Audit of GCAA likely soon – new Director

first_imgBY SHEMUEL FANFAIRAn international audit on aviation is expected to be conducted into the operations of the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCCA). Soon to be appointed Director General, Egbert Field, made this revelation at the welcoming ceremony of the inaugural flight of Fly AllWays airline at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport on Tuesday.His comments came on the heels that most air carriers operating out of Guyana are unable to land at airports in North America due to the lack of international Category One aviation status. On this note, Field told reporters that immediately upon him taking office, one of the priorities will be to raise the country’s level of compliance in line with the requirements of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).“No airline that is registered and based in Guyana has the ability to go to airports North America because we are in Category Two,” he noted.It was explained that ICAO representatives will soon be in Guyana to carry out an assessment after which it is hoped that the country can move from a Category Two status to Category One.“After the audit, depending on our level of compliance, we may have some corrective actions to do but I can see us moving toward Category One [which] we will gain from the FAA (Federal Aviation Authority)… gaining Category One will allow airlines starting up and basing themselves in Guyana will have the opportunity to fly to North America,” the new GCAA Director noted.With his 40 years of experience in the aviation sector, including some 30 years as a Guyana Airways pilot and later a stint in Jamaica’s Aviation Authority, Field posited that this has made him suitable to lead the country’s aviation sector.“I’m a retired Colonel, also a captain… with over 30 years experience flying – over 18,000 hours, I know what I can do for this industry and we may have a return to Guyana Airways in the future,” Field expressed.The retired military officer shared the view that Guyana achieving the improved aviation status is especially timely since he believes that air traffic will increase once the oil sector takes off.Established in March 2002, The Guyana Civil Aviation Authority is guided by Civil Aviation Act (2000) which governs navigation, licensing and security regulations for air transport services in Guyana.last_img read more

Pair of Spartans sign letter of intent with universities

first_imgRed Bluff >> Two Red Bluff Spartans signed letters of intent with universities Wednesday afternoon — Allyson Drury for softball at Western Oregon University and Wes Clawson at San Jose State University for baseball.Drury said she chose Western Oregon, which is between Eugene and Portland in Monmouth, because the university is community based and the small town supports the softball team by coming out for the games.Academics have always been important to Drury, so having the chance to attend …last_img read more

Tesla Will Take Your Solar Roof Order Now

first_imgIt’s also worth noting that Musk claimed last fall the solar roof would cost less to manufacture and install than a conventional roof, even without accounting for the electricity it produced. “Electricity is just a bonus,” he said. That’s clearly not the case. Three houses, three cost estimatesTo test Tesla’s claims, Consumer Reports ran the numbers for three houses — one in Yonkers, New York, one in a Houston, Texas, suburb, and the last in Thousand Oaks, California.The most compelling case for a Solar Roof came from the California house. Tesla recommended a 50-50 split between solar and non-solar tiles, with the 1,878 square feet of roofing and the Powerwall battery costing $56,800. Because the roof would generate an estimated $84,700 in electricity, the homeowner would recoup $41,800 over 30 years (the estimate includes a $13,900 federal tax credit).Texas didn’t do so well. The two-story, 4,467-square-foot house also would get a roof with 50% solar tiles, which would generate $46,800 in electricity over 30 years. But the size of the house and the fact it would need air conditioning 300 days per year means that the homeowner would be out $13,500 after 30 years. The roof plus Powerwalls (two of them in this case) would cost a total of $97,700.In Yonkers, the 2,700-square-foot house would need 70% solar roofing tiles and a single Powerwall battery. The upfront cost would be $45,400, but in the end the homeowners would net $13,900 if they lived there for 30 years and all of the other assumptions the calculator makes hold true.Tesla recommends a Powerwall battery as part of the package. But in states with net-metering, where homeowners are paid the full retail rate for excess electricity they send to the grid, it might be more economical to skip the Powerwall, providing the homeowners aren’t concerned about an occasional power outage. The basicsA Solar Roof uses two types of tiles, which both look the same. One type produces electricity; the other doesn’t. Depending on where the house is located, the mix of solar to non-solar tiles allowing the home to be completely powered by solar electricity will vary. That ratio also affects the total cost of the installation. Estimates also include the cost of a Powerwall 2.0 (13.5 kWh) battery, which comes with a 10-year warranty.Tesla has provided a cost calculator allowing homeowners to plug in a few basics about their home and get an estimate of how much the installed roof would cost and the value of the power it is expected to produce over 30 years (the warranty period for solar production.)Homeowners may order tiles with either a smooth or textured glass surface. Tiles made to look like slate and terra cotta will not be available until next year.Tiles come with a warranty described by Tesla as “infinity, or the lifetime of your house, whichever comes first,” while power and weatherization (no leaks) each have a 30-year guarantee. Tiles can be installed on a roof with a pitch of 3:12 or greater.If you want to place an order, you will be asked to place a refundable deposit of $1,000. Tesla says installations will start in California in June, “rolling out to additional markets over time.” Installations will be on a first come, first served basis. Details on Tesla’s Solar Shingles Are Slow to EmergeSolar Panels That Don’t Look Like Solar Panels Will a Merged Tesla-SolarCity Put a Solar-Powered Battery in Every Home?Dow Drops Its Line of Solar ShinglesSolarCity Is Getting Into the Roofing Shingle BusinessAn Introduction to Photovoltaic SystemsGAF Dives Into the Residential Solar Market RELATED ARTICLES Tesla has now answered one of the big remaining questions about its textured glass Solar Roof — just how much will it cost? — and the estimates show some homeowners could benefit financially over time despite substantial upfront costs, according to an analysis published by Consumer Reports.CEO Elon Musk promised last fall that the innovative roofing tiles, which can be made to look like one of several roof coverings, would cost less than a conventional roof.Did Tesla deliver? Broadly speaking, it looks like it. But there are many assumptions included in the mix. Consumer Reports said last fall that a Solar Roof would have to cost no more than $24.50 per square foot to beat the cost of an asphalt roof for an average house. Tesla’s current estimate for the same house sets the cost of the roof at $21.85 per square foot, just about 11% less than the Consumer Reports limit.The analysis was based on the value of 30 years’ worth of electricity. (Consumer Reports explained the assumptions it made in an article published last November.) What we still don’t knowHomeowners who buy a Solar Roof are paying for 30 years of electricity upfront, but most of them will move long before that. The National Association of Home Builders says that owners of single-family homes on average move every 13 years — less than half the tenure that would be required to see the financial gain in Tesla’s calculator.Electricity costs over time, the impact on property taxes, interest rates, even shading from trees on the lot or nearby buildings are all variables that would affect the financial outcome over a 30-year stretch.Tesla has published some information about the tiles, including hail, wind, and fire ratings. We know that each tile is 14 inches long and roughly 8 5/8 inches wide.But Tesla hasn’t said anything about the output of the solar tiles, how they are wired, and even what type of solar cell is beneath the textured glass surface. Does each tile have its own electrical connection — meaning hundreds or thousands of individual junctions on each roof — or will tiles somehow be ganged together to reduce the number of connections that must be made (and potentially repaired)?“We are not yet sharing the specific technical details you’ve requested,” a Tesla spokeswoman said in an email.A lack of information also makes it difficult to compare the cost of a Solar Roof with a conventional rooftop solar installation. In order to make an apples-to-apples comparison, homeowners would have to know the capacity (in kW) of the Tesla roof so they could get bids on a racked solar array of the same capacity from a local installer. Tesla doesn’t provide that information.Plus, homeowners have other options if they want something other than conventional panels in racks attached to the roof. There is GAF’s recently announced entry into the market, Tesla’s own low-profile solar panels, and SolarSkin panels from Sistine Solar, which are installed on racks like conventional solar arrays but manufactured so they have the appearance of any material the homeowner chooses.No matter how the number-crunching goes, Tesla hopes that homeowners will find the appearance of the tiles to be a major draw. How quickly are the orders coming in? The company isn’t saying. “We are not providing updates on orders at this time,” a spokeswoman said.last_img read more

Folayang banking on experience against Nguyen: ‘I have been fighting for a long time’

first_imgMOST READ ONE lightweight champion Eduard Folayang hopes to use his experience against Australian challenger Martin Nguyen in the main event of ONE: Legends of the World on Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT The 28-year-old Nguyen aims to become the first fighter in ONE Championship to hold two titles in two different weight classes at once.Folayang, who turns 33 on Nov. 22, is also banking on homecourt edge with Friday’s event expected to draw a sellout crowd.“I’ve fought many times here in the Philippines and there’s really nothing like it fighting in front of your hometown crowd,” Folayang, who outpointed Ev Ting in his first title defense last April at MOA Arena, said in Filipino.ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 NU keeps Final 4 bid alive, pulls rug from under FEU Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Folayang, who owns an 18-5 record, has more than twice as many fights as Nguyen (9-1).“My biggest advantage against him is my experience because I have been fighting for a long time,” Folayang, who made his MMA debut in 2007 as part of URCC, told INQUIRER.net in a press conference Tuesday at City of Dreams Manila.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutNguyen, the current featherweight champion, will be going up in weight against Folayang. But Team Lakay’s prized ward doesn’t think their weight difference is going to be much of a factor come fight night.“I think I’ll just be three to four pounds heavier than him inside the cage,” Folayang said in Filipino. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillioncenter_img CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’ PLAY LIST 02:18Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

a month agoOxford boss Robinson delighted with Cup rout of West Ham

first_imgOxford boss Robinson delighted with Cup rout of West Hamby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveOxford United boss Karl Robinson was delighted with their 4-0 Carabao Cup rout of West Ham.During his tenure as MK Dons boss, the 39-year-old knocked out Blackpool and Norwich when they were in the Premier League before recording a famous 4-0 win over Manchester United in the third round five years ago.Robinson also triumphed over QPR – when they were in the top flight – in the FA Cup, but played down his cup exploits.”I just like winning football matches, no matter who you play against. I think one thing my teams always do is show tremendous respect for the opposition, but we never change our style,” Oxford’s manager said.”We almost in a stupid way match them at their own game and sometimes it doesn’t work.”I’ve been battered 6-0 in this competition by Southampton. I’ve also been beaten 5-1 by Chelsea in the FA Cup, so there have been a few hidings, but these are the ones you remember for the rest of your life.”Before the game I said I think I have some Premier League youngsters in my team and if you look at our age, we were younger than West Ham.”We don’t only have an older group of players who want to run around, but we have a young team with tremendous growth thanks to the academy and the players we have brought in so I can’t ask for any more from my players.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

18 days agoDavid Luiz decided to leave Chelsea before Arsenal offer: I needed new story

first_imgDavid Luiz decided to leave Chelsea before Arsenal offer: I needed new storyby Freddie Taylor18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveDavid Luiz says he decided to leave Chelsea before Arsenal’s offer to sign him.Luiz, 32, decided he wanted to start a new challenge away from Stamford Bridge.He joined Arsenal on deadline day in a deal that shocked the Premier League.”I always liked Chelsea, no doubt. I saw a possibility of writing a new story in a new place, but I am forever grateful to Chelsea, to all people, to friendships that are for life,” Luiz told TalkSport.”It was an individual decision made through honest conversation – between me and Frank Lampard, no one else.”We had a different idea of the future of the game and that’s why I chose to take a new path.”It’s always very difficult because of the rivalry, but I made the decision to leave Chelsea even before receiving Arsenal’s bid.”As soon as I decided to leave Chelsea – after a few days – Arsenal’s proposal came, and as it was another great club, I didn’t think twice.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

GAC Australia Secures ONE Agency Deal

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: GAC Japanese container shipping company Ocean Network Express (ONE) has awarded GAC the agency contract to handle all its vessel calls in Australia covering the ports of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Fremantle.Under the agreement, GAC Australia will provide agency and husbandry services for approximately 210 calls annually.ONE is a joint venture formed by the integration of three major shipping lines in Japan – Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Mitsui OSK Lines and Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha – and is now the world’s sixth-largest container carrier.The joint venture launched its container shipping business on April 1, 2018.“GAC focuses on fruitful collaboration with partners through long-term strategic partnerships. Having worked as a partner with the shipping lines for a long time prior to their integration, we know the quality of the services they demand and have the resources and capabilities to deliver them,” Scott Henderson, GAC Australia Managing Director, commented.GAC has an operations office at all Australian ports and has been providing a range of ship agency and support services for port calls since 2007.last_img read more

Tech execs to gather at White House on Thursday

first_imgWASHINGTON — Top executives from Google, Microsoft, IBM, Oracle and Qualcomm are planning to meet at the White House amid strained ties between President Donald Trump’s administration and the tech industry.The White House says the Thursday meeting will address efforts to advance American leadership in innovation and how that will affect jobs and the economy.Google CEO Sundar Pichai, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, IBM CEO Gini Rometty, Oracle co-CEO Safra Catz and Qualcomm CEO Steven Mollenkopf are among the expected attendees.It’s not clear if Trump is also attending. Some of Trump’s policies on trade and immigration have antagonized the tech industry.The president’s daughter and adviser, Ivanka Trump, is attending a separate business gathering in Washington on Thursday that includes the CEOs of IBM, JPMorgan Chase, Walmart, Boeing and AT&T.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Suspected cougar attack leaves multiple goats dead

first_imgThe following story contains photographs with mature subject matter. Reader discretion is advised.FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A speculated cougar attack over the weekend left multiple goats dead in Charlie Lake.The attack occurred sometime Sunday night or Monday morning in the Tea Creek area near the intersection of Highway 29 and the 279 Road. Chris Posthuma with the Conservation Officer Service explained that officers will be starting an investigation to determine whether the animal in question was a cougar or another type of animal. Posthuma added that if they are able to verify that it was a cougar, the next step would be to set traps to monitor the animal.“Typically once an animal goes to an easier food source they will be more likely to come back to the area,” said Posthuma.Photos of the attack’s aftermath were posted on a local Facebook group, but Posthuma is urging residents to forgo such posts on social media, as they don’t notify the C.O.S. that an attack occurred.He said that the best way to report such incidents is to call the Report All Poachers and Polluters (RAPP) Line at 1-(877)-952-7277. Photos posted on a local social media group showing the aftermath of a suspected cougar attack in Charlie Lake. Photos posted on a local social media group showing the aftermath of a suspected cougar attack in Charlie Lake. Photos posted on a local social media group showing the aftermath of a suspected cougar attack in Charlie Lake. Photos posted on a local social media group showing the aftermath of a suspected cougar attack in Charlie Lake.last_img read more

Saudi Arabian crude oil imports to Canada easy to replace says energy

first_img“A rise in tensions puts Canadian bids to win major healthcare projects, education projects, transportation projects, on an increasingly shaky footing,” said Allam, a former Canadian diplomat and head of Allam Advisory Group.“What you’re seeing is that Riyadh’s hard line against Ottawa is going to result in substantial harm to the Canadian economy in general.”He said the recall of 12,000 to 15,000 Saudi students from Canada, and accompanying relatives, is going to remove as much as $2 billion in annual investment in the Canadian economy.The cancelling of flights between the two countries means Canada loses an important link not only with Saudi Arabia but with numerous Saudi allies such as the United Arab Emirates, which was quick to declare its support for the measures against Canada, he said. CALGARY, A.B. – Canada can easily replace the oil it imports from Saudi Arabia should relations with the Middle Eastern kingdom deteriorate to the point that trade in crude is halted, says an energy economist.But this week’s trade tension escalation means Canada will be on the sidelines as the Saudis try to diversify their economy away from its dependence on oil and gas, said Omar Allam, a Canadian consultant who specializes in advice on doing business in Saudi Arabia.Eastern Canadian refineries import about 75,000 to 80,000 barrels per day of Saudi Arabian crude, said Judith Dwarkin, chief economist with RS Energy Group in Calgary, on Tuesday. According to the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service, Canada exported $1.45 billion worth of products to Saudi Arabia in 2017, with about half in the category of vehicles and equipment at $760 million.The federal office says Canada imported $2.6 billion worth of goods from Saudi Arabia, with $2.5 billion of that in mineral production.A handful of Canadian companies operate in Saudi Arabia and could potentially be affected by the ongoing trade battle.Precision Drilling Corp. of Calgary has about 900 employees working between Kuwait, where it has five active rigs, and Saudi Arabia, where three of its four rigs in the country are currently active, the company confirmed, without offering further comment.SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. says on its website it has had a 24-year relationship with Saudi Aramco, the national Saudi Arabian oil company, providing general engineering services for its oil and gas facilities.Armoured tanks and personnel carriers have been Canada’s biggest recent export to the kingdom. A London, Ont.-based firm called General Dynamics Land Systems signed a $15-billion deal with Saudi Arabia in 2014 to export its light-armoured vehicles to the kingdom.By Dan HealingTHE CANADIAN PRESScenter_img That’s less than 10 per cent of total imports and amounts to a “drop in the bucket” compared with the United States, she said, which accounts for two-thirds of imports and could easily cover Saudi’s share thanks to growing domestic production.It is also dwarfed by the 3.5 million barrels per day of Canadian oil that Canada exports mainly to the U.S.“The Saudis, if they choose to supply less to Canada, will divert those barrels, possibly to China, and U.S. barrels that would have gone to China, but are uncompetitive under Chinese tariffs, come to Canada,” Dwarkin said.“Basically, the cupboard gets rearranged.”Saudi Arabia declared a freeze on new trade with Canada and recalled thousands of students attending Canadian universities following a tweet last week from Global Affairs Canada that expressed concerns about the arrest of activists in the kingdom.The Saudi foreign ministry has also ordered Canada’s ambassador, Dennis Horak, to leave the country.last_img read more