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WCD/EBE drainage, road works ongoing

first_imgThe West Coast of Demerara (WCD) is now benefiting from a region-wide maintenance programme on various roads and waterways, including drains and canals, through a Region Three Regional Democratic Council (RDC) project.Funded through monies allotted in the Region’s budget, the project aims to tackle “major issues” in various villages on the West Coast.The community of De Kinderen, WCD, is currently benefiting from rehabilitation of all of its roads. Through assistance from the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA), all drains in the area are also being maintained.Maintenance works have also commenced on trenches throughout the WCD, with 10 being dug out and cleared and several more to be tendered for.The communities of Zeelugt, Tuschen, Zeeburg, Ocean View (Uitvlugt) and Meten-Meer-Zorg are also said to be benefiting from similar works.Some $1.6 million was allotted and used for concrete strips to be constructed in Zeelugt, East Bank Essequibo (EBE).Additionally, burial grounds in each of these areas are currently benefiting from major improvements.According to Tuschen-Uitvlugt Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) Chairman Vishal Ambedkar, the project is targeting areas based on the seriousness of the issues, whether road or drainage related or otherwise.“We want everybody to benefit from the money so we are looking into the situation and rectifying depending on the state [of the infrastructure],” the NDC Chairman explained.He, however, noted that although consultations with the RDC and NDCs were limited, as “we have not been notified on many issues”, the Tuschen-Uitvlugt NDC is happy with the project.Ambedkar further noted that one area that needed urgent attention was Tuschen Phase Two where the roads were a major cause of concern for residents in the area.“We are seeking Government’s assistance to rectify that issue, because the global state of the road in that area is a major cause of distress,” Ambedkar revealed.“Cars taken by the residents to go into the area have since raised their fare since the road is in such a deplorable state.”The NDC Chairman revealed that recent talks were had with Minister of State, Joseph Harmon as well as Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson regarding these issues and the need for Government’s urgent assistance.Several letters were also sent to Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan and the NDC and RDC were hoping for a favourable response.last_img read more

Bissan’s Trading supports Buxton CC Cricket Camp

first_imgFor the 13th year in the village of Buxton, the “Carl Hooper” cricket camp started out on Tuesday to teach the gentleman’s game to young children and better the skills of those who are already involved.With massive support from Bissan’s Trading, the camp set out with its mandate of community development at the Buxton Ground on the East Coast of Demerara from as early as 09:30h.For the next two weeks, the camp will be home to children between the ages of 7-19. The participants are not only from Buxton but also the surrounding communities.Speaking on the initiative, Buxton Cricket Club’s President Essie Peters disclosed that the club will cater to 40 students and is strictly for their benefit. “The Camp is not ‘make money’ but to instil good values to the youths them and keep them away from doing the wrong things when they have so much free time now school isBissan’s Trading proprietor Bissoon Singh presents the sponsorship cheque to Club President Essie Petersclosed,” Peters explained.He further disclosed that the registration fee has been waived owing to the fact that many of the participating students hail from single-parent homes, hence requesting a fee from them would be counter-productive to the intended purpose of the camp. He went on to state that any costs arising out of the camp would be covered by the sponsorship provided.The daily sessions will take on a school-like approach, running between the hours of 09:00h and 15:00h. The capable staff on board will be teaching technical, practical, and physical lessons coupled with off-field activities. Additionally, the Camp will feature sessions with the likes of national youth cricketer Clive Andries, who played in Guyana’s champion three-day U-19 team in St Kitts in 2008 and former national U-19 and Berbice senior inter-county off-spinner Sean Devers.The Buxton Cricket Club was founded in 1992 and was involved in many tape-ball competitions before being officially launched as the Buxton Carl Hooper Club in 2002 when Hooper was appointed as Captain of the West Indies cricket team.last_img read more

Spanish football steps up export drive with US fixture

first_imgEl Pais newspaper said the match would take place over the coming 2018-19 season and would probably feature either Barcelona or Real Madrid as one of the teams.The plan was immediately attacked by Spain’s professional footballers union (AFE) which released a statement saying neither players nor fans had been consulted.“As usual, La Liga ignores the opinion of footballers and commits them to events which only benefits (La Liga) without taking into account the health of the players and the risks involved for them…” the statement said.Supporters including those holding shares in league clubs also protested, calling for mobilisation against the plan.La Liga has been criticised in the past for its overseas expansion plans, notably for authorising a morning kick-off for the Barcelona-Real Madrid “Classico” last December to cater for the convenience of television viewers in Asia.However, the opposition has failed to dent La Liga’s drive, encouraged by its president Javier Tebas, to gain a bigger share of the global football pie, notably competing for market share with the powerful English Premier LeagueLast season la Liga took 3.6 billion euro, or $4.1 billion, in receipts, 40% from TV rights, with a pre-tax profit of 234 million euros. It hopes to break the 4 billion euro mark for the first time in the coming season which opens Friday.The North American move further confirms Spanish football’s export ambitions following Tuesday’s announcement of a deal with social media platform Facebook to broadcast La Liga matches live in South Asia.La Liga is planning strategy for its North American drive with Relevent Sports, the promotor behind the International Champions Cup, a close-season tournament for top European clubs.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Barcelona played in the International Champions Cup in the United States, soon they might return for a game in La Liga. © GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP/File / Lachlan CunninghamMADRID, Spain, Aug 16 – Spain’s La Liga plans to stage a match in the United States, its first venture outside Europe, as part of a north American expansion drive, the league said Thursday.The teams and the venue for the match were not disclosed in the statement from the league which has formed a joint-venture, LaLiga North America, to boost its profile in the United States and Canada.last_img read more

Massive rebuilding plan discussed

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake “Everything is on the table,” said Vince Duffy, a spokesman for Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuez. City and regional leaders described traffic-choked freeways and a dearth of affordable housing that could be eased with an infusion of cash. “These are long-term projects, but we have to plan for the future. We can’t do it without a significant investment,” City Councilwoman Wendy Greuel said. Sen. Tom Torlakson, D-Concord, who co-authored the Senate bill with Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata, D-Oakland, said they’re aiming to get the bond on the June ballot. It would be repaid from the state’s general fund, at $1 billion a year. The Assembly Speaker’s $10 billion bond would be financed by lowering the gas tax at the pump but adding a one-quarter percent sales tax statewide, though those plans are being revisited, Duffy said. The governor is looking at possibly a mix of general fund bonds, user fees or lease revenues to pay for his proposal, a spokesman said. Lisa Mascaro, (818) 713-3761 lisa.mascaro@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Elected officials met Tuesday for the first public hearing on rebuilding California’s roads, housing and water systems with a massive public investment in what’s expected to be next year’s top issue in Sacramento. The state Senate’s Transportation and Housing Committee convened to discuss SB 1024, an $11.7 billion bond that would generate millions of dollars to alleviate gridlock and build affordable housing in Los Angeles. But the Assembly also is looking for ways to fund $10 billion in infrastructure improvements, and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is expected to decide next week on the scope of his massive rebuilding plan that earlier reports put at $50 billion. “The 2006 legislative year will be about how we get California moving again,” said committee chairman Sen. Alan Lowenthal, D-Long Beach. last_img read more

Volunteers fund student’s new wheels

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! EL MONTE – Josh Tovar hopes of racing in the Los Angeles Marathon someday.The South El Monte High School student, born paraplegic, came closer to that dream Wednesday when he received a racing wheelchair from students and staff at his school. Tovar’s customized bicycle – purchased with $2,000 in fundraising money – was given to the 16-year-old during the student body’s lunch break.“Josh was in my class, and I knew he was a good athlete,” said Robert Burgess, health and safety teacher. “I wanted to give him a chance to compete in races.”Tovar has participated in a few wheelchair races, he said; he started competing when he was in the fourth or fifth grade. Recent efforts to update Tovar’s racing vehicle were led by Burgess, who solicited help from the school in early May. About 10 teachers and more than 100 students helped sell candy for the fundraiser, Burgess said, and within a few weeks, the group met its goal.According to Burgess, some of Tovar’s peers – including those who don’t know him personally – also got involved.“It felt like a good thing to do, to help an individual complete one of his dreams,” said the Nicolas Vega, a 16-year-old junior, who came in as the top-seller for the fundraising effort. Tovar took a spin in his new cycle Wednesday. He sped down a straightaway path in the school’s quad and turned the corner, knocking down a trash can as students cheered him on.Vega was impressed by Tovar’s skillfulness. “I gotta admit – that bike is cool,” he said. araceli.esparza@sgvn.com(626) 962-8811, Ext. 2303last_img read more

Brian Miiro Nsubuga to take charge of Super cup

first_img Tags: Brian Miiro NsubugaFUFA Super Cup 2018KCCA FCvipers sc Nsubuga (second right) will be the center referee for the Super Cup on Saturday (file photo)FUFA Super Cup 2018Vipers SC vs KCCA FCMutesa II War Memorial Stadium, Wankulukuku Saturday, 22-09-2018 @03:30pmWANKULUKUKU – The FUFA Referees Committee has appointed Brian Miiro Nsubuga as the center referee for the upcoming FUFA Super Cup clash between 2017/18 League winners Vipers SC and Uganda Cup holders, KCCA FC.The developments were confirmed by the Federation’s spokesman, Ahmed Hussein during FUFA’s weekly press conference at Mengo.Nsubuga, arguably the most senior referee in the country will be assisted by Dick Okello and Isa Masembe as first and second assistants respectively while the fourth official is Ali Waiswa.The game is to curtain-raiser for the upcoming Uganda Premier league season which is slated to kick-off on the 28th of this month at different stadia.Shockingly, the league fixtures for the new season have not been drawn as of yet despite the slatted kick-off date being just seven days away.Vipers won last season’s league title after accumulating 65 points from 30 matches. KCCA finished second four points adrift of the Venoms.For KCCA FC to win the Uganda cup, they defeated Vipers 1-0 in the final played in Bukedi. The Kasasiro Boys’ goal was scored by teenager, Julius Poloto.KCCA are the Super Cup holders after defeating Paidha Black Angels 3-0 last year.Comments last_img read more

Uganda stuns South Africa to win 2019 COSAFA U17 Women’s Championship

first_img Tags: Ayub KhalifaCOSAFA women’s U17 2019crested cranesFauzia NajjembaJuliet NalukengeSouth AfricaUganda The Junior Crested Cranes celebrate after defeating South Africa in the COSAFA Women’s U17 Championships final on Sunday. (PHOTO/FUFA)COSAFA U17 Women’s Championships South Africa 1-2 UgandaSt. Francois Xavier Stadium, Port LuisSunday, 29-09-2019The Uganda Women’s U17 national team emerged victorious in the 2019 COSAFA Women’s championships on Sunday.Ayub Khalifa’s side who were only taking part as guests, produced another brilliant display as they dispatched favourites South Africa 2-1 at the Francois Xavier Stadium in Port Luis.Once again it was the duo of Fauzia Najjemba and Juliet Nalukenge who led the way as they each scored once to improve their competition tallies. South Africa pulled level at some stage through Tiffany Kortjie.Going into the game, Uganda were mainly unchanged from the team that dismantled Botswana 12-0 in the semi finals with only Catherine Nagaddya paving way for Samalie Nakachwa.The first half was mainly un eventful as both sides were more intent on shutting each other out.Twelve minutes after the break, Uganda broke the dead-lock. Nalukenge threaded a fine pass for Najjemba and the latter made no mistake as she slotted into the back of the net.With the title now within their reach, Uganda started getting nervous as they consistently gave away possession.They were eventually made to pay on 76 minutes as Kortjie netted the equalizer.This was more of a wake up call for Khalifa’s side as they went all out for a winner.It would eventually come in form of a familier name as Nalukenge fired in from a Najjemba cross with just three minutes on the clock.This was Nalukenge’s 18th goal of the tournament and it saw her finish as the outright top scorer.Uganda’s goalkeeper Daphine Nyayenga was also named the best shot-stopper at the tournament conceding just two goals.In total, Uganda played five games, winning four, drawing one and losing none. Khalifah’s side also scored 46 goals and conceded only two.Uganda’s starting line up against South Africa Daphine Nyayenga (GK) (Uganda Martyrs HS), Gillian Akadinda (Olila HS), Patricia Akiror (Masaka SS), Stella Musibika (Kawempe Muslim SS), Bira Nadunga (Olila High School), Kevin Nakacwa (Uganda Martyrs), Margret Kunihira (Kawempe Muslim SS), Shakira Nyinagahirwa (Kawempe Muslim SS), Juliet Nalukenge (Captain – Kawempe MuslimSS), Fauzia Najjemba (Mukono High School), Samalie Nakachwa(Kawempe Muslim SS)SubstitutesJoan Namusisi (GK) (Mukono HS), Gift Nasasira (GK) (Gadafi Integrated), Sumayah Komuntale (King of Kings), Moureen Nangonzi (Mukono HS), Catherine Nagadya(Katuuso Community), Precious Atwiine (Up Hill College), Cissy Kabarwani (King of Kings), Hadijah Nandago (Kawempe Muslim SS), and Zaitun Namaganda (Taggy High School).Comments last_img read more

Possible Sandro deal and Newcastle are tipped to move for Austin

first_imgA round-up of the latest transfer speculation involving QPR… The north-east media continue to insist that Newcastle are attempting to sign QPR striker Charlie Austin.A £12m bid from Leicester, which was rejected, is so far the only offer or approach Rangers have received for the 25-year-old despite numerous reports of interest from various clubs.The Newcastle Chronicle say Magpies boss Steve McClaren will make contact with QPR over Austin in the coming days.Newcastle have been linked with Austin but have not made an approachMeanwhile, the Mail on Sunday reports that Sandro could join Santos on a season-long loan from the R’s.The midfielder was being lined up for a return to his native Brazil even before problems with his visa led to him missing the final matches of last season.Santos are one of the clubs that has been offered the chance to sign Sandro. The Mail reports that talks have taken place and say a deal is set to be agreed.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Power cuts: ‘green opportunity’

first_img28 January 2008The power cuts being experienced across South Africa represent an opportunity to build an international reputation for environmental best practice, says Cape Town mayoral committee member for social and economic development and tourism Simon Grindrod.“We are already supposed to be engaged in energy saving, we are already supposed to be engaged in ‘green’ practices – this opportunity now forces us to do so,” Grindrod said at a meeting of Cape Town’s Tourism Safety Forum on Friday.A number of “positive plans of action” to manage the power cuts and sustain tourism emerged from the meeting, key among which was using the country’s electricity supply crisis as an opportunity to boost globally acknowledged environmental best practices.Another focus was on “responsible tourism”, involving encouraging visitors to the city to participate in energy-saving practices.This was not as difficult as it might seem, said Cape Town Tourism CEO Mariette du Toit-Helmbold, adding that many international travellers were “better informed than us” on conservation of energy and responsible tourism.Du Toit-Helmbold said the aim was make Cape Town a global destination with a reputation for environmental best practice.Grindrod said the current electricity situation was expected to last for “five to eight years” and that South Africans had to “come to terms with that psychologically”. The situation was not bleak, he added. “It’s a challenge and we’ll get through it.”Central to the measures that arose from the meeting was improved communication among the city government, the power utility and the tourism industry.Tourism operators would be provided with contact numbers for all relevant officials of the city, which manages 6 000 electricity substations, Grindrod said.The city would also engage Eskom, the national energy utility, on better use of technology for communication purposes, he added.Using the SMS cellphone messaging system, information on power cuts, for instance, could be distributed to every tourism establishment and operator in the city “within seconds”, he said.There was also an opportunity for insurance companies to develop tailored products that would provide insurance cover for losses experienced by power cuts.And then there was the question of providing information, through brochures, leaflets and other means, to tourism operators and their guests informing them of the situation and encouraging them to be conscientious and prudent in their use of electricity.Another step would be getting Eskom’s buy-in to refrain from power cuts, where possible, at key tourist sites, such as the Waterfront and Table Mountain, which recently led to worldwide headlines after an evening power outage saw tourists trapped in cable cars and on the mountain itself for a number of hours.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Love Learning?

first_imgWritten by Caregiving Team member Alicia Cassels, MA, Military Families Learning Network Program Development and Evaluation SpecialistFull disclosure, I love podcasts. As a self-confessed edutainment junkie, podcasts provide me with a great option for learning and enjoyment on the go. I drive, cook, clean or just relax while exploring my love of travel, cooking, seeing life from new perspectives, and exploring content in human science, neurology and wellness totally hands-free. Pair a great podcast episode with wireless headphones or a Bluetooth speaker and it’s pure magic!It seems I am not alone. More than 44% of Americans have listened to a podcast, with 49% of that listening taking place in the home and 22% in the car. According to Podcast Insights, most of those listeners tune in to multiple podcasts each week (2018).Podcasts come in a variety of lengths and formats with average run times ranging from twenty to sixty minutes. Content and topics cover the spectrum of human interests, from educational to recreational, and everything in between. With more than 550,000 active podcasts on Apple Podcasts according to Variety, and 18 million episodes available in over 100 languages, selecting a podcast for your listening list may seem daunting (2018).Have You Considered Educational Podcasts?With podcasts introducing new perspectives, providing opportunities for listener reflection, and guiding activities in skill building, the possibilities for learning through podcasts are numerous. Want to learn about the newest discoveries in science? There is a podcast for that! Want to learn a new language? Podcasts have you covered!Three Things to Consider When Selecting Podcasts:Consider the source. With more than 500,000 podcasts available, content and quality will vary. Many universities, research organizations and non-profits offer excellent free podcasts.Consider format. Popular formats include the long form interview, panel discussion, narrative storytelling, and hybrid, with run times ranging from 20 minutes to 45 minutes or longer. Select one with the type of format that appeals most to you.You may be pleasantly surprised. With a little research you may find podcasts from familiar sources. If it has been a while since you visited the web page of an organization with which are affiliated, you may want to check in. The organization may now be hosting podcasts. I have been pleasantly surprised to find several podcasts this way.A Few of My Personal FavoritesThree of my favorite podcasts include, The Knowledge Project Podcast, hosted by Shane Parrish of Farnam Street, Hidden Brain from NPR, hosted by Shankar Vedantam , The Splendid Table, hosted by Francis Lam.I also invite you to listen to try our podcast, Show Up Inspired. The monthly podcast is dedicated to exploring what keeps professionals engaged and thriving at work. The format is non-fiction, narrative storytelling. Each episode highlights stories of professionals in the field and incorporates interviews with subject matter experts in medical, social, and management sciences to examine lessons we can draw from research and practice.  0.5 free CE’s are available. Subscribe to iTunes to listen.Military Families Learning Network teams have been involved in the development of a growing number of educational podcasts. We have ongoing and archived content in a number of areas. I invite you to explore via our Military Families Learning Network team home pages. Subscribe to those you enjoy and check back periodically for updates.Happy listening and learning!References/Links:Lopez, Riardo. Talent Agencies Turn to Popular Podcasts for New IP, Developing Fil, TV Projects and More. Variety. 2018.2018 Podcast Stats & Facts. Podcast Insights. 2018.last_img read more