GPL has been giving back to customers amidst challenges – acting CEO

first_imgAmidst numerous challenges, the Guyana Power and Light Incorporated (GPL) has been achieving its targets while giving back to customers.Acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Renford Homer told the Department of Public Information (DPI) that since 2014, the company has spent $4 billion annually on its customers.The company’s financial position is largely premised on the benefits from lowerActing Chief Executive Officer of GPL, Renford Homerfuel prices. Homer explained that towards the end of 2014 and in 2015, there was a drastic reduction in fuel prices and “admittedly” that aided GPL’s financial position.“We introduced not only a five per cent reduction in tariffs but we also increased fuel rebates by an additional five per cent bringing a net effect of savings to customers of approximately 20 per cent,” Homer explained.In addition, the savings also negated the need for government subvention and enabled the power company to repay $1 billion in 2015, and 2016 towards its debts.The power company’s revenues are about $28 to $29 billion annually. Though the company has been able to save monies from the reduction of fuel prices, it is still not financially stable, the acting CEO said.Homer pointed out that “as we stand as a utility, even though our financial position is stronger prior to 2014, it is not one that has positioned us to bring into play all the things that are necessary to move our company and its infrastructure… from its current state to that which is desired state.”As challenged as the power company is, it still uses its limited resources to fulfill its commitments which include planned maintenance. This, Homer stressed, is critical for the upkeep and prevention of defects on the network.“When we go out there and we have to take the power off that is for the safety of our customers, we will have a planned maintenance programme in the new year. Our network doesn’t lead us to alternate routes rather than taking off the entire network but maintenance is a must,” the acting CEO underlined.Homer disclosed that new methods of communication will be employed in 2018 to better sensitise and inform citizens of the importance of routine maintenance.last_img read more

High On ice Festival – Carvers welcome

first_imgThe Fort St. John Arts council is inviting residents to take part in the ice and snow carving events at this year’s high on Ice festival.Taking place the weekend of January 17th and 18th, the competition has spaces for amateurs as well as professionals.This year’s theme is “Ice Age: Frozen in Time” – which will allow carvers a fair bit of creative freedom. Teams for snow carving are 2-4 people – while ice-carving teams should be ideally 2 people, but they must both be 14 or over or have adult supervision.- Advertisement -To register a team, or for more info, you can call the ArtsPost at 787-2781, you can email fsjarts@telus.net, or you can visit http://www.cityfsj.com/hoi.htmllast_img

Two Peace communities close to winning Walking Challenge

first_imgIn the South Peace, Tumbler Ridge is in second place in the up to 5,000 population category right behind Horsefly.  In the North Peace, Fort St. John is in third right behind Esquimalt and Williams Lake in the 10,001 to 25,000 population category.   There is still time to enter as the deadline is Monday at 11:59 p.m. The Challenge was designed to promote a more active lifestyle within families, with the opportunity to win great individual, as well as community, prizes.- Advertisement – Participants are asked to map their walks, as well as share their personal walking experiences online. The more a person posts, the greater their chances at winning prizes such as a pedometer, family prize packs or the grand prize, one of six family trips to a popular B.C. destination.

The grand prizes of cash totaling $100,000 will also be awarded to various communities at the conclusion of the challenge. The top five communities in their population size range, with the most submissions, will each receive $10,000 in support of the development of walking trails. One of the five winning communities will also be randomly drawn to receive an additional $50,000. To share a healthy lifestyle story or to map out a walk, visit the challenge’s official website.Advertisementlast_img read more

CAPE results to be released today

first_img…official CSEC release date set for ThursdayAfter much anticipation, students who sat the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Exam (CAPE) earlier this year will be able to view their results today on the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) website.Those who wrote the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) during the period of May to June will be handed their results on Thursday.The examinations body informed on Monday, “The CAPE and CSEC release dates of 13 August and 15 August, respectively, are highly anticipated by students, in order to determine how they performed in their examinations and how they will proceed on their educational journeys”.Due to increased traffic on the examinations portal, a decision was made to implement a new system for students to obtain their results. In the past, all countries could have access to the grades at once but this time around, each country was given a specific timeline to monitor the number of users.The examinations body added that in the past, students may have experienced access issues due to the high volume of traffic received on the CXC website, where the results were scheduled to be released.“This year, in order to ensure that students have easy access to the results portal, CXC will release results at varying times throughout the day. The new approach will mean decreased numbers of students visiting the website at one specific time. Results will be released to specific countries for a window of time between two to three hours on release dates,” the Council said.Students in Guyana can access their grades between 13:15h – 14:15h on the release date. Subsequently, results will be available freely until the portal is closed.This year, the regional examination council celebrated its 40th anniversary and renewed commitment towards “preparing students of all ages, abilities and interests for an ever-changing, competitive, global employment market, through the provision of the highest quality syllabuses; valid and reliable examinations and certificates of international repute”.While the CSEC results serve as proof of completion of the secondary education level, CAPE programmes are recorded as an additional qualification in vocational and academic studies. Before the official announcement, the regional pass rate for some subject areas is released to education officials within each territory. To obtain a pass, a Grade One to Three must be secured.last_img read more

Breathing room

first_imgTHERE’S reason for hope. The Children’s Museum of Los Angeles may just be completed yet. Although contractors had threatened to leave the Lake View Terrace site Monday if they didn’t get some of the $3.3 million owed them, the Los Angeles City Council has tossed the project a lifeline. On Friday, the council agreed to dip into the city’s rainy-day fund and provide the museum – the first in the San Fernando Valley – with a $1.75 million loan. This is great news for the people of Los Angeles. Without the cash infusion, the museum would likely have never been completed. Just bringing back the contractors would have added $1.5 million to the underfunded project. Still, the future of the museum is far from assured. The city’s latest contribution covers only half of what contractors demanded. Now museum officials have 30 days other half. Then they will have until June 30, 2008, to repay the $1.75 million loan. All of which means that the rest of us still need to do our part to make this treasure for the children of Los Angeles a reality. The city’s corporations and philanthropists, who have poured a fortune into downtown, need to step up. Our politicians, who are experts at raising cash for their campaigns, must do the same for the museum. And the rest of us can help with even the smallest contribution. Then there’s City Councilman Richard Alarc n. to come up with the Alarc n’s predecessor, Alex Padilla, had promised $1 million in methane sales from Lopez Canyon would go to the museum, but Alarc n has reneged on the pledge. Alarc n ought to make good on that important commitment or find other money. Just because he helped engineer the city’s new loan doesn’t mean he’s off the hook.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

Sterling hat-trick takes City four clear, Southampton stun fading Spurs

first_imgCity and Sterling had fortune on their side to end Watford’s resistence after a goalless first-half.A minute into the second period Sterling was initially flagged offside as Daryl Janmaat’s attempted clearance ricocheted off the England winger and into the net.However, after a long discussion with his assistant, referee Paul Tierney awarded the goal because Janmaat’s intervention meant Sterling was onside.“The first goal will be debated. I don’t like this situation but it is what it is. I’m sorry if it was offside but we deserved to win,” said City boss Pep Guardiola.“Next season, hopefully, we will have VAR and it will be clear.”There was no doubt when Sterling rounded off a fine team move involving David Silva and Riyad Mahrez four minutes later.Sterling then completed his hat-trick with some neat footwork from Silva’s pass before Watford substitute Gerard Deulofeu pulled a goal back just 22 seconds after coming on.– Spurs on the slide –Yan Valery celebrates Southampton’s equaliser in a 2-1 win over Tottenham © AFP / OLLY GREENWOODTottenham reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League in midweek, but are now in grave danger of missing out on that competition completely next season.Mauricio Pochettino’s side remain in third but their lead over Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea is a precarious one with all three chasers in action on Sunday.“The second-half we did not take it seriously. I don’t want to criticise too much but when you lose a game that was under control after 45 minutes, should be 3-0, 4-0 and finishes in 2-1 defeat, it is difficult to accept,” said Pochettino, who was serving the first of a two-game touchline ban.“When you lose the momentum after 45 minutes, that is about mentality, that is about being strong and keeping the right. For us, we lost the momentum and gave them relief.”Dele Alli made his return after seven weeks out with a hamstring injury and the England midfielder teed up Harry Kane to score his 200th career goal on 26 minutes.However, Spurs’ wastefulness in failing to add to their lead came back to cost them as Ralph Hassenhuettl’s men improved markedly after the break and secured a vital three points in their attempt to beat the drop.Fresh from scoring his first professional goal away to Manchester United last weekend, right-back Yan Valery levelled from Stuart Armstrong’s cross.James Ward-Prowse then completed the comeback with a stunning free-kick curled into the top corner to leave Hugo Lloris helpless.“The manager told us to be a bit more aggressive, we sat off them a little in the first half. The second half epitomised everything he has done for us so far,” said Ward-Prowse.Newcastle remain six points above the relegation zone and moved up to 13th after coming from 2-0 down to beat Everton 3-2.Salomon Rondon and Ayoze Perez’s double in the final 25 minutes earned the Magpies a deserved victory after Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison put the visitors in front.Jamie Vardy scored twice to give Leicester a 3-1 win over Fulham © AFP / Daniel LEAL-OLIVASBrendan Rodgers secured his first win as Leicester boss thanks to Jamie Vardy’s double to beat Fulham, who are now 13 points adrift of safety, 3-1.Vardy’s first goal was his 100th for the Foxes.“He’s showed over the last couple of years that he’s a world-class striker,” said Rodgers. “I’m just really glad that he’s here. He’s a brilliant focal point for the team.”Huddersfield also look dead and buried as Bournemouth cruised to their first away win since October with a 2-0 victory at the John Smith’s Stadium thanks to goals from Callum Wilson and Ryan Fraser.Cardiff, though, gave themselves hope as early goals in each half from Junior Hoilett and Victor Camarasa gave the Welsh side a precious three points over a hugely disappointing West Ham.Brighton also secured a much-needed win to move level on points with rivals Crystal Palace, five above the drop zone, as Anthony Knockaert’s stunning strike 16 minutes from time earned a 2-1 win.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Raheem Sterling scored a hat-trick to extend Manchester City’s Premier League lead to four points over Liverpool © AFP / Lindsey PARNABYLondon, United Kingdom, Mar 9 – Raheem Sterling’s rapid second-half hat-trick moved Manchester City four points clear at the top of the Premier League with a 3-1 win over Watford as Tottenham’s hopes of a top-four finish faltered again in a 2-1 defeat to Southampton on Saturday.The Saints’ spirited second-half comeback ensured they remain two points above the relegation zone despite Cardiff’s 2-0 win over West Ham, while victory for Brighton and Newcastle also boosted their survival hopes.last_img read more

EIGHT JOBS LOST WITH SUDDEN CLOSURE OF LOCAL CAR DEALERSHIP

first_imgAt least eight jobs have been lost following the closure of well-known local car dealership Murray Motors in Manorcunningham.Murray Motors in Manor closed on Friday.Staff at the Opel dealership were told of its closure on Friday.Locals have reacted with shock at the news of the closure of the business which was opened in 1964. Many local families bought many of their cars through the friendly family-run dealership.A well as the eight people employed by Murrays, members of the Murray have also lost positions at the company.Local councillors Liam Doherty and Paul Canning said the closure of the business will be another blow to the area including the loss of the jobs.  EIGHT JOBS LOST WITH SUDDEN CLOSURE OF LOCAL CAR DEALERSHIP was last modified: August 3rd, 2015 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:car dealershipdonegalmanorcunninghamMurray Motorslast_img read more

Moussa Sissoko to swap Spurs for Marseille? ‘This is not on the agenda’

first_img Moussa Sissoko is being linked with a swift move away from Tottenham Tottenham midfielder Moussa Sissoko has not been in contact with Marseille and a switch to the Stade Velodrome is not currently on the agenda, a source close to the Frenchman has reportedly revealed.Sissoko, who joined Spurs from Newcastle last summer, has struggled to nail down a spot in the starting XI at White Hart Lane and is increasingly being tipped for an exit.In recent days the France international has been linked with a return to his homeland with Marseille, but a member of the midfielder’s entourage has denied any contact with the Ligue 1 giants.“As of today there has been no contact, no appointment or any proposal from Marseille,” the source close to Sissoko told Foot Mercato.“There is strictly no contact either between Moussa, or between his agents, and Marseille.“This is not on the agenda.” 1last_img read more

Man who drove away from Customs checkpoint fined €3,000

first_imgA man has been fined €3,000 after he drove off from a Customs Officer who was questioning him in relation to VRT. William Hagan of 10 Elmwood Park, Buncrana was accused of failing to comply with a Revenue Officer on July 22, 2014, at St. Mary’s Road, Buncrana, when he appeared before Buncrana District Court. Hagan denied the charge.Customs Officer David Flynn told the court that he was on patrol on the day in question when he saw a northern registered car which was coming from the Cockhill direction of the town.The court heard that the Customs had been aware of the Northern registered car previously as it had been reported to them by another local person.Officer Flynn stopped the car at St. Mary’s Road to carry out a ‘VRT enquiry’. He said the driver was agitated and identified himself as James Hagan with an address in County Down.“He said the car was owned by his mother at the same address,” said Officer Flynn.“He had no ID on him but he told me that he lived permanently at the address.”The Customs Officer revealed that he joined at this stage by Bernadette Murray, another Customs Officer, who questioned Mr. Hagan about benefits that he may or may not be in receipt of.“She asked him if he was in receipt of any benefits in the State and at that he opened the car, sat inside and locked the doors,” said Mr. Hagan.Revenue official Bernadette Murray told the court that she contacted Eunan McElwaine at the social welfare office and asked him to check out James Hagan.“I put it to him that he was William James Hagan, that he lived in Elm Park Buncrana and that he was in receipt of social welfare,” said Ms. Murray.The court heard that while in the car Mr. Hagan attempted to contact his mother, the registered owner of the vehicle, but was unable to get her. Mr. Flynn said he told Hagan that he wasn’t interested in his mother but that there was an issue with him driving the car in Buncrana.“At this the car in front of his pulled away and I could see him putting his hands on the keys in the ignition and as he started it I stood in front of the vehicle and told him to keep it stationary,” the Customs officer explained.“But he took off, his tyres were screeching and I had to push myself out of the way on to the footpath. I was afraid if I stayed where I was I would have been run over.”Officer was ‘in his face’ – claimDefence solicitor Pat McMyler claimed that Mr. Hagan ‘objected’ to the Customs officer ‘being in his face’, however Officer Flynn denied this. Mr. McMyler also claimed that Officer Flynn was not in uniform, something which Officer Flynn also denied.Mr. McMyler asked Officer Flynn if the Revenue established who owned the vehicle after the report was made about it. However he said that ‘ownership had nothing to do with it’. He said the issue was that Mr. Hagan was a State resident and was in possession of the vehicle.Mr. McMyler said he thought it was ‘incredible that two experienced officers’ did not carry out further enquires as to who owned the car. He said his client was fully entitled to drive his mother’s car in Buncrana and had only become involved in the situation because someone ‘maliciously’ made a report about him.Mr. McMyler argued that his client was entitled ‘to go about his business’ and while it might have been ‘rude’ to drive off on Mr. Flynn, he was not breaking the law.“There is no evidence that he failed to comply with a statutory requirement. There was no statutory power invoked,” claimed Mr. McMyler.“Also neither of the two officers could tell the court with any certainty that my client heard them.”Prosecuting solicitor Ciaran Liddy said there was evidence that Mr Hagan’s window was partly open. He said that because he disengaged with the Revenue officers were unable to ascertain his intent to drive the car.“He may have been entitled to drive the car, we don’t know,” said Mr. Liddy.“It was put to him that he was a State resident and he drove away.”‘Clear evidence’ Judge Paul Kelly agreed with Mr. Liddy, saying Officer Flynn gave ‘clear evidence’ as to why he stopped him and what he was doing.Mr. McMyler asked the court for leniency when sentencing. He said the mandatory penalty was €5,000, which could be reduced to €2,500 by Judge Kelly. He said his client, a father of one, was earning a minimum wage salary and this penalty would have a huge affect on him.Judge Kelly said the court must distinguish between someone who pleads guilty and contests the charges against him.“The defendant’s behaviour does him no favours – the logical thing to do is to co-operate with the Customs officers and put your argument to them,” said Judge Kelly.“But instead he chose to absent himself from the situation. He drove off from Officer Flynn and he knew what he was doing. He was determined not to have the car seized.”Judge Kelly said it was unfortunate that there were ‘mandatory penalties’ in Revenue cases such as this as it limited the court’s power and discretion.“I can imagine that even the mandatory penalty would have present a difficulty to Mr. Hagan but I have to distinguish between him and someone who pleads guilty at the first opportunity.”Judge Kelly fined Hagan €3,000 and gave him six months to pay the fine.Man who drove away from Customs checkpoint fined €3,000 was last modified: November 24th, 2016 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:buncranacheckpointCUSTOMSdonegalJudge Paul KellyVRTlast_img read more

DONEGAL LGFA: FOUR MASTERS U14s CROWNED COUNTY C CHAMPIONS

first_imgFOUR MASTERS: Are new County C ChampionsThe Four Masters Under 14 Girls have been crowned C County Champions for 2014. The girls travelled to Convoy to face Carndonagh in the C County Final and secured their first piece of silverware with a comprehensive victory, putting in a brilliant all round performance.The girls had a long and busy season and received their just reward for their committment and huge effort over the past few months. The management team of Matthew Shovlin, Brid Mackle and Claire Brady paid special thanks to the travelling supporters who were there in great numbers at the Semi Final and County Final.This support gave the team a great lift. The future looks bright for Four Masters Ladies Gaelic Football. DONEGAL LGFA: FOUR MASTERS U14s CROWNED COUNTY C CHAMPIONS was last modified: August 4th, 2014 by John2Share 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:2014 C ChampionsCarndonaghFootballfour mastersLadies Gaeliclast_img read more