first_imgThe Demerara-Berbice Interconnected System (DBIS), which is operated by the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) on Friday reported yet another shutdown, causing power outages in several communities.The utility company announced shortly after that the system was indeed nonfunctional and promised that the situation will be rectified.On Wednesday, a burnt primary conductor on the L23 transmission line caused disruptions along Canefield to Auchlyne in Berbice. The interruption was necessary to connect the transmission line to the Skeldon generation facility.Meanwhile, two weeks ago, the DBIS recorded a shutdown due to a fault in one of the circuit breakers at the Garden of Eden Power Plant. This caused a “lock out” of the busbar, facilitating the transfer of power from four generators. According to GPL, the “sudden” loss of 18 megawatts of generator capacity resulted in the shutdown.GPL’s poor services have come under criticism many times, primarily by the general populace. Residents on the Essequibo Coast, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), were faced with constant power outages in April, just one day after the commissioning of a $1.8 billion power plant at Anna Regina.Just a few months ago, a loan was granted from the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) to the tune of US$20 million, to be provided to the Guyana Power Light (GPL) for upgrading the services.The loan was expected to facilitate the rehabilitation of 153km of GPL’s medium voltage and low voltage network and 6941 smart meters, including the associated transformers, service lines and distribution boxes along with the rehabilitation and extension of two 69/13.8KV substations at Kingston and Vreed-en-Hoop.last_img read more

first_imgThe search is on for the next Donegal Person of the Year. The closing date for receipt of nominations is 30th of November 2016.Any individual or any group may nominate a person – the main criteria being that the person nominated should have made a significant contribution to the promotion of the county at local, national, or international level.Pictured is last year’s Donegal Person of the Year; Hotelier Deirdre Mc GloneNominations should set out the reasons for the nomination and include supporting documentation and endorsements from individuals and groups. Nomination forms may be downloaded from the Donegal Association’s website by clicking here or by request from The Secretary, Donegal Association, c/o Teachers Club, 36 Parnell Square, Dublin 1. You can also contact Marie Ryan on 087 243 9317 to receive an application form.Do you know someone who deserves the title ‘Donegal Person of the Year’? was last modified: November 3rd, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:deirdre mc gloneDONEGAL ASSOCIATIONDonegal Person of the Yearteachers clublast_img read more

first_imgMore than 150 local children from all over the North West descended upon the Aura Leisure Centre in Letterkenny to take part in an “Urban Hoops” blitz this week. It was a day filled to with basketball and fun activities for all of the children that took part in the u12 leagues this season.The day was led by coaches from the local clubs and the American Victory Scholars who are students at LYIT under the Sport Changes Life Programme. On the day the league champions were presented with their trophies with Sligo All-Stars picking up the u12 boys’ trophy and Ballyshannon getting their hands on the u12 Girls league trophy.The focus of the day was having fun and making new friends as teams who had been competing hard against each other in the North West league all season were brought together to play in the one-day event with lots of fun games thrown in also.New friendships were made and there was some serious skill on show from the starts of the future.Special mention to Sligo All-Stars Cian Brooks who picked up an award on the day for his overall spirit and hard work. Letterkenny hosts over 150 local children for basketball blitz – pic special was last modified: March 9th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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:basketballlast_img read more

first_imgA drive for good nutrition among pregnant women and children in a southern Assam district has been given a gooseberry candy twist. This follows a report that the targeted groups find the prescribed iron-folic acid tablets repulsive.According to the 2015 National Family Health Survey, 47.2% of the women of reproductive age in Hailakandi were anaemic. The district, thus, has the most anaemic children below 5 years, adolescents and women of reproductive age in Assam.But mothers, pregnant women and children in the district, data reveal, consume only 24.3% of the total iron-folic acid tablets that the district receives and distributes. “The tablets given to these groups are often not consumed as they feel nauseated or have constipation issues. There are also myths that these tablets will kill them or make them incapable of conceiving,” District Deputy Commissioner Keerthi Jalli told The Hindu. Amla, jaggery comboTo get around the problem while launching Poshan Maah, or nutrition month, a few days ago, the district administration decided to produce roundish amla-gur candies with a dose of salt. Nutritionists involved in the campaign said amla, or gooseberry, is rich in Vitamin C and antioxidants, while gur, or jaggery, is rich in iron, vital vitamins and minerals that boost the immune system.“The gooseberry candy is a home-made recipe, and is provided alongside iron-folic acid tablets as behavioural change in nutritious eating is a slow process. If women and children avoid the tablet, they can get the required vitamin and mineral inputs through the improvised delicacy of which ingredients are available locally,” Ms. Jalli said. The candy is cost-effective too, she said. Anganwadi workers, supervisors and mothers have been engaged to prepare and distribute the ‘laddoos’ with the ingredients given by the district authorities.“This is a novel initiative that should go a long way in checking anaemia that increases the risk during pregnancy and at childbirth, besides resulting in low birth weight and malnourished children,” Anganwadi worker Labiba Begum Barlaskar said.About 32.5% of the children aged below five in Hailakandi are underweight. The average figure for Assam is 30%.last_img read more