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Diamond residents complain of water woes again

first_imgResidents of Diamond/Grove HousiThe water provided by GWI to Diamond/Grove residentsng Scheme, on the East Bank of Demerara, on Saturday voiced their frustration over the non-supply of potable water to the community for two weeks.According to residents, for the first week, no water was running through the pipelines and after numerous complaints, the community began receiving water at a low pressure. However, residents stated that the water that finally came through their taps was unclean and unusable.One Diamond resident who identified herself only as Shanty told Guyana Times “the water stop come for a whole week. No water at all. Then by the next week, it coming lil bit then cut off and next four hours it gon come for about five mins and gone again. Plus we cant even use the water. It coming out red, red and grumsy and sometimes I does got fine worms in it.”Other residents asserted that while some persons had stored water in their water tanks, others did not have capacity, and as such, many children were forced to stay at home away from school since there was no water available for them to shower.“My daughter is 15 years old, she does go town school. I can’t send the child to school. Is nah like she is a lil girl. It aint got no water to bathe and we try asking the neighbours fuh water but we can’t do it all the time cause they in the same struggle too,” a mother pointed out.Another villager highlighted to this publication that as a single parent, her expenses have raised since the lack of water has forced her to buy distilled water on a daily basis to cook and drink.“I work domestic right. I cant use that grumsy water to cook. Before I used to boil the water and cook and throw bleach in it for my children to drink but watch this water. I cant use this. It putting me in nuff expense, I have to buy two big bottle water from the water truck every day, that’s $240 a bottle, $480 a day and I does work for $2500 a day. That’s nuff money because I know how hard I does gotta work for my money.”Several residents told this newspaper that numerous calls were made to the Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) and they were informed that the water shortage was due to the breakage of a pipeline within the area. The representatives of GWI however were unable to state when this matter would be rectified.last_img read more

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Not all race fans taking to Toyota

first_imgToyota is the first Japanese automaker to compete in NASCAR’s top series. But as it revs up its Nextel Cup series racing program, officials and drivers have not-so-subtly noted that while the passenger-car version of the Toyota Camry is made in the United States, the streetgoing version of the model Ford races, the Fusion, is made in Mexico. The Chevrolet Monte Carlo and the Dodge Charger are made in Canada. That doesn’t seem to make a difference to old-timers and hard-core fans in the grandstands who still aren’t comfortable with Toyota in NASCAR. “I think they shouldn’t be in here,” said fan Brian Ragusa, 17, from Jacksonville, Fla. “It’s an American sport.” Ragusa said he doesn’t approve of former Earnhardt teammate Michael Waltrip’s move from Chevrolet to Toyota this year. It hasn’t helped Waltrip’s cause – or Toyota’s – that Michael Waltrip Racing has been at the center of a major cheating scandal. Waltrip’s team was caught tampering with its fuel, leading to crewmember ejections, large fines and a 100-point deduction. “You can’t be skeptical of Toyota,” Waltrip said. “You just have to look straight at me.” But he isn’t the only Toyota driver who has faced fan backlash. When Dale Jarrett announced last season that he was switching from Ford to Toyota, some were outraged. “There was a lot of stuff in the papers, `I was a Dale Jarrett fan and a Ford fan, I loved Dale Jarrett, but I’m not going to pull for him any more because he’s doing this,”‘ said two-time champion Tony Stewart, a Chevy driver. “But I don’t know that it’s been that big. If you were really a Dale Jarrett fan, you’re still a Dale Jarrett fan.” In time, Toyota will build credibility with fans and competitors, Darrell Waltrip said, and the issue will go away. “Once the teams are established, it’ll be more about the drivers and the teams and a lot less about where Toyotas are made,” Waltrip said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Three-time NASCAR champion Darrell Waltrip, who started a Toyota Motor Corp. team when the automaker first entered the minor league-level Craftsman Truck series in 2004, said the make of the car takes a back seat to the personality of the driver for many fans. “I think that rivalry of Ford versus Chevrolet and all that, I think that’s kind of an old-school thing of the past,” said Waltrip, also a Fox Sports analyst. “So I think it’s a great time for a Toyota, or anybody else as far as that goes, to come into our sport.” center_img DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Amid the flag-waving, domestic beer-drinking atmosphere at Daytona International Speedway, Toyota has taken to the track. Will hard-core fans accept them or simply welcome a new villain? last_img

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INISHOWEN ATHLETIC CLUB NEWS

first_imgThe second race in the Inishowen AC Fit4Life 5k series takes place in Carndonagh on the 17th of June. So it’s time to get registering.The first race in Buncrana saw seventy female athletes converge on Buncrana for the first of the Inishowen AC Fit4Life (ladies only) 5k runs.With runners from Derry and Donegal taking part, it was a fun filled experience for all competitors on a hot Sunday morning. The humid conditions made it difficult for the athletes, but they showed determination and all finished the run. Inishowen AC are calling all ladies of Inishowen to get on the road for the next female only 5k run, which takes place on Sunday, 17th June in Carndonagh – 11am start. Women of all abilites are invited to try the 5k distance in a non-competitive environment.You can pre register at iacprereg@gmail.com. Visit Inishowen AC at www.inishowenac.comINISHOWEN ATHLETIC CLUB NEWS was last modified: June 9th, 2012 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:Inishowen Athletic Club newslast_img read more

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Plans to combat flooding in West Donegal gets €153K cash injection

first_imgDeputy Pat the Cope Gallagher and Deputy Pearse Doherty have received confirmation from the OPW that funding of €153,000 has been approved for Maghery and Magheraroarty flooding prevention and mitigation measures.This grant will be used by Donegal County Council to explore coastline processes of erosion and flooding in order to best prepare to avoid future flooding in these two coastal areas of west Donegal.The study is a necessary first step in putting in place the measures which will be necessary to prevent future flooding in those areas. Pearse Doherty & Pat the Cope added both of us have raised this issue with the Minister for Flooding Prevention Kevin Boxer Moran on numerous occasions, and the Minister himself visited the two areas in question some months ago with both of us.This study will be carried out be suitably qualified professionals and the recommendations which they will draw up will be the basis for the prevention measures which the Government will fund at a later stage.It is essential for the Maghery and Magheraroarty areas that this study is completed without delay and the recommendation made by the report be implemented immediately afterwards.Flooding of any area on a continual basis must be prevented and this can only be done by proper planning and putting in place the appropriate measures – this is exactly what this study will prepare and plan to implement in the time ahead. Both Deputies confirmed they will continue to maintain the pressure on the OPW and the line Minister responsible for Flooding prevention in order to get this project to implementation stage – whereby actual flooding prevention measures will be constructed on the ground at both location.They said “We are fully aware that Donegal County Council are ready and willing to carry out the necessary responsibilities placed on them by the OPW, they continue to do Trojan work in highlighting the areas in most need of prevention measures within coastal Donegal.“Today is a significant first step in putting in place the appropriate measures which will be required for Maghery and Magheraroarty in the years ahead, it will be crucial we now move on this study in order to get the necessary recommendations to prevent erosion and flooding in these areas.”Plans to combat flooding in West Donegal gets €153K cash injection was last modified: July 6th, 2018 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)last_img read more

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Hippos & hippies at Port St Johns

first_imgPort St Johns is a swashbuckling village of legend on the Pondo side of the Wild Coast of the Eastern Cape. It is also one of the highlights on any international backpacker’s world itinerary because of its natural setting, frontier atmosphere and appeal to more adventurous younger travellers.The village lies on the Umzimvubu River, Xhosa for “hippo”. The most famous hippo ever to have visited Port St Johns was back in 1931. Named Huberta, she settled upriver for more than four months during her trek from Zululand down to the Eastern Cape.In his book Huberta Goes South, Hedley Chilvers says the wandering hippo was found on the Market Square of Port St Johns one night, munching the grass.When torches were shone in her face, Huberta “just sat down on her haunches like a monstrous dog to think things out”. She finally made up her mind that Port St Johns was a little too hectic for hippos and moved back upriver again.From one of the most interesting airstrips in Africa, one can see the famed Gates of St Johns (Mounts Thesiger and Sullivan) on either side of the river. Three good beaches, excellent fishing and a general atmosphere of live and let live have made the coastal village a hotspot for young tourists looking for adventure on the wild side of Africa.The origin of the name of Port St Johns is something of a mystery. It was long assumed that the village was named after the wrecked Portuguese ship Sao Jao, but then it was discovered that the vessel actually ran aground north of the village, near Port Edward. Others say that on a good day you can see the profile of St John the Baptist etched in some cliffs near the river …Sections of the Pondo coast were briefly colonised by the Germans in the 19th Century, but the outraged British intervened and the Union Jack was once again raised in the region. During the Anglo Boer War, the 24th Warwickshire Regiment were lucky enough to be stationed here and were probably the first foreign tourists to enjoy the beaches of Port St Johns.These days, tourists do far more than lie on the area’s golden beaches. This is prime hiking country, full of forests and trails, where more than 250 species of birds have been recorded. Canoe trips, horse trails, dolphin and whale watching, golf and simply chilling out are all leisure options regularly exercised in Port St Johns.Cultural tourism and shopping for African items go hand in hand, and the choices range from reedware to walking sticks and quality fabrics. You can also go on guided tours to neighbouring Pondo villages to meet locals and see how they live.The backpacker facilities in this African village are excellent. They cater for couples, solo travellers and small groups of young people. The backpacker lodges will help their guests set up activity itineraries every day, which include everything from jungle swings to unusual walking destinations.Four backpacking establishments that come highly recommended in Port St Johns are:The Island Backpackers LodgeFirst Beach, Port St Johns, 5120Tel/Fax: (047) 564 1958Cell: 082 813 1611E-mail: theisland@wildcoast.co.zaWeb: www.theislandbackpackers.co.zaAmapondo BackpackersSecond Beach Road, PO Box 190,Port St Johns, 5120Tel/Fax: (047) 564 1344Cell: 083 315 3103E-mail: info@amapondo.co.zaWeb: www.amapondo.co.zaIkaya ‘Le Intlabati (House On The Beach)Second Beach, PO Box 32, Port St Johns, 5120Tel/Fax: (047) 564 1266Cell: 083 715 1421E-mail: ikaya@telkomsa.net Jungle Monkey340 Berea Road, PO Box 130, Port St Johns, 5120Tel/Fax: (047) 564 1517E-mail: junglemonkey@iafrica.comSource: South African Tourismlast_img read more

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Blog Review: Almost Passive House

first_imgOn energy-efficient designs“Ted and I are both rather puzzled as to why anyone wouldn’t build an energy-efficient house nowadays. What we’re doing doesn’t feel noble — it just feels like common sense. We hope that by sharing our process online, we can inspire other people to build highly efficient house.” Blogs about energy-efficient, sustainable building sometimes seem overflowing with technical information — information that is not exactly tedious, but not quite light reading either. To be fair, building science is complicated. There may be no simple way of explaining vapor drive, U-factors, and the fine points of solar heat-gain coefficient. But to the uninitiated, these technical terms can result in slow slogging.You won’t have that problem at Almost Passive House, the unfolding story of Andrea and Ted’s plan to build a high-efficiency house in Vermont.The narrative is written mostly by Andrea, a “loyal wife who considers assembling IKEA shelves the apex of her DIY career.” Ted is a software engineer and “all-around geek who has long wanted to build a house from scratch.” These two “lovebirds” are hoping to build their house without a general contractor, framing crew or many of the subs that mostly inexperienced owner/builders might be expected to hire.For those of you who remember, that sounds a lot like what was going on in the 1970s, when an earlier generation of back-to-the-landers moved to places like Vermont to build houses and plant vegetable gardens. Things didn’t always go as planned, in part because people under-estimated the climate or the complexities of building, and also because not as much was known about successful energy-efficient designs.Things have changed. There’s no question that Ted and Andrea are doing their homework and, for starters, have enlisted energy consultant Marc Rosenbaum to help. Their aim is to build to near Passivhaus standards, skipping the certification but still getting an extremely well insulated, carefully built home.We pick up the story early on, with the design well underway but, as of yet, no concrete in the ground. It should be a good story, not only because we’ll get to peer over their shoulders as the house comes together but also because of the blog’s unpretentious and engaging voice. On avoiding thermal bridging“We plan to address this in several ways. One is to raise the wall’s overall R-value by putting additional rigid foam insulation outside the stud assembly, beneath the exterior cladding. Another is to use as few studs as we can get away with. To accomplish this we are using Optimum Value Engineering, which does all sorts of clever tricks to minimize the amount of lumber used in construction. So in a nutshell that’s what I’ve been doing, trying to design our house frame with as few thermal bridges as possible. It’s a little trickier than it sounds, at least for a construction neophyte like me.” On choosing windows“I spoke to a window vendor today who has a lot of experience with Passive House projects. He pointed out that some of our windows are not sized very efficiently. The problem isn’t the big windows — it’s actually the small ones that have a high frame-to-glass ratio (the glass has a better U-value than the frame).“With that in mind, I played with resizing the front clerestory windows, making them larger. I removed one of the front windows to keep the glazing numbers from getting too high, and I spaced them 14″ apart so they won’t look like they’re squished in the corner. That will also make them much easier to install. But Ted is not fully convinced, so we need to run it by Camilo (our architect).”center_img On the Passivhaus standard“Anyway, we decided at the engineering meeting that we’re not going to pursue Passive House certification. We haven’t ditched any of our goals for energy-efficiency — we’re simply not trying to shoehorn ourselves into a standard the house wasn’t really designed for. Passive Houses are already extremely hard to build in North America, and we have the added challenges of a semi-wooded southern exposure and an architect who doesn’t specialize in this kind of thing.“The good news is we’re still building a really efficient house. It’s going to be very tightly sealed, and we’re taking extreme care to minimize thermal bridging. We’re limiting the overall glazing, ordering fancy-pants windows from Germany (ka-ching!), using heaps of insulation, installing heat pumps and solar hot water, etc. Marc estimates that our heating and cooling load will be less than the plug load in a normal house.“So even though this won’t be a Passive House, it’ll still adhere to the Passive House principles and be a major leap forward from standard construction.” A floor plan with a twist“The meditation room on the left is basically a two-story retreat cabin that’s attached to the house. There will be a secret door upstairs between the master closet and the retreat area, and the ground-floor doorway between the two spaces will be hidden behind a bookcase!“The yoga room is basically another bedroom. But it’s much more fun to call it a ‘yoga room,’ don’t you think? The loft level is not a full-height space — it will be under the highest part of the sloping shed roof. The utility loft (over the two bathrooms) will have room for mechanical devices that won’t fit in the downstairs utility room. It will be a good place for solar equipment, since it’s so close to the roof.”last_img read more

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Queen of aces: Kyra Shorff

first_imgKyra ShorffAll of 18, she is known as India’s latest tennis sensation. She has won many accolades in her fledgling career. Mumbai’s Kyra Shroff is a teen idol and is being christened the next best thing in Indian tennis. At 12, Shroff was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes but her talent couldn’t be stemmed. She made it to the world ranking of 946 in the doubles in the women’s category as of January 2011.And today, four doses of insulin a day are all she needs to keep her going. “Life needs to go on. My father, Firdaus Shroff advises me to take it in my stride, consider it a speed breaker and drive over it,” says Shroff who studied at St. Anne’s High School. Supplements recommended by her dietician, Nataly Haddard help her serve aces in the court. Born and raised in a family of sports lovers, Kyra finds her inspiration from her parents and her siblings. At six, she walked into the Wodehouse Gymkhana where her father used to play tennis. She first picked up the racquet at 10 and started regular practice sessions. Sporting a headband and professing her admiration for Roger Federer, she wants to take on the mantle. Her biggest inspiration is Lance Edward Armstrong, the former American professional road racing cyclist who is best known for winning the Tour de France a record seven consecutive times, after having survived testicular cancer. Shroff first came into the limelight after winning the international U-18 singles tournament in 2008. Till date Shroff has won 12 Singles and 15 doubles All India Tennis Association (AITA) National level tournaments. Her never-ending spirit comes from the family who believes that playing well is in their genes. Her father played county cricket for six years in Surrey, UK and has won the Maharashtra juniors in badminton. Her sister, Maia loves playing badminton, rugby and football while her brother Porus is the captain of Maharashtra (U-16) football team.”My brother is very talented,” reveals Kyra. “He has done exceptionally well in football over the past eight years. He represented the Kenkre Football Team travelling to Sweden for the Gothia Cup 2010 as well as will be representing the Maharashtra MSSA U-16 team in the Manchester United Cup this year. I hope as a sister I have inspired him in some way,” smiles Kyra.advertisementlast_img read more

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Trump awards Presidential Medal of Freedom to Tiger Woods

first_imgAll in a day’s work DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew LATEST STORIES Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments “These qualities embody the American spirit of pushing boundaries, defying limits and always striving for greatness,” the president said.Woods choked up as he thanked his mother and two children during the ceremony in the White House Rose Garden.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“You have seen the good and the bad, the highs and the lows,” said Woods, who battled back from injury to claim his first major title last month since the 2008 US Open. /cbb Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ US President Donald Trump presents US golfer Tiger Woods with the Presidential Medal of Freedom during a ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC, on May 6, 2019. AFPWASHINGTON, United States — Tiger Woods, fresh off his epic Masters comeback win, was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Donald Trump at the White House on Monday.Presenting the golfing great with the nation’s highest civilian honor, Trump praised Woods’ “relentless will to win, win, win.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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SPORT-TASKIN-BCB 2 LAST

first_imgNazmul said anyone who thought his claims about Taskin Nazmul said anyone who thought his claims about Taskin were incorrect should come forward and challenge him. “If anyone thinks that I am wrong, they should come and prove me wrong. The ICC still has the opportunity to prove me wrong. The World Cup is still ongoing, lets see if they can suspect two bowlers of any team and suspend them. Let them set an example, then I will have nothing to say on Taskin issue. I cannot accept a suspension that has come for no reason and against a key bowler of a team,” he said. He said Taskin not bowling an illegal delivery during a match and still getting suspended is something that has happened first time history. “All my life I knew that a bowler gets suspended if he bowls an illegal delivery in a particular game. But Taskin got suspended despite not having bowled any illegal delivery in that game (against the Netherlands). This has happened for the first time in history. “The match referee (Andy Pycroft) had said all of his deliveries in that game were suspicious but during the test, none of the deliveries were found illegal. So, this is a new learning curve for us in that a bowler can get suspended in this way. This is something new to us,” he said. PTI CM PDS CMlast_img read more

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JJ Abrams to produce TV drama about MJs final months

first_imgLos Angeles, Jun 21 (PTI) “Star Wars” filmmaker JJ Abrams is developing a new drama chronicling the final months of King of Pop Michael Jacksons life.Abrams and his partners at production company Bad Robot have teamed up with author, activist and US broadcaster Tavis Smiley to adapt his upcoming biography “Before You Judge Me”, reported Deadline.Abrams and Smiley will serve as executive producers for the event series, though no network has picked up the drama yet.Smiley and the Bad Robot partners last worked together on the 2015 adaptation of Smileys Martin Luther King, Jr book “Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr Martin Luther King, Jrs Final Year.” PTI JCH JCHlast_img read more

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