Feasibility study for Region 7 hydropower projects

first_imgThe Public Infrastructure Ministry will be conducting a feasibility study for the construction of hydropower projects at Phillipai and Pariuma in the Upper Mazaruni, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni).This was announced by Regional Chairman Gordon Bradford, who said that the Region was anticipating the implementation of the projects which would not only generate low-cost energy, but would be a major economic boost to the two villages and surrounding areas.In addition to providing hydroelectricity, Bradford said that the projects would haveRegional Chairman Gordon Bradfordspin-off benefits, including agro-processing.“We are happy that the Ministry has sought to do the feasibility study in the two areas, to harness rapids to produce cheap energy, green and clean energy … Our vision is to ensure food security and we want to encourage agro-processing, but in order to do this, we need cheap electricity,” the Chairman is quoted by the Department of Public information (DPI) as saying.Bradford explained that Upper Mazaruni villages have swathes of fertile land, for instance, in Pariuma, where citrus fruits, plantains and other produce are grown in abundance. However, every year, these areas experience major flooding. Bradford said once the projects were fully onstream, the regional administration would be assisting the villages to can the crops grown.Additionally, a $794.5 million (US$3.8 million) 1.5-megawatt solar farm, with storage, is being funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) for Bartica in Region Seven. The project will commence sometime this year and will last for 18 months.Also, a one-megawatt hydro project will be constructed upstream Bartica at a cost of US$5.2 million. The funding is being sourced from the Guyana REDD Investment Fund, and the project is expected to last for two and a half years. Currently, technical assessments and other studies are being conducted.last_img read more

Get Alli! Tunisia coach singles out Dele the dangerman

first_img0Shares0000Dele Alli has been identified as England’s danger man by Tunisia’s coach © AFP / PAUL ELLISVOLGOGRAD, Russian Federation, Jun 17 – Tunisia coach Nabil Maaloul has singled out England’s Dele Alli as his side’s most dangerous opponent as he prepared for their World Cup Group G opener at the Volgograd Arena on Monday.The confident coach, in his second spell as national team boss, said his side could beat England and open the door to progressing from the group stages and to the quarter-finals. “Why not?” he told reporters ahead of his side’s final training session in Volgograd on Sunday.“Our team is ready,” he added, referring to recent warm-up results where they drew with Portugal and lost narrowly to Spain.“We played well in friendlies. We did well and we expect to do the same here.”But he stressed that to do well against England, Tunisia had to keep Alli quiet, and confessed he was an admirer of the 22-year-old Tottenham midfielder.“He is a great player,” said Maaloul. “He is a midfielder who can play anywhere: centre, forward or deep midfield, up front on his own or wide on the left.“We know how easily Alli and Kane can find each other and their understanding so must divide them.“The most dangerous thing for me is the way he sees the match and plays the last pass.”The Tunisian coach placed England among the favourites to win the World Cup despite their abject record in recent major tournaments.The Three Lions failed to get out of their group in Brazil in 2014 and were humiliated by Iceland in Euro 2016 in France.“I was in the stadium when they played Iceland,” he said. “Now they are a more stronger side. The result is not going to be the same tomorrow.“We have pressure and they have pressure to do well. We are representing Africa and the Arabic world. They are one of the favourites to win the World Cup.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Woman searching for Donegal ties to late husband

first_imgMagdelene Gallagher is searching for family connections to her late husband Charles Keith Gallagher (pictured above), whose mother, Hannah Gallagher, was from Kincasslagh.Magdelene believes that Hannah was born in 1920 in Kincasslagh, and spent time in Auchterarder in Scotland in 1944.Charles kept the name his mother Hannah called him, and records from Fife Council show that Charlie had been with his mother for seven months living in Saint Andrews in Scotland. CharlesCharlie was then put into care at seven months, and was fostered by a loving family at two and a half.Magdelene is seeking connections to her late husband’s Donegal family, and would like to know what happened the mother-in-law she never got to know.Madgelene says “I am afraid I have very little to go on. My husband has recently died, and I am trying to piece together his early years and trace what happened to Hannah. I know that she was born in Kincasslagh in 1920.”“She gave birth to my husband in Auchterarder in Perthshire Scotland on 31 July 1944 in Strathearn Home which was actually the poor house. The poor house records show she was there for 99 days and she left there with her baby son. After that there is no record of where she went.” During the week, Fife Council gave Magdelene some information; according to their files Charlie must have been with his mother for seven months in Saint Andrews in Scotland, before being put into care and fostered at two and a half.“Sometime after, my husband went into care and was fostered by a kind and loving family, now only the younger members of that family are alive so information is scant. I am trying my best with the county council archives on fostered children. I don’t know when she went to Scotland, if she only went there when pregnant.”“She must have had somewhere to go when she left the poor house, I believe many people from Donegal settled in the Perth area at that time. My husband’s birth certificate has Hannah’s occupation as outworker. I know there isn’t much to go on, just need a bit of luck.”If you have any information that can help Magdelene please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Donegal Daily by emailing info@donegaldaily.com or send us a message on Facebook.Woman searching for Donegal ties to late husband was last modified: December 10th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:1944auchterarderdonegalfife councilhannah gallagherKINCASSLAGHrossesScotlandlast_img read more

MILFORD TO HOST HEALTHY CLUB DAY THIS SATURDAY

first_imgCLG Baile na nGalloglach Club is hosting a ‘Healthy Club Day’ on Saturday the 1st of Febraury in the Public Health Centre.The Milford club is aiming to place health and wellbeing at the heart of the community and people the club serves.Promoting positive lifestyles and approaches to health, the innovative free event brings together a broad and varied array of service providers and specialists offering guidance, advice and even health checks to assist those in attendance enabling them to better take control of their health and wellbeing. “We hear a lot about the problems facing Irish society today but we tend not to focus on the increasing number of the population keen to invest in their health,” explains Pat Curley Club Chairman. “We hope this event offers everyone in the community an opportunity to explore how they can do just that.”While arranged by CLG BnaG and open to all club members, players, parents, and supporters, the organisers are keen to stress that a warm invitation is extended those all neighbouring GAA and sports clubs and members of the general public.There will be information on a range of topics with practical health checks also available, including blood pressure and blood sugar monitoring by qualified nurses, weight/BMI checks with the local HSE Community Dietician who will also offer advice on diet and nutrition, with a physical therapist offering tips on the treatment of sports injuries and general information and advice on fitness. A local ‘Couch to 5k’ group will also outline how this transformation from sedentary couch potato to running enthusiast can be achieved.The following services will be in attendance: • Jigsaw – Information and support on mental health for 16-25 year olds• North West Alcohol Forum – Advice and information on alcohol and drug misuse• HSE Smoking Cessation – Information on harmful effects of smoking and advice on smoking cessation• Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy – Regulatory/accrediting body in Ireland for Counselling• Bodywhys – Information on eating disorders • Milford Library – Information on social prescribing• Citizens Information Service – Information on services available locally and nationally• Donegal sports Partnership – Active Sports, Active Schools, Active Communities and Active Partnerships in Donegal.• Conall McFadden Physiotherapy – Recovering from, and preventing, injury • Crossfit LK – Exercise and fitness advice• Community Dietician – Weight check/BMI and diet and nutrition advice• Couchto5K – Getting started – From couch potato to running 5K• Blood Sugar and Blood Pressure Checks – Performed by qualified nursesThe CLG BnaG Club will also have extensive information on its senior men’s and ladies teams, all youth and juvenile teams, and its popular ‘Gaelic for Mothers and Others’ and many cultural activities.The event on Saturday, February 1, in the Public Services Centre Milford, runs from 11am-2pm, is free of charge and welcome to all. For more information please contact: Marian McNulty 086/8506405MILFORD TO HOST HEALTHY CLUB DAY THIS SATURDAY was last modified: January 27th, 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:MILFORD TO HOST HEALTHY CLUB DAY THIS SATURDAYlast_img read more

Tracy to stay with Champ Car next year

first_img “I want to stay busy over the winter, drive a lot of other cars and try my hand at some different things we have a long offseason (ahead),” he told Speedtv.com before qualifying for the Lexmark Indy 300. “I’ll probably end up doing selected different events, whether it be NASCAR, Grand-Am or some endurance racing.” The 2003 series champ told the Press-Telegram last month that the road to stock cars isn’t an easy one. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “It’s much more difficult to get into than I thought it was going to be,” Tracy said. “If you’re not down there in front of them all the time, it makes things difficult. I can’t get to every (NASCAR) race. I do get a lot of respect when I do go out there.” The 2006 Champ Car season opens April 9 in Long Beach, a race that Tracy has won four times. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Unable to find a ride in NASCAR, Paul Tracy told a contingent of media at Surfers Paradise, Australia, he would be back for his 16th Champ Car season. Tracy, 36, had serious talks with at least three NASCAR teams and tested with Richard Childress Racing. He was supposed to test again with Childress before it was canceled earlier this week. last_img read more

Terror leader caught, freed

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Al-Qaida in Iraq and Iraqi officials also denied reports last month that al-Zarqawi was among those killed in a raid and gunfight in the northern city of Mosul. Al-Zarqawi, who has claimed responsibility for several attacks in Iraq along with the kidnappings and beheadings of foreigners, has a $25 million bounty on his head. He also drew criticism in his home country of Jordan after his insurgent group claimed responsibility for the deadly Nov. 9 attacks on hotels in Amman. Jordan sentenced al-Zarqawi to death in absentia for planning a terror plot that led to the 2002 killing of U.S. aid worker Laurence Foley. He has claimed responsibility for several other plots in Jordan, including a foiled April 2004 chemical attack. BAGHDAD, Iraq – Iraqi security forces caught terror leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi but released him because they didn’t realize who he was, the deputy interior minister said Thursday, according to CNN. The deputy interior minister, Hussein Kamal, said the Jordanian-born leader of al-Qaida in Iraq was in custody sometime last year, but he wouldn’t provide further details, CNN reported. The report could not be confirmed, but a U.S. official said in Washington that American intelligence believed it was plausible. The official spoke on condition of anonymity in compliance with office policy. There have been several reports of missed opportunities to capture al-Zarqawi, including an April 28 raid by U.S. forces acting on a tip from local informants that militants reportedly including the terror leader were hiding in a hospital in Ramadi. last_img read more

Volleyball Travels To UNI For In-State Clash

first_imgDrake (14-13, 5-8 MVC) makes the annual trip to UNI after handily defeating Indiana State, 3-0, on Monday evening to keep its postseason goals alive. The Bulldogs recorded 51 kills in that win, their most in a three-set match this season. The Drake University volleyball team travel to Cedar Falls, Iowa, on Saturday, Nov. 5, for its second meeting of the season against in-state foe UNI. First serve is set for 7 p.m. at the McLeod Center with the contest broadcast via The Valley On ESPN3. UNI (18-8, 9-4 MVC) sits in third-place in the MVC after falling to Missouri State, 3-1, in its last outing to snap an eight-game win streak. The Panthers also boast five wins against top-50 teams this season. Story Links Live Stats Earlier this season, UNI swept the Bulldogs, 3-0, in the Knapp Center despite Drake holding the Panthers to just a .112 hitting percentage, UNI’s lowest of the season in MVC action.center_img Senior Michelle Thommi led the defense in that win with 28 digs in three sets. She is now three digs away from 1,500 career digs and will become just the third Bulldog to reach that lofty total. Her 521 digs this season rank as the sixth most in a season at Drake. Thommi currently leads the MVC in total digs and ranks second in digs per set. She ranks seventh and 22nd nationally in those categories, respectively. Following Saturday’s match, the Bulldogs return to the Knapp Center to host Bradley and Loyola on Nov. 11 and 12, respectively.Print Friendly Version Drake at UNI Match Notes Live Video last_img read more

TWIN TOWNS LIGHTNING STRIKE CUTS POWER TO HOMES

first_imgESB crews are working to restore power to homes in Ballybofey and Stranorlar tonight after a lightning strike.The company says it is hoping to restore supply before 2am.Around 200 homes remain to be connected.  TWIN TOWNS LIGHTNING STRIKE CUTS POWER TO HOMES was last modified: February 21st, 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:BallybofeyESBpower cutsStranorlarlast_img read more

Two men remanded in custody in connection with €500,000 Letterkenny fire

first_imgTwo men charged in connection with a fire which caused €500,000 in Letterkenny have been remanded in custody until October 17th.Paul McGinley, 30 of Glen Hola, Gortahork and Owen McFadden, of Falcarragh, 40, appeared at Letterkenny Court this morning.Solicitor Frank Dorrian told the court that he was having issues securing independent bail sureties. Nine cars and two businesses were destroyed in the fire which broke out on Thursday morning last at 2am.Both men, who were charged with one charge of burglary and nine of criminal damage, will appear by videolink.Two men remanded in custody in connection with €500,000 Letterkenny fire was last modified: October 3rd, 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)last_img read more

Mandela: Champion of public health

first_imgThe world was incredibly inspired by Mandela’s commitment to humanity. He taught the world to be compassionate and caring; his commitment to life, justice and fairness has left us a legacy. We need to all play our part and look out for the interests of the most vulnerable in our society. • Sello Hatang CEO Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory +27 11 547 5600 www.nelsonmandela.org • Sod is turned at Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital • New medical school for Eastern Cape • Nurturing the children • Mandela: a life in books • Taking a nation’s health to heartMelissa Jane Cook There were four basic and primary things for which most people wished to live, Nelson Mandela said, showing his characteristic insight into the human condition: “to live in a safe environment, to be able to work and provide for themselves, to have access to good public health, and to have sound educational opportunities for their children”. His legacy will live on for generations to come. He inspired millions of people across the world to forgive, and to work for the common good. A kind, gentle spirit, he wanted children to play in the sun and experience a life of abundant joy and happiness. In his desire for equality and justice, Madiba inspired individuals to be become socially conscious, and to be concerned about the less fortunate. He spent his life working towards these aims, and in leading the first democratically led government in South Africa, he prioritised development through the Reconstruction and Development Programme (RDP). The focus was on redistribution of wealth, and the provision of health, education, and social services, as well as the provision of water, sanitation and housing. In 1996, children under six years of age and pregnant women were given free access to health care at the point of care in the public sector. In 1998, this expanded to include people with disabilities. The social security system was extended, and more poor children and women were able to access social support as well as cash transfers. Today, over 16 million needy South Africans have access to social assistance – just one of the many legacies of Madiba. Impact of Aids The impact of HIV and Aids on citizens of his beloved country was another issue Mandela tackled. When others were silent about the disease, he announced that his son, Makgatho, died from HIV and asked all South Africans not to hide the disease but to treat it like any other sickness. Mandela called for publicity to be given to HIV/Aids, saying that this was the only way for the disease to be recognised as a “normal illness, like tuberculosis, like cancer”. And since being established, the Nelson Mandela Foundation has developed and implemented programmes on HIV, in particular community dialogues about the virus. He regularly raised his concerns. Speaking at the 14th International Aids Conference in Paris in 2003, Mandela said that a “tragedy of unprecedented proportions” was unfolding in Africa. “Aids today in Africa is claiming more lives than the sum total of all wars, famines and floods, and the ravages of such deadly diseases as malaria… We must act now for the sake of the world… Aids is no longer a disease, it is a human rights issue.” 46664 The battle against HIV/Aids was central to Mandela’s mission and he was the driving force behind 46664, a worldwide campaign to raise global awareness about HIV/Aids and raise funds to fight the pandemic in Africa, named for his prisoner number. At a concert in London celebrating his 90th birthday, Mandela told the Wembley Stadium audience: “Even as we celebrate, let us remind ourselves that our work is far from complete. Where there is poverty and sickness, including Aids, where human beings are being oppressed, there is more work to be done… Our work is for freedom for all… It’s time for new hands to lift the burdens. It’s in your hands now.” The 46664 campaign has broadened its approach to heed Mandela’s call, taking up issues of social injustice and to ensure his humanitarian legacy. Hospital dream Known for his concern for children, Mandela established the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund in 1995 and the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital Trust in 1999. He had a dream – the creation of a state-of-the-art health care facility for the children of Southern Africa, to be called the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital (NMCH). It will honour Mandela’s life-long commitment to children. In his words, this hospital will be a “credible demonstration of the commitment of African leaders to place the rights of children at the forefront”. The spirit of Madiba will be there to ensure that the hospital is indeed the world-class facility he wanted it to be, to serve the children of Africa. On 20 March, the trust officially celebrated the start of construction of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital at a sod-turning ceremony in Parktown, Johannesburg. Speaking at the event, Sibongile Mkhabela, chief executive of the trust, said: “After years of fundraising under difficult economic conditions we are proud to announce that we have raised R570-million, enabling us to break ground and start building the hospital.” The hospital, on the grounds of Wits University and near Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Hospital, will open in March 2016. “There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children,” Mandela said. National Development Plan Moving forward with a vision for 2030, the National Development Plan has a focus on health care and health issues. The country’s health challenges are more than medical; behaviour and lifestyle also contribute to ill-health. The vision of a health system that works for everyone and produces positive health outcomes is not out of reach. It is possible to: raise the life expectancy of South Africans to at least 70 years; ensure that the generation of under-20s is largely free of HIV; significantly reduce the burden of disease; achieve an infant mortality rate of less than 20 deaths per thousand live births, including an under-five mortality rate of less than 30 per thousand. The Ministry of Health is embarking on massive reform to achieve these aims, covering health systems, personnel and financing, among others, and is going ahead with implementing the National Health Insurance plan. The world was incredibly inspired by Mandela’s commitment to humanity. He taught the world to be compassionate and caring; his commitment to life, justice and fairness has left us a legacy. We need to all play our part and look out for the interests of the most vulnerable in our society.last_img read more