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Electricity supply

Posted in fofabvlic on January 18th, 2020

first_imgA reliable and cheap supply of electricity is non-negotiable for the development of any country. Not only does it allow for the manufacturing sector to remain competitive, but it provides the much-needed ease of comfort for the populace, both in terms of consistency and the enabling environment for affordable prices on manufactured goods. The provision of this crucial utility service must not be seen as one of a favour; it’s paid for by consumers.Currently, the Guyana Power & Light (GPL) is trying to execute emergency plans to reduce prevailing outages, which have increased following damage to a submarine cable connecting West Demerara to the City. Prior to the cable being damaged, supply was erratic, with many areas being severely affected, some more than others for varying reasons. This is important to note, given that many consumers feel that the supply became far more unreliable over the past few years.The context would be useful. Prior to 1992, electricity supply was scarce and almost non-existent in some communities. Then, consumers may have felt that receiving electricity was a luxury. Its return, following the routine prolonged outages, was greeted with rapturous applause by residents. The sporadic supply may have created the environment for celebrations to welcome its surprising reappearance.The utterly poor service then resulted from collapsed infrastructure following mainly a lack of maintenance. It should also be noted that some parts of the country, like the Essequibo Islands, were either without power, or had it rationed to a few hours per day. It was totally unacceptable, and disgusted consumers had no recourse for an improved service.The effects were telling countrywide to both the manufacturing sector and citizens; including students, who were forced to seek alternative sources of illumination for their studies. The “jug-lamp” or “flambeau” and soot in the nostrils became common practices.Following the 1992 elections, in spite of the inherited state of bankruptcy, innovative ways were found through firm commitment to improve the supply of electricity. Throughout the tenure of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Administration, which ended in 2015, much resources were ploughed into that utility company to ensure acceptable and reliable supply. Existing generating stations were retooled, and new ones were built over that period.The demand drastically grew with every passing year, as thousands of consumers were constantly added to the grid, as their lives were advanced though the enabling environments created. Televisions, microwaves, refrigerators, air-conditioners and other appliances were no longer luxuries, but were routine fixtures as modernisation took over. That meant the need for reliable supply to satisfy the country’s unprecedented economic growth, as areas previously without power and new ones were powered in the process.While all of the challenges were not resolved, there was a noticeable and positive evolution in the national supply of electricity. Outages were miniscule as reliability vastly increased. However, with a constantly growing demand, fluctuating fuel prices and environmental impact, the eventual solution was in having a much cheaper, cleaner and reliable supply of hydroelectricity. The Amaila Fall Hydroelectric Project was birthed.Sadly, the then APNU/AFC Opposition refused to lend its support, using its one-seat combined Parliamentary majority to scuttle funding for that most transformative project. Despite the provision of all relevant information, and despite the supply would have been much cheaper and reliable, allowing for lower manufacturing costs, the then Opposition did not budge.That project would have fitted perfectly into the Low Carbon Development Strategy the country was pursuing at the time; which, through its efforts, Guyana was lauded internationally, with related funding assigned, as in the case of Norway. Had it received the support, today Guyanese would have been reaping the benefits. Had it been supported, GPL would not, in 2019, be searching desperately for emergency mechanism to provide electricity, which is now, sadly, on a scheduled basis.As it is, manufacturing costs have increased, redounding in higher prices for local products. Consumers are not only saddled with that, but also have to pay a higher bill every month in addition to increased transportation costs. This brings into question what the Government has done to ensure a nationwide reliable supply of electricity since 2015.As emergency plans are scouted for now, the world’s technological advances continue unabated, with Guyanese becoming more abreast as local related companies flourish. The country is on the cusp of breaking through, with the advent of an oil and gas economy and its population’s technological affinity growing seemingly exponentially.A reliable supply of electricity cannot therefore be compromised; the country’s future advancement is hinged on that. While the damaged submarine cable may have forced a lengthy response from GPL, outages have been ongoing before, with no holistic solution on the horizon. That therefore makes it extremely worrying for both consumers and the country as a whole.The burning questions are: what happens after the cable is fixed? Would that end outages? There appears no optimism for the latter, even though an official boasted a year or two ago that blackouts would have ended. Not surprising was the absence of any sense of euphoric celebration to that statement. The current situation may explain why.last_img read more

The Valley Exposed: From pioneer to porn giant

Posted in fofabvlic on January 10th, 2020

first_imgIn 1984, the duo founded Vivid Entertainment Group, which has grown into one of the world’s largest adult-entertainment companies, with estimated annual revenues of $100 million. Hirsch, James and Bill Asher are co-chairmen of the company, which owns a signature building on Cahuenga Boulevard near Universal City. Hirsch’s office is spare except for a lighted trophy case filled with awards from AVN and pictures of his children. He views what he does as entertainment. “We’re just another option for adults,” he said. “I believe people make decisions for themselves. It’s not for me or anybody else to pass any kind of moral judgment. We make movies that people want to watch and we’ll continue to do that.” When Steven Hirsch was growing up in Cleveland, his father sat him and his sister down and explained that some kids might be forbidden to play with them because their father was in the porn business. “I was OK with that,” said Hirsch, now 45. “If they didn’t want to be friends with us, I didn’t want to be friends with them.” But Hirsch said he doesn’t remember feeling ostracized then, or after moving in the ninth grade to Los Angeles, where he had a childhood much like his friends’. Hirsch went to work for his father when he was 18. A short time later, he borrowed $20,000, and with business partner David James shot his first adult movie. For the past two decades, Vivid has been a pioneer in using new technology, buying Spice Hot and other adult-cable channels that it ultimately sold to Playboy. “The Internet came along and we positioned ourselves right away to take advantage of that, to make it a key part of our business,” Hirsch said. “So we weren’t as dependent on video or DVD sales as some of the other producers. This year, less than 30 percent of our income will come from DVDs.” Hirsch also said that the increasingly competitive industry means increasingly high expectations for performers who sign with Vivid. “It’s the way they talk, the way their eyes are, the way they carry themselves. If there’s something that just really stands out about them then we send them over to our photographer,” he said. “If those look great, we shoot a scene with them, because obviously the sex has to be great.” beth.barrett@dailynews.com (818) 713-3731 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

Atlantis blasts off on first shuttle flight of 2007

Posted in fofabvlic on January 6th, 2020

first_imgA patched-up Atlantis blasted off with seven astronauts Friday on the first space shuttle flight of 2007, after a monthslong run of bad luck and scandal at NASA that included a damaging hailstorm and a lurid love triangle. Its big orange fuel tank covered with white blotches where the foam insulation had been repaired, the spaceship rose from its seaside launch pad with a roar and climbed into a clear and still-brightly lit sky at 7:38 p.m. EDT, setting a course for the international space station. During the 11-day flight, Atlantis’ astronauts will deliver a new segment and a pair of solar panels to the orbiting outpost. They will also swap out a member of the space station’s crew. 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Economy looks sunny for summer

Posted in fofabvlic on January 6th, 2020

first_imgWASHINGTON – The economy headed into the summer with better momentum, propelled by a manufacturing rebound and consumers who eagerly went shopping and sightseeing despite high gas prices. This picture of the economy, released Wednesday by the Federal Reserve, seemed brighter in terms of prospects for overall economic growth. Factory production was up in a majority of districts, an improvement from the previous survey that found manufacturing was slow in most Fed districts. As the economy has recently flashed signs of emerging from a nearly yearlong sluggish spell, the chances of Wall Street’s hoped-for rate cut have faded. Still, the latest batch of economic reports buoyed Wall Street. The Dow Jones industrials jumped 187.34 points to close at 13,482.35, the biggest point gain since last July19. Consumer spending and retail sales across the country generally were up too, with luxury goods selling better than lower-end merchandise in some areas. Travel and tourism remained healthy, but there was little change in auto sales. A separate report from the Commerce Department showed sales at the nation’s retailers in May posted their biggest gain in 16 months. Information from the Fed survey will figure into discussions at the central bank’s next meeting on June27 and28. Economists predict the Fed will again hold a key interest rate at 5.25percent, where it has stood for a year. “The economy is accelerating, although there are some weak pockets. And inflation for the most part seems to be contained despite high energy prices. This survey supports the Fed sitting sidelined over the foreseeable future,” predicted Richard Yamarone, economist at Argus Research. Economic growth nearly stalled in the first three months of this year, registering a pace of just 0.6percent, the worst in more than four years. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and other economists predict a rebound. Estimates range from a pace of 2.3percent to more than 3percent in the current April-to-June quarter. Businesses, which clamped down in the first quarter, are expected to regain their appetites to spend and invest, leading the way for the anticipated bounce back in overall economic activity. Consumers, whose spending in the first quarter prevented the economy from stalling out, are expected to be somewhat more subdued, however. On the inflation front, more than half of the Fed’s 12 districts mentioned higher energy prices were hitting both producers and consumers. Motorists have watched gasoline prices top $3 a gallon. “However, district reports generally did not indicate an increase in overall price pressures,” the Fed said. Bernanke and his colleagues have made clear that their biggest concern would be if inflation does not recede in the coming months as they expect. Hiring activity picked up, especially for workers with specialized skills, the Fed survey said. But most districts reported that “overall wage pressures do not seem to have increased.” Economists keep close tabs on wage growth for signs of inflation. The survey is based on information supplied by the Fed’s 12 regional banks collected on or before June. Meanwhile, the effects of the housing slump continued to be felt. The survey found continuing weakness in residential real estate and construction. Most parts of the country characterized their housing markets as “soft or weak,” the Fed 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

Clifton’s co-owner dead at 83

Posted in fofabvlic on December 26th, 2019

first_imgGLENDALE – The 83-year-old co-owner of Clifton’s Cafeteria, the iconic downtown Los Angeles eatery, was found dead in her penthouse condominium in what police suspect was a homicide, authorities said Thursday. The body of Jean Clinton Roeschlaub, daughter of Clifton’s founder Clifford Clinton, was discovered Wednesday at her 16th-floor condominium in the 200 block of Monterey Road, Glendale police spokesman John Balian said. There were “suspicious circumstances” surrounding her death, Balian said. He did not elaborate. The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office is conducting an autopsy. The restaurant still retains the motto “Dine Free Unless Delighted.” Roeschlaub joined the family business full time in 1944, and remained active until her death, visiting the cafeteria at least once a week, Clinton said. “We were busing dishes from the dining room, cleaning tables, filling water glasses, doing odds and ends,” he said, recalling the siblings’ early days. At the Brookdale restaurant – which opened in 1935 – diners still enjoy down-home favorites such as roast turkey and apple pie amid soaring faux redwoods and rock faces inspired by the Santa Cruz mountains, where founder Clifford Clinton spent his summers. Clinton said his sister had a rare vitality – she loved to travel, was a voracious reader, loved films and was an excellent cook who helped refine the restaurant’s more than 2,500 recipes for today’s palate. “Not only are we brother and sister, we work well together,” he said. “We’re close friends and close buddies – we’re buddies at work.” Clifford and Nelda Clinton retired in 1946 and sold their cafeteria interest to Jean, Don and son Edmond. They expanded into surrounding suburbs from the late 1950s through the 1970s as business in downtown Los Angeles declined. Roeschlaub had lived in the Glendale penthouse for about 17 years. She was living alone over the past year after her husband, Ronald Roeschlaub, died in December, Clinton said. She had a pacemaker and coped with some ailments, but was otherwise healthy, he said. “When you’re 83, you have a few things,” he said. “But she was coping.” The family became concerned Wednesday when Roeschlaub missed several appointments and her son Bruce C. Davis could not reach her, Clinton said. They alerted the building manager, who discovered Roeschlaub face-down on the floor. She also is survived by son David J. Davis IV and daughter Diane Bohn. eugene.tong@dailynews.com (818) 546-3304160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.Up to her death, Roeschlaub was active in the running of the Clifton’s Brookdale Cafeteria at 648 S. Broadway, the only remaining restaurant in a chain that began serving up budget meals during the Great Depression. Her sudden death shocked her family. “It’s a jolt and you never really gear up for it,” said Don Clinton, Roeschlaub’s brother and business partner. “You carry on.” Roeschlaub was among the fourth generation of the Clinton family working in California’s restaurant business. The family started in food service in 1888 when her great-grandfather David Harrison Clinton arrived in Los Angeles from Missouri. Roeschlaub was the daughter of Clifford and Nelda Clinton, who founded Clifton’s with $2,000 in 1931 and a mission to feed the hungry, according to the restaurant’s Web site. last_img read more

Hillside homes snapped up quickly in Chatham

Posted in fofabvlic on December 21st, 2019

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India a Bright Spot on Cloudy Global Horizon

Posted in fofabvlic on December 2nd, 2019

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Curry, Durant hit key 3s late, Warriors hold off Raptors

Posted in fofabvlic on November 28th, 2019

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES Durant finished with 29 points on 11-for-20 shooting, Klay Thompson scored 22 points with four 3-pointers, and Curry capitalized with a huge second half.DeMar DeRozan scored 24 points. He drove through the paint for a dunk with 3:53 to play then hit a key jumper a minute later to put Toronto in position after Curry, Durant and Thompson each missed key 3s down the stretch.Green had 15 points, 11 rebounds, six assists and two steals but also six of Golden State’s 17 turnovers.Jakob Poeltl had 11 of his 14 rebounds on the offensive glass.“It’s a focus thing,” Green said.ADVERTISEMENT Curry scored 13 of his points in the third quarter and the defending champions avoided falling to 0-2 at home after losing their opener to Houston on Oct. 17. He made an off-balance layup with 1:28 to go then Golden State made a stop on the other end before Durant’s big three.“We had ourselves in a great position and we made some key mental mistakes that cost us,” DeRozan said. “Nothing went our way, everything went their way in that last minute.”Pascal Siakam scored 20 points as Toronto lost its 13th in a row at Golden State and seventh straight in the series. Serge Ibaka added 15 points and Kyle Lowry 14 points and nine assists.Thompson had two 3s and Durant another from downtown during a 9-0 run late in the second quarter and Thompson another in the waning seconds that put Golden State up 61-53 at the break.Rookie Jordan Bell’s dunk that featured a toss to himself off the backboard Saturday at Memphis drew some debate.Coach Steve Kerr spoke to the first-year forward out of Oregon, whose play had Curry and Durant’s jaws dropping.“I told him after it happened, I said be ready for them to retaliate. He had a bewildered look on his face. I think the issue is you’ve got old-school people, players on our own team, like Shaun Livingston, David West,” Kerr said. “The young guys are like, ‘Man, that was cool.’ I’m sort of in the middle, I never want to embarrass our opponent.”Kerr made a heartfelt message about loving and accepting your neighbor as the Warriors hosted LGBT Pride Night. Warriors President and COO Rick Welts was the first openly gay NBA executive.“There’s never been a more important time in our country to respect the person next to you, regardless of race, creed, color, sexual preference, sexual identity. I’m really encouraged by my kids’ experience here in California growing up, just in terms of acceptance. It seems like the young generation is learning more and more about we all just are who we are. We’re all individuals. What makes our country great is our diversity. The fact that we can respect each other and work together and embrace each other, I think it’s an important night for us. We want to welcome everybody from the LGBTQ community. Maybe, if you’re coming to the game tonight and your child says, ‘What does that mean?’ explain it to them. Explain to them the importance of loving the person next to you, respecting them, no matter who they are, where they come from. They’re human beings, we’re all human beings. We’re all in this together.” MOST READ View comments No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Ferrari’s fast F1 start reduced to late-season flop Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Our defense has been horrible,” Draymond Green said.Stephen Curry hit a go-ahead 3-pointer from the top with 31.9 seconds left on the way to 30 points, and the sloppy Warriors held off Toronto 117-112 on Wednesday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingKevin Durant’s 3-pointer with 1:02 remaining tied the game at 112, then he found Curry for the 3 that made the difference.“A 4-year-old up in the stands probably could have seen that we should have been boxing out,” Durant said of the 17 offensive rebounds surrendered. “… We don’t want to build bad habits and Coach is doing a good job of correcting us when we make mistakes.” Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry, right, shoots against Toronto Raptors’ Jakob Poeltl, left, as Warriors’ Draymond Green, second from right, blocks Raptors’ Delon Wright (55) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, in Oakland, California. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)OAKLAND, California—The defending NBA champions are working to rediscover their defense. Not to mention their basic rebounding fundamentals of boxing out and ability to avoid silly fouls.They barely beat the scrappy Raptors to avoid an 0-2 home start.ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Robredo back to ‘groping with a blind vision’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claimlast_img read more

India’s great show promises bright future

Posted in fofabvlic on November 26th, 2019

first_img SHARE SHARE EMAIL A view of the stadium during the closing ceremony of the 18th Asian Games 2018, in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Sunday   –  PTI 1 Published on × A view of the stadium during the closing ceremony of the 18th Asian Games 2018, in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Sunday   –  PTI With 15 gold, 24 silver and 30 bronze, India finished 8th in the medal rankings Achievements over the past two weeks, in the world’s second biggest multi-sport event, matched India’s aspirations and set the country on a road that appears far more promising than the path it has been on for decades.The best-ever medal haul at the 2018 Asian Games is a leap forward for Indian sports after the Commonwealth Games medal spurt.Even as the medallists come back with a feeling of accomplishment from Jakarta and Palembang, the surge in podium finishes could trigger new passion for Olympic sports in a country so obsessed with cricket.From teenager Saurabh Chaudhary to 60-year-old Pranab Bardhan, an assortment of athletes combined to produce a top show even as the country endured shocking results in kabaddi and hockey.Medal tallyWith 15 gold, 24 silver and 30 bronze, India’s medal tally stood at 69, a step up from Incheon four years ago when they won 65. India equalled the 15-gold tally of the 1951 inaugural Games but the country had never won 24 silvers before. Overall, India maintained its top-10 rank by finishing eighth yet again.Every multi-sporting event has witnessed controversies and it was no different this time. However, once the action began, it was only the athletes and their performances that took the centre stage.The track and field remained the most productive area for India as seven of the 15 gold came from the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium.It was the burly Tejinder Pal Singh Toor, who delivered the first athletics gold with a record-breaking throw of 20.75m and later 12-toed Swapna Barman made history by becoming the country’s first heptathlete to grab a yellow metal at the Games.Dutee Chand returned to the track with a bang. Running as if there was no tomorrow, she ended up blazing the track for two silver medals, the one in 100m being India’s first in 20 years.If it was not for superior Africa-origin athletes, representing countries such as Qatar and Bahrain on track, India’s gold count would have been bigger.It was purely for this reason that Hima Das had to be content with a silver in the 200m as she ran alongside Nigerian-born Salwa Eid Naser.Neeraj Chopra expectedly achieved a super result by becoming the first Indian to win a gold in javelin throw and sprinters Manjit Singh and Jinson Johnson too changed a few statistics with their courageous show.India’s badminton queens Saina Nehwal and P V Sindhu continued to deliver the goods and ensured that the country’s 36-year-old wait for an individual medal ends.The positives far outweigh the disappointments in few events, and the many firsts and many national records that were broken during the Games provide hope for a bright future. COMMENT Asian Games SHARE September 02, 2018 COMMENTSlast_img read more

Fundraising for a Cause? Look into Peer Fundraising

Posted in fofabvlic on November 19th, 2019

first_imgFundraising for a Cause? Look into Peer FundraisingPeer fundraising, also called peer to peer fundraising, has become a popular way to raise money, but it is also exceptionally useful for spreading the word about your cause. In addition to meeting your nonprofit fundraising goals, you also gain new supporters.How Peer Fundraising WorksYour existing supporters become your first line of outreach in a peer fundraising campaign. As with any fundraiser, you begin with your plan. Then, instead of just sending out your appeal, you also send out a request to forward your information, share on social media, etc. to your supporters’ own personal networks. With minimal effort, you are able to turn your supporters into advocates for your cause and have them help raise the money your organization needs.Keep It SimpleBecause you are so passionate about your cause, your organization, and fundraising, it can be tempting to provide your supporters with too much information. Your supporters can get easily overwhelmed if they feel like they are being asked to do anything that’s too involved. Therefore, ensure your peer fundraising materials are more simplified than what you might present otherwise.You still need to make a strong case, and nothing does that better than engaging stories. Make it clear with your heading that it is a story, and use a layout that indicates a quick read, as opposed to an academic presentation of the “facts,” so that people will be drawn in and not be afraid they don’t have the time to read it now.Peer Fundraising Is an Online EndeavorInclude links to your donation page wherever it’s appropriate. If your organization gains a supporter, but she can’t figure out how to contribute, then the effort was wasted. Your supporters know that they are asking for money and their friends recognize the technique by now.Taking advantage of peer fundraising has enabled even very small nonprofit fundraising efforts to reach huge numbers of people. Don’t be afraid to get your feet wet in this new, and fun, approach!Network for Good has a blog with more free information on how to be successful at nonprofit fundraising. We also have specialists available to discuss how we can help you get the most out of your peer fundraising efforts. Call us today at 1-855-229-1694 to learn more!last_img read more