GPL to buy power from Giftland

first_img– still in talks with Banks DIHAs the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) continues to grapple with the challenges of providing reliable electricity, Government has cleared the way for the power company to buy power from Giftland.Last week, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of GPL, Albert Gordon had disclosed at a press conference that they are in talks with both Giftland and Banks DIH Limited to buy power from them to boost the capacity of the interconnected system. The two entities are powering their own operations using heavy fuel oil and have substantial capacity.To this end, Cabinet was briefed on the matter and Director General at the Ministry of the Presidency, Joseph Harmon disclosed on Friday that the agreement with at least one of the companies is ready.“The power purchase agreement with Giftland was finalised and is to be submitted to the Board of the Guyana Power and Light for approval on Monday, June 17,” Harmon told reporters at the post-Cabinet press conference.Since 2016, Giftland Mall had offered to sell Government its excess electricity but this was rejected. However, at last week’s press conference, the GPL CEO had explained that buying power from an independent power producer (IPP) is a complicated issue which includes negotiating pricing and legal matters. To this end, he noted that GPL has enlisted the help of the Public Infrastructure Ministry to iron out these issues.With regards to the deal with Bank DIH Limited, it was revealed on Friday that discussions are still ongoing with the local beverage giant but there is an issue regarding the availability of the excess power.Gordon had explained that “For Banks, I think they have installed approximately 10 megawatts. But they normally use most of their power during the day. Even in peak, they normally have an excess… But also, they run their generators during the period we want the power. So, the amount we’d get from them isn’t very significant. Nevertheless, we want to interconnect; the system works better when we’re interconnected. There may be times we’ll sell to them and there’ll be times we will buy from them.”GPL is looking to source some five megawatts of electricity during peaks hours from both Giftland Mall and Banks DIH.Harmon had explained at Friday’s post-Cabinet press briefing that sourcing power from independent power producers is among a series of steps being undertaken by GPL as corrective measures to bring relief to citizens.In separate incidents, two submarine cables of the power company were recently damaged resulting in increased power outages and load shedding activities.However, with the main submarine cable replaced across the Demerara River to link the Vreed-en-hoop and Kingston substations, the Director General noted that power supply has been restored with less load shedding activities.But Harmon noted that due to the reduced load on the Vreed-en-Hoop system, which is now isolated, it is less stable and there have been some unplanned outages in areas still supplied by this station such as the West Bank and the West Coast of Demerara.“But that is not going to last for a long time,” he assured.While GPL is looking to increase the capacity on the interconnected grid with the purchase of fuel oil power from private firms, the company is also catering to have natural gas integrated into its system to produce electricity.In fact, Gordon had mentioned that they were seeking an agreement for the purchase of power from the Hope Wind Farm project, which is expected to come on stream by next year generating between 10 to 16 megawatts of power.Months after taking office in 2015, Government had announced that it would facilitate a US$50 million, 25-megawatt wind farm project at Hope Beach on the East Coast of Demerara.The Alliance For Change (AFC) subsequently identified International Pharmaceutical Agency (IPA) proprietor Lloyd Singh, an investor in the wind farm, as responsible for the party’s acquisition of its multimillion-dollar headquarters in February of 2016.While not as stable as hydropower, wind energy generated by turbines is a form of renewable energy. But the Hope Beach Wind Farm project, at 25 MW, is still no match for the proposed Amaila Falls Hydro Project initiated under the previous Administration and was continually blocked by the APNU/AFC coalition while controlling the National Assembly by a one-seat Opposition majority.The AFHP would have assisted GPL in getting adequate electricity supply. In fact, the Norway-funded project, when completed, would have provided 165 megawatts to the national grid, thus providing cheaper and more reliable power to citizens and businesses.last_img read more

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Cal State S.B. faces difficult task

first_img7 tonight at Humboldt’s cramped and raucous East Gym. The winner advances to the Elite Eight to be held in Springfield, Mass. from March 21-24. “We’re going to have to play our most consistent game of the season on both ends of the floor,” Coyotes coach Jeff Oliver said. “We’re going to have to stick to our game and make good decisions offensively so we don’t give up anything easy.” If the Cal State San Bernardino men’s basketball team is to claim its third West Region title in the last 10 years, it will have to do what no team has been able to do this season – beat Humboldt State on its home floor. The two will square off at Humboldt (26-3) is ranked fourth nationally and has won 18 straight games while the Coyotes (24-5) are eighth, having won 10 in a row. This will be the rubber match between the two. Cal State won at Coussoulis Arena 68-61 in Decemberwhile the Lumberjacks took an 89-78 home victory in February , shooting 75 percent (15-for-20) in the second half. They are 16-0 at home this season. “There is a reason they haven’t lost here,” Oliver said. “They don’t have a sixth man. Their crowd is their sixth, seventh and eighth man.” Both teams survived in their openers but played better in Saturday’s semifinals. The second-seeded Coyotes beat No. 7 Brigham Young-Hawaii 71-68 and No. 6 Seattle University 72-66. center_img Senior guard Prentice Harris scored 18 points in one game and 22 in the other. Against the Seasiders he had a 3-pointer that gave the Coyotes lead for good in the final minute, than sank a pair of free throws to put the game away. Against the Redhawks Saturday, he had a steal and went in for a layup with 52 seconds to go that gave the Coyotes a four-point lead. “He (Harris) is playing phenomenal on both ends of the floor,” Oliver said. “Out guys have done a good job of getting him the ball and some open looks.” Senior center Ivan Johnson totaled 34 points in the two games. Humboldt beat No. 8 Alaska-Anchorage 68-61 and No. 5 Grand Canyon 95-81. Devin Peal has had 40 points in two games. Jeremiah Ward, a Miller graduate, has managed 31. Sunday was an off day or both teams, although each practiced and watched film. There wasn’t much else to do in the remotely located town not far from the Oregon border. “Well, it was daylight savings time so it was one less hour we had to waste,” Oliver said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Gov’t Circle to Save Some $2.4 Billion Annually In Rental Costs

first_img Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the Administration stands to save as much as $2.4 billion in annual office rental costs from development of the proposed Government Circle project in and around National Heroes Park in Kingston. Story Highlights Additionally, he envisages that the project will serve as a catalyst for other developments in the area, which will become the centre of government. The project, being spearheaded by the Urban Development Corporation (UDC), will entail the construction of a new building for the Houses of Parliament on a section of the 52-acre park, new offices for 14 government ministries and improved housing on some 300 acres of land in several communities surrounding the property. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the Administration stands to save as much as $2.4 billion in annual office rental costs from development of the proposed Government Circle project in and around National Heroes Park in Kingston.Additionally, he envisages that the project will serve as a catalyst for other developments in the area, which will become the centre of government.The project, being spearheaded by the Urban Development Corporation (UDC), will entail the construction of a new building for the Houses of Parliament on a section of the 52-acre park, new offices for 14 government ministries and improved housing on some 300 acres of land in several communities surrounding the property.Speaking at a town hall meeting at the park on Thursday (October 25), Mr. Holness noted that creating Government Circle “makes economic sense”, against the background of the billions spent on rentals.He noted that the development would bring more order to the operations of government.“Government buildings are all over the place; files here [and] service operations there, and we have to be retrofitting… spending money improving other people’s properties. Then when we leave, we can’t leave with it… because it doesn’t make sense to take out the [fixtures and fittings] that you put in,” he noted.Against this background, the Prime Minister said it is more practical to purpose-build government buildings in a single central location, and do so in a manner that renders them monuments of Jamaica’s sovereignty.Meanwhile, Mr. Holness said the project’s implementation will be subject to a competitive, transparent tendering process.“[This] is a national project [and] given our financial situation, we have to be careful. We have rules and laws, and our own sense of propriety says that a project like this should be open to the public for a transparent tendering process,” he contended.The Prime Minister advised that “once we have finished the masterplan, then the procurement phase of it will be a competitive process”,He pointed out that the process of transparency has already commenced with the Houses of Parliament Building project competition, for which five entries have been shortlisted for final consideration.He said that the public will have input in determining the winner, as the selection committee, in addition to judging the technical aspects, will also consider the feedback provided online, through written submissions and otherwise.last_img read more

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Cornwall Regional Hospital Gets 44 New Beds

first_img Dr. Tufton noted that considerable progress is being made at the Cornwall Regional Hospital in relation to service provision, and lauded the staff and administration for the coordinated approach being employed to ensure that optimum care is being delivered to patients. The 44 beds were officially handed over by Health Minister, Dr. the Hon Christopher Tufton, at a ceremony on the grounds of the hospital on Friday, November 9. Prior to the handover ceremony, Dr. Tufton conducted a tour of two wards at the hospital that house male and female patients, as well as an area under construction that will provide additional space for inpatient care. Story Highlights The Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH) in Montego Bay, St. James, will now be able to accommodate more inpatients, with the addition of 44 new beds.The 44 beds were officially handed over by Health Minister, Dr. the Hon Christopher Tufton, at a ceremony on the grounds of the hospital on Friday, November 9.An additional 36 beds will be made available by the end of November, which will bring the total bed count at the hospital to 237.In his address, Dr. Tufton said the additional beds will greatly improve the services being offered at the hospital, and will result in less wait time for persons to be admitted to the healthcare facility.“The 237 beds are distributed to different areas of specialisation, but will essentially ease a lot of the burden that we have had to encounter and deal with, as it relates to people waiting to be admitted,” he pointed out.“From an inpatient care perspective, we can say we are making good progress in ensuring that we are moving to a level that is not exactly full capacity, but certainly able to accommodate more persons who have to spend more time at the hospital,” the Minister added.Dr. Tufton noted that considerable progress is being made at the Cornwall Regional Hospital in relation to service provision, and lauded the staff and administration for the coordinated approach being employed to ensure that optimum care is being delivered to patients.Dr. Tufton said the Government continues to work assiduously to ensure that the hospital becomes more accommodating for both patient and staff, with continued upgrading work being done.“If you talk to patients and staff, you will see that they are becoming more comfortable. With each addition that takes place, the environment is becoming more comfortable to administer and do their work,” the Minister noted.Prior to the handover ceremony, Dr. Tufton conducted a tour of two wards at the hospital that house male and female patients, as well as an area under construction that will provide additional space for inpatient care.last_img read more

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Help for Employers Making Online Annual Returns

first_img Employers still in the process of submitting their annual returns (SO2), due April 1, will be able to get assistance with the mandatory online filing of these from Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ) officers, who will be on duty at tax offices being opened on Saturday (March 30).The TAJ says their St. Andrew, Spanish Town, May Pen, Mandeville, Savanna-la-Mar, Montego Bay, and St. Ann’s Bay offices will be open to the public from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.The Portmore Tax Office will continue its regular Saturday business hours, between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., the TAJ further notes in a statement.The TAJ is urging employers to file on time to avoid the $5,000 monthly penalty for non-compliance.Meanwhile, the Authority advises that taxpayers will be able to conduct their usual weekday transactions at any of the offices being opened on Saturday.These include driver’s licence renewals, processing of motor-vehicle documents, property tax and traffic ticket payments, and Taxpayer Registration Number applications. Audit and compliance activities will, however, not be facilitated.The TAJ is also reminding persons of its “fast, secure, convenient, and user-friendly” suite of online services, which can be accessed at www.jamauicatax.gov.jm, for persons not wishing to do inline transactions.They may also call the TAJ’s Customer Care Centre at 888-TAX-HELP (888-829-4357) for further information. Employers still in the process of submitting their annual returns (SO2), due April 1, will be able to get assistance with the mandatory online filing of these from Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ) officers, who will be on duty at tax offices being opened on Saturday (March 30). The Portmore Tax Office will continue its regular Saturday business hours, between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., the TAJ further notes in a statement. Story Highlights The TAJ says their St. Andrew, Spanish Town, May Pen, Mandeville, Savanna-la-Mar, Montego Bay, and St. Ann’s Bay offices will be open to the public from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.last_img read more

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Shilpa to pen book on nutrition and health

first_imgThe book, which Shilpa has been working on for the past 7 months, will highlight everything that the 39-year-old actress has learnt so far about fitness and living a healthy life.‘I am writing a book on nutrition and health. All what I have learnt so far, I am going to put that in the book. It’s all in the mind. You have to train your mind to loose weight. You have to make a lifestyle modification. With a positive approach you can achieve anything,’ Shilpa said. Also Read – A fresh blend of fameThe Baazigar star said she also makes sure that her two-year-old son Viaan, who she has with husband Raj Kundra, maintains a healthy lifestyle.‘There are a lot of people who don’t understand the meaning of nutrition. I have seen mothers who force their kids to eat more and more. I am also writing the book as a mother.My son is very lean but he eats healthy. Me and my son both take ghee in our meals. I don’t believe in dieting and fasting,’ Shilpa said.last_img read more

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