Partially decomposed body The employers of Soesdyke resident Patrick Vyfhuis, whose partially decomposed body was discovered on Wednesday in Kuribrong, Region Eight, are claiming that the man had been mentally ill, and they were unaware of this when he was hired.The employers, of Kuribrong, Region Eight, told Guyana Times on Saturday that Vyfhuis had left for the interior on July 11. According to his employer, after the labourer arrived at the mining camp, he began acting strange, and even told them that somebody wanted to kill him.“He went in with my husband, and when he go in, everything was okay. The next day now, he went to my husband and he tell him that, ‘Look (names given) coming to kill meh’. Me husband said he turn and tell him and said, ‘Bai relax yourself, nah?’ So he said the night now, he keep running into the bush and want run to the creek and so,” the employer told this publication.It was further related that other workers on the camp attempted to control the man’s absurd behavior, but failed.The employer said that as a result of this, on July 15, they were about to escort the man to his home. “When he reach on the landing, he start running up and down at all them shops. So they (ended up) getting him back into the cruiser; and while going out now, he messed his skin up so they stopped at a creek to wash off him, because he can’t go in the vehicle like that. So when they stop now, he run and gone in the bush,” the employer said.According to three other employees, they again went in search of Vyfhuis, but failed in their attempts. A report was subsequently made to the Bartica and Mahdia Police Stations.The employer contends that Vyfhuis’s mother knew of his mental illness and did not inform them.But Odessia Spencer, sister of the deceased man, rebutted the allegation made by the employers, since, according to her, her brother had never suffered from any mental illnesses. Family members of the now dead man have called for a thorough investigation into circumstances surrounding his death.Vyfhuis’s body was reportedly found by a pork-knocker some four miles away from the camp site on Wednesday last, and was later identified by his employer.The duo was questioned in relation to the body found.Investigations are ongoing.
The Native Village of Perryville on the Alaska Peninsula has a new power generator. It will help the village use more renewable power and save on costs. Contractors have almost finished putting it together –- but at the moment, it’s almost 500 miles away from its destination.Listen nowWires, tubes, John Deere engines and other equipment fill the inside of Perryville’s new powerhouse. (Photo by Annie Feidt, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Anchorage)Today the powerhouse can be found in an unassuming back lot in Anchorage, in a metal container about half as big as a mobile home. The inside is filled with machinery, wires and colorful tubing, including three green diesel engines.Alan Fetters, who works for the Alaska Energy Authority, sounded a little like an auto mechanic as he showed off the powerhouse’s shiny new John Deere generators.“It would be like having an old carbureted car you might have had…like a VW Volkswagen Beetle versus a new fuel-injected [engine],” Fetters said. “You get more power, you get more efficiency, it’s cleaner emissions.”Perryville’s new power system will also be better at using the electricity generated by the village’s wind farm. The powerhouse also will capture heat from the engines for the village school. It will get electricity to more than 100 people when it’s up and running in October.A mix of federal and state money paid for the $3.3 million project. Sean Skaling, also of the Alaska Energy Authority, argued that’s a reasonable price tag for reliable power in a rural village.“The size and the cost of this matches the community need. I think the fundamental point here is you need reliable power — everybody needs it and relies on it and it’s just got to be there all the time, without failure,” said Skaling.Perryville Village Council leader Gerald Kosbruk says the old powerhouse, a wooden building with a rotting foundation, has generators that need to go.“One just went out last winter and it’s hard to find parts for them and the one that went out actually couldn’t be rebuilt anymore,” said Kosbruk.Through what’s called the Rural Power Systems Upgrade program, the Alaska Energy Authority has already fixed up dozens of powerhouses across the state. Dozens more communities like Lime Village, Whale Pass and Kivalina, are on the waiting list.In a few weeks, Perryville’s powerhouse — which weighs more than ten trucks — will be loaded onto a barge and shipped off to its new home.