first_img The transmission main, which is part of the Ferry supply pipeline, has to be replaced due to unrepairable breaks which have disrupted water supplied to sections of the Corporate Area, since last December. The National Water Commission (NWC) says the broken 18-inch pipeline along Mandela Highway, is expected to be replaced by March. The National Water Commission (NWC) says the broken 18-inch pipeline along Mandela Highway, is expected to be replaced by March.“Work has started. Pipe laying [will] commence in another week or two,” NWC President, Mark Barnett, said during a press conference at the utility company’s corporate office in New Kingston on Friday (Jan. 11).The transmission main, which is part of the Ferry supply pipeline, has to be replaced due to unrepairable breaks which have disrupted water supplied to sections of the Corporate Area, since last December.Mr. Barnett said it was decided not to repair the 35-feet deep pipeline, which is over 50 years old and was already identified for replacement.“Under the Major Infrastructure Development Programme (MIDP), it was always envisioned to replace that main which was broken along with another major transmission main,” he said.Mr. Barnett noted that the NWC has been working to alleviate the water disruptions being experienced by some communities through scheduled distribution, which was implemented in December.“There are some customers that we know would’ve been out of water for a day and a half… two days… some places, up to four days. We recognize those situations and empathize and apologize for those,” he further stated.Mr. Barnett said the NWC is working to ensure that it serves as many customers as possible through the scheduling system, adding that where this is not possible, water will be trucked to the affected areas.“We have done that [trucked water] in a number of cases prior to [and following] schools re-opening. We will definitely be prioritizing schools and public health institutions… for trucking activity where water would not have been sufficient through the mains,” he said.Mr. Barnett said the NWC is aware that some communities, such as those along Molynes Road and Bay Farm Road, have not been getting water when scheduled, which he attributed to several factors.These, he indicated, include four major breaks on the Constant Spring 21-inch transmission main in the last week, resulting in the plant being shut down on each occasion to preserve water while effecting repairs.The NWC President advised that consequent on the extent of the roadworks and their complex nature, disruptions in the water supply are inevitable.He cited, as an example, the Constant Spring Road/Hagley Park Road corridor where drains are being put in, as well as a sewer pipe and water pipe. This is in addition to four existing transmission mains under Constant Spring Road.“[Additionally), we have to contend with telecommunications systems… so it is a very cumbersome activity. In our best effort, we try to maintain those existing mains in service so as to reduce any disruption. But [even with] the best effort, we are going to have disruptions, considering the crowded nature of the corridor,” he said.Mr. Barnett advised that the NWC is collaborating with the National Works Agency to carrying out major works, noting that in most cases, the NWC’s role is to replace or install new pipelines.He pointed out that Constant Spring Road, Mandela Highway, Hagley Park Road, and the Barbican Road project, completed some time ago, benefited from that level of collaboration.“We are not, as an enterprise, happy that in our collaboration, the disruption creates discomfort for residents in the communities. However, we want to assure that these disruptions are not lasting… they should be short. So we crave your indulgence and a little more patience,” Mr. Barnett said. Story Highlights “Work has started. Pipe laying [will] commence in another week or two,” NWC President, Mark Barnett, said during a press conference at the utility company’s corporate office in New Kingston on Friday (Jan. 11).last_img read more


first_imgLucknow: Ramon Magsaysay Award winner social activist Sandeep Pandey here on Sunday claimed that he was put under house arrest on three occasions in the past week to prevent him from expressing views on national issues. The Lucknow district administration, however, rejected the claim. “In the past one week, we have been stopped thrice by the police and administration from freely expressing our views. I was put under house arrest on three occasions (August 11, 16 and 17),” Pandey claimed, adding that they were prevented from going to Ayodhya for a two-day programme on communal amity on Saturday. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “We were stopped mid-way,” Pandey said. The social activist slammed the alleged “stalling” of their programmes, saying it seemed as if “there was a ban on the freedom of expression”. Pandey said on August 16, they were prevented from going to Hazaratganj in Lucknow, where they were scheduled to hold a candlelight demonstration near the Mahatma Gandhi statue against the scrapping of the special status for Jammu and kashmir. “Police arrived again at my and advocate Mohammad Shoaib’s place to put us under house arrest an hour and half ago before the programme,” Pandey had said in a statement issued on August 16. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday He said their August 11 protest was for the “restoration of democracy” in the Valley. On the other hand, Lucknow District Magistrate Kaushal Raj Sharma rubbished the claims made by Pandey, who had won the Ramon Magsaysay Award in 2002 in the emergent leader category. “Who is stopping him from holding protests at the Eco Garden in the city. He cannot stage any protest in Hazratganj – the heart of the state capital – as the High Court has banned all protests in the area,” he said. “The dharna sthal (protest venue) of the district has been identified and he is most welcome to hold any protest, dharna or agitation there for as many days he likes. Why does he deliberately opts for spots where protests are not allowed?” the Lucknow DM said. Sharma said earlier Pandey was told to go to the Eco Garden but “he did not comply” with the orders. The DM denied that Pandey was put under house arrest. “He was neither put under house arrest nor detained. We intervened when they announced to go to Hazratganj.”last_img read more


Earlier this week wrestling fans rushed to the Demba Diop Stadium in Senegal to see the monumental match up between Yahya Diop (Yekini) and Omar Sakho (Balla Gaye 2). The event didn’t start until seven in the afternoon but at nine in the morning fans were already camped outside the stadium. Laamb wrestling has become even more popular than soccer in Senegal, according to Magatte Diop, the director of sponsorship at Sonatel, Orange’s Senegalese subsidiary.Despite the massive size of the two combatants, the two wrestlers gracefully performed the “dance of champions” as drums and musical odes welcomed them into the arena. The dance was meant to repel black magic from the wrestlers before they stepped foot into the ring. Their “uniforms” consisted of magical talismans called gris-gris and before the match both men poured a protective bath all over their bodies. According Mbaye Gueye Dieng, a spiritual guide or marabout in the mystical Sufi tradition, “The gris-gris and baths are just for protection against negative tongues and eyes.” Despite all the physical training that goes on in order to get the wrestlers prepared for the big matches, many spectators believe that the spirits are the ones who determine the winner.“The most important preparations are made in the home of the marabout,” Dieng added.In order to be victorious in laamb, the wrestler has to get his opponent’s head, back, or both hands and knees to the ground. Only certain matches of laamb allow for punches, and these matches often gain the most publicity.Malick Thiandom, a sports broadcaster for Senegalese Radio and Television, said, “We used to wrestle for the honor of the village. Today…with the sponsors who inject lots of money to have visibility, it has become a breadwinner for lots of wrestlers.” Orange has become a major sponsor for the Senegalese sport. The most successful laamb wrestlers earn more than $100,000 per match, but the odds of most wrestlers gaining this much success are slim. Thiandoum admitted that he is constantly telling the youth not to pursue this sport in an attempt to gain financial success because there is a “gap” between what they believe and reality. Most combatants will earn less than $2,000 a year in the ring.The recent match between Yekini and Balla Gaye 2 was an example of one of the rare high-profile and high paying matches. Sources told the New York Times that each combatant received about $300,000 for the match. Yekini was defeated after two minutes and six seconds, his first defeat in over 15 years. Promoters are currently trying to arrange a match between the victor, Balla Gaye 2, and the last wrestler who was able to defeat him, Eumeu Sene. read more


first_imgEverton forward Dominic Calvert-Lewin reflects on their 3-1 defeat at Manchester City on Saturday as they tried to stage a comeback after going one goal behind in the first half.Calvert-Lewin scored to make it 2-1 in the 65th minute, as Marco Silva’s side tried to equalize after Gabriel Jesus’ brace gave City a two-goal advantage.However, Raheem Sterling came on and scored City’s third goal to put the game beyond Everton.“It’s a frustrating result,” Calvert-Lewin told the club’s website.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“We know they’re a top team but we came here to try to get a result and to try to win the game.“It’s disappointing when they go 1-0 up and then you think we have chances to level it and, if we take them, the game can go a different way. But they’re clinical in front of goal and were perhaps more clinical than us today.“I think the timing of the goals is vital. We knew coming in at half-time we needed to score the next goal, really.“They’re at home so they were enjoying their football, as they do. They kind of killed it a bit [by scoring the second]. We got ourselves back in the game but unfortunately, they’ve then settled it.”last_img read more


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