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Farmers still suffering losses

first_imgRegion 5 flooding By Shemuel FanfairThe livelihoods of many inhabitants from communities in Region Five (Mahaica/Berbice) districts still remain threatened, nearly four months after flooding enveloped the area.The state of the access dam at Mahaicony, Region FiveOn Sunday, Guyana Times was informed that while water levels in the Mahaicony River continue to slowly recede, the water on the backlands where the majority of the farmlands and livestock are located remains high. This on-going situation has hampered the economic sustenance of Region 5’s residents who are mostly farmers.Rohan Shivdyal of Pine Ground, Mahaicony River, has been a rice farmer for the past five years. He told this newspaper on Sunday that he cultivates 50 acres of rice along with his father; however he lost 10 acres over the last several months and is finding it difficult to repay his many debts.As with many others in his area, Shivdyal is also a livestock farmer. He noted that this industry is facing financial challenges and noted that he had to spend some $15,000 in medical treatment for his young goats and calves.“Me had to buy lil drugs and suh fo dem…dem get fever [and] a get worm,” he noted.The Pine Ground resident also stressed that he has to spray the affected animals two times daily to prevent the worms from further harming them. He estimated his overall losses in the vicinity of $100,000.Guyana Times also learnt Sunday that the backlands flooding in Mahaicony is currently preventing many famers from gaining ready access to their farmlands. The farmers said they need the access dam to be repaired so that they can have free passage to their plots.This newspaper had reported that many children used this same dam to travel to school but the conditions prevented many students from attending classes. Residents are hopeful that this will be rectified in the coming weeks.Region Five farmers have expressed also the need for assistance in acquiring seed paddy, manure and fertiliser to continue rice cultivation.It was only Thursday that the Civil Defence Commission (CDC) and Minister of Citizenship Winston Felix distributed $ 9 million in food hampers to some 851 West Coast Berbice households in Region 5. The parcels included rice, sugar, flour and milk, along with a selection of canned meats, biscuits, personal care items, and cleaning agents.“We have 28 items in the hamper and I trust that it will be of some value to you,” CDC Chairman Colonel (ret’d) Chabilall Ramsarup told residents at Union (Number 30) Village.Region Five Chairman Vickchand Ramphal had expressed appreciation for the donation and observed that government had “come on board in bringing relief … to communities in Region Five”.The beneficiaries from Armadale (6), Hopetown (18), Bush Lot (200) and Mahaica Creek (50) had assembled at the Union/Naarstigheid Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) to collect their hampers.The Amerindian settlement of Moraikobai, Mahaicony River, had benefited earlier this year from hampers.In late June, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo and a People’s Progressive Party (PPP) team distributed food items and bottled water to residents who gathered at Mora Point and Gordon’s Table. Residents from nearby communities such as Pine Ground and First Savannah also benefitted from the distribution.Earlier this month this newspaper reported that many farmers along the Mahaicony River sold their current crop of seed paddy out of fear that the on-going flooding would destroy their future plots for rice cultivation.A female farmer had explained that she suffered significant losses due to the prolonged flooding. The woman stated that she lost three calves and a number of crops. The farmer had also estimated her losses at around $800,000 and appealed that her community be provided with food assistance.last_img read more

Acting Top Cop orders return of high-powered rifles seized at party

first_imgRanks of the Guyana Police Force swooped down on a house party being held at Sandy Babb Street, Kitty in Georgetown on Wednesday at about 22:00h and arrested two men who were in possession of high-powered automatic rifles.Guyana Times understands that the men and their weapons were taken to the Brickdam Police Station, but were subsequently released following the intervention of acting Top Cop David Ramnarine.The Police outside of the Sandy Babb Street house during the operationAlthough held at the house of a close associate referred to as “Paper Shorts”, the Kitty party was reportedly organised by Saddiqi Rasul, who has been accused of ripping off the Guyana Bank for Trade and Industry (GBTI) of more than $900 million.Contacted on the issue, the acting Police Commissioner confirmed he had instructed that the weapons be returned to the men. He claimed that while a number of gun licences issued to Rasul had been revoked, there are still a few that are valid.Acting Top CopDavid RamnarineGuyana Times understands that the weapons might have been registered to a security company operated by Rasul.Asked for a comment, the Crime Chief referred questions to ‘A’ Division Commander Marlon Chapman. But contacted on Thursday morning, Chapman said he was not aware of the situation, although he promised to enquire into it.Guyana Times has been reliably informed that Rasul, presently on bail for several counts of fraud, might still be operating his gold business although the Natural Resources Ministry had reportedly suspended his licence to operate.It has been reported that while several licences had been issued to gold dealers for 2017, Rasul’s company, SSS Minerals Trading, has not been recipient of any. If that is indeed the case, Rasul has no authority to buy, sell or trade in gold until the outcome of the investigations.Rasul, of Prashad Nagar and of First Avenue Bartica, the owner of SSS Minerals Trading Inc, had allegedly deposited six cheques in the bank between March 21 and 24, 2017. The cheques were for the sums of $290 million, $96 million, $138 million, $89 million, $298 million and $45 million.The Bank Manager reportedly colluded with Rasul to change the cheques before clearing them with Citizens Bank, from whence they had allegedly originated.As investigations continued into the alleged fraud committed by Rasul, a search was conducted at the Sandy Babb Street, Kitty home of his close associate, and it was reported that after several hours of search, SOCU agents removed from those premises three CBR motorcycles, a Jet Ski and a bag containing a quantity of ammunition.Prior to that raid, a black 2013 Hilux belonging to Rasul was seized by SOCU after it was discovered to be bearing false number plates. It is believed that that vehicle was imported from Brazil without the necessary paperwork and taxes paid.Days after the vehicle was seized, GRA officials swooped down on another of Rasul’s locations and found a fully armoured vehicle that was not registered with the revenue authority.Rasul is believed to have robbed and conned several gold dealers out of hundreds of millions of dollars. He presently has hanging over his head several lawsuits from clients from whom he had allegedly taken money to purchase gold, but had fraudulently converted same to his own use.last_img read more

Year in Review – Part 4 – July – August 2009

first_imgRosenau Transport and Unified Valve FireOn Sunday August 16th, 2009 the Fort St. John Fire Department was called to a fire at Rosenau Transport and Unified Valved on the Alaska Highway.  The fire was so intense balls of fire could be seen from any where in Fort St. John as they shot over 500 feet in the air. Highway crash kills 3 from TaylorA two vehicle accident on Friday August 21st, 2009 saw three lives taken after a concert in Dawson Creek.  At this time, the RCMP have not released anymore information about the accident.Advertisement Rosenau Transport and Unified Valve building in Fort St. John engulfed in major fireFire at Rosenau & Unified Valve out Threat letter sent to EnCanaOn July 15th, 2009, the EnCana bomber sent another letter to the local Dawson Creek Newspaper.  In this letter the Bomber said EnCana has three months to leave the area or else the attacks would get a lot worse.  To this date there hasn’t been another attack in the Dawson Creek area.Advertisement Fire investigation underway at the Unified Valve siteInvestigators determine Sunday fire an accident Video: Global TV reports on boy’s lucky adventure down the Peace RiverStory about 3 year old Demetrius Jones garners world-wide media attention Pimm pays tribute to rescuers of Demetrius JonesMLA Pat Pimm awards men who rescued boy on river 3 Fort St. John residents dead after HWY 97 crash Child floats down the Peace River and livesThis story got more attention than any other story published on  Our staff were taking calls from journalists as far away as New Zealand and Sweden.  On Sunday July 12th, 2009, three year-old Demetrius Jones drove his toy truck into the Peace River and lived. Over the next week, will be posting a series of stories showcasing the biggest news stories in the BC Peace from 2009.  This list has been put together based on the total number of views a story received on  To see the top news stories from January to February 2009, Click HereTo see the top news stories from March to April 2009, Click Here- Advertisement -To see the top news stories from May to June 2009, Click Here Below are the top 5 news stories from July to August 2009 Councilors’ vote to pull fluoride from Fort St. John’s water supplyNorthern Health voices concerns over fluoride ban Flouride in Fort St. John’s Water SupplyOn Monday July 13th, 2009, Fort St. John City Council voted to remove fluoride from the city’s water supply.  Since that vote, Council has changed its mind and will put Flouride on the next civic election ballot and let the community decide. Missing child safe and sound after trip down Peace RiverUpdate – Child lucky to be alive after floating down Peace River Fort St. John Peace Country Trailer Park evacuees return homeSpectators intensify fire risk Fluoride fate to be determined at next civic election RCMP says EnCana threat letter is blackmail to local communitiesEnCana threat-letters likely written by the same person Man offers to split reward with EnCana BomberRCMP urges EnCana Bomber to come forwardlast_img read more

Touring L.A.’s top sports cathedral

first_imgThey spoke in hushed, reverential tones. Almost as if they were touring St. Peter’s Basilica. Noel had no reason to fear this group of worshipers would step on the grass. Only a heathen Giants fan would commit that sort of sacrilege. The most poignant moment? When a young father from South Gate propped up his toddling son on the dugout bench and handed him the phone that connects with the bullpen. The little kid jammed the earpiece under his Dodgers cap – as if he were ready to tell someone to get Jonathan Broxton warmed up. Dad, wearing his “Garciaparra” jersey, snapped a photo. “They will have that picture forever,” another visitor said, and they probably will. Twenty years from now, the kid will show it to friends and say, “See? I was a Blue fan before I could talk!” LOS ANGELES – Noel swung open the gate, and 10 wide-eyed Dodgers fans stepped onto the warning track behind home plate at Dodger Stadium. “You can touch the grass. You can pet it,” she said, smiling. “But please don’t step on it.” Step on the grass? No risk of that sort of desecration among the true-blue fans who take the official Dodger Stadium tour. For the next 15 minutes, the visitors wandered through the empty dugout, peered into camera wells and looked back up at the pastel-colored heights where they usually sit when they visit the stadium. center_img Those of us who are sports insiders of some sort – media, athletes, officials, operators – forget that 99.9 percent of the public don’t have the access we do. For insiders, it’s no big deal to be in the press box. Or the dugout. Or a luxury box. Nothing new to step inside a stadium restaurant, or admire the memorabilia in the Dugout Club. But it is exotic and probably memorable to the average fan. Which is why the Dodgers’ creation of stadium tours is a good and handy thing. Most everyone who has been inside Dodger Stadium recognizes it to be a huge and organic thing. Honeycombed with passages, hollowed out for offices and clubhouses. But all they really know of it is the walk from the parking lot to their seats. And for most of them, those seats are several levels above the field, or out in the pavilions. Where ushers limit their movement. Each Tuesday and Thursday, the Dodgers attempt to fill some gaps in fans’ knowledge of the ballpark with 90-minute tours of the stadium. At 10 a.m., and again at 11:30. The tours cost $15 per adult and begin and end outside the Top of the Park gift shop (“people on the tour get a discount!”), which is no coincidence. But for seriously curious fans, it’s worth doing. (The Angels conduct one-hour tours of Angel Stadium every Tuesday during the offseason, at $3 per person.) Some fans might pay $15 just for the 15-minute video of Dodgers highlights shown in a conference room on Level 8A. If you’re younger than 20, you have no memory of the last time the Dodgers won a World Series (that would be 1988, kids), and there’s nothing like a Charley Steiner-narrated videotape to remind us that this franchise had a knack for winning things, for about 30 years there. There is Johnny Podres, preparing to pitch the opening game here, in 1962, recalling that “the beauty of the ballpark stunned everyone.” There is Kirk Gibson coming out of the dugout in the ninth inning of Game 1 of the 1988 World Series as Vin Scully says, “And look who’s coming up!” And Jack Buck moments later shouting, “I don’t believe what I just saw!” And owner Frank McCourt solemnly intoning, “The Dodger jersey is not just another jersey. It’s perhaps the most famous jersey in sports.” Which is hyperbole, of course, as long as the Yankees, Red Sox, Lakers and Real Madrid still field teams. But you get the drift. Our tour guides were young and enthusiastic women, Noel and Eva. They knew their stuff, stadium facts and figures, franchise trivia, right down to the derivation of the Dodgers nickname “From the fans who dodged trolleys” to get to Ebbets Field in Brooklyn. “We’re the only sports team named after our fans,” Noel said. The 10 fans grinned. After the video highlights, the tour works its way down the elevators, to the Vin Scully Press box (“Vin sits over there … (organist) Nancy Bea sits over here”) to a luxury box (“go ahead and try out the Barcaloungers”) and the stadium club restaurant. Then down to the new dugout club restaurant – with stops to admire old uniforms, bats, balls and gloves. And then past the umpires’ locker room (“You’ll notice the sign is also in Braille”) and out to the field. Where you can sit where Nomar sits, and spit where Jeff Kent spits. Sorry, no access to the Dodgers clubhouse, though most everyone wants to see it. Noel told the fans (and we can back her up on this) that the locker room is old, small and decidedly non-glamorous. “Kind of like a glorified high school locker room,” she said, “with the difference being the great players who have been in there.” Frankly, we originally were skeptical about the tour idea. Charging $15 to run people up and down the elevator and stand on the warning track? But when it’s new and special, and for fans it is … and involves a team and a sport you care about … Yep. That toddler will cherish that photo his dad took of him in the dugout. The day they took the tour and saw parts of Dodger Stadium they never will see again. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Video: New Valencia boss Gary Neville’s MNF banter highlights, featuring Jamie Carragher and Thierry Henry

first_imgMonday nights will never be the same…Manchester United hero and England coach Gary Neville was named the new head coach at La Liga side Valencia this week, where he will join brother Phil in the dugout.And while English coach making it abroad (never mind two!) is always a good story back home, the news hasn’t been too popular with everyone.Football fans up and down the country will now have a Gary Neville-shaped hope in their weekly schedules as they will watch Sky Sports’ popular Monday Night Football show without his famously shrewd and entertaining analysis.Never fear, though, the trusty folk at talkSPORT have uncovered this clip to help soften the blow.Check it out above!last_img read more

CLOSE! Man City nearing £39m deal for highly-rated La Liga defender

first_img1 Manchester City are close to agreeing a £39m deal for Athletic Bilbao star Aymeric Laporte, according to reports in Spain.The 21-year-old is tipped for a big future and has caught the eye in La Liga this season, making 42 appearances for the Basque club in all competitions.Incoming Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is a big fan of the centre-back and wanted him at Bayern Munich.Athletic Bilbao, however, have always refused to sell unless someone paid Laporte’s buyout clause of £39m.Bayern having been unwilling to splash that much but, according to El Correo, Manchester City will do just that this summer.The club’s board are keen to strengthen the squad in whatever way Guardiola sees fit and the capture of Laporte is likely to be the first of many additions. Aymeric Laporte (pictured): The French defender has made 42 appearances in all competitions this season last_img read more

COMPETITION: Win a mini break at the Great Southern Hotel Sligo

first_imgThe Great Southern Hotel Sligo has teamed up with Donegal Daily to bring readers a fantastic competition. The lucky winner of our Facebook competition will get a midweek break away to Sligo and enjoy:Two nights accommodation with full Irish buffet breakfast and one four course evening meal, staying in one of the newly renovated mini suites.Full use of the leisure facilities, complimentary car parking and wi-fi.Prize is valid midweek from Sunday to Thursday for 2 people sharing. Click here to visit the Donegal Daily Facebook page to enter.Why visit Sligo?Sligo is the Destination to Visit in 2017, Sligo Town home poet and playwright WB Yeats offers a wide range of amenities. We have it all, theatres, riverside cafes, museums, art galleries, shopping centers and within a short radius you have a choice of beaches, surfing, links golf courses, woodland walks and scenery renowned internationally. Sligo European Volunteering Capital 2017, with a large line up of festivals for 2017 is the place to be.The HotelThe Great Southern Hotel Sligo is a family owned and operated hotel that has been a major player in the hospitality business in Sligo for over 20 years, we are the only city centre hotel with a full leisure centre and located beside both train and bus stations for your convenience. We subtly blend the elegance and intimacy of a more gracious age, with the best of modern comforts. Accommodation comprises of 94 well appointed bedrooms all ensuite, with direct dial telephone, multi-channel television, hair dryer and, tea and coffee making facilities.Kick start your day with a hearty hot breakfast from the large breakfast buffet. We serve an appetising bar menu throughout the day, from gourmet sandwiches and traditional Atlantic chowder to mouth-watering main courses all of which is very popular with locals, our Garden Room restaurant offers an extensive menu each evening using fresh produce sources from local suppliers. We also serve a variety of pastries, scones and finger sandwiches which can be enjoyed throughout the day beside open fires in our lobbies The Great Southern Hotel Sligo is the only city center hotel with full leisure facilities. The award winning leisure centre boasts a 13 metre swimming pool, a children’s pool, sauna, steam room and a fully air conditioned gym.The Great Southern Hotel Sligo can cater for a wide variety of group sizes with their range of conference suites, allowing for meetings and seminars of different scales to take place. Sligo, home to the poet and playwright WB Yeats offers a wide range of amenities from the 340 seat Hawks Well theatre which hosts a diverse programme of arts and entertainments to the 12 screen multiplex Gaiety Cinema. We have it all, riverside cafes, museums, art galleries, shopping centres and within a 5 mile radius you have a choice of beaches, links golf courses, woodland walks and scenery renowned internationally. For our active clientele there is a fitness trail freely available in Sligo Town. Follow the river to the entrance of Lough Gill and along the way avail of an outside gym and a woodland walk, all within walking distance of the hotel and Hazelwood Forest Walk is just 3 kilometres outside Sligo on the shores of Lough Gill, follow the nature trail, enjoy lake views, picnic areas and unique wooden sculptures. The Great Southern Hotel Sligo offers a variety of holidays to suit all tastes, activity breaks include surfing, stand up paddle boarding, golfing and walking to name but a few, theatre breaks, over 50’s and family holidays are also on offer all year round.Competition T&Cs apply. Vouchers are valid until the 30th of June 2017. Booking subject to availability.COMPETITION: Win a mini break at the Great Southern Hotel Sligo was last modified: February 28th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:competitionGreat Southern Hotel Sligolast_img read more

Sentimental journeys

first_imgWHITTIER – In the 14 years Bud Gilley spent traveling the world as the tour bus driver for the late musical superstar Ray Charles, he rubbed shoulders with the Rolling Stones and countless other entertainment giants. But Gilley entertained himself by collecting miniature model cars and other transportation items. In virtually every town he stopped in, from St. Louis, Mo., to Hamburg, Germany, he picked up little cars, trucks, buses and planes to add to his collection that now fills every nook and cranny of his small Whittier apartment. “It started out small and just sort of mushroomed,” he said, as he showed off his latest addition, a 1970 black Ford Torino. “I guess I just get a nostalgic kick out of it.” Among his acquisitions are replicas of bulletproof black stretch Mercedes limousines of the kind that carried Third World dictators. His miniatures include replicas of President Eisenhower’s Lincoln Cosmopolitan Bubble Top, President Nixon’s Lincoln Continental and President Clinton’s black Cadillac. There are even a few Secret Service escort cars. Cars that movie stars once drove in films and real life are also represented in his collection. There’s a 1949 Buick Roadmaster, like the one Tom Cruise drove in the movie “Rain Man,” a Mercedes-Benz 500K, built for actress Marlena Dietrich, and a Duesenberg car like the ones driven through the streets of Hollywood by actors Gary Cooper and Clark Gable. Miniature police and fire department vehicles, including a battalion chief car from the Mesa Arizona Fire Department and the first motorized highway patrol car, can be found in his apartment on shelves next to circus trucks with animal cages from a European touring circus. Friends who have seen Gilley’s collection are impressed. “It’s really awesome, a truly phenomenal collection,” said Carl Foster, who was Ray Charles’ valet. Which piece is closest to Gilley’s heart? It’s a red and cream colored 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air. “When I was a kid growing up in … Virginia I used to drool over them. They were the bomb car to have back then,” he said. “So when I found one in Davenport, Iowa, I snatched it up.” His job driving the bus for Charles ended when the singer/pianist died at age 73 in 2004, but Gilley continues to collect. Now delivering buses for Motor Coach Industries, he seeks out the unique miniatures whenever he can. “I guess I’m a crazy old fool, but I enjoy this,” he said. “When I go, I’ll just pass it all on to my young relatives.” (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Gilley, 67, started driving for Charles in 1990, after years of working in the rental car business in Texas and driving charter buses on turnarounds from Palm Springs to Las Vegas. His duties on the road were making sure the tour bus, carrying spare keyboards, Charles’ dressing room, band members and from time to time Charles himself, who usually flew to his gigs, was always parked outside his concert venues. With time to fill between concerts, Gilley turned to collecting the miniatures that now number about 400. “Whenever I got a day off, I would go mosey around,” he said. His sources ranged from hobby shops to presidential museums, catalogs and the police escorts who rode with the tour bus when it came to town. last_img read more

Liverpool midfielder agrees deal and will have medical

first_imgLiverpool midfielder Emre Can has agreed a four-year contract with Juventus and will complete a medical in the coming days, report Mario Giunta.The German star is set to leave the Reds on a free transfer this summer with Jurgen Klopp already signing Fabinho and Naby Keita as he improves the spine of his team.There is also speculation Klopp will move for Lyon star Nabil Fekir, so losing Can, despite his versatility, shouldn’t affect the club too much.And reporter Giunta, from Sky Sport in Italy, believes the 24-year-old is all set for his switch to Juventus, who have won seven consecutive Serie A titles. 1 Liverpool midfielder Emre Can in action last_img read more


first_imgENVIRONMENT Minister Phil Hogan had told Donegal County Council that 80% of the Local Property Tax will be kept in the county – and it’s likely all of it will.The move is a bid to quell widespread disquiet in the county over the new tax which comes into force on July 1.It replaces last year’s bungled Household Charge. With the Revenue given widespread powers to collect the new tax, most people will be forced to pay.Payments will be deducted from the salaries or welfare payments of those who refuse to pay directly.Minister Hogan’s move is a bid to show the tax really is a local one; the remaining 20% of the money will go into a central fund to subsidise all councils, which means Donegal could end up keeping all of the money collected here, and subsidised by larger urban area councils like Cork and Dublin, could get even more in its block grant.One county council source told Donegal Daily: “This is good news as the Government had previously said that just 65% of the money would stay in the council area where it is collected. “Now that 80% comes directly to council, and the other 20% could come here as well it really is going to help local Donegal services provided by the council.”Earlier this week local campaigners vowed to continue their fight against both property and water taxes. DONEGAL COUNTY COUNCIL TOLD: YOU CAN KEEP MOST OF THE PROPERTY TAX CASH was last modified: March 13th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:DONEGAL COUNTY COUNCIL TOLD: YOU CAN KEEP MOST OF THE PROPERTY TAX CASHlast_img read more