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Last of the belugas from Russia’s ‘whale jail’ released

first_imgAnimals, Biodiversity, Conservation, Environment, Happy-upbeat Environmental, Marine, Marine Animals, Marine Biodiversity, Marine Conservation, Marine Mammals, Oceans, Whales Article published by Shreya Dasgupta Late last year, drone footage revealed 87 belugas and 11 orcas packed in cramped, icy pens at Srednyaya Bay in Russia’s Far East.Following international outrage, Russian authorities began an investigation and started releasing the whales to the Sea of Okhotsk, the place the mammals had been originally captured from.On Nov. 10, Russian authorities announced that the last of the 50 beluga whales had been released to Uspeniya Bay, in the Primorsky Region, about 62 miles away from the holding facility. But it’s not the whales’ native habitat, conservationists say.Activists and conservationists have criticized the lack of transparency in the release effort and the manner in which the whales have been moved to the sea without a proper rehabilitation process in place. The last of the nearly 100 whales held captive in what’s been termed a “whale jail” in Russia’s Far East have finally been freed back into the ocean — although the releases have been far from ideal, conservationists say.Late last year, drone footage revealed 87 beluga whales and 11 orcas packed in cramped, icy pens in Srednyaya Bay. The whales had reportedly been caught by four companies during the summer of 2018, and were allegedly due to be sold to marine parks and aquariums in China.Following international outrage, Russian President Vladimir Putin intervened and authorities launched an investigation into the capture of the whales. Russian officials also signed a joint agreement with U.S-based nonprofits Ocean Futures Society and The Whale Sanctuary Project in April announcing that all the captive belugas (Delphinapterus leucas) and orcas (Orcinus orca) would be released back into their natural environment.‘Whale prison’ discovered by drone in Far East Russia pic.twitter.com/gkZBVmYwVp— RT (@RT_com) November 8, 2018In June, a court ruled that the whale captures were illegal. Later that month, the first wave of the whale release began. Two orcas and six belugas were moved 1,770 kilometers (1,100 miles) by truck, then transported by boat to the Sea of Okhotsk, from where the mammals had originally been captured. Activists and conservationists, however, at the time criticized the lack of transparency in the release effort and the manner in which the whales were “dumped” into the sea, without a proper rehabilitation process in place. The remaining belugas and orcas continued to be released in batches over the following months.On Nov. 10, Russian authorities announced that the last of the 50 beluga whales had been released in Uspeniya Bay, in the Primorsky region, about 100 kilometers (62 miles) away from the holding facility. This is not the whales’ native habitat, Jean-Michel Cousteau, president of the Ocean Futures Society, and Charles Vinick, executive director of The Whale Sanctuary Project, said in a joint statement.“This outcome is not ideal for the belugas, since this is not their normal habitat or the area where they were captured,” the statement said. “Nonetheless, we trust the intention of Russian government authorities to release the belugas, despite limitations due to the availability of ships, inadequate finances, and weather conditions.”Cousteau and Vinick added that North Korean fishing vessels frequent the area where the belugas have been released, and the whales could be at risk of poaching. They called on the government to monitor the 50 belugas over the short term and the long term.“We hope that the location will make it possible to carry out regular visual monitoring of the belugas for a full 30 days after release and actively over the first six months after release,” they said in the statement. “We also hope that visual monitoring will help reduce concerns about threats from North Korean fishing vessels that we understand are poaching in the area and that the Russian government will do what is necessary to protect the belugas from repeat capture.”Russia’s Research Institute for Fisheries and Oceanography (VNIRO) told TASS, a Russian news agency, that it has been monitoring the whales. Some of the belugas are still in Uspeniya Bay, it said, while others have moved away from the points of their release. Some have even migrated up to 40 kilometers (25 miles) away.“Now, we can say that the animals were set free in good physical condition and are vigorously adapting to the wild, using the opportunities for food available in Uspeniya Bay and along the Primorsky Region coastline,” VNIRO told TASS.The “Whale Jail” Is No More.The last belugas were released in the Bay of Uspeniya Lazovsky. The notorious “whale jail” that held 10 orcas & 87 belugas captured for marine parks in China is empty.The rescue is the largest in history & a remarkable achievement. @Whale_Sanctuary pic.twitter.com/rpgbmouVwA— The Orca Project (@TheOrcaProject) November 10, 2019Banner image of orcas by Robert Pittman/NOAA via Wikimedia Commons (Public domain).center_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredlast_img read more

Safer at sea: The unexpected benefit of traceability for small-scale fishers

first_imgConsumers are demanding to know where the seafood they buy comes from to ensure catches are legal, sustainable and free from labor abuse.The technology to deliver that information, once out of reach for small-scale fishers, is becoming more accessible in places like the Philippines.Its adoption is not only increasing seafood traceability but also improving the safety of fishers while they’re out on the water.Fishers and their families, among the most vulnerable in the seafood supply chain, say they welcome the security and peace of mind the technology brings. GENERAL SANTOS, Philippines — The first time Maylene Bibat saw the green dot on her tablet marking the location of her husband’s boat, she was thrilled. “I instantly felt less worried,” said the mother of three. “It was like knowing that he was safe.”For years, Maylene had to wait anxiously in silence in her small village in the southern Philippines while her husband, Harry, was at sea catching the tuna the family depends on. Hundreds of miles offshore, there was no way for him to communicate with her, often for days at a stretch. Until now.With fish stocks depleted due to overfishing and after a number of scandals around the use of forced labor on fishing vessels, consumers and companies are increasingly demanding to know the origin of the fish they buy. For instance, in 2017 some of the biggest industry players in the sector launched the Global Tuna Alliance to deter illegally caught tuna from getting to market and to promote “improvements in the environmental sustainability and human rights in tuna fisheries.” Not only big fishing vessels, but also smaller boats, are now installing systems to track where they catch fish and register the data for others in the supply chain to see. These systems are changing the lives of small-scale fishermen like Harry Bibat in an unexpected way: by enabling them to stay in touch with their families.“Now the life of a fisherman is more challenging than it used to be when I was helping my father [as a kid],” said Harry, who owns a handline boat that only fits two people.Last year, Harry made room in his boat for a small transponder that registers the position of the craft and sends it through radio frequencies to the cloud. He placed it on top of one of his two masts. Data from the transponder is available to seafood companies, as well as on Maylene’s tablet through an application that displays the location and speed of his boat . “It is a big help for my family to be able to monitor my location while I’m fishing,” Harry said.The emotional relief is today more needed than ever. Harry’s trips have become increasingly risky as he has to spend longer at sea because the fish around the city of General Santos, the so-called tuna capital of the Philippines just a few miles west of Harry’s village, have vanished.last_img read more

Samir Hadji (Fola) : “Mon style est assez fatigant”

first_imgLe meilleur buteur de DN, cette saison, ce sera lui. Mais il reste encore à Samir Hadji à sécuriser l’Europe.On est d’accord, le meilleur buteur de DN, c’est vous ?Bon, et bien là il reste deux matches donc ça ne fait plus beaucoup de doutes. À moins que Benamra ne marque deux fois cinq buts… C’est fait à…99% ? En général, ceux qui finissent meilleurs buteurs ont pour habitude de dire que ça ne les intéresse pas tant que ça.Et franchement, je pense la même chose. Ce n’est pas une obsession. Après, c’est toujours gratifiant de pouvoir dire à ses enfants qu’on a été meilleur buteur d’un championnat. Même un petit. Ce n’est jamais facile. Après, ma chance, c’est que les autres n’ont que peu marqué après leur saison à 30 buts chacun. Moi, je préfère la régularité avec toujours une vingtaine de buts par saison. Je préfère ça à en mettre une trentaine puis seulement dix. C’est plus important. C’est une garantie pour mon équipe.La saison de Turpel et Karapetian vous étonne-t-elle ?Turpel a toujours son sens du but, mais la fatigue est énorme après la Coupe d’Europe. Ça n’a pas dû être facile. Il repartira du bon pied la saison prochaine. Quant à Karapetian, c’est surtout la saison passée qu’il a brillé. Ses autres saisons, c’est plutôt 14-15 buts. La saison dernière, il était sur un nuage et c’est vraiment dommage pour lui qu’il n’ait pas pu en profiter pour finir meilleur buteur, le pauvre. Il a choisi la mauvaise saison.De votre côté, depuis votre arrivée au Fola, vous avez systématiquement mis plus de buts d’une saison sur l’autre. Il vous en manque un pour égaler votre score de la saison passée.Cela doit prouver qu’on continue de progresser constamment. Après, il suffit d’être constant, épargné par les blessures et épaulé par une équipe qui reste performante au top niveau. Tout ça, c’est grâce à mes coéquipiers. Il me manque donc un but, c’est jouable.Et la saison prochaine, pour vos 30 ans…Égaler ce que je vais faire cette saison, pour ne pas avoir l’impression de régresser, mais ne pas en mettre trop non plus pour que cela soit possible de faire mieux la saison d’après (il rit).Votre jeu est-il moins énergivore que celui d’autres attaquants de ce pays ?Moins énergivore ? Mon style est assez fatigant. Appels en profondeur, jeu de tête… Je suis sur les rotules à la fin de certaines parties. Je tiens grâce à l’expérience.Comment expliquez-vous qu’on marque si peu chez les attaquants, cette saison ?Biedermann, Benamra… on parle de garçons qui évoluent dans de petites équipes qui ont peu d’occasion sur un match. C’est compliqué pour eux. Le second, s’il jouait au Fola, il en serait certainement à 25 buts cette saison. Donc ce qu’ils font, mettre 12-13 buts dans leurs clubs respectifs, c’est tout aussi respectable, je leur tire mon chapeau. Je ne serais pas capable de mettre autant de buts qu’eux de cette façon, en jouant aussi souvent sur des terrains compliqués, en me bagarrant…Il va vous falloir vous bagarrer encore un peu pour glaner le point qu’il vous manque pour acquérir votre traditionnelle place européenne.Bon, à part une grave erreur de parcours et qu’en même temps, nos adversaires fassent le plein… C’est peu probable qu’on ne le soit pas, Européens, surtout sachant que la 4e place risque d’être aussi qualificative. Mais nous, on veut surtout assurer la deuxième place. Et si on gagne à Differdange, on l’aura fait.Assurant du même coup le fait de lancer votre campagne au 1er tour et non pas au tour préliminaire.C’est important pour les vacances. On en parle entre nous depuis quelques semaines. Parce que cela peut faire une semaine à dix jours de congés en plus. C’est très très important, car après, on repart pour une année de foot… Déjà un week-end, c’est énorme, alors dix jours… Moi, j’ai déjà pris mon aller pour aller voir mon père à Marrakech, mais je dois attendre pour mon retour. Gagner à Differdange, ça me permettrait d’être tranquille dans la tête.Comment le Fola va-t-il évoluer ?Trois ou quatre joueurs risquent de ne pas prolonger, mais le onze de base, on l’a. Il faut juste trouver de bons remplaçants.Entretien avec Julien Mollereau Partagerlast_img read more

[Cyclisme] 21 Luxembourgeois aux Mondiaux de Grande-Bretagne

first_img Partager La Fédération cycliste luxembourgeoise (FSCL) sera forte de 21 coureurs et coureuses, pour les championnats du monde sur route et en contre-la-montre de Grande-Bretagne.Dans le détail, 18 engagés et trois réservistes sont inscrits aux épreuves prévues du 22 au 29 septembre, dans le Yorkshire (nord de l’Angleterre). Les routards aguerris, comme la jeune garde, comptent bien affoler les compteurs et surtout les chronos !Juniors hommesLoïc BETTENDORFF (route & CLM)Joé MICHOTTE (route & CLM)Mats WENZEL (route)Tom PAQUET (réserve)Jacques GLOESENER (réserve) Espoirs hommesKevin GENIETS (route & CLM)Colin HEIDERSCHEID (route)Arthur KLUCKERS (route)Michel RIES (route)Luc WIRTGEN (route)Cédric PRIES (réserve)Maxime WEYRICH (réserve)Élite hommesJempy DRUCKER (route)Ben GASTAUER (route)Bob JUNGELS (route & CLM)Alex KIRSCH (route)Tom WIRTGEN (réserve)Juniors damesNina BERTON (route & CLM)Élite damesAnne-Sophie HARSCH (route)Élise MAES (route)Christine MAJERUS (route)last_img read more

[Roud Léiwen] l’entraîneur de Pétange s’insurge contre la non-sélection d’Abreu

first_img Partager Et ce avant d’énumérer les qualités de l’ancien joueur de Guimaraes, désormais âgé de 25 ans.Des arguments en veux-tu…«Énorme qualité de jeu.De l’envie pendant 90 minutes.Meilleur buteur du championnat avec 6 buts (tu marques autant que CR7).Un leader sur le terrain et dans le vestiaire (capitaine de l’équipe leader de BGL Ligue).Tu t’adaptes à n’importe quel système de jeu, dans tous les cas tu es décisif.En plus de ton expérience nationale, tu as également vécu une aventure internationale (2e division au Portugal à Guimaraes).Tu es l’un des plus rapides, avec et sans ballon.Ta technique fait trembler les défenses.Le seul moyen de t’arrêter en 1 contre 1 est de faire des fautes.Tu es puissant.Tes centres sont précis.Tu gagnes des duels aériens.Ta frappe est précise (ton dernier but est incroyable, probablement le but de l’année en BGL).Tu es un travailleur.Tu es une vraie star en gardant toujours les pieds sur terre.»Avant de conclure : «Tu ne peux faire qu’une chose mon grand, continue ton boulot, notre boulot. Garde cette exigence que tu as envers toi-même. Tu peux lever la tête bien haute et dire avec fierté qu’ils se trompent à chaque sélection. Cesse de te demander ce que tu peux faire de plus.»Julien Carette Luc Holtz, le sélectionneur national, a dévoilé ce mercredi sa sélection en vue du prochain match qualificatif pour l’Euro-2020, au Portugal (le 11 octobre) et de l’amical prévu du Danemark (15 octobre).  Une sélection où n’apparaît pas le nom d’Artur Abreu, le meilleur joueur de l’actuel leader de BGL Ligue, Pétange.Ce qui a un peu fait bondir Carlos Fangueiro, l’entraîneur pétangeois, qui s’est fendu d’un post sur son compte Facebook.«Nous sommes tous derrière toi mon grand ! J’aurai parié ma vie sur ta sélection en équipe nationale cette fois ! Ton rêve aurait dû devenir réalité ! Quelle surprise de ne pas te voir figurer dans la liste de sélectionnés en équipe nationale !!! Dommage que M. Luc Holtz, décide de laisser de côté le meilleur joueur du championnat !» déclare ainsi l’ancien joueur pro portugais.last_img read more

National Tourism Policy draft ready for Cabinet

first_imgBy: Merissa WilsonGuyana’s tourism sector is set for growth and advancement in the very near future as the Ministry of Tourism and Public Telecommunications is prepping to have the National Tourism Policy presented to Cabinet for its approval.The much anticipated policy, after consultations with a number of pertinent stakeholders, has finally been drafted and once approved by Cabinet will make its way to Parliament for debates and implementation.Tourism Minister Catherine HughesThis comprehensive policy is said to be inclusive of the input of stakeholders after a series of public consultations was made during the course of drafting.This is according to the Minister of Tourism Catherine Hughes, who disclosed that the ministry will be embarking on presenting the policy to Cabinet meeting, slated for next week.Hughes said the policy was endorsed by a number of pertinent bodies including the Tourism and Hospitality Association (THAG). This policy she outlined: “Had received positive feedback from these bodies and had been agreed upon as being one of the most effective approaches to reforming the tourism sector”The National Tourism Policy falls under the budget allocation of $98.1 million that was earmarked to the ministry for its projects in 2016. This policy targets activities such as sports fishing, sports tourism as motor racing and cricket; yachting and cruise visits along with entertainment and cultural tourism.Most significantly, the policy had been crafted to renew legislations including that of yachting which had been on the front burner of THAG over the years.last_img read more

MOH to Construct 100 Housing Units for

first_imgAuthorities of the Ministry of Health (MOH) have assured its workers of the construction of 100 housing units for their occupancy under a mortgage plan in eight of the 15 counties.The counties and their projected units are Maryland, 15; Grand Kru 15; River Gee 15; Grand Gedeh 15; Sinoe, 15; Rivercess, 10; Gbarpolu 10, and Montserrado, 5. The news came amid the falling motivation of health workers due to their relatively low salaries as the government tackles the challenges in building a resilient health system. Health Minister Dr. Bernice Dahn made the announcement on Wednesday during a two-day Health Review Meeting with implementing partners at the Paynesville Town Hall.Dr. Dahn’s pledge of the construction of the housing units for health workers was subsequently buttressed by Assistant Health Minister Chea Wesseh’s Powerpoint presentation on the second pillar of nine strategic and high priority areas. Those areas have been earmarked to rapidly restore the essential health services and to urgently repair the health system. The cost of the 100 housing units is US$500,000, which the MOH on Tuesday provided following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Ministry and the National Housing Authority (NHA).According to the MOU, each of the housing units will cost US$5,000 and will be assigned to “dedicated health workers.” “In line with the MOU, MOH is making a non-refundable down payment of US$5,000 for each of the 100 dedicated staff totaling US$500,000” said Deputy Health Minister Edward Tolbert.According to the MOU, the beneficiaries will complete payment for the units through a mortgage loan agreement the Ministry has signed with the Liberian Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI), with the MOH serving as guarantor. “The Ministry will ensure that each of the benefiting employees receives his/her salary through the LBDI, making it possible for the Ministry to ensure that payment on the mortgage does not exceed US$15.00 per month for each employee,” the MOU stated.The focal person for the 100 housing units, Madam Louise Mapleh, told the Daily Observer that all the necessary legal documentations that would lead to the groundbreaking ceremony for the project are nearing completion.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Power Tiller Improves Farmer’s Yield

first_imgThirty three year old farmer Zulu Zayzay, has beenoperating a power tiller provided by USAID FED for the Fuamah District Cooperative Society in Bong Mines, lower Bong County to improve rice production.In an interview with the Daily Observer last Wednesday, Zayzay said although Liberia has emerged from more than a decade of civil conflict, the youths still face a challenge in finding employment.“By supporting Liberian youth in agriculture, USAID FED aids the Liberian government in helping the youth find sustainable employment especially in the area of agriculture,” Zayzay said.He said due to the improved skills and the provision of modern technologies in rice production provided by USAID FED, he has raised enough income to construct a decent home and support his family.He has furthermore developed three hectares with an improved rice seed variety. He said “I got training in growing lowland rice and fertilizer to increase my yield.” He said he grew rice on one acre, using local seed and harvested 15 of 50 kg bags of paddy rice. Since partnering with USAID FED, he said his field has expanded from one acre to three hectares due to the additional support in mechanization.On the three acre rice field he was able to harvest 180 50kg bags last year, which represents an increase of 1167% more than what he used to harvest before USAID FED’s assistance.Zayzay said in August 2015, USAID FED distributed power tillers to 30 youth entrepreneurs from Bong, Lofa, Nimba and Grand Bassa counties to assist lowland rice farmers to plow their fields and generate income. Zulu got one of the power tillers under a cost-share arrangement.“I have reached more than 40 farmers in tilling their fields, totaling approximately 38 hectares, with the power tiller that I obtained from FED,” he said.He observed that this is an opportunity which helps him to raise additional money.In addition to power tillers, USAID FED has distributed 49 tuk tuks with carriages to transport goods from the farms to the markets. These initiatives address constraints in the agriculture business through mechanization and logistics provisions which have become an opportunity to get more youth involved in providing services to farmers.USAID FED has created a strategy that seeks to encourage Liberian youth to be more engaged in agriculture. 500 farmers in Bong Mines have partnered with USAID FED since 2013 to develop approximately 300 hectares of low land rice fields.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

GPL, Region 2 Chairman at loggerheads

first_imgUnscheduled power outages Chairman of Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), Devanand Ramdatt and the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) are at loggerheads over unscheduled power outages in the region.Ramdatt claimed the power company had made a commitment to inform residents of the region about scheduled power outages, but this has not been honoured. However, GPL has refuted his claim, saying residents of the region are being informed.Region Two Chairman Devanand RamdattDuring an interview with Guyana Times, Public Relations Officer of the utility company, Shevion Sears, said the entity did commit to informing residents in Region Two of the scheduled power outages and this has been honoured.Sears’ denial came following a statement from Ramdatt, who complained bitterly of the impact of the unscheduled power outages over the past few months.He said that GPL’s commitment to inform residents, via text message and local media (RCA TV), before the power failures, was not being fulfilled.Sears, however, refuted the claims of the Regional Chairman and said the power company has been informing residents of the power failures. She told this newspaper that she would provide more details, but was unreachable when this publication called for the relevant information.Ramdatt on Wednesday again vented his frustration and disappointment over the issue which he says has been ongoing for some time now.He informed that during a special meeting the Board of officials from the region had with the utility’s executives back in June 2017, GPL gave their word to send out the advisories of power outages; however, it was just a mere few months before the power company started “slacking off”.In a much frustrated tone, the Regional Chairman stated that the past month have been the most difficult for residents in Region Two.Ramdatt said he can provide all the dates that GPL has sent advisories and alluded to the fact that as recent as Tuesday morning, several communities were without power, and without notice.The Regional Chairman on Monday explained that an email from Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson, dated July 9, 2017, stated, ‘“I will ask GPL to provide advance notice on any load-shedding activities; on the long-term, a new set for Anna Regina has been procured already, it is expected to be on site by October; however, we have to complete ground works and other infrastructure issues before we can connect it and have it in full service; it is anticipated all to be completed by November.”“We are now in April 2018 and the region is still suffering from constant blackouts which is causing disruption to all GTT landline phones, GWI water flow and Internet service, just to name a few,” the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) said in a statement on Monday.As such, the RDC’s statement added that residents, especially the business community, are calling on the Government and GPL to speed up the process at the Anna Regina Power Plant and bring some relief to the region.Only last week, Deputy Mayor of the town of Anna Regina, Darshan Persaud expressed his outrage at the service being offered by the power company.In an interview, Persaud said residents in the township were complaining about the long periods of power outages, which have contributed to the loss of thousands of dollars in ice cream, chicken, meat, and other frozen foods.last_img read more

Christianburg residents decry lack of street lights

first_imgWhile the Government is placing emphasis on installing street light along the Soesdyke-Linden Highway, residents in the mining town are complaining bitterly about insufficient street light in their communities. These residents are from the community of Christianburg at Wismar, Linden. The residents, who live in the vicinity of the Christianburg cemetery, are calling on the relevant authorities to look into the issue, which they noted has been a burning one for some time. One of the affected residents who prefer not to be named explained to this publication recently that residents are urgently in need of some brightness in the area. “We’re asking the authorities if they could put some more street lights in Christianburg because we does really be in blackout. The street is really dark. Parents, children does have to walk home at nights and it’s really troubling”, the resident noted. The residents noted that those who live in the vicinity feel unsafe as they pointed to an incident which recently occurred whereby a suspicious- looking man was observed lurking underneath a tree in the area. At the time, residents reported the incident and Police responded. However, the residents indicated that after the man observed that residents were alerted to his presence, he ran out of the area and Police responded approximately two hours later. “We are asking if somebody in authority could put some lights. Everybody knows that the area got a cemetery, so we don’t know if they don’t want it to be too lit but it needs to be lighted up. Tourists does come and take pictures at the waterwheel and so on, but we need lights. Residents asking for it since I moved here last year. It’s unsafe because sometimes you have to wait until somebody coming down the road so you can get somebody to accompany you when you coming home at night”, the resident told this publication. They said following requests by residents, three lights had been installed, however, they noted that this is insufficient, more so since one would have stopped working. These lights were installed following the incident with the man observed lurking underneath the tree. “The place is very dark. I don’t want them to wait until something bad happens then to put up lights. At least if we could get it before Christmas, we’d be very grateful because we need improvement… we just need them to put in some lights. We’re begging them long, since last year. We’re asking, please, because straight along from the bridge (Mackenzie- Wismar) coming down have lights. Some working, some ain’t working and when you come down to Christianburg is hardly any lighting…”, the resident explained. They also pointed out that many residents have indicated that they are living uncomfortably, owing to the issue. The resident added that residents were informed that the Linden Mayor and Town Council (LM&TC) is in possession of lights but it is unclear why they have not been installed. Christianburg residents decry lack of street lights Street lightslast_img read more