Govt in the dark over spate of power outages

first_imgAlmost one week after another spate of blackouts gripped the nation, Government has said it is yet to be given by the Guyana Power and light (GPL) official reason for the blackouts.While the power company has made a public statement on the matter, it has not yet officially briefed Government. That is according to Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, who said on Friday that Government has relied on the statement made by the power company on Thursday.“I don’t have a particular statement on the matter. It did not come up at Cabinet, but I’ve read — just like you — in the public media that Mr Badal had made some statements that they were taking steps to make the electricity supply more reliable,” Harmon told the media at a post-Cabinet press conference.On Thursday, after much outcry from citizens (GPL), said “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) on Sunday resulted from a generation shortfall occasioned by reduced generation reserve.Homer 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.On Monday, at approximately 15:15h, GPL received a report of a burnt jumper on one of its feeders, and the transmission distribution crew quickly responded. However, while attempting to close that feeder, the system sensed an unusual surge of high current and the protection network was activated, taking the generating system offline. However, sufficient generation was available to meet the demand at that time, Homer explained.At approximately 08:45h on Wednesday, some customers on the DBIS experienced a disturbance when a number of feeders were lost due to a tree-trimming exercise being conducted by Atlantic Hotel Incorporated on Battery Road, Kingston.Homer pointed out that the trimmed branches fell across GPL’s primary network, causing a severe movement on two of the conductors which became intertwined. The generation at Kingston plant went offline.last_img read more

Civil society group reiterates calls for President, Cabinet to resign, call elections

first_imgLess than a week after staging its first protest outside of the Ministry of the Presidency (MotP), the Mass Action People’s Movement (MAPM) — a civil society group— has reiterated calls for President David Granger to respect the Constitution by resigning and setting an elections date.Some of the protestors at the MinistryUnless this is done soon, the MAPM is promising to continue its demonstration outside the Ministry of Presidency.This was disclosed by MAPM member Johnathan Yearwood on Thursday while speaking at the picketing exercise where a number of protesters had assembled and waving placards.“Let’s go to the elections, let the people vote, let a government be elected and let’s have a government that has a mandate to run the country, until then, we will be out here protesting because we disagree with how the President is behaving,” Yearwood stated.Adding to this, the MAPM member posited that President Granger should set example of being a law-abiding citizen, while noting that since the final rulings handed down by the Caribbean Court of Justice (CJJ), he has demonstrated otherwise— given his reluctance to resign, dissolve Parliament, and call elections.“We are saying that he must do the honourable thing, he must do the right thing, he must set the example of abiding and honouring the Constitution of Guyana, which so far he has failed miserably to do because he had shown no indications of honouring it”, Yearwood asserted.Similar views were echoed by another member, Don Singh, amongst which he made mention of the upsurge in racial tension across the various social media sites, which according to him, has stemmed from the country’s current political climate.“But what is happening in our country is that slowly on social media sites (Instagram, Facebook) we are seeing an upsurge in racial baiting, in racial attacks on both sides, and if that is allowed to continue, by us not having out elections as per Constitution, it will get out of control”, Singh explained.On his concluding note, Singh took the opportunity to shed light on the organisation’s dissatisfaction with the now caretaker Government over the past years in office.“We have a President that had three press conferences in four and a half years, we want to be reassured by our President that we elected that things are okay and this is what’s gonna happen, but we hearing a side-line gyaff. We just fed up so, we as regular Guyanese say let’s come out and ask the President very straightforward,” he highlighted.The protest was held under the theme “Disrespect for the Constitution = Disrespect for Guyanese”.It was organised by the group which was responsible for the mass movement against the parking meter project in the city—originally called the Movement against Parking Meters (MAPM) but now is rebranded as the Mass Action Peoples Movement (MAPM).last_img read more

Norwich star Martin ready to play anywhere in bid for promotion

first_imgNorwich defender and captain Russell Martin has no problem playing in any position for manager Neil Adams and will happily sit on the bench for the good of the team.The Scotland international has watched his side drop to tenth in the Championship table after two consecutive defeats but he says it has nothing to do with where he plays on the pitch.“If the manager picks me at centre-back I play there and if he picks me at right-back I play there,” Martin told the Norwich website.“It will be the same if he picks me to sit on the bench at any point, I will sit there. I will play anywhere I’m asked. He picks the team on merit and picks a team to win the game on any given day.”“I feel comfortable playing in both positions in this league just as I did in the Premier League. I play at centre back internationally and have kept my place in the team for the last 18 months playing against some of the world’s best strikers and thoroughly enjoying it.“I have spoken before about having a preference and seeing CB as somewhere I will end up playing regularly as I feel it will prolong my career at this high level as the demands on a modern day full back get higher and higher.” 1 Russell Martin in action for Norwich last_img read more

Ipswich 1-1 Norwich: Nervy draw leaves it all to play for in second-leg

first_imgThe 96th East Anglia derby and play off semi-final first leg ended in a gritty 1-1 draw at Portman Road, with rivals Ipswich and Norwich both having the second leg at Carrow Road in mind.First half goals from Jonny Howson and Paul Anderson couldn’t separate the two sides as a frantic first 45 minutes was replaced by two solid defensive performances in the second.Howson’s 41st minute strike opened the scoring for the visitors, the Canaries midfielder slamming a first-time shot past Bartosz Bialkowski after great work from Cameron Jerome down the left flank.Jerome eased past Ipswich defender Tommy Smith, before pulling a cross back to the penalty spot where Howson was there to score his ninth goal of the season.Substitute then Anderson equalised for the hosts deep into first half injury-time.Norwich goalkeeper John Ruddy spilled two earlier chances before Anderson, who replaced the injured Luke Varney, followed up the rebound from six yards out.In an entertaining first half, the Ipswich could have taken the lead in the first ten minutes, only for a brilliant double save from John Ruddy to keep out efforts from Freddie Sears and the injured Varney.Alex Tettey clipped the outside of the post for the visitors with a curling effort from outside the area which left Bialkowski rooted to the spot.A minute later, Bradley Johnson rose above Luke Chambers but heads just wide from six yards out.  The second half was provided with very little entertainment, as both sides seemed to be cautious to take the draw with it all to play for at Carrow Road in a week’s time.Mick McCarthy’s side created the only decent chance in a quiet second half just over the hour mark; Kevin Bru crossing into the box and former West Ham striker Sears heading over.The Tractor boys could now face the second leg at Carrow Road without Varney, as the striker was stretchered off, with a serious looking leg injury. Ipswich v Norwich 1last_img read more

Braves hoping to avoid a repeat performance

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 The last four losses can be somewhat excused, coming after the team clinched its 14th straight division title. Manager Bobby Cox used those meaningless games to audition youngsters and little-used players who might help on the fringe of the postseason roster. Still, Atlanta is hardly on a roll going into the playoffs. “We need to step it up another notch before Wednesday,” second baseman Marcus Giles said. “It seems like we’ve been sitting around on our heels the past few weeks playing not to get hurt. When you do that, you wind up playing not to win, and we have to clean that up before our first playoff game.” The Braves have lost in the first round the last three years — all with Game 5 defeats at home. Since making its last World Series in 1999, Atlanta has gotten past the division series only once in five tries. Smoltz (14-7) is a major concern this time around. His shoulder began hurting late in the year, reflecting the wear and tear of a team-high 229 2/3 innings. The Braves shut him down for the final nine days of the regular season, hoping the pain would go away with rest. That’s not all. MVP candidate Andruw Jones and celebrated rookie Jeff Francoeur are mired in slumps. Another rookie, Blaine Boyer, may be left off the postseason roster because of a sore shoulder –a major blow to the shaky bullpen. The Braves’ problems have been reflected in their play. They are barely above .500 (29-28) since the beginning of August and closed the regular season with a four-game losing streak and only seven wins in their last 19 games. While the right-hander felt better during a bullpen session Sunday, the Braves can’t afford to take any chances. Cox will likely use Tim Hudson (14-9) against Andy Pettitte in Game 1, apparently believing Hudson is better suited to come back on three days’ rest if the best-of-5 series goes to a fourth game Sunday. The decision sets up an intriguing matchup for Game 2 — Smoltz vs. Roger Clemens. Smoltz left Florida after the regular-season finale believing he would be the Game 1 starter, but was told by Cox after the team landed in Atlanta that Hudson would go instead. “If there is any concern, then it gives them a little more flexibility,” Smoltz told The Atlanta-Journal Constitution and the team’s Web site. “I thought the whole time I was pitching Game 1. But that’s OK.” Assuming Smoltz makes it through Thursday with no problems, he could come back on short rest for a deciding Game 5. If not, the Braves would likely have to settle for either John Thomson (4-6, 4.47) or Horacio Ramirez (11-9, 4.63) — hardly an appealing prospect. Cox hasn’t officially announced his rotation. The Braves were off Monday. Jones carried the Braves much of the season, especially when Chipper Jones went down for 37 games with an injured left foot. But, since hitting his 50th homer on Sept. 14, Andruw Jones is just 6-of-51 (.118) with one homer and three RBIs. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img ATLANTA — Eager to avoid another first-round exit, the Atlanta Braves come into the playoffs with all sorts of worries. John Smoltz’s shoulder has been ailing, so he’ll apparently start Game 2 of the NL Division Series against the Houston Astros instead of Wednesday’s opener at Turner Field. last_img read more