Never Leaving You

first_imgI’m never leaving youThat was what I promised a year agoBeneath the gloomy clouds andIn the midst of those pasturesYou’re the reason I love daily becauseI told the world you are my onlyAs we walked past the bank of the River NileWe made a vow of togethernessWe were aided by the umbrella of love andBy the melody of birds in the skyThough I know the storm will rageAnd I know the season of quarrel will unfoldI promise to hold you close andNever let you goWhisper those gentle words to your heartKnowing they’ll quench you soul.I’m never leaving you.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Several stalls at Stabroek Market without power since Wednesday

first_imgThe electricity supply of several vendors at Stabroek Market was disrupted since Wednesday and despite several calls to the Guyana Power and Light (GPL), the situation remains the same.Further, on Thursday, confusion broke out after a small transformer in the Market caught fire thus injuring a few persons who were present in the area.Guyana Times understands that the merchants turned up to work on Wednesday and later recognised that over 15 stalls were not receiving electricity. As such, the power company was contacted and the officials promised to look into the matter.However, it was only on Thursday, a small crew of technicians arrived at the location, but they could not make a pronouncement on the power outage situation beyond stating that there was a ‘fault’ in the transformer.The stallholders were later informed that they should hire a private technician to address the issue.Speaking with this publication, one of the concerned stall owners, Travez Piaralall explained: “Yesterday when we came to work, some of the shops inside the Stabroek Market don’t have power. We usually get power supply from GPL. We have made multiple reports during the course of yesterday about the situation and that some of the shops are not having power.”He added, “This morning (Thursday), they send some technicians over and found a fault and the box started to spark. They’re not taking any blame for it. The office called us back at the Market and said that we need to find an electrician to fix the problem. They said they can’t do anything about the issue and behaved very rude.”He explained that many stalls were without power and complete negligence was shown on the part of GPL for not addressing the issue.“We cannot do that because we don’t have power in the first place. Secondly, GPL has to give permission before someone can interfere with the set-up. There are many shops that are not getting electricity in the market. We don’t have power to do anything, so how can we fix our problem?”It was indicated that vendors and shop owners are paying a monthly fee for power and should be able to receive quality service.“Every month we’re paying a bill and as soon as you miss a deadline, they come into the Market and cut off the power. This has nothing to do with anybody cutting the power. We simply haven’t been receiving electricity from GPL.”This publication visited the Market and was informed that some persons were injured when the transformer box “sparked”. Additionally, it created a small fire, which caused persons to run for their lives.The flames were later doused and no major damage was recorded.A vegetable vendor, Sahadeo Ramgopaul, whose stall is mere inches from the transformer, related that he received injuries to his back when the incident occurred.Nevertheless, the situation remains dangerous, since the transformer can cause an uncontrollable fire when persons are not monitoring the area. Moreover, many fear that their customers can be injured.last_img read more

Special meeting for Thursday to determine GECOM’s timelines for elections

first_imgA decision has been taken for a special meeting to be held on Thursday, when matters pertaining to the Guyana Elections Commission’s readiness for the next elections will be discussed.This decision came out of a meeting of the Commission held on Tuesday andPPP/C Commissioner Robeson Bennconvened by the Chairman, retired Justice James Patterson. It was Patterson’s first day back on the job after medical leave.According to People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Commissioner Robeson Benn, not only was the meeting set for Thursday, but an update was given about the meeting that is supposed to take place between Patterson and the National Assembly’s two Chief Whips – the Opposition’s Gail Teixeira and the Government’s Amna Ally.“On Thursday morning at 9, the Commission will reconvene to discuss the various timelines in terms of when elections could be held. And by then or thereafter, we will be in a better position in respect of meetings with the Chief Whips,” Benn explained.“We didn’t have any documentation in terms of any situation which could advance the meeting… we only got a letter today to which the Chairman had replied to (Government Chief Whip) Amna Ally. She had written the Chairman on the 10th, pointing out the need for the meeting. He replied on the 14th. Unfortunately, we only saw that letter today.”It turns out that it was, in fact, the Chairman who paved the way for electoral matters to be discussed. According to Commissioner Benn, a report is expected toPPP/C CommissionersSase Gunrajbe prepared and submitted by GECOM’s technical staff.“What did happen is that the Chairman suspended the agenda and allowed for the questions relating to GECOM’s readiness for elections,” the Commissioner further explained, adding that the Chief Elections Officer (CEO) Keith Lowenfield will have to present the relevant information to the Commission.According to Commissioner Bibi Shadick, the report will contain details regarding the time needed to complete various measures for preparing for elections. Meanwhile, Commissioner Sase Gunraj noted that when that report is presented, the Commissioners will have a report of their own based on the information provided.“As you are aware, we at the Commission level have to get a report from the Secretariat. We’ve put a system in place whereby the CEO will prepare that report for us. Hopefully, we have that within 24 hours. We will go through that report. Thereafter, you will get a full, more comprehensive report from us on what is going on,” Gunraj added.It had been agreed at a meeting between President David Granger and Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo earlier this month that the Chief Whips would be sent to ascertain GECOM’s readiness for elections.But the GECOM Chairman had had his medical leave extended and since this assignment was given to the Chief Whips, GECOM CEO Lowenfield had declined to meet with them and had instead deferred to Patterson.Now that election matters will finally be ventilated at GECOM, it is expected that this meeting will be set and the President be given information with which an election date can be set.On December 21, the no-confidence motion brought by the parliamentary Opposition –PPP/C – against the Government succeeded when former Alliance For Change (AFC) parliamentarian Charrandas Persaud broke ranks and made a conscience vote in favour of the motion.With the Government’s defeat, the next steps are spelt out in the Constitution of Guyana. Article 106 (6) of the Constitution states: “The Cabinet including the President shall resign if the Government is defeated by the vote of a majority of all the elected members of the National Assembly on a vote of confidence.”Meanwhile, clause 7 goes on to state that “Notwithstanding its defeat, the Government shall remain in office and shall hold an election within three months, or such longer period as the National Assembly shall by resolution supported by not less than two-thirds of the votes of all the elected members of the National Assembly determine, and shall resign after the President takes the oath of office following the election.”Since the passage of the motion, however, persons aligned with the coalition have sought to question the motion’s validity even as the vote has already been certified. These arguments formed part of the opinions presented to Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Barton Scotland in the hopes that he would reverse the ruling. He refused to do so.Amid calls to resign, Government has insisted it is going nowhere until elections are held. A court case was filed, in which an order was sought to, among other things, delay the elections until the court rules on the matter.That and other related cases came up for hearing last Tuesday, but acting Chief Justice Roxane George committed to a ruling by the end of this month, while noting that such an order would be unnecessary.last_img read more

Boys’ basketball: Poly’s City run comes to an end

first_imgGay, bound for San Diego State, did his best to keep the Parrots close, hitting a 3-pointer with 5:38 in the second quarter to cut the deficit to five points. The senior struggled thereafter, though, finishing 4 of 18 in the first half. “Hey, I’m human, I can’t hit every shot,” Gay said. “I just tried to shoot myself out of the slump.” Gay missed 12 shots in a row before scoring the final seven of the third quarter for Poly, which trailed 42-35 entering the fourth quarter. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! And he’s finally getting his chance. The 6-foot-2 junior transferred from Taft of Woodland Hills to Westchester over the summer and quickly emerged as the man in charge of running the offense. The transformation came full circle Thursday as Bellfield guided the Comets to a 63-54 victory over Poly of Sun Valley and into the City Section Championship game against Fairfax on March 3 at the Sports Arena. “Oscar is a great addition,” Westchester coach Ed Azzam said. “He gets things going for us. We feel real comfortable when the ball is in his hands.” The loss ended a rather remarkable season for third-seeded Poly (23-5), which was making its first appearance in a semifinal game since 1964. Senior standout DJ Gay struggled against the second-seeded Comets (23-5) and finished with 24 points on 8-of-33 shooting. “If you would have told me at the beginning of the season that we’d be one victory away from playing in the finals, I would’ve told you that you’re crazy,” Poly coach Brad Katz said. “DJ and the rest of the guys have nothing to be ashamed of. They can hold their heads as high as anyone else in the City.” Bellfield created numerous easy baskets for his teammates early on and Dwayne Polee Jr. was the main beneficiary of the unselfishness. The freshman, who verbally committed to USC, came off the bench and scored 10 points in the first quarter to give Westchester a 15-9 lead. center_img Oscar Bellfield didn’t expect much. All he wanted was an opportunity to play point guard. Developing into a floor leader, a distributor and a facilitator has been the goal since day one. last_img read more


first_imgSpeaking in the Dail today during the inaugural debate on the outcomes of this week’s 44thplenary of the British Irish Parliamentary Assembly in Seanad Eireann, the Co-Chairman of the Assembly, Joe McHugh TD, announced a series of practical measures that would be implemented as a result of the two day meeting.These practical measures initiating discussions with Governments on an annual British Irish trade mission; expanding co-operation between North and South on healthcare co-operation; and supporting the showcasing of Irish food at local level.Deputy McHugh said that it is incumbent on all members of the Assembly to demonstrate to the public the value that these plenary meetings bring, and that having a specific Dail debate on these outcomes and progressing these key issues was an important example of this. Deputy McHugh commented: “The British Irish Parliamentary Assembly was first established in 1990 and played an important role in developing the positive relationships between our two countries that helped achieve peace, and ultimately cumulated in last year’s historic visit by Queen Elizabeth II to Ireland.“In the present context of economic downturn and deep recession, it is vital that the Assembly is used to identify positive measures in a range of areas that will benefit the people its members represent. For that reason, this plenary’s theme of ‘Making business easier between Britain and Ireland’ was focused on practical solutions.“Among the measures we have identified is the proposal to hold an annual British Irish trade mission, alternating between our two countries that my co-Chair, Laurence Robertson MP, and I will now bring to our Governments. This idea was first proposed by one of our guest speakers, Sean O’Driscoll of Glen Dimplex, and the Assembly fully supported it.“Another practical measure was proposed by Darina Allen of Ballymaloe Cookery School who suggested that in order to boost local food, members of the Assembly should ensure to promote local producers to the greatest extent possible during their work. “These are examples of actions at national Government level combined with simple and achievable steps by local representatives that demonstrate the value that an institution such as the British Irish Parliamentary Assembly can achieve. I look forward to continuing this work and demonstrating the value that we can bring over the coming years.” MCHUGH: BRITISH-IRISH TALKS HAVE POSITIVE OUTCOMES was last modified: May 17th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:MCHUGH: BRITISH-IRISH TALKS HAVE POSITIVE OUTCOMESlast_img read more

Get on Donegal’s biggest growing Business Directory from €4 a week!

first_imgAdvertising with Donegal’s largest news website isn’t as expensive as you might have first thought. Donegal Daily, has an average of 55,000 readers everyday, unrivaled across the north-west.We have a strong online presence via our website and social media platforms like Facebook. If you are interested in getting your business advertised from as little as €4 a week you can contact Hugh on 087 164 1160 or on hughboyle95@gmail.comGet on Donegal’s biggest growing Business Directory from €4 a week! was last modified: September 8th, 2016 by Chris McNultyShare 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

Record number of Irish passports issued in 2017

first_imgA record number of 779,000 passports were issued in 2017 according to Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Simon Coveney.Of the 785,026 passport applications received by the Department, 779,184 were issued.494,297 of these were issued to adults, with 284,887 issued to children. Brexit is thought to be one of the leading reasons for the surge in applications. One in five passports were issued to applicants from Northern Ireland and Great Britain (20%).The highest amount of passport applications outside Dublin came from New York, where 6,345 people applied for Irish passports.This was followed by Canberra (5,077), San Francisco (4,336), Sydney (2,990), Pretoria (2,913), and Ottawa (2,826).The world-first Passport Card, introduced in 2016, continued to grow in popularity in 2017, with over 38,000 Irish citizens availing of the convenience of travel to all EU, EEA countries plus Switzerland with a credit-card sized passport. The Online Passport Renewal Service, which was launched in March of this year, continues to grow in popularity as well. This service means that Irish citizens renewing their passport can do so online anywhere in the world at any time. In only 9 months of operation to date, over 100,000 passports have issued following online applications. Online turnaround times are currently well ahead of the target of 10 working days plus postage.The Department has also revealed the most popular baby names in 2017 based on passport applications. The top five boys names are Jack, James, Conor, Daniel and Adam. The top five girls names are Emily, Emma, Aoife, Grace and Sophie.Commenting on the surge of applications, the Tanáiste says:“This is the highest number of Irish passports ever issued in one year. It represents an increase of over 6% compared to 2016 (itself a record-breaking year), and an increase of over 15% since 2015.“The Online Passport Renewal Service has been a particular success. From Cork to Costa Rica; from Meath to Mozambique; and from Sligo to Singapore – Irish citizens all over the world have availed of the option to renew their Irish passport online, with no requirement for forms, witnesses or printed photos. ““For those Irish citizens choosing to apply through Irish Embassies and Consulates during 2017, the Irish Consulate in New York retained its distinction as the location with the highest demand for passports, followed by Canberra, San Francisco, Sydney and Pretoria.“We will continue to work hard in 2018 to offer the most efficient and user-friendly service possible to Irish citizens worldwide.”Record number of Irish passports issued in 2017 was last modified: December 31st, 2017 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:department of foreign affairspassportsimon coveneylast_img read more

With Sharks’ regular season on horizon, some questions remain

first_imgSAN JOSE — The Sharks’ practice Wednesday had a different look, a different feel.The tempo was a little quicker, more passes went tape-to-tape. The forward lines and defense pairs bore a closer resemblance to what they’ll look like when the regular season gets underway. No. 1 goalie Martin Jones was at one end of the ice, and backup Aaron Dell was stationed at the other.“It’s a lot nicer when you get down to a group with mostly NHL players,” Sharks captain Logan Couture said Tuesday. “Not to …last_img read more

You Can Skip This Chore

first_imgI asked my neighbor who hoses off his air conditioner condenser every spring why he does it. “Because my dad always told me I had to,” he said. Conventional wisdom like what my neighbor’s dad imparted may always seem right. But through my HVAC scholarship — the study of heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems — I’ve learned that this particular presumption is probably wrong. Dirty equipment The equipment I’m talking about washing is the outdoor part of central air-conditioning systems that move heat from homes into the outdoors.RELATED ARTICLESStupid Energy-Saving TipsAir ConditioningDon’t Hire a Cleaning Crew to Wash Your Solar PanelsSeven Reasons Your Filter Isn’t Cleaning the AirThe Basics of HVAC Zoning Technically known as condenser coils, they are usually about the size of a large garbage can but they can be as small as a bucket or as big as a refrigerator. Some are protected by louvered grilles but most are exposed to the elements. Their metal fins help transfer heat to the air. They contain tubes that carry hot refrigerant, which gives off heat as it condenses. Stuff like windblown seeds, dust and grass clippings tends to collect on the coil surface. Most homeowners and HVAC companies envision that this untidy-looking stuff acts like an insulating blanket, slowing down the passage of heat from inside to outside. Any debris that accumulates would also interfere with airflow over the coil, further restricting the system’s ability to expel heat. The nitty-gritty Mehdi Mehrabi, an architectural engineering graduate student, and I set out to learn the extent to which dirty residential air conditioners are less efficient than clean ones. What we found astonished us – and many of the other experts in this field. Previous work on this question simulated outdoor dirt with synthetic materials in a laboratory setting, or used reduced airflow as a proxy for the effects of dirty coils. Although it’s necessary to carefully to control operating conditions, we took a novel approach: collecting condensers that had gotten dirty through ordinary residential use, and bringing them to the lab for study with a special test apparatus. This meant that they were coated in real-world dust and other crud in everyday amounts. We tested the dirty air conditioners, then washed them thoroughly with a garden hose and tested again. We also used a commercial coil cleaning fluid and tested them for a third time. Close-up of 7 grams of dirt per square foot on an air conditioner condenser and that same condenser after it’s cleaned. [Photo credit: Mehdi Mehrabi, CC BY-SA] Surprisingly, we found that dirty air conditioner condensers often perform better than clean ones. The change in condenser coil heat transfer performance ranged from a 7% increase to a 7% decrease for the coils we tested. The average change was … none at all. Close-up of 17 grams of dirt per square foot on an air conditioner condenser and that same condenser after it’s cleaned. [Photo credit: Mehdi Mehrabi, CC BY-SA] The coil that registered a 7% improvement after getting cleaned up looked quite dirty, with 7 grams of dirt per square foot of coil surface area. But the coil that performed 7% worse was even dirtier, with 17 grams of dirt per square foot. It was so filthy, in fact, that it was nearly impossible to see the metal fins before we gave it a wash. Most of the condenser coils we tested in the lab were cleaner than both of those. No insulating blanket To see how the equipment’s performance could improve by getting dirty, we did further testing. That next round of study suggested that the accumulated dirt stirs up the air passing over the condenser coils. Technically called “turbulence,” these little gusts can transfer heat away from the coil better. For some coil designs, this can cause the equipment to perform better when it’s dirty than when it’s clean. This is true even when the dirt has reduced the airflow rate. If your home has one of these things, you are probably wondering whether you should you wash your own condenser. Here’s what you should know. Cleaning your air conditioner might make it run better. It might make it run worse. But it probably won’t make any difference. I now personally believe in skipping this task, unless the coil is so dirty that it’s hard to see the metal fins. Although, if it will make you feel better, go ahead and hose it down. To be honest, that’s what I plan to do from now on. Letting go of deep-seated beliefs of any kind is hard, whether it’s that dieting makes you lose weight in the long run — something recent studies do not support — or if this particular home maintenance ritual is justified. As news of our findings spreads, I’m bracing for some unpleasant responses from people who might lose out if the condenser-cleaning business dries up and others who simply refuse to accept that there was no basis for the conventional wisdom on this question.   David Yuill is an assistant professor of architectural engineering at the  University of Nebraska-Lincoln. This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.last_img read more