National Park receives light upgrade

first_imgPatrons of the National Park in Georgetown will now benefit from the facility’s much needed $8 million upgrade in lights.With the assistance of the British High Commission, the Guyana Energy Agency (GEA) oversaw the installation of 45 integrated stand-alone solar powered 80w Light Emitted Diode (LED) street lights at the Guyana National Park.The particulars of the project involved replacing the incompetent 250-watt mercury vapour lamps with the more efficient 80-watt solar powered lights.The Integrated solar powered street lights use renewable energy from the sun to charge the batteries, which provide lighting at nights using energy efficient LEDOne of the 45 energy efficient lights that were installed in the National Parklights. Total cost of the project, which was financed by the British High Commission in Georgetown through the UK’s Prosperity Fund, is Gy$8,158,288. GEA’s Energy Engineer Brian Constantine explained that the supply and installation cost translates into a unit cost of $178,500 per light.After a thorough evaluation of the project and the target area, the GEA determined that it would be suitable to place the new lights on the poles that had been there before, to avoid additional costing. The GEA expressed that the lights will not only conserve financially, but energy consumption and carbon emission will also be cut down. 49,275kWh of energy and 29,565kg of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions annually will be avoided/saved through this investment. This translates to over G$2,800,000 yearly in savings in electricity costs.Meanwhile, in a statement, British High Commissioner Greg Quinn noted: “It is incumbent on us all to do what we can to mitigate our impact on the environment, and to improve energy efficiency. The High Commission therefore welcomed the opportunity to work with the GEA to install these lights.”last_img read more

Los Osos, Etiwanda, Upland finish tied for first

first_imgOr all of them, for that matter. Instead, all three did just enough to win and finish with 7-3 records, making Los Osos, Etiwanda and Upland tri-champs in the parity-filled league. The topsy-turvy Baseline League was close all year long, so it seemed entirely possible that with three boys basketball teams tied for first place heading into the final night, at least one of them could be upset. Photo Gallery: Los Osos High vs Rancho Cucamonga High The three games on Thursday night were decided by a combined seven points. Los Osos beat Rancho Cucamonga 58-56; Etiwanda defeated Claremont 65-62 and Upland got past Alta Loma 57-55. The Grizzlies had to survive two potential game-winning 3-point attempts by RC in the final seconds – including one at the buzzer. A nearly-identical sequence occurred in Etiwanda’s game – although Claremont’s two last-second 3-point attempts would have only tied the game. And Upland overcame a seven-point deficit in the final 2:30 to pull out its victory. center_img At Rancho Cucamonga, the final sequence left Los Osos coach David Smith holding his breath on the sideline. “That, and a few prayers,” he said. “For whatever reason, we always seem to play like that at Rancho.” Los Osos’ Cameron Khoury made sure the Grizzlies’ cross-town rivals didn’t ruin their back-to-back title hopes, scoring 20 points to go with 18 rebounds. Upland didn’t have to worry about going on the road, but the Highlanders still found themselves trailing by three possessions in the final minutes. The school’s all-time leading scorer, senior Willie Trimble, tied the game at 53 on a pull-up jumper with 1:07 remaining. Trimble still wasn’t done, giving Upland the lead for good shortly thereafter on another jumper. The Highlanders extended their lead to four before Alta Loma’s basket in the last second. “I’m happy we showed the fortitude to come back,” Upland coach John McNally said. “I felt if we could just hit a shot, it would get our energy up a little (for a comeback).” McNally liked seeing his players celebrate with the students and fans after winning the school’s first title since 2003. “We haven’t been real successful the past few years,” he said. “We wanted to let the kids enjoy it.” Etiwanda won its fourth straight league title thanks to 23 points from Rome Draper and 19 from Erick Ellis. The Eagles led by 13 points heading into the fourth quarter, but had to hold off the Wolfpack’s late comeback attempt. “Everybody’s going out and giving their best performances,” Etiwanda coach Dave Kleckner said. “Everybody should be proud of the way they competed, regardless of where they ended up. It’s a sign of the strength of our league.” The tiebreaker for playoff seeding purposes will be decided on a coin flip today between Los Osos and Etiwanda. Upland is the No. 3 seed. 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

Future of gymnastics club remains an unknown

first_imgAt Monday’s City of Fort St. John Committee of the Whole meeting, members of the North Peace Gymnastics Association made a presentation to City Council. Aside from talking about the role of the club within the community, the future of the organization was also discussed.The club is looking for a temporary facility where it can carry on its usual activities. In particular they would require a structure that has at least 4,000 square feet of gym space, although more would be preferable as programming was previously maxed out at 6,000.A ceiling height of 18 to 20 feet would be needed for safe use of a trampoline and uneven bars. Washrooms and changing rooms for male and female members would also be needed.- Advertisement -As for where things stand currently, the City admitted the fate of the gymnastics club gym is unknown as the insurance company has not reviewed the site. There is also no timeline as to when the process will be completed.“Does the City intent to rebuild or repair the building which housed the gymnastics club? I don’t think we know yet,” Mayor Lori Ackerman said. “I’m not sure if the insurance has even taken a look at things because a report has not come to Council yet.”Ackerman added the City will work with the gymnastics club as much as possible moving forward and will keep them informed once it’s determined what will happen to the gym, as well as potential temporary solutions.Advertisementlast_img read more