12 Jan
2020

Training recommended for sandpit operators

first_imgSandpit operators could, for the first time ever, receive formal training in regard to setting up safe operations and calculating quantities of material extracted, among other things.This training would come from the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) as part of reforming quarrying operations.Minister within the Natural Resources Ministry, Simona Broomes, has said she would be speaking with the GGMC Commissioner to facilitate the training.This training was among the issues discussed on Tuesday at the Ministry of Natural Resources’ Duke Street offices between the minister, sandpit operators, holders of licences, and officials of the GGMC.“I’m going to recommend that when we go on site at these pits, the [GGMC] officers talk to the persons on the ground, (explaining) what we are measuring and doing; so, even practically, on the ground, they can start to have some training in that regard,” Minister Broomes is quoted by the Department of Public Information as saying.The meeting is a follow-up to visits the minister made to sandpits along the Soesdyke/Linden Highway. She is leading efforts to ensure greater compliance with professional standards in the quarrying sector, and is also seeking to have paid all outstanding royalties which are owed to the GGMC.The GGMC is mulling reintroducing a monthly payment system, according to Acting Mines Manager Krishna Ramdass.Ramdass explained that the GGMC sold payment books to operators, “and they would use slips… What that really did was to, at the end of the month, redeem that book to GGMC and pay off that royalty”.Many of the quarry operators the minister met with agreed to work with the Natural Resources Ministry (MNRE) to ensure greater compliance with regulations in their operations. There is also a proposal for the MNRE and GGMC to meet with operators on a regular basis.Inspections done to sand and loam pits are to gather a “comprehensive overlook” of the sector as part of efforts towards ensuring the GGMC is better equipped to monitor, enforce, and recover costs in the quarrying sector, it was explained.last_img read more

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6 Jan
2020

Tour firm unveils packages for Gor’s Everton trip

first_img0Shares0000Gor Mahia fans celebrate their win over AFC Leopards on August 25, a win that saw them clinch a 17th Kenyan Premier League title. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 19 – A local travel agency has launched three packages for Gor Mahia fans wishing to travel to the United Kingdom to watch K’Ogalo take on Everton in a one-of-a-kind friendly slated for November 6, at Goodison Park.The agency –Satguru Travel – which has a presence in over 61 countries has kicked off sale of the three different packages ranging from Ksh144,000 to Ksh205,000 for football fans who want to witness this historic game at Goodison Park, Liverpool. “We are delighted to endorse this agency which we believe will make work easy for our fans who have the means to travel to the UK. This is one game that one would not want to miss and it would be fantastic if we filled Goodison Park,” said Gor Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier.All the three packages include a three-night accommodation plan, match entry tickets and private airport and train station transfers.The packages also come with a tour of attractions based on one of the biggest bands in history, The Beatles, since Liverpool is the birthplace of the four members of the band.The match, which will mark the first time that a Kenyan Club plays in the UK, will kick off at 9pm (7pm UK time)Under the packages, fans have a choice of travelling by either Oman Air, British Airways or Emirates. The tour is for November 4 to 7.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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20 Dec
2019

Warriors coach Steve Kerr on Kevin Durant’s departure: ‘He started to get restless’

first_img“I have run I have crawled, I have scaled these city wallsBut I still haven’t found what I’m looking for”Full disclosure: I have no insider knowledge of Kevin Durant’s musical tastes. But if Warriors coach Steve Kerr is to be believed, you’d think U-2 would be a fit.This week we learned how Kerr spent part of his summer vacation — sitting down with Bill Simmons as Simmons was writing the recently released … CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or video on a mobile devicelast_img

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17 Dec
2019

You have (1) new message in a bottle!

first_img SharePrint RelatedFAQs: The lost treasure of Mary HydeJuly 10, 2017In “Learn”The journey’s begun and your ship’s underway!July 24, 2017In “News”The lost treasure of Mary Hyde awaitsAugust 7, 2017In “News” This week July 17-July 23, work with your crew to collect 30 gold coins on the Friend League and earn the first map piece souvenir. You’ll be one step closer to finding the lost treasure of Mary Hyde!The more friends you have on Geocaching.com, the easier it will be to keep sailing on…Don’t have many geocaching friends? Share your username in the comment section of this blog post. If others follow suit, you can add each other on Geocaching.com and make friends all over the world!To earn the souvenir you must contribute at least 5 gold coins towards your crew’s total. The Friend League will refresh every Monday at 5am (PST), noon (UTC). This week’s souvenir will be awarded to your profile on Wednesday July 26, 2017.Week 1 point values:Find and log a geocache = 5 gold coins.Find and log a geocache with 10 or more Favorite points = 10 gold coins.Attend and log an event cache = 10 gold coins.Still scratching your skull? Head on over to the frequently asked questions to learn more.————————————————————————————————————————-Get on board:Add friends to your Friend League.Go geocaching to earn gold coins:As a team, earn 30 gold coins to receive the first map piece souvenir. (You MUST individually contribute at least 5 coins to earn the souvenir.)All logs must be submitted by Wednesday, July 26, 5am PDT (Pacific Daylight Time), noon UTC (Coordinated Universal Time) to qualify for the first souvenir.Later that day (Wednesday, July 26) you will be notified by email if you earned the first souvenir. (Make sure to sign up for the Weekly Newsletter and Educational and Promotional in your email preferences.)To learn how to earn the next souvenir, follow Geocaching on  Facebook or Twitter, or sign up for the Weekly Newsletter. If you earn all four souvenirs to complete the treasure map, you’ll earn the meta treasure chest souvenir!Start yer quest!Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

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17 Nov
2019

As World Cup ends, Russia faces uncertain football legacy

first_img\R Yekaterinburg (Russia), Jul 14 (AP) The massive scaffolding seating structures soaring out of each end of Yekaterinburg Arena were built to show Russia was serious about saving money. At the end of the World Cup, the temporary stands symbolize the problems with the tournament’s legacy.The stands were mocked on social media as fans sitting in those sections were exposed to the elements and looked as if they were watching from a different stadium entirely. No matter. It was fiscally responsible: The seating could be dismantled after the World Cup to save on stadium maintenance, its components donated to smaller local venues.But now regional officials say they don’t yet have a plan to remove the stands, or the funds to do it, and are asking Moscow to help.The stadium used to host soccer and other sports like track and field, but after World Cup renovations it’s only suitable for soccer. It costs up to 367 million rubles ($5.9 million) a year to maintain.”Just by football you cannot make money at this stadium. It will never pay off by football matches only,” Deputy Governor Sergei Shvindt told The Associated Press. He hopes concerts and shows will eventually cover, or at least reduce, the shortfall.After reaching the quarterfinals, Russia may have newfound confidence on the soccer field. Its cities, though, could end up burdened with costly arenas.The Yekaterinburg Arena cost 12.7 billion rubles ($203 million) to renovate for the World Cup, and the head of the Ural Yekaterinburg football club, which is due to play there after the World Cup, has told local media it will cost 1 billion rubles ($16 million) to remove the extra stands.advertisementMaintenance costs for other stadiums have soared, too, and local officials are pleading for help from the federal government.The stadium in Samara appears the most expensive at around $8 million a year, according to an estimate acting governor Alexander Fetisov gave the state news agency Tass.The Russian government remains tight-lipped on how stadiums will be maintained, but World Cup organizing committee chairman Arkady Dvorkovich said Wednesday that Russia must keep spending to avoid a repeat of 2014 host Brazil’s under-used, poorly maintained and loss-making stadiums.”You can’t throw the stadiums away. You have to work on them every day and be responsible with them,” he said, “and sadly in Brazil they didn’t have the resources to do that at several stadiums.” Volgograd’s stadium cost around $276 million – or $69 million per World Cup game it hosted. The capacity of 45,000 is nearly 12 times greater than the average crowd for club team Rotor Volgograd’s games last season.Nizhny Novgorod, Sochi and Kaliningrad face similar problems in a country which has Europe’s biggest population but crowds at its top-level soccer games barely average more than the main Belgium league. Of the 12 World Cup stadiums, just six will host Premier League games next season.Russia hopes its new arenas will attract people who don’t usually go to soccer games, but have been inspired by the World Cup. However, they’ll arrive with high expectations.”The World Cup’s role is to set a new standard,” economist Konstantin Sonin said.”People who’ve come to the stadium during the World Cup will expect much more in the future at the stadium than it was before. It’s the most important thing for Russian football because the top European leagues which make huge money on TV rights and fans at games have all come through this gentrification stage.” Dvorkovich argues that “people will come to the stadium if the team’s at least struggling to play beautiful football. To improve the quality of the soccer, though, the government will have to pay for that beautiful football.Most Russian clubs are funded by regional governments or state-owned companies. Spending big on transfer fees might draw fans to the stadium but risks a backlash from taxpayers if players make millions from public money.Few Russian clubs publish even basic financial data, but privately run Spartak Moscow shows the scale of the problem.Spartak is Russia’s biggest and best supported club but in the 2016-17 season it made just 579.4 million ($9.25 million) from ticket sales, barely a dent in players’ wages. TV rights for Russian competitions are among the least valuable of any large European country.The Russian government is hoping for a broad economic boost from the World Cup thanks to extra tourism and the spending on new infrastructure. The size of that boost is disputed.Dvorkovich’s organizing committee presented a report predicting the economic impact could exceed $30 billion on spending of at least 683 billion rubles ($10.9 billion), but economists say it will be hard to separate the World Cup’s impact from other factors.advertisementFor the government, prestige and a chance to rebrand Russia could be most valuable of all.Negative stereotypes “simply collapsed” during the tournament, President Vladimir Putin said last week. “People have seen that Russia is a hospitable country that is welcoming to those who come here.” (AP) APAAPAlast_img read more

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