…Region without electricity days after $1.8B power plant commissionedResidents on the Essequibo Coast, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) are faced once again with constant power outages just one day after the commissioning of a $1.8 billion power plant at Anna Regina.The new power plant at Anna ReginaThe multibillion-dollar plant was commissioned by Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo and other Government officials over the weekend. At the commissioning, the Prime Minister boasted that with the new power plant, there will be stable and reliable flow of electricity.However, mere hours after the launch, the entire Essequibo Coast was plunged into darkness. At that time, residents thought it was just a changeover but they remained without electricity. On Monday and Tuesday, the situation worsened with the electricity fluctuating all day.At the commissioning ceremony, Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson told the gathering that the three generators that were installed are new and have a lifespan of over 20 years. He also promised that they will now receive a more stable and reliable flow of electricity.The long overdue 5.4-megawatt power station was commissioned on Saturday.In 2017 and 2018, residents living along the Essequibo Coast were plagued by a series of nonstop power outages, which affected persons throughout the region. At the time, residents had said they had lost faith in the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) which they said was incapable of ending their woes.In 2018, only two of the five standby generators at the Anna Regina Power Station were functional. As such, engineers are appointed to work on a 24-hour shift.It was related that residents have been affected by this issue, which is a major inconvenience. Additionally, the business community in the region had complained about the significant losses which are incurred, since frozen items thaw and spoil. Further, this publication was told at the time there was a heavy cost attached to running individual standby generators and the high fuel prices were adding to the burden of residents, as well as the wider business community.In August 2018, the Essequibo Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ECCI) had called on Government to intervene to alleviate the blackout situation since residents, especially the business sector, expressed their fear of losing millions of dollars in cool storage items.ECCI President, Suean Seewnarayan had told Guyana Times that the commerce in the region was collapsing due to the poor service offered by GPL. She revealed that businesses were dumping products and those who have standby generators are pumping thousands of dollars into fuel and maintenance costs.The Chamber had said Government was silent on the very important issue.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson The last game for the Broncos (4-5, 1-1) went a ways toward moving past a disastrous December. Cal Poly split its California Collegiate Athletic Association games with Sonoma State (an 82-73 loss) and San Francisco State (a 100-77 win) before dropping four games in a row. The losses included an overtime loss to a down Grand Canyon squad and a program-worst 42-point defeat at the hands of No. 9 Western Washington. But the Broncos, playing with more emotion and effort than they had all month, welcomed Minnesota Duluth onto their home court last week and snapped the Bulldogs’ 12-game winning streak. DeJa Blevins’ scored 12 of her 14 points in a key first-half run, the Broncos found all kinds of success with a newly-installed match-up zone defense. Alexis Wilson scored 15 points in the second half, including eight in a row down the stretch to seal a 71-64 win. “We proved to ourselves we can beat a good team,” said Wilson, whose 15 points marked a career-high and helped Cal Poly win its first home game in three tries. “We’ve redeemed ourselves a little bit (from that loss to Western Washington). It’s kind of nice going into this weekend fresh and having a win.” The team hopes to carry that momentum into big conference home dates with Cal State Los Angeles and Cal State Bakersfield this weekend. “I think it was a very big win for us,” Cal Poly coach Paul Thomas said. “I think more than anything, it proved that we have a solid squad and that we’re capable of playing with anybody and everybody. But we have to do it on a regular basis. You’re only good as your last game.” A four-game losing streak, with both heartbreaking and blowout losses coming against key regional opponents, likely cost Cal Poly Pomona’s women’s basketball team the right to host the regional tournament later this year. But the Broncos have a host of other goals lined up like a national championship, a spot in the regional tournament and a conference title. Those ambitions remained largely intact when Cal Poly snapped its skid against No. 19 Minnesota-Duluth last week in a momentum-changing victory. That’s because the heart the CCAA schedule for Cal Poly, one of two teams in the conference with a losing record, begins with match-ups against two of the conference’s top teams. Tonight’s opponent, Cal State Los Angeles (8-1, 2-0), has lost only to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Then on Saturday, the Broncos host No. 23 Cal State Bakersfield (8-1, 1-1), which owns a six-game winning streak that includes a 75-56 victory over the Western Washington team that beat Cal Poly by 42 points. “We’re going to have a tough weekend ahead of us, but if we play like we’re capable, no team is going to blow us out again,” Wilson said. “We’ll give every team a run for its money if we decide to play the way we’re capable.” Unlike the women, competition on the men’s side of the conference has a host of teams with losing records. The Broncos (5-4, 1-1) avoided becoming one of them when they outlasted Northwest Nazarene on Dec. 28 in a 101-98 win for Cal Poly’s first home win. The victory, which snapped a two-game skid against ranked opponents, also marked the first time the Broncos had topped the century mark since the 2003 season. They did it with Dion Cook (12 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists) collecting the first triple-double of his career and Hervey Malone II (24 points), Melvyn Nicholson (21 points) and Kevin Neveu (20 points) registering career-best scoring efforts. The question is whether Cal Poly can sustain those efforts now that conference action is heating up. “I think we’ll see how much we’ve grown up starting this weekend,” Broncos coach Greg Kamansky said. “I think our guys are starting to understand their roles and how to play effectively in their roles.” A lot of those points came inside, with Nicholson, Neveu and Kaelen Daniels providing the Broncos’ best post game this season. But all three are injured Daniels with back issues and Nicholson and Neveu with knee problems. They are considered game-time decisions against both Cal State Los Angeles (4-5, 1-1) tonight and Cal State Bakersfield (6-2, 2-0) on Saturday. NOTABLE Adelphia will television four men’s and women’s basketball doubleheaders this season, beginning with tonight’s games against Cal State Los Angeles. The games will be shown live at www.broncoathletics.com and will replayed on Adelphia Channel 10 in the Walnut, Rowland Heights and Diamond Bar areas. Games will be rebroadcast Saturdays and Sundays at 3 p.m. and Monday through Wednesday at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!