January 12

Family of electrocuted man sees hardship ahead

first_imgMother of the late Krishna Chand, Gaitree PersaudBy Davina RamdassThe family of 32-year-old Oliver Anthon, a father of five who was electrocuted on Tuesday while installing metal poles at the Guyana National Stadium, foresees difficult times ahead as he was the sole breadwinner.Also dying in the tragic accident was 17-year-old Krishna Chand of Lusignan, East Coast Demerara.Anthon’s mother-in-law, Denise Adams, said she is not sure how the children will be taken care of as Anthon was the sole breadwinner in the family. With a teary eye, she told Guyana Times that this will be the first year his children will be spending Father’s Day without him.The woman noted that the family members are now forced to make alternative plans to sustain themselves. Her daughter, she noted, recently completed a beautician course and will now have to seek employment to maintain her five children.However, Adams recalled the moment they received the dreaded news and broke it to the children.“When the news came to them when their mother come back and say y’all father, we not getting him back anymore, they all was crying, they faint and we just trying to get them to calm down.”The woman added that the company has not yet reached out to the family although they are looking forward to some sort of compensation, owing to the fact that they are not financially stable at this time.“Anthon’s mother died when he was young and he don’t have no father neither and from de time me know she and he so much years now since they married is just the two of them. Family don’t really come around so,” the mother-in-law cried.Nevertheless, she noted that Anthon was a jolly person for the time she knew him and was always nice to be around.She recalled when he left for work on Tuesday, he called his wife complaining of feeling unwell and a few hours later they received the call, informing them that he was electrocuted and had died.Meanwhile, over in Lusignan, ECD, family members of Krishna Chand, also known as “Sanjay”, were preparing for the wake.His inconsolable mother, Gaitree Persaud, explained that she was about to run an errand when she received the news of her son’s demise.“I went and buy three jeans for my other son and the jeans was tight and I was getting ready to go and exchange it Tuesday. After I finish bathing I went upstairs and the phone was ringing…my son called, the other one and he said mommy why you don’t answer the phone…and he say Sanjay get in accident. Me say bad? He deh hospital? He say no mommy, he dead”.As tears trickled down her face, Persaud explained that her other son works with the same company but was not at the site at the time of the horrific incident.The now dead teen had worked with the company for about eight months, but relatives were not sure whether or not management offered any assistance.She recalled that her son was very loving. He leaves to mourn his two siblings. The mother cried, “He was a very good child. He was very friendly to people. Everybody liked him for the fun that he makes”.It was reported that on the day in question, Chand and Anthon were part of two separate teams that were contracted by the Public Security Ministry to erect poles to facilitate CCTV cameras.However, at about 13:20h while erecting one of the poles, tragedy struck. Guyana Times reported that Chand had the wire to do the job wrapped around his neck, while Anthon and another worker were holding the metal pole which was attached to a lift on the canter.The top of the pole reportedly came into contact with the high voltage GPL wire, causing Krishna and Anthon to be electrocuted. Altaf Amroa, 24, of Lot 96 West Half, Lusignan, ECD, who is also a technician of Smart Teck Solutions, and Brian Culley, 53, a porter of Lot 9 Vigilance, ECD, also received injuries but were treated at the Georgetown Public Hospital.Mother-in-law of the late Oliver Anthon, Denise AdamsDead: Oliver AnthonDead: Krishna Chandlast_img read more

January 12

Phase 2 development will double Liza Phase 1 – ExxonMobil

first_imgOil and gas sectorBy Jarryl BryanThe Liza Phase Two project, the Field Development Plan (FDP) of which is being reviewed by local regulators and a foreign company, is projected to be almost double the size of the preceding Liza Phase One project in the Stabroek Block.This is according to ExxonMobil’s Senior Director of Public and Government Affairs, Diedre Moe, in an exclusive interview with Guyana Times. The US oil giant has already discovered oil in 10 wells in Liza Phase one alone, resulting in estimates that the block holds more than five billion oil equivalent barrels.“Liza phase one, those costs were estimated to be over $4 billion. And this project is, you know, nearly twice the size. But as you have more projects, you (get) more efficient. And so that’s part of the review process, the Government is reviewing,” Moe said.“I know the Government is continuing to get someone on board to be aA diagram of a blow-out preventor, common in oil wells as a safety precaution (Photo credit, the New York Times)ble to get some expertise to continue reviewing the development plans. And we continue to work closely with the Government as they do their reviews.”PreparationsA major consideration when an oil company begins producing oil is its preparations for oil spills. In fact, many observers have expressed worry over this risk in Guyana’s case. Moe noted that ExxonMobil has measures in place for oil spills, ranging from equipment such as booms and monitors to safety mechanisms within the well itself.“When we think of managing risks, managing potential oil spills, we look at it in three phases. We look first as prevention, practise preparedness. When we look at prevention, our vessels have many different mechanisms in place. When we look at equipment, this includes using monitors on the drill ship itself in order to prevent it from happening.”“That’s kind of the first step in making sure that we don’t have an incident. And when you start drilling a well, we actually put a five storey blow out preventer on it. There are several different valves that can easily close in a well should we see any potential issue, to prevent it from even occurring.”Moe noted that at the moment, no oil is coming unto the drill ship. Besides using the right ship and equipment, she explained that ExxonMobil would also endeavour to follow the right procedures to transfer the oil from the Floating Production and Storage Offloading (FPSO) vessel for transport.“All those are prevention measures. And then you look at preparedness, like getting all the equipment in place should you have an incident. We have different mechanisms and contracts in place to be able to respond quickly to prevent it from having any type of large impact.”“And then we have practise. We practise when we drill, so people know what to do. We’ve worked very closely with the CDC (Centre for Disaster Preparedness), the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) and we’ll be doing some training moving into 2019 with the coastal communities and fisheries, to show them preventative measures to minimise any impact.”Moe referenced Exxon’s experience drilling around the world in an environmentally safe and sustainable way and expressed confidence in her company’s ability to replicate that effort in Guyana.When Exxon Mobil subsidiary Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Ltd’s (EEPGL’s) submitted its Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for its Liza Phase 2 development, an outside consultant was brought in to assist the EPA in reviewing it.A contract to the tune of $40.3 million was awarded to international firm Ramboll US Corporation in order to undertake the review, though the costs were reportedly borne by the oil company.Threat of oil spillsThe EPA did a study of its own, which had found that while an oil spill in the Stabroek block was possible, factors such as the location of EEPGL operations combined with the region’s water temperature would minimise the effects.Auditor General Deodat Sharma had previously announced that the Audit Office would be carrying out a number of audits to analyse the capacity of the country’s relevant agencies to protect the environment and endangered species of animals.Guyana has some experience with man-made natural disasters. For instance, there was a cyanide spill in Guyana in 1995. In gold mining, cyanide is used as an extracting agent for the ore. In the case of Guyana’s cyanide spill, the highly poisonous material spilled out of a reservoir into the Essequibo River.Guyana does have a draft Oil Spill contingency plan, for which consultations were held earlier this year. Besides the obvious need to protect the environment and the livelihoods of persons residing on the coast, there are various international conventions that stipulate countries have a plan for any oil spill.The Stabroek Block is 6.6 million acres. EEPGL is the operator and hold a 45 per cent interest in the Stabroek Block. Hess Guyana Exploration Ltd holds a 30 per cent interest, and CNOOC Nexen Petroleum Guyana Limited holds a 25 per cent interest.last_img read more

January 11

Mayor of Dawson Creek gives update on city condition

first_imgUPDATE: The City of Dawson Creek has announced that they have cancelled the local State of Emergency.DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – Dawson Creek Mayor Dale Bumstead gave an update on the situation in the city at a special council meeting on Monday afternoon.Bumstead said they will prioritize damage assessment. The city also noted buildings held up quite well. There were leaks but none were of major concern. City hall did see a little bit of water.- Advertisement -The aquatic centre saw a power outage and sewer back-up but re-opened on Saturday.The city said the lake did flood and has lots of debris. Usually, they open the lake around June 15th, but will not be opening it until around July 1st due to debris in the lake.Bumstead also said parks and baseball diamonds were flooded, but were re-opened on Sunday. There was a tournament on Sunday, according to Bumstead.Advertisement Crews are still assessing how much damage money wise occurred. That will take some time before those numbers are released.Bumstead also gave high praise to the fire chief, directors and first responders, thanking them for keeping people safe and preventing further damage. Main roads in the city are almost all re-opened. 15th street is closed due to being completely washed out.Bumstead said council has told staff to begin the process of collecting the details for council to make a decision on how to replace the bridge at 15th street. He said that a temporary bridge could have been built but that could cost as much as $300,000. The city holds insurance on the culvert so it would be covered for a replacement.Sewer and water systems held up well during the flooding according to directors.To date, there has been roughly $300,000 dollars spend on the response of the flooding. Bumstead says around 80% of those costs will be recoverable.Advertisementlast_img read more

December 29

Will Ireland’s best young entrepreneur be from Donegal?

first_imgWith applications for Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur now open, young entrepreneurs in Donegal aged between 18 and 35 have been urged to make sure that they apply for this year’s competition.Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise and Innovation, Frances Fitzgerald T.D. and Minister of State for Business, Pat Breen T.D. were both present at the nationwide launch of the contest earlier this week, but for Donegal entrepreneurs the focus will begin with the local competition and there’s €50,000 to be won in the county across three separate categories.Local winners in the Best Start-Up and Best Established Business categories will receive investments of up to €15,000 each and the two runners-up will each receive up to €5,000. The Best Business Idea winner at county level will receive an investment of up to €7,000 and the runner-up will receive up to €3,000 of investment. These winners at county level will progress to Regional Finals early next year and will be hoping to reach the national IBYE finals in March 2018.Last year Portnoo-based businesswoman Gillian Doyle was the toast of the business world in Donegal when she progressed from winning the Donegal final to scoop the Regional Award for Best Business Idea at the regional finals in Sligo.And she was full of praise for the competition, urging young entrepreneurs to apply and take advantage of the help it can give them to ensure they can grow their business.“I’m not talking about grants or financial assistance, it is the support, the advice, the learning and mentoring. It was nothing short of phenomenal. The Local Enterprise Office was so supportive and so helpful.” Initial applicants are short-listed to local finalists who receive intensive Business Bootcamp training ahead of the Donegal final.Head of Enterprise in Donegal, Michael Tunney, said that the feedback from applicants year after year has been that the Business Bootcamps have been of tremendous assistance.“It is a nice incentive for applicants to try and capture the investment prizes, but even if they don’t, taking part in the Business Bootcamps will help them fine tune their business plans, learn new enterprise skills and avail of the highest quality one to one mentoring and business coaching,” he said.He added: “Since the IBYE competition started, businesses coming through the competition in Donegal have performed at a consistently high level. The contest is a springboard for young entrepreneurs who want to start or expand their business. We are very pleased with the spirit of entrepreneurship in the county among our young people and I urge them to make sure they get their applications in for this year’s competition.”Applications can be made online by Friday 29 September at www.ibye.ie but anyone seeking more information before submitting their application can call Donegal Local Enterprise Office: 07491 60735 or e.mail info@leo.donegalcoco.ie Will Ireland’s best young entrepreneur be from Donegal? was last modified: July 19th, 2017 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

December 28

Tours to start at ancient Indian site

first_imgThe reservation fee is $5 for one to six people and $10 for seven to 12 people. The cost of the tour is $4 per adult and $2 per child age 6 through 16, paid on the day of the tour. The tour is not recommended for children age 5 and younger, but they are admitted free and must be cared for by adults who bring them.160Want 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 eventThe park covers 240 acres of rolling hills between Tehachapi and Mojave. Kawaiisu lived there until the first part of the 20th century. To protect the archaeological sites from vandals and artifact hunters, the park is open to the public only through guided tours led by docents in spring and fall. Tours involve a moderately strenuous hike. Tours this spring will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday. They will continue when weather permits through June 24. Tours, limited to 12 people, last approximately four hours, starting with a meeting at the Tomo-Kahni Resource Center in Tehachapi for a brief orientation and including the drive to the park. Reservations must be made through the parks office at 43779 15th St. W. in Lancaster, or by calling (661) 942-0662, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. TEHACHAPI – Spring tours will begin Saturday at a state historic park where there is an American Indian village site once inhabited by the Kawaiisu people. Although no structures remain, Tomo-Kahni State Historic Park contains pictographs, rock rings marking where homes were built of juniper boughs, hundreds of holes where food was ground, and a cave that is sacred to the Kawaiisu. “The site itself is beautiful, and it’s apparent why they chose this area as their winter home,” said state parks staffer Jean Scott. “Descendants of the Kawaiisu are alive and well in Tehachapi, and there is a great effort to revive and preserve their culture, such as the creation of a full dictionary of the Kawaiisu language, which was compiled just as the last two fluent speakers were in their 90s.” The park’s name, Tomo-Kahni, means “winter home” in the in the language of the Kawaiisu, or Nuooah, a Shoshonean people who ranged from the Tehachapi area to Red Rock Canyon and for whom the sheltered valley was a seasonal home. last_img read more

December 27

Hawks log 1,000 combat hours

first_imgPALMDALE – The first two production RQ-4A Global Hawk robot spyplanes have logged more than 1,000 combat hours supporting coalition forces in the Middle East since their deployment in January, Northrop Grumman officials said. The two unmanned reconnaissance aircraft have flown about 50 missions since going overseas to replace the prototype Global Hawk that had been pressed into combat duty following the 9-11 terrorist attacks. The production aircrafts’ sensors have been improved over the early planes, Northrop Grumman officials said. “Our No. 1 goal is to support the persistent intelligence collection needs of the warfighter,” said George Guerra, Northrop Grumman program director for Global Hawk. “The system is quickly proving to be an even more valuable reconnaissance asset than the originally deployed assets.” Global Hawks have now flown more than 6,000 hours and 260 missions in support of the global War on Terror, and the family of Global Hawk aircraft has accumulated more than 10,000 flight hours over all missions, Northrop Grumman officials said. At Northrop Grumman’s facilities at Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale, six larger “B” model aircraft are in various stages of production. The B models are designed to carry 3,000 pounds of equipment, compared with 2,000 pounds carried by the RQ-4As. The first of the B model aircraft is scheduled to begin testing this summer or fall. james.skeen@dailynews.com (661) 267-5743160Want 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 MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“Reaching 10,000 program hours is truly an amazing feat, especially since the program was first put on contract just over 10 years ago and has only been flying since February 1998,” said Jerry Madigan, Northrop Grumman vice president of high-altitude, long endurance systems. Global Hawk aircraft are capable of flying at an altitude of 65,000 feet, above storms and some six miles higher than jetliners normally fly, for more than 35 hours at a time. During a single mission, Global Hawk’s sensors can survey 40,000 square miles. The Global Hawk aircraft are primarily flown by onboard computers using preprogrammed instructions. The aircraft, however, can be flown by or have a preprogrammed mission adjusted by a ground operator who adjusts the plane’s flight through clicks of a computer mouse rather than a joystick. For missions, the initial taxiing and takeoff are performed by a ground crew based at the airfield being used by the aircraft. About an hour into the flight, control of the airplane’s mission is handed off to a ground crew that can be hundreds or even thousands of miles away. Missions over the Middle East were actually controlled by crews at Beale Air Force Base in Northern California. Prior to the 9-11 terrorist attacks, the Global Hawk program was in a technology demonstration phase in which a handful of aircraft were being built and tested to see whether it was possible to field a high-altitude, unmanned reconnaissance aircraft. last_img read more

December 26

Arsenal boss confirms under-fire star will play against Chelsea

first_imgThe Czech goalkeeper then hit out at Bayer Leverkusen on social media after their Twitter account appeared to mock his display against Pep Guardiola’s men.With Cech preferred to former Leverkusen stopper Bernd Leno, who left the German club to join the Gunners in the summer, they replied to a clip of a mistake with “we know a guy…” before running a video of Leno playing out from the back. Arsenal boss Unai Emery has given his full backing to Petr Cech, insisting it will be an easy decision to start the experienced stopper against his former side Chelsea on Saturday.The 36-year-old received widespread criticism for his performance in the Gunners’ 2-0 defeat to Manchester City on the opening weekend of the new Premier League season, with Cech looking particularly uncomfortable in possession – almost scoring an own goal. Petr Cech has been given the full backing of Arsenal boss Unai Emery after struggling against Manchester City 2 2center_img .@Arsenal we share important values which make us a big club not only on the football side . Fair competition, professionalism and sportsmanship are the biggest ones you teach young footballers and it’s sad to see when other clubs don’t share the same values. .@bayer04_en— Petr Cech (@PetrCech) August 13, 2018That did not go down well with a furious Cech who questioned the “professionalism” on display from the Bundesliga outfit.He later received an apology from Leverkusen, with Emery also underlining his full support to the veteran goalkeeper ahead of Saturday’s trip to Stamford Bridge.He said: “I am very happy with his performance. He has experience, he has quality, he has the capacity. Emery says Cech will be starting against his former side Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday “Also, with Bernd Leno – they are two goalkeepers who are important for us.“For Saturday, the decision for me is easy. Petr Cech can continue to start the match, I believe in him. But if (in the future) Bernd starts, I believe in him also.”last_img read more

December 26

Will this be the Liverpool XI to face Red Star in the Champions League?

first_img Latest Liverpool FC News 2 Liverpool beat Red Star at a canter at Anfield two weeks ago Liverpool are looking to strengthen their hopes of reaching the Champions League knockout stages when they travel to Red Star Belgrade on Tuesday night – a game you can listen to live on talkSPORT 2, kick-off 5.55pm.Jurgen Klopp’s men are currently top of Group C with six points and a win could leave them only needing a point from their final two games to make the last-16, depending on the result between Napoli and Paris Saint-Germain. latest Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won REVEALED shining REVEALED Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? center_img RANKED Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars gameday cracker The Premier League side ran out comfortable 4-0 winners when the two teams met at Anfield a fortnight ago but a clash in Serbia should be a more difficult prospect for Liverpool.It’s been made more difficult by the fact that Xherdan Shaqiri has not travelled with the Reds amid fears of the reception he will receive following his celebrations during Switzerland’s victory over Serbia at the World Cup.Defender Dejan Lovren (muscle) and Naby Keita (hamstring) return to the squad but fellow midfielder Jordan Henderson has remained on Merseyside for extra training sessions as he finalises his recovery from a hamstring problem.So how might Liverpool line-up for their crucial European encounter? Below you can see talkSPORT.com’s predicted Liverpool XI. The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star REVEALED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade huge blow Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT 2last_img read more

December 24

BUSINESSMAN PUNCHED HIS OWN SISTER DURING FAMILY ROW

first_imgA West Donegal businessman punched his own sister after she had become involved in a row with his wife in a supermarket. Letterkenny court.Patrick Doogan of Lower Baltony, Gort a’Choirce admitted assault causing harm to Julie Anne Coyle on March 31st last year. Letterkenny District Court heard that the assault on his sister, took place following an altercation between Ms. Coyle and Doogan’s wife at McClafferty’s supermarket in Gort a’Choirce.Doogan later went to his parent’s home to speak to his sister about the incident.Inspector David Kelly said a heated exchange ensued and Doogan grabbed his sister by the throat and punched her in the face, knocking her to the ground.Ms Coyle was kept overnight for precautionary reasons at Letterkenny General Hospital where she had suffered soft tissue injuries.Doogan, who was in court for the hearing, works in London where he operates his own tunneling company.Judge Paul Kelly adjourned the case until June for the preparation of a victim impact statement.BUSINESSMAN PUNCHED HIS OWN SISTER DURING FAMILY ROW was last modified: March 23rd, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:assaultcourtJudge Paul KellyPatrick DooganSisterlast_img read more

December 22

How to ‘monopolise’ some fabulous prizes at Letterkenny’s McDonalds

first_imgEveryone loves eating McDonalds and everyone loves playing Monopoly.Now you can do both at the newly refurbished McDonalds in Letterkenny.The well known world-wide McDonald’s Monopoly competition has arrived at the Donegal fast-food store in the form of “Prize Vault Monopoly“. There are lots of prizes to be won while eating your favourite McDonalds food in the heart of Letterkenny.The new McDonalds outlet beside the Letterkenny retail park on the Pearse Road is now even more popular with families.Not only can diners avail of a quicker ordering service, there are even free iPads for children to browse while you wait. To find out more about the McDonalds’ new Monopoly giveaway and all you can win simply log onto http://www.mcdonalds.ie/iehome/promotions/monopoly.html#spa-page-howAnd for all the latest offers on your favourite McDonalds food see http://www.mcdonalds.ie/iehome/Promotions.htmlHow to ‘monopolise’ some fabulous prizes at Letterkenny’s McDonalds was last modified: March 23rd, 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