Community input wanted in local lookout development

first_imgPhoto: The Peace River Regional District and Focus Corporation are looking to develop the lookout on 100th street. The goal is to make the area safer and determine a potential usage of the land- file photo.The Peace River Regional District wants the community’s input on how to spruce up the lookout on 100th street.On Monday, November 30th, there will be a meeting in Fort St. John, to brainstorm ideas for the undeveloped land.- Advertisement -This fall, the Regional District granted Focus Corporation $16,355, for a feasability study which is now underway.The group is asking residents to come to the meeting on Monday, to help the company gather information on current and potential usage, historical information, safety concerns, and economic benefits.Everyone who shows up will be treated to refreshments, and entered in a draw to win a vehicle emergency kit.The meeting will be held at the North Peace Leisure Pool in Fort St. John, from 1:30 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.Advertisement The feasability study should be complete by the end of March.last_img read more

Council Grants Another Enerplex Tender

first_imgFort St. John City Council has granted a tender for just over four million dollars, that goes to exterior work at the Enerplex site. That follows a report submitted to Council this week, which confirmed there’s still five point six million dollars left in the senior government’s infrastructure grant received last year for the Enerplex. DGS Astro Paving will conduct the final base preparation for the parking lot, that includes concrete curbing, storm sewer installation, lighting, and paving on both the southeast and northwest sides of the building. – Advertisement -However, it does not include landscaping and irrigation works, nor the construction of the rainwater tank and system.To ensure the entire project does not go over budget the City must keep the cost of this work, at or below the projected price tag. Thus, if negotiations with DGS Astro don’t work out then the contract will be rejected and retendered.Advertisementlast_img read more

CN Train derailed after mudslide

first_imgA CN Rail train was derailed after a mudslide south of Chetwynd.At approximately 1:30 a.m. Saturday, a mudslide 64 km south of Chetwynd caused a CN train to derail. The train included 6 cars and 2 locomotives.- Advertisement -No one was injured in the derailment and CN operations have stopped in the area.Most of the 6 cars were empty, two contained steel pipe.CN crews are on scene cleaning up the derailment.last_img

ECD man hammered to death by cousin

first_imgA 35-year-old businessman was on Tuesday night beaten to death, allegedly by his younger cousin, a 28-year-old electrician of Unity Village, East Coast Demerara (ECD).Dead: Arvin Dipchand, called “Krishna”Dead is Arvin Dipchand, called “Krishna” of Dochfour, ECD. The incident occurred around 18:30h at Unity.Reports are that the cousins had several misunderstandings, stemming from the electrician allegedly stealing from the businessman on several occasions.On Tuesday night, the suspect was under the influence of alcohol when he pelted a hammer towards his cousin.The hammer struck the businessman to his head, causing him to fall to the ground.The suspect then began to punch his cousin. He then reportedly pulled out a wooden stave from a fence and dealt the businessman a lash to his head.The businessman managed to free himself and jumped into his car. However, he was only able to drive a short distance down the street before he collapsed.The man was escorted by Community Policing Group (CPG) members to the Mahaicony Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.The suspect is in custody assisting with the investigation.last_img read more

ExxonMobil begins pumping oil

first_img…December 20 named “National Petroleum Day”United States oil giant ExxonMobil has commenced production of Guyana’s oil in the Stabroek Block, where 14 discoveries of crude in commercial quantities have been made since 2015. “ExxonMobil [on Friday] announced that oil production has started from the Liza field offshore Guyana ahead of schedule and less than five years after the first discovery of hydrocarbons, which is well ahead of the industry average for deepwater developments,” a statement from the company revealed.It was noted that production from the first phase of the Liza field, located in the 6.6 million acres Stabroek Block, is expected to reach full capacity of 120,000 barrels of oil per day in the coming months, and the first cargo is set to be sold within several weeks.Only in September, the Liza Destiny floating production, storage and offloading vessel (FPSO) arrived in Guyana’s waters. The vessel is a significant component of the Liza Phase One Development, which involves four undersea drill centres with 17 production wells. Besides its production capacity of 120,000 barrels of oil per day, it also has an overall storage volume of 1.6 million barrels.During normal operations, there will be at least 80 persons living and working onboard the vessel.With the 120,000 barrels expected daily from production in the Liza Phase One Development, it is estimated that Guyana will earn some US$300 million annually.ExxonMobil had previously said there is potential for at least five FPSO vessels in the Stabroek Block, producing more than 750,000 barrels of oil per day by 2025. Liza Phase Two Development is expected to start-up by mid-2022. It had been reported that the project would use the Liza Unity FPSO to produce up to 220,000 barrels per day.With Hess Guyana Exploration Ltd holding 30 per cent interest in the Stabroek Block, ExxonMobil’s affiliate, Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited (EEPGL) has 45 per cent interest and is also the operator of the 6.6 million acres block while CNOOC Petroleum Guyana Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of China’s state-owned CNOOC Limited, holds the remaining 25 per cent interest.Meanwhile, President David Granger has issued a proclamation to declare December 20 as ‘National Petroleum Day‘.According to the Head of State in a release from the Ministry of the Presidency late Friday evening, the proclamation will remind Guyanese of their duty to protect the country’s patrimony and to ensure the sustainable management of finite hydrocarbon resources.“…three months ahead of the original schedule, Guyana has become a petroleum-producing state,” he declared.President Granger noted that oil production will be a transformative process in the country’s economic development. The petroleum sector, he added, will stimulate increased employment and expand services.The Head of State went on to outline that the coalition Government will unveil a “Decade of Development, 2020-2029” aimed at ensuring that petroleum resources will be utilised to provide the “good life” for all.“The ‘Decade’ is a ten-year plan to intensify development and improve citizens’ quality of life. Every Guyanese will benefit from petroleum production. No one will be left behind,” he asserted.The President continued that the coalition Government has taken steps to safeguard the national interest. This includes setting up the Department of Energy to manage the country’s hydrocarbon resources. The Department, he noted, is seeking the best advice, including international best practices as it builds the institutional, legislative and regulatory capability to manage this sector effectively and efficiently.Another step highlighted by the President is the passage of the Natural Resource Fund Act 2019 in the National Assembly back in January this year. He pointed out that the “Act” provides for ensuring that the country’s resource wealth “…benefits both current and future generations…”, and that it incorporates oversight, accounting, reporting and auditing mechanisms to promote prudent, transparent and accountable management of oil revenues.“Guyanese, I assure that your Government will manage petroleum revenues prudently to ensure fiscal discipline, financial sector stability, sustainable levels of public debt and low inflation. Withdrawals from the ‘Fund’ will follow a balanced approach, prioritising investment in public education, public health, public infrastructure, public security, social protection and other social services and will support private sector development,” the Head of State posited.Further, President Granger stated that petroleum production has brought the prospects of a higher quality of life closer to Guyanese households and neighbourhoods. He added that it is a momentous event that should be commemorated for perpetuity.“Guyana’s future is brighter with the beginning of ‘first oil’. The ‘good life’ for everyone beckons. Let us work together to build a happy and prosperous country for the present and future generations,” the President stressed.ExxonMobil signed its contract with Guyana in 1999 under the People’s Progressive Party Government.In 2015, the oil giant announced a significant oil discovery on the Stabroek Block, located approximately 120 miles offshore Guyana. The well encountered more than 295 feet (90 metres) of high-quality oil-bearing sandstone reservoirs.On May 8, 2015, days prior to General and Regional Elections, the then Government – PPP/C – had announced that ExxonMobil discovered hydrocarbons offshore Guyana while drilling the Liza-1 exploration well at the Stabroek Block. However, now coalition Government, which was in Opposition at the time, had said that the PPP’s announcement was a mere elections gimmick.last_img read more

Guinness Cage kicks off on August 8

first_img– Chetsons already on boardThe need to integrate communities all across Guyana has been the recurring theme among politicians, village leaders and the wider society for a long time now and many initiatives have been advanced to do so.Sport has been one of the vehicles advocated to break down age-old barriers that prevent cohesion among villages and communities and when Three Peat Promotions stage its second Annual Guinness Cage Competition on the Haslington Tarmac on August 8, it will mark another opportunity to aid in fostering camaraderie and understanding among the various communities.The promotional group, which hosted its inaugural tournament last year at the National Gymnasium, will take over the Haslington Market Tarmac on the East Coast of Demerara on this occasion in response to the overwhelming requests from teams that are based on the East Coast.Co-principal Rawle Welch said the staging of this year’s tournament on the East Coast was due in large measure to the requests by several teams that are based along the East Coast corridor, as the bulk of the invited teams would come from those communities.“We have invited a total of 24 teams and a minimum of 12 will come from the East Coast villages, while the remainder will comprise teams from Georgetown, Linden and West Demerara and they will compete in the tournament, which we have dubbed “The East Coast Best against the Rest”,” Welch disclosed.The fans, he said, are the best anywhere, well-behaved and very supportive of events and according to the organiser, the promotional team had no hesitation in its decision to reward the communities for their support and love over the years.“Many feel that the East Coast teams are not on par with teams from the other communities, but the time has arrived for all to put up or shut up because as someone who has had the privilege to witness all the communities across the various regions, I can confirm that the East Coast teams have improved immensely and should not be considered pushovers anymore,” Welch stated.He said he anticipated some riveting rivalries over the five days of competition as the hosts look to repel the challenges of visiting teams.Over $800,000 in prize monies and trophies will be up for grabs, while lucky fans will have the opportunity to win prizes over the five nights of competition for their support at the bar.“Every night, we will have a winner among the fans and this will be awarded to the fan that buys the most buckets of the sponsor’s beverage,” Welch added.Clarks footwear giants Chetsons has already pledged its support, while a commitment of support has come from Queensway Security Services; E-Networks Inc; KSM Investments; Yhip’s Bakery; Brass Aluminium & Cast Iron Foundry (BACIF); Ray’s Auto Sales; YK Investments; Trophy Stall; Woodpecker Products; National Sports Commission; C Division of the Guyana Police Force; Julius Variety Store and C & C Prestigious Styles.last_img read more

GTT hosts successful Pinktober walk/run

first_imgGuyana’s largest telecommunication services provider, GTT, on Saturday hosted their annual Pinktober 5K Walk/Run and Cycle Race to bring attention to Breast Cancer.This event commenced at D’Urban Park at 4:00am, and individuals supported in their numbers as GTT continued their month-long awareness campaign with the goal of raising funds for the fight against Breast Cancer. The large number of participants who were engaged in the various categories of races were rewarded for their outstanding performances.Glendon Aaron dominated the 10k Run, which required a huge amount of strength and endurance. He copped the 1st place prize, while the exceptional Pauline Murphy and Nicketa Wilson came in 2nd and 3rd respectively.Jonathan Fagardil was the standout performer in the 5K Run, finishing 1st. Quacy Mc Ryan came in 2nd while Dexter Alexander finished in 3rd position. The youngest participant was seven-year-old Silvia Paraso, while Anthony Thom was the youngest cyclist.The well-known GTT Pinktober Walk concluded the calendar activities planned. GTT representative Devi Sukhdeo presented the participants with their respective awards, while Gizmos and Gadgets Guyana, along with Shoe Heaven, handed out vouchers to the women who participated in the GTT Pinktober Walk/Race.Additionally, the Pinktober event received support from the Mexican Suarez Brothers Circus, Republic Bank, ExxonMobil, 93.1 Real FM, and other agencies.last_img read more

Biggest problem with U.N. is member states themselves

first_img“The president of Iran is in fact saying, `There really was no Holocaust, but just in case, we shall finish the job,”‘ Israeli ambassador Dan Gillerman said. The list of countries that sponsored the resolution – which noted “that all people and States have a vital stake in a world free of genocide” – was highly predictable, from European nations to island paradises and the lone secular Muslim nation standout: “Please Admit Us to the EU” Turkey. What remains after swiping a highlighter across the names of co-sponsors is not surprising: Arab and/or predominantly Muslim nations, communist and/or dictatorial regimes, Venezuela’s buddy Nicaragua, a smattering of other nations. As one considers the resolution and its backers, the sparsely populated General Assembly Hall at the time of its adoption, the comments that drew the agenda item away from its focus of honoring the memory of Holocaust victims, one thing becomes chillingly clear: The greatest malfunction at the United Nations is not corrupt officials, kickbacks and Oil-for-Food, but the member states themselves. That anyone would not jump on board a resolution stating a belief in the existence of an indisputable genocide and honoring its victims is confounding; that few would show up to stand up for the victims is disheartening. If member states can’t be counted on to face down Iran over its reprehensible blustering, how can everyone be counted on to take down Iran when its talk turns to aggression? Today, there are still thousands of Holocaust survivors who can show doubters the tattooed numbers on their arms. But as the Greatest Generation passes on, and the War on Terror rages on with eroding support, Holocaust denial not only has the opportunity to gain a greater foothold in mainstream discourse but to provide ammunition against Israel and her allies. As genocide is regarded with convenient indifference, it becomes that much easier to perpetrate. (And just for the record, Rwanda co-sponsored the U.S. resolution.) Bridget Johnson writes for the Daily News. Write to her by e-mail her at bridget.johnson@dailynews.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Proving that the only thing needed for evil to flourish – or have the floor, in this case – is for good men to do nothing, those who did show up used the symbolic resolution meant to defend the memory of Holocaust victims as a grandstanding opportunity to push their own anti-U.S., anti-Israel agendas. Iran, ostensibly inspiring the resolution with its nauseating Holocaust denial conference last month, staged the only formal disassociation from the resolution, calling it a “hypocritical political exercise” introduced with “mischievous” intent and against General Assembly procedure. Venezuela, evidently jonesing for a chance to get high on sulfur again, apparently heeded the call to stand up for new best friend forever Iran. “The deaths of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were also a holocaust and therefore we should remember them,” said Venezuelan representative Marco Palavicini, also bringing up the Palestinian situation. “Hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqis are victims of the invasion in the name of democracy. They too are victims of a holocaust.” And in another inappropriate segue, Indonesian representative Adiyatwidi Adiwoso Asmady said that the Holocaust was hardly the first human tragedy, and then inexplicably spun toward the subject of the Danish cartoons depicting Muhammad, stating there should be respect for cultural and religious differences and suggesting the same type of moral outrage over the Holocaust could be applied to cartoons. Has moral equivalency really reached the point of comparing systemic slaughter to the simple act of publishing prophet caricatures? Can these people be brought back to Earth to see the gravity of the resolution at hand? WHEN it came time to let a world body’s collective voice be heard against Holocaust denial, to speak for the millions who were slain in mankind’s darkest hour, few countries showed up. Introduced by the United States, the United Nations resolution, passed on Jan. 26 just before the international Holocaust remembrance day, eventually drew just over 100 sponsor nations total – out of a General Assembly membership of 192. “Ambassador,” asked a reporter at a press conference afterward, “were you disappointed that there were so few members in the General Assembly hall for this -” “Yes, I was,” acting Ambassador Alejandro D. Wolff responded. An official U.N. photo of the assembly session showed the low attendance. last_img

Campos’ golden goal lifts REV into semis

first_img“It was a strong throw-in,” REV coach Cristina Ballard said. “We work very hard on throw-ins and corner kicks. It was golden-goal time and this was our opportunity and we cashed in on it.” The goal was Campos’ team-leading 19th of the season. Campos was all smiles afterward. “The throw-in came in and I just turned and got my head on the ball,” she said. “I re-directed it toward the goal. It was heading toward the goal and went off their player. “I just can’t explain how it feels. We’ve worked really hard for this and I think we deserve it.” REV (22-2-2) has never advanced beyond the quarterfinals in girls soccer. As beautiful as Campos’ goal was, it was Puchalski’s strong throw-in that set it up. “I got a lot of momentum into it,” said Puchalski, who sprinted from the touch line to the goal to celebrate with her teammates afterward. It was a double-celebration for REV goalkeeper Erin Salazar, who recorded 17 saves on her 17th birthday. Murrieta Valley coach Harry Hutcheson said it was Salazar’s aggressive play that helped keep his team in check, along with some good fortune. “We had two shots off the post instead of landing in the net,” Hutcheson said. “Then we allowed that long throw-in without challenging it. “REV is a good team. But we were the only unranked team left in the tournament and we finished league by winning seven in a row and tying one, so we were on a nice little streak.” REV also had a header by midfielder Gaby Carlos-Weber from right in front of the net sail just over the crossbar in regulation. Two scoreless 10-minute overtime periods preceded the 10-minute sudden-death OT. Ballard praised the play of Salazar, Carlos-Weber, forward Liz Delgado, forward Thomas and defender Puchalski. Now the Wildcats have reached the rarified air of the section semis. They will meet the winner of Simi Valley Royal and Newhall Hart on Tuesday at an undetermined site. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “I can’t believe we’re in the semis,” REV forward Taylor Thomas said. “It’s amazing. We were tired, but our adrenaline kept us going until the end. “On the throw-in it was my job to shield the goalie. Then I saw Baby Bri flying through the air and I just couldn’t believe it.” REV’s other Bre – Breann Puchalski – made the remarkable, high-arching throw-in that descended in front of the goal. Campos then headed it at the left corner of the goal. It bounced off an unidentified Nighthawk player and into the net. That sparked the victory celebration on REV’s chilly, darkness-engulfed field. REDLANDS – The girl they call “Baby Bri” came of age Thursday. In the fourth minute of sudden-death overtime, Redlands East Valley freshman Briana Campos scored a “golden goal” that will provide golden memories for the Wildcats for some time to come. center_img Campos’ header gave REV a 1-0 triple-overtime victory against Murrieta Valley in their CIF-Southern Section Division II quarterfinal game. It also touched off a wild victory celebration in which Wildcat players mobbed Campos then – after shaking hands with the dejected Nighthawks – happily jogged through a tunnel of REV supporters, whooping and hollering the entire way. last_img read more

Hillview turns 50

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! EAST WHITTIER – Hundreds of students, parents, alumni and school officials gathered Thursday evening at Hillview Middle School to celebrate its 50th anniversary. The event featured a display of yearbooks and picture boards, as well as orchestra and band performances by current and former students. Honorary service awards were handed out, and eighth-grade algebra teacher Lark Wingert – a Hillview alumna – also gave a presentation on her years at the East Whittier school. – From staff reportslast_img