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GOA piles on support for Rugby

first_imgTHE Guyana Rugby Football Union (GRFU) on Saturday was given a financial boost by the Guyana Olympic Association (GOA) as both their men’s and women’s squads prepare for this weekend’s Rugby America’s North (RAN) 7s Championship.Set for Trinidad and Tobago, both teams are currently in training for the two-day event with the men’s team departing on Tuesday and the ladies on Thursday for the tournament,set for the St Mary’s College Sports Ground in Port of Spain.During a simple ceremony at the National Park over the weekend, Vice- President of the GOA, Noel Adonis handed over a cheque valued at $1.2M to Secretary of the union, Petal Grant.According to Adonis, the money is to offset expenses incurred by the teams during the tournament.Being a former president, he reminded of the prestige and honour that comes with taking a title of that calibre.President of the union, Peter Green expressed gratitude to the GOA but in the same breath noted that the GRFU is still in the red by approximately half of a million dollars.Apart from the actual tournament, there will be a variety of administrative and educational events to further develop rugby.Meanwhile, the pool-draw which was released recently, has 14 nations in the men’s event where the teams have been divided into two groups of four and two groups of three.Guyana’s Green Machine will be up against Jamaica, Turks and Caicos and Martinique in Group D.In the women’s category with two groups of five, Guyana’s team will be in Group B with hosts,Trinidad and Tobago,along with Mexico, Bahamas and the Dominican Republic.last_img read more

Private Sector blasts Govt, GPL for blackout woes

first_img…questions Govt’s hydro policy…says manufacturing sector hampered by outagesAs Christmas draws closer, worry about power generation and the performance of the Guyana Power and Light Inc (GPL) has caused the Private Sector Commission (PSC) to unleash it wrath on the power company.The PSC noted in a strongly worded statement issued on Friday that the frequent and sometimes unannounced power outages come without any credible explanation from GPL’s management, Board, or the responsible Minister, in this case Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson.“To add insult to injury, GPL recently, from 2nd September to 5th November 2017, announced a series of scheduled maintenance power cuts, which in Georgetown alone amounted to a total of 149 hours spread between 17 sections of the city.”In addition, power outages averaging about five hours each were scheduled for the Essequibo Coast, Berbice, East and West Bank Demerara, West Coast Demerara, Soesdyke and East Canje.The Commission said the average citizen does not have private generators, which could save any food being stored in freezers.The PSC said judging from GPL’s non-performance; the entity had neither the management nor the capacity to deliver a reliable power supply to the country. It also noted that Government has consistently failed to address this reality.Failed promisesGPL has for some time promised to bring an end to the chronic black outs. In fact, this assurance was given during a press conference in August by GPL Public Relations Officer Shevion Sears.Acknowledging the frequency of the power outages, Sears noted that a number of planned and unplanned maintenance exercises are responsible. She had cited locations which, due to these works, were having an adverse effect on the Demerara Berbice Interconnected System (DBIS).But even though GPL promised to have these issues fixed, power outages are nowhere near dissipating. According to the PSC, Guyana’s commercial sector cannot continue in this vein.“Guyana’s manufacturing and commercial sectors cannot function in these circumstances and, in this day and age at the exorbitant price, that we are expected to pay for electricity, Guyana’s population should not be subjected to this punishment,” the PSC stated. “It is nothing short of a tragedy that with such immense hydroelectric potential (Guyana) should be made to tolerate this situation.”The Private Sector noted that the previous Government – the People’s Progressive Party – with support of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and funding from Norway, negotiated a major American power company to build and operate the Amaila Falls Project. “Our current Government has put the project in cold storage while offering no acceptable alternative. So where do we go from here?” it queried.The Government after winning the 2015 election shut down any hope in resurrecting the Amaila Falls project. The Government of Norway, which has been providing funding over the years to Guyana for projects under the Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS), had contracted consultancy firm Norconsult to conduct a review of the Amaila Falls project.The Norconsult report had in fact concluded that the Amaila Falls Hydropower project was the only realistic way for Guyana to achieve an emission free electricity sector. Norconsult had noted the merits of the project, such as its completed feasibility study and a higher plant load than the other alternatives.last_img read more

Man United midfielder set to return for Palace clash? Team news here

first_img1 Midfielder Ander Herrera is back in contention for Manchester United’s Premier League clash with Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on Wednesday.The Spaniard missed Saturday’s victory over Aston Villa after suffering a knock in the FA Cup quarter-final replay win over West Ham last week.Captain Wayne Rooney could continue after playing 67 minutes against Villa in his first start since recovering from a knee injury. The 30-year-old will be hoping to continue his comeback ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final clash with former club Everton.But midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger (knee), forward Adnan Januzaj (hamstring) and defender Luke Shaw (leg) are still out.LIVE ON talkSPORT on Wednesday: Liverpool vs Everton in the Merseyside derby from 7pm, click here to listen Ander Herrera has made 35 appearances in all competitions for Manchester United this season last_img read more