As usual, like all the “ethics” measures from the City Council in the past, “R” is a self-serving scam. The next time any ballot measure is proposed by the L.A. City Council, ask yourself this – How can you tell when politicians are lying? It’s when their lips are moving. – John R. Schlank Granada Hills More loopholes Re “Ethics panel combs laws on lobbyists” (March 10): I see today where Measure R has loopholes to benefit the politicians. I often wonder what the intelligence level of the people that write these measure is … if they don’t watch out, one of these days they are going to write a measure that benefits the hardworking taxpaying citizen. If you believe that last sentence, I have a bridge in Brooklyn I want to sell you. The politicians in L.A., and all of California for that matter, are becoming more disgusting than ever, day after day. – Ray P. Keesler La Crescenta Whole Foods returns Re “Developer to seek city OK of smaller Whole Foods”(March 10): Bloggers and speakers repeatedly refer to opponents of the Whole Foods Rancho location, who by the way outnumbered proponents 2-to-1 at both public hearings, as “a vocal minority.” Now developer Tom Davies, having lost his appeal, returns to Burbank’s City Council having coincidentally reduced his original “60,000-square-foot or nothing” project to 40,000 square feet, the exact amount stated as acceptable by swing vote Councilman Dave Golonski. Is this another one of the opponents’ “perceptions of fear” as quoted by former councilman/mayor turned Davies’ lobbyist Michael Hastings? Nah, just another day’s worth of standard operating procedure at Burbank City Hall. – Dink O’Neal Burbank A little disappointed Re “The dealmaker” (Viewpoint, March 11): Thomas Elias sure hit it on the head when he said that Schwarzenegger donors get what they want. Every statement regarding Gray Davis’ fundraising has been a platform for Arnold to the high-rolling donors. The man who said that he would protect the people of California from the special-interest groups has done that – almost. One group still remains and this group is all the well-heeled donors. What happened to the man who made that promise? Unfortunately, the hypocrisy that manifests the governor’s agenda and words has cast a thin veneer of “Hollywood” over a state that deserves much more. An actor’s charm and promises have left many a little disappointed. – Ira Kaplan Woodland Hills Neocon Garza Re “Columnist runs for the border” (Viewpoint, March 11): Mariel Garza is not patriotically confused, but humanistically, intellectually and ethically challenged. Her statement, “It’s our tradition of exploiting every possible opportunity to better our lot in life,” describes the Dick Cheney neocon spirit, not all or most Americans. Throughout the world there are Mariel Garza opportunists, as well as greedy, exploiting dictators in power. Maybe these are the survival-of-the-fittest competitors in the game of life. – Elaine Wernet Northridge Bill fired first Re “Firing U.S. Attorneys” (Your Opinions, March 9): Correct me if I’m wrong, but, right after he assumed office, I seem to recall that President Clinton fired ALL U.S. Attorneys (except Michael Chertoff, then U.S. Attorney in New Jersey) with no explanation whatsoever. At the time it was just said that it was the president’s prerogative; but it begs the question: why would a president do such a truly unprecedented thing? Could he have been preparing for the future, what with illegal Chinese campaign contributions soon to be made public, or future “Bimbo eruptions,” etc., etc.? Nah, there’s no way that he could have known about any of that stuff. – David E. Mertens Granada Hills Short end of the hose Re “Campaign gas” (Your Opinions, March 11): On a recent trip to Dallas, I found that gasoline prices decreased as I went east – hitting a low in Texas. On the return trip, the reverse happened. Last fill was in Phoenix at $2.49 (regular, unleaded). On the same day in Granada Hills, I noticed $3.05 for that same gallon of gas. Would some politician explain to me why Californians are required to pay 56 cents more per gallon? Market forces at work? I don’t think so. Not 56 per gallon. Taxes? Taxes are about the same in both states. Why don’t you ask your California speaker of the house, Nancy Pelosi, or Senators Barbara Boxer or Diana Feinstein, or Governor Governator? That adds up to a huge amount of money we are paying in California that other Americans are not paying. – William Conroy Northridge ‘Living’ vs ‘Just’ wage Workers demanding a “living wage” has been in the news lately. My own ruminating has brought me to some conclusions. I think a “living wage” is the wrong focus. In reality it should be a “just wage.” A “living wage” is socialism at its best and a “just wage” is capitalism at its best. Failing to pay people an honest day’s pay for an honest day’s work creates a slave class and paying them too much creates parasites. The first abuses the few for the benefit of the many (i.e. consumers) and the latter abuses the many for the benefit of the few. – Wayne McCormick Woodland Hills Profits above safety Between the spring equinox, March 21, and the autumn equinox, Sept. 23, days are longer and nights shorter. It makes sense to shift the “extra” morning daylight to the afternoon with daylight-saving time. But what about the daylight hours after Sept. 23? There is no extra daylight. DST sets our clocks for a later sunrise and darker mornings than standard time. Children have to walk to school as the rising sun is glaring into the eyes of sleepy commuters. Extending DST to well past September is dangerous. In 2005, the Republican-controlled Congress extended DST until the first Sunday of November, putting the profits of the barbecue industry above the safety of our children. – Bruce Joffe Piedmont 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

Boost for Man United? Juventus reveal they can’t afford striker target

first_img Edinson Cavani 1 Juventus director general Giuseppe Marotta has revealed his club is not chasing Edinson Cavani – but they are hoping to conclude a deal for Arsenal target Paulo Dybala.Reports on Wednesday claimed the Italian champions were set for a double swoop for both strikers, with the Serie A champions set for a bumper pay day after reaching the Champions League final.They are said to be keen to spend big this summer and, while some of that money will be spent on Dybala, Marotta has revealed Cavani is out of the club’s price range.“We met several times with Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini for Dybala. We’re down to the details and hope to conclude the deal soon,” Marotta told Rai Sport.“Cavani, however, is not a realistic target.”last_img read more

Rain forecast for area today

first_imgA trace of rain fell on the area early Sunday, and that pushed the rainfall total at downtown to 12.3 inches – just shy of the norm of 14.7 inches for this time of year, Seto said. (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3024160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventLocal mountains could get up to 2 inches of fresh snow as snow levels drop from 7,000 feet to about 5,500 feet by tonight. “April 30 is the end of the \ rainy season,” said Bonnie Bartling, an NWS weather specialist. But the chance of rain should end well before Sunday, she added. By Thursday evening, it will dwindle to a 20-percent chance of rain. Skies should be partly cloudy on Friday. Then conditions will turn dry through the weekend, Bartling said. “That would be my hope,” she added. “That would be the plan – that \ will go right up to the deadline.” So far, this has been the 17th wettest rainy season on record, said Stuart Seto, an NWS weather specialist. For this month, rainfall totals at the Los Angeles Civic Center were 12.15inches as of Tuesday. Warm and spring-like? Or wet and wintery? Mother Nature is still mulling it over. After a few warm, clear days, an upper-level, low-pressure system was expected to bring rain to the region this morning, leaving skies cloudy and potentially rainy throughout the rest of today, forecasters said. Temperatures will drop into the 50s tonight, bringing a chance for some isolated thunderstorms. Some areas could get up to half an inch of rain today, said a spokesman for the National Weather Service. last_img read more


first_imgThe nephew of two women attacked in their Co Donegal home has said greater sentences need to be handed out to stop the attacks.Joe McKeanJoe McKean was speaking after it was revealed that attacks on the elderly have increased by 50% in the past decade.Mr Kean’s aunt Suzi Arthur died in October just weeks after herself and sister Isa were attacked in their home in Raphoe. At the time Joe said he had no doubt it was the gang who broke into the elderly ladies’ home who were responsible for her death.Joe said elderly people need more security in their homes to act as a deterrent.But eh said the law also needs to come down harder on those committing the crimes.There needs to be, in general, much stronger penalties for people who commit these crimes, such as harsher sentencing. “IT is going to end up so serious in the next while that there will end up being more fatalities if the situation is not sorted,” he said.  NEPHEW OF TRAGIC SISTERS SPEAKS OUT AS ATTACKS ON ELDERLY INCREASE BY 50% was last modified: January 8th, 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)last_img read more

Busujju registers biggest win, Kyadondo defeats Kabula as Masaza cup continues

first_imgDay two of the Masaza cup 2018 was played on SundayAirtel Buganda Masaza Football Cup 2018Sunday, 24-06-2017; Results.Group A-Kabula 1-2 KyadondoGroup B:-Buddu 2-1 Bulemezi-Ssese 1-1 KookiGroup C:-Kyaggwe 2-1 Butambala-Bugerere 0-0 SingoGroup D:-Buvuma 0-2 Busiro-Busujju 3-1 Buluuli After Gomba had outwitted Buweekula 1-0 on the opening day of the Airtel Masaza cup, fellow Group A occupant Kyadondo registered 2-1 away win over Kabula at the Bukulula play ground on Sunday.In group B,   Buddu the 2016 champions managed a 2-1 home win over at the Masaka Recreational grounds.Striker Frank  Ssebufu and defender Steven Dube Ssebufu were on target for  Buddu who are seeking for a second crown.At the Lutoboka grounds home side Ssese played out a one all draw with 10 man Kooki after Joseph Masembe the FUFA referee  sent off Norman Kugonza for a second bookable offence.Abdul Azizi scored the equalizer for Ssese after falling behind as early as the 9th minute.In group C,    Bugerere and Singo drew goalless at Kayunga Ssaza ground  while Kyaggwe overcame Butambala 2-1 at the Mukono Bishops playground.Meanwhile in group D,  Buvuma suffered defeat in their opening game, falling 2-0 to visitors Busiro at the Magyo playground.Richard Kalule and Brian Kayanja scored the goals  for Busiro.Busujju registered the biggest victory on match day one winning 3-1 at their Kimuli home against 2011 winners Buluuli in the same group.Match day two will come on Sunday, 1st July 2018 with eight matches.Match day two fixtures:Group A:Kyadondo Vs Gomba – Gayaza High SchoolBuweekula Vs Kabula – Kasenyi Playground, MubendeGroup B:Kooki Vs Buddu – Lwanda Playground, RakaiBuleemezi Vs Ssese – Kasana Playground, LuweeroGroup C:Singo Vs Mawogola – Mityana Ssaza GroundButambala Vs Bugerere – Kibibi S.SGroup D:Busiro Vs Mawokota – Sentema play groundBuluuli Vs Buvuma – Migeera UMEA Play groundComments Tags: Masaza Cup 2018last_img read more

Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Episode 62 | Summer fun and fungicides

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Ag Net crew talks giant hogweed, fungicides, helicopter aerial application, and summer fun in this podcast.Ty hears from Aaron Drake of Sunrise Cooperative on aerial application from a helicopter and the uniqueness of the job.Dale talks to John Brien, AgriGold agronomist, on what to keep in mind with regard to fungicides.We also hear from Karl Marshall, a farmer from Auglaize County, who was week two’s winner of Feeding Farmers.last_img read more

The Right In-Air Diffusion for Your Project: Haze vs. Fog vs. Smoke

first_imgToday, we’ll take a look at which in-air diffusion best emphasizes dramatic light in your scene — as well as adding production value to your set.Haze is something that you’ll find on almost every modern Hollywood film set. It’s relatively inexpensive to run, fills up a room very quickly, and is safe to breathe. Furthermore, it hangs in the air for a very long time. Why do filmmakers use it? One reason is that it creates these amazing light streaks — as well as creating a space in the air that captures light, which produces this wonderful, evocative, smoky feeling. It adds depth to your shot because the light has to pass through the haze to get to the sensor, which diffuses the light. The further the light travels through the diffusion, the more color and sharpness it loses. This means that your subject is going to be sharper than the background.If you compare a shot with in-air diffusion to a regular shot, the one with diffusion feels far more cinematic to the eye, as well as more evocative. It allows you to create a setting where it feels like a cinematic story is taking place, as opposed to a converted garage in Burbank.Sometimes, filmmakers go overboard with this technique. Ridley Scott, in particular, is very famous for putting a lot of diffusion into every single scene. He has even managed to get it into outdoor scenes, as in All the Money in the World, where the characters are having a casual conversation in the garden. In order to get diffusion into the air, Scott built a garden of burning leaves in the background, which basically gave him an excuse to put diffusion through the entire scene.It genuinely adds a lot to the scene that you’re shooting and creates the illusion that the scene is taking place in a different world. It allows you to transport the viewer because it looks different from any place we’re used to.Let’s look at the four common ways to add diffusion to your set.1. HazerImage via Reel EFX.The first way is to use a Hazer (like the DF-50), which retails at around $1,600 and weighs approximately forty pounds. It’s not particularly light, nor is it easy to transport. However, if you remember to keep the haze liquid topped off at all times, it doesn’t go through the haze liquid very quickly. The main advantages of the DF-50 Hazer is that the haze hangs in the air very well and fills the room very quickly. You can run it for less than a minute, and once it has diffused though the air, it’ll look spectacular.2. Fog MachineAnother option that filmmakers often try to use is a fog machine. You can get fog machines — often seen at parties and used by DJs — at your local hardware store. They retail for around $25-$100. Fog machines use a different type of liquid, which is far heavier and denser. The diffusion tends to flood into a space, producing a thick, cloudy-looking fog. Filmmakers generally use a fog machine on set to double for smoke. The smoke is not as safe to breathe for a long period of time, as it’s oil-based. It definitely isn’t safe to have around children; however, it does dissipate very quickly. You can fill the room with it and within ten to fifteen minutes, it’ll settle on the floor as an oily looking substance, and then you’ll have to run it again. The reason this system is not recommended for filmmaking is because it’s very hard to level the diffusion throughout the scene.3. Smoke or Dry IceImage via Bondart.If you’re shooting outside, such as the Ridley Scott example, diffusion doesn’t work because the wind takes it away very quickly. One alternative would be to use a fog machine — or smoke. You can use a bee smoker with wood chips that has a slow burn, which leaves a larger trail and can last longer.It’s important to note that you can’t use either of these options when there’s wind. You’d have to wait for a perfectly still day (or a still night) in order to shoot. If you’re using a fog machine outside and want the fog to stay low to the ground, you can fill a little box with dry ice that sits at the end of the fog machine. The dry ice cools the fog as it comes out of the fog machine and keeps it very close to the ground, so you can achieve that ’80s music video horror effect.4. HumidifierAnother way to get this type of effect in a small room is by using a humidifier — or a couple of humidifiers. These are really just machines that use electricity to turn water into vapor. People who have dry throats or trouble breathing commonly use these. If you leave them in a room overnight (depending on the output or model you get), you can actually get a pretty similar effect to a hazer.A humidifier will cost you around $80, plus a bottle of water. The biggest advantage is that you can use this option around kids — even babies. This is the preferred choice if you need to shoot a scene with a child, where the parents don’t want you using something harmful. Water vapor is 100 percent safe to breathe. In fact, it’s actually good for you. The downside is that you may need to run the humidifiers for hours to fill up the space.5. Air in a Spray CanOne final way to create in-air diffusion is to use diffusion in a spray can, such as Fantasy Effects. Diffusion in a can is more of a photography tool than a filmmaking tool. One spray can should technically last one night when used as directed. In truth, it doesn’t really put a lot of haze into the air, nor does the haze last for very long. In any case, if you just want to get a quick shot, buy a couple of cans and spray it right before the shot. However, if you’re shooting longer scenes, that go for a couple of hours, it’s very hard to maintain a consistent level with the spray can option. In summary, it’s much better to get the industrial version and do it properly, which is why it has become a default on set. If you’re interested in creating light beams with diffusion in a can, check out Crimson Engine’s video tutorial, specifically on this technique.Now, you’ve had some insight into haze versus fog versus smoke versus steam versus handheld diffusion. Each one has its strengths and weaknesses. The best approach is to experiment with all of these techniques to find out which one works for you.(If you need to add haze or fog in post, check out our Vapor Elements pack.)Cover image via Roman Mikhailiuk.Looking for more on working with haze or fog in your video shoots? Check out these articles.Add Atmospheric Texture to Your Production with Haze or FogHow to Get The Best Results When Filming In Natural Fog21 FREE 4K Fog Overlays for Video Editors and Motion DesignersDemo Reel Tips: Use Smoke and Fog to Make Your Work Stand OutTutorial: How to Capture Epic Shots Using Smoke and Foglast_img read more