The new Aura Display Village on the Sunshine Coast cuts living costs

first_imgStockland’s $5 billion masterplanned community, Aura, has just opened its display village in its first suburb Baringa.NEW standards for sustainable community design are being set by Stockland’s $5 billion masterplanned community, Aura on the Sunshine Coast.The newly opened Aura Display Village is the first in Australia to feature a display home with Tesla Powerwall 2, the next generation solar home battery system that offers homeowners the ability to save money on their energy bills.Stockland regional manager Ben Simpson said Aura was the first community to be designed and constructed to the world’s highest environmental and sustainability standards, achieving 6 Star Green Star-Communities rating.“The Aura Display Village is a jewel in the crown of Aura’s first suburb, Baringa, and these cutting-edge technologies are paving the way for the outstanding quality, design excellence and sustainable living options set to become the hallmark of this future city.” Integrale Homes director Murray Riley said the company was experiencing a surge in interest about the Tesla Powerwall 2, now on display in its Oakvale 189 home. “The Tesla Powerwall 2 is proving to be a huge drawcard for potential buyers weary of being on the receiving end of endless price hikes in energy bills,” Mr Riley said. More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor2 hours ago“With double the storage of the Tesla Powerwall 1, this battery should power a home from dawn to dusk.” Other hi-tech innovations in the display village include an electric car charge station and the installation of smart LED street lighting, using 50 per cent less energy than standard street lights.“These features are highlighted throughout the village, and potential buyers can do a walking tour to see each technology in action,” Mr Simpson said.The largest display village on the Sunshine Coast, Aura features 40 new homes, designed by 24 of Australia’s leading builders and designers. Each display home has achieved a 7 Star NatHERS rating, making the display village one of the most environmentally friendly in Australia. Current land sizes at Aura’s first suburb, Baringa, are priced from $203,400 to $344,150 and range from 250sq m to 716sq m. The Aura Display Village is open seven days a week from 10am to 5pm and is located beside the Aura Sales and Vision Centre at 1 Lukin Terrace, Bells Creek.last_img read more

Dutch pension funds hail DC switch

first_imgThe four largest Dutch pension funds are enthusiastic about the outline for a new pensions system that was presented this week. However, there are concerns about the possibility of pension cuts in the years leading up to 2026, when the new system will be fully operational.“The agreement that has now almost been concluded means pension funds can finally say goodbye to this nasty discount rate for liabilities,” director Peter Borgdorff of healthcare fund PFZW wrote in a blogpost.“Because interest rates just kept going down, we haven’t been able to increase pensions for years, even though our assets under management have more than doubled in the past 10 years. We were even close to having to cut pensions. But with this agreement, interest rates are no longer relevant”, Borgdorff added.The PFZW director added that expected pensions will now be higher for everyone because pensions will be able to move up and down with the economy. He considers the introduction of personal pension pots a positive too. “If everybody can see how much pension is available for them, nobody will have to worry anymore about not having a pension upon retirement,” he said.This is a concern widely shared among young people, Borgdorff noted.ABP, PMT and PMEOther pension funds are also positive. The metal industry scheme PME voiced its “wholehearted support” for the plans. “It’s a good step in the direction of the changes that are badly needed,” a spokesperson said.The other metal industry scheme, PMT, called the deal “good news”. “This is an improvement of the system because we are no longer dependent on discount rates for liabilities or coverage ratios,” a spokesperson said.“This offers a perspective for pensions that can preserve purchasing power.”Civil servants fund ABP said the new pensions system is “realistic” and hails the fact scheme members will profit more directly from investment returns.The Dutch pension federation’s interim-president José Meijer said it’s “especially gratifying there now is a perspective for a future-proof pensions contract, one that can be executed in practice and shows participants more clearly how their pension is created.”Pension funds are “looking forward to implement this contract,” she added.Pension rights cutsIn a critical note, consultancy Aon said it expects the conversion of existing defined benefit (DB) pensions to defined contribution (DC) arrangements will lead to “painful measures” because of the current funding shortfalls of many pension funds.In the years until 2026, funds will have to repair their deficits to avoid pension cuts.“To avoid pension cuts younger people will have to carry the burden of deficits completely, pensioners’ allowances need to be adjusted,” the consultant said in a press release. “We believe there is too little attention for this in the current plans.”ABP was the only pension fund to note in its reaction that there are no rules as of yet to govern possible pension cuts in the run-up to the introduction of the new pensions system.The civil servants fund believes these yet-to-be-made rules should be designed “in the spirit of the new system”.“This means we wouldn’t find it logical if we were to continue to cut pensions according to current rules, because they were designed for the old system,” a spokesperson said.ABP had a coverage ratio of 84.5% at the end of May, the lowest such figure of all four large funds.Looking for IPE’s latest magazine? Read the digital edition here.last_img read more

House Judiciary Committee Approves Two Articles Of Impeachment Against Trump

first_img(Washington, DC) — The House Judiciary Committee has approved two articles of impeachment against President Trump.Trump is accused of abusing power and obstructing Congress in the Ukraine scandal.Both articles were approved in party-line votes on the Democratic-led committee.The articles of impeachment are being referred to the full House, which is expected to debate and vote on them next week.last_img

MLAX : SU, Maryland feature senior classes with same goal but different motivations in quarterfinal

first_imgWhen John Desko walked on to the field at Gillette Stadium last month before Syracuse’s game against Providence, the memories flooded his mind. The thoughts of the two championships his team won on that same field took over.He knew his senior class felt the same way.‘When we played this year, the upperclassmen obviously walked on the field, even myself, walking on the field brought back some good memories,’ said Desko, the Syracuse head coach. ‘It felt good to be there.’That senior class, the winningest in program history, will get the chance to notch one more victory on that field Sunday (noon, ESPNU) in an NCAA tournament quarterfinal game. But the top-seeded Orange (15-1) is going up against an unseeded Maryland (11-4) team that’s also led by a group of seniors determined to play beyond this weekend. And both classes are not only the most experienced, but also the most productive players for their respective teams.Maryland’s seniors haven’t even advanced past the NCAA quarterfinals, let alone win an NCAA title. Syracuse’s seniors, though, have two national championships under their belts. They won a championship in their freshmen and sophomore seasons before suffering a painstaking loss to Army in the first round of the tournament last season. As far as Desko is concerned, this team can only go as far as the seniors will take it.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘I think you draw on the experience and leadership of your seniors,’ Desko said. ‘They’ve been in championships and won championships, also have the memories of last year losing in the first round.’Senior attack Grant Catalino is tied for the team lead in goals with 25. His senior counterpart at SU, Stephen Keogh, leads the Orange with 33 goals. All three of Maryland’s starting close defenders are seniors, while the Orange starts two seniors on its close defense line. Both long-stick midfielders in the game, Maryland’s Brian Farrell and SU’s Joel White, are considered two of the best at the position. At every spot on the field lies experience.Maryland head coach John Tillman said that will show itself in a strong sense of urgency. The seniors on both sides want to make sure this isn’t the final time they put on a college lacrosse jersey. For Tillman, that means making sure his seniors don’t get carried away with the possibility of that happening. Tillman said it’s OK to show some emotion, but not too much.‘We always talk about playing with emotion, but not being emotion,’ Tillman said in a phone interview. ‘I think there’s a big difference there. … Once you get to the emotional side of it, that’s when your brain goes out the window.’One of the Terrapins’ seniors, attack Ryan Young, suffered the death of his mother on April 17. Maria Young passed away after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Since the day she died, Maryland has only lost once, coming in its 10-8 defeat to Colgate a seemingly meaningless game after the Terrapins had already clinched an NCAA tournament berth by winning the ACC tournament.Tillman said Maria Young was given three months to live but fought for three years. This is the final chance Ryan Young has to win a national championship. That’s one more reason for Maryland’s seniors to feel some extra motivation.‘They’re excited for him and want to play hard for him,’ Tillman said. ‘What we’ve really focused on is if Maria Young can battle cancer for three years, and people only gave her three months, I don’t think practicing hard for two hours a day and playing hard for two hours is too much to ask.’Young has 19 goals on the year, part of what SU goaltender John Galloway called a ‘senior-laden attack’ that he’ll have to be constantly aware of. And as a senior himself, Galloway knows just how hard his Maryland counterparts want to win this game especially considering a win over No. 1 Syracuse to get to the final four would change the legacy of this Maryland senior group entirely. After all, the Terrapins came into the season ranked No. 4 in the country in the preseason poll.‘They have a very strong senior class,’ Galloway said. ‘It usually takes a good senior class to get far in the playoffs, and I think they have that.’But Syracuse does too. And the SU bunch has experience playing in big games. It’s gone into Gillette Stadium and won. It knows how to handle the environment.Sunday, the question becomes whether that experience and talent is enough to deter a Maryland team on a mission.‘Both senior classes don’t want to lose,’ Keogh said. ‘It’s going to be a tough game.’ Comments Staff writer Zach Brown contributed reporting to this article Published on May 19, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Chris: | @chris_iseman Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Beckham Back for Man Utd against Bayern

first_imgDavid Beckham David Beckham will return to Manchester United to mark the 20th anniversary of their dramatic 2-1 Champions League final victory over Bayern Munich with a match against the German side.The game will be played at Old Trafford on 26 May and feature many who played in the original match at the Nou Camp.Sir Alex Ferguson will manage United with Beckham, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and Jesper Blomqvist in midfield. “I’m so excited to be going back to Old Trafford,” said Beckham.“1999 was such a massive year for us so recreating that moment is going to be really special,” he added.“To be back together as a squad and to be managed by the boss again is huge. I can’t wait.”Former England captain Beckham, 43, won six Premier League titles, two FA Cups and one Champions League crown during his United career before he was sold to Real Madrid for £25m in the summer of 2003.United interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who scored the injury-time winner in 1999, is expected to be in the side.The Champions League triumph – with victory over German giants Bayern secured thanks to two injury-time goals by Teddy Sheringham and Solskjaer – was part of a 1998-99 Treble that also included the Premier League title and the FA Cup.The anniversary match will raise funds for the Manchester United Foundation.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Matt Kemp homers twice as Dodgers rout Brewers to take series in Milwaukee

first_imgSunday’s win featured Kemp’s first multi-home run game as a Dodger since July 29, 2014 and was part of a 6-for-13 series in Milwaukee for him.The five-run second inning included an RBI double by Manny Machado, his first extra-base hit and first RBI as a Dodger. Machado was 5 for 13 with two walks in his first series with his new team and hit a 103.8 mph bullet back at Brewers reliever Jacob Barnes during the Dodgers’ five-run fifth inning. Barnes caught the liner, tucking his chin just out of the way.“I think he’s put together some good at-bats,” Roberts said. “He also lined a ball that nearly took the pitcher’s head off. He’s doing everything we’ve expected – using the whole field, getting on base, staying in the strike zone.”Wood gave up two runs in the first inning when five of the first six Brewers batters reached base (three singles and two walks). But he allowed just two more hits and one walk in his six innings.“Today wasn’t his sharpest day,” Roberts said. “But he willed himself to get through six innings.”Caleb Ferguson followed with three scoreless innings to earn his second save of the season. The first came in a game the Dodgers won 17-1. Dodgers bench slumping Cody Bellinger for a day “It didn’t feel like much,” Barnes said.Perez and catcher Erik Kratz were actually the Brewers’ most effective pitchers Sunday afternoon, combining on three scoreless innings in a game the Dodgers otherwise dominated. Matt Kemp hit two home runs and Chris Taylor drove in three runs as the Dodgers routed the Milwaukee Brewers 11-2.“It proved to be more difficult than I expected it to be,” Dodgers starter Alex Wood said of striking out on a 79-mph fastball from Perez in the seventh inning.The Dodgers had put the game away by then thanks to a pair of five-run innings against Brewers starter Brent Suter and reliever Taylor Williams. Twelve of the Dodgers’ 15 hits – including Kemp’s two home runs – came off Suter who left after three innings with tightness in his left forearm.The Dodgers had their own dark cloud hovering over Sunday’s game. Dodgers’ Dave Roberts says baseball’s unwritten rules ‘have changed, should change’ Whicker: Dustin May yet another example of the Dodgers’ eye for pitching PreviousLos Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp hits a home run during the third inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Sunday, July 22, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)Milwaukee Brewers’ Zach Davies walks back to the mound after giving up a home run to Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp during the third inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 22, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Alex Wood throws during the second inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Sunday, July 22, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Dodgers’ Manny Machado reacts after hitting an RBI double during the second inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Sunday, July 22, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner hits an RBI double during the second inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Sunday, July 22, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chris Taylor hits a two-run scoring single during the second inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Sunday, July 22, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp is congratulated by Enrique Hernandez after hitting a home run during the second inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Sunday, July 22, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp is congratulated by manager Dave Roberts after hitting a home run during the second inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Sunday, July 22, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Manny Machado hits a single during the first inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Sunday, July 22, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Brent Suter throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Sunday, July 22, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Alex Wood throws during the second inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Sunday, July 22, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)Milwaukee Brewers’ Travis Shaw hits a two-run scoring single during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Sunday, July 22, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp hits a home run during the third inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Sunday, July 22, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)Milwaukee Brewers’ Zach Davies walks back to the mound after giving up a home run to Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp during the third inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 22, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)NextShow Caption1 of 12Milwaukee Brewers’ Zach Davies walks back to the mound after giving up a home run to Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp during the third inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 22, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)ExpandMILWAUKEE – It’s hard to put up eye-popping numbers on a radar gun these days with baseball experiencing an unprecedented age of velocity that has made triple-digit heat almost mundane.But 48 mph – that will get your attention.“I didn’t know it registered that low,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said of the seventh-inning pitch from Brewers infielder Hernan Perez that ended its wobbly flight by hitting Austin Barnes.Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.So what did it feel like to get hit by a 48 mph attempted knuckleball.center_img Justin Turner returned to the starting lineup for the first time since July 11 and had an RBI double in his second at-bat. But he was pulled in the third inning with tightness in the same groin muscle that kept him out for the previous 10 days.“It definitely didn’t get worse but it didn’t feel as good as I’d hoped,” Turner said. “Hitting a ball down the line (for his double), not even thinking about running hard, I still felt it.”Despite not playing him in the final series before the four-day All-Star break, the Dodgers haven’t placed Turner on the DL with the injury. Roberts acknowledged after Sunday’s game, that move is “a possibility” now.“We’ve tried to take the approach with the All-Star break and try to stay away from him in the day to day,” Roberts said. “But for him to get in there after this amount of time and through two innings still feel it, we’re at a point where we’ve probably got to be more aggressive.”An All-Star last year, Turner has been limited to 50 games – and a .259 batting average – by a fractured wrist in March and now the adductor muscle injury.“Just the way the year has been it’s been frustrating so this is just another thing that sucks,” Turner said. “But we played a really good baseball game and won the series, that’s the most important thing.”Related Articles Dodgers’ Justin Turner looking rejuvenated on defense Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Dodgers’ hot-hitting Corey Seager leaves game with back injury last_img read more

Twitter reacts to the St. Louis Blues winning the Stanley Cup

first_imgTHE @StLouisBlues HAVE WON THEIR FIRST #StanleyCup!— NHL (@NHL) June 13, 2019As fans filled Enterprise Center for a final watch party, and as thousands more looked on at the Cardinals’ Busch Stadium, St. Louis came together to see history be made. They watched Jordan Binnington stand tall in goal and Blues skaters put four past Tuukka Rask.SN SHOP: Get Blues championship gearThe victory was also heard around the world, as celebrities, athletes and other St. Louis fans took to the Internet to react to Game 7. Here’s just some of what Blues fans had to say about the historic run that ended in captain Alex Pietrangelo hoisting the Stanley Cup.Congratulations to St. Louis Blues. What a series. Looked more like “home ice disadvantage” series…👏🏼🏆🔝#stanleycup # St.LouisBlues #nhl— Pleky14 (@TomasPleky14) June 13, 2019YOU NEVER KNOW WHEN GREATNESS IS AROUND THE CORNER! That’s why you BATTLE ! CONGRATS TO THE ST LOUIS BLUES!!!! WOW! YOU DID IT!!!!!— Coach Gary Pinkel (@GaryPinkel) June 13, 2019Wow… what a season and what an ending! Congratulations to the @StLouisBlues! We can all learn so many lessons from this team and their journey to the top! #StanleyCup— Kendall Coyne Schofield (@KendallCoyne) June 13, 2019GLORIAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA— Tony X (@soIoucity) June 13, 2019Congrats @StLouisBlues! I lived in St. Louis for 8 years and it is a true hockey town with a lot of great fans. Plus it’s cool to have lived in a city that has actually won a cup in my lifetime.— Kyle O’Reilly (@KORcombat) June 13, 2019STANLEY CUP CHAMPS!!!! @StLouisBlues #STLFOREVER— Bradley Beal (@RealDealBeal23) June 13, 2019ST LOUIS FOREVER!!!— Jayson Tatum (@jaytatum0) June 13, 2019Congrats @StLouisBlues on your #StanleyCup win!— Ozzy Osbourne (@OzzyOsbourne) June 13, 2019SWEET victory for @jennafischer and the @StLouisBlues! #StanleyCup— NHL (@NHL) June 13, 2019Congrats to the @StLouisBlues & city of STL on winning the Stanley Cup… been a long time coming, but that only makes it sweeter! No greater place to enjoy a championship! Enjoyed the ride from afar… and will enjoy watching you all celebrate, miss you STL!— Kurt Warner (@kurt13warner) June 13, 2019What a series..congrats to two of the best @otterN9NE and of course the Conn Smythe winner Ryan O’Reilly #youllwannahangontothatguy— Matt Moulson (@MMoulson) June 13, 2019 It finally happened.After 52 years of heartbreak and being dead last in the NHL back in January, the St. Louis Blues were able to overcome the Boston Bruins and win the franchise’s first Stanley Cup title with a 4-1 victory in Game 7 of the final Wednesday.last_img read more

Lewas confident to take Gold

first_imgThe Lewas are the reigning East Asia Pacific (EAP) women’s champions and without a doubt are gold medal favourites.“We are on track to maintain our record as being the champions of the Pacific Region and with the sucess our recent development tour in Samoa, we are adamant that Lewas will be a force to reckon with come the Pacific Games,”“We have very experienced players in the likes of Tanya Ruma, Norma Ovasuru and Captain Pauke Siaka with a good mix of upcoming players such as Helen Buruka and Brenda Tau,” said Maha.Lewas captain, Pauke Siaka she was excited and confident leading the inaugural PNG women’s cricket team to compete at the Games.“We have played against the teams from the Pacific such as Samoa, Vanuatu, New Caledonia and Cook Islands and we have beaten them in the International Cricket Council (ICC) international fixtures in previous years, thus we are very keen as a team to maintain our title as champions of the Pacific. “I have played with the PNG Lewas since making my debut in 2008 and making my way to be selected as the captain is such an honour for me and I have faith in leading the PNG women’s cricket team with one aim in the Pacific Games and that is to win gold,”last_img read more

Petron storms to early lead; F2 Logistics kicks off title defense with victory

first_imgView comments GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Statement game Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Stalzer and Hurley, the duo that spearheaded Petron to the finals of last year’s Grand Prix, combined for 27 of the Blaze Spikers’ 44 attack points while providing leadership down the crucial stretch.“We had some troubles in the second set,” said Petron head coach Shaq Delos Santos. “It’s good that we were able to recover and finish strong.”After trailing by two, 8-10, the vaunted floor defense of the Blaze Spikers conked out, allowing the HD Spikers to uncork 15 consecutive points and claim the second set, 25-8.But in the next set, Stalzer and Hurley connived in the attack zone to give Petron an early lead, 8-5, entering the first technical timeout.Petron took the early lead with a 2-0 card.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Lindsay Stalzer and Hillary Hurley combined forces to help the Blaze Spikers recovered from a disastrous second set.They both finished with 18 points each.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“They really are a tough team,” said Stalzer of Cignal which fell to 1-1 record. “And it was good test for us.”Cignal’s Sonja Milanovic scored 23 points, while Jeane Horton added 20 for the HD Spikers. Defending champion F2 Logistics and Petron fashioned out victories over their respective rivals Saturday night in the Philippine Superliga-Chooks To Go Grand Prix at Santa Rosa Sports Center in Laguna.F2 trounced Cocolife, 25-21, 25-15, 25-16, to start its title-retention bid while Petron drubbed Cignal, 25-17, 8-25, 25-20, 25-17 to also bolster its own campaign.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Leonora Diagnostic Centre to reopen on Monday

first_imgMinister within the Public Health Ministry, Dr Karen Cummings conducted a site visit at the Leonora Treatment and Diagnostic Centre on Friday, to ensure the facility is ready for reopening on Monday.The health centre’s compound was submerged under at least 14 inches of water after high tides overtopped the seawall in some areas along the West Coast of Demerara (WCD) on March 2. This caused its temporary closure and relocation of services to the Den Amstel Health Centre, also known as the Mildred Cox-Younge Health Centre and the Guyana Sugar Company’s (GuySuCo) Dispensary at the Uitvlugt Community Centre.The cleaned Leonora Treatment and Diagnostic CentreAccording to Assistant Administrator of the Leonora Treatment and Diagnostic Centre, Kathleen Armstrong, ongoing works to repair the floors, evaluate the electrical equipment and appliances will be completed in time for the hospital’s staff to return and begin serving the members of the public on Monday.“At the pace that we are going to restore the functionality of the centre, it will surely be soon than later. The staff will be bringing back the equipment and appliances from Den Amstel Centre throughout the weekend and set it up to ensure that things go back normal,” Armstrong said.It was also highlighted by the assistant administrator that the hospital has limitations providing X-ray services since the machine is due for repairs.Minister Cummings stressed that the Ministry will be looking into providing the hospital with an X-ray machine as soon as possible. She also noted that the regional administration needs play its part in assisting to improve the facility’s services.Responding to the inquiry about safety measures to be taken by the hospital, should there be another occurrence of high tides, Armstrong explained that there will be drainage to provide relief to prevent flooding of the facility.last_img read more