The man responsible at the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) to root out power theft that has resulted in the loss to the corporation of thousands of dollars, said at a community engagement last Friday in Monrovia, that there can be no compromise on the issue.Mr. Owens Richards told a meeting with Lakpazee residents that as LEC gradually increases its expansion to connect many communities, it cannot forgive anyone caught stealing power.“We want you to understand that we want every Liberian to benefit from power but this has come gradually,” Richards said. Other members of his team were Public Relations Specialist Mambui James Kpargoi and Public Relations officer Winston Bedell.He said the LEC will increase its power generation and distribution by an additional 10 megawatts next month September.“Many communities will receive service from the LEC and therefore stealing power, which some do by running wires underground that create hazard for residents in a particular area, or by tapping onto someone’s services, must stop,” he said.The LEC has a system to check the unusual flow of power to communities and there is a team that visits communities unannounced to root out cables that are used to tap and steal current, he said.“When your cables are rooted out because you were found stealing power, you may not get service for a long period of time,” he explained. The LEC does not presently prosecute individuals for stealing power, but Mr. Kpargoi said the LEC may develop a policy to be able to prosecute those who steal power in future.He encouraged the residents to be on the lookout for those who claim they are working for the LEC, who are responsible for making illegal connections.“If anyone comes to you, please ask him for his LEC ID Card. He must wear a jacket with LEC logo on the back and he must have a vehicle also with LEC logo on it; and please, don’t pay money to anyone from LEC.“Payment to LEC is made at the LBDI and Ecobank and not to individuals,” he said.Contributing, Bedell told the gathering about the dangers involved in power theft and took them through what he described as a simple process to apply for a meter.He said meters are assigned to structures and not to individuals and therefore they cannot be transferred to another structure or another location.Mr. Kpargoi recalled when the government began to provide electricity to the country after the various civil wars damaged all that the country had.“Today we must be thankful that we have great improvement in the sector and much is being done to ensure that by mid-December the proverbial ‘big light’ will be here,” he said. He appealed to residents to exercise restraint and should not, under any circumstances, be induced to steal power.“You must own the service,” Kpargoi told them. The interactive discussion helped to provide more answers to residents.In a summary the residents learned that the LEC is presently using 28 megawatts; that 10 megawatts will be added in September and 22 megawatts by mid-December, to be able to serve more communities, from Monrovia to Kakata, up to Wealla.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
January 12, 2020
Linden to Lethem Road ProjectThe feasibility study for the construction of the 125 kilometre of road from Linden to Mabura, as well as the Kurupukari Bridge, is expected to be completed by the end of December 2019.The Lethem trail in a deplorable conditionThe Kurupukari River crossing where the UK-funded bridge will be constructedThe much-anticipated Linden to Lethem road project is divided into two phases: Linden to Mabura Hill and Mabura to Lethem. The United Kingdom (UK) Government is funding the first phase – Linden to Mabura including a bridge across the Essequibo River at the Kurupukari Stelling – with a $150 million grant from the £300 Caribbean Infrastructure Partnership Fund (UKCIF) programme that was announced by former British Prime Minister David Cameron back in 2015.In the 2019 Mid-Year report, it was noted that the feasibility study for the Linden to Mabura road commenced in the first quarter of the year and is expected to be completed by December.Back in May, British High Commissioner Gergory Quinn had told reporters that after the design and technical assessment, a report will be handed over to the Guyana Government with two options.“It will be over to the government to decide which of those (options) it wants to use the funding that we have available on,” the British diplomat had explained.Last year, Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson had revealed that the new Kurupukari bridge, located in Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni), will either be a single or dual lane fixed bridge – approximately 600 meters long.Currently persons travelling the Linden/Lethem trail have to cross the Essequibo River, at Kurupukari, by a privately-operated pontoon service. Kurupukari Village is located along the Lethem–Georgetown trail, about five hours from Lethem.In September 2015, former Prime Minister Cameron had announced the multi-million investment in vital new infrastructure such as roads, bridges and ports to help drive economic growth and development across the Caribbean region. Guyana was named among nine Caribbean states to benefit from the grant.In February of 2017, it was announced that Guyana had earmarked the first phase of the Linden-Lethem Road project as well as the rehabilitation of the coastal and river infrastructure in the Georgetown area to be funded by the British government.The second project would cover the reconstruction of the facilities at the major river-passenger and goods-transport hubs at Stabroek Market and Vreed-en-Hoop on the Demerara River.The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), which is administering the £300 UKCIF, has set a grant of $161 million to fund a feasibility study and designs for the rehabilitation of the stellings and according to High Commissioner Quinn, the that study is ongoing and will be completed at the same time as the road study.Meanwhile, with regard to the second phase of the project, Mabura Hill and Lethem, the Guyana Government is currently looking at its bilateral partners for funding.In July last year, a ministerial team from Guyana visited their counterparts in neighbouring Brazil during which it was agreed that both countries will provide financial resources for the engineering and design of the Linden-Lethem road, which is often in deplorable conditions as a result of heavy rainfalls causing persons traversing the trail much difficulties.It was reported that the two countries will be working closely with the People’s Republic of China to access a $50 billion China Select Fund to complete the second phase of the critical piece of infrastructure that holds great potential in terms of integrating the two countries and improving trade between the neighbours and the Caribbean.Back in July last year, Guyana and China signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) within the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative, paving the way for cooperation of several infrastructural projects including the Linden to Lethem road project.The agreement was signed by former Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge and Chinese Ambassador Cui Jianchun in commemoration of 47 years since the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries.Greenidge had hinted at the possibility of the often deplorable Linden-Lethem Highway being financed under this initiative.“We have been speaking to all bilateral and multilateral partners. During our discussions with the Brazilians, we did discuss and explored the possibility of using funding from the Latin America China Funds to fund the road. That is something very much on the cards and something we are working on,” he had indicated.According to Ambassador, the signing of the MoU marks a new and promising chapter to the bilateral relationship enjoyed by the two countries as it will bring mutual benefits and a brighter future for the two countries.The Belt and Road Initiative refers to the Silk Road Economic Belt and 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, a significant development strategy launched by the Chinese government with the intention of promoting economic co-operation among countries along the proposed Belt and Road routes. The Initiative has been designed to enhance the orderly free-flow of economic factors and the efficient allocation of resources. It is also intended to further market integration and create a regional economic co-operation framework of benefit to all.
December 21, 2019
A Book of Condolence will open in Letterkenny today for the public to pay tribute to the late Manus Kelly, who tragically died on Sunday.Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council Cllr Nicholas Crossan and Mayor of Letterkenny Cllr John O’Donnell will officially open the book in memory of Cllr Kelly at midday.The public can visit the Letterkenny Public Service Centre, Neil T. Blaney Road, Letterkenny from 12noon if they want to express their sympathies. Cllr Manus Kelly was elected to Donegal County Council for the first time last month representing the Fianna Fáil party in the Letterkenny area.“It was obvious throughout his recent election campaign that he was passionate and entirely committed to serving the people of the Letterkenny electoral area which he cherished,” Fianna Fáil Leader, Micheál Martin TD said in a tribute following Mr Kelly’s tragic passing.The funeral of Manus Kelly, of Drumacanoo, Churchill will take place on Thursday in his home parish of Glenswilly. Book of Condolence opens in memory of Manus ‘Mandy’ Kelly was last modified: June 26th, 2019 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:Book of Condolencemanus kelly rip
December 18, 2019
“It would be interesting to see if he actually trained for something like the Dusi exactly what level he could achieve. I would love to see him with somebody like a Martin Dreyer, but he’s still got many, many years to give back to sport in South Africa and we should be looking at him inspiring younger kids, just as Martin Dreyer is doing in the Change A Life programme.” This time around, in Sofia, Parkin is showing no signs of slowing down. He will be taking on swimming, road cycling and mountain biking but, rather disappointingly, even for a man with an Olympic silver medal, he remains largely uncelebrated in South Africa. 12 July 2013 Ambassador PaddlerRiddin believes Parkin could be a top Dusi paddler if he chose to focus on the extremely testing challenge of paddling and portaging. Parkin has been a familiar face at the world’s largest open water swimming event, the Midmar Mile, for many years and twice won the men’s open event in 2000 and 2002. It was at the Midmar Mile that he first made his mark. Riddin, who has also paddled numerous Dusis with Parkin as his partner, added: “I look at how he is putting back into swimming, now coaching, as well as still competing at the Midmar Mile, having completed the feat of being the only person to do 16 Midmar Miles in a weekend, swimming to the start and then swimming the event.” Starting in the second batch of swimmers in the 13-and-under age group, behind all the seeds, he powered through the field and, when the times had been adjusted, he had taken a stunning victory. It was astounding, but Parkin has been doing astounding things all his life. His Olympic silver medal is the most obvious highlight in a career filled with them. ‘An inspiration’ “Terence Parkin, who has been deaf for virtually all his life, has achieved, to me, a hell of a lot more,” Riddin told SAinfo this week. “He also got a silver medal in an able-bodied Olympic Games, and he didn’t get as much credit [for it as he should have received], and I think we should be looking at it and saying he is an inspiration to the whole of South Africa.” Wayne Riddin, the head coach of the South African team at the Sydney Olympics in 2000, where Parkin won silver in the 200 metres breaststroke, said that while he recognises what swimmer Natalie du Toit has achieved as a star of the Paralympic world, Parkin has probably achieved more in his career. Multi-talented Riddin pointed out that last year, 12 years after Parkin medalled at the Sydney Olympics, he took part in the South African Olympic trials, and while Neil Versfeld won a place in the 200 metres breaststroke, Parkin was second in a time comparable to that which he swam in Sydney. Parkin is set to add to his amazing record at the Summer Deaflympics, which take place in Sofia, Bulgaria from 26 July to 4 August. While Phelps finished his Olympic career with 18 gold medals and 22 medals in total, the South African star will go to Germany having already won 29 Deaflympics gold medals. In 2005 in Melbourne, his return was an eye-popping Deaflympics record of 12 gold medals and a silver. “Terence is this icon,” Cluer said. “He’s one of the Princess of Monaco’s [former South African Olympic swimmer Charlene Wittstock’s] 14 ambassadors around the world.” He had to do something, Cluer told SAinfo, so he called up Andrew McLean of Cycle Lab, who in turn got together with Willie du Plooy of KTM Bike Industries, and they arranged two state-of-the-art KTM bicycles, for road and mountain biking, for Parkin to use at the Deaflympics. Citing Parkin’s influence in the deaf world, Cluer explained: “He’s such an icon in the deaf community, so much so that last year at our Energiser Night Race in Johannesburg he brought 150 deaf athletes to the event.” That list of ambassadors includes the world’s number one tennis player, Novak Djokovic, former Formula One world champion Jenson Button, five-time Olympic swimmer Dara Torres, and two-time overall World Cup champion skier Aksel Lund Svindal. Parkin has always been a star in swimming, but he has not restricted himself to the pool. At the 2009 Deaflympics, he contested the road race and picked up a bronze medal. That followed his achievement of winning road race gold at the 2006 World Deaf Cycling Championships and silver in the cross-country mountain biking event. Nowadays, Parkin regularly swims all eight miles annually at the Midmar Mile, raising money for charities associated with deafness. Now living in Johannesburg, he joins over half the total field of the event, about 9 000 swimmers, to faithfully make the journey down to the dam in the Kwazulu-Natal Midlands. “It was my first experience of him as a deaf swimmer in an able-bodied team, and I remember that he was that fun guy, always with a smile on his face, and he’s still that same guy today. He’s still got that face where he comes in and he’s a happy guy in the swimming world, and it’s probably a comfort zone for him.” Michael Phelps has won more medals than any other Olympic athlete. South Africa’s Terence Parkin occupies a similar place in the world of Deaflympics – only he has won more medals, including more golds, than the US legend, and his career is still going strong. Before anyone thinks the Deaflympics are not a big deal, the last time they were held, in Taiwan in 2009, 4 000 athletes were in attendance. To compare that with the Paralympics, at London in 2012 there were about 4 237 athletes that took part. There was a time, when he was competing on the World Cup swimming circuit, that Parkin held every single Deaflympic record in short course swimming. World record holder Yet, through it all, Parkin has retained his humility, as the long-time Midmar Mile organiser Wayne Riddin recalled: “I go back to when he travelled to Cairo with the SA junior team as an age group swimmer for the first time. “I’m a lot older and it has been a privilege that Terence has wanted to paddle the Dusi with me. He sits in the back of the canoe and is the powerhouse. It’s a pleasure because I realise how strong he is when he sits in the back of the boat,” said Riddin. Max Cluer is a friend of Parkin’s and a cycling commentator who has worked at the Olympics and at numerous top UCI mountain biking international events around the world. He was astonished to discover that Parkin would be attending this year’s Deaflympics with a seven-year old mountain bike. Before Parkin considers further options, however, there is the matter of the Deaflympics. His tally of gold medals stands at 29. Where will it be when this year’s Deaflympics are over? And will the former Olympic silver medallist be welcomed as a hero on his return to South Africa?
December 3, 2019
Heavy showers in the last 72 hours have resulted in a surge in the water stocks of the four main dams which constitute the city’s potable water lifeline. The showers have helped make up the rainfall deficit which bedevilled the city last month and relieving fears of a possible water shortage.After Nashik and Solapur, Pune recorded a healthy surplus (nearly 50 %) for the season. The storage of the Khadalwasla dam – the city’s main supplier – rose beyond the 50% mark for the first time this season with its stock climbing up to 1.15 TMC, while Panshet and Varasgaon recording a healthy rise in water stocks, reaching 5 TMCft and 5.11 TMCft respectively.Authorities said the continuous rainfall was a positive sign as this year the Temghar dam, whose maximum storage capacity is 3.15 TMCft, is out of action owing to repair work. The collective storage of the four dams exceeded the halfway-mark, standing at a robust 53.70% with incessant rain in the catchment areas bolstering the water level in the past week. Meanwhile, the Koyna dam has filled up to 60 TMC of its 105 TMC, said officials. The city has, so far, received 285mm rainfall this season, 53 mm excess than the normal mark. The meteorological department has forecasted heavy rains for western and central Maharashtra in the coming days. Incessant bouts of rain in Kolhapur district for the past four days saw a number of villages being cut off with the water levels of the Panchganga River rising precariously, exceeding its ‘danger mark’. The downpour has all but paralyzed traffic in the city since the beginning of the week with the district recording more than 30 mm rainfall in the last 12 hours.According to the district administration’s disaster management cell, heavy rain was recorded in the catchment areas of Shahuwadi, Radhanagari and Gaganbawda tehsils of the district. Officials said that the Ghatprabha and Kode dams were completely filled, while the rest were more than 60% full.