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12
Jan
2020

Region 8 villages bemoan escalating cost of living

first_img… say no plane shuttles, food items now a luxuryThe unpredictable weather and the ever-present mist which hovers above of the thick forested and mountainous region of the Pakaraimas in Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni), makes it is undoubtedly one of the most dangerous areas in Guyana to traverse by air, and has had its share of tragic plane crashes and mysterious disappearances in the past up until recently.Toshao Edward McGarrellFollowing the latest tragedy which claimed the life of Imran Khan, a pilot attached to Air Services Limited (ASL), the local airline company’s compliance with instructions of Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) to have shuttles around the region suspended, has caused grave economic inconveniences for Indigenous communities across the region.Residents of Chenapou and Karisparu villages are complaining bitterly about the indiscriminate rise in food prices, compounding the already high cost of living in these communities. The last routine shuttle from Mahdia to their communities was on August 28, 2017. Shuttling of essential items are their main means of sourcing food and other basic necessities from the coast via inter-regional plane transports from the region’s mining town.Air transport remains the primary means of access to these satellite villages in the absence of roads, largely owing to the region’s rough terrain.A resident of the Chenapou community lamented the crisis breaking the village’s economy.“We bought rice, flour, sugar and salt for $180 per pound before the crash and now because of no shuttle from Mahdia to Chenapou we now have to pay $260 per pound… chicken is $900 per pound. Everything is at a standstill because of the incident with us and the park (Kaieteur National Park)… no employment.” The resident added that the community is still waiting to determine their next move.“We are still awaiting the investigation teams to come and do whatever they have to; the people here is wondering why is the Government taking so long to look into the issue knowing it is one that should be treated with urgency…,” the frustrated villager said.Toshao of Chenapou Village, Edward McGarrell spoke with Guyana Times and indicated that his community is at its wits end and are forced to suffer under conditions where basic requirements such as food items are now costly and scarce; a luxury rather than a necessity.“No regular passenger flights in or out of here. The business owners charter aircrafts directly from Georgetown that is why the cost climbed so high, the people are finding it hard because there is no sort of employment here other than going into the backdam (mining) that is our main source of income. Our only other option is to go to the border to buy our goods over in Brazil…,” Toshao McGarrell added.Meanwhile, a representative from Guyana’s major hinterland aviating company, disclosed that the situation stemmed from a temporary arrangement in acquiescence with directions from GCAA, while assuring that shuttles from Mahdia to surrounding villages in the region are expected to reconvene per normal soon.Following three plane crashes involving shuttle flights, during the month of August, the GCAA in efforts to ensure the safety of travellers and aviation personnel, suspended shuttle operations for domestic air operators on August 30, 2017, to facilitate the reviewing of policies governing conduct shuttle operations in Guyana.While larger communities in the Potaro-Siparuni region – Paramakatoi and Kato – were not as severely affected as larger business owners were able to charter flights per normal from Georgetown, smaller communities continue to bear the effects of the arrangement. (Paula Gomes)last_img read more

12
Jan
2020

Fort St John Huskies release 2019-2020 regular season schedule

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – With less than 12 weeks to go before another hockey season begins, the Fort St. John Huskies have released their 2019-2020 regular season schedule.The Huskies’ first game of the regular season will be on the road to Grande Prairie on September 20 as they take on the JDA County Kings.The Huskies last met with the Kings in the North West Junior Hockey League Finals, in March, where the Pups won 8-1 over the Kings, claiming the title for the second year in a row.- Advertisement -The second game of the season for the Pups will be in Dawson Creek on September 27 as they take on their Alaska Highway rivals the Junior Canucks.The first home game for the Huskies will be on September 28 as they host the Sexsmith Vipers at the North Peace Arena.To see the full regular season schedule, you can visit the NWJHL’s website.Advertisementlast_img read more

11
Jan
2020

Spay/neuter bill

first_imgRe “Spay/neuter bill is a sensible fix” (Their Opinions, April 30): Ed Boks’ article is misleading to say the least. Only the people who don’t comply by owning a female that has not been spayed or a male that has not been castrated would be the ones whom an animal-control officer has cited? That’s not the way I read AB 1634. I suggest that, instead of passing more unenforceable laws, the animal-control officers figure out a way to get people to comply now with the outrageously expensive licensing laws that were imposed on us a few years ago in order to solve this very problem of euthanizing so many animals. – Charlene T. Vincent Chatsworth Sooner or later Re “Planned Saudi attacks likened to 9-11” (April 29): In San Diego, the Democrats are upset about our presence in Iraq. And on the next page, in Saudi Arabia, ground zero for Islamic extremism, a plot is thwarted to mount attacks on major Saudi oil refineries and other major targets using planes like car bombs. Whoever is elected the next president will have no choice but to fight al-Qaida worldwide, to support our allies and to let oil flow to European and other western countries. I believe that this liberal, outright-political posturing only empowers our enemies and delays our inevitable part in a world war against Osama bin Laden and his ilk. – David McCann Agoura Hills Obscene waste I have just received an “Official Sample Ballot” for a general municipal election for May 15, 2007. The only ballot item is for a member of the Board of Trustees for the L.A. Community College District. Even if localities other than my own have additional ballot positions, the cost of administering this noncritical election issue is an obscene waste of tax dollars. Surely a temporary appointment could be made for the post in question until this issue could be combined with a more comprehensive ballot. Perhaps those who advised on this situation could benefit from enrolling in a community college and taking a course in economics. – Harris S. Goldman Tarzana Who cares? Why don’t we hold over some of these small elections until the next election? I voted in the last one, and at my polling place five workers sat there all day, and only 10 percent showed up. This time I am to vote on one question: Who should win seat five on the Board of Trustees of the Los Angeles Community College District? Who cares, but for the two candidates? This question should be combined with the next vote. Look at the money to be saved. – George Kilbride Sun Valley Pelosi’s scarf Re “Iranian regime cracks down on limited women’s rights” (April 29): Let’s send Nancy Pelosi back to the Mideast – this time to Iran – and have her confront Ahmadinejad, demanding that women not be tortured (blindfolded, forced to wear a chador and interrogated all night) after being arrested for speaking for women’s rights. Let’s also demand that Pelosi not wear the black-and-white checkered scarf. (Nancy, if your chosen denomination, the Roman Catholic Church, still demanded that women cover their heads, you’d be screaming for equal rights, and yet you embarrass us by covering your head to appease Islamo-fascist regimes.) Nancy, where are your feminist ideals when women need them? – Carol Milton Woodland Hills Budget problems Re “Budget politics” (Our Opinions, April 27): Some of Los Angeles’ budget problems will worsen as property now goes down in value and less property-tax revenue is collected. The other problem is the big salary raises. Look at the raise that the Department of Water and Power was given. You hear the same old excuse of having to pay top dollar to hire the best of the best. Now that the game of raiding the DWP’s surplus has played out, the next step was to raise fees – just another name for taxes. Look at the trash fee that was just hiked to hire more police. I bet all that money is just dumped into what is called the general fund to pay for all of the other bills and high overtime costs for “the best of the best.” When it comes time to hire more cops, the money won’t be there. – Mike Hoblinski Burbank Dream house? Re “`Dream’ house” (April 28): It may be a dream house to the owner, but to us neighbors, it is an eyesore. The article didn’t mention that his side fence is 300 feet of old garage doors. The house, sculptures and longtime construction are hideous and have been an eyesore for years. The animals are at great risk. How dangerous is it for a goat or any other animal to be wandering around a construction site? The main goat pen is too small and not fit for any animal. His ducks, roosters and geese are constantly getting out of the yard and wander very close to a busy street. Junk cars are just that. Dream house to the owner – junk yard, eyesore and hazard to us. – Charlie Glade Tarzana Bilingual education Doug Laskin (“Ominous Saenz for LAUSD,” April 29) is uninformed. Bilingual education is not native language only. English is introduced the first day, and subject matter is taught in English as soon as it can be made comprehensible. Studies consistently show that children in bilingual education do better than those in English immersion on tests of English reading. Scientific studies also show that dropping bilingual education did not improve English proficiency for children in California. Finally, reading scores are low in California not because of bilingual education, but because California has the worst school libraries and public libraries in the U.S. – Stephen Krashen Professor emeritus University of Southern California Never happen Re “Fewer gang members” (Your Opinions, April 29): Barbara Evans wants to know why our schools have no alternatives to college-prep courses. When those in the political-correctness gang took over our schools, they decreed that unearned self esteem was more important that accomplishment-based education. Games became scoreless because there could be losers. The money that had been spent on shop classes and real-life skills courses was spent on worthless social engineering and on feel-good concepts like fuzzy math and “close-enough” spelling. To bring back courses that will fill the needs of students not bound for college, the PC gang members will have to admit that they were wrong and that self-esteem actually comes with accomplishments. As long as the leftists are in power, this will never happen. – John R. Schlank Granada Hills Exceeded his power Re “Exit Rosie – I told you so” (Viewpoint, April 29): In his article, O’Reilly listed several of Rosie O’Donnell’s recent comments, including: “She accused President Bush of committing treason.” Some people may think that Rosie is an obnoxious loud mouth, but give some thought to what she said. What else would you call committing our beloved Republic to a North American Union without consulting its citizens or the Congress? Bush has done this after swearing to uphold the Constitution of the United States. We should all be outraged that the president has unilaterally exceeded his constitutional powers. Yet Congress, the news media and our citizens remain silent and complacent. – Richard and Gloria Hampton Sylmar Guilt trip Re “America still on a guilt trip” (Their Opinions, April 26): We do not always agree with Thomas Sowell, but this time he really told it like it is. Personal responsibility has flown out the window, and without it we are all in trouble. – Millie Derose San Fernando160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
06
Jan
2020

Watford stun Spurs to extend perfect start

first_imgIt remains to be seen how long Javi Gracia’s third-placed side can remain among the upper echelon, but this win confirmed they are currently there on merit.They have won their first four league games for the first time since 1988 and remarkably sit level on points with leaders Liverpool and second-placed Chelsea heading into the international break.Having beaten Brighton, Burnley and Crystal Palace in their opening three games, this was Watford’s first test against a top six side.Tottenham arrived with an unbeaten record of their own to protect, having won 3-0 at Manchester United in their previous league game.But Watford rose to the challenge to secure a first league win against Tottenham since 1987 — underlining their status as the league’s surprise package.For Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino, this was a concerning defeat.The result means his side have lost early ground to their main rivals and the way his side was overpowered during the final half hour was alarming.Had Harry Kane not sent a late headed chance over the bar, Pochettino would have considered a draw to be reasonable reward against obstinate opponents.Defeat, though, highlighted Tottenham’s lack of cutting edge, with Lucas Moura the only player to consistently threaten, while the manner in which they conceded was cause for concern.Pochettino made three changes to the side that won so convincingly at Old Trafford.– Laboured Spurs –Michel Vorm deputised for Hugo Lloris, the goalkeeper and captain who was ruled out with a thigh problem, while defenders Ben Davies and Davinson Sanchez came in for Danny Rose and Eric Dier.Initially, though, Spurs’ problems appeared to lie further up the pitch during a laboured first half — not that Watford displayed much attacking threat of their own in the first half.There was a much greater sense of urgency after the break — initially from Tottenham — with Moura and Christian Eriksen at the forefront of Tottenham’s improved efforts.Christian Kasabele’s poor clearing header allowed Moura the opportunity to collect the ball on the right hand side of the box and drill in a cross that deflected off the backtracking Doucoure and past keeper Ben Foster.At that point there seemed little chance that Watford’s dismal record against Spurs was about to change.Gracia’s side, though, have already demonstrated commendable resilience this season and the way they responded confirmed their growing stature.For the first time in the game they applied sustained pressure and were unfortunate not to equalise when Spurs defender Toby Alderweireld headed Deeney’s cross against bar and post.Spurs were rattled and confirmation the balance of the game had shifted came in the 69th minute when Deeney headed home from Jose Holebas’ free-kick.Then seven minutes later, Pochettino’s side were unable to deal with another set-piece when Cathcart met Will Hughes’ corner to head past Vorm.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Watford duo Craig Cathcart and Troy Deeney celebrate as Tottenham suffer a surprise defeat © AFP / OLLY GREENWOODWATFORD, United Kingdom, Sep 2 – Watford’s stunning start to the season hit a new high as they made it four successive Premier League wins with a shock 2-1 success against Tottenham on Sunday.Having fallen behind to Abdoulaye Doucoure’s 54th minute own goal, Watford responded impressively, recovering to claim the points through headers from Troy Deeney and Craig Cathcart.last_img read more

28
Dec
2019

SHAMROCK CHALLENGE EVENT RAISES OVER €6,000 FOR CHARITY

first_imgFEATURES: Organisers have thanked everybody who supported and participated in The Shamrock Challenge Event which raised over €6,000 for a host of charities.The photos are of the subsequent presentations of cheques to THREE charities -MeningitisIreland, Alzeihemers Fanad Comfort Fund and Rabs Park KerrykeelCommunity Facility.All proceeds raised were from the recent Shamrock Challenge event. €6,300 was raised in total.Event Sponsors were Marine Harvest Fanad, ASG Tunnelling, Scotland and Mill Road Plant Hire Scotland.SHAMROCK CHALLENGE EVENT RAISES OVER €6,000 FOR CHARITY was last modified: April 5th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:charityFeaturesShamrock Challengelast_img read more

27
Dec
2019

DONE DEAL! Brighton sign Austrian international defender for undisclosed fee

first_img Markus Suttner has swapped Ingolstadt for Brighton Brighton have announced the signing of Austria left-back Markus Suttner from Ingolstadt.The 30-year-old has signed a three-year deal with the Seagulls having moved from the German second-tier side for an undisclosed fee.Brighton boss Chris Hughton told the club’s website: “Markus is someone we have been aware of for some time, and I am pleased we have managed to complete the transfer at this stage.“He has a great level of experience internationally, and in the top divisions in both his native Austria and Germany, where he has played the last two seasons with Ingolstadt, and that experience will serve us well.“He will add competition at the back on the left side of defence, and I’m now looking forward to working with him.”Former Austria Vienna defender Suttner scored four goals in 31 Bundesliga appearances as Ingolstadt were relegated last season and he was an unused member of Austria’s Euro 2016 squad.Suttner said: “In this stage of my career, it’s perfect to play in the Premier League, and the challenge for Brighton is a similar one to the one I first encountered with Ingolstadt.“For me, the chance to play in the Premier League is one of the best options for any player and I’m very happy to be here.“It’s a very good move at this time in my career, and I don’t have words to describe how happy I am to have signed the contract.” 1last_img read more

24
Dec
2019

ANGER AS IRISH WATER DIG UP FAMILY’S DRIVEWAY – AND THEN LEAVE

first_imgA DONEGAL family says they were left gobsmacked after Irish Water workers dug up their drive – and then left, leaving the gaping hole behind them.The incident – in Castlefinn – has caused anger in the area.Cllr Gary Doherty, who has spoken to the family, has said the actions of the company were “completely unacceptable”. He told Donegal Daily: “This hole was dug this evening (Friday) while the family were at work and unable to protest about it.“They have left a hole three foot deep in front of the entrance to their property. They are unable to drive their cars into the house. It is also unsafe for children to play outside because of the dangers posed by this hole.”He added: “To leave their property like this as they arrived home to begin their weekend is completely unacceptable. Most people are totally opposed to the instalation of these meters at all, so to find a mess like this is disgraceful.“I have made an official complaint to Irish Water over this issue.”  ANGER AS IRISH WATER DIG UP FAMILY’S DRIVEWAY – AND THEN LEAVE was last modified: November 7th, 2014 by John2Share 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:AngercastlefinncontractordonegaldrivewayIrish Waterworkslast_img read more

21
Dec
2019

HSU women end year on sour note in loss to Monterey Bay

first_imgArcata >> It wasn’t how they had hoped to end the year.The Humboldt State women’s basketball team dropped its fourth game in a row — the seventh loss in the past eight games — in a 66-47 defeat to Cal State Monterey Bay on Saturday at Lumberjack Arena.“To be honest, overall, I’m embarrassed,” said HSU head coach Michelle Bento-Jackson, upset over her team’s play. “I did not like our performance tonight in many different areas…I thought we took a step backwards tonight.”Coming off a 79-71 …last_img read more

17
Dec
2019

MiFi Gets an API: A Wifi Hotspot In Your Pocket, With Apps

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… marshall kirkpatrick Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#news#NYT#web The product that used to be a personal wifi hotspot in your pocket will now become an API-enabled connectivity hub with apps. The MiFi portable multi-person wireless router that we first wrote about in December and joined a chorus of positive reviews for in June now allows outside developers to write network-leveraging applications for the battery powered device.Device manufacturer Novatel Wireless announced the availability of the Application Programming Interface today for both US and European models. (Press release at SlashGear.)The company hopes that both business and consumer users, developers both novice and advanced, will build MiFi applications as part of the new developer program.The device may not see an iPhone store’s worth of apps, but software that’s location, network and socially aware could enable some interesting small-group computing activities on the go. More traditional mobile internet solutions like one-person EVDO could quickly feel shockingly unsophisticated.On the other hand, the MiFi’s small group limitations and web-centric nature may make it a challenge for developers to really come up with a substantial number of exciting applications. None were showcased in the announcement of the API’s availability.A secure, collaborative, shared workspace with local access only by MiFi? That seems like the low hanging fruit. What else would you like to see running on a hotspot in your pocket?last_img read more

03
Dec
2019

Slideshow: In Search of a Bizarre Amphibian

first_imgBefore humans settled the vast wetland that would one day become Mexico City, the axolotl was an unassuming, if peculiar, species. Unlike most amphibians, the mud-colored salamander retained its tadpole form into adulthood, breathed through feathery gills jutting out of the sides of its head, and lived only in a handful of lakes in central Mexico. Then the Aztecs arrived and decided to turn the axolotl’s home into a city. These newcomers quickly built a maze of artificial islands, slicing up the lakes into a sophisticated network of canals. Axolotls, which thrived along muddy, vegetation-rich banks, saw their habitat increase exponentially. Soon, the strange salamanders were everywhere. An axolotl-shaped god even joined the Aztec pantheon.Six hundred years later, Mexico City’s canals are nearly gone, taking the wild axolotl with them. The remaining canals, located in the southern district of Xochimilco, are polluted and overrun with invasive carp and tilapia, which eat axolotl eggs and devour aquatic plants, destroying the banks where the salamanders once thrived. For the past 3 months, scientists from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) have scoured the canals in search of wild axolotls. A similar survey in 1998 counted 6000 axolotls per square kilometer. This year, the scientists captured only one and spotted just six more. Science joined them for a day on the axolotl’s trail.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more