Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson has assured that the second Guyana Power and Light (GPL) submarine cable which was damaged back in June is expected to be restored shortly.A section of the damaged cableThe barge involved in the incidentIn a brief telephone interview with Guyana Times on Friday, the Minister noted that the cable was still being repaired, but two replacement cables have been laid to provide power to the affected villages.The 13.8 kilovolt submarine cable, which rests along the Demerara River near Craig, East Bank Demerara, was dislodged by a barge sailing along the channel.As a result of this incident, West Demerara customers from Vriesland to La Retraite were without electricity while efforts were underway to alternatively power these customers from the Vreed-en-Hoop Substation.Patterson explained, “The cable being repaired carries more than just power. It also has data cables in it for our SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) system, so it’s quite an involved process. What we have done is ran two smaller cables to bring over the power.”The alternative cables, according to him, will provide about 12 megawatts of electricity, which means most of the power is being supplied as the damaged one provided about 14MW.“We are going to bury these new ones five metres or about 20 feet below the surface and leave them there as redundancy when the main cable is repaired,” he added.That cable was the second one which was damaged back in June. The first, which links the Vreed-en-Hoop and Kingston power plants, has already been repaired.The routing and laying of the new cable were done with the aid of the Maritime Administration Department (MARAD), Gaico Construction Services and staff from GPL’s Project Management Department, Engineering Services, System Planning and Designs, Network Operations and System Control and Engineering Services departments.MARAD has been given the responsibility of ensuring the safety of the cable from potential damage by oceangoing vessels.GPL deficitAccording to the Finance Ministry’s Mid-Year Report, the power company suffered a massive $4.2 billion deficit which was recorded at the end of June 2019.The report added that this was attributed to a decline in sales collection. It noted that there was a 61 per cent collection rate for Government accounts.Actual billed sales fell below budget by three per cent. “In addition, there was reduced income from investments in treasury bills as well as from services provided by the company. These services include new connections, reconnections, tampering charges and service investigation”.“Total current expenditure amounted to $16.4 billion, $925 million less than the same period in 2018. Fuel costs were $1.4 billion more than budgeted, due to payments made in January 2019 for a fuel shipment received in December 2018, as well as fuel purchased and supplied to Skeldon Energy Inc (SEI)”.
THIS absolutely stunning picture of Fanad Lighthouse has helped win a photographer a top prize.Ronan Daly, from Derry, has been named UTV’s Lesser Spotted Snapper of the Year. His midnight image – taken in October – came out top of the pile. The competition, which was launched by Joe Mahon in September to celebrate his new series Lesser Spotted Journeys, saw almost 2,500 entries from budding photographers wanting to share their favourite local places.The judges included Lesser Spotted’s Joe Mahon, UTV’s Rita Fitzgerald and photographer Hugh Russell. Joe said: “There were literally hundreds of images we could have chosen as the twelve finalists, so whittling it down was an extremely difficult task. We received a real mix of urban and rural locations this time round – some well-known and others hidden gems.“I suppose what we were looking for was a level of skill coupled with imagination, but ultimately we chose images which made us think, “I wish I had captured that!“Although there could only be one overall winner, I would like to thank everyone who entered the Lesser Spotted Snapper competition.” STUNNING PICTURE OF FANAD HEAD WINS SNAPPER TOP UTV PRIZE was last modified: November 25th, 2015 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:FanadLesser Spotted UlsterphotographerUTV
Manchester United 2 Burnley 2: Lingard double rescues Mourinho’s men Joe Wright Last updated 1 year ago 00:59 12/27/17 Getty Images Jesse Lingard’s double spared Manchester United’s blushes against Burnley, who almost secured a first win at Old Trafford since 1962. Manchester United’s lingering Premier League title hopes were dealt another blow despite them coming from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with Burnley on Tuesday.Jose Mourinho’s side were facing a defeat at Old Trafford for only the second time this year thanks to first-half goals from Ashley Barnes and Steven Defour, before Jesse Lingard came off the bench to earn his side a point.It means United have still only lost to Manchester City at home in 2017, but they will be 15 points behind the runaway Premier League leaders if Pep Guardiola’s side beat Newcastle United on Wednesday. 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A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The Red Devils endured a tough week before Christmas as they exited the EFL Cup to Bristol City before conceding a last-minute equaliser in a 2-2 league draw with Leicester City, and they found themselves behind after only three minutes when Barnes capitalised on their failure to defend a free-kick.United pushed for an equaliser, but were dealt a sucker punch when Defour, once linked with a move to the club, struck a superb free-kick before the interval.Lingard came off the bench to flick home and give his side a lifeline, and Burnley were denied a first away league win over United since September 1962 when the England international fired home in second-half injury time.The draw sees Burnley stay in seventh place and keeps United in second, one point above Chelsea, but the result has surely struck a hammer blow to their hopes of hauling in their neighbours at the summit.2 – Jesse Lingard is the first Man Utd substitute to score a Premier League brace since Chris Smalling did so in February 2015 (also v Burnley). Impact.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 26, 2017 Mourinho had branded his players “childish” after their collapse against Leicester and the way they started against Burnley would have done little to change his view.Marcos Rojo conceded a free-kick on the edge of the penalty area in only the third minute, United’s defence failed to deal with the delivery and Barnes was given an easy task of drilling home from inside the six-yard box after the ball fell kindly at his feet.The home defence looked in disarray in the early stages and Scott Arfield clipped the top of the crossbar with a volley from Johann Berg Gudmundsson’s cross, after United again failed to clear their lines.The hosts recovered from their early jitters and began to pin Burnley back, with Luke Shaw – handed a start at left-back in a league game for only the second time this season – stinging Nick Pope’s hands with a strike before Paul Pogba’s header was clawed away from the top corner.But Burnley stunned Old Trafford for a second time nine minutes before the break, when Defour curled a sublime free-kick into the top-left corner from 25 yards out to double the visitors’ lead.pic.twitter.com/MvWh0fzsJL — Burnley FC (@BurnleyOfficial) December 26, 2017 United could easily have snatched at least one goal back before the break, with Ben Mee clearing brilliantly off the line after Marcus Rashford had beaten Pope, with Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic also coming close.Mourinho reacted at the break by bringing on Lingard and Henrikh Mkhitaryan for the ineffective Ibrahimovic and Rojo, and the England man missed a glorious chance to snatch a goal back moments after entering the fray, as he turned the ball off Pope and onto the crossbar when unmarked barely three yards from goal.Yet with 53 minutes gone, Lingard made the most of his second chance, steering Ashley Young’s low cross into the bottom-left corner with a sublime backheel that just eluded Pope’s fingertips.United remained camped in the Burnley half as the home fans tried to keep hope alive, with Mkhitaryan heading over the bar and Pogba firing a free-kick just too high, and the pressure finally told in the first minute of injury time when Lingard arrowed a low strike through the crowded box and into the bottom-right corner after the visitors, for once, failed to clear.The draw is another commendable result for Burnley on the road this season, with Sean Dyche’s side having beaten Chelsea and Everton and taken points away at Liverpool and Tottenham, but they – just like United – are unlikely to celebrate with much gusto. Key Opta stats: – This was the 20th time a Jose Mourinho managed side had been two-goals down in a Premier League game, but only the second time they hadn’t lost (W0 D2 L18).- The Clarets became just the second different team to score twice against Jose Mourinho’s Man Utd at Old Trafford, after Man City (twice, in September 2016 and earlier this month).- Jesse Lingard has had a hand in 10 Premier League goals this season (6 goals, 4 assists in 16 apps) – as many as in his previous three seasons combined (5 goals, 3 assists in 51 games).- Manchester United have had 61 shots across their last two home games against Burnley, but have scored just two goals and picked up two points. read more