Lack of infrastructure facilities impacting Pomeroon riverine communities

first_imgDear Editor,On April 5, it was reported in the State media that Junior Public Infrastructure Minister Annette Ferguson, who was accompanied by Regional Councillor Juilian Cummings, visited the Pomeroon riverine communities of Friendship and Martindale to address concerns affecting the livelihood and wellbeing of residents, particularly the clogged canals which were adversely affecting ingress and egress to their homesteads.Over the years, these neglected communities have suffered from the lack of basic infrastructure, such as roads, electricity, potable water and sewage disposal. Therefore, the people should not delude themselves into thinking that, from Minister Ferguson’s visit, anything substantial will be done anytime soon to improve their lot, since the Govt. has no development plan for this considered backwater area.However, it’s worth a try for them to seek assistance from the State, as they do not have the financial/technical resources to do much of the “heavy lifting” required to improve their communities, nor the political clout to effect the necessary changes.Firstly, the Government should be requested, through the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority, to provide a dragline/excavator to clear the clogged canals of silt and vegetation. This would enable residents to get their produce to market, their children to school, and their sick to the hospital in a timely manner.Secondly, the cultivated areas should be empoldered to prevent flooding from excessive rainfall, runoff from adjoining lands, and overtopping from the Pomeroon River.Next, the Government should provide low-interest loans for residents to buy solar-generated electricity for their homes, which is cost-effective vis-a-vis diesel-generated electricity. Loans should also be provided to assist the residents to purchase 400/500- gallon PVC tanks to store rainwater for their domestic use. A pit latrine designed with the help of the local sanitary inspector could take care of waste disposal. If adequate financial resources later become available, the pit latrine could be upgraded to a septic tank installation.Water transportation would be the modus operandi for these communities for the foreseeable future. Therefore, the Govt. should make available duty-free 25-HP Yamaha outboard motors for the people to buy, as well as provide them with technical assistance to help them design and build efficient and cost-effective boats to meet their needs.Minister Ferguson had informed residents of the Pomeroon region that drainage and maintenance of canals within their communities were not areas for which regional Governments receive funding to manage on behalf of the Central Government. Further, she claimed that the complaint she was requested to look into did not fall under the responsibility of the Ministry of Public Infrastructure (MPI), but she would nevertheless engage further with executives of the RDC and other ministers of the Govt when she returned to office.It is inconceivable that Minister Ferguson was oblivious to the fact that the Central Government has been, and is, spending millions of taxpayers’ dollars to provide drainage for Georgetown, East Coast villages, and other coastland areas. Further, the Honourable Minister must have been aware that the MPI has been dabbling with the drainage of Georgetown, East Bank of Demerara villages, and elsewhere since 2015.The rainy season is expected to commence in a few weeks’ time. It is therefore important for the Govt. to start addressing the needs of a desperate people, thereby alleviating them out of their misery.Yours faithfully,Charles Sohanlast_img read more

Social Protection Ministry donates to Berbice fire victims

first_imgThe Difficult Circumstances Unit of the Ministry of Social Protection (MSP) has donated several items to Marvin and Collette Duncan, whose Black Bush Polder home on the Corentyne Coast in Region Six was destroyed by fire last Saturday, October 22.Mabiola Howard, Technical Officer, Ministry of Social Protection, handing over the items to the Duncan family The items were handed over by Technical Officer Mabiola Howard on behalf of Minister of Social Protection, Amna Ally. Among the supplies were beds, bed-spreads and pillows, stove, food items and cleaning detergents and clothing. Howard said she hoped the assistance would bring much-needed relief to the family, even as she assured that the MSP would also provide zinc sheets for the reconstruction of the Duncans’ home.Mervin Duncan, expressing gratitude to the Government for the kind gesture, said the items would assist in his rebuilding process. “We are glad for the assistance, because we are left with the clothes that we have on…I see that no one has turned their backs (on) me.”Some of the items distributedThe Region Six Regional Administration would also be assisting with other materials to commence reconstruction of the house. The People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) group of Region Six has committed to providing labour and additional supplies in the reconstruction effort.The land is currently being cleared of debris and the building’s foundation will be laid shortly. The house should be completed in time for the Christmas holiday.last_img read more

‘Dream’ farewell as Frenchman Garces to referee Rugby World Cup final

first_imgThe Springboks will hope there is no omen in the fact that Garces was in charge for their most embarrassing defeat — the famous “Miracle of Brighton” loss to Japan at the 2015 World Cup.Another Frenchman, Romain Poite, and Ben O’Keeffe from New Zealand were appointed as assistant referees while Ben Skeen, also from New Zealand, will be the television match official for Saturday’s final.Meanwhile South Africa’s Jaco Peyper, who had to apologise when he was snapped re-enacting a red-card incident after Wales’s quarter-final win over France, was named as a touch judge for Friday’s third-place play-off.The final will be the last match with the whistle for Garces, who is stepping down at the end of the tournament to take charge of France’s governing body for referees.“I am honoured and delighted to be appointed to referee the Rugby World Cup 2019 final. It is a dream as a referee,” said Garces, who also took charge of the blockbuster South Africa v New Zealand pool match on the opening weekend.At Japan 2019, he has also refereed Ireland v Russia and Wales v Fiji at the pool stage, as well as the quarter-final between England and Australia and the semi-final where South Africa narrowly beat Wales.– Golden goodbye –Garces has enjoyed a glittering final year of his career after he refereed the European Champions Cup final between Leinster and Saracens in May, as well as the French Top 14 final between Toulouse and Clermont in June.During the World Cup, he has brandished a total of six yellow cards — two against Russia when they were playing Ireland, and two to each team in the physical Wales v Fiji pool match.Despite a number of red cards at this World Cup, mostly for high tackles, he has not sent anyone off.In both of the Springbok games he has refereed, he has penalised the South Africans nine times. He blew up against England eight times in their match against Australia.Some Springbok fans will not cheer his appointment. A group of South Africa supporters set up an online petition to stop Garces officiating their semi-final, attracting more than 13,000 signatures.Englishman Wayne Barnes, ineligible for the final after England qualified, will take charge of the third-place play-off in Tokyo on Friday between Wales and New Zealand — as he did in 2011.Peyper wasn’t selected for the semis after a viral photo showed him posing with Wales fans holding out his right elbow — after sending off France’s Sebastien Vahaamahina for elbowing Welsh flanker Aaron Wainwright in the quarter-finals.Peyper released an apologetic statement in which he admitted the picture was “inappropriate”. But he appears to have earned a reprieve after his selection as a touch judge for Friday’s play-off.0Shares0000(Visited 15 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Referee Jerome Garces will take charge of the final © AFP / GABRIEL BOUYSTOKYO, Japan, Oct 29 – French referee Jerome Garces will take charge of Saturday’s Rugby World Cup final between England and South Africa, the first time a Frenchman has officiated the sport’s top match.World Rugby announced the appointment on Tuesday of the 46-year-old, who has refereed 55 Tests, including 11 World Cup games.last_img read more

More details on Tuesday’s handgun arrests

first_imgDue to the combined efforts of RCMP observations and information from witnesses, officers were alerted to a vehicle possibly belonging to the suspect.Upon locating the blue car, authorities saw the occupants throwing items from the vehicle.RCMP located the discarded items, which turned out to be a loaded .38 calibre revolver, along with an Air Soft gun. The revolver is believed to have been stolen from the Dawson Creek area on November 29, 2012.- Advertisement -The two males, ages 45 and 31, inside the car were arrested. Both males are known to police and were already on court imposed conditions not to be in possession of firearms.The suspected target fled the area prior to police involvement, and Dawson Creek RCMP are now asking them to contact authorities so investigators can gain a better understanding of the situation.RCMP say they will be recommending charges in this matter.Advertisement One of the males apprehended remains in police custody at this time as he already had a warrant for his arrest for Break and Enter.Charges are expected to be forwarded in this matter on Thursday, December 13.The investigation is still ongoing.RCMP believe this incident was a targeted attack and public safety is not an issue going forward.Advertisementlast_img read more

Beverly Barhett

first_imgOct. 1, 1987, was just another day. My son, age 5, was lying on the living room floor watching cartoons. I was in the upper-level kitchen with my mother preparing breakfast and looking at the view of Uptown Whittier to Catalina. The earthquake struck! The fear we felt was unfathomable! We raced to the stairs to reach my son. The house was shaking violently, at least 6 to 7 inches up and down. Our feet were bouncing like puppets off the steps. All we could do was hang on to the rail. The solid brick wall to our left, waved in, out and all directions. The sound was deafening. My son held on to the shag carpet and his legs were flipping up and down. Whittier was blanketed with a thick layer of dust. Explosions were heard and fires seen. Aftershocks kept shaking hard. For three weeks, we were so traumatized, we slept on the living room floor, close to the front door. At first, wee thought the only thing that happened to us were our frayed nerves. Later, we later discovered my mother broke a bone in her foot from being bounced hard on the steps, and she later needed surgery. 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

Watch: Inaki Williams’ stupendous flick and volley for Athletic Bilbao

first_img 1 getty Thump!Inaki Williams is building quite a reputation in La Liga and you can see why on this evidence.The 21-year-old produced a sublime flick and finish to give Athletic Bilbao the lead over Espanyol.The Basque club would hold on for a 2-1 win. Inaki Williams is a late deadline day target for Manchester United It wasn’t the only moment of inspiration from Spain today either – check out Neymar’s ludicrious goal in Barcelona’s win here.last_img


first_imgDiscount retailer Happy Days will create 35 new jobs with the expansion of six more stores in Co. Donegal, this year, bringing the total to 50.The announcement comes on the week the retailer opens its third outlet, located on Letterkenny’s Main Street, in the unit formerly operated by The Price is Right.The company has outlets in Ballyraine, Letterkenny and in Glenties and currently employs 16 people. However, they are actively seeking six further stores which intend opening across the county this year. The Manager of Happy Days Letterkenny, Damien McCormack said: “Our first store opened in Letterkenny in 2011 and due to its success and rapid growth we sought to acquire new space in Letterkenny as well as in other parts of the county.“Our intention is to open six new stores this year, so we are now inviting existing or former retailers or property owners to get in contact with us from any area of the county.”Happy Days offer a range of branded discounted products and encourage people to ‘shop with them first’.  Happy Days maintain their entrance to the Donegal retail market will ensure that even more money is kept in the local economy.Meanwhile, the opening of the Main Street outlet is seen as a vote of confidence for the area which has seen a number of high profile businesses close over the past 24 months. Damien McCormack says that consumer behaviour has changed in that “people are now carrying out their weekly shopping in a number of outlets in order to secure best value. Our stores offer value on a broad range of branded household and consumables hence our rapid growth.”Happy Days say they are now offering an attractive deal to business owners who want to leave their own business or who have a premises to rent. Management have indicated they would also consider taking over a petrol station offering discounted fuel.Anyone interested in talking to Happy Days about a retail opportunity can email HAPPY DAYS! 50 NEW JOBS FOR DONEGAL AS RETAILER EXPANDS ACROSS THE COUNTY was last modified: February 20th, 2012 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:HAPPY DAYS! 50 NEW JOBS FOR DONEGAL AS RETAILER EXPANDS ACROSS THE COUNTYlast_img read more

Things to Do

first_imgTom Nolan Band will perform as part of the Jazz & Blues Concert Series, 7-9:30 p.m. today outside the Hyatt Valencia on the corner of Town Center Drive and McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 290-2911. Hot Nights, Cool Tunes dance, 7:30-10:30 p.m. today at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-9444. “Meshuggah-Nuns” will be presented, 8 p.m. today and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $11-$17. Call (661) 799-2702. “Black Comedy” and “The Real Inspector Hound” will be presented, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Sept. 2 at the Repertory East Playhouse, 24266 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $16 for adults and $14 for students and seniors. Call (661) 288-0000. 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

Not All Heat Related Illnesses Should Be Treated Equally, Say Experts

first_imgOutside activities, whether they’re work related or part of summer fun, also can expose people to heat related illnesses, as temperatures climb.Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are both serious medical conditions, but the ways they are treated are very different.Dr. A.K. Misra, a sports medicine specialist, says if you’re hot but you’ve stopped sweating, it’s a likely sign of heat stroke.“They don’t sweat anymore,” he explains. “In heat exhaustion, you’re sweating quite profusely. And also, even the quality of the skin can be different – you can have cold, clammy, pale skin in the context of heat exhaustion. In heat stroke, it can be red, and it can be hot.”If you think you or someone around you has heat exhaustion, Misra says move that person to a cool area, loosen or even remove clothing, and provide water – avoiding anything with alcohol, caffeine or high amounts of sugar. If you suspect heat stroke, he says seek immediate medical attention.Although offering water to people with heat stroke may seem logical, Misra says it isn’t safe in their condition.“In heat stroke, it’s really failing mental status that makes it stand apart,” he states. “They may be totally in a delirium state of affairs. Don’t try to give these people fluids, because they can’t protect their airways very well. You do want to give fluids in the heat exhaustion context.”People with heat stroke have body temperatures that reach at least 104 degrees, and Misra says the longer it stays at that elevated level, the more health damage can be done.last_img read more

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