The Uitvlugt fiasco

first_imgDear Editor,I make reference to a news item of August 15, 2018, titled “Uitvlugt cane shredder runs out of control” describing an incident that occurred at Uitvlugt factory where “about 70 knives or hammers” were sent “flying”.Editor, I trust that the new CEO of the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo), will ensure an unbiased and thorough investigation is conducted into this industrial fiasco. An occurrence of this nature cannot be categorised as a normal or freak accident. It is because it occurred on a scheduled and programmed start-up of the factory. Prior to start-up of this kind, this specific piece of equipment had to be inspected, tested, verified and approved for operation. For it to send 70 rectangular pieces of solid carbon steel (knives) weighing approximately 20lbs each, spinning at 600+ revolutions per minute (rpm), into the air is proof of systemic engineering failure caused by deteriorating engineering standards. It must be divine intervention that saved employees lives from high velocity, steel projectiles and shrapnel.While this fiasco has huge financial impact (repair cost, opportunity time, sugar losses, etc), the potential loss of life from this incident was enormous which necessitates an inquiry into areas such as established procedures for turbines going “out of” and “returning to” service, turbine tests, trip-speed tests, on-site verification of turbine and trip-speed tests by qualified engineers, training of employees conducting tasks for tests, preliminary checks to be done before start-up, approvals from technical and managerial staff for turbines and knives going into service after repairs and maintenance, etc.Editor, Uitvlugt has many layers of engineering and supervisory staff to ensure engineering standards are maintained. Added to this, GuySuCo employed a platoon of engineers (approximately five) since 2015 at its head office to provide technical guidance and oversight to factories on engineering standards. This staff increase occurred simultaneously while reducing the number of operating factories from seven to three. With an expanded technical management on top and less operating factories, there is no excuse on shortage of engineering skills to support and guide factories during critical times such as start-ups at beginning of crops and shut-downs at end of crops. Do we have a situation of gross incompetence or dereliction of duties from the head office to the estate? Will GuySuCo place all blame on rank and file workers for this fiasco?Sincerely,Sookram Persaudlast_img read more

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Another blow as Muguna ruled out of CECAFA

first_imgThe K’Ogalo midfielder has been replaced by Thika United’s Brian Tsuma in the squad that reported residential camp on Sunday at Nairobi’s Utalii Hotel.Hosts Harambee Stars will take on the Amavubi Stars of Rwanda in their opening match on the December 3 at Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos.Kenya who are drawn in Pool A will then take on Tanzania, Zanzibar and guest team Libya as they hope to reclaim the title they last listed in 2013 at the Nyayo National Stadium.Pool B is headlined by defending champions Uganda who will take on Ethiopia, Burundi, South Sudan and guest team Zimbabwe.Full Squad in campGoalkeepersBoniface, Oluoch (Gor Mahia), Gabriel Andika (AFC Leopards), Patrick Matasi (Posta Rangers)DefendersMusa Mohammed (Gor Mahia), Charles Momanyi (Kakamega Homeboyz), Dennis Shikhayi (AFC Leopards), Jockins Atudo (Posta Rangers), Wellington Ochieng (Gor Mahia), Benard Ochieng (Vihiga United), Omar Mbongi (Ulinzi Stars) Isaac Kipyegon (Zoo Kericho)MidfieldersErnest Wendo (Gor Mahia), Whyvonne Issuza (AFC Leopards), Brian Tsuma (Thika United), Patillah Omotto (Kariobangi Sharks), Duncan Otieno (AFC Leopards), Ovellah Ochieng (Kariobangi Sharks), Lawrence Juma (Nzoia Sugar)StrikersSamuel Onyango (Ulinzi Stars), Kepha Aswani (Nakumatt), George Odhiambo (Gor Mahia), Masoud Juma (Kariobangi Sharks), Vincent Oburu (AFC Leopards), Stephen Waruru (Ulinzi Stars), Benjamin Mosha (Sony Sugar), Nicholas Kipkirui (Zoo Kericho)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gor Mahia midfielder Kenneth Muguna has been ruled out of the 2017 CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup. Photo/COURTESYNAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 28 – Gor Mahia midfielder Kenneth Muguna has been ruled out of the upcoming CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup after picking a thigh injury, five days to the regional tournament scheduled to kick-off on Sunday.Muguna, the 2016 Footballer of the Year, becomes the second player to be ruled out due to injury after his club-mate defender Harun Shakava pulled out on Sunday.last_img read more

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Equestrians defend stables

first_imgPICO RIVERA – Horse owners who board their animals at a stable targeted for closure by the city are refusing to simply ride off into the sunset. The boarders, who have formed the Pico Rivera Equestrian Boarders Association to fight the eviction, say they will not honor the city’s notice to vacate the Pico Rivera Stables, which are scheduled to close June 30. That could set up a showdown between the equestrians and the city, after City Council members Tuesday refused to push back the closing date. “I’m going to buy my hay, feed my horses and stand my ground,” said Susan Cermak, who boards two horses at the stables, which are next to the San Gabriel River (605) Freeway. “We may have to take legal action,” he said. Council members refused to push back the June 30 closing date, saying they already have given owners 110 days notice of the closure, far more than the required 30 days, Ramirez said. “We feel like we have been generous with the amount of time we have given them,” he said. Cermak said the city should provide money for the owners to relocate. “It would be nice if they could do that, because we are going to be homeless and tying our horses up at the riverbed,” she said, referring to the nearby San Gabriel River. Councilman Gregory Salcido said the city has no legal obligation to pay the boarders to relocate. “This is not an eminent domain situation,” he said. “Our relationship is with Ventura \, the company that runs the stables and Sports Arena for the city, not the tenants,” he said. Council members voted March 7 to close the stables. Officials said the city no longer could meet tough federal Environmental Protection Agency requirements to keep the facilities open. Officials also said the city is losing $14,000 a year operating the stables. Officials on Wednesday reiterated their plans to demolish the stables after June 30. Still on the table is an agreement with a developer to build a golf course on the property, but the developer so far has not presented any plans to the city, said city spokesman Bob Spencer. He also flatly denied a rumor circulated among some residents that a gaming casino is being planned for the stables property. “It could not be used for that. That is just not true,” he said. debbie.pfeiffer@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsAbout half of the 90 boarders who kept their 163 horses at the stables moved out even before the city issued the closure notices in March. The remaining boarders are refusing to budge, saying the city must first provide them with documents showing why they must move. The group has requested from the city financial statements, a copy of the city’s original agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which owns the property, and environmental documents. They also have requested to view plans for any pending or future development of the property, said Tonja Frederickson, who boards her horse, Bubbles, at the stables. She said the owners requested the documents “because we are so far not getting any concrete reason from the city on why they are doing this.” Mayor Pete Ramirez said Wednesday the city may have to force the owners out. last_img read more

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Judge issues bench warrants for up to a dozen people after rally weekend

first_imgA Judge has issued bench warrants for up to a dozen people who failed to appear in court following the Donegal International Motor Rally.The accused defendants were due to appear today at Letterkenny District Court facing a raft of charges arising out of the weekend during which more than 80 people were arrested. Gardai stressed that those arrested were not genuine rally fans but those ‘hanging on’ to the event.Those due in court were mostly from Northern Ireland and faced various charges including dangerous driving, public order, drugs offenses and drunk-driving.Judge Paul Kelly issued bench warrants for all those who failed to show to answer their charges and ordered their bail money to be forfeited.A number of other defendants did appear and were dealt with by way of fines through the court.Among those fined was a man who repeatedly called Gardai ‘donkeys’ and tried to remove the keys from their patrol car as they attended an incident in Letterkenny on June 17th.Judge issues bench warrants for up to a dozen people after rally weekend was last modified: July 2nd, 2018 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)last_img read more

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NOTICE: MOUNTCHARLES ROWING CLUB POSTPONE REGATTA AS MARK OF RESPECT TO DESMOND QUINN

first_imgNOTICE: Mountcharles Rowing Club wish to extend their deepest sympathy to the Quinn family on the sudden death of their son Desmond Quinn. As a mark of respect MRC annual regatta will be postponed to Saturday 6th of September at 1.30pm subject again to weather.NOTICE: MOUNTCHARLES ROWING CLUB POSTPONE REGATTA AS MARK OF RESPECT TO DESMOND QUINN was last modified: August 22nd, 2014 by John2Share 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:Mountcharles Rowing Clubregattalast_img read more

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Emergency road closure in Donegal Town as tree falls into river

first_imgDonegal County Council has announced that an emergency road closure is required on Bridge Street in Donegal Town to facilitate the removal of a large tree that has fallen into the river adjacent to the bridge. The road has been closed since 12:30pm and will be closed until 4pm today.Diversions are in place as follows: Traffic travelling from Donegal Town towards Killybegs will be diverted on the Diamond up Main Street towards the By-Pass.Traffic travelling from the Killybegs direction towards Donegal Town will be diverted at the roundabout near the Mill Park hotel and along the by-pass.A spokesperson for Donegal County Council says: “We would like to thank the public for their patience and co-operation and every effort will be made to re-open the road.”Emergency road closure in Donegal Town as tree falls into river was last modified: December 8th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:Donegal County CouncilDonegal Townlast_img read more

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Picture Special: Grandparents give a lesson in cross-making at Lurgybrack NS

first_imgThe children of Lurgybrack NS in Letterkenny welcomed their families to school today to celebrate the Feast of St. Brigid and Grandparents Day as part of Catholic schools week.Grannies, granddads and parents shared the traditional art of cross-making with the pupils. It was a great afternoon enjoyed by all generations. See all the photos in our gallery below:Picture Special: Grandparents give a lesson in cross-making at Lurgybrack NS was last modified: February 1st, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:grandparents dayLurgybrack NSst brigids daylast_img read more

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LEO Donegal gets its teeth into €230,375 fund for the Food Coast Project

first_imgDonegal Local Enterprise Office’s Food Coast project was among 16 projects named by Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Heather Humphreys, when she announced the results of the new €2.5 million Local Enterprise Office (LEO) Competitive Fund.Applications were open to individual LEOs; collaborative projectsbetween two or more LEOs; and LEOs working with other local groups likeChambers, Community Enterprise Centres, Education or Training bodies,Local Authorities or colleges.Head of Enterprise in Donegal, Michael Tunney, said he was delightedwith the announcement and said the funding of €230,375 would help theFood Coast initiative continue to build on the momentum it has gatheredover the years. The Food Coast project – a partnership between the public and privatesectors has been working to make Donegal famous for food for some yearsnow – having first launched the strategy in 2012.This specific project with funding of over €230,000, will see funding for a facilitated food cluster, a productivity programme, a best practice visit and anexecutive food marketing programme, project marketing and funding for afull-time executive for two years.Applications were open to individual LEOs; collaborative projectsbetween two or more LEOs; and LEOs working with other local groups likeChambers, local businesses, Community Enterprise Centres, Education orTraining bodies, Local Authorities or colleges.“We are delighted with this approval. We have great commitment from thefood sector to the overall Food Coast project as evidenced most recentlyby the 20 different Food Coast events that were put on by the businessesas part of Donegal Connect. Over the past two years we are seeing theawareness of Donegal as a food county coming to the fore, both withinthe county and at national level,” the Head of Enterprise in Donegalsaid. Mr. Tunney explained that this is the first time Local EnterpriseOffice, Donegal, has received any funding for the delivery of the FoodCoast other than that allocated from the limited budget of the LocalEnterprise Office.“This funding will allow us drive the project forward with renewedenergy. It is very timely and will give added momentum to the overallinitiative,” he said.Those comments were echoed by Chief Executive of Donegal, CountyCouncil, Seamus Neely who said the announcement was a great outcome forthe Food Coast project which has been pioneered by the Local EnterpriseOffice and the food businesses for over seven years.“Food and food tourism are real strengths in our County and we are nowan exemplar location for the quality of our products, the diversity ofour food experiences and for the reputation of our chefs,” the ChiefExecutive of Donegal County Council said.Announcing the successful applicants at a special event in the CouncilChamber of Monaghan County Council, Minister Humphreys said thesuccessful applicants demonstrated a real intent to collaborate, notonly with neighbouring County LEOs but also with other stakeholders suchas ITs, Innovation Centres, Local Authorities and others. The successful applications were selected through a rigorous evaluationprocess based on criteria, which included economic impacts and value formoney, collaboration and participation, Future Jobs orientation,collaboration and building regional strengths and viability andsustainability.Minister of State for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital SingleMarket and Data Protection Pat Breen TD said: “I very much welcomeMinister Humphreys’ announcement and want to commend all those who haveparticipated in the competitive process. These successful projects willbe rolled out through the Local Enterprise Offices, which are verywell-placed to reach companies and entrepreneurs in even the most ruralareas. I particularly welcome the focus on collaboration and networkingin support of regional and local micro-enterprise capability building,growth and job creation.Mark Christal, Manager, Regions and Entrepreneurship, EnterpriseIreland, said; “This is a significant investment by the Minister and herDepartment in the ideas and ability of the Local Enterprise Offices todeliver results across the country. This will hugely benefit companiesand the enterprise eco-system in all regions, an investment that willhelp to drive enterprise and support the business objectives ofentrepreneurs and small businesses. It shows that Local EnterpriseOffices across the country are committed to improving the businessenvironment and supports for their client companies and theentrepreneurs of the future and Enterprise Ireland will continue to workwith them to support this aim.”Oisin Geoghegan, Chair of the network of Local Enterprise Offices,described the announcement by Minister Humphreys as a great boost toLocal Enterprise Offices across the country. “They have shown their creativity and innovation in proposing a range ofprojects that will solve a number of issues in their regions. Thisfunding highlights the impact that Local Enterprise Offices are makingand shows that they continue to be best placed in driving innovation andenterprise in towns and villages across the country,” he said.LEO Donegal gets its teeth into €230,375 fund for the Food Coast Project was last modified: October 11th, 2019 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:food coastgrantLEOlast_img read more

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Jonas Jerebko gives Warriors unexpected lift off the bench

first_imgOAKLAND — Jonas Jerebko played a total of 16 minutes in the Warriors’ first seven playoff games and didn’t get off the bench in the Western Conference semifinal opener against the Houston Rockets.So, naturally, when Steph Curry left Game 2 with a finger injury after just 3 1/2 minutes, it was Jerebko that coach Steve Kerr sent into the game.“My name was called. I just tried to come in and help the team,” Jerebko said. “This is what I work for, to come into games like this and contribute.”Scor …last_img read more

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Gallery: the SONA red carpet

first_imgThe State of the Nation Address by President Jacob Zuma took place on 11 February 2016, an important date for the country. It was the anniversary of the release of Nelson Mandela from prison 26 years ago. We take a look at the dignitaries as they arrived at Parliament. South Africa’s annual State of the Nation Address took place in Cape Town on 11 February 2016. (Image: GovernmentZA, CC BY-ND 2.0, via Flickr)• South Africa’s women in politics• Powerful women shape Africa• Quotable: Piketty on global inequality, human rights and South Africa• National Orders were bestowed on activists and cultural leaders• Gallery: South Africa’s rich and colourful heritage Compiled by Priya PitamberOn the 26th anniversary of the release of Nelson Mandela from prison, 11 February 2016, President Jacob Zuma addressed the nation in the annual State of the Nation Address (SONA). He described Mandela’s release as “one of the most remarkable episodes in the history of our country”.It was also the 50th anniversary of the apartheid government’s declaration that District Six in Cape Town would be a whites only area, leading to the forced removals of more than 60 000 residents.This year also marks the 20th anniversary of the Constitution being signed into law by Mandela. The signing took place in Sharpeville on 10 December 1996.“We are proud of our democracy and what we have achieved in a short space of time,” Zuma said. “Our democracy is functional, solid and stable.”However, before the speech, ministers, members of the government and others put their best foot forward on the SONA red carpet. More often than not, the speech, which marks the annual opening of Parliament for the year, is a colourful affair held with much aplomb. Small Business Minister Lindiwe Zulu arrives on the red carpet in Plein Street for the State of the Nation Address in Parliament, Cape Town, on 11 February 2016. (Image: GovernmentZA, CC BY-ND 2.0, via Flickr) Inkosi Zwelivelile Mandla Mandela and his wife arrive on the red carpet for SONA 2016. (Image: GovernmentZA, CC BY-ND 2.0, via Flickr) Deputy Minister Buti Manamela and his partner walk the red carpet for SONA 2016. (Image: GovernmentZA, CC BY-ND 2.0, via Flickr) Former ANC treasurer Matthew Phosa and his wife arrive for the 2016 SONA. (Image: GovernmentZA, CC BY-ND 2.0, via Flickr) Thoko Didiza on the SONA 2016 red carpet. (Image: GovernmentZA, CC BY-ND 2.0, via Flickr) President Jacob Zuma, Bongi Zuma, Speaker of Parliament Baleka Mbete, and NCOP chairperson Thandi Modise arrive at Parliament for SONA 2016. (Image: GovernmentZA, CC BY-ND 2.0, via Flickr)Minister of Home Affairs Mulusi Gigaba and his wife Noma #SONA2016 pic.twitter.com/SBFnp2XkST— Gabi Mbele (@TheGabi) February 11, 2016RED CARPET: Guests arrive for #SONA2016 pic.twitter.com/DfM9CdJzP1— SA Gov News (@SAgovnews) February 11, 2016RT @andiMakinana: The Public Protector wearing Johan-Gert Coetzee. #SONA2016 pic.twitter.com/dqd8ei0tYQ— City Press Online (@City_Press) February 11, 2016RED CARPET: #DIRCO Deputy Minister Nomaindiya #Mfeketo arrives for #SONA2016 pic.twitter.com/dWfILMwfcG— SA Gov News (@SAgovnews) February 11, 2016Guests have started arriving on the red carpet for #SONA2016 pic.twitter.com/zMxQrDshGS— SA Gov News (@SAgovnews) February 11, 2016last_img read more

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