No feasibility study, consultations carried out for delayed Mabaruma solar farm – Chairman

first_img– as GEA says project to be complete by this year endIt was supposed to have been commissioned since last year, but with its completion date revised to 2019, questions are being raised over how well planned and effective the Mabaruma solar farm will be.Region One Chairman Brentnol AshleyIn an interview with Guyana Times, Region One Chairman Brentnol Ashley noted that the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) is unaware of any feasibility study having been done for the project, nor could he recall any substantive consultations with the community on the project.“A team would have visited my office as Regional Chairman and they would have related that they are there to seek the support of the RDC for the land space to construct the farm, because a farm was placed in the budget and an allocation was approved. So they asked for support in that manner, which we supported fully.”“Thereafter, there was no proper feedback or updates on what was happening at the farm, at the level of the RDC. It should have been commissioned since last year. But every time we’re hearing, in the next three months, in the next six months. And there’s no proper information being provided in writing or orally to the RDC.”While questions remain over exactly how the project was conceived, Ashley noted that from his enquiries, the project also has technical issues. According to the Chairman, there are challenges that include the storing of the solar energy, among other things.“We know they have a serious problem with compatibility. We are aware because the generator sets we have, were not constructed to deal with the eventuality of having such a project on board. We’re grateful for the project, but we’re concerned that hundreds of millions would have been spent but it will not provide the services it should to the people.”“Whatever project is being done by Government, any entity within a particular region, the RDC should receive a copy of the contractual agreement and the bills of quantity of that particular project, so we can help in the monitoring of that particular project while its being done. But we don’t have any such documentation. We’re at a loss when it comes to that.”Meanwhile, Guyana Energy Agency (GEA) head, Dr Mahender Sharma, who was at the time speaking at the Turkeyen and Tain talks, revealed that the project is expected to come on stream by this year end.“By the end of this year we would have installed more than five megawatts of new solar, on the rooftops of Government buildings and some hinterland locations and one of our first solar farms in Mabaruma.”However, Sharma alluded to the technical challenges that can be faced when looking to harness solar energy.“Five megawatts is a huge number in just a few years. But what’s wrong with solar? It’s not continuous. You engineers will tell you it’s not dispatchable. Its only there for a few hours and to capture it requires quote a bit of technology. You have to find a way to store it. And batteries are a big problem. They are still very expensive.”last_img read more

Five things Liverpool need to do under Klopp to beat Tottenham

first_img 6 2. Watch out for Dele Alli – The ex-MK Dons youngster lists Steven Gerrard as one of his idols and has been compared to the Kop legend by several, including former boss Karl Robinson. Alli is already looking like a key player at Tottenham with his mature box-to-box displays impressing the White Hart Lane faithful, and he will be on a high after earning two England caps over the last week. His nutmegs excite fans but watch out for his defensive capabilities too. Alli makes, on average, 2.9 tackles just behind midfield partner Eric Dier’s 3.4, while he also makes 2.7 interceptions, compared to Dier’s 2.6. 1. Don’t give away fouls on the edge of the area – Christian Eriksen is proving himself to be one of the deadliest free-kick takers in Premier League history having scored six since his move to England in 2013. He baffled Swansea City’s Lukasz Fabianski with two strikes in the last round of fixtures and could have had a third had the Pole not produced a brilliant save. His eye is in and the Reds need to be wary. 5. Get close to Erik Lamela – The Argentine is in good form this season. His displays against Crystal Palace and Manchester City proved he has the skill and graft to make it in the Premier League, but he still has shortcomings. The waif 23-year-old loves to take on his man but, infuriatingly for the Spurs support, often loses the ball this way. He takes the ball far too close to his opponent. The likes of Moreno and Lucas will need to get to him quickly to snuff out his threat. 6 6 4. Hit Tottenham on the counter – Similar to point six, it’s important that when Liverpool win the ball they get forward as quick as possible. Swansea’s first goal last time out was swiftly switch from right-back to left-wing in just a few seconds, leaving Walker on his own against Jefferson Montero, while Kevin De Bruyne’s goal for Man City against Spurs was also a counter. Do it right and the goals will come. 6 6. Hit the flanks early and with pace – to find out how else Klopp’s Liverpool can beat Spurs, click the arrow above – Tottenham’s full-backs are probably still their weakest link defensively this season. Kyle Walker does look reinvigorated, but still capable of a slip up, while Ben Davies is providing solid but unspectacular displays in place of Danny Rose, who is returning slowly from injury. If Liverpool are to win they should look to hit the two positions with pace and get behind the defence rather than trying to worm their way through centrally. Nathaniel Clyne and Alberto Moreno, who scored an excellent solo goal at White Hart Lane last season, should look to push on as much as possible. Jurgen Klopp’s first game as Liverpool manager will see him come up against a tough to beat Tottenham side.Spurs are unbeaten since the opening game of the season in the Premier League and have only conceded seven goals over the eight games.So how can the German gaffer get the best out of his Reds side to ensure victory against the Lilywhites at White Hart Lane?talkSPORT casts a glance at Mauricio Pochettino’s in-form Tottenham and looks at how Liverpool can grab themselves a much-needed three points.Click the right arrow above to see how Klopp can guide Liverpool to victory against Tottenham… 3. Don’t give Harry Kane room outside the area – The Spurs striker hasn’t been too lethal this season but for England he certainly wasn’t shot-shy against Lithuania. Kane constantly looked to get the ball onto his right foot just outside of the box (see also: Kane’s brace against Chelsea last season), so Martin Skrtel should look to get tight to the player as often as possible in this position. 6 6last_img read more

Santa Fe New Mexico – Reported by Katherine Jette

first_imgSanta Fe, New Mexico – Reported by Katherine Jetter for Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazine“I’ve been to cities that never close down From New York to Rio and Old London Town But no matter how far or how wide I roam I still call Australia home” -By Peter AllenMelbourne is the cultural melting pot of Australia. Most of its residents, or at least their parents, are from elsewhere yet at the same time they are wholeheartedly, completely and utterly Australian. Take me, for example. I was born in Melbourne, Victoria on a beautiful autumn day (in March) to a Greek-Australian mother and a German father, which pretty much makes me a typical Melbournian. And as such, I, of course, feel that Melbourne, not Sydney, is the cultural and financial capital of Australia. We have the best museums, the best theater, the best botanical gardens, the best Chinatown, and without a doubt the best restaurants. And boy, do we love to eat. I’ll let Sydney have the best beaches. It’s only fair.Upon your arrival to our cosmopolitan city, treat yourself by checking into the luxurious Park Hyatt Hotel. Located in the heart of Melbourne’s city center, this six-star hotel overlooks St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Fitzroy Gardens. From here, put on your walking shoes and head out for a day of exploration.Start by meandering around the beautiful Royal Botanical Gardens. From there, jump on a tram. There is no better way to get around Melbourne than the tram! Sydney had trams once, but they sold out to modern transport. We are very proud of our trams and the character they add to the city. Jump off at Flinders Street Station, a cultural icon in Melbourne. Whenever locals meet in the city, they always meet under the clocks at Flinders. My uncle met his wife under the clock in Flinders on their first date. He said when he looked up to the check the time, one of the clocks was lit up red and the dials were spinning. It was a sign.Take the bridge over to South Bank, a shopping and restaurant mecca along the Yarra River. Peruse the lovely shops or take a sunny stroll along the river banks. Before you know it, it’ll be lunch time. The best Yum Cha dumplings in Chinatown are at Shark Fin House on Little Bourke Street. Choose from a dazzling array of steaming dumplings as they pass by your table on trolleys. Complete your afternoon with some fine boutique shopping on Collins Street. After your disco nap, hit the town again for dinner and some nightlife.Melbourne has the largest Greek population outside of Greece, which means we also have fabulous Greek food. My personal favorite traditional Greek restaurant is Pireaus Blues in Brunswick, St. Fitzroy. Their slow-cooked lemon lamb falls apart and melts in your mouth. If my grandparents were still alive, my Papou would have made you the best tiropita (filo pastry with feta and ricotta) you have ever tasted.Crown Casino is where it’s at for nightlife. Dine at one of their many restaurants or try your hand at cards. The ultra-modern complex located right on the river opened in 1997 and is the largest casino in the southern hemisphere. Make sure to stop and take in the fireball display, which is put on every 30 minutes at the Gas Towers along the river.Okay, here’s my obligatory insider tip! The local hipsters head to a secret bar in Chinatown called Ginger Boy. If you can find your way through the alleys to the secret door, you will be rewarded with heavenly cocktails and delicious Thai fusion food. Just ask the cool people walking around how to get there.If you have time to really explore Melbourne, I would recommend driving out to Sorrento on Mornington Peninsula. This coastal town with its beautiful beaches and great fish and chips shops is a weekend hot spot for Melbournians. Head down to the docks around five in the afternoon at Flinders when the fishing boats come in and you might be able to snag yourself a freshly caught lobster. I still remember the time my dad brought us one of these home for dinner. Freshly steamed on its way to shore, it was the most delectable lobster I’ve ever eaten. Grab some thick chips from the store and season with salt and brown vinegar. Heaven.For a more refined weekend getaway, Yarra Valley is the top wine growing region in Victoria. Spend the night at Chateau Yering, a beautiful five-star boutique hotel and be sure to visit Yarra Yering vineyard.About the author: Daughter to a Greek-Australian mother and German father, Katherine Jetter was born in Melbourne, Australia, in 1983. Whilst always remaining Australian at heart, she grew up overseas in England, Germany, Italy and Switzerland. Katherine has a BSc in Clinical Psychology and is a GIA Graduate Gemologist and Accredited Jewelry Designer.Contact: Katherine Jetter, (646) 651-3233; katherine@katherinejetter.com; www.katherinejetter.comlast_img read more