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first_imgKwakwani floodAs the Regional Disaster Risk Management strategy in Kwakwani remains in effect, acting Civil Defence Commission (CDC) Director General, Lieutenant Colonel Kester Craig related that relief materials, including food and medical supplies, are expected to reach the affected area today. He, however, noted that the water has begun to recede.The assessment team that visited the area late last week with acting CDC Director General, Lieutenant Colonel Kester CraigGuyana Times learnt that the CDC has dispatched millions of dollars in food relief and cleaning agents to the area. “We should be collecting all the food stuff tomorrow [Monday] and start to transport to Kwakwani to the affected households,” the acting Head stressed.He had earlier explained that a multiagency approach involving the Public Health Ministry, Hydrometeorological Service, and CDC volunteers was crafted to ascertain the overall needs of the affected residents, who, in some cases, were under six to seven feet of water. Similarly to Lethem and its surrounding areas, food security in Kwakwani is also being threatened since farms are inundated.The major assessment was carried out to see the impact of last week’s flooding, particularly in Lamp Island and the Waterfront area of Kwakwani. Speaking on the preliminary reports coming out of that assessment, Craig told this publication that residents had already adjusted their building patterns in preparation for periodic flooding.He noted that some even constructed secondary houses which were above the height of the primary houses which are submerged.“It is something that happens every year and people have built their homes to adapt to the situation. The houses are built on stilts and persons have chosen to remain in their homes. Those who have been affected have moved to relatives already,” he told this newspaper.He cautioned that this did not take away from the fact that the affected residents would have needs that must be catered for such as health and food.“We need to continually monitor the water level, persons need to continue to ensure the water they drink is safe and the assessment will come from the region to decide where resources will be focused on and how much will be required,” he pointed out recently.About 300 households have been affected by the present flood. Those affected are from the Kwakwani Waterfront, Lamp Island, Aroraima and Ginger Island areas.Residents in recent days complained of household appliances and belongings being damaged due to the flooding, which they said were caused by the inclement weather pattern coupled with overtopping of the Berbice River.Regional Chairman Renis Morian has said there was need to understand the backdrop against which the flooding was taking place, as he pointed out that due to increased rainfall, the water level in the river was high. He said those affected were mainly from low-lying areas. He warned that should persons continue to live in such areas, they would experience flooding. Residents are utilising boats as the primary mode of transportation, since most of the roads are inundated. However, Craig said Sunday that some of the roads leading into the area can be used. (Shemuel Fanfair)last_img read more

first_imgJudicial appointmentsGiven President David Granger’s decision to unilaterally appoint a chairman for the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) earlier this year, Social Commentator and Attorney, Christopher Ram, has said Guyanese should not be surprised if that scenario repeats itself with the vacant judicial posts.Ram described the current impasse regarding these delayed appointments as unfortunate, and one that could have a negative outcome.“President Granger has shown that he is not averse to taking action in an autocratic, unilateral style, so nothing should be surprising anymore,” he added.Attorney and commentator Christopher RamBut the attorney stressed that instead of accepting these decisions, Guyanese should speak up for themselves and force change among the so-called leaders and politicians.Ram noted that many Guyanese these days have been cowed into inactivity, if not because they are fearful, but he stressed that that state of being should not continue.“It is more than unfortunate and really sad that our country is so divided and polarized that an important and absolutely necessary constitutional matter we don’t seem to be able to get…both action and agreement on. It continues a pattern, and one would have hoped that we would have seen the last of it.”Ram said the only outcome that could flow from this polarisation is that Guyana would continue to suffer, because no matter what resources a country has, governance, embracing the rule of law, respect for the constitution, and comity between the parliamentary parties are important ingredients that help a country to develop.But while Ram feels a unilateral decision could be taken, given that the President and the Opposition Leader are at loggerheads on this matter, the Opposition has already made it clear that it will oppose any action taken in this regard. As a matter of fact, it said that any attempt to unilaterally appoint a substantive Chancellor and Chief Justice will be vigorously challenged.Former Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Member of Parliament Anil Nandlall, has said if there is any attempt to ignore the strict constitutional prescription relative to the substantive appointments of Chancellor and Chief Justice (CJ), his party “will leave no stone unturned in a relentless effort to ensure constitutional compliance.”Hinting that his party would legally challenge any attempt at unilaterally appointing Justice Kenneth Benjamin as Chancellor of the Judiciary and Justice Yonette Cummings-Edwards as Chief Justice, the former AG said, “It is sincerely hoped that the two highly respected and experienced judicial officers identified by the President will not lend themselves to be used in this proposed constitutional heresy.”ReformRam told <> on Sunday he supports the idea that Constitutional Reform is required if this issue is to be fixed. “Of course we need Constitutional Reform, but we are not even observing — as Lincoln Lewis keeps making the point – clearly, our Constitution is clearly deficient,” he said.Further, Ram said the judicial system itself is stuck in a quagmire as far as the appointments are concerned. “But you’ve had the President saying of a decision made by the Chief Justice, that’s her opinion and he has his. That is extremely disrespectful. And the Executive must show the same kind of respect to the Judiciary as it expects the judiciary to pay to it. That’s how it works, but not here.”The outspoken attorney also highlighted that calls for Constitutional Reform made by coalition parties, including the Alliance for Change (AFC), is just an act of hypocrisy and deception.He said, “None of them want Constitutional Reform when they are in power. (Khemraj) Ramjattan knows we won’t get Constitutional Reform, so he is just playing a big game. The (Peoples Progressive Party) PPP didn’t either; nor does the (A Partnership for National Unity) APNU, We are really stuck among a lot of politicians that (are) almost counter-development, if not anti-development.”Transparency Institute Guyana Incorporated (TIGI) has called on President Granger and Opposition Leader Jagdeo to show maturity and utilize compromise to bring an end to the current impasse regarding top appointments to the Judiciary.The Guyana Human Rights Association (GHRA) has also called for an end to this state of affairs. It said the delay would affect the quality of justice being offered.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has made it clear that President Granger would have to re-initiate the discourse. He noted that he was waiting on the President to get back to him on the mode of future discourse, and stated that the proverbial ball has always been in the President’s court.But a few days prior to Jagdeo’s statement, President Granger had said there is nothing left to discuss on the matter. The Head of State had said he had looked forward to a timely settlement of the appointment, which many deem critical to the effective functioning of the Judiciary, but that didn’t happen.last_img read more

first_imgKillybegs GAA NotesCongratulations to the Donegal minor team on their victory at the weekend, and to young doin ban who got man of the match.Congratulations to the senior Donegal team who also were victorious and our own Hugh McFadden. Killybegs 4 09 n Ultan 3 06 . No u16 game this week , og sport Saturday morning at 10 30.The senior ladies will play away to Kilcar on Sunday on their second round of the championship at 11.00. We would like to thank Sean Connors for helping the senior ladies over the last 6 months and wish him all the best on his new venture.The senior and reserves are to play at nauls away at 1.30 and 3.00.There was no Killotto jackpot winner this week. This weeks numbers were 9,16,17,21 There was No match 3.;Next weeks Killotto jackpot is €2,050. Match 3 in €180. The club would like to thank those who buy the killotto each week. Remember you can play the lotto online Saturday night sellers are Aisling Murrin, Frank Gallagher, Gavin Boyle, Ronan Dunne,Pauric Smackers, Micheal Mullen, Christoper Murrin, Bryan McCabe, Daniel O’Donnell. There was no bingo jackpot winner this week. Next weeks bingo jackpot is €2,350 on 45 numbers.The all county General Knowledge quiz will take place on Friday week (1st August) @ 9.30pm in the Tara Hotel, with our trusted quizmaster Conor @ the helm. Teams of 4 @ €5 P.P. Spot prizes of a county jersey, premium level tickets for Donegal’s match on 9th Aug. to name a few. your support would be appreciated. Again please note this is a general knowledge quiz.The ladies team are organising a 5k run on the Friday evening of the festival. More info to follow. GAA NEWS: KILLYBEGS SENIOR LADIES FACE LOCAL RIVALS KILCAR IN CHAMPIONSHIP THIS SUNDAY was last modified: July 22nd, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GAAKillybegsNoticesSportlast_img read more

first_imgFinal score: Cork City 1-3 Finn HarpsThe Finn Harps U19s secured their place in the semi-finals of the FAI National League competition after defeating a highly fancied Cork City side 3-1 at Bishopstown this afternoon.B.J. Banda’s hat-trick put Joe Boyle’s team on the road to victory. Those three goals from the young striker who was a late sub in the Harps senior side’s win over Bray Wanderers last night gave the visitors a huge 3-0 half-time advantage.The hosts did pull a goal back but Harps held on and will now play UCD in the semi-finals of the competition at home in Ballybofey.Fantastic 3 goal win for Harps U19s! was last modified: October 8th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BJ BandaCork Cityfinn harpsJoe BoyleU19slast_img read more

first_img Tags: Italian Serie Atop Parma vs AC MilanStadio Ennio Tardini, ParamSaturday, 20-06-2019 @1:30pmMilan retained fourth place with a hard-fought and controversial win over Lazio and now travel to injury-hit Parma.The Crociati’s first season back since liquidation in 2015 has gone better than most had expected, but now they are closer to the relegation zone than to Europe, while the Rossoneri are clinging to the last Champions League spot by just a single point.The Emilia-Romagna side have not won since a 1-0 victory over Genoa in early March, while the Lombardy outfit have triumphed in only one of their last five games, and that was in their highly contentious clash with Lazio. These are two teams where we don’t know what to expect, but that is exactly why it could be a highly entertaining encounter, as both must for a win.Parma’s situation could be put down to a spate of injuries that they have suffered recently, as arguably their three best players this season, defensive stalwart Bruno Alves and star strikers Gervinho and Roberto Inglese, have all been on the treatment table. Gervinho returned as a second half substitute in last week’s 0-0 draw with Sassuolo, but still might not be fit enough to start, while Inglese, Bruno Alves, Jonathan Biabiany, Francisco Sierralta and Alberto Grassi are all expected to miss out.Milan are missing Lucas Paquetà, Davide Calabria and Jack Bonaventura, but Gianluigi Donnarumma should return in goal after his muscular injury. It’s possible we could see Diego Laxalt as a makeshift right-back, with Fabio Borini again preferred to Samu Castillejo in attack.Parma often play better on their travels than at the Tardini, but in this situation Milan are expected to be more proactive and that’ll encourage Roberto D’Aversa’s counter-attacking approach.Following the win over Lazio, midfielders Franck Kessie and Tiemoue Bakayoko were criticised by certain quarters in the Italian media for holding up Francesco Acerbi’s shirt in mocking tone after it was exchanged in good faith. The matter has since been resolved between the players themselves, but the FIGC opened an investigation into possible unsporting behaviour.Milan have won eight of their last 11 Serie A meetings with Parma, drawing one and losing the other two. In that period, the Rossoneri scored at least two goals on nine occasions.Lazio vs ChievoStadio Olimpico, RomeSaturday, 20-06-2019 @4pmLazio won their rescheduled midweek round and are still only three points off fourth place, but Chievo’s relegation is confirmed.The Biancocelesti are still fuming after their 1-0 defeat to Milan and the ugly aftermath, which has dragged on throughout the week in the media. Director Igli Tare was also given a brief suspension for his comments suggesting referees and the Federation are favouring bigger clubs than Lazio.There was already a chance to blow off some steam in Wednesday’s rescheduled 2-0 victory over Udinese, a result that made the fight for Europe even closer than it already was. There are now only three points separating fourth from seventh and what’s more Lazio have to face Milan again at San Siro in next week’s Coppa Italia semi-final.Because of that, Simone Inzaghi could be tempted to rest some top players for this game against already-relegated Chievo. Lucas Leiva is suspended, with Joaquin Correa, Stefan Radu, Adam Marusic and Valon Berisha carrying knocks. There aren’t many options available to Lazio in those circumstances, as Ciro Immobile and Felipe Caicedo are the only real strikers left.Chievo were doomed to the drop last week, although their fate has been sealed for months. They’re trying to go out with a bang, including the intriguing front two of 18-year-old Emanuel Vignato and 40-year-old Sergio Pellissier. Vignato was two years old when Pellissier made his Serie A debut for Chievo in 2002.Bartosz Jaroszynski, Andrea Seculin and Ezequiel Schelotto are all nursing injuries.Chievo have scored in each of their last eight Serie A games against Lazio and Sergio Pellissier has put eight career goals past them.Cagliari vs FrosinoneSargdena Arena, CagliariSaturday, 20-06-2019 @4pmTime is running out for Frosinone and they visit a Cagliari side on the verge of securing Serie A safety, so this result could prove decisive for both.The Sardinians clambered to mid-table and are eight points clear of the drop zone after a win over SPAL and draw with Torino. However, they go into this match without suspended trio Nicolò Barella, Luca Pellegrini and Fabio Pisacane. It means Darijo Srna, Filippo Romagna and Valter Birsa should step into the starting XI behind strikers Leonardo Pavoletti and Joao Pedro.Frosinone had a surprise surge with dramatic late back-to-back victories over Parma and Fiorentina, but capitulated 3-1 at home to Inter. They are eight points adrift of safety and it now feels like a matter of time before they join Chievo in preparing for Serie B.Federico Viviani and Bartosz Salamon are still on the treatment table, with Daniel Ciofani expected to get the nod in attack rather than Marcello Trotta, partnering Andrea Pinamonti and Camillo Ciano.Cagliari have won six of their last seven home games against newly-promoted sides, drawing 2-2 with Empoli in the other.Bologna vs SampdoriaStadio Renato Dall’Ara, BolognaSaturday, 20-06-2019 @4pmThere is plenty of motivation at the Stadio Dall’Ara, as Bologna are just two points clear of the drop zone, Sampdoria want Europe and Fabio Quagliarella as Capocannoniere.Bologna Coach Sinisa Mihajlovic won’t be too sentimental about his former club paying a visit, as he needs to scrape up as many points as he can in the last six matches of the season. A point or three against Sampdoria could provide the Serb and his men a much-needed buffer between themselves and Empoli, who will be stopping by next weekend for what might be a do or die match in the relegation battle.Having picked up 13 points in the last six matches, only losing to in-form Atalanta, Bologna show great intent of fighting to stay in Serie A. Erick Pulgar has converted four out of four spot-kicks and performed well in general lately, while Riccardo Orsolini has pushed his way into the starting XI on a regular basis.Federico Santander and Mitchell Dijks are suspended, with Mattia Destro, Federico Mattiello and Filip Helander still out injured. This should give Arturo Calabresi a chance to start, with Rodrigo Palacio the only real choice for centre-forward.Sampdoria came out winners of the Derby della Lanterna by 2-0 courtesy of Gregoire Defrel and Quagliarella. The latter is targeting the Capocannoniere title this year on 22 Serie A goals.The Blucerchiati are sitting ninth in the table and can still make a European spot, as they are six points off that position, but would need to leapfrog Torino, Lazio and Atalanta.Samp have issues of their own to deal with, as both Karol Linetty and Manolo Gabbiadini sit out bans, with Edgar Barreto still injured. Jakub Jankto should step into midfield with Gregoire Defrel and Gaston Ramirez supporting Quagliagol.Samp have managed only five draws in their last nine Serie A visits to Bologna, not winning since a 1-0 result in November 2003.Udinese vs SassuoloDarcia Arena, UdineSaturday, 20-06-2019 @4pmWhile Sassuolo have probably done enough to secure their Serie A status, Udinese remain only three points clear of the relegation zone.The Friulani’s form has certainly improved since Igor Tudor took over from Davide Nicola in his second spell at the club, but they were comfortably beaten 2-0 by Lazio in Wednesday’s rescheduled Week 25 game. It was their second consecutive defeat without finding the net, after an unlucky 1-0 loss to Roma.Hidde ter Avest, Nicholas Opoku, Valon Behrami and Antonin Barak are out of action for the hosts, who could give Samir a wide left role in the 3-5-2 formation, with Rodrigo De Paul and Rolando Mandragora supporting Stefano Okaka and Kevin Lasagna.Sassuolo were at one stage considering a European run, but it turns out they were just storing points for the spring, so despite falling away badly in recent months, the Neroverdi remain comfortably mid-table.Claud Adjapong and Marlon remain on the treatment table, with Khouma Babacar expected to get the nod as centre-forward rather than Alessandro Matri.Udinese have a surprisingly poor record against Sassuolo, winning only one of their last nine meetings, home and away. They haven’t beaten the Neroverdi on Friuli soil since a 1-0 result in March 2014.Empoli vs SPALStadio Carlo Castellani, EmpoliSaturday, 20-06-2019 @4pmIt is likely to be an entertaining game between relegation battlers Empoli and SPAL, both fresh from giant-killing exploits.SPAL should have spirits running high after ruining Juventus’ Scudetto celebrations with a 2-1 comeback, the Biancazzuri thus becoming only the second team this season to defeat the Old Lady in Serie A. Empoli have also surprisingly survived Atalanta’s siege to return home with a precious point from their goalless draw, having beaten Napoli this month too.With 25 out of their total 29 points grabbed at home and decent hopes of maintaining Serie A safety, expect a battling Empoli in one of their few relatively accessible encounters until the end of the season.Leonardo Semplici has already warned his boys against complacency, as SPAL are yet to mathematically secure a place for the next Serie A season, despite currently sitting in 13th place with six remaining games to be played.The Biancazzurri head into this match without experienced Jasmin Kurtic, one of their best players this season, while also missing Mattia Valoti, Marko Jankovic and goalkeeper Giacomo Poluzzi due to light injuries. Mohamed Fares is the only player missing due to suspension.Empoli’s injury worries are far bigger, with Antonino La Gumina, Afriyie Acquah and Matias Silvestre certainly to miss this match, while Luca Antonelli, Kevin Diks and Diego Farias will still have to be evaluated.Empoli are undefeated in their last five home matches, with no less than three goals scored in each of them.Genoa vs TorinoStadio Comunale Luigi Ferraris, GenoaSaturday, 20-06-2019 @4pmThese sides are fighting for very different goals, as Genoa aren’t yet safe from the drop and Torino are in the race for Europe.Cesare Prandelli’s side have had a rough time as of late following their historic win to league leaders Juventus last month, as since then Il Grifone have picked up one point from four rounds, most recently a 2-0 knockout at the hands of bitter rivals Sampdoria.Having found themselves in the lower half of the table sitting at 15th, the Rossoblu are in dire need of a result to help maintain their current five-point distance from the drop zone.Suspensions to Davide Biraschi and hitman Goran Pandev leave Genoa vulnerable, but a return to the starting line-up for striker Antonio Sanabria may very well add some much-needed energy to the attack.Torino dropped down to eighth place after a dull streak of form, drawing three of their last five games, with just one win during that spell. Finding themselves only three points adrift of a Europa League spot, you can be sure Walter Mazzarri’s men are not  short on motivation.An injury to Lorenzo Di Silvestri will give space for the impressive Ola Aina to step in, as well a return of captain Andrea Belotti from suspension, especially with support striker Simone Zaza’s frustrating absence due to suspension and Iago Falque still unavailable.Genoa have not lost both home and away to Torino in the same Serie A season since 1981-82.Juventus vs FiorentinaAllianz Stadium, TorinoSaturday, 20-06-2019 @7pmJuventus need only a point to secure their eighth consecutive Scudetto, but will be in no mood to celebrate against old rivals Fiorentina.The Bianconeri were eliminated from the Champions League after a 2-1 defeat at the hands of surprise package Ajax. They currently sit 17 points adrift of second-placed Napoli and a win over Fiorentina on Saturday would mathematically confirm their record eighth straight Scudetto. They’d also equal Inter’s 2006-07 record by winning the Serie A title with five rounds to spare.Pressure has mounted on Max Allegri following the quarter-final exit, however the tactician insisted that he will remain on the Juve bench next season. Conflicting reports, however, said that the club hierarchy have made initial contact with Antonio Conte.Nonetheless, Juve have a chance to put the midweek misery behind them with a strong showing in front of their home fans this weekend. Allegri will be without Paulo Dybala, Martin Caceres, Emre Can, Giorgio Chiellini and Douglas Costa for the match due to injury.Meanwhile, Fiorentina have all but surrendered their opportunity for a European spot come season end. They currently sit 10th with 40 points following last weekend’s lacklustre 0-0 draw with Bologna in Vincenzo Montella’s first game on the Viola bench since returning to the club. They are winless in their past eight Serie A games and they are in desperate need of a boost.They will be hoping for a strong conclusion to the season and face an uphill battle to keep some of their stars in the summer. Federico Chiesa has been linked with a move to a top European club, including Juventus, while reports emerged late this week suggesting that Roma may make a double swoop for Cristiano Biraghi and Jordan Veretout.Marko Pjaca is the only absentee, as Montella is expected to use a 3-5-2 formation with Chiesa and Biraghi as wing-backs. The Viola have fired blanks in their last two matches and a third would be their worst run since February 2012.Fiorentina have lost all seven Serie A visits to the Juventus Stadium, conceding 14 goals.Inter  Milan vs RomaStadio Guiseppe Meazza, MilanSaturday, 20-06-2019 @9:30pmLuciano Spalletti, Radja Nainggolan, Claudio Ranieri and Nicolò Zaniolo face their former clubs in a showdown for Champions League places.The race for a top four finish will go down to the wire, and while a win would pretty much guarantee the Nerazzurri’s status, anything else could blow it wide open.On one hand, Inter’s season has been a disappointment after failing to compete for the Scudetto, getting eliminated from the Coppa Italia, Champions League and Europa League. But all of this has been overshadowed by the Mauro Icardi drama. The striker was stripped of his captaincy and ‘refused’ to play for six weeks, officially due to a knee problem. He is back now, but no longer first choice for penalties and could even be benched in favour of Lautaro Martinez.Marcelo Brozovic is out with a muscular injury and Borja Valero in doubt for the same reason, so Roberto Gagliardini could start in the middle of the park. It’ll be the first time Nainggolan has faced his former teammates, as he was injured for the 2-2 draw at the Olimpico in December.Roma have stuttered all season, sacking Eusebio Di Francesco and bringing in Ranieri as caretaker until the end of the campaign. Curiously, both Coaches at San Siro are facing their old clubs, as Spalletti left Roma two years ago and Ranieri had a brief spell on the Inter bench in 2011-12.An upturn in recent form with back-to-back wins has seen Roma close the gap from fourth-placed Milan to just one point.Daniele De Rossi, Davide Santon and Rick Karsdorp are out of action, but Juan Jesus has shaken off a knock. Ranieri also seems to have scrapped the Patrik Schick experiments, as the striker struggles when paired with Edin Dzeko. Zaniolo has a point to prove, having been swapped with Nainggolan plus cash only to emerge the more influential player so far this season.Luciano Spalletti has never beaten Claudio Ranieri, managing a draw and three consecutive defeats. However, the most recent encounter was in March 2009.Napoli vs AtalantaStadio San Paolo, NaplesMonday, 22-06-2019 @8pm*Detail to follow shortlyComments last_img read more

first_imgChelsea made a sluggish start at Stamford Bridge, where Manchester United have been on top in the early stages.Thibaut Courtois was called upon twice in the opening 15 minutes, comfortably gathering low-range efforts from Cameron Borthwich-Jackson and Michael Carrick.Blues keeper Courtois then produced a fine save, diving to his left to push away Anthony Martial’s curling shot.Chelsea skipper John Terry was given a predictably rousing reception by the home fans on his first appearance at the Bridge since announcing that he is not being offered a new contract and will leave the club when his current deal expires at the end of the season.Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Terry, Zouma, Azpilicueta; Mikel, Matic; Willian, Fabregas, Oscar; Costa.Subs: Begovic, Baba Rahman, Cahill, Loftus-Cheek, Pedro, Traore, Hazard.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgThe new air traffic flow management system will make life much easier for South Africa’s air traffic controllers. (Image: Zoopy) South Africa’s skies will be even more expertly controlled during the 2010 Fifa World Cup, thanks to a new air traffic flow management system, which will be implemented soon.Transport minister Sbu Ndebele recently visited the Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) unit at OR Tambo International airport, just east of Johannesburg, and pronounced himself satisfied that the system was on track for its scheduled April switch-on.The visit was part of the minister’s tour of various transport-related projects that will ensure an unforgettable trip for football visitors to the country next year, and will improve the lives of South African residents in years to come.Ndebele also inspected the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Scheme. This project, which covers the upgrade of freeways in the Johannesburg, Ekurhuleni and Tshwane metropolitan areas, is expected to inject about US$3.8-billion (R29-billion) into the national economy and will result in 30 000 jobs.Just a few days before, the minister attended the opening of the new terminal at Bloemfontein’s airport. The terminal is part of a $6.1-million (R46-million) terminal reconfiguration project that also includes a hotel, realignment of roads, and the upgrading of aprons. It is expected to be complete in January 2010.Controlling the skiesSouth Africa’s air traffic control system is maintained and controlled by the state-owned ATNS company, which was established in 1993 as a provider of air control and other services.ATNS recently announced the implementation of the new air traffic flow management tool for its central airspace management unit, which is based at OR Tambo airport. This system has been several years in the planning.Air traffic flow management is not to be confused with air traffic control, which focuses on safe air navigation. Rather, the flow management system manages the smooth passage of air traffic in and out of the airport by controlling arrival and departure slots. The efficient use of available airport capacity ensures that capacity is not exceeded, minimising delays and more.It will take over many functions currently performed by the air traffic controller, thereby relieving some pressure in a notoriously stressful job. And, according to ATNS, it will also contribute to a greener environment by ensuring minimal fuel burn for most flights, resulting in reduced emission of greenhouse gas.The system is also able to predict traffic patterns and respond to them before they arise, such as the diversion of air traffic in bad weather.The entire project involved the acquisition, installation, configuration, and commissioning of the system, as well as training on both software and hardware. In total, about $7.1-million (R54-million) has been spent.The system is undergoing extensive testing to ensure that it complies with international safety standards. Once it is up and running it will be tested in-house for a period, after which the South African Civil Aviation Authority will review the system for safety.“During the World Cup, all our systems must be ready – rail, road and maritime. However, air transportation remains a critical point of entry for a global tournament of this kind,” said Ndebele during his inspection tour.ATNS expects the system to be fully operational towards the end of April 2010, just in time for the World Cup kick-off on 11 June.Safety firstATNS currently controls about 10% of the world’s airspace. The company is based in Isando, near OR Tambo International, but operates at 21 airports of all sizes around the country. ATNS’s area of operation extends across a span of 90 degrees longitude, with South Africa roughly in the middle, and 40 degrees latitude south from the country’s northernmost border, all the way down to the northern tip of the South Pole.The organisation also runs a training academy which covers a host of related disciplines from air traffic control to technical support. This is in line with its vision of ensuring air traffic safety across Africa. The school has trained people from all over the continent, some from as far north as Sudan.last_img read more

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first_imgA closing noteThe 2013 PHIUS Conference will run 15-19 October in Pittsburgh, PA. I’ll be there again this year. Last month, Joe Lstiburek gave the fifth annual Twitterview † from his crawl space. (Peter Troast of Energy Circle has published the transcript of this year’s event.) One of the pearls of wisdom dispensed by Joe was that, “Passivhaus is the only place where real innovation is happening.”That statement got more retweets than any other that night, so let’s take a look at it. Is the Passivhaus standard really innovative? If so, is it really “the only place where real innovation is happening”? Probably the main reason that knowledge didn’t get embedded in our codes and practices was the big drop in oil prices in 1986 when Saudi Arabia opened the taps after years of holding back. When a barrel of oil went from $32 to $11 and the Reagan administration cut funding for energy efficiency programs, the superinsulated, airtight house trend went into hibernation.Windows. The Passivhaus standard requires that windows have a maximum U-value of 0.14, which is equivalent to an R-value of 7. (Lower U-values are better; higher R-values are better.) That’s pretty darn good … for a window.They get to that level of performance with three panes of glass, low-e coatings, argon gas in the spaces between the panes of glass, and frames with thermal breaks. The window sample shown above is from Zola Windows, which makes some of the best windows for Passivhaus projects.Those are all great, but again, we had triple pane, low-e windows in the ’80s. Yes, the materials and assemblies are definitely better, but is that innovation?Thermal bridges. Thermal bridges allow heat to pass through the building enclosures of most buildings because we don’t require continuous insulation. Building codes say it’s OK to put your insulation between the studs of a stick-built home, so you have 14.5 inches of insulation and 1.5 inch of wood in every 16 inches of a typical wall, floor, or roof. Then there’s also the extra wood around window and door openings as well as at corners and intersections with interior walls.A typical house has a framing factor of nearly 25%. That means that if you had a square house and put all the wood together, it would take up nearly one whole wall of the house.The Passivhaus standard requires minimizing thermal bridging. They even give you a number you cannot exceed (0.006 Btu/hr-ft-°F). Their modeling tools, the Passive House Planning Package (PHPP) and WUFI Passive, are more sophisticated than anything designers had in the ’80s, so they probably do a better job here than the old guys did back in the day. But the old guys knew the benefits of continuous insulation.Ventilation systems with heat recovery. Airtight homes need mechanical ventilation. Passivhaus buildings are supertight. The requirement for air leakage is a maximum of 0.6 air changes per hour at 50 Pascals (ACH50). Our code in Georgia right now requires 7 ACH50 or less.If you’re trying to conserve every bit of energy in a building, you don’t want all that energy you used to condition the indoor air escape when you ventilate. So you use a device that allows the outgoing stale air to pass close enough to the incoming fresh air that the warmer air gives up some of its heat to the cooler air. The device that does that is called a heat recovery ventilator (HRV). When the two airstreams also exchange moisture, you have an energy (or enthalpy) recovery ventilator (ERV).And guess what? HRVs were around in the ’70s and ’80s. They’re more efficient now, and we have ERVs as well, but it’s evolution, not revolution again. Not that evolution is bad. Zehnder makes an HRV that’s 84% efficient, about 10% better than a typical HRV, and their best model checks in at 93% efficient.Minimal energy use. The original idea, I’ve read, was to build the best enclosure you can so you could heat and cool the building passively. That’s no longer true, and mechanical systems are allowed to heat and cool a home as long as they don’t exceed the Passivhaus limits. The official criterion is that the home needs to use no more than 4,750 Btu/ft2 (15 kWh/m2) per year for heating or cooling.The people pushing superinsulated houses in the ’70s and ’80s may not have had a hard number they were trying to reach, but energy conservation was clearly their goal. Creating a program around a goal for maximum energy consumption doesn’t really seem so innovative. RELATED ARTICLES Passivhaus For BeginnersTen Misconceptions About the Passive House StandardNet-Zero-Energy versus PassivhausAre Passivhaus Requirements Logical or Arbitrary?Can Foam Insulation Be Too Thick?Passivhaus Crosses the AtlanticPassivhaus Buildings Don’t Heat Themselves Not many projects have been certified yetThe Passivhaus program gets a heck of a lot of attention for having reviewed — not certified — only about 100 projects. They must be doing something right to get so much attention with so few certified projects. Is it because they’re innovative?Let’s take a look.Superinsulated, airtight building enclosures. This is where the rubber meets the road in the program. The main idea is to reduce the energy consumption of Passive Houses drastically, and that has to start with lots of insulation and air-sealing.The thing is, this isn’t innovative. By 1985, we’d figured out how to build superinsulated, airtight houses in North America. Don’t believe it? See Martin Holladay’s presentation on The History of Superinsulatied Houses in North America. What IS innovative?When I think of innovative ideas in housing, I think of Buckminster Fuller and his Dymaxion House. I think of Paolo Soleri and his experimental town called Arcosanti. I think of the very odd houses in my copy of the book Shelter.The problem with innovation, though, is that it leads to ideas that are often too far ahead of their time. The Dymaxion House never really got going. Even Robert Heinlein, who ordered one in 1945, couldn’t get his order filled. Arcosanti is a beautiful idea, but after more than 40 years of construction, the town that’s supposed to have 5,000 people has only about 100.Maybe innovative is overrated. Or maybe, as King Solomon said, there really is nothing new under the sun. Perhaps making the old stuff better is really where we should focus our energy.center_img Passivhaus makes energy conservation sexyMaybe it’s just because they’re the new kid on the block. Maybe it’s because they’re trying to take energy conservation further than anyone else in the game. But Passivhaus definitely has a lot of buzz. I felt it when I went to the PHIUS conference in Denver last year.Even if what they’re doing is refinement rather than innovation, they’re doing a great work. Some of the biggest problems we’re trying to solve are how to deal with moisture properly, how to ventilate enough but not too much, and how to get the highest performance we can when we build. The Passive House folks are zealots in their attempt to understand and conquer these issues.If you don’t believe me, just try building a Passivhaus in south Louisiana. Ask Corey Saft how easy it is to deal with humidity when you’ve reduced your sensible loads so much that you barely need an air conditioner.Another big issue for some people is how to avoid using petrochemical products like spray polyurethane foam, extruded polystyrene foam, and other plastics. I personally am fine with spray and board foam products used appropriately, as are many in the Passivhaus movement. If you’re looking for alternatives, though, a company that’s deep into Passivhaus may have what you need: 475 High Performance Building Supply.Finally, Passivhaus is clearly leading the pack by making the best promotional video of any program. It’s from Europe and is slightly NSFW (not suitable for work) because it’s a little risqué. It’s in French, though, so don’t worry about the sound unless you have Francophones around.So, yeah, Passive House is really testing the bounds of what’s possible. Whether we call it innovative or not isn’t so important. Is anyone innovative?Hmmm. Well, if we’re going to limit ourselves to buildings, mainly residential, in North America, then there may well be no true innovators. We know a heck of a lot of building science now. We’ve built a lot of homes and been able to study the various ways they fall short.Yes, we have a lot of programs and concepts out there, but I’m not sure anyone is doing anything really new. Energy Star has stepped up its game, but it’s not innovative. LEED, NAHB, net zero … none of these programs is innovtive, not really. They’re all taking ideas that are out there already and trying to get them some traction in the marketplace. Footnote† Twitterview (noun) – An interview in which the interviewers ask questions, and the person being interviewed is supposed to respond with answers no longer than 140 characters. The interviewers and attendees then publish the questions and answers through the social media tool, Twitter, usually with a hashtag, such as #bscamp. Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, energy consultant, RESNET-certified trainer, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. You can follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard.last_img read more