Georgetown: “the City of dreamers”

Posted On Jan 17 2020 by

first_imgDear Editor,In the United States, the City of Philadelphia is known as ‘the City of Brotherly Love’ whilst in France, Paris is known as the ‘City of Lights’. Here in Guyana, Georgetown should probably be known as ‘the City of Dreamers’.Driving along North Road or Church Street, one is forced to view the abandoned and ill-advised Presidential Park and the area identified for a proposed ‘Petting Zoo’, both of which represent a wanton waste of the Georgetown municipality’s’ supposedly scarce financial resources.One can no doubt recall the grandiose plans by the now on leave Town Clerk for the construction of a modern and fancy three-storied shopping mall with special entertainment facilities at the new vendors mall and a similar edifice with parking facilities for farmers, wholesalers and other merchants at Bourda Green as part of wider plans to solve the vending crisis in Georgetown. Of course, just another ‘pie in the sky’ idea.Then they were the impressive plans to establish a municipal training academy, which we were told will offer training to all officers through the Human Resource Department of City Hall. It was supposed to aid in alleviating the lack of professionalism and build stronger departmental arrangements within the institution. Well one just has to look at the dilapidated and decrepit City Police Training Centre on Water Street (the former House Service Department Building) to understand where this grand plan is going. As they say, talk is cheap, there is no reward for impractical wishes.Quite recently, the Mayor launched a fund to restore the iconic but derelict City Hall building, which is supposed to cost almost a billion dollars and managed by a special civic committee and which should have included corporate leaders, investors and other stakeholders from civil society. Well the Mayor has less than a month more in office, chunks of the building continue to fall off, and we hear nothing more of this special fund in spite of a high-priced mayoral dinner being held recently for this purpose.The clock on Stabroek Market was to be restored and reactivated, the area in front of the Stabroek Market was to be transformed into a civic square to be used as a place of recreation for citizens, the Kitty Market which was to be completed more than two years ago was to have air conditioning units, extractor fans and other means of ventilation, the meat and fish section of the market was to have refrigeration facilities, so as to meet public health standards, all just a sick joke.Now we learn of a proposal by City Hall to introduce a 24-hour garbage collection system within the commercial district of the city. If they can’t pay the contractors for an eight-hour service, could someone say where they will get the cash from to pay them to work 24 hours a day?Sincerely,Anu Biharilast_img read more

Everton v Tottenham line-ups: Sanchez plays, Sissoko moved, Everton duo play

Posted On Dec 21 2019 by

first_img Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook Davinson Sanchez makes his full Tottenham debut at Everton.The Colombia centre-back, who joined in a £38.4m deal from Ajax last month, starts in a back three with Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen after appearing as a substitute against Burnley a fortnight ago.Kieran Trippier continues at right wing-back after recovering from an ankle problem and Moussa Sissoko moves into central midfield due to the formation switch.Davy Klaasen and Morgan Schneiderlin return to the Toffees first 11 and summer signing from Southampton Cuco Martina comes into the side at right-back.Everton (4-3-3):Pickford; Martina, Keane, Williams, Baines; Schneiderlin, Gueye, Klaassen; Sigurdsson, Ramirez, Rooney.Tottenham (3-4-3): Lloris; Alderweireld, Sanchez, Vertonghen; Trippier, Dier, Sissoko, Davies; Eriksen, Alli, Kane.last_img read more

Eagles 19U win a pitchers’ duel

Posted On Dec 21 2019 by

first_imgThe Humboldt Eagles and Redding Tigers 19U capped off a busy day of baseball action at the Arcata Ball Park by serving up an exciting pitchers duel Saturday night.Starters Garrison Finck for Humboldt and Trey Freitas for Redding shut down the opposing offenses for much of the game, before the Eagles plated three runs in the bottom of the fifth and held on for a 3-0 win.Finck, as he has been all spring for St. Bernard’s, was in control all night, holding the visitors to just three hits over …last_img

Air New Zealand’s first scheduled 787-9 Dreamliner

Posted On Dec 18 2019 by

first_imgAir New Zealand’s Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner touched down in Perth today at 17:24 marking the beginning of scheduled commercial 787 passenger services for the airline.  The inaugural 787 service between Auckland and Perth was originally scheduled to commence on October 15th, however, in a rarity for the industry, a dream ‘aircraft familiarisation’ run meant services could commence earlier. Whilst the Dreamliner will continue to operate from today between Perth and Auckland, Air New Zealand will not guarantee the aircraft on the route until October 15th after their second 787 has been delivered.  In true Air New Zealand style, the airline put innovation at the forefront when ordering this aircraft and chose to forgo the standard options available from Boeing, starting with the Economy Cabin.  Kerry Reeves, the airline’s Program Director for Aircraft Programs explains, “The economy seat has been set at a one-inch recline, so that passengers will not feel the need to immediately recline their seat fully. Passengers have the option to recline fully for sleep of course but studies have shown that a small recline will satisfy the majority of passengers, aside from night time.”  Air New Zealand also added more sculptured padding to the seats and modified the head rest to increase the travel up and downwards.Along with  a new in-flight entertainment system, the airline has also done away with the hand held control for the seat back video which is often difficult to get to when fitted into the arm rest and can be accidently activated.  Passengers now have all their controls including light, flight attendant call button, sound level and brightness on the seat back video screen. Passengers can also text the Flight Attendant for food or drinks and get an answer. Air New Zealand has also chosen the 787 to launch its new more “mainstream” Premium Economy. Reeves said the primary reason the new seats had been chosen rather than the hard shell Spaceseats used on the 777-300 was the routes being flown by the Dreamliner. “This aircraft is replacing 767s on [trans-Tasman] and Asian flying,” he said. “And premium economy is either a product that we don’t sell on short haul or in the Asian market, it is a very emerging product. That market doesn’t value the Spaceseat space and experience you get. So therefore we thought we needed to develop something more appropriate to that market.”  The new premium economy seats feature a 41-inch (104cm) pitch, 9-inch (23cm) recline and a seat width of 19.3 inches (49cm). All seats also feature a foot rest.  Those that have been lucky enough to fly in Air New Zealand’s Business Premier will understand why the airline saw no need to make many changes to the  front end of the plane. There has been a few tweaks to the shell around the seats to offer a bit more privacy and of course these seats will also feature the new in-flight entertainment system.  The 787 aircraft features larger windows, more spacious cabin bins, a lower cabin altitude and higher cabin humidity which according to both passengers and crew makes a huge difference in how you feel after a flight. For many flying on this aircraft, jet lag is a thing of the past.   Looking through this aircraft, it’s no surprise that passengers worldwide are choosing to fly with airlines that operate the 787 . It’s cliché and absolutely over used  but the Dreamliner really is “a dream machine”Follow Sharon on twitterlast_img read more

Now is not the time to relax for cattle producers

Posted On Dec 17 2019 by

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest April is an exciting time of the year for cow-calf producers. The 2017 calf crop is taking shape and breeding season is currently or soon will be underway  We have begun to emerge from the doldrums of winter to the warmth and new growth of spring. The drudgery of feeding hay to the herd is coming to an end as pastures begin their early spring flush of growth. It is certainly a great feeling to see cow-calf pairs turned out to fresh pastures for the first grazing of the season.NutritionHowever, this is not necessarily a time for the cow-calf to relax and take for granted that the nutritional needs of the breeding herd are being met. In fact, this may be the most critical time of the year for producers to focus on the needs of the herd. This is especially true for yearling heifers and two-year-olds nursing their first calves.Think about the change in environment that the breeding herd is going through at this time. Typically, beef herds have been fed ample supplies of dried, harvested forages of variable quality (some good, some not so good) for the past 4 to 5 months. Cows consuming average quality forage during this time will potentially consume 2.2% to 2.5% of their body weight in forage dry matter intake. Females are now starting to graze forages that will typically be consumed at 2.5% to 2.7% of their body weight. Given that these forages currently may have a dry matter content of only 15% to 30%, females may not be physically able to eat enough to meet their dietary needs.The transition from a drylot situation to fresh pasture can be troublesome for yearling heifers and young lactating cows. Several research studies conducted at different universities showed that heifers and cows that were not supplemented when turned out on early season pasture saw weight loss and significantly lower pregnancy rates early in the breeding season compared to females that were supplemented.Early season pasture is generally higher in protein and lacking in energy.  Any supplemental feed offered to females in this situation should be higher in energy content.  Once the typical beef female gets a taste of lush pasture, it will be difficult to persuade her to eat any significant amount of dry hay. Consider offering a feed such as corn or soybean hulls to add energy to the diet.  This should help the beef female to maintain body condition and positively impact reproduction rates.Culling CriteriaThe spring is a good time for the producer to make certain evaluations of the beef herd to help make culling decisions. One of the obvious culling decisions that should be made immediately relates to pregnancy status. Far too many producers do not utilize palpation, ultrasound, or blood testing to determine pregnancy status at the conclusion of the breeding season.  Discovering that a female is open during the following calving season is an expensive proposition. Do not perpetuate problem by trying to breed the open female again. Even if you get her bred again, she will accumulate two years of expenses between calves and will be nearly impossible for her to be profitable in her lifetime.An additional criteria to be examined when culling cows is udder quality. Udder quality is not just a consideration for dairy producers. Udder issues can impact cow productivity and can create extra management issues for the producer. Several beef breed associations have developed evaluation systems for udder soundness. Teat size and shape as well as udder suspension are the primary characteristics evaluated. Make notes on cows with problem udders early in their lactation for future culling purposes.Calving and breeding season is certainly an excellent time to evaluate the disposition of females in the herd. Calving time will bring out maternal behaviors but they must not be tolerated to the point that the producer is at risk. Observe the disposition of animals in the herd when doing any spring herd work or breeding season activities. Given the advanced age of the average beef producer, it appears that disposition of the beef animal is becoming a higher priority selection trait.Spring is certainly an exciting time of year for the cow-calf producer.  It is a time when many important management decisions can be made to impact future profitability of the herd. Take time this spring to evaluate the herd to improve your bottom line.last_img read more

Publication of National Register of Citizens in Assam: SC says ‘no’ to extension of deadline

Posted On Dec 3 2019 by

first_imgThe Supreme Court on Tuesday declined pleas to extend the date for the final publication of National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam by two months from May 31 to July 31 of this year.A Bench led by Justice Ranjan Gogoi stressed that the ongoing work should be completed by May 31 without “any interference from any quarter”.The NRC is being prepared to identify illegal migrants residing in the north-eastern State.The court took exception to a submission made by the Centre and the State coordinator for the NRC that the process would be completed by July 31, instead of May 31.Attorney-General K.K. Venugopal submitted that a status report from the State Coordinator showed that the verification of around one crore persons in the State was yet to be done and this exercise would take till July 31.State coordinator Prateek Hajela submitted that the verification process involved house visits and a mop-up operation was required. “You push it up. We are not going to push it down. Do it by May 31, not a day later,” Justice Gogoi made the court’s stand clear.When Mr. Venugopal said the May 31 deadline was an impossible one, Justice Gogoi observed: “ Our business is to make the impossible, possible and we will do it.”The court posted the matter for hearing on March 27.last_img read more

Meneses lauds Teodoro’s heroics vs Pingoy, Adamson

Posted On Nov 28 2019 by

first_img1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH What ‘missteps’? Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Teodoro had Falcon guard Jerrie Pingoy hounding him throughout the match but JRU’s husky wingman still managed to put up a game-high 23 points.“Actually, he didn’t find any difficulty against Pingoy,” said Meneses as they advanced to the semifinals of the pre-season league. “If there’s one person who’ll stop Teytey, it would be Teytey.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Well, there are two people who can stop Teytey, himself and me. If I don’t put him in the game, then I stopped him. If he doesn’t want to play, he stops himself.”Teodoro, however, isn’t a man to talk about his talents that much, and he said he was just following Meneses’ orders. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I’m just ready every game, it depends on coach Vergel on how we will play,” said Teodoro. “Whatever the game plan is, that’s what I’ll do.” FILE — Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIf there’s one person Jose Rizal University head coach Vergel Meneses trusts, it has to be Teytey Teodoro.Meneses virtually put Teodoro atop a pedestal after the Heavy Bombers blasted Adamson, 67-56, in their quarterfinals matchup in the Filoil Flying V Preseason Premier Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Mbala erupts for 32 as La Salle barges into semis with FEU rout MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Ind vs Eng: Injured Zaheer Khan unlikely to play in second Test

Posted On Nov 28 2019 by

first_imgThe prospect of India’s pace spearhead Zaheer Khan playing in the second Test at Trent Bridge seems remote.”He has shown a considerable improvement and we would take a call on him on the eve of the match in consultation with the team physio,” stated team manager Anirudh Choudhary in Nottingham.But those who witnessed Indian team’s training session knew that the manager’s statement was far from convincing.Zaheer bowled 13-odd overs in the first Test at Lord’s, London, before a strain in his right hamstring forced him to sit out and severely handicapped the Indian bowling attack as England thrashed India by 196 runs.As soon as Zaheer arrived at the training session with his teammates on Wednesday, the prying eyes of the Indian media contingent was on the injured speedster.Long after almost all the Indian players had their nets, Zaheer came out in company with team physio Ashish Kaushik. He did a few rounds of lap of the ground, did some sprints under the physio’s observation and then picked up his jumper, only to disappear again inside the dressing room.His bearing wasn’t the one of man who is looking to bowl for India in 48 hours.Ishant Sharma didn’t bowl a delivery in anger and it was apparent he had a few other personal issues to handle like shaving off his flowing hair which have been much like his personal statement in the last four years. His new look created a huge buzz among the electronic media.Sachin Tendulkar and Gautam Gambhir were two of the other notable cricketers who had fitness issues during the first Test.advertisementTendulkar, unlike his second innings appearance, was crisp and smartly shaven and was one of the first ones to walk to the nets. Gambhir too look eager to have a hit even though the bowling on offer wasn’t great shakes.Ishant didn’t bowl at all and neither did Munaf and Sreesanth, after sending down a few serious overs.India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, certainly rattled by his recent batting failures, indulged in some furious hitting down the ground.-With PTI inputslast_img read more