Dutch to assist in designing US$30M water treatment plants

first_imgThe Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) has turned to its Dutch counterparts in Suriname, to assist in the designing of three new Water Treatment Plants to be built at Diamond, East Bank Demerara (EBD), Uitvlugt, West Coast Demerara (WCD) and Sheet Anchor, Canje, Berbice – at a cost of US$30 million.The decision was taken following a visit by a team of specialists from the Surinamese Water Supply Company (SWM), which discovered design flaws in the Linden Water Treatment Plant that has since been causing headaches for the residents of the community and GWI.This disclosure was made Friday as GWI wrapped up the Guyana leg of a partnership being fostered between the two countries’ utility companies, with the support of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).GWI’s Managing Director Dr Richard Van West-Charles provided an update on the two-country partnership, along with IDB Country Representative Sophie Makonnen.The visiting Surinamese team included: Wendell Purperhart, chief of the Central Water Division Department (SWM); Anushka Salmin process engineer, and Jerrol Ferrier head of the West Division.Design flawsDr West-Charles told the media that it was discovered that the Linden Water Treatment Plant is being supplied through two sources of water – surface and below surface – but the treatment plant was designed to be supplied from only one source and this has led to the problems being experienced.He further disclosed that water samples have already been taken at the three proposed locations for the treatment plants, and this has since been sent to Suriname to be forwarded to the Netherlands for testing.He said the results will inform the level of collaboration required in relation to any redesigning of the treatment plants for Diamond, Uitvlugt and Sheet Anchor.The GWI head surmised that the process is expected to take about two weeks and will inform design parameters to be employed for the new plants.Guyana/Suriname MoUMeanwhile, providing an update on the partnership entered between the two countries, Dr West-Charles said GWI is looking forward to inking a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Surinamese, “that lives and helps us to move forward in the level of collaboration.”He reminded that the initiative is borne, in part, out of meetings between the two Heads of States – David Granger and Desi Bouterse – who would have held several ‘get-togethers’ with each other over the past six months, to discuss increased collaboration between the two countries.“We both would like to thank the IDB for this initiative and we will hope that we make this a fruitful venture,” Dr Van West-Charles said, in reference to charting the way forward.According to Dr West-Charles, the collaboration has been immensely useful to GWI and its team since, “our young engineers have been able to appreciate and improve their knowledge and skills in a number of areas.”Non-revenue waterHe told the local media corps that among the areas of cooperation GWI is keen on is the Surinamese approach to handling ‘non-revenue’ water – a result of theft and line losses in its distribution system.He said, “the Surinamese Water Company has managed to have 100 per cent of its consumers in the Nickerie region metered, and the ‘non-revenue’ water losses are at 20 per cent – an impressive feat by any comparison.”The GWI director said that a team from Guyana will be heading to Suriname next month as part of the continued partnership and that team will also be looking specifically at strategies that can be adopted by GWI in reducing its water losses.Meanwhile, addressing the local media corps at the GWI Head Office, Jerrol Ferrier welcomed the initiative and pointed to the fact that in the past there would have been visits by individuals between the two utility companies – this is the first time it has involved teams of specialists.“We have good programmes set up and we can assist with the experience,” he said, even as he pointed to the fact that the Surinamese are keen on learning some of the techniques developed by GWI.The Surinamese team arrived in Guyana earlier this week and over the successive days benefited from a number of site visits, including the beleaguered Linden Water Treatment Plant, GWI’s Shelter Belt and a number of well facilities, among others.The team during their visit also met with Vice President and Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister Carl Greenidge and Minister within the Ministry of Communities, Dawn Hastings.last_img read more

Napoli enter race for ‘new Gerrard’ linked to Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham

first_img Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade huge blow shining Latest Football News Napoli have joined the race to sign Tottenham, Arsenal and Liverpool target Nicolo Barella, according to reports.The 21-year-old has shone in Serie A for Cagliari and they are ready to cash in on him if the price is right. ADVICE Napoli fear they cannot compete with Spurs’ financial package, but they are hopeful Barella could join them instead as it will offer him the chance to stay in Italy.The Serie A club also face competition from Arsenal and Liverpool, who have, like their Premier League rivals Tottenham, shown interest in signing Barella. However, according to Calciomercato, Napoli are ready to go head to head with the north Londoners for Barella’s signature.The Serie A side have made the Italy international a priority for the January transfer window and they will fight to bring him in. Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won REVEALED REVEALED BEST OF Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Barella has emerged as a target for a number of clubs Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move 2 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars MONEY Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Tottenham are said to be very interested in the Italian and recent reports have claimed they are willing to make an offer of £35million in January.Spurs scouts have been watching Barella in action and they have reportedly returned with glowing reports.The Italian media has also been praising the midfielder, comparing him to Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard, and it is thought he would suit the English game. REPLY Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ RANKED no dice The Italy international has been compared to Steven Gerrard Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? 2 Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury last_img read more

Warriors-Cavs cheatsheet: What does this LeBron-less matchup look like?

first_imgCavaliers stock report: With LeBron James gone to Los Angeles, Cleveland is back near the bottom of the league standings.Entering Wednesday’s matchup, the … Two days after the Warriors (16-9) beat the Hawks, Golden State will look to win its fourth straight regular-season game against the Cavs (5-18)Read all about the matchup below.When/Where: Quicken Loans Arena, 4 p.m. (NBCSBA)Cavaliers’ projected starters: Larry Nance Jr., Collin Sexton, Rodney Hood,George Hill, Tristan Thompsonlast_img read more

The best return on investment with host resistance in soybeans

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The first and most economical approach (a.k.a. save money) to manage many of the pathogens that impact soybean in the state of Ohio is to pick varieties that have the right resistance package.If the resistance is effective then there is no need for any further measures during the season. The soybean plant can take care of itself, especially during years when conditions are favorable for disease development.We routinely use both resistant and susceptible varieties/germplasm in our test locations. Germplasm are soybean lines that may have come from another country or are in the breeding pipeline of a public breeder — they are not quite ready for “prime time” but the genetics are on the way to keep improving soybean varieties. A major contribution to soybean development from the public land grants has been the assessment and genetic discovery of key genes that contribute not only to yield but also to disease, pest, and abiotic stress reduction.Here are some examples from our studies in Ohio. Sudden death syndromeI don’t talk about this disease too often, as it is mainly limited to a few geographic regions in this state, is very sporadic and unpredictable when it will occur, is associated with soybean cyst nematode and the yield losses have not been as impressive as other pathogens. However, we have evaluated new germplasm every year as well as some of the seed treatments to address this. Here is some data from 2014 when disease symptoms were severe. Test A. Examined the performance of two cultivars with SCN resistance but one is SDS susceptible (Cultivar A) and the second is Resistant (Cultivar B).Soybean VarietySDS severityFinal YieldCultivar A30357.9Cultivar B1.761.6   Test B. Evaluated the performance of soybean germplasm for resistance to SDS. These are the checks, and this test demonstrates the variability in disease levels that we seem to face here in Ohio.Checks20142015Resistant A2.84.4Resistant B2.2ntResistant C0.6ntSusceptible A27.8ntSusceptible B44.428 Disease severity of sudden death syndrome is measured first by the percentage of the plants within the plot that have symptoms of the disease followed by a score for the severity of the symptoms. The score ranges from 1 to 9, where 1 is no disease; 2 to 5 based on the amount of the yellow and necrotic spots on the plants; 6 to 8 based on the amount of defoliation; 9 is based on the amount of prematurely dead plants. nt indicates that the line was not tested.  Sclerotinia white moldThe resistance levels to this pathogen have slowly been improving over the years to the point that it is really hard to show the benefit of mid-season fungicide applications. From 2014 we evaluated four cultivars in a field with a long and sordid history of white mold.VarietyPercent Incidence Sclerotinia stem rot (no. of plants killed prematurely) 2014Loc A-2015Loc B-2015A8NtntB29NtntC3100D3600   Frogeye leaf spotThis leaf pathogen has a wide range of responses among northern cultivars. For the most part many of our varieties have resistance,however there are a few that are highly susceptible and do require a fungicide treatment mid-season. This year we had two varieties planted at Western Research station and within the study they were placed throughout the study to measure the levels of disease within the field. As you can see, the response was consistent across the field.VarietyPercent leaf area affected by frogeye leaf spot 1234A0.30.10.71B3.  Phytophthora root and stem rotThis disease is most common on poorly drained soils and we have recovered or found plants with symptoms in all of Ohio’s soybean production regions, it is not just a northwestern Ohio problem. The key to managing this disease is with host resistance, which is a combination of Rps genes and partial resistance (also known as tolerance and field resistance). This past year under heavy flooding and disease pressure, several of the new public varieties had significantly higher yields than some of the older standards. These varieties were also planted in 30-inch rows near the end of May, received between 15 and 20 inches of rain within 2 weeks after planting.CultivarResistance packageDefianceBu/APauldingBu/AConradno Rps genes/high partial resistance (PR)13.87.2DennisonRps1k + 3a, high PR25.318.2KottmanRps1k+3a, high PR20.423.3LorainRps1c, high PR25.021.6Sloanno Rps genes/low PR10.86.8StreeterRps1c + 3a, high PR22.320.1SummitRps1k + 3a, high PR24.020.4 For each of these diseases, companies use a different scoring system for resistance and on top of that, each company uses different values. For example, for Phytophthora, companies will list which Rps gene(s) are present in the variety. For Ohio, the gene stacks of Rps1c + 3a; Rps1k + 3a provide the best management, followed by single genes Rps1k, Rps3a, and Rps6.For partial resistance towards Phytophthora, Sudden Death syndrome, frogeye leafspot or white mold, the scoring is very different. Most often it is on a 1 to 9 scale and depending on the company, 1 can be great or it can be dead. The only way to tell is to read the fine print in the tables.last_img read more

Mobile More Important Than Ever, But 80% of Businesses Will Overspend

first_imgRelated Posts Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… This month, two painful but impossible to ignore facts have emerged about mobile use by business. First, research from Forrester suggests IT support for business use of personal mobile devices has a big impact on enterprise collaboration, with fewer of the challenges that new technology like cloud computing present. Second, a new report from Gartner asserts that despite mobile IT support just beginning to really blossom, a full 80% of businesses will spend more than they need to on voice and data costs in the next five years. That dichotomy, the one between big expectations and overeager spending, is a paradigm that could cripple the sustainable growth of mobile in the enterprise. Mobile CollaborationThe new report by Forrester Research, Technology Populism Fuels Mobile Collaboration, tracks both how enterprises are using mobile now, and how increased assistance for it by employees can have tangible results for the level of collaboration that goes on. 82% of working adults have a personal mobile device. To not support their business use of it would be an enormous missed opportunity. According to Forrester, the key benefits are faster team work and decision making. The fact that mobile access to corporate data would be a booster is hardly a surprise, but backing it up with this kind of data should be a first step in goading management to commit to mobile in the enterprise. Widespread OverspendingAs something of a counterpoint to Forrester’s research, Gartner has issued a stern warning to enterprises: 80% of you will overspend on mobile services. Gartner predicts that in the next five years, at least 15% of the money for mobile devices and plans for voice and data will be unnecessarily spent. Particularly troublesome is the inefficient strategies companies have for reducing costs and negotiating contracts tailored to businesses, rather than piecemeal personal plans purchased on an enterprise scale. The combination of rising expectations for ROI plus the potential to overspend could very well cripple the support for mobile in the future, if enterprises aren’t careful. Image credit: James Cridland Tags:#enterprise#Trends steven wallingcenter_img 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… IT + Project Management: A Love Affairlast_img read more

Army back in Darjeeling after 2 deaths

first_imgViolence erupted again in the Darjeeling hills on Saturday after two persons were killed, allegedly in firing by police and security forces. The Army was redeployed to control the situation, which turned volatile as pro-Gorkhaland supporters clashed with the police in Darjeeling town and adjoining areas. Tension gripped the hills after the death of Tashi Bhutia, a Gorkha National Liberation Front supporter, at Sonada. GNLF spokespers- on Neeraj Zimba said Bhutia was shot dead by security forces on Friday night. The police, however, said they did not have any report of firing. “We don’t have any report of police firing as of now. We are looking into the incident. We can give you details later,” a police officer said. Clashes erupted as the procession carrying Bhutia’s body turned violent and protesters attacked a police outpost at Sonada. A pitched battle ensued between the protesters and police. The protesters also set ablaze the Sonada station of the heritage Darjeeling Himalayan Railway. The violence soon spread to Darjeeling town with clashes at Chowk Bazar. Police resorted to tear gas shelling to disperse the mob, which allegedly tried to attack the office of Deputy Superintendent of Police. A second youth later succumbed to bullet injuries sustained during the violence. He is yet to be identified but is thought to be a resident of Singhamari. Clashes were also reported from Kalimpong where protesters set on fire property of the State Forest Department.Two columns of the Army, one at Sonada and the other in Darjeeling town, were deployed to control the situation. “One accident has happened at Sonada. This is because they attacked the police.. We will have to look into who is responsible,” Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said at the State Secretariat. Urging pro-Gorkhaland supporters to shun violence, Ms. Banerjee said she was ready to hold meetings with political parties in the hills in the next 10-15 days. “I am asking the administration and the people to exercise restraint,” she said.She asked protesters to allow the government to send food and other supplies to the hills.last_img read more