Over $163M drainage works to commence in Georgetown

first_imgThe National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA) recently announced that a series of manual and mechanical drainage works within the capital city are expected to commence within the next few weeks.A stretch of the channel which has been excavated up-to-dateThe project is expected to cost $163 million and will increase drainage capacity and significantly reduce flooding throughout the capital city of Georgetown.Three high capacity mobile drainage pumps will also be installed at Church Street, Sussex Street, and Ruimveldt to assist in reducing the occurrence of flooding.The NDIA officials have stated that the contracts have been approved for the cleaning of the city’s drainage channels, with manual cleaning operations totalling $71.9 million and mechanical cleaning operations totalling $91.6 million.These works will be executed on the primary drainage systems in Georgetown during this year.The NDIA will be collaborating with the Georgetown Mayor and City Council (M&CC) to carry out the rehabilitation, operation and maintenance of the city’s primary drainage system as this was quoted by the Agriculture Minister.Drainage works being done on the La Penitence drainage channel“In 2019, NDIA will be responsible for 93,421 metres of main drainage canals in Georgetown, including the Downer/Liliendaal Pump Station Drain, South Road, and Ruimveldt North and South among others. An allocation of GY$274 million will be spent on Georgetown drainage for 2019,” Agriculture Minister Noel Holder said.NDIA’s Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Dave Hicks, said the Authority will also be involved in rehabilitating drainage channels in Georgetown. Hicks further noted that even as major works are expected to commence shortly, squatting activities continue to obstruct works of that nature in areas such as La Penitence.“We will also be using our equipment to rehabilitate the La Penitence South channel which is 5600 metres long. These works will be broken up into eight sections since the pontoon has to be demobilised and re-launched around bridges, main access roads and intersections… The NDIA was able to fabricate a mud bin on the pontoon and mount an excavator to carry out excavation works on the La Penitence South drainage channel,” Hicks said.Maintenance works will be carried out on other pumps in the capital city, which includes the seven mobile pumps and two fixed drainage pumps at Kitty and Liliendaal.The decision to have NDIA commence drainage works in Georgetown followed the recommendations of a Cabinet Sub-committee meeting which was chaired by the Agriculture Minister and also included Ministers of Public Infrastructure and Communities respectively.last_img read more

QPR can beat Spurs – but we still fancy Barca over Chelsea

first_imgChelsea will take a valuable lead into their Champions League second leg in the Nou Camp, but we still don’t think it will be enough against Barcelona.Chelsea are 6/1 from 8/1 with BetVictor for the Champions League with Barcelona even-money favourites and Real Madrid 11/4 and Bayern Munich 4/1.Barcelona are 2/9 to win the second leg with Chelsea 12/1 and the draw 11/2.Given the lack of an away goal, the 2/1 for Chelsea to qualify makes plenty of appeal, although Barca have never been at their best in the narrow confines of Stamford Bridge.Didier Drogba was the man of the hour as far as Chelsea supporters are concerned but his histrionics did not go down very well with everyone.Can Drogba stay on his feet?The referee will have to make many difficult calls in the second leg and some will revolve around whether or not they allow the trainer onto the field to treat the Drog. We have a market and bet:How many times will the Chelsea physio treat Didier Drogba on the pitch in the Nou Camp? (Drogba must start or bets void):0: 3/11: 6/42 or more: 11/8With the other semi-final also fascinatingly poised we are asking can you name the finalists next month and bet:Barcelona v Real Madrid 11/8Barcelona v Bayern 2/1Chelsea v Real Madrid 4/1Chelsea v Bayern 5/1The Blues also have a vital league game this weekend against Arsenal, who are 1/8 to finish in the top four with Chelsea 7/4.Roberto Di Matteo is sure to make changes from the side that played at Wembley and at Stamford Bridge for the Emirates, but they still look a big price at 14/5 to take all three points with Arsenal a shade of odds-on at 20/21 and the draw 11/4.QPR are 8/11 to be relegated and with Blackburn (Norwich) and Bolton ( Swansea) facing winnable home games before their late kick off with Spurs, they will know where they stand in relation to the other clubs in fear of the drop.Spurs, who badly need the points for their Champions League aspirations, are 10/11 favourites with Rangers 16/5 and the draw 27/10.We think Mark Hughes’ side can add to Spurs’ recent woes.There is a fragility to Spurs that the Hoops can exploit and if they can cope with Bale I see no reason why Spurs won’t go the same way as Liverpool and Arsenal.Fulham entertain the very much in-form Wigan after their near-fortnight break.It should be a cracker and the hosts are a shade of odds-on at 9/10 with the draw at 13/5 and the Latics at 7/2.The World Snooker Championships begins in Sheffield on Saturday and we at Betvictor are offering money back on losing bets in the outright market placed pre-event if Ronnie O’Sullivan lands a fourth title.Judd Trump is our 9/2 favourite and I think he can go one better than last year when runner up to John Higgins.For all your weekend odds check out betvictor.comFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Sacked Paolo Di Canio needs to change his ways, says Harry Redknapp

first_imgHarry Redknapp has backed Paolo Di Canio following his sacking as Sunderland manager but says the fiery Italian will need to change his ways.Di Canio, who played under QPR boss Redknapp at West Ham, was dismissed after falling out with a number of players at the Stadium of Light.And Redknapp said: “I was sorry to see Paolo go. Very sorry. When he came in they won at Newcastle and everybody was raving [about him].“He did a great job at Swindon. I spoke to some of the players who were there and they had nothing but good things to say about him.“He’s a perfectionist. He wants people to work hard and maybe some players today don’t like being told.“Some players can be a bit precious and maybe he’s got to learn about his approach and temper it down a bit, but I still think he’s got a lot to offer.“He’s got to change his philosophy a bit but he’s also got a lot of good points.”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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Coega gets peaking power plant

first_img24 April 2007South Africa’s Department of Minerals and Energy has identified the Coega Industrial Development Zone as one of two sites for constructing a peaking power plant.As part of its commitment to meeting the country’s increasing electricity capacity requirements, the department aims to procure about 1 000 megawatts of new peaking generation capacity for 2009 and 2010.According to a statement released by the Coega Development Corporation (CDC) on Monday, the proposed peaking power plant within the zone would have an output of around 400 megawatts.“Such initiatives confirm the government’s confidence in the Coega IDZ and the Eastern Cape at large. Locating a project of this nature in the IDZ puts Coega on the map as a significant destination nationally for big infrastructure projects,” says CDC spokesperson Vuyelwa Qinga-Vika.Such plants operate mostly during peak electricity demand periods, though they may also be used during periods when other power plants are under maintenance, or when security of supply of the national grid is threatened.According to the CDC, the Coega plant will utilise open cycle gas turbines and be based on proven technology that is commonly used for similar applications worldwide.One of the fuel sources for the plant is expected to be the fuel depot located in the Port Elizabeth harbour.An environmental impact assessment (EIA) for the proposed project is currently underway and has assessed the potential negative impacts as well as the benefits of the project. It has been released for public comment.The CDC states that between 500 and 800 people may be employed during the construction phase, with about 55 people employed during the operation of the plant.“About 25% of this number will be unskilled labour while the remainder will be semi-skilled and skilled individuals. A number of these people will be sourced through the Coega Human Capital Solutions unit,” the company says.Contractors involved in the project will have to source a certain percentage of their labour locally, use small, medium and micro enterprise and engage in training initiative to improve the skills of the local labour force.“This project should go a long way in alleviating fears that potential investors and electricity users have about power interruptions in the future,” said Qinga-Vika.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

BJP down but not out in western Uttar Pradesh

first_imgLisar village, on the border of Shamli and Muzaffarnagar, earned notoriety as the epicentre of the 2013 riots that engulfed western Uttar Pradesh’s sugarcane belt. A rural community, torn asunder by the violence, has still not recovered. There remains just one Muslim family, the rest having left in the 2013 exodus.The electoral choices of the village underwent a shift in the recent Kairana bypoll, with Jats voting for the Rashtriya Lok Dal in large numbers. There are complaints galore vis-a-vis the BJP, which emerged as their party of choice in 2013.Sugar mills, Jat farmers say, have paid their dues only till December 2017. “We have to be paid outstanding dues till April and even May. The BJP promised that it would get our dues cleared within two weeks but little happened,” says Veer Singh, brooding over the hukkah. He adds that many youth still have riot cases pending against them, and the BJP has done little to help.The complaints multiply as more people join the discussion — one topic being that Rashtriya Lok Dal leader Ajit Singh was made to vacate his bungalow in Delhi.Jats here have high hopes from the grand alliance shaping up, but agree that the BJP would win without it.Talk about the riot and the Jats are either in denial or exude a martial pride. The responses vary from claims that Muslims set their own houses afire for compensation to the assertion that Jats cannot be defeated in combat. “Jats can fight them on their own strength any day. They don’t need the BJP for that,” says an ageing Veer Singh at his large house.However, the Jat-dominated Titoly village, at a distance from the epicentre, is mixed in its political choices. “The Jats have just taught a lesson to the BJP. A package has already been announced. But many will vote again for the BJP in 2019,” says Satender, a Jat farmer.His son, who just trained in Delhi to write the Civil Services exam, says: “The Hindu-Muslim polarisation is here to stay. It deepened in 2013, with the SP government provoking the Jats by backing Muslims.”Virender Singh, an old Jat farmer, says it is too early to predict what will happen in 2019. “If the alliance stays, the BJP may lose by a narrow margin, but if even one party walks out of the grand alliance, the BJP will surely win here.”OBC inroadsApart from the upper castes — Brahmins, Thakurs and Baniyas — who are strongly with the BJP here, the party has made deep inroads among the most backward castes. The Kashyap settlement on the outskirts of Lisar shows that this most backward caste is strongly aligned with the BJP.“There has been no Prime Minister like Narendra Modi. If he returns in 2019, we will have Ram Rajya,” says an old, frail man who belongs to the caste. Asked if his life has changed for the better under the BJP, he says, “We are poor labourers and our condition can never change, but Modi is making the country proud all over the world.”What does Ram Rajya mean for him? “Law and order is much better under the BJP and goons have been reined in. Is this not Ram Rajya,” asks the man who refuses to reveal his name.The group of Kashyap caste members — with lands ranging from a measly one to three bighas, even as five bighas form an acre here — assert that they are “proud Hindus” and will vote for the BJP again.“Mandalisation whetted the appetite of smaller, backward castes for representation, but the SP and the BSP were more identified with the Yadavs and Jatavs. The RSS and the BJP have reached out to many smaller OBCs and this has worked for them,” Allahabad-based academic Badri Narayan told The Hindu over phone. With the BJP not fielding Muslims, it also has more seats to offer to the most backward sections without reducing the share of the upper castes.Dalit woesHowever, the BJP faces brewing Dalit discontent in the region. Ashok, a small shopkeeper in Lisar’s Harijan settlement — the caste engaged in leather work in U.P. calls itself Harijan in rural areas — says the Saharanpur incident and the jailing of Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad rankle the Harijans.Asked why he thought the Bhim Army was targeted, he lowers his voice and says: “They fought the Thakurs. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is also a Thakur. Caste decides these things here.”A grand alliance can possibly make Muslims, Dalits and a chunk of Jats vote together in 2019. But the BJP — powered by community polarisation, upper caste goodwill and strong support from smaller OBCs — is still no pushover here.last_img read more

Knee joint

first_imgCartilage covers the end of bones in joints to provide shock absorption during movement. The synovium is the membrane that surrounds the joint and is filled with synovial fluid, which provides nutrients and oxygen to the cartilage.Review Date:9/23/2011Reviewed By:C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.last_img

Chevy app adds Vehicle Locate function and geofence alerts for your phone

first_img 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Chevrolet 1 2019 Chevrolet Blazer looks sporty in RS trim 42 Photos Comment 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Enlarge ImageParents can use the function to get text message alerts about their teen driver’s journeys. Chevrolet Chevrolet’s latest update for its connected-car phone app, myChevrolet, is designed to help you keep track of not only your vehicle, but also family members. The Vehicle Locate function allows for seeing the car’s current location on a map and for setting up text-message alerts when the car enters and exits certain geographic areas.As the name suggests, the new app function allows a vehicle to see where their car is on a map. That’s ideal if you can’t recall where you parked or want to know where a family member took your borrowed vehicle. But the myChevrolet update also adds special notification options to keep even better track of the car. App users can select certain geographic areas — as wide as a 20-mile radius or as focused as a single street address — and receive text messages when the connected vehicle arrives in or leaves those locations.myChevrolet Vehicle Locate functionEnlarge ImageThe alert boundary areas can be as small as a single address or as large as a 20-mile radius. Chevrolet For instance, Chevrolet says a parent might want to receive a text when a teen driver reaches school of if they veer too far from home. A long-distance commuter, meanwhile, could configure Vehicle Locate to send a text message to family members when they depart their office, Chevrolet suggests. And if you’re a generous truck owner who lends your pickup to friends who need to move, the app will let you instantly find where it’s currently parked. Chevrolet’s example, for instance, shows a parent receiving texts like, “Curt’s Camaro has arrived at wrestling” and “Curt’s Camaro has arrived at home.”Each boundary alert can be sent to up to 10 people, and both parties — both the sender and recipient — must opt-in, Chevrolet says.Vehicle Locate replaces an existing functionality for Chevrolet vehicles, Family Link, which worked only through a web interface rather than an app. It works on model-year 2012 and newer Chevrolet vehicles in North America, and it requires a subscription to Chevrolet’s Remote Access Plan OnStar service. Review • 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 review More From Roadshow Auto Tech Car Games and Apps Share your voice Tags Chevrolet More about 2019 Chevrolet Silverado Preview • 2019 Chevy Silverado: Tougher, lighter, techierlast_img read more

Oil hits November 2018 highs amid OPEC supply cuts US sanctions

first_imgStorage tanks of an oil refinery of Essar Oil, which runs India’s second biggest private sector refinery, are pictured in Vadinar in the western state of Gujarat, India, October 4, 2016Reuters file [Representational Image]Oil prices rose to five-month highs on Monday, driven up by OPEC’s ongoing supply cuts, US sanctions against Iran and Venezuela and healthy US jobs data.International benchmark Brent futures were at $70.69 per barrel at 0047 GMT on Monday, up 35 cents, or 0.5 per cent from their last close.The US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude was up 35 cents, or 0.6 per cent, at $63.43 per barrel.Brent and WTI both hit their highest levels since November last year at $70.76 and $63.48 per barrel, respectively, early on Monday.”Brent prices increased more than 30 per cent year-to-date as OPEC+ continued to cut supply for 4 months in a row and optimism over U.S-China trade talks helped to buoy the demand outlook,” US bank JP Morgan said in a note released over the weekend.Traders said strong US jobs data from Friday also helped lift Asian markets early on Monday.Energy consultancy FGE said OPEC-led supply cuts meant “excess inventories are disappearing and the market looks healthy,” adding that “the market is poised for prices to rise to $75 per barrel or higher” for Brent.Oil prices have also been driven up by US sanctions against OPEC-members Iran and Venezuela.”Sanctions can cut 500,000 bpd of Venezuelan exports. Add that to a cut in Iran waivers and prices can rise substantially,” FGE said.There remain, however, some factors that could bring prices down later this year.Russia is a reluctant participant in its agreement with OPEC to withhold output, and Russian oil production may increase again if a deal with the producer club is not extended once it expires before July 1, Energy Minister Alexander Novak said on Friday.Russian oil output reached a record high of 556 million tonnes, or 11.16 million barrels per day (bpd), last year.In the United States, crude oil production reached a record 12.2 million bpd in late March.The US crude exports have also risen, breaking through 3 million bpd for the first time earlier this year.”With the new Permian pipelines (from July), we can see a boost of 500,000 to 600,000 bpd in US exports,” FGE said.There also still remain concerns about the health of the global economy, especially should China and the United States fail to resolve their trade dispute soon.”Global (trade) demand has weakened, and existing tariffs on Chinese goods shipments to the US are providing an additional drag,” credit rating agency Moody’s said on Monday, although it added that Chinese monetary stimulus measures would likely support growth over 2019.last_img read more

Hundreds clash with police in Indian Kashmir

first_imgProtesters shout slogans at a rally against the Indian government`s move to strip Jammu and Kashmir of its autonomy and impose a communications blackout, in Srinagar on 16 August, 2019. Photo: AFPHundreds of protesters in Indian-administered Kashmir clashed with police on Friday, even as New Delhi said it would begin restoring phone lines after a 12-day communications blackout.With the central government fearing protests and unrest, the Muslim-majority northern territory has been under lockdown since the first week of August, when the Indian government stripped the region of its autonomy.Police fired tear gas and pellet-firing shotguns to disperse residents who tried to march down the main road in the main city of Srinagar after Friday prayers.Protesters hurled stones and used shop hoardings and tin sheets as improvised shields, as police shot dozens of rounds into the crowd. No injuries were reported.”We are trying to breach the siege and march to the city centre but police is using force to stop us,” one protester told AFP, adding that three people were injured in Thursday clashes with police officers and reservists.Sporadic clashes were also reported in other parts of the Kashmir Valley, the main hotbed of resistance to Indian rule for decades, where phone lines and internet connections have been cut off for nearly two weeks.Major towns and cities in the restive valley remained under curfew, with government forces allowing people to move only on special passes.Government forces erected steep barricades and used concertina wires to block roads.No big gatherings were allowed in the valley and most mosques were shut for the second consecutive Friday.”We want what is ours. We are not begging for anything but demand India should respect its promises,” a second protester told AFP.”We will not sit back until we achieve complete independence from India,” he said.The protesters marched along the lanes of Srinagar, carrying black ?ags — signifying grief — and placards with slogans including “Go India, go back”.Phone lines The clashes took place as a top official said that authorities would begin restoring phone lines in Kashmir on Friday evening, including in Srinagar.Jammu and Kashmir chief secretary BVR Subrahmanyam did not make clear whether mobile phones and internet connections would also be reinstated.He said the restoration would “(keep) in mind the constant threat posed by terrorist organisations in using mobile connectivity to organised terrorist actions”.Fearing an angry and potentially violent response to its move to end Kashmir’s autonomous status, India deployed 10,000 additional troops — joining the half a million already there — severely restricted movement and cut telecommunications.Kashmiri politicians — alongside university professors, business leaders and activists — are among the more than 500 people that have since been taken into custody.Celebrations for Eid, a major Muslim festival, were massively curtailed on Monday, with Srinagar’s main mosque shut. The building remained off-limits on Friday.Subrahmanyam said the government was aiming for the “earliest return to normalcy while ensuring that terrorist forces are given no opportunity to wreak havoc as in the past”.Anger Despite the lockdown, last Friday residents said some 8,000 people took to the streets and that the military used pellet-firing shotguns.The Indian government confirmed the clashes only after several days had passed, blaming them on stone-throwing “miscreants” and saying its forces reacted with “restraint”.Kashmir has been divided between India and Pakistan since independence from Britain in 1947.Tens of thousands of people, most of them civilians, have died in an uprising against Indian rule that has raged since 1989.The territory has been the spark for two wars and countless clashes between the two nuclear-armed arch-rivals, most recently in February when they conducted tit-for-tat air strikes.Officials in the part of Kashmir ruled by Pakistan said Thursday that three soldiers died in Indian shelling across the Line of Control, the de facto border, with two others killed in a separate incident.The Pakistani military also said its return fire killed five Indian soldiers. But an Indian army spokesman told the Press Trust of India news agency late Thursday this was “fictitious”.In a rare step, the UN Security Council was set to discuss the situation behind closed doors later on Friday, diplomats said.last_img

Netflix Engineers Developed a Rumble Pack Feature During Latest Hack Day

first_img Popular on Variety A duo of Netflix employees had a unique idea for making the service’s shows even more stirring: They added a rumble pack option to the Netflix app as part of the company’s latest hack day. When watching shows like “Voltron,” the feature makes phones vibrate in sync with the action on the screen, similar to the way game controller rumble packs translate explosions and more into haptic feedback.However, the Project Rumble Pack hack is just that — a quick hack, put together in 24 hours as part of one of the company’s hack days. Netflix has been holding these kinds of events for its developers, and anyone else with creative ideas, for the last couple of years.Hack Day Projects aren’t developed to become part of the company’s apps, and are instead meant as a way to build community within the company. “It’s not about innovation for the product,” the company’s vice president of engineering Daniel Jacobson told Variety in 2017 during an extensive behind-the-scenes look at a previous hack day.This also means that consumers likely won’t ever get to enjoy the rumble pack in the wild. The same is true for most other projects — and some are clearly not meant for consumers to begin with. Netflix engineers often also use hack days to build improvements for the company’s own facilities. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15center_img This year around, this included a hack that helps to kick coworkers out of conference rooms after their time is up — with an Oscar-worth orchestra playoff, no less.Netflix detailed some of the other hacks coming out of its most recent hack day on its tech blog; previous years’ efforts included space travel, eye-tracking for navigation and even mind control.last_img read more