Mid-year report– despite power outages, poor service deliveryBy Jaryl BryanDespite the frequent power outages and poor service that plague consumers, the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) managed to improve its revenue collection by raking in $17 billion in the first half of 2017.Acting CEO of GPL, Renford HomerThe whopping sum represents an increase from $14.7 billion for the same period in 2016. According to the 2017 mid-year report released by Government, the increase in revenue is as a result of more timely payments.The report also details that expenditure increased from $9.3 billion in the first half of 2016 to $12.6 billion in the same period this year. This increase, according to the report, is due to higher costs for Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO).It also states that the weighted average cost rose to US$48.70 for the half year; an increase from US$30.50 as at June 30, 2016. Other expenditure included some $500 million the utility company repaid Government for loans.But with the increased revenue, the company’s outlook for the year has improved. According to the report, the budgeted deficit of $5 billion is now expected to be lowered to $771 million.The report said there was a marginal increase in the production of electricity to 394,832 MWh in the first half of the year. However, the report acknowledges that the company’s technical performance remains plagued with problems.“At the half year 2017, the 12-month rolling average of total losses was 29.6 per cent, a slight increase from the half year for 2016 when the total losses was 29.3 per cent,” the report stated.“In a continued effort to promote the stability and reliability of existing power grid, $1.38 billion has been advanced for the rehabilitation of 328 km of low and medium voltage distribution networks in the first half.”The report reveals that works are expected to commence in the second half of the year, with GPL expecting the work to improve power service delivery to approximately 22,000 of its customers. The work includes plans to rehabilitate an additional 580km of the distribution network.But even as GPL seeks to improve its infrastructure, service disruptions continue to raise the ire of customers. It is understood that as of March 2017, there were 29 complaints from GPL customers at the level of the Public Utility Commission (PUC). GPL therefore comes in second on the list of complaints, behind only Guyana Telephone and Telegraph (GTT).Last month, frustrated businessmen from Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) met with staff from GPL at the Regional Democratic Council (RDC), where they vented their anger at the constant and prolonged power outages on the Essequibo Coast.With the northern side of the Essequibo Coast hardest hit, the businessmen pointed to the plight of residents in Charity, who have suffered in the dark for days.Essequibo Chambers of Commerce Chairman Deleep Singh, representing entrepreneurs, noted that a number of businesses suffered tremendous losses as a direct result of the blackouts. They questioned whether GPL would compensate them for their suffering and losses.On Thursday last, after much outcry from citizens, the company stated that “a botched tree trimming exercise and a burnt jumper” were among the reasons for the electricity woes.GPL’s Acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Renford Homer, also explained that shutdown of the Demerara-Berbice Interconnected System (DBIS) had resulted in a generation shortfall occasioned by reduced generation reserve.Homer also explained that when the demand was about 84 megawatts, there were 87 megawatts available for generation, which left only three megawatts of reserve capacity, instead of the normal 20 megawatts. Moreover, the machines at Skeldon and Garden of Eden were being overhauled, whilst the one at Kingston was undergoing routine maintenance.Power upgradesAt a year-end press conference, Homer had announced that some $3 billion would be spent by the company towards the construction of four new substations.He had stated that this formed part of $6.6 billion that had been set aside for works to improve service delivery of the company; $3 billion for the new substations and $1.4 billion for renovation works to existing substations.According to Homer, these works are expected to be completed by 2018.
From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on December 7, families can enjoy food, games, and crafts, as well as a bouncy house. Tickets cost $10 cash at the door, and toddlers under two years old are free to enter. Anyone who brings a non-perishable food item to donate to a food drive will get two tickets for free. Local mom Jaandi Roemer approached Fort St. John City Council with the idea for a “SuperPark” in the city in 2012, and since then she and a growing group of supporters have been working to find a location and funding for the project. It’s estimated approximately $250,000 will be needed to build the park, plus funding for rent and maintenance.- Advertisement –
Drivers along the Alaska Highway experienced some delay today not just because of road maintenance, but because of a three-car pile up around mile 91.Cpl. Jodi Shelkie says cars had already come to a halt for construction, and a driver rear-ended the last vehicle in the line up- which in turn rear ended the vehicle in front of it.No injuries were reported, but the driver was given a ticket for ‘driving without consideration’ – which can be a $196 fine and 6 points on your license.- Advertisement –
“My god, my first film was developed here,” said Freed, who characterizes himself as a serious amateur. “My first camera, a Honeywell-Pentax Spotmatic, I bought it here. My first real camera, too, a Nikon F2, I’ve still got the lenses. This is a real shock.” Brent Hopkins, (818) 713-3738 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant “Once it’s gone, it’s gone,” said Wade Steinfeld, an employee whose relationship with the family goes back to the ’60s. “It’s a shame, but that’s what we do in California. If it’s more than 30 days old, you knock it down and put up something new.” For 58 of the store’s 62 years, the Thorsch family proved Steinfeld wrong. Proud anachronisms that believed in knowing its gear and customers, both Thorsch and his son, general manager Ron, refused to give in to the low-price, no-service trend that swept through the retail world. Though they made the jump to the digital world, they still sold darkroom equipment, chemicals old-fashioned film, big Hasselblads and finely crafted Leicas. They upheld the legacy began when Thorsch started as a young apprentice in his father’s camera factory in Germany. The over-sized flashbulb atop the entrance lured in customers for years, even as the area changed into an upscale shopping district. “People were comfortable with us whether they were an actor, a rock star or just John and Mary Q. Public,” said Ron Thorsch, who started with the store when he was in college, then returned 15 years ago to run it with his father. “There were a lot of great customers – those are my best memories. We had people who came in for decades, ones who came in when I worked there in the ’60s and still bring their grandkids in.” Fred Freed, now a 67-year-old North Hollywood retiree, became a patron in high school. Film, lenses, cameras, developing, prints – he got it all when he’d stop in to chat with the staff and get their opinions on what film to shoot, what lens to reach for. As he read the going-out-of-business sign on the nearly empty store’s window, he did a double take. STUDIO CITY – When the Studio City Camera Exchange opened in 1944, the government had seized all available color film, autofocus didn’t exist and digital referred to fingers, not pictures. Its industry changed immensely in the past 62 years, its building moved and grew and its wares went from black and white negatives to brilliant color computer printouts. And yet the unusual store, cobbled together from smaller buildings and filled with antique cameras, stayed the same. Owner Bernie Thorsch, now 85, reported for work in a suit each day, even after he was nearly blind. Family members pitched in, customers developed intense loyalty and the staff became renowned for its knowledge and expertise. Next Tuesday, that will all come to an end. More than six decades after Thorsch purchased the shop on the corner of Ventura Boulevard and Vantage Avenue, family illness has forced it to shut its doors for good. A few accessories, shelves and cameras remain, but the shop has become a shell of its once vibrant self.
MOORPARK – Growing up, Moorpark Police Chief Dick Diaz wanted to be a forest ranger. Maybe it was the gun or Smokey Bear hat that attracted him. Then again, he camped often as a kid. “It didn’t strike me it was a law enforcement job,” he said. When he realized his childhood dream required a biology degree, he took a detour that led him to the Marine Corps and then police work. “Dick is one of those guys who truly loves being a police officer,” sheriff’s Cmdr. Marty Rouse said. “He’s easy to speak to whether you’re a deputy, crook or citizen.” As a cop, Diaz has worked narcotics, motorcycle gangs, traffic and points in between. Or, as Rouse said, “He’s done it all and seen it all.” Rouse oversees the Moorpark station and said he’s familiar with Diaz’s work, saying he has a desire to help and mentor others and is a great role model and communicator. One of his passions is helping the disabled. “It’s not unusual for him to take folks under his wing and demonstrate the compassion of a police officer that some people never get to see,” Rouse said. And although he has a soft side, “He truly believes in putting crooks behind bars,” Rouse added. After retiring, Diaz plans to ride the original Route 66 on his motorcycle and then finish a semiautobiographical book about a retired cop who makes the same trip, a piece that will be filled with all sorts of adventures. But most important, he looks forward to spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren, he said. He postponed his retirement twice because he didn’t want to leave before moving into Moorpark’s new $11 million police headquarters, which opened earlier this month. The Police Services Center is his biggest accomplishment, he said. And after working on the project for the past three years, it was only fitting that he wait. However, he refuses to hang anything on the walls of his new office. He’ll leave that to the incoming chief. “I’d like to get a clone of Dick Diaz,” City Councilman Clint Harper said. “We all think the world of him. … We plan to keep him on board in some capacity, maybe as a consultant. We’re not going to let him go.” Angie Valencia-Martinez, (805) 583-7604 email@example.com 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 MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals He ends his career in March when he retires as a captain after 36 years with the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department, three of them acting as Moorpark’s chief. “I’m still not ready to retire,” the 58-year-old said, “but you have to do it sooner or later. I’ve been a Marine. I’ve been a cop. That’s all I’ve done my entire life.” The Fillmore resident was raised in a military family. He served in Vietnam with the Marines as a flight mechanic on an air refueler and cargo plane. Today, he has a 19-year-old son in the Navy. He went on to graduate from California State University, Fullerton, before landing jobs with the police departments in Orange, Signal Hill and Fillmore, when it had its own force. In 1987, he joined the Sheriff’s Department, which serves the cities of Moorpark, Camarillo, Fillmore, Ojai and Thousand Oaks, and the unincorporated areas of the county.
On Wednesday night in the Arcata Ballpark it was nothing short of a blowout.The Humboldt Crabs were one run short of a shutout as they completed the three-game sweep of the Solano Mudcats with a 20-2 victory thanks to solid pitching and an offense onslaught that never let up once thoughout the game.“I was really happy with the pitching on the mound,” Crabs manager Tyson Fisher said. “We only gave up three hits, that kind of set the tone for us. Then when we put up five with the pretty good …
How much longer does the public have to be told that Mars “might” have life or space aliens “could” be found soon?A writer for New Scientist is concerned about the cost of protecting Mars from contamination. But the argument bears on the probability of life existing on the red planet.WHEN can we declare the Red Planet a dead planet? Although most efforts so far have gone toward showing that other planets could support life, now is the time to think about the other side of the coin.Spacecraft going to other worlds must follow costly planetary protection protocols, such as sterilisation, to avoid contaminating their destination with Earth microbes, putting any native life at risk, or bringing potentially dangerous alien ones back.But if there’s nothing there, why bother? We haven’t found life on Mars yet, and if further missions also turn up nothing, at some point commercial space enterprises such as mining operations or tourism will want to avoid the costs of sterilisation.“It’s time to decide when to declare a planet lifeless,” the headline reads.A more obvious tease is in this article on PhysOrg: “We could find aliens any day now—SETI scientists discuss extraterrestrial life hunting.” Despite 50 years of coming up empty, leading SETI researchers get great press, and only softball questions from the interviewer. One says it is a “multi-generational” search. That may be, but so was alchemy. It also gives the three SETI advocates job security with little chance of falsification.We’ve stated many times that astrobiology is a fantasy of the imagination, not science. The operative word is “could” – Mars “could support life” is the thinking (see perhapsimaybecouldness index in the Darwin Dictionary). Without data, though, it’s no better than saying unicorns “could” exist in the deep dark forest. New Scientist still believes in the possibility, but they are right in pointing out that there has to be an expiration date on the “could”-ness. They are concerned about cost; we are concerned about scientific integrity. Teasing the public with things that “could” be true is leading them on the primrose path. Show us the evidence. (Visited 56 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
30 May 2007Foreigners are not only visiting South Africa by the planeload, they’re also a strong presence in South African cyberspace, significantly boosting the traffic of the country’s news websites.According to the latest figures from the Online Publisher’s Association (OPA), news24 remained the most visited site in South Africa, registering a monthly average of 1.72-million unique browsers in the first quarter of 2007. The majority of those browsers – almost a million – were from outside the country.The Independent Online website – South Africa’s second most visited – also attracted large numbers of readers from outside SA in the first three months of the year: just over 800 000 out of a monthly average of 1.28-million unique browsers.Foreign visitors users also contributed significantly to the traffic on the seventh-place Mail & Guardian website (40% were from outside SA) and to at least one non-news website, that of online auctioneer Bid or Buy (46%).According to the OPA – which represents the biggest commercial web publishers in South Africa – the number of unique browsers from outside the country increased from 4.2-million in the first quarter of 2006 to 4.4-million in the first quarter of 2007.At the same time, strong growth in local traffic saw the total number of unique browsers visiting OPA member sites jump from 6.69-million to 7.74-million over the same period, an increase of almost 16% – resulting in a dip in foreign readership in percentage terms, from 63% of total readers to 57%.Foreign browsers accounted for a smaller percentage of traffic among SA’s non-news websites, Bid or Buy being the exception.The M-Web site was SA’s third most visited overall, attracting an average 728 319 users a month in the first quarter. Counting only local traffic, however, M-Web climbed to second place with 616 935 readers a month.In fourth place on both counts was web-based e-mail service Webmail, with over 570 000 users a month – 82% of them local.SA search engine Ananzi placed fifth on the SA readership only list, but dropped to ninth when foreign users were included. Conversely, climbing from seventh to fifth place on the foreign-inclusive count was news-driven portal iafrica.com.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
24 May 2016Collaboration is key to being successful, this was one of the main messages to come out of the Possible Conference. It took place on 19 and 20 May 2016 at the Alex Theatre in Braamfontein. The conference is an initiative hosted by digital publishing company, 10 and 5, and Estee Lauder Companies.The event was designed to help emerging writers and digital artists to expand their skills. A resonating theme from various speakers included personal branding.Vuyiswa Mutshekwane and Nandi Dlepu of The Other Girls, speakers at the conference, organise events and promote it on social media. Their initiative is known as @WKNDSOCIAL on Twitter. Vuyiswa Mutshekwane and Nandi Dlepu speak about the importance of collaborating. They are two of the four organisers for the initiative on Twitter, @WKNDSOCIAL.See the advice they shared with audience:One of the key things that made @THEWKNDSOCIAL grow is collaboration #PossibleConference— Creative Nestlings (@creativenestlin) May 20, 2016You have to constantly assess your business model to ensure you stay relevant. @THEWKNDSOCIAL #POSSIBLEConference pic.twitter.com/V4GDYlYUoX— Digital Pantsula (@DigitalPantsula) May 20, 2016“Evolve to react to the landscape but by being authentic in the best way possible” says @THEWKNDSOCIAL at #POSSIBLEConference by @10and5— Michael Cost (@MickyCost) May 20, 2016“Consistency is key. If you promise a product or an event, you have to be conistent to your audience ” –@VieArem #POSSIBLEConference— Between 10 and 5 (@10and5) May 20, 2016“Always have the bigger picture in mind” says @THEWKNDSOCIAL #POSSIBLEConference by @10and5 @EsteeLauderSA— Michael Cost (@MickyCost) May 20, 2016The beginningBruno Bertrand, head of digital marketing at Estee Lauder Companies explained the conference was the culmination of an 18-month creative process. It was, he continued, “A gathering born of a vision to create a space where young aspiring local content creators can share their ideas, learn from one another, and get guidance from recognised industry professionals”.“Those two days have surpassed all of our expectations – we cannot thank everyone enough who attended, and actively participated in our debates and workshops.”The sessions Well-known South African musician Proverb (right) is the main speaker on the first day of the conference, 19 May 2016. On stage with him is managing director of 10 and 5, Uno De Waal (left).According to managing director of 10 and 5, Uno De Waal, one of the exciting components of the conference was the practical masterclass session with professional photographers from Lampost.“During these interactive sessions attendees learnt the basics of shooting profiles, lifestyle and products shots. “They then posted their own photos to the official #POSSIBLEConference hashtag with Estee Lauder prizes being awarded for the best images in three categories, #FashionOnFleek, #BestnewBestie, and #MostPeopleInASelfie,” he explained.De Waal said there were over 40 million mentions on Twitter from 800 contributors during the conference. The official hashtag #POSSIBLEConference trended nationally for 36 hours, and was the most tweeted hashtag on the first day of the event.Sources: 10and5 and Twitter.