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

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. (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

Colbert Presidential campaign dies

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina Democrats squashed Stephen Colbert’s fanciful White House bid on Thursday. Colbert, who poses as a conservative talk-show host on the Comedy Central cable network, filed to get on the ballot as a Democratic candidate in his native South Carolina. His campaign paid a $2,500 filing fee just before the noon deadline, said state Democratic Party Chairwoman Carol Fowler. However, after about 40 minutes of discussion by top party officials, the executive council voted 13-3 to keep the host of “The Colbert Report” off the ballot. “He’s really trying to use South Carolina Democrats as suckers so he can further a comedy routine,” said Waring Howe, a member of the executive council. And Colbert “serves to detract from the serious candidates on the ballot.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.But state Rep. Gilda Cobb-Hunter told the committee Colbert could showcase the state “in a way that none of the other candidates on the ballot have been able to do.” “I think you’re taking this a little too seriously,” she said. When Colbert announced his candidacy on his show last month, he said he would run only in this key primary state. He said then he planned to run as a Democrat and a Republican – so he could lose twice. The GOP filing fee is $35,000; the deadline was Thursday night. Democrats say he will get his $2,500 back. last_img read more