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first_imgPPP/C Councillor Brian BasilRegion Two RDC’s statutory meeting in progressSeveral Councillors attached to the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) of Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) are calling for the installation of street lights at strategic areas on the Essequibo Coast especially at the Hampton Court Airstrip.  The Councillors made this call during the last RDC statutory meeting for the month of September.Regional Vice Chairman Nandranie Coonjah explained that the area is currently dark and porters are finding it difficult to transport patients from the ambulance to the aircraft during cases of emergency evacuation.Alluding to the gravity of the situation, she revealed that at on one occasion, the fire tender’s lights had to be used to assist while evacuating an accident patient.The Vice Chairman is therefore calling for the immediate installation of lights at the airstrip.People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Councillor, Brian Basil, informed the RDC that many of the street lights along the Essequibo Coast are non functional and urged Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson to send a maintenance crew to the Essequibo Coast.Basil added that taxi drivers and other road users are finding it difficult at nights to traverse the roadways due to darkness.Another PPP/C Councillor, Arnold Adams, who resides in the Supenaam area, also described a similar situation which exists around the Good Hope Stelling, which is also in need of street lighting.Adams said the area can be compared to that of a little “ghost” town during the night, adding that the lives of persons who travel late at night are at risk.He pointed to the recent robbery where the accused tried to flee the area by boarding the ferry.He said the installation of the street lights will ensure better security as well as assist the Police in their work. The Councillor urged the RDC members to write the subject Minister in relation to recommendations made.last_img read more


first_imgConfiscated rice from GuyanaBy Shemuel FanfairOne day after popular Essequibo Rice miller Wazir Hussein claimed nothing was wrong with the rice he exported and that his shipment was delivered to the buyers, authorities in the Caribbean island of Jamaica have offered a different account of events, telling Guyana Times on Thursday that holes and insects were discovered in the recently detained container shipping the produce.Chief Food Storage Officer in Jamaica,Roy McNeil (Jamaica FSPID photo)This was stated by Chief Food Storage Officer Roy McNeil, who leads the Food Storage and Prevention of Infestation Division (FSPID) which is within Jamaica’s Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries (MICAF).Last month, the FSPID confiscated 70 metric tonnes of Essequibo rice which McNeil, from his documentation, found that it officially entered the country on December 24, 2018.In an exclusive interview with this newspaper, McNeil also explained that the shipment was held at customs for some weeks before inspectors saw the infestation in January. Guyana Times understands that Wazir Hussein and Sons Rice Milling Complex in Essequibo Coast, Guyana, was the listed exporter, while the produce was sent to Jamaican Importer Master Mac Enterprises Limited.“What is interesting about this case is that even though it came with a fumigation certificate, the container was infested with insects so it appears that the fumigation has failed because there were indications that there were holes in the container so the gases may have seeped out,” the McNeil said on Thursday.He went on to explain that wetting caused mould growth to develop on the commodity. Therefore, the inspector at the Port of Entry upon realising it was infested, closed the container immediately and ordered fumigation.“After fumigation, we do inspection and sampling and given the conditions, it caused [us] to send samples to the microbiologist’s lab and we found it was tested positive for bacteria way beyond the accepted limit,” McNeil emphasised.He told this publication that the investigation is finished and the 1575 bags of rice said to be worth millions was detained based on the island’s regulations. Thereafter, a sample was taken and the microbial levels were found to be excessive. As the mould growth was unearthed, the department condemned the item and instituted procedures to destroy the produce within several days.Guyana Times contacted the Jamaican importer for comment on the financial implications since the shipper was paid but this proved futile.Local industry insiders expressed worry over the rejection for the tonnage as this could impact upon current or potential international importers, as some might show hesitancy in purchasing produce. However, as the Chief Food Storage Officer explained, inspections are done on a case-by-case basis.“We have not taken any wholesale sanction against Guyana in no shape and form but each container that comes in will be subjected to routine inspection… as a Government regulatory body, we would not issue an adverse with regards to rice from Guyana except that we will continue our inspection [wherever] the rice is coming from,” the Jamaican told this newspaper.“We deal directly with the importer and what we would have done was serve the necessary notice on the importer and the actions that would be taken. We also issued a disposal certificate,” McNeil further clarified.The Jamaican official’s comments to this newspaper were made as the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB) indicated that it was awaiting word from its regional counterpart to officially pronounce on its findings. Guyanese owner of the White Cinderella brand of rice, Hussein on Wednesday condemned the authenticity of the media reports and rejected the report that the buyer obtained spoilt rice. He had also claimed that he received an email where he was supposedly told that the container’s managers would have known if the rice was spoil or if it was wet.However, the grains were inspected and was found to have signs of not only mould but clumping and discolouration. Reports had stated that the shipment landed in Jamaica on December 19, 2018 which contrasted the Jamaican official’s December 24 date. Guyana Times understands there is usually a delay at Jamaican customs during the Christmas period.Local miller, Turhane Doerga, commented earlier this month that the GRDB should place more emphasis on quality testing before the rice is exported as such reports could jeopardise Guyana’s viability as a successful rice exporter.last_img read more


first_img0Shares0000Paris Saint Germain’s Qatari president Nasser Al-Khelaifi, who is the subject of a corruption probe by Swiss investigators examining the sale of World Cup media rights © AFP/File / Thomas SAMSONPARIS, France, Oct 14 – Paris Saint-Germain are unaffected by the World Cup corruption investigation launched against chairman Nasser al-Khelaifi, a source close to the club has told AFP.Swiss prosecutors revealed this week they are probing Khelaifi, who heads the Qatari-owned beIN Media group, and disgraced former FIFA executive Jerome Valcke over the sale of media rights for World Cups from 2018-2030. A villa on Sardinia that Italian police say Khelaifi used as “a means of corruption” has been seized and searched.An aide close to Khelaifi said he denies all the accusations and has done nothing wrong.The probe has cast a shadow over an exciting start to the season at the Parc des Princes following the signing of Brazilian superstar Neymar in a world record 222 million euro ($262.5 million) deal and the arrival of French teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe.A source close to the club said it was unaffected by the swirling allegations.“An investigation is under way, Nasser al-Khelaifi is implicated in his role as president of beIN Media. It has no link with PSG and so there is no panic among the sponsors, or within the club,” the source said, speaking on condition of anonymity.PSG, who lead Ligue 1, put their unbeaten record on the line away to Dijon on Saturday.Their closest rivals for the title, reigning champions Monaco, lost ground following a 3-2 defeat to Lyon on Friday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgIt did not give any details as to the amount of the transfer but Spanish media reports have said it could reach 105 million euros ($120 million), with the 33-year-old signing a four-year contract worth 30 million euros per season.In a letter posted on Real Madrid’s website, the multiple Ballon d’Or winner said his time in Madrid had been one of the happiest in his life.“I only have feelings of huge thanks for this club, for the fans and for this city,” he said.“But I think the time has come to open a new stage in my life and that’s why I asked the club to accept to transfer me.“I ask everyone, and especially our supporters, to please understand me.”Ronaldo, whose Portugal were knocked out of the World Cup last 16 by Uruguay, hinted after May’s Champions League victory against Liverpool that he was considering leaving the Santiago Bernabeu.“It was very nice to be in Madrid,” he said at the time, using the past-tense. He later played down the statement, but doubts over his future at Madrid lingered.Real Madrid has won the La Liga twice and the Champions league four times since Ronaldo moved there from Manchester United in 2009.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Cristiano Ronaldo hinted after May’s Champions League victory that he was considering leaving Real MadridLONDON, United Kingdom, July 10 – Real Madrid on Tuesday announced the transfer of Cristiano Ronaldo to Italy’s Juventus, with the Portuguese superstar saying the time had come “for a new stage” in his life.“Today Real Madrid wants to give thanks to a player who has demonstrated he is the best in the world and who marked one of the most brilliant periods in the history of our club and world football,” the club said in a statement.last_img read more


first_imgLetterkenny Retail Park is to be sold after going into receivership.Donegal’s biggest shopping zone is to be put on the market after it went into receivership.The Letterkenny Retail Park, which has 38 shops including TK Maxx, Next, Smyths Toys, Homebase, Halfords and Boots Chemist, is one of the busiest shopping areas in the region.It is one of five shopping areas being offered for sale under the instructions of Bank of Ireland. Agents Savills and JLL are seeking in excess of €162 million for the five properties which are currently producing a gross income of €12.2 million.However Letterkenny is the the largest shopping facility in the portfolio with 38 shops covering an area of 35,302sq m (380,000sq ft) and currently produces a rental income of €3.06 million per annum.The sale of the Letterkenny Retail Park is unlikely in any way to have any effect on the current shops.KPMG is handing the receivership of the Donegal shopping zone. The rental income from the Letterkenny centre is set to increase significantly when a rent-free concession offered to H&M is due to run out in 2016. The fact that the average lease has more than nine years to run will also be a strong selling point.The four provincial parks to be sold in one lot with a valuation of over €100 million are Letterkenny Retail Park; Sligo Retail Park, Tullamore Retail Park and Deerpark Shopping Park in Killarney.LETTERKENNY RETAIL PARK PUT UP FOR SALE AFTER RECEIVERSHIP was last modified: June 24th, 2015 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) Tags:Bank of IrelanddonegalLtterkenny Retail ParkReceivershiplast_img read more


first_imgThe other properties the city already owns on Comstock Avenue include the former Community Gardens, a dilapidated house that can’t be demolished because it is going through historic review, and a vacant lot, Collier said. All four are north of the Whittier Historic Depot parking lot. Escrow is expected to close in about 45 days. Whittier receives about $500,000 in HOME funding each year from the federal government, said Benjamin Pongetti, redevelopment project manager for Whittier. Even with the use of nearly $1million in HOME funding, the city still has $913,172 remaining. The federal government allows the money to be used to provide affordable housing by fixing up homes, building new homes or giving rental assistance, Pongetti said. mike.sprague@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – The City Council voted 4-0 on Thursday to buy a 6,996-square-foot residential property for $820,000 that, combined with three other parcels, could be used to develop more affordable housing. Mayor Owen Newcomer was absent because he’s on vacation. The city is using federal housing funds, called HOME, to purchase a home with two units behind it, owned by a trust directed by Jesus and Rosario Iniguez. Whittier already owns three parcels due north of the property, at 7316 Comstock Ave. Together the four would total about 28,000 square feet of land. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ“Staff recommends acquiring the additional property in order to create a cohesive, well-designed development along the entire half block north of the Depot parking lot,” said Jeff Collier, director of community development. “We’ll have all of four of those lots together,” Collier said. “The intent is to use them as an affordable housing site.” Building affordable housing could provide for state credits that could be used to spur other housing developments in the city, Collier said. Without these credits, the city could be forced to subsidize some of the units in other projects, Collier said. The total cost of Thursday’s action is estimated at $966,000. The city must also pay to relocate three tenants and for certain studies to make sure the property is OK to develop. last_img read more


first_imgThe post-Christmas sales open with a bang today with half-price offers in stores across the county.Large crowds expected at Evolve sale todayRetailers have reported the best pre-Christmas business for more than five years and want to keep the tills ringing into the New Year.Some of your favourite shops including Evolve Menswear and McElhinney’s Stores will have customers queueing out the door with a range of offers. The McCloskey brothers have low prices all year ’round at Evolve but today’s sale, which starts at 10am, will be jam-packed with even more bargains.There’s 50% off almost everything, including more than 100 pairs of G-Star jeans at half price while other major brands including Tommy Hilfiger, Jack & Jones, Selected, Fred Perry, Fynch Hatton, Base London, Lacoste and all brands in the shop are reduced to clear.If you need a suit, shirt, tie or shoes….. Evolve Suit Department is having is biggest ever suit clearance. Also dress trousers are all slashed in price while footwear is clearing from just €15.While the men can get off to an early start at Evolve, the ladies (and men!) can go online at mcelhinneys.com – or wait until tomorrow to search for bargains at McElhinney’s in Ballybofey. The crowds will gather for McElhinney’s sale which starts tomorrow (Thurs).The store opens its doors at 11am but the good news is that it will open until 8pm and the sale will last all week including Sunday opening!The store is advertising the sale as the “biggest winter sale ever” and you just know there is going to be bargains galore throughout the store.All the top brand names will be slashed so any cash people have saved over the Christmas period will have even more spending power at McElhinneys.Other stores across Buncrana, Letterkenny, Ballyshannon and Donegal Town are also starting many St Stephen’s Day sales today. SHOPPERS GET READY FOR BARGAIN MADNESS AS MAJOR STORES START SALES FROM TODAY was last modified: December 26th, 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) Tags:bargainsdonegalevolve menswearMCELHINNEYSsaleslast_img read more


first_imgCalm seas and warm water has descended on the North Coast, and boats headed offshore from Fort Bragg to Gold Beach, Oregon and all ports in between, were coming home with coolers full of albacore. Fort Bragg was the place to be last weekend. Flat calm water made for an easy run to where the tuna were schooled up, and the boats put the hurt to em’. Some of the top boats put in over 30, and a lot of boats ended with well over 20 fish. Monday was just as good, with the most of the action coming …last_img


first_imgIn a country as diverse as South Africa, it is natural for there to be differing views and vigorous contestation, writes Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe. So it would be a mistake to assume the fracas in parliament during the State of the Nation Address on 12 February meant our democracy was on the edge of an abyss. A frame from a news report on the State of the Nation Address in parliament on 12 February. (Image: YouTube/ECNA) Minister in the Presidency Jess RadebeIt’s all too easy to get caught up in a whirlwind of perceptions and to lose sight of the true state of play. It’s human nature to be consumed by the bluster of the here and now. Since the unprecedented fracas during the State of the Nation (SoNA) our national discourse has been ablaze.Were one to judge the state of our nation on the headlines that followed SoNA alone, the appearance would be that South Africa stands on the edge of an abyss.It is indisputable that the disturbing scenes in parliament last week were not in keeping with the spirit and conventions of our democracy. The government is appalled by the disruptive actions of those who were intent on demeaning the importance of the address.However, to assume that what unfolded in parliament is a portent of the end of our democracy is incorrect. Democracies are by their nature defined by lively dialogue and differences over policy direction.In a country as diverse as South Africa, it is natural there will be differing views and vigorous contestation. Indeed, this has been the hallmark of our democracy since 1994.Democratic parliaments all over the world are robust in their nature and there have been many recorded incidents of disorder. It is, therefore, unfortunate some would seek to define our democracy on the strength of one incident. Any democracy is tested by the resilience of its institutions during turbulent times, and our parliament has passed the test. Our parliament still remains our beacon of democracy.It is equally regrettable that the many policy interventions announced by President Jacob Zuma were overshadowed by the disturbance. The president unveiled an ambitious nine-point plan to stimulate growth and create jobs. He also addressed the interventions needed to stabilise the current energy challenges.South Africa, like any other country, has its challenges and frustrations. That said, few would dispute that we have come a long way since 1994. Out of the ashes of apartheid has risen a nation recognised the world over for its commitment to the values of freedom and democracy.Our Constitution stands as one of the pillars on which we have built a new society that serves all its people. I would like to believe that most fair-minded South Africans would concur that our democratic institutions are strong and functioning. The supremacy of the Constitution and the rule of law as stipulated at the birth of our young democracy remain untouched. Courts continue to function without fear or favour in accordance with the law. Furthermore, the Constitutional Court, the highest court in the land, continues to safeguard our democracy.The importance of the Constitution cannot be overstated. It is the cornerstone of our democracy and guides us in all our endeavours. Its significance, as our moral compass, was underscored during Zuma’s response to the debate on the State of the Nation address when he said: “We also have a responsibility to promote the constitution, which is the blood and soul of our democracy.”The separation of powers between the executive, the legislature and the judiciary also remains steadfastly in place. The architects of our Constitution cleverly built in the separation of powers to prevent a situation where one institution or arm of government would have absolute power. Most people would agree with me that these are the hallmarks of a fully functional democracy.last_img read more


first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Aerial drones will scout, track, and hopefully prevent crop diseases in a study conducted by The Ohio State University and supported by a $100,000 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.The study will include a system of plant disease surveillance drones that will be developed to monitor rice blast and maize dwarf mosaic, two devastating diseases in many countries like Tanzania, plant pathologist and principal investigator Enrico Bonello said.The drones will be mounted with spectral sensors capable of identifying plant pathogens from the air. It is hoped that the technology could allow crop managers to control the spread of disease even before plants show visual symptoms, said Bonello, professor of molecular and chemical ecology of trees in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Department of Plant Pathology.“This is a very novel, out-of-the-box, high-risk, high-payoff approach to a very significant problem, in a globalized world in which plant diseases are constantly being moved around by human activity,” he said.Under the project, rice and maize will be grown in greenhouses and fields and then infected with rice blast and maize dwarf mosaic. Researchers will evaluate whether the spectrometers can distinguish between infected and uninfected plants.Bonello’s project, titled “Aerial Plant Disease Surveillance by Spectral Signatures,” is one of 34 projects that received a Grand Challenges Explorations Round 21 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The winners, who were announced this month, were asked to submit a two-page online application demonstrating a bold idea in a global health and development research.Grand Challenges Explorations is a $100 million initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Launched in 2008, over 1,400 projects in more than 65 countries have received Grand Challenges Explorations grants. The grant program is open to anyone from any discipline and from any organization.The initiative uses an agile, accelerated grant-making process with short two-page online applications and no preliminary data required. Initial grants of $100,000 are awarded two times per year. Successful projects have the opportunity to receive a follow-on grant of up to $1 million.last_img read more