Two of Jamaica’s top junior players, 15-year-old Selena Blythe and 13-year-old Damani Cain, took top honours in the 18 and Under sections of the Mayberry Investments Junior Tennis Tournament that was held at the Liguanea Club last Saturday and Sunday. They were also the outstanding players in the tournament.Playing standards were high and Anika Smith, vice-president, marketing, for sponsors Mayberry Investments, said she was so impressed, especially with the girls, that her company – which has sponsored the tournament for four years – would immediately pledge its commitment for 2016.Blythe had a stern challenge in the semi-finals from Michaela Stephens, but eventually prevailed 6-2, 1-6, 11-9. In the final, she had a fairly easy passage against Emma Dibbs and came out the winner 6-3, 6-3.competitive finalCain, who looked impressive throughout the tournament, defeated Gregory Spencer 6-4, 6-1 in the semi-finals. His finals opponent, Reuben Pinchas, defeated Myles Harrison 7-5, 6-3 in his semi-final.In a very competitive final, Cain got the better of Pinchas, because of his consistency. Cain played steadily throughout the match, but Pinchas, who showed touches of brilliance, did not play the difficult points well and went down 7-5, 7-6 (4).Other results were : (Girls 14 and Under) Jenna Harrison beat Kailey Chin 6-0, 6-1; (Girls 12 and Under) Savannah Thomson beat Cai Drummond 4-6, 6-4, 10-5 ; (Boys 14 and Under) Daniel Azar beat Jordan Parua 2-6, 6-3, 10-4; (Boys 10 and Under) Jordan Gibbs beat Kosel Gibbs 3-0, 2-1.
The badly decomposed body of a man was found at his Bush Lot, Corentyne, Berbice home on Wednesday morning.Dead is Denish Ashram, also called “Chubby”. He lived alone in the two-storied house. He was found in the kitchen of the lower flat. Guyana Times was told thatResidents gathered outside the house where the body was foundAshram was the caretaker of the property and had been missing for five days. The discovery was made by a family member after worshippers at a nearby Mandir reported a strong stench coming from the building. The dead man’s brother, Raymond Ashram said he saw Denish about a week ago.According to Raymond, after not seeing Denish for a few days, he thought that he was at another brother who is currently visiting from overseas.“Usually when that brother come, he would go and spend some time so since we didn’t see him, I thought he was at Port Mourant,” he explained.Police are investigating.
…serious crime down by 17%The Guyana Police Force on Monday announced that there was an increase in road death by some 16 per cent, while serious crime has decreased by 17 per cent compared to the corresponding period last year.According to statistics released by the Police, there has been a 16 per cent reduction in the reports of murder; nine per cent decrease in gun-related robberies as well as a 12 per cent decrease in armed robberies where other instruments were used.In addition, a 22 per cent reduction in robberies with violence was recorded. The Police also revealed that there was a two per cent increase in robberies with aggravation; a 17 per cent decrease in rape; and a 21 per cent decrease in break and enter and larceny. Burglary was also on the decline by 15 per cent as well as larceny from the person by 35 per cent.In the area of traffic management, the Police have recorded 72 road fatalities at the end of July 2016 when compared to 59 for the same period last year. While there was a reduction in serious accidents, there have been increases in minor and damage accidents.The Guyana Police Force has charged 41,497 persons with traffic offences thus far for the year. This includes 15,427 for speeding and 1035 for driving under the influence of alcohol. Traffic enforcement is continuous countrywide, with special emphasis being placed on driving under the influence, speeding and the use of mobile devices while driving.Attention is also being placed on pedestrian crossings at schools and elsewhere where there is a high percentage of foot traffic during peak hours. The Force was happy to announce that the traffic department has registered an influx of newly trained certifying officers, who will assist in reducing traffic offences on our streets and roadways.Meanwhile, the Police Force continues to work hand in hand with various stakeholders in both the Public and Private Sectors in a collaborative effort to reduce crime countrywide and improve the safety of all Guyanese.This is made possible by the gaining of momentum in increasing public trust which spins off into the gathering and sharing of intelligence that result in the solving and prevention of serious crimes and, in some instances, even the reopening of cold cases.
The Tourism Fort St. John Board has launched a formal complaint to the Ministry of Transportation over inadequate service from the city’s only taxi company.The lack of adequate service is posing several problems especially during the holiday season, says Darren Thomson, the Board’s chair.- Advertisement -Thomson says the letter outlines numerous criticisms about the company and is addressed to the Passenger Transportation Branch of the Ministry, which is in charge of taxi regulation.Some of the problems the Board outlines include long wait times to procure a taxi, unclean taxis and drivers that smoke in their vehicles. Thomson says smoking in a taxi contravenes municipal bylaws that regulate the city’s taxi industry.He even says certain businesses have had to resort to alternative measures to address these problems.[asset|aid=3376|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=fe5b491c3010af8a6d1c6468aba7a389-Thomson Taxi Problems 1_1_Pub.mp3] Advertisement The operator of Fort St. John’s Teco taxi declined to comment on the situation. However, Thomson says it’s not just certain businesses that may be suffering because of the problems in the taxi industry, but the arts community as well. With the new drinking and driving laws that have come into effect, he says that not as many people are willing to venture out to various events unless they know they can secure a taxi.Despite the problems, he says he understands that the current service provider is understaffed due to the difficulty in procuring drivers in the area. He adds that it can take several weeks for a new driver to obtain the required permits from the local RCMP.Currently, Thomson says the company only has enough staff to operate three taxis on any given night, yet has a fleet of 15 taxis available for use.Furthermore, he says one of the biggest problems in the city is that there are only three licences available for taxi operators and the current company in the city owns two of those licences, but operates under at least two separate names. The third licence has apparently been taken out, but he says the Board has not been able to determine who has that licence.Advertisement
But this breach was the only one NASCAR officials deemed “unintentional.” Inspectors discovered Gordon’s car was an inch too low to the ground, but they determined the infraction a result of part failure, not an attempt to circumvent the rules. They did not take away his victory. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! But there was little celebration at the finish line, where Waltrip sat stone-faced inside his car as he battled a wave of conflicting emotions. “I’m probably the most depressed guy you have ever seen make the Daytona 500,” he said with a sigh. Gordon fails test The entire week leading up to NASCAR’s Super Bowl has been marred and upstaged by cheating scandals, so it only was appropriate that NASCAR penalized yet another driver. After Daytona 500 qualifying, Jeff Gordon’s winning car – from the second of two 150-mile qualifying duels – failed postrace inspection, and NASCAR ruled he will start the Daytona 500 42nd. Michael Waltrip cheated, apologized and then vindicated himself the only way he knew how: He drove his way into the Daytona 500. The two-time Daytona winner – almost too embarrassed to get behind the wheel after his team was caught in NASCAR’s biggest cheating scandal – capped a roller-coaster week Thursday by earning a spot in the Great American Race. “I know I am good enough to do it without having any cheating on my car,” he said. “I don’t need it. I think we proved that today.” Waltrip’s eighth-place finish in the first qualifying race at Daytona International Speedway was good enough to get him in the field.
Arranmore Island Community Council has called on Letterkenny General Hospital to immediately revisit their decision to close the Gynaecology and Ante-Natal unit in Dungloe Community Hospital.Jerry EarlySpeaking in relation to the matter, council spokesman Jerry Early said it is imperative that decision is reversed and that the council will be lending their full support to the campaign group which has been set up in west Donegal.“Without question the Gynaecology and Ante-Natal unit in Dungloe is a vital service to the women of the Rosses and Gweedore area and its closure typifies the lack of understanding of the needs of the people of rural Donegal” Mr Early said. “The service provided is of benefit to women of all ages and its need in the area is of paramount importance. Those who have made the decision to close the unit clearly don’t seem to understand how it will affect the people of the region.He added that its closure now means expectant mothers and indeed women of all ages now have to make a two hour round trip to avail of the service in Letterkenny General Hospital“For some, this also means an even longer bus journey and a full day spent in Letterkenny due to public transport timetables. It’s an even lengthier experience for the women of Arranmore Island who have to make the journey by ferry before their journey even starts on the mainland.“We believe this decision to be wrong and inconsiderate to the people of the Rosses and Gweedore area and we feel we can accept nothing else other than the immediate reversal of the units closure. Until that decision is reversed Arranmore Island Community Council will be lending its full support to the campaign group working to have the unit reinstated.” ISLANDERS CALL FOR MEDICAL SERVICE TO BE REINSTATED was last modified: February 12th, 2015 by StephenShare 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:Arranmore IslandJerry Earlymedical service
Golf writers, broadcasters and online media from the US, with a combined audience reach of almost 90 million, will arrive next Monday to play some of the key golf courses along the Wild Atlantic Way including Donegal.The visiting media are here as part of a visit, hosted and supported by Fáilte Ireland, who have designed an itinerary to showcase its top golf courses on the Wild Atlantic Way.The week-long visit will create an opportunity for the US media to experience first-hand a diverse range of courses in Donegal such as the challenging Glashedy Links Course at Ballyliffin Golf Club to the more informal and relaxing Portsalon Golf Club together with the Sandy Hills course at Rosapenna. Among the group visiting is John Garrity, senior writer with Sports Illustrated USA, which has a circulation of 23 million alone. John has connections in the West, with his ancestors coming from Carne, Co Mayo.Ciara Sugrue, Head of International Publicity with Fáilte Ireland, welcomed the benefits provided by the US group’s visit to the Wild Atlantic Way, saying:“North Americans are among the biggest spenders during their stay here in Ireland, so we welcome these top US golf media who will spread the word on our world class golf courses and the Wild Atlantic Way to their readers and followers at home. Our own research shows that the golf sector generates over €200m from overseas visitors for the Irish economy and, with 200,000 international visitors playing golf while in Ireland last year, each golfing visitor is worth on average two and a half times that of the average tourist.“The group also played at Portstewart Golf Club, this multi-accolade winning links course before finishing their golfing experience at the County Sligo (Rosses Point) Golf Links, giving them a final chance on the tour to test themselves against the elements on the Wild Atlantic Way. Ms Sugrue continued “We in Fáilte Ireland believe that trips such as these encourage and help maintain Ireland’s reputation as a destination for high quality and challenging golf and, with the dollar being so strong, we hope to see many more American golfing visitors to our shores this year. In 2014 we welcomed over 1 million US visitors which generated revenue of over €866 million and most encouraging for this year, latest figures indicate that we are already experiencing double digit growth on last year.”DONEGAL GOLF COURSES SNATCH HOLE IN ONE WITH AMERICAN REPORTERS! was last modified: July 17th, 2015 by StephenShare 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:donegalgolfUSWild Atlantic Way
Not much sun during the winterOur climate is not good for solar in the winter. Virtually anywhere in the U.S. is at least as good as we are, or better. Certainly the eastern U.S. has similar solar resources. But here’s the thing: for nine months of the year, we will produce about 7 times what we need for our electrical demand! Yikes, what a nice problem to have. (We deserve this problem, we created it!)So, how much domestic hot water do we use? (You may have guessed that I know exactly how much.) I have installed a water meter on the 95% efficient 200,000 BTU/h propane on-demand water heater that supplies the whole house: 80,000 BTU/day, or 23.5 kWh if we think in terms of an electric plain-Jane water heater tank. Easy: we have up to 50 kWh on many days leftover. Now we could chop that down to 9 kWh by using a heat-pump water heater, but do we need to scrimp? It is an edgy question.We plan to get an electric vehicle soon to mop up some of that excess electric production, but both together could be supplied rather easily for nine months per year. Birken Forest Monastery is a retreat center in the mountains of British Columbia. It’s located at an elevation of 4,000 feet at Latitude 51, and experiences about 9,000 heating degree days (Fahrenheit) per year. The buildings are about 15 years old.We are off the grid. The nearest electricity line is 4 miles away, and it would cost about $200,000 to bring grid power in. (Then, of course, we would still have to pay for the electricity.) So off-grid it is, and will remain. PV costs are dropping fastFast forward in time, through an 80 kWh wet lead-acid battery bank for 7 years, to an 80 kWh maintenance-free AGM lead-acid battery bank for 6 years, to the present: we now have a recently installed 40 kWh AGM maintenance-free Surrette battery bank. Notice that this bank is half the size of the previous two. The cost of our latest battery bank: $8,000; life expectancy, 8 years.The reason for the smaller battery bank: the PV array went from 1.8 kW to 3.4 kW in 2009, and then in November 2014 to 11.4 kW!That’s a startling jump in solar power. Why? The economics are these: The additional 8 kW array was installed by an electrical engineer and two journeymen electricians for $3 per watt. There were no subsidies, no tax rebates, no special deals. The only things that weren’t new were the previously installed inverters.A new age in off-grid living has arrived. Old formulas must be revisited. Monitoring is essentialI carefully monitor all systems with sophisticated devices such as the Pentametric battery monitor, an hour counter on the diesel generator, a TED 5000 whole-house monitor, and daily notes and observations. December is the worst month, averaging 47 hours of bright sunshine (about 1.5 hours per day).Now that we have a much bigger PV array, what will happen to our diesel use? In December 2013, when we had a 3.4-kW PV array, the diesel run-time was 60 hours. In December 2014, with our new 11.4-kW PV array, generator run-time was only 10 hours. Hmmm.We are short about 50 kWh from being 100% off-grid solar. The generator run-times occurred on seven occasions, with each occasion requiring no more than 10 kWh. Conclusion? An additional battery bank rated at 20 kWh would zero out the generator year ’round! Now that may not mean much to you on-grid types, but any off-gridder will know that that is traditionally impossible amongst us forest-dwelling folk.Think again, my fellow hobbits, think again! Lowering electrical demandNow the question: “Is it worth it?” In order to answer that, I have to expand the view to include the rest of the set-up.Here is a snapshot of the main house. It measures 10,000 square feet. (Yes, you heard that right.) It has 12 bedrooms. It can accommodate 15 people and another 8 can use the facilities (sleeping in 8 separate “tiny houses”). The total population of 24 uses 5 washrooms, showers, cooking, 4 computers, all LED lighting, a 300-foot-deep drilled well, refrigerators, freezers, etc.Now our average population is 12 to 15 people, but hundreds of people stream through year ’round. Our average electrical demand is only 12 kwh per day!Yes, there is a deep back story to how we do it. I mean, we are talking about ¾ kWh per day per person, with all modern conveniences, including four-slice toasters, microwaves, dual-flush toilets, 4 showers, pressure pumps, a well pump, two refrigerators, and a freezer. (The refrigerators and freezer together use 1.2 kWh per day. They are in a large “cool room.”)So without carefully controlling our electrical demand with super-efficient appliances, our 100% off-grid solar community would not be possible. Years of off-grid experienceI have lived here for 14 years and have gained much off-grid experience and knowledge by the sometimes harsh teaching methods of Mother Reality. I should mention that I have been a Buddhist monk for the last 28 years. It doesn’t matter much, except that my training is to find simple and sufficient ways of life. How we do things, I believe, is appropriate to a comfortable American lifestyle as well, so I hope you can apply any of these strategies to your own houses, whether off-grid or on.I won’t go into too much detail about the evolutionary process, but it is important to note that our first set of photovoltaic (PV) panels, rated at 1.8 kW, cost about $10 per watt installed. At that price, the PV system still made sense compared to our 12-kW Kubota liquid-cooled 1,800 rpm diesel generator. (By the way, the Kubota generator about as fuel-efficient as possible for any kind of generator.) We charged a bank of batteries with it, which optimized the engine efficiency even more.How efficient was the generator, you wonder? About 32%. The energy you capture from a gallon of diesel is about one-third of its potential. Diesel fluctuates in cost; it’s at least $4 per gallon in Canada… sometimes $5. That translates to 50 cents per kWh of electricity, plus the life-cycle cost of the generator — so add maybe 20 cents. So the brutal reality of high-cost electricity (70 cents per kWh) turns you into an inventor/economist/minimalist, overnight. Ajahn Sona was born in Canada. His background as a layperson was in classical guitar performance. He was ordained as a Theravada Buddhist monk at the Bhavana Society in West Virginia. In 1994, he founded the first Birken Forest Monastery near Pemberton, British Columbia. In 2001, Ajahn Sona established Birken in its final location just south of Kamloops, British Columbia. Ajahn Sona posts comments on the GBA web site under the pen name “Ven Sonata.” Superinsulation helps reduce our energy needsI’ll conclude with a brief description of the enormous house. It is superinsulated, with R-80 ceilings. The walls range from R-60 down to R-20 (on the south wall.) The big innovation is our R-25 polyiso-and-birch-plywood insulating shutters for all our windows. The building has 1,350 square feet of argon-filled low-e dual-pane windows. When it became apparent that the building is over-glazed, we permanently installed insulated R-30 exterior shutters over about 500 square feet of glazing, leaving about 850 square feet of windows exposed. These windows have been fitted with hinged R-25 shutters that open inward. Most are hinged at the top, although some are side hinged.More than any other feature, these gasket-sealed insulating shutters contribute more to heat retention than any wonder machine or triple-glazed German miracle windows, for far less money… 80% less. (I’d be happy to go into detail if requested). During the 12- to 16-hour night, we basically don’t have any heat loss through our windows. In the daytime, with panels open, there is solar gain. It’s a win-win situation! For eight months of the year, we leave the panels open.The space heating is supplied by two indoor high-efficiency wood stoves. We burn 5 cords of fir per year, locally collected. (British Columbia is the Saudi Arabia of firewood.) We don’t need any electric fans for air circulation.Although there is in-floor radiant heat distribution throughout, we do not use it, ever. (Another learning experience). So for space heating, we need about 75 MBTU per year in a 9,000 heating degree day zone. Not bad. It’s not a Passivhaus (that would require 50 MBTU for a house this size), but it doesn’t require a heat-recovery ventilator! We have exhaust-only ventilation using 5 bathroom fans and 2 kitchen fans. Natural air purification also occurs through 70 large houseplants — a method recommended by NASA for air purification (not kidding).By the way, the kitchen is completely isolated from the main building by a glass door during cooking, so no air contamination spreads throughout the house. (This design detail just might catch on; this type of kitchen isolation was standard in large 19th-century houses.)All in all, good air, good light, good vibe, good economics. And thank you, Green Building Advisor, for so many good thoughts on building. I have benefited immensely.A concluding note: Our total energy use from all sources is 35,000 kWh per year. The Passivhaus allowance for a house this size would be 110,000 kWh per year. So we use 70% less energy (total kWh) per year than the Passivhaus allowance. Something to reflect on. Cost-effectiveness analysisSo back to economics. How much propane savings? About $1,000 year.How much gasoline savings? $2,000.How much diesel and generator life wear? Maybe $800. Total savings, about $3,700 per year.The payback period for the off-grid set-up (PV and battery payback) is (drum roll) 10 years. That includes the rather short life of the batteries (8 years) and the rather long life (30 years) of the solar panels.
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Indian discus thrower Krishna Poonia finished a creditable seventh in the women’s discus throw while the gold medal was won by Sandra Perkovic of Croatia in the 2012 London Games at the Olympic Stadium here on Saturday.Sandra took the gold with throw of 69.11 metres, a national record, while the silver medal was taken by Darya Pishchalnikova of Russia with 67.56 m and Li Yanfeng of China settled for the bronze medal at 67.22m.Poonia’s best effort of 63.62 m came in her fifth and penultimate attempt. The Commonwealth Games gold medallist had 62.42 m in the first attempt and 61.61 in the third and 61.31 in the sixth and the final throw. She had two no-throws in the second and the fourth attempt.Poonia’s efforts here were nowhere near her personal best of 64.76 m that she achieved three months back in Hawaii.