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Manufacturing continues to suffer from high energy costs – GMSA

first_imgThe manufacturing sector has long suffered the high costs of electricity which skyrocket production costs and result in higher prices for locally-made products.Guyana Marketing and Services Association (GMSA) President Clinton Williams on Thursday acknowledged that this trend still continues and until the issue of unreliable power is wiped away, the operations of manufacturers will be stymied, creating a ripple effect.GMSA President Clinton WilliamsHe shared these remarks during their luncheon at the Pegasus Hotel, in the presence of their executives, manufacturers, and caretaker President David Granger.“Many of the longstanding jeopardies facing us are inextricably linked to the high cost on reliability of electrical power. We must reiterate this stranglehold will continue until we slay the beast of expensive non-reliable power. The private sector, and particularly the manufacturing sector, would continue to bellow way below potential, resulting in a serious knock-on effects on jobs and of course, on our economy,” he said.For this, the Association’s President suggested a deal that would alleviate this setback by providing fuel at a lower price. He insisted that more needs to be done on Government’s end to make waves on the local and foreign markets.“We are suggesting that we must quickly enter into an arrangement that allows the utilisation of part of our current and future crude oil export receipts for refined oil at prices that are considerably cheaper than those obtained at the moment. While Government’s recent initiatives to introduce some measures to reduce electricity costs across the board is a step in the right direction, much more needs to be done if we are to realise any significant improvements in our cost of production and of course, computable advantage on the local, regional and international markets,” Williams positioned.Earlier this year, Private Sector Commission (PSC) Executive Ramesh Dookhoo noted that price fluctuations and the high cost of fuel prohibit Guyana from being competitive with other countries.“We still have a huge challenge as a manufacturing country, with the cost for electricity. I would urge the Government to continue to look for sustainable supplies and initiatives in energy. Fluctuations that govern the price of oil affect us and put Guyana in a place where we’re not competitive to export and compete with countries that have cheaper energy,” Dookhoo had told this publication.In Guyana, the Guyana Power and Light’s (GPL) Demerara interconnected system is fed with power by the Power Producers and Distributors Inc (PPDI), which replaced Wartsila, a company from Finland which maintained over a dozen engines for the utility company for two decades.Meanwhile, the GMSA called for enhancements to the high cost and time associated with trades since consumers are suffering from the inflated import bills.“GMSA would wish to see improvements in both the high cost and time consuming nature of our trade transaction procedures. These onerous costs ultimately are passed down to the end user of imported items. Our consumers suffer the same fate with locally manufactured products that derive from imported raw materials”.On the topic of finances, Williams mentioned their vision to have growing Gross Domestic Product (GDP) figures and for Guyana to be recognised for ease of doing business.“We would like to see Guyana’s GDP and per capita statistics skyrocket because we know that they can. It would be an enormous achievement if Guyana could be listed in the top 10 in the world’s ranking for ease of doing business…The GMSA firmly believes that our country’s development strategies must be remain underpinned by axiom that includes food security, energy security…and the pursuit of economic drivers such as ICT, renewable energy and the new and emerging oil and gas sector,” he mentioned.last_img read more

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‘There is something happening this week’ – Leicester coach hints at Inler deal

first_imgKevin Phillips has suggested Leicester City are close to concluding a deal for Gokhan Inler.The Napoli midfielder is being heavily linked with a move to the Premier League club, and the Foxes coach admits there could be movement with regards to the 31-year-old this week.“I believe there is something happening this week, but that department is not really down to me,” said Phillips, speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.‘He’s heading for the very top’ – Leicester coach Kevin Phillips hails Foxes sensation Riyad Mahrezlast_img read more

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DONEGAL WOMAN WINS DRIVING INSTRUCTOR OF YEAR – AGAIN!

first_imgKillybegs driving instructor, Diane Harvey, who has become the first Approved Driving Instructor in the country to win a Road Safety Authority “Leading Lights” award in two successive years, pictured here with Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh and Ray D’Arcey after receiving the award at a ceremony in Farmleigh.Killybegs driving instructor, Diane Harvey, has been named Approved Driving Instructor of the Year by the Road Safety Authority for the second successive year.This is a unique achievement which no other driving instructor in Ireland has earned.She was presented with her “Leading Lights” award yesterday at a function at Farmleigh House, Dublin, by RSA chairman, Gay Byrne. Said Diane (34): “I am delighted to get this recognition. I was amazed to get the Leading Lights award last year and I never expected to win it two years in a row.”A total of 29 awards were presented under various headings at yesterday’s ceremony, which was attended also by sporting great, Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh and RTE presenter, Ray D’Arcey.Three years ago, she set up her own business, “D’s School of Motoring & Training” and in 2011 she won the Donegal Enterprise Award sponsored by Donegal Local Development Company Ltd.From the outset, she has focused strongly on road safety and has taken an active part in a number of safety events in conjunction with Donegal County Council and Shell Ireland.  DONEGAL WOMAN WINS DRIVING INSTRUCTOR OF YEAR – AGAIN! was last modified: December 12th, 2013 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:Diane HarveyDriving InstructorKillybegslast_img read more

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BALLYBOFEY AND STRANORLAR LADIES GOLF NOTES

first_imgBallybofey & Stranorlar Ladies Golf NotesResults from the recent 18 holes Stroke event, staged on Wednesday, April 27th – 1, break of tie, Mary McHugh, 68 nett; 2, Ann Glancy 68; gross, Margaret McConnell; 3, break of tie, Kay Stewart 69; 4, Elizabeth Hamilton, 69.‘2s’ were carded by Deirdre Kelly at the 14th and Mary Brogan at the 6th The Lady Captain’s Outing to Strandhill, Co. Sligo, takes place this Sunday, May 8th. Bus will leave the clubhouse at 9.00 a.m. sharp.BALLYBOFEY AND STRANORLAR LADIES GOLF NOTES was last modified: May 7th, 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

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Warriors’ Bob Myers, Steve Kerr on Patrick McCaw’s departure & what they might do with an open roster spot

first_imgClick HERE if you’re unable to view the gallery on your mobile device.* * *Subscribe to the Mercury News and East Bay Times for $40 a year and receive a free Warriors championship coffee table book* * *PHOENIX – Patrick McCaw joined the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday, but shed little light on why he chose to leave the Warriors. “Nothing stands out to say I didn’t want to go back, McCaw said after his first practice in Cleveland. “I think it was just time for me to move on.”McCaw …last_img read more

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Using Thermostats

first_imgI get a lot of questions about energy—from relatives, friends, neighbors, and colleagues. I think the most common question is about thermostats and whether it makes sense to lower the temperature of your house at night or when you aren’t home.“Doesn’t it take more energy to warm the house back up,” some ask?“Do setback or programmable thermostats really save energy?”Yes, these thermostats can—and usually do—save energy, lots of it. But simply having such a thermostat isn’t enough; you have to know how to use it. Here, I’ll be referring to the heating season, though these ideas also apply to the cooling season for those who have central air conditioning.A thermostat controls your heating system, telling it when to turn on and off to maintain the “set-point” temperature in the house or apartment. In homes with multiple heating zones, there is a separate thermostat for each zone. The lower the setting, the less heat is called for in that zone and the less energy you will use for heating. A common rule-of-thumb is that for every degree Fahrenheit you turn down the thermostat, you save about 2% on your energy consumption for heating. So, if you used to keep your house at 70 degrees and you lower the thermostat to 65 degrees, you’ll reduce your energy use by about 10% (5 x 2).If you lower the thermostat for a portion of each 24-hour day, say at night, there will be proportional savings. For example, if your thermostat is set to reduce your house temperature by 10 degrees for eight hours each night (one-third of the 24-hour day), your annual savings would be about 7% (10 x 2 ÷ 3).There are a number of different types of thermostats. The simplest is the round dial-type (most commonly made by Honeywell) with a single setting for the desired temperature. These must be controlled manually each time you want a change. “Setback thermostats” have two different set-points: one for the daytime and another for night. You can adjust the set-point temperatures separately for day and night and also adjust the timing of the nighttime setback.I’m a big fan of programmable, digital thermostats, which provide even more flexibility—but are also more complicated. With most programmable thermostats you can designate multiple setback periods each day and differentiate weekdays from weekends. I have a one of these in our kitchen, the primary heating zone we use, and this is programmed with four different periods each day. From 5:30 until 9 AM I usually have it set at about 68 degrees. From 9 am until 5:30 PM, when my wife and I are at work, it’s set at 52 degrees, then at 5:30 PM the temperature is bumped up to 65 degrees. Finally, from 11 PM until 5:30 AM, it’s dropped back down to 52 degrees. (In reality, because we heat with wood and our wood stove is in the kitchen, the oil heat often doesn’t kick on at all.) On weekends the thermostat is programmed with different times and temperatures, because we’re usually home during the day.Most programmable thermostats provide handy override features. The simplest on mine are up and down arrows. You can manually increase or lower the temperature setting by pressing one of the arrows until the desired temperature shows on the digital readout. The thermostat will maintain that temperature through the end of the current time period. For example, it we get home from work at 6:30 feeling chilly and don’t want to start a fire, one of us might bump the temperature up to 70. (Because we usually keep the temperature quite low, we don’t have to feel too guilty about using a higher setting for a few hours.) If we don’t change the setting again in the evening, it will remain at 70 until 11 PM, when the nighttime temperature setting kicks in.With most programmable thermostats you can also “hold” the temperature—so that it doesn’t revert to the programmed settings at the end of the current time period. I use this when we’re heading out of town—keeping the temperature at 50 degrees, for example.Note that if you want to set your house temperature back a significant amount at night or when the house isn’t being used, the house temperature should be able to “recover” (warm up again) fairly quickly. With a baseboard hot water (hydronic) heating system, this means that the boiler temperature needs to be kept fairly high—even during the “swing” seasons (spring and fall) when it’s not as cold out. Some boiler controls reduce the boiler temperature when it’s not as cold out, but with lower-temperature water circulating through your baseboard radiators, it will take a lot longer for the house to warm up.On the subject of thermostats, it’s important to mention that most older mechanical thermostats have switches that use mercury, a highly toxic metal. A capsule with liquid mercury completes an electrical circuit when it tips (based on metal that expands or contracts as it warms and cools). Mercury thermostats are now off the market, but there are millions still in use. Because of the significant quantity of mercury in these thermostats, they should never be thrown in the trash, and they should be handled carefully to keep the glass capsule from breaking. If you or a heating contractor is upgrading your thermostats, make sure that the old ones are properly disposed of. They should be taken to a facility that collects mercury thermostats for recycling or safe disposal, such as the Windham Solid Waste Management District.last_img read more

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Winless Suns fire Earl Watson after 3 games this season

first_imgLATEST STORIES Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View comments Watson was the league’s second-youngest active coach behind the Lakers’ Luke Walton, and the Suns were tied with the Chicago Bulls as having the youngest opening-night roster in the NBA this season.“I’d like to see the fight be a little bit more,” Watson said after the blowout loss to the Clippers. “Or a lot more, until you know they’re just fatigued.”The Suns came into this season with only four losses by 40 or more points in franchise history. They’ve had two in the first three games of this season. Phoenix has not made the playoffs in seven years, the longest drought in the franchise’s 49-year history.Watson was the 17th Suns coach in the franchise’s history.This was the first NBA season where every coach who started one year had the same job to begin the next. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP NBA: Kyrie Irving fined for NBA fan spat Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA MOST READ Assistant coach Jay Triano, a former head coach of the Toronto Raptors, was named interim coach. Triano was an assistant at Portland before coming to Phoenix last year.Watson was promoted from assistant to interim coach of the Suns after Jeff Hornacek was fired Feb. 1, 2016. The interim tag was removed on April 19 of that year.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWith an extremely young team, the Suns struggled under Watson. He compiled a 33-85 record. Watson’s only full season was 2016-17, when the team went 24-58.The 38-year-old Watson played collegiately at UCLA and in the NBA for 10 seasons. He often spoke of his long talks with John Wooden, emphasized togetherness and a family atmosphere to nurture the young squad but wins were hard to come by. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort In this Oct. 21, 2017, photo, Phoenix Suns head coach Earl Watson watches action during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers in Los Angeles. The Suns have fired coach Watson just three games in to the NBA season. Phoenix announced the firing Sunday night, Oct. 22, after hours of meetings at the team’s headquarters. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)PHOENIX — The Phoenix Suns have fired coach Earl Watson just three games in to the NBA season.The Suns announced the firing Sunday night after hours of meetings at the team’s headquarters.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. And owner Robert Sarver apparently didn’t like what he saw. Phoenix is 0-3 and two of the losses were especially ugly. The Suns were blown out 124-76 by the Portland in their season opener Wednesday night, the most one-sided loss in franchise history and the most one-sided season opener for any NBA team.Phoenix was routed by the Clippers in Los Angeles 130-88 on Saturday night.“I Dont wanna be here,” point guard Eric Bledsoe tweeted Sunday, just as the news of Watson’s firing surfaced in an ESPN report.The tweet by Bledsoe, a former Clipper, was followed by one from the Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan saying “Come back home bro.”Bledsoe has been rumored in possible trades for months.Watson’s dismissal is the first NBA coaching change in well over a year. Hornacek’s hiring by the New York Knicks, which was finalized in June 2016, had been the most recent change — and the irony there is that Watson got the job in Phoenix with 33 games left in the 2015-16 season, after the Suns fired Hornacek.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Kansas’ Coach is Really, Really Impressed With Oklahoma State

first_imgMaybe Oklahoma State should try and hire Kansas football coach David Beaty to run its public relations if he’s ever fired up in Lawrence. Beaty talked glowingly about the Pokes in his weekly presser. A sampling below.On OSU’s defenseI think they’re very good on defense. That’s something that I noticed. They average almost 10 TFLs a game, 9.8 a game, which is pretty rare. We had 9 this week, and man, I don’t know if I’ve been a part of a game like that very often. There’s 9-point-something TFLs. Man, that’s a lot. Those guys create some havoc and they get in your back field.On Emmanuel ogbah“That defensive end is really good. He leads the Big 12 in sacks. He’s one of the top guys in the country. I think he’s fifth in the country. Their defense, period, is one of the top leaders in sacks. So they create some pressure on your quarterback, which gives you some problems.”On OSU’s offense“Offensively, they’re also very good. They’re explosive. The quarterback makes them go, Mason Rudolph, makes good decisions. You can tell he’s a veteran guy. He’s good. Got a good arm. He knows where to go with the ball. He knows what he’s doing offensively. He manages the game well.”On David glidden“I think their receiver, the (David) Glidden kid, is a guy that isn’t talked about enough in our conference. That guy is very, very talented. He’s very efficient. We’ve got to know where that guy is at all times. We’ve got to know where that guy is at all times.On the run game“I know that they pass the ball really, really well. I think they’re 17th in the country or something in passing yardage, but they run the ball pretty decent now. It’s not what you think on paper. I’m as worried about their running game as I am about their passing game.“They have good backs. They have capable guys, and they’re pretty dadgum good up front now. Those guys will knock you off the ball.”On finding a way to win“They’ve played some good teams, now. They really have, and they’ve learned how to win some tough games, and that’s the thing I think that’s most impressive of these guys is they’ve found a way to win all three of those conference games and they easily could have went the other way, but you see the veteran in them that doesn’t allow that to happen.“And they played a good Kansas State team that usually comes out on the other side of those, and for those guys to stick their heels in the ground and win that game, that was impressive to me, because the other team, Kansas State, had been the team that I always looked to for that in those close games. And they won another one the other day in overtime. They’re a team that scares you because they know how to win in every situation.”On Mason rudolph“I think that’s helped them in the red zone defensively; and offensively, the quarterback knows where to go with the ball. I mean when you watch that tape, pay attention to that guy’s eyes and watch his eyes go from read to read to read and him be able to pull it right at the right time and get it to the open guy. He’s very efficient, and I think that’s been really good.”If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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Lennox Lewis Named As Laureus Ambassador

first_imgFormer undisputed World Heavyweight Champion Lennox Lewis has become the newest Laureus Ambassador, which will see him work closely with the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation.Edwin Moses and Lennox LewisHe was welcomed to the Laureus Family by Laureus World Sports Academy Chairman Edwin Moses, both in London attending the Olympic Games.Lennox Lewis, who won 41 of his 44 fights, said: “I am delighted to be named a Laureus Ambassador and would like to thank the members of the Laureus Academy for asking me. I have enjoyed attending the Laureus World Sports Awards and earlier this year I was able to visit a community sports project in the heart of London and meet some of the kids who were benefiting from the Laureus connection.“Through my support for Laureus, I have witnessed what a huge impact sport can have on communities around the world. I was very impressed by the young people I met. It just goes to show that when they are given guidance and support, they can turn their lives around and become positive role models for society. I am testament to that, as sport enabled me to turn my life around. I look forward to be being able to do what I can to help in the future.“Laureus is one of the world leaders in grassroots sports programmes and I’m looking forward to having talks with my own foundation for us to work together in the future.”Lennox Lewis was the dominant heavyweight boxer of the 1990s and the early years of the 2000s. He is currently the most recent undisputed World Heavyweight Champion, having united all versions of the title. Throughout his professional career, Lewis suffered just two losses, both of which he avenged in re-matches, both by knock-out. He was also an Olympic gold-medal winner for Canada in 1988.Edwin Moses said: “On behalf of the Laureus Academy, we are delighted to welcome Lennox as a Laureus Ambassador. Lennox is a giant of sport, an undusputed world heavyweight champion and a real gentleman. His achievements in his career have been massive, but he remains modest and considerate and he believes passionately in the responsibility of the greatest sportsmen and women to give something back to society.“You only have to be with Lennox anywhere in the world to realise how popular he is and the respect in which he is held. In what can be a tough sport, he always showed integrity and stood for honesty and decency. It will be great to have him working with us at Laureus.”Lewis was born in London to Jamaican-born parents and moved to Kitchener in Ontario in 1977 when he was 12. He became an outstanding amateur boxer, winning the world junior heavyweight title in 1983 and the Olympic gold medal in Seoul five years later, where he beat future world heavyweight champion Riddick Bowe in the final.He turned professional in 1989, winning his first 21 fights. In 1992 he knocked out Donovan Ruddock to become No 1 in the World Boxing Council rankings and he was eventually declared champion a year later. Although he lost the title to Oliver McCall in 1994, he won it back from him in a re-match in 1997. He became undisputed world champion after defeating Evander Holyfield in November 1999.The most celebrated fight in which Lewis took part came in June 2002, when he defended his title against Mike Tyson. The fight was anticipated as a classic between Tyson’s brawling style and Lewis’ more skilful approach. In the end it turned out to be a one-sided confrontation as Lewis used his jab and superior reach to score a dominant eighth round knock-out victory over ‘Iron Mike’. The fight was the highest-grossing event in pay-per-view history at the time, generating US$106.9 million.Lewis eventually announced his retirement in February 2004. When he left the ring, his record was 41 wins, 2 losses and 1 draw, with 32 wins by knockout.Source:Laureus.comlast_img read more

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Goo Goo Dolls Select St Jude Childrens Research Hospital As Charity Of

first_imgGoo Goo Dolls, the Buffalo-based rock band that has sold millions of albums for more than 20 years, named St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital as its charity of choice with donations totaling $422,800 and a new fundraising campaign to support Music Gives to St. Jude Kids Day.John Rzeznik and Robby Takac share a special moment with a patient family during their visit to St. Jude Children’s Research HospitalThe band’s gift will benefit Music Gives to St. Jude Kids, a program led by Jason Thomas Gordon, musician and grandson of St. Jude founder, Danny Thomas. Gordon created this year-round initiative which informs, inspires and engages artists, their fans and the entertainment industry to support the mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital: Finding Cures. Saving children.On August 4, 2017, St. Jude will present Music Gives to St. Jude Kids Day, an inaugural event that will allow bands, fans and venues all across the United States to show their support and raise funds and awareness for the patients and families of St. Jude.“We absolutely love St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, its awe-inspiring mission, and look forward to helping Music Gives to St. Jude Kids Day in August,” said John Rzeznik, Goo Goo Dolls lead singer. “It’s an honor for us to play a role, however small, in helping St. Jude find cures and save children’s lives.”John Rzeznik and bandmate Robby Takac have both visited the St. Jude campus, meeting with patients and their families. The group has also involved fans in their support of St. Jude by selling autographed guitars and drumheads during their 2016 tour in support of their most recent album, Boxes. Proceeds from those sales were donated directly to St. Jude.“I want to extend our sincerest thanks to the Goo Goo Dolls for their generous and ongoing support of the Music Gives to St. Jude Kids campaign,” said Richard Shadyac Jr., President and CEO of ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. “We are honored to be the band’s charity of choice and look forward to working with them and their fans for many years to come.”last_img read more

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