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Date: 18 Aug 17 09:55pm
– 25 MW project could be operational in 18 monthsGovernment is seriously considering the approval of a 25-megawatt wind farm at Hope Beach, East Coast Demerara.A feasibility study has been completed and the environmental hurdles have all been crossed for the US$40M project, says local businessman/investor, Lloyd Singh.Investor, Lloyd SinghGovernment and the principals of the project have been meeting in recent months with the aim of signing a power purchase agreement that will see the state-owned Guyana Power and Light Inc. (GPL) purchasing electricity at a cheaper rate, Singh confirmed yesterday.Two weeks ago, Prime Minister Samuel Hinds, who has responsibility for power, told a Parliamentary committee with oversight on natural resources, that “rapid progress” has been made on a project for a wind farm at Hope Beach. Noting that a renewable energy project at Hope Beach was one that has been a “20-year aspiration”, Hinds disclosed that “studies” have been done and “records kept”.Guyana wants additional, cheaper power as several new housing schemes and a number of new industries continue to spring up, spurring an increased demand for power. The administration has been pinning hopes on a 165-megawatt (MW) hydro electric project at Amaila Falls, Region Eight to meet demands.However, that project has been temporarily shelved after the US developer, Sithe Global, pulled out last year. This was after the National Assembly remained divided on key legislation that was critical to the funding of the US$840M-plus project. Sithe Global had wanted total consensus from all the parties.Government has since said it has not ruled out the Chinese, who were putting in a significant portion of the funding in the original arrangement, as bridging that balance of the money needed.A US$26M, a 26 MW Wartsila power station is currently being built at Vreed-en-Hoop, West Bank Demerara, and expected to be up by mid-year, but Guyana will continually be looking for additional electricity.With Amaila expected to take as much as five years to build, any supply of power to the national grid would welcomed by GPL.According to Singh, it is estimated that power will be sold between 13-15 US cents per kilowatt to GPL. Currently, the power company, largely using the cheaper, heavy fuel oil, is generating at around 18 US cents per kilowatt.The wind farm will consist of 10 GW-109 turbines each with capacity to produce 2.5 megawatts.“We can become operational in as little as 16-18 months, ” Singh said.An artist’s impression of the 25-megawatt, US$40M project that Government is considering at Hope Beach.The businessman, Wholesale Nike NFL Jerseys, who is also the main principal in International Pharmaceutical Agency Group and the major shareholder of Guyana Wind Farms Inc., is partnering with Avic International, a significant player in China’s wind farm development and the first company to install Chinese turbines in the United States.In 2008, Avic International supplied 10 sets of one megawatt wind turbines for Lubbock, Texas and is a major supplier for the USA. Its current project includes the development of a 90-megawatt wind farm, also in Texas.Singh disclosed that they will be teaming up with Goldwind Science and Technology Co. Ltd., China’s largest wind turbine manufacturer, headquartered in Urumqi, Xinjiang, China, to develop the wind farm. It is one of the largest China-based wind turbine manufacturers by the 2011 market share and the third largest in the world, delivering an installed capacity of 3, 584 megawatts in 2011.Singh is looking for the power facility to be built under a ‘Build, Own, Operate, Transfer’ (BOOT) arrangement, where it could end up in the hands of Guyana after a specific number of years.“We are even looking to Lethem, Region Nine area, for a possible similar project and awaiting government’s approval to conduct a feasibility study. The Essequibo Coast is also not being ruled out.”It is not the first time that eyes have been cast on Hope Beach for a wind farm. In 2009, Delta Caribbean N.V., a Curacao-based company, had been highly interested in this project. It had done feasibility studies for a 13.5 megawatt wind farm at an estimated cost of US$26M.The project, Singh said, is now waiting on Government’s approval and the PPA for financial closure.
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The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) is supporting the demand by private minibus operators plying the Number 56 route (New Amsterdam – Rosignol). The party is also accusing the government of undermining the Berbice Bridge Company Inc. (BBCI).The APNU AFC Government recently implemented a river taxi service to help the masses in Berbice who complained about the high toll across the Berbice River Bridge.Commuters aboard one of the water taxis.Students, cheap nfl jerseys, nurses, pensioners and other senior citizens using the boat service are quite satisfied with this intervening initiative. Other commuters pay a marginal fee.The two contracted boats are can both seat 35. The boats are well equipped with safety gear to make the rides safe. Last week a third boat joined the service.While commuters are happy, minibus drivers working Route 56 who would usually pick up passengers from Rosignol and take them straight to their destination are quite annoyed.The drivers contended that the government is taking ‘bread from their mouths’.Yesterday, PPP General Secretary Clement Rohee, at a press conference at Freedom House, said that the minibus operators have suffered a significant reduction in their daily operations as a result of the introduction of water taxis heavily subsidized by Guyanese tax dollars.Rohee claimed that the river taxis were introduced to “get back” at the BBCI because the company has not agreed with the APNU AFC political demand to reduce the toll for crossing the bridge.The General Secretary went further to claim that the “introduction of the river taxis is to bring the company to its knees through economic pressure and political blackmail and to undermine the revenue stream of the Company.”But he declined to admit that the Berbice Bridge Company was responsible for the state of affairs.He said in the first instance it declined to lower the tolls across the bridge despite the fact that the company would not have lost money. The government was prepared to pay the difference between the existing toll and the lowered toll by way of a subsidy.Rohee added, “The PPP supports the demands of the No. 56 minibus operators and that in the context of consultative democracy all stakeholders; including the government, the BBCI, the water taxis, the minibus operators and the residents in the community be consulted with a view to finding a win-win solution to the satisfaction of all.”The river taxis represent a reduced cost of transportation across the Berbice River, something that the residents of Berbice clamoured for.
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Date: 18 Aug 17 09:01pm
It’s been three years since Bhim Narine Ramanand’s bound and mutilated body was found on his Garden of Eden, East Bank Demerara farm, citrus farm, but police have made no progress in tracking down his killers.Determined that the case will not go unsolved, Ramanand’s relatives have posted a $2M reward for the arrest and conviction of the individuals who took his life. The reward appeared in last Sunday’s edition of the Kaieteur News.The body of the 61-year-old citrus farmer, cheap nfl jerseys online, with hands bound and stab wounds to the chest, was found in July, 2012, in his yard at Garden of Eden. Ramanand had lived alone.Police said that his licensed shotgun and a grass-cutting machine were missing.At the time of the murder, persons close to the victim had suggested that he might have been slain by a former tenant, known only as ‘Chung’. The tenant, who police failed to locate, is said to have rented the bottom flat of the house while Ramanand lived overseas.A neighbour had claimed to have heard four gunshots near the slain man’s residence the night that he is believed to have been killed.However, she did not think that anything was amiss because the farmer’s dogs did not bark. She opined that the animals are familiar with whoever murdered Ramanand.In a television interview some two years ago, an overseas-based relative of Ramanand’s said that he had provided the police with the identity of Ramanand’s alleged killers. He said that a woman had also told him that the citrus farmer had kept a substantial sum of cash on his property. According to the relative, police had not followed up on his suggestion that they question the woman.
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Date: 18 Aug 17 09:01pm
– ACEO (Primary)Although the ideal delivery of primary education should allow for 15 students per teacher, this does not obtain in Guyana’s public education system. However, according to Assistant Chief Education Officer (Primary), Marcel Hudson, research has shown that one teacher to 35 students is a reasonable ratio in this country.ACEO (Primary), Marcel HudsonAt the moment, Guyana has about 438 primary schools which have been adequately catering to between 85, 000 and 90, 000 pupils, Hudson said. Nonetheless, he has assured that, “the teacher-student ratio has always been a work in progress. We wish we could actually do, like some other societies, where we can have one teacher to about 15 children, but what we have is quite reasonable at the moment.”In recognition of the fact that primary education is very important to the continued edification of a child, so much so that it helps to form an educational foundation, Hudson has revealed that continued efforts are being made to improve the delivery of primary education.“It is like a building, and if you are going to build a structure and the foundation is not right, regardless of what you put upon it, it will collapse. So it is important, as a matter of fact it is compulsory, that all of our children have access to primary education, because of the foundational nature of this level of education, ” Hudson emphasised.Part of nurturing this foundational level, in an attempt to ensure that students do well, is the need for collaboration with parents, Hudson added. He pointed out that studies and research done the world over have shown that where parents are integrally involved in their children’s education, those children’s performances tend to improve.“The literature is out there in every respect. It is overwhelming, and therefore it has been one of our campaigns at the Parent/Teacher Association meetings and seminars…it is important to show them the importance of their input in their children’s education, if they are to perform well and go on to do well in society.”Just last week, some 18, 000 primary school students participated in the National Grade Six Assessment, a move which comes as part of Guyana’s efforts to realise universal primary education, according to Minister of Education, Priya Manickchand. The Minister added that all over the country children have access to primary education, and they are therefore able to readily participate in the NGSA.“If we had to test our skills about being able to deliver across Guyana, it is through this exam (NGSA) that we would do it, because this is the stage (primary level) that is accessible all across Guyana.”However, Ricky Vaughn Indians Jersey, the Minister noted that the Ministry of Education is now faced with a challenge to ensure that the same number of students that participate in the 2012 NGSA will also be undertaking the Caribbean Secondary Certificate Education (CSEC) examination in the next five years. As a result, she revealed that the education sector is working “feverishly” to realise universal secondary education, an achievement which is expected to become a reality under the President Donald Ramotar regime.It is the expectation of senior education officials that programmes that are in place will help to realise this vision. In commenting on the importance of the school feeding and uniform programmes, to which some $1 billion of this year’s budget have been directed, Hudson extended praises. He insisted that “we can’t run away from the fact that if children are not properly fed or are malnourished they cannot perform. I think the school feeding programme would have contributed to our children’s performance.”In terms of the uniform system, which he described as very important, “there are lots of our parents who might not be financially affluent, and they in particular have been able to benefit from these programmes”.“I have seen these programmes play a major role, particularly in areas where children have a habit of not coming to school, ” Hudson noted even as he pointed out that “since the programme has started, and I say this without reservation, I have seen the numbers increase because of the fact that children are able to get something to eat. It will help them and motivate them to come to school.”
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