The 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.
By Phindi MadunaBrand South Africa, through its Play Your Part initiative, has partnered with South African award winning artist, Khabonina Qubeka, on the #Mandela100Yogathon tour. The yogathon is an international tour in honour of the centenary of the birth of the late former President, Nelson Mandela.Mandela believed that exercise is a key to physical health and peace of mind. He often talked about how exercise and meditation helped him during his term of imprisonment.Through this tour, Khabonina hopes to spread the message of the importance of health and fitness – especially for children. Khabonina will showcase how the practice of yoga has changed her life and she uses the practice of yoga to enrich the lives of others. In her engagement with the youth, she will reflect on some of Mandela’s core values that can help build a better world. Khabonina believes that Mandela would have loved the concept of bringing the world together through an important and meaningful initiative such as this.The tour started at the Park Lane, a Pullman Hotel in Hong Kong on 27 March 2018. This leg of the tour featured renowned Yoga Guru, YogaRaj who is a three time Guinness World Record holder for the longest yoga marathon.While in Hong Kong, Khabonina also conducted a workshop at the City University where she shared her personal journey of the practice yoga with students. The City University of Hong Kong presented Khabonina with a Professional Creative of the World Award for her contribution to the yoga fraternity worldwide.Following this successful launch, Khabonina will take the #Mandela100Yogathon tour to Botswana on 27 to 29 April 2018; Tanzania from 21 to 28 June 2018; and South Africa from 18 to 26 July 2018, where she will work with various schools and community organisations to further impart her knowledge of the importance of living a healthy and active lifestyle.For more information on the tour and how you can play your part in supporting Khabonina’s efforts, follow @Khabonina_Q and #Mandela100Yogathon on Twitter and Instagram.
Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting AFP official booed out of forum A draw at Mestalla Stadium will be enough to put Barcelona in the final and keep it on track to win its fourth consecutive Copa title.It’s not even clear if Pique will play because of an injury sustained after his goal celebration in the 1-1 draw against Espanyol. The veteran defender couldn’t avoid a hard tackle by Espanyol forward Gerard Moreno, who was upset with Pique’s celebration. Pique received a knock to his right knee and was listed as doubtful to make the trip to Valencia.Pique had made comments criticizing Espanyol before Sunday’s league match, and the crowd showed their disapproval by jeering him nearly every time he touched the ball at RCDE Stadium. Pique said some of the fans insulted his family throughout the match.It is not the first time the outspoken Pique has been surrounded by controversy. He is often jeered by fans when Barcelona plays away games because of his pro-Catalonia stance. Last year, after encouraging Catalans to vote in a disputed independence referendum, he was loudly booed by fans in Madrid after joining the Spanish national team at a training camp.Barcelona has faced a hostile environment at Mestalla in the past. In a league match last season, Valencia fans threw objects at Barcelona’s players while they celebrated a goal near the stands.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Knicks hopes on hold after Kristaps Porzingis tears ACL View comments “It’s going to be an intense match,” Valencia coach Marcelino Garcia Toral said. “We have to play it with our hearts and with our heads. We have to play it with intelligence. If we don’t defend well we will not advance. We have to be humble to know that we are not going to dominate Barcelona for the whole 90 minutes.”Valencia and Barcelona met in the Copa semifinals two years ago, with the Catalan club winning 7-0 at Camp Nou Stadium in the first leg. It then held on to a 1-1 draw at Mestalla with its second-stringers.Since that 7-0 demoralizing defeat, Valencia has lost only three of its six matches against Barcelona, winning 2-1 at Camp Nou in a league game in 2016 and drawing 1-1 at Mestalla earlier this season.Third in the league, 18 points behind leader Barcelona, Valencia is trying to make it to the Copa final for the first time since 2007-08, when it won its seventh title after eliminating Barcelona in the semifinals. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers MOST READ FC Barcelona’s Gerard Pique, center, celebrates after scoring during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Espanyol and FC Barcelona at RCDE stadium in Cornella Llobregat, Spain, Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)MADRID — After hearing nonstop talk about Gerard Pique and his provocative celebration against Espanyol, Barcelona will be trying to get its focus back on Thursday’s Copa del Rey semifinal.Barcelona plays at Valencia, defending a 1-0 lead from the first leg as it bids to reach its fifth straight Copa final.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Convicted mayor links Bilibid doctor to corruption PLAY LIST 05:25Convicted mayor links Bilibid doctor to corruption00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: 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 City Pique sparked controversy in a Spanish league match against the city rival last weekend, celebrating his late equalizer by telling the Espanyol crowd to be quiet. He later also criticized the club for losing its links to the city and for having a foreign owner, prompting a wave of criticism.“We are overreacting about this,” Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said on Wednesday. “This is part of the past. We talked about it before the derby, after the derby, before the Copa game, after the Copa game. … We have to move on.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutPique risks being suspended for his actions, and Barcelona has had to come out and publicly defend the player in the days leading up to the decisive match against Valencia.“Several other players have celebrated the same way. It’s normal after an important goal scored late in the game,” Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu told Spanish media, referring to Pique’s gesture of putting a finger in front of his mouth. “It’s not the first time a player has silenced a stadium.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next
Beginning January, the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation (KSAC) will be taking steps to remove illegal vendors from the streets of downtown Kingston, as part of measures to keep the city clean. In an interview with JIS News, Mayor of Kingston, Senator Angella Brown-Burke, informed that the corporation would usually take action to remove the vendors close to the end of the year. She noted, however, that this has not worked in the past, as vendors continue to defy the rules to take advantage of the heightened Christmas shopping period. The Mayor alluded that the operation of the illegal vendors has contributed to the pileup of garbage on the streets. She is also blaming merchants for not putting adequate measures in place to ensure the proper disposal of garbage generated during the busy Christmas period. “In as much as I am asking the (National) Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) what additionally they have done to remove the garbage, I am also asking the same question of our merchants, what additionally did they put in place to remove their excess commercial generated garbage?” she questioned. She said that it is the downtown business district that has primary responsibility for disposing of commercially generated waste. In the meantime, Mayor Brown Burke said discussions will be held with the National Water Commission (NWC) with a view to upgrading its sewage facilities in downtown Kingston. “One of the things that I’ll be speaking to the NWC about is their future plans for downtown, because the truth is the infrastructure is old and it cannot manage. It doesn’t have the capacity to take the water and the sewage that are generated … sometimes people who are selling, even merchants themselves, allow some of their garbage to go into the drains and that blocks the drains,” she lamented.
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