Region 2 flooding…“I have no comments” – REOAs heavy rainfall caused several communities in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) to be flooded, residents and farmers especially, are becoming more distressed as the floodwaters are taking an extremely long time to recede due to poor drainage and lack of proper systems in place to address the issue.Rice fields under floodwaters in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam)Rice farmers are furious as thousands of acres of cultivated rice fields remain inundated for almost a week now and they expect to suffer major financial losses.Guyana Times was told that some farmers who have pumps have taken it upon themselves to pump the water out of their fields while the majority will have to depend on the drainage system.Regional Chairman, Devanand Ramdatt, when contacted, said that the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) is seeking the timely intervention of the Government especially the Agriculture Ministry to address the issue.According to Ramdatt, the situation is becoming more challenging and the RDC is requesting that a careful assessment be conducted by the relevant Government Ministries and agencies to provide information which will guide response mechanisms.The Regional Chairman is also calling for a timely supply of fuel in addition to proper maintenance of all the drainage pumps in the region. He expressed that despite the heavy rainfall, he believes that the water levels would not have been a major issue had there been a timely supply of fuel to enable the pumps to be put into operation. He said that this is a system which was not adopted by the relevant bodies.“In the absence of that system being adopted by the regional administration, the administrative arm of the region which is by the REO, because at the level of the RDC we’ve always been recommending that that be the approach, that we have timely supply of fuel for the pump, so that in the event of any rainfall while the tide is up, that the pump can [be] put into operation,” he stated.He disclosed that when the heavy rainfall was experienced, many of the pumps were not operational as a result of inadequate fuel supply. This, he explained, created major complications, which contributed to the situation becoming exacerbated.The Regional Chairman added that there is adequate budgetary allocation in the system which can rectify this issue. He stated that recommendations have always been made at the level of the Regional Democratic Council (RDC), however, the support from the Clerk of the Council to implement decisions is lacking. It has been reported that the high levels of floodwaters are affecting both residential and cultivation areas in the region.The RDC and the people of Region Two are concerned about the continued negligence and delayed response from the Agriculture Ministry on such key matters.When contacted for a comment on the situation, Regional Executive Officer (REO), Denis Jaikarran said, “I have no comments”.Meanwhile, the Civil Defence Commission posted on its Facebook page that the Rapid Damage Assessment Teams have been deployed to support Regions Two and Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara). Cleanup hampers were also distributed in those regions.
The properties were located at the South Access Road and Nicholson Road in the Chetwynd area.Police are continuing to investigate and are reminding the public again to refrain from keeping valuables in their cars and to lock the car doors. Anyone with information can contact the Chetwynd RCMP at 250-788-9221.- Advertisement –
PACOIMA – As soon as Ameer Hack spotted his mom at the door of the van, his eyes lit up. “Mommy, Mommy!” the 4-year-old cried as his mother, Lucrecia Castillo, wrapped her arms around him. Tears streamed down Castillo’s face at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, when she saw her two children – Ameer and Elaine, 8 – for the first time since early Sunday. They were reunited in the parking lot of the LAPD’s Foothill Community Police Station, ending a bizarre three-day stretch that began when the children disappeared with their baby sitter and neighbor, Bertha Galvan, 60, and ended when Galvan and the kids walked into a California Highway Patrol station 115 miles away. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Police were trying to decipher Galvan’s explanation for the ordeal – that she missed her exit on the Golden State Freeway and kept driving north until she ran out of gas. “There are still more questions than answers,” Los Angeles police Capt. Jerry Szymanski said. “How did a person drive an extra 100 miles? That’s a good question. We don’t know yet.” It was 1:30 a.m. Sunday when Castillo asked Galvan to drive the children to Galvan’s Tujunga residence from a house in South Los Angeles. Castillo was visiting friends there and wanted to stay longer. She told Galvan she would pick the kids up in the morning. When she arrived at Galvan’s house at 7 a.m., though, nobody was home. Tuesday, Galvan told police she had been driving the children home and missed her exit on Interstate 5. Confused, she kept driving north until she ran out of gas in a McDonalds parking lot in Buttonwillow, near Bakersfield. She told police she and the children had stayed inside the car for the previous two days. Tuesday morning, a passerby recognized the car from news reports about the missing children. The stranger bought them breakfast at McDonalds and gave them money for gas, then led them to the closest California Highway Patrol station. “CHP immediately recognized them from everything that we’ve given them and everything that’s been on the news,” LAPD Detective David Escoto said. Galvan and the children did not suffer any injuries, Escoto said. Just an hour before the three arrived at the CHP station, Castillo spoke to reporters, pleading in Spanish for help finding her children. She broke down in tears and was helped out of the room at the LAPD’s Foothill station. She would not speak to reporters after being reunited with the kids. “She’s very depressed,” said Jose Garcia, a family friend. “She (needed) her kids to come home.” Los Angeles Police Department detectives interviewed the children and Galvan on Tuesday afternoon, but Galvan had not been charged with a crime, Szymanski said. Josh Kleinbaum, (818) email@example.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
BAGHDAD, Iraq – Saddam Hussein said in a defiant courtroom confession Wednesday that he ordered the trial of 148 Shiites who were later executed, and arranged for the flattening of their palm groves and farms. But he insisted he had the right to do so because they were suspected of trying to kill him. “Where is the crime? Where is the crime?” Saddam asked. “If trying a suspect accused of shooting at a head of state – no matter what his name is – is considered a crime, then you have the head of state in your hands. Try him.” The dramatic speech came a day after prosecutors presented the most direct evidence against him in the four-month trial: a 1984 presidential decree approving the death sentences for the 148, with a signature said to be Saddam’s. Saddam did not admit or deny approving their executions, but stated outright that he was solely responsible for their prosecution, adding that his seven co-defendants should be released. The five judges will be able to take Saddam’s confession into account when they rule in the case. It will be up to them to decide whether Saddam’s actions were illegal, since there is no jury. After Wednesday’s session, the trial was adjourned to March 12. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant “If the chief figure makes things easy for you by saying he was the one responsible, then why are you going after these people?” he said. The deaths of the Shiites are one of the main charges against the defendants, who could face execution by hanging – the same fate as most of the 148 – if convicted. They are on trial also for torture and imprisonment of the Shiites, as well as the razing of their farmlands, in a crackdown launched after a July 8, 1982, assassination attempt against Saddam in the town of Dujail. The prosecution has argued that the imprisonment and executions were illegal, saying the 148 were sentenced to death in an “imaginary trial” before Saddam’s Revolutionary Court where the defendants did not even appear. The crackdown, they argue, went far beyond the actual attackers. They have presented documents that show entire families – including women and children as young as 3 months old – were arrested, tortured and held for years. Those executed included at least 10 juveniles, one as young as 11, according to the documents.
3 “But the minute he moved to centre forward he was a revelation. He changed completely. He can score, he’s powerful, he’s quick, he’s got energy.“That was always the thing questioned about Marko – did he run, what was his attitude like – but we found him great to work with.“There was a period last season where he was making more sprints in the Premier League than any other player.” 3 Former West Ham manager David Moyes believes Marko Arnautovic is good enough to play for a top-four Premier League club, but has urged the Hammers to keep hold of their star man.Arnautovic has been linked with a move away from the London Stadium with the January transfer window approaching. The 29-year-old’s brother, who is also his agent, has suggested the Hammers star wants to join a ‘top team’ soon, given the fact he turns 30 in six months’ time, and Manchester United have been linked with an interest in the Austrian.Arnautovic boosted West Ham by taking to social media to rubbish those reports, but that is unlikely to stop other clubs from registering an interest.And Moyes – who was instrumental in the star’s transformation from maverick winger to consistent goalscorer during his spell in charge – says the London club simply can’t afford to sell a player of his talent and importance.Joining the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast in the studio on Monday, the former boss said: “Marko is really important to West Ham. They need him.“He can play for a top-four club, he’s good enough. Arnautovic is the key man at West Ham “He’s got the ability. He can play with the top players and considers himself a top player – you’ve got to remember he’s already been at the likes of Inter Milan before.“But where do you get that level of striker or forward player now? They’re really hard to find.“Marko’s change from a winger to a centre forward has really reinvented him.“When we arrived at West Ham the punters weren’t having him, and to be fair if you had watched him a lot at Stoke you’d have questioned him. David Moyes helped Arnautovic with his transition from winger to central striker Arnautovic scored 11 goals for West Ham last season and already has five this term 3 ‘Marko is good enough to play at the top…. but West Ham need to keep him!’⚒️ Former #WHUFC boss David Moyes believes Marko Arnautović could play for a top 4 team but says the club cannot afford to grant him his move.How good do you think Arnautović is? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/hdSusjgQJG— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) November 26, 2018
Bumbleance Children’s Ambulance is seeking ordinary people across Donegal to help them shave, dye or wax their way to much-needed funding.The Shave Dye or Wax night in Ramelton on the 11th of July at 10pm in Durkans Bar with all funds going to Bumbleance Childrens’ AmbulanceWe need heads, beards and legs to take part to keep the wheels rolling in the Northwest! Music on the night by Paul mc Cahill and the draw for two tickets to Garth Brooks concert in the night will be drawn along with other spot prizes.Bumbleance children ambulance provide free medical transportation for terminally ill children with life limiting conditions all over ireland to national treatment centres, hospices, restbite centres national treatment centres, childrens hospital and returning home for end of life care.Teighrann Kelly of TK KUTS in Letterkenny will do the shave so you will be in safe hands.Should you wish to take part and help make a positive impact for sick children all over Ireland text or call johnny on 086 274 0777 It will be a hair raising night for Bumbleance!DONEGAL PEOPLE SOUGHT TO WAX, SHAVE OR DYE FOR SICK CHILDREN’S CHARITY was last modified: June 7th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:BumbleancedonegalDYEshave
CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceOAKLAND — Darius Bazley, an 18-year-old former McDonald’s All-American, chose to de-commit from Syracuse last March, hiring prominent agent Rich Paul and deciding to use the next year to train for the 2019 NBA Draft.On Monday, the Cincinnati-based prep star announced a partnership with the shoe company New Balance that will pay him at least $1 million — and potentially much more — to be an intern.Warriors forward …
Poaching has almost wiped out abalone along South Africa’s coast, but a research project is showing a viable way to build a commercial farm and save wild populations – as well as provide jobs and economic growth.Seeding abalone beds in the Eastern Cape. (Image: Rhodes University)Sulaiman PhilipThe demand for abalone, or white gold, has devastated natural stocks of the delicacy along South Africa’s south and east coasts. In the Western Cape, overfishing and poaching are beginning to have the same effect on that region’s perlemoen, as abalone is known locally.A new research study being conducted by a team from the universities of Fort Hare and Rhodes, as well as Nelson Mandela University and commercial fisheries, hopes to find ways to restock natural populations and produce abalone for the export market.The team is headed by Professor Peter Britz of Rhodes, former head of the International Abalone Association. The project is looking at restoring natural stocks and researching the viability of abalone aquaculture projects.It began in earnest in 2014, when rights were granted to black-owned fish company Ulwandle Fishing. Andrew Witte, researcher and doctoral candidate, explains: “The purpose of the rights and permits are to encourage the establishment and development of a sustainable fisheries industry as well as drive community upliftment and ensure the health and protection of reef systems along the South African coast.”Preliminary research began two years earlier, however, when researchers assessed the habitat and population status of the abalone beds in Cape Recife, Port Elizabeth. They released abalone into research plots before the project’s 2014 start. As Witte explains, the plots grew into a commercial seeding pilot project. “The focus now is on the dispersion and migration of seeded abalone and the goal is the establishment of the first stages of a harvesting programme. More than 170 heavily poached and depleted plots along reefs in Port Elizabeth have been seeded with 30 tons of abalone, which translates into 1.7 million abalone.”Commercial farmingThe commercial beds are protected by a private security company, the South African Police Service and a team from the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. In the short time the project has been running, says Witte, it has “reduced poaching and promotes sustainable resource use and benefits for coastal communities. The farm also employs more than 160 people.”It is hoped that a sustainable fishery will grow the local economy and create jobs. Profitability of commercial aquaculture will depend on the survival, growth and migration of the stock being released, and this is the focus of the research.Britz points out that 50% of the spats (baby perlemoen) released in the Cape Recife project have survived, “which shows it is a viable way to build a commercial farm and save wild populations. For farming to be profitable research is important.”Fifty percent of spats, or baby perlemoen, released in the Cape Recife project have survived. (Image: Rhodes University)According to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) aquaculture has the potential to contribute to economic activity, poverty reduction, empowerment and employment in South Africa’s coastal and inand communities.The Cape Recife research is contributing to the restocking of collapsed abalone communities. It is also responsible for the growth of the area’s economy. In addition, it is increasing the number of marine researchers who will go on to make a difference in conservation and sustainability.The marketIn 2014 alone, 1,115 metric tons of abalone was exported, mostly to China. A large percentage of this was poached. The economic value of this market led to the government, through its Operation Phakisa: Ocean Economy initiative, to fund the research.Funding has been released through the Department of Trade and Industry’s flagship research and development fund, the Technology and Human Resources for Industry Programme (THRIP). The government believes that the ocean economy can contribute R177-billion to the gross domestic product and create one million jobs by 2033.The South African abalone aquaculture industry is worth R355-million a year. South African abalone – Haliotis midae – is one of the three most sought-after species. Britz believes that about 3,000 tons of poached perlemoen has been shipped out of the country over the past few years. “Because of the demand, canned perlemoen from South Africa can be sold for top prices – $75-$105 a kilo (R986-R1,380) deshelled in cans.”Thanks in part to the kind of research being done by the professor and his team, South Africa is reaping the benefits through a growing legal harvesting industry. “The result today is a buoyant perlemoen farming industry and a canned product which is selling like hot cakes, creating jobs in an area where they were haemorrhaging after the wild fishery had to be closed, and even raising the possibility of reseeding devastated reefs.”Poaching is organised crimeA 2012 trial in Port Elizabeth revealed just how well organised and funded poaching syndicates were.At the time, there were estimated to be up to 300 abalone divers in the Eastern Cape, and for most them poaching was their ony source of income. South African Defence intelligence put the number of people involved in poaching across the country at the time at 1,500, including drivers, lookouts and runners.At the time, while availability was still high, divers could make up to R54,000 per expedition. It was not uncommon for boats to carry as many as 10 divers per trip, who averaged six dives per month. Rhodes researchers Britz and Dr Serge Raemaker estimated that there were at least 50 boats being used in poaching operations in the province.In a report used by the prosecution, Raemaker and Britz interviewed poachers, conservationists and law enforcement and found that in 2005, syndicates spent R32-million on boats and 4x4s to begin the plunder of rich perlemoen fields discovered five years earlier.The report concluded that Port Elizabeth’s perlemoen resources resulted in “a large illegal and highly organised network developed from the urban centre of Port Elizabeth systematically [targeting] perlemoen reefs across the entire Eastern Cape for transport inland and export to the Far East”.The prosecutor in the case, Martin le Roux, told the court ahead of sentencing: “This is not a case about perlemoen; it is about organised crime. About racketeering.”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
The number of youth entrepreneurs in South Africa may have dropped, but it is notable that more than 50% of entrepreneurs are youth. Also notable is the rise in the number of female entrepreneurs.The gap between male and female entrepreneurs is closing, the Seed Academy’s Real State of Entrepreneurship Survey 2017 has found. Female representation in the survey shifted from 35% to 31% to 47% in the years 2015, 2016 and 2017 respectively. (Image: Brand South Africa)Brand South Africa reporterMore than half of the South Africans who run their own businesses are youth, according to the Real State of Entrepreneurship Survey 2017, undertaken by the Seed Academy. More than 1,200 entrepreneurs took part in the research project.Its findings also showed that the gap between male and female entrepreneurs was closing, with the latter now making up 47% of entrepreneurs.The backgroundThis was the third consecutive year that the survey was undertaken. Donna Rachelson, chief executive officer of Seed Engine, which incorporates the Seed Academy and the WDB Seed Fund, said: “[The survey is undertaken] in an effort to stimulate real conversations in the ecosystem about how we can better support entrepreneurs to build successful, sustainable businesses and, most importantly, to hear from entrepreneurs directly about what support they need.”Rachelson said an area for concern was the decrease in the number of youth entrepreneurs, a statistic that is supported by the GEM 2016/17 report. “Entrepreneurship is often seen as a solution for youth unemployment.“We have seen a decline in youth entrepreneurs from 63% to 57% (from 2015 to 2016) and the GEM reports a 40% decrease in youth entrepreneurship.”A total of 57% of the respondents were between the ages of 16 and 34. (Infographic by Seed Academy)Among other things, the survey found:42% of respondents started businesses because they identified an opportunity;87% of respondents lived in Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape;5% of respondents lived in rural areas;The Bureau for Economic Research (BER) reported that 24% of formal businesses in the country operated outside those three provinces;98% of respondents owned for-profit businesses and 18% of these were social enterprises; 2% owned non-profit businesses – for profit businesses are motivated by creating value for the business owner while nonprofit organisations are motivated to bring social change to communities;37% of businesses had no employees, while 51% of businesses that had staff employed between one and four people; andType of customer: 38% business to business; 47% business to consumers; 12% business to government; 36% all of the above.The majority of the respondents said they started their business because they saw seen an opportunity. (Infographic by Seed Academy)Investment aspectEntrepreneurs were asked how much money it took to fund their businesses. A large majority (78%) needed less than R100,000 to start their businesses; only 5% required more than R1-million to start operating.A total of 95% of businesses were funded by owners and their friends and family. Only 5% acquired funds from more formal sources of funding such as angel funding, bank loans and development finance institutions such as the Industrial Development Corporation.More positive findingsA total of 78% of entrepreneurs indicated that they had engaged in entrepreneur training programmes or were part of an incubator at some point. Corporate enterprise and supplier development programmes featured too, with 14% of respondents having been part of these.Almost half – 45% – reported that they had previously failed in business, which showed their commitment to the entrepreneurial journey.ChallengesOf the 52% of businesses that indicated they were pre-revenue, just more than 60% were older than six months, highlighting the challenge that these businesses faced with gaining traction.The top five challenges entrepreneurs faced were:Finding clients or customers (47%);Inability to raise funds (43%);Lack of guidance (31%);Wearing too many hats (30%); andSlow or lost sales (21%).Options availableMeanwhile, Tafadzwa Madavo, the chief operating officer of Riversands Incubation Hub, said too often entrepreneurs told him that a lack of funding was holding them back. “Yes, funding is critically important, but it’s not the silver bullet many believe it to be.“Apart from financial support, there are so many initiatives, including many free ones, to support entrepreneurs start and grow a business through mentorship, training and access to market opportunities,” he said. “If you can’t secure funding, consider what other support will make a difference.”Madavo was speaking in light of the FundEx conference held on 17 August 2017, hosted by his incubation hub. This one-day event aims to highlight funding opportunities available from banks, government funders and alternative funding platforms.“Access to finance remains a major frustration and growth inhibitor for small business. Yet there is funding available,” said Jenny Retief, Riversands CEO. “While Riversands does not provide funding whatsoever, we believe that we can play a role in bringing together many players in the funding space.”At the conference, for example, there was a funders’ lounge where entrepreneurs can book one-on-one consultations with a funding expert.Tafadzwa Madavo is the chief operating officer of Riversands Incubation Hub. (Image supplied)The truth about fundingMadavo addressed several fundamental truths for entrepreneurs who were seeking funding.Besides the funding matchmaker Finfind, which had more than 200 funders in South Africa, there was a concerted drive to fund small business in the private and public sectors.“Even if you are not a match for more traditional vehicles such as commercial finance, there are other funding opportunities thanks to fintech innovations, such as Rainfin or Lulalend, and new types of funding models,” said Madavo.“This doesn’t mean that your business will automatically secure funding; there is still quite a bit of work involved in preparing a business to become funding-ready. For example, making sure that you separate your business from your personal bank account or finding the right accountant to produce regular books. Getting funding ready is a process; entrepreneurs do need guidance to go through the steps.”There were many examples of companies that did not have money in the bank when they started, he said. “If you want to be an entrepreneur, the right time to start is now. This can mean gaining work experience in an industry that interests you, putting aside hours at night to work on an idea or stashing some start-up capital.”He quoted a finding by management researchers Joseph Raffiee and Jie Feng: “Entrepreneurs who keep their day jobs when starting a business have 33% lower odds of failure than those who quit to start.” The study tracked more than 5,000 American entrepreneurs.Sources: Seed Engine, Riversands Incubation Hub and FundEx.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest This past growing season was a mixed bag of variables that could have lowered corn yields considerably at an given point, but according to DEKALB Asgrow Technical Agronomist Roy Ulrich some of DEKALB’s “Disease Shield” hybrids performed on a different level in 2016. Get more details in his visit with The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins.