Housing Expo opens at Perseverance

first_img… 1 lucky applicant will win a low-income house lot on SundayThe Communities Ministry in collaboration with the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA) officially on Friday launched “Housing Solutions 2017 and Beyond” at Perseverance, East Bank Demerara.The housing expo is geared towards providing low- and moderate-income earners, along with State employees and youths, the opportunity to access affordable houses in a modern setting.Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the CH&PA, Lelon Saul, underscored theAttendees at the Housing Solutions 2017 and Beyond launchimportance of the expo, noting that it provides options and helps the body to execute its mandate. “We are guided by Government policies which are in sync with our mandate to provide affordable housing for the working class. Our interest is not only in providing service lots but more importantly, creating safe, cohesive and sustainable communities,” he said.Minister with the responsibility for housing, Valerie Patterson said Housing Solutions focuses on the Government’s housing programme which seeks to improve the housing delivery system, especially to low-income earners.“The model village gives interested person a real life experience, you don’t have to use your imagination to see what your housing unit will look like; you can walk through the house and experience and interact with its design. You have a range of options from which to choose. The model village provides participating contractors a stage to showcase their products, designs, craftsmanship and newOne of the wooden duplex exhibits available for purchase after the expo closesbuilding technology. More importantly for us, it allows them an opportunity to partner with Government to make housing more affordable for Guyanese at a lower level of the economic scale,” Minister Patterson said.“God forbids that the asking prices for these houses should be prohibitive for the people we intended to reach, we reduced the cost of the house lots here in Perseverance for the model village. We reduced the prices from $500,000 to $300,000 for the low-income, $500,000 for the moderate-income and $700,000 for the middle-income. That was an attempt to assist the exhibitors to ensure that their prices at the end will be affordable,” she added.Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan said the occupancy rate of Government housing schemes developed over the past 20 years has plummeted below 20 per cent for the 38 housing schemes developed during the 2011-2014 period. He noted that those 38 schemes consumed more than 4200 acres of land, with an approximate investment of $13 billion and would require an additional $16 billion to complete the infrastructure. He added that that money is not available.“Land divestment is unaffordable for the State; this is why it is necessary for a higher density model to be pursued if we are to provide a higher model solution. Government buying itself will not achieve the success it wishes in the delivery of this housing solution, it will have to partner with the Private Sector in a robust open and transparent process,” the minister said.The CH&PA will be giving away a low-income house lot to a lucky applicant on Sunday night and encourages those who have applications in the system on or before December 31, 2016 to enter.last_img read more

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

NPSS senior girls volleyball team finish 14th at provincials

first_imgIn the round robin, the girls played in three games against South Kamloops, Elgin Park, and GP Vanier.Unfortunately for the team they would drop all three of their round robin contests. They lost to South Kamloops 25-9, 25-15, Elgin Park 25-8, 25-14, and GP Vanier 25-18, 25-18.As a result of their round robin standing, the team would be placed in the consolation bracket for the playoff round. They would first meet Argyle where they dropped a 25-16, 25-19 decision to the team.- Advertisement -The team would then play Penticton High to determine who would advance to the 13th place game. The NPSS girls would defeat Penticton High in three sets 25-19, 22-25, and 15-13 to advance.Their final game would be against Moscrop, and the senior girls fell by a score of 25-18, 25-16, and in turn finished in 14th.last_img read more

Hosts looking to tame Tigers under lights

first_imgWindies will be eying a rebound win after losing the opener at Providence to a ruthless-looking Bangladesh when the second match, a day-night affair, bowls off on Wednesday afternoon.Windies were handed their first loss of the tour thanks to Tamim Iqbal’s 10th ODI ton and some top innings from veterans Shakib Al Hasan who hit 97 and wicket-keeper Mushfiqur Rahim who creamed 30 from 10 balls to take the visitors to 279.Skipper Mashrafe Mortaza and Mustafizur Rahman, who returned to the side, shared six wickets as they blew away the Caribbean side with the Captain baggingTamim Iqbal and Shakib Al Hasan will look to replicate their feats from the first ODIfour victims. With the historic day-night match just hours away, Windies will quickly need to rebound and regain their momentum from the Tests.Guyanese Shimron Hetmyer made a gritty top-score of 51 after the second top-scorer Chris Gayle was run out for 40 and the Windies middle-order, which appeared shaky, failed to power their side home.Skipper Jason Holder, following the loss on Sunday at the post-match press conference, blamed poor fielding among other factors for the loss, but anticipated a good comeback for the home team, as the series progressed.Meanwhile, it will be interesting to see if the Windies, who left out Guyanese all-rounder Keemo Paul and opener Kieran Powell in the first game, tinker with a possible team change.Jason Mohamed and Rovman Powell both failed the Windies in the first game as Devendra Bishoo and Alzarri Joseph, a spinner and a fast bowler, ended on 29 each and shared an unbroken half-century stand, which was not enough to save their team.Bangladesh, on the other hand, are unlikely to change their winning combination as their side appeared well-balanced in the first game. Their batsman with the exception of Tamim, Shakib and Rahim will now be tasked with showing their skills come match two.The Tigers will look to keep their momentum and go two up in the three-match series and rebound from the Test series loss while Windies will desperately want to shrug off any remnants of Sunday’s game and get their minds right ahead of the day-nighter set to bowl off from 14:30h on Wednesday, July 25.last_img read more

Looking for a fulfilling new career? Why not try a Reflexology Diploma?

first_imgSeptember is a month when people start to look at going back to train and study something that they are interested in. Why not find something you are really passionate about? The Irish School of Reflexology will start a new term of its own Practitioner’s Diploma in Foot Reflexology on the 8th and 9th of September at The Base Enterprise Centre, Stranorlar, Co. Donegal. The ISR is Accredited with the National Register of Reflexologists IRL (http://www.nationalreflexology.ie/nrri_accredited_schools). Accredited Schools are teaching in adherence to NRRI Syllabus (150 hours of tutorials, approx.12-14 months and 60 hours of case studies) and their graduates are automatically eligible for NRRI Membership with many benefits. Principals of those schools are known members of NRRI and described by the NRRI Registrar as the best training providers in Ireland. The Diploma is part-time (one weekend per month) and will cover A&P, the theory of Reflexology, holistic approach, practical work and much more. The course is designed to enable students to develop the skill and in-depth knowledge required for effective treatment and evaluation of a client, by having good techniques, by taking good consultation notes and keeping accurate records; by using good listening skills and by an overall caring attitude; to help students gain confidence and experience through supervised work; to understand the holistic approach – mental, physical, spiritual and social; and to become informed about the skills necessary to start up and manage a professional practice.At the end of the year, students will be awarded a Diploma in Traditional Foot Reflexology (recognised by all the major health insurance companies-VHI, Aviva, etc.) and will be able to start their own practice.After their graduation, students are eligible for Membership with the National Register of Reflexologists (IRL). It will open up many opportunities for them: start their own practice, work in beauty salons, hotels, hospitals and much more.Tatiana Lawless Grosso, Principal of the Irish School of Reflexology said: “We are very proud of our school and the level of preparation we provide during the class and one to one teaching we supply during the year. The sequence we teach is the Eunice Ingham’s sequence and it has proven to be very effective as we use it all the time in our practices.”“The demand for Reflexology is growing,” Tatiana added.“More people are getting into Complementary and Holistic Therapies, because they start to understand that health is the results of a balanced life – mentally, physically, spiritual; and diet is important too. “They start to realise that we cannot be healthy if one of these factors is missing. We cannot be physically healthy if our mental health is not there. Our patients find also they get more long-lasting results with the help of Reflexology and they came back because of that.“Our students really enjoy the year, what they learn about Reflexology and about themselves. They grow in confidence as human beings and the fact that they can make the difference in helping other people in such an easy and noninvasive way, it is so important for them. “The aim of Reflexology is just to let the body do the healing by only applying pressure to the feet. That is why reflexology is a safe therapy because the reflexologist doesn’t use any medication but just pressure on certain parts of the foot which will free energy and blockages. Then the body will do the healing.”Here are what students have to say about studying at the ISR:I couldn’t miss out on learning a new skill that interested me:I decided to [enroll in] the course because I had seen the ad last year and thought it would be good. Then when it was advertised again for this year I knew it was for me and I couldn’t miss out on learning a new skill that interested me. I chose the Irish School of Reflexology because weekend [study] works best for me and home study in between each class means I can still continue with the childcare I do while learning. The course is everything I hoped it would be. Tatiana is a great tutor with practical and theory knowledge about reflexology and Denise brings the anatomy and physiology to life in plain and simple language so it’s fun and easy to remember!! Both are beautiful people. I’m enjoying it more than I could have imagined.Studying with the Irish School of Reflexology has made a big difference to me. I’m enjoying having a new skill and knowledge. I’ve realized that it was time for a career change as my children are older now and need different things from me so doing childcare at home won’t suit for much longer. I’ve met lovely girls in the class and made some new friends. Doing the practice with my family and children has opened up a new way to be together nicely without the pressure of making conversation and asking constant questions. New bonds growing!!  Thank you, Tatiana!! – Sharon Lee, Diploma Student It fits in well with my work and home-life:I had been looking into completing a course like this as I didn’t enjoy my working life, had no job satisfaction and I was always stressed and dreaded going to work. I had also recently given birth and I knew that I needed to work in an area that would provide for a positive and balanced home. I chose to complete this course as I wanted one with the best quality and qualification that this provides I love [the course]. It fits in well with my work and home-life and is giving me the best foundations to build upon with home study and practise after each class.I feel more confident and positive in myself now that I’m working towards a goal that suits me. I’ve always wanted to be self-employed and help people be healthier and live better lives so this course enables me to do that. – Maggie Russell, Diploma Student For more inquiries and to apply for the next term in September 2018, contact: Tatiana Grosso Lawless, N.R.I.I.PrincipalIrish School of ReflexologyDublin & DonegalTel: 086 20 71 065irishschoolofreflexology@gmail.comwww.irishschoolofreflexology.comFacebook/irishschoolofreflexologyLooking for a fulfilling new career? Why not try a Reflexology Diploma? was last modified: May 31st, 2018 by Staff WriterShare 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:careerseducationholisticirish school of reflexologytraininglast_img read more

Pep Guardiola refuses to compromise approach despite disappointing season

first_img1 The Citizens will end the campaign without a trophy for only the third time since 2009-10 Pep Guardiola accepts Manchester City’s season will be seen as a failure but will not compromise his approach in search of Premier League titles.City will end the campaign without a trophy for only the third time since 2009-10 and realistically can finish no higher than third in the table.Given all the expectation that accompanied Guardiola’s arrival from Bayern Munich, and the fact they started the season with 10 victories in a row, what followed has inevitably been met with disappointment.Guardiola said: “If you judge me for the titles we achieve or not, it was not a good season. It’s simple like that.“I’ve learned a lot. I’m so satisfied for many, many things we have done but it’s not enough. We’re here to win titles, all the six teams are here fighting for the Champions League qualification.“Most of them have history and tradition and a good team, good managers to win the titles, but just one can win. Congratulations to Chelsea and the other teams. Manchester United is going to win titles and we aren’t going to win titles.”City face Leicester on Saturday knowing that if they win all of their three remaining games they will definitely finish third and qualify directly for the Champions League.It will be an achievement to take into next season, if not the one City fans had hoped for.Speaking on Sky Sports on Monday, former Manchester United defender Gary Neville said it would “defy logic” if Guardiola managed to win the Premier League by sticking to his favoured formula.But the former Barcelona and Bayern boss sent a strong message that he is not about to make his team more physical.Guardiola said: “Gary Neville played in England, he didn’t play in other countries so he cannot compare. It’s physical yes because the way the referees conduct games you have to be more physical.“Football is football everywhere and the more quality you have, the stronger mentality you have, the more chances to win the games. The only power I have is the team is going to play the way I want to play.“Of course I would like to have physical, strong teams, good at headers, fast. I like that, but since the first time I arrived here, and hopefully I will stay here a long time, the team is going to play the way I want to play. I’m not going to dismiss that way.“I like high pressing, I want to improve the second balls, I want to make a good build-up, I want to play quick as much as possible, but at the end it depends on the quality of the players.“We are going to try to adapt the philosophy of the club, with the players we have and to buy the players we need to play in that way. That is what we are looking for.“How can I convince my players to play another way that I don’t feel? The players are so intelligent, they know you are lying to them. When I am sitting there also I am a fan, I want to enjoy seeing my team playing.”Playmaker David Silva backed the progress being made by Guardiola and believes next season will bring greater rewards.He said: “Next season we need to fight for everything, for all the trophies. This season, it’s been our first contact, the change of an idea.“The team understands the ideas clearer now and next season we will go all out. We need to win. We have clear ideas now and I’m sure there will be other players coming that will help us to achieve our goals.”last_img read more

DONEGAL RUE SQUANDERED CHANCES AS THEY GO ‘DOWN’ IN NEWRY

first_imgAn early goal for Down saw Donegal chase this National League game for the entire afternoon in Newry.Donegal can look to squandered chances after they hit more than a dozen wides.But take nothing from Down because they fought tooth and nail to keep their noses in front. Both Neil Gallagher and Colm McFadden grabbed late points to push the margin to just two points as the clock ticked down.And despite going in search of what would have been a winning goal, Down hung on to win by 1-09 to 0-10.Niall Muldine inflicted the early goal on Donegal after an initial save by Paul Durcan amid a sea of Down players.Donegal’s slow start was evident on the scoreboard with just two points after 22 minutes. The sides continued to swap points but Down went in the much happier at half-time on a scoreline of 1-06 to 0-05.Often lauded as a second-half team, Donegal just couldn’t shake off their inability to punish Down.Down stood strong in defence despite probing attacks form the likes of David Walsh and Christy Toye.Mark McHugh, Toye and Michael Murphy were all guilty of squandering chances on the day.Down did their homework and did enough to snuff out the threat of Murphy and co up front. On a day when Donegal left their shooting boots at home, Down can feel they did enough to earn the two points.* Cathal MacSuibhne’s overview of the game will be posted shortly.DONEGAL RUE SQUANDERED CHANCES AS THEY GO ‘DOWN’ IN NEWRY was last modified: March 16th, 2014 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:donegalDownNewrylast_img read more

Half-time: Brentford 1 Leeds United 0

first_imgSam Saunders scored his first Brentford goal in more than a year to put the home side ahead at the break.The midfielder charged through the middle, with the Leeds defence backing off, before picking out the bottom corner from outside the penalty area to put the Bees ahead on 28 minutes.Moments later, Brentford keeper David Button made a superb save to keep out Mirco Antenucci’s effort from distance to preserve his side’s lead.Alan Judge, who Brentford hope to keep out of the clutches of Sheffield Wednesday, fired narrowly over the bar as he hunted his 13th goal of a prolific season.Antenucci – who came on after 19 minutes for the injured Chris Wood – was denied a shooting opportunity by Harlee Dean’s challenge inside the box, while at the other end, Lasse Vibe fired well over.Brentford named the same team which won 3-1 at Preston at the weekend, while Leeds opted against naming ex-Bees midfielder Toumani Diagouraga in their starting line-up.James Tarkowski has again been left out of the Brentford squad as his punishment continues for refusing to play against Burnley earlier this month.Brentford: Button; Colin, Dean, Barbet, Bidwell; McEachran, Woods; Saunders, Judge, Swift; Vibe.Subs: Bonham, Yennaris, O’Connell, Kerschbaumer, Gogia, Djuricin, Hofmann.Leeds: Silvestri; Wootton, Bellusci, Cooper, Taylor; Dallas, Bridcutt, Murphy, Cook; Doukara, Wood.Subs: Peacock-Farrell, Coyle, Adeyemi, Diagouraga, Phillips, Carayol, Antenucci.See also:Diagouraga completes move from Brentford to LeedsBrentford’s Tarkowski apologises and explains refusal to playDiagouraga relishes chance to play for LeedsBees need to be at their best – SmithBrentford v Leeds United line-ups: Bees leave out Liverpool loanee, Whites make one changeFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Warriors’ Steve Kerr chimes in on Lakers firing Luke Walton

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!OAKLAND — The words reflected Steve Kerr’s affection for Luke Walton as one of his best friends. It also captured Kerr’s respect for Walton after he served as one of his assistants with the Warriors for two years.So when the Los Angeles Lakers announced their organization and Walton “mutually agreed to part ways” following his third season as head coach, Kerr …last_img

Draymond Green promised a reporter a trip to the NBA Finals. Now the reporter hopes to collect.

first_imgBy Ben Strauss | The Washington PostIt all started innocently enough. Geoffrey Arnold, a sports reporter at the Oregonian newspaper, was milling around the tunnel inside the Moda Center ahead of Game 4 of the Western Conference finals between the Portland Trail Blazers and the Golden State Warriors when none other than Stephen Curry approached.“Can I borrow you?” Curry asked.Arnold, 60, has worked at the Oregonian for 27 years. He started out on high school sports and was once a Blazers beat …last_img