Kingston traffic diverted to facilitate rerouting of sewage pipes

first_imgCommuters traversing the streets in Kingston, Georgetown are asked to be wary of minor disruptions in traffic as works on Pegasus Hotel’s sewage system within Battery Road are underway. These works began last Wednesday and are being conducted by Collin and Sons Construction – a private company.According to Contractor Collin Reid, who has oversight for the project, 11 workers are, “rerouting the sewage system that passes through Pegasus Hotel”. The private project was funded by Pegasus Hotel Guyana and entails the rerouting of one mile of sewage pipes.The works, according to the Department of Public Information (DPI), are being conducted along Battery Road, Kingston, and commuters are asked to adhere to signs of traffic diversion.Commuters travelling north on Water Street will see a traffic sign at the Cowan Street intersection indicating that there is a detour 1,000ft ahead.DPI reported that traffic proceeding east onto Battery Road is limited up to Fort Street, Kingston where vehicles must turn around. Those wishing to travel West onto Battery Road from High Street are advised to use Wight’s Lane instead. No right turns from Fort Street onto Battery Road are allowed.After the sewage pipework on Tuesday, Collin and Sons Construction Company will rebuild the road to its former state. This is expected to be done within 6 weeks.Public Relations Officer (PRO) within Guyana Water Inc, Leana Bradshaw told DPI that GWI has been instrumental in guiding the contracting company throughout the project.“It is within GWI’s interest to ensure specifications, in terms of materials, are met [and] the timelines and the methodologies used to carry out the work,” PRO Bradshaw stated. The water utility company also has supervisory staff at the worksite.last_img read more

Guyana spent billions more on imports than it earned from exports

first_imgMid-Year Report shows– import duties main driver behind increased customs, trade tax collection– no rice exports to Cuba, Mexico despite Govt touting marketsExports are one of the main, sustainable revenue streams for any country and as such, a well-managed and productive economy will have earnings from exports exceeding expenditure on imports. But in Guyana, the reverse is true.The report shows decreased earnings from the rice industryAccording to the recently-released Finance Ministry Mid-Year Report, the merchandise trade account deficit almost doubled over the past year, going from US$329.3 million in 2018 to US$628 million this year.The Report notes that this is because total imports increased by 31.6 per cent to US$1.371 billion. On the other hand, revenue earned from exports was US$743.8 million. A breakdown shows that imports of intermediate and capital goods showed increases.“Imports of intermediate goods expanded by US$170.4 million to US$706 million, driven largely by other intermediate goods, chemicals, parts and accessories imported growing significantly on account of oil and gas activities,” the Report states.“There was marginal growth of 1.1 per cent, or US$2.6 million, in the imports of fuel and lubricants. Imported capital goods increased substantially, by US$155.2 million to US$423 million, primarily attributed to a substantial expansion in mining machinery, again, supported by oil and gas activity.”Expenditure on consumption goods, which include food and electronics, grew by US$2.2 million to reach US$236.8 million. The Report attributes this to an increase in the importation of perishable and semi- perishable items.The increased expenditure on imports even had a noticeable effect on tax collection, with the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) recording customs and trade tax collections increasing to $10.6 billion for the first half of 2019. Import duties, according to the Report, were responsible for 98 per cent of the increase.“Customs and trade tax collections grew by $0.7 billion, to $10.6 billion, during the first half of 2019, when compared with the same period in 2018. Import duties accounted for 98.1 per cent of the increased collections,” the Report states.“This was due to the increased collection of duties from commodity imports, especially lubricating oils and petroleum bitumen. There was also growth in the environmental levy by $78.5 million, or 8.8 per cent, above the period January to June 2018.”ExportsIn October of last year, the Foreign Affairs Ministry had released a statement in which Guyana’s Ambassador to Cuba, Halim Majeed, had touted the Cuban market and exports of commodities such as rice. According to Majeed, the amount of rice exported in 2018 had more than quadrupled when compared to the previous year.“In 2017, we sold 15,500 tonnes of rice to Cuba; this year, so far, we sold more than 70, 000 tonnes. Our target is to see whether we can export up to 125,000 tonnes by the end of this year,” Majeed revealed in the statement, labelling the growth as a “significant breakthrough” for Guyanese rice.Mexico is another market that was touted by the Government as a promising destination for Guyana’s rice. In fact, Government had announced in May of last year that paddy exports to Mexico were at 174,875 tonnes.The Mid-Year Report tells a different story, however. Not only have rice exports declined, but there have been no exports to either country. In fact, markets such as the European Union (EU) accounted for much of the earnings.“Receipts from rice exports declined by US$9.9 million this year; while there were higher earnings from exports to the EU and Venezuela, there were no exports to the Cuban and Mexican markets in 2019,” the Report adds.When it comes to other exports, the Report notes that the biggest contributors of revenue were gold, sugar, fish and fish by-products. According to the Report, earnings from gold increased by US$41.5 million, while fish and fish by-product earnings increased by US$3.4 million. On the other hand, revenue from sugar increased by $1.8 million.“Noteworthy, gold exports by “other dealers” accounted for 52.2 per cent of the US$411.2 million earned from the export of this metal in the first half of 2019. Other dealers accounted for 44.9 per cent of gold exports for the same period in 2018,” the Report says.The Bank of Guyana’s recently-released first-quarter statistical bulletin had showed that nearly all of the major sectors declined. For instance, sugar experienced a major decline of 34.3 per cent, owing to the restructuring process the Guyana Sugar Corporation is undergoing.On the other hand, the decline of rice by 9.3 per cent was attributed to the rice bug infestation and the increased costs of production. The mining and quarrying sectors exhibited lower production. According to the bulletin, there was a 4.9 per cent decline in gold declarations.last_img read more

High school in “hold and secure” situation

first_imgFort St. John RCMP is on scene at North Peace Secondary School. The school is under a “hold and secure” situation according to district superintendent Dave Sloan and there is no threat to students currently.Aside from saying officers are taking every precaution to keep everyone safe, Sloan had no further details to share.A call has been placed to police for more details on the situation.- Advertisement -More information will be provided when it becomes available.last_img

Many people still owe property taxes even after deadline has passed in Fort St. John

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – While the property tax deadline has come and gone, a lot of people have yet to pay at all.8,889 Tax Notices were printed mid-May and mailed. The deadline was July 4th. At the end of July 4th, the City collected 85.99% of $50,720,065.17.According to documents released by the City, there is 14.1% left outstanding, which equates to $7,106,742.01 and $589,614.08 in penalty fees that are still due. Yesterday at a City Council meeting, the City said it was down to roughly 12%, which is still above the total in 2015. – Advertisement -In 2015, there was 10.57% of outstanding taxes on the end of the due date. The collection rate is down 3.44% from 2015.According to the City, they also received 8 new Deferment applications. In 2015, they only had 1.last_img read more

Porto draw eases Liverpool into Champions League quarters

first_imgWith the job done three weeks ago, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp could even afford the luxury of starting top-scorer Mohamed Salah and club-record signing Virgil van Dijk on the bench with one eye on Saturday’s vital visit to Manchester United in the Premier League.Klopp’s men have made a habit of fast starts in Europe this season, but took time to warm to their task with the German having made five changes in all from the side that beat Newcastle at the weekend.It took 17 minutes for the hosts to threaten when Joe Gomez’s cross was acrobatically flicked towards goal by Mane, but looped just over the bar.Porto coach Sergio Conceicao made 10 changes from the first leg, but top-scorer Vincent Aboubakar was one of those to come back into the side having missed the first leg through injury.And the Cameroonian showed what Porto missed in their heaviest-ever European home defeat as he got in behind the Liverpool defence only to be denied by Loris Karius rushing off his line to mop up the danger.Mane was inches away from his fourth goal of the tie on the half-hour mark when he controlled James Milner’s lofted pass on his chest before smashing the inside of Iker Casillas’s far post.Dejan Lovren then headed narrowly over as Liverpool threatened to raise the pulse of an understandably more subdued Anfield than is customary on a European night.Casillas was given a standing ovation by the Liverpool fans in the Kop end as he took to the field after the break on his record 167th and possible farewell appearance in the Champions League.However, that was one of few moments that got the home fans off their feet as Liverpool settled on their substantial lead.Milner sliced a good opening wide just two minutes into the second half, whilst at the other end Karius was stretched to turn Majeed Waris’s shot behind.Roberto Firmino had one clear chance to add to his seven Champions League goals this season when his shot was blocked by Porto captain Felipe before the Brazilian was protected by Klopp for the weekend as Danny Ings was introduced for the final half hour.Salah was given 15 minutes to find the winner when he replaced Mane.The Egyptian had one opportunity to extend his scoring streak to eight straight games, but Casillas smothered his low effort.And the Spanish veteran made his best stop of the night two minutes from time to deny Ings and hold onto his clean sheet.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Jurgen Klopp’s attentions will now turn to the weekend’s Premier League clash with arch rivals Manchester United © AFP / PAUL ELLISLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Mar 7 – Liverpool cruised into the Champions League quarter-finals for the first time in nine years 5-0 on aggregate over Porto, despite settling for a goalless draw in an uninspiring last 16, second leg at Anfield on Tuesday.Sadio Mane inflicted most of the first-leg damage on the Portuguese league leaders with a hat-trick and came closest to breaking the deadlock with a first-half effort that came back off the post.last_img read more

Thai cave boys, coach invited to Spain to see football ‘heroes’

first_img0Shares0000Thai students smile as they hold pictures of 12 boys and their fooball coach at a school in front of hospital where the boys rescued after being trapped in a nearby cave for 18 harrowing days have been brought for observation in Chiang Rai. © AFP / TANG CHHIN SothyMADRID, Spain, Jul 11 – Spain’s La Liga football league has invited the schoolboy team rescued from a flooded cave in Thailand to come watch a game once they have recovered from their ordeal to meet their “heroes.”“When the time is right, and everyone involved is ready I’d personally like to invite the children and the coach to attend a La Liga match” in Spain, president Javier Tebas said in a statement Wednesday. “We’d like to host them and share with them the joy football can give, and I hope this gesture can help after the events of the last few weeks.”La Liga said it wanted the 12 boys and their football coach, who form the Wild Boars soccer squad, to “watch many of their football heroes in action in person.”The boys were trapped for more than two weeks after setting off to explore a cave complex in northern Thailand and getting caught by rising floodwaters.One of the boys was wearing a Real Madrid t-shirt.La Liga said it had messaged all its clubs to invite them to participate.Football’s world governing body FIFA had invited the Wild Boars to Sunday’s World Cup final in Moscow, but they remain too weak to come and must stay in hospital to make sure they have no infections.Two of them are being treated for symptoms of pneumonia.The last of the group was finally extracted on Tuesday after a painstaking and dangerous international rescue mission led by Thai Navy SEALs.The boys received scores of support from people as varied as US President Donald Trump, football star Lionel Messi or US technology entrepreneur Elon Musk.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Liverpool transfer blow? Argentina ace quashes Napoli exit rumours

first_imgArgentina international Gonzalo Higuain has rejected rumours of a possible move away from Napoli, with Liverpool thought to be circling the striker once again.Reports in the summer suggested the Reds were keen on the former Real Madrid man, who moved to Serie A in July 2013 after becoming frustrated with a lack of game time at the Bernabeu.And, with Mario Balotelli struggling for form in his debut season on Merseyside, it appears long-term admirer Brendan Rodgers wants to rekindle his interest.Last week Higuain’s agent seemed to suggest the £30million-rated forward’s future at Napoli, who sit third in Serie A, was dependent on the team’s ability to qualify for the Champions League.But, with the side currently on course to secure qualification, the 27-year-old frontman insists he is happy at the Italian outfit.Speaking to Sky Italia shortly after Napoli’s 1-0 triumph at Lazio on Sunday – a match which saw him net the only goal – Higuain said: “I am happy here.“I have a contract here.”Napoli’s signing of Italy forward Manolo Gabbiadini from Sampdoria last week increased speculation about Higuain’s future at the club, despite being under contract until June 2018, which led to rumours resurfacing of a big-money switch to Liverpool.Higuain’s winner against Lazio saw him move onto ten goals in 19 league appearances this season, and helped his side leapfrog their opponents into third – the Italian top flight’s final Champions League spot.“Fortunately, we took control of a game that looked to be a difficult test,” Higuain added. “Lazio are a strong side to face but we have to win in order to overtake them in the table.“This was an important game for us and now we need to look ahead to our next match.” Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain 1last_img read more

Exclusive live football scores a winner for talkSPORT

first_img Ray Parlour and Ian Abrahams 1 talkSPORT’s exclusive live Barclays Premier League weekend commentaries continue to prove a success for the station with listeners up 22% on the previous quarter. The results are according to official industry figures released by RAJAR today (5 February) which cover the fourth quarter of 2014 from 15th September – 14th December.Overall, the station reached over 3 million listeners every week during this period, which included exclusive commentaries of Arsenal v Manchester United, and both the Manchester and North London derbies.83% of all listeners to the station are men, showing talkSPORT’s unparalleled strength in this demographic, and 45% of listeners are ABC1 males.The latest set of RAJAR figures come less than a week after talkSPORT’s parent company, UTV Media, announced plans to launch four brand new national radio stations. These consist of three new speech stations, talkSPORT 2, talkRADIO and talkBUSINESS, which build on the group’s track record in speech radio. UTV has also executed licence agreements with the Virgin Group to bring Virgin Radio back to UK airwaves. The plans form part of an application to Ofcom by Sound Digital, a joint venture company between UTV, Bauer and Arqiva, to operate the UK’s second national commercial DAB multiplex.talkSPORT 2 will build on the success of talkSPORT by broadening the availability of live sport on UK radio. The station will add a major new free-to-air platform for underexposed sports, delivering a broad range of live sporting action and complementary sports talk.Digitally talkSPORT has continued to grow at a rapid pace with record traffic to talkSPORT.com during both Q4 and every month in 2014. The recent January transfer window helped the website to its highest ever number of visitors.Calum Macaulay, talkSPORT Managing Director said: “We know that live football, and the passion and skill of our excellent commentary teams, is a huge draw for listeners. These strong figures for our Barclays Premier League matches show that there is a massive appetite for sport on the radio, which is something we would build on in our exciting plans for launching talkSPORT 2 among three other fantastic stations.“Equally, talkSPORT.com has grown into an essential resource for sports fans and was the first port of call for the biggest transfer rumours throughout January. Our clear and focused audience targeting continues to pay off, with our male demographic not matched anywhere else in the industry and proving a huge draw for advertisers.”last_img read more

WATER MISERY CONTINUES FOR ANOTHER WEEKEND IN EAST DONEGAL

first_imgPARTS OF the county are continuing to suffer water cut-offs – two weeks after the Big Chill ended.Donegal County Council says most of the Stranorlar Electoral Area will face restrictions again this weekend.The council notice is posted below:  Planned overnight restrictions to public water supplies (Friday 7th January 2011 – Sunday 9th January 2011) Water supplies will be restricted in the following areas from 8:00pm until 8:00am ConvoyCastlefinRaphoeLiffordBallinacorTievebrackGleneelySTRANORLAR ELECTORAL AREA Ballybofey and Stranorlar – supply will also be turned off to the Twin Towns from midnight until 8.00am each night WATER MISERY CONTINUES FOR ANOTHER WEEKEND IN EAST DONEGAL was last modified: January 8th, 2011 by gregShare 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

TOURISM BOOST AS AMERICAN SITE RECOMMENDS DONEGAL CHARM

first_imgTHERE was another boost for Donegal tourism today – as one of the world’s biggest Irish-American websites backed a visit here.Just a day after Hollywood star Minnie Driver revealed Donegal was one of her favourite destinations, the Irish Central website carried a superb review of the Solis Lough Eske Hotel.“Solis Lough Eske Castle truly deserves its award for Best Country Hotel in the World,” enthused the reviewer. “And to think four years ago it didn’t even have a roof ! Originally the seat of the O’Donnell’s it was abandoned in 1607 with Flight of the Earls, having had a succession of owners until finally falling into disrepair from neglect.“It was almost lost forever, which would have been a shame considering its magical woodland setting on the banks of Lough Eske surrounded by the snowcapped Bluestack mountains.“Thankfully it has since been restored by its present owners to its former glory and re-established as a place of refuge and hospitality for guests from all over Ireland and the world.”She went on: “Sensitively restored and extended, the new buildings blend in seamlessly as they mirror the original layout of the former estate, the pool and spa complex cleverly mimicing the old Victorian glasshouses. “An impressive baronial style arched entrance leads you into a panelled foyer with imposing staircase and several Edwardian styled drawing rooms with plenty of deep couches to lounge about in front of huge fireplaces with roaring, if at times smokey turf fires which is all part of the charm….”And the praise didn’t stop there – with huge praise for the way Donegal people welcome visitors.Said the reviewer: “It’s the people who work there who are the real jewel in its crown.“You couldn’t call them ‘staff’ because they will have become friends by the time you leave, but not the type who would go home with you, or contrived in anyway.“Perhaps it is Donegal genetics or the soft accent as in Kass….il, or some secret school of charm they all attend? Either way the whole country could do with taking lessons from them! “Solis Lough Eske Castle you genuinely feel like a valued and welcomed guest rather then just another bed night, or paying customer.”TOURISM BOOST AS AMERICAN SITE RECOMMENDS DONEGAL CHARM was last modified: January 17th, 2011 by gregShare 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