First phase of groundwater management plan completed

first_imgWorkers at the groundwater sourcesThe Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) has announced the completion of the first phase of its groundwater management plan, which entailed the geophysical logging of 100 wells along the coast of Guyana.This was revealed on Wednesday when the company stated that groundwater needs to be sustained, given the fact that it represents some 90 per cent of the supply chain on the coastland and 70 per cent countrywide. Adding to that, it is the “most reliable” source of potable water, furthering the need to sustain these sources.Groundwater is primarily extracted in Guyana using wells but the logging mechanism was implemented to garner data on the coastland aquifers and soil composition.For the project, GWI stated that “The logging was carried out in collaboration with Deltares, an applied research institute in water and subsurface environment and the Inter-American Development Bank under the Water Supply and Sanitation Infrastructure Improvement Programme (WSSIIP).”Manager of Water Resources and Climate Adaptation at GWI, Orin Browne had explained at a recent workshop that the outcome of the geophysical well logging survey was analysed and interpreted with the help of previous data. This information was interpreted and is being entered into a database which will form a physical model of the aquifer system.“The idea of building the model is to enable us to have a tool for predicting our groundwater abstraction and use because we realise that for Guyana’s future and the growth of future generations, there must be an integrated approach towards groundwater management and for the overall water resources management,” Brown had stated.Eight engineers from the utility company were also trained in modern well-logging techniques, analysis and data visualisations, which will be a crucial factor in GWI’s in-house well-drilling capacity with the acquisition of a new drilling rig.Guyana Times understands that when this database is completed, agencies such as the Hydrometeorological centre of the Agriculture Ministry, the Office of Climate Change, the Communities Ministry, the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Banks DIH Limited will be given access to the information.Acting Chief Hydromet Officer, Garvin Cummings was among the stakeholders to welcome the initiative since his agency is mandated to license well drillers.“All wells being drilled across the country should be guided by Hydromet. Obviously, this kind of information has not been available before, so once available to Hydromet, it will guide us in terms of the licensing of wells and well owners and well drillers. So it’s really critical to what we do, it is a guide to what we do in terms of where wells should be drilled and hopefully this can grow into helping us determine the abstraction rates for wells,” he stated.last_img read more

Teen miner dies in Mabura accident

first_imgSixteen-year-old Clayton Docton Skybar, a miner, of 111 Mahdia, Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni) was killed in an accident along the Mabura Road on Friday after two trucks collided in the vicinity of 58 Miles, at Region Ten (Upper Demerara-Berbice).Clayton Docton SkybarThe incident occurred at about 11:30h on Friday. Police reports stated that Skybar was seated along with three other passengers in the tray of a truck with licence plate number GPP 4923, with trailer THH 9317 driven by a 23-year-old of Helena, Number 1, East Coast, Demerara (ECD) when it collided with pick-up truck GTT 2531. The pick-up was driven by a 41-year-old Timehri Public Road, East Bank Demerara (EBD) resident.While details of the accident are sketchy, the vehicles were said to be negotiating a turn at the time of the collision. The truck in which Skybar was a passenger, was reportedly laden with lumber and heading to Linden while the other vehicle was said to be heading into Mabura. Following the incident, Skybar was rushed to the Linden Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.He suffered numerous injuries to his head, elbow and hip. The driver of the pick-up truck was later taken into Police custody at Linden where he was said to be assisting with investigations.last_img read more

Greek mechanic realized American dream

first_imgHe was 4 years old in 1944, sitting with his five older brothers and sisters as their mother gave them some terrible news. Their father, fighting in World War II, had been killed in action. Six years later, his mom also died, leaving Tony to be raised by his older siblings. “We all worked hard on that farm, so there wasn’t much time for school. I never did make it to high school.” At 14, he moved to Athens to work in a garage as a mechanic’s apprentice – learning his trade on taxis, buses and trucks because there weren’t that many private cars in the 1950s. “I enlisted in the navy at 21, and when I was discharged in 1963, I returned to Athens to open my own garage,” Tony said. And there he stayed for four years until the American dream came calling. Volkswagen’s “Beetle mania” was exploding in the United States, and there weren’t enough mechanics who knew how to work on the strange little cars that looked like a bug. “VW offered me a job in America, and I figured, `Why not?’ I was young and single. I thought I’d go there and stay a few years,” Tony said with a laugh. The owner of Tony’s Auto Repair in Burbank put down his mechanic’s tools and wiped his hands on a work rag Thursday morning. The car repairs could wait. For now, it was time for Tony Papanikolaou to say thanks. He came to this country 40 years ago with nothing. He retires next week with everything – a beautiful family and a good life. “If you want to meet the American dream, you’re looking at him,” the 66-year-old mechanic said, turning the clock back more than six decades to a little farm just outside Tripoli in Greece. Thirty-seven years later – 31 of them married to his wife, Helen – Tony’s getting ready to retire next week after selling his business. The man who never made it to high school has put four children through college working on those funny little cars that look like bugs. “I always kid Tony that I put his kids through school, and now I’m going to be paying for his retirement, too,” said Steve Urbanovich, one of Tony’s longtime customers who owns a 1966 VW Beetle he calls Peanut. “In the 41 years I’ve owned Peanut, Tony’s the only guy I’ve let touch her. I don’t know what I’m going to do now. You can’t replace the skills of a mechanic like Tony.” When his children look at what their father has accomplished in that repair shop on Victory Boulevard, they say they feel pride and gratitude. “Our dad came here with nothing but worked hard to bring his brothers and sisters to this country, one at a time,” says daughter Aphrodite, who graduated from the University of Southern California and is now a school finance director. “He sent his four children through college without ever having a chance to go to high school himself. He’s given everyone in his family a great life – working hard in that auto repair shop,” she said. And now before he leaves, Tony just wanted to take a minute to thank all of his longtime customers and the country that gave him a chance 40 years ago. If you want to meet the American dream, you’re looking at him. Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. dennis.mccarthy@dailynews.com (818) 713-3749160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Monaco out of drop zone as Balotelli leads Marseille

first_img0Shares0000Gelson Martins has made an immediate impact at Monaco since joining on loan from Atletico Madrid in January © AFP / YANN COATSALIOUPARIS, France, Feb 16 – Monaco climbed out of the Ligue 1 relegation places on Saturday with a 1-0 win over Nantes, while Mario Balotelli scored for the third time in four games for a resurgent Marseille.After failing to win at home all season until the start of February, Monaco made it back-to-back victories at the Stade Louis II as Gelson Martins fired in a Rony Lopes cross on 13 minutes. Portugal international Martins, also on target in last week’s 2-2 draw at Montpellier, has scored twice in three league appearances for Monaco following his arrival on loan from Atletico Madrid.Leonardo Jardim’s side moved up to 16th and two points clear of Dijon in the relegation play-off place.Marseille defeated Amiens 2-0 to record three straight wins for the first time this season and jump to fourth, six points behind Lyon in the final Champions League spot.Mario Balotelli has rediscovered his goalscoring form following a January move from Nice © AFP / CHRISTOPHE SIMONBalotelli failed to find the net in 10 matches for Nice this season but has found his goalscoring touch since his switch to Marseille last month.Florian Thauvin bagged his 12th goal this term to give Marseille the lead on 19 minutes at the Stade Velodrome, and Balotelli swept in a second on the turn just six minutes later.The Italian appeared to have grabbed a second midway through the second half when he nodded in from a free-kick, but the goal was ruled out for offside following a VAR review.“It’s much too early (to talk about the top three) with the start to the season we had,” said Thauvin.“We were left behind a bit and now we’re starting to come back well, but if we get carried away we’re going to quickly fall back on the ground.”Patrick Vieira’s Nice crashed to a heavy 3-0 loss at mid-table Angers but remain seventh.Runaway leaders Paris Saint-Germain go to fifth-placed Saint-Etienne on Sunday, while Lille will target a sixth consecutive win at home to Montpellier.Lyon overcame bottom side Guingamp 2-1 on Friday in their final outing before Tuesday’s Champions League last 16 first leg at home to Lionel Messi’s Barcelona.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

‘We didn’t take it seriously’: Pochettino questions sinking Spurs

first_imgPochettino was serving the first of a two-match touchline ban on his old stomping ground and was particularly frustrated that his side failed to build on their first-half dominance after Harry Kane’s 200th career goal opened the scoring.“It is so difficult to understand why we changed so much from the first half to the second. I am very disappointed, we were better in everything and then we lose the game,” said the Argentine.“It is about competing better for the first goal if you want to be a contender for big things.“The second-half we did not take it seriously. I don’t want to criticise too much but when you lose a game that was under control after 45 minutes, should be 3-0, 4-0 and finishes in 2-1 defeat, it is difficult to accept.“We started to take some risks that were unnecessary and that was the main problem. It gave them belief and they started to build their game.“When you lose the momentum after 45 minutes, that is about mentality, that is about being strong and keeping the right. For us, we lost the momentum and gave them relief.”Goals from Yan Valery and James Ward-Prowse in the final 14 minutes gave Southampton a vital three points in their bid to avoid relegation.The sloppy performance came on the back of the midweek victory at Borussia Dortmund that secured Tottenham’s place in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.And Pochettino suggested his players were punished for resting on their laurels.– Arrogance –“It’s about complacency. It’s about arrogance in a bad way,” he said.“You use the first half like an example, playing with intention, focus, concentration, we matched them in everything and we were much better.“In the second half it was arrogance in a bad way. I think it is a very good example for everyone of how you need to play for 45 minutes and how not to play for 45 minutes.“That is of course the responsibility of everyone. I put myself ahead of everyone. I don’t want to blame someone or the team. I want to blame all of us, the club of course.”Spurs now lead Manchester United by three points with Arsenal a point further back and Chelsea five points behind Tottenham.However, Chelsea have two games in hand, at home to Brighton and Wolves, while United and Arsenal go head-to-head in their game in hand on Sunday.“People talk about perceptions but we need to realise if you do not fight with intensity for the Champions League, you will struggle,” added Pochettino.“We are fighting against big sides (for the top four). We had a big gap, welcome to the reality, we are under pressure to win games. It is a massive challenge for us.”Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuettl believes it was vital his side won to remain out of the bottom three before a period when they have no fixtures due to the FA Cup and the international break.“It’s better to go into the three weeks break with a win that keeps us over the relegation line. The last break we were below the line and that was horrible,” he said.“We lost against Man United 3-2 after we played a sensational game. We only earned warm words and I said today we need to earn more than warm words.“It was a moment to celebrate at the end with the supporters and players but also to tell them it was only one step. a big one perhaps. But we still have a long way to go.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino was furious at his side’s inability to hold onto a first-half lead against Southampton © AFP / Lindsey PARNABYLONDON, United Kingdom, Mar 9 – Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino was uncharacteristically critical of his side’s mentality after throwing away a lead to lose 2-1 at Southampton on Saturday and plunge their chances of Champions League qualification into further peril.Spurs have now taken just one point from their last four Premier League games to see their lead over Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea in the fight for a top four finish diminish.last_img read more

Crisis mode

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Sure, Los Angeles has seen a city budget surplus of $1 billion evaporate and a $300 million deficit take its place, but this is not a crisis – at least that’s what City Administrative Officer Karen Sisson says. “`Crisis,’ to me, implies that you haven’t thought about it and you don’t know how to get out of it,” Sisson explains. “And I think we have thought about it, and we have planned for it, so in that sense, it’s not a crisis.” Oh, that’s funny, because a few weeks ago, the City Council unanimously proclaimed the situation an “emergency,” thus enabling it to put a fraudulent phone tax on the Feb. 5 ballot. But even if we accept Sisson’s claim that something can’t be a “crisis” if city leaders have “thought about it,” that’s hardly reassuring. Because city officials don’t seem to have given the budget much thought at all. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsEven as revenues soared at an average annual rate of 5.7 percent since 2000, city leaders jacked up compensation for L.A.’s bureaucrats at an even greater 7.5 percent a year. Now they’ve signed off on 23 percent wage increases over the next five years – raises that come on top of numerous annual step increases for most employees. Meanwhile, the housing downturn is predicted to slow revenue growth to only 1.3 percent next year, and it could get worse if a recession occurs. The result: A city that’s rapidly growing broke. City leaders are now scurrying to impose the phony phone tax and siphon more money out of the Department of Water and Power. They’ve also hinted at raiding trash-hike fees that were supposed to pay for hiring of new cops. If this is what passes as “thinking” in City Hall, then this “crisis” is worse than anyone thinks. last_img

Arsenal ready to improve bid for superstar striker?

first_imgArsenal are ready to make an improved offer of £33.5million for Lyon star Alexandre Lacazette, according to reports in France.It was revealed on Tuesday that the Gunners have already had a £29.3million bid knocked back as they look to land a new striker this summer.But, according to L’Equipe, Arsenal are in the process of putting together a new package which would be worth £33.5million.Despite being told by Lyon that Lacazette is irreplaceable and one of the main leaders in the team, Arsenal are refusing to give up in their pursuit.The club have already failed in attempts to land Leicester City forward Jamie Vardy and Napoli hitman Gonzalo Higuain, who has instead joined Juventus.Arsenal are determined not to miss out on another target in Lacazette, but Lyon’s reluctance to sell is likely to see the player’s price tag inflate. 1 Alexandre Lacazette in action last_img read more

PORTHOLE TO THE SKY – PICTURE THAT CAPTURES DONEGAL’S RUGGED BEAUTY

first_imgWest Donegal photographer John Rafferty has captured many iconic images of the county in recent years.Many of John’s images capture the rugged beauty of our county which is often lost in our busy lives. His latest image which he has forwarded to Donegal Daily captures the atmospheric beauty of Crohy Head, Maghery.Enjoy.    PORTHOLE TO THE SKY – PICTURE THAT CAPTURES DONEGAL’S RUGGED BEAUTY was last modified: July 21st, 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:CROHY HEADJohn RaffertyMAGHERYlast_img read more

JUDGE WARNS DRUNKEN FANAD MAN HE’S ON A SLIPPERY SLOPE

first_imgA judge has warned a young Fanad man that he is on a slippery slope if he keeps drinking.Shane Friel of Ballyheerin was arrested by Gardai outside the Empire Nightclub in Downings on June 10th last.He was told to leave the area after an altercation involving other people. However, he failed to do so and literally fell on top of Gardai and was arrested at 3.15am.Solicitor Patsy Gallagher said his client was more of a nuisance than anything else and simply could not handle drink.He had not been out for months before being arrested and drink got the better of him.Letterkenny District Court heard how Friel, 20, was now back in school and didn’t go outside his house now.Judge Paul Kelly warned Friel he was “running out of chances” and ordered him to pay €150 to St Vincent de Paul.JUDGE WARNS DRUNKEN FANAD MAN HE’S ON A SLIPPERY SLOPE was last modified: December 11th, 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:FanadLetterkenny District CourtShane Friellast_img read more

Gonsalves goes the distance twice, Mack rolls

first_imgMcKenzie Gonsalves threw a pair of complete-game wins, Lexi White had five hits on the day and Olivia Alves, four, and the McKinleyville High softball team secured a 3-game series sweep over Arcata with a pair of wins, Saturday afternoon at McKinleyville High.Gonsalves struck out a total of 10 batters and allowed a total of 10 hits, five of each in both games, to guide McKinleyville to an 8-3 win in game one and a 5-1 win in game two.With Saturday’s wins McKinleyville stays perfect on the …last_img