MMA-ADA remains silent on reallocation of lands – cattle farmers

first_imgWeeks after cattle farmers from Region Five (Mahica-Berbice) raised concerns over the issuing of new leases by the Mahaica-Mahaicony Abary-Agricultural Development Authority (MMA-ADA) to lands which they utilised, there has been no response from the organisation.A part of the land that was taken away from cattle farmersThe concerned farmers told Guyana Times that they are still awaiting a response to know whether consideration is being given for them to access the land.Speaking with this publication, Krishna Sookdeo stated, “We hear nothing so far. After the injunction, the people didn’t get to go back into the land but there is no case up to now. They didn’t say if they will give us our land or a part of it. Right now, we are worried that they could take it away tomorrow and nothing we can do”.The MMA-ADA had evicted several cattle owners from lands. The area, located at Blairmont, covers 1360 acres and had been used by farmers to rear hundreds of cattle.However, the farmers received a notice from the agency earlier this year, indicating that they have to vacate the lands since new leases were issued to other persons, some of whom are not even cattle farmers. Without the lands, their daily operations will be severely challenged.Sookdeo had initially told this publication they would constantly apply for leases to be granted. However, during the next engagement, the Authority would advise them to reapply since those documents could not be found. Receipts seen by Guyana Times demonstrate that payments were made by all of the farmers for lease applications, some dating back years ago.Another farmer, Pooran Balmukund, had also explained that a permit to conduct cattle grazing was also issued with the notice but upon visiting the agency, they were told the document was irrelevant. As such, it was mandatory for them to vacate.“MMA just serve us a notice to remove from the land. They also give us a paper with permission to graze cattle. When we went at MMA, the paper had no value. They told us this don’t have no value anymore,” the man stated.Many of them cried that their only means of earning a livelihood is at stake. Over the years, the farmers have developed the lands, establishing pastures and constructing fences around the property. It was explained that they have no vacant property to relocate the animals and if new persons are given access to the lands, the structures will be demolished.On Sunday, People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Member of Parliament, Harry Gill in a letter to the editor said that in Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice), lands that were used by cattle farmers of the Shieldstown Cattle Rearer’s Co-op Society in an area known as Rampoor for over 20 years, were taken away by the MMA-ADA and were allegedly given to a close associate of the Government. He also called for a full-fledged investigation into the matter.last_img read more

Opposition MP against Govt spending more on D’Urban Park

first_img– says no amount of investment can justify “corrupt transaction”Government has recently announced plans to develop the controversial D’Urban Park into a user-friendly facility that could be the venue for various types of sporting activities, but Opposition Member of Parliament (MP) Juan Edghill has said he is totally against the idea, because, from day one, the project has been a corrupt deal.Juan EdghillA former Junior Finance Minister, Edghill told Guyana Times in an interview that the idea being proposed by Director of Sport, Christopher Jones, is aimed at trying to bring some semblance of justification to the existence of the D’Urban Park as a facility that could become viable.It was reported by the Department of Public Information (DPI) in early September that the D’Urban Park was due to undergo a massive upgrade in 2019 as a proposal made by the National Sports Commission (NSC), to be included in the National Budget for 2019.Jones’s proposal involves enhancing the D’Urban Park with fencing, and paving a significant portion of its inner space to make it more user-friendly.“We recognise (that) in the afternoons and in the mornings it is heavily used by the public. We want to encourage that, but, of course, we want to ensure that the venue of itself is protected, and the persons who use the space between those times are comfortable,” he told the DPI.Edghill, however, has said no amount of spending at D’Urban Park can justify the fact that it has been a corrupt transaction from its inception. “No amount of spending money — fence it, hard court, etc — could make it one free of corruption. Where are the bills? Where is the evidence of who donated in cash and kind? Why are the documents not with the Auditor General?” he questioned.“So, even if you try to put a clean sheet on this bed, it doesn’t make anybody believe that the bed is clean. The sheet might be clean with the novel ideas that Jones is coming up with, but the D’Urban Park project is a corrupt transaction; it is calling for investigation,” the Opposition MP explained.As a matter of fact, Edghill had written the Public Procurement Commission (PPC), calling for an investigation into D’Urban Park. Apart from receiving a letter of acknowledgment, the MP is yet to hear from the Commission. However, he remains hopeful that something will be done.He noted that his letter of complaint was sent at about the same time when his colleague, MP Gail Teixeira, had written the PPC on the controversial Demerara River Bridge feasibility study contract award. The matter was in fact investigated, and a report was handed over to the MP. “I would like to remind the PPC that a complaint and request is still on their desk,” he added.He said, “Every time D’Urban Park is used, we have to pump money into it. Do you know that D’Urban Park doesn’t have one toilet? They have to contract to the tune of millions for toilet facilities, lights installed, repairs etc. It is ill-conceived! Why would you build something of that magnitude with rough wood? It was designed to attract funding in a corrupt manner, and that is our contention. Again, Minister David Patterson is at the centre of this one too,” he added.Debate surrounded the construction of the Park after it was revealed, in 2016, that most of the stands had significant defects. After embarrassing disclosures about the poor construction work on the stands, President David Granger had announced that the Ministry of the Presidency would take over responsibility for completion of the first phase of the project.An audit subsequently found that the D’Urban Park had cost some $1.37 billion. Despite the enormous cost to build and continually repair the facility, it has been grossly underutilised, with mostly vagrants using it for shelter, apart from some recreational activities ongoing there in the afternoons.During the Mashramani celebrations, almost $6 million had been spent to do repairs on the D’Urban Park facility.last_img read more

Shaw customers experiencing service interruptions in the BC Peace Region

first_imgUPDATE – As of 4 p.m. Shaw services have been restored to customers in the B.C. Peace.FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Customers that rely on Shaw cable for TV and Internet services in Fort St. John, Taylor, and Dawson Creek are likely to be venting some frustration today after a service interruption this morning.At this time there is no estimated time of service being restored.  The cause of the outage is currently under investigation. In a statement on their support website, Shaw said that “Some customers in Dawson Creek, Fort St. John and Taylor areas may be experiencing interruptions to their cable TV and internet services. We are working to resolve this as soon as possible and apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.”- Advertisement -For updates on the outage, click hereThis is the second time in as many months that Shaw has reported an outage in the BC Peace Region. An outage on July 9th caused interruptions for both Internet and TV customers for the better part of the day before being fully restored in the evening.last_img read more

Everton boss Martinez hails return of long-term injury absentees

first_img Bryan Oviedo 1 Roberto Martinez is confident the full return of Everton’s long-term injury absentees can act like new signings for the club.Costa Rican midfielder Bryan Oviedo made his long-awaited comeback from the broken leg he sustained in January and played 60 minutes in the 3-0 Capital One Cup defeat against Swansea at the Liberty Stadium on Tuesday night.Republic of Ireland international Darron Gibson also made his first start for the Toffees in 11 months following a serious cruciate ligament injury and striker Arouna Kone made the trip to South Wales, having had a similar long-term injury to Gibson.Speaking after the loss to his former club, Martinez said: “To see players like Bryan Oviedo and Darron Gibson coming back after eight and 11 months out with injury was very pleasing.“Then you had Tony Hibbert coming in and playing 90 minutes, the same with Antolin Alcaraz, Luke Garbutt making his first start for the senior side, which is a real example of trying to bring through young players.“Some individuals performed in a fantastic manner and I know that they will help the team going forward.“So the night was very positive in terms of certain aspects. The only disappointment was the score-line at the end.”last_img read more


first_imgTWO of Donegal’s rarest birds have suffered as a result of recent gorse fires, a top ornithologist said today.The twite and the cuckoo are already struggling to survive in the county.The twite, a member of the finch family, is already on the verge of extinction, with just 100 breeding pairs reported to be in the whole country last year. The bird’s ideal habitat is heather and gorse, and its main breeding grounds are here in County Donegal and in parts of County Mayo and Co Donegal.Scrubland is vital to the well-being of this bird. Without a plentiful supply of scrub and subsequently the cover and array of seed and other food sources which it provides, the outlook for the species is now even more uncertain.Birdwatch Ireland expert Niall Hatch said: “The scrub is not just an important source of for food for the twite, it is also needed for protection and defence against potential threats. The twite uses the scrub as a shelter. The vulnerable chicks are free to forage for food undisturbed. “The removal of this cover is very serious.“Birds like the stonechat and the whitethroat will also have been very badly affected. The gorse is their ideal territory and that will pose significant problems. They will have lost their first clutch of eggs and they won’t get the opportunity to nest again. The gorse itself can bounce back, but birds, butterflies, moths, plants and vegetation can take years.” Hatch said the cuckoo, another species accustomed to thriving in the terrains of the bogland and moorland, is suffering badly.“The cuckoo relies on the nests of other birds,” he said.“The already-low cuckoo numbers will now be under considerable threat as a result of the gorse fires.”FEARS FOR CUCKOO AND TWITE AFTER GORSE FIRES – EXPERT was last modified: May 10th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgReáchtálfaidh Aontas Phobal na Gaeilge (APG) na ceardlanna feasachta is spreagúla dá chuid go dtí seo le cinnirí agus scoláirí choláistí samhraidh ar fud na tíre arís an samhradh seo, dá misniú agus dá gcumasú chun an Ghaeilge a roghnú, a úsáid agus a spreagadh gach lá mar chuid den fheachtas Ár dTeanga, Do Rogha sna coláistí Gaeilge.Arsa Aodhán Ó Deá, comhordaitheoir an tseó bhóthair Ár dTeanga, Do Rogha de chuid APG: “Thug an seó bóthair cuairt ar 50 cúrsa Gaeilge i gcaitheamh trí mhí an tsamhraidh seo caite amháin, áit gur labhair foireann spreagúil Chonradh an Gaeilge le níos mó ná 12,000 duine óg maidir lena gcearta teanga agus deiseanna úsáide na Gaeilge lasmuigh den seomra ranga.Tá sí mar aidhm againn labhairt le fiú níos mó daoine óga arís i mbliana, idir chinnirí agus scoláirí, chun iad a mhisniú agus a chumasú le seirbhís Ghaeilge a lorg ó ranna stáit, ó chomhlachtaí poiblí agus ó institiúidí Eorpacha i gcónaí – is í ár dteanga í an Ghaeilge, is í do rogha-sa í a labhairt.” Is camchuairt spreagúil feasachta de chuid APG é Ár dTeanga, Do Rogha, seó bóthair atá faoi stiúir Chonradh na Gaeilge, i gcomhpháirt le Comhar na Múinteoirí Gaeilge (CNMG) agus Aontas na Mac Léinn in Éirinn (AMLÉ), agus a fhaigheann tacaíocht ón Roinn Gnóthaí Eachtracha, agus tá an feachtas ag cur daoine óga ar an eolas faoina gcearta teanga sa bhaile in Éirinn agus san Eoraip le cúig bliana anuas.Cuirtear in iúl do dhaoine óga gur féidir leo aoischárta, ceadúnas tiomána agus pas a fháil i nGaeilge; go bhfuil sé de cheart ag cách an leagan Gaeilge dá n-ainm a úsáid; agus gur féidir cáin ghluaisteáin agus dolaí a íoc ar-líne trí Ghaeilge, mar shampla.Ní hamháin go spreagann seó bóthair APG daoine óga chun machnamh faoi sheirbhísí oifigiúla a lorg ón stát trí Ghaeilge, ach cuireann Ár dTeanga, Do Rogha na scoláirí samhraidh ar an eolas faoi na háiseanna agus faoi na bealaí spraíúla gur féidir leo leas a bhaint as a gcuid Gaeilge lasmuigh den scoil.Míníonn Ó Deá: “Scaip Aontas Phobal na Gaeilge 30,000 Gaelchárta ar dhaoine óga ó thosaigh an seó bóthair an samhradh seo caite, cárta lascaine a chinntíonn go mbíonn praghas níos lú á íoc ag Gaeilgeoirí as an mbéile a cheannaíonn siad i gCaptain Americas, nó as an gcluiche ríomhaireachta a dhíolann siad as in GameStop, mar shampla. Léiríonn a leithéid den Ghaelchárta an Chonartha, nó d’Albam Rí-Rá le ceol comhaimseartha as Gaeilge air, gur féidir an Ghaeilge a úsáid i ngach gné den saol, gach lá, ach gur fúthusan atá sé an cinneadh sin a dhéanamh í a úsáid: Ár dTeanga, Do Rogha!”Bíonn Conradh na Gaeilge ag cur pobal na Gaeilge ar an eolas faoi na buntáistí a bhaineann le stádas oifigiúil oibre na Gaeilge ag leibhéal na hEorpa; faoi na seirbhísí a bhfuil siad i dteideal a fháil trí Ghaeilge ó chomhlachtaí poiblí in Éirinn faoi Acht na dTeangacha Oifigiúla, 2003; agus faoi na féidearthachtaí fostaíochta agus na deiseanna úsáide a bhaineann leis an teanga san Eoraip agus in Éirinn tríd Ár dTeanga, Do Rogha freisin. ÁR dTEANGA, DO ROGHA! ARSA AONTAS PHOBAL NA GAEILGE LE 12,000 SCOLÁIRE SAMHRAIDH was last modified: June 11th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Half-time: Reading 1 Fulham 0

first_imgNew signing Matt Smith was sent off just 18 minutes into his Fulham debut, with Reading ahead at half-time through Glenn Murray’s goal.Murray headed in Jordan Obita’s cross on 15 minutes after the Whites had been forced to defend heavily from the start.Fulham, yet to win in the Championship, stayed focused but heads dropped when Smith, signed from Leeds on deadline day, was shown a straight red card for a high tackle on Obita.Only Chris David looked threatening for the visitors before the break, forcing Adam Federici into a good save, while Jake Taylor missed by a whisker for the Royals.Fulham boss Felix Magath made three changes to the side that drew with Cardiff last time out, with 38-year-old goalkeeper Gabor Kiraly also making his debut along with Smith, and youngster Sean Kavanagh returning at left-back.Fulham (4-4-2): Kiraly; Voser, Burn, Bodorov, Kavanagh; Hoogland, Parker, David, Hyndman; McCormack, Smith.Subs not used: Bettinelli, Satfylidis, Hutchinson, Zverotic, Roberts, Rodallega, Christensen.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Northern Cape ideal for extreme sports

first_imgClearing of the Hakskeen Pan has beenunderway since early in 2011. The Bloodhound car will reach a speedof 1 000 mph in under a minute.(Images: Bloodhound SSC) MEDIA CONTACTS • Peter Mckuchane  GM, Northern Cape Tourism  +27 82 467 2525 • Monwabisi Mkompela  Spokesperson, premier’s office  +27 53 838 2600RELATED ARTICLES • African eyes on the universe • Kimberley goes for gold • SA becoming a renewable energy hub • Human polar makes swim for peace • World first for SA extreme swimmersEmily van RijswijckThe Northern Cape province is aiming to become South Africa’s preferred extreme adventure and sports destination.The semi-arid region is home to breathtaking scenery and unusual nature formations and offers some of the best opportunities for abseiling, white water river rafting and deep cave diving in the country.But with its vast expanses and perfect thermal conditions, it also offers opportunities for lesser known extreme sports like paragliding, flying and landspeed records.With a new landspeed record attempt due to take place in 2012 at the 19 km long Hakskeen Pan, located about 160 km north of Upington, the world is taking note of what the province has to offer.The Northern Cape Tourism Authority promotes the province as a preferred adventure destination, says GM for business tourism Peter Mckuchane.He says the Northern Cape not only offers extreme sporting opportunities but is a destination of “extreme nature and extreme cultures”, aspects which add to the appeal of the province.Maloof Money CupIn September 2011 the Northern Cape hosted the first international Maloof Money Cup (MMC), an annual skateboarding championship that will take place for the next three years in the provincial capital, Kimberley.It was the first time that this American event was hosted outside its home base, and it attracted the best current world skating champions to South Africa’s doorstep.In signing the contract with competition founders the Maloof family, the Northern Cape provincial government showed its commitment and formal endorsement of skateboarding as a sporting discipline in the province, Premier Hazel Jenkins said at the time.Kimberley now boasts one of the world’s best skating parks and plans to introduce the sport to other parts of the province.The MMC was broadcasted internationally over three days and included a five-event skateboarding competition and skateboarding festival. Considered to be the world’s richest skateboarding championship, it has a total purse of R3.75-million (US$458 000).The event also turned out to be a real money spinner for Kimberley, with hotels and restaurants overflowing and extra workers hired to cope with the massive influx of fans from all over.Jenkins added that the event really galvanised the people of the Northern Cape. She is also excited about the possibilities which the province’s new role as host of the latest landspeed record attempt will bring to the area.“The opportunities it affords the province can act as a catalyst for the establishment of a science orientated university in the Northern Cape and offers tremendous tourism potential,” she said on welcoming the landspeed record hopefuls, the Bloodhound SSC team from the UK.Towards a new landspeed record The team, led by Royal Air Force Pilot Wing Commander Andy Green, the current landspeed record holder, were in South Africa earlier in November 2011 to promote the event. Green hopes to set a new record of 1 609 kph (1 000 mph) at the Hakskeen Pan in 2013.Green set the current record in October 1997 when he drove the Thrust SSC to a new world record of 1 227 kph (763 mph), in the process breaking the sound barrier and improving the previous record by 209 kph (130 mph).The latest attempt will take place at the Northern Cape pan, chosen over 34 others because of its near perfect conditions. Over 19 km long and 5 km wide, with a vertical variation of only 61 mm over the entire 2 km distance of the run, the pan’s surface is ideally hard and flat. The area offers ideal weather conditions, factors which were confirmed by Green and his team during their South African visit.For the attempt to be successful, the car must complete two runs within the space of an hour, with the average times calculated as the new record.“The ability to control the car’s stopping, and therefore the turnaround time, is key to the success of the record attempt,” the official Bloodhound website notes.Bloodhound is about more than breaking records, Green reminded the gathering.“Yes, we want to break the record, but we also want to create a global showcase for science and technology,” he said.“The UK, Europe and South Africa have a critical shortage of engineers and scientists. We hope the project will inspire young people to become engineers, mathematicians and scientists.”Parliament has already approved in principle the establishment of a Northern Cape university but the institution’s focus still has to receive the green light and will be subject to funding, Jenkins confirmed.Employment boostThe speed attempt will also bring about much-needed employment opportunities. Mckuchane says the province has undertaken to prepare Hakskeen Pan for the world landspeed record runs, with the first trials to start early in 2012.Additional job opportunities will be created running up to the event, with 315 unemployed locals tasked with clearing the track of stones and debris, critical for such a dangerous event as even the smallest stones become bullet-like at these speeds.The clean-up project will be undertaken through the national Expanded Public Works Programme and will take about six months to complete. The event is expected to spawn more opportunities in tourism and extreme sports.“The Northern Cape government believes the record attempt has the potential to generate a lot of future interest and if the attempt is successful, could turn the area into a tourist hub where similar events can be hosted in the future, as it will be the fastest track in the world,” says Mckuchane.The event alone is expected to bring thousands of spectators to the area.Thermal heights and cave depthsBut the Northern Cape also offers a host of other extreme activities. The province regularly plays host to international paragliding competitions, with the Paragliding World Cup taking place in March 2012 in the Karoo town ofDe Aar.The area is considered to be one of the top paragliding sites in the country because of the hot desert conditions which create massive hot air bubbles, providing the perfect lift for paragliders.De Aar itself is recognised as the home of cross-country paragliding in South Africa, and is the venue where numerous international and national paragliding records have been set in recent years.Extreme cave diving is another favourite and here the Northern Cape again has some of the most dangerous – and exciting – on offer.Boesmansgat is a unique sinkhole on the farm Mount Carmel where many world records in cave diving have been set and where a number of divers have lost there lives. The third deepest freshwater cave in the world, it was the scene of Nuno Gomes’s 1996 cave diving record of 282 metres.Unrivalled natural beauty The Northern Cape is South Africa’s biggest province, a dry land mass of 361 830 km2 which offers a surprisingly wide range of natural treasures, each with its own unique perspective on this sparsely populated region.There is the red sand veld and yellow grasses of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park in the Kalahari; the wild shrubs of the Karoo Hantam with its clear, star-studded evenings and the floral splendour and big skies of Namaqualand, to name but a few.The area also has a rich archaeological and geological history. Names like Nossob, Okiep, Ais-Ais, Aoub and Gannaga ring strangely in the ear, reminders of a time when the only human inhabitants here were the indigenous San bushmen, migratory hunter-gatherers who lived in simple harmony with nature.Later, white inhabitants moved into the area and added their own contributions: Kieliekrankie, Hotazel (Hot as hell) Riemvasmaak, Mier (Ant) and Pofadder, descriptive Dutch names which tell a visitor more than they may wish to know about a place.Today the area has a rich cultural diversity with Tswana, San, Nama and European all calling it home.It is here that you will find South Africa’s largest river, the majestic Orange and the country’s biggest waterfall, the Augrabies. The Eye of Kuruman, a natural fountain which is reputedly the biggest in the southern hemisphere is also located in this province, as is the biggest hand-dug mining excavation in the world, the 215m deep Big Hole of Kimberley.The driest province in the country is also the most colourful when Namaqualand rolls out its massive carpet of spring flowers from late July until October, splashing the brown earth in a breathtaking and abundant display of oranges, purples, whites and yellows every year.last_img read more

2017 Corn Planting Cab Cam – Casey Niese, Crawford County

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The 2017 planting season started on April 13th for Niese Farms in Crawford County, Ohio and those seeds are already starting to sprout. For the first corn planting Cab Cam of 2017, brought to you by Fennig Equipment, The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins joins Casey Niese in front of a very unique John Deere Exact Emerge planter that has been running 24 hours a day since Monday morning.last_img

Without Technical Assistance, Policy Efforts Fall Flat

first_imgFrom guest blogger Alison Corwin, New EcologyWe at New Ecology are very excited to be involved with the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) as our mission is to promote development solutions that deliver positive economic, environmental, and social returns. The NSP program recognizes the importance of promoting development that protects environmental quality and eliminates pollution and waste, provides direct, meaningful economic opportunities for communities, and builds civic capacity to ensure a healthy future.By implementing greening strategies in the rehabilitation of existing affordable housing stock, there is great potential not only to reduce energy and water use, making it more sustainable from an environmental standpoint, but to develop a meaningful economic opportunity as well. The energy and water savings reduce operating costs in the long term, helping to ensure the housing remains affordable in the future.New Ecology NSP experience: training is criticalOur experience with NSP Technical Assistance tasks thus far has spanned a broad spectrum, from working with design teams on project specifications and plans to larger policy initiatives; these requests reflect the diverse nature of assistance desired by NSP grantees.One project in particular further enforced the idea that training is a critical function of successful policy implementation. The task was to revise a previous policy written on a county level for rehab projects needing to meet the greening standards for NSP. What we found was that the existing policy had included items unrelated to greening — for example, accessibility, fire protection, marketability, and so on — which made for a cumbersome set of guidelines.New Ecology recommendation: targeted policies for single-family and multifamily housingWe determined that the most effective approach was to write a policy that focused solely on greening and specifically on single-family homes as they comprise the current majority of housing stock receiving NSP funding. However, we recommended that a separate multifamily standard be written to account for the nuances for that particular type of building.While the final policy requires action that will create energy and water efficient, healthy and durable homes, we have found that the reality is without proper education and training for local architects, builders and contractors related to the criteria set forth, implementation of greening policies will likely have mixed success.It is critical that the NSP grantees seek technical assistance to support the provision of training around new policies if we are to truly implement greening on a level that will have widespread impact.last_img read more