McNeese’s McKenzie, Abilene Christian’s Melgar Earn Weekly Track & Field Honors

first_imgHonorable Mention: Alanna Arvie, McNeese; Caitlan Lennon, Stephen F. Austin; Tay Nance, Houston Baptist The junior also holds the top spot in the 400-meter hurdles, thanks to her 1:00.92 time and race win at the same meet. Women’s Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week: Grace McKenzie, McNeese – Jr. – Cork, IrelandMcKenzie took first place in the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 13.65 seconds – a mark that is second-best in the Southland this year, behind her own top mark of 13.63. McKenzie raced to victories in both the 100- and 400-meter hurdles at the McNeese Spring Time Classic in Lake Charles, La., this past weekend. The pair of wins come after last week’s announcement that the Cork, Ireland, native was chosen as the 2019 Southland Conference Indoor Track & Field Student-Athlete of the Year. Abilene Christian’s Melgar, a Tempe, Ariz., native, thrilled hometown fans over the weekend by winning in the shot put competition with a toss of 16.54 meters (54-feet-0.35 inches), edging teammate Annina Brandenburg (15.44 m/50-08.00). It was the first time the Wildcat competed for Abilene Christian in Tempe. In addition to her win, Melgar finished fifth in the discus premiere with a throw of 172-1 and ninth in the hammer premiere with a 172-5 toss. Women’s Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week: Kayla Melgar, Abilene Christian – Sr. – Tempe, ArizonaMelgar, a senior, claimed the shot put competition at the Sun Angel Classic. Her winning throw is the 13th-best in the NCAA in 2019 and is tops in the Southland this season. Honorable Mention: Gracie Hyde, Central Arkansas; Brittany Innis, Stephen F. Austin The honors are the first weekly awards for either school’s women’s athletes in the outdoor track & field season. FRISCO, Texas – McNeese’s Grace McKenzie and Abilene Christian’s Kayla Melgar are the Southland Conference Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Athletes of the Week, the league announced Wednesday. Southland Athletes of the Week are presented by MidSouth Bank. Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots.last_img read more

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GPL must introduce new energy to grid- Jagdeo

first_imgBlack out woes– expresses concern over absence of board of directorsThe Guyana Power and Light (GPL) would usually attribute extended power outages to line maintenance, something that rarely provides comfort for the populace. But according to Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, the GPL must find a way to generate new power in the grid… and fast.GPL ended 2017 with total combined losses of 29.5 per cent, which is a marginal increase from last year; 12.9 per cent technical and 14.7 per cent non-technical. Jagdeo urged the company to expand its short-term objectives beyond maintaining transmission and distribution mains.“We’ve always had commercial and technical losses,” Jagdeo said. “When we gotOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeointo office, it was over 40 per cent, then it fell to 20 per cent. That is people stealing power, and the line losses because of old lines.“But they are not going to make any big change in that. You’re not going to save the equal amount from offsetting growth in demand by (only) tackling the transmission and distribution mains. So you have to have – now — short-term, new generating capacity. You have to do that now.”The fact that GPL is without a board did not escape the former President’s attention. Jagdeo noted that while GPL is raking in billions in revenue, this is being done while the entity does not have a board of directors. Appointing a board, he noted, is not a time consuming exercise, yet Government has failed to appoint one since January of 2018.Renewable energyGovernment has embarked on a number of renewable energy projects centred on wind, hydro and solar.However, none of these projects has an individual generating capacity that could rival the 165 megawatts the Amaila Falls Hydro Power (AFHP) project would have brought.One project on which Government has embarked is the Hope Wind Farm, which has faced criticism centred on the actual investor. One of the investors in question is International Pharmaceutical Agency (IPA) proprietor Lloyd Singh, who has been identified as being responsible for the acquisition of the headquarters of the Alliance for Change (AFC). According to Patterson, there have been some technical issues — such as the size of the development — which had to be ironed out; but there has been progress on that front, and the process of finalising the power purchase agreement is ongoing.Patterson also spoke of a US$3.8 million solar farm funded by the Inter-American Development Bank, which will be constructed at Bartica. According to the Minister, this will be completed by the end of 2018.Meanwhile, the update on the Tumatumari hydro project isthat the private developer has been given a deadline to reach financial closure with investors; that is, when all agreements have been signed and conditions met, in order to allow the dispensing of funds.The update on the Kato hydropower project was a more positive one. According to Patterson, funding has been secured for the US$2 million project, and work will commence when weather permits.He also spoke of securing funding from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) for Photo Voltaic (PV) farms at Port Kaituma (US$1.8 million), Kwakwani (US$2.6 million), and Matthews Ridge (US$2 million).“So, by the end of 2018, we would have installed about five megawatts of renewable energy. And that’s a commendable feat, coming from 2015 with zero,” Patterson has boasted. “And then, by the end of 2020, when all these projects would have been completed, there would be 29 or 30 megawatts.”last_img read more

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