End the monopoly

first_imgDear Editor,Electricity plays an important role in the modern world. The electricity business can be broken down into two parts: generation of electricity and distribution of electricity. Generation comes from diesel generators, wind farms, solar farms, hydro, etc. While distribution is the national grid (the wiring, transformers, etc).Guyana Power and Light Inc (GPL) is the State-owned company responsible for providing electricity to Guyanese. It has a near-monopoly in doing this. Because of this monopoly, GPL does not fulfil its obligation with merits with numerous blackouts every year. Why is this? It is because of GPL being a State-run enterprise with a monopoly that it has a don’t-care attitude.Is it really a don’t-care attitude or is it a lack of knowledge and poor planning?In a country prone to blackouts there is no logic in having the distribution system interconnected. This is because when there is a blackout in one part of the national grid it will affect the other parts. Hence, the national grid needs to be segregated.Also, GPL’s monopoly needs to be broken. This can be done by simply creating two State-owned electricity companies – one responsible for the generation of electricity and the other responsible for maintaining the national grid. Then companies (like Giftland Mall) can supply electricity to the national grid as opposed to waiting over 4 years for a Power Purchasing Agreement from GPL.Yours faithfully,Sean Orilast_img read more

Guyana Diabetic Care Project notes achievements

first_imgThe Guyana Diabetic Care Project convened its third annual stakeholder’s meeting, on Wednesday, at Project Dawn, Liliendaal, to review the work of the project and to ensure the programme is sustained and expanded.Minister within the Public Health, Ministry Dr Karen Cummings during her opening remarks, said all stakeholders must take this time to celebrate the achievements of the project in Guyana.Project Co-ordinator, Guyana Diabetic Care Project, Dr Brian Ostrow“Today we should celebrate the successes of the Guyana Diabetic Care project. Since its inception over 700 women have been screened for gestational diabetes.”Additionally, more than 2,000 persons have been screened for diabetic retinopathy through this project.According to Project Co-ordinator, Dr. Brian Ostrow, reviews of the various project components included : eye care; diabetes in pregnancy; public awareness and networking and development of health information system.“The fifth component is just to look at how the project manages and that is pretty much on track,” Dr Ostrow explained.One of the concerns raised was the expansion of component one. Minister Cummings lobbied for diabetic retinopathy screening to be extended to regional and district hospitals, to allow for more patients to access the services.The minister noted that the project’s objective is to provide universal screening and treatment for diabetes that is equitable and accessible to persons living in Guyana.“In order to significantly build on the gains made thus far through the diligent work being done by the project, we at the Ministry of Public Health recognised that more needs to be done with the collective and collaborative involvement of all concerned stakeholders.”last_img read more

Cityhood comment sought

first_imgThe council voted unanimously at Wednesday night’s meeting to create the committee. Meanwhile, the council is taking another step to explore cityhood. Two members of the West Ranch Town Council, plus one from the Castaic Town Council, will attend a two-day seminar in Sacramento this month dedicated to studying the formation of new cities. County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich will pay the tuition for a couple of the town council members attending the seminar. Antonovich is also funding the $25,000 initial study looking at cityhood for the area. West Ranch Town Council member Ron Mechsner said the goal of the committee is to get more people talking about the area’s future. Mechsner said he only learned about the $25,000 study when Bossert announced it at last month’s meeting. STEVENSON RANCH – The West Ranch Town Council wants more residents involved in exploring the creation of their own city and is forming a committee to talk about the area’s future. About 15 to 25 residents would serve on the Citizens Advisory Group. As a $25,000 study on the possibility of forming a city from the communities of Stevenson Ranch, Westridge, Castaic and Val Verde gets under way, committee members will talk to residents about the study and get feedback, members of the West Ranch Town Council said. “We’re looking to get a very diverse, interested group of people who can analyze information,” Councilman Dave Bossert said. “We don’t know if there’s enough dollars and cents here to form a city,” he said. “So let’s get that information on the table.” The West Ranch Town Council asked anyone interested in sitting on the Citizens Advisory Group to attend the council’s March7 meeting. The committee is open to residents of all the areas proposed for cityhood. alex.dobuzinskis@dailynews.com (661) 257-5253160Want 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

Advantage Ronaldo but Neymar warns it’s not over yet

first_imgOn a pulsating evening in the Bernabeu, Ronaldo dragged Real level with a penalty after Adrien Rabiot had given PSG the lead, fed by a cheeky Neymar backheel.As PSG seemed to be heading for a draw that would have put the French side in the driving seat for the return leg on March 6, Ronaldo turned the match in Madrid’s favour with a scrappy goal that bounced in off his knee.As Madrid poured forward, Marcelo piled on the pain with an 86th-minute volley to show PSG — who have never won the Champions League — the value of the experience of winning the competition 12 times.– ‘We love the Champions League’ –“Real Madrid love the Champions League and as players we can feel that on the pitch,” Ronaldo said after being named man of the match.“Today things worked out for me, scoring two goals and helping the team win, but we know the tie is not finished yet.”Cristiano Ronaldo consoled Neymar as 12-time European champions Real Madrid beat Paris Saint-Germain 3-1 in the first leg of their last-16 tie in the Champions League © AFP / GABRIEL BOUYSNeymar, who cut a dejected figure at the end, said his side “committed errors at certain moments”.“We were not mature enough at the end of the match,” the 26-year-old Brazilian said.“We didn’t play badly, but I think we need to be better if we want to eliminate Real Madrid. It is difficult, but nothing is impossible.”The return leg at the Parc des Princes will be the hottest ticket in Europe.With Real trailing bitter rivals Barcelona by 17 points in the Spanish league, coach Zinedine Zidane’s job seemed in danger before this tie.He paid tribute to his talisman, who despite showing signs of fallibility in La Liga this season has scored 11 goals in Europe in just seven matches.“With Ronaldo it’s difficult to always say the same thing. He has shown once again that he always turns up in the big games,” Zidane said.The Frenchman said he would savour the victory, but warned his side to guard against complacency against PSG.“There is a second leg to come where we will need to play with a lot of intensity. We know we are going to suffer.”PSG coach Unai Emery, who has never been further than the Champions League round of 16 in five previous attempts, gambled with a young lineup, starting with 21-year-old Argentinian midfielder Giovani Lo Celso and 22-year-old defender Presnel Kimpembe.But it was the Spaniard’s decision to withdraw the club’s all-time top scorer Edinson Cavani with half an hour to go that potentially cost him dear.With PSG’s attacking edge lost, Real clawed their way back into the game.The Paris side’s Qatari backers stuck with Emery last season despite a humiliating 6-1 defeat to Barcelona in the last 16, but they are unlikely to show the same patience if the second most expensive squad in history fails to overcome Real.“The team played well and deserved better,” Emery said. “We have to be optimistic and positive for the match in Paris. We still have a good chance of getting through.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Cristiano Ronaldo came out on top in the battle for supremacy with Neymar as he scored twice in Real Madrid’s 3-1 win over Paris Saint-Germain in the last-16, first-leg tie of the Champions League © AFP / GABRIEL BOUYSMADRID, Spain, Feb 15 – Paris Saint-Germain face a huge task to reach the Champions League quarter-finals after Cristiano Ronaldo defied predictions his powers are waning with two goals as Real Madrid won 3-1 in the first leg of their last-16 tie.Billed as a contest between World Player of the Year Ronaldo and his Brazilian heir-in-waiting Neymar, the 33-year-old Portuguese came out emphatically on top as he became the first player to score 100 Champions League goals for the same club.last_img read more

Accept weak, strong points

first_img A. If you were a quark, the smallest particle in nature, under someone’s fingernail and they cleaned it out, that would be a cataclysmic collapse of the universe. If you were able to influence the edge of the universe, every single word you spoke would be of utmost importance. So if you hold those two thoughts simultaneously, that your work could be of cosmic importance and total insignificance, then you can do it with pride and bring everything to it, but laugh all the time you’re doing it. That’s just being human. Leslie Whitaker is co-author of “The Good Girl’s Guide to Negotiating.” Write her at goodgirls@contentthatworks.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Dear Readers, Last week I ran the first part of an interview with Dee Hock, the innovative thinker behind VISA, the largest business in the world. The author of a new book, “One From Many: Visa and the Rise of Chaordic Organization” (Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2005), he discussed his view of leadership, organizational transformation and the overrating of money as an incentive. Below is the rest of the conversation. Q. When you asked your boss to give you permission to take a new position, he agreed and ended the meeting with a question: “Did this meeting serve your purpose?” That gave you the opening to ask for one more thing. You walked away with the resources, freedom and responsibility necessary to create a new entity that ended up revolutionizing the business world. Did you use that question at the end of your own meetings with employees? A. No, but I tried to live by it. If you find you’ve served their purpose, strangely enough you find out you have served your own because you like the way you behaved. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Q. You say that people who come from Eastern cultures are more immediately receptive to the way you think because they can hold two opposite ideas – yin and yang, so to speak – in their minds simultaneously. How does the yin-and-yang concept affect your leadership? A. I say to people, “I don’t ever want you to change; I just want you to see all of your strongest points – and then I enumerate them – and that they are contrary to your weakest points.” If you are detail-oriented, for example, probably you are also a nitpicking pain in the butt. But if you stop nitpicking, you will destroy your strength. Understand that they are the head and tails of the same coin. So you try to minimize the dark side of your strengths so they don’t hurt you and damage other people. I’ve seen people transform their lives by determining not to change. You don’t try to change the person, but rather educe the multiple perspectives that they’ve forgotten how to see. Q. “Educe” is a word you use often. What does it mean? A. “Induce” is commonly used to persuade, maneuver, to cause somebody to do something they don’t want to do. “Educe,” a much more beautiful word, means to draw forth that which already exists. It’s already there, so I don’t have to create it; I just have to create conditions from which it can emerge. I can’t design a rose, but I can create the conditions from which it emerges. It’s counterintuitive; yet, it’s the most natural thing in the world. Q. You use nature to put perspective on our workaday tasks. Please explain. last_img read more

ODA introduces new tools for water quality

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest There are many things that farmers can control with regard to their role in improving Ohio’s water quality, but there is one thing they can’t: the weather. And, it just so happens that this factor beyond human control is also the most significant factor in water quality. A big, unexpected rain can undo the best of on-farm intentions for water quality stewardship.The Ohio Department of Agriculture recently introduced a couple of new tools to help address this perennially challenging problem.“ODA firmly believes science and technology must be at the forefront of all water quality issues and these new and innovative tools are impactful steps that will merge the ideas of precision farming and precision conservation,” said David T. Daniels, Ohio Department of Agriculture director. “The agricultural community continues to take the necessary steps to maintain agricultural productivity, while protecting our natural resources and reducing nutrient runoff to improve water quality in Lake Erie and surrounding waterways.”The Ohio Applicator Forecast is a new online tool designed to help nutrient applicators identify times when the potential nutrient loss from a fertilizer or manure application is low. The Ohio Agricultural Stewardship Verification Program is a pilot certification for farmers implementing best management practices on their farms. Ohio Applicator ForecastThe Ohio Applicator Forecast is a feature on the Ohio Department of Agriculture website that takes data from the National Weather Service and predicts potential for runoff to occur in a given area in Ohio. The forecast considers snow accumulation and melt, soil moisture content and forecast precipitation and temperatures to help in the decision making process when applying nutrients.“At the National Weather Service we model the river basin hydrology across the entire Ohio River Basin and Great Lakes drainages on a daily basis. We track how the water moves from the atmosphere into the ground. That information can be used to help alert farmers to the potential for runoff events that would produce nutrient runoff into streams and rivers. We’re able to take our analysis of rainfall that has fallen and will be falling into the future,” said Brian Astifan, the development and operations hydrologist with the National Weather Service Ohio River Forecast Center in Wilmington. “This tool will let farmers know when conditions are possible for nutrient runoff based on soil conditions, how wet or dry it is and also how much rainfall is coming that might impact runoff. We are taking information we are already generating and using it in a different application for the state of Ohio to generate an advisory level. Is there a low potential of runoff or a high potential of runoff? Farmers can use that information to decide when they might or might not apply nutrients.”A similar tool has already been in use in Wisconsin and has been expanding to other states.“The pilot program in Wisconsin has grown to include most of the Great Lakes states. We are able to produce this information on a fairly high-resolution basis. There will always be some uncertainty with the weather but the state of weather science has come a long way in the last 20 years,” Astifan said. “We are much more confident in our rainfall predictions than we were even five or 10 years ago. It is not an exact science, but the uncertainty is taken into account so you can leverage that information to make better decisions.”The announcement about the kickoff for the Ohio Applicator Forecast was held at Drewes Farms in Custar. Tyler Drewes thinks the tool will be useful for nutrient application decisions on their farm in the Western Lake Erie Basin Watershed.Tyler Drewes talks to his grandpa before getting back to planting this spring.“I think we’ll use it all the time. We have multiple times when we apply fertilizer throughout the year. We deal with a couple of dairies and receive 20 million gallons of dairy manure and apply it after wheat harvest and corn silage harvest and after fall harvest,” Drewes said. “The website will allow us to check things out and let us know if it’s a good time to apply the manure from the dairy and our commercial fertilizer to make sure what we are putting down will connect with the soil and stay there.”Because the tool covers every corner of the state it can be useful for a broad range of decisions for large and small farms throughout Ohio, Director Daniels said.“The weather tool allows a producer — whether they are planting 1,000 acres of corn or two tomato plants — to see soil conditions and the chances of runoff. It looks out seven days to let them know the best opportunity to apply nutrients,” he said. “Let’s say it shows a tenth of an inch of rain today. It’ll show ground saturation points so if you’re looking at a tenth of an inch there is probably not much of a chance on runoff on a dry field. Now three or four days down the road if we are looking at a tenth, a half inch or an inch, it will show you that the further down that week you go the more chance there is for runoff. It lets you know what you can do today, it also lets you plan four or five days out for what might be a potential problem. It lets you know what the saturation is on two different depth levels too and you can zoom right down in on your field or your garden and see the potential for runoff. They can also use it as a planting tool.”And, specifically in the Western Lake Erie Basin Watershed, the Applicator Forecast is one more tool to help farmers stay in compliance with the state regulations in place.“Last year with the prohibition of application of nutrients on frozen and snow covered ground in this watershed it only makes sense that we announce this weather app here in the watershed,” Daniels said. “We are not only asking producers to do this but we are also providing some tools to help them manage through that.” Ohio Agricultural Stewardship Verification ProgramThe Ohio Agricultural Stewardship Verification Program certifies farmers in the targeted watersheds of Henry and Wood counties who apply and meet criteria developed by ODA’s Division of Soil and Water Conservation. Criteria for the certification include developed nutrient management plans, accurate soil tests and documented best management practices, among others. The program will begin as a pilot with an intention to expand the program to all of Ohio.“We are excited to be one of the first farms in Ohio to prove our commitment to improving water quality through this verification program,” Drewes said. “Farming as many acres as we do in the Western Lake Erie Basin region, we know we play a very important role in the long-term improvement of the lake’s water quality. We want to be part of the solution and this program will help farmers toward that goal.”The Verification Program reinforces the need to do the right things on farms and also showcases the positive actions being taken within agriculture to address water quality challenges.“This is an excellent tool to show people outside of agriculture what is being done. We want to set the bar for those best producers going over and above and this is one method to show industry and the general population what agriculture is doing,” said Kirk Hinds, with the Ohio Department of Agriculture. “The stewardship verification pilot program is just for Henry and Wood Counties with intent to go statewide. We just want to get it fine tuned before moving forward in the whole state.”The ODA will continue to reach out to farmers and applicators in the coming months to make them aware of the new tools that were announced in mid-May, Daniels said.“Farmers can voluntarily take part in this certification program that verifies that they are using best management practices and doing what they are supposed to be doing with the 4Rs. This shows that you are doing things that are conservation minded and environmentally sensitive,” Daniels said. “We are rolling this out where the focal point of the water quality discussions have been in the state and that is the Western Basin of Lake Erie. We are happy to see the verification program take shape.”Those interested in applying for the Agricultural Stewardship Verification Program can visit their local Soil and Water Conservation District office to find out how to become involved.last_img read more

Ventilation Rates and Human Health

first_imgStuffy homes are unhealthy homes, while homes with plenty of fresh air are healthy. That’s been a commonly held belief for at least 200 years. In the mid-19th century, the connection between ventilation and human health was championed by sanitarians, a group of health experts who blamed the spread of bubonic plague and cholera on “miasma.”According to Michelle Murphy, the author of Sick Building Syndrome and the Problem of Uncertainty, “Ventilation engineers had previously promoted the mechanical supply of ‘fresh air’ in the name of healthfulness, not comfort. The fight against foul air, excess carbon dioxide, and miasma … had allied ventilation engineers with public health reformers, called sanitarians, who sought to improve the living conditions of the worthy laboring poor by … legislating standards for fresh air in tenements, schools, and factories.”The miasma theory of contagion was disproved in the 1860s. However, the connection between ventilation and human health is still trumpeted by various organizations, including “healthy house” groups and fan manufacturers. For example, marketing materials from Broan, a fan manufacturer, claim that “microbial pollutants like mold, pet dander and plant pollen along with chemicals such as radon and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) create a toxic environment in your home.”Similarly, a document posted on the website of the Healthy House Institute declares, “Ventilation is a critical component for home durability and occupant health.”Since experts have posited a connection between mechanical ventilation in homes and human health for the last 160 years, perhaps it’s time to ask two questions:The answer to the first question is no, not really. And the answer to the second question is an emphatic no.The standard for residential ventilation in the U.S. is ASHRAE 62.2. Among the members of the committee that developed ASHRAE 62.2 were Joseph Lstiburek, a principal of… This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Start Free Trial Already a member? Log incenter_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.last_img read more

6 Under-Appreciated Variables That Win Deals

first_img Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now There are more variables to competing and winning in sales than your company, your products, or your pricing. Many of the variables are under-appreciated. They are also within your control. Here is a list of variables that may cause you to lose to your competition. Reversing them will move you towards greater success.Outworked: If there is a single variable to success that is within your control, it is your willingness to work. Really work, not just show up at work. There will always be people with more talent than you, as our gifts are not distributed equally. Some people have received gifts as the circumstances of their birth, gifts that you were not given. No one, however, can deprive you of your willingness to work harder. This is perhaps the easiest way to produce better results than your competitors, only requiring giving your work your full focus and attention. Only you can prevent yourself from being outworked.Out-studied: You have to improve your ability to improve. One of the very best ways you can boost your performance is by studying. You can read more than your competitor, and the statistics suggest that if you read one sales book, you will have done more than most in your field (and if you are going to read a sales book, let me recommend this one). You can read business books to improve your business acumen, and you can read a newspaper (I suggest the Wall St. Journal). You can listen to CNBC while you are on the treadmill. Not many of your competitors will read their prospective client’s financial reports. Nor will they go to the trouble to become an expert. If you want to be a trusted advisor, start by doing your homework.Outlasted: I called a prospective client for years without ever obtaining a meeting. My competitor had them locked down, or so I thought. I gave up and decided to seek an easier target. A year or so later, I called the prospective to schedule an appointment only to be told that they had just reviewed new companies and selected a new provider. I missed the window because I did not persist. Your willingness to persist over time is another variable within your control. It requires that you are disciplined about your approach and your pursuit plan. It also requires that you be resourceful enough to vary your strategy and stay top of mind. If someone is going to outlast another, be the one with greater determination and persistence.Out-communicated: Mistakenly, people believe that an email is an effective form of communication. As efficient as email is, it is inferior to other, more powerful mediums, like face-to-face meetings, video conferences, or the telephone. Every day, the poor hapless (and helpless, and hopeless) salespeople send emails to their dream client’s inboxes, only to have them deleted without so much as a glance. Sadly, they believe what they are doing is prospecting. You control the medium you use, the frequency, and the value of those communications. One of the first things I ever wrote on this blog was the need to have a presence, to show up. The more frequent and valuable the communication, the more you prevent yourself from being out-communicated.Out-flanked: In The New Rules for Building Consensus, there is an idea about there no longer being a decision-maker, even though someone is going to say yes. The main idea here is that many people cannot say yes by themselves, but can say no and stop a group of people from taking action on your initiative. The second section of Eat Their Lunch is titled: Wiring the Building. The idea is to locate the stakeholders who are going to influence a decision and make sure you gain their support. If you aren’t doing this work and your competitor is, you can be out-flanked, your competitor developing support deep and wide while you cling to your power sponsor. Get there first, establish the relationships throughout the organization and out-flank your competition.Out-skilled: A salesperson once told me that he had been in sales for thirty-four years. His manager added that the salesperson had the same year no less than thirty-four times. The gist was that he wasn’t getting any better. Are your skills improving? Are your results improving? One of the most detrimental beliefs to success is the idea that you know enough, you are good enough, and that no growth is available to you. You are better off believing the exact opposite, that you know too little, your results aren’t what they should be, and that you have much runway in front of you. It isn’t difficult to out-skill your competitors, most of whom aren’t proactive about their growth and development.With so much outside of your control, your best strategy is to work on what is within your control.last_img read more

Six arrested for selling arms

first_imgSix persons, including two officers of the Rifle Factory at Ishapore in North 24 Paraganas, were arrested by the Kolkata police for allegedly supplying arms, smuggled out of the factory, to Maoists in Bihar. The factory comes under the Ministry of Defence. While four of the accused were arrested at Babughat in the city on Sunday, the two employees were arrested at Ishapore. The police have seized 60 revolvers, a carbine and 10 cartridges from them. “At 4 p.m. on Sunday, we arrested four persons at Babughat: Ajay Kumar Pandey, 40, Jayshankar Pandey, 36, Umesh Rey, 21, and Kartik Shaw 40. During interrogation, Umesh and Kartik disclosed that they got the arms with the help of Sukhda Murmu, 48, and Susanta Basu, 48, of the Rifle Factory,” Murlidhar Sharma, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Special Task Force), told journalists on Monday. He said Murmu and Basu told the police that they were working as junior works managers. While Ajay Kumar and Jayshankar are residents of Nawada district in Bihar, Umesh and Kartik hail from Ishapore. Uddipan Mukherjee, Public Relations Officer of the Ordinance Factory Board, confirmed that Murmu and Basu were employees of the Rifle Factory. “At this point we can only say that Murmu and Basu are employees of the Rifle Factory, Ishapore, and hold the post of junior works manager. They are Group B Gazetted Officers. We need inputs from the STF to make further comments,” he told The Hindu. Mr. Sharma said the accused would smuggle out defective and rejected arms from the factory and repair them before selling them to Maoists and other miscreants in Bihar. “Ajay Kumar and Jayshankar admitted that they had earlier smuggled 16 INSAS rifles and four self-loading rifles from the Rifle Factory and sold them to Maoists in Bihar. We are also probing whether they sold the arms in Nepal too,” he said. The arms were also sold to the underworld and a group called Tritia Prastuti Committee (a Naxalite group) in Bihar, he said. The accused were produced before the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate and remanded in police custody till May 19. However, the lawyers of the Rifle Factory employees argued that the police arrested them only on the basis of the claims made by the other accused. “We argued before the court that… the police have not been able to produce any direct evidence against them,” Sandip Mondal, one of their lawyers, said.last_img read more

UK’s New Visa Rules Will Impact Indians

first_imgIn a crackdown to curb its soaring immigration figures, the UK government has announced changes to its visa policy for non-EU nationals, which will affect a large number of Indians especially IT professionals. Related Itemslast_img